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(High Times)   New Zogby poll shows half of Americans believe marijuana should be legislated and taxed like alcohol   (hightimes.com) divider line 597
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2006-03-19 06:06:34 PM
proof yet again, you can make a poll say anything you want.

i dare high times to put this up to a vote.

this message brought you by voting, the only poll that matters.
 
2006-03-19 06:08:12 PM
if you must submit about it, don't be smoking it
 
2006-03-19 06:13:40 PM
I'm not sure why most people who are in favour of marijuana legalization always say "Legalise it and then tax the hell out of it." Why tax it heavily? The best reason to legalise it is because it is a relatively harmless and non-addictive plant. Why must its use be heavily discouraged by high taxes? It certainly wouldn't incur the kind of externalities that alcohol and cigarettes do.

Gahbrone: proof yet again, you can make a poll say anything you want.

Those numbers seem unrealistic to you? A couple of cities and states in the US have already voted to legalise/decriminalise and they put part of the question that was asked in the article- it seems fairly non-biased.

Maybe you want to impugn the study because you just don't like the results?
 
2006-03-19 06:15:04 PM
Why tax it heavily?

Because money is the only thing that motivates them.
 
2006-03-19 06:20:01 PM
TheRealist: Because money is the only thing that motivates them.

Pretty much, yeah. There's so much money being made with prohibition you have to provide an alternate source of revenue if you want to get through to most politicians.
 
2006-03-19 06:22:19 PM
46% in favor? That's less support than Kerry got last election. There's a big difference betweeen 46% and "almost fifty percent." It's going to be a while yet, folks.
 
2006-03-19 06:24:15 PM
hitchking: Why tax it heavily?

Because it's morally wrong to smoke pot. And fun.
 
2006-03-19 06:26:55 PM
speedballtucker: There's a big difference betweeen 46% and "almost fifty percent." It's going to be a while yet, folks.

Yeah, but it wasn't 46/54, it was 46/49.

Up here in Canada we had legislation in the House of Commons decriminalizing marijuana, until an election came along (elections cancel all bills in progress). The new government is against the idea.
 
2006-03-19 06:30:15 PM
Sure they are, because the US wants them to be.
 
2006-03-19 06:34:51 PM
its funny how we are evolving from a representative democracy to a simple democracy. if 50.01 wants something it's considered a mandate, if 49.95 doesn't it's considered decided.
 
2006-03-19 06:37:18 PM
TheRealist

Why tax it heavily?


Because its already been proven that people will pay over $100 per quarter ounce. Production costs being probably all of 50 cents / quarter ounce thats a hella incentive to tax the shiat out of it and do something smart like rebuild social security.
 
2006-03-19 06:43:59 PM
All drugs should be legal and taxed. Funds from taxes can be used to treat addiction.
 
2006-03-19 06:45:25 PM
We're missing out on $11 Billion annually. And you know we could make some bombazz weed and who knows, maybe even pay off some debt or something crazy like that.
 
2006-03-19 06:46:16 PM
It's sad that we can't leave these decisions up to the states and minicipalities. I understand why the Bible belt states don't want to legalize it, but I think that states like Oregon, Washington, and California should be able to.
 
2006-03-19 06:48:17 PM
Alexis: Funds from taxes can be used to treat addiction.

Marijuana is not chemically addictive.
 
2006-03-19 07:05:35 PM
Marijuana is not chemically addictive.

That's true.
 
2006-03-19 07:21:55 PM
me texan: Because its already been proven that people will pay over $100 per quarter ounce

Don't think so
 
2006-03-19 08:41:32 PM
me texan: Because its already been proven that people will pay over $100 per quarter ounce

Don't think so


No, that's true. But that's for high grade stuff. People will pay more than that in some cases.
 
2006-03-19 09:07:59 PM
hootkr: No, that's true. But that's for high grade stuff. People will pay more than that in some cases.

Headies retail around $80-90 a quarter, with beaster hanging steady at $50. YMMV
 
2006-03-19 09:08:07 PM
Should be legalized and made as easy to buy as tea bags.
I don't buy tea bags either, but I wouldn't go to jail if I did.
Duh.
 
2006-03-19 09:35:30 PM
Hmm - it seems like pot prices really vary.

Well, in Iowa, an 1/8th oz of quality "nugs" ranges from $50-65.

Shwag, the dirty stuff from Mexico, is $20.

/or so I've been told..
 
2006-03-19 10:11:00 PM
Marijuana is not chemically addictive

That's better
 
2006-03-19 10:59:49 PM
TheRealist: Why tax it heavily?

Because the general populace doesn't have a huge problem with paying taxes for vices. And it's a good source of government revenue.
 
2006-03-19 11:01:10 PM
www.alienscollection.com
Private Hudson says
Farkin' A!


/Doesn't smoke it
//Never has
///Probably never will
////But legalize it already
 
2006-03-19 11:10:54 PM
Scandalous: I understand why the Bible belt states don't want to legalize it, but I think that states like Oregon, Washington, and California should be able to.

And, if you were able to ask the framers of the Constitution, they'd say the same thing.

Unfortunately, the federal government, with the help of the SCOTUS, has raped the ever-loving shiat of our country via the Interstate Commerce Clause.
 
2006-03-19 11:42:15 PM
For the record... in case this thread is being monitored by any known, or "unknown" agencies that may, or "may not", be working on behalf of the government of this, or "any other", country... I have no opinion on this matter.

Now, if you'll excuse me... I'm going to step outside and "breathe some fresh air".

/wink, wink
 
2006-03-20 12:40:36 AM
The drug war's... what, forty years old now?
 
2006-03-20 12:41:52 AM
the real support percentage is around 80, but they're too busy finding food
 
2006-03-20 12:42:16 AM
Zogby is a whore to anyone with money. He showed Kerry winning with 300+ electorals, so his veracity is shiat.
 
2006-03-20 12:42:56 AM
Only problem is the fuzz will have more roadblocks to further accuse you of a crime you have not committed. What ever happened to innocence and leave me the hell alone. If I do a crime. I will do the time. No more witch hunts.
 
2006-03-20 12:44:35 AM
in other news...

/but seriously legalize it
//baby
 
2006-03-20 12:45:22 AM
If it's legal, it will still be cool, right?
 
2006-03-20 12:45:34 AM
But then what will drug dealers do?
 
2006-03-20 12:46:14 AM
duuuuuuude, have you noticed how weird Zogby sounds?

Zogby
ZOG-by
zog-BY
ZZZZZZZZZZogbeeeeeeeeeeeee

/jk, I gave up the reefer for my 2006 resolutions. I don't think it's a horrible drug, but it was horrible the way I abused it. For me it's an all or none thing, there is no moderation.
 
2006-03-20 12:47:31 AM
Damn you guys pay a lot for weed. My friend that smokes pays about $30 for 1/4th of mids, $50-60 for an 1/8th of the good shiat.

/blueberry chronic lately
//mmmmmm
///according to my friend
 
2006-03-20 12:47:51 AM
What? Not a single person has complained about submitter's incorrect use of "legslate?"

You can legalize marijuana, or you can legislate its legalization. "Legislate marijuana" is at best ambiguous. If material objcts can be legislated at all, marijuana is already legislated -- it's banned, federally.
 
2006-03-20 12:48:01 AM
But the loud, obnoxious 10% will make sure it stays very illegal.
 
2006-03-20 12:48:14 AM
Forty-six percent of respondents

46% sounds like a NO vote to me.
 
2006-03-20 12:48:17 AM
polls show that 87% of all statistics are off by a margin of greater then 14%
 
2006-03-20 12:49:39 AM
From alcohol to pot to heroin to sex, can anyone provide an example of when prohibition stopped anything?

\don't drink alcohol or use drugs.
\\don't care what others do.
 
2006-03-20 12:51:06 AM
notmyrealemail
polls show that 87% of all statistics are off by a margin of greater then 14%

Duh... 72% of people already know that.
 
2006-03-20 12:51:25 AM
And the other half seriously needs to relax.

Hmmm.
 
2006-03-20 12:51:48 AM
Marijuana doesn't make money for Pfizer. End of discussion.

/never smokes weed
//still recognizes the obvious influence of the pharmaceutical lobby
 
2006-03-20 12:52:10 AM
Reasons why pot will never be legalized...retarded ass white boys like this.

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2006-03-20 12:52:41 AM
wru obvious tag

in wisconsin it's like 70%+
 
2006-03-20 12:52:45 AM
Among those respondents who identified themselves as Democrats, 59 percent back taxing and regulating marijuana compared to only 33 percent of Republicans.

Why do the Republicans hate freedom?
 
2006-03-20 12:53:36 AM
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2006-03-20 12:53:53 AM
The revenue from legalizing and taxing it, combined with the money saved that won't be wasted on our joke of a "war on drugs" program, would be a windfall for the economy and the deficit. You'd think it would be a simple decision.

/not smoking any now
//would if it were legal
///I'll take a pack of Marlboro Leftys in the soft pack, please.....
////Slash!
 
2006-03-20 12:54:02 AM
The pharmaceutical industry would take way too heavy a hit if pot ever got legalized. It doesn't really matter what the people want.
 
rka
2006-03-20 12:54:07 AM
Scandalous: understand why the Bible belt states don't want to legalize it


Actually, many "Bible Belt" states would jump at the chance to have another legal cash crop for their agricultural economies.

Some of the biggest proponents of the Hemp industry are in the States are in the Midwest.
 
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