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I think they should decriminalise, tax and control cannabis. But other drugs can stay off the market.

Potheads are no danger to themselves, or anyone else. The drug isn't dangerous on it's own (and even when mixed, it's the other drugs, like alcohol, that become the danger) no crime, other than the act of selling and buying, takes place in order to acquire cannabis (no pothead would rob an old lady, or a house, or whatever, in order to get a fix) and no children or animals are harmed in it's production.

It takes some skill and time to cultivate it properly, which would create a market for well grown, governmentally taxated weed, whilst still allowing homegrowers to grow their own and enjoy it that way (like brewing your own beer, but people still would rather go out and buy it for simple convenience).

It's estimated that around 60 million people in the UK smoke cannabis. If the government sold it legally, and those people bought just £10 a week (ha, never going to happen) that would be £600 million a week. Say 25% of that was tax, £150 million a week into government coffers to fund schools, hospitals and public services. Give that no pothead would get by smoking just £10 a week, and more likely, £10 per day, that could be, potentially, £150 million a DAY, £1,050 million a week, or £1 Billion, £54,600 million a year, or £54.6 Billion a year. We could smoke ourselves out of the recession.

There's no excuse NOT to legalise pot.
Edited by Viridian - 7/26/11 at 8:54am
    
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Hopefully they won't be able to use something like this without probable cause. Probable cause is already a no mans land of he said she said. I don't think you should have to give up any chemicals or fingerprints without a VERY good reason.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Conc3ntrate View Post
Somehow I doubt the arresting officer would all that sympathetic.

This kind of technology spooks me a little bit. Whole lot of potential for abuse.
With out getting into the leagal issues of drugs...(though I will say that there is a lot of tax money that could be made off them...but there would be a lot of fines and "leagal fees" that would no longer be rolling in if drugs were OK to use)

I think it would be OK...if you had came into contact with it I would say that is grounds for investigation. If you had unknowingly touched it a blood/urine test would clear you. So as long as they don't use this to convict...it should be a great asset. I am not to worried about that though.

They don't even use the hand held breath tests to convict. If some one pops that test they are brought in and given a real test and that value is what is used. That saved me once. I was just ever so slightly over the legal limit for alcohol. I got brought into the station and in the time it took for them to get me to the real test my body matobolized enough alcohol for me to be legal...or else the hand held breath test wasn't accurate. Probably a combo of both. I even got a ride back to my car from the cop as it haddn't been towed yet. The station cops were actually nice about it. The field cops at the check point searched my vehicle like they found a family of illeagal immigrants in the trunk though, but I had nothing to hide.
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 7/26/11 at 8:58am
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This type of drug screening seems to be more expensive than it should be...
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Everyone Vote Ron Paul so we can at least get herbz off the list of "Drugs"
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Quote:
Originally Posted by KusH View Post
Give you a DWI/DUI.

OT: What about if you've touched a substance but never used it. That would only prove that you've been in contact with a controlled substance and not necessarily under the influence.
You would still have handled a controlled substance, which I think is still illegal.
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Because the levels of THC-COOH in your body correlates with impairment.

Wait, no, it doesn't.

Quote:
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You would still have handled a controlled substance, which I think is still illegal.
Unknowingly handling a controlled substance is not a crime. Otherwise the UPS man would be in jail.
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The reality of it all is they have had drug test for awhile know that stick on the suspect and when they sweat it can tell if and what someone is using. Its rather stupid though. Really does it matter what people do when they are on there free time. Not that im a user of anything but i think if you do stuff and dont let it control u then whys it such a big deal. Another thing child protetive services use is mouth swaps to tell if someone is using. This is not really much diffrent than things used already.
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Glad to see all the pro-liberty peoples in here.
I agree, legalize it, tax it.
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