Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — KDKA Radio’s Robert Mangino took a deeper look inside the issue of legalizing of marijuana.

He was joined by Erik Altiere, the communications coordinator of NORML, and David Borden, the executive director of StopTheDrugWar.org.

Both of these gentlemen explained how marijuana use is not addictive and if legalized and maintained by the government, could actually help our economy.

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  1. will g says:

    this is silly that we are still debating this. of course it should be legal

    1. sean says:

      absolutely. Rush/Reagan Conservative here saying MJ prohibition is stupid, failed economically… complete idiocy. defunding gangs and cartels = smart. why are Democrats and Republicans in lock step on this issue? they don’t agree on anything, ANYTHING except MJ prohibition- that tells me it’s a lie. and lumping in cocaine, x etc with MJ is a problem. those substances are dangerous- MJ is NOT. i do NOT advocate legalization of all drugs, ONLY Marijuana. why is MJ legalization always tied in to legalizing cocaine, acid, etc? this was a good intwerview/monologue and i appreciate the dialogue.

  2. Cali Livin says:

    How many people smoke to many joints and kill a family of 5 compared to alcohol? How many men get so stoned they come home and beat their wives? If anything they should be talking about alcohol! DUMB

  3. chevelle64 says:

    it is the same as prohibition, there is too much demand for it to ever succeed , may as well legalize it and benefit from additional tax revenue and decreased load on prison system and enforcement , way overdue on this.

    1. Anyonomus says:

      Obviously their teasing us about legalizing it because every once in a while it is brought up in a conversation on a news story

  4. Lindsey says:

    It should be legal, especially for medical purposes. You’ve never heard of any serious or long term side effects. Im a 6 year cigarette smoker and i can even say its more logical to ban cigarettes and alcohol rather than marijuana. Even asprin is more dangerous than weed. So if its not for the safety and health reasons why wont they legalize it?

    1. Buc-eye says:

      Linds, Linds, Linds…Putting anything into your lungs other than O2 is a risk

      1. Gypsy says:

        But you don’t have to smoke it in order to use it- you can eat/drink it or absorb it topically.

  5. Bob Sip says:

    If they if they make it legal then only the tabacco company would be a load to grow it and not you.

    1. Noneya says:

      That’s not true, do your research before spouting false truths. You’d be allowed to grow it for self use just like you’re allowed to do with tobacco and much like you’re allowed to home brew your own beer. You just won’t be allowed to distribute it without getting into trouble.

    2. ................. says:

      Even if that were the case, it isn’t a good enough reason not to legalize.

  6. mc says:

    legalize it!

  7. Denny says:

    time to legalize weed pot smokers are not criminals it’s time the law enforcement community focused on real crime like murder and rape

    1. Noneya says:

      The problem is the prison industrial complex makes more money off of imprisoning bud smokers than they do when they imprison killers, thieves and rapists.

      Money=the root of the problem.

      1. Sean says:

        It costs the state too much money for the upkeep of the prisoners, the system is crowded because of it

    2. cody says:

      well said

  8. Sarah says:

    Its absolutely ridiculous that something that helps so many people is illegal! If our government chose to go the responsible route and legalize we would have lower crime rates, less pollution since hemp/marijuana can be used to fuel cars and as a renewable resources that breaks our dependence on fossil fuels and foreign oil! Just legalize already and make this world a happier, healthier place!

    1. Robert Marley says:

      Not only can hemp make fuel for cars, but produces 4.1 times the amount of paper per acre over an acre of trees, over a 20 ear period.

      With just a little over 6% of the continental US, can be used to produce the 75 quadrillion billion BTUs of energy, Produced from Ag Hemp. This means No more burning Coal

      The thing is, is the world is changeing but those with money dont want to change. I.e Dupont, Big Pharma, Oil companies, Etc They want to stay rich and keep the rest down. Even our government keeps farmers down by regulateing price on how they sell their food to the government to be redistributed to the stores we buy from, at an extorted price. Oh did you know the Cannabis seed, has every essential amino acid, full of vit B and can it self sustain life. Ie you can make bread and flour from it and other foods.

      I think we need to call our news people too, and ask them why the UN Meeting about Ending the drug war, was not publicised with propor news coverage. Oh heres why, BECAUSE ITS A MISERABLE FAILURE!!! and it tells the world ONCE AGAIN!!! the American corrupted government is a miserable lieing cheating thieving murdering FAILURE!! OUR CONTRY WAS NOT FOUNDED AS A DEMOCRACY REPUBLIC REPUBLIC.

  9. joe oint says:

    i have been singing this tune for 35 years! for gods sake stop putting people in jail for a plant!

  10. Ginger says:

    on my way back from Las Cruces on a bus, charting w/ a couple of military kids on their way home from training The dug war is an every day, in your face reality there. I mean like war kinda war, not just what we have to deal with @ home. In order to go No. out of Cruces, you have to pass through a homeland security checkpoint w/ drug sniffing dogs. Don’t we have enough trouble w/ actual lunatic terrorists without wasting these guys’ time, talents & lives treating ordinary Americans as enemy combatants?

    1. aw says:

      Bummer

  11. Jeffrey Ryan says:

    I’m a felon simply due to being caught with very small amounts of marijuana twice…I went to prison for 6 months over 14 grams. Thats ridiculous! Legalize it!

    1. rtdunn says:

      in Alabama you can get a life sentence for a third strike, even worse in Oklahoma you get life in prison for making hash once! so if you happen to dump out your grinder and the pieces of keif get stuck together, life in prison.

  12. Alex Wallace says:

    i can’t take it any more lets legalize and stop bickering over something we know is enevitable(spelling not my strong suit) we all could use something to ease tensions for alot of people this prohibition has ruined lives and family’s. Bummer.
    I’m part of the problem because i’m peaceful.. and I believe in the people

  13. Brian Grande says:

    Look at the court cost and jail beds that should be use to keep sex offenders in jail longer.www.barneyswildwoodpipes.com

    1. Buc-eye says:

      Its job security for the judges, police, government etc

  14. Brian Grande says:

    buy a pipe I’ll pay my sells tax and that mite help.

    1. Seeking balance says:

      Yes, the ‘sales’ tax ‘might’ help!

      I think legalization in inevitable, and probably the best course of action regardless.

  15. Carris Welke says:

    Ive been sayin all this 2 ppl I know 4 yrs…Ive debated it w/ countless ppl…5000+ yrs of research cannot be wrong…marijuana is the safest, most natural substance on the planet…it is the perfect plant, and can be used 4 nething and evrything…food, clothing, paper, timber, fuel, etc…theres no point in not leagalizing it…if our govt were 2 put a $20/lb tax on it, our national debt would be wiped clean w/in 3-5yrs max…agriculture and our economy would flourish once again, plus it would help the environment…2 many ppl know how 2 grow it, and get ahold of it…our govt has gone on 2 long taking away our freedoms, and has completely lost track of what our founding fathers wanted 4 this country…the majority of them had marijuana farms…on top of that, the majority of our govt officials nowadays uses some sort of illicit substance and they dont get in trouble…its bs…they just wanna line their own pockets…PEACE NOT GREED!!!!! PEACE AND POT GO HAND-IN-HAND…y else would a bowl, bong, or pipe be called a “piece?”…its only logical

  16. Jim P. says:

    Cannabis should have never been illegal to begin with, it’s well past time to remedy this broken law.

  17. DNA says:

    YES.

  18. Ryan says:

    Im so happy to finally hear about a national organization seriously talking about legalizing cannabis, the subject is long overdue and our government keeps avoiding the issue. Its time to remedy the problem that has been marijuana prohibition for so long.

  19. Buc-eye says:

    What happens when that auto line worker forgets to plug in the air bag connection b/c he was stoned and you wreck your car.

    I can’t even find me keys after I burn one.
    Just playing devil’s advocate

  20. The Dude says:

    Buc, if you are going to play the devils advocate than do it intelligently. Alcohol is legal with all its higher risks than Marijuana. Just because you cant find your keys doesnt mean as a society we cant evaluate a drug and structure its use in productive ways. Thats like saying I dont think we should have robitussin because you can trip on it. Responsible use is the cost of legalization.

  21. Mark says:

    Government, really? What a joke!

  22. Storm Crow says:

    These are titles of articles from WebMD, a respectable medical site-

    “Marijuana’s Active Ingredient Targets Deadly Brain Cancer”

    “Marijuana Ingredients Slow Invasion by Cervical and Lung Cancer Cells”

    “Marijuana Unlikely to Cause Head, Neck, or Lung Cancer”

    “Marijuana May Fight Lung Tumors”

    “Marijuana Ingredient May Cut Fibromyalgia Pain”

    “Marijuana Chemical Fights Hardened Arteries”

    “Chemicals in Marijuana May Fight MRSA”

    “Pot-Based Drug Promising for Arthritis”

    “Cannabis Relieves Multiple Sclerosis Pain”

    “Marijuana May Slow Alzheimer’s”

    “Heavy Marijuana Use Doesn’t Damage Brain”

    “Marijuana Smoking Doesn’t Kill”

    Now can anyone give me a logical reason why cannabis is still illegal?

    1. dr michael says:

      Neither does pornography yet is exacts an enormous toll on our society, just like marajuana. It does society no good. It causes more grief than anything.

      Notice it is an ingredient in the marajuana that may exhibit some medical benefits, so extract the ingredients and market it that way. Then people can have the “benefits” with out getting high.

      1. Sean C says:

        Dr Michael I have proven that natural medicines are far better than there synthetic counterparts…I have watched people die because of Chemo, and others remove the cancer by natural remedy. I have watched antibiotics fail, or in some cases make the situation worse, but rather have been healed in 24-48 hours through natural medicines.

        Your idea of taking the ingredient out is a terrible idea, because that leads to synthetic medication such as marinol, or dronabinol. The only harm in cannabis is the actual smoking..Of course anything smoked is going to have some damage to parts of the body, but when the positive effects outweigh the negative effects it needs be considered.

        Sean Crystal
        Webmaster: http://www.hemp4victory.com

  23. Storm Crow says:

    OOPS! forgot one!

    “Teen Pot Smoking Won’t Lead to Other Drugs as Adults”

    And if you liked those, run a search for “Granny Storm Crow’s MMJ Reference List” for 100s more! Educate yourself!

  24. Buc-eye says:

    Dude are you saying if we legalized weed, it would be OK to go to work stoned? Lets just hpoe you don’t go to work durnk or drive after you have been drinking.

  25. Buc-eye says:

    Crow, All good medical reasons. However, if a nurse is smoking b/c she trying to ease her Fibromyalgia Pain. and she fogets to give your family member their IV drip, is it OK to say “well she was high and weed is legal?”

  26. JustSaying says:

    Legalize it, put it under government control and tax it at the same rate as cigarettes. It will free up some of the space in over crowded jails/prisons as well as provide some much needed revenue through taxes. Treat it as alcohol in relation to driving/working, etc.

    1. dr michael says:

      How would you like to put your life or the life of your family in someones hands who smokes this stuff?? Would you like a surgeon who is high doing your cholecystectomy?? Think about it, it is illegal and should remain that way. It is easy to rationalize making it legal like you are doing. Its not worth it

      1. Sean C says:

        How would you like a drunk performing heart surgery Dr Michael? Alcohol is far more dangerous, and has a much more intoxicating than cannabis. I’m tired of seeing your trolling on here because it would affect the profits of “BIG PHARMA”

      2. Sean C says:

        I noticed a little misspelling after I clicked submit “alcohol has a much more intoxicating effect than cannabis”

  27. Buc-eye says:

    Just, If you are a CDL driver and get drug tested b/c you were in a accident, how would some one know if you smoked today or 2 days ago? You can drink the night b/4 and [pass a whiz quiz the next day. How long does weed stay in you urine?

    1. JustSaying says:

      I have no idea how long the chemical THC found in marijuana stays in your system. I do know they have cops that have been trained to observe and evaluate drivers for drug impairment so maybe they wouldn’t be relying completely on urine tests? That would be a bridge to cross in the legalization process I guess.

    2. Ray says:

      @Buc-eye, that’s one of the biggest drawback to the legalization. If you’re drunk and get into an accident you’re guilty of DUI, case closed. But if you’re in an accident and you test positive, they can’t tell if the MJ in your system is from today, yesterdayday, last week or 4 weeks ago. They need to come up w/a way to determine if you were stoned then, not from weeks ago. Don’t get me wrong, but you shouldn’t drink, smoke weed, or take half the prescription or over the counter drugs ALOT of people take and drive or work. Until they come up w/some sort of test, it won’t be legalized.

  28. Sean C says:

    I am very pro-cannabis, but I think we need to understand one thing, and that is the smoking of cannabis does have some harm…Anything smoked, is going to cause some damage to the body. Yes the fact is that there is more good than harm from cannabis, but we can no longer hold this 0 deaths issue. The CDC has linked 26 deaths over the past 8 years to marijuana “smoking” but that is still far less than caffeine and aspirin…If you do the math, that comes out to just 3.5 deaths per year!

    Sean Crystal
    webmaster: http://www.hemp4victory.com

    1. dr michael says:

      Your statistics do not mitigate anything. Its illegal and should remain that way.

      1. Sean C says:

        Take a look at my website before you continue trolling the supporters. Better yet take a look at my petition. http://tinyurl.com/6l3nxn2

  29. Ct Chronic smoker says:

    I am all for it ! drinking is far worse then smoking a Maryjane. My girlfriend has been a MJ smoker for 20yrs now and her lungs are just the same as a non smoker. ! I dont cause prob or trouble.I work all day and i pay my taxes ! I smoke and say it proudly ! I love Mary Jane and we can definitely help our economy better its self instead of wasting all the money the waste on so called drug wars…Yeah right..Thats a joke…

  30. MICHI 412 420 says:

    It’s about time! Everyone i know smokes for one reason or another whether it helps a headache or calms the nerves after a hard days work.Its Benificial in more ways then all drugs put together! this is something that SHOULD happen and SOON!

  31. Santorum's Tainte says:

    If we legalize pot then lots of jail guards and policemen will be out of job the next day. We need jobs. Jobs is the solution to everything.

    1. Sean C says:

      You’re looking at this one sided…Sure there will be a lot of cops out of a job, but look at how many new jobs will be created. Marijuana prohibition employs far more people than the lost jobs of police officers if legalized….All those jobs could be turned into legal legitimate businesses!

    2. Jeff Payne says:

      Wrong, they don’t need to lose jobs. Legalizing will free up resources and enable our justice system to concentrate on the violent hardened criminals.
      Prison overcrowding will no longer be an excuse for early release of violent convicts. LEO will have plenty of resources, that are not being wasted locking up people for a plant, to close all those unsolved rapes and murder.

  32. dr michael says:

    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO DID YOU HEAR ME I SAID NO it should not be legalized.

    I know Im old fashioned, it has no real value. There is enough terrible things for people to get addicted to, gambling, alcohol, sex, we dont need to legalize this stuff. It is a schedule 1 drug, high potential for abuse, no medicinal value.

    1. Sean C says:

      High potential for “abuse” the only reason it “appears that way” is because we target it so significantly. The “war on drugs” was made specifically for cannabis. So we arrest everyone we can, flood the prison populations, increase treatment programs, and it makes it look worse than it really is because of flawed statistics.

      As for having no medical value, you are completely wrong on that one. In fact our US Government holds 2 patents on the medical value of cannabis. I’ll provide these for you so you can do the research and no longer have this argument available!

      US Patent 663057 titled “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants” which is assigned to The United States of America, as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services. This patent was obtained in October of 2003.

      US Patent 7109245 that was issued September 19, 2006 titled “Vasoconstrictor cannabinoid analogs”

      Sean Crystal, political activist &
      Webmaster: http://www.hemp4victory.com

    2. jamie says:

      Do you drink alcohol? If you say yes you just need to shut your mouth. I have had so many friends die drinking and driving. I have never lost a friend to smoking pot. 1. Because you drive slow as Hell. 2. They always get lost in the kitchen hunting for food. Oh last but not least number 3. They don’t move from the couch!!!!!!

  33. NO POT says:

    NO POT HEADS GIVE IT UP !!!!! IT SHOULD NOT BE LEGALIZED!!! The goverment just wants something new to tax!

  34. pat says:

    yes it a great help to those of us that need it im physically disabled 😦
    blaze em up f the man

  35. jamie says:

    God made pot, man made beer. Who do you trust?? I trust the good lord!

  36. Jeff Payne says:

    Someone in congress is paying attention.

    U.S. can’t justify its drug war spending, reports say

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-narco-contract-20110609,0,1742011.story

  37. Jeff Payne says:

    censor much?

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