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A ballot issue that would legalize possession of small amounts of marijuana and also permit growing pot at private residences picked up some powerful opposition Saturday.

The Los Angeles Times editorialized against Proposition 19, writing that it was poorly thought out, badly crafted and replete with loopholes and contradictions. The ballot issue would allow possession of one ounce of marijuana for adults, use in private homes or licensed public places, and cultivation for personal use.
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But the newspaper said the proposition was an "invitation to chaos" because it would permit each of the state's 478 cities and 58 counties to make their own regulations for implementing the legalization law, meaning it could change hundreds of times from area to area within the state. Legalization could also cause problems in the workplace, the newspaper said.

The debate in California comes as the federal Office of National Drug Control Policy reports drug rose last year to its highest level in nearly a decade, fueled in large measure by increased marijuana use and abuse of ecstasy and methamphetamine.

Passage of the issue in California November would set up a confrontation with the federal government which opposes legalized marijuana. California already permits medical use of marijuana, but the Times said that experiment has not gone all that well.

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AlE`

"But the newspaper said the proposition was an "invitation to chaos" because it would permit each of the state's 478 cities and 58 counties to make their own regulations for implementing the legalization law, meaning it could change hundreds of times from area to area within the state." ... How would this differ from anything else municipally or state regulated? "The debate in California comes as the federal Office of National Drug Control Policy reports drug rose last year to its highest level in nearly a decade, fueled in large measure by increased marijuana use and abuse of ecstasy and methamphetamine." .. What does meth and x have to do with weed? No one mentioned legalizing meth or ecstacy. And if marijuanna became legalized the number of classified "illegal drug users" would decrease exponentially, (esp if even MORE people are smoking pot now, as mentioned in the article...) These drugs do not go "hand in hand". A user is generally dedicated to his/her drug of choice... "California already permits medical use of marijuana, but the Times said that experiment has not gone all that well. " .. Really? What's gone so wrong with it? That it's influenced the decriminalization of it for recreational purposes? ..Oh so terrible, NOT. This whole article is b/s. There's notihing "bad" one can really say about it. Smokers are going to smoke, regardless of the law, in reality. However, since it's not that serious, its not deadly (unlike cigarettes), and people can still function normally (unlike many, both legal and illegal substances) .. why throw people in jail, deny them the opportunity for employment, and waste time worrying about something so petty when there's plenty of kidnappings, rapes, assaults, and other VIOLENT crimes to be worrying about. The law isn't forcing all of you right-wing prudes to become smokers, so DON'T. But, don't deny others the right to privately smoke marijuana. Choice, it's ALWAYS a beautiful thing. Decriminalize marijuanna, so I can be LEGALLY high as a kite while I'm typing this. Btw, I'm a full time smoker (it's the only substance I use recreationally) and I have a 3.7 GPA at Florida State University.. and I'm not an "exception". Marijuana doesn't ruin anyone's life, unless their being unfairly punished by the law.

October 11 2010 at 11:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
whiskyworm

Why does the freedom to legislate consumption controls over others supercede the freedom to consume? We are talking about nature's second best medicine, laughter being number one. Growing up in California, it was the Federal Marijuana laws that made the idea that Americans are free laughable. We are talking about a plant with 1000s of years of human consumption. People opposed to marijuana legalization are hyper-controling, and support fear based legislation. The Drug War has cost Americans far more than just money, for the laws tear at the fabric of the American Family.

October 01 2010 at 5:12 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Brian

I hate these thinly veiled assaults on measures that these "unbiased" news stations put out. It sickens me to think that our news is controlled by politics but unfortunately we don't live in a time of ethics, values, or just telling the american people the truth. I cry for america lost everyday

September 29 2010 at 11:41 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
caliber554

Legalizing it would lead to the downfall of the nation. Truly. Most people who get Medical Marijuana aren't hurt at all. They get fake prescriptions or fake an injury. I know people who do it. Take it off the market completely. If they're in that much pain, admit them to the ER and inject them with Morphine (which has similar properties to Heroine) instead. You want to get high? That's how.

September 29 2010 at 1:49 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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Silvaria

caliber, I would be very interested in seeing evidence to back up your assertion that most people who use MMJ aren't hurt at all. I know 3 people who use it, and all have chronic conditions that are relieved by it. And advising people who are in pain to go to the E.R., which would cost hundreds to thousands of dollars, and get injected with morphine, a highly physically addictive drug, is just laughable. I have a better idea - why don't you just let people have some right to personal autonomy, and keep your nose out of what they put into their own bodies?

September 30 2010 at 11:28 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
jblazer24

We're not talking about medical marijuana. We're talking about recreational marijuana. Get your topic straight.

November 01 2010 at 10:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
EDZO

Pot should remain illegal. I have a 22 year old son. The temptation would be stronger for him to try it. It might also lead to smoking cigs too. I am a 57 year old father, Look at it this way. LaLa Land AKA California has started this movement. That shold send up red flags all over the place.

September 29 2010 at 1:43 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
maddogzz

Even if its not legalized, have you seen the laws against marijuana? Its crazy what they will do to someone who is just smoking a plant. We need to change that atleast, its down right insane.

September 26 2010 at 10:13 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
doonooch

leagalize it. I dont think it will increase usage. If people want to smoke it they will whether leagal or not. It's something that we know that can be taxed and it will drop a big bomb in the cartel drug trade. It can still be stigmatized in other ways - socially and also drug testing in the work place for safety reasons can remain in place. You may not get incarcerated, but you may not be able to keep a job.

September 26 2010 at 9:35 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
Joanie

Alcohol is LEGAL ad look how that's Abused.!! Can you imagine what will happen if they legalize POT?? I see people stoned on it, and not mentally alert. What the hell is wrong with the government? They legalize drugs, and stop people from smokong cigarettes that don't impare your judgement. People who don't like the smell of pot will have to endure it. What's next, prostitution,pediphiles, animal abuse? As long as they can make money, lets have a free for all!!!

September 26 2010 at 9:14 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
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exitar01

You went right off the cliff with that one didn't you? So you are equating smoking pot with a pedophile or animal abuser? Why don't you use the standard line of 'smoking pot makes balck and mexican men rape white women'? That's how it was billed back in the turn of the 20th century. It worked then maybe it'll work now.

September 27 2010 at 11:18 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
jblazer24

Ok.Number1: If our government is so bad, then why don't you run the country? Number 2: Marijuana is a plant that provides the same effects as alcohol, it doesn't have to be smoked either, they have marijuana chocolate milk too now a days. So every argument that tries to involve smoking is pure tunnel vision. Number 3:What everybody seems to forget though is is that this is not a moral issue. Politics is not a moral issue. Its a matter of policy. We agreed to abide by the Constitution which limits the national governments powers, but in this case the US Government is overstepping its boundaries and constraining the states rights to regulate substances. If we keep on making exceptions in the constitution than the original policies will become ineffective in themselves. And eventually we will live by so many regulations and standards that our freedoms and liberties will be highly constricted. In order to protect ourselves and freedoms we need to legalize marijuana so that we can take one more step closer to giving the power back to the states.

November 01 2010 at 9:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joanie

How can they legalize this crap? What about people smoking this with little kids in their presence? What about having people growing it wherever they choose, selling it to minors. I see nothing but trouble . What about people driving. don't you think it impares the mind? If kids are being driven around, they will be in danger, plus inhaling pot. BAD IDEA TO LEGALIZE> Stop making everything that was once ILLEGAL a normal trend.

September 26 2010 at 8:42 PM Report abuse -8 rate up rate down Reply
ttriscott

aaahhh...this is an exhausting issue. Just leagalize it already....why? Its an herb, natural, can be used in many ways other then smoke (by product). The study that says the price would drop enough, too not make much profit....I say this....I'm sure it wasn't cheap when a nascar driver dashed a couple barrels of moon shine to your barn either. prohibition took us out of the depression...so eeehhhhh...just keep it illegal, thats the answer. You can go to a gas station, and buy "insense" that is pretty much the same thing, and legal. Better yet maybe your kids will be smoking salvia, that is available anywhere,and causes hallucination. With the drugs that are out there, and more to come, pot is certainly the safest.

September 26 2010 at 1:50 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to ttriscott's comment
nips222445

You're contradicting yourself; what are you for, legalization or prohibition?

September 26 2010 at 6:08 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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