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Should marijuana be decriminalized?

Decriminalizing marijuana means reducing criminal charges associated with the possession of marijuana, and for smaller offenses, replacing criminal charges with fines. Decriminalization is not equivalent to legalization.

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Drug Policy Alliance    Organization
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There are, of course, some risks associated with using marijuana. These risks, however, should be weighed against the harms associated with current marijuana policy. Every comprehensive, objective commission that has examined marijuana throughout the past 100 years has concluded that criminalization of adult marijuana use does more harm than marijuana use itself, including President Nixon's 1972 marijuana commission, the National Academy of Sciences' 1982 marijuana report...
26 Apr 2009    Source


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Barney Frank    US Politician
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I now think it's time for the politicians to catch up to the public... The notion that you lock people up for smoking marijuana is pretty silly. I'm going to call it the 'Make Room for Serious Criminals' bill.
28 Mar 2008    Source


Ron Paul    U.S. Politician, Libertarian
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Drugs are very dangerous but there's a lot of things that are very dangerous. The question is, should we regulate danger? Should we take responsibility for ourselves or should the government take care of us? I don't believe in the nanny state.
13 Mar 2009    Source


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Office of National Drug Control Policy    (ONDCP) Department in U.S. President's Executive Office
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The DOJ earlier this week issued guidelines for Federal prosecutors regarding laws authorizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes. This prompted a flurry of news reports, analysis and commentary, some arguing that the guidelines could be read as the Federal government's tacit approval of "medical" marijuana. Advocates of marijuana legalization tried to cast the guidelines as a victory, portraying them as a step toward full legalization. Neither of these analyses is correct.
23 Oct 2009    Source

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Hillary Clinton    US Secretary of State 2009-, Democrat
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We ought to [investigate claims that] marijuana might help people who are suffering from cancer and nausea related to treatment [but] I don't think we should decriminalize it.
11 Oct 2007    Source


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Barack Obama    United States President
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...I think we need to rethink and decriminalize our marijuana laws...
21 Jan 2004    Source


Barack Obama    United States President
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[Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor] Senator Obama does not believe in legalization of marijuana, but agrees with President Bush that long minimum sentences for first-time drug users may not be the best way to occupy jail space or heal people from their disease.
31 Jan 2008    Source

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Big Buds Magazine
Legalizing would be a great thing if it works out well. It will solve numerous headaches of the general masses. But, I would certainly not say decriminalizing would be a bad idea. At least, not completely but some amount of relief will be there amongst the masses due to decriminalization of marijuana. So, I personally feel its a wise choice to take the step forward.



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1 Point      NonSmoker      01 Mar 2011      Stance on Question: Agree
Yes, but why not make money off of it? Even if it's true that marijuana is a gateway drug (which it's not), then decriminalizing it only speeds up the process without any benefits. Legalizing it would speed up the process but at the same time, make billions of dollars. This would be harsh of me to say if in fact marijuana was a gateway drug. But it's not. So legalize it.


0 Points      Charles Hemingway      01 Dec 2011      Stance on Question: Disagree
but marijuana causes lung cancer before cigarets and all that so people with cancer that smokes marijuana would only make their cancer twice as bad


0 Points      tellmethat      14 Dec 2011      General Comment
can you site your sources?




0 Points      blacktrance      10 Feb 2011      Stance on Question: Agree
Yes, but it'd be even better to legalize it.


0 Points      JGWeissman      27 Mar 2010      Stance on Question: Agree
Yes, but really it should be legalized.