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OUR VIEW: Ohio wise not to lead in pot sales debate

Published: January 6, 2014 4:00 AM

Recreational marijuana

is now legal in Colorado and how long will it be before its sales become legal throughout the United States?

Treated similarly to alcohol and tobacco, its sales could be a revenue producer for the public sector. Its sales were legal in the United States until the 1930s. Like alcohol, the presumption is that those involved in accidents or illegal behavior under the influence of marijuana would have fines to pay and penalties to bear.

The drug is known to be addictive. Of course tobacco, to some extent alcohol and even the caffeine we drink in coffee and tea are addictive too.

Is marijuana a step-up drug, one that leads to consumption of more addictive and destructive drugs like heroin and crack? There is some evidence to support that. Also, there is evidence that marijuana can harm brain development in those under age of 25. Supporters of legality argue it would free up the time of law enforcement agencies so they could concentrate on the more serious drugs.

Colorado, while permitting sales, will not allow smoking of marijuana in public places, but, of course, smoking of tobacco in public places is not permitted in many states, too.

One advantage Ohio will have in the marijuana debate should there ever be one, is that we are waiting to see the effects of legalizing the drug in Colorado. The benefit of not being first is substantial and this is one issue in which we are glad to see Ohio sitting back, not ready to take the lead.

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TaggR Jan 6, 2014 2:41 PM

A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will perish.

I asked for a link backing up your first post and you give me bs about attorneys warning partiers about law enforcement looking for stoners. For gosh sakes, I pray law enforcement everywhere is looking for stoners.  And this proves nothing about DUI arrests on the rise.

"MADD is another source, but statistics only through 2012."  This in no way proves DUI arrests are up since marijuana became legal in 2014, in Colorado.  

  And we don't care what some law firm has to say.
Other than that, thanks little_r.  





little_r_republican Jan 6, 2014 12:38 PM

~~Denver DUI attorneys warn partakers that law enforcement is looking for stoned drivers. Anyone buying marijuana should keep it in their trunk while transporting, and avoid a DUI-D at all costs." REf. MyDenverDUI Lawyer,

Orr law firm- Avg of DUI arrest was 31,000 per year = 596 per week. Jan 1st thru 5th of 2014 there were 650 arrests. DWAI is also up, but no statistics given. In 2012 there were 495 DUI arrests for the Dec 28th through Jan 2nd period.

MADD is another source, but statistics only through 2012.

TaggR Jan 6, 2014 11:35 AM

"The TV reports I saw so far, show hundreds of different names and "flavors" like you would expect in a gormet candy store."

Or maybe a tocacco shop, drive thru or for that matter a Giant Eagle. Gee, what will they think of next.


TaggR Jan 6, 2014 11:04 AM

I am referring to your DUI comment whiner. What's that about? 

TaggR Jan 6, 2014 11:01 AM

"to some extent alcohol and even the caffeine we drink in coffee and tea are addictive too."
To some extent??  Who are you trying to fool with this bs rhetoric? It is scientific fact that alcohol and caffeine are VERY addictive. And many will testify the withdrawel symptons from alcohol and caffeine are much worse than that of marijuana withdrawal. 

Most people that smoke or have tried marijuana, tried alcohol first. Alcohol is a drug.
Why do we ignore this drug in the "step-up drug"  argument against legalization.?

"this is one issue in which we are glad to see Ohio sitting back, not ready to take the lead"  
But Ohio does lead the way for methheads and meth labs, it's unfortunate that all these self-righteous people are spending the taxpayers fighting potheads, money that could be used to help fight our rampant meth and heroin problem. 

little whiner, what are you talking about? Please post us a link that supports and explains your statement in more detail?  Rhetoric doesn't fly around here, especially yours. 




little_r_republican Jan 6, 2014 10:39 AM

rareearth...I appreciate your opinion. yet colorado legalized it for "recreational" use too. The TV reports I saw so far, show hundreds of different names and "flavors" like you would expect in a gormet candy store. I had no idea there were so many difflerent types. They also said the cost was very expensive...whatever that means since I have no idea about that either.

rareearth57 Jan 6, 2014 9:43 AM

Using the manpower it takes to do an investigation of marijuana would be better served for the protection and saftey of our citizens.

Cigarettes are harmful not only to the people that smoke them but it has been proven to harm others just in casual contact, such as third hand smoke causes cancer in children.

Why do they not outlaw cigarettes?

I think the merits of doctors finding beneficial uses of the drug to benefit our society outways the so called eveidence  that it causes brain damage.

I do not and choose not to smoke marijuana, but if my doctor told me that she had something that was less harmful to me than the pain medicine i use everyday of my life I would do what ever she told me.

I trust my doctor and the government should never have any say as to what a doctor says is right for a patient.

The state makes laws that your not allowed to smoke within 50 feet of a doorway to a building.

Why do I see ignorant people smoke right up to the door and then crush them out with their heels on the ground. It seems to me they are breaking 2 laws smoking in an entrance way and littering..

So as far as the Marijuana debate. Cigarettes are far worse. These people are like the big bad wolf they huff and puff and do not care if they blow your house down.

People who smoke marijuana usually smoke until they feel the effect of the drug and then stop to conserve it.

From what I hear doctor's are finding all kinds of things the drug helps from seizures to prevention of blindness.

What cures have they found from tobacco?

little_r_republican Jan 6, 2014 8:20 AM

Unintended consequences...or were they intended?  DUI arrests are up in colorado...but fines average $2500, so the added revenue helps local governments.