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Cop wants drugs legalized

Retired police officer says regulation is key

February 4, 2013

Retired police Capt. Peter Christ said that his mission to legalize drugs should not be mistaken as an endorsement to use the....

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RolloTomassi

Feb-06-13 11:30 AM

Walmart shoppers already freak out like they are giving away crack. What would happen if they actually did.

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RolloTomassi

Feb-06-13 11:28 AM

So you want the government to make money off of selling drugs. Awesome. I already think it's hypocritical for buildings to be built on the back of tobacco sales, and then not let tobacco to be used in those buildings. How bout we stop sending our troops elsewhere, and let them help law enforcement battle drug dealers, guard borders, and inspect ports.

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NomoreCrap

Feb-05-13 1:16 PM

Don't buy into USB's bullcrap Featherstone, he's never been off American soil or barely Trumbull County. Anytime a conversation takes place and a Country is mentioned he claims to have been there. He's one of about 4 or 5 angry idiots logging in to this site for the wrong reason.

With USB the motivation is either racial bashing or Political partisanship or some other means of antagonizing ordinary people logging in to leave their opinion or dialog on the subject of the day.

He's already confessed to living in his mom's basement and baby sitting his sisters children to earn money between checks, which I suspect is SSI. Lot's of anger & jealousy directed at folks who have done ok with their lives & families... Don't get caught up!

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thebear402

Feb-05-13 12:28 PM

At the very least, pot should be legalized for medical reasons. My son has epilepsy and the drug he is on, Depakote, has many horrible side effects. Medicinal pot is being used in Michigan to prevent seizures, same as Depakote, but no side effects. Unfortunately, you cannot get it unless you are a Michigan resident.

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Daniel

Feb-05-13 9:08 AM

Yea, I can see it now. Legalize drugs. Companies will still test and not hire you and then they are on the public dole.

And I see a lot of Rightwing Tea'ers on here that are all for it. Wow, Really messed in the head.

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nortman

Feb-05-13 6:48 AM

Legalize them and tax them. Start by legalizing marijuana and slowly add from there. It will add to the tax money collected and make it safer for the police to do their jobs.

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featherstone

Feb-04-13 9:50 PM

Mullets, kind of were I was going. Many have traditional purposes in some cultures. Of course its not White Anglo Protestant, so to many its wrong.

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featherstone

Feb-04-13 9:44 PM

Reason I ask Blues, you said many people wouldn't do drugs if they were legal because of MORAL , and RELIGIOUS reasons. Many native American Indian tribes smoked Hemp, Hash and other mild Hallucination plants, for customary and RELIGIOUS purposes. How do you feel about that?

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featherstone

Feb-04-13 8:29 PM

Usblues, did you do any drugs in Amsterdam? Serious, just asking..

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Goneforgood

Feb-04-13 7:21 PM

I would be interested in trying pot if it was legal, but I do not think it is going to happen in my lifetime.

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StonedDrone

Feb-04-13 6:50 PM

Legalizing drugs would be instant economic depression, with millions of people being rendered jobless.

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thebear402

Feb-04-13 4:46 PM

Legalize and regulate is not an oxymoron. People will smoke weed, whether legal or not. I knew a dealer who sprayed his with Black Flag to get a harsher smoke, making buyers think they are getting stronger stuff. So when people bought it from him for whatever reason--such as when Hospice of Youngstown told me to buy some for a relative dying of cancer--they were inhaling Black Flag. Regulating it makes it safer. Same as alcohol, you can buy it legally and know that it's clean and pure or buy it from a moonshiner who may have cut it with something to give it a rougher taste, making people think it has a higher alcohol content, stuff you can go blind by drinking.

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AnotherMike

Feb-04-13 3:27 PM

"legalize and regulate?" isn't that an oxymoron? Going on the premise, shouldn't Uncle Same just "legalize" everything that is currently illegal. There is some merit to the proposal, but no way in*****would it ever work.Prohibition didn't eliminate alcoholics and/or drunks....(alcoholics attend meetings)

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SURV69

Feb-04-13 1:44 PM

I wonder if alcohol use is more prevalent now, than it was during prohibition?

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thebear402

Feb-04-13 1:40 PM

Daniel, alcohol is legal. Does that mean the government is endorsing its use? Not at all, just saying that it's legal.

Please take out a history book and read about the Prohibition era. Violence in the streets as rival gangs fought it out over turf wars, criminal kingpins getting rich, innocent people getting shot. Now substitute "alcohol" for "drugs." Same thing is happening today. Legalize, regulate it, and tax it. Not even to mention the pharmaceutical benefits of marijuana, not the least of which are relieving symptoms of glaucoma and epileptic seizures.

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Daniel

Feb-04-13 1:10 PM

"Retired police Capt. Peter Christ said that his mission to legalize drugs should not be mistaken as an endorsement to use them."

That is exactly what your saying!

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SURV69

Feb-04-13 1:07 PM

ALSO keep in mind there still are . . . in 2013, people who don't do things, cause it's illegal.

Even if drugs are generally "legalized", there should always be some small degree of illegality to illicit drugs.

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SURV69

Feb-04-13 12:59 PM

My understanding was that in Holland there was an initial sharp increase in drug use that eventually became an overall reduction . . . human nature.

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NomoreCrap

Feb-04-13 12:43 PM

I reject the idea that legalization would turn into a "free for all" drug party society. Those who are unlikely to use for moral, health, religious or other reasons will not suddenly become addicts when drugs are decriminalized.

I have not heard of any increase in usage in Countries (Amsterdam) that have legalized & regulated pot smoking or other drugs. And I believe if you stepped up penalties for selling to or buying drugs for minors that would minimize our teens getting ensnared. Although we know teens when so inclined are going to find their way into drugs whether legal or not.

As a society we must try something knowing that prohibition and the "war" has failed miserably while making millionaires of Cartels south of the border and major players north of the border.

And lastly, I've not heard where California's legal marijuana industry has created additional addicts among teens or anyone else not already indulging...

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NomoreCrap

Feb-04-13 12:26 PM

A point on which we can agree!

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unitedfortruth

Feb-04-13 11:19 AM

you will begin to see a massive drop in crime and drug addicts more or less at the same time. all the dying drug addicts will be the example we can use to the kids of what a poison those things are. problem solved.

give it to em.

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unitedfortruth

Feb-04-13 11:16 AM

i'd even be a crossing guard for them at the corner drugstore so they make it across the street ok to get even more.

give em all they want.

pharamcuticals too. let em have as many pain pills as they want. sell em a buck a pc., tax free.

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unitedfortruth

Feb-04-13 11:14 AM

i say give the druggies all the drugs they want. make it tax free and let em have as much as they want.

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featherstone

Feb-04-13 10:56 AM

Then again the pharmaceutical companies would reap the benefits, scrap that idea. Theyre making enough on addictive drug prescriptions.

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featherstone

Feb-04-13 10:54 AM

Bear and NMC, Resistance, good points. One thing is certain, legalization would cripple Drug Cartels. Would like to see synthetic replacements made to supplement popular drugs without the dangers of the real stuff. That may sound ridiculous, but look how far other technologies have come in last 30years.

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