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house Bill H.R. 3884

Should Marijuana Be Federally Decriminalized & Past Cannabis Crimes Expunged?

Argument in favor

Marijuana decriminalization with a criminal justice reform component is needed to address the negative impact of the War on Drugs on minority communities and create economic opportunity by ending the federal prohibition.

David's Opinion
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11/22/2019
If anyone thinks that making pot illegal did anything to curb use, they are deluded. It was and is easier to get than alcohol. It just filled up our for-profit prisons. Let it be legalized and regulated, just like booze. The politicians will be falling all over themselves with the new found pot of tax revenue (I live in Colorado, it will NEVER be criminalized again with all the new revenue). If done correctly with minimal regulation, it will kill off the black market. Just makes sense.
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Hillary's Opinion
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12/04/2020
Absolutely. Why the hell are citizens paying to keep marijuana users in jail? These people are of no threat to anyone! Why not have them go be productive members of society- working jobs, paying taxes?
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Dave 's Opinion
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12/04/2020
The days of smoking a doobie and twirling around in a field listening to the Grateful Dead are a distant memory. Boy I wish we could return to those days! In any event, the medical benefits of cannabis are well documented as are the versatile uses of hemp plants in general. Legalize it, release those imprisoned, expunge their records, and turn our attention to what is really fucking up this country like Covid, systemic racism, climate change and a totally useless Congress. Then we can crank up the Dead, take a hit and twirl our asses off!
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Argument opposed

Marijuana is an addictive substance, and legalizing it will only increase its use. Rather than legalizing marijuana, we should instead look for ways to address the reasons for people’s marijuana use.

David's Opinion
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11/22/2019
Anyone who thinks that marijuana has no more impact on a person’s mind than a Hershey bar is delusional. Congress has already proved to be corrupt and delusional with this Trump witch hunt. The people of this country must stand against any act that encourages or supports drug use. I had a smart friend in college used marijuana. He barely graduated and was a mindless idiot.
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J's Opinion
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12/04/2020
No! There is no ability to quantify or qualify intoxication like there is for alcohol and other legalized drugs. Those who abuse marijuana and cause harm to the public and others as a result cannot be held accountable under the law. On top of that, it is virtually impossible to keep it out of the hands of young people and we know that the effects of marijuana on brain development and behavior has negative consequences. We cannot in good conscience subject society and our youth to these negative outcomes. And people who have plead guilty to marijuana offenses often plead down to a lesser charge. We cannot expunge their records or then they are not being held accountable for their actions! Legalizing marijuana is a joke. There is no benefit of doing so other than politicians thinking they can manipulate people and benefit from taxes. There will always be a black market for drugs and legalizing marijuana will only exacerbate things and make worse drugs more prominent. This only benefits big pharm to allow them to corner the market on sales. As if they don’t rape people enough already. Marijuana should be downgraded at best and legalized for prescription and medical use, but be barred from big pharm control with no mandate or limits on licensure to ensure it remains an absolute free market enterprise. and exclusive to farmers and distributors.
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TDJCatholicBlogger's Opinion
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12/04/2020
Who’s gonna pay for the medical care stoneheads with fried brains will need to keep their quality of life? Don’t tell me: taxpayers.
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    If anyone thinks that making pot illegal did anything to curb use, they are deluded. It was and is easier to get than alcohol. It just filled up our for-profit prisons. Let it be legalized and regulated, just like booze. The politicians will be falling all over themselves with the new found pot of tax revenue (I live in Colorado, it will NEVER be criminalized again with all the new revenue). If done correctly with minimal regulation, it will kill off the black market. Just makes sense.
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    Anyone who thinks that marijuana has no more impact on a person’s mind than a Hershey bar is delusional. Congress has already proved to be corrupt and delusional with this Trump witch hunt. The people of this country must stand against any act that encourages or supports drug use. I had a smart friend in college used marijuana. He barely graduated and was a mindless idiot.
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    Legalize, decriminalize, regulate & tax!
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    Absolutely. Why the hell are citizens paying to keep marijuana users in jail? These people are of no threat to anyone! Why not have them go be productive members of society- working jobs, paying taxes?
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    The days of smoking a doobie and twirling around in a field listening to the Grateful Dead are a distant memory. Boy I wish we could return to those days! In any event, the medical benefits of cannabis are well documented as are the versatile uses of hemp plants in general. Legalize it, release those imprisoned, expunge their records, and turn our attention to what is really fucking up this country like Covid, systemic racism, climate change and a totally useless Congress. Then we can crank up the Dead, take a hit and twirl our asses off!
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    YES, STILL!
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    Marijuana is less harmful than alcohol, but is deemed as one of the most dangerous drugs by the federal government. This is ridiculous . Marijuana should be entirely decriminalized at the federal level.
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    First off, 2020 has been a nightmare with the Coronavirus killing millions of people all over the world! It should be the only thing being fought! A ton of law breaking has gone on to our country due to the negligence and thieves in the white house playing it down and taking control of the market for PPEs and making states bid on them! Remember!?! Marijuana is the least of our worries right now! Use this energy to punish the ones who have punished us with not doing their jobs that's needlessly killing us! Where is that concern!?! Marijuana does not fry the brain! I'm not going to go into the specifics of the beneficial use of the plant but the only reason it was made illegal was because the government wasn't making money off of something that grows naturally and had been used medically for centuries. Big Pharma needs to be in control at all times of making pretty drugs that don't work and or causes serious health problems so make another drug to cover the problem the first drug causes...another to cover the second drug's effects. It goes on and on! With some folks they are taking 5...6...or more drugs that started out with one! Marijuana is an amazing plant that mother nature provided us with. Instead of shoving your nose up in the air and not doing research on the plant's healing properties which are natural and not man made to keep you in pain or sick and needing more...it's in the freaking Bible! Now alcohol destroys lives! It and all the drugs taken daily kills your liver! There's so much evidence of the positive outcomes of the marijuana plant's use. It's only the THC from the plant that causes the high but the CBD part does not. But this should take the back burner to the real cause of the millions dying of a virus that could have been stopped with the Pandemic Preparedness Manual that some certain asshole threw away because they wanted people to die! Marijuana is not killing people...this f***king virus is!!! Priorities folks!!!
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    Decrimializing marijuana will allow many people in jail to be released and get back into society. Then, we need to "lose the box" on applications asking for past criminal charges. They paid the price, now get them a job and make them a vital part of our communities! Thank you!
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    Most states have decriminalized it now it’s time to bring the federal government up to speed
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    Decriminalize marijuana & set free all who are incarcerated solely for marijuana related offenses.
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    Way past time. Drug use is a social and medical problem not a criminal problem. If we had availability of healthcare and mental health care for ALL of our society, drug use would drop off too.
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    For too long, marijuana has been criminalized, thus largely affecting minority populations and landing us in prison for mere possession. The policing of marijuana has a long racist history. Continuing its policing only further leads America down the path of a police state. Additionally, decriminalizing cannabis and expunging the records of past offenders will allow a huge amount of people to get their lives back. The cannabis industry will also see a huge boom, leading to greater economic growth. The answer is clear.
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    Congress is set to vote on this issue today. However, Old Moscow Mitch says he won't put it to a vote in the Senate. This is yet another reason why Democrats in Georgia need to vote in the Jan. 5th run off elections. We need to knock Moscow Mitch off his lofty perch and then let the Democrats put it to a vote in the Senate. I have a feeling that Moscow Mitch and members of his party are either taking kickbacks from private prisons to stop the vote in the Senate.. 68% of Americans say it should be decriminalized. I consider that a majority of Americans, therefore our lawmakers should do it, which will create more revenue. Wake up lawmakers this is a sure fire way of boosting our economy...
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    Legalize and regulate marijuana just like cigarettes and alcohol.
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    Yes, put an end to the nonsense
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    God almighty! How many times are you going to ask this?
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    Way to many people in prison for such a minuscule crime yet hardly any drunk drivers. Does this sound right to you?
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    Remove marijuana from schedule one. Marijuana does not belong in the same classification as meth and other dangerous drugs.
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    The failed war on drugs is over. We are 40+ years behind on this legislation.
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    Marijuana should 100% be de-scheduled. The agriculture industry could do much more. Our states could do more with medical and recreational marijuana.
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