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senate Bill S. 2227

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.

jimK's Opinion
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08/31/2019
Yes, still yes. It will still be yes when this question is asked again In the next few days. Decriminalize use and minor possession; Expunge sentences for those convicted of use or minor possession, convict illegal/unlicensed distributers or 'dealers', resolve interstate commerce issues, and just move on to many other things that need to be done.
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Scott's Opinion
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08/31/2019
Pot is safer than alcohol even has health benefits...it was criminalized for racist purposes, we should fix this.
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Thelma's Opinion
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08/31/2019
Marijuana very likely is a useful plant that will help many people. As a result, Big Pharma is terrified because people can (and should be allowed) to grow this themselves and Big Pharma won’t be able to make a buck off of American’s pain. It is also likely non-addicting, which is even worse for American corporations. How will they make money if they can’t addict us? So yes, marijuana should be made legal and all past convictions erased.
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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.

Gopin2020's Opinion
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09/01/2019
Never, just look at what legalizing drugs has done to Colorado, Washington and other states; rampant crime, mentally deranged people and the citizens who pay for those policies are the victims of those policies. #MAGA
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ManfromNebraska's Opinion
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08/31/2019
Drugs are illegal because they destroy lives. We need to vote out congressmen who support the destruction of families and our country. We don’t need more people on drugs whether at work or home. Marijuana leads to even more destructive drugs. Drugs are for dummies! Just say no to drugs!!!!
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Raymond 's Opinion
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08/31/2019
It’s still a gateway drug. And findings have already started coming in about how super strong the new THC plants are. People are damaging their lungs and having other problems as well. Do more research and actually let the research out so people can make their own decisions.
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    Yes, still yes. It will still be yes when this question is asked again In the next few days. Decriminalize use and minor possession; Expunge sentences for those convicted of use or minor possession, convict illegal/unlicensed distributers or 'dealers', resolve interstate commerce issues, and just move on to many other things that need to be done.
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    Never, just look at what legalizing drugs has done to Colorado, Washington and other states; rampant crime, mentally deranged people and the citizens who pay for those policies are the victims of those policies. #MAGA
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    Pot is safer than alcohol even has health benefits...it was criminalized for racist purposes, we should fix this.
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    Marijuana very likely is a useful plant that will help many people. As a result, Big Pharma is terrified because people can (and should be allowed) to grow this themselves and Big Pharma won’t be able to make a buck off of American’s pain. It is also likely non-addicting, which is even worse for American corporations. How will they make money if they can’t addict us? So yes, marijuana should be made legal and all past convictions erased.
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    Good grief. We. Know that cannabis is not harmful to the adult mind and we know it’s helpful for many physical and mental conditions. Old white men have demonized the “weed” and used it to incarcerate thousands of young people - mostly people of color. It’s one of the factors that has led the US to have the highest prison population in the world. Possession and use of cannabis in a non- violent situation should be decriminalized, these people shouldn’t be in prison. They should be released to their families, helped to find jobs, and join the ranks of supporting members of society. Good grief. I still think that the cannabis conundrum stems as much from racism as anything else.
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    Yes... and we should be ashamed or our intellectually dishonest and criminally racist past.
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    Deffinately, long overdue!!!
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    Past time. The false narrative about cannabis has collapsed, and war on drugs has been a clear failure. Rectify these mistakes of the past based on facts this time instead of fear-mongering racism and greed.
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    This prohibition perpetuated by big business must end. We need to reverse all nonviolent drug convictions now. The private prison system doesn’t need to make any more money off of decent people who haven’t hurt anyone.
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    It’s ridiculous that many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many, many, many life’s have be utterly ruined; families torn apart and even altogether dismantled over something so minute.
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    Yes. Decriminalize it at the federal level. Legalize it at the state level for recreational use over 21, any age for medical use. Allow a small quantity for growing your own. Criminalize impairment not presence. Impairment testing technology is on the way. Empty out the jails and prisons and expunge records of those convicted of pot laws.
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    Asked and answered how many times now? Of course. Without a doubt!
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    Absolutely and immediately.
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    If we can make money off of tobacco and tax it, why not with marijuana? Also decriminalizing it should also include freeing the people that have been imprisoned from marijuana counts.
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    The federal government needs to get up to speed with the many states. Decriminalize marijuana. Expunge convictions. Release those still incarcerated.
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    Criminalizing possession and use of marijuana has not worked. It is more ubiquitous than ever, and legal medically and recreationally in a growing number of states. Legalize, tax and regulate it. By doing so we stand a better chance of reducing the problems it can create and also advancing it’s medical uses.
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    People should not be sitting in prison for something that is legal in several states. It wastes taxpayer dollars and prevents these people from moving on with their lives.
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    Yes. And work on levels of THC that are acceptable for employment screenings. Rather than zero when even legal CBD can get you fired there is something wrong with the system.
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    It’s about time
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    I agree with this legislation I strongly urge you to support it. I currently understand there’s discussions regarding a state basis. This will be an unworkable solution. As an example same sex marriage. It was not recognized her in Indiana. One must be able to travel from coast to coast with out fear of incarceration. When the MAJORITY of this country WANTS medical Cannabis legalization. When the few are dictating to the majority. That’s not democracy. It as if (OUR) Representatives are tone Deaf on this issue. The average age of the United STATE Senator is 62 year old the oldest in America history. There’s definitely a generational divide on this issue. The age of the average voter is younger than there representatives. I currently live in Indiana it illegal to possess. This is going to be an election year issue. Congressman Greg Pence your your re-election in 2020 you represent your constituents not an personal opinion or ideology. I personally will very hard to unseat you. The will of the many will not be dictated by the few. Remember popular vote win.
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    A lot of people are convinced now marijuana can be used for medicinal purposes I think it’s time that we change that instead of wasting time on the joke Of the war on drugs
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