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  •  Alcohol as a drug! (3+ / 0-)
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    RichM, shmuelman, Brahman Colorado

    It seems to me that until marijuana is regulated by the Feds, and by the various states where it becomes legalized (there will be more), in the same manner as alcohol, there will be some fairness issues, some inconsistencies.

    For example, is alcohol in any of the various schedules in the Controlled Substances Act? Why not? It's by any scientific definition, a drug - and a rather hard one at that.

    If I recall correctly, one of the points made during the legalization campaign in Colorado was that marijuana is actually more dangerous in its immediate effects than alcohol. Yet, alcohol is not treated as a drug, just an intoxicating substance. Maybe that is because if the "Scheduling" critera was applied to alcohol, it would end up in Schedule I or II.

    If "equal" protection is a value, then pot smokers have a strong case for being discriminated against, and this may be the real battle pushing the original reasoning behind the Schedule I listing for cannabis. Certainly the alcoholic beverage industry would have favored this, and large donations to the Partnership for a Drug Free America by Miller and Anheueser-Busch during the 1990s and beyond raise some real questions about this scheduling matter. Making marijuana "scary" has long been in the best interests of the alcoholic beverage industry.

    It's America; it's all about money. Follow it sometime, and you'll see what I mean.

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    by paz3 on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 01:19:12 PM PST

    •  there is no way undee the sun that marijuana (5+ / 0-)

      is more dangerous than alcohol.

      None.

      Anybody that says so can't prove it.

      Alcohol is very flammable and poisonous. It has a toxic overdose potential.

      Marijuana doesn't

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      by xxdr zombiexx on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 01:24:02 PM PST

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    •  I don't remember any attacks that (0+ / 0-)

      Marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol from the opposition. It currently is scheduled in the same category as LSD, Psilocybin, heroin, Peyote and others. (Schedule I)

      I understand your argument of the dangers of alcohol in relation to marijuana, however, I believe we should dramatically reform and reclassify all drugs to a more comprehensive drug policy that deregulates (not upgrades) classifications of drugs.

      After all is said and done, a lot more is said than done.

      by Brahman Colorado on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 01:39:21 PM PST

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    •  It is about the money. It is not available (2+ / 0-)
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      Brahman Colorado, cacamp

      with legal weed. There is every incentive by the government to keep it illegal. Even considering  taxation, there could be a loss from alcohol sales, which is made up of higher priced products. And every group, from the lumber and paper, alcoholic beverage to the pharma industy see marijuana as a financial threat.

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      by shmuelman on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 01:42:35 PM PST

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      •  MMJ taxes produced 2.2 million in 2010 (0+ / 0-)

        for the state and 5 mil in 2011. That's a chunk of change for the state. Legalized weed could eclipse those numbers.

        I think it is a great boon for cottage industries related to hemp production. It's an untapped market and I hope they don't regulate it to death.

        After all is said and done, a lot more is said than done.

        by Brahman Colorado on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 02:01:54 PM PST

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      •  It's just too easy and too cheap to grow for the (1+ / 0-)
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        comfort of the adult beverage industry.  People will be keeping weed like they do a house plant.  And while few will be growing premium ganja they will have friends that are or what they grow will still be good enough and almost free.  

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