November 7th, 2013
12:51 PM ET
11 months ago

Smoke clears for attitudes on pot, voters respond

Washington (CNN) - Pot has come a long way. How close are we to legalization?

Three cities in Michigan voted on Tuesday to legalize marijuana and the first East Coast city - Portland, Maine – did, too.

While those votes are largely symbolic because the states of Michigan and Maine still consider pot illegal, it's another victory in the legalization movement.

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  1. just saying

    i'm sure the holder justice dept. will be filing federal lawsuits against all of these places as this is federal jurisdiction, just like immigration enforcement when they sued all the states for doing the job the federal government flatly refused to do, enforce its own laws.

    November 7, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    What is wrong with legalizing? Nothing wrong. Alcohol, tobacco, etc are not legalized? Why making a big deal?

    November 7, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. Thomas

    Legalize it , tax it .

    Use revenue for mental health and rehabilitation for addicts and Alcoholics , I wish we used some of the Taxes from Alcohol for the same purpose .

    You can't stop people from using , but you can help them to recover.

    November 7, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    They won't legalize it because it will damage their Prison Industrial Complex. "What? We can't lock up colored people no more for simple possession charges?"

    November 7, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    just saying

    i'm sure the holder justice dept. will be filing federal lawsuits against all of these places as this is federal jurisdiction, just like immigration enforcement when they sued all the states for doing the job the federal government flatly refused to do, enforce its own laws.
    -------------------------–
    Seriously? Tell me that you didn't just say that. What about the states? Hmm? You argue for states' rights, so wouldn't it first be the jurisdiction of the respective state to act when one of their cities violates their own state law?

    November 7, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. just asking

    Thomas
    Legalize it , tax it .
    Use revenue for mental health and rehabilitation for addicts and Alcoholics , I wish we used some of the Taxes from Alcohol for the same purpose .
    You can't stop people from using , but you can help them to recover.
    -

    if you can't stop people from using how do you get them to recover? or are you saying you can't stop people from using the first time and getting hooked on the stuff but you can do it once they have been using it and got hooked on it?

    isn't it more cost efficient to try and make sure people do not get hooked on it, wreck their lives and the lives of their familiy? liberals love education programs. how about a massive education program about the dangers of drugs and alcohol? i'm sure nobody knows anything about that, right?

    November 7, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. Steve Lawson

    Legalizing Pot will save lives! Not legalizing will cost more lives. Pot is much safer than alcohol and if legalized many people will choose to use pot over alcohol. This will result in less domestic violence and few drunk driver caused deaths. There was a study conducted at Iowa state which showed that drivers under influence of pot drove as safe or safer than sober drivers. 20,000 plus die from alcohol related auto crashes. Save Lives, Legalize! Steve

    November 7, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  8. just asking

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes
    They won't legalize it because it will damage their Prison Industrial Complex. "What? We can't lock up colored people no more for simple possession charges?"
    --

    bwahahahhahaa!!!! yeah the prisons are just chock full of recreational black pot smokers!!! bwahahahhaa!!! come on, put the bottle and joint down, you've reached your limit.

    are you sure they aren't there for assaulting and or murdering somebody? most likely another black person?

    November 7, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  9. just saying

    Rudy NYC
    just saying
    i'm sure the holder justice dept. will be filing federal lawsuits against all of these places as this is federal jurisdiction, just like immigration enforcement when they sued all the states for doing the job the federal government flatly refused to do, enforce its own laws.
    ---------–
    Seriously? Tell me that you didn't just say that. What about the states? Hmm? You argue for states' rights, so wouldn't it first be the jurisdiction of the respective state to act when one of their cities violates their own state law?
    --

    the states should go after them if there are state laws being violated. typically these leftwing cities are located in leftwing states though.

    if states want to legalize it then the federal government should repeal all the drug laws on the books and leave it to the states.

    if the states want to repeal all the drug laws on the books and leave it to the cities, let them do it.

    but there should be an orderly unwinding of this massive tangle of drug laws so that peopl eknow what the heck is going on. right now you have total chaos which is typical of leftwing government.

    November 7, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  10. Thomas

    @just asking
    Thomas
    Legalize it , tax it .
    Use revenue for mental health and rehabilitation for addicts and Alcoholics , I wish we used some of the Taxes from Alcohol for the same purpose .
    You can't stop people from using , but you can help them to recover.

    if you can't stop people from using how do you get them to recover? or are you saying you can't stop people from using the first time and getting hooked on the stuff but you can do it once they have been using it and got hooked on it?

    isn't it more cost efficient to try and make sure people do not get hooked on it, wreck their lives and the lives of their familiy? liberals love education programs. how about a massive education program about the dangers of drugs and alcohol? i'm sure nobody knows anything about that, right?

    ====

    All is I know is , your way doesn't work !

    November 7, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. Thomas

    And yes Education is important , So stop cutting education !

    November 7, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. Liberal Democrat Utopia

    1. Legalize all drugs.
    2. Grow addiction to those drugs among the population.
    3. Introduce oppressive taxes on the drugs and the addicts the state has encouraged.
    4. Establish massive government programs to deal with addicts funded by the taxes taken from the addicts.
    5. Pretend all is well and ignore the dangers to the children and the people they help get addicted.

    November 7, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  13. just asking

    Thomas
    ====
    All is I know is , your way doesn't work !
    ---

    prove your way won't make the situation worse. your track record with obamacare demands that question be asked and answered before changing anything. remmeber, first do no harm.

    November 7, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "if you can't stop people from using how do you get them to recover? "

    Ask all the recovering alcoholics out there who never touch a drop again in their entire lives. There's plenty.

    "isn't it more cost efficient to try and make sure people do not get hooked on it"

    Nope, not even remotely. Not a single study will support that path.

    "yeah the prisons are just chock full of recreational black pot smokers"

    They are. Although marijuana use is equal in urban and suburban and rural areas, far more money, time, energy, political capital, and prosecutoral avarice is spent on urban areas. Locking up urban minority children for getting caught with a fat sack is how you prove you're "tough on crime," while little Johnny gets his "let's not ruin his life" free pass out in suburbia. Over twice as many of the prisoners in jail for illegal drug convictions are minorities as opposed to white.

    "how about a massive education program about the dangers of drugs and alcohol?"

    Right, because none of those exist.

    November 7, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. just saying

    Thomas
    And yes Education is important , So stop cutting education !
    -–

    we spend more on education than we ever have and yet we have high drop out rates and kids that can't read or write graduating from high school. the problem is not a lack of money. there are many problems that have nothing to do with money. for one, the teachers unions have a strangle hold on the education system and hold our children hostage to their failed, union first systems.

    if given a choice, most would run out of those schools to privately run schools where kids get a real education. but the democrats are beholden to the teachers unions for money and man power so the kids continue to pay the price.

    November 7, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  16. smith

    @Dutch- Saying the prison population is a bunch pot smokers is flat out stupid. You don`t even go to a small jail for simple possesion. Thats just more liberal propaganda for your ilk.

    November 7, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  17. the hippies were right

    Here's a oxymoron for you. I don't and never have smoked pot. The hippies were right about most things, not all. Haven't had a drink in 14 years. I tried to set an example for my kids when they were in high school. Of course, it didn't work. Having said that, I believe alcohol is much more dangerous and wrecks lives in many ways. Pot doesn't have the same affect and as Steve Lawson said could save some lives if more chose pot over alcohol.People are going o use it regardless.

    November 7, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  18. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    smith
    @Dutch- Saying the prison population is a bunch pot smokers is flat out stupid. You don`t even go to a small jail for simple possesion. Thats just more liberal propaganda for your ilk.
    --------------------------------------------
    Sorry, but I'm speaking from experience. Get popped with a joint in Yorktown, VA and you are going to jail. End of story. Do not pass go, do not collect $200.

    November 7, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  19. Data Driven

    Peter Tosh's words bear repeating:

    " Legalize it
    Don't criticize it
    Legalize it
    And I will advertise it"

    Irie!

    November 7, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. tom l

    Who wants to bet that transfat is going to be outlawed? Now that the govt has their hands in our healthcare just wait for that to happen.

    Freedom of choice is becoming more and more narrow.

    November 7, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  21. just saying

    Sniffit
    Locking up urban minority children for getting caught with a fat sack is how you prove you're "tough on crime,"
    --

    ohhh.... so now all the black people in jail aren't recreational pot smokers but drug dealers. can you liars please get your story straight? drug dealers? I don't care what their color is, lock them up and throw away the key. murderers, destroyers of children, salemen of poison, they deserve a minimum of 10 years served behind bars.

    maybe all these black people in jail should have stayed in school and gotten an education instead of turning to a life of crime and the destuction of others lives and many times the lives of their family.

    November 7, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  22. TONE

    Legalize it and i will advertise it.

    November 7, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  23. Bill from GA

    I still don't understand how, in a supposedly free country, we let government tell us we can't grow and use marijuana.

    And yet we are locking up hundreds of thousands each year for it. In the USA, "Land of the Free", you will get serious prison time for growing a few plants.

    Where is our gutless President, and where are the so-called liberals in Congress, on this human rights issue?

    Further, a felony conviction will keep one from voting in many states. For the rest of their life. And this seems to be a problem among Blacks especially, so it is also a racial issue. And since a criminal record is an impediment to getting a job, it is also a serious economic, and family values issue.

    It is time to end this insanity.

    November 7, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |