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The debate over legalizing medical marijuana is not a new one, but it is going to be front and center in Raleigh Thursday. The House Health Committee will hold a public hearing on a bill that’s been introduced to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. One Oak Island man is in full support of House Bill 1380, based on his own first-hand experience. "It’s time we come out of the dark ages and look at marijuana as it is, a medicine, and not a hard core drug," said David Warren. David Warren is pushing for pot to be legalized in North Carolina, as an option for people suffering from debilitating medical conditions. It is already legal in 13 states. "Marijuana is not addictive. It’s a drug that causes little side effects. I think people should have a choice in medicine," Warren said. Warren is in full support of House Bill 1380, which would protect seriously ill patients from getting arrested and going to jail for smoking marijuana if recommended by a doctor. Warren said, "Those who are sick don’t belong in jail. They need to be treated with care, love, and respect." Warren uses his own experience to back up his case. He was arrested in 2005 for growing marijuana to smoke while being treated for Hepatitis C. He said he also suffers from post traumatic stress disorder and a seizure disorder. "I looked at the data, I looked at the studies, and I decided that rather than take narcotics, I would rather have something non-addictive." Warren said the law would tax those who grow marijuana for themselves or others, bringing those tax dollars into the Tar Heel state. He is happy to see the issue reach Raleigh, and said there is plenty of room for an open and fair debate. "I believe that God made the marijuana. I’ve never seen an Oxycodone bush," said Warren. The House Health Committee’s public hearing is at noon Thursday in Raleigh.

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  • Guest

    Who wants to take meds with side effects like puking, loose stool, headache, swelling, etc. I choose something put here by our LORD not made by some scientist that doesnt haVE A CLUE WHAT HE IS DOING I HAVE A BACHELORS IN SCIENCE SO I NO ITS A HIT AND MISS ON MAN MADE MEDS

  • Guest

    for everyone who dosent know Marinol the legal pot pill is $900 for a one month supply and is not covered by any insurance to my knowledge…

  • Guest

    I thought you would already know that many successful buisness owners smoke pot, and of the politicians how has 14 states legalized it thus far. or do you really buy the politicions story of “I have never smoked pot but some one anonymusly placed a box on my door step for my wife who was suffering and we danced in the living room”; “pot gave me my wife back” google up millionaire pot heads or go burn one with a cancer patient

  • 0 deaths from marijuana 400,000 from smoking deaths a year whats more dangerous and its a fact that weed is not harmful where did you hear that weed is dangerous

  • nemo

    i have the same problems he does but i have a couple more and i totally no where he s coming from id rather smoke then take 12 pills a night

  • Mr J..

    dude that s**t is so true alcohol i hate im prescribed marinol but can not afford it so i smoke it… i have bipolar and it works wonders for that i also have ADD ADHD and when I am using what you call pot I can pay attention 100% better i can get along wtih people much better without mood swings and thats like 3 medicines in 1 it is great they should just legalize it

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  • ncsu2013

    ok i completely agree with the potential gateway drug theory you have because i have seen friends TRY different drugs but only try. they were to attracted to the mellow feeling that pot gave them. and with the cocaine thing….. it is total bull crap. yes it COMES from the coco plant it isn’t the actual plant. did you know that DMT comes from all living organisms and is massively produced when you sleep. this is what makes you dream, however when smoked in its powder form it is an intense high that makes you feel one with the earth and complete ego loss. this goes to show you that just because something comes from a plant doesn’t make it right, but weed is the plant it isn’t man altered or extract or concentrate it is picked and dried simple as that. so if you have a problem with smoking it than go down a fifth of alcohol and see how fast u get alcohol poisoning. the count of americans who die from alcohol every year is 25,000…. EVERY YEAR. the count for weed is 0… thats not even including drunk driving. so think what you want im pretty convinced that it should be legal.

  • guest442200

    Just a question. I have kidney disease and I am not allowed to drink, what would you suggest that I do? I feel that the legalization of marijuana would not only benefit the people who need it for medicinal purposes, but the state of North Carolina it’s self.

  • patience

    What a silly comment…. you sound like a liberal.

  • Inform yourself!

    Inhaling any type of smoke has negative health effects. In other states that passed laws protecting medical users of cannabis, doctors employ patients to use other means of administation of the drug, either by ingestion or the use of a device that vaporizes the herb (releasing only the active cannabinoids, namely THC, as a harmless water vapor).

  • Guest Doober

    For decades this argument has gone on and on with no end.
    If possession of heroin and killing someone by a vehicle gets you 5 months in the can……what in the world is all the hype about pot?????!


    This is should be framed and put all over the world

    I’m right there brother!


    Im posting this as a student

    PILLS are easier to get than marijuana.
    you can call any of your friends and they can just rumble through mom or grandmas medicine cabinet and BAMMMM we can be messed up for the next week straight.

    Smoking a joint or a cigar rolled blunt-
    we just get a little hungry!!!

    LEGALIZE IT so my friends will stop overdosing on medications

    RIP Reid Perry
    RIP Michael Underwood
    RIP Josh Irelan
    RIP Jeremy Beardsley

    for my guys that coulda smoked and got a little high if marijuana were legal

  • ImaPersonToo

    You people make me sick! Conservative or Liberal, you are all mean! There are a small group of us with cancer, nervous system disorders, intestinal diseases, etc. that are in constant severe pain. These diseases have NO cure. We suffer in pain 24/7 for months at a time. Our doctors will not prescribe pains meds because they are addicting and have negative side affects. I was diagnosed with an incurable chronic disease 5 years ago. It wasn’t until I was throwing up from the pain that I even considered pot. Let me explain what the pain does. When it comes, it lasts for about a minute at a time. I completely go blank. I try and think about anything I can to get my mind off the pain. It feels like it lasts forever. After it subsides, I get a nasty taste in my mouth. My mouth begins to water excessively, and then I get a nasty taste. After this I feel whatever is in my stomach start to come up. I puke. Then I puke again and again and again. This repeats every couple days…The typical pain I would gauge as a 5 to 7 that lasts ALL DAY AND NIGHT! Throughout the day I get the pleasure of experiencing pain I would say is between a 2 and 4. I have been like this since February. Luckily the pain and my disease is starting to subside into remission. I went through this last year from October through the middle of December. I am anemic and dehydrated because of my disease. It is VERY hard to drink the 100+ ounces of water a day I should to stay hydrated. Most the time I use the bathroom, the toilet is filled with blood. I have no energy and can not eat solid food at the moment. I life off those boost and ensure drinks. I weigh 140 lbs. I am 5’9″, 32 and am male. I use to weigh 200lbs, which was my average since high school. I lost all that weight in 2 years…without exercising. I actually do the opposite of exercise. When I come home from work, I rest, watch TV, play video games. I sleep at least 10 hours a night because I can not get the right nutrients from food….because I can’t eat!
    So, recap, I cant eat, anemic, dehydrated, no energy, constant pain.
    Amazing enough, I can eat when I get stoned. My pain subsides and I feel human again. If it wasnt for smoking pot, I would probably weigh less and there would have probably been a bullet in my head months ago because of NOT BEING HUMAN!
    I don’t care if some crack head makes his doctor believe he is in pain to get pot. I care if I can get it. I care that I can be out of pain. I care if others who go through what I go through can get the same pain relief that I can through pot.
    Pot IS NOT addictive. If you want to say a crack head is addicted to pot, go ahead. IM NOT A CRACK HEAD! I am in pain, WE are in pain.
    You people are so stupid to deny people who suffer in pain and misery a relief that WILL NOT AFFECT YOUR pathetic, indifferent, ignorant lives.
    The drugs i am on, which are not working that well, and WILL NOT cure my disease, will cause lymphoma. You think I care if pot turns out to screw up my DNA? You probably drink bottled water because you feel your local water is bad for you. It might be something to learn that your local tap water has higher regulations that bottled water does. I wonder what is in that bottled water that can cause DNA damage?
    It is heinous to allow something so innocent like pot to NOT help people with their maladies. We suffer daily and you people do your best to keep something away from us that may not fix our problem, but sure will help make us feel a little better. We don’t smoke pot when we drive, work, use machines or do anything else that could cause harm to others.
    You are being irresponsible to your fellow humans from keeping this plant from us.

  • Guest0624

    You are right..and being under the influence of alcohol is more dangerous than being high. There are more people killed by drunk drivers than by driver’s who’ve smoked a little pot.

  • Informed

    There is no consensus of medical evidence that smoking marijuana helps patients. Congress enacted laws against marijuana in 1970 based in part on its conclusion that marijuana has no scientifically proven medical value. The Food and Drug Administration is the federal agency responsible for approving drugs as safe and effective medicine based on valid scientific data. FDA has not approved smoked marijuana for any condition or disease. The FDA noted that “there is currently sound evidence that smoked marijuana is harmful,” and “that no sound scientific studies supported medical use of marijuana for treatment in the United States, and no animal or human data supported the safety or efficacy of marijuana for general medical use.”

    In 2001, the Supreme Court affirmed Congress’s 1970 judgment about marijuana in United States v. Oakland Cannabis Buyers’ Cooperative et al., 532 U.S. 438 (2001), which held that, given the absence of medical usefulness, medical necessity is not a defense to marijuana prosecution. Furthermore, in Gonzales v. Raich, 125 S.Ct. 2195 (2005), the Supreme Court reaffirmed that the authority of Congress to regulate the use of potentially harmful substances through the federal Controlled Substances Act includes the authority to regulate marijuana of a purely intrastate character, regardless of a state law purporting to authorize “medical” use of marijuana.

    The federal government is not alone in viewing smoked marijuana as having no documented medical value. Voices in the medical community likewise do not accept smoked marijuana as medicine:

    • The American Medical Association has rejected pleas to endorse marijuana as medicine, and instead has urged that marijuana remain a prohibited, Schedule I controlled substance, at least until more research is done.
    • The American Cancer Society “does not advocate inhaling smoke, nor the legalization of marijuana,” although the organization does support carefully controlled clinical studies for alternative delivery methods, specifically a THC skin patch.
    • The American Academy of Pediatrics believes that “any change in the legal status of marijuana, even if limited to adults, could affect the prevalence of use among adolescents.” While it supports scientific research on the possible medical use of cannabinoids as opposed to smoked marijuana, it opposes the legalization of marijuana.
    • The National Multiple Sclerosis Society states that studies done to date “have not provided convincing evidence that marijuana benefits people with MS,” and thus marijuana is not a recommended treatment. Furthermore, the NMSS warns that the “long-term use of marijuana may be associated with significant serious side effects.”
    • The British Medical Association (BMA) voiced extreme concern that down-grading the criminal status of marijuana would “mislead” the public into believing that the drug is safe. The BMA maintains that marijuana “has been linked to greater risk of heart disease, lung cancer, bronchitis and emphysema.”7 The 2004 Deputy Chairman of the BMA’s Board of Science said that ” the public must be made aware of the harmful effects we know result from smoking this drug.”
    • The American Academy of Pediatrics asserted that with regard to marijuana use, “from a public health perspective, even a small increase in use, whether attributable to increased availability or decreased perception of risk, would have significant ramifications.”

    In 1999, The Institute of Medicine released a landmark study reviewing the supposed medical properties of marijuana. The study is frequently cited by “medical” marijuana advocates, but in fact severely undermines their arguments.

    • After release of the IOM study, the principal investigators cautioned that the active compounds in marijuana may have medicinal potential and therefore should be researched further. However, the study concluded that “there is little future in smoked marijuana as a medically approved medication.”
    • For some ailments, the IOM found “…potential therapeutic value of cannabinoid drugs, primarily THC, for pain relief, control of nausea and vomiting, and appetite stimulation.” However, it pointed out that ” the effects of cannabinoids on the symptoms studied are generally modest, and in most cases there are more effective medications than smoked marijuana.”
    • The study concluded that, at best, there is only anecdotal information on the medical benefits of smoked marijuana for some ailments, such as muscle spasticity. For other ailments, such as epilepsy and glaucoma, the study found no evidence of medical value and did not endorse further research.
    • The IOM study explained that “smoked marijuana . . . is a crude THC delivery system that also delivers harmful substances.” In addition, “plants contain a variable mixture of biologically active compounds and cannot be expected to provide a precisely defined drug effect.” Therefore, the study concluded that “there is little future in smoked marijuana as a medically approved medication.”
    • The principal investigators explicitly stated that using smoked marijuana in clinical trials “should not be designed to develop it as a licensed drug, but should be a stepping stone to the development of new, safe delivery systems of cannabinoids.”

    Thus, even scientists and researchers who believe that certain active ingredients in marijuana may have potential medicinal value openly discount the notion that smoked marijuana is or can become “medicine.”

    The federal government has approved research into whether THC has any medicinal use. As of May 8, 2006, the federal government had registered every one of the 163 researchers who requested to use marijuana in studies and who met Department of Health and Human Services standards. One of those researchers, The Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research (CMCR), conducts studies “to ascertain the general medical safety and efficacy of cannabis and cannabis products and examine alternative forms of cannabis administration.” The CMCR currently has 11 on-going studies involving marijuana and the efficacy of cannabis and cannabis compounds as they relate to medical conditions such as HIV, cancer pain, MS, and nausea.

    At present, however, the clear weight of the evidence is that smoked marijuana is harmful. No matter what medical condition has been studied, other drugs already approved by the FDA, such as Marinol – a pill form of synthetic THC – have been proven to be safer and more effective than smoked marijuana

  • theyareoutthere

    Fact is you support our FDA and pharmaceutical industry, so you point of view is a little bias. Every one on your bullet points can be torn a part with the so called evidence. First it should NOT be regulated as a medicine but rather tobacco or alcohol. Now is someone who is sick says there symptoms are better for what ever disease ummm like MS or some other “noncurable” but pharmaceutical managed disease. Which I personally know three and even Montel Williams say it helps with his MS. WHO are you to tell them otherwise. Guess who the major supporters of the MS society is, it is not people with MS, how about the pharmaceutical industry. Every one of your points is linked to the pharmaceutical industry, meaning profits lost if legalized. How about the cancer treatment with canabanoids? You forgot to list the new research from the Journals of Thoracic Surgey which they found LESS lung cancer in pot smokers then even the normal population. Now if we can patent a alkaloid extract and sell it to those in need for “medicinal use” then that is okay, Marinol.
    If smoking is your problem, then guess what the plant itself can be cooked or vaporized, so the smoking argument, just went up in smoke. If people decide to keep smoking even when there are big labels on your package of marijuana that says SMOKING WILL KILL YOU, then that is their choice! Please put down your glass of wine, and lets really look at this “drug” that we have to stop putting people in jail with, thanks for trying to understand.

  • surfcitybum

    Otherwise, you are just spouting your opinion – and one not at all based on fact!

    Of course, the rampant abuse/overuse of opiates is perfectly OK with you?

  • pbAdam777

    are you serious? this isnt a way to get people high. this is a way to keep seriously sick people from getting prosecuted. They dont want to be on drugs that can possible cause more harm to an already sick body. They want a natural substance that has absolutely no bad side effects. Grow up and realize that our government has been lying to us for 72 years.

  • NRG024

    First of all this guy is nuts. Mary Jane has had many years and years of testing through government means, and military means, they both have deemed it non addicting, and basically harmless. For medical reasons it has been proven over and over again to help with many many diffrent ailments from cancer, to katarax, glacoma to hernia, bi-polar to epilepsy. The government and military did YEARS of tests and trials on people, and now the government grows it, well it can’t be that bad! Not to mention all the jails with people in there for petty marijuina charges, costing us millions of tax dollars for them being in there. This is just the start, they can market it just like cigarettes, tax it just like beer, and I still believe the death rate on the highways will still decrease, b/c some people will choose that over beer, and Not wreck their car. It was once leagal and some day it will be again. It is too popular for them to ignore, an untapped resource. A CASH CROP!!! As for marketing it someone said “it’s too easy to grow so they can’t regulate it.” Somewhat true. Almost antone with a green thumb can grow it with knowledge, but the gov. has been doing it for years in Seattle and they know how to make the good kind! so on that note, would you rather have some leafy homegrown, or some government greatness??? The choice is yours! VOTE YES!!!!

  • Southerncop

    I’m a cop and I support the legalization ad taxation of marijuana. I do not, nor have I ever smoked it, but in my years of law enforcement, I have been to many overdose calls, and not one of them had overdosed on marijuana. I have had to fight many drunks, but I have never had to fight a pothead. I’ve been to many DWI wrecks, but none of them were due to marijuana use. I would rather have people smoke pot and get high than drink alcohol and get drunk.

    – Not addictive
    – Can’t overdose on it
    – Alcohol, which is far worse, is legal and taxed.

  • Drew

    Are you kidding??? If the same regulations are in place that are for other Pain Killers then Medical Marijuana can be contolled the same as any other prescription. It should be a decision between a patient and a Doctor, the Government should not Disallow it because there are man made products out there. The chance of addiction and Overdose from pain killers is a lot higher than for Marijuana.
    You work with a woman that can’t get to work without a Joint. I can’t get to work without my Perscribed Pain killers, how is that different? At least she is making it to work!
    Now the difference between a stoner and a drunk is the Stoner still has thier inhibitions where a Drunk feels invinsible… As a recovering Drunk I know this! I have been completely off my pain killers for 2 months now just from one half a Marijuana brownie in the morning and 2 hits from a joint at night. A lot better than 10mg of Vicodin 4 times a day, right?

  • Guest7969

    do you even REALIZE the amount of tax dollars WASTED on a drug war that will NEVER be won? I mean…SERIOUSLY you are going to throw someone in jail for having a joint on them…yet allow people to still get drunk and smoke their lungs to pudding…LEGALIZE it and stop wasting tax dollars trying to stop it. Marijuana REALLY isn’t that big of a deal..I know people from ALL walks of life that do it from DOCTORS AND LAWYERS to teachers…HECK we had a president that did it. ALL OF THIS coming from someone who hasn’t even smoked pot!

  • Guest3232

    If you legalize pot, then everyone with a little ache or pain will be trying to get a prescription so they can get stoned.

    Pot is addictive. I know a woman who keeps joints rolled and in a cigarette case on her coffee table and stays stoned all of the time. Another woman I used to work with couldn’t get to work in the morning without a joint.

    The difference between meeting a drunk or a stoner coming the wrong way on the highway is that the stoner will laugh at you and eat a bag of chips while you lay bleeding, waiting on the ambulance.

  • BL

    NO,we don’t need another way to get high.Their is medicine on the market to help those in need. But North Carolina with these Democrates will legalize anything for TAX DOLLARS, SO THEY CAN SPEND ON THEIR PET PROJECTS.It isn’t going to help us in any way you look at it.Wake up America, we are about to loose it!! BL

  • Charlotte Repulican

    If the state is going to tax income from sales on the Internet (just got an e-mail this morning from Amazon telling me that I won’t be eligible to get commissions on sales from them and I’ll be out of an income stream if the current NC budget bill passes), and they’re going to slap a yearly tax/registration fee on all minibikes and ATVs then they also need to look at the additional tax revenue from medical marijuana.

    The savings from not having to arrest, prosecute, and jail people for such a minor offense would be huge.

  • tracey_dragnon

    Hemp can save the planet. Through, fuel, fibers, food and medicine. The war on drugs (marijuna) has caused more lives then saved. Just like the one officer dtated below. He has never gone to an accident scene where marijuana was a cause or a fight where the suspect was stoned. doesn’t hapen. But there are so many in jail or probtion for marijuana. I don’t get it. Legalize it and save the planet.

  • PW

    Humans are creatures of habit, having a daily routine makes people feel safe and in control of their lives. So the woman who smokes everyday before work is simply stuck in a bad routine (going to work high is bad kids, don’t do it). Now let me ask you, while you smugly sip on your $5 cup of Starbucks coffee which by the way contains one of the most addictive substances in the world, caffine, how many reported traffic fatalities in the US included a driver who was only high on marijuana? If you said zero, then you were right. Now lets take that interesting statistic and compare it to drunk driving fatalities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration there have been well over half a million drunk driving fatalities in America since 1982. Now lets think about alcohol prohibition, it lasted roughly 14 years during which the consumption rate of alcohol skyrocketed to record numbers and spawned The Mob in America. The War on Drugs has lasted some 30 years and has resulted in loss of trillions of potential tax dollars, created multi-national drug cartels which use excessive violence and force to move their products which causes a lot of collateral damage in the form of dead people, and stuffed our prisons to the breaking point with mostly non-violent drug users. So before you go making false assumptions about something, do your homework first. By the way, I am a 20 year old psychology major who has recently began using marijuana to relieve the stresses of college and have experienced fantastic results. I too fell victim to gov propaganda in the form of the DARE program, it was only after I researched marijuana myself that I discovered the truth and I encourage everyone to do the same.

  • daughter of a cancer victim

    If you dont think there are benefits to a cancer patient using this drug to help then you have never seen your dying mother suffer in pain in front of your eyes. It helped my mother and I have seen many chemo patients who cant go through it without it.

    Its funny how until it happens to you, you feel it doesnt concern you or you can make judgement.

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  • CalebBecker

    I agree fully marijuana has so many benefits to help the sick and dying, it can also enhance everybodies well being, there is nothing wrong with marijuana!!!! I am so happy to hear that the argument is being brought to the east side!!!!

  • theykillingme

    For all it’s misunderstanding, one poster correctly stated that it was legal until 1937.

    At that time, the only reason that it was singled out was as a means to remove the Mexicans who had immigrated into the southern border states.( I know this sounds racist, but it’s true the Governors wanted to purge “undesirables” from their states.)

    “Illegal Drugs and how they got that way” program on the History channel.

    Its a very interesting program that shows the hysteria around weed. It also shows how a bureaucrat with a lust for power used the print media of the Hearst Newspapers to terrorize readers into believing that weed was akin to the govt propaganda film “reefer madness”.

    The tactics the government used was to require that you have a tax stamp if you were in possession of weed.

    The only problem was that you had to have the weed before they would issue a tax stamp, which made you guilty of POSSESSION WITHOUT A TAX STAMP. Similar to the previous machine gun tax stamp.
    Only very few stamps were issued due to the government control of the programs.

    Since then we’ve seen the war on drugs drag on and on with no end in sight. Otherwise law abiding people have gotten stains on their spotless records for simple possession of a pipe with only pot residue.

    It’s time to wake up and have an honest debate about the pros and cons of the evil weed.

    But, it should be done with facts, and not govt hype and hysteria.

  • themanager

    you my friend…are ignorant

  • ohaithar

    caps lock— gets the point across

  • Faolan

    How can a patient with nausea keep down a pill?

    Sure, smoke is full of carbon monoxide, so make an inhaler that sprays a controlled burst of the medicine and THAT would be safer than any pill or smoke.

    The fact of the matter is, it’s more dangerous to take most of the pills on the pharmaceutical market than smoke a joint. And partaking in marijuana out of a vaporizer is 100% harmless.

  • seeing is believing

    Well there are these things called vaporizers that do not cause emissions of CO2. Nor does it release tar or anything other than THC. And I seen a very good friend of mine dieing from his second fight with prostate cancer and all of the anti nausea drugs they gave him did not work. He was an old timer and believed that the govt knew best and was very reluctant to use marijuana. But he finally gave into friends and family that said just try it. Well he did and he actually started gaining weight!! He started eating again. And even curbed the pain. The cancer had moved into his bones and he did eventually loose his fight. And by that I do mean fight!! This man was a fighter though and through. He was a marine in the Chosen reservoir. THE CHOSEN FEW!! Look it up!! Among his last words to me was this. He said to stand up for medicinal marijuana. (“To tell people it will help them when nothing else will. Tell them that the govt will lie. That they can make more money through war, rather than legalisation. And that our govt really doesn’t give a rats ass about us!!!”) His last words!! Oh yeah he also had a purple heart and two life saving medals!!
    So you can copy and paste all the bureaucratic hypocritical propaganda you want to put up. But I know the real truth that I seen with my own two eyes. Not read on some page in a book!!!

  • legalize it!!

    Why is everyone making such a big deal about “weed”? It is not bad i have had friends that have done it and they were just fine after the fact!!! But my question is why is everyone just trying to make it legal with a lisence? Why not make it just legal? north carolina could be the new amsterdam! Im a student and i think that people blow it out of proportion when they accuse teenagers of using marijuana then getting in a car and driving! I have seen some people that can get in a car and be “blazed” out of their minds and drive better than i do! I think that “mary-jane” “pot” “weed” whatever the hell you want to call it should be legalized and not just medically legalized but just legalized PERIOD!!!! I also think that all of these rich high class people that look down on people because they want “weed” legalized should reconsider the facts and understand that the facts are correct! Also people dont get out here and smoke a “joint” and get behind the wheel of a car and kill some damn body! If everyone is blowing “weed” out of proportion then why the hell is alcohol legal?? I mean damn there are drunk drivers that kill themselves or other people! Have you ever heard about “pot heads” killing people because they are “high”?

    thanks for taking the time to read my opinion!

  • Rickey

    In my opinion North Carolina should legalize the use of Marijuana. If not fully then at least for medicinal purposes. People need to realize that it is not just going to hop up and go away. We need to stop wasting precious tax dollars on fighting something thats not going to go away. It has been shown through research that marijuana is not addictive and has medicinal benefits. So why not tax it and get a piece of it. Obviously marijuana has been here for ages and there has yet to be any reports of anyone dieing strictly from using marijuana. Although you hear more and more each day of people dieing from cigarettes or alcohol. People need to wake up and realize that there is a huge market for this. And with a market what do you get? Jobs=more money for the economy=more tax dollars=being able to put money into places where we need it such as schools, police force, fire department, etc. The list goes on and on with benefits that come along with marijuana. All I’m saying is that there are a lot of things our state/country needs to focus on rather than focusing on making sure there is no more “pot” in our cities. I just hope that our representatives realize that the pros outweigh the cons and legalize this simple plant so we can help get our nation back on track.

    Thank you for taking the time to read my opinion.

  • CLP

    my theory is that it should be legalized!! i think that it is up to the person to decide if it will help them with their problems. not every person suffers the same symptoms, and what is good for one person may not be the right solution for another. doctors are now realizing the benefits of marijuana!! our government says it is ok for someone with AIDS to have this outlet to make them more comfortable. i agree that people with AIDS should be comfortable. but, it is very bias of our government to think that other diseases should not be “comforted”, that is just wrong. there are many other diseases that there is no cure for, it is just not fair that those people can not be comfortable as well. we all need to take another look at this issue!! IF IT WAS YOU OR A MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY OR EVEN A CLOSE FRIEND–YOU WOULD FEEL COMPLETELY DIFFERENT!!!! i wish for one moment in EVERY person’s life they should have to take a look at what their lives would be living in chronic pain 24/7!!! we need to stand up for what’s right and make the government change their outlook!!!! they will never change if we the people do not make them realize they are WRONG!!!! anyone that does not have to deal with pain/sickness themselves or have a person close to them going through it, do not think that the pain is UNBEARABLE!!! LET’S MAKE A CHANGE NOW!!!!

  • Guest12345678

    do you think before you talk….

  • joan

    How long are we going to allow the government to spend 100’s of millions of our tax dollars to keep marijuana smokers behind bars like dangerous criminals? Jail is for people who do harm to others. This is a freedom of choice issue, not a criminal issue. What will be next? Jail time for those who refuse to wear seat belts? When will this country wake up and realize that our personal choices are being made for us, like children, and disobedience can mean the end of your life as you know it.

  • Lance

    I suggest everyone watch The Union (movie/documentary). You cannot make an informed argument about this issue without knowing the truth from both sides. Do not rely on what you were indocrinated with as a child. If Marijuana is so evil, why did pharmecutical companies spend millions of dollars creating a sinthetic THC that costs roughly $900 for a months supply. The drug is called Marinol. Follow the money…

  • Guest90909090

    Go back to sleep ya dam pot heads………just keep sneaking around smokin yer weed, it will never pass, not in your lifetime. Just get drunk like everyone else, you dont need anymore bad habits.

  • Hittinthehighnote

    Marijuana is not physically addictive. It, just like anything in the world, can be mentally addictive, but that’s just up to the person using it. I’m more addicted to sports, hip-hop and playing basketball than I am marijuana. I’ve been smoking since I was 16 and have chosen to quit for 3+ month multiple times. The reason I went back to smoking it was bcuz I like the taste, I like the feeling, and it can be a social thing depending on your friends. Your comment about a pothead laying bleeding shows me that you have never been around a normal person who smokes weed. Cigarettes are worse than smoking weed, why are they legal? Alcohol is worse than smoking weed, why is that legal? Stop being ignorant to the actual issue at hand. Like many people have said, its a plant that God chose to put on this earth for a reason. Do you think that reason was so that the government would throw good people in jail over selling or possessing weed? Hell no. In the great words of Pimp C(RIP), SMOKE SOMETHIN BITCH!!!!

  • Guestier than you

    I see your response is lacking a bit. Lets start this information session off with coherent sentences. I imagine you meant “will generate” not “with generate” in your response to the article. I guess that marijuana slows the reaction time.

    It is not a gateway drug. Lets take that one apart for you. The way I see it is that after the high of marijuana, the more weak minded people who want to get higher move on to other drugs, therefore it can be a gateway drug. Just because it was not a gateway drug for you, does not mean it has not or will not be a gateway drug for others.

    Next, how can a plant be considered a drug?
    Cocaine is a derivative of a plant, as a matter of fact. It is derived from the Coca plant (Erythroxylum coca). In its raw leafy form, is known to be a poor mans drug in latin american and south american countries. When chewed, coca acts as a mild stimulant and suppresses hunger, thirst, pain, and fatigue.
    The drug we call cocaine is the drug found in the plant.

    Does that not count either? The drug found in the marijuana plant is the issue, THC. It slows reactions and responses. See the next bit of this for slowing reactions and responses.

    The most laughable part of your solution about marijuana not causing long term effects already showed itself. It took you how long to come up with that lame excuse. This story is 9 months old.

  • Ricky

    Its a seed bearing herb that god put on earth for people to use. If legalized the tax revenue with generate so much money the state could use to build new infrastructure and help in education needs. Its not a gateway drug, how can a plant be even considered a drug? Yes it might be mind altering but its a naturally growing plant. I’ve smoked alot of marijuana and it has never had any long term effects on me or anyone else i know that does smoke it.

  • Guest420000000001

    Smoked marijuana for 10+ years and still managed a 3.6 in Computer Science at University. I no longer smoke, but I definitely support legalizing it for medical purposes. From my own testing, I have found it most certainly didn’t make me any less intelligent and was never addictive. I quit cold turkey easily. We need to come together and stop regulating what people should be allowed to do to their own bodies. If they want to smoke, why stop them? We allow alcohol consumption on mass scales and it has been proven to be far worse than cannabis could ever be.

    So wake up residents of NC and help this bill get passed so we can make some tax dollars to help fund State Infrastructure and Education projects.

    Just a man wanting the freedom of choice.

  • GuestI3ooI3

    yeah that is a real smart comment “Just get drunk like everyone else” how many people have you ever hear of dying from smoking weed. but your answer is to get drunk that kills countless every year.

  • 420PotSmoke.Ba

    Some people prefer non-addictive methods of relaxation and stress relief. While you try to claim ‘everyone else’ drinks, you are grossly uninformed, ignorant, and think with a generational ideology that is quickly dying. Lots of people drink for social purposes; going out and having a few drinks is a great way to spend the evening. However, often times, these same people find a strong dependancy to this substance, which only ever results in problems.
    Alcohol kills people. Thousands a year. Drinking and driving can affect innocent people, and it is a far cry from the victimless crime of enjoying marijuana. I can safely say that it’s not too often you see people go home, get stoned, and then beat their wife.
    This argument could continue on forever; the examples are endless. However, one thing remains true. There are two different types of people- Those that smoke or have smoked (enough), and those that have not. I find great success in my everyday life, and I smoke pot throughout my day. The majority of the people that I encounter, including those aware enough to notice, don’t think twice about it. I go to college, so I get away with it, but I confront teachers, class groups, and have done presentations, all ‘high’. Again, I can’t emphasize my success enough- every semester on the Dean’s List at one of our state universities. I find myself actually somewhat discouraged sometimes when I excel high, in an environment of mostly ‘sober’ peers. If I can be under the influence of marijuana, and do better than some ‘unhigh’ people, what does that say? I think that it says a lot, including the simple fact that a pot smoker is A) not dumb or otherwise incapable of making general, life decisions, B) and amazed at how outrageous it is that people like the person who commented above, are so out of touch that they don’t know a pothead when they are staring them in the face. Finally, the part where you say, “get drunk like everyone else, you dont need anymore bad habits,” you are assuming that people that smoke pot already drink. What you should know that there are successful, intelligent people that prefer the introspective, thought-provoking effect of smoking pot over the loss of control, slurred words, and miserable hangovers offered by the literal poison, that is alcohol. Alcohol, along with your dated, and narrow-minded perspective, will slowly lose precedence to marijuana as we grow into a more informed, connected, and progressive era of human change.

  • sprinkle

    okay so you said that no one has died from it, but statistically people have died while high from it so i say they died from it

  • Guest461

    …writing incomprehensible sentences with pitiful spelling and punctuation.

    Look DOPE…someone still has to run this country! We can’t all be running around smiley, pie-eyed and chunking down the chips.

  • Guest555

    I say get rid of alcohol and legalize pot and this country would be out of debt within a month and the restrants would be booming with busness everyone would be happy!

  • Irritated Guest

    Your comment has totally changed the minds of Americans, and the war on drugs has ended!!! Congratulations, your fantasy land has bloomed. Now lets talk about reality.

    First, marijuana slows your reaction time. Um, lets see about that. I work as a line cook making food for ignorant pricks like you, and rarely ever mess up a dish to the point where it becomes severely late. Oh, I usually smoke a joint or two RIGHT before work. Incase you have never worked in a kitchen, it’s an extremely fast paced envioment where one little slipup can cause the whole kitchen to collapse. Reaction time huh?

    Long term effects…totally took him 9 months. People have lives and dont live on the internet, posting less-than-sensible replies to a topic that will eventually become LEGALIZED completely. It’s a matter of time before you right-winged crackjobs are finally out of office and OUR generation will fix what YOU fucked up. It seriously irritates me that you are so intolerent.

    Calamus root is a plant that stimulates a relaxed state of mind and can inspire “meditative” states. Should THAT be illegal? Ginger root has properties, when chewed, to calm and bring the user to a state of relaxation. Should GINGER, a product I’m POSITIVE you eat if you eat any kind of oriental food, be illegal?

    So sit back and sip on your alcohol (which kills over 500,000 people YEARLY without considering car accidents, beatings, ect) and I’ll continue to smoke my joints. When you wreck your car, bleeding out your coronary artery, I’ll stand by and watch smoking a joint, laughing. By the way, I had lesions in my throat that where pre-cancerous at the age of 16, and now that I am 19, smoking for 3 years, my lesions are gone. Thank marijuana for saving my life!

    (by the way, if any of my grammar or spelling is off, it is because I do not particularly enjoy being totally literate. I know enough to get by and be sucessful, so don’t call it “marijuana making me dumb”)

  • Deeteez

    Lead the way, and stop being followers its inevitable like the lottery, why wait. I mean its not going away, so legalize it already!

  • 26655999

    I have one question, how many times have you walked in to a rite aid or any store like that in your life for medicine? you probably called it a “drug store” right? well what makes it right for those to be legal when they have worse side effects then marijuana

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