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Dan Savage Explains Why You Should Support Legal Pot: VIDEO


Activist, author and defender of the little guy Dan Savage today posted a video in which he explains why you, the American voter, should join Washington State and Colorado in supporting legalizing recreational marijuana.

Listen to what he has to say AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. Some police departments have already *quietly* decided to stop enforcing possession of marijuana to put their resources to better use. It wouldn't surprise me that this has been true only in white suburbs, given the statistics Savage cited.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Jan 10, 2013 9:56:14 PM

  2. Don't spread yourself too thin, Dan.

    Posted by: Larry | Jan 11, 2013 1:12:30 AM

  3. Long thread! The rule isn't about the "only ifs" of public policy, the rule is about what balance of harm is caused by public policy. Any public policy can be supported if only its benefits are outlined. You need to address the negatives too. Currently, the vast array of drug related prison sentences and associated crime and poverty must be balanced against the small impact this has on drug use in the country. Whatever you might think about the negatives of using pot, the negatives of banning it must be dealt with as well. As with gay rights, I think most people see the ban as a small price to pay because they aren't directly involved.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 11, 2013 1:51:24 AM

  4. @Mary: Parents have children who sleep. Workers aren't working 24 hours a day. Citizens often do lots of more awful things. It seems like you think that pot completely disables a person, and though I wouldn't advocate it for the parent of an infant or a worker "on duty," I can't see why you'd condemn recreational use.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 11, 2013 4:58:18 AM

  5. @PETES

    ...the study of which you speak, which you clearly didn't read or simply don't understand

    1) Was NOT a randomized controlled trial, it was a cohort study

    2) Results: Those who smoked marijuana DAILY before the AGE OF 16 had reductions in IQ level.

    Between the lines: The human brain does not finish "wiring itself" until we reach our early 20s, therefore chronic use of drugs as teenagers can effect brain development.

    Posted by: QJ201 | Jan 11, 2013 8:48:17 AM

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