• NJ panel OKs marijuana decriminalization bill
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[QUOTE]TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — [URL="http://www.timesunion.com/?controllerName=search&action=search&channel=news&search=1&inlineLink=1&query=%22Democrats%22"]Democrats[/URL] and Republicans on the [URL="http://www.timesunion.com/?controllerName=search&action=search&channel=news&search=1&inlineLink=1&query=%22Assembly+Judiciary+Committee%22"]Assembly Judiciary Committee[/URL] have found common ground on a bill decriminalizing possession of up to a half ounce of marijuana, voting unanimously on Monday to forward it to the full chamber.The committee's 5 Democrats and 2 Republicans heard almost uniformly supportive testimony for about an hour before the vote. If passed by both houses of the Legislature and signed into law by the governor, the measure would downgrade possession of up to 35 marijuana cigarettes and drug paraphernalia, making both civil offenses punishable by fines of $100 to $500. Offenders who are under 18 and those with multiple infractions would be referred for drug counseling. "The time has come to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana," Assemblyman [URL="http://www.timesunion.com/?controllerName=search&action=search&channel=news&search=1&inlineLink=1&query=%22Peter+Barnes+III%22"]Peter Barnes III[/URL], chairman of the committee and a Democratic sponsor of the legislation, said during the hearing. The bill has the backing of 15 Democratic and 3 Republican co-sponsors. Christie's office said the governor had not taken a position on the legislation. He has spoken passionately in recent weeks about a proposal to require mandatory drug treatment, rather than jail, for nonviolent drug offenders, arguing that addiction is a disease best treated by methods other than incarceration. However, the administration has stalled on implementing the New Jersey's medical marijuana law, which was signed before Christie became governor and worried the former federal prosecutor as potentially too permissive. The Senate version of the decriminalization bill, introduced Thursday, has not had a hearing. The law would bring New Jersey's marijuana laws more in line with its neighbors. New York and Connecticut are among more than a dozen states that have decriminalized possession of the drug. "We strongly support this bill. Our support is echoed by a majority of New Jerseyans,"[URL="http://www.timesunion.com/?controllerName=search&action=search&channel=news&search=1&inlineLink=1&query=%22Roseanne+Scotti%22"]Roseanne Scotti[/URL], state director of the [URL="http://www.timesunion.com/?controllerName=search&action=search&channel=news&search=1&inlineLink=1&query=%22Drug+Policy+Alliance%22"]Drug Policy Alliance[/URL], a drug policy reform group, said referring to a 2011 Rutgers-Eagleton poll. Just over half of those surveyed said pot possession should not be penalized at all, and a third said they would legalize its sale and use. [URL="http://www.timesunion.com/?controllerName=search&action=search&channel=news&search=1&inlineLink=1&query=%22Bruce+Hummer%22"]Bruce Hummer[/URL], spokesman for the New Jersey Prevention Network, a public health agency, was among the few opponents to testify. He said marijuana is a gateway drug and decriminalizing it sends a mixed message to children and teenagers. "This current bill, if passed, will demonstrate, clear acceptance of marijuana use by the community," he told the panel. "Research and history have shown this increasingly lenient view of marijuana will be devastating to our youth."[/QUOTE] A step in the right direction for once.
god damn you are fast, you posted about this in DD like 5 minutes ago. This is good. I love the bit at the end from Bruce Hummer about gateway drugs and how it sends a "false sense of acceptance." Shut up, are you kidding me?
Sounds alright.
If marijuana was legalized, wouldn't it be a public health problem more than a crime problem? If so, we could just tack it on to the general non-smoking ads we already see, right?
[QUOTE=JLim;36043002]If marijuana was legalized, wouldn't it be a public health problem more than a crime problem? If so, we could just tack it on to the general non-smoking ads we already see, right?[/QUOTE] No?
[QUOTE=JLim;36043002]If marijuana was legalized, wouldn't it be a public health problem more than a crime problem? If so, we could just tack it on to the general non-smoking ads we already see, right?[/QUOTE] Marijuana does not cause health problems. You make no sense.
[QUOTE=.FLAP.JACK.DAN.;36043045]Marijuana does not cause health problems. You make no sense.[/QUOTE] It does if you smoke it.
this is so much better than demonizing it
[QUOTE=.FLAP.JACK.DAN.;36043045]Marijuana does not cause health problems. You make no sense.[/QUOTE] You are ignorant.
[QUOTE=.FLAP.JACK.DAN.;36043045]Marijuana does not cause health problems. You make no sense.[/QUOTE] It does if you smoke it, but who cares what I do to my body, if I did smoke it, It shouldn't matter, it doesn't effect other people
Inhaling any form of smoke is harmful. Standing around a backyard fire pit is harmful. It's just to the level at which each form of smoke harms you.
It does harm your body, but atleast it isn't tobacco level of harm I don't smoke at all myself, though :v:
[QUOTE=Intoxicated Spy;36043210]It does if you smoke it, but who cares what I do to my body, if I did smoke it, It shouldn't matter, it doesn't effect other people[/QUOTE] Ever heard of Second-hand smoke?
[QUOTE=Intoxicated Spy;36043210]It does if you smoke it, but who cares what I do to my body, if I did smoke it, It shouldn't matter, it doesn't effect other people[/QUOTE] I dont like standing near tobacco smokers and i definitely dont want to stand near marijuana smokers.
As far as I can tell, THC is harmless, but putting smoke in your lungs is never not harmful, right?
[QUOTE=G-Strogg;36043276]I dont like standing near tobacco smokers and i definitely dont want to stand near marijuana smokers.[/QUOTE]Get high for free. What's not to like.
[QUOTE=person11;36043292]As far as I can tell, THC is harmless, but putting smoke in your lungs is never not harmful, right?[/QUOTE] Smoking it [del]a lot[/del] [U]for longer periods of time[/U] does make you slow and messes with your memory. Edit: Added some clarification.
[QUOTE=AceOfDivine;36043450]Get high for free. What's not to like.[/QUOTE] Maybe you're in a situation where you'd rather not be high, or perhaps you just don't want to get high there and then?
Marijuana can't cause death though,tobacco can. If you however smoke marijuana regularly,it affects your short term memory at a later age and could cause dementia.
have several friends who have been smoking for years and years and years. some since the 60s/70s. no noticeable health problems since they started. just saying.
[QUOTE=FlubberNugget;36043226]It does harm your body, but atleast it isn't tobacco level of harm I don't smoke at all myself, though :v:[/QUOTE] Actually, contrary to popular belief, it is in fact [b]more[/b] carcinogenic than cigarettes. Deny it all you want, enjoy the lung cancer.
[QUOTE=LarparNar;36043524]Maybe you're in a situation where you'd rather not be high, or perhaps you just don't want to get high there and then?[/QUOTE] Name even one reason or situation where you wouldn't want to get slightly high.
abandon thread - gonna be the same old shit we see every time.
[QUOTE=asteroidrules;36043639]Actually, contrary to popular belief, it is in fact [b]more[/b] carcinogenic than cigarettes.[/QUOTE] Source
[QUOTE=AceOfDivine;36043646]Name even one reason or situation where you wouldn't want to get slightly high.[/QUOTE] Going to drive a car.
[QUOTE=its shortie;36042816]Research and history have showwn this increasingly lenient view of marijuana will be devastating to our youth.[/QUOTE] How?
[QUOTE=AceOfDivine;36043646]Name even one reason or situation where you wouldn't want to get slightly high.[/QUOTE] Surgery.
[QUOTE=skynrdfan3;36043617]have several friends who have been smoking for years and years and years. some since the 60s/70s. no noticeable health problems since they started. just saying.[/QUOTE] No control group.
[QUOTE=DinoJesus;36043814]No control group.[/QUOTE] [url]http://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/news/20060523/pot-smoking-not-linked-to-lung-cancer[/url] Go on...
Personally, as far as weed is concerned, I would prefer that it not be smoked. I think it should be vaped, or baked into some type of sweet. That also means that I think that it should be entirely legal. The medical effects alone are worth the possible risk of carcinogens from the smoke, but if you don't smoke it, there are absolutely zero (strongly) negative side effects. Compare that to tobacco, which has almost no benefits, regardless of how you consume it. The same thing goes for alcohol. (When I say alcohol, I mean strong liquor. Wine is actually supposed to be good for you if you drink it in small amounts.) I give kudos to NJ for passing the decriminalization. Also, this would be one of the first times for Americans to see how decriminalization affects a very large, very concentrated group of people.
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