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Governors: Pot legalization buzz just smoke

MarijuanaWASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s governors are taking a cautious approach on legalizing marijuana despite increasing support.

All the buzz over pot, some say, is just smoke.

Republicans and Democrats gathered for the National Governors Association meeting in Washington this weekend expressed broad concern for their children and public safety should legalized recreational marijuana use spread to their states.

States are watching closely as Colorado and Washington establish themselves as national pioneers after becoming the first states to approve recreational marijuana use in 2012. A group is hoping to do the same in Alaska this summer.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is warning other governors against rushing to follow his state’s lead.

He says he’s spoken to half a dozen governors with questions, and he’s urging them to wait a year or two.

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  • Rocket Science

    Of course Colorado would like all the other states to wait. They will make way more money if other states wait and Colorado & Washington are supplying the rest of the states.

    • A_citizen_patriot

      Yeah, forget the fact that their rate of stoned driving has risen. Plus all the robberies of pot shops.

      • The Unseen Theft

        Every time I get paid, I am robbed of money to pay for some people to sit at home and eat without working, and others to go kill poor people who actually work and still can’t afford to eat.

      • Yahooserious

        week argument. What about all the responsibly people who use pot? People who don’t drive stoned, who don’t drive under the influence, who don’t buy or supply to kids. Just let then face legal penalties for something done in the privacy of their own home? This is another typical American idea; if one person can’t handle it all are banned from it. Mass punishment; the governments favorite way to do things. Pot has been around FOREVER and it’s not going away. Let people use it without fear if being prosecuted and persecuted for something that’s been in use longer than beer has. so dumb.

        • A_citizen_patriot

          Yeah same argument that pro gun people use. My point to the argument was that yes there is tax revenue. But there is a down side to all of it as well.

          • Yahooserious

            Agreed but think of all the harm it’s done to peoples lives who are otherwise law obiding people. Filling prisons, making violet drug cartels wealthy, can ruin job and even college loan chances with a simple possession conviction. Why? All cause some j*ck*ss in the 30′s said it was “EVIL”. Pfft. It’s prohibition does more harm than it being legal would. Simple reality.

          • A_citizen_patriot

            I wont argue that. But your talking about it ruining some ones life. They did choose to break the law.
            Some people argue that it should be legal so that they dont feel like criminals when they smoke it. Thats like saying, yeah I shoot deer out of season, so they should change the law so I dont have to worry about getting caught.

          • Chief59

            I agree with you for once, patriot, with one exception. Pot is not designed to kill, and it hardly considered a dangerous substance when compared to alcohol, cocaine, etc.

          • A_citizen_patriot

            Yet it still can.

          • Chief59

            Pot can kill? Since when? Find statistics that show the number of deaths caused by pot.

          • A_citizen_patriot

            I meant by some one smoking then driving.

          • Chief59

            Then you should really be arguing for the prohibition of alcohol.

      • Chief59

        I haven’t seen any data on the rates of stoned driving in Colorado. In fact, it’s nearly impossible to track, as drunk and stoned driving are both treated as a DUI. There is no differentiation. If the total DUI incidents increase after this year, then you can infer that it could be due to the legalization of pot. Otherwise, there isn’t any data to support your case. I have seen one instance of someone supposedly under the influence of pot hitting a patrol car, but no blood work was done. Even if it was, pot can be present in the bloodstream for days after use.

      • alexander

        People in Colorado have been driving like they are stoned for decades. Not sure how anyone could tell the difference.

        • A_citizen_patriot

          Cant argue there.

  • hater

    Colorado should fund a rerelease of the classic “Reefer Madness”, to warn the other states of the dangers of the devil weed. The will have to stop publishing how much tax revenues they are slurping up or everyone will want to do it.

  • StatistsChief59ACitizenPatriot

    I want restricted liberty with guns but no liberty in marriage or drugs! Long live liberty! Uhmiereekuh the FREEE!!!!!! WEEEEE IM A DUMB STATIST!!!! WEEEEEEEEE