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originally posted by: crazyewok
a reply to: LSU0408
Then your no different than a progressive who wants his own form of nanny state.
Why should government be the one to tell us what we can do or not do with our own bodies?
And it was only make illegal half way through the 20th century.
Only time fines should come in is if your driving or operating machinery under the influence.
Problem is two things:
1) You will always get some police officer or magistrate who is a busy body nanny state fan and will try and make a "example" and through heavy fines or light prison (though very very rare)sentences at some poor sod. Not really a fan of giving such mini tyrants in political or civil positions power and I enjoy taking it away from them
2) Criminal record. Here you can get slapped with a criminal record which likes the USA basically makes you unemployable. It only lasts 5 years but that possibly 5 years out of work. Now I hear you "thats the pot smokers fault" and in some ways I cant fault that. BUT as a taxpayers it me that has to fund them while out of work, that’s a welfare bill I have to folk up for when its not needed. Plus you got over factors because being out of work will lower self esteem and increases the chance of them falling into more drugs and alcohol abuse creating downward spiral of unemployment, health bills and criminal behaviour.
3) It still wastes police and court time . I think in the UK something like £500 million wasted on Cannabis law enforcemnet.Thats 500 million of my money. even if we could half that to £250 million thats £250 million saved we could use to go after either real criminals like rapists, pedos and thieves or put it into schools/hospitals ect.
Better in my opinion to just legalise it and put in place extremly strict rules on use and sale and tax the # out of it to cover any expenses to society.
An Oakland company working with scientists from the University of California at Berkeley is claiming a breakthrough in the race to develop an instant roadside marijuana breathalyzer.