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Pirate November 5th, 2014 2:52pm

Which policy of criminal punishment do you prefer? Smart on Crime with less prison sentences for nonviolent drug crimes or Tough on Crime with the "lock 'em all up" way?

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4boot LaTrineodeur, MN
11/06/14 11:31 pm

IMO using the words "Smart on Crime" is a device to steer voters to pick that choice. Most will want to make the "smart" choice because it is implied by the question that the other is the dumb choice.

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Zod Above Pugetropolis
11/06/14 7:32 am

Smarter than smart. If there is no victim, don't even call it a crime.

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tdyakker lost
11/05/14 9:58 pm

I think in order for it to truly work it needs to be both.

FarmerManE djent
11/05/14 9:56 pm

Comparative data from around the world tells me smart on crime but my gut says tough on crime.

EarlyBird Portland
11/05/14 10:36 am

The smart answer is "smart on crime"

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ScrewU Gone
11/05/14 9:59 am

Tough and smart aren't actually opposites.

Nemacyst No Lives Matter
11/05/14 12:02 pm

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ScrewU Gone
11/05/14 3:37 pm

They fail to understand that most if the violence is related to drugs.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
11/05/14 3:48 pm

We could stop relying on dangerous and violent black markets if drugs were legalized.

Nemacyst No Lives Matter
11/05/14 4:40 pm

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BeachSt Coastal Virginia
11/05/14 4:43 pm

Take the business away from them. That's exactly what Uraguay did. And the president didn't even want to; he just realized that he had to, for the sake of his people.

ScrewU Gone
11/05/14 5:12 pm

That's not working out in Colorado. Taxes and fees are so high they haven't reduced the black market trade at all. They only brought in a third of the taxes they expected.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
11/05/14 5:15 pm

Then actually run it like a business. You know, competition? All you conservatives talk about. This is an appropriate place to practice that.

ScrewU Gone
11/05/14 5:38 pm

Did you read the post directly above yours? Legit growers can't compete.

ScrewU Gone
11/06/14 6:18 am

The point about taxes and fees. Not only is the state charging outrageous amounts, but federal taxes intended to punish illegal operations haven't been changed for legal sellers.... they run as high as 70%.

StoneRoots
11/06/14 11:51 am

Legalizing marijuana is a process. It's not going to work perfectly right off the bat. When prohibition ended do you think all the smugglers just stopped on the same day? Or did they try and still make their product more attainable by any means?

StoneRoots
11/06/14 11:53 am

Of course people will try and illegally compete to make a better profit but once marijuana is comparable to tobacco and alcohol nationwide time will eventually weave out the black market aspect just like it has for the other two.

ScrewU Gone
11/06/14 2:56 pm

There are very active black markets for both alcohol and tobacco. Lol.

roundsquare round square
11/05/14 8:51 am

It's time they got smart on crime.

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TierasPet
11/05/14 8:19 am

Smart on crime. Enforce the laws that actually matter and forget the rest.

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luna93
11/05/14 8:19 am

I would prefer people who commit non violent drug offenses to get sent to substance abuse treatment instead of jail.

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Pirate Uses the Tap
11/05/14 7:57 am

Mississippi doesn't get enough credit for it's decriminalization of Marijuana. www.clarionledger.com/story/dailyledes/2014/07/28/mississippi-marijuana-laws/13268245/ ...I vote smart on crime.

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