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DoctorWasdarb December 18th, 2016 4:18pm

New research suggests that since several states have legalized marijuana, weed consumption rates may be declining. Has prohibition worked?

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ladyniner81 no hope for humanity
12/21/16 7:29 am

They legalized booze and what happened? People acting like retards because they don't know how to handle it. Reefer would be different because there's medical benefits to it. What medical benefits are there to booze? Legalize it.

nickcarrion98 NY to FL to NY
12/19/16 10:26 am

Just look at Portugal. Since decriminalizing all drugs, abuse, addictions, drug deaths, suicide, all those and more decreased.

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DoctorWasdarb Marxist Leninist Maoist
12/18/16 8:31 pm

Even for abortion? I think even from a pro-life perspective, anti-abortion legislation is ineffective. If the goal is to decrease the abortion rate, there's no reason to believe it does.

ronderman North Carolina
12/19/16 4:27 am

The difference with abortion is that it's not a law protecting a person from him/herself. It's a law protecting an innocent. That's like saying that if you outlaw having sex with 5 year old kids, it will increase the rate of sex with five year old kids.

That's the difference.

DoctorWasdarb Marxist Leninist Maoist
12/19/16 4:57 am

I don't necessarily think having sex with five year old being illegal actually functions as a deterrent, but that's not a discussion of researched enough to have. Studies have been done about abortion rates around the world and across states analyzing the trends. The conclusion: 1) there is little to no correlation between abortion rates and laws regarding abortion. I believe that even from a pro-life perspective, banning it won't make it go away. Since abortion rates won't go down, how about we regulate it so we can best protect the women who are having abortions? She's gonna have one either way. Part 2 of the conclusion: There is however a correlation between abortion rates and wealth. If you are wealthy, you are less likely to have an abortion. I think there are two reasons: more access to birth control, and less economic disruption with an unexpected birth.

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DoctorWasdarb Marxist Leninist Maoist
12/19/16 4:59 am

In order to lower our abortion rates, we need to focus more on economic security/stability. Here's just my own economic opinion, but I think the way to provide economic stability is through either a strong social safety net or the elimination of a market economy, because with markets necessarily comes uncertainty and insecurity. It's part of their design. (To be clear, eliminating markets does not require state intervention in the economy; that's why I listed the state's social safety net as a separate option.)

sfcren Wyoming
12/18/16 12:20 pm

Prohibition and its dirty cousin mandate rarely if ever work out well over time.

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Twinkeys Minnesota
12/18/16 10:27 am

No, all drugs and prostitution should be legalized.

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rons WOKE is sick
12/18/16 10:00 am

That because they switch to cheaper heroin.

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DoctorWasdarb Marxist Leninist Maoist
12/18/16 12:21 pm

So then next we legalize heroin. Now what?

Jazzy5 USA
12/18/16 1:07 pm

Heroin is the final, final!
Why would anyone go there?

DoctorWasdarb Marxist Leninist Maoist
12/18/16 1:10 pm

Well if legalization of marijuana makes marijuana usage go down, what if we legalize heroin?

Jazzy5 USA
12/18/16 1:19 pm

Doc. You Young adults show up to vote it in, so I'm not sure about that..
Pray they don't use heroin because it is cheaper!
They do find huge shipments of it on the border coming in..

DoctorWasdarb Marxist Leninist Maoist
12/18/16 1:31 pm

Well we wouldn't have the black market for it if it were legal.

Harry3603 Tampa Bay Florida.
12/18/16 9:28 am

Prohibition never works, it enhances the desire to sample the forbidden fruit. Government should never attempt to legislate personal behavior, because it's virtually impossible to enforce that kind of law.

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Ebola1 Florida
12/18/16 10:48 am

It's still illegal for teen minors.