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Would you support medical marijuana?

With a drive to legalize medical marijuana spreading around the country, we want to know how you feel about a growing acceptance for cannibis. Would you support having legal medical marijuana in D.C., Virginia or Maryland?

By Cameron Smith  |  November 23, 2009; 10:16 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I would support the cannabis pills before smoking it...
If I tested positive for drugs because of second hand pot smoke...
I would be really mad...

Posted by: DwightCollins | November 23, 2009 10:50 AM

Dwight,

Do you leave the room when second-hand cig smoke is present?

Most people are smart enough to avoid what they don't want or like.

[Sheesh. Some people think the stoners are clueless. Go figure ...]

Posted by: donspecht | November 23, 2009 11:01 AM

Smoking and possession of small amounts of pot is a victimless crime. All of these laws should be abolished for adults and pot possession/use should up to the individual.

Stop going to those parties Dwight.

Posted by: rcubedkc | November 23, 2009 11:02 AM

smoking and possession a plant is not a crime. autonomy and the concept of individual liberty dictate full decriminalization.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | November 23, 2009 11:09 AM

the "war on drugs" has been a war on the poor, minorities, religion, and a huge injustice.

there is no justification for punishing victimless "crime." the police state cannot afford to continue paying $50,000 a year to incarcerate pot users.

it is simply wrong on so many levels.

Posted by: forestbloggod | November 23, 2009 11:46 AM

I am a pretty hardcore conservative who has done the research and cigarettes and alcohol is far worse to the body than marijuana, but both of those are legal. If the government can figure out how to tax and sell marijuana, then it will become legal. But not until.

Posted by: mcspanky21 | November 23, 2009 12:00 PM

i blame marijuana for my mid-90s interest in jam bands. that was a really dark period.

Posted by: millionea7 | November 23, 2009 12:33 PM

I think it's about time to relax the laws dealing with pot. I believe pot should be legal in the US period. In this economy we could use the tax revenue. And put a stop to the Drug Cartels and their violence! Give America back to Americans, as someone said regarding our National Parks.

Posted by: marie5 | November 23, 2009 1:00 PM

If you look at the history of our marijuana laws, you'll find a record of distortion, exaggeration, out-and-out fabrication and no small amount of racism. In addition, marijuana's vaunted status as a "gateway" drug is solely an artifact of its illegal status. Because pot is part of the illegal-drug underworld, pot users get to know dealers and users of harder drugs - if it were legally available, they would not have access to these contacts. The whole thing has worked exactly like Prohibition did in the 1920s - a small, well-organized and well-financed group using questionable tactics to enact a law that is largely ignored by the populace, resulting in a dramatic increase in money and power for criminal groups. (The big losers in legalization would be criminal cartels, who would lose their biggest cash cow, just as the bootlegging gangs had to scramble for alternative sources of revenue when Prohibition was repealed.)

Posted by: member8 | November 23, 2009 1:08 PM

All we need is ONE more legal drug that clouds the mental abilities and reflexes in the bodies of those who fly airplanes, drive mass transportation vehicles, operate machinery and drive the freeways in their 2 ton missiles next to and in the opposite direction of our family members...isn't alcohol bad enough...

Why do we cater to the sick in a destructive way that have to depend on a drug for their happiness?

Posted by: sophic | November 23, 2009 1:09 PM

I haven't tried marijuana in over 20 years, and probably wouldn't if it were legalized, but is there anything more absurd that it still being illegal here in the 21st century - a full 75 years or so after a worse "dangerous drug" called ethyl alcohol was re-legalized?

We are ruining families, bankrupting local and federal budgets and wasting valuable energy harrassing growers and consumers of this plant. Grow up America. Is there truly no one in Congress with any spine to take on this overdue change?

Posted by: B2O2 | November 23, 2009 1:12 PM

People with everything from broken spines to Barrets Syndrome will tell you it has no medical value.

Mayo would be giving it out if it did.

Posted by: dottydo | November 23, 2009 2:13 PM

Legalize all drugs. The war on drugs has cost this country blood and treasure. It would be better for our country to fight the drug war here by taxing drugs in order to fund the treatment.

Posted by: suenoir | November 23, 2009 2:19 PM

Like almost everyone here, I smoked a little weed years ago and KNOW it would be less of a problem than booze is. Gov't should legalize & regulate it, and tax its sale. Have intoxication laws just like we do for booze. Funny thing is, I wouldn't use it if it were legal now but it makes no sense we spend money enforcing its ban.

Posted by: shanks1 | November 23, 2009 2:29 PM

The overwhelming approval for this stupid idea pretty much sums up the moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the majority of the Post's readers. These self serving fools could care less about the studies proving that marijuana use degrades mental functions and leads to all sorts of nasty psychological disorders. At a time when Europe is recognizing this and putting an end to even medical marijuana use, that we would even be considering this is so asinine that it defies comprehension.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | November 23, 2009 3:11 PM

I'd like to see a federal statute that allows a medical cannabis exemption, so that patients in ALL 50 states can enjoy a little peace and healing.

What's wrong with that ?

Posted by: scottportraits | November 23, 2009 3:15 PM

I haven't read any medical studies that show it causing psychological disorders. Degraded mental functions, yes, but not any long term effects. It's akin to getting drunk. Of course, I am speaking of normal use. People who abuse the substance, is a different matter all togethor.

As for it's medical benefits. While the Native Americans used it for several things, it's primary medical benefit is pain management. I think one of the biggest lobbys against legalization is the drug companies that make pain killers. The pain-killer industry is a multi-billion dollar business. Studies show pot is far more effective managing pain than commonly perscribed pills. This is especially the case with chemo patients, who because of the chemotherapy have digestive issues that hinder the drugs absorbtion rate. Unlike pain pills like Oxycotin, marijuana is less addictive. Some would argue it is completely non-addictive. Pain pills act on the pain receptors and have the side effect of suppressing the bodies natural pain managers. As a result people often have worse pain after they stop using pills than they would have not using them. It starts a cycle of use that is difficult to stop. Marijuana on the other hand changes the brain's interpretation of pain. It doesn't stop the natual process that occcurs in the body and therefore doesn't create the physical dependence on pain killers.

Posted by: akmzrazor | November 23, 2009 3:54 PM

MIBROOKS27,

I assume then you'll have no trouble linking to a study that "proves" marijuana leads to psychological disorders. I know that you wouldn't be so "intellectually bankrupt" as to link to a study that only illustrates correlation. Because as any good intellectual knows, correlation does not equal causation.

Furthermore, I can only assume that you are also in favor of the re-institution of alcohol prohibition, since it clearly degrades mental function and places the user at a high risk of a myriad of health issues.

Prohibition is stupid. Not because of heath effects or morality, but simply because it never has, does not, and never will work.

Posted by: AhhYes | November 23, 2009 3:55 PM

wow, 89 percent in favor of legalizing weed, who knew that the WashPost's readers were such burnouts?

seriously though, it should be legal. obviously.

Posted by: postposter27 | November 23, 2009 4:47 PM

11% continue to believe the lies? wowsers

Posted by: mikenimzo | November 23, 2009 5:11 PM

My Documentary is on this exact topic. It is amazing but true. Anneliese

Posted by: queenofnightlife | November 23, 2009 5:22 PM

The phrase "Post User Polls" is probably not a good choice of words involving a question entitled "Would you support medical marijuana?"

Posted by: MillPond2 | November 23, 2009 5:32 PM

This debate is rather frivolous. Anyone who has used marijuana knows that it is relatively harmless; certainly less so than alcohol or tobacco. Aside from the excessive ingestion of Oreos there is very little to be concerned about. It would be wise to revisit the Shafer Commission's report of 1974 to elucidate the truth of the biochemistry, physiology and social impact of marijuana. We'd all be better off if it were simply legalized.

Posted by: jurman | November 23, 2009 5:45 PM

There is about 10% of the population that would outlaw beer, electric guitars, pizza, bikes, cell phones, and a thousand other things. How did the moronic 10% get to call the shots when it came to pot? Well, some of the moronic 10% were very powerful figures in federal law enforcement, others were in politics, yet others in religion.

Many of our ills come from the power of those three sectors--law, politics and religion. We could use a lot less of all three.

Posted by: rusty3 | November 23, 2009 6:24 PM

I would legalize it completely and regulate it like alcohol. There would be tremendous tax benefits. It is one of the least addictive of the pleasure drugs (which include tobacco and alcohol). I grew up in the "Hippie" generation and cannot think of one person who became addicted. In conservative eastern colleges back in the 60s and 70s, one of which I attended, almost everyone at least sampled the drug. It hardly was a destructive drug -- the U.S. regulation of it has been foolish. Regulation would control the strength, and provide safe (non-smoking) delivery systems.

Posted by: strongerthandirt | November 23, 2009 7:20 PM

Okay, so lets also legalize prostitution. That's a victimless crime also, right? How about assisted suicide? No victim there, right? How about truancy laws? No reason to make parents send their own kids to school. Oh, and lets also get rid of speed limits on interstate highways. If you don't want to go fast, stay the hell off the road. And what is it with all these stupid gun control laws? Shooting someone is illegal. Why do we need laws against owning guns if you're not going to hurt anyone? Finally, lets repeal all civil rights laws, tenant rights laws, consumer protection laws, and hate crime statutes. Let people treat other people any way they see fit.

Power to the people, dudes!

Posted by: hisroc | November 23, 2009 7:21 PM

Laws against a plant that can be grown on an apartment balcony is just more rank right-wing stupidity. These ignorant right-wing morons spend their lives trying to slow the rest of humanity down. What perpetual losers.

I've grown orchids, coleus, shamrock, tulips, habiscus, marigolds, forsythica, portalaca, elephant ears, begonias, spider plants, impatiens, geraniums, wandereing jew, paladendrum, diefenbachia, cactus, dracana, mother in laws toungue, jade, alovera and cannaibis and I can't help but guffaw at the stupidity of using the resources of the state to keep people from growing a plant.

These low-lifed right wing losers should never again enjoy power.

Posted by: DCSage | November 23, 2009 7:40 PM

Whatever will the lawyers do?
Think of all the lost income.
My daughter got popped at a party. She wasn't smoking, but it cost us several hundred dollars anyway.

Posted by: TOMHERE | November 23, 2009 8:58 PM

Nope to Dope

Posted by: rmilton | November 23, 2009 9:42 PM

If we are going to say that marijuana is OK for medical use, then it must be tested, regulated and prescribed like other, similar drugs. Oh, that's not what people are suggesting.

I'm OK with an honest discussion about legalizing marijuana but I refuse to condone a 'wink-wink' medical marijuana policy.

Posted by: KS100H | November 23, 2009 10:58 PM

There's only one politicain considering a presidential run, who has private business experience (started his own home repair business in college, and grew it into a multimillion dollar corporation), executive experience (two-term governor), is a fiscal conservative (cut taxes 14 times, shrank government, and left his state with a budget surplus), and thinks the War on Drugs was a colossal waste of taxpayers' money and an unnecessary infringement by government on personal freedom.

Gary Johnson for President, 2012.

www.garyjohnson2012.com

Posted by: OttoDog | November 23, 2009 11:40 PM

Fri 11/13/09 AMA Agrees Marijuana May Have Analgesic Benefits(https://updates.pain-topics.org/2009/11/ama-agrees) I am a firm believer that medicinal marijuanna should be legalized.I have 3 friends(ALL breast cancer survivors T.GOD)who during their Chemo used it.ALL said it did away with their nausea,gave them an appetite&allowed them to keep down what they ate!!I have R.S.D.S.for over 8 yrs,& 2yrs. ago I tried it.That was the 1st(&ONLY) time I was completely pain FREE! If I could receive it legally,rather than the crap I am prescribed(Morphine,Oxy.,Vicodin,Darvocet all highly addictive & DO NOT STOP THE PAIN)I would be the 1st in line at my Pharmacy!!It is time to change the laws & allow canabis to be leagally & Medicinally prescribed!!!! Thank You !

Posted by: buckqd | November 24, 2009 12:07 AM

MIBROOKS27, you made some pretty wild statements. Please provide reputable links to back them up.

HISROC, prostitution used to be legal, and the 'erotic stimulators for hire' were checked weekly for STDs. That was a much more sensible practice. Assisted suicide is legal, on a limited basis, in Oregon.

Posted by: dotellen | November 24, 2009 12:20 AM

Whatta bunch of losers. No wonder you idiots have never accomplished anything in your lives.

Posted by: bendan2000 | November 24, 2009 12:58 AM

the nation is refusing to see the facts.

EVERYONE who wants to smoke pot - IS ALREADY DOING SO and has been doing so for 50 YEARS.

FARMERS FROM MAINE TO CALIFORNIA GROW IT AS A CASH CROP IN SMALL AMOUNTS TO SUBSIDIZE THE NATION'S LOW FOOD PRICES JUST TO SURVIVE.

LEGALIZING POT WILL DO ONE THING - END THE IMPORTATION AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR FOREIGN BASED DISTRIBUTION NETWORKS.

Posted by: boblesch | November 24, 2009 10:11 AM

I think we need to ask, What would Jesus do? Then, Can I be re-elected if I favor legalization? Finally, we would need some sort price supports to help farmers when the price of grass reaches the price of grass clippings. Oh yes, will medical use be covered in the health care reform bill's public option? (Exhale)

Posted by: ohmygod | November 25, 2009 12:15 AM

If the USA government can grow and give marijuana to 6 sick people in this country then I can grow my own.

If Irv Rosenfeld can get 300 joints FREE from the government every MONTH then I can grow and smoke my epilepsy medicine and I WON'T listen to some LYING DEA making $75,000.00 to $100,000.00 a year to lie and arrest sick Americans.

GROW HERE! GROW NOW!

GROW BABY GROW!

To the DEA go to the Univ. Of Mississippi and
arrest the dean of the school for growing MARIJUANA and sending it to sick people around the country.

FREE THE WEED! I have in my house. My garden
grows my medicine. COME AND GET ME.

STOP LETTING BIG PHARMA MAKE THE LAWS.

Posted by: 1-20-09 | November 26, 2009 12:08 PM

Who is winning the war on drugs?

The EFING republican contractors who are losing the war but OVERBILLING the USA!

Why is blackwater in on the war on drugs?

Haven't they screwed up in Iraq to show the world that they should not be involved in any war much less this war.

But they are STEALING cash while saying marijuana is bad, but they stealing and
that's OK because because it's a WAR and we have to win all wars, everyone has to be a hero if they are in a war.

WAKE UP FOOLS any war today means over billing by the contractors saying that we
have to have these wars.

WAR IS GOOD FOR? To bankrupt the country!

STOP LISTENING TO THE CROOKS STEALING YOUR CASH!



Posted by: 1-20-09 | November 26, 2009 12:23 PM

I absolutely agree with the legalization of Marijuana. It's silly for everyone to continue to fight this silly war on a harmless drug. Not to mention the benefits from using this drug on the human body. I cannot not take this recession talk seriously when the government is going to continue to fight marijuana. A industry that makes millions daily. Just in Los Angeles, CA each dispensary is making over a million dollars a year easily, and there's over 600 dispensaries. If this was to be taxed and regulated..it would provide a giant and boost to the economy. It only goes to say the same for any state that is fighting it instead of letting it in and reaping the benefits of a prosperous economy once again.

Posted by: z2k4life | December 1, 2009 12:46 AM

It is not enough to set back and complain anymore. The next person you vote for must understand how important this issue is to you. If they do not support the legalization of cannabis you will not vote for them. You will work against them at whatever public tit they are seeking to suck at until the time they support you and your cause. Become an activist, tell your friends, join NORML or MPP and send them some bucks, they and others like them are leading the fight for us so support them, write your congressmen, state and fed. Write your major, city reps, newspapers. The stars are aligning for a once in 70 year chance on breaking the backs of the DEA liers. The millions of dollars generated by busting cannabis users will no longer go to employe thousands of people who thrive on the fear and intimidation and even deaths of cannabis users. They will be unemployed and oh what a joy that will be! But it is WE that must make it happen! It is WE that must stop begging for them to change the law pretty please and start demanding that it be changed!

Posted by: denbee | December 6, 2009 3:25 PM

The war on marijuana began with critical thought and evaluation. Some of the best minds the government could muster. Here is what started the cannabis wars. Behold:

"Marihuana makes fiends of boys in thirty days - Hashish goads users to bloodlust."
"By the tons it is coming into this country - the deadly, dreadful poison that racks and tears not only the body, but the very heart and soul of every human being who once becomes a slave to it in any of its cruel and devastating forms.... Marihuana is a short cut to the insane asylum. Smoke marihuana cigarettes for a month and what was once your brain will be nothing but a storehouse of horrid specters. Hasheesh makes a murderer who kills for the love of killing out of the mildest mannered man who ever laughed at the idea that any habit could ever get him...." H.J.Anslinger

On the basis of this drool to the Congress of the U.S, and other well thought out research that cannabis is illegal. We should be ashamed and move to quickly strike the resulting bad laws that were influenced by this racist.

Posted by: denbee | December 6, 2009 3:39 PM

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