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Legalizing Marijuana: Should Florida Do It?

As legalization laws go into effect in two states, we’d like to hear your take on what Florida should do.

A crowd of hundreds gathered to light up joints under the Space Needle in Seattle this morning as recreational marijuana use officially became legal in the state of Washington.

A similar scene is likely to unfold on the streets of Denver in the coming weeks as Colorado’s marijuana legalization law goes into effect.

In Washington, it is now legal for people to possess up to one ounce of the drug, which is illegal in most states, including Florida. While the new state law in Washington doesn’t usurp federal laws that criminalize marijuana use, local cops are no longer going to give people age 21 and up a hard time for lighting up a joint in the privacy of their own homes. The public display at the Space Needle technically remains illegal, but police in that state decided to let it fly on the morning pot smoking became legal there.

Cops in Washington seem to be taking a rather nonchalant approach to the new state rules, too.

The Seattle Police Department has issued some interesting directives to its officers.

Police spokesman Jonah Spangenthal-Lee is quoted on the Huffington Post as saying, "The police department believes that, under state law, you may responsibly get baked, order some pizzas and enjoy a `Lord of the Rings' marathon in the privacy of your own home, if you want to."

He also quoted the cult classic film "The Big Lebowski": “The Dude abides, and says `take it inside!' "

Colorado’s law goes into effect on Jan. 5. Washington state, the Post says, anticipates the new law will bring millions of dollars into the state’s coffers as regulations begin to go into place.

While lighting up a joint at home – or in public – remains illegal in Florida, we’d like to hear your thoughts on the issue Tampa Bay! Do you think our state should look at decriminalization? Should the federal government review its own laws? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Diane Carlstrom April 23, 2013 at 03:56 AM
Click on the link above from Denise Houston! That will take you to a page that will show you how we will get this done- maybe with your help! It is time for everyone that believes we should joing the growing number of states that allow medical use and maybe down the road recreational (another issue) Join us and lets get it done!
Daman_Money May 05, 2013 at 08:10 PM
In a way i agree let these dumb ass pot heads have there pot let them have all the side effects of it to but on another hand i think the state makes more money busting people for it then making it legal. But really it does way more harm to the body then cigarettes but since so many are addicted to it they will just argue it anyway.. I have seen three people in my life die of lung cancer that never smoked pot and constantly smoked weed and yes kids have died from pot inducing a seizure so yes it does claim lives but pot heads will act like it does not claim lives until it is made legal and the law sites people and test them for pot when they are recognized for having a conviction. Really if Florida just tested every person that came in to the jail house they would have a great study on how most crime is comited by pot heads and people with substance abuse in general. Either way i don't care i just assume not put anything in to my body alcohol or pot or anything else and i don't have to fight for the right because i don't give a flying shit because i don't have an addiction or excuse to need narcotics. Medical journals and study have proven its bad as hell for you though but addicts that have all the time in the world have the time in there meaningless lives to fight for it even though its not a cure for shit and it doesn't have a track record in comparison to any man made drug! End of story! If you never did it your wouldn't care just by coming on here your admit! Addicts!
Daman_Money May 05, 2013 at 08:18 PM
ou guys have a problem with self control and you also have very addictive personalities to care as much as you do! I mean if you never broke the law and did it you would never know! Your law breakers! And you have bad attitudes! and you should have your civil rights revoked and your license suspended and you should not work either! And by coming here you admit it and not just that but that your are shitty parents also! And the offspring's of retards think deeper dumb asses! Get off the pot for a few years and then think until then no one can trust you or what you say because your law breakers and your under the influence and admitting to addiction. Dumb asses that's all im going to point out!
Daman_Money May 05, 2013 at 08:28 PM
In a way i agree let these dumb ass pot heads have there pot let them have all the side effects of it to but on another hand i think the state makes more money busting people for it then making it legal. But really it does way more harm to the body then cigarettes but since so many are addicted to it they will just argue it anyway.. I have seen three people in my life die of lung cancer that never smoked cigs and constantly smoked weed and yes kids have died from pot inducing a seizure so yes it does claim lives but pot heads will act like it does not claim lives until it is made legal and the law sites people and test them for pot when they are recognized for having a conviction. Really if Florida just tested every person that came in to the jail house they would have a great study on how most crime is commited by pot heads and people with substance abuse in general. Either way i don't care i just assume not put anything in to my body alcohol or pot or anything else and i don't have to fight for the right because i don't give a flying shit because i don't have an addiction or excuse to need narcotics. Medical journals and study have proven its bad as hell for you though but addicts that have all the time in the world have the time in there meaningless lives to fight for it even though its not a cure for shit and it doesn't have a track record in comparison to any man made drug! End of story! If you never did it your wouldn't care just by coming on here your admit! Addicts!
cMarkg May 06, 2013 at 12:25 PM
Another ignorant naysayer spouting off wrong information concerning Cannabis. It is rarely addictive, depends on the individual, Cannabis has never killed anyone by overdose. You cannot say that about those pharmaceuticals you so dearly love Daman_Money. Alcoholics commit the vast majority of domestic violence in America. Medical Journals and Studies have shown the amazing cancer fighting and pain fighting benefits to Cannabis. It would truly benefit this discussion if you would research this topic for yourself before you start getting involved in the discussion. Ignorance is just so ugly.

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