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Legal Weed: Federal laws

Thursday, May 30, 2013

A May series on marijuana concludes with final thoughts on the federal ban now that the drug is legal in two states. Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy at the UCLA School of Public Affairs, marijuana legalization consultant for Washington State, and co-author of Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press2012) explains how he thinks state and federal law could be reconciled, and takes your calls.

Guests:

Mark Kleiman

Comments [8]

Rebekkah from New Jersey

About driving and marijuana -- I agree that driving stoned is not wise, but a much bigger problem are the number of people on the road who are driving under the influence of all the other prescription drugs.

May. 30 2013 12:56 PM
John A

Chris,
If what you said were true, don't you think the tobacco sellers in their heyday, with their billions to spend on research, don't you think they would have perfected your fantasy cigarette then? Didn't happen.

May. 30 2013 11:10 AM
jf from THE FUTURE

A MARIJUANA ECONOMY WOULD SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT. IT IS THE STRONGEST, MOST EFFICIENT, SUSTAINABLE, SOURCE OF BIOFUELS AND ALL MATERIALS. AS MEDICINE IT HAS NONE OF THE SIDE EFFECTS OF PETROLEUM BASED PHARMACEUTICALS.

May. 30 2013 11:04 AM
jm

Mary: that would have to be addressed on a case-by-case basis just as it is currently with cigarette smokers. If I smell tobacco smoke, I immediately get a headache, yet I've had to tolerate its use in public my entire life. In the worst case scenario, the odor of marujuana on a city street triggers the temporary, "uh oh, skunk!" reaction before I realize what it is.

May. 30 2013 11:02 AM
jf from REALITY

MARIJUANA SMOKE PREVENTS LUNG CANCER. THIS IS WHAT THE GOVERNMENT STUDY FOUND IN 1973 THAT WAS ABRUPTLY SHUT DOWN.

May. 30 2013 11:00 AM
Chris

Mary From West Villiage - it should be pretty simple. In places where smoking is banned, smoking ANYTHING is banned. This does not exclude drinking marijuana tea, or vaporizing, which are not intrusive to others.

However, if you are worried about the smoke, I feel a personal responsibility to tell people that tobacco smoke is not what is bad. Tobacco, grown at home, is not deadly, and not nearly as addictive. What makes tobacco deadly? Please - do a search for the 599 chemicals added to cigarettes. Most of them are carcinogenic, and have no place in tobacco - they were put there by people. This is something that I truly hate when I hear people parrot "anti-smoking" rhetoric. Cigarettes made by tobacco companies are bad. Natural tobacco, is not. it has effects, but nothing like the mass produced garbage you find at 7/11.

Marijuana, is not yet adulterated. I hope it never will be. It is a myth that smoking alone is bad. That is false. Plants that are not adulterated with adjuvants, pesticides, etc, do not create the same kind of health effects. I think people imagine that marijuana smokers smoke every hour to get a fix like a cigarette smoker, that is just not the case. You will experience FAR LESS smoke from a marijuana smoker. Unless they are college kids partying. :)

May. 30 2013 10:59 AM
jf from REALITY

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS MARIJUANA ABUSE. FOOD KILLS MORE PEOPLE. IT IS THE MOST NON TOXIC SUBSTANCE ON EARTH OTHER THAN WATER. IT CURES CANCER, LEUKEMIA, AND TREATS 400 DISEASES.

May. 30 2013 10:55 AM
Mary from West Village

What about non-smokers being subjected to smoke in apartment buildings? to non-smokers, this smoke is as bad as tobacco smoke, and presumably (as all smoke) has health effects.

May. 30 2013 10:48 AM

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