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MARIJUANA DAY: Opinions On Celebrating 4/20

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Easter isn't the only thing being celebrated on Sunday. April 20th marks National Marijuana Day for some. Channel 13’s Jodi Whitworth gathered people's opinion about the controversial drug.

Several democratic lawmakers have pushed for several bills to legalize marijuana for medicinal use; Governor Branstad has said he won't sign off on any legislation that involves the plant.


  • Brian Kelly B Bizzle

    In the prohibitionist’s world, anybody who consumes the slightest amount of marijuana responsibly in the privacy of their own homes are “stoners” and “dopers” that need to be incarcerated in order to to protect society.

    In their world, any marijuana use equates to marijuana abuse, and it is their God given duty to worry about “saving us all” from the evils of marijuana use.

    Who are they to tell us we can’t choose marijuana, the safer choice instead alcohol for relaxation, after a long, hard day, in the privacy of our own homes?

    People who use marijuana are smart, honest, hard working, educated, and successful people too, who “follow the law” also.(except for their marijuana consumption under it’s current prohibition of course) .

    Not the stereotypical live at home losers prohibitionists make us out to be. We are doctors, lawyers, professors, movie stars, and politicians too.

    Several Presidents of The United States themselves, along with Justin Trudeau, Bill Gates, and Carl Sagan have all confessed to their marijuana use. As have a long and extensive list of successful people throughout history at one point or other in their lives.

    Although, that doesn’t mean a damned thing to people who will make comments like “dopers” and “stoners” about anybody who uses the slightest amount of Marijuana although it is way safer than alcohol.

    To these people any use equals abuse, and that is really ignorant and full of hypocrisy. While our society promotes, glorifies, and advertises alcohol consumption like it’s an All American pastime.

    There is nothing worse about relaxing with a little marijuana after a long, hard day, than having a drink or two of alcohol.

    So come off those high horses of yours. Who are you to dictate to the rest of society that we can’t enjoy Marijuana, the safer choice over alcohol, in the privacy of our own homes?

    We’ve worked real hard our whole lives to provide for our loved ones. We don’t appreciate prohibitionists trying to impose their will and morals upon us all.

    Has a marijuana user ever tried to force you to use it? Probably not. So nobody has the right to force us not to either.

    Don’t try to impose your morality and “clean living” upon all of us with Draconian Marijuana Laws, and we won’t think you’re such prohibitionist hypocrites.

    Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Marijuana Legalization Initiative!

  • jon doe

    Medical and recreational no matter how you cut it our two different subjects. And for the sick Iowans we need to remember that.

  • JPenny

    Mr. Branstad has stated he will not sign off on any legislation that involves the plant? Even though this involves sick children who’s best bet for a decent life is specific marijuana oils? How heartless can one get? Would he feel the same if one of his grandchildren were so infected? This issue alone has me looking toward another candidate for our next governor. I’m a senior citizen myself, but these old school attitudes have no place in today’s society.

  • MJ

    Legalize it, Medical AND recreational. You can control it to make sure that what people are getting is safe.

    There are different ‘grades’, some is stronger than others. It could be labeled so people would know what they are getting going in.
    set a minimum age on it for purchase just like alcohol. Make me get it at the drug counter just like I do my pseudofed and limit how much is purchased with each I.D. if you are that worried about it.

    People who want it are going to get it legal or not. If it’s legal, we can tax it.

    Besides, alcohol is legal and NOTHING bad ever happens related to that, right?

  • caliboss

    the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13

    “any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death” – cali secret 420

    from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

    20 years behind us southern states, sad and scary….nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states…even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice…no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol…not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

    Deaths by Alcohol and Tobacco: Millions
    Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade
    Deaths by Guns: Millions
    Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions
    Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever…they are killing my American family while denying freedom

    love and freedom forever


  • someone

    i work almost 60 – 70 hrs a week if the federal goverement backed it up then it would protect us hard working americans. Branstad will loose my vote for sure. Only monsters would deny a sick kid the medical supplies they need to really live… I would rather see people stoned sitting at home eating food then getting smashed and smashing up some family…what about tobacco name one good effect that has? It still is some how legal? you dont fight aganst that as hard do ya coffee.

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