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Postby georgios100 » Sat Dec 15, 2012 7:34 pm

November 2012. The Peoples of Colorado and Washington state have spoken. The vote was 55% in favor vs 45% against to the legal use of marijuana for recreational purposes, not just medical practice. Other states are considering a vote on the issue. Federal law prohibits the legal use of pot.

In Toronto, there is already talk about legalizing pot. Many politicians say this is coming earlier than expected, less than 10 years. Most feel we should do it sooner than later, keeping up with our US counterparts. The idea is to have pot under strict government control (production, distribution, taxes etc).

How can pot legalization "help" Cyprus? Well, here is a few reasons.

1. Increase much needed government revenue from taxing pot.
2. Release pot related convicted inmates from prison. Less court cases for judges to sort out.
3. Reduction of police work on pot enforcement - better policing other crimes (robberies, domestic violence etc).
4. Increase in tourists visits, especially winter tourism.
5. Take the lead in the region on this issue, stop being a follower for once.

Despite the political conservative climate, Cypriots should take a good look at this. It's not Tabu, just a good business move!
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Re: Legalizing marijuana in Cyprus

Postby ch00 » Sat Dec 15, 2012 8:26 pm

Totally agree with all statements.
It would be a big boost to economy and well-being of the people in Cyprus.
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Re: Legalizing marijuana in Cyprus

Postby GreekIslandGirl » Sat Dec 15, 2012 10:39 pm

Anything that affects people's thinking capabilities should be controlled.
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Re: Legalizing marijuana in Cyprus

Postby tsukoui » Sat Dec 15, 2012 11:16 pm

As someone who developed schizophrenia after several years of smoking marijuana from a young age I still think it should be legalized.

Tax is one good reason, but even more importantly there is the reason of quality control.

Many new artificial breeds of marijuana have been produced that are not really healthy.

Natural marijuana contains anti-psychotic chemicals to balance the high. These have been bred out of many strains of skunk.

Legalizing could ensure that they are kept in.

Also, personally, with my experience, I am against recreational use of marijuana, but not against spiritual use. Of course no one could police such a distinction, but by legalizing it, the debate could move on into how one can use entheogens responsibly, rather than not at all.
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Re: Legalizing marijuana in Cyprus

Postby ZoC » Sat Dec 15, 2012 11:26 pm

GreekIslandGirl wrote:Anything that affects people's thinking capabilities should be controlled.


yes. like the church! decriminalise it, control it, and the government can generate much needed tax revenue.
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Re: Legalizing marijuana in Cyprus

Postby kurupetos » Sun Dec 16, 2012 1:21 am

Georgios, you are another victim of 'Mr' Soros's campaign to legalize marijuana. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303467004575574450703567656.html

You should ask yourself, "Is marijuana good for my children?" :roll:
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Re: Legalizing marijuana in Cyprus

Postby kurupetos » Sun Dec 16, 2012 1:23 am

tsukoui wrote:As someone who developed schizophrenia after several years of smoking marijuana from a young age I still think it should be legalized.

Tax is one good reason, but even more importantly there is the reason of quality control.

Many new artificial breeds of marijuana have been produced that are not really healthy.

Natural marijuana contains anti-psychotic chemicals to balance the high. These have been bred out of many strains of skunk.

Legalizing could ensure that they are kept in.

Also, personally, with my experience, I am against recreational use of marijuana, but not against spiritual use. Of course no one could police such a distinction, but by legalizing it, the debate could move on into how one can use entheogens responsibly, rather than not at all.

If you have a problem, visit your doctor. We can't help you.
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Re: Legalizing marijuana in Cyprus

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Re: Legalizing marijuana in Cyprus

Postby cyprusgrump » Sun Dec 16, 2012 7:58 am

kurupetos wrote:Georgios, you are another victim of 'Mr' Soros's campaign to legalize marijuana. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303467004575574450703567656.html

You should ask yourself, "Is marijuana good for my children?" :roll:


Or to put it another way, "What right has the state to choose what is good for me and my children?"
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Re: Legalizing marijuana in Cyprus

Postby cyprusgrump » Sun Dec 16, 2012 8:00 am

georgios100 wrote:November 2012. The Peoples of Colorado and Washington state have spoken. The vote was 55% in favor vs 45% against to the legal use of marijuana for recreational purposes, not just medical practice. Other states are considering a vote on the issue. Federal law prohibits the legal use of pot.

In Toronto, there is already talk about legalizing pot. Many politicians say this is coming earlier than expected, less than 10 years. Most feel we should do it sooner than later, keeping up with our US counterparts. The idea is to have pot under strict government control (production, distribution, taxes etc).

How can pot legalization "help" Cyprus? Well, here is a few reasons.

1. Increase much needed government revenue from taxing pot.
2. Release pot related convicted inmates from prison. Less court cases for judges to sort out.
3. Reduction of police work on pot enforcement - better policing other crimes (robberies, domestic violence etc).
4. Increase in tourists visits, especially winter tourism.
5. Take the lead in the region on this issue, stop being a follower for once.

Despite the political conservative climate, Cypriots should take a good look at this. It's not Tabu, just a good business move!


For once we agree! 8)
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