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Pot, alcohol, and the Federal Gov


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#1    Bama13

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 06:30 PM

When alcohol was made illegal there was a constitutional amendment propsed to make it illegal. When the proposed amendment was ratified by the required number of States a law was passed (the Volstead Act, I believe). Pot, on the other hand, was simply outlawed. No amendment deemed necessary. Why?

Alcohol is regulated, mostly, at the local/state level. They set the legal age (although big brother tries to force them into doing what big brother thinks is best), decide where and when you can purchase alcohol, and the punshiment for violating those laws. These laws vary from state to state and they very from local to local within the a state. I grew up in a "wet" city located in a "dry" county. Why isn't pot treated the same way (at the local level)?

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:04 PM

Because sometimes you get under age people abuse drugs even if it is legal


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Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:05 PM

Alcohol's easier to control then pot.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:10 PM

View PostHasina, on 24 January 2013 - 07:05 PM, said:

Alcohol's easier to control then pot.

Why? Everybody who wants to can make his own moonshine (until caught, that is).

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:13 PM

I got a DUI for alcohol a few years back.  Weed makes you do things a lot less stupid IMO.  You laugh, get hungry, then tired (unless you go outside in the winter then you wake right up) and it would be absolutely impossible for me to get into a fight while high.  Plus you don't feel like crap the next day.  Why would this stuff be illegal?!  Haha always joke with my brothers about this.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:17 PM

When the older generation die out pot will be legal. Its a matter of when, not if.


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Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:20 PM

I believe it was the power of the Liquor companies made it easy to get pot put down. And again the power of the Liquor companies lobbyists made a law against liquor impossible.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:21 PM

View PostProfessor Buzzkill, on 24 January 2013 - 07:17 PM, said:

When the older generation die out pot will be legal. Its a matter of when, not if.

I don't believe it's an age thing. The Liquor companies have vast power.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:22 PM

View PostProfessor Buzzkill, on 24 January 2013 - 07:17 PM, said:

When the older generation die out pot will be legal. Its a matter of when, not if.

Do you mean people older than the ones that were teenagers in the 60's? :lol:


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Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:22 PM

View PostThe New Richard Nixon, on 24 January 2013 - 07:04 PM, said:

Because sometimes you get under age people abuse drugs even if it is legal

Under age people abuse alcohol also. I'm not seeing your point.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:25 PM

View Postquestionmark, on 24 January 2013 - 07:10 PM, said:

Why? Everybody who wants to can make his own moonshine (until caught, that is).

I don't think it is illegal to make moonshine, just to sell it. I know you can make your own beer and/or wine legally.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:29 PM

It'd be difficult, if not impossible, to tax weed so they keep it illegal..


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Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:30 PM

View PostMichelle, on 24 January 2013 - 07:22 PM, said:

Do you mean people older than the ones that were teenagers in the 60's? :lol:

At 26 years old its 50/50 after retirement its 80% against legalizing

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:35 PM

View PostProfessor Buzzkill, on 24 January 2013 - 07:30 PM, said:

At 26 years old its 50/50 after retirement its 80% against legalizing

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Sounds about right...it shoots up dramatically with people over 65 who were married and raising kids by the hippy era.

Edited by Michelle, 24 January 2013 - 07:37 PM.


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Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:35 PM

View Postquestionmark, on 24 January 2013 - 07:10 PM, said:



Why? Everybody who wants to can make his own moonshine (until caught, that is).
Most people are way too lazy nowadays to do that. What I meant is, there are alcohol companies nowadays, no pot companies, a least none as big as the alcohol industry.

Edited by Hasina, 24 January 2013 - 07:36 PM.

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