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PETER HUDSON said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 3:59 am

American citizens should have the right to whatever they wish in the comfort of their homes. As a conservative, this makes absolute sense to pass this legislation. C'mon New Hampshire, Live Free or Die. Remember!!!

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Mike Pelander said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 7:36 am

Neighbors push pot dialogue:Certainly a great for our legislature to consider, but I've got a better one.What gives the government power over free individuals to determine what they will put into their most personal property.... their bodies?

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Gil Frances said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 7:48 am

Instead of pushing an income tax - tax pot and legalize prostitution and tax that while you're at it. The Lib's have taken over anyways -- NH is Blue as Blue can be. It's over Johnny

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MICHAEL LANE said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 8:52 am

HUDSON so where do you draw the line of what can be done behind closed doors?

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George Dale said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 8:57 am

@ Gil Frances Throwing prostitution in this is the best way not to legalize marijuana. Then again we are talking about politicians here, maybe its the best way to get legalization of marijuana in NH. lol

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kevin croteau said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 8:58 am

Its not going to work out the way you think it will work. You can't control the drinking, and now you want to throw weed into the mix. Can't control something that you can grow in your back yard. The Governments job is to protect the people from them selfs. Wait till your 14 year old comes home with a bag in his pack and his grades slip because he can't focus. So Peter can picket "Live Free or Die" at the expense of every one else.

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George LeMont said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 9:01 am

PETER HUDSON I would agree if not for the fact we are no longer a nation where people are accountable for themselves, their choices and their actions. You can be sure that once legalized only government and drug addicts will benefit and use up any money generated. There will also be no reduction in weed getting into the hands of minors as some people will buy their government weed then sell it to minors and make money, while corrupting yet one more generation.

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George LeMont said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 9:04 am

Watch how many accidents don't get reported as being weed related once government is the dealer and part of government. The citizens will not be able to sue their new government drug dealer.

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George Dale said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 9:05 am

oh one other thing, Rep. John Hunt, NH has fallen way "behind the curve" on this one. Now you have egg on your face trying to play ketchup to other states. And to make it even worse, you want to try and do it better than any other state has done this far. A politicians worst enemy is their ego and worrying what others think they should do instead of doing what is the right thing to do.

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Matt Lulling said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 9:08 am

In my lifetime, I've seen far more damage done to families, especially children, by alcohol than any other drug. Even junkies can drive better than a drunk. The prohibition on weed has always been ridiculous compared to that horrendous legal drug we do allow - booze. Now that we are coming to our senses on weed, the next thing we need to face is opioids, and look at what other countries have done in legalizing them as well. In Switzerland, junkies register with the state and get their dope from doctors who treat them for what they are, sick people. Their crime rates have gone down and their recovery rates have gone up.

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Gregory DuPont said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 9:20 am

I truly believe the legalization efforts should have a primary focus at Federal level... Until THAT is accomplished, every state/local decriminalization/legalization effort has too many hidden traps-especially with purchaser information (or in the case of Medical Marijuana Card holders)patient information being fed into NICS:Instant Prohibited Person.... Which,at least among some people; was probably their real goal all along.

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Gregory Wallace said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 9:21 am

We do not have to legalize Marijuana just because other states have. Forget about the taxes it may get them. look at instead what it costs them socially, MV crashes, violence, emergency room visits and hospitalizations. Marijuana IS NOT the benign drug they would have you believe it is. If all anyone ever did is smoke it in their own house and keep it to themselves while NOT DRIVING. No one would care or notice. They will want more and more eventually saturating our society with their "Peace" drug. What is the rush to legalize here? I'll tell you. They want to get this done so that when YOU find out what a debacle legalization really is it will be too late to reverse the laws and many of our citizens will be infected including our children. We are going to deal with Mass and Maine people coming here stoned on our roads as it is. Watch the crash rate climb! Legalization is a bad idea. You stay locked up in your home and smoke your pot just don't ask us to subsidize it because you can't get out of bed in the morning.

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George LeMont said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 9:29 am

Matt Lulling I see more weed paraphernalia in repossessed property than I ever see bottles of booze. You're simply a left wing cult follower who wouldn't know a bad idea if it kicked you in the side of the head. When your little utopia doesn't arrive we all know you will simply blame someone else.

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Gregory Wallace said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 9:45 am

Lemont made an interesting point. If someone goes to a restaurant and drinks a Scorpion bowl all by themselves then goes and drives crashing as a result. There is liability. Isn't the state culpable in the sale of marijuana to an individual if there is a crash. Even if there is a non liability clause for the state couldn't you make the case that on the federal level it is still illegal?....... A law suit or Suits could cost the state of N.H. a lot of $$$$$ even if other states legalized it. When you knowingly do something that causes harm.....MAYBE a shall not drive law where marijuana is concerned. Zero tolerance and medical M.J. users must turn in their license. I like that idea!

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MICHAEL LANE said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 9:56 am

LeMont what state deals drugs? What state is the proprietor of a store that sells drugs?

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Dennis Williams said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 10:07 am

Just another step in the wrong direction. NH is now blue to the core and the secular/progressives are now in charge. My argument is, what will prevent the homeowner from getting their 2-5 year olds hooked on this stuff before they are even able to read or write? A sure sign that our culture has turned from common sense to drug addicted. What a wonderful society we've created for our potential pothead children have to look forward to.

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J Kruger said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 10:17 am

Legalize it! You aren't stopping anyone from using it now. Live free or die

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Robert Howie Howe said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 10:19 am

Most towns and cities count on Federal dollars to fight the War on Drugs (and fund their Police departments) - NH Law makers and law enforcement, including the unions, will never support legalization if it will hurt their Federal grants. Attempts to pass this will be met with calls for other new taxes to replace those lost grants. It should be decriminalized, but there will be great resistance and a lot of lies about it being a dangerous gateway drug - nonsense as it will really be all about the money

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Don Harvey said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 11:05 am

To all those who have given up respecting whether NH is a red v. Blue state, wait untin gov Sununu acts on voting laws. NH will change such laws clarifying who is a NH resident and how soon before election day one is required to register. Had such expected changes been in place before November 8 this year, NH would not have gone for PIAPS and Hassan. When AG Jeff Sessions and with the republican congress requires that every voter in USA must present proof citizenship upon registration retrospectively, then many states will be much less blue. Then when Sessions enforces federal drug laws on wayward states, very large fines or withdrawal of federal will result. There us a new sheriff in town folks....besides, to the substance of this article, speaking as the wisdom of my mother, if your best friend decides to jump off a bridge, does that mean you should?

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Gary Way said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 11:12 am

New Hampshire is well positioned to market pot. We have a government run liquor system. Just add pot.

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Jim Peschke said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 11:24 am

New Hampshire does, Lane. State drug dealers are on the sides of the road. They're called "State liquor stores". I agree with George Lemont. If people took care of themselves and we abolished the nanny state, I'd have no problem with legalizing pot. Unfortunately, those who create problems through their pot use will force the rest of us to bail them out.

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George Dale said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 11:40 am

@ Dennis Williams If your a good parent you should not have to worry if your kids will use pot. It comes down to your parenting skills how your kids behave not what is legal or illegal. What drive people (adult and kids) to use drugs, alcohol included, they feel inadequate. And they have a big hole in their lives, like not feeling loved from family. So they turn to drugs to mask them feelings.

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JAMES E FIEST said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 11:49 am

"Woodburn said he wants to work with lawmakers and stakeholders on all sides to craft a New Hampshire approach to the issue. His bill would set a firm target date, three to four years down the road, to legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana. This is a joke. Either you legalize or you don't. This isn't rocket science. Put the measure up on a bill and let the people vote yes or no.

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JAMES E FIEST said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 11:56 am

As much as I respect Mr. Lemont, his point is misplaced. A dram shop claim does not in any way effect the liability of the person who was over served alcohol and caused the collision. The State has no part in this. It did not serve the alcohol nor would it sell or the marijuana (if legalized). That would be done by merchants.

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MICHAEL LANE said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 12:45 pm

Peschke alcohol is not a schedule one drug. We know that some people cannot take care of themselves and conservatives are reluctant to assist them. Schedule one drugs should never be made readily available to the general public. Marijuana should never be taken off the schedule one list.

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MICHAEL LANE said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 12:46 pm

Dale I have known great parents whose children have gone astray.

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Robert Howie Howe said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 12:53 pm

Lane, Marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug according to the DEA: https://www.dea.gov/druginfo/ds.shtml

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DUANE RILEY said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 1:02 pm

Pot is loaded with deadly and mind altering chemical s! Not mention, turning people into lazy, dopey, non productive losaaahs! Beware of the devil's weed!!!

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JAMES E FIEST said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 1:07 pm

And alcohol is somehow different? Wouldn't that be like" "Beware of the devil's brew."

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Ben Willard said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 1:45 pm

If you look at neighboring states, it doesn't seem like legalizing has made a noticeable difference. The nice areas of MA are still nice and the bad areas are still bad. Really the only difference is the state of MA has put some dealers out of business. Otherwise it seems like a wash, so we may as well get some tax revenue out of it.

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RONALD A. GAUDREAULT said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 2:14 pm

Looks like some of you believe in the movie "Reefer Madness". Just to let you know that all of that movie in the way the "stoners" act is fake. And Lane draw the line when what is happening on the other side of the door is bothering you! Stay out of other peoples business.

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Robert Howie Howe said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 2:24 pm

Ben Willard - Dealing is still illegal and arrestable in those states, personal possession up to small limits (not for sale) is now allowed. No dealers have been put out of business, they can skate if caught with small amounts not weighed out and packaged for sale. So take an ounce with you and a scale, and measure out grams at your customers home. The states make nothing by these changes.

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Sarah Lee said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 2:44 pm

I'm against it for now only because we don't have long-term data from other states that have tried this. Why don't we wait and see what happens in Maine and Mass? As far as I know, Colorado is possibly considering changing the law there because the decriminalization of marijuana has caused some issues. I don't see why we have to jump on this right away. Let other states make the mistakes, find the problems, and then make a decision based on that. There are still way too many questions, too much speculation and not enough solid answers. And why should we decriminalize just because our neighbors did? Maine and Mass have their own problems and that's why I live here - in NH. Not looking to be more like them, really.

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Jim Peschke said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 3:28 pm

Lane, as usual when you're wrong you change the subject in a feeble attempt to cover your tracks. You didn't mention "schedule 1", an arbitrary bureaucratic distinction, when you challenged Lemont to name a state that dealt drugs.

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MICHAEL LANE said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 4:01 pm

Peschke the drugs that LeMont falsely claims the states are dealing have nothing to do with alcohol. And I asked him not you.

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MICHAEL LANE said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 4:03 pm

Howe very good; but I already knew that marijuana is classified a schedule one drug.

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Gene Vallee said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 4:16 pm

Scheduled 1 drug my ****. Alcohol is more harmful than pot is. Ban Alcohol and replace it with pot.

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Greg Meehan said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 5:06 pm

I personally overcame tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana abuse. Quitting marijuana was by far the most difficult.

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PAUL LUNDWALL said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 5:41 pm

NH could sell it at the State store on I93 in Hookset.

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Jim Peschke said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 5:53 pm

Sorry Lane. I thought Lemont might be too busy to prove you wrong, so I did it for him. Its not like it takes much effort.

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Donald Armstrong said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 8:15 pm

I'm an old phart and a Nam Vet. We smoked pot back when it was illegal and working for Ma Bell we saw and heard about local schools with kids stoned all the time. In the 70's pot was everywhere. OD troubles were common in the 70's at local High Schools. All of that being said not much has changed except that the push is to legalize it and Politicians see tax money revenue falling from the heavens. The way that happens is to have pot shops all over the place. In Boston they announced that since it has been legalized as soon as they get all the rules and regulations straight then 55 pot shops will open in Boston and nothing can be done to stop a single one of them. The truth is "if" you legalize it so people can grow their own for personal use then zero tax dollars will come from it. On top of that the "pot" states are running into a very real trouble with people "stoned out of their mind driving impaired " but there is no tests to very that.

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DUANE RILEY said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 8:24 pm

James, its called the devils urine ya wingnut. Ha.

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DUANE RILEY said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 8:30 pm

The pot today isn't the same pot you hippie flunkies smoked during the 60's & 70's it's 100 times more potent now with even more cancer causing and braindamaging chemicals / by products. Dopey brain dead dope smokers!

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MICHAEL LANE said Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 9:29 pm

Peschke I have noticed that LeMont tends to disappear for a bit when direct and "hard" questions are asked. he make the claim I want to see if he is man enough to back them up or acknowledge he is wrong.

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George LeMont said Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 7:30 am

Lane it states right in the story that they want the sale of weed to be handled by the states liquor commission. Also all the states with stores currently selling weed need the approval of the state to do so. Just watch Lane. Government weed will be getting into the hands to 12 to 18 year old kids and like the corrupt entity government now is, no one in government will be held accountable when things go wrong. There have already been deaths from it in states like Colorado, but media and government are very good at not making those incidents well known. The same way the young never learned that drugs were already legally sold over the counter once and it did not work out so well for society. Now here's the left as always selling an old failed idea as something new.

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George LeMont said Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 7:33 am

The best part of this will be when pregnant girls are smoking weed and the rest of society has to pay for their birth defect children. The Nanny state, both the problem and solution at the same time as always. It's all about government greed and corruption. Enjoy America, enjoy!

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MICHAEL LANE said Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 7:55 am

LeMont government license many different types of businesses. That does not mean government sells the products. Some counties in NV allow prostitution, does that make government a pimp? Just because a business is quasi-legal (as in the case of pot) and government regulates the business does not mean government is the dealer.

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Mark Marks said Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 9:20 am

Resistance is futile.

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Gregory Wallace said Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 10:01 am

Marks, No it isn't and we will resist hammer and tongs. We need change in the MV laws to zero tolerance where MJ is concerned. No I am far from pro alcohol. Marijuana medical or otherwise, No license for you!

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JAMES E FIEST said Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 12:23 pm

Mr. Lemont, which "government" are you speaking of? If you read the Denver Post, you would find that it reports all the accidents and incidents attributed to the sale of marijuana. . I'm pretty sure papers on the Western Slope do as well. If you keep up with the papers in Kansas and Nebraska, you'll find that the Legislatures and law enforcement in both of those States oppose the legalization of marijuana. What makes you think minors will be able to buy marijuana at State Liquor stores. Can they buy alcohol there now? It doesn't seem that you don't give the voters in New Hampshire much credit when it come to making a decision.

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JAMES E FIEST said Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 12:31 pm

Mr. Lemont, there is absolutely no more correlation between birth defects and smoking pot during pregnancy than there is between birth defects and smoking cigarettes during pregnancy.

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George LeMont said Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 8:44 pm

Lane you're a typical manipulator with that pathetic reply. Bow to your government Gods Lane like the clown you are.

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George LeMont said Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 8:45 pm

James both of those replies are not totally true and you know it.

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MICHAEL LANE said Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 9:16 pm

LeMont cannot or will not admit his error. I am not surprised, saddened but not surprised.

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Mike Parent said Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 8:18 am

Prohibition is a proven failure; FACT Marijuana is less addictive and less harmful thank Caffeine, let alone Alcohol and Tobacco; (3 Scientific Studies)BTW, Dr Henningfield is a former NIDA Staffer;.Addictiveness of Marijuana - ProCon.Orgprocon.Org/view.background-resource.php?resourceID=1492 FACT Marijuana is NOT a Gateway Drug. Here's a 12 Yr Univ Study that says so;.ajp.psychiatryonline.Org/article.aspx?articleid=97496Media overview; pitt.Edu/~ugr/Hrych2.PdfTeen use hasn't increased in Colorado 4 years since legalization! More Coloradans favor legalization now than when it was legalized. Colorado had $1 Billion in sales the first 10 months of this year. All of that, and the taxes generated, would've went to the blackmarket From the US Government ncbi.nlm.nih.Gov/pubmed/1957518. The results show no significant differences in developmental testing outcomes between children of marijuana-using and non-using mothers except at 30 days of age when the babies of users had more favourable scores on two clusters of the Brazelton Scales:We'd all be better off if the police focused on crimes that have actual victims.

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Mike Parent said Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 8:28 am

Prohibitionists lie to support their failed prohibition. No law enacted or proposed allows for use by minors. All you Prohibitionist who trotted out the use by minors must admit that the teen use they're speaking of was done under prohibition. There's been no increase in teen use where MJ was legalized To imply legalization will increase teen use is specious propaganda. Legal dealers check ids!

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MICHAEL LANE said Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 9:18 am

Apparently there is a disease that has a direct connection with pot that more and more people have. It looks like there is one more reason that pot should not be legalized in any form or manner.

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MICHAEL LANE said Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 9:21 am

Parent we have laws limiting the age when people can legally consume alcohol. Yet it does not prevent even young teens from doing it. No law will prevent children from using pot. After using pot for a while what other schedule one drug will the be willing to try knowing the effects are better than pot?

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Mike Parent said Friday, December 30, 2016 at 1:55 pm

M Lane, Legal dealers check ids , blackmarket dealers don't! A minor can't get into a legal shop in CO. As for the "new" disease. That's pure propaganda. MJ has been used throughout the ages by hundreds of millions and this "disease" has never presented itself. Schedule I was an arbitrary classification not based on any facts. If you wanted to know the truth why do you accept lies to solidify your position. Alcohol kills 6 Americans everyday. MJ ingestion has never killed anyone.

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Mike Parent said Friday, December 30, 2016 at 2:03 pm

M Lane, Do you honestly believe that wasting $20 Billion and arresting 3/4 Million Americans annually for choosing a substance proven to be safer than what the govt allows, is a sound policy? ibtimes.Co.Uk/alcohol-114-times-more-dangerous-marijuana-1489307 Twain had people like you pegged; It's easier to fool someone than to convince them they've been fooled!

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PETER HUDSON said Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 10:46 am

Well Lane, what people do behind closed doors is their business and as long as it doesn't interfere with the Liberty of another individual. With that being said, my personal opinion, with your baited question, is different and being an American Citizen I have that right to hold my own opinion. If I held any type of political office, then acting as a representative for that office, I would put the Constitution before my opinion. But as a voter I would possibly have a different opinion towards something.

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