ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Is it for pleasure or pain?  That’s the question state lawmakers are asking as they consider two bills that would lessen the jail time for people caught with marijuana. 

Gigi Barnett takes a look at the issue.

Under state law, large amounts of marijuana mean heavy jail time.  Even small amounts could net a conviction for some.  But now, state lawmakers are thinking about changing that with a bill that, if passed, would decriminalize small portions of marijuana.

“It’s the law in about 13 other states,” said Delegate Kurt Anderson.

Anderson wrote the proposed law that would call off a ticket and possible fine for anyone caught with less than an ounce of marijuana.  He says he wants it passed for two reasons.

“These marijuana arrests and convictions, hauling off young folks to jail, giving them criminal records has turned out to be a) a nuisance for police and then b) a terrible thing for a young person to have a record,” Anderson said.

Meanwhile, the state is also considering a medical marijuana bill, after one that would have allowed doctors to prescribe the drug to patients failed last year.

Last month, Baltimore native and talk show host Montel Williams urged lawmakers to pass it.  Williams uses it to ease pain from multiple sclerosis.

“The only thing that has kept me a contributing member of this society for the last 10 years [is medical marijuana],” Williams said.  “So many people…are going to watch this press conference and say, `But there are so many things out there.’  Unfortunately, opiates don’t work for me anymore.”

But the opposition to medical marijuana here is strong.

“I think it’s confusing.  It sends a mixed message not only to adults but certainly to our children,” said one opponent.

Last year, Massachusetts lawmakers passed a similar law to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in that state.  Anderson says he modeled his bill after the one in Massachusetts.

In addition to Massachusetts, New York, Colorado and California also have laws that offer little or no jail time for people caught with small amounts of marijuana.

Comments (92)
  1. PAUL E. MICELLI says:

    I’ll bet the drug companies don’t want to hear this news. If you feel good why do you need a pill with side effects? It should have been pass long ago, look at the money that will be saved on police, courts, probation for us taxpayers


      Most pharmaceuticals are safe if used correctly. Abuse occurs with all drugs including legal drugs such as alcohol and pharmaceuticals. Marijuana is by far the safest with ZERO deaths in thousands of years. The CDC will not even dispute this fact.

      1. sheriff willie says:

        Alky’s are creepy, What & how do you base your facts about zero death attributed to marihuana use? You are one stupid a…hole. Booze is cheaper, regulated & taxed.People who drink too much are no different that someone high on weed. Besides both are bad for your health.

      2. thE NOCturnal says:

        I wonder what Sheriff Willie bases his “facts” about people who drink being no different than someone high on weed…Maybe you should post comments when you’re drunk, Willie.

      3. thE NOCturnal says:

        Of course I’m guessing that a drunken Sheriff Willie would be even more confrontational than the sober version…maybe try smoking some pot and trying again…

      4. parrotisla says:

        Sheriff willie is obviously knowledgeable. Weed and alcohol is 2 different substances and do not do the same thing. I have said for years I rather drive on a road with everyone stoned than people who are sober because they would actually drive the speed limit and be courteous. We actually have a natural cannabinoid system in our body. We are wired for weed, literally. Technically we’re all in possession right now. If you smoke a lot and quit it takes a few days for your body to start supplying its own cannabinoids again, hence the irritability after quiting.It’s safe and less harmful than aspirin. There no deaths attributed to the use of marijuana but it can increase the chance of a heart attack.

      5. amanda says:

        you are right ZERO deaths caused by marijuana

      6. Charles Shivnarain says:

        EVERYBODY wins when they legalize Marijuana. the people reaping the MOST benefit? Chips companies!!! SunChips, Funyons, Doritos and let’s not forget soda companies. people high on marijuana don’t want to FIGHT, they want to eat. MUNCHIES!!!

        I’d rather deal with a pot head than an alcoholic. they are a more quiet bunch.


        Hello SHERIFF WILLIE,

        Where did you learn to address other members of society with such disrespect?

        Perhaps you havent yet learned to read at grade school level yet but if your mom is nearby then perhaps she could read the stats from the CDC’s website to you regarding the history of marijuana overdoses..;…its a very short history (theres been ZERO as long as theyve been keeping track).

        And just for your information, I believe its still against the law to impersonate a police officer. So why you do everyone a favor and either change your moniker or go practice on your social skills you ignorant freak.

      8. Citizen says:

        Don’t listen to Small Willie, he’s angry…

    2. Dusty Shook says:

      I am a Crohns patient and opiods DO NOT HELP! I support this 100%

    3. jones. says:

      Or Willie, try smokin some weed 1st, then come back and we’ll listen to your post. So sick and tired of people who never par-take in an adventure but always have so mush to comment apon it…

    4. Charles Rex Burkins says:

      We need to stand together this is the home of the free and the home of the Brave lets get it past right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Robert Martin says:

    I smoked weed in my youth, in the 60s and 70s. Quit when I got married and raised a family. No withdrawl, like I had quiting cigarettes. I’m 61 now and was diagnosed with cancer 5 months ago. I’ve been through pre-op chemo and radiation treatments and two surgeries. I start post-op chemo in 10 days. What has helped me get through this and continue to function, is marijuana. its medicine to me now. I don’t smoke it like I did years ago, but use a vaporizer or ingest it. It helps me eat and yes, it does ease pain; something I never considered before. It beats the medications that can be prescribed legally, and in my opinion, far less toxic. Taking chemo is toxic enough. That’s how it kills cancer cells. Unfortunately, it takes a lot of good cells with it.

    1. Dan Riffle says:


      I just wanted to let you and any other patients on the list know that hearings have been scheduled on the medical marijuana legislation introduced in Maryland. If you’re interested in getting involved and helping to pass the bill, please let me know.

      1. jerryenowitch7 says:

        Medical marijuana / pot whatever you want to call it if smoked regularly can cause lung cancer, heart disease, eye problems as well as a soft dic….Pick your poison.

    2. sean says:

      jerryenowitch so can cigarettes but luckily they have vaporizers and theyre making it into food for people who dont want to smoke it there goes your only arguement you dont see tobacco companies trying to make their products safe

    3. DAVID BROYLES says:


  3. alcoholics_are_creepy says:

    If it’s handed to the pharmaceutical companies for their exclusive use then only a handful of individuals will benefit and more jobs and opportunities will be sent out of the country. If it’s given back to the people, it has the potential to inject hundreds of millions of dollars per day almost immediately and at ground level. The money that was earned by Americans would be spent to pay taxes, buy cars, houses, food, medical expenses, to build stores, warehouses, growing facilities, refineries, breweries, paper mills, or possibly even to prevent some current homeowners from losing their homes due to lack of opportunity and foreclosures.

    If the politicians are genuinely interested in turning the economy around, creating jobs, stimulating true growth and producing an environment of long lasting and substantial opportunities and innovations, then the prohibition of cannabis must come to an immediate end. Our country’s economy is in a nose dive and we don’t have time for more BS and red tape.

    How else could such a profound effect be made with something so simple as the stroke of a pen! And unlike many other “plans” floating around regarding job creation and eliminating waste and budget deficits…. no one has to get hurt or give anything up with this one!

    To the contrary, everyone will benefit and the world will be a much better place. Americans will be collecting paychecks that were once being collected strictly by criminal elements. The government will be collecting taxes on an estimated $200,000,000+ per day. American citizens could immediately begin to profit in the estimated $200,000,000 a day currently earned strictly by criminal elements and forbidden to all honest hard working US citizens.

    The $135,000,000+/- MILION dollars per day spent to enforce marijuana prohibition and preventing American citizens from benefitting from OUR NATIONS NUMBER ONE CASH CROP could immediately be used elsewhere such as social security or something else with meaning.

    Currently 45%-55% of the population is in favor of an immediate end to the Prohibition on Marijuana. According to one estimate theirs 20-30 million people in the USA that consume marijuana either on a regular or occasional basis (the other 100 million either won’t admit it or are using alcohol or pharmaceuticals for various reasons including fear of arrest if they chose something safer). All of these people could immediately begin paying taxes to the government instead of giving it all to the criminals. Literal crate loads of hard currency exit this country in the back of produce trucks every hour on the hour 365 days a year. Wouldn’t it make sense if all of those trucks were carrying all of those crates full of dollars to our own citizens?

    If Mr. Obama were to bring an immediate end to the prohibition of marijuana via a special emergency Presidential Decree, in addition to all of the above, another immediate effect would be the appearance of 20-30 million happy smiling people….and if you’re listening Mr. Obama, get this (with all due respect)…….THEY’D ALL BE SMILING AT YOU!

  4. alcoholics_are_creepy says:

    Did the DEA Just Legalize Marijuana?
    The following are my own personal observations and understanding of a wide assortment of publicly available information available to anyone who cares to search for it. None of my comments should be construed as fact…please take the time to verify all of this information yourselves as it is easily found online. I promise it will be both an educational, entertaining, and sometimes infuriating journey through time.

    The DEA just changed an 80+/- year old classification of THC (active ingredient of marijuana) from an Appendix I substance (i.e. a worthless, toxic substance with no medical value) to an Appendix III category (a safe, useful substance with important medicinal significance). This was done quietly and behind closed doors without consulting the citizens of the United States of America.

    Most people became excited because the reclassification now meant (to some with legal backgrounds) that marijuana was once again perfectly legal to grow in ones backyard garden, just as all of our ancestors once did (to make highly nutritious food items, fabric, effective medicinal items, etc). But the DEA said no, no, no! The recent change only allows the pharmaceutical companies to grow, possess, distill and turn into another one of their evil concoctions. But the general public is still prohibited from growing, possessing or using it. UNLESS it is purchased in PILL form from one of the government approved pharmaceutical vendors and there rich stockholders. But again, this is something that only the rich will be able to afford. The average man who prefers the natural, highly nutritious and non toxic variety will still be classified as a lowly second class criminal.

    But the concoctions that the pharmaceutical companies are producing using synthetic THC have already started to kill people (see MARINOL aka synthetic THC). I believe there have been four confirmed deaths so far but dozens of other deaths are also suspected to be linked to the synthetic forms of THC . Yet it’s still being portrayed as safe and pushed onto the market for public use. So apparently if you have enough money you can steal an entire countries source of wealth, turn it into a literal killer concoction and then sell it on the open market for profit.


  5. alcoholics_are_creepy says:

    In fact Marijuana is a botanical, medical and nutritional miracle. It’s been used by all generations to fatten up young kids, old folks and anyone else with eating disorders. Its also now known to be an effective prophylaxis against old age types of diseases such as general dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s. Our own government, yes the same one that took marijuana away from the public 90 years ago now agree with what all before them have already known. That marijuana is a powerful antioxidant, it strengthens the immune system, and is considered to be natures MOST nutritious food source.

    Please research the subject of Hemp Prohibition and the TRUE reasons behind it. I promise that it will be an interesting and educational journey through history that will infuriate most who take the time to educate themselves on the topic.

    Start with prohibition and then search for US Government cannabis patent # 6630507. Then move on and search for the definition of what both an Appendix I and Appendix III classification means (it’s on the DEA’s website).

    Prohibition was the theft of one of our nation’s most important natural resources. It was the theft of our nation’s NUMBER ONE CASH CROP, larger than both wheat and corn combined. Cannabis is a botanical, medicinal and nutritious miracle and its rightful owners are the citizens of the planet. Prohibition was forced upon Americas citizens for the sake of protecting the Hearst & Dupont families paper factories, cotton plantations and poison pill factories.
    Henry Anslinger was their common friend and politician. Most sources agree that he grossly mislead the entire Senate behind closed doors, either by sheer & utter ignorance or by intentional design. The exclusive purpose of conspiring to strip America’s citizens of perhaps their most important resource that allowed them remain self sufficient and able to provide for their own families and without the need for government assistance.

    The prohibition of hemp surely contributed to the coming of the 1ST Great Depression but the state approved school books didn’t mention that in history class. The Prohibition of cannabis resulted in a large rapid concentration of wealth in a small number of families. It forced most Americans to use there already limited resources to buy critically important nutritional supplements & other remedies once grown in their own backyards from the pharmaceutical companies. People could no longer produce fabric for clothes, blankets, and other necessary items that were required for everyday life. They were now forced to buy there fabric from the great cotton barons. To work in the pulp and cotton mills for very little compensation. It made millions of Americans dependant on government and big corporations for many of their everyday needs they once provided for themselves. Now every time a baby defecated the Hearst and Dupont clans profited. The prohibition on one of nature’s botanical wonders was now well on its way of becoming the reason for the governments Great War on Its Own Citizens….using the same type of logic and schemes that were used to justify the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan. War is a very profitable business for those making the guns and pills.

    The DEA’s recent reclassification of THC or marijuana is all the evidence that one should require to prove that a decade long, well organized mass deception on America citizens and of national significance has occurred and is still ongoing. Our nation’s number one cash crop should be considered a national treasure, one to be used for the benefit of the entire nation and all of its citizens, not for the exclusive purpose of further enriching of a handful of privileged elites. The DEA has used this fraudulent deception to justify millions of deaths, incarcerations, broken families, and bankruptcy of American families for nine decades and counting. Too many innocent lives have been destroyed to merely walk away now.

    We plan on assembling a list of the companies and individuals that are currently responsible for the continued (public) prohibition and the theft of our nation’s number one cash crop. Perhaps people might decide to boycott those companies and choose not to re-elect officials that sold them out for their own personal enrichment. PEACE, intelligence, truthful and accurate information will prevail.

    If anyone would like to join our efforts to educate the general public and reverse 90 years of lies and misinformation then please do. You’re also welcome to use any of my posts in your efforts as long as they are used to educate and not to further deceive or misinform the general public.

    Let’s flood the public airwaves with PEACE, LOVE AND ACCURATE INFORMATION and take back an important part of our Great Nations Heritage!

  6. alcoholics_are_creepy says:

    What could you do with $135,000,000 MILLION DOLLARS PER DAY

    And even more remarkably this number doesnt include the $200,000,000 per Day that the Cartels earn by managing our nations number one cash crop industry.

    It doesnt include the $40,000,000 per day our government could earn by taxing like alcohol.

    And it doesnt include the massive savings that our tax payers would realize by leaving no violent marijuana users at home to take care of there kids, work and pay taxes….instead we spend MILLION of dollars per day to teach all of these people how to be violent prison inmate

    It doesnt include the massive revenues that would be created by allowing Americans to once again capitalize on our nations number one cash crop. (with Hemp aka marijuana, things like paper, books, bibles, clothing, foodstuffs, beverages, topical ointments, butters, fuel, and about 20,000 other products could all be made right here in America, by America, for the world..

    So with that said, let me revise my first statement….what could you do with an extra BILLION dollars per day?

  7. alcoholics_are_creepy says:

    Hello Lisa….is this the article that you said I should share with this group? Here goes.

    Each and every year the US Government spends 50 billion dollars ($136 MILLION dollars per day) on the War on Drugs (enough to correct the problem with social security without degrading our living standards). We dont throw grenades through peoples windows, kick down there doors and assault entire families with fully militarized squads armed with potent military grade weaponry for drinking a beer or glass of wine. The other half of the population that chooses a milder (yet illegal) remedy shouldnt be subjected to this sort of treatment either. This is the United States of America….it is not the middle east or central America.

    The majority of our population seems to prefer harder drugs such as alcohol based on the number of bars and wide availability of the drug. So if 75%-100% of the population already agrees that Government has no right to bar an adults access to a drug such as alcohol. Then why do we allow them to drive us into bankruptcy in an attempt to prevent adults access to a mild therapeutic herb thats been used by almost every culture in history for 1000s of years?.

    Our species has evolved with Cannabis (marijuana) as an important part of our diets. The seeds have been an important food source since man first started eating. The paper that our Constitution is written on was made from its fibers. The oils & other compounds have a therapeutic effect on both the body and mind. This is why some cultures refer to Cannabis as the “Tree of Life”.

    According to the US Governments very own patent (#6630507), Cannabis (marijuana) also acts as a powerful Antioxident (promotes the ejection of toxins from the body via urination), as well as an effective prophylaxis against a wide variety of oxidation associated illnesses (aka old age diseases such as Parkinsons , Alzeheimers)…it gets much better than this…Please Yahoo the above referenced US Patent # and educate yourselves if required.

    The government is protecting the pharmaceutical companies interests until they can bring marijuana to the market in pill form with a shiny gold foil package and an equally bankrupting price tag for anyone that requires it (see MARINOL)..the government is the biggest drug dealer in the USA. But its all done through legalized channels that were created for the benefit of a handful of privelaged elites.

    Afterall if people could just grow a harmless herb in there backyard that relieved stress, relaxed the body, improved your appetite and just made everything that much better, then why would anyone in there right mind continue to use obscenely expensive, highly addictive hardcore prescription drugs with all of there deadly side effects.

    Legalize Marijuana and many problems (budget issues, broken families, supporting millions of imprisoned people that should be home working and taking care of there families) will simply go away.

    Call your local representatives and tell them that your tired of the massive wastes of our taxpayer dollars and the slaughter of innocent lives caught up in the middle of their violent War on Americas Citizens.

  8. alcoholics_are_creepy says:

    George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both grew hemp. Ben Franklin owned a mill that made hemp paper. Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence on hemp paper

    Ever watch a pharmaceutical drug commercial on TV? Ever notice that LONG list of possible side effects and illnesses? Well, cannabis doesn’t have that list.

    “Some of my finest hours have been spent on my back veranda, smoking hemp and observing as far as my eye can see” – Thomas Jefferson 1781

    The man lived to a ripe old age of 83 years..

  9. charlie sheen says:

    how about crack cocaine


      Theres marijuana, then theres alcohol, then pharmaceuticals and then everything else (crack, heroine, methamphetamine, etc).

      All of the evidence one would need to make an intelligent decision is offered above for anyone wishing to take the time to learn the truth.

      Crack, heroin, meth, LSD and all of that gabage needs to remain illegal.

      DUI Laws need to be stiffened (for all drugs, legal or not).

      People who are stupid enough to drive under the infleunce already do it. Ending prohibition wont change that. What it will do is free of more prison space for people who deserve to be there (intoxicated drivers threatenings others lives). People who are not a threat (those smoking or drinking in there homes) dont need to lean how to be a hard core prison convict. They all eventually wind up back on the streets amongst the general public.

      Society was ok for the 5000 years that marijuana was legal. We’ll be ok this time too. Marijuana and alcohol are part of human history, it hasnt disapeared in thousands of years and its stupid to think that bankruptiing the country and imprisoning 1/2 of our population will change that. We tried and 100 years later we can clearly see that its failed.

      1. Hoffman says:

        Whoa whoa whoa !! . Back up off the LSD. It is pure light and you just don’t understand or have not been exposed you can’t fight a half assed revolution. If you want pot cause it’s good, I want LSD because it’s GOD! LSD is not toxic you cannot take too much and OD. It may get weird. Maybe for awhile. But whose to say that EVOLUTION isn’t at work here. LSDLSDLSDLSDLSDLSDLSDLSDLSD


        Hoffman…ive never experimented with LSD but I have read of many famous people that were self professed users that have accomplished very significant feats during there lifetimes. I’ll leave that argument to those with more expertise on the topic.

        Ending the prohibition of marijuana is a no brainer. Its a huge industry thats already here. Its big enough to turn our economy around if the politicians would stop tippy toeing around it. The prohibition is like a giant knife in our countries back that just keeps turning and bleeding cash….if the judges just need to make the prison contractors happy then let them start rounding up the tens of thousands of gang bangers, aggressive drivers, and drunks riding around by the millions and threatening everyones lives.

      3. hvillage says:

        Hoffman, though I enjoyed LSD immensely as a teenager, and have never suffered any ill effects, I can say that I know several people that made terrible judgement calls while on LSD. I think that may be a factor in whether or not we make something legal. It is my belief that alcohol falls under the same category. I, personally, don’t know anyone who has made such poor decisions while smoking pot… they’re too hyper sensitive about everything. In fact, I pretty much like every pot-head I ever met… and I am not one of them (made me tired and silly).

  10. money for nothing says:

    how about herion

  11. jokers in the middle clowns to the left says:

    how about reality


      Which reality are you referring to? The one that the government forced down our throats for 100 years by gunpoint. Or the the reality that can be found at the Center for Disease Controls website, or in the US governments patent for marijuana explaining how it prevents Alzheimers and Parkinsons disease, or perhaps the reality that was hidden away in the National Archives in DC?

      The reality is that prohibition didnt work the first time with alcohol and its not working this time with Marijuana. What part of all of this dont you people understand? The evidence is everywhere….just take 60 seconds and verifty it.

    2. shiv says:

      actually i think it is “clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here i am…stuck in the middle with you.” and bag of marijuana and some papers. (or something to that effect i don’t remember the song verbatim.)

  12. JUDY BLUE EYES says:

    what abount bongs


      Ive been told that Vaporizers are the way to go. It eliminates all of the tar,residue and other nasty stuff associated with smoking. Although we all know that all sorts of ultra healthy gourmet foods that include marijuana are also available everywhere but only where prohibitionm has already ended.

    2. hvillage says:

      Bongs are, as I understand it, are not as healthy as we we’re at one time lead to believe, however, I hear that vaporizers exact a much less dangerous toll. Eating brownies or cookies might be the safest bet…. besides, bong water stinks and it’s hard to clean (I have lived with pot-smokers).


    the great train crash in maryland years ago forget pothead


      Your claiming to be sober and yet you speak in tongues? What are you talking about? ONE train crash 20 years ago that involved a conductor smoking pot? Ok so whats your point? How many plane, train, ships and automobile crashes occur each MINUTE due to alcohol and prescription meds? I’ll give you a hint (you’ll have to use all of your fingers and toes to figure it out).

    2. David A Brown says:

      you got your facts wrong I lived in Maryland an was there the day the train wreck happen the conductor tested positive for PCP not pot .

  14. coexist says:

    If nothing else, they should at least make it legal on the east coast, see if they can’t make some of these people more friendly. Just Maryland for that matter…


      Its already legal on the entire West Coast. And they just legalized it in Colorado….the crime rate dropped by several percent almost overnight (the bads guys were instantly out of business.,…no need for gangs to fight over “turf” anymore). This is also very public information for anyone caring to look for it.

      North Carolina just recently decrimininalized it and the same thing is happening there.

      Its already here but because its a prohibited item only criminals are benefitting from it and American cash is being shipped across the border by the truckload every single day. Legalizing it wont create a new market (its already here), it will just keep all of that money in our own economy.


      I’ll tell you a secret about marijuana. You can be in the midst of a week long battle with your evil spouse, fightiing every time you walk past each other, and then the weekend comes and you take a few puffs of a marijuana cigarette and not only will you NOT want to fight anymore but you might even learn to like each other again.

      Could you say the same if we replaced marijuana with alcohol in the above scenario? Not honestly, unless your a liar.

      1. For legalizing says:

        I aree with you 100%. The time for society to wake up is now. Legalizing, controlling and taxing marijuana would no doubt pull us out of the recession by creating jobs, tax revenue, decreasing crime, and allowing the police to focus on actual detriments to society, not to mention decreasing the burden on the judiciary system and the associated budgets to fight a weed.

      2. sheriff willie says:

        Now that you told us a…hole, it’s no longer a secret. Get down off your podium the air up there is affecting the three brain cells you have left dichead

      3. the best says:

        i think u are a very smart person iI like your sid to things and i smoke weed for fun and i have a college degree never been in trouble with the law just love weed so thanks for all your comments to those who need to get it.

  15. stop the insanity says:

    i believe the government has no right to tell the citizens of this country what they can and cant put into their bodies. the prohibition of drugs has done nothing but create a large demand and violent black market where the wrong people benefit. I believe its time for people in this country to truly be free and have the opportunity to decide for themselves if they wanna use marijuana like they do with alcohol or cigarettes.

    1. noleman says:

      Stop the insanity. F…..K U . The government has every right to protect it’s citizens from the a…holes who wind up in hospitals with no insurance & iI have to pay for it.
      get a life duckweed.


        Got knews for you B, not only do I have insurance paid for by yours truly, but the only time I had to use it was when my son wound up in shock trauma after one you vile drunks ran through a red light and rammed one of his ribs through his lungs. nasty fcking ho.

  16. Elizabeth Barnhart says:

    until you have suffered with a CHRONIC painful disease you will never understand people wanting this legal. I have never smoked it not even back in the day. I never smoked and I barley drink. But if this becomes legal I will be one of the 1st ones to ask my dr. for this to help my pain.
    The pain meds drs subscribe are awful and have worse side effects them most alcohol people shouldn’t work or drive on them but they do every day.

  17. Ringo says:

    A lady that I know just came from Columbia, she smiled because I did not understand. Then she held out some marijuana, ha ha! She said it was the best in all the land. And I said NO,NO,NO,NO, I don’t smoke it no more, I’m tired of waking up on the floor. No, thank you, please, it only makes me sneeze, and then it makes it hard to find the door. PEACE AND LOVE, LOVEAND PEACE!


      It only makes you hit the floor when your mixing it with pharmaceuticals or alcohol. You and Ringo need to get there facts straight!

  18. Amanda says:

    Totally agree with this, less addicting than any other drug, less life and health threatening side effects than any perscription drug. and God put it on this earth for a reason

  19. Nancy Botwin says:

    Marijuana does not cause Cancer, it has NO carcinogens in it, and if you eat it, leaves you with NO side effects. Only a teenager with no instruction, or an alcoholic l would go buy a quart of Vodka and drink the whole thing. It EXACTLY the same, nobody smokes (cept a beginner, or a punk) a whole joint, they share it with their friends. the testers give the friggin monkey a weeks worth of weed & then say “geez, he’s acting weird, I guess that’s what pot does”. If this society didn’t lie to kids about weed, they would believe them about hard drugs; with the mixed messaged, they’ll take anything. This is an adult sport, just like Vodka. Keep it illegal babies, it keeps my profits up!

    1. FedUpWithItTooGrrrr! says:

      Our government spends $135,000,000 per day on this ridiculous war on drugs. but it only focuses on one herb that is not only harmless but medically and therapeutically invaluable.

      Annual cost to enforce the prohibition:
      35,000,000,000 (billion per yr)

      Annual cost to feed 1,000,000 non violent cannabis users, now converted into wards of the state:
      58,275,000,000 (billion per yr)

      Rough estimate of number of non violent citizens removed from taxpayer status and converted into non taxpaying prisoners:
      1,000,000 non violent citizens and millions of their family members forced into poverty (the cost of which is not included in any of the stats stated here).

      Value of cannabis sales in the USA alone, with currently every dime of this going to the criminal cartels that manage of nations number one cash crop
      36,000,000,000 (billion per yr)

      Either legalize it or criminalize everything else including the legal drugs that are responsible for all of the damage to society. The current situation is offensive to anyone with a higher intelligence than a chimpanzee. It’s damaging our society and bankrupting our country.

      I’m NOT seriously advocating the criminalization of another part of human culture and the trampling of more of our rights. But I only offer the following information for the purpose of showing how irrational the prohibition of cannabis really is.

      Alcohol and legal pharmaceuticals are responsible for 40-60% of all violent crime REPORTED in the world, according to the UN, WHO, CDC and every police force in the country.

      Our government allows Big Pharma to produce 100 times more synthetic heroin (oxycontin) than is legally prescribed! It has no nutritional or therapeutic value and is intended strictly for extreme pain relief. Big Pharmas main consumers of this product appear to be the illicit drug trade.

      The abuse of alcohol and legal pharmaceuticals leads to violence, poverty, soaring divorce rates, massive deaths of innocent lives, broken families, reliance upon social services, etc. Its a plague on society yet perfectly legal.

      Alcohol causes close to 1,000 deaths EVERY DAY due to intoxicated drivers stoned out of their minds. The cost to the public is in the billions.

      Pharmaceutical drugs even when used as recommended cause an equivalent number of deaths. The cost to the publich health system is in the billions.

      Big Pharma takes the profits and spends it on their families. They do not reimburse the tax payers for all of the damage that their products cause.

      Alcohol is one of the leading causes of illness and medical problems. The cost to the public health system and taxpayers is in the billions.

      No one benefits from the war on cannabis except for the 1/2 dozen guys that own pill factories and the politicians that they bought and paid for.

      Cannabis can be used to make bibles, fine paper, linen quality clothing, beverages, ointments, nutritional supplements, saddle blankets, diapers, backpacks, rope, sails for boats, and 20,000 other products.

      Ending the prohibition of cannabis has the power to turn the United States back into a Manufacturing Superpower which is exactly what was needed to pull us out of the first great depression and exactly what we need to pull us out of this one.
      Call your representatives and demand that they end this blatant abuse of powers entrusted to them by the citizens of the United States of America. The time for change is now. We’ve been beaten, abused and imprisoned into poverty. The politicians need to understand that they work for us and not for the benefit of Big Pharma and other corporate elites.

  20. Nancy Botwin says:

    OH yea, and I’ve been smoking while driving for 32 years, and I havent had ONE accident. NOT ONE.

    both city and country driveing too!

    1. tony Big Baloney says:

      Nancy, You have just been lucky, not good.

  21. That Guy says:

    i was recently in canada and there was a wealthy business man sitting by the fire place hittin a “whiteboy” (weed rolled in white rolling paper). this man shared his story of wealth to poverty…back to wealth. he attributed his success and everyday motivation to marijuana. “it keeps me centered and focused”. a few people have said that marijuana helps them study and do better on tests. why are ciggarettes…one of the top killers in the when marijuana is not only a key part of an AGED WHITE MAN’s success..but its fun as hell…so i’ve been told =)

  22. tony Big Baloney says:

    That guy, Touching story. Every dope smoker is a millionaire in his & her mind when they get high right? After all, isn’t that the purpose of drugs & marijuana is a drug.
    I often remember my own scenario from wealthy business owner with several homes, divorced, hit the bottle & drowned in it. Hey once upon a time I too was a rich M…..f’r. Wake up a…holes & don’t drink, smoke & drive or better yet don’t be the dummy with the key tp pandora’s box.

    1. hvillage says:

      So what is your point? Why should we not legalize something natural that eases suffering in favor of allowing people to take harmful & terribly addictive pharmaceuticals? I still haven’t heard one single well thought out argument against it. It seems like the pot heads on here are well educated and well spoken and the anti-pot folks are just angry and mean spirited. If I didn’t smoke pot before reading these comments, I might just start now.

  23. stuart says:

    I agree with Montel- pills/opiates you always build an immunity…pot helps pain instantly every time with less side effects LEGALIZE!

  24. stuart says:

    Legalize hemp as well! There is NO THC and it makes BETTER paper, clothes, robe etc etc save the trees!

  25. derrickman says:

    Alcoholics are creepy:…..You’re right about my learning by ten. Although I was ahead of the curve. I was ate before I was seven!…Doper!


      Ok Sherrif Willie or Derrickman…..I too agree that alcoholics are creepy. But I cant resist asking….who ate you and why?….and since were trading titles today, id like to proclaim you the king ignoramus of this storys comments section. Congrats. Im almost thinking I can make a board game out of this conversation. Im going to name the really stupid looking character after you (we’ll call him Little Willie).

  26. Having spent the first 18 years of my life in MD, I am thrilled to see medical cannabis coming home. I hope the spirit of this debate carries forward and results in phone calls, emails, and letters to members of the legislature that might attempt to impede our progress. Let’s not let last year happen again! In good health, Jeremy @

  27. Judith says:

    P in the B is the best form of discipline 😉


      i’ll volunteer to go first.

  28. Herx says:

    Completely legalize THC, in all its forms (e.g., marijuana, hashish and hash oil). Let the State collect much needed tax revenue from it. Maybe even let the State have a monopoly on it! Can you imagine the bonanza for the state taxpayers?

    It has already been around long enough. Most of us know it personally. We all know it far less debilitating than alcohol.

  29. rick59 says:

    the worst train accident in maryland history was caused by the railroad employees being high on marijuana. guess they didn’t listen to eric claptons song – driving my train high on cocain!!!!!!!!

    1. hvillage says:

      it was PCP, not marijuana.

  30. andy botwin says:

    I want to have my first pot vending machine to open up on baltimore street by next year !

  31. andy botwin says:

    mom stop telling the world how you’ve been smoking pot since you were three!

  32. nicole says:

    put it to you like this, i stopped drinking and started smoking. i have no desire to drink and i smoke socially. what’s the problem? legalize it!

  33. I believe one of your adverts caused my browser to resize, you might need to put that in your blacklist. Md. Lawmakers Consider Legalizing Medical Marijuana CBS Baltimore is a cool name for a blog BTW 😉

  34. vaporizers says:

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