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Op-ed tirade against marijuana was full of contradictions

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Op-ed tirade against marijuana was full of contradictions Re Ben Barber’s Dec. 29 op-ed blaming pot for “harming mental development”: This concerns the latest attempt to scare people out of legalizing marijuana by using one person’s experience as a standard to measure marijuana’s effect on everyone. I was first introduced to pot in college, not exactly a place for those with no initiative. (If you need some examples of pot-smoking college students, Bill Clinton and ...

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January 6, 2014
7:39 a.m.

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Obama is the biggest fraud ever perpetuated on the American public.

January 6, 2014
8:02 a.m.

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Ben Barber's hatchet job on marijuana was an example of anecdote journalism at its worse. I was surprised the Gazette would even publish such a shoddy piece. We don't or we shouldn't make policies based on one person's personal experience. That's why we study issues to get a broad knowledge to base our policies on. Another annoying aspect of Ben Barber's tirade was that he advocates resisting legalization without delving into some the problems prohibition of pot that have lead to this change. Also he wants a policy for everyone to follow based on his experience. The Gazette could have found a more reasoned, intelligent writer to argue against legalization. I hope next week's opinion section, the Gazette publishes a counterpoint to Ben Barber's flawed op-ed.

January 7, 2014
9:51 p.m.

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I think marijuana should be legalized nationally. It's the only thing that will get us through the post traumatic stress associated with the Affordable Care Act.

January 9, 2014
7:13 p.m.

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jjhehir, that was probably the most cogent argument I've heard for legalization. Would it also help me get through the remaining miserable years left on this idiots presidency?