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Re: “Emergency!

Marijuana consumers deserve and demand equal rights and protections under our laws that are currently afforded to the drinkers of far more dangerous and deadly, yet perfectly legal, widely accepted, endlessly advertised and even glorified as an All American pastime, booze.

Plain and simple!

Legalize Marijuana Nationwide!

The "War on Marijuana" has been a complete and utter failure. It is the largest component of the broader yet equally unsuccessful "War on Drugs" that has cost our country over a trillion dollars.

Instead of The United States wasting Billions upon Billions more of our yearly tax dollars fighting a never ending "War on Marijuana", lets generate Billions of dollars, and improve the deficit instead. It's a no brainer.

The Prohibition of Marijuana has also ruined the lives of many of our loved ones. In numbers greater than any other nation, our loved ones are being sent to jail and are being given permanent criminal records which ruin their chances of employment for the rest of their lives, and for what reason?

Marijuana is much safer to consume than alcohol. Yet do we lock people up for choosing to drink?

The government should never attempt to legislate morality by creating victim-less marijuana "crimes" because it simply does not work and costs the taxpayers a fortune.

Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is an inevitable reality that's approaching much sooner than prohibitionists think and there is nothing they can do to stop it!

Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Marijuana Legalization Initiative!

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Posted by Brian Kelly on 07/14/2017 at 1:31 AM

Re: “RSVP: I Will Not Attend Your Weed Wedding

Linda, I agree. Worst thing about marajuana (Well, I have a list) is getting behind someone at the super market that stinks like month old dirty bong water. I cannot imagine that at a wedding.

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Posted by Anthony Westkamper on 07/10/2017 at 1:00 PM

Re: “RSVP: I Will Not Attend Your Weed Wedding

Linda writes, "click-hungry headline artists in desperate lifestyle sections elbow for the attention of a declining readership. No, I am not above said behavior. But that's my professional life."

How about a career based on integrity instead?

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Posted by Free the weed, it's common sense. on 07/09/2017 at 5:15 PM

Re: “Our Shrinking Habitat

Amy, the clearcutting for marijuana over the past ten years combined doesn't equal that of a single year's clearcutting by logging coroporations. Stand on the jetty at big lagoon and simply look east. If that degree of clearcutting alone were attributed to marijuana, what would you think? And it all says nothing of the hundreds of acres of forest stripped and sold for development every year. If your primary concern is the environment, as it is mine, please understand the grossly lopsided attention given to all things marijuana versus "legitimate industry". I'm not downplaying the importance of keeping marijuana growing in check, but as far as the local big picture is concerned, a painfully obvious smear campaign against an unjustly prohibited plant is winning over common sense regarding the health of our natural environment. The government, local and federal, could eliminate all problems to do with marijuana virtually overnight if the plant were completely decriminalized.

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Posted by Free the weed, it's common sense. on 07/09/2017 at 5:03 PM

Re: “RSVP: I Will Not Attend Your Weed Wedding

*chuckle*

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Posted by Clarevida on 07/08/2017 at 9:58 PM

Re: “RSVP: I Will Not Attend Your Weed Wedding

Hey! Guess what?? Unless you are the one getting married, weddings are NOT. ABOUT. YOU. So stop patronizing us with your judgement. If you're tired of hearing about cannabis, then kindly remove yourself from our "tacky" lives.

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Posted by Crystal Dafoe on 07/08/2017 at 9:22 PM

Re: “RSVP: I Will Not Attend Your Weed Wedding

how 'bout "feminized souvenir seeds" -- i ran across on seed purchase searches. Avg. $10/seed

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Posted by toktok on 07/08/2017 at 2:35 PM

Re: “RSVP: I Will Not Attend Your Weed Wedding

We used to smoke pot. We got stoned. Story pretty much over.
Now it is an idealized and idolized pop cultural gasbag. I'm way over it. It's not cute or special or mother earthy or anything else. It's legal and I'd love to try some skin cream to see if it helps the pain of my old arthritic hands. But it's a plant guys...not the second coming.

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Posted by Carolyn Filby Furman on 07/08/2017 at 12:24 AM

Re: “RSVP: I Will Not Attend Your Weed Wedding

Rabbit pellets???

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Posted by Susan Dager on 07/07/2017 at 3:20 PM

Re: “RSVP: I Will Not Attend Your Weed Wedding

Marijuana and all that embodies the marijuana culture is a bore and social ill that attracts boring people like flies to feces.

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Posted by vkqw4721 on 07/07/2017 at 9:48 AM

Re: “RSVP: I Will Not Attend Your Weed Wedding

Do you ever have anything nice to say about weed, Linda? You mention confirmation bias in this piece. Some years ago you wrote that you were badly burned in love by a grower. Hmm...

Here's something I'm over: people who write like little girls talk. Oh. My. God. So. Juvenile.

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Posted by Mr. Knowitall on 07/07/2017 at 6:32 AM

Re: “RSVP: I Will Not Attend Your Weed Wedding

Ms. Stansberry,
Your writing and observations are always intriguing....and funny.
Keep it up.
I'm a big fan.

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Posted by Mr. Geezer on 07/06/2017 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Our Shrinking Habitat

Amy nails it.

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Posted by Tall Trees on 07/06/2017 at 9:30 AM

Re: “Land of the Free and Uncomfortable

In an addendum comment, I must say that it is repugnant that in 2017 anyone would support a return to poll taxes, which are an ugly reminder of this nation's racist legacy that remains with us today.

As for women's right to vote, the Suffragettes are turning over in their graves. I cannot believe anyone would actually say that, let alone believe it.

Just as outrageous is anyone who believes that it should be government policy to get into the religion business. How would they go about setting up a religious bureaucracy? And, which form of Christianity would be chosen? Our representatives cannot even get a decent healthcare system for the nation. Statements from a pundit who thinks government should be smaller. Where is Jay Leno when you need him?

Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons on 07/03/2017 at 10:57 PM

Re: “Land of the Free and Uncomfortable

A very well-written and thoughtful column.

My parents and grandma also taught me that maxim; to my regret, I don't always live up to it. We are all works in progress.

While I agree with a quote that is often mistakenly attributed to Voltaire ("I dont agree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it."), I do not extend my support for speech that threatens physical harm and/or murder. Free speech does not include protection to make death threats and/or threats of physical harm.

This is playing out at San Francisco State University, which is being sued (https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents…) for its alleged inability to protect Jewish students from threatening behavior. I first wrote about the issue more than a year ago for The Times of Israel and more recently on Medium after the lawsuit was filed in federal court.

The right to free speech includes allowing repugnant groups to speak, whether they are hateful bigots or peace-loving people. That it should be violently resisted or shutdown by the government is an affront to the basic right of free speech that so many Americans cherish.

Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons on 07/03/2017 at 10:24 PM

Re: “Keep a Lid on the Id

Well written piece. I contend that things are functioning as they should:
Blogs/online newspapers are free to have whatever comment policy they feel is correct for them.
The NAACP (and you) are free to ask them to amend those policies.
We are free to read any source of news (and/or comments) we desire.

Journalists are supposed to inform us, what we do with the information is really none of their business and when it becomes their focus, journalism becomes an attempt to control us.

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Posted by Frederik Kalor on 07/03/2017 at 7:25 AM

Re: “Keep a Lid on the Id

A thought-provoking column. I'd be curious as to what your students think.

I subscribe to The Press Democrat and you now have to be a subscriber to comment, although you can use a moniker other than your real name. I would change it so that only real names could be used.

I never liked anonymous comments, even when I managed newspapers. I believe that comments should be like a letter to the editor: the author is known except in the rarest of circumstances. In regard to your comment about limiting comments like a letter, that would be a good idea from my perspective.

Would requiring real names dampen readers' interest in commenting on, and reading, an online publication? Perhaps. But, when you have, as you noted, moronic threads that never seem to end, and which feature one insult after another, are those clicks really beneficial to the publication?

To get around the issue of verification and in an effort to address vitriolic comments, some online news sources have taken the Draconian step of removing the ability to comment. Others use Facebook, etc.

Then again, perhaps I'm too much of an old-fashioned throwback.

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Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons on 07/02/2017 at 6:02 PM

Re: “GMO No

Maybe that is what Steve should do, or at least a little research. You might start with Nexera canola that replaces is made in to a cooking oil lower in saturated fat and higher in omega fat. Bt crops do not allow for "higher diesel of toxic pesticides", but rather replaces the large quantities of organophosphates that used to be applied to the soil. As for your economic hardships? I guess you could blame that on gmos, since we have had several record setting crop yields over the last few years with gmos at 90+%.

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Posted by Jacob McDaniels on 06/29/2017 at 1:24 AM

Re: “A Culture of Civility

Janice T, My experience with John Chive's site is that he moderates for conformity to his story line. It is his blog so he can have it, but unless he has changed his practices, it is not one to be held up as a blog representing high standards.

Civility: formal politeness and courtesy in behavior or speech; polite remarks used in formal conversation
Civil: courteous and polite

Is it civil to say those who provide space for the exchange of ideas have "amped" the language you disagree with because you feel stifled? Is it civil to judge someone as "having "no good reason" simply because they do not hide the anger they feel? Is it civil to imply that a minority that becomes vocal is "rabid", or not "even vaguely decent"?

I too think that the NCJ's approach of requiring a registration process that allows anonymity and accountability is a good one, it provides a space for self moderation. I am also glad that there is the more open forum at LoCo as perhaps it does serve a purpose.

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Posted by janelle on 06/26/2017 at 10:53 AM

Re: “A Culture of Civility

Verbena, I was referring only to his comment section, which is moderated. As far as his actual articles, you are correct.

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Posted by Janice T. on 06/25/2017 at 5:44 AM

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