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Old 10-27-2006, 03:25 PM   #91
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Re: Why are cigarettes legal, but marijuana illegal?

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Pot is illegal on the federal level. No matter where you are in the United States, a federal agent can arrest you for possession. This however is rather difficult to do since there only 2000 or so DEA agents (correct me if I'm wrong) and Marijuana isn't really top priority.

States can have laws that protect you from local authorities, but no-one can protect you from the Federal Government. However it is pretty unlikely to be busted by the DEA for Marijuana.....

I think Denver has decrimilized pot, and many parts of the country are following suit. You'll start to see the more liberal areas of the country doing this more and more, and usually that's in the major cities.

In D.C. it's virtually impossible to get a conviction, I had a buddy at school charged with intent to distribute, and his case was thrown out of court. It helps the police focus on serious crime, which in my eyes is a more efficient policy.
Yeah alot of states have decriminalized it. You can find state by state info on the norml website.
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Old 10-27-2006, 03:34 PM   #92
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How about Canada, aren't there legal pot cafes or something up there?
There are a LOT of things in Canada that are legal and questionable here.
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In D.C. it's virtually impossible to get a conviction, I had a buddy at school charged with intent to distribute, and his case was thrown out of court. It helps the police focus on serious crime, which in my eyes is a more efficient policy.

DC penalties are nothing compared to VA. give beer to underage people in VA = up to a year and 2500$. in DC, maximum of a $500 fine. crazy.
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VA is crazy with laws in general. Strictest with most.
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