When I was young, growing up in Lewiston, illegal drugs were easy to come by.
Beer was a challenge to get.
Stores, with contolls from liqueur inspectors, were not willing to put their license on the line. Dealers were already illegal...
As a teen in the 80's I could buy weed anytime I wanted (do you remember Knox Street in 1982-83...).
I could not get beer anywhere.
Legalization with a controlled market concept and enforcement, like the liqueur inspectors of the day, would definitly make it harder for youths to gain access because legal merchants would have an interest in protecting their markets.
Respect for law and order would also be improved due to the State's respect and acceptance of behaviors that most people accept and condone.
The State declares itself "by the people, for the people"... We as a people arn't doing ourselves any faviors by disregarding "facts on the ground".
Legalize it. Tax it. Why should there not be an alternative to Alcohol for adults. Or, for that matter, alternative medicines for people in need.
At the end of the day, people are craving for freedom and liberty.
Hempf could become a valuable crop for our farmers again as a renewable resource for paper and fabric production.
We are looking foward to seeing the Constellation fly!
Living in Germany, I receintly meet a Lufthansa pilot who is hoping to get a change to fly your plane. Auburn Maine is now known in Frankfurt! Thanks Michael!
It sure is refreshing to read that a US Republican Senator is willing to vote for what she believes in rather than tow the party line. Having grown up in Lewiston while the shoe shops and mills were still employing local people, it makes me sad when on vacation I see the empty shells of factories that provided jobs for Americans and for the Canadien emigrants who's hard working values made the LA area a great place to live.
Please be assured Senator, people will respect you for fighting for the middle class. Only a strong middle class will allow our country to remain strong in the future.
I'm for total legalization- not just medicienal! But, I do have to say, the idea of plant lights in little canada- where those wooden appartments stand wall to wall, NO!!! Too dangerous! Freedom of choice should be respected as long as others arn't endangered. Why not build a hydroponic rental space for "care providers", where the mills once stood, using canal water power to generate electricity for indoor gardens that can be guarded maintained and taxed as an enterprise. This could even become a green business with export potental and a job creator that put the Mexican cartels out of business.
Think about it!
This student should have considered walking thru a Decoster's farm with a hidden camera instead. I had a girlfriend who is a medical doctor. She became interested in biology as a child while helping her grandfather prepair a rabbit for dinner. We are meat eaters. As such we should all be exposed to such a presentation.
In the past, meat was served on special occasions, like Sunday dinner- hollidays... meat was just too expensive. With industrial farming, and the relatively inexpensive products being offered, we have lost respect for the life that is packaged in celophane.
This young man should have discussed his project with his professor beforhand- no doubt. But, the idea itself isn't that bad. Too bad he didn't clear it with his profs properly. I hope he doesn't get in trouble- or recieves a failing grade. Shock!? Perhaps we should all recieve some to wake us up!
The first and only ( and the last time) time I was at the Old Port in Portland, I saw street sweepers spraying water on people leaving the pubs at around 1:30 in the morning. It was without a doubt a way to disperse the "crowd".
Having lived in europe for the last 25 years, I was absolutly shocked!
Maine does not earn the moniker "Vacation Land". I would call it Police State Land!
On the way home to Auburn, (thank god I didn't drink) I encountered a roadblock where I was checked for DUI.
The way people are treated now days is reprensible!!!!
Nany State to the tenth factor!!!!
Can't even smoke while drinking a beer in a bar! What a shame. What has become of "Vacation Land".
I wonder what would have happened if Maine's finest would have been near our graduation festivities when I graduated!?!?!?
Please take a chill pill- We do not need a nanny state to babysit citizens.
I was an infrantry soldier looking for a fight. On the East German boarder, that was needed in 1986. We don't need that in Lewiston in 2010.... The kids are alright!
"An estimated 96 percent of Longley students qualify for free and reduced lunches"
Too bad the jobs are now in China. This situation will never change here, and the oppertunities that Franco Americans had 60 years ago are no longer available. Tell me please, what chances do immirgrants have?
- No health insurance ( dying on the dime )
- No way to better their lives
- immirgrant muslims who do not share American values and look down on Americans which is only ammplified thru poverty and hopelessness. ( the American dream wakes up in China nowdays).
What can you expect?
Maine needs low skill jobs with a deceint income so that the next generation of immergrints have a chance to better themselves and make the economy function. If we don't support the US workers with trade barriers- import taxes, not even socialisim will help up. There won't be enough taxpayers to support the system. We'll be just like the DDR (East-Germany) before the wall fell.
Give the government a few more years and Maine will be devoid of any thing worth having.
- No smoking in bars
- Boxing as a sport illegal
- Dead inner city life
- No public transportation
What would our grandfathers say!!!
What a good neighbor to have. Hope he can't make bail...
medical marijuana is a farce. Do I need to be sick, or pay off a doctor to get high!?
The truth is, the medical movement is just a cover to attain some sort of legality by praying on peoples empathy.
We should just legalize hempf. The product was used for thousands of years. Ya, you can smoke it to get high- so what! Should our government make bannana peelings illegal, or regulate nutmeg?
Hempf could be a cash crop again- not for dope heads, but for producing paper, high quality fibers for textiles, heating pellets... Perhaps people will smoke some buds. Wouldn't it be better to take the power of high profits away from criminals?
I remember when there was a pothead selling joints on every knox street corner. Funny, back then people didn't use coke or meth to the extent that we now see. As a teenager it was always very difficult to get beer (legal). Drugs were everywhere, and easilly accessable. Keeping it illegal only creates a market that criminals exploit. If pot were legal, there would be fewer hard drugs available and the criminals would be out of business.