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#11
I think the idea I am good. Also, I think constitutional monarchies are beneficial because like Tjorvi said, they’re more democratic. That is why Andany is a Principality (constitutional monarchy) where I’m the Prince. Also, that’s why Andany scores high on the democracy index. Overall, most democracies that are very successful and are happy countries are constitutional monarchies, which proves my opinion correct. Norway and Switzerland rank high in happiness, Olympic medals, and success.
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#12
(2 Mar 2018, 08:09:07)DanielL Wrote:
(2 Mar 2018, 08:01:24)Tjorvi Wrote: Executive styles of constitutional monarchies share in some of the political power, and can act, they can get involved. Madrona will be one such example.

How is it considered more democratic if the non-elected monarch takes, even a little bit of power, just because of who they were born to

Monarchies can be more democratic because the monarch acts as the Head of State, which is more a representative of culture than primarily the Head of Government, which surprise surprise, runs the government ;)
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#13
I do think that a benefit of a monarchy in either micro/macro-nations are that a royal family can boost the representation of a nation's culture, even in the UK where the modern monarch is only a little more than a ceremonial figurehead.
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#14
(2 Mar 2018, 08:13:09)Andany Gov Wrote: I think the idea I am good. Also, I think constitutional monarchies are beneficial because like Tjorvi said, they’re more democratic. That is why Andany is a Principality (constitutional monarchy) where I’m the Prince. Also, that’s why Andany scores high on the democracy index. Overall, most democracies that are very successful and are happy countries are constitutional monarchies, which proves my opinion correct. Norway and Switzerland rank high in happiness, Olympic medals, and success.

OK, Switzerland, first of all, is not a monarchy, and second, you realize you do have quite a lot of power in Andany, which kinda makes you a semi-absolute monarchy, and third, the democracy index is more of a macronational thing where foreign observers do the evaluation.
Daniel Lee
Wow this really is outdated
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#15
OK, NEW DEBATE EVERYONE:
Should marijuana be legalized and if so, why?
Daniel Lee
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#16
No.

While the drug doesn't have many (proven) negative effects there is one massive problem with it. It is a gateway drug. Most people who use marijuana, especially users before full growth (25), end up using other drugs that ruin lives like heroine. It's a fact.

And this is all coming from somebody who has a parent working at an addiction rehabilitation facility. There are so many people who started with marijuana, built a resistance to that and continued onto other drugs. Their lives get ruined by those drugs. And anyone who uses it has a high probability of addiction.
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#17
I'll state my opinion:
No.
And for people that say it's better than cigarettes, well maybe it is, but it still is pretty bad. I would say it's addictive to a certain level, and putting smoke in your lungs isn't very good either. Since we also banned cigarettes, we banned weed
Cannabis is legal to a point where you don't possess any buds. The possession of female plants requires a permit(hemp seeds)
Daniel Lee
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#18
(15 Mar 2018, 13:31:38)@Escaplieria1 Wrote: No.

While the drug doesn't have many (proven) negative effects there is one massive problem with it. It is a gateway drug. Most people who use marijuana, especially users before full growth (25), end up using other drugs that ruin lives like heroine. It's a fact.

And this is all coming from somebody who has a parent working at an addiction rehabilitation facility. There are so many people who started with marijuana, built a resistance to that and continued onto other drugs. Their lives get ruined by those drugs. And anyone who uses it has a high probability of addiction.

Hogwash. I've smoked - long before I was 25 - yet I'm able to easily abstain from the likes of cocaine, meth, or heroine, and I don't know a single person that has gone from marijuana to hard drugs because weed no longer gave them what they were looking for (the only time it would is if their dealer had been mixing the marijuana in with something else and simply not telling them). First and second "facts" debunked.

Here's a real fact; people can get addicted to anything, including things that would normally be healthy for them. This is just one reason among many why we have moderation in our lives. People get addicted to all sorts of things, from attention, to pornography, to working out in a gym, or adrenaline when they skydive. You're not guaranteed to get addicted if you smoke marijuana before the age of 25. If your parents are telling you this, they're flat out lying to you, and you can direct quote me on this, I honestly don't care.
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#19
In response to your response. 
Quote:and I don't know a single person that has gone from marijuana to hard drugs because weed no longer gave them what they were looking for (the only time it would is if their dealer had been mixing the marijuana in with something else and simply not telling them).
Okay, maybe you don't know anyone who didn't move on. Maybe you're right. But that doesn't change what real scientists (with degrees) and real rehabilitation therapists (also with degrees) say. And, yes! You don't know completely what you're getting is what the dealer says it is. Even if you trust the dealer. What about where the dealer got the drug in the first place? Risky.

Quote:people can get addicted to anything, including things that would normally be healthy for them. 
Yes, but people especially get addicted (or dependent) to dopamine releasing things. And why take something that gives you a high risk of addiction? (see links below too about addictions) Like cigarettes, you will end of losing your money to it.

Quote: If your parents are telling you this, they're flat out lying to you
I'm sorry? Are you saying that my parents are lying to me? No. I know my parents. The ones who's job is to help people who struggle with substance abuse.
This government funded website is helpful:
https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/r...teway-drug
Or this, which is in the NYT:
https://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/20...teway-drug
And here is a link from your side of things. It starts of saying that everyone else is wrong and then ends off switching sides in a sort saying that it is hard on people less than 25 and will make you dependent:
https://newlifehouse.com/is-marijuana-a-gateway-drug/ 
*note that all these sources have some sort of reference*
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#20
I am torn on the idea of legalization of marijuana. From one standpoint, I do believe that it is a gateway drug and very easily leads to other, far more destructive addictions. There are also second and third order effects of weed culture that I personally find distasteful and incompatible with my desired lifestyle... HOWEVER, I am something of a libertarian and typically I am a fan of affording people the maximum amount of freedom. If someone wants to be a disgusting hippie pothead and spend their life wandering around in a drug addled stupor, then that's on them - just don't ask me to support it. (keep in mind that the same could be said for drunks, smokers, etc.)

It is worth noting that despite my personal libertarian leanings, weed is banned in Siar Fordell. As a monarch I cannot allow my personal feelings to adversely affect my holdings and estates, and the presence of weed on my properties and its use by those I employ poses a serious risk. I also do not allow smoking indoors and have forcibly removed intoxicated individuals on many occasions.
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