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5 Reasons Marijuana Should Remain Illegal
Townhall.com ^ | January 21, 2014 | John Hawkins

Posted on 01/21/2014 4:29:12 AM PST by Kaslin

How did we end up in a world where Big Gulps are being banned in New York while the welcome mat for potheads is being rolled out in Colorado? How is it that cigarette smokers are pariahs, while people smoking weed are being cheered? This is despite the fact that potheads are almost universally recognized as unmotivated, low class, degenerate – and, yes, smelly failures. Even the ones that get somewhere in life, like Barack Obama, usually turn out to be mediocrities.

Moreover, we all recognize that smoking is a dirty habit that makes you die younger and while drinking is a potentially dangerous habit that leads to hundreds of thousands of deaths per year, but we want to condone pot use on top of that? That's like saying you've got a bad back and a bad shoulder; so why not break your knee cap to top it all off. How many lives are we willing to flush down the drain because a significant number of Americans tried pot a handful of times in their lives, got away with it and now feel guilty about it? One hundred for every person in prison? 1000? 10,000? There's a reason pot was made illegal in the first place and quite frankly, the only reason alcohol and cigarettes are legal is because they're so deeply ingrained in our society that we can't get rid of them.

There is certainly a financial and human cost to keeping marijuana illegal and we can see it in our prisons. But, there would be an even larger cost to making it legal.

1) It's extremely addictive for some people: If you don't want to take my word for it, listen to Dr. Drew Pinsky who has been working with addicts for decades.

It would be malpractice to say that cannabis isn't addictive. Anybody who's experienced it, actually been addicted to it, knows how profound that addiction is.... The difficult thing about marijuana addiction is some people, even though they're addicted can do fine with it for many many years before they start to have difficultly, but eventually the high starts wearing off, people start smoking a lot more to try to get that high back and that's when they descend into difficulties. ...I've been treating cannabis addiction for 20 years. When people are addicted to cannabis, cocaine and alcohol the drug they have the most difficult time giving up is the cannabis. It is extremely addictive...for some people. I think that's where people get confused. It's not very addictive for many people. It's a small subset of people with a genetic potential for addiction. But for them it is really tough. You only need talk to them, they'll tell you how tough it is.

Additionally, that "small subset" Dr. Drew is talking about isn't so small in a big country like America. "Of the 7.3 million persons aged 12 or older classified with illicit drug dependence or abuse in 2012, 4.3 million persons had marijuana dependence or abuse." It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that the more legal and available marijuana becomes, the higher those numbers are going to go.

2) This experiment hasn't worked out so well for Amsterdam: Humans being what they are, just about any stupid idea we can come up with has already been tried somewhere else. Amsterdam is the most famous place across the world that has effectively legalized pot. It has even turned into a tourist destination for potheads. Legalizing weed has been a huge success there, right? Actually, not so much...

Its citizens are now alarmed that their children are increasingly being exposed to it.

Amsterdam today became the first city in the Netherlands to ban students from smoking marijuana at school.

The city's mayor Eberhard van der Laan introduced the law after school chiefs complained about pupils turning up to classes high after rolling up outside the grounds.

Marijuana is widely available in Holland as, although it is technically illegal, police can't prosecute people for possession of small amounts.

But it has also had the unwanted side effect that Dutch children are frequently exposed to the drug in public areas.

Additionally, contrary to the claims that legalizing it will reduce crime, in Amsterdam it’s been found that crime is now centering around the coffeehouses where marijuana is sold.

…Certainly the outlook for coffee shops is bleak. Among the few policies that the three parties in the new coalition government agree on is the need to reduce their numbers. The governing agreement released last week laid out plans that will force them to become members-only clubs and shut down those shops located near schools.

The coalition is also advancing the idea of prohibiting the sale of cannabis to non-Dutch residents, which amounts to a death knell for many coffee shops.

...The circumstances that led to the tolerance policies have changed in the past decade, as large-scale crime around coffee shops and the legal sex trade became more visible. In particular, the absence of legal means for coffee shops to obtain cannabis has highlighted their association with organized crime.

But the open-minded instincts that helped foster the policies are also being questioned. And it is not just the far-right opposing coffee shops. The traditional parties of power on the center-right, the Christian Democrats and the Liberal VVD, have also moved against the policies they once promoted.

That doesn't exactly sound like a success story, does it?

3) Marijuana is terrible for your mental health: Marijuana may even be WORSE than cigarettes. At least cigarettes don't peel points off of your IQ.

A recent Northwestern University study found that marijuana users have abnormal brain structure and poor memory and that chronic marijuana abuse may lead to brain changes resembling schizophrenia. The study also reported that the younger the person starts using marijuana, the worse the effects become.

In its own report arguing against marijuana legalization, the American Medical Association said: "Heavy cannabis use in adolescence causes persistent impairments in neurocognitive performance and IQ, and use is associated with increased rates of anxiety, mood and psychotic thought disorders."

So, there's a good reason most habitual marijuana users come off as stupid. The drug is making them stupider, even when they're not high. You really want your kids on that?

4) Marijuana is terrible for your physical health: How bad is marijuana for you? It's even more toxic than cigarette smoke. Regular users are hit with devastating lung problems as much as 20 years earlier than smokers. Even small amounts of marijuana can cause temporary sterility and it has a terrible impact on the babies of women who smoke including "birth defects, mental abnormalities and increased risk of leukemia in children." If your standard is, "Well, it's better for you than Meth or Crack," that's true, but you're deluding yourself if you think pot is anything other than absolutely horrible for your health.

5) The drug decimates many people's lives: Movies portray potheads as harmless, fun-loving people who spend their time giggling and munching Cheetos, but they don't show these people when they're flunking out of school, losing their jobs, frustrated because they can't concentrate or losing the love of their lives because they just don't want be with a pot smoking loser anymore. Even in the limited number of studies that are out there, the numbers are stark.

A study of 129 college students found that, among those who smoked the drug at least twenty-seven of the thirty days before being surveyed, critical skills related to attention, memory and learning were seriously diminished. A study of postal workers found that employees who tested positive for marijuana had 55% more accidents, 85% more injuries and a 75% increase in being absent from work. In Australia, a study found that cannabis intoxication was responsible for 4.3% of driver fatalities.

...Students who use marijuana have lower grades and are less likely to get into college than nonsmokers. They simply do not have the same abilities to remember and organize information compared to those who do not use these substances.

It's bad enough that we already lose so many Americans early to cancer caused by cigarettes, alcoholism, and drunken driving. Do we really want to endorse the loss of millions more potentially productive Americans via Marijuana? Do we move on from there to Crack, Heroin or Meth? Some people would say, “If they want to do it, great, then it's no business of ours.” But, you can also bet that those same people will be complaining about all the junkies and welfare cases that will be created by the policy they endorsed.

So, ask yourself a few key questions. Is legalizing Marijuana going to make this a better country or a worse one? Would you want to live in a neighborhood filled with people who regularly smoke marijuana? Would you want your kids regularly smoking pot? Now is the time to think about it because although it's easy to thoughtlessly legalize a drug like marijuana, when things go predictably wrong down the road, it will be a lot harder to put the genie back in the bottle than people seem to think.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: addiction; atf; cultureofcorruption; dea; dopersrights; drugs; dumbthenationdown; legaldope; libertarian; marijuana; potheads; taxandspend; welfarestate
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1 posted on 01/21/2014 4:29:12 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

All the reasons in the world to KEEP Maryjane illegal are
trumped by reality.

Making it illegal in no way diminishes it’s availability or it’s use but that illegality DOES give the assclowns in office and their pet badgemonkeys carte blanche to assault, abuse, destroy and imprison countless otherwise honest, normal and productive citizens.


2 posted on 01/21/2014 4:32:23 AM PST by nvscanman
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To: Kaslin
RE :” How is it that cigarette smokers are pariahs, while people smoking weed are being cheered? “

The PC method of getting high would be to eat it, not to smoke it, as to not pollute the environment.

3 posted on 01/21/2014 4:35:55 AM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: nvscanman

“Making it illegal in no way diminishes it’s availability or it’s use”

You had to turn your brain off to come up with that statement.


4 posted on 01/21/2014 4:38:06 AM PST by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: nvscanman

So lets legalize all drugs. Then the “badgeMonkeys” as you are so fond of saying will have their cash stream cut off until they start catching and impose large fines on drug users when the drive or act like assclowns in public.
This isn’t all about cash. This is about the moral decay that comes with drug use. Sure, we can make money off it like a bunch of vultures, but all that cash wont do squat when the population is gorked on weed and we produce a generation of pot addled dimwits.


5 posted on 01/21/2014 4:40:34 AM PST by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: Kaslin

Telling us what we already know. Anyone who has been exposed to stoners know they are a waste case.
And the idea that stoners are mellow, passive people have a hard time explaining the gang-bangers’ obsession with smoking dope. Not to mention athletes.
Forget Colorado and Washington. I think California and New York should legalize it so we can get a real taste of what would happen.


6 posted on 01/21/2014 4:41:54 AM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: Kaslin

From your linked article...

“After several decades of the tolerance policy, Dutch marijuana usage rates are in the middle of international norms, higher than those in neighboring Germany, but lower than those in France, Britain or the United States.”

Hardly the disaster you paint.


7 posted on 01/21/2014 4:41:55 AM PST by Hugin
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To: sickoflibs

Eating it carries a lot of issues. Brownies are popular method among the local HS kids and there are issues with “overdosing” because it is a delayed high.


8 posted on 01/21/2014 4:43:08 AM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: nvscanman
I can't repeat this strongly enough...

I have been to the big city, saw the elephant and to misquote (by intent not the actual words) of pedophile Alan Ginsburg:

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness

there is way too much known about psychosis that was caused by various hallucinogens including good pot.

this is a known factor, and I hate the thought of the country's children destroying their lives with it.

that being said, the (small L) libertarian in me says go ahead, you have been warned....

9 posted on 01/21/2014 4:46:50 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: AppyPappy
Eating it carries a lot of issues. Brownies are popular method among the local HS kids and there are issues with “overdosing” because it is a delayed high.

there is not much difference between this phenomenon and a healthy dose of LSD.

10 posted on 01/21/2014 4:48:24 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: nvscanman

otherwise honest, normal and productive citizens.

Hmmm, never thought of the Bloods and the Crips that way....


11 posted on 01/21/2014 4:48:58 AM PST by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of "gun free zones"?)
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To: AppyPappy
RE :”Eating it carries a lot of issues. Brownies are popular method among the local HS kids and there are issues with “overdosing” because it is a delayed high.”

Good point,
however overdosing on pot is probably not nearly as dangerous as overdosing on alcohol from a purely biological standpoint, not that it wouldn't case problems..

12 posted on 01/21/2014 4:49:22 AM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: Kaslin

Those five arguments are also ‘valid’ reasons to make/keep alcohol illegal.

However, in a free society, the fact that some people will abuse a particular freedom/right is not a valid reason for restricting that freedom/right.

In a free society, the fact that a particular individual activity can be dangerous to the individual is not a valid reason for outlawing that activity.


13 posted on 01/21/2014 4:49:52 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: Kaslin
How is it that cigarette smokers are pariah... ?

Don't ask me. Ask the people who made pariahs out of tobacco users.

14 posted on 01/21/2014 4:51:22 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: demshateGod

I seriously doubt there are that many people that AREN’T smoking it now because it’s illegal. On the other hand, those that ARE smoking it already couldn’t care less.

There’s no reason for keeping it(and some other drugs) illegal except for some people liking to use the police/legislative powers of the government to FORCE their will upon others....AND those who benefit from the ‘police industrial complex’ that seems to have grown around drug prohibition.


15 posted on 01/21/2014 4:52:49 AM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: logic101.net

Are you saying EVERYONE who uses marijuana is a Blood or a Crip?

If not, then perhaps the hyperbole should be ratcheted down a notch or two.


16 posted on 01/21/2014 4:53:33 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: KoRn

Keeping it illegal gives parents some modicum of authority when trying to keep kids off drugs. Making legal just undermines parents even more.


17 posted on 01/21/2014 4:54:30 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: AppyPappy

In twenty years urban areas in Colorado and Washington will be stoner wastelands with lethargic dopers lying about in the streets like the zombies in “I Am Legend”.

Cars with stoners at the wheel will sit immobile at stop signs while the drivers wait for the signs to turn green.

Schoolkids will be frisked for weapons, Bibles, & fudge brownies.

;^)


18 posted on 01/21/2014 4:55:53 AM PST by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: nvscanman

I agree

MJs illegal nature is allowing cops to ruin young kids’ lives


19 posted on 01/21/2014 4:56:10 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: WayneS

I think Libertarians can create a society where it is impossible to raise a child to become a decent productive citizen.


20 posted on 01/21/2014 4:56:10 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: AppyPappy

In twenty years urban areas in Colorado and Washington will be stoner wastelands with lethargic dopers lying about in the streets like the zombies in “I Am Legend”.

Cars with stoners at the wheel will sit immobile at stop signs while the drivers wait for the signs to turn green.

Schoolkids will be frisked for weapons, Bibles, & fudge brownies.

;^)


21 posted on 01/21/2014 4:56:12 AM PST by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: KoRn; All
I will never understand how anyone can smoke that stinking weed!!!!
22 posted on 01/21/2014 4:56:49 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: AppyPappy

I don’t think it would matter if CA legalized it, I don’t think they could get much more stupid.

If it is to be legalized it has to be national and the borders must be secured to get the cartels out of the business. This certainly won’t happen under this regime.

The biggest hurdle I see though is driving; there is no good test for level of impairment. Yes there is a blood test but its results are questionable due to lots of variables in the plants.

On the up side it might make it a bit harder for kids to get it, but probably not much.


23 posted on 01/21/2014 4:57:40 AM PST by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of "gun free zones"?)
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To: Kaslin

Marijuana is the first step to harder drugs. It makes it easy for someone who smokes it to justify using other drugs, rationalizing that it doesn’t bother them so maybe the other drugs aren’t so bad either. I watched an hour show on TV about marijuana and drug use. At the very end of the show, the moderator asked a DEA agent who sat quietly through the whole show if he thought marijuana was the stepping stone to harder drugs. His response was ‘I don’t know, but every drug user that I or any other agent arrested had started with marijuana’.


24 posted on 01/21/2014 4:57:52 AM PST by maxwellsmart_agent
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To: Kaslin

I have a friend who smokes the modern weed, it smells exactly like but WORSE than a dead skunk.


25 posted on 01/21/2014 4:58:03 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Vaquero

healthy dose of LSD.

Really? Didn’t know there was such a thing. Especially since what passes for acid is usually rat poison.


26 posted on 01/21/2014 5:00:13 AM PST by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of "gun free zones"?)
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To: Vaquero

Actually there is a huge difference. Marijuana is nothing like LSD. The most likely effect of a marijuana “overdose” is the person goes to sleep and wakes up very hungry.


27 posted on 01/21/2014 5:00:18 AM PST by Hugin
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To: demshateGod

Cocaine, heroin etc. are illegal to make, possess, sell, transport and use in about 99.5% of the world. Yet virtually ANY middle school kid will tell you he can get ANY drug he chooses with little to no difficulty.

So....tell me again how making drugs, ANY drugs including MJ illegal has ANY effect on it’s use or availability.

Prohibition did not prevent drinking.
Vice squads and bunko squads have no effect on gambling.
Prostitution is illegal in all but 15 county’s in America yet it’s practice is rampant. So yes, making drugs in general and marijuana specifically illegal is pointless.
It does not prevent their use, it merely empowers evil people to destroy freedoms.


28 posted on 01/21/2014 5:01:05 AM PST by nvscanman
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To: central_va

Conservatives think it is the job of the parents to properly raise their child, not a task for “society”.


29 posted on 01/21/2014 5:03:41 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: Yorlik803

The moral decay in America is neither caused by nor a product of drug use. Drug use is a symptom of that decay.

The disease of moral decay is a deliberate infection created
by “isms”....communism, progressivism etc. The enemies within are destroying us and the use of drugs is but a symptom of the decay and rot they are fostering.

The number one cause for America’s decline was the choice by many to turn away from the Christian values this country was founded on. THAT is the cause of the moral decay.


30 posted on 01/21/2014 5:03:53 AM PST by nvscanman
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To: Hugin

when I said I saw the elephant, you can take that too the bank. I don’t remember much of the 60’s so you know I was there.....

hash or strong grass brownies, that are consumed for the munchies effect without thinking about the amount consumed WILL put you on a trip that can be more intense than Lysergic Acid Diethylamide. Don’t doubt me.


31 posted on 01/21/2014 5:03:56 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: maxwellsmart_agent

Back several decades ago I was in the music business, and knew a lot of hard core druggies. Every one of them started on cigarettes, and still smoked long after they quit smoking pot.

There’s your real “gateway drug”.


32 posted on 01/21/2014 5:04:42 AM PST by Hugin
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To: elcid1970

Excellent!

Sounds like a back-drop for the movie “Idiocracy II”


33 posted on 01/21/2014 5:05:42 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: WayneS
Conservatives think it is the job of the parents to properly raise their child, not a task for “society”.

I agree but do we have to try to raise our kids in a cultural toilet? Is it asking to much to keep weed illegal?

34 posted on 01/21/2014 5:05:58 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: maxwellsmart_agent

Most of them drank milk, too.


35 posted on 01/21/2014 5:06:16 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: sickoflibs

They won’t die but they have trouble functioning. And they are vastly entertaining to their classmates.


36 posted on 01/21/2014 5:06:35 AM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: logic101.net
healthy dose of LSD.

figure of speech...but of course you knew that

back in the 60s there would be a little evaporated dot on blotter paper, not enough for rat poison to do much damage.

what is out there today? I would not have a clue.

37 posted on 01/21/2014 5:06:43 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Vaquero

“I don’t remember much of the 60’s so you know I was there.....”

Hey, now that you mention it, I don’t remember you either.

My experiences differed.


38 posted on 01/21/2014 5:08:58 AM PST by Hugin
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To: central_va

I don’t know. Is it asking to much to make alcohol illegal? Or cigarettes?

Outlawing the moral “temptations” one faces in one’s life will NOT produce a decent, moral society.

It will produce a society with a lot of criminals. In such a society, one must worry not only about facing one’s conscience and one’s God when one succumbs to these temptations, one must be worried about being deemed a criminal, and having one’s life ruined by the state, for engaging in an activity which harms no one but oneself.

A society which cherishes individual freedom and individual self-determination should not fatten it’s legal code by making “crimes” out of activities which do not involve harming other persons.


39 posted on 01/21/2014 5:16:10 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: WayneS

Sorry.

...asking too much..


40 posted on 01/21/2014 5:17:36 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: WayneS

How many kids did you raise?


41 posted on 01/21/2014 5:18:12 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Yorlik803

Ever notice how pot legalization threads attract Libertarians like flies to a dog turd.


42 posted on 01/21/2014 5:20:50 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va

Yes.....And everyone uses the “tax it and make money off it” excuse.
Sure, lets make money off other people misery. Don’t we have a big enough problem with booze? Why add Pot to the mix?


43 posted on 01/21/2014 5:24:57 AM PST by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: AppyPappy
RE :”They won’t die but they have trouble functioning. And they are vastly entertaining to their classmates.’

That's what I thought.

I recall the addiction debates on this from the past.

Alcohol as a depressant is physically addictive so much that under extreme conditions abrupt withdraw can cause death,

Pot is not physically addictive but as a mild hallucinogenic it is psychologically addicting to many and leads them to desire stronger drugs for a stronger high, which can be serious. Others seem to have no problem with moderate use.

I recall potheads in HS (Long ago for sure) wanting nothing but to get high every day.

I am on the fence on this one.

44 posted on 01/21/2014 5:28:14 AM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: central_va

To date: one-and-a-half. We’re not quite finished with our second one.

The first is in her early thirties with three kids of her own. She’s in nursing school. She does not use drugs - doesn’t even imbibe in alcohol.

Our son is 12 with no signs of trouble yet. Genetically he is of northern Russian (Finno-Ugric) stock - people whom statistics seem to indicate have a much higher than average propensity for alcoholism. My wife and I are taking extra efforts to educate him about the potential ill effects of alcohol (and drugs, too).


45 posted on 01/21/2014 5:28:17 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: central_va

Does strong support for individual freedom cause libertarianism, or does libertarianism cause strong support for individual freedom?

;-)


46 posted on 01/21/2014 5:30:44 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: Kaslin

I guess we’ll have to make booze illegal again, the same points apply. Of course, that’s only if you’re interested in intellectual consistency. And if you’re not, then there’s no way to keep marijuana illegal. At any rate, the train has already left the station, just have to wait for a few more old farts with propaganda-addled brains to die off.


47 posted on 01/21/2014 5:33:27 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: AppyPappy

30 years of working ER and I can count the number of MJ “ODs” on 1hand.
Every weekend I see at least 10 drunks.


48 posted on 01/21/2014 5:33:51 AM PST by Kozak ("Send them back your fierce defiance! Stamp upon the cursed alliance! To arms, to arms in Dixie!)
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To: WayneS

There is an awful lot of ignorance on the subject of pot here.

There were many similar sentiments made during the end of Prohibition, when people thought that if society imbibed “the demon alcohol” that it would be the end of Western Civilization as we know it.

The truth is, the people who want to smoke pot are going to smoke pot, regardless of the legality of it. And because it’s illegal, there are a lot of people who are having their lives destroyed by the state.

The BIGGEST RISK factor for using cannabis isn’t lung cancer, or the onset of dementia or psychosis. The BIGGEST DANGER in using cannabis is GETTING ARRESTED and having a slew of legal troubles.

We either live in a world where people can decide what they want to ingest, or the government tells us what we can ingest.

You can’t argue for Liberty with one side of your mouth, and then on the other side of your mouth try to legislate your morality on other people.

Regarding the guy who said that pot brownies are like LSD: no. That’s just completely inaccurate. You eat two, three pot brownies (an “overdose”) and you will fall asleep. You will snore quite loudly for a good two or three hours. If you take even one dose of LSD, the effects are the polar opposite, you will have a ton of energy and be hallucinating and sleep will be physically impossible until the effects of the LSD wear off.

It is possible to drink oneself to death - literally - with alcohol. You can actually ocnsume so much booze that you DIE from it from “alcohol poisoning”. You can’t do that with cannabis. It’s been around for thousands of years and there has yet to be a case of someone dying from smoking pot.

Are there other effects? Sure. Does pot seem to make some people pretty unmotivated? Yep. So does alcohol, off track betting, and daytime TV.

It’s almost like everyone likes the part of Liberty that agrees with their beliefs, but no one wants to give Liberty to people who see things differently than they do.


49 posted on 01/21/2014 5:34:08 AM PST by Ueriah
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