Skip to comments.Why Your State Should NOT Legalize Weed
Posted on 08/15/2018 9:06:53 AM PDT by fwdude
Yesterday I visited our local bookstore and was struck by the abundance of magazine covers promoting marijuana. Later my wife commented that shes received two ads this week for cannabis products, something shes never received before! Whats going on?
In case you havent noticed or are simply distracted by the busyness of life, propaganda promoting marijuana and its legalization is bombarding us. Should we be concerned about something that is celebrated as a harmless recreational indulgence that progressive people should embrace excitedly?
Recently our state newspaper ran a prominent piece by a young woman calling for weed to be legalized. Coincidentally, she works for a statewide cannabis advocacy group. Reading her arguments and questionable statistics made me wonder if we should begin distributing marijuana freely since she opines it is so harmless and beneficial!
What follows is my pushback to the propaganda. Feel free to borrow any and all my counterpoints for op-eds you can submit, exposing the seductive logic.
Lets Get Serious
There are three kinds of lies: lies, dxxxxd lies and statistics, said Mark Twain. He was pointing out the use of statistics to bolster weak or fallacious arguments. The dope supporter whose article appeared in our newspaper, typical of many, deserved a five star Pinocchio award for her misleading stats and misguided presentation.
Recently, I had an in-depth conversation with a police officer formerly on paid leave who has since retired. He was rehabilitating from a serious injury sustained when he confronted a young man about to commit a crime who was stoned on marijuana. He subsequently assaulted the officer, tearing his rotator cuff. He now faces numerous felony offenses plus decades behind bars, in addition to the impounding of his car containing marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Olympic gold medalist, Michael Phelps, often appears in the news with his lovely wife and two little boys celebrating his success emerging from rehab and his near-death experience. Not wanting to be alive anymore at one point, the champion who smoked marijuana, deceived it would not affect his ability to excel, now swears off any drugs as he encourages youth to emulate his example.
Close to where I live, a 33-year-old woman was sentenced to 30 years in prison for her reckless driving which resulted in the death of a teenager helping change his mothers flat tire. The THP report showed her high on drugs and impaired in her driving ability as she callously fled the scene of the homicide. Shell now have many decades to ponder her stupidity, recreational drug usage and the devastation it brought her and a grieving family.
With scores of people killed, maimed, or disabled for life from drunk driving, especially by young people, do we really want to compound the problem by adding marijuana to the mix? Teens can think they are invincible and adding a joint can seem innocuous until the tragedy happens, which it does all too frequently.
Contrary to what drug proponents profess, marijuana and other drugs take a tolleventually, if not immediately. Drugs dont deliver as advertised. Why do you think they call it dope?
Even pot-smoking, poster boy Willie Nelson, battling emphysema and pneumonia four or five times, admits his lungs have gotten really screwed up.
In Willies own words, Theres been a lot of talk about marijuana being harmless, but I think its a lot more dangerous to the lungs than most dope smokers realize. Especially the strong marijuana thats around these days. Each year it seems to get a little stronger your lungs are not really supposed to breath anything but oxygenpure, fresh air.
How about the tragic, premature deaths of both Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse portrayed in recent documentaries? Both got started on the path to their destruction the exact same way, smoking weed, those harmless joints.
Research Studies Should Not Be Ignored As Sergeant Joe Friday used to say on the TV program Dragnet, Just the facts! so here they are
The United States Drug Enforcement Agency states: U.S. drug overdose kills more people than traffic accidents and gun incidents. The total number cited was 46,471! If we could ask these victims how many started on marijuana or maintained their marijuana usage along with other drugs, I wonder how many would hang their heads in regret wishing theyd never succumbed to the seduction of the Pied Pipers enticement onto this pernicious path?
My best friend growing up started experimenting with recreational drugs when he started college with me. What started as a fun escape spiraled into his premature death in his mid-20s. I carry an ache in my heart to this day from this experience.
When marijuana proponents glorify drugs and celebrate its harmless even beneficial effect, they should take heed to the words of an expert, Dr. Ed Gogek, an addiction psychiatrist. He wrote the following in the uber-liberal New York Times: Ive spent 25 years as a doctor treating drug abusers and they are con artists . Marijuana activists are phony scientists. For years they said marijuana is good for glaucoma when it actually worsens it! They said it is not addictive and this is false! They said it doesnt increase usage among teenagers and all evidence says the opposite . It is not harmless! Youth do worse in school and have two times the dropout rate while marijuana permanently lowers their IQ.
Joseph Califano, head of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, declares without qualification that pot smoking adversely affects motor skills and does serious damage to the brain over the long term. It is a fact that objective studies repeatedly show that regular users find their IQ dropping and all cognitive functions hindered. Finally, a recent study from Northwestern University established clearly that teen potheads had brain abnormalities related to poor short-term memory performance. Healthy individuals who did not use marijuana scored 37 times better on average than usersnot just addictswho had smoked pot in the past. The National Institute of Health makes it clear: One in six youth who try marijuana before age 18 will either abuse it or will become addicted. Those are dangerous odds, parents. Is this what we want for our children and grandchildren? Whats Happening in Massachusetts? The state of Massachusetts jumped on the bandwagon to legalize marijuana. After a number of months, a study was done to discover the impact on young people. The results are sobering and startling: currently 1/2 of youth ages 1825 have smoked marijuana in the past month!
In the classic film The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy finally pulled back the curtain and exposed the deceiving mastermind behind the façade. May we do likewise amid celebrities and other pot promoters who glamorize toking up, some under the ruse of the medical marijuana argument (which can have some medicinal benefits but its not the only alternative).
A little while ago, in the mall where I daily exercise, a middle-aged mother darted from the coffee shop and stammered these words amidst her tears, They just found my daughter dead! She proceeded to tell me about her 27-year-old daughter who met a young fellow who influenced her to start smoking dope. Prior to this encounter, she had never been involved with any drugs but this was the gateway to her death and her mothers devastation.
Heres the deal: Scripture says, Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools
(Romans 1:22). People will accuse us of being fear mongers, but we must not back down. Lets winsomely and confidently communicate the truth about this massive deception permeating America today.
Generally speaking , MJ smoking causes young people to become more than inclined to go along with a Liberal progressive pattern of voting .It breeds Democraps . I will guarantee you that virtually every single Bernie Sanders wingnut smokes pot . From the youngest to the oldest . I will bet that the great majority of Anti-Fa types all smoke MJ . It probably loosens them up to then go out and run amok committing acts of anarchy and mayhem . Every single one ....
I don’t think that is exactly what the case is.
I think the smoking of MJ makes one more inclined to go along with whatever ideas are being presented at the time.
I used to get high and listen to Rush Limbaugh, and guess what, he convinced me.
Unfortunately, almost all signals in this world are broadcasting leftism, so the chances of someone getting high actually hearing someone like Limbaugh are pretty darned slim, thus the disparity exists.
The problem is that we conservatives do not really actively seek out to convince as many people as possible to agree with us.
The Left, on the other hand, is rather cultish about it.
I am rarely, if ever, persuaded by pejorative sophistry.
This topic always brings out the jack-booted authoritarian types. Do you really want your foot on the necks of people who just want to mind their own GD business?
Whether you are physically addicted, or mentally addicted, isn't the end result the same - Continued use?
My statement was absolutely true. Prove what I said was false.
There is a chapter to the Agnostic in the big book *the AA book*.
I know a devout atheist who is in AA. His higher power is nature (God as you understand him), so it does work for him.
Apparently there are NA’s in the local AA, since there are no NA groups in the immediate area. They are welcomed in to the group even though focus is on alcohol. And alcohol is considered a gateway in some circles.
That’s not worth even considering. Sophistry is the garbage “argument” of a liberal.
More sophistic propaganda. LOL
According to whom? How does one prove possession just for personal use?
I do not smoke it but do use cannibis topicals for pain. They are non-psychoactive meaning there is no high in using them.
My state, Colorado, has legal weed and our deaths from opioid overdoses are lower than other states b/c of marijuana. When I go into my dispensary (medical), I am amazed by the number of elderly people who have their medical license and use cannibis products for pain. If I had a loved one with cancer who was in severe pain, I would totally endorse giving him or her marijuana instead of opioids. If you want to talk about addiction, let's discuss prescription pain killers.
The author, Larry Tomczak, is a down-in-the-streets evangelist. He knows of what he speaks by personal experience, not by any Hollyweird concoction. He's not an ivory tower Christian by any means. He goes to the most raunchy "gay pride" parades to witness. He's no dummy or coward.
I'd feel confident deferring to his opinion on observations over his long life dealing with these pot-affected people.
Mmm, I’d say yes and no.
The result of a physical addiction is that quitting is far more difficult in terms of suffering and presents you with the risk of death in some cases.
The result of “mental addiction” is nothing, you just like to do something, so you continue to choose to do that thing.
Continued use in either case is simply a choice.
The person who is physically addicted has a far harder choice to make, but it is still a choice.
I look at it like this.
if at any time in your life you choose to get high, and you wander into Hell (because addiction is Hell), it is up to you to turn around and walk back out, and if you don’t, you will certainly remain in Hell.
And you had best make that walk sober, lest you become lost again, and let me tell you, walking out of Hell sober hurts. A lot. Hell is a bad place.
I personally think that it does not benefit people who are not addicted to tell them that they are addicted.
Many people who use drugs are simply making bad decisions, and making them believe it’s hard to quit because they are addicted, when they are not addicted, seems silly.
The marijuana smoker may well wish real hard he still had some MJ to smoke, but is it gonna kill him to not smoke? Is it going to cause seizure, trembling headache, feinting, 3 months of no sleep, forgetting how to speak and write? Nah.
“It is NOT addictive beyond the few days that you are bummed out that you ran out.”
Should we be concerned about something that is celebrated as a harmless recreational indulgence that progressive people should embrace excitedly?
There: Hope I ‘triggered’ some 420s here.
I’m not debating potheads (a word - debating - which is an oxymoron in conjunction with any 420s).
Well, in America we do not have to prove intent to do anything else.
I am amused how all of the rights in the Constitution get tossed out the window when you dont agree with a position. You are aware that amounts for distribution are spelled out clearly in the law. Or should we just jail all the potheads?
” Finally, a recent study from Northwestern University established clearly that teen potheads had brain abnormalities related to poor short-term memory performance. Healthy individuals who did not use marijuana scored 37 times better on average than usersnot just addictswho had smoked pot in the past. “
What does “... 37 times better...” mean?
What is 37 times better?
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