Opinions on Marijuana
Posted Mon Oct 18, 2010 12:57 AM
Personally I love it. I try to smoke every day. I have trouble seeing on what the big deal is with it. It hasn't killed anybody and is not addictive (although after smoking after a while, can be very habitual). If the government were to tax and regulate it they'd make billions. That's all feel like writimg now because I'm a little high right now, and pretty tired.
Posted Mon Oct 18, 2010 01:25 AM
Posted Mon Oct 18, 2010 02:45 AM
It's the most studied plant on the planet.
We should all visit and learn some marijuana facts and laws.
Posted Mon Oct 18, 2010 03:20 AM
Posted Mon Oct 18, 2010 06:18 AM
Posted Mon Oct 18, 2010 06:58 AM
Personally not my bag, my two penneth worth.
Posted Mon Oct 18, 2010 05:25 PM
Criminalising drug use is just creating criminals. Anytime someone buys some marijuana or some pills they are not more than 2 steps away from a ruthless killer. Scary thought.
I think the harm caused by drugs are sensationalised. Fewer people die from drug use than car accidents each year.
On the other hand, I think that anyone who thinks frequent and heavy use of any drug is harmless is deluding themself.
One thing I did find when I did a google is that EVERY site that claims to have the "facts" about marijuana has an agenda. The anti sites are quite happy to lie; the pro sites will reference studies that show how harmless it is but completely omit many studies which show it may have negative impacts.
Posted Mon Oct 18, 2010 06:49 PM
Posted Mon Oct 18, 2010 07:32 PM
Posted Tue Oct 19, 2010 12:30 AM
wouldn't decriminalize marijuana because it already IS legal!
Two perfect examples:
I once rented a room in upstate new york where the guy
who lived downstairs was growing pot in his backyard.
(He was a "deadhead" - used to make his living - i.e.,
earn money for pot - by following the Grateful Dead
around and selling drug parephernalia and G.D. merchandise
to fellow fans - and he was still an "avid" pot smoker.)
Well anyway, the son of the owner was a state trooper -
he came over with him one day and saw the pot plants there -
and the guy comes RUSHING out in a BIG panic! And -
the state trooper felt it was the FUNNIEST thing that he
had seen in his life! (As did the owner.) And that was the
long and the short of it. Nothing else happened, not even
Another time, I was recently walking down the street right
near my house and smelled a "Green Leafy Substance" burning,
through my neighbor's window. I somehow have a sneaky feeling
they're not going to be arrested for it any time soon.
As for studies - well, i.m.o. it's IMPOSSIBLE to do a real study
on how it may or may not affect "lifestyle" because any study
anybody could possibly cook up is gonna automatically be
"confounded" with other factors. For example, does pot smoking
cause "lack of motivation?" Well, many pot smokers are SUPPOSEDLY
low in motivation. But how many pot smokers go on to get a job
and then have no time for it, when they're older? How many young
people are, by definition, "unmotivated?" (a.k.a. "figuring things
out" or if they're rich, "taking some time to discover themselves.")
Does watching tv all afternoon cause a lack of motivation?
Personally I think unemployment does! (And being young.)
And let's face it - pot smokers tend to belong to a certain
"culture," and that culture (in general) tends to not mingle
very much with the Young Republicans.
So i.m.o., any study that claims that pot "causes" a lack of
motivation is, by definition, nonsense. It's Bad Science.
Two other things - I DO wonder about the health effects
in terms of inhaling the smoke. But many pot smokers -
not all of course but many - are also cigarette smokers,
so I think any studies there might be a little "flawed" also.
It's something I worry about though.
And, I REALLY do wish they would formally legalize
"medical marijuana." As far as I'm concerned, anybody
who arrests some 50-something year old (for example)
who's suffering from cancer for smoking marijuana,
as suggested by a doctor, is a grade-A a-hole.
Just some thoughts.
Very sorry you had to see that.
But - not like I'm a medical doctor or anything but
in my honest opinion the pot had nothing or at
least very little to do with it. i.m.o. it's like saying
that somebody who climbed a single flight of stairs
and had a heart attack died because of the stairs.
Well, no - maybe the stairs "caused" the heart attack
but that person was gonna die anyway - soon.
Not to be unsympathetic or anything, I'm just
sayin' that i.m.o. it wasn't really the "cause."
Sorry, repeat post - my internet connection's being bitchy.
This post has been edited by Q: Tue Oct 19, 2010 02:41 AM
Posted Tue Oct 19, 2010 02:37 AM
Every addict involves 15 other people.
More nothing to discuss.
May be better over a beer ???
Posted Tue Oct 19, 2010 03:21 AM
Every addict involves 15 other people.
More nothing to discuss.
May be better over a beer ???
But marijuana isn't addicting; in contrast
to more potent drugs such as cocaine,
heroin, nicotine and alcohol.
Posted Tue Oct 19, 2010 05:22 AM
Posted Tue Oct 19, 2010 11:57 AM
Its been proven to be medicinal and I have heard of people using it to alleviate arthritis symptoms, pensioners buying it for pain and inflammation in hip joints etc, so that makes me think it can't be that bad
Then There are recreational users, that have the odd joint, well i've done it myself. I never felt much anytime I used it, so can't really see the big attraction, it felt and tasted like smoking a yack herbal cigarette. I do like the smell of cannabis smoke though
I've seen others roll up 20 joints in the morning and put them into a cigarette box to smoke throughout the day like I smoke cigarettes, I don't see the point in spending your entire day out of your tree. Its surely mind numbing and you aren't living your life if you're doing that, you're simply existing. You couldn't hold down a job if you were that addicted, and of course I believe you can be addicted to pot, just like any other drug. Its the lifestyle as much as the drug you get addicted to.
I don't think legalising it is a great idea, as it greases the slope for class B and Class A drugs to get legalised, however I don't see how a person thats ill, shouldnt obtain what is in fact a herbal drug, to alleviate their pain.
Lots of different arguments go on in my head over it, so i'm really not sure. I guess if i'm not sure, then i'd have to vote for not legalising it.
Posted Tue Oct 19, 2010 12:26 PM
Posted Tue Oct 19, 2010 02:42 PM
Posted Tue Oct 19, 2010 05:34 PM
I think education and the truth (not propaganda) Should be out there instead just Banning a drug.
Posted Tue Oct 19, 2010 06:53 PM
I've seen the many TV shows on the topic & I'm sure they are presented as a biased view on the topic . I base my POV on the information I've researched & the real life experience I've been exposed to on such .
When a drug is made illegal , people resort to illegal means to obtain these substances , in this case Marijuana . That means that it must be smuggled/trafficked into the area by people who might not think twice about who they sell it to (children for example) , how many lives might be ruined by what they are doing (being arrested or fired from your job) , or for that matter killing you for any reason they choose if they even choose one at all . On that score I lost two close relatives who left three children in this world when they were killed . These kids will live their lives knowing that Mom & Dad were killed because the guy they tried to buy a bag from was so strung out/paranoid/whatever , that he thought they were undercover agents sent to bust him (or so he claimed during his murder trial) so he pulled a .38 & put two slugs into each of them . I'm not very certain about how many people are killed each year due to the illegal Marijuana activities necessary in order to supply the demand . A single life lost is one too many IMO .
There are things in my life that I might be willing to risk my life , family , job , & freedom for , getting high just isn't one of them .
Job/Employment . I wonder how many people have lost good paying jobs when the company they worked for caught them dirty on a random drug screening , some of the higher paying companies have that as a condition of employment these days . As hard as a job is to find or keep these days , is it really worth it ?
Family , I've heard of families loosing their children when drugs including Marijuana were found in the residence/home . Once again , I am not willing to risk loosing my children to foster/state homes for a buzz .
Freedom . I have never been incarcerated in my life & the thought of it is all I need to keep me out of situations that might result in that happening . I've known people who've spent months to years behind bars for possession and/or repeat violations . That's not going to happen to me
My life . No need to elaberate upon this point , I'm sure anyone can predict which I'd prefer between getting blitzed or seeing tomorrow & being there when & if my grandchildren are born . Talk about a real no brainer !
Post note , Afterthought : I have no objection to Marijuana being processed , purified , & used for medicinal reasons , cancer for example . It has been shown to be extremely beneficial in that regard . Being produced/regulated/monitored in the manner necessary to be used in this manner removes it from the circle created by the illegal side of the substance . Like anything , it has positive & beneficial uses until it's abused & made into a negative by being used in that way . >:]
Posted Tue Oct 19, 2010 07:37 PM
In the case of what you've posted Q, I'd not thought of those arguments against.
I think i'm glad I voted against legalising it, even if only on here.