Where does modern medicine originate? Plants.This is just a plant. Like all the
others that cover this planet. Its just another plant. And it happens to have
know medical benefits that has been used for thousands of years. Where did our
ancestors go when they needed a remedy?Out into nature, to find herbs.
This happens to be a very beautiful herb with many qualities. Its just a plant.
I say we accept this beautiful plant for what it is, a Gift, and focus our
energy on cleaning up our air before we all die of lung cancer.
I have been working since i was 14, I can also write scripts in C# and
high school.I do not drink alcohol, i have not done cocaine, meth,
heroine, etc.I am also a regular smoker of marijuana, had to quit
multiple times for pre-employment screening with no side-effects.now
tell me again why marijuana is so bad?
Sorry for the spelli g and grammatical error but small mobial phone and big
fingers that like to hit 2 buttons at once
Yes the number of people know to be useing the drug will go up but remember 38%
say they smoke or have smoked but there just the ones who admit to it when its
legal more people will be open about it. I do agree pot and alcohol should
fallow some of the same guidline granted since its a diffrent substance the
alcohol some thing will be the same like not flying a plain with 100s of people
on it well inebriated in any sence or intoxicated just like driving im sure
there are lots of good driver out there that can handel it high but there are
meny other who cant so yeah get off the road. Tax it sell it and make it a
goverment controlled substince just like alcohol amd cigarettes. If you dont
like it dont look be like the other people who dont smoke and dont worrie about
us over the age limits we got this part. If its not you or your kid then its not
your issu simple.
There are cancer patients, HIV-AIDS sufferers, people with seizure disorders,
and people with chronic pain disorders -- just to name four categories -- who
have benefitted from medical marijuana when nothing else has worked. Like all
herbs, cannabis has a purpose. At present, medical marijuana distribution is
strictly governed in states where it is legal. It is time for the federal
government to stop its costly and ineffective war on pot and either legalize it
nationwide (at least by prescription) or leave the regulation to the individual
states. It's so silly to argue that Utah should be able to prohibit gay
marriage while arguing that the feds should keep marijuana illegal for the
There are 3 groups of people who do not want this legalized.1. Big
Pharmacutical [because of the $]2. Street Gangs [again, because of the
$]3. and the ignorant masses they scare and use fear to control them.
The World is flat, the Sun revolves around the earth, earth was created in six
days.Seems LOTS of our species want to look back to often. How about
taking more than twosteps forward, and not take one step back. The doom
Sayers are forever on their soap box.If you take a step back, reflect on
the untruths, the falsehoods, and the propaganda.The people have been
hoodwinked. The earth is not flat, our pale blue dot revolvesaround a
star, and the earth as been here a long time, deep time. Yep, we all have our
opinions, and surly I have mine. The plant in question has been here for
millenniumsand been used in all kinds of products, from medicinal to
cloth. Seeds for oil, and otheruses, look it up. Don't me have bigger
fish to fry?
Nanny state advocates. Big government control proponent. Freedom is freedom. The
change is States right issue to legislate in favor of Federal law. The only
constant is hypocrisy.
@lindaj72:"He always 'talked' about all he was going to do,
but just never got around to doing anything."That's my
malady and I've never touched drugs of any kind.@Dave Gurr:"...I would rather my teenage kids smoked pot than got drunk on
alcohol..."If your kid uses cannabis he/she will soon be on
alcohol... and even more serious drugs.
@Morraine:"Cannabis isn't the villain here..."Any
alien substance drawn into the lungs, whether it be cigarette smoke, air
pollution from autos/industry, or marijuana is harmful.If you wanna
extract cannabis and drink/eat it, that would be fine.
Go to Colorado and you can get it just for fun, to get high. But if you need it
for stopping seizures, it is highly, highly regulated, and requires a several
month wait. How much more backwards could government have it? Maybe I shouldn't ask. They might make it worse.
The comments against seem to be in the I don't believe in altered states of
mind, so nobody else should be allowed to enjoy the benefits of marijuana. Utah
has a drug problem, a huge one in that if your doctor prescribes something it
isn't against the dominate religions, Word of Wisdom. They then take
psychotropic drugs for the rest of their lives, or worse get addicted to
prescribed pain killers. You can still hold a recommend if you have a
prescription, right?I personally find "big pharm" to act
like criminals, give away that 1st pill, pay off the DR, with vacations and
kickbacks for selling their drugs, advertise to people who don't need
drugs, pay millions in fines for deadly drugs, but profit by billions.Once again this is more about prejudice than facts, knowledge is power.To compare Alcohol DUI to Pot, shows a glaring ignorance of the 2 drugs.
DdC222,I don't have any idea what your "dear Liza, dear
Liza" bit refers to. But the concept that marijuana is without ill effect
(especially when it is smoked into the lungs) is unlikely at best.I
cannot speak to addiction in the physical sense but do I know folks dependent on
it who seem unable to give it up despite significant incentives to do so. Call
it what you wish, but they are dependent upon it and are unwilling to give it up
despite high social costs.I assume that that marijuana is like most
other drugs. Some are quite taken with it while it has little draw for others.
And some find they cannot live without it.Is it less dangerous than
alcohol - probably. But given the toll alcohol takes on our society, that is
not saying much.
Yes, I've read them. Hense the reason for my point. I think all those
arguments are invalid. If they are valid, then do you think that airline pilots
for instance should be allowed to operate aircraft under the influence of
marijuana? We know a good reason for not letting them operate under the
influence of alcohol. And with more public use of marijuana, Iam pretty sure
there are going to be more cases of DUI with marijuana. I didn't read one
convincing argument for legal use of marijuana except purhaps medicinal. Which
by the way has already been abused by certain doctors who will prescribe for
money without any real medical need. Plainly put. Marijuana will be used, as
alcohol was during prohibition. However, making it legal will only greatly
increase the use and put the public in more danger than it already is with
alcohol abuse. Unless you really believe that the number of users will stay
the same with legalization, there is no other way to look at it.
"Anyone out there think otherwise?"Yes. "Forthcoming arguments"? Wha. . .?Uh. . . How about you
read the plethora of arguments that preceded your comment?
I don't think there is any doubt that marijuana, like alcohol and other
drugs, will impare a persons judgement, and capacity to act responsibly. I
don't think there is any doubt that legalization will create more users. I
don't think there is any doubt that new laws and tests will need to be
enacted to judge the imparement of drivers under the influence of marijuana just
as there is for alcohol. I don't think the increased use of this or any
other mind altering drug will be good for society. It will only cause more
human trajedy. The net result of the legalization of marijuana is going to be
more bad for our country than any "more good". Anyone out there think
otherwise? If so, I think your forthcoming argument needs to address my points
about the DUI problem.
"Educated" Ha!Tell me Einstein what does this statistic tell
you:UTAH #50 in alcohol use. #1 in prescription drug abuse.It tells me the inmates are running the asylum.Thats all.
Pot More Dangerous Than? You KnowAspirin? Well No. Cigarettes? No. Booze
or Pills? No. Than not smoking? No. Jail? No. Texting while driving? No. Anyone
ever die from overdose? No. Get cancer? No? No. Lung problems? No? Nope. Nada.
What is the antidote for cannabis overdose? dunno Coffee. So then why is Pot
More Dangerous Than You Know? It& illegal. Why? Ah, because its more
dangerous than you know? dear Liza, dear LizaThe USA Merck Manual of
Diagnosis and Therapy 1987Cannabis can be used on an episodic but
continual basis without evidence of social or psychic dysfunction. In many users
the term dependence with its obvious connotations, probably is mis-applied. The
chief opposition to the drug rests on a moral and political, and not
Cannabis is FAR less harmful than alcohol or tobacco. High school students GET
that. That's why their booze and tobacco use is down. If all drinkers were
to switch to pot, you would see immediate decreases in fatal car accidents,
domestic abuse (wife & child beating), suicides, depression, alcohol related
diseases like cancer, hepatitis, liver failure, all categories of violent crime.
The prohibition on pot and hemp wastes police time, court time, and
unnecessarily fills our prisons with non-violent offenders. President Obama...
remove pot and hemp from Schedule 1 NOW !!!! Then watch the house of cards
I just stopped smoking cannabis about 3 weeks ago because I'm trying to
stay clean for a 2nd job, and I can tell you for a FACT that it is not
addictive. I have not had any "cravings" for it whatsoever, although I
do miss being able to sleep an entire night without being disturbed. As far as
increasing the risk of a heart attack....coffee does the same thing!
All of these claims of "harm" are bogus and have long been debunked.
Every major government commission on marijuana concluded it is less
"addictive" than coffee and FAR less harmful than alcohol. That includes
Nixon's 1972 Shafer Commission. The findings of all these major
commissions can read by Googling - Schaffer Drug LibraryThe
DEA's own administrative law judge, Francis Young, concluded after an
exhaustive review of the evidence: "Marijuana, in its natural state, is one
of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man."Alcohol directly kills more than 50,000 Americans every year. It kills many
thousands more in highway deaths and from alcohol-induced violence. The
preponderance of the research shows marijuana consumption is neither a
significant cause of auto accidents, nor violence. NO ONE has ever
died from ingesting marijuana - in all of recorded history. - That makes it
safer than aspirin, coffee and peanuts!Any sane society would
clearly prefer it's members choose marijuana over alcohol.
Before anyone else posts anything about "gateway drugs", please put that
term in Google or whatever search engine you prefer and actually read about it.
Once you do the research and learn what the hypothesis really says and see how
it has been thoroughly debunked, you will probably never mention it again.
@LovelyDeseret: "Look at testicular cancer and suicide rates among marijuana
users. They are both extremely high."Have you ever had a look at
the rate of lung cancer among cigarette smokers?Or the rate of
cirrhosis of the liver among alcohol users?Are you aware of the vast
number of people who die every day from obesity, or lose an appendage from Type
II diabetes, all due to the most addictive drug in the country: processed,
refined sugar?And yet.... nicotine, alcohol and sugar are completely
legal. And we even allow the sugar industry to purposely target their marketing
Red Corvette,Folks very familiar with drugs tell me that different
folks are differently affected by a particular drug. While you might have found
nothing attractive in marijuana, others certainly do. I have heard from several
folks that drug A held no interest for them while drug B virtually dominated
I choose not to use tobacco products, marijuana, alcohol, opiates, other mind
altering substances, fried, fatty, sugary and salty foods because of health
reasons and how I choose to live my life and how I want to feel. As a parent I
was able to role model a healthy life style. My daughter lives a healthy life
style and I'd like to think she does so due to some small measure of what
she was exposed to in her formative years. I do not believe that making these
things illegal is the answer. Education about the health effects is. Some will
make the right choice and some won't not matter if it's illegal or how
much information is available. That being said I believe it's supremely
arrogant for one to tell another what they can or can not consume. Free agency
I totally agree that cannabis use should not be encouraged for young people. It
may interfere with their education and long-term happiness. But, god forbid, I
would rather my teenage kids smoked pot than got drunk on alcohol which is a far
more toxic drug (both physically and socially). Cannabis is also definitely much
less addictive than tobacco. Now please DON'T think I'm advocating
cannabis consumption by writing this! I don't smoke dope just like I
don't smoke cigarettes and don't drink alcohol. But I have heavily
consumed all three in the past and I know which is the least toxic. There are
millions of (often high-achieving) moderate cannabis smokers out there who know
this -but cannot speak up because of the illegality factor. As soon as it is
no-longer illegal, people will be able to treat dope as what it is: a totally
unecessary threat to young people's long-term happiness. Obama correctly
said it is no worse than alcohol or tobacco. If you really believe in cannabis
illegality, then be consistent and illegalize the far more dangerous alcohol and
@Arizona1Tell us how much worse. I'm interested to hear your
predictions of doom.tell us what you think will happen.It only took
us 13 years to learn our lesson with alcohol.Don't you get it, no one
is saying cannabis use is necessarily a good or bad thing.What we already
know is that it's the prohibition laws that are doing most of the damage.
I've got to agree with the Deseret News on this one. Saying "its not
all that bad" isn't terribly encouraging. It is harmful.
"In our opinion marijuana is stlll dangerous and the gonernment isn't
helping".++++++I wouldn't partake because Good
health and a sound mind are things I treasure too much and there are too many
questions about marajuana's effects.However not throwing
millions of people into prison because of marijuana and not having police break
down doors of homes, sometimes the wrong door makes a lot of sense.The war on marijuana is one instance where the cure is worse than than the
"If educated adults do not speak out about the real hazards, lives could be
lost."========= Let's examine the facts.Annual deaths in Utah -- Vehicles - 270Guns - 317Legal prescription Drugs - 470Marijuana - ZERO
If I were to ruin a country I would promote the drug trade. The only time China
ever fell to a foreign power was when the drug trade was legalized and
flourished.While I do not think marijuana use should be
criminalized, it shouldn't be legalized either. Look at
testicular cancer and suicide rates among marijuana users. They are both
Marijuana like tobacco was never meant to be smoked.It fits in the
realm of herbs 'to be used with judgement and skill'.**D&C 80:8
keep it illegal and make it a fine for possession and selling rather than jail
time. That way I don't have to deal with potheads out in the open. Nothing
worse than grown people giggling.
It's stunning to see all the comments disparaging the Deseret News for the
stance it has taken on this subject. Does a group of pot users camp out waiting
to shout down anyone that stands up for truth and good in society? If society
was as accepting of marijuana as those who have commented on this article
imagine how much worse things would be than they already are.
I feel so fortunate to be drug free. I was around during the hippie era. I saw
so many including my first husband turn their lives over to marijuana. I
watched many treat it like a religion as they sat around a table and made a
ceremony of passing the bong. Getting high was about the only thing they looked
forward to. I saw some so high on a combination of marijuana and wine they
couldn't remember how they got home. My first husband used so much pot he
lost all motivation to do anything but sit around and smoke. He always
"talked" about all he was going to do, but just never got around to
doing anything. He lost his beautiful baritone voice. Couldn't remember
anything. You say people have smoked for 40 years with no ill effects. Anything
that dulls the mind is dangerous. How much more you might have accomplished had
you stayed away from drugs of any kind. Many went from pot to more addictive
drugs. I agree with this article, Your negative comments make you sound like
you are heavy users and can't see reality.
I can tell you, beyond a shadow of doubt, that marijuana is a gateway drug. I
saw this happen with many of my former friends, way back in the 1960s. It
hasn't changed. The current youth are just a naïve and gullible, as
back then. History repeats itself, once again.
@1Reader asks, "If pot is medicinally beneficial, why hasn't the
absolutely massive and profit-hungry pharma industry ... not released it as a
prescriptive product?"Easy. There's nothing to patent,
hence no profit to make, and pharma companies don't do research out of the
sheer human kindness of their shareholders. Secondly, being an illegal drug
with criminal statutes against it, it's really hard for researchers to get
permission to work with it. They can, but it's a bureaucratic
nightmare.If it was legal, more investigative work could be done by
academic researchers.Pot has ruined far fewer lives than alcohol,
far fewer lives than prescription pill addictions. Considering the tens of
millions of Americans who are regular users, marijuana has remarkably few
medical side effects, and remarkably low association with fatal accidents. As
others have mentioned, the real devastation is caused by the criminal justice
system's toll, especially on people of color. To that, I would add the
massively stupid side-effect of funding huge criminal enterprises that span
multiple nations.If legalization is a bad idea, keeping it illegal
is an even worse one.
The health effects marijuana are known, but there are dangerous substances more
easily available to children, like caffeinated beverages containing
high-fructose corn syrup. The obesity epidemic should be of far greater
concern.States like Utah might see a drop in tourism because of
marijuana legalization right next door, losing many adult tourists to Colorado.
The Gallup polling organization has determined that a clear majority of
Americans are in favor of legalization, by 58 percent. 38 percent admit using
it, including the US President. Politicians will soon realize that their careers
might be shortened if they oppose the opinion of the majority. It is interesting
how a state like Utah, with fewer regulations and other impediments to business,
and which supports libertarian ideas of freedom, still wants to control this
aspect of people's lives, while more regulated, liberal states like
Washington and Colorado have allowed marijuana legalization. Business people are
already capitalizing on this, and marijuana vacations dot com, for example, is
offering services for the cannabis tourist. This is just the beginning, and
already the federal government is loosening banking rules so that state-legal
marijuana businesses can now use this highly regulated system.
Interesting comments. Obviously most of you know more about marijuana than I
do. So just an uneducated comment, since I have never tried it or smoking or
alcohol, but I wonder if it's a wise, smart thing to always alter the brain
chemistry -especially amongst our youth? I guess the choom gang was the
way to get through high school.
The complete falsehoods written in this opinion piece are easily disproven with
just a few Google searches. The amazing thing about the internet is that you can
look up basically every scientific study ever done. The truth is out there, you
do not have to believe an opinion piece. The lies we have been told over and
over are being exposed as just that: lies. The studies out there show the truth;
cannabis prevents diabetes, kills cancer cells, stops epileptic seizures,
rebuilds brain tissue damaged by disease and injury, relieves pain, prevents
nausea in chemotherapy patients and has many other health benefits. Plenty of
"educated adults" have known this for years. "Lives could be
lost" is just over the top ridiculous. Cannabis has never directly killed
anyone in the millennia it has been used by humans. It is gratifying to see the
desperate lengths prohibitionists feel pressured to go to, because it means we
are winning. The biggest "hazard" from cannabis is incarceration, which
is far more ruinous to a person than cannabis usage could ever possibly be. The
War On Drugs is a war on Americans. Legalization cannot be stopped, because the
truth has been set free!
"If educated adults do not speak out about the real hazards, lives could be
lost."We educated adults are speaking up, and it's about
time! We've lost/ruined enough lives to your "war on drugs".
Legalize cannabis and get it out in the open.
In this region, there are literally hundreds of home/building fires a year from
'medicinal' grow businesses; that was never predicted.
Cannabis is not physically addictive. I know plenty of people who have smoked
pot for decades and decades and then stopped without any side affects. For some
it is mentally addictive, but never physically. So quit lying, Deseret News.
Papers are supposed to tell the truth based on fact. I want to concur with the
complaints about this Nanny state. As pot is far less harmful in every way than
driving, gun ownership, alcohol, cigarettes, and the worst legal addictive drug
of all, sugar, it's time to decriminalize it. Time to break way from the
racist, ignorant views of the reefer madness 1930's. In fact, Cannabis is
the perfect nightcap after a stressful day. And some stats show drivers are
actually safer on the road after smoking. Not that I'm recommending it.
I'm just sayin'. And guess what the ground breaker is now: epileptic
seizure are now confirmed to be reduced dramatically in children through
cannabis use in a particular configuration, leading lawmakers in Georgia and
Alabama to consider regulations of medical cannabis. Your writer is a caveman.
Except that cavemen smoked pot. I'd suggest your writer try some and chill
I see several strange comments posted here. Just because marijuana may not be as
bad for youth or people as alcohol in same cases or tobacco in other ways, does
not mean we should promote it. Criminal justice laws and incarceration policies
may need to be improved or revisited; however that is not best achieved by
allowing or promoting unhealthy, unwise and dangerous practices that sound laws
should discourage. As cited, very many teenagers think that weed is
just funny and harmless. In fact, strongly negative outcomes are related to it
in lots of important areas--but that scene is often not viewable for years
later. MJ has been a strong gateway drug to greater problems, and will surely
continue to be so for decades. If pot is medicinally beneficial, why
hasn't the absolutely massive and profit-hungry pharma industry--with its
hordes of hard-working PhDs--not released it as a prescriptive product? Likely
it is because there are not actual medical benefits, in reality. Its
legalization has been driven by adults who value pleasure over societal health
and development. Its benefits do not nearly approach its costs of use and
distribution in sundry critical aspects.
I agree that "educated individuals" need to speak out on this subject.
However, don't expect anyone having even a basic knowledge of this plant
and its effects to say something negative. It is becoming clearer by the day
that we have been deceived regarding the many benefits of cannabis. Our
constitutional rights have been systematically trampled upon for decades.
Unfortunately for the few remaining prohibitionists, the more one knows, the
more one becomes convinced that it must be legalized, and this without delay.
I've never had much interest in pot, but you should keep some perspective
here. Utah has the highest rate of anti-depression and anti-anxiety
prescriptions in the nation. Why? Well, people are trying to cope with an
increasingly difficult situation. Pot is an alternative. So maybe you ought to
consider why the legal drugs are so attractive. It might make you a little more
Dr. Lester Grinspoon spent decades studying the effects of marijuana. He found
the claims in this article to be nonscientific and inaccurate.In a
recent interview (google it), Dr. Grinspoon rejected the claim marijuana is
addictive, he pointed out that its effects on the ability to function are
significantly less than alcohol. In the interview, he also pointed out that the
drug itself is far less problematic than our societal, political and criminal
response to it. To the claim in this article that marijuana impairs
brain function, that's not supported by science or experience. The late
Carl Sagan use marijuana to unleash his creativity in thinking about scientific
and social problems and his insights while high led to insights he used
successfully in essays and lectures for many years. It seems to me
our current policy of criminalizing marijuana does more harm than the marijuana
The author is correct in only one assertion in this story. Marijuana use among
the young and still-being-educated is a problem. Learning IS impaired.So
it overall makes sense to regulate it much like alcohol. We can't keep it
out of youths' hands altogether, but can do so much more effectively than
allowing the current status quo to continue.The only reason it has been a
"gateway" drug is because the dealers who sell it also have other
products they'd like to market. Neutralize the dealers by legalizing it.
The federal government still has marijuana listed as a schedule 1 drug. That is
ignorant enough for me to wonder why that is.
People are not dumb and teenagers aren't naive. I know Doctors, Lawyers
and very sucessful businessmen who have smoked pot for over 40 years. The
"refer madness" approach that this article takes and that many critics
use is easily tossed aside by people with real life experiences to draw off.
I'm not advocating pots usage or legilization I'm just pointing out
that fear won't dissuade most people from trying or using. A better
approach would be an honest discussion that would respect peoples right to
choose what's best for themself.
How unfortunate that this type of chicken-little hysteria can still be offered
as a legitimate position on marijuana, despite all the facts to the contrary.
All drugs can be abused. To single out a relatively benign
intoxicant like marijuana and demonized it as if "Reefer Madness" was a
documentary, is to reveal an dishonest agenda. Today, far more harm is caused by
marijuana prohibition, than by the use of marijuana itself.The best
way to prevent drug abuse is with honest, credible and factual drug education.
Only in a climate in which marijuana is viewed from a public health perspective,
instead of a criminal justice perspective, can prevention efforts be effective.
Until you're about 25, your brain is still developing. I do not believe
that marijuana does any harm to adults over that age. I would caution those
under that age that they should avoid regular exposure.From about
the age of 16 until about 30, I smoked cannabis regularly. The material
available at the time wasn't as strong as what gets sold now, but we'd
smoke enough to get pretty high. After my wife and I married, and I
couldn't share the pleasant times with her due to her asthma, I gave it up.
It's not addictive. There was no withdrawal or difficulty of any kind.What I want to do is caution younger folk about what it does to
developing brains. For a period of a few years after I stopped smoking
cannabis, it seemed like development that should have happened when I was
younger slowly resumed, with a clear increase of intellectual and emotional
capacity, and maturity.At no time, though, did the drug
significantly impair my function. I made a wonderful and rewarding career in IT
and have built assets for an affluent retirement.
It's obvious that the author of this article is still under the thrall of
past government propaganda. The issue here is not the relative dangers of using
Cannabis, it is about the dangers of keeping current policies in place.It's a simple fact that laws against Cannabis are far, far, FAR more
harmful than the harms caused by the plant itself, This is not about "Is
Cannabis use good?", it is about "are our policies hurting people for no
good reason?". Far more people lose their lives as a result of the policies
than lose their lives as a result of the plant.We, as a country, have made
criminals out of otherwise good, law-abiding people. This insanity has to
stop.It's like most other things in society, if you don't like
it, don't use it. But lets stop demonizing those that choose to.
"In our opinion marijuana is still dangerous". In MY opinion the real
danger is the lies that you are perpetuating. I neither want nor need the
government to tell me what I can and can not ingest. I am an adult and can make
that decision for myself. I choose what I believe to be a safer alternative to
the DANGEROUS "Legal" drugs that are forced on me by big pharma who are
fighting tooth and nail to prevent me from having that choice. The danger is the
"war" on the citizens of this so called "free" country who have
been incarcerated at record numbers for making this same choice. I am hurting no
one and should not be ashamed nor arrested for making what should be my right to
choose. Stop trying to enforce the unenforcable and end this war!
"If educated adults do not speak out about the real hazards, lives could be
lost."If that was a valid argument, we'd have gun control.
even if what you are saying were true it still makes more sense to legalize,
regulate, and tax it. the penalties for weed cost society far more than any
real or perceived harms of the plant itself.
Cannabis is NOT addictive. .The article writer needs to go look up
the definition of "addictive"..This paper won't tell
the truth and won't even address those who are functioning at higher levels
than possible on "drugs" and they run the gamut from psychiatric drugs
that do massive damage to the painkillers that destroy bodies from the
inside..So many people walk and drive on dangerous drugs but this
newspaper deems it necessary to vilify a simple plant that can only give good
health and many productive products when used properly. .Cannabis
isn't the villain here - people who are prejudiced without cause are.
"It's just an herb. It's OK. In fact, it's used for medical
purposes . . ."Like digitalis.The concept that
something is natural or occurs in nature and is therefore harmless is
stunning.On that basis Uranium would be safe.Please do
not confuse natural or occurring in nature with being safe. They are not the
"It makes little sense for the nation to be systematically discouraging
cigarette smoking, regulating trans fatty acids, limiting the size of soft
drinks — all while many are turning a blind eye to the dangers of
marijuana."Which is why we shouldn't be discouraging
cigarette smoking, we should be making smoking sections, we shouldn't be
regulating fatty acids, or limiting soft drink sizes. We should let adults make
adult decisions and stop trying to be their nanny!
First off, there is not one recorded death from marijuana overdose, you may call
this hackneyed but it is true. Second off, ask yourself what you would rather
have your 12th graders use, alcohol, tobacco or marijuana. In a utopia, drug use
wouldn't exist, but this is not possible. Also, start stating the facts
about alcohol use, it's just as harmful to your brain if not more. I hate
these poorly biased articles written, by collectivists-in laymen's terms
"squares". That is all!
Marijuana is bad bad bad. Got it. So is alcohol. Got it. Now how about
addressing the disastrous policy with the tragic misnomer "war on
drugs?" It should be called "the war on the poor and minorities."
Those are the real victims that the editors choose to ignore.