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Published: Monday, June 9 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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george of the jungle
goshen, UT

Alcohol is a million times worse than pot, If she had nicotine she would of been sicker than a dog or in the hospital. Prescription drugs is the cause of death more than car accidents. She should of done her research before she wrote or did her experience.

Everett, 00

A. the story is hilarious. Thanks for sharing it.
B. Marijuana is 10,000 times safer than alcohol.
Even having a bad "trip",

All she wanted to do was feel the courdorouy of her jeans,
and she couldn't even get up to get a drink of water,

let alone drive a car, full of kids, 90 mph, down the wrong side of the freeway.

Fix the labeling,
Legalize it,
regulate it,
and tax it.

Springville, UT

Hasn't it already been unleashed? What about the "War of Drugs" that is killing thousands each year? There are costs to continue prohibition, too. Are the relative costs being weighed, or are we only getting one side of the equation?

Louisville, KY

I recall well when Cocaine was the drug that was harmless.

Everett, 00

I can't help but think what a lop-side, agenda ridden article this is.

Let's do a one-for-one, side-by-side, apples-to-apples comparison.

If she bought a bottle of tequilla,
and drank the enitre bottle,
and had a "bad" experience,
would it even make the news?

liberal larry
salt lake City, utah

This raises the real concern with edible cannabis, and its not with adult journalists, but with the danger that a child will see a "candy bar" and wolf it down with disastrous results!

The dangers of alcohol are much less, since no 6 year old in his right mind would voluntarily down an unlocked liter of gin.

Its almost the exact same situation we have with guns, they are fine with responsible adults, but should be kept out of the reach of children.

Virginia Beach, VA

airnaut -

Fix the labeling,
Legalize it,
regulate it,
and tax it."

Right on man.

And if you're ever in a social situation where people are passing around a candy bar, just take a tiny bite.

Peace out.

American Fork, UT

"Dowd’s experience shows that, in the hands of an unsuspecting person who looks on it as candy bar with a little bit of a kick in it, it can recreate your personality in a deadly way." i think thats a bit of a stretch and relies on fear and shame rather than real data. this would never pass as scientific evidence of these effects. one person, self report. and "deadly"? did someone die?

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

I love how the pro-legalization crowd always goes back to the straw man arguments of "well it's better for you than alcohol", as if the laws of the universe require that we must have one or the other. Guess what? They're both bad for you, and neither one has any upside. They should both be illegal. And don't give me the next straw man argument that lots of people will smoke it/drink it anyway so therefore both should be legal. Lots of people commit tax fraud as well but I don't see a big push to make tax fraud legal.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

Semi-Strong said: "I recall well when Cocaine was the drug that was harmless."

Uhhh what? Not since coco cola sold it as brain tonic?

1.2 grams of pure cocaine will kill an adult vs 5lbs of marijuana smoked in under 5 minutes, good luck.

5000 years of recored history with this plant, I think the testing phase should be complete.
Not toxic.
Doesn't kill brain cells.
Isn't a gateway.

Lets evolve already, not every one wants to destroy their body with pharmaceuticals that have more warnings than advantages.

Everett, 00

@Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

Guess what? They should both be illegal.

10:11 a.m. June 9, 2014


Guess what?
You tried that with the 18th Amendment,
and it was repealed by the 21st Amendment.

Thanks for trampling the United States Constitution.

BTW -- I don't drink alcohol, tea, or use tobacco or pot.
I'm merely defending the Constitution of the United States.

Conservatives should try that some time.

newhall, CA

The pot of the 60's is not the same as the pot today. My son was smoking it at least 3 times a day (unbeknownst to us) and he became psychotic and manic. His body cannot handle pot. In his state, he did some really stupid things that almost cost him his freedom, his education, and not one of his so-called friends stayed around. Legalizing pot is the stupidest possible solution. Our lawmakers want to simply for the money. I propose we make every single lawmaker smoke pot 3 times a day for a month and then ask them how they feel.

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

Seriously --
This is 2014,
I felt like I'm reading a review of the 1936 movie "Reefer Madness".

The only thing missing was the guy playing the piano...

Murray, UT

Bennett's been smoking pot apparently. Ms. Dowd misused marijuana and felt the consequences, yet was still able to dictate her op-ed the following day. In the same week, a young Utah man misused another product for which Mr. Bennett has never advocated restrictive sales and died. He will never see adulthood. Mr. Bennett remained silent on that event, but compelled to echo Ms. Dowd's experience. If one advocates eliminating pot because ignorant consumers overdose and experience discomfort, then please remain consistent and likewise weigh the consequences of unrconstrained gun ownership. To do otherwise is inconsistent and dishonest.

Deep Space 9, Ut

The liberals are funny. They tell us how safe Marijuana is at the same time that we see more stories about people that are high killing other people. It is called "splash damage". Yes it doesn't kill the user, but the users sure seem to be killing the people around them.

These are the same liberals who cry for gun control whenever somebody is killed with a gun. Why is it that we should control guns, yet loosen controls on Marijuana? Don't liberals think that murder is bad? Or, do liberals only think murder is bad if it is a gun that was the weapon, and not due to somebody that is high?

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA


As your post proves, constitutional amendments can be repealed. The 21st amendment needs to be repealed and prohibition returned. That is, unless you can show me what the benefit of alcohol is (i.e. how it makes people smarter, healthier, kinder, or benefits society or the environment in some way).

san antonio, TX

"The dangers of alcohol are much less, since no 6 year old in his right mind would voluntarily down an unlocked liter of gin." --Liberal Larry.

Suggest further research on this issue. Documented cases have occurred whereby a child has consumed a large quantity of alcohol usually with added sweeteners and colouring.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

I am disappointed in Mr. Bennett and the DesNews for such a sensationalized and misleading article.

YES, fix the labeling. I can wholeheartedly support that. But to claim that we should by saying things like "That’s how we currently deal with an even LESS DANGEROUS DRUG, TOBACCO" (caps added for emphasis) is just misleading. Mr. Bennett, where is your research or citation pointing to studies that confirm your wildly inaccurate claim.

Frankly, this article sounds much more like hyperbolized scare tactics than trying to inform the public.

Louisville, KY

Happy Valley Heretic,

Not true (and I am not quite that old anyway). In the late 70s or early 80s I read several articles purporting that cocaine was not addictive. That it was just something to get you high with few side effects.

Every so many decades an old drug cycles back into vogue. The dangers of yesteryear have been forgotten and the drug now seems redeemed.

As to history with the plant. At the plant's current strength? And, at what kind of exposure?

Agreed reference pharmaceuticals. This is just one that comes in plant form. Natural does not equal safe.


If you as a consumer ate something that made you sick, it is really your fault. I have no sympathy for this columnist. Pot already exists so the fact that she got some in Colorado is irrelevant, she could have just as easily got it in her home state, which is why the "legalization" question in this op-ed is irrelevant. People can eat too much marijuana legal or illegal.

Fact is people stuff their faces all day with Fast Food and die from heart related issues. Know what? You have the right to do that. I dont' care about comparisons with alcohol or cigarettes. The merits of Marijuana stand on their own, it should be legal because the war on drugs is immoral. The war on drugs is government overreach.

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