Jay Evensen: Marijuana gradually gains foothold in U.S.

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  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    Nov. 15, 2012 8:12 p.m.

    Medical mariijuana is a farce. It is used for treatment of pain which is subjective because it is hard to measure and define. It is the sufferer's judgment that they are in pain. About 75% of chronic pain sufferers are women while about 60-70& of medical marijuana users who use marijuana for chronic pain are men. Basically, addicts go to a doctor and complan of pain here and pain there and they get a medical marijuana card.

    The above fact came from an editorial in the New York Times.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Nov. 14, 2012 11:02 a.m.

    FYI - In addition to cotton, Brigham Young instructed the early Saints to aso grow hemp in Utah's Dixie.

    gradually - ha.

  • Dektol Powell, OH
    Nov. 13, 2012 1:36 p.m.

    Legalize, inspect for quality, and TAX the stuff. Have it without a prescription? Mandatory penalties! The stuff is here, even in church meetings in Utah. Make it safer, control it and tax it.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Nov. 13, 2012 9:46 a.m.

    ‘Jay Evensen: Marijuana gradually gains foothold in U.S.’



    The very 1st marijuana law passed in America was in Jamestown, Virginia ~ 1619

    ALL persons were REQUIRED to grow hemp.

    George Washington grew it.
    Thomas Jefferson grew it.

    Saying it is "gradually" gaining a foothold in America lacking or ignoring the facts.

    Me thinks it is nothing more than a biased opinion, coupled with an agenda.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Nov. 13, 2012 7:55 a.m.

    John C. C. said: "I find it ironic that those who object to laws restricting these substances claim that the laws unfairly restrict their freedom."

    Funny I was thinking the same about religion, and the birth control issue.
    Those who would do away with free agency are not promoters of freedom JC, what was it Jesus did when they ran out of wine at the wedding party, was it lecture the guest on the evils of alcohol?

  • John C. C. Payson, UT
    Nov. 12, 2012 9:01 p.m.

    I don't see much profit in comparing the relative risks among marijuana, alcohol, and tobacco. They all degrade human health and behavior. Liberalizing our laws concerning them is not progress.

    I find it ironic that those who object to laws restricting these substances claim that the laws unfairly restrict their freedom. It is the use of those substances that they more effectively restrict their own freedom. What's more unfortunate is that it also hurts the children and anyone else depending on their adult behavior.

  • Joggle Big Island, HI
    Nov. 12, 2012 9:00 p.m.


    Studies do not support your assertions! Provide sources. I can provide many reliable sources to the contrary just as you can....maybe provide....a couple! You have no clue since you sit outside the knowledge of the sybject in a cavern of ignorance. Not all things lead to doom.....and marijuana is one of them!

    Kent has the right picture!

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 12, 2012 8:54 p.m.

    Alcohol is far worse and it remains legal.
    Even in Utah. Sort of.

  • Midvaliean MIDVALE, UT
    Nov. 12, 2012 5:24 p.m.

    Kent R. Treehorn pretty much summed it up.
    I'll add this: Many of the health risks that are measurable are due to smoking the plant. When eaten those are no longer risks.
    And ignorant statements such as "frightful monster" sum up what we really disliked about the war on drugs. As it turns out it was a war on truth, since most everything said was a lie.

  • Kent R. Treehorn WEST JORDAN, UT
    Nov. 12, 2012 4:47 p.m.

    "Although regulated, alcohol has gotten a pass because of its historical acceptance in society and because it can be consumed in responsible ways."

    Prior to a depression-era smear campaign by paper interests, everyone understood this fact about cannabis too. This is a typical out of touch editorial by an old, cantankerous man who sees as his business what people do for fun in the privacy and security of their own homes. Hey Jay, how about reading some facts about a subject before writing about it next time?

    For instance, read this from the american cancer society (source www.cancer.org):

    THC and marijuana are promoted to relieve pain, control nausea and vomiting, and stimulate appetite in people with cancer and AIDS. Researchers also report that THC decreases pressure within the eyes, therefore reducing the severity of glaucoma.


    More recently, scientists reported that THC and other cannabinoids such as CBD (cannabidiol) slow growth and/or cause death in certain types of cancer cells growing in laboratory dishes.

    The point is that the era of dismissal of this "frightful monster" is rapidly ending. Stop clinging to ignorant fears.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Nov. 12, 2012 4:43 p.m.

    It's been gaining a foothold because ignorance no longer rules.