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What do you think about cannabis?
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If someone thinks they need drugs or alcoholism in their life, then they're not living it right. If they try to justify their addiction (or starting one) by pointing out someone else's, then that's just plain nonsense.
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Some people do need "drugs" (i.e. medication) in their lives to ease the burden of their illnesses like cancer, immune disorders, chronic pain, anxiety, and depression. Some people don't need drugs and they should consider themselves lucky. Of course some people have addictive personalities and take these things too far. Some people just use "drugs" to improve their everyday lives, like people who use caffeine to help them get started in the morning. One of the most common illnesses that affects modern society is stress (we all know how bad stress can be) and there are many different ways people find to relieve their stress. Some use drugs like alcohol, prescription drugs, cigarettes, chew, or cannabis. Caffeine is also a drug, and nearly everyone "uses" that, it's in tea, coffee, soft drinks, and in large quantities in energy drinks. Don't forget about aspirin and ibuprofen, those are also "drugs".

Some people's "drugs" or "addictions" can be more than those things like art, music, reading, dancing, tv, the internet, sex (that's a big one!), weight-lifting, running, tanning, or watching anime even (many of these you can actually be physically addicted to). But peoples "addictions" often do not hinder their lives, and sometimes they do but marginally so where the benefits outweigh the negatives. If someone told you that you don't need anime in your life to be happy, how would you feel? Do you think you could give up anime if it were widely considered a bad addiction even though you know its completely harmless? Or if your "addiction" was merely reasonably harmless like caffeine?

I just think that people who wish to use cannabis should be judged the same as those who partake in many other drugs that are socially acceptable, like nicotine, and not judged as a horrible addiction. Also, while you can get addicted to cannabis, it is identical to caffeine addiction (irritable, difficulty sleeping, and these usually very mild symptoms only last 7-14 days).
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I think Cannabis is a plant.
I don't smoke anything, and I wouldn't recommend it.
As for edibles and vaporizers...I know that they exist and such.
I do not think that Cannabis should be legalized for personal reasons.
Furthermore...I do however, believe that it should be decriminalized.
If possession is enough to get someone locked up, that's more people for minor offenses being imprisoned.

Decriminalizing it will rationalize the possession and use of cannabis as illicit, yet a minor offense.
Distribution will obviously be seen in the same light as other illicit substances, of course...not permitted.

If full legalization occurred, however, it would have unseen consequences...which is why I don't support that move.
And besides, with legalization, the overall "quality" of the product would decrease as it floats on the market.
The government could then impose steep taxes on the sale, trade and production of crops...there's more at work.
Decriminalizing all drugs would not be wise, but seeing how it works with Cannabis would be a good place to start.

As for your statements about driving...I don't think that would be the case. Impairment is impairment.
Operation of a vehicle while impaired in any manner is tantamount to reckless endangerment of oneself and others.
If you were to replace "all" the drunk drivers with those impaired by other substances (like Cannabis),
I'll bet the deaths/accident would be close to the same.
Reaction speed is something which is very much required in the safe and effective operation of a vehicle.
Substances negate this. If someone impaired cannot react in a timely manner or with enough urgency,
accidents are bound to, and will happen. That's my take on this, at least.
Everyone raised good points on each end of things.

While it is true that Cannabis is being used everywhere, I would say there are two classes of user. Functional and non.
I do not malign those who are functional drug users because they have health conditions alleviated by Cannabinols.
I do not really malign those who are functional Cannabis users and don't constantly go on about such use as well.
I don't generally judge those who use Cannabis in a wise manner (moderately), they know what they're doing.
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I was really hoping for a post like yours DeleriumOxide. You disagree, but raise some damn good points. You definitely have enlightened me and changed my perspective on the subject for the better.

Also, what you said about driving is all exactly the truth, though I do think that the impairment of alcohol is much more severe especially in a culture that encourages drinking past your limits. Another point is that often cannabis makes someone sleepy especially if you are already tired, and driving sleepy or tired is just as dangerous as drunken driving.
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I still say, California.
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I think it is amazing how much of a double standard the American culture has. Every day, millions of people swallow millions of pills made by pharmaceutical companies that have a list of side effects and warnings that take up over 80% of their commercials, but smoking pot is not acceptable in today's society.

Weed should be regulated and taxed and everyone in jail for possession of marijuana should be released from jail. That would go a long way to helping with our deficit. Colorado actually has full legalization of marijuana on the ballot for november's election, but if they actually pass it, I bet the federal government will start cracking down.

Considering the way liberals are starting to take away personal freedoms in order to promote the general welfare and health of society (like telling people in new york what size soda they can buy), I think they we are about to see more government regulation in just about every aspect of society.
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bmac6817 wrote:
Considering the way liberals are starting to take away personal freedoms in order to promote the general welfare and health of society (like telling people in new york what size soda they can buy), I think they we are about to see more government regulation in just about every aspect of society.


Uh... Liberals are the people that want more freedoms. It was Mayor Bloomberg who passed the soda size law and he is a republican.
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Legalize it.
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I smoke pot regularly. I enjoy it with my friends. It's better and "healthier" than the poison that is alcohol, granted I'd still have a mai tai or a beer over dinner. I will admit that pot is dangerous in a different way. Yes, any smoke is bad for your lungs, but the real danger of pot is the psychological effect it can have on you. It can be very relaxing on your mind, but it can also overwhelm you if you let it. I've seen it happen to people and experienced it myself. You need to be able to control it.

People that act like "burn dat green erryday bitch 420 420 fagit" are stupid assholes though.
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I think cannabis has a place in society and should be made legal though I am not a proponent of smoking it (I prefer a vaporizer). Cannabis is a plant, and is kept that way from the growers to the consumers. For those that believe cannabis is a "gateway" drug I beg to differ. I believe prescription medications are far more dangerous, especially anti-depressants and that doctors write prescriptions like a pez dispenser gives candy to a five year old.
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justinitsu wrote:
It's better and "healthier" than the poison that is alcohol, granted I'd still have a mai tai or a beer over dinner.

People that act like "burn dat green erryday bitch 420 420 fagit" are stupid assholes though.


Definitely better than alcohol. Alcohol has impacted my life deeply, and other peoples have too... even ruined because of it. I drink extremely rarely and very little if I do, I am uncomfortable around people who are drinking and especially so if drinking excessively. I used to offer people who were drunk rides, but after an extremely close call, I realized that driving with someone who is smashed drunk (especially if they're in a bad mood) is also dangerous.

Usually people who act like "420 smoke weed errday" and vandalize shit with cannabis leaves are just immature kids trying to impress the wrong crowd. This sort of thing, I think, could be greatly reduced if the general public knew more about the true facts about cannabis and legalized and regulated to reduce the sale to minors. Though the exact affects of legalizing is still a mystery, we will never know until we do. Decriminalizing though, it would probably just reduce the amount of money spent putting people behind bars and ruining their lives... and hopefully allow for more studies and public knowledge too.


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For those that believe cannabis is a "gateway" drug I beg to differ..


How many people still believe that? I usually hear people talking about wanting to try different drugs when drunk lol. Maybe its easier to convince people to believe the "gateway drug" lie because the people who are willing to try cannabis when its illegal, are already willing to defy law and look beyond what is socially acceptable to seek their own happiness.


On a side note, I just started watching Gosick which turned out to be pretty awesome so far.
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cannabis helps with pain stress eating helps treat cancer and many other things but what i want to say is plants that grow in the ground should be ether super cheap or free and should never be regulated taxed and sold in stores its ridiculous
besides thers worse drugs out there that are way easier to get such as pills bath salts ect. now these drugs are what should be way harder to get
but its not ts very easy for any kid to get there hands on these and over dose and kill them self's now on the other had you can smoke as much cannabis as you want and all you will do is get super hungry laugh alot and fall asleep then wake up a few hours later ive never once herd of a person over dosing on cannabis
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I'm a big believer in moderation in regards to all things. Habitual use of weed can be problematic, but as long as it isn't getting in the way of living your life, than it's fine. I myself have smoked weed before, and I rather enjoy it, even if it is still illegal in my state. That being said, I do think that they should just make it legal and call it a day. It isn't as bad as some legal things so yeah.... Also I doubt we would even be having this conversation if it was legal, because I don't see any alcohol threads.

As for the whole gate way thing, that is some big BS that people with any sort of pattern recognition should figure out quick. After all, you don't see people drinking beer and then vodka and then rubbing alcohol. It doesn't work that way.
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Don't smoke it and never will, but i'm all for legalizing and taxing it.
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bmac6817 wrote:
Considering the way liberals are starting to take away personal freedoms in order to promote the general welfare and health of society (like telling people in new york what size soda they can buy), I think they we are about to see more government regulation in just about every aspect of society.


Uh... Liberals are the people that want more freedoms. It was Mayor Bloomberg who passed the soda size law and he is a republican.


Liberals are the people who promote more control over people because they know best and Bloomberg is not a republican, he is a political whore.

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