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Marijuana Legalize it.
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http://enewspf.com/latest-news/health-and-fitness/60159-the-federal-government-admits-that-marijuana-can-kill-cancer-cells.html

First off there's plenty of skeptics out there, many of whom have never even seen or used marijuana. A lot of them read an article online and automatically assume it is true. Or they see someone who is a all around lazy person and assume that the marijuana is the reason behind it.

I used to smoke marijuana before I won't lie, but I stopped that awhile ago. Mainly due to employment reasons, this might make me a little biased.

Marijuana has been used in treatment with cancer for awhile now, it also has been used to treat depression and PTSD, it is also a natural inflammatory. There are plenty of other benefits to it like speeding up your metabolism, this making you burn calories, but I don't know what else to list, as I am not an expert.

I'll give you a few reasons it was made illegal, bare with me some of them make no sense.

During the Great Depression, massive unemployment increased public resentment and fear of Mexican immigrants, escalating public and governmental concern about the problem of marijuana. This instigated a flurry of research which linked the use of marijuana with violence, crime and other socially deviant behaviors, primarily committed by "racially inferior" or underclass communities. By 1931, 29 states had outlawed marijuana.

Concern about the rising use of marijuana and research linking its use with crime and other social problems created pressure on the federal government to take action. Rather than promoting federal legislation, the Federal Bureau of Narcotics strongly encouraged state governments to accept responsibility for control of the problem by adopting the Uniform State Narcotic Act.

Here's a few reasons it stayed illegal.

The bipartisan Shafer Commission, appointed by President Nixon at the direction of Congress, considered laws regarding marijuana and determined that personal use of marijuana should be decriminalized. Nixon rejected the recommendation, but over the course of the 1970s, eleven states decriminalized marijuana and most others reduced their penalties.

President Reagan signed the Anti-Drug Abuse Act, instituting mandatory sentences for drug-related crimes. In conjunction with the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984, the new law raised federal penalties for marijuana possession and dealing, basing the penalties on the amount of the drug involved. Possession of 100 marijuana plants received the same penalty as possession of 100 grams of heroin. A later amendment to the Anti-Drug Abuse Act established a "three strikes and you're out" policy, requiring life sentences for repeat drug offenders, and providing for the death penalty for "drug kingpins."

Much research since it was made illegal has been done, proving that it had no link to crime, violence or any sexual behavior.


What are you opinions on Marijuana, do you think it should be made legal, and why?

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Posted 5/12/15
If it's going to be used for medical reasons I think the more efficient way of using it would be to use the non psychoactive cbd portion of the plant which is already legal for use in america, however marijuana isn't a panacea like everyone like to make it out to be nothing is. I pretty sure that alot of people just want to get high so they use the health benefits argument to try and get it legalized, not saying that's bad in any way shape or form. While there are a lot of benefits to legalizing it there are some cons, honestly I could care less if it is or isn't legalized on a federal level.
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potentsativa wrote:

If it's going to be used for medical reasons I think the more efficient way of using it would be to use the non psychoactive cbd portion of the plant which is already legal for use in america, however marijuana isn't a panacea like everyone like to make it out to be nothing is. I pretty sure that alot of people just want to get high so they use the health benefits argument to try and get it legalized, not saying that's bad in any way shape or form. While there are a lot of benefits to legalizing it there are some cons, honestly I could care less if it is or isn't legalized on a federal level.


This ^. I wouldn't care if it is legalized or not. Makes no difference to me, because I would never try it. Drugs overall are just bad for you! And it's true a lot of people who do smoke it always use the "health benefit argument" for it! Yea sure, maybe it does help cancer, but like any other drug out there, it still is bad for you body.
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potentsativa wrote:

If it's going to be used for medical reasons I think the more efficient way of using it would be to use the non psychoactive cbd portion of the plant which is already legal for use in america, however marijuana isn't a panacea like everyone like to make it out to be nothing is. I pretty sure that alot of people just want to get high so they use the health benefits argument to try and get it legalized, not saying that's bad in any way shape or form. While there are a lot of benefits to legalizing it there are some cons, honestly I could care less if it is or isn't legalized on a federal level.


This ^. I wouldn't care if it is legalized or not. Makes no difference to me, because I would never try it. Drugs overall are just bad for you! And it's true a lot of people who do smoke it always use the "health benefit argument" for it! Yea sure, maybe it does help cancer, but like any other drug out there, it still is bad for you body.


Marijuana is not bad for your body, it has benefits, and it is classified as a herb. Drugs are manufactured from ingredients. There is no proven way marijuana hurts your body, the only way I can think of is addiction, and there is nothing on earth that can't be addictive.

Even if people want it legalized just to smoke it, why not? It's 10000x better for you than cigarettes and those kill you. People can smoke as many cigarettes as they want and drink as much alcohol as they wan't, why segregate marijuana?

I see your point though.
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For me, it's sort of like alcohol and tobacco. Or lots of other drugs. Nothing is innately wrong with getting a buzz for fun if it's done appropriately and at the right time and you don't allow it to become a bad habit. The marijuana plant itself may not be too harmful for the body and some compounds in it can be medically useful, but smoking is smoking. Inhaling smoke generated through combustion will probably always be bad for you no matter pretty much what you decide to light up. People should be aware of that before smoking frequently.

That's why I don't smoke very much anymore, whether I decide to use dry tobacco in cigs, shisha in hookah, or pot in a joint or bong. Vaping is probably the way to go so you can get the benefits of a high without unnecessarily harming yourself as much. Some of my friends have these large volcano-shaped vaporizers that they fill with herb before attaching a large bag. The vapors that fill the bag are very easy to inhale and are way less smelly than pot smoke. The high is quick and clean, too, so I prefer this method if I want THC. It wears off faster than the one you get if you take one too many bong rips and also uses less weed. Wax in a vaporizer isn't too bad, either.

"Drugs are bad" is an overly broad statement. Which substance? Bad in what way in what doses? What else does it do? As with everything, it bugs me when people blacklist and demonize without really experiencing or bothering to understand. To me, the psychologically pleasing effects can be worth the slight hit to health, sort of like splurging once in a while and eating 4000 calories. I don't see the point in having perfect physical health if I am bored and sad all the time. Conversely, there's not much benefit to being extremely happy and high all the time while your bodily health deteriorates dangerously. Don't do it all the time but there's nothing wrong with it once in a while as long as you do it wisely. As with everything, there should be a balance.
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I couldn't care less. I don't smoke Marijuana. I don't have a problem with it or anything or with people that do smoke. It's just I really don't care if it was legalized.
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We were going to decriminalize it about ten years ago but the Americans got all huffy and hinted there would be consequences along our shared border if we became a 'security risk'

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To be honest, I don't care if it becomes legalized or not. I don't smoke it (although I have). There was a huge protest about legalizing marijuana going on in my town, though.

If it becomes legalized where I live, I wouldn't be upset or happy. It doesn't really make a huge difference. People are going to smoke it regardless.
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The reason why marijuana has such a bad connotation is because the majority of those who steal, do nothing or commit other crimes are weed smokers.

I really have no saying in this matter because I don't smoke. I do eat the Hemp seed which is healthy though.
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Actually, a "drug" is defined as "any substance which has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body", so marijuana is a drug. Also, "herb" is a classification of plant, not chemical.

Besides that, there are actually a pretty wide range of ways that marijuana is harmful; depending on the way its taken it can be just as carcinogenic as tobacco, as the damage in that case if due to the act of smoking, not the drug itself. Even taken in a way that avoids this risk, there are a number of potential side effects.

Multiple studies have shown that whilst THC does have mild antidepressant properties, it can also be linked to increased incidence of depression and severe anxiety in later life, as well as significant memory damage. In some rare cases, it can even be linked to psychosis, as a reaction with other drugs.

Admittedly, its far and away the least harmful drug discussed, and its medical potential is promising, but i'd argue legalisation should only go as far as the medical system, since recreational use is still dangerous
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Personally I'm not going to risk anything that affects my mind too much unless I feel like I need it and a good doctor says that I need it.

I don't have much of an opinion on the effects of marijuana but if they can't control it anyway then legalizing it is just better.
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Too much of anything can usually end up bad for you.

Alcohol is extremely beneficial for individuals; alcohol is a great preventative against heart attacks and strokes. However, if you drink well beyond the recommended moderation, you'll accumulate a ton of health risks. Marijuana is certainly no exception.

In a medical environment, marijuana is controlled. Selling marijuana to the public, however, takes away that control.

There's a ton of research you can look up about the health risks and side effects of marijuana; namely, its effects on the lung and brains. Could one say it is more healthier than, say, smoking a cigarette or excessive drinking of alcohol? Of course, but to say that marijuana carries absolutely no health risk within its own merit is false. I recommend anyone thinking of taking up the recreational activity of smoking marijuana to research marijuana, and also to look up countless amounts of research being done that emphasizes its health risks. Do not go by word-of-mouth over anyone who speaks for or against it, be more proactive and research marijuana, yourself, to make an informed decision. Then again, the same goes for anything that you ever want to do in life.

Now, I do not mind if it was legalized. If I were given the option to vote for my state, I would still reject legalizing marijuana; however, if the majority votes to legalize it, then that's fine with me. The users who excessively smoke the sticky-icky will be an added bonus onto my paycheck, so I wouldn't complain. Nurses gotta make money, too!
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