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The War on Pot: Not a Safe Bet

John1418 Wrote: Jan 20, 2013 3:32 PM
Compared with tobacco marijuana is less harmful in terms of causing lung disease but MORE harmful in terms of causing lung cancer. I agree that we should not make people criminals for smoking pot, but unlike, say, red wine marijuana has no benefits in terms of prevention of disease.
nawlins72 Wrote: Jan 20, 2013 6:29 PM
The "more carcinogenic" argument is not proven, given the anti-carcinogenic compounds in cannabis, but even so this is no justification for imprisoning people for using it.
Tinsldr2 Wrote: Jan 20, 2013 4:34 PM
Actually for certain diseases that are painful and where other pain drugs do not work, many report that MJ help.

Multiple Sclerosis is one of those.

As recreational drugs go, marijuana is relatively benign. Unlike alcohol, it doesn't stimulate violence or destroy livers. Unlike tobacco, it doesn't cause lung cancer and heart disease. The worst you can say is that it produces intense, unreasoning panic. Not in users, but in critics.

Those critics have less influence all the time. Some 18 states permit medical use of marijuana, and in November, Colorado and Washington voted to allow recreational use. Nationally, support for legalization is steadily rising. A decade ago, one of every three Americans favored the idea. Today, nearly half do -- and among those under 50, a large...