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A Thoughtful Look at the Marijuana Legalization Trend

michigander4 Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 9:41 AM
Comparing legal booze to legal marijuana is a red herring. Societies have been dealing with alcohol use and abuse since the dawn of time.... and the downside to its use is well understood. As Rachel points out, it contains only one ingredient -- ethanol -- whereas marijuana contains a witch's brew of hundreds of known & unknown substances. If you choose to drink alcohol, you at least know its potency (alcohol content) and the short-term & long-term risks. With marijuana you don't know what you're sucking into your lungs. Reading the previous posts, I don't expect much agreement with my views. So, save yourself the time of rebuttal. Cheers!
rivenburg Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 4:09 PM
In National geographic from the late 1970s, came an article on an archaological dig in Wales, England. A "tell" (man made hill) was dug into only to discover it was 50,000 years old, dated by dendro-cronology, a bullet proof method. What they found was a spa, a sweat, from 50,000 years ago, in it were three plants, oak in the fire (and used for the dendro-cronology) MJ and hops, in the beer. In otherwords, white English humans have been sitting around in the spa smoking pot and drinking beer for aprox 10 times longer then recorded history. Consider yourself rebutted, for free.
rivenburg Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 4:16 PM
Lets take this one step farther, WHAT DID OTZI THE ICE MAN HAVE A KILO OF IN HIS PACK?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%96tzi
in approx 3300 BC OTZI was shot in the back with an arrow and he climbed up into the glaciers in the mountains and died, preserving him better then anyone ever before. His clothes, weapons and other goods were BETTER than LL BEAN apparel, SUPER high quality craftsmanship. He carried almost a kilo of pot on him, obviously for trade. So lets blow out the strawman "alcohol is old and pot is new" charade OK?
exterminate Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 2:49 PM
Alcohol is a neurotoxin, that damages every organ in the human body, is physically addictive, and has a low LD50. As DEA Administrative Judge Francis Young determined, marijuana is the least toxic substance know. Less so than potato skins and alcohol, according to a DEA judge. The AMA just released a 20 year long term study of over 5,000 marijuana smokers, the largest and best study ever done. They found NO damage to lung function. At all. 125 million marijuana smokers in the US, do you know ONE that has been found ill as a result? You could at least try reading the research before spreading discredited "facts".
HeraldOfGalactus Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 11:56 AM
Tobacco contains far more chemicals than marijuana, yet it is still legal. Tobacco also has been conclusively linked to thousands of deaths from its effects. Yet it is still legal. Why by this logic is marijuana illegal?
michigander4 Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 6:40 AM
RE: "Tobacco contains far more chemicals than marijuana, yet it is still legal."

I wondered when one of you potheads would use the "two-wrongs-make-a-right" defense for marijuana. LOL.... Lame.... LOL.
Dyoung Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 11:06 AM
People have been dealing with marijuana use for almost as long as alcohol. Marijuana grows in the ground. All of those chemicals are natural.

Society is gradually becoming more liberal – or libertine – in many ways, and one of the latest trends is the gradual legalization of marijuana in one state after another. This past election, voters approved marijuana for legal (recreational) use in Colorado and Washington. Marijuana has been legalized for recreational or medicinal use in 13 states, with more states to consider it soon. 15 million Americans are regular users of marijuana, a little over 5% of of the population. It seems problematic to criticize its legalization from a logical perspective considering alcohol, another psychoactive substance, is legal. If it is acceptable...