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...
I was in high school during the transitional period (late 50s) from "it's cool to drink beer" to "it's cool to smoke pot." There was some overlap, but for the most part you gravitated to one camp or the other -- few of us consumed both. The beer drinkers knew what they were getting into because they had observed their parents & grandparents. The pot smokers, on the other hand, went into it not knowing the long term consequences -- they would have smoked anything handed to them as long as it was popular with their friends. It's intresting, half a century later, that most of my beer drinking classmates went on to "normal" productive lives, and a very high percentage of the pot smokers screwed up their lives with hard drugs. (cont.)
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.
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