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The War on Pot: Not a Safe Bet

michigander4 Wrote: Jan 20, 2013 9:23 AM
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.)
rk58 Wrote: Jan 20, 2013 10:07 PM
That might be the case.. but consider.. is it because one leads to the other, or because the same folks sell both items? We are talking about folks here that have already decided to not obey the law..

So is it behavioral? Or chemical? Many things in the world are the same way.. its easy to draw a conclusion that suits your argument, but there are other ways of looking at the same data.

I *can* tell you that what you are saying isn't entirely true. I know folks that used marijuana during the 70s that never went on to other drugs, and went on the lead very productive lives in very successful careers. Its not black and white like you are making it out to be.
michigander4 Wrote: Jan 20, 2013 9:24 AM
cont..... I know this is very unscientific, but is nevertheless my actual observation.
jwilliams Wrote: Jan 20, 2013 7:46 PM
Honestly, I'm sure you'd find the same story repeated all over the place. I'm not sure that that actually has to do with the pot itself, though. It could just as easily be an issue with the mindset - that is, pot's considered more druggy and criminal, so maybe it shouldn't be a surprising that the kids who gravitate toward it went on to do other druggy or criminal stuff.
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...