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The War on Pot: Not a Safe Bet

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...