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I Am Not Stoned: Sobering Realities For Taxpayers On The Road To Legalizing Marijuana

nimh2 Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 6:28 AM
Alcoholism is a much greater problem than cannabis. Let's face it--people drink to get "high", no matter what the purveyors and users of alcohol say. Of course, the proponents of alcohol say otherwise, but facts are even one drink puts a person in a partial mind-altered state. Alcohol tends to bring out aggressive tendencies in users. Cannabis users generally "mellow out". Alcohol users subject themselves to possible overdose and even death. Yes, being drunk is overdosing on alcohol. As to cannabis, there is not one documented death due to ingestion of cannabis. . .ingest too much and one simply "nods out" (falls asleep). Which is worse?
ReddestNeck Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 7:37 AM
I would not be so glib about saying misuse of cannabis cannot kill: driving stoned can (you, your passengers, and others), and also it is unwise to use by persons with cardiac disease because it greatly boosts the heart rate. I do not believe in legislating America into a rubber room, but if marijuana is to no longer be banned, it does not help to promote Pollyanna illusions about its risks.
Docnick Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 7:57 AM
Driving at all might kill you. Love you argument.
IMCN-Red Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 8:36 AM
No one is advocating driving stoned.

Pot fans got what they wanted in Colorado: they finally convinced voters there to support the legalization of “recreational marijuana.” It’s seen as a huge victory for those who support the powers of the individual states, and a great example of “federalism” in action. But who is considering the burden of all of this on the American taxpayer?

Before I go further, let me be clear: I have never in my entire life consumed marijuana. When I was a kid I was out of step with my peers on this, but I’ve just never been interested in “trying it,” and that’s...