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Old 01-02-2013, 02:21 PM   #1
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Should marijuana be legalized?

Your thoughts and opinions?

Is it a dangerous "drug"?
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Old 01-02-2013, 02:43 PM   #2
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Yes.

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But seriously, it should be. That way the government can be happy to tax shit, and the entire process can be monitored so the amount of THC won't get too high(which appears to be a problem here). And it takes it away from the black market, so you can get rid of that criminal part.

It also takes it out of the 'super cool illegal zone'. Look at drinking. As a kid it's 'cool', until you get to legal age. Then it's just one of those things.
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Yes, I think it should be legal. But I loathe the stuff. My experience has been colored by people whose lives it has hurt, so perhaps I'm biased. I've seen people become annoyingly disconnected from reality because of it. They stopped trying to craft enjoyable lives and sought happiness from pot instead. One of my best friends realized that this was happening to him and gave it up, but I was very worried about him for awhile. But like I said, these are just personal experiences. I think that it's dangerous for some people and not dangerous for others, though I recognize that it would probably do little good for me. I support legalizing it because it's de facto legal already in the developed world, it's probably not causing massive aggregated societal harm, and continuing the prohibition against it is probably fueling significant violence.
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All things good can be bad.

Alcohol, sex, medications... Can be used or enjoyed without consequences by many, and then there are some that will have issues with them(either due to a propensity or circumstance).

I've never seen a legitimate reason for its illegality.
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Marijuana being illegal is borderline insanity. There are so many things that are more dangerous and legal than marijuana.

I don't smoke it. I don't like it. But that doesn't mean it should be illegal at all.

This is a really simple argument.
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I'm sure a lot less people are killed by marihuana than guns..
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I think all narcotics should be legal. So yeah, please legalize marijuana. It's much less harmful than tobacco and alcohol.
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I'm sure a lot less people are killed by marihuana than guns..
It's not possible to overdose on marijuana, so right off the bat the numbers are pretty low.
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i think it should be legalised, purely to get rid of the dealers and the whole criminal culture that goes with them
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re. is it a dangerous drug - hasn't it been found to be risky to teenage brains undergoing developmental neurone changes? i.e. a trigger for schizophrenia in susceptible individuals?
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It's not possible to overdose on marijuana, so right off the bat the numbers are pretty low.
Yeah but there are people who killed themselves in a psychosis. Which can occur by pot use, it's highly unlikely, but can occur.

And it's indeed harmful for the teenage brain. As is alcohol and smoking. So I don't see why that would be a reason to keep pot illegal and these other two drugs legal. They're all as worse as each other.
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re. is it a dangerous drug - hasn't it been found to be risky to teenage brains undergoing developmental neurone changes? i.e. a trigger for schizophrenia in susceptible individuals?
Alcohol, cigarettes, and certain medicines are also dangerous to developing children.
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It's not possible to overdose on marijuana, so right off the bat the numbers are pretty low.
Greening out is a nightmare though.

Yes it should be legal.
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Yeah but there are people who killed themselves in a psychosis. Which can occur by pot use, it's highly unlikely, but can occur.
Which is why I didn't say no one has ever died from marijuana use, just that the numbers would be comparatively low when lined up against drugs that you can overdose on.
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re. is it a dangerous drug - hasn't it been found to be risky to teenage brains undergoing developmental neurone changes? i.e. a trigger for schizophrenia in susceptible individuals?
Not nearly as dangerous as has been reported for a long time. It was long believed that it killed brain cells, which is not true: the experiments they cited when reporting this information were fundamentally flawed and only demonstrated that a lack of oxygen kills brain cells.
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i mean the specific risk of triggering schizophrenia, associated with cannabis use in teens

yeah of course alcohol and smoking are dangerous, but cannabis also has risks too...
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Alcohol, cigarettes, and certain medicines are also dangerous to developing children.
state the bleedin obvious why don't you BVS?

yeah, like i said, i was talking about the specific risk of schizophrenia/psychosis actually...
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i think people should be free to grow their own if they want to - at least that way it would be pure...

because i would be worried if the corporations got the monopoly on production/distribution and started adding all their nasty toxic substances, like they do with cigarettes... (interesting book on the tobacco industry recently came out called Golden Holocaust: Origins of the Cigarette Catastrophe and the Case for Abolition by Robert Proctor - has anyone read it??)
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I once smoked a blunt on a beach in the Bahamas with some strange dude about 10 minutes after we first arrived and got to the hotel. Shit was strong. I was so paranoid I went STRAIGHT back to the hotel room and went to sleep. It was like 5pm...I was fucking BAKED. Ruined my first day there. It was alcohol and cocaine from there on out. I was 20 then...good times.

Never was much of a pot smoker, although I had my moments from age 18-22.
But I'd bet I haven't had a cumulative joint since then (in the last 15 years) and nothing at all in the last 6-7 years. Shit just puts me to sleep.

Treat it like alcohol.
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state the bleedin obvious why don't you BVS?

yeah, like i said, i was talking about the specific risk of schizophrenia/psychosis actually...
Ok, thanks for the clarification, but I still think that reasoning isn't exactly justifiable in calling it a "dangerous drug". It's dangerous for some, but then again so are peanuts. I hope that makes sense, I'm not trying to play semantics or be snarky.
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