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Weaver95: I wonder if the rise of social media and/or free and open access to information via the 'net helped changed people's views on cannabis?
ZAZ: Before you get too hopeful, consider how long the national speed limit lasted and how long low state-set speed limits have continued despite overwhelming public opposition. People seem happy with a system where they risk jail every day but don't actually go to jail.
Millennium: Because enslaving yourself to a chemical for a few minutes of fake happiness a pop is exactly the sort of thing we as a society should endorse. Grammes, damns, and all that.
Rik01: I prefer a bunch of stoners next door having a party to a bunch of drunks. The stoners tend to be a whole lot less violent and usually quieter. The drunks inevitably start some shiat.Both booze and pot have medicinal qualities, though pot doesn't leave the user wrecked with a hangover if he consumes too much. Pot has been proven to work wonders for the miseries experienced by cancer victims while booze hasn't.I don't know if pot will interact poorly with assorted prescription medications but I know booze will.The majority of the population seem ignorant that making pot illegal was a political decision, pushed by a highly paid lobbyist to protect the interests of mainly one rich guy. He didn't want the many uses of non-narcotic pot (hemp) cutting into his considerable profits.Booze was made illegal through a misguided movement, based on one woman, who had faced abuse from an alcoholic father or husband and knew other women who shared her fate. This was also during a time before there were laws protecting wives and children. However, prohibition ended and booze became legal again. Along with it came a mess that required the formation of M.A.D.D., the drunk driving laws and blood alcohol tests. Prior to that, AA formed and spread through all of the 50 states to give drunks a way to try and sober up.Booze remains legal for several reasons, foremost is the chemical reaction in the brain, where it gives the drinker, initially, a very pleasant 'high', a feeling of relaxation and suppresses inhibitions. Essentially, it makes you feel darn good in a way no other drug can.However, go past a certain level and the stuff gets nasty. It's caused more deaths and injuries than tobacco has. Tobacco has secondary smoke, booze has innocent victims. (Plow into a car while drunk and cripple the occupants for life. Throw the car up on a sidewalk and wipe out pedestrians minding their own, sober business.)However, booze is legal. People go insane promoting it. Laws are forev ...
JPSimonetti: Weaver95: I wonder if the rise of social media and/or free and open access to information via the 'net helped changed people's views on cannabis?More like a flood of misinformation. Everyone thinks it's a harmless drug with no side effects, when that is faaaaar from the case. But no one wants to read up on the actual side effects, particularly to people under 21 or so where it will cause permanent, irreversible damage to multiple aspects of their brain and body. Everyone is ignoring the medical facts and preaching these "b-b-b-but the cancer victims!" mantra when they don't even know that it's used to treat the side effects of cancer TREATMENTS and not cancer itself. I had 3 of these graphs with that misinformation float across my facebook this week. People are dreadfully misinformed. But, as you say, they're misinformed with more saturation because of the avenues of communication available.
Fett56: sounds a bunch of those 65 and older need to get busy dying so the rest of us can smoke in peace
lewismarktwo: Millennium: Because enslaving yourself to a chemical for a few minutes of fake happiness a pop is exactly the sort of thing we as a society should endorse. Grammes, damns, and all that.Lol, fake happiness. It's all fake, Bucko.