Stricter federal laws must be made, and more money put to enforcing them
Give individual states the right to decide how to go about it
Legalize it through a federal law
Give states the right to decide about it as long as they abide by certain Federal guidelines
Last edited by marduc; 01-11-12 at 02:29 PM.
I'd like to talk about why people think they personally want to see marijuana legal or illegal.....
I have flip-flopped on this issue several times... when I was younger I was against it, when I got a little older, I was for it, then after that I was against it and now for it again - every time things changed it was for different reasons
First there was family values involved
Then there was teenage rebellion involved
Then, after some insight into the "drug" world, I was against it again
Now, I am for legalization, i.e. end the prohibition. But now I feel this way because I feel like I have accurately viewed all the pros and cons. Also, I tend to support freedom for the individual so long as no one else is being hurt and any damage done to self is minimal. I believe people should have the right to live their lives and experience their lives the way that they want to. I am against these kinds of government as baby-sitter situations. Adults should be able to make up their own minds and be responsible. There are many reasons people would want to use marijuana, e.g. pain relief (many have chronic pain and the medicines that are out there become ineffective quickly), psychiatric uses for mental health disorders, recreation and social use etc. The great thing about this natural plant is that people cannot overdose on it, its not very addictive, sources have said at most it may be as addictive as caffeine (actually most sources say less than that). Also, the way/reason that marijuana was prohibited just doesn't sit well with me. We have far more damaging substances, such as fast food restaurants, over the counter medications, alcohol, tobacco etc. that are allowed. Additionally, there is a strong monetary reason for legalizing marijuana. It would significantly boost our economy - new businesses, new tax revenue, less crime, fewer inmates etc. well, everyone's probably heard all this before, so I'll just stop there
..... well I will say one more thing ... I believe propoganda and fear is what is keeping marijuana illegal, that mixed with a severely puritanical population ... anywho
Last edited by MusicAdventurer; 01-11-12 at 02:30 PM.
It seems there would be less carcinogens if any at all via that route.
Also, THC can be extracted, marijuana can be eaten, etc.
It seems there are definitely some safe ways to use the plant.
But that is a little besides the point - i.e. what is more important... living one's life the way one wants to, or having a parental government that disallows anything that could be potentially harmful.
If you go with one or the other, its kind of an all or nothing thing. if you're against unhealthy things and believe we should police them, then we'd better start having the police make sure we are eating proper meals that won't cause heart problems, obesity, diabetes, etc.
On the other hand - we could put high tax rates on different products correlating with their potential health risks, thereby requiring consumers to pay for their possible health problems ahead of time, thus costing the tax payers no undue burden
Oh and one last thing - generally, it is believed by the psychological community that our brain does not fully develop until around the age of 25 - so, with certain products, I believe some restrictions around that age should be applied
sweet, slight improvement? I've been thinking of restarting my 1 mile run routine...Periodically smoking marijuana doesn't appear to hurt lung capacity, the largest study ever conducted on pot smokers has found.
Even though most marijuana smokers tend to inhale deeply and hold the smoke in for as long as they can before exhaling, the lung capacity didn't deteriorate even among those who smoked a joint a day for seven years or once a week for 20 years, according to the study published Tuesday in JAMA, the journal of the American Medical Association.
In recent years, studies on marijuana smoking and its effects on lung function have been contradictory. While most studies have shown no effects on the lungs from smoking cannabis, others have shown adverse effects, and still others have shown improvement in lung function. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, and University of Alabama at Birmingham knew tobacco smoking causes lung damage and leads to respiratory issues such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), but they wanted to be clear whether smoking marijuana, had similar effects.
They measured lung function multiple times in more than 5,100 men and women during a 20-year period. In fact, the research shows, some people who regularly smoke marijuana can have a slight improvement in lung function.
Vitals - Smoking pot doesn't hurt lung capacity, study shows
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