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    Re: Would you go, or take family, to a doctor that you knew regularly smoked marijuan

    Quote Originally Posted by sbrettt View Post
    You don't actually believe that, do you?Many people die from alcohol use. Nobody dies from marijuana use. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 37,000 annual U.S. deaths, including more than 1,400 in Colorado, are attributed to alcohol use alone (i.e. this figure does not include accidental deaths). On the other hand, the CDC does not even have a category for deaths caused by the use of marijuana.
    People die from alcohol overdoses. There has never been a fatal marijuana overdose. The official publication of the Scientific Research Society, American Scientist, reported that alcohol is one of the most toxic drugs and using just 10 times what one would use to get the desired effect could lead to death. Marijuana is one of – if not the – least toxic drugs, requiring thousands of times the dose one would use to get the desired effect to lead to death. This “thousands of times” is actually theoretical, since there has never been a case of an individual dying from a marijuana overdose. Meanwhile, according to the CDC, hundreds of alcohol overdose deaths occur the United States each year.
    The health-related costs associated with alcohol use far exceed those for marijuana use. Health-related costs for alcohol consumers are eight times greater than those for marijuana consumers, according to an assessment recently published in the British Columbia Mental Health and Addictions Journal. More specifically, the annual cost of alcohol consumption is $165 per user, compared to just $20 per user for marijuana. This should not come as a surprise given the vast amount of research that shows alcohol poses far more – and more significant – health problems than marijuana.
    Alcohol use damages the brain. Marijuana use does not. Despite the myths we've heard throughout our lives about marijuana killing brain cells, it turns out that a growing number of studies seem to indicate that marijuana actually has neuroprotective properties. This means that it works to protect brain cells from harm. For example, one recent study found that teens who used marijuana as well as alcohol suffered significantly less damage to the white matter in their brains. Of course, what is beyond question is that alcohol damages brain cells.
    Alcohol use is linked to cancer. Marijuana use is not. Alcohol use is associated with a wide variety of cancers, including cancers of the esophagus, stomach, colon, lungs, pancreas, liver and prostate. Marijuana use has not been conclusively associated with any form of cancer. In fact, one study recently contradicted the long-time government claim that marijuana use is associated with head and neck cancers. It found that marijuana use actually reduced the likelihood of head and neck cancers. If you are concerned about marijuana being associated with lung cancer, you may be interested in the results of the largest case-controlled study ever conducted to investigate the respiratory effects of marijuana smoking and cigarette smoking. Released in 2006, the study, conducted by Dr. Donald Tashkin at the University of California at Los Angeles, found that marijuana smoking was not associated with an increased risk of developing lung cancer. Surprisingly, the researchers found that people who smoked marijuana actually had lower incidences of cancer compared to non-users of the drug.
    Alcohol is more addictive than marijuana. Addiction researchers have consistently reported that marijuana is far less addictive than alcohol based on a number of factors. In particular, alcohol use can result in significant and potentially fatal physical withdrawal, whereas marijuana has not been found to produce any symptoms of physical withdrawal. Those who use alcohol are also much more likely to develop dependence and build tolerance.
    Alcohol use increases the risk of injury to the consumer. Marijuana use does not. Many people who have consumed alcohol or know others who have consumed alcohol would not be surprised to hear that it greatly increases the risk of serious injury. Research published this year in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, found that 36 percent of hospitalized assaults and 21 percent of all injuries are attributable to alcohol use by the injured person. Meanwhile, the American Journal of Emergency Medicine reported that lifetime use of marijuana is rarely associated with emergency room visits. According to the British Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, this is because: "Cannabis differs from alcohol … in one major respect. It does not seem to increase risk-taking behavior. This means that cannabis rarely contributes to violence either to others or to oneself, whereas alcohol use is a major factor in deliberate self-harm, domestic accidents and violence." Interestingly enough, some research has even shown that marijuana use has been associated with a decreased risk of injury.
    I know of 9 people that are no longer with us due to someone's pot habit. It is not easy to spot or track. Anyone that thinks pot is non harmful is just an addict wanting to get high at the cost of others.

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    Re: Would you go, or take family, to a doctor that you knew regularly smoked marijuan

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketman View Post
    I know of 9 people that are no longer with us due to someone's pot habit. It is not easy to spot or track. Anyone that thinks pot is non harmful is just an addict wanting to get high at the cost of others.
    Sorry, you are incorrect. I gave up smoking a long time ago so I'm not waiting to get high.
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    Re: Would you go, or take family, to a doctor that you knew regularly smoked marijuan

    Quote Originally Posted by MoSurveyor View Post
    Sorry, you are incorrect. I gave up smoking a long time ago so I'm not waiting to get high.
    Why did you give it up if it was not harmful?

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    Re: Would you go, or take family, to a doctor that you knew regularly smoked marijuan

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketman View Post
    Why did you give it up if it was not harmful?
    I found another form of entertainment - children and, later, grandchildren. They're much more fun than hanging out even though they cost a lot more.

    I've given up a lot of things over my 50+ years. We mature, we get bored and find new things, we change. I'd hate to think I'm the same person with the same needs, now, as I was 30 years ago. What a boring existence that would be. I've had 7-8 hobbies since HS and two basic lifestyle changes, going on a third with semi-retirement. I can't imagine being the same basic person, with the same basic job, doing the same things with the same group of friends for 30+ years.
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    Re: Would you go, or take family, to a doctor that you knew regularly smoked marijuan

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    Simple question. I ask because I'm curious just how confident y'all would be in a Doc who you knew was a regular pot-smoker.
    If he was a good doctor, sure. Of course, I would also take them to a doctor if I knew he regularly smoked cigarettes and drank. But would I take them to a doctor who was high or drunk? No.
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    Re: Would you go, or take family, to a doctor that you knew regularly smoked marijuan

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketman View Post
    I know of 9 people that are no longer with us due to someone's pot habit. It is not easy to spot or track. Anyone that thinks pot is non harmful is just an addict wanting to get high at the cost of others.
    I don't support legalizing or decriminalizing pot but I do understand the arguments in favor of it. While I'm sure there are those who want it legal so they can smoke it without fear of legal ramifications, you can't fairly assume that's true of everyone who supports legalizing pot.

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    Would you go, or take family, to a doctor that you knew regularly smoked marijuana?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketman View Post
    I know of 9 people that are no longer with us due to someone's pot habit. It is not easy to spot or track. Anyone that thinks pot is non harmful is just an addict wanting to get high at the cost of others.
    How exactly did that happen?

    Please note: if it has something to do with dealers or evasion or tainted product, then that right there is the best reason to legalize. The only serious harms I've heard of from marijuana are not because of marijuana. They're because of the black market.

    Do you really believe half the US are violent drug addicts? Because that's about how many support legalization. I am one of millions of nonsmokers who does myself. Most of the people I know who do smoke weed use it the same way I get a Friday night drink. They're hardly what I call threatening.

    Have you ever seen someone high on marijuana? Not exactly a very dangerous looking person.

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    Re: Would you go, or take family, to a doctor that you knew regularly smoked marijuan

    Quote Originally Posted by SmokeAndMirrors View Post

    Have you ever seen someone high on marijuana? Not exactly a very dangerous looking person.
    Unless they're driving a school bus.

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    Re: Would you go, or take family, to a doctor that you knew regularly smoked marijuan

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    Unless they're driving a school bus.
    People who are mentally and reflexively altered by *anything* shouldn't drive, whether that's booze, weed, or Percocet.

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    Re: Would you go, or take family, to a doctor that you knew regularly smoked marijuan

    Quote Originally Posted by SmokeAndMirrors View Post
    People who are mentally and reflexively altered by *anything* shouldn't drive, whether that's booze, weed, or Percocet.
    So someone under the influence of marijuana could pose a danger given the right circumstances?

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