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    Re: Non-smokers: Your views on marijuana

    Quote Originally Posted by jallman View Post
    I'm not a big pot-head so I don't know about people who smoke every day or even every week, but when I smoke pot, I tend to get very mobile and productive. I can definitely see what you are saying though as I have known potheads who found it difficult to reach across the couch for their bag of funyuns.
    Me too, when we smoked it was before going out to clubs, or before doing something extreme like downhill mountain biking, snowboarding or self thrashing which is hiking a huge hill or small moutnain and then just charging down with no path to see who gets to the bottom first. Trust me, there is a lot of thrashing...
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    Re: A question for people who don't smoke

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    Re: A question for people who don't smoke

    I smoke cigarettes(and nobody is going to nag me to stop, it's my last remaining vice along with caffeine), and used to get high alot. I am really of two minds on the subject. I think people are much more self-destructive on weed than alcohol(people don't drink much at work, but getting high on breaks does happen), but it's not going to be stopped and prohibition is expensive. I don't think I would really advocate for or against it's legalization, though I would lean towards being against it.

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    Re: A question for people who don't smoke

    Of course it should be legalized.

    No reason not to.

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    Re: A question for people who don't smoke

    Quote Originally Posted by mrbassline View Post
    Should marijuana be legalized? Why or why not?
    I think it should be legalized because we all need to come together. One love people. light up and be happy...

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    Re: A question for people who don't smoke

    I used to smoke pot a lot and now I rarely do... maybe once or twice a year, if that. I even grew it once for personal use.

    Few people are aware that there are different kinds of cannabis sub-species which determine what kind of high you have. Most people just think pot is pot, especially in North America where there is little differentiation between varieties, fewer connoisseurs, and an undeveloped sub-culture surrounding this widely misunderstood plant.

    Cannabis indica produces a drunken sort of intoxication where you are slow, stupified, and you just sort of sit there and stare at a wall. Conversation is difficult and so is creative thinking. This is what I call being "stoned".

    Cannabis sativa is what I grew and smoked exclusively. It is the variety used by spiritual sects in India, and is the pre-cursor to all Afghani hash. It produces a heady high that gives you energy, enhances creative thinking and has use for meditation. It's great for socializing and is a very get up and go kind of pot. This is what I call being "high".

    All pot that is grown, with a few exceptions, comes in ratios of the above two. So for example, one strain may be 50% Indica and 50% Sativa... when you first smoke it, you will feel the heady, creative high, but as the effects wear off, it will fade into a dull, stoner high. The strains I grew and preferred were at least 80% sativa.

    The vast, vast majority of pot that is distributed on the streets and through private dealers is predominantly indica. This is because the indica sub-species is smaller in size (for hiding), grows from seed to harvest in a shorter period of time, and the yield is usually higher. Sativas grow taller so they are harder to conceal in larger scale grow-ops, and they take longer to grow to maturity. Also, the best sativa varieties are outdoor ones which grow significantly larger, and anywhere that pot has illegal status makes it difficult to do this way.

    So, as a result, most private growers who do grow sativas keep the harvest for themselves, as it is a far superior variety. They save the indica stuff for the streets because it is more suitable for mass production. Unfortunately, this also cheapens the effects for many, many people.

    If people had the freedom to grow pot without fear of being caught, my belief is that more people would grow sativa strains and fewer people would be subject to being "stoned" and more would experience what a real "high" feels like. Because sativas naturally increase the speed and level of your thoughtfulness, I think it would actually be a benefit to society. Ancient cultures who use it for meditation chose it for this very reason.

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    Re: A question for people who don't smoke

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I smoke cigarettes(and nobody is going to nag me to stop, it's my last remaining vice along with caffeine), and used to get high alot. I am really of two minds on the subject. I think people are much more self-destructive on weed than alcohol(people don't drink much at work, but getting high on breaks does happen), but it's not going to be stopped and prohibition is expensive. I don't think I would really advocate for or against it's legalization, though I would lean towards being against it.
    I have to ask you... what have you experienced that makes you think cannabis is more destructive than alcohol?

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    Re: A question for people who don't smoke

    Quote Originally Posted by Orius View Post
    I have to ask you... what have you experienced that makes you think cannabis is more destructive than alcohol?
    As I said, one example is the greater prevalence of people getting high at work compared to drinking. It's not directly destructive, but getting caught is pretty destructive. I find that people who would not dream of drinking in certain situations(ie when you first get up, or at or before work, and so on) will get high in those situations.

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    Re: A question for people who don't smoke

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    As I said, one example is the greater prevalence of people getting high at work compared to drinking. It's not directly destructive, but getting caught is pretty destructive. I find that people who would not dream of drinking in certain situations(ie when you first get up, or at or before work, and so on) will get high in those situations.
    Sorry, but I guess our definitions of destructive are different. In my mind, it needs to cause severe dysfunction to your life for it to be called destructive. I've never known a pot head who wanted to start fights or got aggressive when he was high, or get into car accidents. Alcohol can cause all those things.

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    Re: A question for people who don't smoke

    Quote Originally Posted by Orius View Post
    Sorry, but I guess our definitions of destructive are different. In my mind, it needs to cause severe dysfunction to your life for it to be called destructive. I've never known a pot head who wanted to start fights or got aggressive when he was high, or get into car accidents. Alcohol can cause all those things.
    Being high will definitely impair your ability to drive. Losing your job is much worse for you than getting into a bar fight.

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