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    Re: Should marijuana be legalized?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chuz Life View Post
    When I was in school,.. stoners used to gather and invite me along with invites like,.. "hey man,.. you want to to get stupid with us?"

    Seeing what their grades and learning habits were at the time,... I decided early on that it wasn't the right path for me.

    The results of this poll tells me that there are still a lot of people "getting stupid" these days.

    Oh well,... it is what it is.
    People that disagree with your positon aren't neccessarily stupid......

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    Re: Should marijuana be legalized?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chuz Life View Post
    When I was in school,.. stoners used to gather and invite me along with comments like,.. "hey man,.. you want to to get stupid with us?"

    Seeing what their grades and learning habits were at the time,... I decided early on that it wasn't the right path for me.

    The results of this poll tells me that there are still a lot of people "getting stupid" these days.

    Oh well,... it is what it is.
    It's not good for everyone but I think it is good for about 95% of the people.

    Different smokes for different folks.

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    Re: Should marijuana be legalized?

    Quote Originally Posted by Partisan View Post
    Do you have anything to back that up?......
    I've never seen anyone go into a pot induced rage......
    Booze, coke & meth, I've seen people get out of control on them lots of times.....
    EDIT: Thanks for the link.......
    I'm talking about exacerbating existing mental illness. I used to work for a program that served mentally ill offenders with substance abuse problems.

    It's not a gateway drug, in that smoking marijuana doesn't lead to abuse of other drugs, however for meth addicts, relapse often begins with marijuana use, which alters judgment and makes returning to the drug of choice more likely.

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    Cool Re: Should marijuana be legalized?

    Quote Originally Posted by Partisan View Post
    People that disagree with your positon aren't neccessarily stupid......
    That's a debate for another time.


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    Re: Should marijuana be legalized?

    Quote Originally Posted by LiberalAvenger View Post
    I disagree. I think it could be used in mental illnesses especially for people who have lost their appetites.

    Pot gives you the munchies.
    I've seen people try and self-medicate severe psychiatric conditions with pot. It doesn't work well.

    Someone who is psychotic needs anti-psychotics--not marijuana.
    Last edited by windovervocalcords; 01-09-10 at 11:55 AM.

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    Re: Should marijuana be legalized?

    Quote Originally Posted by windovervocalcords View Post
    The pot that is being consumed today is very strong. It has a negative impact on mental illness. Here is an article by the National Institute of Drug Abuse

    "THC acts upon specific sites in the brain, called cannabinoid receptors, kicking off a series of cellular reactions that ultimately lead to the “high” that users experience when they smoke marijuana. Some brain areas have many cannabinoid receptors; others have few or none. The highest density of cannabinoid receptors are found in parts of the brain that influence pleasure, memory, thoughts, concentration, sensory and time perception, and coordinated movement.1

    Not surprisingly, marijuana intoxication can cause distorted perceptions, impaired coordination, difficulty in thinking and problem solving, and problems with learning and memory. Research has shown that marijuana’s adverse impact on learning and memory can last for days or weeks after the acute effects of the drug wear off.2 As a result, someone who smokes marijuana every day may be functioning at a suboptimal intellectual level all of the time.

    Research on the long-term effects of marijuana abuse indicates some changes in the brain similar to those seen after long-term abuse of other major drugs. For example, cannabinoid withdrawal in chronically exposed animals leads to an increase in the activation of the stress-response system3 and changes in the activity of nerve cells containing dopamine.4 Dopamine neurons are involved in the regulation of motivation and reward, and are directly or indirectly affected by all drugs of abuse

    Marijuana - InfoFacts - NIDA
    I know from personal experience that marijuana is not addictive as the article in the link asserts. It's a complete fabrication, a total lie.

    In my fifty years of smoking pot there were many marijuana droughts. Sometimes I would go a month without pot. I never had any withdrawal symptoms whatsoever except for maybe eating less.

    If organizations like the dea claim it is addictive they lose all creditability with me.

    I took morphine (prescription) for a few years for back pain. When I quit it I went through about a month of hell on earth. Now, that's addiction.

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    Re: Should marijuana be legalized?

    Quote Originally Posted by LiberalAvenger View Post
    I know from personal experience that marijuana is not addictive as the article in the link asserts. It's a complete fabrication, a total lie.

    In my fifty years of smoking pot there were many marijuana droughts. Sometimes I would go a month without pot. I never had any withdrawal symptoms whatsoever except for maybe eating less.

    If organizations like the dea claim it is addictive they lose all creditability with me.

    I took morphine (prescription) for a few years for back pain. When I quit it I went through about a month of hell on earth. Now, that's addiction.
    I'm more concerned with people who have severe mental illness attempting to self-medicate their psychosis with marijuana.
    Last edited by windovervocalcords; 01-09-10 at 11:55 AM.

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    Exclamation Re: Should marijuana be legalized?

    Quote Originally Posted by windovervocalcords View Post
    It's not a gateway drug, in that smoking marijuana doesn't lead to abuse of other drugs,...
    I have been to parties which started out 'innocently' enough with just a little booze and a little weed,... then (peer pressure being what it is) someone always wanted to see how everyone else would act on a (showing my age) lude,... some try it some don't... Then another breaks out with a lttle dust,... and again the exposure to other drugs increases again.

    The gates were wide open.

    I have also seen (1st hand) the 'gateway' aspect in dealing situations,.. were dealers will try to sell (push) other drugs on someone who was there there just to buy pot.

    Why do you think they are called "drug pushers" people?

    Anyway,.. my lifetime experiences also tell me that anyone who intentionally (expletive omitted) with their brain for recreational purposes,.. can not be reasoned with.
    Last edited by Chuz Life; 01-09-10 at 12:10 PM.

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    Re: Should marijuana be legalized?

    Yes. The effects are no worse (physically or socially) than alcohol. Regulate it in as far as 'driving under the influence' is concerned and clear out room in our prisons for truly deserving criminals.
    Fool me once, shame on you.
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    Re: Should marijuana be legalized?

    Quote Originally Posted by windovervocalcords View Post
    I'm more concerned with people who have severe mental illness attempting to self-medicate their psychosis with marijuana.
    Keeping it illegal so that mental patients can't self medicate is not a valid reason, IMO......
    Psychotics need anti psychotic prescriptions & they need to be monitored closely.......
    I have plenty of experience with someone, 'going off their meds'.......
    Many times that problem comes from choosing what meds they need & their drug of choice.....
    I knew someone that if forced to choose between meds or cigarettes, it was cigarettes, which always ended in a stay in the psych ward......
    Most times it was for a criminal act.....
    With psych patients it is often, "If it ain't one thing, it's something else".....
    As much as you want to help them the only way you will keep someone like that from self medicating is through incarceration......

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