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Old 01-29-2014, 11:26 AM   #1001
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Originally Posted by DarkSentinel View Post
summerteeth, cannabis is not addictive. I would like to direct you to this archived New York Times article from 1994:
1994? Really? Think there may have been some developments since then? Including in the DSM which changed its definition of addiction.

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Old 01-29-2014, 12:13 PM   #1002
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1. Oversimplification. Different drugs, different risks. Not drinking alcohol responsibly can lead to greater risks, you can dies of alcohol poisoning or if you get behind a wheel you endanger yourself and others. That being said, drinking a glass of wine a night poses no risk and actually leads to health benefits, while smoking every night leads to the risks I already talked about. Using alcohol a certain way is extremely dangerous, but using it in moderation is not harmful to you at all, while smoking marijuana regularly is. Without this sort of clarification the President did the country a disservice.

2. Still has the same effects and can lower your IQ if you smoke it before the age of 25, while the brain is still developing.

3. That's just depressing.
1) Different drugs have different levels of risk.

For example, alcohol kills enough people to considered an high risk substance.

Cannabis doesn't kill anyone so it should be considered a low risk substance.

Keeping the high risk substance legal while keeping the low risk substance illegal makes absolutely no sense. Especially when the low risk substances has dozens of medicinal uses (treats PTSD, nueropathic pain, cancer, AIDS, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, etc) and the high risk substance barely has one. And how many industrial uses does alcohol have? Hemp has over a thousand.

You don't want alcohol and cannabis set against the same standards for legalization because cannabis blows alcohol out of the water when it comes to safety and usefulness. Keeping alcohol legal while banning cannabis is such foolish hypocrisy it shoots China sized holes in any prohibitionist's argument, including yours.

2. Source please.

3. What's depressing is that despite being the richest countries on the planet, Americans rank's 17th when it comes to happiness. Maybe more American's should burn one and slowly realize how good food really taste, how impressive music really sounds, how amazing nature really looks, how layered entertainment can be, how pleasurable sex really is, etc.

Most drugs help you escape reality. Cannabis helps you appreciate reality.

Sometimes appreciating what you have drives ambition away but that better than drudging through your entire life for a distant tomorrow while popping prescription pills because the whole process is so uncomfortable and unnatural.

I'm not saying everyone should smoke weed all day. Moderation is key. But there's nothing wrong with using something that reminds you to smell the roses every now and then.

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