Randy Dodd: Marijuana no danger


Regarding Amendment 44, I decided to do a little research of my own on the dangers of marijuana use. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency Web site, marijuana is dangerous because they say so. They quote other government agencies to back them up without any proof of anything they say. Again, it's the government mentality of selling fear to Americans. We are supposed to buy into this viewpoint without question - just like buying into the Vietnam War, or the high price of gas, or weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Well, I just don't believe everything the DEA tells me anymore. I'm getting tired of being constantly lied to by federal agencies. The DEA and GRAMNET would like us to believe that they are protecting us and our children from the evil weed, marijuana. I just can't buy this point of view.

Only God has the power of creation. If you truly believe in God, you understand that God and his creations are not evil. If the DEA and GRAMNET really wanted to protect us from evil drugs, then look no further than the Food and Drug Administration. I was actually shocked to find out in my research that Americans have died from using legal pharmaceutical drugs in the past 10 years. Class action lawsuits against Viagra, Vioxx, Ritilin, Lithium, Compazine, Haldol - and the list goes on and on.

Jocelyn Elders, former surgeon general of the United States, wrote in an editorial in the Rhode Island Providence Journal that, "Unlike many of the drugs we prescribe every day, marijuana has never been proven to cause a fatal overdose." I wasn't able to find a single case in which marijuana by itself has killed anybody by a lethal overdose. I find the DEA position on marijuana and drugs in general to be medieval and barbaric. My research into the 1937 marijuana tax act was rather enlightening. Anybody can read up on this subject. The real reasons behind the current marijuana laws are based on corporate profit and greed. It's time we stand up to the government dictators who are taking away our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Once upon a time, our government forced farmers to grow hemp. But because of corporate greed and corrupt politicians who protected profits for the oil companies, textile mills, pharmaceutical companies, paper mills, nylon manufacturers and any other corporation that would lose money to hemp farmers, marijuana was made illegal. Yep, that's right, marijuana can be used for clothing, medical conditions, fiber and oil for lamps. That same oil can be used for powering our automobiles and for heating fuel.

Isn't it ironic and pathetic that marijuana can heat homes, power automobiles, make clothing and get us away from foreign oil dependency, yet our government insists on sending marijuana users to jail and making drug dealers filthy rich.

Take the money and power away from these idiots and support Amendment 44. It's time we stopped living in the dark ages and face the truth about marijuana. Not only should marijuana be legalized, it should be legal to grow. This takes the money and power away from drug dealers. When used responsibly, marijuana is not dangerous or addicting.

Randy Dodd

Steamboat Springs


dogd 10 years, 7 months ago


The part of the story which you leave out is that pot IS fatal to the vitality and ingenuity of a young mind, and I've seen dozens of examples. I've not seen ANYBODY advocate general legalization of pot who is not a very self-centered and/or marginally productive individual. Losers bracket. The main thing which presently causes "reasonable use" of pot by some users is the fear of getting caught, and now you want to take even that away.


HolySmoke 10 years, 7 months ago

Not only can you power an automobile with Cannabis biomass but you can build an automobile out if it too. Henry Ford built cars out of hemp, wheat straw and sisal in the early 1900's "to build an automobile that was grown from the ground." (Popular Mechanics Dec. 1941). As for the fuel, 1 acre of Cannibis yields 50 to 100 times the biomass found in corn, kenaf or sugar cane. This biomass can be converted into methane, methanol or gasoline. Methanol is used today in most race cars and was used by American farmers and auto drivers routinely during the 1920's-1940's to run thousands of auto, farm and military vechicles until the end of WWII. Many doctors agree that the active ingredients in Cannabis are used up during the first or second pass through the liver. The leftover THC metabolites then attach themselves to fatty deposits, for the body to dispose of later, which is a safe and natural process. Many chemicals from foods, herbs and medicines do the same thing all the time in your body. Most are not dangerous and THC metabolites show less toxic potential than virtually any known metabolic leftovers in your body. Hence, if you are going to deny driver's licenses to Cannabis users then deny licenses to all perscription drug users as well but wait what would all the phamaceutical companies have to say about that? As for not being able to find someone who is not in the "loser bracket" who advocates the legalization of Cannabis I would have to say your world is very small. Let's take a look at the county of Holland but maybe we shouldn't because they are all unproductive losers right? Why we need to bring religion into everything I don't know. I do know that I went to Catholic school for most of my life and I have no idea what the religious comments made by 379664 have to do with anything. Your comment is true that using Cannabis causes delayed reaction times but it also causes a heightened state of awareness. What I want to know is not how many stoned drivers got into accidents in "our little enclave of Steamboat" but how many stone sober drivers have not been able to make a clear and concise decision to avoid collision with a freight train in clear blue daylight with whistle's blaring and RR lights flashing. (See Dr. Bob Pensack vs. Freight train). In summary seek the truth and educate yourself. Remember alcohol was once illegal. Many people were put in prision during the prohibition until it was repealed. It is the right of every adult to make their own decisions about their own body and health and I do not want the gov't. making those decisions for me. LEGALIZE IT!


HolySmoke 10 years, 6 months ago

I've done a little research on the similarity to God and the creation of goodness... "And the Earth brought forth grass and herb-yielding seed after its kind and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself after its kind: and God saw that it was good." (Genesis: Chapt. 1: Verse 12. King James Bible.) "God makes the Earth yield healing herbs, which the prudent man should not neglect." (Sirach: 38:4. Catholic Bible.) "In later times, some shall...speak lies in hypocrisy...commanding to abstain from that which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth." (Paul: 1 Tim. 4:1. King James Bible.)


mydnytmover 10 years, 6 months ago

Marijuana May Stave Off Alzheimer's: Study Washington, DC -- Good news for aging hippies: smoking pot may stave off Alzheimer's disease. New research shows that the active ingredient in marijuana may prevent the progression of the disease by preserving levels of an important neurotransmitter that allows the brain to function.

Researchers at the Scripps Research Institute in California found that marijuana's active ingredient, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, can prevent the neurotransmitter acetylcholine from breaking down more effectively than commercially marketed drugs



freerider 10 years, 6 months ago

thanks for your blog on my story...I'm responding to the person above that talks about lucifer and soddom and gomorrah...hmm well spritual and human beings that are easily corrupted by greed temptation and sin..I speak of God's divine creations..heaven and earth..the sky..the ocean's ..tree's....plants..these things are not evil period...soddom and gomorrah fueled by alcohol..need I say more..you also mention charlie manson etc. etc. It's easy to try to stack the deck in your favor...well what about people like Paul McCartney...John Lennon..Willie Nelson..Jimi Hendrix...modern day Icons ...and pot heads..you mention alot of things but say nothing of the 1937 marijuana tax act...driven by greed..fear..corruption and corporate profits...I've read the bible cover to cover and nowhere does it say anything about smoking pot is evil...read the above scripture by holysmoke...I've also read the the 1937 tax act..I suggest you do the same..If we continue to live in a world of ignorance and lies we can never be free as a nation...the only thing the DEA is protecting is billions of dollars in profits for the mob..and the only thing our children are going to learn from all of this is that our country is being run by a bunch of ignorant corrupt liars....Randy Dodd


techdubb12 10 years, 6 months ago

Scientists have also proven what the detriments of continued alcohol and nicotine use does to the human brain and body. Are you siding with them too? Or are you choosing which scientific research to base our laws off of?

Where is my choice "not to live in a world of clouded" nicotine "smoking ignorance"? Until that choice is offered, why should your choice be recognized?


Matthew Stoddard 10 years, 6 months ago

Numbers- I don't think it's fair to say, "As of right now, you don't have to live in a cloud of nicotine since the whiners of the world passed the no-smoking ban in eateries, bars and within some absurd yardage of buildings." This insinuates being against that while comdemning those trying to do the opposite with pot. Both are equally bad for you. I do agree with the statement as a stand alone statement, though!

I also don't think using Lennon being murdered, McCartney's marriage woes, or Willie Nelson not paying taxes as reasons against pot, if that's what you meant. In Lennon's case, Mark David Chapman was not his smoking partner, let alone even an acquaintence. McCartney was married to Linda for what, 3 decades? (No matter what most of us thought of her as a "back-up singer" for him in Wings) Willie Nelson...well, I can think of plenty of people who probably don't smoke pot as tax evaders. I don't think the pot was a factor there.


Matthew Stoddard 10 years, 6 months ago

Numbers- On Gary Wall, all I could think of was "A Christmas Story," with the BB gun bit. Laughed as soon as I saw that picture!

Health problems will definitely occur when taking any drug. Look at all the ads on TV for legal, prescription drugs: each one seems to have a list of possible side effects that tend to be worse than the original disease. Still, I'd put pot lower on the rung than alcohol any day. Pot doesn't make you black out, get the DT's, or wake up with a hang-over.

And no matter what SBVor (Pilot Joe, obviously) states, there is no conclusive evidence that marijuana is addictive in any way shape or form. The definitions I learned from Dr Traynor himself in the Lvl 2 Alcohol class I had to go to after my DUI in 1991 says that for a drug to be considered addictive, it must promote tolerance to it and withdrawal symptoms. Marijuana provides neither of those. Alcohol does.

Now, this has nothing to do with how bad both are for a person; it just means that one is addictive and the other is not.


freerider 10 years, 6 months ago

hmmm well I see that everybody here is completely ignorning the 1937 marijuana tax act....let's get down to it...it's a piece of corrupt legislation written by corrupt politician's....marijuana has been around since the dawn of time...only made illegal in 1937...why...?? money...money...money...has nothing to do with it being dangerous..I'll challenge anyone anytime to a drug contest...pot vs. alcohol one hit....one shot...we'll see who the last man standing is...any takers..??? I'm guessing some of the posters here are gramnet employees that don't have the balls to stand up....the only thing our children are going to learn from you is that this country is being run by a bunch of ignorant, corrupt,liars....you will never convince me that pot is dangerous...I'm not some teenager that can be bullied or intimidated by your lies...the only thing that the DEA is protecting is huge profits for drug cartels...way to go boys..waste of good tax payer money...go get a real job...the govenment has no right what-so-ever to tell me how to live my life...if you think pot is bad then don't smoke it...but with alcohol and tobacco legal .....sometimes you just gotta stand up and yell BUllSH!T


freerider 10 years, 6 months ago

I almost forgot...Jimi Hendrix died of a pharmaceutical drug overdose not marijuana...if Jimi had stuck to smoking pot he would still be alive today....and if any of you DEA & GRAMNET lovers out there think there doing us a service...then maybe you should move to NORTH KOREA or CHINA ....The government there just loves to tell it's people how to think...how to dress...and how to live...that's sorta the point isn't it...America land of the free....oh yeah George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both grew Marijuana


cforevereyez 10 years, 6 months ago

Amen freerider.

's For the record, Mama Cass died of a heart attack. She did not choke on anything, and she wasn't smoking anything. "I don't really care if Momma Cass smoked pot til she choked on her tuna sandwich."

If you're going to entertain us with your expertise, try to make it legit.

For the record, Willie Nelson has explained many times how smoking pot was a life saver for him. He was on the road to becoming an alcoholic, and smoking pot turned his life around.

Paul McCartney GAVE UP smoking pot when he married that "whore", as #'s so lovingly described her. She insisted on it. Notice all the good tunes he's written lately? Neither have I. I hope he gets his act together and starts smoking again. McCartney/Lennon wrote some of their best stuff when they were using drugs, as did Hendrix.


techdubb12 10 years, 6 months ago


Physical addiction and psychological dependency are simply not the same. Not at all. I know plenty of marijuana users who stop smoking cold turkey, however, I don't recall any of them shaking uncontrollably or dying.

I'm glad you've joined us in factual debate. It's much more productive and less invasive on those with differing opinions. Like so:

"Alcohol withdrawal is significantly different from withdrawal from other drugs in that it can be directly fatal. While it is possible for heroin addicts, for instance, to die from other health problems made worse by the strain of withdrawal, an otherwise healthy alcoholic can die from the direct effects of withdrawal if it is not properly managed. Heavy consumption of alcohol reduces the production of GABA, which is a neuroinhibitor. An abrupt stop of alcohol consumption can induce a condition where neither alcohol nor GABA exists in the system in adequate quantities, causing uncontrolled firing of the synapses. This manifests as hallucinations, shakes, convulsions, seizures, and possible heart failure, all of which are collectively referred to as delirium tremens." [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcoholics#Alcohol_withdrawal ]


"There has only ever been one recorded verdict (although not ultimately upheld) of fatal overdose due to cannabis." [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marijuana#Lethal_dose ]


"Dr. Brenneisen said that the data of the toxicological analysis and collected by autopsy were 'scanty and not conclusive' and that the conclusion 'death by cannabis intoxication' was 'not legitimate.'" [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marijuana#Lethal_dose ]

In short, you can die from mere alcohol addiction withdrawals, but cannot die from marijuana at all. I suppose the comparison of the two is realistic and fair.


morrie 10 years, 6 months ago

OK, now let me get this straight. Randy Dodd indicates and even goes so far in challenging us that he can go "head to head one shot of alcohol to one hit of pot." Wow! that sounds like alot of fun for a bunch of irresponsible adolescents. However, one shot of alcohol per hour will oxidize through the liver and be completely out of the blood stream. As pot absolutely loves fat and will bind to it for a very long time; hours, days, even months. On a single neuron, in which the human body has billions of them there is an axon, and what covers the axon is the myelin sheath which is made up of fat. Neurons carry messages throughout the body. So, in a 12 hour time span, one could have 12 shots of alcohol, and the "drug" would be completely out of the nervous system; then one would eventually be non impaired, without their reality being distorted. While Mr. Dodd on the other hand would have 12 hits in his system and I would presume that he would become completely stoned out of his freakin mind! Or it is obvious that Mr. Dodd may have an incredible tolerance to the drug through, of course, massive use(s) over a long period of time. Science reveals that pot is a hallucinogen that relieves anxiety and fear. If this being true, then it merely seems as though Mr. Dodd does not use pot, for it only appears in his responses and letters that he is living in so much fear of GRAMNET and the government, and what a horrible way to live life. One shouldn't be afraid of something or another if they are not doing anything wrong while living a moral life. I don't think we should focus on conversations and create initiatives about the use/abuse of pot or the legalization of it. Perhaps we should create more accessible ways and create more opportunities to allow our children to become more successful and happy, and most importantly, not to live a life of fear. Marijuana does not make you "high" or expand your senses and consciousness, it simply tells the nervous system to release the neurotransmitters to behave in a way it can do naturally. Is there anything wrong with that? Well, I guess that is an indvidual question one must ask themselves if they partake in the green weed. Let us begin looking upon our children, and I am assuming and hoping that Mr. Dodd does not have any, and through being appropriate role model's to teach them ways to be drug free from all drugs, including pharmecueticals, to develop the nervous system to create "natural highs" and experience the true meaning of life.


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