Stan White: Legalize it

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Yes, cannabis is a Schedule I substance (letter to the editor, “Pot problem,” Nov. 21 Steamboat Pilot & Today) alongside heroin, while meth and cocaine are only Schedule II substances. That dangerous message must change. No, cannabis is not a “gateway drug.” Even government studies have historically discredited the gateway theory. While Omar M. Campbell notes that “advocates use a lot of euphemisms in their promotions — e.g., dealers are caregivers, etc.” — he hypocritically refers to the God-given plant as a “drug.” And that euphemism exposes and illustrates the whole problem.

The reasons to legalize cannabis fills volumes of books, but to mention one: America should not be in the business of caging responsible adults for using what God indicates He created and says is good on the first page of the Bible.

Stan White

Dillon

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muck 3 years, 11 months ago

And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more. -- Ezekiel 34:29

"The Lord said unto me, 'I will take my rest and I will consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs.' " -- Isaiah 18:4-5

The hemp plant (scientific name: cannabis, slang: marijuana) is one of the many useful herbs "yielding seed after its kind" created and blessed by God on the third day of creation, "and God saw that it was good." (Genesis 1:12) He gave hemp for people to use with our free will.

God said, "Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed which is upon the face of all the earth.…To you it will be for meat." … And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. (Genesis 1:29-31) The Bible predicts some herb's prohibition. "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times, some shall … speak lies in hypocrisy … commanding to abstain from meats which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. (Paul: 1 Timothy 4:1-3)

The Bible speaks of a special plant. "I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more." (Ezekiel 34:29) A healing plant. On either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare 12 manner of fruits, and yielding her fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. (Revelations 22:1-2) A gift from God.

He said not to criticize other people for their habits. "Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; that which cometh out of the mouth defileth a man." (Mat. 15:11) The apostle Paul wrote, I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. … For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. (Paul: Romans 14:14,17)

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muck 3 years, 11 months ago

"The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this." - Albert Einstein quote on Hemp

HERE IS PROOF! ALL YOU NAY SAYERS AINT NO EINSTEIN

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JLM 3 years, 11 months ago

To see such drivel printed in an otherwise reputable source of news is just sad to say nothing of the inane commentary it generates.

Must have been a very, very slow news day in SBS.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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freerider 3 years, 11 months ago

JLM ....You might want to move to China or North Korea ... you would probably be happier living someplace with like minded sheep

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Amy Harris 3 years, 11 months ago

JLM: good points, especially the inane commentary part. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

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Troutguy 3 years, 11 months ago

I guess opinions are only 'drivel' and 'inane' when you do not agree with them. Pretty narrow minded. Should we just continue on with the war on drugs? It's been such a success, right?

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JLM 3 years, 11 months ago

Drivel is not a matter of opinion --- drivel is simply nonsense, twaddle, meaningless talk, childish ramblings.

The suggestion that marijuana is not a "drug" is nonsense.

The idea that God created marijuana and it was referred to on the first page of the Bible are inane --- lacking in significant or meaning, silly --- statements.

Words mean things and standards as to their use can be objectively applied without having to resort to suggesting that "opinion" is necessary to hold that yardstick up to them.

The letter was inane drivel.

Your powers of observation and reasoning are stretched beyond their elastic limit you if think you can detect any commentary about the "war on drugs".

The comment was more an observation that the Pilot should have higher journalistic standards of commentary and your sophomoric comments only serve to reiterate that observation.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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muck 3 years, 11 months ago

JLM,

Interesting? Your colors are showing.

"The comment was more an observation that the Pilot should have higher journalistic standards of commentary and your sophomoric comments only serve to reiterate that observation". (FREEDOM OF SPEECH)

Is IT YOUR standards YOU WANT?

So you would like to abolish our constitution? You must be against LIFE, LIBERTY, and the PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS also.

I am sadden to hear someone is forcing you to read what you call "nonsense, twaddle, meaningless talk, childish ramblings"

If you don't like it MOVE! DONT READ THE PAPER! CANCEL YOU INTERNET!

Your hatred of MARIJUANA has been clearly stated in the past BUT now you want more taken away?

AND YOU WISH EVERYONE HAPPY THANKSGIVING? That is an AMERICAN holiday sir and you sound very UN-AMERICAN to me. You seem drivel and somewhat insane in you understanding of OUR RIGHTS.

I bet the TALIBAN would love you!!

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blue_spruce 3 years, 11 months ago

“Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.” Abraham Lincoln

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Clearsky 3 years, 11 months ago

The difference to the public will be minimal when it is legal. The no-smoking laws should take care of any public nuisance associated with its use. In CA it is illegal to smoke cigarettes in a car with children present. Don't worry, the only people who benefit now are the criminals and the law enforcement system. We the tax payer LOSE because we HAVE to PAY for the service of the judicial system. $50,000 - 260,000 dollars a year to jail adults and juveniles!!!!!!!!!

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Clearsky 3 years, 11 months ago

The power to help is kindness! The power to hurt is CRUELTY! Which do you choose?

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Clearsky 3 years, 11 months ago

Hey Muck, I may have to pick up the Bible again. Thanks!

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John Fielding 3 years, 11 months ago

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Thank you Blue Spruce, that was an excellent quote to add to this discussion, and one I had not seen in my recent research of Lincoln. It is important to note that while he favored temperance he would not join their movement, just practiced it himself all his life.

Decriminalization may help somewhat in advocating more responsible use of pot, at least to the extent it has done so with booze. Then one will not first have to have broken the law and so be that much more inclined to disregard any compunction in its use.

As to the point of whether it is a drug, many plants are considered drugs in their unrefined form, many more after such concentration. The stuff in supply now is stronger than the hash we used to get in the sixties, and that was certainly a drug. The criteria for the definition is whether it is a benign herb, like parsley for instance, you could eat an ounce and maybe just get heartburn, or a psychoactive substance like today's sinsimilla, consumption of an ounce would have serious effects.

Most people eventually move on from over indulgence, most who do not often die early and cause great injury and sorrow to those closest to them. It is widely recognized that all of the mood enhancing drugs are injurious in some manner when taken regularly in any more than minimal amount, that is why they have been proscribed by moral teachers and regulated by governments.

For instance, a maximum of an ounce or so of alcohol per day might well be beneficial, especially if not taken all at once, but drinking to the point of even moderate intoxication, say 3 or 4 ounces, a few times a week is evidence of the user having succumbed to the power of habituation that drug.

Make no mistake, if it feels good you will want to do more of it.

We have heard much about how pot enhances life, I believe it, have been there and advocated the same truth. However, the flip side is that one can then find life without it un-enjoyable, and it can take a long time to recover to the point that life clean and sober is good enough again.

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JLM 3 years, 10 months ago

@ muck yuck, your commentary would have to improve to rise to the level of drivel. Truly nonsensical but I am sure you are entertaining yourself and that is what counts in your world, no doubt.

The Pilot should not print things whose only relevance to journalism is that the stamp did not fall off enroute.

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muck 3 years, 10 months ago

JLM,

  • Those who would deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, cannot long retain it. -Abraham Lincoln -
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JLM 3 years, 10 months ago

Actually, muck yuck, I fought for your right to publish your drivel but I did not thereby give up my right to criticize it nor to call it was it is --- nonsense. Go smoke a joint.

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muck 3 years, 10 months ago

Criticism is prejudice made plausible. ~ Henry Louis Mencken

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mmjPatient22 3 years, 10 months ago

A critic is someone who never actually goes to the battle, yet who afterwards comes out shooting the wounded.--Tyne Daly

Don't criticize what you don't understand, son. You never walked in that man's shoes.--Elvis

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Clearsky 3 years, 10 months ago

The question is whether the laws or the actual use cause more of a negative effect on someone's life and those around him/her. If the laws cause more harm than the use, then we know that we as a society are causing more harm than the act of using a natural medically beneficial product. The punishment should fit the crime. If smoking marijuana is bad for someone then that is his/her punishment.

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JLM 3 years, 10 months ago

Oh, please, get a life. No serious physician is going to suggest that the right way to dispense medicine into the human body is to SMOKE it.

Really, you just need to grow up and stop with all your preachy quotation nonsense. You seem foolish.

Today it was released that Mexico is now the US's largest supplier of meth-amphetamine. This may not seem significant but it alludes to the cross marketing opportunities of pot, cocaine and now, meth.

All being sold to the same consumers. Marijuana is not a "gateway" drug in your world?

JLM is very cruel only because reality is a cruel handmaiden.

The Pilot should not print such drivel and inane commentary. The birds don't like it when you line their cages with such nonsense.

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mmjPatient22 3 years, 10 months ago

JLM-

Not being someone that's in the know about all these things, not many here would expect you to automatically know about the other means of ingesting cannabis, other than smoking it. And you're actually right about doctors not recommending that it be ingested via combustion/smoke. The first time I went and got my doctor's recommendation, he actually took the time to inform me(and everyone else that he saw for a recommendation) that there were numerous other ways by which a person could reap the cornucopia of medicinal benefits that cannabis has to offer to them. To list a few;

vaporization- This is where a vessel containing cannabis is heated to a certain point where the active ingredients are released from the plant matter, but the plant matter is never heated to the point of combustion. This spares the users from inhaling any of the carcinogens that are produced through the process of combustion.

tinctures- This is a concentration of the active ingredients in cannabis that is acquired in liquid form and is typically ingested orally.

cannabutter- This is kitchen concoction of cannabis and butter that is eventually strained and used for baked goods or cooking.

Now, as to your "holy-er than thou" stance on the whole thing, as made painfully obvious by your reference to yourself in the third person(must be really great being you, huh?) and your own propaganda borne lies/misconceptions...if cannabis is a gateway drug to everything else, then milk is the gateway to beer and liquor. I've been using cannabis for well over a decade now and yet I have never done any other "drugs" besides had the occasional alcoholic drink, smoked the occasional cigarette and, of coarse, I can't live without my daily fix of caffeinated coffee. I've never even seen heroin, meth, cocaine or acid. Not with my own two eyes. So, tell me, did I miss the gateway somehow? I mean, I know I'm supposed to be all whacked out of my mind on every other drug under the sun by now(after 10 years of using the "gateway" drug, cannabis) but what the hell happened?

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muck 3 years, 10 months ago

JLM-

NPR NEWS April 3, 2007 Methamphetamine remains one of the most addictive drugs on U.S. streets. Successful law enforcement efforts have cut meth production in the United States, but that only means that most of the production has shifted to Mexican drug cartels.

Just take your pills and calm down.

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muck 3 years, 10 months ago

JLM-

SORRY YOUR INFO AND YOUR CIVIL RIGHTS ARE KINDA THE SAME... CONFUSED!

A day after federal agents and police across the country seized 729 pounds of methamphetamine in the largest crackdown ever on a Mexican drug cartel, local agents made a big find: 300 more pounds of meth in a house in Mesquite. http://www.dallasnews.com/bi/images/clikEnlarge.gif http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcont...NM2N9E54.1.jpg JIM MAHONEY/DMN A day after the sweep targeting the La Familia cartel, authorities seized 300 pounds of meth in a Mesquite home. That load, worth about $7 million, is the largest single seizure of methamphetamine in North Texas, according to local Drug Enforcement Administration agents. More than half of all meth confiscated around the nation in recent days has now been found in North Texas. "It was packaged and ready to move," said James Capra, head of the Dallas DEA office. "This represents what Dallas has become for the cartels, a place to stage it and move it out. It's very significant." http://www.dallasnews.com/bi/images/clikEnlarge.gif http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcont James Capra, head of the Dallas Drug Enforcement Administration office, says the meth found in a Mesquite home Friday was ready to move. 'This represents what Dallas has become for the cartels, a place to stage it and move it out,' he says.

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muck 3 years, 10 months ago

JLM-

While production of METH is up in the US, Mexico is by far the largest supplier to the world and looks to be even bigger in near future.

AND DON'T GO THERE............. I feel legalization of MJ will allow law enforcment to concentrate on REAL criminals and MAYBE, JUST MAYBE CONTROL THESE HORRIBLE DRUGS THAT INFLICT DAMAGE ON OUR ECONOMY AND HUMANE SUFFERING, NOT TO MENTION CIGARETTES AND BOOZE. (600,00 DEATHS PER YEAR DUE TO SECOND HAND SMOKE)

MEXICO CITY, Nov 5, 2010(Reuters) - Mexican drug cartels are sidestepping laws that target the production of methamphetamines by importing new kinds of input chemicals, a blow to U.S. and Mexican efforts to halt the thriving trade.

Innovations in producing the highly addictive drug add new challenges to President Felipe Calderon's campaign to stem the turf wars that have killed over 10,000 people this year.

It is also bad news for anti-drug efforts in the United States, where officials hailed a temporary decline in meth availability after Mexico outlawed pseudoephedrine, a chief input chemical used to make the drug, in 2007.

Meth flooded back onto U.S. streets in 2009, at even lower prices, U.S. officials say, as innovating Mexican cartels made their meth with harder-to-detect common chemicals like phenylacetic acid, used in food flavorings and perfumes.

"Pseudoephedrine labs have decreased ... but what's been increasing is the volume of these precursor chemicals coming into the ports in total quantities as well as the types of labs that have been seen," a U.S. official in Mexico told Reuters.

So far this fiscal year, Mexico has seized 818 tonnes of precursor chemicals that could be used to make meth, said the U.S. official, who requested anonymity.

The amount of those chemicals being used legitimately by manufacturers in products like beverages or bread products is minuscule compared with how much is being diverted to drug labs, the official said.

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JLM 3 years, 10 months ago

ahhh, mucky, not to put too fine a point on things but La Familia is a MEXICAN drug cartel which kind of proves my point that Mexico has now branched out into meth production as they have with marijuana and cocaine

the MEXICAN criminals are into marijuana, cocaine and meth because they can sell it all to the same customer base and use the same distribution network

go figure, eh?

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mmjPatient22 3 years, 10 months ago

JLM-

So, you'd agree then, if the Mexican cartels are a major issue, that the cannabis industry(and America on the whole) would be better off if we'd go ahead and legalize/regulate the cannabis industry to weed out(no pun intended) the illegal Mexican cartels? It's not like there's some huge black-market alcohol trade that flourishes in the shadows of legal and regulated alcohol sales. Make laws about it, employ people to regulate it and then tax it for the common good. America has tried the whole prohibition thing and it never turns out so well. So, why should the tax-payers have to continually be burdened with funding this failed drug war that has already had multiple hundreds of billions of dollars wasted on it so far?

And when you ignore the points that I bring up, it leads me to believe that you've got nothing to counter with.

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Scott Wedel 3 years, 10 months ago

JLM, MJ is a modest risk factor indicating a likelihood of users progressing to more serious drugs. Alcohol use, especially heavy alcohol use of those under 25 years old is a far more severe risk factor indicating later abuse of more serious drugs. That is the more common definition of a "gateway drug".

In terms of the smuggling and distribution then it is absolutely clear that the gangs learn the business from MJ which is easier to form distribution networks and is less severely punished because it is overall more socially accepted that other illegal drugs. After they are making good money dealing in MJ then it becomes easy to add other more profitable drugs like meth.

So the lesson from that is not that MJ should be illegal, but that it being illegal helps the gangs in the smuggling and distribution of other illegal drugs. Legalizing (or pseudo legalizing via easy to get mmj recommendations and dispensaries) MJ will do more to stop illegal MJ smuggling, distribution and dealing than law enforcement could ever hope to achieve.

The serious argument regarding mj is not whether it is good for people, but whether it being illegal is having any serious impact upon the number of users or availability when the negative impacts of mj usage is not so bad to expect that society will soon unite against mj. (Ie. like cocaine was a bit of a pop culture drug in the 70s, but hospitals were seeing numerous emergency room visits and it was being recognized that cocaine was highly physically addictive and

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John Fielding 3 years, 10 months ago

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.It seems there is a serious argument about whether it is good for people. Some tout it as a panacea for all ills. others claim it leads to serious individual and societal problems.

Mmj, in the ten years you have been using, how long have you gone without? How much did you miss it? Can you conceive of life without? How pleasant a prospect is that? And while your case is likely exceptional, these are the questions that the thoughtful user will want to consider.

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John Fielding 3 years, 10 months ago

. Generally a medicine is something you take for a limited time to assist your body''s recovery, then stop to let the innate health process resume their function. Does this describe the typical use of mmj?

I still think it should not be illegal, but lets call it what it is.

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John Fielding 3 years, 10 months ago

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And maybe this is a rare case where both extremes are right. It is a medically beneficial herb that when taken in amounts greater than the minimal medically indicated dosage can cause problems. Sort of like opium and coca.

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muck 3 years, 10 months ago

In 2005, the DEA seized a reported $1.4 billion in drug trade related assets and $477 million worth of drugs. However, according to the White House's Office of Drug Control Policy, the total value of all of the drugs sold in the U.S. is as much as $64 billion a year, making the DEA's efforts to intercept the flow of drugs into and within the U.S. less than 1% effective. Defenders of the agency's performance record argue that the DEA has had a positive effect beyond their relatively small annual seizures by placing pressure on traffickers, raising prices for consumers which may reduce the affordability of drugs.

Critics of this theory (including the Nobel Prize winning economist Milton Friedman, prior to his death a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) point out that demand for illegal drugs is inelastic; the people who are buying drugs will continue to buy them with little regard to price, often turning to crime to support expensive drug habits when the drug prices rise. One recent study showed that the price of cocaine and methamphetamine is the highest it has ever been while the quality of both is at its lowest point ever. This is contrary to a collection of data done by the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which states that purity of street drugs has increased, while price has decreased.In sharp contrast to the statistics presented by the DEA, the United States Department of Justice released data in 2003 showing that purity of methamphetamine was on the rise. Ironically, this information was provided to the USDOJ by the DEA- wikipedia

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muck 3 years, 10 months ago

PRIME EXAMPLE-----

77 year old Willie Nelson arrested for possession of of MARIJUANA. He admitted it was his weed. Local prosocution stated he will more than likely serve 180 days in jail. IS WILLIE THE DOWNFALL OF SOCITETY? IS HE A MEXICAN DRUG CARTEL LEADER? IS HE A THREAT TO YOUR KIDS?

Arresting officers pay-? Proscuting pay-? addministration pay-? 180 days in jail will cost YOU AND ME according to the DEA and Department of Justice.........$2100.00 per month.

JUST HOUSING HIM IN JAIL FOR 180 DAYS WILL COST A WOPPING $12,600.00 JUST HOUSING JUST HOUSING JUST HOUSING JUST HOUSING.

So do you think he will learn his lesson? Will he stop smoking weed?

YOU NA-NAYSAERS LOOK AT THAT AND TELL ME HOW THIS IS A VICTORY FOR THE WAR ON DRUGS? HOW CAN YOU CONTINUE TO SUPPORT SUCH BS! I HATE WILLIE NESLON'S MUSIC!

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Scott Wedel 3 years, 10 months ago

Muck, Where did any article say "Local prosocution stated he will more than likely serve 180 days in jail."?

That is the maximum sentence and anyone with common sense would recognize that it is highly unlikely Willie will serve a single day. With Willie and the band the drug seized was clearly for personal use and the bus driver was clean. It'll be probation again. Articles mention that not that long ago his bus was busted with a pound and half of pot and he got six months probation.

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mmjPatient22 3 years, 10 months ago

This alone is evidence that the days of the marijuana prohibition are on their way out and, hopefully, for good.

LARGEST-EVER cannabis convention(with over 400 vendors) to be held right here, in our state. Eat your heart out nae-sayers.

http://www.9news.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=166770&catid=339

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John Fielding 3 years, 10 months ago

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mmj Perhaps you overlooked the post above wherein I asked you some simple and direct questions. It would seem unlike you to not respond.

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mmjPatient22 3 years, 10 months ago

John-

Perhaps I ran across something more enthralling to me(i.e. KushCon), other than responding to your post first and post-haste? Jumpin' Jesus, you people get uppity about things quick! You should be thankful that I respond to any of you belligerently naive nae-sayers, at all. The same ol' BS you guys fling around here gets pretty flippin' old. I digress....

To answer your questions, of which they're really none of your business(just like your daily habits for the past "x" years are none of my business)...nonetheless, in the past decade or so, I spent roughly a third of that without any cannabis at all. I've tried numerous alternatives to cannabis after initially experimenting with it and have found none to be as satisfying or beneficial. After experiencing the lack of benefit(s) that other things had to offer, I began to miss cannabis and it's THC & CBD's. After realizing how economically feasible cannabis and it's benefits are to me, the decision became not only easy, but logical. If I can use something that's cheaper, natural, unadulterated, not processed/concocted and healthier for me than what any of the pharmaceutical companies have to offer, then what in the hell would I want to do with anything else? At least, that's what I keep asking myself. That, and why would I want to concern myself with ANY of the side-effects of ANY of the pharmaceuticals on the market today?

Tell me John, are you a doctor?

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Scott Wedel 3 years, 10 months ago

John, Looks like you are hung up on an incomplete definition of drug. Your argument appears to focus on #1 and deny #2. MJ is definitely a drug.

  1. A chemical substance, especially one prescribed by a medical provider, that is used in the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of a condition or disease. Drugs are prescribed for a limited amount of time, as for an acute infection, or on a regular basis for chronic disorders, such as hypertension.
  2. A chemical substance such as a narcotic or a hallucinogen that affects the central nervous system and is used recreationally for perceived desirable effects on personality, perception, or behavior. Many recreational drugs are used illicitly and can be addictive.

MJ can definitely be habit forming, but so is just about everything perceived to be enjoyable. There are people addicted to sex or video games, but that is hardly justification to ban or regulate either.

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John Fielding 3 years, 10 months ago

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mmj Thank you for your response. I am not a doctor, but in the last few decades I have been called to serve many times in assistance of friends and family who have been entrapped in addictions (or destructive habits if you will). This morning I go to repair walls and doors broken by a man beating his girlfriend, on a low in another failed effort to get clean.I will offer her counsel as well, and urge extensive professional help for both. My efforts have often been received with appreciation because I do not condemn but rather I understand how a person can so easily lose control of their life.

Scott I do not deny mj is a drug, I affirm it. I'm not sure what I wrote to allow you to misinterpret my meaning. And I agree that the laws currently on the books are excessive, but do not advocate complete abandonment of regulation, minors should not be able to purchase or use it legally.

Video games deserve more regulation than now exists, fortunately at least there are ratings. Sex is regulated in ways beyond the reach of government, (although they still try), the effects of abuse of our sexual functions come through nature. There are some of those effects that are similar to other compulsions, depression and anxiety, feelings of un-fulfillment, heightened motivation to continue in the destructive pattern for the short term relief from the symptoms.

My position on all such matters is to not make it a crime, but to discourage abuse through education, example, and reasonable regulation, and to offer much assistance to the many who will still become ensnared.

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trump_suit 3 years, 10 months ago

I think that was well written Mr. Fielding and would agree completely.

I would add that the "War on Drugs" has actually cost our society more than the drugs themselves ever did. .

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Scott Wedel 3 years, 10 months ago

John, In a previous comment you mentioned medicinal drugs and called mj an herb. I read it as you trying to make a distinction between mj and drugs.

The importance of regulating and trying to prevent mj for those under 18 is certainly medically justified. Kids with growing bodies, nervous systems and brains should not be taking drugs that affect those systems. It affects development of those systems. It is not just mj, but drugs like Ritalin that should not be used long term by our kids except in the most serious situations where the long term impact could be considered acceptable. Makes sense from a public policy perspective to regulate availability of mj to be 21, the same as alcohol.

I think the most logical law would be to keep everything the same about dispensaries and patients except remove the sham of a medical recommendation. So that a person could simply sign up and register through the state without having to find the doctor that will prescribe for whatever excuse given. It is not good public policy to reward the doctors willing to largely ignore their training to consistently give out mmj recommendations. That shouldn't be their job.

I don't know how or really why you'd add regulation to video games. The ratings system generally makes sense because these game can be played in different styles and a parent could be familiar with the game without realizing it had explicit content not suitable for their children.

BTW, as for your abused friend, it is my experience that abusive people never get clean while living with the partner. The only way I've seen it work is them apart until they reestablish lives as being clean and then they can see if they want to get back together as clean adults. Hope things go well.

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John Fielding 3 years, 10 months ago

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The only thing about video game regulation I'd add to is similar to the pornographic video sales, over 21 for extreme violence and gratuitous sexual content. My own regulation is simply to not have them in my home, but let my boys play them at Boys & Girls Club or friends houses. I did the same in raising my adult daughter, directed her to sports and creative activities, she now appreciates it even though at the time it seemed unreasonable to her.

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Clearsky 3 years, 10 months ago

America is supposed to be about freedom from tyranny!

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Clearsky 3 years, 10 months ago

Once again the punishment should match the crime. Smoking pot is a nuisance just the same as cigarettes and drinking in public etc.. going to jail, losing employment for life??? Come on! People need to be more concerned about our survival on this planet. We are headed to our extinction one day closer each day, each gallon of gasoline burned. But who notices? Who puts that care above the petty crap that exists? It is easier to look for a scapegoat. Focus our energy on the changes needed to insure that our offspring will have some future on this planet. Smoking pot it is too enlightening for most people to handle. Because it forces them to evaluate things and themselves and some people can't handle what they see. Some people would rather kill the prophet or the messenger then hear the truth. (Remember what they did to Jesus) They killed him because he was good!

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