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  •  Yep (16+ / 0-)

    I was just going to post something about that awful article when I saw your comment.  The hilarious part was that Frum was torn apart in the comments section on the CNN site.

    Those who support banning cocaine are no better than those who support banning cheeseburgers

    by EthrDemon on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 06:34:23 PM PST

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    •  GOOD (9+ / 0-)
      The hilarious part was that Frum was torn apart in the comments section on the CNN site.
      They're gonna have to come up with something a little more convincing than long-debunked bullshit.
       

      It is time to #Occupy Media.

      by lunachickie on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 08:48:30 PM PST

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      •  When I checked, CNN had been scrubbing comments (6+ / 0-)

        that were critical of the illustrious Mr. Frum. The commenters were having a fun time with THAT as well.

        Free: The Authoritarians - all about those who follow strong leaders.

        by kbman on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 09:59:14 PM PST

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      •  Read more closely (1+ / 0-)
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        One of the articles describing a study comparing brain scans of alcohol users to marijuana users also cited another study pointing out an 18-point drop in IQ for pot users. This is not a simple issue, and there are a lot of genuine and documented concerns about marijuana use in young people. Alcohol is a toxin and kills brain cells. Marijuana simply changes brain chemistry. Both have an impact on teens. We have to be honest on this - marijuana is not a risk-free substance, and it can have a very severe negative impact on some users. What to do about it is another issue entirely, but we can't ignore legitimate concerns.

        •  Read more closely (0+ / 0-)

          some of the adverse affects of alcohol and get back to us. This "one article" doesn't negate that or make it any worse than what's on the legal market right now.

          Also: "young people" smoke pot now, just as they would if it was legal or decriminalized. If it's regulated, it would be against the law for "young people" to use.

          That doesn't stop them from having keg parties, either, of course, but there it is.

          That being said, to be fair, if you could simply cite which study you're referring to, that would be very helpful, as would a link. Please and thank you! :)

          It is time to #Occupy Media.

          by lunachickie on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 03:06:06 PM PST

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        •  Funny, I took an IQ test back in 2004 to see (0+ / 0-)

          what affect my 30 years of daily pot smoking had on my thinking ability. The test was several hours long and covered a wide variety of subjects and topics. My results were an increase of 9 IQ points since when I was tested in 1975. This is after smoking the equivalent of at least 30,000  joints, probably a lot more than that.

          I would be very curious to see the protocols for the study you reference because I suspect that it is flawed. I know far too many pot smokers who are far too sharp and have accomplished far too much in challenging fields to put much stock in this claim of 18 IQ points lost due to pot smoking.

          Free: The Authoritarians - all about those who follow strong leaders.

          by kbman on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 06:37:20 PM PST

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    •  Same idiot, different articles (3+ / 0-)
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      The one I linked above was something he wrote for The Daily Beast in December. The CNN article is from yesterday

      Free: The Authoritarians - all about those who follow strong leaders.

      by kbman on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 10:01:20 PM PST

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