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  •  I agree for the most part, but... (1+ / 0-)
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    Marijuana can be addictive and harmful, the same as alcohol can (perhaps less so, depending on studies). I don't think it necessitates it being illegal, but I'm not sure we can mark it "A-OK" or anything.

    •  To be clear, there are many legal things I would (1+ / 0-)
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      never call "not addictive and harmful," including many things I love like video games and wine and chocolate.

      "Not addictive and harmful" is a broad statement.

      •  How do you like (1+ / 0-)
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        "not sufficiently addictive and/or harmful to justify outlawing it completely"?

        •  Agree totally. :) (0+ / 0-)

          But I think in this discussion, language is important.

          My favorite is "Less addictive and harmful than alcohol." That proves the point and gets it across to the masses fairly well, I'd say.

          •  That one's pretty good. (0+ / 0-)

            I might even say "caffeine" rather than "alcohol," as the sale of alcohol is regulated while the sale of caffeine is not.

          •  Try the fact that it is NOT addictive OR harmful (0+ / 0-)

            It's not just "less addictive" it is not addictive at all. And it has never proven to harm anyone, let alone kill anyone, which you cannot say for alcohol, cigarettes, prescription drugs, cars, guns, etc.
            We have to stop thinking it is something that "might be bad but tolerable in certain circumstances".
            It's insanity (and costs us billions upon billions each year) to keep it illegal.

            Isn’t it ironic to think that man might determine his own future by something so seemingly trivial as the choice of an insect spray. ~ Rachel Carson, Silent Spring ~

            by MA Liberal on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 09:29:05 PM PST

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    •  NO, no it's not. (0+ / 0-)

      It has never been prove to be either addictive OR harmful. As a matter of fact, it's been proven beneficial in many ways - not something you can say for alcohol, cigarettes or pharmaceuticals (which kill tens of thousands a year, BTW).
      It's NEVER been proven to be physically addictive (though some people with addictive personalities can become addicted to many things), nor has it been proven harmful. In fact, it's been proven to be quite the opposite.
      There simply is no reason, other than the 30+ years War on Drugs (which has been a boatload of BS) that it has been kept illegal.
      It is, perhaps, the most benign drug on the planet.
      And think about it this way...lots of plants are harmful, just by being. You can walk out in your yard, or enter a flower garden, and find things that will harm or kill you. We spend millions each year trying to eradicate another weed with beneficial medicinal value - dandelions - and poison the planet in the process.
      You can make a weed illegal,  but it doesn't mean it's smart to do so.

      Isn’t it ironic to think that man might determine his own future by something so seemingly trivial as the choice of an insect spray. ~ Rachel Carson, Silent Spring ~

      by MA Liberal on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 09:26:03 PM PST

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