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  •  I have a number of friends who's lives (0+ / 0-)

    have been ruined by marijuana. It is no different than any other drug. It causes brain chemistry changes and addiction in people. It is thus very dangerous for those who are in it's grasp. Alcohol and some other legal drugs are likely more dangerous but to say marijuana is not dangerous, is not something I tell my children, because I believe it to be entirely untrue.

    "It's like these guys take pride in being ignorant." Barack Obama August 5, 2008

    by thefretgenie on Fri Nov 13, 2009 at 10:31:27 AM PST

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    •  I used marijuana after Viet Nam (8+ / 0-)

      as did many of my fellow Vets and the only lives that were ruined were those that were caught up in legal problems. Yes, if you over use pot, it effects short term memory. That's way I stopped using when I went to college under the GI bill. But it's not dangerous and telling your kids that it is only reduces your creditability when they experience the truth.

      Really don't mind if you sit this one out. My words but a whisper -- your deafness a SHOUT. I may make you feel but I can't make you think..Jethro Tull

      by RMForbes on Fri Nov 13, 2009 at 10:57:10 AM PST

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    •  Sigh.... (6+ / 0-)

      Anecdotal evidence & fear mongering?  Really?

      I'm unsure how you derive the conclusion that "It is thus very dangerous for those who are in its grasp" from the assertion that you have a "number of friends whose lives have been ruined by marijuana."  Guess what?  I smoke.  My life isn't ruined.  Carl Sagan, one of the most successful & intelligent popular scientists of the last 50 years was a huge proponent.  He smoked a lot.  He even claimed it helped him arrive at some of his most acclaimed ideas.  Should I then declare that because I and others far more successful than myself have used marijuana and led fulfilling lives that it is 100% completely harmless?  No, because it would be absurd to derive that conclusion from the presented anecdotal evidence.

      That's what you just did.

      I suspect your friends ruined lives has a lot more to do with their lack of self control and other factors than it does with marijuana, but go ahead and demonize it if it makes you feel better.

      We are star stuff which has taken its destiny into its own hands. The loom of time and space works the most astonishing transformations of matter. - Carl Sagan

      by aclockworkprple on Fri Nov 13, 2009 at 10:58:01 AM PST

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    •  I call B*S* on this comment. (4+ / 0-)

      I have been an almost daily user for 46 years.  I have been a contributing member of society, raised two wonderful, responsible children, run a successful business and have been able to put it down for weeks, months or a year(think pregnant) when necessary.

      People tend to ruin their own lives.  Just because they use food, drugs, work or whatever to keep themselves going--it is ultimately their responsibility for themselves that is the major factor to finding peace.

      "Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard." - H L Mencken

      by Haplogroup V on Fri Nov 13, 2009 at 11:28:00 AM PST

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    •  Well, it is different to many drugs (0+ / 0-)

      but I agree that it can cause serious problems, and they aren't "anecdotal".

      There are a number of perfectly valid studies showing links between cannabis and psychosis.

      That doesn't mean (IMO) that it should be illegal, but it also doesn't mean it is harmless. It isn't.

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