- Nov 29, 2013
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With all due respect here, that is the nature of a criminal enterprise. If weed was legal that situation wouldnt change. The gang would simply use children to push another illegal drug.so when you were ten years old did your local gang banger put a gun to your head and tell you to sell his drugs or die? That happens, happened to a couple of my employees, everyone's situation is different.
thats why the first step is decriminalization of weed, then onto the next ones.With all due respect here, that is the nature of a criminal enterprise. If weed was legal that situation wouldnt change. The gang would simply use children to push another illegal drug.
It is a but hard to compare pot to alcohol given how wide spread alcohol use is and therefore the rate of incidence is going to appear a lot higher when statistically it may be smaller... one won't know until studies are actually done.Thank you, as adults we all are entrusted with the expectation to act on good judgement and common sense. People can abuse Listerine and turn into strange, aggressive dimwits too.
I've seen alcohol divide families and destroy long friendships. I can't say I've seen the same with marijuana.
If anything, more and more people, many the type of person you'd least expect to use it (parents, politicians, media figures, ...) are turning to it ( or maybe no longer hiding the fact that they use) it as a recreational, harmless way of destressing after slaving away all day. If it helps people relax in this crazy non-stop day and age we find ourselves in, I say it's a good thing.
Not sure if I'm the only who's noticed but North America seems to be suffering from a mental health crisis. I highly doubt weed has any cause in that.
Yep with alcohol there appears to be a general consensus that there is a correlation between blood alcohol level and impairment.Just FYI, impairment and having a measurable amount of a substance in your system are two completely different issues. Weather the substance is illegal to possess is a third issues. A person can be DUI/DWI with a blood alcohol content of less than .08 % If they can be shown to be "less safe" or impaired. The .08% is a statutory limit that means , in some cases, impairment need not be proven if this amount or more is detected. A person can be DUI on over the counter cough medicine if it impaired their ability to drive, even they took the correct recommended dose printed on the bottle. There are LOTS of intoxicants and pot is no worse or no better than any when it comes to imparing one's ability to drive safely.
BTW, I don't smoke pot but I think it should be legal everywhere.
FWIW, humans have a receptor for opiates as well.Human have a reception for the THC molecule. In order for a such complex protein structure to exist, and DNA created to code for, hundreds, thousands of years of breeding must occur. Sure impose your Modern moralities and come to judge, but the wise one looks further back in time.
Not sure what support for legalization is like in Aus. Legal medicinal use is currenly on the agenda (with fairly strict criteria I think) but I don't get the feeling that recreational use legalization is. I don't think there are many prosecutions for personal use, though.Just an observation but seems as if the Aussies tend to take somewhat more of a hardline on this than Americans. Percentage of people now in the states who feel it should be legal is over 50. Just curious what that number is in Australia?
Well, whatever we all think about legalization, we're experiencing a huge expansion of legalized use right now in the USA, regardless of the hard-on the current Federal DOJ leadership has about criminalizing it.I don't personally think that personal use should be criminalized and I am well aware that prohibition usually doesn't work and generates a black market but I am a little concerned about giving people the idea that using cannabis, especially heavy regular use, is perfectly safe. So for me, it's not a clearcut yea or nay to legalization.
I faintly remember a study performed a decade or so ago that showed that experienced smokers drive better when they are high. It was new weed smokers that had not yet learned to compensate.The only significant real problem I see is that there isn't a effect breathalizer test for THC intoxication. (Yet.) We have a significant, though declining, drunk driver problem and until we can prove they're stoned I fear stoned drivers will be a mess.
Drive better than what?I faintly remember a study performed a decade or so ago that showed that experienced smokers drive better when they are high. It was new weed smokers that had not yet learned to compensate.
On another note, its one major step closer to ending the harmful pointless destructive war on drugs.