The great legalization debate: Marijuana

A friend posted this today on his blog. And while drug legalization is not really one of my priorities, I do believe that it is a good idea, and felt it was worth sharin,g as he did a very good job explainign the major points of the issue.

[Read the original post at: Broken Spectrum]

Many people scoff at the idea, but legalize it, regulate it, and tax it, and you will find this will effectively solve several of the problems we face today.

To begin, let’s dispel the common myths about Marijuana that many people regularly take as fact.

Myth #1 – Marijuana is a dangerous, deadly illicit drug.

The truth couldn’t be further from it. Marijuana is safer than both tobacco and alcohol and has never resulted in a single death from its consumption. That’s right, it is impossible to overdose and die on Marijuana. The same can’t be said for the two main legal drugs we have right now. The worst that can happen to a marijuana consumer is a decrease in sperm production, and a decrease in dreaming.

Compare this to the problems associated with the use of tobacco and alcohol, which include death, organ destruction and failure, and a shortened life-span.

Myth #2 – Marijuana is highly addictive.

Marijuana is addictive, but in reality, so is caffeine and alcohol, not to mention nicotine. What may surprise you though, marijuana is less addictive than alcohol. People have a much harder time quitting alcohol than they do quitting marijuana. A large number of people don’t even have trouble quitting alcohol, so the rate for marijuana dependency is much lower than the rate for alcohol dependency. The majority of marijuana users don’t consume it daily, and have few withdrawal problems, if any, when they do stop their consumption.

[Read the rest of this post at: Broken Spectrum]

About Rodibidably

Jeff Randall is a frequent volunteer for free-thought organizations, including the Center For Inquiry – DC. Having been blogging since January 2008, he decided that a community of bloggers would be an interesting new experience (or at the very least a fun way to annoy his friends into reading his posts more frequently). Since finding out about about the existence of, and then joining, the atheist/skeptic community in 2007 he has been committed to community activism, critical thinking in all aspects of life, science, reason, and a fostering a secular society.
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1 Response to The great legalization debate: Marijuana

  1. Nick Sommers says:

    I enjoyed the read but if you smoke marijuana and find that you are becoming tired and de motivated and you do not want to quit using marijuana. Try vaporizing your marijuana and you will get more a of a clean headed high buzz.

    Like tobacco, marijuana smoke contains toxins that are known to be hazardous to the respiratory system. Among them are the highly carcinogenic polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons, a prime suspect in cigarette-related cancers. These toxins are essentially a byproduct of combustion, separate from the pharmaceutically active components of marijuana, known as cannabinoids, which include THC. When you burn marijuana it produces quite a lot of tar. Pipes and joints generally do not have proper filters. Bongs are not the answer, because you inhale concentrated smoke.

    The vaporizer certainly reduces the level of tar. You will not have to worry about the harmful carcinogens your body is absorbing when you inhale marijuana smoke.

    I will suggest 2 places that I use the first one is Legal Bud!

    The second suggestion I have is Gass City!

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