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.
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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.
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