This is not your grandfather's marijuana ... it's more potent and more dangerous. Read More
Yeah? Well, that's just, like, your opinion, man.
Sometimes, one should give both sides of the argument when making an argument...
I hope you feel just a little bit guilty for spouting misinformation and distortions of research.
Your article opened with an anecdote that showed the stupidity of marijuana prohibition -- a shooting in the course of an illegal drug deal gone wrong. Yes, prohibition causes crime and can lead to violence, because people can't seek legal recourse for conflicts. That's one of the many excellent reasons for ending marijuana prohibition.
For god's sake, please stop parroting the hysteria about "today's marijuana is stronger." When marijuana is stronger, people simply smoke less of it.
Keep it up bro, clearly prohibition of marijuana has worked and people are totally going to stop using it because they read some cherry picked studies that have been debunked for a good twenty years now.
My first bet would be that you've never smoked marijuana and grew up in a conservative environment that demonized things deemed "wrong". My second guess would be that you've tried it and freaked out, and now spend your days trying to convince people not to do what you did. Whether it's one or the other, I'm sure you occasionally drink alcohol and might even smoke tobacco.
Either way, it's too bad that people in positions of authority are still vomiting up the same nonsense their grandparents were. Maybe you need to light one up and go grab a burger.
This is, as stated previously, a wealth of biased, disproven information which is a remnant of the reefer madness movement. These studies are notorious for being funded by alcohol, tobacco and pharmaceutical companies conducted purely for the reason of finding negative results.
"Only losers smoke pot" is an often spouted statistic, there are many motivated successful people who have or do consume cannabis. Our last three presidents have admitted to it, many innovators of modern technology, doctors, lawyers, judges, professionals of all sorts. Do a little looking around and you will find these antiquated ideas which stigmatize the use of a plant that occurs naturally is completely asinine, and ruins the lives and makes criminals out of otherwise law abiding productive members of society.
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Stephen Wallace is the director of the Center for Adolescent Research and Education at Susquehanna University.
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