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This week, Jack and Dusty comment on "The Case Against Medical Marijuana" by Kevin Sabet:

Jack said:

C’mon, you know pot is addictive. Get real. Sure, decriminalization is probably a good idea, given that weed is not the worst drug out there. Maybe it doesn’t lead to other drug use, but permissive attitudes in society DO lead to more drug use, and legalizing pot is absolutely a step along that path. While we’re being frank, we should also acknowledge that any drug can play a role in social and economic oppression. Can’t find a job? Hate your work? Whatever, just smoke a joint and you’ll be willing to accept your inability to make changes that could improve your life.

We all know people who are addicted to pot, and most of them are going to die of lung disease or some other nasty cancer due to the poisons they’re sucking into their bodies. Can we stop them? Probably not. But we can certainly try to stop others from tumbling down that lonely destructive road. In fact, our youth might be less willing to start smoking pot if they can see the early aging and health impacts that potheads experience.

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So let’s at least be honest. Pot is probably deadlier than alcohol, but we might want to accept its use in society anyway, just because we really can’t afford to prevent people from poisoning themselves. We could tax the heck out of it, and use the money to prevent abuse and addiction of others. Meanwhile, we have an entire generation that’s already lost to the drug. Let’s let them gracefully subside into their pot-induced nirvana and hope like heck that the next generation doesn’t succumb to this opiate of the masses that makes addicts accept their sorry lot in life.

Dusty responded

Friend, I was on a four county drug abuse council that included representatives of the police departments and sheriffs responsible for administering justice as well as social workers and health care workers including people from emergency wards. The police said that they found no evidence, nor has any other credible source that shows marijuana as addictive; habit forming yes but addictive no. Oh, alcohol on the other hand is definitely addictive and destroys brain cells as well as livers and other body parts etc often leading to dementia tremors.

The police on the council said that they found many drunk drivers also used cigarettes, sometimes marijuana but more likely methamphetamine. Most of the officers said that drunks in comparison to marijuana users were more willing to fight and became combative while the ‘stoners” were laid back and didn’t want to hassle anyone. You might be surprised how many police officers drink and drive.

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Many people find speeding in their cars habit forming if not addictive and yet they still have licenses to fly, often even after causing terrible accidents. I would be willing to bet that speeding and/or drunk driving causes many more accidents than marijuana holding to percents of drivers in the categories, i.e. there are many more speeders than the other categories in all probability. What I am getting at is learning to think about things logically and think of proportions, etc. For a while MADD got some action around drunk driving but then people went right back to liquor is quicker and I still see wrecks and drunk drivers.