Originally Posted by Dr_Watso
So does salt, coffee, fat, and anything else that enters your bloodstream. Point is, "brain chemistry" is a silly term to use for this.
Sorry, man... This sounds to me like every alcoholic I've ever met. They shut themselves in and wallow in booze. Don't even get me started on the effect it has on families. Our government had a whirl at prohibiting booze at one point too. Just as with pot, it didn't work and was a giant waste of time, money, and lives. When something of high demand is illegal, illegal enterprise always steps in.
Alcohol is far more detrimental both long and short term. Apparently there are blinders on in this, because cannabis is also used responsibly for both recreation, and medicine all over the world. Unlike booze which has no accepted medical value beyond emergency anti-septic.
This is backwards. "Crime" comes into play because the substance is illegal, not because people steal cars to get a fix of marijuana. Remove illegality, and you remove the majority of harm that it causes society. As far as fights go, ain't nobody who likes to fight more than a drunk.
I don't understand your point. He went to the hospital because someone gave him a mild intoxicant without his knowledge, not because he was ever in any real danger of anything. On the other hand, people die all the time, including children because they got a hold of, or were given alcohol that they were unable to be responsible with.
Plenty of anti-alcohol misinformation here. When was the last time a child died from ingesting alcohol? Cannabis sends an average of 1,000 people a day to the hospital in the US even if they ingest it knowingly. Check out http://www.drugabuse.gov/publication...cy-room-visits
. If cannabis were legal, I believe we'd see that number increase. I'm sure alcohol sends at least that many drinkers to the emergency room as well - so are you proposing banning it? People can and do die from ingesting too much water at once. The issue for me is not lethality alone. Cannabis is rightfully illegal and I will support efforts to keep the laws as they are.
At the same time, under the American Constitution, I think states should have the rights to regulate this sort of thing. If Washington or Colorado want to make cannabis illegal, then they should have the right to do it. I think they're making a mistake and we'll see over the next few years which of us is proven right.