I just teamed up with women’s lib writer Barbara Walker and Dr. Lester Grinspoon of Harvard Medical School to publish on Kindle Pot Stories and Atheist Essays.
One piece, “Pot Story,” offers a very persuasive polemic for legalization and at the same time shows some of the misery and suffering that unwise laws have caused over the decades. One section describes Harry Anslinger, the founder and first commissioner of the Prohibition Movement, as a conspicuous bigot and inarguable moron.
Ms. Walker, in her inimitable style, writes of the abuses of religion over the centuries and the mistreatment of women, mostly due to original sin.
Also included is a podcast of Dr. Grinspoon where he categorically states there is no physical damage to the body at all. He tells the story of how he first turned on, exhorted by none other than Carl Sagan on a cruise to a conference in Europe.
If you’re interested in marijuana, either medically or recreationally, this is a must read so you’ll know what you’re doing or talking about. Lot’s to discuss, n’est-ce pas?
I agree that we should hold this subject with the same level of "scientific scrutiny" as we would any other subject. There is just one problem with that (well thousands actually). Since Marijuana has been illegal scientists had to apply to the government to get permission to study it and the thousands of applications were denied. The handful of studies that were allowed, even with the government in no uncertain terms letting the researchers know what they wanted the results to say, all came back showing no ill effects. As more countries lax their laws, more and more evidence has been pouring in showing, not only is it not harmful, but it has many beneficial uses. Did you know your brain has receptors for CBD's, some of which your body produces but many that aren't produced anywhere else in nature other than marijuana? A lot of what we were told was lies, just like religion. The very name, was made up as a racial attempt to tie it to Mexican immigrants. The government propaganda was poured on thick and they used fear and peer pressure just like religion. I don't smoke it, but I don't believe that in an allegedly free country, my government can tell me that I don't have the "right" to. Remember when Bush Sr said he didn't like broccoli? Could you imagine him saying, "therefore I'm going to make broccoli illegal"? There are many good documentaries about it (and some bad ones) look them up online. I dont smoke it and used to be against it until I researched it myself.
There is no possible way that putting something in your mouth and lighting it on fire and I hailing the smoke is not bad for you. Ingesting marijuana is surely bad for you too.
What is your evidence for these beliefs?
and any contrary evidence I give you, you will just twist things around and tell me how wrong I am>>>
That’s what discussions of for: getting at the truth. I don’t tell you “how” wrong you are, merely that you might be wrong. Consider this one:
I know that marijuana is bad for you for all the same reasons tobacco is bad for you. >>>
That’s clearly not true. Nobody ever contracted lung cancer from smoking marijuana. If you smoke too much, OD that is, you merely pass out and wake up feeling fine. Try that with booze or hard drugs.
I totally agree with you Michael , Marijuana is a drug and always will be a drug....Just because we are allowed to smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol, both drugs, does not mean we should allow yet another drug be consumed by the general populace.......Marijuana has been proven to be quite helpful in cancer patients with severe nausea....It is even available in pill form for that use with a prescription.........The argument that people should be capable of smoking only the `Best' marijuana and know to limit the use of it is pure hogwash....If that were true there would be no alcoholics...and cigarette smokers would not die of cancer. The truth is that any drug that can alter your mental state needs to be controlled because users can't be trusted to limit its use.....That is just how humans behave........However just as with alcohol in the 1930's prohibition era public demand may be too great and marijuana may need to be treated more like cigarettes with an age limit of 21 and strict laws prohibiting driving under the influence as with alcohol....Maybe just maybe it could work and the tax on it would do some good for everyone.......As far as equating marijuana use with Atheism I am afraid it does not compute with me......
The argument that people should be capable of smoking only the `Best' marijuana and know to limit the use of it is pure hogwash....If that were true there would be no alcoholics...and cigarette smokers would not die of cancer. The truth is that any drug that can alter your mental state needs to be controlled because users can't be trusted to limit its use
What is your evidence for this belief?
There are many people who use marijuana only occasionally. I used marijuana about once every 2 weeks for 25 years.
Drugs vary in their addictiveness. Tobacco is extremely addictive. Alcohol is also addictive - yet there are many people who have a glass of wine with dinner, and never become alcoholics.
For any drug, there are people who use it in a pathological way - too often, and it interferes with their lives. Why should the people who use it occasionally suffer for those people?
And why should the people who use those drugs in a dysfunctional way, be further punished by being criminalized?
A huge part of the prison population is there because of drugs, directly or indirectly.
Your argument could also apply to guns.......Some people misuse guns so why should the good gun owners be penalized? The problem with that argument is that because of Human nature the misusers can cause terrible tragedy to the rest of us.........A person who smokes marijuana frequently just because it is easily available and then drives a car or uses any machinery can cause much harm to others.A person who drinks too much alcohol can not only kill someone from driving DUI, the person could become violent and hurt those around him.....Unfortunately we need to have laws that protect us from everyone using or handling a dangerous substance or weapon......You can not base everything on your own personal behavior....I am totally in favor of eliminating the use of marijuana as a criminal offense....I agree that our jails have way too many inmates from this stupid law.....A fine on repeated use is all that is necessary .....
....A person who smokes marijuana frequently just because it is easily available and then drives a car or uses any machinery can cause much harm to others
There are laws against driving under the influence of drugs. Do you think those laws aren't enough, and if so, why?
We have laws against driving drunk. Do you think drinking alcohol should be illegal because people sometimes violate the laws against driving drunk?
A person who drinks too much alcohol ... could become violent and hurt those around him
We have laws against assaulting people, also. Do you think drinking alcohol should be illegal because people sometimes assault others while they're drunk?
To Laura......My point was just that......We do have laws for abusive users of drunk driving and assault.....which is why we need laws for marijuana use as well...I was trying to explain,obviously not well, that not everyone who smokes marijuana uses good judgement....Those who do carry a small amount of MJ and are not bothering any body should not have to worry about being thrown in jail... ....
<There is no possible way that putting something in your mouth and lighting it on fire and I hailing the smoke is not bad for you. Ingesting marijuana is surely bad for you too. >>>
I disagree. There are many experiments showing marijuana to be of curative and medicinal benefit—certain types of epilepsy, for instance. I haven’t studied the latest literature but I’m pretty sure there are many instances of mj being very beneficial. I can also see mj helping people in a hospice.
Marijuana sure helped friends of mine cope with the horrors of Viet Nam. Let me ask you Michael, if you were in Nam and your commanding officer told you to go into the a village (Ben Suc, for example) set the huts on fire and then shoot the hiding old people and children when they came running out with their clothes ablaze, would you prefer to follow the order straight?
Same with people in jail. Marijuana helps us cope.