Is marijuana addictive? - page 6

A couple of us were having this discussion tonight. One nurses says no it is not addictive. I said "well I've know some potheads who couldn't stop smoking, couldn't face life without pot, etc." ... Read More

  1. by   LasVegasRN
    Good post, sbic.
  2. by   RoadRunner
    Originally posted by fergus51
    Asked about social security or guns and they say that the American people are intelligent enough to plan for their retirement and handle assault weapons, but pot? No way! They are too stupid.
    Well said!
    Incredible how money (read lobbying) rules over what's wrong and what's not for people....
  3. by   tiger
    i know this has nothing to do with marijuana being addictive or not , but thought it was kinda interesting.
  4. by   Q.
    That was very interesting, Tiger.
  5. by   debyan
    Legalize pot.....eat more Macdonalds......gain more weight....EEK Im still tryin to lose my high school, pot smokin, big mac eatin pounds
    Ha Ha :chuckle
    Back in the day, well Being a child of the 70's had its perks.
    My opinion, be that as it may, is I can't see us winning the war against marijuana.Legalize it, try to monitor its use better.
    I have friends parents who used it before their death for nausea d/t chemo, one friend who believes it lessens her seizure activity. I quit that stuff when I started needing shoes for my kids, priorities, you know.
    I hate to see the young people just experimenting with it get into so much trouble.
    Me I like a wine cooler once in a while,maybe beer
    I am so mellow without drugs it's pitiful. deb
  6. by   sbic56
    tiger

    I can clearly see the effects on those spiders: The caffeine caused the spider to feel bit overstimulated with a desire to get the job done too quickly; the benzidrine caused hyperactivity and clear disassociation. The stoned spider looks like he just lost motivation to finish the job.
  7. by   tiger
    Originally posted by sbic56
    tiger

    The stoned spider looks like he just lost motivation to finish the job.
    :roll :chuckle :chuckle :roll
  8. by   EmeraldNYL
    Great post sbic56! I totally agree with you, we need to stop feeding kids propaganda. I just read a really great book by Dan Savage called Skipping Towards Gomorrah, he also advocates legalizing pot for many of the same reasons you gave. I read somewhere that in some southern states like Kentucky, marajuana is the number one cash crop! We should stop prosecuting casual weekend marajuana smokers and start going after real criminals.
  9. by   ziggyRn
    Semstr, granted it was a while back when i last visited.
    But who distributes it now that it is OK in the coffee shops?
    Aren't they the same people that have always supplied it? Bet my bottom dollar they are.
    But more significantly, aren't they the same organisations that supply the hard drugs?The as*holes that market drugs like heroin that result in immense suffering for addicts, their families and friends.
    Since they were already there, then they probably just became 'legal'. And what else do these bits of excrement do...money laundering, trafficking in women, extortion and so on.
    I don't think that smoking a bit of dope is necessarily a bad thing and I don't get uptight about it...i did a lot in my student days.
    But my point is that legality smokescreens the wider and deeper issue. This bigger issue is still there and nothing really changes...a bunch of sleezebag crooks getting richer and more powerful by the day. To ignore it is apathy. Legalising some of their activity gives them a sense of respectibility that they don't deserve.
    To say they are controlled with jail is wishfull thinking...organised crime has a firm hold in many countries...winning might be a better description.
    Now off my soapbox, Ziggy.
    Last edit by ziggyRn on Dec 13, '02
  10. by   fergus51
    I thought in Amsterdam the coffee shops are liscences somehow by the gov't. Wouldn't that give them enough control?
  11. by   sbic56
    Thanks, EmeraldNYL. Marijuana is the #1 cash crop in many US states, my state of Maine included. The entire focus of the US antidrug coalition has been to try to influence the public into believing that marijuana is something it is not. It is as benign a substance as most over the counter medications if used in moderation. If this were not so, we would have documentation to the effect that is was harmful, not just extreme assertions that this is so. The argument is weak because the danger is minimal if the drug is used responsibly.
  12. by   semstr
    Yes, of course these coffeeshops are federal controlled. (and I know from very reliable sources, that the US- DEA has a few guys in there too) And no, the shopowners weren't selling on the street before they got the shops. These guys have to have a blank police-sheet (or whatever you call that)
    So, NO Ziggy, these aren't the same guys selling the illegal hard stuff.
  13. by   nurseman
    Last Christmas I was working up in an isolated fly in reservation. The band had passed a resolution that alcohol was prohibited. The nearest liquor store was a 1 hour flight or 6 hour boat/skidoo ride away (Boat for 8 months, skidoo 2 months)
    Bootleggers were selling the 325 ml size (mickies) of vodka, rye, rum for $100. Anyone 19 years and older could buy them in the store 200km away for $11. I talked to a lot of people that were willing to spend the money and get drunk. Those who couldn't afford the price of rum just drank hairspray. The bootleggers were the ones trying to keep the community dry. They were making $$$$ after all.

    I think that the current laws trying to prohibit drugs are doing more harm than good. They haven't gotten rid of the drug after all the billions of tax dollars. They are a cash cow for organized crime. The drugs are occasionally laced with harmful chemicals or other drugs. Minors can get narcotics easier from a dealer than they can get alcohol from a liquor store. I don't smoke the stuff but I'd rather those who do pay some tax and support a local farmer rather than support the biker gangs or the mafia.

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