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Should marijuana be legal??

Posted by The Pissed Off Poet

Yes, I believe it should be legalized. I believe it should be legalized because of the facts that I have read and because marijuana helps me a lot…

I have been smoking for only two years now, and have come to realize that the only bad side effects of it are, umm, errrr, well I can't think of any at the moment but let me get back to you on that one. I am not stupid, I am not unmotivated, I can hold a job, I am not violent, but rather positive, I don't hurt anyone and actually help someone by buying their marijuana, etc.

It has never killed ANYONE in the history of mankind and you cannot overdose it.

Anyone who has, had, or know someone who has/had cancer, knows how hard kemo is. Marijuana is proven to help kemo patients immensely by making them hungry, stopping nausea, happy (because cancer is a bummer), and other various beneficial "symptoms."

I have insomnia, asthma, tremors, depression (used to), and chronic pains etc. Marijuana has helped me with all of these and has not added anything to the list. I am not harming anyone else and am not harming myself. The government has no right to tell me that I can't put something into my own body, because we all are our own person, and don't deserve any governing that controls us.

Marijuana is also not a drug, it's a plant. Chemicals are drugs, and the government/medical field makes plenty of 'em. All the "hard" drugs (heroin, crack, etc.) that plague this planet [because THEY ARE HARMFUL to your body] were invented by scientists and then introduced to the government. They all started out as good things, then were discovered to be very harmful. Marijuana is a plant that grows from the ground, and even though I am atheist, "God" did put everything on this planet and put herb on this planet to help us.

There are plenty of plants that are actually deadly. Even some of the most beautiful plants can kill you and your pets. But are they illegal? No. Marijuana is illegal, but has never killed anyone. Tobbacco kills hundreds of thousands of people every year but is legal. The gov. Spends your hard earned money on catching smokers that at the most, bag your groceries wrong huh?

Tobacco smokers know that smoking it (tobacco) is bad. They can't do anything about it though because tobacco is addictive. Marijuana is known not to be addictive. I go sometimes a month without smoking marijuana and I don't freak out, I don't get all stressed, I don't go on a frenzy trying to find just a little weed. No. I just wait till it comes around again, and until then, oh well. Yeah, I can live without it, it's not hard at all. But smoking marijuana makes life a lot easier and smokers find that life is so much more enjoyable while on and off marijuana.

Hemp (doesn't flower and barely any THC) can be used to make oil, paper, clothes, rope, sheets, plastics, and sooooo many other things that we use everyday. We wouldn't need to cut down any more trees because it takes less hemp than trees to make the same amount of paper. We wouldn't need to rely on other countries for oil, and it would be a hell of a lot more cheaper. It actually doesn't make sense to me at all that it is illegal because the government would make millions of dollars by taxing it. And trust me, I would have no problem going to 7-Eleven and buying a pack of pre-rolled marijuana cigarettes and paying a couple extra bucks just so the gov. Will be happy.

We probably could afford to have free health care across the nation if we legalized because the gov. Would have all the money that they wouldn't be spending on fighting "the war," and also all the tax money they could make on taxing marijuana sales.

You don't have to smoke it, just don't have pre-conceived notions about it, and don't listen to just one side. It does help people, it does not harm people.

There's my two cents.

Marijuana Questions?

What are the short term/ Long term effects it has on people? And the frequency required to achieve these effects. Does it contain any cancer causing agents? If you smoke occasionally, is it bad for you? Why is it illegal in the USA?

Posted by Whistler


Marijuana, common name for a drug made from the dried leaves and flowering tops of the Indian hemp plant Cannabis sativa (see Cannabis). People smoke, chew, or eat marijuana for its hallucinogenic and intoxicating effects. It is known by a number of slang names, including “pot,” “grass,” “reefer,” “weed,” and “Mary Jane.”

The flowering tops of the Cannabis plant secrete a sticky resin that contains the active ingredient of marijuana, known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The plant has both male and female forms, and the sticky flowers of the female plant are the most potent. Hashish is a similar drug prepared from the same plant. It differs from marijuana in that it is comprised of only the resin from the plant, whereas marijuana is made up of flowering tops and leaves.

Known in India, Central Asia, and China as early as 3000 BC, marijuana has long been used as both a medicine and an intoxicant. It gained widespread use in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s, becoming the second most popular drug after alcohol, and its popularity continued through the end of the 20th century, particularly among American teens. According to a survey prepared in 1998 by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency, marijuana use among teenagers increased almost 300 percent from 1992 to 1998.

Most countries consider marijuana an illegal substance, but individual countries vary on how they prosecute the use and possession of marijuana. Some countries only impose small fines, while others impose harsher punishment, including imprisonment.


Many users describe two phases of marijuana intoxication: initial stimulation, which includes giddiness and euphoria, followed by sedation and pleasant tranquility. Mood changes are often accompanied by altered perceptions of time and space. Thinking processes become disrupted by fragmentary ideas and memories. Many users report increased appetite, heightened sensory awareness, and general feelings of pleasure.

Negative effects of marijuana use can include confusion, acute panic reactions, anxiety attacks, fear, a sense of helplessness, and loss of self-control. Chronic marijuana users may develop amotivational syndrome characterized by passivity, decreased motivation, and preoccupation with taking drugs. Like alcohol intoxication, marijuana intoxication impairs judgment, comprehension, memory, speech, problem-solving ability, reaction time, and driving skills.

The effects of long-term marijuana use on the intellect have not been established, and there is no evidence that marijuana causes brain damage. Smoking marijuana can damage the lungs, however, and long-term use may increase the risk of lung cancer. Although marijuana is not physically addicting and no physical withdrawal symptoms occur when use is discontinued, psychological dependence develops in some 10 to 20 percent of long-term regular users (see Drug Dependence).


Some people find that marijuana combats the unpleasant symptoms associated with medical conditions. But the potential medical uses of marijuana are hard to assess, as there have been few clinical trials. Pure THC has been shown to improve appetite and prevent the severe weight loss associated with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), and it also reduces the nausea caused by cancer chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Pure THC sold under the brand name Marinol is available in capsule form as a prescription medicine in the United States for these uses. Compared to smoked marijuana, however, this drug is slower to provide symptom relief due to the time required for the drug to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Marijuana is also reported to have beneficial effects in treating pain and muscle spasms in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). Many people who suffer from MS and other chronic diseases report that marijuana provides symptom relief when all other medications fail.

In the United States, the potential medical benefits of marijuana have sparked a debate about the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Since 1986 nine states—Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington—have passed legislation that permits patients to possess and grow marijuana for medicinal purposes with their doctor’s approval. These state laws are not in accordance with federal laws, which prohibit the use, possession, growth, or distribution of marijuana for any purpose. In 2001 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative that marijuana distributors cannot offer a medical-necessity defense to avoid a federal conviction for marijuana manufacture, distribution, and possession. Some proponents of medical marijuana fear that this ruling may eventually make it more difficult for individuals to claim a medical-necessity defense in state courts. In the United Kingdom large-scale clinical trials of cannabis-based medicines for pain and multiple sclerosis were initiated in 2000. If successful these trials could lead to the approval of such medicines in Europe.

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Why is Marijuana Illegal?

I would like to know why Marijuana is Illegal and How bad it actually is for you. I'm 15 so put it into words that I can understand. My vocabulary kind of sucks.

Posted by Mark

Okay, first of all, marijuana is bad for you…about the same level of bad as smoking cigarettes. You are smoking, so there is the carcinogen factor. But even if you go edible, marijuana does have some addictive properties and can lead to some mental deterioration…but so can alcohol. Marijuana is no better or worse than alcohol and tobacco. It's ultimately an individual's choice…it's a bad choice, but it is a choice.

Why it is illegal? In the early 1900s there was a substantial backlash against intoxicating agents. This backlash manifested in several ways, one of them being the prohibition of alcohol, which was a colossal clusterf*ck. All drugs were legal back then, including cocaine (an original ingredient in Coca Cola), heroin, and other drugs.

The harder drugs really did become a major social epidemic with heroin dens (the equivalent of modern crack houses) and other problems. China in particular was CRUSHED by a heroin epidemic. But every nation felt the pain, and many overreacted.

Around that time, some government bureaucrats wanted to make drugs illegal, but there was no constitutional authority to do so. Indeed, prohibition took a constitutional amendment. But these were the days when bureaucrats were just starting to figure out how to get clever at avoiding the constitution, and judges were starting to let them.

So some clever prick (I forget his name) started a PR campaign with a video called "Reefer Madness" that is HILARIOUS in how inaccurate it is in representing the perils of marijuana use. It portrayed people being manic and violent like one might expect of a PCP user. Nothing like a mellow, munchies-infected marijuana user.

But the campaign worked and they got public support. So they used the federal tax power. They created a tax on marijuana, and in order to pay the tax, you had to have a stamp, certifying that you paid…except, nobody actually gave out the stamp. Ta Daaa! The federal govt usurps the power to make something illegal. Real judges would have laughed the govt out of court with this, but the judges upheld it. Over time, as the Interstate Commerce clause became more corrupted, the federal govt moved justification over to that, and dropped the tax charade.

Hope that helps. I really strongly advise that you NOT use weed (or any other psychoactive substance) while your brain is still developing. Actually, I advise against it EVER, but at least wait until you're a full adult. The long term ramifications of marijuana effects on the brain are actually poorly understood. After all, the product is illegal, and you can't conduct proper long term medical studies on an illegal product.

If you don't understand any of these words, look them up! That's how you improve your vocabulary.

(update) NO, the Declaration of Independence is NOT written on hemp. Some of the DRAFTS were believed to be on hemp.

(update 2) Note that when I say "bad for you" I mean as recreational use. Note that marijuana does have legitimate medical applications as a mild yet effective pan killer, anti-nausea medication, etc. That does not mean recreational use is good. It means that if you have a legitimate medical problem, marijuana may be a better, less side-effect laden option than other harsher painkillers and treatments.

But recreational use is still bad because it is still a powerful, psychoactive substance, and using that on a healthy brain is damaging in the long term.

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