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Should Marajuana be Legal?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Xanikk999, Feb 8, 2007.

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Should marajuana be illegal?

  1. Yes it should be illegal.

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  2. No it should be legal.

    56.4%
  3. Only for medicinal use.

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  4. Never for any reason should it be allowed.

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  1. skadistic

    skadistic Caomhanach

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    I was a daily user and quit on my own. It was cake after a few days out the funk it was pure gravy. I also quit daily use of a real pshycological addiction, nicotine. That was hell. I've also kicked other addictions. So "Mr. I admit I have no clue what I'm actualy talking about" do you still want to tell me what addiction is like and what is or is not addicting?
     
  2. Nick Garai

    Nick Garai Prince

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    Yes, it should be legal.
     
  3. Zande33

    Zande33 Chieftain

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    Marijuana IS addictive. Mentally. What else is addictive? Well, almost everything.
    Should those things be illegal? No.

    If you ARN'T responsible, DON'T use it. Just because there are irresponsible users doesn't mean you outlaw it from everyone.

    And remember folks, it's Marijuana, not marajuana :)
     
  4. Dawgphood001

    Dawgphood001 The Professional Poster

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    It's also marihuana if you're REALLY old school.
     
  5. Warman17

    Warman17 NES Grandpa

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    Its actually Mr. Mother is a licensed addiction specialist. But I digress. The fact remains marijuana is addictive. I applaud your ability to quit single handedly; but a large number of people people can't. I have met people, through my mother's work, who seriously LIVED on marijuana; it was all they did and hoped to achieve, until their families stepped in and got them involved in programs.

    Maybe your right, maybe its just one case. Someone whose problem is having a 'weak mind' succeptable to addiction moreso than you. Either or I still would rather not have it more widely available. We have enough alcoholics and nicotine smokers in this world, which usually go hand in hand. I'd rather not add a third widely available (and by widely available I mean advertised, marketed, put in stores, accepted by society, etc) psychotropic drug into the market.
     
  6. skadistic

    skadistic Caomhanach

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    Ask you mommy how exactly marijuana is addictive. Ask her exactly what neuro receptor and exactly what chemicals are effected and how long the "addiction withdrawl" lasts. Ask her exactly how this addiction compairs to things like coke or heroin or even alchohol. Ask her what exact withdrawl symptoms marijuana has.

    Those people you met didn't live for weed. They did weed to escape and had deeper underlying psycological problems. People don't stop doinf pot because they can't its because they don't want to.
     
  7. Warman17

    Warman17 NES Grandpa

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    EXACTALY!

    http://forums.civfanatics.com/showpost.php?p=5093744&postcount=219


    Just because you are not PHYSICALLY dependent, doesn't mean you aren't MENTALLY dependent. Mental dependency may not be as bad as a physical dependency, but it is a dependency none-the-less. You had to make a concious choice to stop, knowing that this was a bad 'habit' (aka addiction). I make a habit of putting my laundry in the laundry basket, thats a habit.

    The difference between a habit and an addiction is this: a habit forms from a repetative behavior: cleaning dishes every night, looking both ways before crossing the street. An addiction is caused by a stimuli, most commonly a drug, which creates a dependency on it; either mentally and/or physically. I wouldn't smoke a cigarette everyday because its a learned behavior; but because my mind is telling me I need it to function; whether or not my body is telling me the same. I could for example one day not do the dishes, or not look both ways before crossing the street just simply by foregetting it; but I would never forget to smoke because its something my mind craves.

    I will agree with you that marijuana is not as addictive as either alcohol or nicotine; but it's damn well addictive.
     
  8. Ziggy Stardust

    Ziggy Stardust New Englander

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    Posting here is damn well addictive. What stimuli are needed for that? Besides posts which you disagree with that is. If you put the bar that low, anything qualifies. If anything qualifies the term addictive as a distinguishing characteristic becomes a little redundant doesn't it?

    By the way, I stopped smoking weed for 2 years when I moved in with a girl who didn't smoke weed. I hadn't been smoking it for a month before I realised I hadn't been.

    It's like eating chocolate, drinking a glass of wine or whisky.
     
  9. warpus

    warpus In pork I trust

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    Yeah, well, there are people out there who do nothing but collect Elvis Presley memorabilia. That's what they LIVE on. It's all they ever hope to achieve.

    They must be stopped.

    Seriously though, whatever happened to personal responsibility?
     
  10. azzaman333

    azzaman333 meh

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    The government is responsible for indiviual stupidity nowadays.
     
  11. El_Machinae

    El_Machinae Colour vision since 2018 Retired Moderator

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    I'll step in to agree that MJ is rather harmful for a cohort of people, who form a fraction of the population. Their lives would be better if they did not use marijuana. However, there is a much larger cohort that's not (significantly) negatively affected by its use.

    So, there's an argument for keeping it illegal: protecting the minority.

    However, we have a really big problem with this theory; how many people are currently being protected by keeping it illegal? These would be people who would be harmed my MJ, but aren't because it's illegal. And these people are not common, at all. The people who are hurt by MJ are still being hurt by it, even though it's illegal (often because their personality type does not care if it's illegal, just like most people occassionally forget to care about anti-littering laws).

    We're paying a huge social burden to protect a few people; it's not worth it.
     
  12. Ziggy Stardust

    Ziggy Stardust New Englander

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    Furthermore, by 'protecting' those people you condem them into the criminal circuit. That's not really helpfull either.

    Proper protection would be: Legalising it. Bring it out in the open, get rid of the tabboo and labels like pothead. Only than the minority you want to protect becomes visible and you can start targeting them to help them. The costs of that program could be paid by the taxation on weed, like it is done with tobacco at the moment.
     
  13. El_Machinae

    El_Machinae Colour vision since 2018 Retired Moderator

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    That's not what I mean, the people 'actually' protected are the non-criminal people. All the people who use pot anyway are not protected by the laws. In fact, by encouraging a black market, we remove accountability that dealers have for their product (it's not like you can sue a dealer for giving you bad weed).
     
  14. Ziggy Stardust

    Ziggy Stardust New Englander

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    Ah k, missunderstood that, my bad.

    Second time in a short period that happens ... *logs off, takes break*
     
  15. Bozo Erectus

    Bozo Erectus Master Baker

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    Its not that pot is addictive, which it isnt, not when compared to alcohol and other drugs. People are addictive. People can get addicted to anything. There are actually people walking around who are addicted to carrots. They turn orange. No kidding, look it up if you dont believe it.
     
  16. tomsnowman123

    tomsnowman123 Simple Liver

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    Marijuana has medicinal purposes, comes from a plant (how can we ban plants?) and is less harmful than alcohol and tobacoo, and maybe even less adictive than caffeine. The War on Drugs has been a waste of money and caused jail overcrowding. Marijuana possession, llike all drugs, should be legalized.
     

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