a reply to: Skid Mark
Even beyond all the eggshell rhetoric towards cannabis, it is simple: it's a personal choice.
As is consuming alcohol, as is cigarettes, as is being prescribed prescription narcotics. The three mentioned are (or were) at one point heavily
advertised, and I go as far to say as glamorized. Ooh-look! A pretty girl, who is wearing a bikini, drinking a beer/eating a sandwich! What relevance
does that have to the product - I have no idea, yet it is commonly used as a selling point.
Could you IMAGINE the outrage if an advertisement was aired during the Super-Bowl showing a model from Maxim smoking a blunt on a beach in a minuscule
How about the NFL being endorsed by a company that produces cannabis, as is the case with alcohol, is it not?
Alcohol attributes to a plethora of mental illnesses, and has been correlated with aggression/violent crimes, as well as addiction, underage drinking,
drunk driving, poisoning of vital organs, "alcoholism," and the list could continue.
My point being here, there are but a number of examples of the dangers and epidemics of prescription narcotic overdoses (killed more than heroin and
coc aine combined in 2015), and abuse, and I've briefly mentioned alcohol.
Cigarettes? 3,000+ chemicals and a number of carcinogenic chemicals? We all know the long-term effects of using cigarettes.
Here comes the kicker... if you want to drink alcohol, take prescription narcotics, smoke cigarettes, vape ("e-cig"), or even smoke cannabis; that's
your freedom to do so. Who am I to tell you otherwise?
BUT with the epidemic of addictions, overdoses, and abuses of these "legal," drugs, why is cannabis still remain that one drug that has a stigma
attached to it? Even here on ATS, threads are closed for discussing it, yet we can make an emoticon for a beer icon.
To be completely honest, the only argument used against cannabis is that it is demotivating. However, do you know what else is demotivating?
Eighty-five people have more wealth than 3.3 billion people on Earth. The top 1% in America own more than half of all wealth. The fact that we live in
an oligarchy/plutocracy, in which we are governed by the Federal Reserve - a private banking cartel that loans out money to the U.S. Government, with
interest, that results in unplayable debt and therefore inescapable debt ($18 trillion and growing). The fact that the dollar has lost over 90% of its
value, and that wages are at an all-time low in many areas/jobs. The reality of life is demotivating, but hey - I'm just regurgitating what people a
lot smarter than myself have been saying for a long time.
I will never understand how people can not just let it boil down to, "it's a fwedumb thing." After all, Americans love their fwedumbs. Alcohol,
cigarettes, and prescription pills (separately) are more deadly than cannabis.
Yet which one(s) do you see on the side of NASCAR cars, and plastered all over the television? Does any other drug - other than prescription narcotics
- have side effects that range from death, shortness of breath, possible blindness, strokes, elections lasting more than four hours? Like what the
^%*^ is in that to cause a human body to react like that?
I digress, my rant is probably astounding at this point. The whole "marijuana is bad, drugs are bad, drugs need to be illegal," is just insane. I have
deliberately debated this subject on many occasions you can cite every claim you make to the deaths/illnesses attributed to so many legal drugs, how
countries that changed their view on "drugs and criminality," towards "drugs and mental illness," and the results thereafter, or try to boil it down
to a common sense approach; one that essentially ignores the addictions/overdoses of other legal drugs, and asks, "What's so different, or worse, for
And I'm telling you - there is NO logical reasoning as to why cannabis should remain illegal. I have seen emotional and opinionated statements
regarding its addictions and misuse, it should however be noted that (in my opinion) in the form of "addiction," there is hardly any prevelant
addiction properties in cannabis. Dependency? Absolutely - however, attempting to get people to see the difference of "addictions," and
"dependencies," are like attempting to convince a Republican that a "Democrat Socialist," is not a "Socialist," nor a "Communist," then attempting to
ensure them that you're not a Clinton-supporting "Libtard."
There are articles showing dependencies and withdrawals from coffee and chocolates; we ought to outlaw that too! It's absolute insanity, and I won't
even elaborate on how cannabis being illegal therefore ensures and creates a place in a black market with other "harder," drugs. The "gateway drug,"
theory was created by the people who created the legislation to outlaw, therefore allowing the emergence of a black market.
(Let's remember - Chicago never had a black market for alcohol during the Prohibition era. Oh, wait...)
Did you know, the government's "official expert," on marijuana from 1938-1962, Dr. James C. Munch testified in court, under oath, that he took two
puffs of marihuana and turned into a bat?
Also, Harry J. Anslinger, head of some BS alphabet agency, said these tidbits of propoganda gold:
"weed with roots in hell"
(cannabis existed before man invented Hell)
"an assassin of youth"
(your cannabis may stab you while you sleep?)
"turned its users into violent, criminal zombies"
(He's referring to meth and/or sports teams winning the Cup/Bowl/Super-Game and people rioting like zombies)
"An addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality, and death."
And Reefer Madness - oh, it's madness alright. It's something you'd expect to see on Comedy Central, except for honestly; it's incredibly racist to
blacks/Latinos, and sexist to ALL women, and I wouldn't recommend it as a very credible source of anything expect for a prime example at failed
polarized-politics of hate in America.
Anyways, good thread and replies. I'm not attacking anyone either, just espousing my beliefs regarding the rampant hypocrisies in America. My rants
tend to be pretty damn long.