posted on Jan, 15 2004 @ 05:19 PM
Taxman, it sounds like you haven't ever done pot. It really doesn't inspire the rage in people that drinking does. It inspires more of a peaceful,
lethargic, joyus, laughing, paranoid state.
As for causing more accidents, I highly doubt that. Right now, many of my friends drink ONLY when they can't get their hands on pot. And when they
drink, they tend to drive. When they smoke pot, they just order a pizza and watch a movie or something.
As for pot being the gateway drug, my theory is this. Pot is a gateway drug because health classes deamonize it. "If you smoke pot, your nuts will
fall off..." etc. At least this was the case about 7 years ago when I was getting the anti-drug rhetoric. And I bought into it hook line and
sinker...Until a friend tricked me into trying pot. It was a great time, I didn't see spiders all over my skin, causing me to rip it off. I didn't
go into this psychotic frenzy. And it got me thinking...What else was the health class lying about?
Personally, now, I don't smoke pot, but I do drink and smoke (that one is a PAIN to quit, no matter how expensive it gets!). However, many of
my friends have gone down a path to oblivion because of the mentality of what I just stated. Well, if pot was ok, what about coke? Well, coke seems
alright, let's try acid. And usually, in my experience, after people take that step, there's very little that they won't try. I have one friend who
drinks a bottle of robitussin and goes preaching to trees.
The solution? If pot is legalized, no longer would it be the gateway drug. It would no longer be the first illegal drug someone takes and thinks the
government is just trying to keep them from being happy. If they never cross that legality line, they will be less inclined to do so in the future...