Post # 136
@Dec-bride: It would be extremely unlikely to get you “contact high,” especially in an outdoor space. Even in a normal living room you’d be OK unless there were a whole bunch of pipes lit up and no ventilation. Basically, to get contact high you need to be in an enclosed space (like a car) with a lot of smoke for a long period of time.
Post # 137
@SoupyCat: Mk … I don’t even know how to respond to that. Maybe you should educate yourself a bit more on the topic before you make yourself sound even more simple minded.
It only makes your argument look weak when you have to personally insult others and change the topic.
Post # 138
@KatyElle: cons: it smells really bad 😉 Honestly though, I’m not against people using it. What they do to themselves that don’t hurt others isn’t my business. I do think legalizing it will disminish some power of the cartels, but they might just make up that lost revenue in other ways, just like any other business would. Like you, I just want more facts.
Post # 139
- Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
Grow it here and don’t allow it to be imported. Don’t allow cigarette companies to get their hands on it and add chemicals to it like they did with tobacco.
I know I sound harsh, but I’ve seen a parent’s health ravaged by all the poisonous garbage they pack into cigarettes and I think it’s a shame that cigarette companies have the power and influence that they do. I believe they are a huge force in the anti-weed contigency in this country.
The negatives of weed being legal and regulated: the cigarette and alcohol companies will lose business.
If you think weed smells worse than cigarettes, you’ve probably been around poor quality or stale weed. I’ve smelled high grade stuff at music festivals and it has a sweet, herbal smell.
Post # 140
@SoupyCat:Boy does it smell bad!
I still think it should be legalized. As to what @zagora: said, this is one of my main reasons to legalize drugs. I haven’t seen the murder besides in the news, but I’ve seen what has happened to several towns in South America (haven’t been to Mexico since I was a baby). We need to stop feeding the drug cartels.
Post # 141
I am a regular poster on this site. Unfortunately, because of the huge stigma against marijuana I chose not to write under my actual name. I am a daily marijuana smoker. I have a medical license to use marijuana, and vaporize 2-3 times a day to help with pain management. Before I used marijuana I used very hard narcotics to deal with the pain, such as Vicodin, Norco, Soma, etc. Those drugs made me feel so foggy headed it was hard to do anything but sit on the couch. I became very depressed and I knew they were having horrible effects on my body, especially my liver. Fortunately for me, I went to a pain management support group and medical marijuana was one of the treatments they suggested for me. I have been a daily user since then, which has been 8 years now. In that time I went from being a C student in high school, before I had ever tried marijuana, to an honor roll student in college, after I started using marijuana for pain management. I have a sucessful career as a nanny. I have NEVER smoked before, or during work. Only after work, or if I have at least 5 hours before I need to be at work. The effects of marijuana last about an hour on me, but I like to leave 5 hours just to be absolutely positive that nothing would prohibit me from doing my job properly. The parents I nanny for are fully aware that I vaporize marijuana and are completely fine with it. They know that I am a responcible adult who loves and cares for their children regardless of how I choose to manage the pain I’ve suffered with for the last 15 years. If all people were this open to medical marijuana I believe the stigma would finally die.
Post # 142
While I have never tried it and have no desire to (legal or not), I think it should be made legal for both medicinal and recreational use.
Post # 143
@Mrs.Darling: “I used to have a job that required we not be on OTC cough syrup, RX pain killers or anxiety meds.”
Just out of curiousity, what kind of job was this?? The majority of my immeadiate and extended family (myself included) are on anti-anxiety meds and we are fully capable of handling any kind of job or profession. We range from engineers to nurses to business owners to doctors to sales representatives to stay at home homes and more all perfectly successfully on anit-anxiety meds.
I can’t think of a job where it would make sense to ban them.
Post # 144
I agree that there are worse things than pot, but I also don’t agree with making it a legal recreational drug (I also don’t think that cigarettes should be legal, and would support loads more restrictions on alcohol than currently exist, so that gives you some perspective on that).
However, I do know that there have been loads of medicinal benefits linked to it, so I do support making it available under a triplicate prescription (similar to how one gets a prescription for Percocet).
Post # 145
@UCBee: I know someone who was in a terrible car accident almost 10 years ago and still lives with chronic pain every day. His injuries consisted of a broken pelvis in 3 places and a near severed arm (to name a few). He was given the highest doses allowable for pain meds and it did nothing for him. He felt every second of the pain. Pain meds just don’t work for him but marijuana does. Pot has been the only relief he’s had in the last 10 years. He smokes regularly and still manages to be wildly successful and one of the most intelligent and creative people I’ve ever met. Unfortunately, NY hasn’t gotten with the program yet so he still has to obtain it illegally. It’s really disheartening that he has to commit a crime to get some pain relief.
Post # 146
@UCBee: I would imagine that those prescription drugs were also much more expensive than the pot? Another reason I think it will be difficult to legalize…..pharmacuetical companies would stand to lose a lot, lot, LOT of money if instead of needing a script for depression, anxiety, pain – you could just go to a local dealer or even grow it yourself.
Post # 147
@Mrs.KMM: My DH’s job requires that they not be on any form of anxiety medication or prescriptions that cause mind-altering side effects for any length of time. They also cannot ever have had broken bones, have EVER taken medication for various medical conditions, and so on.
He is in the Navy and when they’re underway, they are basically on call 24/7 because with his job, anxiety, depression, or other treatable illnesses are too dangerous in the setting in which he works. It’s not that people with those conditions are inferior, but in the setting of his work, serious medical conditions pose too much of a risk to everyone on board, including heart issues, breathing issues, mental issues, etc.
Post # 148
I voted for medicinal use only… but honestly I don’t know.. I have been in this argument before , I have heard people argue about this issue and boy it can get UGLY…
alcohol is legal yet it destroys lives same with tobacco…
I am so mixed up in this topic, but one thing I know is that the U.S. govt will not legalize it any time soon!!!
Post # 149
@piglet_625: Yeah – I guess I could see that.
Quick question (don’t mean to threadjack) – So what if someone was already in the military and then needed to go on such a medication (like I just started anti-anxiety meds about 6 months ago – and they’ve been a godsend)? Are they forced to discharge?
Post # 150
I think if smoking nicotine is going to be legal, smoking marijuana has to be legal too. The use of either substance can pose a burden to society for different reasons. But I’m pretty sure the only reason pot is illegal is that a large corporation didn’t come along and commercialize it fast enough.
That gets into the question if whether cigs should be sold legally… but that’s a whole other can of worms.