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Re: Canada leaglizes marijuana, what does everyone think?
« Reply #50 on: October 21, 2018, 10:39:46 AM »
I'm not thrilled about it. I don't think people should go to jail over weed, but at the same time, I just really hate the smell and culture of it. I could very happily live somewhere like Singapore, which has very strict drug laws.
The more mainstream it becomes, the more stupid "stoner culture" looks. The largest retail company here in WA has their stores looking understated and staffed by helpful professionals, not dimwits with a growing operation in their parents' basement.

It will ever be as common as alcohol, because hey, they are two very different things. Even if we somehow came to 100% acceptance with 0% stigma overnight, the social dynamics around consumption are wildly different. And that's totally okay.

There will always be a subset of people who will brag about how much they drink or smoke, but ultimately the rest of us will start thinking of them as the idiot outliers instead of standard bearers. I think we're a couple of years away from that.

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Re: Canada leaglizes marijuana, what does everyone think?
« Reply #51 on: October 21, 2018, 01:07:09 PM »
Tobacco use has been steadily declining for decades, without having been made illegal. So I'm not sure about the legality=social acceptance hypothesis. I'm willing to be convinced, but it's not obvious to me.

We should be getting better numbers in a few years -- that's one good thing about legalization. Easier to get reliable numbers. I really doubt that recreational usage will go either up or down much, but that's just a guess.

My thinking on marijuana is that really we've threshed this out before in the United States, about alcohol. We decided prohibition was a bad idea. Personally I'd be on board for prohibiting both alcohol and cannabis, apart from medical uses -- I loathe intoxicants -- but prohibiting one (and punishing people extravagantly for it) while allowing the other seems silly and inconsistent to me, particularly when cannabis is the less destructive of the two.

If we draw the line on the far side of alcohol, then it's hard for me to see a rational reason for drawing it on the near side of cannabis.


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« Reply #52 on: October 21, 2018, 02:24:47 PM »
Portugal has the answer. Decriminalize _all_ drugs.

https://www.google.com/amp/amp.timeinc.net/time/longform/portugal-drug-use-decriminalization


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« Reply #53 on: October 21, 2018, 04:04:48 PM »
I guess the question is whether making more of the currently available intoxicants legal will increase the total amount of time people spend intoxicated or not. My guess is that we won't see a huge shift, and most of the time spent smoking pot by the population as a whole would either already have happened illegally, be substitution away from alcohol, or substitution away from intoxicants that remain illegal (not sure how big that last slice is, but it's probably not absolutely zero).

But I could well be wrong. Does anyone know if there are any studies from Colorado or Washington on this question?
I didn't see any particularly good arguments one way or the other in the thread.    Just opinions.   Your points aren't invalid, but you guys are treating it like it's a zero-sum game.    Arguing that nothing will change is a little disingenuous.

I think accusing someone one being disingenuous for making a prediction, acknowledging it could be wrong, and inquiring whether anyone has any actual data or studied to support or contradict the prediction indicates that you are not interested in discussing this topic in good faith.

So I guess there is no point in us speaking further.

I didn't mean to be rude.   My apologies.    I'm interested if studies from US states have results.

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« Reply #54 on: October 21, 2018, 04:28:36 PM »
Appreciated Scottish. Since the earlier post I've been trying to see if anyone has published reliable data on this.

The best I've found so far is a study from Washington State that used data on sales of Marijuana, Tobacco, and Alcohol, as well as differences in between dispensaries opened in different parts of the state to look at the effect of marijuana legalization (https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3148773).

They estimated that marijuana legalization decreases demand for alcohol by ~12% and decreased demand for tobacco by ~20% if the prices for all three intoxicants remain legal constant (See Table 7 in the PDF). Meanwhile total (legal and taxed) expenditure on all three intoxicants grew from $2.5 billion pre-legalization to $2.9 billion post-legalization. How much of that extra $400M represents people who used to buy pot on the black market shifting their purchases to legal and taxed routes, and how much of that represents people who previously weren't buying any form of intoxicant now deciding to consume pot because it is legal and/or less socially frowned upon remains ambiguous.

Now I am not, by any stretch of the imagination, an economist, so if anyone else wants to take a look at that study (or is aware of a better or more relevant one) please do speak up.
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« Reply #55 on: October 22, 2018, 08:41:38 AM »
Time will tell whether legalization is a good thing or not.    I have to wonder how making more intoxicants available can be good for society...

I guess the question is whether making more of the currently available intoxicants legal will increase the total amount of time people spend intoxicated or not. My guess is that we won't see a huge shift, and most of the time spent smoking pot by the population as a whole would either already have happened illegally, be substitution away from alcohol, or substitution away from intoxicants that remain illegal (not sure how big that last slice is, but it's probably not absolutely zero).

But I could well be wrong. Does anyone know if there are any studies from Colorado or Washington on this question?

Time will tell whether legalization is a good thing or not.    I have to wonder how making more intoxicants available can be good for society...

Yes, time will tell I suppose, but availability isn't really the issue. Most anyone who wants weed can get some weed.

As for it being good for society, the most basic argument would be to look at how well prohibition worked out. Current laws cause a lot of the same problems that prohibition in the US did like providing money to organized crime and not allowing for oversight and regulation of sales. Beyond that I would say read through the previous comments. Good arguments have already been made to answer this question. If you disagree with the reasoning, let us know why and I or the original poster can further the discussion.



I didn't see any particularly good arguments one way or the other in the thread.    Just opinions.   Your points aren't invalid, but you guys are treating it like it's a zero-sum game.    Arguing that nothing will change is a little disingenuous.

Look at tobacco.   It's no longer socially acceptable.    The health costs to society of tobacco use have been steadily declining.

I don't see it as a zero sum game at all. Certain individuals who do not smoke under the current laws will try it after legalization and of those people some will take it up regularly and of those some will be worse for it and some will be better, but based on some of the arguments made so far, the positive impacts on society will far outweigh the negative. As for whether or not these are "good" arguments, that's why I asked if there was any particular argument or line of reasoning that you disagreed with so that we could further the discussion with data.

Regarding social acceptance I think honesty is the best route to putting marijuana where it belongs in society. My personal experience growing up was being told that it was as bad as other drugs and that it would fry my brain. As soon as I had access to the internet and a slight interest I realized most of what I had been told was demonstrably false. This made me question a lot of the other common "knowledge" around drugs and probably made me a little cocky about what I thought I knew and the adults around me were ignorant of. Being told by my father that he had a roommate in college who's life was ruined by pot wasn't very convincing once I realized that he also believed the entire plant was smoked. (this roommate sounded pretty made up for other reasons too)

Speaking with others on the subject I've heard the same experience from lots of other people my age and older.

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Tobacco causes lung cancer.   Marijuana makes you fat1 dumb2 and happy3.   The happy part is great, fat and dumb not so much.

Personally I'd prefer to see drugs like marijuana become socially ostracized rather than socially acceptable.   Legalization is a huge step towards social acceptance4.

Much like the arguments you disagree with in this thread, these claims are all opinions. Do you have any data or other evidence to back them up?

1https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4204468/

"As for large epidemiological studies in the general population, findings consistently indicate that users of marijuana tend to have lower body mass indices than nonusers."

2In reading studies on this topic I've seen evidence of both negative and positive effects on intelligence but not much strong evidence in either direction. If you're talking about during intoxication, it varies by person but yes, generally short term memory and reaction speed is reduced.

3This one is complex, especially given the debate of what constitutes happiness, but I've seen good evidence that for some users there is a net negative effect on their mental wellbeing and for others a net positive.

4As discussed above I disagree with this assumption but I would even question the notion that social ostracization is a good thing. We've determined that there are legitimate medical uses fro marijuana and looking down on usage has an impact on medical users as well as recreational.

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« Reply #56 on: October 22, 2018, 09:21:20 AM »

I didn't see any particularly good arguments one way or the other in the thread.    Just opinions.   Your points aren't invalid, but you guys are treating it like it's a zero-sum game.    Arguing that nothing will change is a little disingenuous.

Look at tobacco.   It's no longer socially acceptable.    The health costs to society of tobacco use have been steadily declining.

Tobacco causes lung cancer.   Marijuana Alcohol makes you fat dumb and happy/angry.   The happy part is great, fat and dumb not so much.

Personally I'd prefer to see drugs like marijuana Alcohol become socially ostracized rather than socially acceptable.   Legalization is a huge step towards social acceptance.
I wonder if they would have had the same comments regarding the end of prohibition? No one disputes the cost of Alcohol related deaths in Canada, yet its legal. Alcohol causes more hospitalizations then heart attacks, its a dangerous drug. Tobacco is far more dangerous (17% of deaths in Canada are smoking related, 1.9% are alcohol). Marijuana will cause deaths if smoked, not so much if its in drink or food form, I'm against the smoking (health concerns) but don't see a good argument against ingesting.
http://www.ccsa.ca/Resource%20Library/CCSA-Canadian-Drug-Summary-Alcohol-2017-en.pdf
https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/health-concerns/tobacco/legislation/tobacco-product-labelling/smoking-mortality.html
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10552-013-0259-0

I brew my own beer (like you) abd I enjoy Alcohol, I'm glad it became socially acceptable. My city was once a Temperance colony, they were the people responsible for bringing prohibition in. I find the acceptance of Alcohol interesting, its a bit of a mystery why alcohol which causes so many deaths in canada is okay. I'm not likely to go out and buy marijuana, but I can't claim the high ground on the issue.

Try making the same arguments for alcohol that you make for marijuana, its a difficult task. Its a lot tougher to argue about marijuana when a person accepts a far more dangerous drug such as alcohol.

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« Reply #57 on: October 22, 2018, 10:33:10 AM »
I'm (negatively) biased due to personal observation over the years.

Still, I'm OK with legalization. 

Pot may not be physically addicting like alcohol or other drugs, but it can have long lasting negative influence....particularly on motivation.

Its a dangerous recreational drug for those who are naturally lazy or un-motivated to begin with.   Too many drop outs and job losses.  Not that any drug can't contribute similarly.

I have a current family member that really won't benefit from legalized pot.  Certainly, its their decision what they do (or actually DON'T DO) with their life.  Legal pot will just help get them nowhere just a bit faster.

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« Reply #58 on: October 22, 2018, 10:40:26 AM »
Its a dangerous recreational drug for those who are naturally lazy or un-motivated to begin with.

(Also for some people who learn the hard way about a neurological sensitivity to certain elements. Pot isnít benign for all people.)

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« Reply #59 on: October 22, 2018, 10:40:51 AM »
I'm (negatively) biased due to personal observation over the years.

Still, I'm OK with legalization. 

Pot may not be physically addicting like alcohol or other drugs, but it can have long lasting negative influence....particularly on motivation.

Its a dangerous recreational drug for those who are naturally lazy or un-motivated to begin with.   Too many drop outs and job losses.  Not that any drug can't contribute similarly.

I have a current family member that really won't benefit from legalized pot.  Certainly, its their decision what they do (or actually DON'T DO) with their life.  Legal pot will just help get them nowhere just a bit faster.

I'd say this is more or less where I am.

I think decriminalizing pot is important, because of the nefarious effects its being illegal has had on communities of color, far more than whites.

As far as legalization, I'm for that, too. Because alcohol is legal, and I do think it's a worse drug in terms of its negative effects. Since it is, I see no reason pot shouldn't be.

I stopped smoking pot a long time ago, precisely for the reasons you state above. I was finishing up a master's degree at the time, and decided: I can get a Ph.D., or I can smoke pot. I can't do both.

I was with a guy in a serious relationship when I stopped. He didn't. We broke up. He's still basically in the same place now that he was then in his life. Decades later. And weed is a big part of that.

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« Reply #60 on: October 22, 2018, 11:42:01 AM »
I stopped smoking pot a long time ago, precisely for the reasons you state above. I was finishing up a master's degree at the time, and decided: I can get a Ph.D., or I can smoke pot. I can't do both.

I was with a guy in a serious relationship when I stopped. He didn't. We broke up. He's still basically in the same place now that he was then in his life. Decades later. And weed is a big part of that.

This seems a bit like circular logic to me. If you were able to choose to stop using pot, then wasn't he as well? It sounds as though your internal motivation was the reason behind your decision to give up pot, and his lack of motivation was behind his decision to keep using. Is it possible that there is an underlying correlative factor between lack motivation and drug use, rather than a direct causal relationship?

Honestly, I'm just asking questions. As I've mentioned before, I've never used pot, but I would try it if I had the opportunity to use it legally. I'm not remotely concerned that I could become dependent on it. Intoxication is often enjoyable, but not something I seek out except on rare occasions.

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« Reply #61 on: October 22, 2018, 11:43:33 AM »
Its a dangerous recreational drug for those who are naturally lazy or un-motivated to begin with.

(Also for some people who learn the hard way about a neurological sensitivity to certain elements. Pot isnít benign for all people.)

A friend of mine, who's brother I knew in high school but not as a friend, was hugely affected by pot use. I visited his house once and the difference in 2 years was massive. I didn't recognize him, and simply could not believe smoking pot could have resulted in such a change. While I was there he had an "episode" and had to be physically constrained. I have read quite a bit on marijuana and had been skeptical about the link to schizophrenia, but here it was in front of me. Yes, there were probably mental  issues before he started, but who's to say what is or isn't a risk? A small portion of people susceptible to adverse reactions isn't enough to totally ban a thing (peanuts, milk, etc), and I think legalizing marijuana will produce better and more comprehensive and conclusive studies.

When misinformation is spread even by authorities, it's difficult to rely on "facts". When authorities say "drugs are bad mkay" with Johnny Law as backup, skepticism is natural. When it's legal and studies are produced that show exactly what dangers AND benefits might be had, without the conflicts of interest its a lot easier to make a decision based in fact.
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« Reply #62 on: October 22, 2018, 11:52:18 AM »
A small portion of people susceptible to adverse reactions isn't enough to totally ban a thing (peanuts, milk, etc)...

Agreed.

I mentioned above that my first choice would be education + legalization. Without the education, though, I'm concerned. My concern is based on specific, witnessed matters over the last two decades, but is covered very well in this episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DlFcMWdsxw

(I feel just as strongly for education + legalization in marriage, parenting, business contracts, raw milk, Advil, etc.)

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« Reply #63 on: October 22, 2018, 11:56:44 AM »
A small portion of people susceptible to adverse reactions isn't enough to totally ban a thing (peanuts, milk, etc)...

Agreed.

I mentioned above that my first choice would be education + legalization. Without the education, though, I'm concerned. My concern is based on specific, witnessed matters over the last two decades, but is covered very well in this episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DlFcMWdsxw

(I feel just as strongly for education + legalization in marriage, parenting, business contracts, raw milk, Advil, etc.)

I'm trying to parse your final statement.  To the best of my knowledge, marriage, parenting, business contracts, and Advil are all legal currently.

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« Reply #64 on: October 22, 2018, 11:56:48 AM »
I stopped smoking pot a long time ago, precisely for the reasons you state above. I was finishing up a master's degree at the time, and decided: I can get a Ph.D., or I can smoke pot. I can't do both.

I was with a guy in a serious relationship when I stopped. He didn't. We broke up. He's still basically in the same place now that he was then in his life. Decades later. And weed is a big part of that.

This seems a bit like circular logic to me. If you were able to choose to stop using pot, then wasn't he as well? It sounds as though your internal motivation was the reason behind your decision to give up pot, and his lack of motivation was behind his decision to keep using. Is it possible that there is an underlying correlative factor between lack motivation and drug use, rather than a direct causal relationship?

Honestly, I'm just asking questions. As I've mentioned before, I've never used pot, but I would try it if I had the opportunity to use it legally. I'm not remotely concerned that I could become dependent on it. Intoxication is often enjoyable, but not something I seek out except on rare occasions.

Of course. That's what Slee_Stack said in his post, which I quoted in order to agree with it:

"Its a dangerous recreational drug for those who are naturally lazy or un-motivated to begin with."

I was able to pull myself away, because of motivation. But I did so because I recognized that it was already negatively affecting my life, and making me lazy and unmotivated.

Thankfully, I was un-lazy and un-unmotivated enough to do so. My ex-boyfriend was not.


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« Reply #65 on: October 22, 2018, 11:59:38 AM »
Its a dangerous recreational drug for those who are naturally lazy or un-motivated to begin with.

(Also for some people who learn the hard way about a neurological sensitivity to certain elements. Pot isnít benign for all people.)

A friend of mine, who's brother I knew in high school but not as a friend, was hugely affected by pot use. I visited his house once and the difference in 2 years was massive. I didn't recognize him, and simply could not believe smoking pot could have resulted in such a change. While I was there he had an "episode" and had to be physically constrained.

I knew a guy in college who was like that, as well. He and his roommate were big pot smokers, but I could not for the life of me figure out why he did it, because smoking pot made him incredibly paranoid, and very agitated -- it was really freaky. Like, it had to be extremely, extremely unpleasant for him. But yet, he kept smoking it.

I have no idea where he is today, but I hope he's doing well -- and that he stopped smoking weed.

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« Reply #66 on: October 22, 2018, 12:03:06 PM »
I'm trying to parse your final statement.  To the best of my knowledge, marriage, parenting, business contracts, and Advil are all legal currently.

Oh yes. I'm saying I'd like to see comprehensive education in all of these (and home ownership, and investing, and...), before people select them, so that they can make fully informed decisions, with wisdom. I think this is where our society really flops. Surprising the shit out of people with adverse stuff isn't a fabulous approach.

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« Reply #67 on: October 22, 2018, 12:03:38 PM »
The "pot saps all motivation" trope is overblown. There is no denying that overindulging leads to poor life choices, but honestly that's kind of true for anything done in excess. We don't regulate how much time you should be spending per week playing video games or mindlessly browsing the internet.

I'm sure there are deadbeats who let their kids go hungry so they can toke, but they're probably shitty parents to begin with. Do we really need to regulate what's an acceptable amount of consumption or can we just let people figure it out for themselves?

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« Reply #68 on: October 22, 2018, 12:07:25 PM »
...smoking pot made him incredibly paranoid, and very agitated...

Yes. Some people experience intense paranoia, agitation, psychosis, etc. With education about strains, balances, sources, methods of ingestion, and his personal biological vulnerability to a given symptom, it's possible he could experience benefits of pot without adverse responses. Without education, he's left accessing whatever's on offer and just hoping for the best.

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« Reply #69 on: October 22, 2018, 12:08:09 PM »
The "pot saps all motivation" trope is overblown. There is no denying that overindulging leads to poor life choices, but honestly that's kind of true for anything done in excess. We don't regulate how much time you should be spending per week playing video games or mindlessly browsing the internet.

I'm sure there are deadbeats who let their kids go hungry so they can toke, but they're probably shitty parents to begin with. Do we really need to regulate what's an acceptable amount of consumption or can we just let people figure it out for themselves?

Yes, I absolutely agree with this. Smoking pot once in a while is not going to magically sap your motivation any more than any other thing would. It really depends on degree of use. Being high every day for several hours at a time is going to rob you of motivation, for sure. Just like being drunk every day for several hours at a time. Or sitting around watching garbage TV for hours. Or gorging to excess on junk food

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« Reply #70 on: October 22, 2018, 12:11:48 PM »
I stopped smoking pot a long time ago, precisely for the reasons you state above. I was finishing up a master's degree at the time, and decided: I can get a Ph.D., or I can smoke pot. I can't do both.

I was with a guy in a serious relationship when I stopped. He didn't. We broke up. He's still basically in the same place now that he was then in his life. Decades later. And weed is a big part of that.

This seems a bit like circular logic to me. If you were able to choose to stop using pot, then wasn't he as well? It sounds as though your internal motivation was the reason behind your decision to give up pot, and his lack of motivation was behind his decision to keep using. Is it possible that there is an underlying correlative factor between lack motivation and drug use, rather than a direct causal relationship?

Honestly, I'm just asking questions. As I've mentioned before, I've never used pot, but I would try it if I had the opportunity to use it legally. I'm not remotely concerned that I could become dependent on it. Intoxication is often enjoyable, but not something I seek out except on rare occasions.

Of course. That's what Slee_Stack said in his post, which I quoted in order to agree with it:

"Its a dangerous recreational drug for those who are naturally lazy or un-motivated to begin with."

I was able to pull myself away, because of motivation. But I did so because I recognized that it was already negatively affecting my life, and making me lazy and unmotivated.

Thankfully, I was un-lazy and un-unmotivated enough to do so. My ex-boyfriend was not.

I get that, but lots of people are prone to self-medicating to escape an unpalatable reality. I mostly know people whose drug of choice is alcohol, and as mentioned many times in this thread, that's not necessarily a better alternative. Saying that weed is "a dangerous recreational drug for those who are naturally lazy or un-motivated" sort of implies that there are recreational drugs that would be a better fit for lazy people. Are there? (That's a serious question)

I guess I'm just of the opinion that being lazy or unmotivated is the greater risk factor to having an unsatisfying life, versus availability/legality of weed.

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« Reply #71 on: October 22, 2018, 12:22:13 PM »
I get that, but lots of people are prone to self-medicating to escape an unpalatable reality. I mostly know people whose drug of choice is alcohol, and as mentioned many times in this thread, that's not necessarily a better alternative. Saying that weed is "a dangerous recreational drug for those who are naturally lazy or un-motivated" sort of implies that there are recreational drugs that would be a better fit for lazy people. Are there? (That's a serious question)

I guess I'm just of the opinion that being lazy or unmotivated is the greater risk factor to having an unsatisfying life, versus availability/legality of weed.

For the self medicating to escape an unpalatable reality set, it can also be hard to separate cause and effect. Life sucks, so you turn to a recreational drug (whether EtOh, THC, or something illegal) to make yourself be less bothered by your life, but doing so means you're allowing your life to get worse through neglect, which makes you more driven to escape with recreational drugs and so on.

This dynamic isn't unique to chemical-based forms of escapism either. I remember seeing the same dynamic play out in college with people who got sucked into MMO games because they were stressed out about getting bad grades, which meant they didn't study, which meant they sought more escape in video games and so on until they failed out.

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« Reply #72 on: October 22, 2018, 12:24:27 PM »
I stopped smoking pot a long time ago, precisely for the reasons you state above. I was finishing up a master's degree at the time, and decided: I can get a Ph.D., or I can smoke pot. I can't do both.

I was with a guy in a serious relationship when I stopped. He didn't. We broke up. He's still basically in the same place now that he was then in his life. Decades later. And weed is a big part of that.

This seems a bit like circular logic to me. If you were able to choose to stop using pot, then wasn't he as well? It sounds as though your internal motivation was the reason behind your decision to give up pot, and his lack of motivation was behind his decision to keep using. Is it possible that there is an underlying correlative factor between lack motivation and drug use, rather than a direct causal relationship?

Honestly, I'm just asking questions. As I've mentioned before, I've never used pot, but I would try it if I had the opportunity to use it legally. I'm not remotely concerned that I could become dependent on it. Intoxication is often enjoyable, but not something I seek out except on rare occasions.

Of course. That's what Slee_Stack said in his post, which I quoted in order to agree with it:

"Its a dangerous recreational drug for those who are naturally lazy or un-motivated to begin with."

I was able to pull myself away, because of motivation. But I did so because I recognized that it was already negatively affecting my life, and making me lazy and unmotivated.

Thankfully, I was un-lazy and un-unmotivated enough to do so. My ex-boyfriend was not.

I get that, but lots of people are prone to self-medicating to escape an unpalatable reality. I mostly know people whose drug of choice is alcohol, and as mentioned many times in this thread, that's not necessarily a better alternative. Saying that weed is "a dangerous recreational drug for those who are naturally lazy or un-motivated" sort of implies that there are recreational drugs that would be a better fit for lazy people. Are there? (That's a serious question)

I guess I'm just of the opinion that being lazy or unmotivated is the greater risk factor to having an unsatisfying life, versus availability/legality of weed.


You have said that you've never smoked pot. So I'll just say that pot is a drug that makes people have a tendency to want to hang out and just chill. Listen to music, or watch movies, or just hang around and talk -- and eventually, eat a bunch of delicious food.  So, to answer your question, are there recreational drugs that would be a better fit for lazy people -- the implication, I guess, being a drug that wouldn't just exacerbate laziness?

I mean, if you're speaking strictly from a motivational sense, and not in a "long term damage" sense, then sure. Cocaine, for example.

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« Reply #73 on: October 22, 2018, 12:25:16 PM »
...smoking pot made him incredibly paranoid, and very agitated...

Yes. Some people experience intense paranoia, agitation, psychosis, etc. With education about strains, balances, sources, methods of ingestion, and his personal biological vulnerability to a given symptom, it's possible he could experience benefits of pot without adverse responses. Without education, he's left accessing whatever's on offer and just hoping for the best.
And some people are lactose-intolerant, or allergic to pollen, or beans make them fart, or whatever. They figure that out on their own with little "education" and are able to regulate what they ingest based on their previous responses. Pot isn't this super addictive magic substance that gets you hooked from the get go and leaves you no choice but to come back for more. If someone keeps consuming pot when it's making him paranoid, he's an idiot. His friends should point out that he's being and idiot instead of feeling sorry for his self-inflicted wound.

I know that bottom shelf tequila gives me terrible headaches. I found that out after a couple encounters with the stuff, after which I decided not to consume any more of it.

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« Reply #74 on: October 22, 2018, 12:27:19 PM »
And some people are lactose-intolerant, or allergic to pollen, or beans make them fart, or whatever. They figure that out on their own with little "education" and are able to regulate what they ingest based on their previous responses.

Yes. But a fart doesn't equate in impact with psychosis.

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« Reply #75 on: October 22, 2018, 12:58:01 PM »
I'm still in support of marijuana legalization... I'm just not buying the argument that it isn't harmful just because it isn't physically addictive.

If someone has a negative natural tendency in a sober state, its probably not a good idea to use a drug that exacerbates it.

My pothead relative talks excitedly about pot in 80% or better of any conversation you have with them.  They are WAY too into it.   They always say how safe it is compared to other drugs.  They rarely talk about their (lack of) job/income, how well (or not) they are doing in school, and certainly not about how much money they borrow from other relatives to live independently

Go figure.

In this case, alcohol would probably be a safer drug for them....at least for trying to get their life on track.  Pot definitely isn't.

Anecdotally, I'd say  that maybe half of the pot users I've come across seem to handle it responsibly.  Maybe most do.  Hopefully most do. 

One thing with alcohol is that there is a much greater negative physical effect if you over indulge.  I wonder if a lack of hangover (or similar) for pot doesn't also make it a little more dangerous for a user to go to it more often and longer.

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« Reply #76 on: October 22, 2018, 01:35:30 PM »
As far as negative impacts of pot use, I think Randy Marsh of South Park put it well:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_pSXV8S-Gw

Stan: I've been told a lot of things about pot, but I've come to find out a lot of those things aren't true! So I don't know what to believe!

Randy: Well, Stan, the truth is marijuana probably isn't gonna make you kill people, and it most likely isn't gonna fund terrorism, butÖ well, son, pot makes you feel fine with being bored. And it's when you're bored that you should be learning some new skill or discovering some new science or being creative. If you smoke pot you may grow up to find out that you aren't good at anything.

I've witnessed this in a few people.

(As I said in my first post, I do support legalization.)

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« Reply #77 on: October 22, 2018, 01:43:55 PM »
I see a lot of misconceptions about weed here. As recreational smoker, I know a lot of people who use it. For most of them, it's an occasional indulgence, the same way most people use alcohol to relax after a long day, hang out with friends in an altered mindset, or make ordinary situations more fun. Most people go through periods where they smoke a lot, and gradually adult responsibilities take over and they use it less or stop completely. Some people use it problematically, it impacts their ability to do other things they should be doing, they experience adverse mental effects, or they smoke so much they fail out of school or can't find a job to support themselves. I know one person who has schizophrenia and also smokes a lot (plus alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs) but I don't think it's possible to definitively determine that he became schizophrenic because he smoked pot, there are way too many other factors.
I do believe that now that it's legalized, there will be better research, the ability to know exactly what you are buying, more availability of specialized products like concentrates and more recognition that it is not some scary dangerous substance that leads to disastrous circumstances for everyone who uses it.
Tobacco and alcohol are addictive, and legal. Most people who use them aren't degenerates, and neither are most people who smoke weed. Legalization brings it out in the open, and there will be some social changes, but I think it's going to be mostly positive. The people who are most at risk and need help managing their addictions can get help without the same kind of stigma. I personally believe that we'd all be better off if all drugs were legal and sold with quality controls, taxes, and stigma-free resources available for users, but I doubt that will ever happen on a large scale. Until then, it seems like a lot of money and resources will be wasted on criminalizing people who mostly just need help, and don't pose a danger to anyone but themselves.

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« Reply #78 on: October 22, 2018, 02:05:02 PM »
Anyone have thoughts on *Canada* rather than weed? :D

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« Reply #79 on: October 22, 2018, 02:10:13 PM »
Anyone have thoughts on *Canada* rather than weed? :D
I'm in favor of Canada, though I've only ever been to the Vanvouver airport, and that was about 15 years ago as a derpy American middle school kid.

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« Reply #80 on: October 22, 2018, 02:16:04 PM »
As far as negative impacts of pot use, I think Randy Marsh of South Park put it well:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_pSXV8S-Gw

Stan: I've been told a lot of things about pot, but I've come to find out a lot of those things aren't true! So I don't know what to believe!

Randy: Well, Stan, the truth is marijuana probably isn't gonna make you kill people, and it most likely isn't gonna fund terrorism, butÖ well, son, pot makes you feel fine with being bored. And it's when you're bored that you should be learning some new skill or discovering some new science or being creative. If you smoke pot you may grow up to find out that you aren't good at anything.

I've witnessed this in a few people.

(As I said in my first post, I do support legalization.)

Much truth here. Also, smartphones do this too. Possibly worse because they can fill every little crack in your day that may have been boredom and instead became a moment to check...something. There's always something. You can't get high for 10 minutes while you wait for the bus and then get un-high.

On the other hand, a big part of the message of this blog is about being satisfied with what you have rather than wanting what you don't. I think weed can play a role there as well. When balanced with the other needs of life, weed is a good way to have some fun with very little use of resources. Outside of legality issues, weed would be extremely cheap.

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« Reply #81 on: October 22, 2018, 02:18:08 PM »
Anyone have thoughts on *Canada* rather than weed? :D
I'm in favor of Canada, though I've only ever been to the Vanvouver airport, and that was about 15 years ago as a derpy American middle school kid.
I was in Vancouver for a few days a month ago.  Definitely could smell pot on every other block.  Vancouver was a little pricey for my taste.

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« Reply #82 on: October 22, 2018, 02:19:37 PM »
Anyone have thoughts on *Canada* rather than weed? :D

I think the general consensus has been in favor of the change. I would be interested in hearing some of the specifics on what the new laws will entail and how they might vary by province. I haven't done much reading yet, but it sounds like there will be a limited number of dispensaries?

Also would love to hear from someone who has visited a dispensary, especially if they've been to one in the US and can compare.
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« Reply #83 on: October 22, 2018, 02:25:51 PM »
I'm not super sold on Canada. There just haven't been enough studies to determine whether letting them have their own country is a net positive for the world. We should educate the public so they can decide for themselves.

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« Reply #84 on: October 22, 2018, 02:37:09 PM »
Anyone have thoughts on *Canada* rather than weed? :D
I'm in favor of Canada, though I've only ever been to the Vanvouver airport, and that was about 15 years ago as a derpy American middle school kid.

I'm generally in favor of Canada as well. There may be somewhere in the USA where there are whole fast food restaurants devoted to poutine, but if so I've yet to find one. The Canadians I interact with have also generally been quite nice people. A few of them were complete jerks, but so are plenty of non-Canadians I don't see any evidence that being Canadian is what caused them to be jerks.

On the other hand, we already have five other major english speaking countries (plus a lot of smaller ones in the Caribbean), so I worry about the effects of adding a sixth.

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« Reply #85 on: October 22, 2018, 02:42:26 PM »
Anyone have thoughts on *Canada* rather than weed? :D

I think the general consensus has been in favor of the change. I would be interested in hearing some of the specifics on what the new laws will entail and how they might vary by province. I haven't done much reading yet, but it sounds like there will be a limited number of dispensaries?

Also would love to hear from someone who has visited a dispensary, especially if they've been to one in the US and can compare.
I want to check out the new dispensary in Montreal, but the line has been around the block since it opened, and I don't want it that bad. Plus, I've heard that they are having supply problems and a lot of products are out of stock.
I've been to a few different dispensaries in Seattle, Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto and Halifax, but it was only legal in Seattle. I'm looking forward to seeing what the legal ones here look like.
In Quebec, they are thinking about raising the age to 21 and banning consumption in public places. Which kinda defies the point of it being legal if you ask me. For now, in Montreal, basically the same rules as tobacco smoking apply. They've also banned growing plants at home, even though that's legal everywhere else in Canada.

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Re: Canada leaglizes marijuana, what does everyone think?
« Reply #86 on: October 22, 2018, 02:43:31 PM »
Anyone have thoughts on *Canada* rather than weed? :D
I'm in favor of Canada, though I've only ever been to the Vanvouver airport, and that was about 15 years ago as a derpy American middle school kid.

I'm generally in favor of Canada as well. There may be somewhere in the USA where there are whole fast food restaurants devoted to poutine, but if so I've yet to find one. The Canadians I interact with have also generally been quite nice people. A few of them were complete jerks, but so are plenty of non-Canadians I don't see any evidence that being Canadian is what caused them to be jerks.

On the other hand, we already have five other major english speaking countries (plus a lot of smaller ones in the Caribbean), so I worry about the effects of adding a sixth.

There's only one English speaking country though.  None of the others say 'about' quite right.

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« Reply #87 on: October 22, 2018, 03:23:44 PM »
Anyone have thoughts on *Canada* rather than weed? :D
I'm in favor of Canada, though I've only ever been to the Vanvouver airport, and that was about 15 years ago as a derpy American middle school kid.

I'm generally in favor of Canada as well. There may be somewhere in the USA where there are whole fast food restaurants devoted to poutine, but if so I've yet to find one. The Canadians I interact with have also generally been quite nice people. A few of them were complete jerks, but so are plenty of non-Canadians I don't see any evidence that being Canadian is what caused them to be jerks.

On the other hand, we already have five other major english speaking countries (plus a lot of smaller ones in the Caribbean), so I worry about the effects of adding a sixth.

There's only one English speaking country though.  None of the others say 'about' quite right.
Maybe you guys should annex Minnesota.  They get it pretty close.

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« Reply #88 on: October 22, 2018, 03:28:13 PM »
I live in Washington. We've had legal marijuana for recreational use for about four years, and it's been legal for medicinal use for even longer.

I've never touched the stuff and have no real desire to, though I'm not opposed to trying it once just to see what all the fuss is about.

At my previous house in a nice neighborhood there were three marijuana shops within walking distance, one of which started out as a medical dispensary before the recreational legalization and two of which opened up afterward. I never noticed any ill effects from having these businesses or their customers in my neighborhood.

I'm happy to see one less legal avenue that can be abused by our biased criminal justice system to incarcerate racial minority citizens at alarming rates. That's the biggest effect of this in my mind.

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« Reply #89 on: October 22, 2018, 03:35:06 PM »
Anyone have thoughts on *Canada* rather than weed? :D
I'm in favor of Canada, though I've only ever been to the Vanvouver airport, and that was about 15 years ago as a derpy American middle school kid.

I'm generally in favor of Canada as well. There may be somewhere in the USA where there are whole fast food restaurants devoted to poutine, but if so I've yet to find one. The Canadians I interact with have also generally been quite nice people. A few of them were complete jerks, but so are plenty of non-Canadians I don't see any evidence that being Canadian is what caused them to be jerks.

On the other hand, we already have five other major english speaking countries (plus a lot of smaller ones in the Caribbean), so I worry about the effects of adding a sixth.

There's only one English speaking country though.  None of the others say 'about' quite right.
Maybe you guys should annex Minnesota.  They get it pretty close.

OMG, PLEASE annex us! I promise I'll even start using your spelling!

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Re: Canada leaglizes marijuana, what does everyone think?
« Reply #90 on: October 22, 2018, 06:54:16 PM »
Anyone have thoughts on *Canada* rather than weed? :D
I'm in favor of Canada, though I've only ever been to the Vanvouver airport, and that was about 15 years ago as a derpy American middle school kid.

I'm generally in favor of Canada as well. There may be somewhere in the USA where there are whole fast food restaurants devoted to poutine, but if so I've yet to find one. The Canadians I interact with have also generally been quite nice people. A few of them were complete jerks, but so are plenty of non-Canadians I don't see any evidence that being Canadian is what caused them to be jerks.

On the other hand, we already have five other major english speaking countries (plus a lot of smaller ones in the Caribbean), so I worry about the effects of adding a sixth.

There's only one English speaking country though.  None of the others say 'about' quite right.
Maybe you guys should annex Minnesota.  They get it pretty close.

OMG, PLEASE annex us! I promise I'll even start using your spelling!

I'd prefer to have our 11th province be the Turks & Caicos, but if you insist . . . . . .

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« Reply #91 on: October 22, 2018, 10:09:47 PM »
That's cool. I don't smoke pot(at least not since college), but I fully support it's legalization. I know people with professional careers who smoke on a regular basis and I wouldn't call any of them addicts. They just like to smoke to relax after a long day, the same way people would drink a beer.


We may have to agree to disagree here.  I guarantee I can consume one beer or one glass of wine and not register a change in my BAC.  Understand that's not true for everyone, but it's true for me.

I really hope you don't understand what you just said. BAC= blood alcohol concentration; the % of alcohol floating around in your blood. You're claiming you can drink a beer or a glass of wine and the percentage of alcohol in your blood won't increase. It's one thing to say it won't increase enough to put you over the threshold where you're impaired. That's not what you are saying here though. You are literally saying your body doesn't absorb alcohol.

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« Reply #92 on: October 23, 2018, 07:01:16 AM »
That's cool. I don't smoke pot(at least not since college), but I fully support it's legalization. I know people with professional careers who smoke on a regular basis and I wouldn't call any of them addicts. They just like to smoke to relax after a long day, the same way people would drink a beer.


We may have to agree to disagree here.  I guarantee I can consume one beer or one glass of wine and not register a change in my BAC.  Understand that's not true for everyone, but it's true for me.

I really hope you don't understand what you just said. BAC= blood alcohol concentration; the % of alcohol floating around in your blood. You're claiming you can drink a beer or a glass of wine and the percentage of alcohol in your blood won't increase. It's one thing to say it won't increase enough to put you over the threshold where you're impaired. That's not what you are saying here though. You are literally saying your body doesn't absorb alcohol.

Alcohol is soluble in body fat, so the other alternative is Chris22 has so much body fat that the alcohol goes straight from stomach to blood to fat stores.  But then it would be slowly released from fat stores, so there would still be some blood alcohol, just in tiny quantities.  So that theory is a wipe.

If Chris22 just isn't feeling the alcohol, it could be that the beer is drunk so slowly and his (her) liver enzymes are so efficient that the alcohol is metabolized almost as fast as it is taken in.  But still BAC would be some tiny fraction.

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« Reply #93 on: October 23, 2018, 07:11:54 AM »
As far as negative impacts of pot use, I think Randy Marsh of South Park put it well:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_pSXV8S-Gw

Stan: I've been told a lot of things about pot, but I've come to find out a lot of those things aren't true! So I don't know what to believe!

Randy: Well, Stan, the truth is marijuana probably isn't gonna make you kill people, and it most likely isn't gonna fund terrorism, butÖ well, son, pot makes you feel fine with being bored. And it's when you're bored that you should be learning some new skill or discovering some new science or being creative. If you smoke pot you may grow up to find out that you aren't good at anything.

I've witnessed this in a few people.

(As I said in my first post, I do support legalization.)

I remember that episode. Amazing that a satirical, foul-mouthed cartoon provides more sensible advice regarding drugs than our own government. I remember taking the D.A.R.E. program when I was in 5th grade, then slowly realizing over the next decade that half the stuff they taught was bullshit. Makes you question everything they teach. "Stoner culture" was simply not a thing around any social group I've been a part of. Practically everyone I knew in college or high school who smoked weed grew up to be productive, well-adjusted members of society. None of them that I have remained in touch will still partake on a regular basis. The whole thing just seems overblown to me. But my sense may be biased by the simple fact that I have a fairly winnowed social group and simply don't hang out with people who might be susceptible to weed-assisted laziness.

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« Reply #94 on: October 23, 2018, 09:47:45 AM »
I thought in the '70s it was going to be made legal.  I was only sub teen but remember head shops and it seemed every teenager was smoking it.  Then the "WoD" in the '80s came in and everything went backwards.  Long overdue.

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« Reply #95 on: October 24, 2018, 01:51:19 AM »
The latest research showed that Medical Cannabis has many benefits and helps people struggle with pain, anxiety, stress and different disorders.

You can get CBD oil medicines here in the UK. I believe it's prescribed for just that - anxiety, stress, pain relief, etc.

Still illegal to smoke it, though...

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« Reply #96 on: October 24, 2018, 10:51:53 AM »
I was actually very involved in Amendment 64 here in CO, even though I hadn't smoked weed since High School. Shoot, even after it passed, I didn't smoke for 5 years. So from a political and societal standpoint, I almost always lean in favor of legalization. It's easy to see how decriminalization prevents further marginalization if it had that effect (drug laws do, here in the US), so it becomes much less of a leap to full legalization. It's hard to view legalization of substances in a vacuum, so comparisons of what is currently legal become part of the decision making process. Since legally speaking, precedent is important in the US system, it's not surprising either.

I am really glad to see Canada legalize it at the federal level. I'm guessing that it's going to pay off in a big way, but I'm watching this unfold. I know that a surprisingly awesome thing here was the testing required, and the transparency required to the end consumer. The amount of data available on specific batches is amazing. For now, that winds up being more of an intellectual exercise than anything useful (besides personally). However, once legalization happened here, suddenly the opportunity to learn more comes into the light, with all the benefits (like peer reviewing) that entails. There have been hints of the benefits for decades now, but I feel confident in saying that we have gained more empirical data in the past 5 years than in the past 30.

This brings me to a point that @joonifloofeefloo brought up, and not the one that made me giggle (I wanted to say "It depends on the fart"). Education and legalization going hand in hand. That does seem like the best way of doing things, but I don't think it's possible. Having something be illegal means there is no good reason to learn more about it (from a funding perspective). So I can't really envision a situation where that would happen together. By holding that perspective (along with the idea that the more you know the better off you are), I think that legalization is the only way to learn enough to be able to educate accurately. I don't think it will happen with weed, but that could create a temporary troublesome spot for sure. I just can't think of a better way where things will actually get done.

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« Reply #97 on: October 24, 2018, 11:04:43 AM »
It depends on the fart

LOL

Also, I know you previously watched the video I linked to, so that you have a sense of where I come from. I appreciate that :)

In the meantime, I continue having full conversations with my child about pot, our personal vulnerabilities, DUI, and so on...and that illegal doesn't mean unsafe and legal doesn't mean safe, etc.

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« Reply #98 on: October 25, 2018, 11:31:29 AM »
I haven't smoked pot in many years, but I certainly enjoyed it a lot at one point.

I've seen every variation of outcome.  Friends of mine who were struggling with demons smoked pot for awhile and then moved onto harder drugs and various disasters (such as death).  Others who smoked pot ended up becoming lawyers and doctors etc.  Many of them are just regular folks, some of them who still smoke a bit of pot.

I have no personal experience to suggest that the people who ended up spiraling out of control wouldn't have done that even if pot didn't exist. 

In my opinion, there are points in life where people on different trajectories all happen to be in roughly the same place.  My consumption of alcohol is nothing like it was at age 21 when I was living in a house in Banff with 6 roommates and working in a bar.  For many of us, that was the peak of our alcohol and other substance consumption, and after a few months I was tired of it and moved on. Some of us were just getting warmed up, and have spent the last 25 years getting further into addiction and self destructive behaviours.

None of our trajectories were caused by marijuana, it was just there.  The (future) drunks and addicts were on their way there anyway.

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« Reply #99 on: October 26, 2018, 03:38:01 AM »
I haven't smoked pot in many years, but I certainly enjoyed it a lot at one point.

I've seen every variation of outcome.  Friends of mine who were struggling with demons smoked pot for awhile and then moved onto harder drugs and various disasters (such as death).  Others who smoked pot ended up becoming lawyers and doctors etc.  Many of them are just regular folks, some of them who still smoke a bit of pot.

I have no personal experience to suggest that the people who ended up spiraling out of control wouldn't have done that even if pot didn't exist. 


In my opinion, there are points in life where people on different trajectories all happen to be in roughly the same place.  My consumption of alcohol is nothing like it was at age 21 when I was living in a house in Banff with 6 roommates and working in a bar.  For many of us, that was the peak of our alcohol and other substance consumption, and after a few months I was tired of it and moved on. Some of us were just getting warmed up, and have spent the last 25 years getting further into addiction and self destructive behaviours.

None of our trajectories were caused by marijuana, it was just there.  The (future) drunks and addicts were on their way there anyway.

This is the problem. People who choose to abuse substances don't do so just because they want to break the law. This is proved by people who choose alcohol instead of something that is illegal. It is a form of escapism that, for some people, is hard to resist, and unfortunately it becomes something that people become dependent on - being able to escape the situations in their lives that resulted in them turning to this.

The war on drugs is just the governments' way of trying to attack a symptom of what is actually a far deeper problem; the problem with our system as a whole that allows for ordinary people to feel the need to turn to substances in order to get away from it. In an ideal world, everyone would have a sufficient support network of meaningful connections with other people that create an atmosphere of happiness and fulfilment where they do not need to turn to drugs just to cope - because there is no harsh reality for them to feel the need to escape from. I know this sounds like an idea from la la happy land, and may seem far from achievable. Indeed it might be unachievable, but we can start by treating addicts as victims rather than criminals. That's why I support legalisation.

This turned into quite the rant. I hope I haven't spoken over or against anyone else with this. Hopefully someone finds it interesting...

Here are a couple of nicely animated videos that explore the topic:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ao8L-0nSYzg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJUXLqNHCaI