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17 October 2005

The Globe and Mail: Study turns pot wisdom on head

Very interesting research.... the people commenting are complete idiots though... let me respond to a few of them....

Peter Zed from Taranna, Ontario, Canada writes:

Marijuana is a terrible drug.It makes people do terrible things and is scarier than crack cocaine when it comes to the incredible harm and damage it is doing to the Canadian economy.

Think of the children.

* Posted Oct. 16, 2005 at 11:11 AM EDT
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What kind of idiot thinks that marijuana is worse than coke? How can anyone even convince themselves that such is true? Do they just listen to some minister or politician that tells them this and never do any research themselves?

jo ts from Victoria, Canada writes:

For those of you who feel that pot use has insignificant side effects on the user, you should hire some of my ex-employees whom I terminated for substance abuse on a client's site. The trades are full of substance abuse individuals. You should hire a painter to paint your house on pot! Or better yet, a carpenter to build your deck on pot!

As for legalising pot and other so called soft drugs, give me a break! Drinking alcohol was illegal in the 20's until the government legalised it. What happen? All the illegal operators were made legitimate overnight and they still have a dominant hold on alcohol. Look at Seagram's history.

Legalising pot would create the biggest boondogle in history. You would give groups like the Hells Angels a legitimate way to launder their dirty operations clean overnight. A lot of organised crime groups would have thought they have died and gone to heaven! They would have the infrastructure in place to retain a stranglehold on the distribution of the toxic substance. We as a society already pay huge bills treating alcoholism, smoking etc. Why add another item to that list? By legitimizing it, you would spread its use further. You will have smoking executives hook up with powerful media advertisers enter this industry and create havoc on society.

* Posted Oct. 16, 2005 at 5:29 PM EDT
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So many things to say about this one... First, they tell you to hire someone who is high to do some physical labour... 1) no, you generally just allow them to do it in the privacy of their own home -- not at work. 2) in some jobs, say masseus, I wouldn't care if they were high. 3) in some careers (like art) the famous people were on much worse.

Second, their opinion of what happened in history is very skewed. What really happened was that the rate of alcoholism during prohibition was HIGHER than any other time. Making something illegal allows for it to be sold for outrageous prices, have no quality control, and ends up causing more people to do it.

Third, this person appears to have no clue what is really happening in the world. If you don't believe me, re-read what he says WOULD happen in the last sentence.