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pappap999 in the article the word immoral is used...are you serious? first you put this delicious picture of ORANGE CRUSH on the screen then you use immoral to describe using it!! shh! wait, someone wearing a blue suit with a big gold badge on his belt is at my door. OK, I'm back, thank goodness, it was only the geek squad! Hey, I'll have to get back to you later, I'm hungry!!
Some interesting tidbits here...
"It's not that everything immoral is good for the brain. It's just that there are some substances that millions of people for thousands of years have used in billions of doses..."
Anyone want to translate what he's really trying to say without losing his funding?
And then there's...
...These receptors are proteins within the brain's endocannabinoid system, which is involved in memory as well as physiological processes associated with appetite, mood and pain response.
So your brain actually has THC receptors. We are hard-wired for pot. Other drugs either simulate your neurotransmitters or block their re-uptake. THC does neither. Your brain has evolved receptors specifically for a substance that it does not produce on its own. But we risk losing our freedom to use it. Land of the Free, indeed. Ruled by our intellect, not our superstition. Uh huh.
Anyone want to get in to a further debate about legalization? Like how about the high cellulose content of hemp that could be used for bio-fuel? And that it will grow on marginal land without fertilizer, producing more cellulose than corn or switchgrass? That you can make paper out of hemp instead of cutting down forests?
Everybody I know that uses or has used cannabinoids either still lives with mom and dad, lives out of their car, or is a graphic designer and lives in a loft apartment in some city....
And it's hard to find a pothead that's actually capable of remembering ANYTHING for longer than five seconds.
Here it goes again, another round of '60's love-children trying to gain favor for their favorite ambition-killing substance.
Way to go, hippies. The '60's are over and they aren't coming back.
Yes there are morons out there that ruin something for everyone but just like lugger11 has stated in his facts, there are many benefits outweighing what stupid people do with pot.
If the government legalized, regulated, AND TAXED IT they'd bail this country out of the hole it's in and open a world of opportunity as well as take care of a large portion of crime that is associated with its illegal importation along our borders.
There is to much ilegal money being made to make it legal, what will some of the politicians do with out there pay offs lat alone the crooked cops that may be on the take. If it were put on a national ballot to be voted on, what percetage of the population would vote for legalizing Pot, it would be interesting to see....
evil03mustang you are an idiot. The reason "everyone you know" that uses Marijuana is like that is because you DON'T actually know anyone that uses it! You just watch movies and assume that is the standard. Movies hype up the whole stereotype that people who use Marijuana do nothing else but live for it. I know plenty of people who use Marijuana and they have successful careers! Don't base what you believe on what you see in the movies.
You would be surprised at how many people actually use marijuana. Like Dane619 said, successful people use it as well, they just dont stand out like the 35 year old loser at his mothers house. Try bringing it up in conversation sometime and you will see...
I know this is old post but to evil03mustang, you make no sense what so ever. Everyone who i know that smokes pot has a place of their own. My cousin is a corrections officer and smokes pot. Just about all of his friends are co workers and all smoke. I know three police officers who smoke pot and a nurse. If a person is naturally a lazy ass person, than the weed will just make it worse. Thats like saying everyone that drinks alcohol beats their children, cheats on their wives and is a woman beater. Every black person steals, every white person has a small penis, and every asian knows karate. Stop being ignorant and realize the truth.
"Everybody I know that uses or has used cannabinoids either still lives with mom and dad, lives out of their car, or is a graphic designer and lives in a loft apartment in some city."
And I assume you think that describes the late Carl Sagan precisely ? Not to mention hundreds of other successful scientists, authors, artists, doctors and any other profession you might think of.
If pot was legalized there would be too many corrections officers without jobs, they would have to lay off people at the courthouse, probation officers, police force,therapists, counselors,etc....
The billions of dollars that has been spent trying to get rid of it could be used for crummy things like Education, jobs, food, shelter for homeless people, childrens diseases go figure! Besides what it would do to the foreign relations politicians have with the drug cartels. Hell politicians would have to get real jobs!