May 302015
 May 30, 2015

marijuana prohibitionWorking with Students for Sensible Drug Policy and writing for the Weed Blog, I am constantly surrounded by legalization activists. My Twitter feed, my Facebook news feed, and casual conversations at different events generally focuses on marijuana legalization in some kind of way. However, the line I constantly hear is something along the lines of “marijuana is safe! How could something as safe as marijuana be illegal!?”

Last January I wrote an article about what happens after marijuana legalization in which I argued that we should begin the push to legalize other substances or push for lowering the drinking age (and most likely the smoking age), and ending the Drug War as a whole. In response to this article, I got plenty of less savory messages and not so happy comments, and this surprised me. To me, I thought this was a message that marijuana legalizers could get on board with! However, it is evident that many are actively against ending the Drug War as a whole, but are only interested in what they personally enjoy to be legalized.

It is also very common to see marijuana legalizers be actively supporting the prohibition of alcohol and tobacco today. That is absolutely insane! I agree that marijuana is much safer than alcohol or tobacco, but is that really the point? I do not support the legalization of marijuana solely because it is a safer way for people to have fun on the weekend, even if that is a nice side-effect of legalization.

I support marijuana legalization because it begins to hammer the nails into the coffin of one of the most destructive institutions in the United States today: the Drug War. I recognize that prohibition doesn’t work, and never will, whether it be of alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, firearms, heroine, cocaine, etc, etc. The government does not have the means of eliminating this behavior from society, and as a result money continues to be poured into the DEA and other law enforcement agencies in order to destroy people’s property, kill people’s dogs, destroy people’s future, and so on.

Furthermore, are people not the sole owner of their body? As an owner of something, do you have any exceptions to how you can use something you own other than not using it to hurt others? On my car, I can put any bumper stickers I want. In my house, I can listen to any music or television show I enjoy. In my bedroom, I may sleep with any person I desire (granted that they consent of course). For my body, I can eat any food, drink any size soda, or use any substance I please. That is the beauty of freedom. With this, I am reminded of a Ron Swanson quote from the show Parks and Rec: “The whole point of this country is if you want to eat garbage, balloon up to 600 pounds, and die of a heart attack at 43, YOU CAN! You are free to do so. To me that is beautiful.”

So, while I agree that marijuana is safer than alcohol and any other recreational drug around, what does that really matter? By saying you are against marijuana prohibition, but support other prohibition, you are missing the real point for why marijuana should be legalized. Marijuana prohibition isn’t an awful thing because of what it is prohibiting, but by the very fact that it is prohibiting something in the first place.

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About John Knetemann

John Knetemann currently attends South Dakota School of Mines and Technology where he is a chapter leader for Students for Sensible Drug Policy. John has had a passion for drug policy reform since he was a senior in high school, and hasn’t looked back since. Along with his work in SSDP, he is a part of the North American Executive Board for Students For Liberty. You can find John on Twitter.
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  89 Responses to “Should Marijuana Be Legal Just Because it is Safe?”

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    Yes, It doesn’t have to be safe, it’s not the role of government to make my health decisions. I have a right to refuse medical treatment, and medications, even if they are necessary for my survival. And conversely, I have a right to ingest things that are dangerous to my health. And if something I ingest causes me to do harm to someone else, I will be held accountable. That is the responsibility that goes with freedom. My body, my choices.

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      mandatory vaccines are coming to the fore front in many states..I totally agree that its our body and should be our choice which it is not

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        Yeah, we’ve moved so far away from our founding principles of freedom, Americans don’t even know what freedom is anymore. Americans don’t even WANT to be free, they just want to regulate what their neighbor does.

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        Vaccines are mandatory because they are not protecting you (the vaccine recipient), they are protecting other people FROM you. Look up Typhoid Mary.

        They are a very rare exception to the general rule that we shouldn’t force people to do things. But they have been proven conclusively to be worth it, because epidemics SUCK.

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    very good point John treating all drugs as a criminal issue is bad news from the get go, being addicting to hard substances like cocaine heroine meth etc are an illness not a crime, they need loved ones and medical professionals not hired guns and prison bars, the war on drugs is emotionally financially and morally destructive in the worst way.

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    The government, as a whole, has ruined more lives via prohibition than any substances that they prohibit. President Obama seemed to be shocked in an interview with Vice that younger Americans are focused on marijuana reform. He indicated that with issues like the economy, unemployment, and the terrorist threat that there were more important issues to be considered. I believe that ending the “War on Drugs” could help every one of these issues. The P.O.T.U.S says how can we focus on this…I say how can we not?

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    A LETTER TO OUR PRESIDENT—->Mr. President, if that kid deserves life in cheney’s $2/day corporate manufacturing prison for enabling someone to go online, find the silk road, and enable a payment/delivery system that ended up in someone’s death, then I’ve got a list of 37,000 ceo’s and corporate presidents and vice presidents that should be stood up against a wall…The corporate immunity for mass murder has somehow turned into a bloodlust on the individual to nail on a cross outsides the halls of justice… The pot war and drug war are wars waged against the people, just as real as isis, will all pot smokers be deemed traitors and hid away in dungeons making the rich children’s toys……

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    Thanks.

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    No adult should go to jail for any recreational drug. However, lumping all recreational drugs together is a common prohibitionist deception. This clouds the issue and attempts to cast the harms of the hard drugs onto cannabis. But people aren’t buying it anymore.

    We don’t have the same alcohol policy, as we do tobacco policy, as we do caffeine policy. Each drug has different levels of harm and requires a different regulatory approach. No one thought it necessary to discuss opium when they were debating ending alcohol prohibition.

    The issue before the people is marijuana policy. Let’s not play into our opponent’s hands. FBI statistics show 80 percent of all illegal drug transactions are of marijuana. After we soon end the fraudulent marijuana prohibition, it will reduce the “problem” by 80 percent – vaporizing the propaganda-induced hysteria.

    THEN, the public will be able to look at the hard drugs in a rational manner. Let’s not play into our opponent’s hands, and weaken the power of marijuana’s widespread acceptance and unique lack of significant harms.

    To everything there is a season.

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      That’s a sensible and well-thought out comment.

      I think, however, that it is important to eliminate *actual prohibition* entirely for all drugs. There should be no drugs where possession and research is completely prohibited, the way it is for Schedule I right now. As long as there are any, the Drug Warriors will have a drug to plant on people who they want to target for false arrest and imprisonment. And it’s impossible to do proper medical research to prove usefulness and safety on Schedule I drugs, but it’s possible with Schedule II drugs.

      For now, shifting all the non-marijuana drugs from Schedule I to Schedule II status would eliminate most of the potential for corrupt cops to plant evidence and entrap people. (Of course, marijuana belongs on Schedule V, at most, and needs to move there as fast as possible.)

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    C’mon, guys. I’m not calling the author a prohibitionist. I’m just saying focusing on all illegal drugs right now is not a good strategy – for marijuana or other drugs.

    Marijuana reform is the point of the spear. Its uniquely safe nature is a large part of the reason for reform’s success. The essential argument always has been marijuana is less harmful than alcohol. Indeed, Mason Tvert rode this truth to victory in Colorado!

    And it’s clear ending marijuana prohibition is the best way to focus on the thornier task of the hard drugs.

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      Well this police officer disagrees Peter Christ On Why We NEED to legalize ALL Drugs

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      i think he was just referencing the bigger picture, eventually we will have to address a solution to the hard drug problem this country is going through, but one thing is for sure no matter what the drug Is they are never going away so the only way to reduce the use is to prevent it from the start not punish after the fact, that obviously does not work. knowledge is the best weapon against drug abuse not human kennels

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    Does anybody know if high times is still doing the cup in Portland Oregon? It was in July. Now, the cannabis cup in Oregon is unannounced on their webpage.

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    I think what the author of this is not considering is, the fact it has taken many years just to get to a point where we have a majority favoring legalization of MJ. A slim margin that would take a very good voter turnout to actually win. I don’t think the more conservative voters, that have just gotten to the point where they finally see that MJ isn’t all that bad . are ready to back more serious drugs that do real damage and actually do cause crime. Yeah, the Meth-head’s addiction can be considered a sickness. But, it’s kinda hard, when they’re breaking into houses all over the country, to find a majority to back freedom for all drugs. Yes, he/she is a victim but the people that they rob are victims also, as well as voters. And the violence and theft that Meth and other drugs spawn, is a big part of why the more conservative voters consider MJ worthy. When you consider the bulk of all drug arrests is for MJ. well over half, and MJ alone has a slim chance of success. Do you go for the longshot that doesn’t have a majority in favor and is probably years to decades away from having one. Or do you start by cutting it by over half as soon as possible. With any hope , and with better legal options. fewer people may choose to use the harder drugs. I totally see his point , and freedom doesn’t exist when you have prohibition. But, I think I can live with laws that stop me from using drugs that would make me steal or give blowjobs just to get my next fix… and I believe that is where most people are, and if not most, enough to take away any majority.

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      Right. – Further, the prohibition profiteers have been scaring the nervous public for years by saying, “These marijuana reformers really want to legalize ALL drugs!”

      So, by diverting from our goal to start talking about legalizing all drugs would play right into their hands, with a public that only has about 20% support for legalizing hard drugs – i.e. 80% against it.

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      Drugs don’t cause crime, pushers do.

      Legalising doesn’t make more crime lol

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        Pushers???? I don’t get it? When a Meth or Pill-head breaks into someones house, How does that become the responsibility of the person that is waiting to sell them their next fix? I do however agree legalizing would not make more crime. It would either stay about the same or,It would drop , just like it did in Colorado even if we legalized all drugs. because,the majority of drug users are MJ users and don’t even want the harder drugs

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    since marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug, it’s being pushed for reform more. once politicans see legalizing weed is fine, i wonder what theyll do with the war on drugs in total

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      Most politicians have known about marijuana’s near harmless nature since at least 1972 when President Nixon created the Shafer Commission on marijuana. They have just been working for the various prohibition profiteers (police, prosecutors, prisons, alcohol, pharmaceutical, drug testing, drug “treatment,” money-laundering banks and the billionaire drug gangs themselves).

      The corruption is deep and wide. Thank goodness for the Internet that broke the mainstream media’s strangle-hold on the truth. That’s what has finally opened the public’s eyes.

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    The author is a typical libertarian: thoughtful regarding personal freedom, thoughtless regarding the cost to society.

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      And that is what was said about cannabis. Opiates are not addictive. Except to those who need them for pain relief. People in chronic pain chronically take pain relievers. Laws do not stop that.

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        I agree. They are not addictive. What gets them addicted is the addatives and the chemical, the processing. People die and act like junkies bc they shoot up/sniff really bad quality, dirty mixed drugs.
        Look at rolling stones, they did every drug in the world and they are still alive, its all about the quality. most people don’t have the money or resources to get good quality. Just dont over-dose lol.

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          I’d rather not, they aren’t pleasant appearing, and they’re in drug therapy programs…not exactly healthy human specimens.

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          You missed my point. There is no such thing as addiction. There is only chronic pain and pain relief. PTSD mostly. 70% of females “addicted” to heroin were sexually abused in childhood.

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            I was sexually abused in childhood but pot was my main herb of choice not meth got myself off that shit never went to heroin I am allergic to opiates so really I go shoot opium or heroine I am going to die of an allergic reaction where do you get your crap m. Smith you go think every one has a rap for drug abuse then you say opiates are not addictive your either a few short of a 6 pack or you are hysterical and just need to chill becuase you sound rather ridiculous to say the least and a result of stupidity awnser this would you pee in the wind by the way you write I’d say yes lmao

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            Well Dr. Lonny Shavelson did a study.

            But if drugs are addictive why do only 10% or so get addicted? Shouldn’t hat be closer to 100%?

            Why do some people spontaneously quit without any kind of therapy? Drugs are addictive.

            “Addiction” explains none of that. However pain explains it quite well. No pain no “addiction.” When the pain goes away people stop taking drugs for the pain.

            Addiction is a sham. Also why do only about 10% of the population get “addicted”? It is two factors: genetics and trauma. You need both. Now what is the rate of long term PTSD from Iraqi War vets? About 25%. So that tells you a little about the genetics. In the general population the incidence is about 20%. We know that from genetic studies as some (all?) of the genes have been identified. So far no studies connecting the genes to “addiction”. But eventually one will be done.

            We are making war on the traumatized to prevent something that can’t be prevented by the methods used. Clever, eh?

            As you can see I have actually studied the matter. Deeply. You seem to have gotten your information from newspapers. Not a very reliable source of anything but government propaganda. And you are full of it.

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            Obviously only a small percentage of the population is predisposed to addictive behaviour.

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            Care to tell me what predisposes them? No one has yet found out what an addictive personality is. Look it up and tell me what you find if you can make sense of it.

            OTOH pain (although not measurable) makes perfect sense.

            “If they can get you to ask the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about the answers.” – Thomas Pynchon.

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            Suppose you come across an addict? What should you do? Get them off drugs and keep them from drugs as best as you can.

            Suppose you come across a person in pain what should you do? If you can’t fix the problem at least you can relieve the pain with drugs. If the pain is chronic the drug taking should be chronic.

            Do you get now why “they ” would rather you think in terms of “addiction” and not in terms of pain?

            Without “addiction” they have no power. Your belief in addiction gives them power.

            “If they can get you to ask the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about the answers.” – Thomas Pynchon.

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            This doesn’t negate addiction, you’re just saying that most people can’t get addicted, which we already know.

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            The idea “addiction” explains nothing. OTOH pain explains it all.

            Now of course the folks running the show don’t want you to think like that. They can get away with a war on addiction. But a war on people in pain would make them look bad.

            “If they can get you to ask the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about the answers.” – Thomas Pynchon.

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            Explain why only small numbers get “addicted”? That fact alone says that drugs are not “addictive”. Well what is?

            “Pain” explains way more than “addiction”.

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            It’s called the “addictive personality”, and it’s a real thing. Some people, maybe 10% of the population, are prone to getting addicted — to *anything*, exercise, sex, etc. Those people need to be careful about that — going off one drug usually just means they go on another drug. Because of cheap and ready availability and advertising of alcohol, most of these people are “alcoholics” in our society.

            The other 90% of the population are unlikely to get addicted.

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            When you fatiege the adrenals addiction occures till they fail and if you belive in junk science then your ollusion of doctors are not safe to your helth there good in sergery and causing addiction only nothing else there treatment for cancer is bogus huxley made a cancer cure in the 50s and the goverment took it that why doctors are stupid there goverment approved to kill you it is sad to know people are so iggnorant becuse the lack intelligence or education dude from my point dont take american findings by doctors take out of the country findings of doctors there are good reasons for it doctors in america are so druged up from there own drugs they wouldnt know real science from synthetic science from there ass from a hole in the ground and a flower poping out of there ass and why the fuckers there in the first place and you have never been damged till your central nervis system shuts off like mine dose and i have to take blood warmers like salts and licorice root thyroid medication and clean out my kidneys and up my heart rate do to lack of electrlights so if you really want to keep talking and beliving in dollussions resurch on junk science is pure bull shit when you find this out ill tell you more i did my own resurch and found out were the doctors fucked up i am self tought i even tryed the natruals on my self and found out which ones work and which ones dont as well as that the ones i take is for dignosis i never got from doctors but should have got or they wouldnt work period so that tell you something right there dont be a fucking tard man

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            As well as everything is an optical ollusion your 10% is actally 90% so dont ho there with me

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            The government takes cures and covers them up and threatens the person to shut the fuck up the goverment would rather kill people to make a greedy profit then actally help it certin people know stuff others dont and the recipies for it when i say dont be a dumb fucking tard i mean theres no money in healthy people or drugs wouldnt have side effects to put you on more drugs this nation is nothing more then our own government being a cartel

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            Look at drug scedules 1 pots on there cocaine and heroin it also describes them being in doctors meds its under the probition time when the first illiglized pot doctors use meth cocaine speed lsd and other shit hell i think viagras extasy opps i didnt say that

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            Well Dr. Lonny Shavelson did a study.

            But if drugs are addictive why do only 10% or so get addicted? Shouldn’t hat be closer to 100%?

            Why do some people spontaneously quit without any kind of therapy? Drugs are addictive.

            “Addiction” explains none of that. However pain explains it quite well. No pain no “addiction.” When the pain goes away people stop taking drugs for the pain.

            Addiction is a sham. Also why do only about 10% of the population get “addicted”? It is two factors: genetics and trauma. You need both. Now what is the rate of long term PTSD from Iraqi War vets? About 25%. So that tells you a little about the genetics. In the general population the incidence is about 20%. We know that from genetic studies as some (all?) of the genes have been identified. So far no studies connecting the genes to “addiction”. But eventually one will be done.

            We are making war on the traumatized to prevent something that can’t be prevented by the methods used. Clever, eh?

            As you can see I have actually studied the matter. Deeply. You seem to have gotten your information from newspapers. Not a very reliable source of anything but government propaganda. And you are full of it.

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            I was sexually abused in childhood but pot was my main herb of choice not meth got myself off that shit never went to heroin I am allergic to opiates so really I go shoot opium or heroine I am going to die of an allergic reaction where do you get your crap m. Smith you go think every one has a rap for drug abuse then you say opiates are not addictive your either a few short of a 6 pack or you are hysterical and just need to chill becuase you sound rather ridiculous to say the least and a result of stupidity awnser this would you pee in the wind by the way you write I’d say yes lmao

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            Addiction exists fool.

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            Then please explain why everyone who tries drugs does not get “addicted” to them. And you will note I make a distinction between addiction and habituation. “Addiction” is when you go back to using despite no longer being habituated. To use the common terminology.

            No one who believes in addiction can explain it. OTOH people using drugs for pain explains it all. No pain? No “addiction”. People in chronic pain chronically use pain relievers. Compare that with “drugs cause addiction”.

            “If they can get you to ask the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about the answers.” – Thomas Pynchon.

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        As long as you include psychic and emotional pain…I guess I can buy that

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        As long as you include psychic and emotional pain…I guess I can buy that

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        Opiates are to addictive I have smoked weed since I was 12 and I can go off it any time I want the pain comes back as well as the swelling but weed is better when used to mediate opium is heroine and doctors give heroine to there patients haven’t you read the scedual one act that cannabis is on its for basically how I see it the government takes shit off the street and what’s pure or pure enough they give to there patients in pill form if you say opiates are not addictive take to heroin or pill poppers Dr prescription pill poppers who got addicted to opiates a drs prescription pad is the lead to drug addiction and the gateway to drug addiction I have watched and seen shit you would never imagen but I also know that if you think your doctor’s looking after your health your an idiot just like them I don’t mean to be rude but all drs are good for is side effects and surgery and addiction you want a doctor to look at your health go to a naturalpath or learn witchcraft it’s all by giving your body what it’s lacking and the side affects as long as you know what type of witchcraft you use makes a big difference I I use grain alcohol in which allows the herbs to soke in the system faster but I don’t use the 40% or 75% grain alcohol that’s used in most medicines it’s like boiling Peppermint Leaves Anise AND distailling Epsom salt it don’t work as a laxative the Epson salt when it’s in liquid form in pills what this little product dose is go rite to the brain taking away foggy mind and depression and allows your bones to pop when there out of place it helps with dizziness upset stomach it’s gets rid of gas build up in the stomach yes it makes you fast but in the morning after you have IBS choines disease is it takes down inflammation in the stomach caused by bacteria from your sinuses can cause ulsers helps stops seizures or hysteria is a highly form of oxygen based dopamine upper with stomach health effects helps clean out the lungs of mucus and sinuses it’s awsome it is a higher diuretic but if your mind ends up in crazy town this shit is a mental health drug for the right proportion how ever you also have to know the chemistry as well as the effects it has and it calms you and adjusts your mind to balance as well as you stomach using to much can be bad so when I make medication for myself only I ain’t a dumb shit in my craft and if I boiled weed oil in it it would have better Reactions Of the sedative effect using to much Anise can cause seizures like 5 millimeters and if you take to many pills it can cause seizures and have adverse effects opium burns out your mind why not restore it or give the mind what it needs there’s thc in the body already there for why not enhance that shit and live life to the fullest I am not a doctor and if any one uses my recipe I am not responsible for your mistakes of hurting yourself I know that magnisuim chloride rebuilds and repairs the body and cells in the body or the brain would not clear for your vision or it would not be of the earth of what I use in my healing white magick is what I call it and weed is part of the earth not a chemical compound that’s mixed with opiates to brake down the brain and mind just becuase probation says it’s okay dosent mean it is okay for your body so don’t be a dill weed and think opiates are not addictive and are good for you is meth good for you no retalin is the purets form of cocaine given to kids so really people say don’t give drugs to kids but it’s okay to give your kid cocaine if your certified to ummm nope that’s addictive to

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        Opiates are to addictive I have smoked weed since I was 12 and I can go off it any time I want the pain comes back as well as the swelling but weed is better when used to mediate opium is heroine and doctors give heroine to there patients haven’t you read the scedual one act that cannabis is on its for basically how I see it the government takes shit off the street and what’s pure or pure enough they give to there patients in pill form if you say opiates are not addictive take to heroin or pill poppers Dr prescription pill poppers who got addicted to opiates a drs prescription pad is the lead to drug addiction and the gateway to drug addiction I have watched and seen shit you would never imagen but I also know that if you think your doctor’s looking after your health your an idiot just like them I don’t mean to be rude but all drs are good for is side effects and surgery and addiction you want a doctor to look at your health go to a naturalpath or learn witchcraft it’s all by giving your body what it’s lacking and the side affects as long as you know what type of witchcraft you use makes a big difference I I use grain alcohol in which allows the herbs to soke in the system faster but I don’t use the 40% or 75% grain alcohol that’s used in most medicines it’s like boiling Peppermint Leaves Anise AND distailling Epsom salt it don’t work as a laxative the Epson salt when it’s in liquid form in pills what this little product dose is go rite to the brain taking away foggy mind and depression and allows your bones to pop when there out of place it helps with dizziness upset stomach it’s gets rid of gas build up in the stomach yes it makes you fast but in the morning after you have IBS choines disease is it takes down inflammation in the stomach caused by bacteria from your sinuses can cause ulsers helps stops seizures or hysteria is a highly form of oxygen based dopamine upper with stomach health effects helps clean out the lungs of mucus and sinuses it’s awsome it is a higher diuretic but if your mind ends up in crazy town this shit is a mental health drug for the right proportion how ever you also have to know the chemistry as well as the effects it has and it calms you and adjusts your mind to balance as well as you stomach using to much can be bad so when I make medication for myself only I ain’t a dumb shit in my craft and if I boiled weed oil in it it would have better Reactions Of the sedative effect using to much Anise can cause seizures like 5 millimeters and if you take to many pills it can cause seizures and have adverse effects opium burns out your mind why not restore it or give the mind what it needs there’s thc in the body already there for why not enhance that shit and live life to the fullest I am not a doctor and if any one uses my recipe I am not responsible for your mistakes of hurting yourself I know that magnisuim chloride rebuilds and repairs the body and cells in the body or the brain would not clear for your vision or it would not be of the earth of what I use in my healing white magick is what I call it and weed is part of the earth not a chemical compound that’s mixed with opiates to brake down the brain and mind just becuase probation says it’s okay dosent mean it is okay for your body so don’t be a dill weed and think opiates are not addictive and are good for you is meth good for you no retalin is the purets form of cocaine given to kids so really people say don’t give drugs to kids but it’s okay to give your kid cocaine if your certified to ummm nope that’s addictive to

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        Opiates are addictive only if you do NOT use them for pain relief — basically, only if you overdose!

        Basically, if you take enough opiates to relieve all your pain, and then take more, you start getting high and risking psychological addiction. If you just take enough to take the edge off your pain, there is basically zero chance of addiction.

        You can get psychologically addicted to any kind of high. Even a runner’s high (This is pretty common, actually, and athletes routinely get addicted to it and then injure themselves chasing their runner’s high even when their doctors have told them to rest in bed.) We don’t try to prohibit that, ’cause it would be stupid to try to prohibit it.

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          Nobody uses opiates EXCEPT for pain relief. People not in pain don’t get much joy from the stuff. Look up ” PTSD opiates ” for more about the pain

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            This isn’t true. Look up opium addiction from the 19th century. Happened commonly to rich people with no PTSD or anything, when they were “prescribed” laudanum by questionable doctors.

            However, here’s why you’re almost right: The sort of opiates which are produced for medical use nowadays are actually pretty damn hard to get a high from. They’ve been designed to be hard to get a high from. There are other opiates which are much easier to get highs from, which are not in common use. The switch from opium to morphine was the first step in this trend.

            As for PTSD, the correct — proven to be most effective — treatment is EMDR, which is related to hypnotism. I happen to know about this.

            Self-medication is often a really bad idea; if people haven’t done their research properly they self-medicate with the *wrong treatment*. This is the leading cause of drug abuse — people looking for a drug to treat their problem (usually a problem doctors aren’t helping with) and picking totally the wrong drug. (Lots of people self-medicate with alcohol, which is bad for almost everything.)

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      And what of Prohibition’s costs to society? Those actual costs outweigh all the hypothetical end of the world costs that are NOT coming true in Colorado and Washington. And will not come true in any other area.

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      The cost to society? Gimme some benefits of prohibition. I automatically have won this debate.

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      You speak as if prohibition has been a success. We have the highest incarceration rates in the world, we give multi- decade prison sentences to drug offenders every day, and still people use drugs. We’ve spent billions of dollars, year after year, and still people use drugs. We can’t even keep drugs out of our prisons. Yet, you believe it’s irresponsible to try a new approach to dealing with drug abuse?

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    We will have a multi-decade fight on our hands to eliminate the regulations imposed during our “legalization” phase. The power hungry are our enemy.

    He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

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    I have to agree with Mr. Knetemann prohibition does not work at all for any substance. I may not approve of cigarettes I tried quiting for 30 yrs and finally quit 3 yrs ago. I drink lightly and not often. I do not believe in the use of meth, crack, cocain, heroine or other drugs. But it is my choice. The freedom to choose is important. Besides when people are told they can’t have something they want it the most. Which is why prohibition never works.stop locking people up for non violent crimes.

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    Didn’t Portugal legalize every drug a few years ago? In return, criminal rate went down and addicts disappeared. I think they found the magic formula

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    Marijuana prohibition is the “drug war”! Legalize cannabis and the drug war goes away. All other “illegal” drugs are not the huge problem we’ve been brainwashed into believing. Programs of treatment, maintenance and honest education is how we should be dealing with the problem of dangerous drugs. And it could be done for pennies on the dollar of how we’ve dealt with them up to now.

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    The short answer is yes, with the caveat that because it is mind altering it should be prescribed for medicinal use if the user in question is under 21. Otherwise, make that shit legal today.

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    I just think it’s dumb to consider this a free country but destroy a person’s life and family because he or she decides to smoke mj. It’s a free country as long as you do what they want you to do how they want you to do it. I don’t feel so free.

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    I have asked this very same question here on Johnny’s Blog, and on Linked-in cannabis sites. Some say, “Take it easy, these things shall come!!!” I do not believe them as cannabis is the only prohibited substance discussed. I also see why there is a perceived increase in “hard drugs” in Colorado. I detest being a pain patient using opiates for a long-term illness and serious injury as I have to drive 280 miles each month and appear in person to get the narcotics I have taken for 8 years. I have to fear that one fine day I will not be able to make it (emergencies and mechanical problems occur) and I will suffer what could easily be a fatal withdrawal syndrome. This is what the war on drugs has done with the scheduling system imposed by the DEA under Nixon. Iowa is the worst as no C-II can be faxed, or emailed; no matter the emergency including hospitalization (the hospital cannot give you the medicine either).
    We are kept from researching spiritual medicines which Native Americans have a 5,000 year history of consuming on special times of the year with no recorded safety issues. We are kept from the beauty of LSD which Albert Hoffmann (its inventor) took until he died at 101 years old. We are kept from Ecstacy (MDMA), a drug that psychiatry believed was vital to their work and treatments, but the FDA banned MDMA in favor of Prozac and its ilk which have caused more deaths than the Civil War by way of murder/suicide. Psilocybin is the only substance that relieves cluster headaches (the type that make one’s head feel like it will soon explode) and many people who support the war on drugs take ‘shrooms for relief they can get no place else, even from opiates!!!
    Yes John, we need to check ourselves because even if the “other drugs” make up only 20% there is generally a viable reason for that use. If it is spiritual use, hey the last time I checked I was born in America making me a native American, I was trained in these substances by my spiritualism and through medical training. So, I see a real problem in this spot of American freedom. I have no problem with natural coca leaf, but I have used speed (prescription) during times when I had to stay awake. The need can be so great that they have invented a drug called Nuvigil that cocaine addicted monkeys prefer over cocaine.
    Even with cannabis, researchers are often forced to use research substances that include “Spice” and “K-2.” These substances are up to 45 times stronger than pure THC and there is a government designer drug to replace each substance type in research, even amphetamines!!! How does this give accurate results??? Is this responsible for the NIDA reported brain shrinkage from cannabis; I have the NIH report admitting the use of CT-2 (45 times stronger relative of THC) in their research. It would simply be like the 1970s when very few law enforcement cared were they to remove restrictions from all drugs. First we should sue DARE for reporting misinformation to children to scare them into turning in family members.

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      Neither Nuvigil nor Provigil has the addictive properties of cocaine. Id love to see the research that supports your statement regarding these medications. MDMA and LSD are killers that can permanently alter brain function. I’d also like to see the
      Shroom that can stand up to Fentanyl as a pain killer and you can’t blame Prozac simply because it can be used as a method of suicide. A set of bed sheets is enough to hang yourself!!!!
      But….all besides the point really. It’s YOUR body. I could easily argue that fast food and cigarettes are equally as detrimental to an individual’s health and both are perfectly legal.
      It’s a fine line. Your body and your health….is your own perogative. Its the social fall out that is a problem. Balancing individual freedom against the need to protect society as a whole. Hard drugs just aren’t…..a good thing for society as a whole.

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        I have been involved in research as well as a professional in the medical and psychiatric sciences since I was 20. LSD has killed no one except the irresponsible (please refer to the experiences of Dr. Albert Hoffmann in the documentary “Hoffmann’s Potion”). Please refer to Ann Blake Tracy PHD and see if your opinion on Prozac, Nuvigil, and Provigil (and this family of drugs far to numerous to mention) does not undergo a radical change. I do not understand your reference to Fentanyl as it is some 40 times more potent than H-E-R-O-I-N and is only safe in the hands of an anesthesiologist. There are many compounds used for cluster headaches, but psilocybin and its other component psilocin relieves them for months, not hours (which do you prefer?). When I was transferred to 45 mg. of morphine I suffered maddening withdrawals and had to have the SSNRIs reduced over the period of a month (they were sold to the medical community as a safer form of hydrocodone/codeine under the name tramadol, or ultracet). Due to a recurrent mononucleosis my first year at our state medical university was interrupted, as they accepted no credits from a private university my endocrinology professor singled me out to assist in research as medically astute. In getting to know him I discovered he was the doctor who had to report to Nixon there was no LD 50 for cannabis. This once world renowned physician was promptly transferred to the VA hospital in Iowa City where he applied to the university and was immediately hired. He detested the lies he was forced to accommodate as a top researcher and Army Doctor, so as myths concerning drugs were spread, he targeted his research to their accuracy. I saw more errors as well as flat out lies concerning many drugs that a conversation such as this sickens me. To a one, these drugs have medical uses not to mention spiritual as the Germans use LSD in cancer related depression with tremendous success. Does our government use even THC in its studies on cannabis? No, take some time and look up research drugs, you will find they use compounds that can and do kill. I would repeat the research I was a part of if I could give these studies any credence, I do not and neither does a large portion of the civilized free world. I estimate that I have had over 300 LSD experiences, 125 Peyote experiences, and several Psilocybin experiences with no intellectual damage, no emotional damage, and I feel like a better man for having had them. During my time in the field the hallucinogens have gone from safe for native use to hard drugs for a white man.

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          Thank you for this post. It is mind-opening, validating and needed. I needed it to confirm all that I’ve felt over the years regarding ‘big pharma.’ Hence, my reluctance to use any psycho-drugs that seemingly lobotomize our psyches and spirits. Thank you for addressing the spiritual aspects as well; sorely needed.

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        How about moonshine which is legal !!!!????? Cannabis is the safe !nixon fucked this country up real good !

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      Good post !

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    Marijuana save life, gives life and pain relief. for years many of my patients testify of how best it is to their health. coke and other drugs have been here but nothing unique as this plant and i think there’s much more we can get from Marijuana…contact me any time for more

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    Marijuana save life, gives life and pain relief. for years many of my patients testify of how best it is to their health. coke and other drugs have been here but nothing unique as this plant and i think there’s much more we can get from Marijuana…contact me any time for more

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    Legalising ALL drugs is so important, to treat addiction as a medical problem not a criminal one.

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      Yes, too many people are still making the same old arguments about addiction, and crime. But continuing the same old way of criminalizing drug use, is pointless, it has failed miserably. Addicts belong in treatment, and if people commit crimes to buy drugs, punish them for the crime they committed. No one should face felony charges for simply possessing an intoxicant.

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    It’s called FREEEDOM!!!
    IMO It should have been illegal for Marijuana to become illegal in the very first place. This whole drug war has been a fear based fleecing of OUR tax dollars and the public since the very beginning.
    They can’t keep drugs out of the most secure prisons in the US, HOW COULD THEY HAVE EXPECTED TO BE ABLE TO DO SO ON THE STREETS?
    The beauty here is that many people are now becoming more aware of the insane policies that so many of our politicians hold on to.
    Peace!

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    Alcohol is an awful awful drug, but we tried prohibiting it. And it didn’t work — it backfired and led to more and worse alcohol abuse.

    So yeah, we need to legalize them all, no matter how dangerous. If large numbers of people will use a drug when it’s illegal, it needs to be legal. (And regulated, so that big companies can’t advertise it to elementary school kids with hard sell tactics.) Making popular things illegal breeds contempt for the legal system.

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    Well moonshine is legal yes it is Tn fla ga most any liquor store sells ole smokey or popcorn suttons alcohol in moderation does not kill but you can die from drinking an entire bottle of moonshine whereas you can smoke the strongest weed as much and as long as you want and you will not die !!

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    I strongly believe that marijuana should be legalized throughout the United States. The reason why it was made illegal in the first place is because, in the early 1900’s white people wanted to find a way to get all the Mexican’s out of the U.S. But obviously, they couldn’t be arrested for being Mexican. So they thought “What is something that Mexican’s love to use?” and the answer was Marijuana. So in the end it was made illegal just for that reason.

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