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Colorado Governor Candidate Wants Voters To Repeal Marijuana Legalization

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Colorado’s marijuana legalization effort has been a success by every measure. Teen marijuana use is down in Colorado, traffic fatalities on Colorado roads are at an all time low, tax revenues are being generated daily, and jobs are being created. So much for the sky falling, as predicted by many marijuana opponents. However, all that is outweighed by the dangers of marijuana according to Colorado Gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez. Per 9 News:

Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) and former GOP Congressman Bob Beauprez faced tough questions during Thursday’s gubernatorial debate.

Whether marijuana legalization should be repealed in Colorado came up, with Hickenlooper saying it would be premature to put the question to voters.

Instead, Hickenlooper said the state should tightly regulate the drug and prevent underage use. Beauprez says Colorado voters should be asked to consider a repeal, citing the possible negative effects on developing brains.

Apparently Bob Beauprez is not a fan of democracy. Why else would he want to repeal marijuana legalization, which Colorado voters clearly want proven by the fact that they voted for it two years ago? Mr. Beauprez, Colorado voters were asked about marijuana legalization already, and they clearly wanted it. So why are you still pushing for prohibition?

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  1. While we are dispelling wrong thoughts, why would you fallaciously poison the well by suggesting that Republicans are ignorant Old Testament morons who cannot fathom evolution or time/ space? There are many…Right leaning libertarians who accept science and have faith.
    The founders were the architects we follow. The TEA movement owns the game of changing minds and policy now.We do not fear hemp. We want everyone to be free to be and do what they want. We are not always thrilled by the result, but we are not here to stifle anyone. Democrats lost liberalism when they went PC and started pitting special groups against one another(war on women, blacks, gays, hispanics, illegals…).
    The unions who supported this silliness are not impressed. Blacks are waking up to their enslavement by welfare. Hispanics want illegal immigration stopped. The Dems want control of education so they can dumb down their future robots with common core. They want to alter the Bill of Rights. No good argument needed. Just scare the idiots into giving up their inherent right to keep and bear arms. All such movements end in a totalitarian nightmare. Please argue that if you dare. I posit that you do not know which side of the fence you are grazing on. The old way is changing, so pop your head out and realize the new paradigm around you. Both parties are in metamorphosis, the established must give way or be left behind. It is why we are disliked by both sides. Fear is ignorance, Dave

  2. People don’t understand the late effects of Polio either. I’ve had to educate doctors. Ritalin works for me. I’m glad it worked for you albeit for a different diagnosis.

  3. heitman, I believe we agree with one another more than not. I do believe the ACA is working although I do wish Medicare had been expanded to include all Americans. However, America is no longer the cohesive nation it once was. Take care.

  4. Interesting point you raise. How would you compare and contrast the Roman/French experience with the coming French/Muslim era? That will be a similar story according to the Imams. I hear they are already staking out bridges for renaming on the seine.

    Regarding Obola Care, it is not going well at all. The plan is to collapse our H.C industry and go single payer when there is no market alternative. It won’t withstand any competition and the Planners know that, David. The lack of competitive pricing will mean only one thing, monopoly of Government. That will lead to corruption and a new unpredicted cost spiral. Then comes the rationing and third party end of life panels. Rosy, ain’t it?

  5. Makes my point. They spend like we should. Self interest is not a crime, if you are self supporting.
    Have you noticed the French are kind of snooty about all things Francais, non?

  6. For Coloradoan’s my question is this: what happens if this Beauprez dude wins ? A State Governor has a substantial influence over political policy. Is repeal accomplished by a vote in the State legislature? Or, can this guy, once elected, just go rouge? Just curious. Thanks.

  7. Yes let’s be. I see everyone talking about how much sales are up and stuff. I don’t use marijuana but let’s face the facts. Across America the economy is not where it should be. Legalizing marijuana promotes jobs. The more people working the more taxes are collected. So there not just getting taxes on the sale of marijuana they also collecting taxes on what the people that are now working legitimate businesses.

  8. …All the way to the poor house. Without American money the Europeon socialist experiment would have collapsed in infancy. It is failing economically right now. The Euro bank system is going to admit deep problems very soon. Economic activity is not sustaining the nanny states. Obama Care is also rotting from within. It will be obvious to all within a couple of years. Capitalism, though flawed, seeks efficiency and that is achieved through competition. Government fails to be competitive at any level.
    The reality may lead to a new system, but without any help Obama care will lead to massive cost increases that would embarress any CEO of a for profit H.C. Co.
    Drug laws are a poor place for your injected screed. I agree with Mr. Frakes.

  9. I’m glad you could find another way. Everyone’s health is different. I to love cannabis . And I’ve stopped taking prescription pain killers for honey hash oil but now having Post Polio Syndrome nothing works as well for me as Ritalin

  10. So you support a personhood amendment ? No equal pay for equal work for women? Killing off food stamps for the poor? Gutting the EPA ? The elimination of The Department of Education? Harsher drug sentencing for drugs other than marijuana ? More war? Paul is a Republican no matter what he’s calling himself this week. He’s also against gay marriage. And Paul supports resending the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He
    supports the Republican/ Tea-party platform. You might want to take off your rose colored glasses and at least clean them.

  11. They do this in Oklahoma City too. Except it’s on John’s perusing women for sex in city parks. But filming cannabis buyers? That’s nuts.

  12. The opposition use’s one word: “children” to scare voter’s and sadly, it appears to be work on many younger voters.

  13. I’m concerned with Colorado’s “personhood amendment”. Even Mississippian’s voted this steamer down. Where does Colorado find these kooks ?

  14. like Americans defend their antiquated for profit health insurance “policies”…..as my French cousins laugh…..

  15. The more I read about Mr. Sabet the more opposed I am to his policies and therefore the more financial support I make to those supporting yes on 2 Initiative. I don’t even live in Oregon, however, I do want to know what the anti-legalization opposition is doing and saying. I don’t believe that sticking my head in the sand serves anyone well. Except perhaps Mr. Sabet, and those like him, who oppose reasonable progressive marijuana policy.

  16. There are many liberal libertarians too, as well as leftist Anarchists. Thousands live on the West Coast They’re not exactly media magnets, nor do they want to be. The goal is to change minds and hence policy. I find it strange that so many young Americans believe that Libertarianism is based upon conservative Republican ideology, that it originates only from the far-right. This is not true Thanks for your reply.

  17. LOL — Someone calls the validity of your sources into question, so naturally, you point to their (assigned by default) avatar as proof their claim is unfounded. It’s hilarious for you to hurl disparagements about bias and objectivity directly before you pulled an ad hominem based on nothing more than a 36×36 jpeg.

    Don’t worry — even if Perry is right and you’re very *very* wrong, I’m sure your dad can beat up Perry’s dad, right? I suggest you get your contrarian rocks off somewhere else, Richie. Your motive here is fairly transparent.

  18. Richard Walker on

    Well I am confident that I can get nothing but unbiased and objective facts from you. Nothing about your avatar would suggest otherwise.

  19. Actually, It’s the 65 + age group that’s most vehemently against legalization. Persons in the 39-64 demographic consistently support legalization, being the largest supporter’s among all other age groups polled. People 39-64 years old should not be lumped together with those 65-89 years old. A cultural divide determined by a small difference in age groups in the late 1960’s early ’70’ remains to this day.

  20. If you want to be seriously taken as unbiased, then don’t reference articles by Kevin Sabet. The guy is rabidly anti-pot, is not above lying about it, and frequently quotes research either out of context or that is not legit.

  21. my dad is 74 yrs old and last year ate his 1st medible… he absolutely loved the taste and eats as often as he can… he had no idea how it was going to affect him. He enjoyed the 1st time; my mom had her doubts though she chooses to abstain from this at this point in time but she does not pass judgment against him… he has glaucoma and high blood pressure and had radiation for his prostate cancer. I say if someone wants to do it for health reasons or recreational, it should be freedom of choice not something to be ashamed of and have to hide because of legality reasons.

  22. Richard Walker on

    “Colorado’s marijuana legalization effort has been a success by every measure. Teen marijuana use is down in Colorado, traffic fatalities on Colorado roads are at an all time low, tax revenues are being generated daily, and jobs are being created.”

    Now there is an unbiased statement from a website called, “The Weed Blog.” Lets not mention that tax revenue is a small fraction of what was predicted[1][2]. And crime has gone up in Colorado[3]. As for the other claims…citing a source now and then wouldn’t kill you.

    I’m not opposed to legalized marijuana. The fact is however that the truth is much more complicated than you make it out to be. Let’s try to be intellectually honest here.

    [1] – http://www.denverpost.com/carroll/ci_26174929/why-colorado-pot-tax-revenue-is-low
    [2] – http://www.denverpost.com/marijuana/ci_26086230/colorado-pot-revenues-fading-promise
    [3] – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kevin-a-sabet-phd/crime-is-up-in-colorado-w_b_5663046.html

  23. Well it is time to vote Him out. I would say He sold out to the pharmaceutical companies. He is not for the people so get Him out of there. Only vote for a politician that supports legalization. That would be one that is we the people, by the people, for the people. We as a nation need to stand up and have corporate America removed from the white house and we would stop seeing our politicians sell out to their money instead of standing for the people. It is time to take America back for the people. Vote Him out!!!!!!

  24. Matthew Frakes on

    It’s all about money. As long as their is more money to be made from marijuana being illegal then idiots with money will fight to make it or keep it illegal.

  25. Hey Duncan20903, Thank you for the tip, I just perused a few articles on pluralistic ignorance. Pretty interesting stuff. Now I know what to call it. This phrase pretty much explains a lot that has taken place in the U.S. over the past couple of decades.

  26. Impasto, you might find researching a state of mind called pluralistic ignorance would help you understand why cannabis is still illegal. It also explains why the entire scam is falling apart so quickly.

  27. downthelaw, every generation suffers it’s share of hall monitors. How old is Kevin Sabet?

    In Arizona the percentage of patients older than age 71 on that State’s medicinal cannabis registry is 25% higher than their number in the general population. Unfortunately Arizona is the only State of which I’m aware that provides patient age numbers. Ironically it was because Will Humble wanted to “prove” that only young men were interested in medicinal cannabis.

    Ah, the arrogance of youth. With all due respect downthelaw we were enjoying cannabis for years before you were even a dirty thought in your dad’s head.

  28. I totally agree, the smell makes it low hanging fruit. I love to imagine police busting the meth labs instead. Or better yet – responding to real emergencies.

  29. Alcohol is toxic to neurons because it damages the dendrites that connect the neurons. Cannabis actually protects neurons from the damaging effects of alcohol.

  30. Well said. We are on the same side. Truthfully, I hoped, but never thought that pot would be legal in my lifetime.
    Now, it looks good.
    Recently, I once again tried to wrap my brain around why pot is still illegal. We all know that the usual rhetoric is all a lie. People who use children as an excuse for their bias are the worst child abusers alive. I am beginning to think that is is not pot that the prohibitionists are scared of, but rather hemp. Why on earth hemp is illegal is beyond me but, if it were grown in every state, up to its potential, it would probably put all the makers of cheap synthetic products, as well as the mass wholesalers, and we all know who they are, out of business. America could once again produce products to be proud of. There is no limits to the wonders of hemp. You can make practically anything with it. You can wear it, and perhaps even more importantly eat it.
    Do yourself a favor. It you haven’t already read Jack Herrer’s – The Emperor Wears No Clothes. A fascinating read.
    Anyway, thank you, and peace.

  31. You are right. I did put a younger number on that post then I should have I guess. But at the same time I was right . There is quit the then line in there as for all of it. I don’t mean to lay the blame on those ages though. If you look at it. The big part of the prohibitionist are DEA and other law enforcement that go at this with their funded based agendas. There is a reason there are so many weed arrest. It is because you can smell it so well. It is so easy to detect. Therefore it gets found with no effort. It makes cops look like they are doing something. That is a big reason why they like these laws as well. And the majority of those people are under 60. So it’s all over the place as far as ages go on this. But I was talking the public. We just need legalization and we won’t have to deal with any of it anymore.

  32. I totally agree. And that makes me real sick to see people that are my age or younger be against marijuana reform. We are from a time where the lies that were shoved down the older crowd’s throat were not as heavy on us. I am 29. i remember the D.A.R.E. program and I with tell you that all it did was introduce us to drugs. And that is the truth. So many kids walked away from D.A.R.E. saying that drugs sound awesome.We are Americans and we started this country as rebels. And we live in this country as rebels to the government. No one can real say why youth is so rebellious but it is. So with all that said. The younger people in this country for prohibition should be ashamed of themselves in my opinion. For it’s their future that they are messing up for themselves with by for prohibitions that take away freedoms.

  33. I accept that kinder approach! But I still say there a plenty of younger parents out there who are anti weed. We need to educate all age groups to put pressure on all the politicians, because even as the truth becomes knows, and the facts are presented, we are still faced with waves of apathy.

  34. I don’t want to gang up on you for your statement but, it was not well thought out. I don’t blame you for forming your opinion, really you should add 20 years to that, but then you may still be only half right. Woodstock was 45 years ago. If you were only 20 then, and there were people much older as well, you would be 65 now. Personally, I have been smoking pot for 40 years. Most of my friends who average 10 years older than myself, smoke pot. Actually, a year ago, my 87 year old Mother broke her hip. She was fortunate enough to live in California, get her pot card, and start utilizing this sacred plant. It truly saved her life. If our bought and paid for politicians stay out of the way, and marijuana is legalized. countless more geriatrics will enjoy the benefits of pot.
    Sorry, I realize that I am preaching to the choir, thank you, good luck.

  35. My mom and dad both smoke and have smoked for most of 40 years and both are 63 years old. And if it wasn’t for lawmakers,(which are mainly 60 and over) there would not be legalization in Colorado and Washington. So I do know that people like you are out there and are involved. But that does take from the fact that it is the older crowd that are the main ones out there against this thing. It was the older crowd in the 60’s , 70’s and so on. It’s just the way it is. And the main point I was trying to make was that this fact makes no since. I’m sorry to make you think that I was trying to talk down on the older crowd. And I didn’t get my point out well enough. And I highly appreciate your stand and the legalization stand that anyone of the older public has. It has became quit important to have 60 and up get on our side. But I am right in my comment rather we like it or not.

  36. I will be 60 in 5 months, and I really take exception to what you say. You have no idea. We watched Nixon go after they “hippies, and then Carter came along and we became hopeful. In the 1970s there were places all over America that had decriminalized weed. We were VERY hopeful. Then came the Reagan years, and I watched three friends go to prison as drug war casualties. The people in their 60’s were the ones who started the war against prohibition. I don’t know of anyone in my circle of friends (and they’re not all weed users) who feel prohibition is a good thing. Perhaps you need to read some good books on the history of prohibition, like. “Smoke Signals” and “A New Leaf” and get some perspective before you go off condemning any specific generations. I’m unsure of your age, but try to remember that many of us were fighting the war before you were born. I am much more concerned with the younger people who grew up with DARE and bought into it. Now they want to “protect their children”, (from their grandparents).

  37. Bob that was a stupid thing to say. I bet you gained 10,000 votes and lost 100,000. Stupid Bob, really stupid. It is here and It is working.

  38. David, you are wiser than that. Both parties have extreme factions, but most Repubs are not going to fit in that box you drew. The new Conservatives are leaning libertine. Old hacks are aging out . The neo-cons of the nineties are a minor group now. Everyone is less rigid except Obamites, and they are tax happy controllers. Wait for that new health care premium to rise annually just like it used to. Politics is a game in flux. Don’t be the new dino in the room.

  39. The older public (60 and up) run around like they know everything and get the world. Then stick with the old lies and propaganda on weed that they should have woke up from so long ago. If you look at any of the new reels and interviews on TV. You see only the older people are the ones who don’t want to say yes to legalization. It’s ridiculous and sad to see. You’d think people with life experience would have found out the greatness of marijuana and the horrors of prohibition. Even if weed really was such the evil thing prohibitionist THINK it is. It would be nowhere near the evil that prohibition against it has been. Legalization of marijuana is so needed right now as well that these arguments should not be such an argument. Wake up and smell the pot people. It smells like freedom.

  40. “The belief in the ideal of freedom—not only for ourselves, but principally for those generations that will follow—gave this country its beginning and I believe will sustain its future.” Bob Beauprez, A Return to Values (2009)

    I guess he only meant freedoms that HE approves of, so, a kind of limited pre-approved freedom where he gets to pick and choose which actions will be sanctioned. Tiz a shame that Tancredo didn’t win the primary, this guy is an old school 1950’s style conservative republican, who claims to love The Constitution, but pisses on it daily. At this point Hickenlooper looks like the lesser of 2 evils, sad as it may be.

  41. David Lee Moreno on

    The PFC is not connected fully to the brain until sometime around the age of 23-25. Doing a study during this time is completely legitimate. However, calling any physiological changes to the brain bad is a little short sighted. Having a larger reward center may lead to more rewarding lives? Hahaha, but seriously, There have been zero studies done that have conclusively deemed marijuana a threat to cognitive development.

  42. David Lee Moreno on

    If you were given Ritalin as a child and it only made matters then you did not need to be given Ritalin. As someone with the actual chemical imbalances that cause ADHD I know as a fact that it helped me go through my k-12 education. Incidentally, ADHD was not really understood by many doctors when I was young, so many people that did not need it were given the prescription. If used correctly, any drug or poison is medicine. You seem to be under a different form of propaganda and also seem to be the type that would try to draw a connection from vaccines and autism.

  43. True, it’s for adults but the “studies” have serious flaws. Don’t put weed in the same sentence as alcohol please. There is no comparison.

  44. Well put, Cyndy. People make doomsday scenarios out of factually skewed, poorly conducted research. Vote yes on 2, Florida!

  45. That might be part of the reason, but I think his main concern is to make sure every conservative rural voter, born-again Christian and old white man votes for him. Hickenlooper isn’t much better on this issue, but he is not so bad on many others.

  46. Both Gov. Hack and Beauprez are unreconstructed prohibitionists. Yes, Beauprez wants the General Assembly to refer a Proposition to the People to overturn Amendment 64 — it’s politically impossible (since 2/3 of both House and Senate would have to vote to do so), fantastically contemptuous of the People’s decision of two years ago, and politically foolish (to try to have the General Assembly tell the electorate that they were reckless in approving Amendment 64 — in the absence of any evidence of societal harms caused by our limited legalization of some use of cannabis by adults)! Hack and the entire General Assembly with the exception of one Republican Senator reinstituted all the felonies for cannabis last year, increasing their maximum severity to a Class 1 felony, despite the lack of any felonies under the Liquor Code (Title 12, Article 47 C.R.S.) and the fact that the People declared that cannabis “should be regulated in a manner similar to alcohol”. The law they passed (see SB13-250 and C.R.S. 18-18-406) directly contradicts our constitutional protections regarding the “manufacture” of cannabis and concentrates of cannabis; under Article XVIII, Section 16 of the Constitution, the resin of cannabis and all products and derivatives are defined to be “marijuana”, and adults are permitted some. Caregivers are being unjustly convicted under our blatantly unconstitutional statute right now. Note that Hack only said that it would be “premature” to put rescission to the voters; he wants to make such a debacle of regulated cannabis that it would be possible! If the issue of our right to use cannabis is important to you, vote for unaffiliated libertarian gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunafon or Green Party candidate Harry Hempy — it is more important to send a message that people who use cannabis vote for people who support their interests than to try to select the lesser of two evils, again.

  47. Then someone needs to scare the shit out of cannabis lovers in Colorado to get them out to vote.

  48. Statements like that appeal to his base and improve turnout. People who use cannabis and are active voters in Colorado may comprise only ~3% of the population and we have zero political organization or representation in State government, so we may continue to expect to be treated with total contempt by the political classes. If everyone qualified to vote who uses cannabis were to vote for one of the pro-hemp gubernatorial candidates, it could be the beginning of our attaining to political relevance, because the electorate as a whole doesn’t think much of either Hack or Beauprez.

  49. Both Gov. Hack and Beauprez are unreconstructed prohibitionists. Yes, Beauprez wants the General Assembly to refer a Proposition to the People to overturn Amendment 64 — it’s politically impossible (since 2/3 of both House and Senate would have to vote to do so), fantastically contemptuous of the People’s decision of two years ago, and politically foolish (to try to have the General Assembly tell the electorate that they were reckless in approving Amendment 64 — in the absence of any evidence of societal harms caused by our limited legalization of some use of cannabis by adults)! Hack and the entire General Assembly with the exception of one Republican Senator reinstituted all the felonies for cannabis last year, increasing their maximum severity to a Class 1 felony, despite the lack of any felonies under the Liquor Code (Title 12, Article 47 C.R.S.) and the fact that the People declared that cannabis “should be regulated in a manner similar to alcohol”. The law they passed (see SB13-250 and C.R.S. 18-18-406) directly contradicts our constitutional protections regarding the “manufacture” of cannabis and concentrates of cannabis; under Article XVIII, Section 16 of the Constitution, the resin of cannabis and all products and derivatives are defined to be “marijuana”, and adults are permitted some. Caregivers are being unjustly convicted under our blatantly unconstitutional statute right now. Note that Hack only said that it would be “premature” to put rescission to the voters; he wants to make such a debacle of regulated cannabis that it would be possible! If the issue of our right to use cannabis is important to you, vote for unaffiliated libertarian gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunafon or Green Party candidate Harry Hempy — it is more important to send a message that people who use cannabis vote for people who support their interests than to try to select the lesser of two evils, again.

  50. stellarvoyager on

    If they so much as do anything that causes anyone harm, I hope they get sued for defamation. And maybe charged with harassment and stalking as well.

  51. stellarvoyager on

    Here’s a link to the full statement of the parents group. Sounds more like the KKK than a parents group to me. I hope cannabis enthusiasts from around the state descend upon this locale to enjoy some quality herb.

    thecannabist(dot)co/2014/10/13/aurora-parents-cherry-creek-spy/21358/2/

  52. THAT won’t get him elected. What a self serving ass, and what an idiot he is to think that would bring him the votes he needs to win.

  53. stellarvoyager on

    Here’s your Beauprez voters. This article is about a group of “concerned parents” who plan to respond to the opening of Aurora’s first recreational store by taking pictures of every customer who goes in there and publicly “shaming” them. One choice quote:

    “Coming to the wealthy suburbs… means there are plenty of us concerned parents who … will do all we can to publicly shame those who think pot is cool.”

    Here’s the link to the full story.

    thecannabist(dot)co/2014/10/13/aurora-parents-cherry-creek-spy/21358/

  54. I think the point of the democratic process is to enable “us” to keep him away by voting. We’re happy to offer complimentary spelling tips, by the way.

  55. James A. Scholl on

    What marijuana does to the developing mind of kids has nothing to with if people over 21 should be able to buy/smoke pot. This character thinks he knows more than all us people that voted for 64. He must be thinking that we don’t know shid from shinola. If this is what he thinks what other kind of silly thoughts does he have? Just another rich man that wants to force his narrow view on life on the rest of us.

  56. More on our side than a party that believes the Earth is 5000 years old and men once rode dinosaur’s (GOP).

  57. The study that is touted as negative change on brains is pure bullshit and a utter distortion of factual data. Also, 18-25 year olds are NOT children they are adults so even referencing children is totally false.

    Study on Marijauna and Kids Brains

    Jodi M. Gilman, John K. Kuster, Sang Lee, Myung Joo Lee, Byoung Woo Kim, Nikos Makris, Andre Van Der Kouwe, Anne J. Blood and Hans C. Breiter.Cannabis Use is Quantitatively Associated with Nucleus Accumbens and Amygdala Abnormalities in Young Adult Recreational Users. Journal of Neuroscience, April 16, 2014 (in press)

    In the current study, Jodi Gilman, PhD, Anne Blood, PhD, and Hans Breiter, MD, of Northwestern University and Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to compare the brains of 18- to 25-year olds who reported smoking marijuana at least once per week with those with little to no history of marijuana use. Although psychiatric evaluations ruled out the possibility that the marijuana users were dependent on the drug, imaging data revealed they had significant brain differences. The nucleus accumbens — a brain region known to be involved in reward processing — was larger and altered in its shape and structure in the marijuana users compared to non-users.

    The nucleus accumbens — a brain region known to be involved in reward processing — was larger and altered in its shape and structure in the marijuana users compared to non-users. The team of scientists compared the size, shape, and density of the nucleus accumbens and the amygdala — a brain region that plays a central role in emotion — in 20 marijuana users and 20 non-users. Each marijuana user was asked to estimate their drug consumption over a three-month period, including the number of days they smoked and the amount of the drug consumed each day. The scientists found that the more the marijuana users reported consuming, the greater the abnormalities in the nucleus accumbens and amygdala. The shape and density of both of these regions also differed between marijuana users and non-users.
    This does not prove that a larger nucleus accumbens is a negative effect in any way or fashion whatsoever. How about a study using the same controls for Alcohol, Bath Salts, and Religion on the same region of the brain. I want to see that study because we don’t have a full understanding of the brain it leads to fear based conclusions that may not indicate a problem.

  58. by doing what mellowing them way the fuck out and turning them into obedient zombies? I’ve taken Ritalin as a child, it did nothing but make shit way worse. I died inside. the drugs for adhd do far more harm than good. For example: cylert was prescribed to me as a child of 4 years, because of it I now have tourettes andcan not drive because of my tics can make me go blind temporarily andcause muscle spasms that effect my ability to drive straight. I also have been disagnosed with ADHD, Bipolar, Chronic Depression, OCD, and Aspergers. none of the drugs ever worked and they always came with side effects that were very dangerous especially to the mind, and in turn I was prescribed even more medicines to treat that. at the ageof seven I was on 36 different medicines at once. at 15 I revolted and refused to take my meds. Strangely, I got loads better but the problems still persisted. Than I was 17 and discovered cannabis and the lies I was told about it. Iassure you nothing has helped me more than cannabis. I candrive, I have a great job I love, I have overcome everything, all because of cannabis

  59. Republicans, democrats, they’reall the same. The only difference is one wants to fuck you in the ass the old fashioned way (GOP), the other wants to get kinky and find new ways to fuck you in the ass (democrats and their change), so who would you rather get fucked by a donkey or an elephant? this is why I vote constitutionalists like ron paul

  60. It should also be said that there are many, many young people who have benefited greatly from the use of Ritalin.

  61. Earlier this summer I held my nose and watched far-right wing social conservatives speak about the “Evils of Marijuana Legalization”, during the “Value Voters Summit”. This year, the speeches quickly devolved into a full frontal attacks on the “evils” of state and national marijuana legalization. It’s apparent now that marijuana legalization is posed to be this years social issue and a political football. Every vote counts.

  62. Neuroprotective for adults, not teenagers! Like alcohol is affects the growth of the pre frontal cortex in teenagers!

  63. A vote for the GOP is a vote against freedom my friend, register and get out and vote for freedom and not the never ending control the GOP stands for.

  64. stellarvoyager on

    It takes some real arrogance to tell the voters during an election that you want to repeal the law that they just passed, that is still supported by a strong majority of the people, that is working almost flawlessly, and is bringing tens of millions in new revenue and thousands of new jobs to the state.

    Hickenlooper has hardly been an ally on this issue, and he has said some unfortunate remarks at times, but at least he has made a good-faith effort to implement the will of the voters, and get out of the way, despite his personal views on the issue. I respect him for that: putting his personal views aside to serve the will of the voters. Beauprez does not have the decency to respect the wishes of the voters. He arrogantly presumes that he knows better than the people he is supposed to serve, and thinks his personal views should be forced on everyone, even though that is contrary to their wishes. He’s just out for big Pharma and big Prisons, and wants to crush an entire new industry that is flourishing in Colorado. I hope the young people don’t get apathetic this election, or else they will find that their freedom has been taken away from them by a self-serving ideologue like Beauprez, who just wants to push an agenda of controlling and subjugating peaceful people.

  65. Pádráig O'Gáirmléadháigh on

    The reason this idiot Bob Beauprez wants to repeal is because that is what his paymasters, the private prison companies, have seen a big drop in incarcerations for cannabis possession and they just don’t like it. He doesn’t care about young people. ||It’s a sham concern. If he thinks making Marijuana illegal again,will stop people, young or old from using it anyway, he is an even bigger fool than suspected.

  66. Captain Obvious on

    I am well aware of that. Hence, my use of “rebloodican” to explain this particular republican that values bloodshed and being a useful idiot of the corporate interests. Plenty of useful idiot democrypts with blood on their hands too. 2 parties are just 1 party away from complete totalitarian control.

  67. Cannabis has been demonstrated to be profoundly neuorprotective. It is not harmful to the brain but is beneficial to the brain in ways we are only beginning to appreciate. High CBD cannabis oil has been the only substance on Earth that has helped alleviate the suffering of children with Dravet syndrome. Reducing the number of brain seizures from hundreds per month to one per month.

    Look at the Dreher study of Jamaican babies and very young children that was commissioned by NIDA in the 1980’s and was buried by NIDA. Why, because instead of finding harm to their development they found pronounced benefits. http://www.november.org/stayinfo/breaking06/DreherStudy.html

    However, Ritalin (“kiddie crack”) which acts on the brain in ways similar to cocaine and meth is routinely prescribed to children diagnosed with ADHD. What is the developmental impact of this drug on children?

  68. Captain Obvious on

    Another rebloodican that doesn’t value facts and evidence. He should stop playing God with everyone’s life because of his own intellectual laziness. If he succeeds in prohibiting freedom, he will have blood on his hands again.

    Genesis 1:12
    And the earth brought forth grass, herbs yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit, wherein is the seed thereof, after their kind: and God saw that it was good.

  69. Typical Republican knee-jerk reaction to ONE study! One that hasn’t even been peer reviewed as of yet. He’s as bad as bomb,bomb,bomb John McCain!

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