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21. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y

Quoting James
How do you know you are not harminh anyone else? How do I know that the person next to me in the traffic that is driving like he has a death wish is not high-as-a-kite on something? I reckon he probably is, and a lot of the times I don't think it's just alcohol.

I'm sorry but I'm pretty sure there have been quite a few studies that suggest smoking Marijuana increases your awareness of your surroundings. There have been few recorded incidencies of weed related RTA's so I think thats perhaps irrelevant.

I think an imprtant point to make is that by legalising it we take to pressure off the authorities to concentrate on areas that are of more concern.

Although I do not think Holland is a good example for this debate for many reasons.

22. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

The state of Victoria has just begun drug-testing of drivers....

"The Government was right to be concerned about drug-driving on our roads, with something like one in 103 positive tests, which compares to a one in 250 positive rate for drink-driving on our roads," he said.

http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,12099665%255E2862,00.html

So half of those maniacs on the road that I suspect are off their faces on pot, are really just more aware of their surroundings? I think the guy I saw wrap himself around a powerpole the other night became very aware of his surroundings - for a split second.

23. Posted by SKR (Full Member 47 posts) 11y

Smoking pot and driving isnt a particularly good idea. Everyone accepts that. That's why driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal, and rightly so. At the same time driving whilst holding and speaking on a mobile phone isn't a good idea, that's why it's illegal (at least it is in the UK). However nobody argues that we should therefore introduce a total ban on mobile phones - the use of mobile phones in general and the use of mobile phones whilst driving a car are completely separate issues, and the same should go for the use of marijuana in general and the use of marijuana whilst driving a car. You cant say that because some people that have caused a car crash have done so under the influence of marijuana is a sufficient reason to ban its use, period.

I think this is a clear cut issue over state intrusion over individual rights. If someone wants to smoke a joint in their home, with their friends, without then attempting to wield a piece of heavy equipment like a car, why should they be classed as a criminal ?

24. Posted by h3ndr1x420 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

Marijuana can be viewed at just like masturbation in a way. Just like masturbation people make up things to make it sound bad because they don't like it themselves. The things people say about marijuana are so retarded and not true. Throughout history there has been no recorded deaths from the medical side effects of marijuana. Why is this? It is because there really no negative side effects from marijuana. Alcohol causes a person to completely change from who they normally are. After consuming alcohol most people become cold hearted people who try to start fights with almost anyone who gets in their way. Marijuana on the other had causes the person to feel relaxed and happy, like smoking a cigarette in a way but not as bad for you and the buzz lasts for hours. I live in America and here marijuana is more widely used then people actually think. In the area I live in at least 50% of students have marijuana and or still smoke it. People view marijuana as an addictive substance and it is not in any way. Marijuana does not contain nicotine and is very easy to quit. So stop making stuff up about marijuana, it is a safe herbal way to become relaxed and to help when you are depressed.

25. Posted by TKolb325 (Full Member 197 posts) 10y

Sometimes I wonder why ANY drug is illegal. The theory is that we don't want everyone to turn into a drug addict, and waste there life away just doing drugs, and possibly overdose and die. Well, I wonder if that is really that bad of a thing. Ones own choices lead them to their death. Sounds like natural selection to me. Go ahead, shoot up and end your life. What's it to me?

But then, yeah drugs and poverty and crime always seem to be linked, and with healthcare being something that the government should be responsible for supposedly(which is a whole different debate) then all the health problems associated with drugs does become any taxpayers responsibilty, so I guess that my idea really wouldn't work. But still, who cares if someone smokes too much pot and becomes a burnout. It's their loss not mine.

I just realized this thread went cold like a year ago. So I guess I don't really expect a response. Especially because is seems that most of the people here agree in atleast the decriminalization of sweet Mary-Jane.

26. Posted by mally (Respected Member 199 posts) 10y

most people see it as a joke . if you don't smoke - let them do what they like . Then if you do smoke you want to continue.
The result is see what mental state some oeople get into . how many people have been a victim because someone didn't know what they were doing.
if you don't see the harmfull results immediatly it is harder to control. protection is better than cure.
my father smoked all of his life - it still killed him at 78
there should be one law for self harming etc covering anything harmfull to people.

Everyone looses out at the end who pays for the hospitals, mental treatments, fostered children etc etc etc.p.s. while the governments are paying for treatment , other people cann't get their treatment . if you think it doesn't effect all the pop stars. it do's you just don't hear about it. all that money in drugs waisted. could you imagine what could be done with it. there is no justice in the world. make it all illegal. but to cover all drugs and smoking.

27. Posted by TKolb325 (Full Member 197 posts) 10y

there should be one law for self harming etc covering anything harmfull to people.

I think I disagree with that statement. I feel if someone wants to end their life, or ruin it for that matter, then we should allow them too. Sure that heroin addict may have a child that will be effected by the fathers actions, but that is the life that he chose, and unfortunately the child will suffer. My mother smoked cigarettes from age 18-42 when she then died of cancer. That was her choice to do that, and yes I suffered from losing my mother, but still, it was her choice, and I can't be angry with the government for not making her stop.

If we start needing laws to force us to make the "right" choice, then that says something about our ignorance and lack of decision making skills. I like to think, according to the decisions we make, we get what we deserve.

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