Skip to comments.Marijuana Is More Dangerous Than You Think
Posted on 01/03/2019 8:36:53 AM PST by reaganaut1
The most obvious way that cannabis fuels violence in psychotic people is through its tendency to cause paranoia. Even marijuana advocates acknowledge that the drug can cause paranoia; the risk is so obvious that users joke about it, and dispensaries advertise certain strains as less likely to do so. But for people with psychotic disorders, paranoia can fuel extreme violence. A 2007 paper in the Medical Journal of Australia looked at 88 defendants who had committed homicide during psychotic episodes. It found that most of the killers believed they were in danger from the victim, and almost two-thirds reported misusing cannabismore than alcohol and amphetamines combined.
The link between marijuana and violence doesnt appear limited to people with pre-existing psychosis. Researchers have studied alcohol and violence for generations, proving that alcohol is a risk factor for domestic abuse, assault and even murder. Far less work has been done on marijuana, in part because advocates have stigmatized anyone who raises the issue. Still, there are studies showing that marijuana use is a significant risk factor for violence.
A 2012 paper in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, examining a federal survey of more than 9,000 adolescents, found that marijuana use was associated with a doubling of domestic violence in the U.S. A 2017 paper in the journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, examining drivers of violence among 6,000 British and Chinese men, found that drug use was linked to a fivefold increase in violence, and the drug used was nearly always cannabis.
Before states legalized recreational cannabis, advocates predicted that legalization would let police focus on hardened criminals rather than on marijuana smokers and thus reduce violent crime.
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Pot is very bad for your mind, and it should be legal.
Because the WOD is very bad for our civilization.
we live in a society where the government has to protect us and we don’t suffer the consequences of our behavior. In an ideal society your would have freedom to do that and if you lose your job, the government and taxpayers wouldn’t pay. The flip side of the coin of freedom is individual responsibility
“I started suffering from anxiety while high. I hated it; it was scary. Therfore, I had to quit. I was wondering if anyone else had this side effect?”
A good friend began having that reaction so he stopped, although he doesn’t think it should be illegal.
So what else was your best friend using? Most heads were not just smoking pot back in the day. Everyone I knew would use nearly anything available at least once, twice.
Don’t believe the LEO account. Nothing is 100%, there would be states with zero traffic fatalities to balance this state.
You are absolutely right and politicians can promised anything and still get elected by a doped-up, dumbed-down population!
There's no reason to think that people who were responsible enough to avoid marijuana when it was illegal, will after legalization be so irresponsible as to toke themselves into befuddled unemployability.
In 1914, six years before prohibition of alcohol, the Harrison Narcotic Act regulated the production, import, and distribution of opium, even among doctors. Before that, opium extracts were widely distributed with “Miracle Elixirs”
There is no way legal marijuana will ever be a financial boom to anyone in the business legitimately.
UNLESS. Unless they want to deal with ILLEGAL marijuana as harshly as possible.
Illegal alcohol was dealt with harshly. Illegal tobacco was dealt with harshly. Both were dealt with until it became unwise or unprofitable to do manufacture it illegally.
If people can buy illegal marijuana with no recriminations then why in the world would they buy legal marijuana that MUST cost much much more?
My question is will people who find legal marijuana, medical and recreational, unsatisfactory to satisfy their needs? Will a lot of them move up the ladder to drugs that kill or incapacitate them?
I have a close friend who has been a marijuana user since returning from Viet Nam. (not around me) He and his son, both intelligent people with no physical, intellectual or mental problems they were born with, do not confront problems they encounter. They just accept what happens. Is that caused by marijuana use?
“There’s no reason to think that people who were responsible enough to avoid marijuana when it was illegal, will after legalization be so irresponsible as to toke themselves into befuddled unemployability.”
True, and no reason to think that people who did use marijuana when it was illegal and went to work every day won’t continue doing so after legalization.
The term legalization has become synonymous with commercialization - and that is not something I think would be good for the country in the longer-term. There are already beer companies investigating how they can utilize cannabis in their beverages somehow, and companies who want to sell cannabis baked goods, etc. It just normalizes cannabis in society, as though it is no different than a pop tart.
The reality is that it is a mind-altering drug, and if it were submitted to the FDA today for approval as a drug, it would likely have a hard time getting approval - as a lot about it remains unknown or unclear, including its long-term effects (particularly in young people - whose brains continue to develop well into their twenties).
Guess what? They're not going away. If they're making money hand over fist selling it when it's illegal then why would they stop when it's legal? They're going to easily be able to undercut commercial pot.
The ONLY way to make them go away is to either make them the official dealers...in which case they're all for it. OR we have to have a war on drugs to end all war on drugs so it will no longer be profitable or wise to sell illegal pot.
people should grow their own
Bullcrap, most politicians love civil asset forfeiture.
No - almost half of Americans have used pot, and most never move up the ladder.
Here is a side effect of legal pot some may not think of. I worked for a distribution company that had a warehouse near Denver. They drug tested employees (truck drivers, fork lift operators, etc) when they were hired then at random times afterwards. Staffing became a problem and closure was imminent as they could not fine clean employees. Pot stays in your system for about 30 days and if you test positive, you are considered unsafe to work in the warehouse. A lot of it was an Insurance requirement, but the local population became such stoners that they would not find anyone who could pass the test. Unfilled positions crippled the operation.
Excellent point. Let's take Massachusetts: For years they had medicinal pot and you can purchase an ounce for around $300+. So many buy this weed and resell it to their friends and neighbors. So along comes legal weed and they want $400+ an ounce. Guess what? People went back to buying the "medicinal" weed cheaper. When governments get greedy...
“OR we have to have a war on drugs to end all war on drugs so it will no longer be profitable or wise to sell illegal pot.”
Zero chance of that happening (or at least, zero chance of it succeeding) - that war would be more unpopular than the Vietnam war.
in the 1990s the Chief of police of a city in soCal declared he would hire pot smokers. Because so many applicants were smoking. The cops were having drug testing of applicants and some on the job. I don’t know where that went, if they can smoke pot. But not that it’s legal, employees have burden to prove they can’t have employees who smoke. The world has changed my friend and not every thing is better.
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