Thursday, February 2, 2012
- There is nobody checking for IDs, so at present, it is READILY available to any high school of middle school student if they want to get it.
- It remains unregulated which has two inherent problems.
- A user doesn't have a clue how strong it is, and may get too much effect. Would you do this with aspirin or alcohol? No--the strength is printed right on the side of the bottle.
- Your children and friends could be breathing in dangerous molds and chemicals. Cannabis grown indoors attracts mold, and many growers use chemicals to combat it, and also to help the plants grow faster and bigger. In this world where the things we get at the grocery store are grown using pesticides, we've already lowered our standards of what we put in our bodies. If you wouldn't allow your children and friends to eat chemicals on apples, would you want them to get it here without regulation?
- It's known that people, especially children who lack adult capacity for judgment) will try substitute drugs to get high if Cannabis is illegal.
- One such substitute is huffing glue and gasses that can cause hypoxia which can permanently destroy brain cells.
- Another substitute is the K2 stuff, a.k.a. "spice" which is incredibly dangerous, and has a variety of chemicals sprayed onto leaves. People are going to emergency rooms as a result of this. It's called "synthetic marijuana" but that's a terrible misnomer. A person cannot overdose on marijuana. K2/spice would better be called a variant of meth. In other words, prohibition is a gateway drug.
For people with serious medical conditions, it should be researched by pharmaceutical industries. There are terpenes and cannabinoids of astounding value that need to be researched and combined in the most effective combinations into medicine. There is plenty of money to be made for pharmaceutical industries without keeping it illegal for simple adult use.
We should do everything we can to stop people from driving while intoxicated in any form--whether the intoxicant is alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs, a cell phone, or a hamburger. This requires major changes, and will require political will to create a powerful system of trains and busses for mass transit. It will also take a major attitude adjustment for Americans who want to be independent and free to drive whenever and wherever they want without prior planning. I think we can and must do this.