Yes, I’ll take an ounce of Chocolate Thai, please…

What’s wrong with marijuana? Weed? Bomb? Brown? Kill? Ganja? Bud? Cheeba? Reefer? Peace tobacco? Pot? Mary Jane? Mota? Dank? Marley? Herb? Trees? Why is it SO wrong to smoke it? WHY is it illegal? Cigarette packs come with a SURGEON GENERAL’S WARNING on the side of them! Lung cancer, emphysema, heart disease, and a complicated pregnancy could be the result of the consumption of tobacco products. And yet, so many people in this country choose to ignore those danger signs and smoke away. Though America started the trend of labeling cigarette packages with health warnings, today the country has one of the smallest, least prominent warnings placed on their packages. Just to show how dangerous this country KNOWS the consumption of tobacco products is, new measures have been taken. The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 requires cigarette warning labels to cover 50 percent of the front and rear of each pack, with the word warning in capital letters. Now if weed were legalized, does anyone think that there would need to be a warning placed on a 1-ounce bundle of OG Bubba Kush or Maui Wowie? Ask anyone that smokes weed, and most likely they’ll tell you that the most serious side effect of being high is an increase in hunger, and a sense of sleepiness, NOT fatigue. Let’s not forget that there are people that are going through chemotherapy, depression, and chronic pain that use the sticky stuff. It’s not just for college students that are bored in their dorm rooms. This is a substance that can be used to alleviate pain and stress. I highly doubt that any state would allow it to be used for medicinal purposes if scientists found it to be more harmful than helpful. Some critics might point to lunacy, a man becoming sterile, or a loss of brain cells. Lunacy? Unfounded, and a scare tactic. Sterile? Again, unfounded, and a scare tactic. A loss of brain cells? Weed does not kill brain cells, it alters them. To be technical, our brain is altered all the time, especially those of us that are educated. Drink a gallon of liquor, and you could possibly die from alcohol poisoning or be afflicted with cirrhosis of the liver. Smoke cigarettes incessantly, and you could get mouth or lung cancer. Take 15 Aspirin at one time, and you’d have to be rushed to a hospital to have your stomach pumped before you die or suffer serious harm to your health from such poisoning. Smoke 15 joints, blunts, bowls, hookahs, pipes, or bubblers…and you’re just going to be lit. Hungry, In 2007, over 870,000 people were arrested on marijuana charges. Of that number, roughly 89% of those arrests were for possession. Nearly three in four of those arrested were under the age of 30. The total number of marijuana arrests in the U.S. for 2007 far exceeded the total number of arrests in the U.S. for all violent crimes combined, including murder, manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault. In 2007, 47.5% of all drug arrests were “cannabis-related”. “These numbers belie the myth that police do not target and arrest minor cannabis offenders,” said NORML Executive Director Allen St. Pierre, who noted that at current rates, a cannabis consumer is arrested every 37 seconds in America. “This effort is a tremendous waste of criminal justice resources that diverts law enforcement personnel away from focusing on serious and violent crime, including the war on terrorism.” People, whether you partake in the smoking of sticky icky or not: Does it make sense to criminalize a substance that’s not as harmful as tobacco, alcohol, and prescription drugs, three things that are used more prevalently and are EASILY more available? Especially when it means that more serious criminal offenders aren’t apprehended more often? P.S. I miss Karen!!! P.P.S. Ahem…Roll dat sheet, light dat sheet, smoke dat sheet! (courtesy of Doug)


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