It's been gaining a foothold because ignorance no longer rules.
"Although regulated, alcohol has gotten a pass because of its historical
acceptance in society and because it can be consumed in responsible
ways."Prior to a depression-era smear campaign by paper
interests, everyone understood this fact about cannabis too. This is a typical
out of touch editorial by an old, cantankerous man who sees as his business what
people do for fun in the privacy and security of their own homes. Hey Jay, how
about reading some facts about a subject before writing about it next time?For instance, read this from the american cancer society (source
www.cancer.org):THC and marijuana are promoted to relieve pain,
control nausea and vomiting, and stimulate appetite in people with cancer and
AIDS. Researchers also report that THC decreases pressure within the eyes,
therefore reducing the severity of glaucoma.andMore
recently, scientists reported that THC and other cannabinoids such as CBD
(cannabidiol) slow growth and/or cause death in certain types of cancer cells
growing in laboratory dishes. The point is that the era of dismissal
of this "frightful monster" is rapidly ending. Stop clinging to ignorant
Kent R. Treehorn pretty much summed it up. I'll add this: Many of
the health risks that are measurable are due to smoking the plant. When eaten
those are no longer risks. And ignorant statements such as "frightful
monster" sum up what we really disliked about the war on drugs. As it turns
out it was a war on truth, since most everything said was a lie.
Alcohol is far worse and it remains legal. Even in Utah. Sort of.
@JCSStudies do not support your assertions! Provide sources. I can
provide many reliable sources to the contrary just as you can....maybe
provide....a couple! You have no clue since you sit outside the knowledge of the
sybject in a cavern of ignorance. Not all things lead to doom.....and marijuana
is one of them! Kent has the right picture!
I don't see much profit in comparing the relative risks among marijuana,
alcohol, and tobacco. They all degrade human health and behavior. Liberalizing
our laws concerning them is not progress.I find it ironic that those
who object to laws restricting these substances claim that the laws unfairly
restrict their freedom. It is the use of those substances that they more
effectively restrict their own freedom. What's more unfortunate is that it
also hurts the children and anyone else depending on their adult behavior.
John C. C. said: "I find it ironic that those who object to laws restricting
these substances claim that the laws unfairly restrict their freedom."Funny I was thinking the same about religion, and the birth control
issue.Those who would do away with free agency are not promoters of
freedom JC, what was it Jesus did when they ran out of wine at the wedding
party, was it lecture the guest on the evils of alcohol?
‘Jay Evensen: Marijuana gradually gains foothold in U.S.’=========== Hardly....The very 1st marijuana law
passed in America was in Jamestown, Virginia ~ 1619ALL persons were
REQUIRED to grow hemp.George Washington grew it.Thomas
Jefferson grew it.Saying it is "gradually" gaining a
foothold in America lacking or ignoring the facts.Me thinks it is
nothing more than a biased opinion, coupled with an agenda.
Legalize, inspect for quality, and TAX the stuff. Have it without a
prescription? Mandatory penalties! The stuff is here, even in church meetings in
Utah. Make it safer, control it and tax it.
FYI - In addition to cotton, Brigham Young instructed the early Saints to aso
grow hemp in Utah's Dixie.gradually - ha.
Medical mariijuana is a farce. It is used for treatment of pain which is
subjective because it is hard to measure and define. It is the sufferer's
judgment that they are in pain. About 75% of chronic pain sufferers are women
while about 60-70& of medical marijuana users who use marijuana for chronic
pain are men. Basically, addicts go to a doctor and complan of pain here and
pain there and they get a medical marijuana card.The above fact came
from an editorial in the New York Times.