Utah police, addiction experts fear shift in attitudes
I find the acceptance of pot frightening. Even some politicians are claiming
it's "safer than alcohol." Well, some people drink alcohol with
their meals or have one drink and stop. Not everyone who drinks drinks to get
drunk. Pot smokers smoke dope to get high. And, no, I don't believe
it's harmless. Unfortunately, many Americans have come to believe getting
doped up is a right. Hopefully, one day, people will realize mood altering drugs
are dangerous and unhealthy.
In my opinion, people should be less harsh toward the use of marijuana - which,
may I add, has many medical benefits for cancer patients, people suffering with
epilepsy/related problems, and people with severe depression, anxiety, and other
mental/emotional disorders. The war on drugs should never have
started with marijuana. It should have started with cocaine, methamphetamine,
and other hard drugs. Putting people in jail for how they use a plant that comes
from the earth is absolutely ludicrous.
Why is it that society (ie.Colorado) has such an uneducated attitude toward
adding another abusive substance to the present ills of society? No
rationalization can ignore the fact that legalized marijuana use will make it
permissible and desirable for use by thousands who now avoid it's use
because it is illegal. The past fifty years have proven that marijuana use can
lead to the upgraded use of cocaine, heroin and other destructive substances.
Aditional evidence exists regarding the destructive health complications
resulting from the use of marijuana.
Who would one look to for advice? Pot heads? Who would you look to for
employment, a pot head.Who would one look to for leadershipo, a pot head?
This is why some ofour present generation of young adults are finding it so
difficult to get ahead....they follow the wrong stars.
Alcohol (United States) is a factor in the following:* 73% of all
felonies * 73% of child beating cases * 41% of rape cases * 80% of wife
battering cases * 72% of stabbings * 83% of homicides.According to
the Australian National Drug Research Institute (2003): "The research into
the global burden of disease attributable to drugs found, that in 2000, tobacco
use was responsible for 4.9 million deaths worldwide, equating to 71 percent of
all drug-related deaths. Around 1.8 million deaths were attributable to the use
of alcohol (26 percent of all drug-related deaths), and illicit drugs (heroin,
cocaine and amphetamines) caused approximately 223,000 deaths (only 3 percent of
all drug-related deaths)." Marijuana doesn't get a mention.According to DrugRehabs.Org, national (USA) mortality figures for 2009 were:
tobacco 435,000; poor diet and physical inactivity 365,000; alcohol 85,000;
microbial agents 75,000; toxic agents 55,000; motor vehicle crashes 26,347;
adverse reactions to prescription drugs 32,000; suicide 30,622; incidents
involving firearms 29,000; homicide 20,308; sexual behaviors 20,000; all illicit
drug use, direct and indirect 17,000; and marijuana 0.
People who think pot is harmless remind me of the old adage, "All people see
the world, not as it really is but as they really are."
In general, teens are not stupid. When adults use scare tactics, and they go too
far in demonizing "sin" and those who participate in it, smart teens
catch on to the deception. They see the studies and arguments about the affects
of marijuana on health, and they figure if adults and religious leaders are over
reacting to this, then they are probably over reacting to alcohol, tobacco,
premarital sex, pornography, gambling, cursing, and all the other
"sins".The lesson to be learned here is to cease the
hyper-inflated, overzealous fear mongering and use of scare tactics. Fear has
never been a good motivator of behavior. Parents and Church leaders should never
- and I mean never - employ fear tactics in a misguided attempt to get youth to
follow "the Commandments" or teachings of the Church. And it should go
without saying that parents and Church leaders should never inflate, embellish,
or misrepresent the consequences or harms of "sinful" behavior.Youth should always be given the facts and the truth. If we don't know,
we should admit that, not pass on wives' tales, myths, and false
Alcohol is not safe and no one should drink any alcohol. It is carcinogenic
causes cancer, cirrhosis of the liver and a host of problems and DUI's
cause many deaths. Marijuana is a drug whose dangerous side effects must be
made known to children and teens and adults. It results in a lowered
Intelligence quotient in teens, results in reduced brain blood flow and is the
most common cause of stroke in teens and young adults. it produces
schizophrenic changes in the brain and psychotic behavior. You take marijuana
your are a dumbo. IT isn't cool.
Just ask the relatives of the 70,000 people in Mexico who have been killed due
to the Cartel wars if taking drugs is harmless. 50% of the drugs travel from
Mexico to the US is Marijuana. If we are going to allow marijuana
to be sold legally, the same laws should say that the producers and sellers of
the drug also be held liable for all medical conditions caused by marijuana.
Then lets see if they think it is still worth selling. We should do the same
with alcohol and tobacco products. No need to tax them, just require anyone who
develops a medical condition related to the use of those products to have their
medical treatments paid for by tobacco and spirit manufacturers and
@bloodhoundIf not everyone drinks to get drunk doesn't it go to say
not everyone smokes dope to get as high as they can? Teens should believe
Marijuana is more safe then they have been led to believe because they have been
fed lies. Marijuana is still listed as a schedule 3 drug, as dangerous as
Heroin. Sometimes is just best to let the truth come out. ITS NOT as dangerous
as any schedule 3 drug. So until the truth is told people will just believe the
people spouting drug propaganda less and less. Sorry you are scared of it,
perhaps you won't be if you educate yourself on the subject.
This is a stilted and misleading article. Utah youths pattern of drug use is
identical to the national increase. What you didn't mention is that while
pot use is up, adolescent alcohol & tobacco use is down ! And while
adolescent pot use may decrease IQ a few points later in life (or may not), it
won't kill them, like addictive and toxic alcohol and tobacco will. Ideally
they should use no intoxicants, but if they must, pot is by far safer than
booze, which by the way is the #1 date-rape drug in America. Give the whole
story, Pat, or don't write at all !
I have never used marijuana, but I observed the lives of many high school
friends who did. It changed their personalities and their way of thinking, and
these changes were permanent. A day later, I could detect the difference after
the first use. Marijuana is a psychoactive drug. It diminished
ambition, reduced initiative, and retarded emotional maturity. My friends
quickly discarded inhibitions, and engaged in increasingly risky behavior.
None of them died from marijuana use, but two died from the risky
Like everything else in this world we all believe what works best for us. Anyone
who says alcohol is safer than marijuana knows nothing about it. Those who
haven't ever tried either have to rely on whatever information they get.
The problem with people is moderation. We can eat, sleep and work out too much
also. Common sense and will power would keep any substance from becoming a
burden to the user. Moderation in all things people not some things.
@Elcapitan Who would one look to for medical advice, a politician?
This is truly a foolish issue. Being a student I hear it argued by young people
all the time, like it's some personal issue with no social consequence. If
only these people knew the people I know. Marijuana changes you, and not in good
ways./////Dr. Howard Samuels, a Psychotherapist and
expert in rehab treatment and addiction, gave the following statements:"[Regarding Marijuana]... psychoactive substances produce emotionally
crippled adults.""This isn't supposition; I have been
working in the field of addiction for almost 20 years. This is my expert
opinion. And it's an opinion born of the thousands of addicts I've
come into contact with, and helped- down through the decades.""Is that the society we're passionate about becoming? A
"loaded" society?"/////Dr. D. Stuart Dunnan,
a school Headmaster, said the following:"The chemical effect of
marijuana is to take away ambition. The social effect is to provide an escape
from challenges and responsibilities with a like-minded group of teenagers who
are doing the same thing. Using marijuana creates losers. At a time when
we’re concerned about our lack of academic achievement relative to other
countries, legalizing marijuana will be disastrous."
@ Flower Mound, TX.do you also want all food producers held liable
for people that have no self Control and eat themselves into Diabetes. People
need to be responsible for them selves and what they do to their bodies.
Someone drinks to much and ruins their liver that is sad but their right.
Someone drinks to much and gets in a Car well that is different they are now
putting my rights at risk. Do I think marijuana is good for you? No in most
cases but I can say the same about many drugs I take. If taken and used
correctly they are a blessing to us. The same can be said of food. eaten in
moderation great eating in ridiculous quantities it will kill you.
Can someone please explain the concept of recreational drug use. I cannot
fathom what they are talking about. Either you use drugs or you don't.
Getting high on marijuana is not my idea of recreation.
Why so many advocates for a Nanny State. The tea party started this freedom from
government control movement. Now they can roll the tea and smoke it in Colorado.
Like many have already said. When We lie to kids and tell them that Marijuana is
worse than alcohol and tobacco we lose their trust when they figure out for
themselves that that is not the case. The Statistics don't lie. We need to
be rational and logical about this and stop with the tired lies of the war on
drugs. A war in which we have spent over a trillion dollars on. Where else could
that money have gone? It disturbs me to think about all the people's lives
we have ruined because they were smoking a little Marijuana and got caught. Not
to mention the tax dollars we spend to keep them locked up.
For everyone that is so frightened of marijuana. Nobody has ever overdosed on
Marijuana it is so much safer than alcohol, tobacco, and other "legal"
For years the standard parental reasoning has been "Don't use
marijuana, it's illegal." There has been no other discussion about it.
If the only reason you don't do something is because it is illegal, then
there is no reason not to do it if it becomes legal. I have no
problem with marajuana for medical purposes, but if you are going to tell people
not to use it recreationally, you need a better reason then because it is
illegal. @ NeilT: Taking drugs to get high is recreational drug use
- taking drugs to treat a medical condition would be non-recreational use. Many
drugs that are legal for medical purposes are used for illegal recreational
purposes as well. Marajuana has been proven to have a high efficacy for
treatment of many medical conditions, including treating the side effects of
cancer treatment drugs.
@Caset See" Just ask the relatives of the 70,000 people in Mexico who
have been killed due to the Cartel wars if taking drugs is harmless. 50% of the
drugs travel from Mexico to the US is Marijuana"The federal government
created the deadly cartels,if adults were free to grow their own the marijuana
cartels would not exist.
Kalindra,You're right. Many legal medicinal drugs are illegal
for any other use, but we're all smart enough to know that 99% of teenagers
who want it aren't asking for help with seizures or physical pain.If pharmaceutical companies want to make an oil, great. I could care less. But
the majority if arguments I heard in school were coming from students who
already chose to break the law. The more illegal-drug-users that get degrees and
get considered "reputable"... the more there is nothing
"reputable" about this issue anymore.It isn't good for
us physically.It isn't good for us mentally.It isn't good
for us socially.It isn't a basic human right, it's an option (a
self-destructive one).So the fact that it's as important as it
is to everyone is truly remarkable. If people want to turn America's laws
upside down, they ought to move. Peace can't exist by shoving everyone out
of your way. Peace can if you simply go elsewhere and live with people who share
your values.If you want Marijuana, Colorado REALLY isn't that
far to move.
After reading many articles from this "newspaper" along with the typical
closed minded Utah County rational apparently I should not be so surprised any
longer regarding the simple lack of knowledge and intelligence from most readers
regarding a plethora of topics. Now I understand this is quite difficult for the
masses to believe here in Utah but there are many individuals that are not
Mormon or even religious. Yes. I'm aware hard to believe one would be so
free thinking in today's society. Therefore religion (of any kind) has
absolutely no relevance with marijuana use! If so I believe the passage in The
Bible reads, "I give you all the seed bearing plants & herbs to
use". Simple basic research shows that marijuana does not in any way effect
one's intelligence or productivity in society. After all it did not hinder
me from earning two Ivy League Degrees. Put that in your pipe and smoke it!
I have been working since i was 14, I can also write scripts in C# and
high school.I do not drink alcohol, i have not done cocaine, meth,
heroine, etc.I am also a regular smoker of marijuana, had to quit
multiple times for pre-employment screening with no side-effects.now
tell me again why marijuana is so bad?
"But the percentage of 10th-graders who admitted using marijuana at least
once in the past 30 days surpassed those who drank alcohol." "alcohol
use remained flat"Alcohol has been legally regulated so people see it
in society and there has been an honest discussion around it. Scientists have
found Marijuana is not good for the developing brain. It is neuroprotective for
elderly people and increases neuro-pathways. We have achieved non-increasing
alcohol use by letting the science speak. The article mentions in
increase but what are the actual numbers? What percentage of kids are actually
using marijuana? I was told by an employee that East and Judge have a reputation
as a bunch of rich kids that use drugs. Did the author talk to any students from
the west side or other parts of Utah about the environment in their schools?It is also not clear how many of those students who use pot in high
school then go on to college or professional careers and ultimately to be
productive members of society.