Food addictions have a whole host of negative consequences, Toj. Sex addictions do too. You can catch diseases. The act of infidelity, which goes to the heart of most relationships, can ruin relationships as well. They also naturally lead to a life of deception and lies, especially with those you should be most open with.<quoted text>
I'm not trying to vilify marijuana use. I, too, have friends who have done well and smoke. That's not to say no one has an addiction to marijuana.
There are food addictions and sex addictions, unless you don't think those things are real.
There is no substantial evidence that smoking is harmful. For sure there are components in it that can cause cancer, but there are other components that prevent cancer. In fact, I remember reading a few years ago about a study that mentioned for the longest time, scientists couldn't figure out why even long time smokers didn't show an increase in lung cancer, given that it is known to contain certain carcinogens. It turns out the anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties are so much more powerful. It also temporarily lowers blood pressure. Also, if you vaporize it, you donít even ingest all the harmful components.
As I said, to me an addiction is something that you have to do, regardless of whether you actually want to do it. This need to do something even if you donít want to is often times brought on by physical withdrawal symptoms, i.e. you feel miserable if you arenít under the influence.
In contrast, just because someone chooses to do something every day, doesnít mean if they wanted to, they couldnít choose not to. I watch tv a lot of days, at least for a little bit. Do I have to watch it; no? I choose to watch it, because I enjoy it, but I could choose not to. Am I addicted to tv? I drink coffee most days too, but when I donít, I donít miss it or have withdrawals. Sometimes I donít have it Ďcause I got up late or donít feel like making. I donít really miss a beat. Yet, I would say I probably have coffee 6 days a week on average.
What problem? Iíve said it a million times. The folks who are losers and who smoke marijuana would be losers (which is what the problem is) even if they did not smoke it (which is not what the problem is). The problem isnít marijuana. Itís them and their character or personality. Isnít that easy enough to understand?<quoted text>It doesn't even make sense to me what all of you are saying -- that you know people who work everyday and who don't have a problem, therefore no one has a problem and you're only trying to vilify marijuana if you say people have addictions to marijuana.
Do I have the wrap up right?
Even if no one smoked marijuana, weíd still have folks who have no friends and canít hold down a job. As it stands now, some of these same folks happen to smoke marijuana, but to blame the fact that they have no job and canít hold down a job on marijuana is not something I agree with.