Marijuana legalization dangerous to P...

Marijuana legalization dangerous to Pa...

There are 10 comments on the Times News story from Jan 19, 2013, titled Marijuana legalization dangerous to Pa.... In it, Times News reports that:

Pennsylvania's drug-induced deaths rank higher than the national average. In fact, a few years ago, more than 1,800 residents of Pennsylvania died as a direct consequence of drug use, compared to the number of Pennsylvanians who died from motor vehicle accidents and firearms in that same year.

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Spartansburg, PA

#1 Jan 23, 2013
How many deaths directly associated with marijuana?? How can one defend alcohol and tabacco when its clearly stated by our goverment...with warning labels...that they cause can you say marijuana is a gateway drug? Or that if its available in a state store...that's it more readily available than. Alcohol?? If you privatize will be harder to get...when's the last time you seen moonshine?? you are not the future of this country...and when you are kicked out of public office for going with the may then realize....that you are ignorant!!

Miamisburg, OH

#2 Jan 23, 2013
Yes drug use! How many on marijuana? How about those facts. I have meniers disease. Do you know what they give me when marijuana is the best medicine, cholozapValume, morphine pills, ambotripoline, flexiral, vicodine, percs, etc. Yet my disease is getting worse. I'm only 32 and I can't even stand on my own. Lost my liscence, lost work, my medical bills are through the roof. Now with the new taxes I'm losing $30 a week. Oh how about I list hearing in both ears. My vertigo is horrendous. I see things that aren't there, I hear things that aren't there. Mind you I graduated college with a 3.6 GPA. My neurologists both told me that marijuana is a something that I need because its the best medicine for me. Stupid! Gods natural like green tea! Thanks government!

Mountain Top, PA

#3 Jan 23, 2013
It's interesting to me that this statement seems to link the amount of drug induced deaths to marijuana in some way, yet fails to state specifically whether marijuana is even responsible for any of those deaths. From everything I've experienced, and I think the vast majority of people who see this post would agree, marijuana is much less harmful than alcohol and tobacco products. From all the deaths that occur in the United States I'd have to say very very few of them, none that I've ever heard, have been directly caused from a safe use of marijuana. When will our legislators realize the vast amount of money that is being wasted to defeat a so-called "drug" that really hasn't hurt anyone. Is it that really important!?
It has also been said that marijuana is a gateway drug because young, unsuspecting buyers are exposed to harder drugs when they seek out marijuana. They go to buy a gram of marijuana and come home with prescription medication and cocaine. This problem is as simple as removing this harmless plant from an environment that welcomes hard, dangerous drugs. If it was readily available in a controlled and safe way, buyers would no longer have to enter themselves into a compromising environment that would also make these hard, dangerous drugs available. In this way and this way alone marijuana becomes framed as a gateway drug. Want to solve this problem? Legalize marijuana and it will be no more of a gateway drug than a few beers would be.
Some have said it's the properties of marijuana that make it a gateway drug. Judging from the fact that marijuana is less physically addictive, less dangerous, and less aggressive than alcohol is, if someone wants to group marijuana into a class of gateway drugs for the effects it induces on the body they must also do the same with alcohol; a readily available, taxed good.
It's clear by now that I could go on all day about this subject, but the truth is that this is an old, out of date conversation. As state senator Daylin Leach has stated, along with his proposal to introduce legislation in Pa to legalize marijuana, it is truly inevitable that legalization will occur. It's only a matter of time that irrational fear and poor science will fail for those that are still in opposition of any legislation supporting marijuana use. Ok, I think I've said enough...for now!! Good luck to you all!

Pittsburgh, PA

#4 Jan 24, 2013
Well ain't that about a "pot" full of crap.

Lumping in this pot is a fallacious argument:

Weed = drug
drug = more death
more death = not good

Well welcome to the show:

alcohol = drug
drug = more death
more death = not good

Or tobacco - but the difference is this - weed is not a drug that affects any vital organ than possibly the lungs (not proven to be bad) and brain (alters states of conscience not physical makeup of the brain).

It does not impair judgment or motor skills like they say it does. Yes it can make you drowsy and feel euphoric, but it does not hinder your ability to move about like alcohol does. Nothing compared to it at all.

It does not stop your heart from beating or increase it so badly to cause arrhythmia like caffeine.

So get out of the kitchen with this stew and let someone else brew it.

Since: Jan 11

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#5 Jan 24, 2013
will make sure I'm there to debunk this propaganda...
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United States

#6 Jan 24, 2013
guitarman16226 wrote:
will make sure I'm there to debunk this propaganda...
Thank you, the prohibitionist morons will most likely try to hijack this thread. All of their lies need to be pointed out

Since: Jan 11

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#7 Jan 24, 2013
and the only things cannabis legalization in PA would be harmful to is the courts, cops, and drug treatment centers...not to mention BARS that serve alcohol....
Jimmy Franks

Apollo, PA

#8 Jan 26, 2013
guitarman16226 wrote:
and the only things cannabis legalization in PA would be harmful to is the courts, cops, and drug treatment centers...not to mention BARS that serve alcohol....

I think it's funny how your location on your account is hidden, yet you use your zip code as part of your screen name.

Since: Jan 11

Location hidden

#9 Jan 26, 2013
Jimmy Franks wrote:
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I think it's funny how your location on your account is hidden, yet you use your zip code as part of your screen name.
wow! dick f*cking tracy....better than being a gray box, like you....
Pide Piper

Tucker, GA

#14 Jan 30, 2013
If its good enough for Barry, its good enough for Pennsylvania.
Smoke it all!!!

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