Originally Posted by Vegan Wannabe It's a miracle plant
and can probably replace most chemically created prescribed drugs. If it is researched properly, of course. But that wont happen for a good loooong time.
Non addictive, non cancerous, not a single death in recorded history, and it makes people happy. Not to mention the revenue it would create if taxed and legalized.
I'm always extremely skeptical of these "magic bullet" claims for any substance. I don't think there's any such thing as ambrosia that cures all diseases. Case in point, people have been smoking cannabis pretty much since the advent of civilization, and to my knowledge there are no immortal people walking around. I'm sure that if properly researched and applied it would have a practical application, like any other drug, and has the potential to help people, but if you're gonna spout out these "miracle" claims you're gonna have to provide some evidence. I just don't see it. I completely agree with the concept that it most likely has strong valid medical applications, but the human body is very complicated and there's going to be different cures for different ailments.
As for your claim of it being non cancerous, I guess that would depend on the method of ingestion. The act of smoking itself has the potential to increase a person's likelihood of developing lung cancer. It doesn't even have to have tobacco or any other dried plant matter in it. You could just roll up the paper and smoke it, and the direct inhalation into the lungs of burning paper would be considered a carcinogen. So if you ate the cannabis in something or used a strong filter like a bong I guess it wouldn't be carcinogenic, but smoking it like a cigarette would definitely be. Not because it's pot but because it's smoking. It's the method of ingestion, not the substance. I personally wouldn't smoke anything, even if I weren't asthmatic. If I were ever very sick and cannabis had been medically evaluated as being a cure or pain alleviate for whatever I had, I'd take it like any other medicine until I no longer needed it, then stop.
Originally Posted by sequoia
Well the Proposition to make it legal in California was an epic failure. I think that those who were in favor of it passing forgot that stoners can't really be relied upon to get themselves to the polls to vote
I don't know...it's not really my thing. I have very weak lungs because I had pneumonia a lot as a baby, so inhaling smoke of any kind isn't good for me. But I don't care if other people do it.
On the other hand...brownies.
The proposition failed only by a very narrow margin, mostly because of a campaign of disinformation and scare tactics funded by right wing conservative groups.
The proponents were from various backgrounds, including one group of law enforcement officials and former law enforcement officials called Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. Your silly stereotypes belong in the seventies, not the modern era. The movement to decriminalize and eventually legalize cannabis is not some silly stoner initiative. It is a serious, long term campaign with teeth, and it will eventually pass. In fact I'd say it's very likely to pass the very next time it's proposed. Public support for it continues to increase dramatically every new time it comes up.