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In Biology class a few days ago an interesting topic was raised. We were learning about different types of drugs, when we started talking about marijuana.

In Biology class a few days ago an interesting topic was raised. We were learning about different types of drugs, when we started talking about marijuana.

Marijuana is a mixture of dried and shredded, stems, seeds, flowers and leaves of the cannabis sativa plant. The chemical in this plant is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. Marijuana hosts somewhere around 400 more chemicals. Its potency and amount of tetrahydrocannabinol, has increased over the years. Now days, almost 10% of all marijuana is stuffed with this deadly chemical.

Lots of people have different names for marijuana. Around these places, we mainly hear "weed" or "dope". Around urban areas you'll hear it being called everything under the sun, "herb", "pot", "Mary Jane", "reefer", "skunk", "boom", "chronic" and "ganja".

Our class went on to the issue of legalization of marijuana. It's an iffy topic. Some people think it's great to legalize it considering it provides some pain relief to medical patients. Others would say that marijuana is addictive and the current laws should remain as they are. I asked a friend on their opinion. But first, I'll give you mine.

The laws on marijuana should remain as they are - only available to those certain patients who need it... no exceptions. If marijuana became legal, even for a certain age to buy, children and adults would still abuse it. Underage drinking is no stranger to society, as alcohol is accessible to a certain age. If marijuana was restricted to a certain age, teenagers would begin to use the drug even more than some already do. It's a ridiculous thought to even allow marijuana use. That's my two cents worth.

A friend of mine said that marijuana is addictive and should not be legalized. This would promote more people to start smoking the drug, and the people who currently do, would become more addicted. He has a point - a very good one at that. Why would you legalize a drug that has so many people already addicted? There is a not too unreal fear that there could be a new generation of addicts.

But as teenagers, a large percentage of the population has smoked marijuana - once at least. Stupid to try, even more stupid to do it a second time, more and more children are beginning to light up. Why? Is it because of what they see on television and movies that exploit the drug, making it seems as though it's a fun thing to do? We never really see any television shows that depict the characters smoking a bong and then getting arrested now do we? Mostly, we see a group of teenagers sitting around a round table, baked out of their trees, laughing at one another's jokes. It seems hilarious. Right?

The reality is it's not. Congratulations to you who tried it once or twice and didn't do it again because you realized how stupid you were and how stupid it was what you were doing. Good try to those of you who know its bad, and keep doing it anyways just to feel that high again. And to those of you, who smoke it just as much as a priest goes to church, try to give it up. It's not only you who is affected, your family and friends are affected by your drug use. This is a major epidemic in society that needs to be brought to a close. The best we all can do is promote awareness and encourage our friends to quit. It's an expensive habit and it all just goes up in smoke anyways.

 

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  • PJM
    November 06, 2011 - 18:27

    I feel if they did legallize maijuana, they could tax it big time so they could make it nearly impossible to get it anyway.

  • Ape
    October 26, 2011 - 12:44

    Amazingly enough, it sounds as though the government has actually done more research on marijuana than this person has! Which isn't saying a whole lot at all. They say they need more research but with the laws the way they are, any one doing research is doing so illegally. The governments don't want to expose the correct results because it goes against decades of what they've been telling the public so they could perpetuate prohibition. "True dat" to all the comments made so far!

  • Ben Malone
    October 24, 2011 - 20:36

    Marijuana IS NOT addictive, there is no physical withdrawal. Its simply habit forming, like someone that loves chocolate and keeps eating it because it tastes good. It can be used responsibly. An occasional high with friends on the weekend wont hurt anyone. I agree that if weed gets in the way of work or school because someone is too high to work, then there is a problem, but if weed is simply used in leisure time whats the big deal? I have smoked pot, gone for months without it then smoked again. A month later i smoked again with my friends. keep it only to weekends. does that sound like i'm addicted? no. It isn't "bad for you" except for the fact that you are inhaling heated plant matter. if you're worried about tar in your lungs then invest in a vaporizor or bake brownies. You cant overdose, you would suffocate from lack of oxygen way before overdosing on weed if you're were pumping that much smoke in your lungs. The worst thing that will happen is you eat all the food in you're house, go to sleep, then wake up to not remember where you put your phone. Do some research before posting assertions about something that you know very little about. A documentary called "The Union" is the good place to start.

  • FrankD
    October 24, 2011 - 13:11

    FACT: Law enforcement efforts will NEVER stop the drug supply. In fact, it makes the situation worse. The following is a quote from the 2002 report of the Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs entitled, "Cannabis: Our Position for a Canadian Public Policy": "The continued PROHIBITION of cannabis jeopardizes the health and well-being of Canadians MUCH MORE than does the substance itself." This has been the conclusion of many other reports as well. Until we admit this reality we will be allowing organized crime make huge profits due to prohibition-inflated prices. Control of the situation is achieved through regulation. Ending cannabis prohibition is in Canada's best interest. Educate yourselves: Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs http://www.SenateReport.ca/conclusions -FrankD

  • Leebo
    October 24, 2011 - 12:23

    this article is a myriad of terribly over-perpetuated myths. Even the main stream media isn't this ignorant...but close.

  • Mike
    October 24, 2011 - 12:03

    So, if THC were a deadly chemical, which apparently is only in 10% of pot (so 90% of pot doesn't get anyone high?), you'd have people dying of the said THC, possibly overdoses? Right, that has never happened, so THC can't possibly be deadly. Maybe a disclaimer that this is a strongly opinioned piece written by a child who has potentially been indoctrinated with these opinions, would have been a good idea. No one ever told him that teenagers smoke cannabis BECAUSE there is no control on it. Dealers don't ask for ID. Tony, how about you ask all your buddies, is it easier to buy a bottle of wine or a case of beer, or some pot?

  • Andrew Brown
    October 24, 2011 - 11:49

    This "article" is full of wrong information, and completely based of prohibitionist propaganda. THC is virtually benign and is far from "deadly" as there has never been one death attributed to cannabis in its history of use of over five thousand years. You compare it to alcohol. Ask any doctor or police officer how many people over dose on pot, or how many domestic disputes are catalyzed by it (you'll be told none.) And don't forget the bloody, gang-land mess of alcohol prohibition in the 1920s. Do some research.

  • Andrew Brown
    October 24, 2011 - 11:48

    This "article" is full of wrong information, and completely based of prohibitionist propaganda. THC is virtually benign and is far from "deadly" as there has never been one death attributed to cannabis in its history of use of over five thousand years. You compare it to alcohol. Ask any doctor or police officer how many people over dose on pot, or how many domestic disputes are catalyzed by it (you'll be told none.) And don't forget the bloody, gang-land mess of alcohol prohibition in the 1920s. Do some research.

  • AnOpenMind
    October 24, 2011 - 10:53

    you make several invalid arguments throughout this biased article. first off, where is your evidence that THC is a "deadly chemical"? if this is true, where are all the deaths from marijuana use? secondly, legalization and regulation would make it much more difficult for minors to obtain it. do you see booze dealers hanging around, waiting for kids to get out of school so they can sell them a six pack? no, you don't. if people want something, they will obtain it, one way or the other. i could stop here, but i'll end with one more. uou say it is alright for people to try it once or twice and never touch it again. however, by supporting the prohibition of marijuana you are saying that these people are criminals and belong in prison. think carefully.

  • Common Sense Police
    October 24, 2011 - 09:15

    God forbid you do a any research into the subject. Let me rephrase, god forbid you do any unbiased research into the subject. I remember being taught in school that a single puff from a marijuana cigarette will cause irreversible brain damage and could make you kill your own brother. Of course that isn't true but there is nothing to stop police from lying in the D.A.R.E. program. There is also nothing stopping the government from lying to us, no repercussions. If the threat of arrest is the only thing that makes using marijuana stupid, why is it illegal? Good luck finding an answer to the question that doesn't make the prohibition of marijuana look like a colossal failure built on lies and propaganda. And that isn't just my two cents, multiplied by the MDs and scientists who agree, that turns into a large chunk of change.