State Should Adopt Legal Limit for Pot

State Should Adopt Legal Limit for Pot
Posted by CN Staff on October 05, 2006 at 07:33:53 PT
By The Editorial Board 
Source: Exponent
Indiana -- Many studies and statistics show that the effects of alcohol are more harmful, both short- and long-term, than those of marijuana. Organizations like Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation, or SAFER, are attempting to make marijuana laws comparable to alcohol laws.Short-term marijuana use is statistically proven to be less harmful to a person than short-term alcohol use. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a person who uses marijuana will experience problems with memory and learning, distorted perception and a loss of coordination. 
Even though these effects are harmful, they are the same no matter how much marijuana a person uses in a given day.Depending on the amount of alcohol consumed by a person in a day, he or she will experience very different side effects. For example, a person who consumes one to four ounces of alcohol in an hour will be more talkative than normal, whereas a person who consumes 16 to 30 ounces in an hour can become comatose or even die, according to the book "Buzzed: the straight facts about the most used and abused drugs from alcohol to ecstasy." The book also says that people can die from consuming a high concentration of alcohol in a short period of time because the alcohol suppresses the parts of the brain that control breathing. This is also why a person who has had too much to drink can pass out.The purpose of SAFER is to, "educate the public about the simple fact that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol," according to its Web site. The organization works with universities around the country in an attempt to reduce marijuana penalties.Indiana should work with SAFER to adopt a legal limit for marijuana possession. The proposed limit is "... making legal the possession of one ounce or less of marijuana for any person 21 years of age or older."Since Indiana has a legal limit for alcohol, .08 blood alcohol content, it should also adopt a legal limit for a drug that is statistically less harmful short-term. Source: Exponent, The (Purdue U, IN Edu)Published: October 5, 2006Copyright: 2006 Purdue Student Publishing FoundationContact: opinions purdueexponent.orgWebsite: Choice -- Cannabis Archives
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on October 12, 2006 at 08:27:02 PT
Letter To The Editor: Stan White
Bible Labels All Seed-Bearing Plants as GoodOctober 12, 2006   
I agree with "State Should Adopt Legal Limit for Pot," (Oct. 7) legalizing cannabis (kaneh bosm / marijuana). This is a chance for citizens who use or don't use cannabis to help change an ignorant anti-Christian law. It is a chance for parents and mothers to help protect children from the laws of prohibition and its harms. A chance to guide police toward serving and protecting, rather than maintaining a misguided prohibition. It's a chance for true fiscal conservatives to stop government from unsuccessfully spending additional money to control what people put in their bodies. It is a chance for DARE graduate students who've been lied to to speak out. It's a chance for Christians to acknowledge what it means when Christ God Our Father, indicates He created all the seed-bearing plants saying they are all good, on literally the very first page of the Bible (see Genesis 1:11-12 and 29-30). It's time to stop caging and persecuting people for using what God says is good.Stan WhiteDillon, Colo 
Copyright: 2006 Purdue Student Publishing Foundation
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Comment #3 posted by observer on October 05, 2006 at 16:59:41 PT
work with SAFER
Indiana should work with SAFER to adopt a legal limit for marijuana possession.Hear, hear. As should other states, territories, and provinces, also.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on October 05, 2006 at 09:08:27 PT
Thank you. The article is posted now.
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Comment #1 posted by ekim on October 05, 2006 at 08:38:27 PT
good going Pete 
Thursday, October 5, 2006 War on drug exhibition starts a free speech battleIn today's Chicago TribunePete Guither's attempt to criticize the war on drugs has become a war of its own.
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