Marijuana's Only Problem

  Marijuana's Only Problem

Posted by CN Staff on December 31, 2006 at 06:31:10 PT
By Chip Parkhurst 
Source: Orange County Register 

California -- It is time to re-evaluate our attitudes about alcohol and other drugs.In purely objective terms, beverage alcohol is a recreational hard drug: mind-numbing, easy to misuse and intimately connected with aggression, carelessness, and despair. When a drugged individual is involved in a violent crime or an accident, the drug is most often alcohol.
In America, alcohol is responsible for 65 percent of murders, 55 percent of college rapes (that's 70,000 per year), 39 percent of traffic fatalities, 33 percent of all trauma injuries, 33 percent of drownings and other accidental deaths, and 25 percent of teen suicides. About 150,000 Americans die from chronic alcohol-related illnesses each year, and another 3,000 from accidental overdoses.Alcohol is not without merit. With moderate use (one or two drinks a day) alcohol acts like a soft drug, providing pleasant short-term effects (enhanced sociability and relaxation) and favorable long-term effects (lower blood pressure and cholesterol, lower risk of stroke and heart disease and longer life).A similar scenario exists among pharmaceutical drugs, with substantial risks accompanying their benefits. For pain, over-the-counter painkillers including aspirin and Tylenol are indispensable, yet they kill 15,000 people annually. The antidepressant Paxil raises the risk of suicide. Xanax (for anxiety) is highly addictive. Ambien (for insomnia) causes sleepwalking and sleep-driving. Humira (for arthritis) triples the risk of cancer. Advair (for asthma) may cause pneumonia. Ketek (for infections) is linked to liver damage. Thalidomide (newly approved for treating skin cancer) causes horrendous birth defects. Children are put on ADHD drugs (Ritalin, Strattera) even though each year thousands end up in the hospital from bad reactions, hundreds of children taking the drugs report having suicidal thoughts, and a few end up dead from complications. Oregon physicians can administer intentionally lethal "medicines" to terminal patients.A legal stimulant – caffeine – is so pervasive and accepted that most of the population (including children) consume it daily via coffee, soda or energy drinks, even though moderate consumption raises the risk of a heart attack, and five grams of caffeine (33 cups of coffee) will kill you.So, we clearly allow people to ingest hazardous drugs. We just have to give them enough information about the drugs so they can choose and use them safely and responsibly. Against that backdrop, we must evaluate another drug being used by tens of millions of Americans, albeit one that must be used covertly despite its remarkable safety: marijuana. Snipped:Complete Article: Orange County Register, The (CA)Author: Chip ParkhurstPublished: December 31, 2006Copyright: 2006 The Orange County RegisterContact: letters ocregister.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives

Home    Comment    Email    Register    Recent Comments    Help

Comment #51 posted by afterburner on January 24, 2008 at 01:59:20 PT
Sleep-driving!!! And It's Still Legal???
According to reports, Heath Ledger had been taking Ambien to help him sleep after the unsettling Joker role he was playing. Zolpidem - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
[Ambien: one of the trade names for Zolpidem]
Zolpidem is a prescription medication used for the short-term treatment of insomnia, as well as some brain disorders. It is a short-acting nonbenzodiazepine hypnotic that potentiates gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), an inhibitory neurotransmitter, by binding to benzodiazepine receptors which are located on the gamma-aminobutyric acid receptors.[1] It works quickly (usually within 15 minutes) and has a short half-life (2–3 hours). Some trade names of zolpidem are Ambien,[2] Stilnox,[3] Stilnoct, Hypnogen, Zolt, Zolfresh, Nimadorm, Sanval, and Myslee.[4] Its hypnotic effects are similar to those of the benzodiazepine class of drugs, but it is molecularly distinct from the classical benzodiazepine molecule and is actually classified as an imidazopyridine. Flumazenil, a benzodiazepine receptor antagonist, which is used for benzodiazepine overdose, can also reverse zolpidem's sedative/hypnotic effects.
The United States Air Force uses zolpidem as a substitute for temazepam, under trade name Ambien, as "no-go pills" to help pilots sleep after a mission; the main drug used for the purpose is temazepam (Restoril). (Cf. the "go-pills" dextroamphetamine, served under the name Dexedrine, or its recent modafinil (Provigil) replacement, act as a stimulant for the same pilots, the effects of which are reversed by the aforementioned "no-go pills")[14]
}Remember, the friendly-fire bombing of Canadian soldiers in Afganistan by an American pilot on "go-pills"?"Ambien (for insomnia) causes sleepwalking and sleep-driving." --Marijuana's Only ProblemSleepDriving, A Hazard Associated with Ambien Sleep Drug Made by
Sanofi-Aventis, the politicians, LEOs and the MSM obsess about the 'dangers' of marijuana dirving.Heath Ledger was not driving. Ambien, however, has weird side effects.
[ Post Comment ]

Comment #50 posted by Hope on January 01, 2007 at 12:37:25 PT
Thanks, Had Enough
It's amazing that you remembered my mentioning him. Thank you.
[ Post Comment ]

Comment #49 posted by Had Enough on January 01, 2007 at 12:24:05 PT
So some reason, I knew it was him. :)Cool……..
[ Post Comment ]

Comment #48 posted by Hope on January 01, 2007 at 12:15:56 PT
The "gentle giant"...
That would be him. Six feet four inches, two hundred and seventy five pounds or so. He was my "little" baby. He grew...and grew...and grew.
[ Post Comment ]

Comment #47 posted by Had Enough on January 01, 2007 at 12:11:41 PT
Just wondering. Is your New Years baby, the “Gentle Giant” you spoke so fondly of in the past?********I do not trust Bob Barr either; I’m sure many others feel the same.Libertarian Party??? What’s with that???I wouldn’t think either one would have anything to do with each other… Strange...He is up to something here, this could get interesting… 
[ Post Comment ]

Comment #46 posted by FoM on January 01, 2007 at 11:49:06 PT
Bob Barr
I don't have any respect for him either. I was very surprised when he was accepted into the LP.
[ Post Comment ]

Comment #45 posted by Hope on January 01, 2007 at 11:45:09 PT
FoM and Had Enough
Thank you. You'll are so sweet.
[ Post Comment ]

Comment #44 posted by Hope on January 01, 2007 at 11:41:18 PT
Nadelmann vs. Barr
I hope Nadelmann works Barr over. I hope he turns him every which way but loose. Did I tell you I love Nadelmann and his works and despise the works of Barr? His actions in Washington shook my faith in the government maybe worse than anything I've seen done in a long time. To actually overrule the vote of the people for freedom from oppression. I can't get over that.
[ Post Comment ]

Comment #43 posted by Had Enough on January 01, 2007 at 10:09:20 PT
Happy 40th.Enjoy that… I know you will…and.. a tip of the “helmet” to you.
[ Post Comment ]

Comment #42 posted by FoM on January 01, 2007 at 09:51:46 PT
You're the first person I ever met who had such a thing happen. That really must have been something. Enjoy the day you sexy thing! LOL!Happy New Year!Had Enough, Glad you felt the vibe.
[ Post Comment ]

Comment #41 posted by Hope on January 01, 2007 at 09:40:23 PT
FoM comment 31
He didn't get the honor for the state, just this area of the state...but we did get a lot of attention in the area. We got our picture on the front page of the newspaper and lots of gifts from businesses.Of course, I didn't forsee it happening...but nothing like having a baby and having a newspaper photographer come in and getting photographed in your bed...the day after he's born and having a huge version of it on the front page of the paper. At midnight...we lost the tax deduction we would have had with his birth...but merchants pretty well made up for it.It doesn't seem possible that that all happened forty years ago. It's a rather stunning thing to consider.Lol! My husband is playing Hot Chocolate's "You sexy thing!" for me.Even Republicans have their sweet moments.
[ Post Comment ]

Comment #40 posted by Had Enough on January 01, 2007 at 09:35:53 PT
other news...
Woman Accused of Beatle Stalking Is Dead
[ Post Comment ]

Comment #39 posted by Had Enough on January 01, 2007 at 09:34:55 PT
re: #38
“I'm glad your bride liked it and I meant it too.”I felt it. Thank You.
[ Post Comment ]

Comment #38 posted by FoM on January 01, 2007 at 09:19:11 PT
Had Enough
Thank you for the information. My whole life I have been involved with about everything but politics. I'm glad your bride liked it and I meant it too. We are having a nice day today. We're watching The Rose Bowl Parade. That has always been my favorite parade in the whole holiday season. The flowers and horses are beautiful. Once the parade is over the tv gets turned off and and we'll watch a concert DVD or two.
[ Post Comment ]

Comment #37 posted by Had Enough on January 01, 2007 at 09:03:40 PT
The Kerry Committee report found that "the Contra drug links included...payments to drug traffickers by the U.S. State Department of funds authorized by the Congress for humanitarian assistance to the Contras, in some cases after the traffickers had been indicted by federal law enforcement agencies on drug charges, in others while traffickers were under active investigation by these same agencies."[11] The US State Department paid over $806,000 to known drug traffickers to carry humanitarian assistance to the Contras. [12] Kerry's findings provoked little reaction in the media and official Washington. George Herbert Walker Bush pardoned all parties involved.Oliver North and John Poindexter were indicted on multiple charges on March 16, 1988.[26] North, indicted on 12 counts, was found guilty by a jury of three minor counts. The convictions were vacated on appeal on the grounds that North's Fifth Amendment rights may have been violated by the indirect use of his testimony to Congress which had been given under a grant of immunity. In 1990, Poindexter was convicted on several felony counts of lying to Congress, obstruction of justice, conspiracy, and altering and destroying documents pertinent to the investigation. His convictions were also overturned on appeal on similar grounds. The Independent Counsel, Lawrence E. Walsh, chose not to re-try North or Poindexter. Weinberger was indicted for lying to the Independent Counsel but was later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush.[edit] Pardoned·	Caspar W. Weinberger (1988 Several counts of perjury, See Iran-Contra Affair) 
·	Elliott Abrams (1988 Two counts of unlawfully withholding information. See Iran-Contra Affair) 
·	Duane R. Clarridge (1991 Seven counts of perjury and false statements, See Iran-Contra Affair) 
·	Alan D. Fiers (1991 Two misdemeanor counts of withholding information from the Congress, See Iran-Contra Affair) 
·	Clair George 
1.	(1991 Ten counts of perjury, false statements and obstruction) 
2.	(1992 two felony charges of false statements and perjury before Congress — see Iran-Contra Affair) 
·	Robert C. McFarlane (1988 See Iran-Contra Affair)
[ Post Comment ]

Comment #36 posted by Had Enough on January 01, 2007 at 08:45:56 PT
FoM re: #16
Kerry Committee report“The Kerry Committee report were hearings chaired by Senator John Kerry which found the U.S. State Department had paid drug traffickers. Some of these payments were after the traffickers had been indicted by federal law enforcement agencies on drug charges or while traffickers were under active investigation by these same agencies. The Kerry investigation lasted two and a half years and heard scores of witnesses; its report was released on April 13, 1989. [1] The final report was 400 pages, with an additional 600 page appendix. The committee stated "It is clear that individuals who provided support for the Contras were involved in drug trafficking...and elements of the Contras themselves knowingly received financial and material assistance from drug traffickers."“more…“ Happy New Year to you and your wife.”FoM, Happy New Years to you and Stick too, and everyone else here. I showed that to the Bride and she smiled.
[ Post Comment ]

Comment #35 posted by FoM on January 01, 2007 at 07:10:53 PT
I just don't have a good impression of Libertarians. Over the years they have been very mean and pushy here on CNews and I can't get passed that in my mind. I care about the people and the poor and the uninsured that's why the Democrats are more along my line of thinking. 
[ Post Comment ]

Comment #34 posted by Sukoi on January 01, 2007 at 07:06:51 PT
I'll try not to get too political here but I used to be a Republican because I beleive in small and limited government but they went south and abandoned their principles. Then I considered the Democrats but from what I saw/see, they are just Republican "lite". Then I heard about the Libertarians and I liked what I saw as they take the best of what Republicrats are supposed to stand for and put it into a nice little package.Here's a little taste:What is a Libertarian? Libertarians believe that you have the right to live your life as you wish, without the government interfering -- as long as you don’t violate the rights of others. Politically, this means Libertarians favor rolling back the size and cost of government, and eliminating laws that stifle the economy and control people’s personal choices. Are Libertarians liberal or conservative? Libertarians are neither. Unlike liberals or conservatives, Libertarians advocate a high degree of both personal and economic liberty. For example, Libertarians agree with conservatives about freedom in economic matters, so we're in favor of lowering taxes, slashing bureaucratic regulation of business, and charitable -- rather than government -- welfare. But Libertarians also agree with liberals on personal tolerance, so we're in favor of people’s right to choose their own personal habits and lifestyles. In a sense, Libertarians “borrow” from both sides to come up with a logical and consistent whole -- but without the exceptions and broken promises of Republican and Democratic politicians. That's why we call ourselves the Party of Principle. Check them out, I think that you'll like what you see: 
[ Post Comment ]


Comment #33 posted by FoM on January 01, 2007 at 06:49:59 PT

It will be interesting. I don't follow the LP very closely since I don't think like they do but maybe Barr had a change of heart. Stranger things have happened. I most definitely am more of a Democrat even though I am only a registered Independent. I might register as a Democrat next year so I can vote in the presidential primary.
[ Post Comment ]


Comment #32 posted by Sukoi on January 01, 2007 at 06:43:35 PT

Nadelmann will obviously be arguing in favor of MMJ and Barr is supposed to be arguing against it. But here's the thing; the official stance of the Libertarian party is that "drugs" should be legal and regulated like alcohol and tobacco. The fact that Barr has taken a leadership position with the Libertarian party pretty much negates his opposition to MMJ, so it will be interesting to see what direction this debate takes since, at least theoretically, they should both agree on the issue to be debated.
[ Post Comment ]


Comment #31 posted by FoM on January 01, 2007 at 06:40:41 PT

That must have been a New Years that you'll never forget. Was your son the first baby of the year in Texas that year?
[ Post Comment ]


Comment #30 posted by FoM on January 01, 2007 at 06:28:22 PT

I read that about Bob Barr. I guess it doesn't make sense to me but then what do I know about politics really. 
[ Post Comment ]


Comment #29 posted by FoM on January 01, 2007 at 06:24:51 PT

Happy New Year 2007
Above all things I want the new year to be a year of common sense, hope and tolerance. We need hope for a better day more then about anything I believe. With the Democrats taking power in a couple of days the eyes of many people including me will be watching what they do very closely. 
[ Post Comment ]


Comment #28 posted by Sukoi on January 01, 2007 at 05:56:41 PT

ekim (18)
Indeed it should be an interesting debate, especially given the fact that Bob Barr has recently taken a leadership position for the Libertarian party: New Year to all and keep up the great work as I have a feeling that the next two years will bear favorable results in cannabis law reform.
[ Post Comment ]


Comment #27 posted by unkat27 on January 01, 2007 at 01:41:28 PT

Legalize and Regulate!
"Iran Repeatedly Defies UN/US Sanctions"Actually, it is doing no such thing. Iran is being demonized by the US, which claims it is doing something it is not -- building nukes -- when it is simply enriching uranium for what it claims is peaceful production of nuclear energy. The fact is, this process is NOT in violation of any UN sanctions. The problem is, the enrichment of uranium has dual purposes -- it can also be used for nukes -- and the US is claiming that is why Iran is doing so. But the UN inspectors also claim that they have seen no sign of building such nukes. The US is doing the same thing to Iran that it did with Iraq. Lying to build up support, not just for trade sanctions which are designed to foment internal rebellion, but for another war. Recently, Iran claimed it had nuclear weapons capacity, after years of denying any such thing. Why? Maybe it has something to do with the fact that the US has parked its Navy, armed to the teeth for war, right off Iran's coast. Recall, that is exactly what they did before 9-11, off the coast of Afghanistan. Make no doubts about it, Iran is not the mass-murdering bully here, the US Bush Corps is.
Problems of Illegal Cannabis Outweigh Legal Cannabis
[ Post Comment ]


Comment #26 posted by rchandar on December 31, 2006 at 23:30:21 PT:

Goodbye To An Awful and Frightening Year
2006----Losing the War in Iraq
--Losing the War in Afghanistan
--World Record Opium Crop 
--The Michoacan Mob Starts Beheading Cops
--Iran Repeatedly Defies UN/US Sanctions
--Darfur-and the UN can't do s $t
--North Korea defies UN/US Sanctions
--the economy continues to be sluggish
--Palestine In Shambles, Hezbollah Guerrillas are HeroesThe only good thing that happened was that the Dems won the Congressional elections.Bush's foreign policy this past year was an unbelievable DISASTER. The guy is so STUPID. --rchandar
[ Post Comment ]


Comment #25 posted by Telarus on December 31, 2006 at 23:20:59 PT:

Happy New Year all the Happy People here at!May the coming year hold pleasant surprises for all of us.Namaste,-Telarus, KSC, KCC, Tender to the Edible Zen Garden
[ Post Comment ]


Comment #24 posted by rchandar on December 31, 2006 at 23:17:48 PT:

If he was waving a bag of cocaine, probably it had something to do with the impassive and racist relationship between rich Congressional white politicians and the grisly urban decay that they studiously ignored for the entire period.
[ Post Comment ]


Comment #23 posted by Hope on December 31, 2006 at 22:02:11 PT

An old aquaintance not forgotten.It will be wonderful to know he's out of their prison. Wonderful.
[ Post Comment ]


Comment #22 posted by Hope on December 31, 2006 at 22:00:50 PT

Just called my son to wish him 
Happy Birthday.He was born three minutes after midnight forty years ago. My precious New Year baby is forty years old!It's funny that I don't feel as old as I ought to. I've felt older before than I feel now. I'm glad I'm well enough to feel as young as I do.
[ Post Comment ]


Comment #21 posted by BGreen on December 31, 2006 at 21:52:18 PT

Happy New Year!
This is the year that runruff will be set free!Peace and freedom to all of my friends is my wish for the new year.Whig, please come back. We can all get along and it just isn't the same without youThe Reverend Bud Green
[ Post Comment ]


Comment #20 posted by Hope on December 31, 2006 at 21:49:30 PT

Happy New Year!
It's the New Year here!Happy, Happy New Year!
[ Post Comment ]


Comment #19 posted by FoM on December 31, 2006 at 20:58:21 PT

Happy New Year 2007
I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year and my wish is for a year when good things begin to happen in our country and the world. 
[ Post Comment ]


Comment #18 posted by ekim on December 31, 2006 at 19:32:13 PT

yes looks like a great New Year:::::::::::::))))))
lets hope this gets covered far and wide----
 Debate: Medical Marijuana - Should The Sick Be Able To Smoke? DPA's executive director Ethan Nadelmann will debate former Congressman, and drug policy reform opponent, Bob Barr about whether marijuana should be allowed as a medicine. If you're going to be in the New York City area on January 18th you won't want to miss this.January 18, 2007
New York, NY
[ Post Comment ]


Comment #17 posted by Hope on December 31, 2006 at 19:19:57 PT

2006 easing out.
2007 easing in.Happy New Year, people! HAPPY NEW YEAR!2 and a half hours 'til the New Year here.Here's hoping we all have a good one. A very good one.
[ Post Comment ]


Comment #16 posted by FoM on December 31, 2006 at 17:49:19 PT

Had Enough
I followed the one link and it said Senator Kerry exposed the drug money connection. If that's true then why didn't people like him I wonder? You can tell I really don't follow politics very closely.Happy New Year to you and your wife.
[ Post Comment ]


Comment #15 posted by Had Enough on December 31, 2006 at 16:28:30 PT

Re: #14
These people say a lot of things.I remember Reagan waving a large bag of cocaine in front of the cameras saying it was purchased on White House grounds, and wanting to escalate the Drug War.I remember Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” campaign.I also remember,Oliver North, and the words of Reagan, “Ollie was just doing his job.”

[ Post Comment ]


Comment #14 posted by museman on December 31, 2006 at 14:10:35 PT

Interesting.What gets me though, is the fact that the cartel is a direct result of American instigation. It exists because Bush sr. and his CIA buddies created it.The CIA gave 'em the guns and ammo, in exchange for a lot of cocaine, which the CIA protected all the way from S.America to the streets. The money from the drugs, and the busting of Americans that they got hooked, went towards bribing the Iranians to release those hostages on a certain day- after Reagan was elected.Blood and money; the legacy of American politics.
[ Post Comment ]


Comment #13 posted by Wayne on December 31, 2006 at 13:28:26 PT

More good news for the New Year. Funny you should mention the South American drug cartels. Here was this juicy little tidbit from Pete over at DWR...
Senator son of slain Colombian cartel fighter proposes drug legalization
[ Post Comment ]


Comment #12 posted by museman on December 31, 2006 at 13:11:31 PT

Taxation without representation
I know marijuana is not just 'relatively harmless' but is probably the safest medicinal substance in the world, except for that one little side effect called the US Justice system. I know that when the ignorance is finally illuminated -when enough people stop refusing to see and look, the entire history of prohibition is going to put the fascists who support and implement it in the hall of shame.Marijuana prohibition is the purvue of small-minded, unintelligent, power seeking predators. It is the best example of political insanity evident on the face of the earth.The ones who made it illegal, and keep it illegal, are politicians, the non-representing power brokers of America. It is our taxes which pay for their limo's, their fancy dinners, their dry-cleaning, their half-million dollar mansions and ranches. It is our taxes which provide the basis of funding so that we can 'borrow' from the wealth, to pay the wealth. Our taxes buy the guns, the bombs, the genetic warfare, and the nuclear arsinal which is still very much active.Our taxes support a cadre of the undeserving rich, who 'govern' us according to whatever whimsical distortions of the US Constitution they can manage.Make marijuana legal. It is the only sane course of action. But giving control and economic interest to those who already have much much more than they need, is worse than the south american drug cartels getting the money.Imagine smoking a joint, and knowing that a percentage of the money you paid for that joint is going to support wars like the Iraq war, or more drummed up wars like the WOD, maybe a War On Rock musicians, or a War On Carrots. Imagine every time you inhale, that you are funding the evilest government to ever exist since the Roman Empire.Now just consider the quality you can expect to get when production of cannabis is regulated and legal only to the government endorsed corporations. Think of what the tobacco companies did to make more money, imagine those same people controlling marijuana.Money, money, money. Aren't people starting to get a little tired of that scenario yet?Leave me, my family, and my herb alone. Go to mars or something you f'in fascist pigs.
[ Post Comment ]


Comment #11 posted by Hope on December 31, 2006 at 11:25:31 PT

Raymond Shafer
I still wonder why the good judge didn't raise more ruckus over the Nixon debacle of ignoring Shafer's commission.Did he not care?I certainly appreciate the honesty of the commission's report. I don't understand why more people didn't fight for the truth in that report.People have been killed and imprisoned and had their lives ruined by the marijuana laws and it's enforcement. Lives could have been saved...and they weren't.I see Nixon as a monstrous person and Shafer as heroic. I guess he didn't pick up the banner for justice because he really didn't care that much since it didn't have any effect on him or his.It's a sad shame.We so need more heroes. We really need them. History will honor the heroes that end this war and all it's injustices.
[ Post Comment ]


Comment #10 posted by Hope on December 31, 2006 at 11:18:56 PT

Excellent letter, Mr. Storck! you, my friend.(Big cyber hug to you!)
[ Post Comment ]


Comment #9 posted by FoM on December 31, 2006 at 10:51:41 PT

Nixon on Pot, Booze and the Fall of Roman Empire
Nixon on Pot, Booze and the Fall of the Roman EmpireComes Now the Ghost of "Decrim"***By Fred GardnerWeekend Edition - December 30 / 31, 2006Along with the man who pardoned Nixon, a man who disappointed Nixon left us this month: Raymond Shafer, a former Republican governor of Pennsylvania appointed in 1971 to lead a bipartisan "Presidential Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse." (Such a commission had been mandated by Congress in the Controlled Substances Act of 1970.) Nixon told Shafer he wanted a report that would blur the distinction between marijuana and hard drugs, according to declassified oval office tapes. Instead, the Shafer commission would call for decriminalization of the personal use of marijuana.Nixon's public rationale for rejecting decriminalization made good sense: "I do not believe you can have effective criminal justice based on the philosophy that something is half legal and half illegal." The oval office tapes reveal Nixon's more nuanced views on marijuana. On May, 12, 1971, as the commission was beginning its investigation, Nixon told his aide Bob Haldeman, "I want a goddamn strong statement about marijuana. Can I get that out of this sonofabitching, uh, domestic council? I mean one on marijuana that just tears the ass out of them."Complete Article:
[ Post Comment ]


Comment #8 posted by Hope on December 31, 2006 at 09:52:21 PT

Alcohol is far, far more dangerous
than marijuana. Marijuana...and it's use aren't dangerous...unless you get caught. I believe that.Denying that would be idiotically, obsessively ignorant. It's a shame we have so many idiotically, obsessively ignorant people in leadership in this world.I'm so tired of being "ruled" by the cruel and ignorant.
[ Post Comment ]


Comment #7 posted by Hope on December 31, 2006 at 09:40:48 PT

Oh man!
Mr. Parkhurst covers the subject thoroughly and well. I hope and pray people read and absorb the good information in it.
[ Post Comment ]


Comment #6 posted by FoM on December 31, 2006 at 09:20:42 PT

My opinion is that there can only be one way that alcohol could be responsible and that is if the person said alcohol set them off and they did what they did under the influence and wouldn't have acted on an impulse if they hadn't been under the influence.
[ Post Comment ]


Comment #5 posted by Hope on December 31, 2006 at 09:16:39 PT

Before anyone tells me....
I can accept that I may be wrong.Influence? Of course. Responsible? Doubtful.
[ Post Comment ]


Comment #4 posted by Hope on December 31, 2006 at 09:09:06 PT

"Alcohol is responsible"?
Responsible?I have trouble with that. It's the people who commit the murders. Influenced, perhaps. You can be influenced by a pair of uncomfortable shoes. But I can't accept that "alcohol" was "responsible" any more than the gun, or knife, or fist they used was "responsible" for their actions. You can drink the fire water to deaden your conscience (bolster your "courage" to do something you know is wrong). But it's still you that makes the choice.I realize he's trying to make a point. It would have been better had he said, "Alcohol consumption played a part" or something. There are people of a certain temper and nature who become more likely to be violent when they use alcohol...but they usually know that before the drink touches their lips. So, I still think it's the person...and not the alcohol. I still think it's the person who is the killer and not the alcohol, other drug, stick, gun, or knife. Guess I'd better read the rest of the article before I say anything else.
[ Post Comment ]


Comment #3 posted by something on December 31, 2006 at 08:31:04 PT

"alcohol is responsible for 65 percent of murders"i don't like demonizing alcohol to make weed seem safe, or blaming drugs for people's actions
[ Post Comment ]


Comment #2 posted by FoM on December 31, 2006 at 07:24:20 PT

Happy New Year to you too. We aren't party type people so I spend time thinking about the past year and what might be ahead for us. I am tired of the news being about death and I want to hope that the New Year really brings us Peace on Earth but I know that is only a pipe dream.Right now I am watching Neil Young's Heart of Gold movie and how refreshing it is in a time of such turmoil. I believe Peace and Hope begins within our own hearts and it becomes contagious and it spreads. That's my hope for 2007! Have a Great New Years Eve!
[ Post Comment ]


Comment #1 posted by Wayne on December 31, 2006 at 07:11:52 PT

This was a fantastic article. I must say, FoM, even with the 2nd half of the article snipped off, it still gets the point across effectively and still makes cannabis look virtually harmless in comparison. I wasn't aware that 5 grams of caffeine would kill you, I thought the dosage was much higher than that.All in all, a beautifully written article loaded with common sense factoids. A nice ending to a halfway decent year.Happy New Year everyone.
[ Post Comment ]

  Post Comment