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Typo on my last post, 2nd to last line: supposed to be LSD (d-Lysergic Acid Diethylamide) not liquid crystal display... but I'd say that's a pretty good way to describe an acid trip, all liquid crystally and sh**.
Open your mind, open your heart, open your hands.Sep 23, 2010
Because of immature, naive, and unworldly people like this man, policy gets ruined for the rest of us. I wonder what kind of degree he holds... any college graduate can tell you that correlation does not mean causation- specifically referring to this man's claim "traffic fatalities [are] caused by marijuana." Try this one on for size man: if one were to get in an accident shortly after taking aspirin, was it the aspirin that caused the accident? This variety of (so-called) logic is in line with the "gateway drug" fallacy, to which I propose another mental experiment: lets assume all motorcyclists rode bikes when they were children, does this mean that all children who ride bikes will grow up to ride motorcycles?
Marijuana alone has not been shown to be toxic or carcinogenic, furthermore a lethal dosage has yet to be established (even when the marijuana is smoked, which is the quickest way for any substance to cross the blood-brain barrier and reach the nervous system.) To say that "medical benefits of marijuana don’t outweigh negative [side-effects]" is incorrect because there is a certain element of ambiguity in this claim that makes it unfalsifiable. This man has conveniently failed to mention several confounding variables: operational definitions of "medical benefits" and "negative"; the necessary mechanism of means of consumption; form and strength of plant or plant product; demographics of user; set, setting and place matrix; and the animal on which the experiment is being performed* to name a few.
*Results from animal studies are more or less the only way the government (NIH/NIDA) establishes inferences about a substances: lethality, potential for abuse/ dependence, effects on motor function, etc. Somewhere online there is some ethically and morally questionable archive footage of a government funded study with a monkey as the single-subject. In order to support (conservative) political motives, these researchers were trying to establish a lethal dosage for marijuana by strapping a gas mask to said monkey (now that I think about it, could have been a chimp) and forcing him to inhale while nearly 100 lit joints were affixed to the intake; the monkey was fine, other than acute irritation of his respiratory track due to smoke inhalation.
Source: my own research of peer reviewed articles. But don't take my word for it man, try finding your information by doing your own literature review, you might be surprised at how easy this is today- try a Google scholar search for keywords like: "marijuana," "lethal dosage," "adolescents," "effects," or "usage."
FUN FACT: The main founder of Alcoholics Anonymous overcame his dependence on alcohol after only one session of taking LCD, and never touched the stuff (alcohol! lolz) again.Sep 23, 2010