Obama: Pot no more dangerous than alcohol

palmerc2

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What're your thoughts on this? I completely agree with this statement. I personally don't like how it's still a federal crime. So much is spent on the war against drugs / marijuana, people are in jail for petty crimes. In my opinion it's no worse than alcohol, in fact alcohol is probably worse for you than marijuana. I don't smoke the stuff myself, but I think it's ridiculous that it's not legal....especially when things like cigarettes and alcohol are bad for ones health.

Sincerely,
An avid consumer of alcohol :)

President Obama says marijuana use is no more dangerous than alcohol, though he regards it as a bad habit he hopes his children will avoid.

"As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life,'' he said in a magazine interview. "I don't think it is more dangerous than alcohol."

He said marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol "in terms of its impact on the individual consumer.''

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"It's not something I encourage, and I've told my daughters I think it's a bad idea, a waste of time, not very healthy," he said.

Obama made his remarks in a series of interviews with The New Yorker, which published a story about the conversations in its Jan. 27 issue and on its website.
Link to article
 

bradl

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At least, unlike some previous Presidents of the United States, he inhaled.

:p

BL.
 

iJohnHenry

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I, a non-toker, believe that cigarettes <non-smoker> and alcohol are both far worse for the Human body than is marijuana.

But they are both taxed, are they not?

I have yet to hear about a case of cirrhosis of the lung. ;)

<a chronic ale imbiber>
 

roadbloc

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As a pot user, I agree with him. The worst I could do is fall asleep if I have too much weed than I can handle. Alcohol on the other hand will most certainly hospitalize you if you have too much.

Not to mention, alcohol makes you want to do stupid things. Smoking weed makes you want to walk to the fridge and then your sofa.
 

palmerc2

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I, a non-toker, believe that cigarettes <non-smoker> and alcohol are both far worse for the Human body than is marijuana.

But they are both taxed, are they not?

I have yet to hear about a case of cirrhosis of the lung. ;)

<a chronic ale imbiber>
If marijuana was taxed, we'd be out of debt in no time!
 

Technarchy

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Aldous Huxley would be so proud.

"All the advantages of Christianity and alcohol; none of their defects."
 

AustinIllini

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I have no problem with marijuana and I think it should be legal.

That being said, this line of thinking is a HORRIBLE argument for the legalization of pot.
 

Tomorrow

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I'm not particularly interested in what a politician thinks is and isn't healthy for you, unless that politician is, say, a medical doctor.

That being said, it is my (non-expert) opinion that willfully breathing in smoke of any kind is most likely worse for your health than not breathing in smoke.
 

edk99

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Seems that Obama's Drug Czar disagrees with him.

ISTOOK: The blunt truth — White house drug czar contradicts Obama on marijuana

White House docs say pot causes brain damage and lower IQ in teens, alcohol does not

President Obama’s latest claims about marijuana are contradicted by research and official positions of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which is part of the White House. And Mr. Obama’s words have anti-drug leaders worried about negative repercussions among youth.

Mr. Obama claimed to The New Yorker magazine that marijuana is no worse than cigarettes or alcohol and he promoted state efforts by Colorado and Washington to legalize marijuana, which remains illegal under federal law.

The National Drug Control Policy’s official stance, posted on the whitehouse.gov website, says the opposite of Mr. Obama on all counts.

For example, as documented in agency reports, marijuana smoke has significantly more carcinogens than tobacco smoke.

And as reported by the government’s National Institute on Drug Abuse, adolescent use of marijuana does something that alcohol does not; it causes permanent brain damage, including lowering of I.Q.

Taxpayers have spent billions of dollars warning about drugs, often about marijuana, but these efforts were dramatically undercut by the president’s comments.

Mr. Obama might as well have rolled that money into a joint and smoked it on national television.


Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jan/21/obamas-white-house-drug-experts-contradict-his-mar/#ixzz2r3QuAlN7
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iJohnHenry

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The control of it will be the hard part, I imagine. Specifically the regulation of purity would be tough.
The specifically for me would be the private growth of same.

The ATF would become the ATMF, and would be hard-pressed to keep a lid on underground growers.

This is not like growing/curing tobacco, or running a still. This is far easier.
 

AustinIllini

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Seems that Obama's Drug Czar disagrees with him.
So he's assuming that legalizing pot doesn't exclude those too young to smoke cigarettes. He's a moron.

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I'm not particularly interested in what a politician thinks is and isn't healthy for you, unless that politician is, say, a medical doctor.

That being said, it is my (non-expert) opinion that willfully breathing in smoke of any kind is most likely worse for your health than not breathing in smoke.
I agree. Marijuana should be treated like cigarettes in terms of location limits and such.
 

zioxide

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Seems that Obama's Drug Czar disagrees with him.
Anyone's who's official position is "Drug Czar"'s opinion should be discredited immediately when it comes to the topic of drugs. Obviously there's some bias going on there.

Besides, is he that dense that he thinks the only way to consume marijuana is to smoke it?


If I could easily buy edibles, lollipops, etc. I probably would give up smoking it altogether.
 

iJohnHenry

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Man, how can you stand reading that rag? lol@washtimes
From Wiki. :D

The political views of The Washington Times are often described as conservative.[48][49][50] The Washington Post reported: "the Times was established by Moon* to combat communism and be a conservative alternative to what he perceived as the liberal bias of The Washington Post."[5]
*NOTE: Unification Church, Sun Myung Moon.
 

lostngone

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He is a politician, you can't believe anything a politician says...

Remember the whole, if you like the policy you have now you can keep your policy...

Or here is an oldy, read my lips, no new taxes...
 

mrsir2009

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Cannabis is definitely less harmful than alcohol... Alcohol is a poison, whereas cannabis is a herb. Good to see more states/countries are legalizing it these days, or at least decriminalizing it.

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I'm not particularly interested in what a politician thinks is and isn't healthy for you, unless that politician is, say, a medical doctor.

That being said, it is my (non-expert) opinion that willfully breathing in smoke of any kind is most likely worse for your health than not breathing in smoke.
True, but there are other ways to take cannabis rather than smoke it, if you don't want to get smoke in your lungs :D
 

rdowns

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As marriage equality becomes legal in more and more states, it only makes sense to legalize marijuana too. I know I have the backing of all my Christian friends here as Leviticus 20:13 says if a man lays with another man, he should be stoned. My only question is what do lesbians do?