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Marijuana use is much more dangerous than believed and hundreds of young people die each year in "accidents" caused by their prolonged use of the drug, according to Britain's most senior coroner.

Hamish Turner, the president of the Coroners' Society, told The Telegraph that the marijuana, often portrayed as harmless, has increasingly been the cause of deaths that have been reported as accidents or suicides.

"Cannabis is as dangerous as any other drug and people must understand that it kills," said Mr Turner. "From my long experience I can say that it is a very dangerous substance. Increasingly it is mentioned not only as the first drug taken by people who overdose, but also in suicides and accidental deaths.

"It is an awful waste of young lives. People are trying the drug at a very young age. Many go on to harder drugs and I am dealing with more and more heroin overdoses. People can also suffer severe consequences from the cannabis alone, however.

"Bereaved parents say to me, 'We didn't realise how dangerous it was until it was too late, if only we had done something'. It is heartbreaking."

Turner said that stronger varieties of cannabis are now common, leading to physical and mental problems in young people, compared to the pot that was available in the 1960s.

Source: The Telegraph. "Cannabis use causes 'hundreds of deaths a year', coroner warns" February 2003.

Comments
May 28, 2006 at 3:44 pm
(1) Jeff Siglinger says:

i think that this artical is full of crap, i have smoked marijuana for the most part of my young adult life, i even roof houses after i have smoked it, and never once has there been an accident. you need to be making these articles about things that are a real problem in society, alcohal, meth, cocaine, and other drugs of that nature.

July 2, 2006 at 1:01 am
(2) Cheslon Romero says:

I think that this article is very misled and full crap.I am 25 years old
and I have smoked marijuana for 7 years. My little brother smokes it and he has a 4.0 gpa in school. I have never had an accident while “under the influence” of marijuana. In fact I think I can focus more and come up with ideas better. Kids who are too young to smoke may have accidents because they are not mature yet. But the extent of the accidents are limited and more than 99% of the time are minor. Alcohol,meth,cocaine,heroin,ecstacy, and other drugs are what should be focused on. Not marijuana. And as for pot being a gateway drug it is only a gateway drug if you allow it to be.

July 25, 2006 at 1:44 pm
(3) Dan says:

This article is disgusting and makes me sick. Yet another idiot trying to say that a PLANT which has been around forever kills people or is harmful. Not one person in this world has died from marijuana, because it isn’t possible. Hundreds of thousands of people die from the use of cigarettes and alcohol a year. Two things that are government allows to be legal but just attaches an age requirement to it. Alcohol and cigarettes are man made with potent chemicals, yet marijuana grows out of the ground without the help of machines. God made grass man made booze and other nasty drugs. WHO SHOULD YOU TRUST? Wheres the real problem here? Get your facts straight before you go rambling on about “accidents” from marijuana there isn’t any you disgusting government officials you make me sick, and you’re the problem. Keep it Green and smoke on.

August 7, 2006 at 8:57 pm
(4) julian says:

its funny how alcohal companies make articles like this and how all the commercials you see on TV about how bad weed is are funded by alcohal companies.
its all about the money thats why its illegal not b/c its dangerous

August 7, 2006 at 9:11 pm
(5) Samantha ^and Julians my Brother says:

Tobacco kills about 400,000
Alcohol kills about 80,000
Workplace accidents kill 60,000
Automobiles kill 40,000
Cocaine kills about 2,500
Heroin kills about 2,000
Aspirin kills about 2,000
Marijuana kills 0
There has never been a recorded death due to marijuana at any time in US history.

All illegal drugs combined kill under 20,000 per year, or a small percent of the number killed by alcohol and tobacco.

Tobacco kills more people each year than all of the people killed by all of the illegal drugs in the last one hundred years.

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From The National Center On Addiction And Substance Abuse at Columbia University.

All YOU FOOLS WHO WRITE RETARDED STUFF LIKE THIS HAVENT SMOKED wEED!

August 8, 2006 at 7:27 pm
(6) Ember says:

If you want to read actual facts based on research reported by respected governmental agencies and universities, go to DrugWarFacts.com and find all kinds of data on this and related topics. From their site:

“Drug War Facts provides reliable information with applicable citations on important public health and criminal justice issues. It is updated regularly by its Editor, Douglas A. McVay.

“Most charts, facts and figures are from government sources, government-sponsored sources, peer reviewed journals and occasionally newspapers. In all cases the source is cited so that journalists, scholars and students can verify, check context and obtain additional information.

“Our mission is to offer useful facts, cited from authoritative sources, to a debate that is often characterized by myths, error, emotion and dissembling. We believe that in time an informed society will correct its errors and generate wiser policies.”

August 15, 2006 at 4:30 pm
(7) Greg says:

A site sponsored, bought & paid for by the lucrative drug re-hab industry claims marijuana kills. Gee, big surprise. Where’s the data in support? Because there’s a wealth of data that says otherwise.

August 17, 2006 at 10:04 am
(8) zane says:

i hate you bastard liars.

November 7, 2006 at 3:57 pm
(9) ya Man says:

get it str8 damn. Im with u ^ I Hate u guys get some facts before u talk about stuff u dont know. Smoke on

November 13, 2006 at 9:23 pm
(10) Ross says:

ummm yeah i have smoked weed for about 2 years str8… maybe i like skipped a day or two cuz i was sick. but i smoke at least 5 blunts a day for 2 years. i have never thought about doing n e other drug. i dont know wht this guys is talking about. weed doesnt kill n e one stop lying! really! STOP! people do other drugs because thy want too not because if weed. weed doesnt force u to do n e thing. people MAKE THEIR OWN CHOICES.

thanks bye
p.s smoke a blunt!!!!

December 21, 2006 at 12:11 pm
(11) tim thompson says:

whoever wrote this article isnt the ignorant one, they gots a job to do. whoever payed them to write this crap should hang their head. i feel sorry for them based soley on the fact that they refuse to open their minds to the possibility that there is in fact reality other than what they were told.

December 31, 2006 at 6:14 pm
(12) Petra says:

Smoked pot for over 20 years and thought it was OK until I quit and realized what I had been missing. As far as being dangerous. Two of my close friends were each conviced of manslaughter and sent to prison due to fatal accidents they caused while “only” being high on pot. Those who deny it’s impairing effects are morons. The reason you smoke it is because it DOES IMPAIR YOU making you feel good in the process.

January 13, 2007 at 4:29 am
(13) chad says:

well said Petra.

I agree that the effects while high on pot maybe different for some people, and different for others. I do not currently drive at the moment, however I can absolutely agree that pot does affect your reaction timing. In that scientific fact alone, you can understand that its not the THC in the marijuana that causes you to Overdose, its the time spent at various industrial workplaces while impairing your judgement in the decisions you make that will eventually cause and result in serious industries.

Myself, Im taking an INdustrial pre-trades program in Canada, and am Giving serious thought to quitting pot alltogether. Only because of the scientific tests that have determined that percentages highly increase among accidents while stoned. Even if it is still in your system for more then 2weeks to a month, it can still affect you.

I’ll only speak for myself, I finding out in the course im taking that was unaware of a learning disability that i’ve had, in not being able to memorize, process, and learn the material that I need to be fully qualified to do industrial jobs. Im currently 19, ive been a longterm, and frequent daily user for the past 6+ years of my life. Im unable to comprehend and memorize the information being taught to me. I was completely unaware of that long-term and short term effect of the THC in my system, hey man, maybe I was ignorant in the past. However it is NOT a lie that when users decrease the use of weed, your grades in school, will also see an increase in performance. Thats not just a coincidence you know? Now ive suffered and am now finding out the conseqences of that.

your comment Jeff Siglinger , I can understand, maybe the physical requirements of roofing houses doesnt require a whole lot of physical stress, more of a mental awareness. ANd hey sure, maybe it doesnt effect your performance directly, it does increase the percentage of even a minor injury happening. Industrial trades, such as a machinest or a welder, etc. require more mental alertness and awareness on site, if your working under the influence, or maybe have pot in your system in the last week up to a month, your greatly putting others at risk, operating machinary, drill presses etc. and most importantly putting yourself at the most serious risk of minor, and worst case a serious fatal injuries man, So Dont say that those statistics are “liars” or “inaccurate” its been proven man, scientific tests have shown that, over and over, its fact, you cant ignore facts. For that reason alone, ive choosen to quit smoking pot, maybe the short term effects arent that harmfull, in my case, memory loss has effected my ability to learn and comprehend and prossess the information I JUST LEARNED, I was unable to recognize that in the past duruing my highschool classes etc. Its a proven fact dude, so just dont say that some of theese tests are “false” or inaccurate, because their not.

January 29, 2007 at 2:36 am
(14) Micah Lusby says:

It’s funny when a Government uses something as harmless as Marijuana.

There are 11 states in the USA that have legalized Marijuana. They have done studies on the subject and have realized that the FDA has GREATLY falsified Marijuana and its effects.

Marijuana has been used for thousands of years on EVERY continent in the world.

What people need to realize is that Marijuana helps a lot of people as well as our economy.

There are more and more stresses and disease popping up and Medical Marijuana is here to save the day.

Relax.
Float Downstream…

March 16, 2007 at 10:03 pm
(15) Squidink says:

Man grows plant.
Man uses plant for industry, medicine and food.
Man is surrounded by men in blue with guns.
Man is sent to prison, where his meals and bed will be paid for by the citizenry for days to decades.

Enjoy soft fascism. So long as you have half a dozen fast food places to choose from, you’re free. Freedom = Fast Food and Football.

America shot itself in the foot by criminalizing the most useful plant on earth. Try this: Google “most useful plant.” What’s that top result? Hmmmm.

May 22, 2007 at 1:29 pm
(16) Stephanie says:

go play in traffic

-peace, love, weed

June 15, 2007 at 9:06 pm
(17) chris says:

as long as alchol and tabacco, along with other harmful products (food, cosmetics and medicinal drugs) remain legal then there is no reason for marijuna, along with other substances should be illegal. If someone decides to take a mind altering drug then that is their choice, not of the public. As long as they do not effect other persons rights. It is a moral issue.
The medicinal benifits far outway those of the disadvantages, which are close to or none.
And just for aesthetic argument, I quote Bill Hicks, “If someone is aggresive at a sports game, are they high or drunk?”
(All together)
“Drunk”
Sorry alcholics, just accept it

June 25, 2007 at 10:21 pm
(18) Gary says:

Ok, here’s my 2 bits:

I don’t smoke pot. I gave it an honest chance, 4 or 5 times, and it simply wasn’t for me. I have no desire to ever try it again. However, simply because it’s not my thing, doesn’t mean I should get on my high horse and preach fire and brimstone about how “evil” pot is. THAT is exactly what most of these anti-pot people do.

Most of these people who speak out about the dangers of pot are religous and social prudes. If it were up to most of these repressed morons, we’d change our name from America to Jesusland and anyone who didn’t believe would be burned at the stake. I don’t mean to rag on religion, but how can you say pot is so horrible for your body and then host pot-luck dinners and all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinners. Fried chicken is ok for you because it’s legal? No.

And as for these people that commit crimes while high, well they’re probably just idiots to begin with. They would have done it anyway, they just HAPPENED to be high at the time. For every moron that does something dumb while high, there’s 30 that know their limits and do it for fun.

Part of being an adult is being responible for your actions. If you can’t handle your drugs (whether thats pot, heroine or potato chips), seek help. Otherwise, smoke on, shoot up or whatever else you want to do. I believe they call that freedom, don’t they?

September 23, 2007 at 1:03 pm
(19) thegnu says:

While I can see how marijuana has some negative effects, it’s not a direct killer. If you drink 3 cups of coffee, and then make an error in judgment that kills you, it wasn’t the coffee.

Similarly, people who smoke weed, then do stupid stuff may just be stupid. Mixing drugs is always bad, and can cause your to die. Weed and Coke are very bad. Weed and Alcohol are potentially dangerous if you do not know your limits.

This is still the same propaganda put forth in Reefer Madness, and it’s false. Everything that they say about marijuana can be said for other legal substances, and with more statistical backup. Alcohol, xanax, cigs, etc. Weed is illegal for no good reason.

October 13, 2007 at 10:59 am
(20) Hellessey says:

this is so stupid, i would bet my life on the fact that he has never tried marijuana, yet he judges it.

Has he not read all of the articles all over the internet proving that alcohol is far worse then marijuana, hundreds of death’s from alcohol, and even more from cars for Christs sake. when will politicians stop taxing us for the use a plant.

I bet the government would legalize it if they had a plantation, and could rip off the whole country.

October 23, 2007 at 6:19 pm
(21) glenwood says:

This article is nothing more than ####### propaganda and this mentality is the reason millions of innocent lives are destroyed in the legal system!

January 4, 2008 at 11:27 pm
(22) billy joe says:

how do you not know if the people had thoughts about suicide before using marijuana? and THC the chemical that makes up marijauna wont kill you after using it ( depending on you immune system) once or twice , or mabe over a long period. the only thing i have heard of is dieing from lung cancer.

January 17, 2008 at 1:45 pm
(23) Maggie Cortez says:

MARIJUANA OR AS I CALL HER MARY-JANE IS THE MAIN KEY TO OUR MINDS THAT RELEASE THAT INNER KID IN ALL OF US. U.P.S REPRESENT!

January 24, 2008 at 11:51 am
(24) Cody andrews says:

was up

January 29, 2008 at 5:29 am
(25) Donna says:

I find it interesting that the majority of comments posted defending marijuana use are written by people who are current users… therefore, have affected thinking processes. Of course you’ll defend it’s euphoric effect on your life ~ who wouldn’t want to fight for the right to “feel good”? Pehaps you’d be better off renaiming your fight “the right to be stupid”.

Do some serious CURRENT research on web sites other than NORML, especially you young men. The latest research out there, not offered by religous freaks who want to remname America “Jesusland” (Gary), but by medical doctors and researchers at places like the Mayo Clinic, Brown University, and the like… did you know for instance, that marijuana smoking can cause erectile dysfunction and decreased sperm count at a very early age? If that’s not “life threatening” I don’t know what is! (Sorry honey, I just can’t seem to get it up but hey… why don’t we light one up and relax… it’s all good baby!)

I see the same defense of marijuana in my own son. He is 17 years old and has been smoking pot for two years. Sadly, he is a changed kid. I empathize with Chad,who is trying to further his education and he doesn’t have the memory racall or capacity that he once had. My sons gpa has had a slow an steady decrease. His relationship with his family is fragile at best. He has been kicked out of a class, asked to leave the wrestling team, sullied our name in the school community where we had already graduated three other well respected students. When I talk to him, it’s not him talking but the marijuana. He’s in there somewhere and I remain hopeful that he’ll emerge from his self induced cannibus cocoon. It is a false reality. And Stephanie? “go play in traffic” is not the best of advice.. I would advise you to stay out of traffic!!!

Don’t tell me that marijuana doesn’t change you. You don’t see the change because you live in a euphoric state of mind. If you have been using for a long time, it’s still in your system even when you’re not high. You want freedom? You got it. Freedom to attach your life to a substance that you can no longer feel good, relax and have fun without. That is not freedom my friend , that is bondage. You have enslaved yourself to the very thing you shout that you want the freedom to do! What twisted thinking! You are mistaking freedom for self indulgence. If that’s your rationale, then I want freedom too… freedom from having to deal with the ramifications of my son’s stupid decisions. Feeedom from waking up in the middle of the night wondering where he is. Freedom from the arguing, the door slamming, freedom from watching what was once a vibrant young kid now lay around on the couch sleeping off his high. Freedom without boundaries is nothing but chaos. Here’s a simple little lesson ~ think of a river. A strong and mighty river. Now take away the banks of the river, the boundaries if you will. Give that river freedom. Over time, you’ll have a swamp. Now take a look at your life.

One more thing… for those of you who give the same weak and feeble excuse that my son gives “it’s a plant, it’s all natural, blah, blah, blah” I give you the following list – All Plants, All Natural, Came from the good earth, came from “God” as Dan says… try ingesting one of these and let me know how it works for you.
Aconite
Apple (Balsam)
Apple (Bitter)
Baneberry
Bloodroot
Bryony, Black
Bryony, European White
Bryony, White
Cabbage Tree
Calabar Bean
Calotropis Cherry Laurel
Clematis
Coca, Bolivian
Cocculus, Indicus
Dropwort, Hemlock Water
Foxglove
Gelsemium
Hellebore, Black
Hellebore, False
Hellebore, Green
Hellebore, White Hemlock
Hemlock, Water
Hemp, Indian
Ignatius Beans
Ivy, Poison
Laburnum
Laurel, Mountain
Lovage, Water
Mescal Buttons
Nightshade, Black
Nightshade, Deadly Nux Vomica
Paris, Herb
Poppy, White
Saffron, Meadow
Spurges
Stavesacre
Strophanthus
Thornapple
Wake Robin, American
Yew
P. S. Why is it that most people who defend the right to smoke… write like they’ve been smoking? They can’t spell, they can’t punctuate, they can’t form complete sentances, oh yeah.. and the government is ALWAYS a target. They, of course, are to blame for you not being able to indulge in your illegal little habit. This would be the same government that protects your right to whine, complain, swear, and pretend like you know what you are talking about while you post it in cyberspace. That government right?

February 3, 2008 at 8:23 am
(26) Cathy says:

DIDO what Donna said! Well put. Unfortunately, I don’t think you can talk someone out of an addiction. They will defend it like the good little pot slaves they are. They live in a cloud.

February 4, 2008 at 6:55 pm
(27) [duvall] says:

not once in this article does he specify what those oh so disturbing dangers are. he sais suicides, and accidents. how much more General can it get? i’m 20 years old and been smoking since 12. not once did i have a problem physically or mentally. i’ve smoked cigarettes since last july, and i already feel the affects of that!!

FREE THE WEED!!!

February 9, 2008 at 6:31 am
(28) Lester says:

hey chad you’re a jackass. I’m a machinist and I smoke at least two joints a day. I do a good job , I don’t scrap parts, and I don’t have accidents. as far as your comments on concentration goes. I have had concentration problems since childhood, it’s called ADD not “marijuana abuse”. Maybe you should refrain from smoking pot while you’re doing something important.

February 15, 2008 at 12:42 am
(29) Myles says:

Hey Donna, if you would~

“I find it interesting that the majority of comments posted defending marijuana use are written by people who are current users… therefore, have affected thinking processes.” Well what about the many pharmacuticals or OTC drugs? Or alcohol or tobacco? I’m sure you have your drug too, even if that happens to be food! It all alters your body and your mind.
“Of course you’ll defend it’s euphoric effect on your life ~ who wouldn’t want to fight for the right to “feel good”? Pehaps you’d be better off renaiming your fight “the right to be stupid”.” Well first of all, regardless of its use as a euphoric effects or its use as a medicine, to fight for the right to feel good makes complete sense. Responsible adults should be allowed to make their own decisions as adults. This includes if they want to be stupid. As long as they don’t use it irresponsibly and don’t harm any others, its their own personal decision and no one should have control over it.

“Do some serious CURRENT research on web sites other than NORML, especially you young men.” Yes, well I would say about 95% of all research you find on and off the internet support marijuana as a non-lethal, relatively safe drug. It is often referred to as the “most safe psychoactive drug,” which includes alcohol as well as many perscription drugs. I’ve only found about 10 sites against marijuana, and they all seem to be refrencing to the same sites which the government uses. And they are all either lieing, biased, or worded in a way to make people misinterperet.

“The latest research out there, not offered by religous freaks who want to remname America “Jesusland” (Gary), but by medical doctors and researchers at places like the Mayo Clinic, Brown University, and the like… did you know for instance, that marijuana smoking can cause erectile dysfunction and decreased sperm count at a very early age? If that’s not “life threatening” I don’t know what is! (Sorry honey, I just can’t seem to get it up but hey… why don’t we light one up and relax… it’s all good baby!)” Gary did not want to rename America “Jesusland,” he was mocking the many neo-conservative Republicans in America who want to inflict their religious beliefs on the citizens. Also, what makes you creditable? Marijuana can not cause erectile dysfunction because the chemicals in it cause blood vessels to widen slightly with inital, short-term use, and have no affects on them at later times. This information I have found in several reports from UCLA, Cambridge, The Center for Substance Abuse, President Bill Clinton, and has been included in NIDA notes. It is definately NOT life threatening. And even if those statements were true, as Americans we should have the right to choose if we want to be sterile or not. But thankfully for the millions of marijuana users, it is not true.

“I see the same defense of marijuana in my own son. He is 17 years old and has been smoking pot for two years.” It looks like you have some disciplinary issues, if your child is doing something that you dissaprove of, then it’s your job to do something about it.

“Sadly, he is a changed kid. I empathize with Chad,who is trying to further his education and he doesn’t have the memory racall or capacity that he once had. My sons gpa has had a slow an steady decrease. His relationship with his family is fragile at best.” You, like so many others, blame the marijuana for the problem. It couldn’t possibly be the environment he’s in, the parents, what he might be dealing with in or out of school, etc. And if he really does have a problem, which it is possible to get MENTALLY addicted to marijuana, as it is possible to get MENTALLY addicted to ANYTHING, then he needs help. As for Chad, again he blames those problems on marijuana, which has been proven scientifically numerous times not to cause those. How do we know he did not have learning disabilities before he began using marijuana? Reports tie many accidents to marijuana, when they rarely in actuality they don’t say whether or not it was in their system or if they were under the influence of said drug. Often, they weren’t under its influence at the time, or they were as well as under the influence of other substances. Marijuana does slow reaction time, but it also decreases risk taking, meaning you are less likely to do something requiring a great reaction time. And regardless, unless its to cure an ailment, being a responsible adult means not handling heavy machinery under the influence of any drug. Your father-in-law (I assume, unless you call your own father your son’s grandfather) is suffering memory and social problems? This couldn’t possibly be due to his family’s lack of acceptance to his marijuana use, or his increasing age. Don’t be so quick to judge all your problems on marijuana because a few people you know who have problems use marijuana.

“He has been kicked out of a class, asked to leave the wrestling team, sullied our name in the school community where we had already graduated three other well respected students.” You ridiculed others about their bad grammar and spelling and you have a lick of that yourself. Don’t think that marijuana has caused this, it’s society’s lack of acceptance of marijuana. And on top of that, drug use SHOULDN’T be used during school hours even by adults because while UNDER THE INFLUENCE (usually a couple hours after intake) short-term memory is decreased and the chance to convert short-term memory into long-term memory is decreased, hence unless you’re curing an ailment that further decreases your ability to learn, it should be left for another time. Also, he obviously seems depressed and outcast, which makes him dependent on finding an outlet, whether that be marijuana for him, chocolate for someone else, or video games for another, he’s trying to bury his troubles instead of getting help, not a good thing. This isn’t a result of the marijuana use, this is why he’s using marijuana.

“When I talk to him, it’s not him talking but the marijuana. He’s in there somewhere and I remain hopeful that he’ll emerge from his self induced cannibus cocoon. It is a false reality.” As someone who has experienced great depressions and anxiety, and also a person who has experienced the influence of marijuana (but has not for a significant amount of time to where none affects my body currently), I can tell you that when someone is depressed or anxious, as your child must obviously be, they sound droned and uninterested in anything at all. They usually have an outlet and all of their attention goes to that outlet. He needs help not drugs, as I’ve said earlier. And his distance from you must also stem from your ridicule and dissaproval of him.

“And Stephanie? “go play in traffic” is not the best of advice.. I would advise you to stay out of traffic!!!” She was telling the original writer and the people who were quoted in it to “go play in traffic,” as to say “go become seriously hurt or killed.” It’s not general advise it’s a general animosity towards someone who opposes her for no viable or true reasons.

“Don’t tell me that marijuana doesn’t change you. You don’t see the change because you live in a euphoric state of mind.” Marijuana can change you, as can the introduction of anything new into your life. As well, any drug’s effects are caused by changes in the body, so if it didn’t change you it wouldn’t be doing its job. And that change is most often a more calm, peaceful change that makes people relax and feel easy, not an effect like LSD or extacy. Socially it may change you because so many people will not accept you. Marijuana’s illegality is its most detremental effect.

“If you have been using for a long time, it’s still in your system even when you’re not high.” Regardless of how long you have been using, it stays in your body for no longer than an average of a month without using any kind of detoxification methods, including sweating from working out. After a couple hours, it stops affecting you at all psychoactively. Just because it is in your system does not mean it has any effects on you other than showing positive on a drug test.

“You want freedom? You got it. Freedom to attach your life to a substance that you can no longer feel good, relax and have fun without.” First of all, Americans should have that freedom if they so choose. Second, you’re basing that off of twisting observations biased by personal experiences. I know many very successful, healthy people who smoke marijuana, feel good when they’re not on it, and can relax and have fun perfectly sober! Use does not inhibit or prevent these during sobriety in any way, shape or form.

“That is not freedom my friend , that is bondage. You have enslaved yourself to the very thing you shout that you want the freedom to do! What twisted thinking! You are mistaking freedom for self indulgence.” That IS freedom, or have you forgotten what freedom is? Freedom of CHOICE? And marijuana is not bonding any more than anything else, it is mentally addictive because it makes most people relax and feel good. But mental addiction may happen with ANYTHING in the world. It is not physically addicting, and does not produce withdrawal symptoms. Even after long-term use.

“If that’s your rationale, then I want freedom too… freedom from having to deal with the ramifications of my son’s stupid decisions. Feeedom from waking up in the middle of the night wondering where he is. Freedom from the arguing, the door slamming, freedom from watching what was once a vibrant young kid now lay around on the couch sleeping off his high.” You have that freedom, you have the legal rights to stop these actions, and you have the legal rights to leave so long as he is placed with a viable gaurdian. Marijuana smokers do not have the freedom to smoke. And, again, many of the problems you listed above are not stemming from marijuana use, but from social, emotional, and psychological problems, none of which are caused by marijuana use, but may be influenced by the outcast set upon him because it is not socially accepted and you do not accept it.

“Freedom without boundaries is nothing but chaos. Here’s a simple little lesson ~ think of a river. A strong and mighty river. Now take away the banks of the river, the boundaries if you will. Give that river freedom. Over time, you’ll have a swamp. Now take a look at your life.” You think there are no boundaries, and you think that removal of marijuana laws would mean there would be no boundaries? And you think that responsible adults can’t decide for themselves when to stop smoking marijuana, the same way responsible adults decide to stop drinking alcohol? Take away the marijuana laws and you have lower crime rates, lower marijuana use, lower other illicit drug rates, and lower TAXES since you won’t have to pay for all the innocent pot smokers in jail!

“One more thing… for those of you who give the same weak and feeble excuse that my son gives “it’s a plant, it’s all natural, blah, blah, blah” I give you the following list – All Plants, All Natural, Came from the good earth, came from “God” as Dan says… try ingesting one of these and let me know how it works for you.” I do give you this is a very good point, the excuse “it’s a plant, it’s all natural,” is not viable as is so many dangerous things. However, it is proven safe in many ways, and if you drag God into this, it seems that marijuana is referred to in the Bible numerous times, such as the “Tree of Life” which promotes “the healing of all nations.”

“Aconite
Apple (Balsam)
Apple (Bitter)
Baneberry
Bloodroot
Bryony, Black
Bryony, European White
Bryony, White
Cabbage Tree
Calabar Bean
Calotropis Cherry Laurel
Clematis
Coca, Bolivian
Cocculus, Indicus
Dropwort, Hemlock Water
Foxglove
Gelsemium
Hellebore, Black
Hellebore, False
Hellebore, Green
Hellebore, White Hemlock
Hemlock, Water
Hemp, Indian
Ignatius Beans
Ivy, Poison
Laburnum
Laurel, Mountain
Lovage, Water
Mescal Buttons
Nightshade, Black
Nightshade, Deadly Nux Vomica
Paris, Herb
Poppy, White
Saffron, Meadow
Spurges
Stavesacre
Strophanthus
Thornapple
Wake Robin, American
Yew” All viable points, as I said earlier.

“P. S. Why is it that most people who defend the right to smoke… write like they’ve been smoking? They can’t spell, they can’t punctuate, they can’t form complete sentances, oh yeah.. and the government is ALWAYS a target. They, of course, are to blame for you not being able to indulge in your illegal little habit. This would be the same government that protects your right to whine, complain, swear, and pretend like you know what you are talking about while you post it in cyberspace. That government right?” You had numerous grammatical and spelling errors in this portion of your writing, if you’d notice. And random comment posts are in no sense a way to pass judgement on someone’s English skills as they are often typing in shorthand. Besides, these people are indulging in a peaceful, harmless habit that happens to currently be illegal do to slander in politics, but should they be indulging in “good” legal habits like smoking, drinking, eating, or using perscription drugs? And what of the people who don’t use it as a habit and use it in medicinal purposes, even if it is for treatment in depression, anxiety or insomnia? I greatly appreciate our (limited) freedom of speech, but giving the excuse that the government gives you one freedom isn’t enough to take away another. That’s a completely faulty arguement.

How do you like that? You thought you were so smart and I tore you apart with facts and knowledge. Ignorance will never rise above the truth, even if it seems in control. So don’t come busting in on something without knowing everything. And note that I do not know everything about your relations with the people you mentioned, but I made general inferences from the information supplied. So if I was wrong and you can truely prove that, I apologize.

Legalize marijuana.

March 6, 2008 at 7:24 pm
(30) BigBear says:

I don’t smoke pot. But I know people who do. One of the people I know smokes daily and gets straight A’s in college. And 1 I know smokes daily and gets straight F’s. I have yet to find some who died from oversmoking and I doubt I will. So, like any other drug on the market, Marijuana effects people differently. Which is why, like any drug on the market, people should understand that until you know the effects the drug will have on you set aside a few hours where you don’t have anything to do. And if its not your first time, please go somewhere that you will be safe from causing anyone or yourself harm.

March 6, 2008 at 7:26 pm
(31) 410-24-7 says:

I def agree with bigbear. ^^^^ It’s not the fault of the drug but rather the fault of the user. (guns dont kill people, people kill people).

March 10, 2008 at 8:50 am
(32) andy kohler says:

ok what hard proof is there in direct deaths and what direct deaths are from alchol cigs and other drugs. yup knowone died from weed

March 13, 2008 at 8:48 am
(33) Samigina says:

This is ridiculous. If it kills, tell me how. If it kills, give me some science. Give me facts. Show me.
The truth is, it does not kill. It is not as dangerous as heroin, so don’t give me that string of incredible lies.
If someone dies who is known to use marijuana, there is absolutely no evidence–medical or simply discovered via common sense– that points directly to the marijuana. There is no killing chemical in killing amounts. There is no physical dependency (such as with heroin). If an accident occurs that kills a person? You know, it’s the person. If they’re being “stupid” and that’s what makes weed so dangerous, then why isn’t alcohol finding the same outcry?

There is no science here. There is no real statement in this article except for the same old baseless, matronly weeping that everyone hears and only the incredibly ignorant believe. Is this the best out of the Coroners’ Society? How shameful.

March 16, 2008 at 10:38 pm
(34) Clayton says:

I wish things such as marijuana were better understood by those who don’t partake of it’s amenities. Sadly it’s harder to explain to a person what the smoking of the plant actually causes within a person’s mind than it is to explain the effects on the body. Surely, those that debate it’s “harmful” effects have better things to do than to try and prove something so trivial. Listen to me and listen carefully, marijuana effects you and your mind the way you want it to. Many times, just after smoking I’ve sobered up instantly because something needed my full concentration, it’s all mental. For those with a week will power, it’s definitely harder only because they lack the capacity to understand what they want.

Just so I’m not sitting idlely by and letting someone so uneducated about marijuana go on about how their seventeen year old son is a “changed child” because of it. Come on! Seventeen? Of course he is going to change! I swear, some people would rather blame something they don’t understand than to see the truth behind anything.

Myself, being a person well versed in today’s society, understand that certain emotions arise when a person is under the influence. Of course we get deffencive, everyone does just look at war. I have yet to hear of a war starting because someone was smoking pot, and I believe that it will never happen. However, wars have started for more idiotic reasons, like because someone didn’t like the way another looked at them and decided to fight them, for a simplistic example.

But I digress, I have lived a life smoke free off and on and throughout my years of living in this world, I have come to realize that those who would try and exert their will on people that smoke come from the same dogmatic and ill advised persons of “authority” albeit misplaced authority, and it is from those people that arise the rediculous notion of marijuana having “harmful” effects. If it is, then so is air, water, the ground you walk on, the sunlight you use to see with and the goddamn orange color of my walls!

I leave you now, not with the hopes that some of you incorrect persons will change your standing. Just the hope that all of you feel ashamed of yourself for holding such idiotic ideas. Go out and get a real education, and I’m not talking about money loving colleges, go out and experience life! Or, stay cooped up inside your silly little caves and your wastefull jobs and careers, I don’t care. Just make sure that the next time you say something about which you haven’t the slightest clue, you reflect on what lies you spread and realize that you really aren’t a good person, realize that you don’t deserve this life, or this world. I wash my hands of this insanity.

March 18, 2008 at 3:12 pm
(35) angela says:

You all are idiots!

Pot may not kill anyone directly but I will tell you it kills the mind, memory, reflexes, and just plain makes you stupid! I smoked daily for years and years, ended up flunking out of school and ballooned up to over 200#! Now I am sure that pot wasn’t the only culprit but definitely the main one! Once I got sober, I lost an immediate 20# and I graduated Magna Cum Laude! Hello! A definite correlation!

To Samantha who reported the yearly stats, al beit very interesting – most of those drug related deaths were folks who probably first started smoking pot! My father was one of the Heroin deaths but guess what he started with first and did the most? POT! He could barely hold on a converation because he had no memory! This was before the Heroin!

March 29, 2008 at 3:12 pm
(36) kofi ankobra says:

I am beginning to believe that the Fallen Angels really are here on earth, and they arrived in the early 20th century. They are responsible for banning all good plants that God gave us. Unfortunately for all humanity, articles like this are written by people who dont know the power of the Devil, and have the backing of the Media. Is’nt it crazy that one of the most important plants on earth is illegal worldwide?

April 3, 2008 at 10:50 pm
(37) phillip johnson says:

have you ever seen someone smoke a joint ,and then want to git in a fight ? now have a few people get drunk and then see how meny fights there are . The only reason that it is not legal is becuse it would be hard to tax the hell out of it .

April 11, 2008 at 12:49 am
(38) Jx1 says:

SMOKE WEED EVERY DAY! doesent harm a soul so shutup you old man river canadian bastard?

April 11, 2008 at 4:47 am
(39) Alex says:

Just another load of BS from the white haired fools who run our countries. Once again no solid reason and please spare me the accident antics. I’m sorry I don’t buy it at all nor do I buy the it ruined my childs life BS. Ridiculous myths and not facts at all. I mean we have Lawyers, Politicians, Physicians, and Scientist backing us up here. There is no way people as dignified as them wold represent or even think of legalizing something that could truly put someone in harms way. This all boils down to the tax issue as well as society being very close minded. I mean if we can drink liquor until our skin is yellow and smoke cigarettes till we develop lung cancer. Why can’t we hit a blunt come down off our high and go on with regular life just like everyone else. No we are junkies, low life’s, and accident prone idiots. Everyones experiences are not the same. My heart goes out to those who feel Marijuana ruined their lives or affected their lives in a bad way. However there are millions of others with a much better perspective to share. Legalizing or at the very least lowering the severity of punishment is the best answer IMO. I mean if the government was run off of a handful of accidents or occurrences the system would be in shambles.

April 12, 2008 at 9:13 am
(40) john says:

ive been smokin weed for 5 years everyday and i dont think it hurts me or anyone else. im only in 10th grade and it doesnt affect my school work i still get A’s and B’s so it should be legalized! In order to die you have to smoke 5 times your weight and if you ever got that much you would pass out before you even came close to finishing. but cigaretes kill around a half million people a year and alcohol kills around 80,000 people, when weed has killed none. i can drive better when im high rather than when im drunk. so therefore alcohol has a worse affect.

April 17, 2008 at 5:22 pm
(41) asdf says:

ok here if you have died from weed you are just stupid and you definatly win the darwin award -congrats-
i mean as much as it is used in this argument it holds a valid point ciggs and alchohol are so much worse for you then marijuana both physicly and mentally i mean alchohol is rated up there as being as addictive as heroine if marijuana were to be legal it is said it would bring in annually 7 billion dollars hmm dont you think that then educational and health providers and even harder drug control agencies could use that money? i mean tax payers you are messing up almost getting screwed. we pay all this money in taxes that go toward the war on drugs and as far as marujuana goes it has been a total failiure and is just a waste of money. marijuana is still the united states biggest cash crop and will always be. you say that big companies will get involved and add addictive subsstances into it but why not keep it like it is and have regular people grow it for the state like medical providers do. ultimatly you get clean people to do it and hey its another job that may be needed for families. you say that kids become dumber well i know kids with varying gpa’s that all smoke marijuana. show me the proof!!!!!!! they have done studies showing that long time and short time use have almost no effect on the mind and body. ok think of this maybe ur kid is just a freakin idiot and thats why he can not seem to pass a damn class. think of this when al capone tried selling alcholhol illegaly what happened? he got alot of money and got other people to catch on to his crimes. what happened when alchohol became legal? he lost his buisness lost money and crime ultimatly went down. do we have any alchohol dealers today? no, but we do have marijuana dealers the kind of people all you soccer moms complain about being in ur neighbor hood but yet you refuse to fix the issue by legalizing marijuana. now the same thing would happen drug dealers wont make any money there will be less crime and to satisfy all the soccer moms the neighbor hood will be less “dirty” you have all heard the death ratio on other drugs compared to weed so i wont bore you with it but i mean 0 deaths i mean religion kills more people for gods sakes should we not make church and religion illegal? i mean hell id get killed faster in a religios debate over smoking a joint every once in a while. my sister went into a AA meating where there are drug addicts as well with my alchoholic step mom ( another long story of the differace of alchohol and weed lol) and when she announce that she was there for weed the councilor just laughed and said honey thats not a real drug lol anyway i have to go school is over so all in all i say let freedom grow peace

April 18, 2008 at 8:44 am
(42) Cornelia Vodoiu says:

Together we can stop the war. The war is a spirit cancer. Every country must invest in EDUCATION. Every country must recognize THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY.The young people are THE PEACE OF THE WORLD.
Substante toxice de lupta se impart in doua categorii :A.Letale;B;Neletale; Psihodislepticele fac parte din categoria SUBSTANTELOR TOXICE DE LUPTA NELETALE. Psihodislepticele sunt substante care produc perturbari grave ale activitatii psihice, substante care deviaza judecata in mod delirant. Din categoria psihodislepticelor fac parte si substantele halucinogene de origine naturala fara azot in molecula.TETRAHIDROCANABINOLUL (THC). THC este principalul principiu activ halucinogen prezent in varfurile florale ale plantei CANABIS SATIVA varietatea INDICA (CANEPA INDIANA), precum si in toate partile acestei plante.Drogurile obtinute din canepa indiana poarta diferite denumiri (dupa regiunea geografica in care este recoltata si partea de planta folosita), dintre care cele mai raspandite sunt HASIS pentru rezina si MARIHUANA pentru flori (care sunt amestecate cu frunze si alte parti ale plantei).Toxicomania indusa de drogurile obtinute din canepa indiana , « CANABISMUL », este o toxicomanie majora , cu o extindere mare pe plan mondial fiind considerata ca un flagel social, care vizeaza intr-o mare masura tineretul. » Martian Cotrau, Lidia Popa, Teodor Stan, Nicolae Preda, Maria Kincses-Ajtay-Toxicologie-Ed.Didactica si Pedagogica Bucuresti 1991,p.162.
« Psihodislepticele sunt substante care produc perturbari grave ale activitatii psihice, substante care deviaza judecata in mod delirant. In general efectele lor se caracterizeaza prin cateva trasaturi comune, producand stari de depersonalizare, perceperea anormala a timpului si spatiului si halucinatii.Aceste substante se mai denumesc si substante halucinogene, fantastice, depersonalizante, schizofrenomimetice etc.Substantele psihodisleptice au implicatii toxicologice deosebite, efectele lor fiind manifestarea actiunii toxice la nivelul sferelor superioare ale psihicului. Multe dintre ele induc dependenta psihica puternica, deci toxicomania respectiva.Dozele halucinogene sunt in general mici (uneori sub 1mg), astfel incat pot produce intoxicatii acute cu sfarsit letal prin depasirea dozelor.Unele au efecte teratogene. Psihodislepticele prezinta implicatii sociale grave prin consumul mare pe plan mondial , in special la tineret , degradarea morala a subiectilor consumatori si producerea a numeroase acte antisociale. Multe substante psihodisleptice sunt cuprinse in grupul claselor noi de SUBSTANTE TOXICE DE LUPTA. »Martian Cotrau, Lidia Popa, Teodor Stan, Nicolae Preda, Maria Kincses-Ajtay- TOXICOLOGIE-Ed.Didactica Si Pedagogica Bucuresti, 1991, p.159. TMP- trimetoxi-3,4,5, fenilpropan, 2-amina face parte din categoria SUBSTANTELOR TOXICE DE LUPTA NELETALE-PSIHODISLEPTICE.Chimia nu este nici COMUNISTA, nici CAPITALISTA, CHIMIA inseamna VIATA SI MOARTE, PACE si RAZBOI. In scoala romaneasca am invatat sa aparam VIATA SI PACEA.Suntem parinti si cetateni ai lumii si ne pasa de toti tinerii!
Cu respect, Profesor+chimist+ofiter Cornelia Vodoiu.

May 1, 2008 at 12:45 pm
(43) smoke all day!!!!! says:

HA!!! this is funny shit all u pople who spend all thier time writing articles about how it hurts u half of u old pople who write this crap don’t know what there talking about!!!!!!!!
2 ME MARIJUANA IS THE BEST THING EVER ITS BEEN SMOKE 4 YEARS AND I AM GOING TO KEEP SMOKING ALL DAY ALL DAY!!!!!

yea there al thi resarch that it leads to other drungs.

YEA IF UR STUPID ENOUFGH!!

LEAVE MERY ALONG SHE COOL SHE WAS BUT IN THI WORLD FOR A RESON!!

SMOKE ALL DAY!!!!!!
4RM!!!!
DGK
AKA
dURTY GETTO KIDS
ALL DAY ALL ALL DAY!!!!
WALK-TOWN!!!

May 10, 2008 at 3:05 pm
(44) Jason says:

“You all are idiots!

Pot may not kill anyone directly but I will tell you it kills the mind, memory, reflexes, and just plain makes you stupid! I smoked daily for years and years, ended up flunking out of school and ballooned up to over 200#! Now I am sure that pot wasn’t the only culprit but definitely the main one!

Once I got sober, I lost an immediate 20# and I graduated Magna Cum Laude! Hello! A definite correlation!

To Samantha who reported the yearly stats, al beit very interesting – most of those drug related deaths were folks who probably first started smoking pot! My father was one of the Heroin deaths but guess what he started with first and did the most? POT! He could barely hold on a converation because he had no memory! This was before the Heroin!

Your middle paragraph implying that stopping pot was a reason for you graduating magna cum laude, shows me that your logical abilities have never been very strong in the first place. Ever heard of the phrase “correlation doesn’t imply causation?”

Wtf kind of educational institution would give any award to someone devoid of logical reasoning?

May 14, 2008 at 2:04 pm
(45) Emily!!! says:

all that need to happen is people need to learn how to handel there drugs or not do then at all some people enjoy smoking pot.I smoke everyday a few times a day and i go to school and do everything that i should do when i an no under the influence. Give the green a chance and see that even theo one person may not like it, its a great thing for other people!!!
SMOKE AWAY!!!!!!

May 25, 2008 at 10:13 pm
(46) John says:

Donna you clearly don’t know what you are talking about. If your son is having all these problems, then it’s your fault. You have the say as to wether or not he smokes. Be a human and have some backbone. Get you son to stop if he has problems. Not everyone has the same effects and problems. Weed doesn’t kill or ruin lives itself. Pot can’t be the only thing that caused your son to be less focused.. its his surroundings aswell. So are you telling me that your son got kicked out of class because of pot. That make a whole lot of sense.

“Freedom to attach your life to a substance that you can no longer feel good, relax and have fun without.” Have you ever tried it? THAT DOESNT HAPPEN. Your telling me that scince I have tried it i will never have a good time or ever relax again? That is bullshit… Donna get your facts straight. Tell me one time when pot has killed someone. Sure it can change the way you act, but that is because thats the way you choose to act. I am the same as I was before, no smarter nor dumber.

Ya your right donna, ingesting poison ivy isn’t that good of an idea. Gee did you think of that yourself? Of course not ALL plants are good to ingest.. But pot is

Legalize it

May 27, 2008 at 1:29 am
(47) Sam says:

Nice Try, but this is completely untrue. Marijuana would be the only drug I would ever do. Nobody Has ever died from marijuana alone. Nobody has ever overdosed on it, and it is believed that you must smoke your own bodyweight in marijuana to overdose. It may cause hunger, or maybe a respitory infection at the worst, but that’s nothing very serious at all. Just don’t try any other drugs and you’ll be good.

June 1, 2008 at 5:21 am
(48) Gianna says:

There is no cited records or facts in this article and it’s heresay. And to whoever Ember is, if you honestly think that the government is going to give you actual facts when they just as well don’t have to, then god bless you honey I need say nothing further. We are talking about America which has the highest concetrations of blood in pus allowed in milk, that pumps meat with steroids and hormones in inhumane conditions, that has millions of people hooked on pharmaceutical drugs, and where one can be old enough to fight in a war but is not old enough to drink alcohol. A country where processed foods and chemical additives are deemed safe but yet one of the most anciently used medicinal herbs is illegal. There have been cultures that used to revere this plant as not only beneficial to humans but a gift and embodiment of the divine. Never before has there been a culture so far away from nature and if you trust in this society as knowing what is safe to put in your body then just look at the high majority of Americans that are morbidly obese, suffering from diabetes, and all types of unnaturally caused cancers! And you tell me that these government sources are respected. All I have to say is a big PLEASE. No one is being fooled here, honey, but you.

June 4, 2008 at 2:24 pm
(49) S. Collins says:

The rouble with articles like this one is the same as the DARE program. Inaccurate info leads to kids trying pot when they’re too young to make an informed decision… and when they find out pot isn’t dangerous or addictive as it was touted to be- then they think ALL drug info is crap. That IS dangerous. Pot should never have been classified in the same family as heroin and cocaine. Just shows you a little info can make a minor situation a major problem.

June 9, 2008 at 6:15 pm
(50) anoymouse says:

I have smoked pot for the last five years, and during that time I graduated college, landed a great job, and have an exceptional home life. i have a great family and never have had a problem with Marijuana. Honestly, I think alcohol is MUCH MUCH worse that pot. Alcohol makes you feel sick, hungover, aggressive. Pot does none of those things.

I, however, do agree that it – just like any other drug – can be harmful. A good friend of mine will not put down the video games or wash his clothes because all he wants to do is smoke pot all day (despite his social awekwardness, he holds down a good job). Hell, even caffeine is bad for you, pretty bad actually.

It frustrates me to no end that all these people will pop prescription drug after drug, even tho the side effects are far worse than anything pot ever did, but when marijuana is discussed, they treat is like the devil.

Come on people, WAKE UP!!!

June 10, 2008 at 10:42 am
(51) Daniel says:

Why get high? Why alter your perceptions, mood, chemistry? You are a fabulous miracle of nature just as you are. Why change your basic nature of peaceful, intelligent, sentient, mindful, purposeful, successful, humorous, and so much more good?

Live. Your Life!

June 11, 2008 at 12:40 am
(52) anon says:

This article is rediculous, there isn’t a single bit of factual evidence to support the idea. “Marijuana kills children” is not a fact. That is like me saying ‘Marijuana has been shown to make people rich because people who smoke marijuana play the lottery’ (they probably don’t cuz they’re spending their money on weed, but either way, neither proves anything). The truth is there are -0- deaths attributed to thc intake (the drug in marijuana that makes you high). If you get into a car accident while high, you died from a car accident. You cannot overdose on thc and thc cannot kill you (you -could- get cancer from smoking, but there are methods to take in thc without smoking, so thats not really the marijuana to blame but your own personal habits).

June 23, 2008 at 7:40 am
(53) bula matadi says:

picture the scenario – you are in the underground station – it’s the last train of the night – the train arrives – it has two coaches – one is full of alcoholic passengers – the other is full of marijuana passengers – which one of the coaches will you join?

July 13, 2008 at 3:12 am
(54) Christy Kalinowski says:

I will tell you, I am an drug addict and I am very clean but not clean from Marijuana. It is all about control. You have to have control over it before you can mess with it. This is the most saftest drug out there. Yes every drug is bad in it’s own way. Marijuana is nothing like cocaine and crack or any other drug. You can damn sure eat, drink, sleep and function more then any other drug. The problem is that you can not pass a drug test. You can sniff cocaine and pass a drug test in two days. Kind of shame that you can drive a car on marijuana but have to wait 30 days from your last smoke to pass a drug test. You can drive a car and do anything on marijuana. Yes I agree any drug is bad, but I will tell you I’d rather someone smoke pot then drink for the rest of their life. I think we all know what acholhol does to us. I have been sober from Marijuana for two months just to pass a drug test but I think it is a shame that I can sniff cocaine. Don’t you????

July 13, 2008 at 3:20 am
(55) Christy says:

It is all about control. If you can live your life without it, then more power to you. I have bad axiety and I love to smoke it. My parents don’t agree with it. I know it is bad it is like smoking five ciggerettes at one time. But if it keeps me away from any other drug that is highy addictive then that is what it takes. I am thankful that my parents don’t agree with drinking or any other drug; there is no place like home. I will tell you that if you need something there is nothing better then smoking a little. Drinking is the worst thing to turn to and I have my brother as an example. I can smoke and not turn into a different person like him. Yeah I will agree it is bad but It is no where bad as the other drugs. I became a drug addict from marijuana because I did not know how to control it. I will tell you that you have to have that control in order to live your life with it. I learned the hard way but now I know and there is nothing in the world in today’s society 2008 that marijuana looks bad!!!! Sorry but it is true.

July 24, 2008 at 11:27 pm
(56) Brenda says:

I’ve noticed that most who defended daily pot smoking here have poor linquistic skills. Hmmm.
Smoked pot during college – I loved it but it lowered my judgment & I wound up having to quit college to raise a baby. After I had him, I resumed smoking but quit when I realized he suffered due to my laziness, carelessness, and selfishness when I smoked. I’ve smoked it once since, & now I realize it made me stupid – not an adjective I like in reference to myself. I don’t care what other people do, but don’t be selfish & ruin other lives. AND STAY OFF THE ROADS! I admit, I missed stop signs & red lights – it was funny at the time, but now – I love my life & it chills me to think I raised the chances of not having one.

August 26, 2008 at 11:23 pm
(57) jamin says:

pot has harmful effects like everything. youre taking a risk no matter wat. its the decision u make for yourself. im living proof that pot can take a toll on your brain. shut the hell up to all u kids that wanna argue that pot is harmless. youre stupid and brainwashed!!

September 1, 2008 at 3:42 pm
(58) terry says:

I am not a pot user myself but am married to one. He had depression issues but will not take medication. Of course the use of pot is okay with him. He is fine and happy when stoned but gets angry and hostile and more depressed between smokes. Does this make it difficult to live with him? It sure as hell does. He has quit for periods of time and those periods are the best for our relationship. But the pull of pot is too strong. He chooses it over me, his wife, his kids and other things in his life. Pot is not harmless. It may not kill people but it can definitely kill relationships.

September 5, 2008 at 7:06 pm
(59) Brandon says:

First off, i’ve never been high. I tried marijuana once and didn’t get the high (can someone explain that to me?) Anyways, overdone is never any good.

Have you heard of everything in moderation?
If you’re smoking on a weekend or monthly it’s probably not going to do you any harm. Though, if you’re smoking enough to be high all day, then you have a problem.

And you say that marijuana kills relationships?

Ever heard of an MMO or another addictive video game? Even alcohol can kill relationships.

I agree that it would most likely make your reaction time higher, but with any drug there are side effects.

September 6, 2008 at 8:38 pm
(60) DUMMY says:

RUSSIAN ROULETTE!!! Drugs of any kind are nothing more than just a game of RR. I was stupid as a young person and smoked pot, did acid, a few pills and probably a few things I can’t even remember. I am now 46 and suffering each day. I have stage 4 lung cancer and can only be led to believe it was from my smoking history even though I had quit in 1988. Not being able to breath comfortably as if gasping for a breath and coughing chronically most waking hours is/was not worth those so called HIGH times. Take it from me, if you have any desire to live a long, productive and happy life, put aside ALL FOOLISHNESS NOW while you still have time. I will be taking my LAST BREATH any day now and remember I am ONLY 46!!!

September 9, 2008 at 5:56 pm
(61) ashley says:

I don’t beleive a single word
where the proven facts that marijuana kills?
this is a classic case of refer madness
Talk about medical facts, this is made up!
People who smoke under their own pretences are prohibtions to the future. Those who fight us, who smoke are the ones continueing the war against drugs. putting thousands of people in jail, promoting gang violence and going against the law.

October 2, 2008 at 1:10 am
(62) John says:

LOL ok 18yrs and still alive.I am a heavy pot smoker and I don`t drink Alcohol.I use no other drugs.I have a good job which I am sober at.To make claims that it kills you well lets see.You can`t overdose on pot(proven by studies).To be addictive,well if you enjoy something and do it on a reg basis I guess you can sy it is addictive.Will it lead to different drugs,well most start with cigarettes and Alcohol.So alot of people have tried it,well ya and why did they stop cause of harsh laws.I know some big wigs in the big business and some in politics that use pot.Why don`t we have a choice to use it,,no Government control.Alcohol related death are by far worst than pot,if not mistaken pot is so low no one counts it.Some have their views on pot and thats there right.I have my views on Alcohol.To compare them,ther is no comparison.How much money is spent on Alcohol related issues and events?I aggree somethings they mention in some studies,but overall pot is less harmful than anything legal on the market today.I also can say it may not be good for you to smoke all the time not sure but iI rather smoke it than breath the toxic fumes spewing out of cars and businesses.Pot could make alot of new jobs and money on taxes.Bring in new programs to benifit the world.

October 5, 2008 at 2:10 pm
(63) Mike says:

Hi all,

I personally think pot should be decriminalized, but stay illegal. Not because of it’s perceived harmfulness, but because right now it’s the people’s drug. People breed it, people grow it, and shady people sell it. Once it becomes legal, the corporations are going to get their hands on it and we’ll have another “BIG” industry that only causes harm.

Just my 2 cents

October 6, 2008 at 6:08 pm
(64) Steve says:

bulllcrappppppp=this article.

October 7, 2008 at 10:31 am
(65) Apd says:

this is rubbish it doesnt do nothing bad to you even when you drive it makes you feel more focused so you have less chance of crashing unless you cant handle ya smoke

October 8, 2008 at 4:05 am
(66) zarina says:

hi everyone…my husband just got caught for using this…i am totally lost…for the last 10years of marriage, i do not even know that he is taking it…singapore is taking very seriously about this..he will be sentence at least a year…if some of u guys say it is not harmful Y do we have to pay for the heavy penalty…now my 1 year old son will have to wait for another dragging at least 1 year to be hold & hug by his father…

October 8, 2008 at 8:28 pm
(67) maxim says:

THIS IS A JOKE. there are no hard facts. there is only an old mans opinion. There is no proof. Yes the only thing is that some people who do marijuana go on to harder drugs. WHY?! because it is THEIR CHOICE TOO. Marijuana does not crawl into your brain and say. HEY OVERDOSE ON HERION TODAY. you do. Marijuana is the most harmless drug. It is a Medical drug used for back aches, eye problems, stress, and even Seizures. I know a person who has had over 50 seizures a year. Once he was put under medical marijuana the number got all the way down to 1, 1 sierzure a year. It didnt cure it, but it sure as hell helped. And hey, it is the most nautural thing out there. You are smoking a plant. Not something altered by chemicals. But a plant. Yes the ones that grow from the ground. The ones that your mommy likes to flower. So to be honest. I smoke weed, sometimes. Not all the time, but i have a very stronge opinion about it when people say that it is BAD for you. Never in the worlds history has there been a recording that a PERSON HAS DIED FROM WEED, OVERDOSED ON WEED, GONE CRAZY FROM WEED, OR ANYTHING ELSE, U CANT EVEN GET CANCER FROM IT. Check the real statistics like from UCLA who spent 6 million dollars researching this issue. and in the end came out with a 1 digit number. 0

October 9, 2008 at 12:59 pm
(68) Mike says:

Jeff has the right attitude. 500 people a week die from alcohol related car accidents. Studies show that 38,000 people a year are in marijuana related car accidents, however 88% of those accidents were in parking lots and under 10mph. I think we need to concentrate on things that actually cause traffic fatalities.

October 13, 2008 at 2:25 pm
(69) Joe says:

Allow me to be another person that bashes this article for the BS story that it is. Overdose from weed, give me a break, you’ll probably have to smoke like 10 grams till that happens. Although after 2 grams you can barely roll another joint…you’re probably already sleeping.

It’s like saying, yeah, water can kill you too, if you drink 10 times the regular dosage.

Suicides and accidental deaths happen all the time, and not necessarily because people are under the influence. It can happen because you are tired just as much as because you didn’t buy a rug for your bathroom floor, slipped, hit your head, and then blood started flowing out of a main artery till somebody found you dead the next day.

November 10, 2008 at 3:30 pm
(70) DB says:

I would like to tell “Dan” that marijuana CAN and Does kill. Just like cigarettes, putting ANY type of smoke into your body is not a smart thing to do. It is not a healthy thing to do. And isn’t it funny the only advocates of marijuana use/abuse are those who are already abusing it? Poison Ivy is a natural substance too. Try smoking that. The argument that it grows naturally make it “OK” is just ludicrous. But then, that is in line with the thoughts of those who wish to abuse it, isn’t it?

November 10, 2008 at 3:49 pm
(71) David says:

I can agree with some of the things you say but you also have to remember that many of these young kids that you say ae cutters and what not don’t do that because of weed they do it because many of them have hard lives and that just helps take ther minds off the things going on much like sokeing weed does. and no weed has never killed anyone directly and yes i believe that they have caused there fair share of accodents but look at it this way. why would you not be more worried about young people drinking and driving over that. i would trust myself in the car with on of my friends high as can be over one that has drank. shure it may impare ones jujment to a degree but i have never seen my friends speed because of weed they slow down. i have never seen them do something recluss as much so if they would have been drunk. Also to that note your comment on heroin overdoses has nothing to do with that. that is something completely diffrent and if your so worried about that why not write about it. My name is David Flowers 19 from Pa and i don’t smoke anything i dont do any drugs of any kind and nor do i drink so i am not defending the people that do i am just saying that from experience with my friends that do weed is not as bad as you make it out to be so stick to alchol, tobacco, and other illegal drugs because unless the pot is laced with something and people are being smart about it then just let them be.

November 11, 2008 at 2:20 pm
(72) Kim says:

I want to address several points that others have made over the ‘kill’ing controversy of weed. First. marijuana in and of itself is not going to directly lead to death. There is no overdose potential. Independent research does indicates some long term health consequences such as lung problms. I think the correlation between smoking weed and death is a result of the perceptual distortions, (vision, sound etc.) and the slower reaction times of those who smoke. If someone smokes a blunt and then gets beheind the wheel of a car the risk is elevated for an accident. Pilots, surgeons, and world class sprinters do not smoke pot as a performance enhancer. Given a choice, and all other factors even, I would pick a sober, non-high pilot or surgeon versus one that was stoned.

For those who argue that pot does not create problems and then points to a person who actually gets better grades, or has been able to work, as evidence that pot is harmless, I challenge your assumptions and logic. My thinking is that if their performance maintains or is enhanced it is attributable to the sedating properties of pot, i.e. they have undiagnosed and untreated anxiety or ADD issues and that pot is in fact a form of self medication.

And to that, the pro-marijuana advocates will say, “see, it is the big pharmacuetical companies that will benefit, here’s a natural susbtance that works.” Ok. But unless one grows it themselves, the quality and purity of it are unknown. then there is the arguement of the negative side effects from using pot versus a prescribed medicaiton. I guess it’s a judegement call and choice of what negative side effects one is willing to risk, those from smoking pot and those from medication. The arguements can go on and on.

The bottom line is pot is not inherently evil, addicting, or bad. Just like alcohol is not. They both can be used in moderation and enjoyed. They can also be abused and create problems in one’s life, have a a negative impact on family, friends, and co-workers, and result in legal problems. If the pro-use advocates can honestly say they smoke in moderation, and that family or close friends are not bothered by their use of pot, nor have they been emtionally or physically harmed by their use, if they don’t’ drive when high, or if they are working (in or outside the home) and being responsible, then I agree it’s not a problem. If the honest answer to any of the above is yes, then it is a problem, they are addicted, or they are at risk of killing themselves or someone else.

November 11, 2008 at 10:50 pm
(73) Thomas J. Paine says:

First of all let me begin by praising the wonderful piece of writing done by Myles. It truly was a masterful tear-down of an ignorant (I say ignorant and not stupid because you obviously have intelligence, you just don’t apply it properly.)Lady named Donna.

Both of my parents are alcoholics, my chance of becoming one is 20 times greater because of it. I smoke pot every single day, all day, and have done so for the past 7 years. I am 24 and am currently working on my second degree. I have a 4.0 in computer science and plan on going to one of the most prestigious schools in the country next year to get my masters. I work at a public library as the Head Librarian and carry on intellectual conversations with patrons all while under the influence of cannabis. I also sleep like a baby EVERY single night, have regular digestion, no anxiety (I previously had been diagnosed with panic attacks brought on by drinking too much alcohol; I have not drank a drop of alcohol in over 4 years.)and have a way to completely relieve all of my stress.

Now I will give you this as the only downside that I have found over my years, and that is this. Cannabis does affect your short-term memory; however, it is more like a filter for useless information. Do I need to know how I ate my waffles this morning, or how much change I have in my pocket? In fact, one study that I was reading (had nothing to do with cannabis) said that middle aged people are having trouble with concentration and stress as they have experienced too many years of short-term memory abuse, i.e. remembering every little thing ALL the time…

Finally, in a country where the individual is supposed to be free and have the right to pursue life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. How do you as a person think that you have the right to stop me from mine? My rights stop where yours begin, so shouldn’t it be the same for you?

Open your eyes and see the truth, the revolution is coming.

Thomas J. Paine

PS GO READ THE REVOLUTION BY CONGRESSMAN RON PAUL!!

November 14, 2008 at 8:39 pm
(74) Dillon Hockett says:

I am doing an essay on Marijuana for my schools government class, and though I respect your opinion, I don’t see any proof. I’m sorry but I have done hours of research and not once have I found an article against marijuana with any direct evidence, statistics, or credible sources to support their clams. unless i am convinced otherwise I don’t see any reason why this substance shouldn’t be legal. While Alcohol is legal, marijuana is not. This makes no sense to me at all.

November 15, 2008 at 4:18 pm
(75) Erika says:

Wow…This article is funny to me. I have smoked since I was 13 and I have no mental or physical disabilities as you say happens because we have more potent weed these days…I am just fine and so is everyone else I know that smokes, and trust me, we have smokes some good S#it. Do you know how many very successful people have or still do smoke weed? ALOT. Marijuana helps with many things and it makes you feel good…WHO has commited suicide due to smokin a joint? No one, if anything, they were thinking about commiting suicide, sat down smoked a blunt, and chilled the hell out. Notice this article keeps saying that all these accidents have happened due to being stoned but not once does it state any of them! Cause there were none. My mother has smoked my whole life and worked 3 jobs, came home made dinner, cleaned, and made sure we were bathed…isn’t marijuana supposed to make you lazy??? Guess not. And as for it being a gateway drug. I have never wanted to try any other drug..those are the drugs that people need to focus on. The truth is people are going to do what they are interested in, they don’t hit a joint and think hmmm, I wonder what Crack is like. Come on people. If marijuana is so damn dangerous then quit allowing people who have cancer to smoke it, aren’t you worried about what accidents they might have? The way this article tells it, I’m suprised we haven’t heard anything on the news about a woman with cancer that got high one day and decided to kill her family! There are actually people doing that and not because they are high…BUT, they should have been. This government makes no sense at all. Alcohol is a big problem, my grandfather was an alcoholic and abused my nana and their kids, if he would have just been a potthead instead I bet they would have had it easier…but no, it’s not legal and liquor is!? Cigarettes are killing people everyday. I smoke them and I wish they weren’t legal because then I probably would have never started. Plus if you are a heavy cigarette smoker and weed smoker, I guarentee it would be easier for you to quit smoking pot before you would dare give up a cigarette. MARIJUANA is HARMLESS you IDIOTS!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe you should try actually smoking it that way you could have some truth in your statements about it. Like anyone cares what you think. That is like reading a pregnancy book written by a man, please….you don’t know shit but what you here and assume so stop writing these pathetic articles about god’s greatest and most magical plant. What do you think ol’ moses and noah did way back in b.c. for headaches? There was no aspirin (which also kills people) all they had was cannibis. So they could break them off a piece and eat it instead of harming their bodies with smoke. Bet you they felt better afterwards. (that is my theory anyways)

DON’T DO DRUGS, SMOKE WEED!

November 17, 2008 at 1:26 am
(76) Rob says:

I smoke weed every day for the past 5 years and i have done research and found tons of fact sheets with actual proof that marijuana is harmless and in fact beneficial. nothing with any real proof of harm from marijuana. its alcohol we need to ilegalize for the simple fact that you can die from just simply drinking too much even if u dont do anything like drive or start conflict with anyone you can still die where as weed is impossible to overdose on and die you can puke at most. dont need any scientist to tell us that, and the fact that nothing has happend about this for so long is rediculous. Peace

November 23, 2008 at 3:00 pm
(77) Bryan says:

Hey maybe you should do at least a small amount of research before you preach this crap! You are misleading people and you need to rethink your advice! Smoking can be beneficial for so many people and you are ruining that with your propaganda!

November 24, 2008 at 6:31 pm
(78) taylor Nicholas says:

the guy under me has no clue about Marijuana, yes i do smoke it but just beacuse you have not experienced and accident doesnt mean that it never happens. i believe that this article was ver well written and it had alot of facts.

November 27, 2008 at 5:24 pm
(79) sean russell says:

Donna, Post 25

I’m a pre med student at UWO (university of western ontario) and excuse my language but Donna (post 25) is a completely moron. I smoked (yes , past tense) and I still believe in it firmly. We are even testing therapeutic uses for this “drug”. So my suggestion is to call social servces and get your son put in a home far away from yourself, cause clearly you have some sort of mental psychosis.

-Sean

November 29, 2008 at 8:07 pm
(80) Nikola says:

This comment needs to be erased right away…because it’s giving sooo wrong picture aboute marijuana to people who don’t know much about it. This “Hamish Turner” is pay by the goverment to say this, or by the drug dealers(because this is going to their favor: more prohibition-price goes up), or by someone else I don’t know!!! This is so wrong. Marijuana doesn’t cause any type of accidents unlike alcohol..I know this from some “normal” studies as from my personal expirience…And yes I am 100% sure about what I’m talking…

December 1, 2008 at 10:13 pm
(81) dc says:

marijuana does kill one of my friends died in a car accident last year because the driver who hit him was under the influence of marijuana

December 8, 2008 at 10:43 pm
(82) Jacki says:

Obviously, a lot of you pot-smokers didn’t reread what you wrote in response to this article. No, I’m not agreeing with it, but I’m disagreeing not because I smoke (Because I don’t)but because it’s an irrational jump in logic.
When you get angry and respond with profanity instead of a rational argument, it makes pot- smokers in general look like idiots because of those who are representing them.
Perception is reality. If pot-smokers are percieved as idiots, where does that leave you?

December 9, 2008 at 1:22 pm
(83) Lu says:

Cannot be good for you. A lot of people seem to be in defensive mode about that, or denial. Oh well… that’s nothing new to the visitors of this site. ;-)

December 11, 2008 at 2:12 pm
(84) bring down the MAN says:

to everone who has defended dear ol’ mary jane, god bless.
every person who says it is bad or has done their “research” needs 2 look again
marijuana may have a chance 2 cause cancer faster than a cigg but the THC (the #### that gets u high) can and more than likely will kill those cells before the can mutate
i have only smoke 2 cigerattes in my life and i can tell u would rather beat myself with a hammer
Marijuana has its pros and cons but so does eating fried chicken and potato chips
my father is a chonic alcoholic and step-father is a chonic pothead
i perfer 2 be hangin with my step dad when either one is under the influence

P.S its only illegal because alot of rich tycoons and politians years ago feared the compatition

Love, Peace and Marijuana Grease

December 14, 2008 at 5:50 pm
(85) brennen says:

bull marijuana doesnt make you crazy or doesnt effect your health sure your short term memory get a little ruined DEPENDING on who you are as long as you stay on top of you stuff and dont let it be your number one in life marijuana is natural , good, and fun for recreational purposes. it makes you look at things in different ways that you would never think of sober. its makes you open minded.
peace, love, toke on!!!

December 15, 2008 at 4:20 am
(86) Joe Schmo says:

This article is a bunch of bull…

December 16, 2008 at 2:13 pm
(87) Leah says:

Okay I am 23 years old and I currenty smoke “weed, piff, pot, or whatever u wanna call it” and I have been smoking for about 10 years…. Now, not all of my decisions were the best and most of that comes from being a teenager and wanting to do my own thing… HOWEVER, I have NEVER ONCE went to the hospital for “overdosing” on weed!!! All these people on here “hating” on weed are either OLD AS #### or just “hating”!!! Some people are HATERS as we all know… Just let them hate… I am almost done with college and I am currently on the DEAN’S LIST!!! I am finished with my work in advance and I am able to get the grades I WORK HARD for!!! Some people just want to sit on the couch and get high all day and do nothing… BUT guess what…. Thats what they were going to do with our without the weed… and some people get into car accidents while “high on weed”… BUT guess what they were just stupid BEFORE they got into that car… I have been into a car accident and I was smoking and guess what IT WASN’T MY FAULT!!! I had NO CONTROL OVER THAT ACCIDENT!!! And yes marijuana causes a low sperm count BUT WHO CARES!!! I mean unless your trying to get pregnant/have a baby (which a lot of people are NOT)!!!! and yes it does cause short term memory loss…. But its just like cigs… IF YOU SMOKE CIGS IT SAYS ON THE BOX “SMOKING CAUSES LUNG CANCER, HEART DISEASE ETC…” THERE ARE NOT ANY REPORTS OF “WEED DEATHS”… WHEN YOU SMOKE WEED YOU BECOME “HUNGRY, HAPPY, AND SLEEPY!!! AND NOT EXACTLY IN THAT ORDER” – KAT WILLIAMS…. But seriously some of these people that are bad mouthing weed are just stupid and need to smoke a blunt… I wish someone would just lock yall in a room and smoke a ounce real quick!!! UR STUPID!!! #### ALL THOSE OTHER PLANTS “DONNA” and you too “CATHY” ur just a ####!!!!
Donna you talk bad about people who admit they smoke weed and say they type like they smoke… HOW STUPID ARE YOU!!! Not everyone is typing literate… and more so many people type like they are sending a text message SOO keep up with the technology boo boo….

I will admit that I am Bi-Polar and I smoke weed on a daily basis not only because I like it but because it takes away my irritable feelings and my angry feelings that I have no control over!!!! I enjoy weed for my own reasons and obviously SO DO MANY OTHER PEOPLE!!!!! SO STOP HATING!!!!

December 19, 2008 at 10:55 am
(88) Randi and Anais says:

to the people who have never smoked..
and your against it.
and the people who do smoke are in a cloud?
no.
not exactly.
why dont you try it then see what your outlook is.
marijuana doesnt kill people.
proven fact.
people’s actions do.
whether they’re under the influence or not.

December 19, 2008 at 10:10 pm
(89) Tyler says:

i believe that this article is pretty false, personally i have done this drug and i have just currently wrote an essay on the plant (marijuana) the research ive done compared to this article is a thousand times different. I also have tons of friends who do it, and all the side effects that i see is them being completely burnt. But who ever wrote this obviously does not know what they are talking about. sorry.

December 22, 2008 at 12:26 am
(90) Don says:

This article is rubbish.

I just LOVE this one “It is an awful waste of young lives. People are trying the drug at a very young age. Many go on to harder drugs and I am dealing with more and more heroin overdoses.” Making a direct connection from cannabis to heroin? Lol. Are they for real here?

This post really does need to be brought down, or at least tell people that it is OPINION only! Since not one single scientific fact is used to back up this garbage.

January 6, 2009 at 4:50 pm
(91) Teight says:

Some people can’t chew gum and drive at the same time, so yeah, if these people get high and drive they’re most likely going to get into an accident. It’s the same as a driver who just drank a cup of coffee, is “jittery” and then gets into an accident. Is it the coffees fault or the drivers?

January 8, 2009 at 4:19 pm
(92) Tony Montana says:

hi

January 18, 2009 at 5:32 pm
(93) Worried says:

Hey Jeff,
You might want to consider the REAL effects of the drugs. How do you spell alcohol again? Learn to spell and get off of dope. Read some real literature on how this stuff can effect you.

January 19, 2009 at 8:45 pm
(94) Ken says:

what a complete bunch of idiots. i especially liked the one that said “pot doesn’t kill people. peoples action do”. you’re right. but when somebody is behind the wheel of a car and they are fogged after smoking pot, they are a risk to everybody on the road.

and some of you morons argue that there is no scientific fact? did you actually read the article, or you wer too busy sparking up the bong to read the entire thing. i weep for the children many of you have.

January 21, 2009 at 11:42 am
(95) Obiewanblackrobie says:

The issue for many of us is that we voted for cannabis to be legal for medical use, and the feds say no still…. this issue is no different than the reasons we started this country with. Taxation without representation. There are people who have decided that the will of the people is not adult enough, smart enough or safe enough. (DEA says they don’t recognize “medical cannabis” and there is no such thing) This should alarm everyone more than any other issue.
We no longer have a republic in my world…. “stoned or not” This should scare the crap out of all of you. Freedom, yeah right…
Better stand up for yourselves while you can… It saddens me that there are so many people angry, pissed off and afraid while our rights are being taken from us. Families destroyed and busted apart when good people are railroaded for laws that were supposed to have been changed. What are we to do if we see an unfair law, we vote to change it, we win, and nothing happens? All I get is all these people putting me down, telling me I’m fogged and unable to see life in it’s true light. Cannabis has given me back my life. Of course I am sure someone here will debate my experience with me… It’s really simple… Before cannabis I was sick and bedridden… since, I have become functional again… I am not really interested in “studies” to prove this, I got my own proof… it works for me. (mind you, I am a retired Alcohol and Drug counselor who spent 14 years working with addictions)
To see the comments digress into personal attacks on our writing skills, scientific study wars, and assumptions that all medical cannabis users just wanna be high is just a distraction. Look at the reality. The majority has voted for a change… the feds will not honor it…. Our only chance now is to spend our time refuting articles like this with our comments… voting and winning doesn’t work…..

January 21, 2009 at 5:28 pm
(96) The person that left this comment says:

I am still young and i smoke. I play guitar and it helps me relax and then i can concentrate and it relaxes me. I can write songs while i am high. I hav been smoking for about 5 or 6 years. I get a’s and b’s in school and i have never had any accidents whil high. I think who ever wrote this i full of shtt. And i don’t think marijuana is addicting. if i wanted to i could stop right now. I can go to school high and be just fine and get good grades.

January 21, 2009 at 5:32 pm
(97) tyrone says:

thats dumb yalls idiots mmy bro done it for 9 years it should be legalized it kills no people you should ban alcohol it is the number 2 killer in the usa get your #### straight

January 21, 2009 at 7:39 pm
(98) Kay says:

Marijuana Smoking Doesn’t Kill:
Illegal Herb Not Harmless, but Data Show No Link to Death
By Daniel J. DeNoon

WebMD Health NewsSept. 18, 2003 — Marijuana smoking isn’t harmless, but at least it won’t kill you.

It’s been feared that marijuana smoke, like tobacco smoke, causes cancer and heart disease. The evidence argues otherwise, writes Stephen Sidney, MD, associate director for research for Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, Calif., in the Sept 20 issue of The British Medical Journal.

“Although the use of [marijuana] is not harmless, the current knowledge base does not support the assertion that it has any notable adverse public health impact in relation to mortality,” Sidney concludes.

No Marijuana Deaths in 2 Large Studies

Sidney points to two large studies. The first is from (where else?) California. A large HMO looked at 65,177 men and women age 15-49. Over 10 years, marijuana users died no sooner than nonusers.

The second study looked at 45,450 Swedish army conscripts. They were 18-20 years old when asked about marijuana use. Fifteen years later, the marijuana users were just as likely to remain alive as nonusers.

And since marijuana smoking can’t kill outright — there’s no such thing as a fatal marijuana overdose — short-term use isn’t deadly. Long-term use can’t be good for you. But Sidney notes that most marijuana smokers don’t become long-term users.

One worry about marijuana smoke is that it is inhaled, and held, deep in the lungs. But the typical user smokes only one marijuana cigarette — or less — a day. Tobacco users often smoke 20 or more cigarettes daily. Moreover, tobacco contains nicotine, a highly addictive substance. Marijuana, Sidney concludes, is less likely to harm than tobacco.

A 2001 study suggested that marijuana smoking increases the risk of heart attack in the hour immediately after smoking. But this seems to be the case in no more than one-fifth of 1% of heart attacks — a very rare risk indeed.

More Marijuana Deaths in the Future?

Marijuana users shouldn’t cancel their life insurance policies just yet. Sidney warns that longer-term data may indeed show that marijuana smoking eventually raises the risk of premature death.

And if marijuana is legalized, long-term use may become more common. If this is the case, there certainly will be more long-term effects of marijuana use.

SOURCE: Sidney, S. The British Medical Journal, Sept. 20, 2003; vol 327: pp 635-636.
© 2003 WebMD, Inc. All rights reserved.

CANT ARGUE WITH WEBMD..i think this justifies everyones opinion!

January 22, 2009 at 3:21 pm
(99) Carol O'Leary says:

I do believe that you are full of it. I have been doing marijuana since i was 12 years old and not once have i gotton in trouble because of marijuana. marijuana is not the lead to hard drugs it is the influence of other people and society that leads to hard drugs. my hard dryg addiction was due to my egg donor and i now have disowned her for it. but my marijuana habit not only helped with my physical pain but it also helped me in a mental asp[ect when i was mourning the loss of my daughter who died at almost a year old. if i had not started using marijuana again i would have killed myself because i could not deal with her death. by the way she died of SIDS not my drug habit.

February 6, 2009 at 3:17 pm
(100) Daniel Pettyjohn says:

I just felt like saying one thing to this statement. It is an obvious basis of your person opinion. There have been studies saying that marijuana has never been directly linked to death. Alcohol has a higher death rate than any other drug in the national population and will never be persecuted nearly as harshly as “cannibis” has. People make ignorant choices, they do stupid and sometimes bizzare things for no reason. We have legalized drugs that do more than just bring up questions. If you weren’t taught by society that all things deemed sinister by the government were cleary and irrefutably immoral do you trust that you have enough information do actually put a death label on this natural life inhancer? Before or if you respond at all, I want to nip this topic at the bud. I know that the words life inhancer could make the drug sound like a dependence but I assure you that is not what the term was coined for. Taken in moderation everything can be enjoyable. Granted, there are exceptions in the synthetic drug ring, most things natural found and grown are virtually harmless. You should never give your life away for anything. Not drugs, friends, relationships, work, anything. It is very improper to spit in life’s face. I want you to think of a situation. Imagine that your wife/husband/best-friend who means the world to you was going to be shot. Pretend for a moment that you have to make a choice. A choice between life or death. It is similar to the choice people make when they smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, eat fast food, drive, sleep, swim, rock climb, jump out of airplanes, this list continues. You know it goes on forever. Would you take the bullet? Unless you say no, you couldn’t possibly be able to argue with my next conclusion. Grandeur overshadows the ignorance of most of the things human beings take part of. Why did you even waste your time with marijuana? Do you know how many children starve to death each year, or how many people are lost to stray bullets? More people die in plane crashes. Something to directly rebut your entire statement. One, you were not there that night, you cannot prove whether it was alcohol or ganja. Two, find me a stoned kid/adult who even thinks they can drive. Follow them around, do some physical tests, don’t pop off overly opinionated statements. Three, you can’t say anything until you smoke and drop dead. You cannot physically overdose on marijuana. It is impossible. You would sooner die from asphyxiation from lack of oxygen that have the active chemical kill you. THC.

February 11, 2009 at 7:29 am
(101) weed says:

Sure marijuana is a lot safer than those other drugs, but it is still dangerous, Of course it prevents lung cancer, and helps people who suffer from pain etc, but it also increases you heart rate and blood pressure meaning you are 5 times more likely to have a heart attack while high, thus people with heart disease should not smoke marijuana, it also reduce airflow to your cells making it hard to breathe and circulate bloodflow, making it very easy for you to have a stroke depending on how much you smoke, which for some people can be as low as 3 puffs, and don’t forget about just being High in general, say you smoke a bunch and get in a car, I know for a fact I couldent drive stoned out of my mind, I would crash into someone, not to mention every time me and my friend are driving high, we pass red lights and swirve without knowing it, you can do a lot of stupid #### being high as #### and it can risk you your life.

February 24, 2009 at 1:14 am
(102) tara says:

“The reefer is the killer. It will steal your children and make your #### fall off of your body and dogs will hunt you down and eat the remains.” Oh my god this is the biggest load of #### I have ever heard in my life. What a pathetic attempt by the right wingers to keep people away from the only thing that actually opens up people’s minds to the possibilities that exist other than what they have been told to believe. Reminds me of those completely idiotic ads from the 30′s. Once again folks don’t listen to this complete #### it is a million times better then the #### doctocs perscribe to you that will and does kill you.

February 24, 2009 at 1:39 am
(103) tara says:

To petra as a smoker for 20 years I don’t understand how you can say you were missing out on something. I did not start smoking until I was out of high school and I have never in my life felt I contribute more to the world then I do when I smoke weed. I have more ideas and I am more aware of what is going on then when I do not smoke, as well as more motivated to do more. I am currently working on my bachelors degree and feel that if more people smoked weed the world would be a much happier place. As for your friends, did you ever stop to think that accidents do happen even to sober people. This could have been something that would have happened regardless if your friends were sober or high. As for Chad I understand where you think the connection between smoking weed and your learning problems come from, however people do have learning disabilities that have absolutely nothing to do with weed. I have known people that have smoked for many years and there parents smoked all through their childhoods, and they are among the smartest and most creative people I have ever met. So not to make light of your disability, I do feel it is possible that this problem could have been an issue regardless of your smoking weed in the short amount of time you did. In closing I would like to say about the completely ridiculous idea the weed is the gateway drug, that every person I have ever met that did much harder drugs started with alcohol or cigerettes. I have smoked weed for many years now and have NEVER, I repeat Never gone on to harder drugs or had any sort of accident including cutting my finger. Marijuana makes people more aware of their surroundings and what could go wrong. It is not in anyway shape or form the same as Alcohol that does impair your drinking and your thinking skills. I have never met anyone or even heard of any teenage girls smoking weed to where they passed out and were taken advantage of. I guess that is why guys don’t use weed to take advantage of girls huh. Smoke on fellow potheads we know the truth and the government is just trying to keep us from free thought. Never back down.

February 24, 2009 at 1:45 am
(104) Tara says:

Sorry Ember but there is no such thing as a reputable government agancy and any information they supply means absolutley nothing to me. Just like area 51 does not exist and there are no camps of torture. I, and many people on this site use common sense and don’t believe everything we are force fed from the government. Use a real source that isn’t paid by the people that are paid by the pharmicutical companies to say anything other than the truth.

February 24, 2009 at 3:37 am
(105) tara says:

Oh my god weed 101 you are sofa king retarded. If your aren’t smart enough to drive in the first place properly then you shouldn’t be smoking and driving dumb*ss. What the hell are you and your friend doing that you are swerving in the first place. If you pay attention #### like that doesn’t happen and you are not more likely to die from a heart attack unless you have heart problems. It is not different from running or having sex and getting your heart rate up. It is actually good to get your heart rate up. So what you are telling me is that you are five times more likely to die from a heart attack from smoking weed but your chances of dying from a heart attack after a ginormous monster energy drink is nill huh. Damn you are smart you need to toke more to understand what the hell you are talking about because I think you are the only one. Not to mention the stroke diagnosis you have made gee you think the stress people suffer from just in everyday life is better then being relaxed and happy. My god I know you don’t smoke because everything you posted is a giant load of ####.

February 24, 2009 at 9:33 pm
(106) Smartone says:

I love how people will say because it is a plant it is ok… umm the fn xmas poinsettas are posionous! Ofcourse nothing but a buncha pot heads are responding here..to defend your weed. I was a pothead too once.. and I can admit its stupid.. and blablabla

February 28, 2009 at 6:56 am
(107) Nashoud says:

This is just another example of a wrongly interpreted fact. Most of drug – related accidents are caused by “hard” drugs like heroine and cocaine – the fact that most of these people smoked pot is true. But tell me – have you ever known an addict who would NOT smoke hemp? The gateway drug theory is #### as well as all of this article.

March 2, 2009 at 8:00 pm
(108) Laura says:

Ok ok, there are no reported deaths directly from weed. Schizophrenia is heavily linked to marijuana use, as is a bunch of other diseases. A life with schizophrenia ain’t living, sorry to say. Plus it’s still smoking, so add cancer to that list. You can’t possibly think it’s good for you. Like, you actually can’t. So in 40 years when a bunch of smokers of ANY description are in hospital with emphysema, sucking up resources, we’re meant to make it legal? We get that smoking and alcohol are drugs, and it’s true that the government are making a killing off it but that isn’t an excuse to legalise pot. To the pot users saying “I’ve done pot for 7 years and I’m totally normal and healthy!” That’s like someone saying “I drive drunk all the time and haven’t had an accident! It must be ok then.”

I don’t care if people do use pot, I don’t mean to come across as some tyrant but to hear people say that it’s all good and completely harmless is incorrect. Use it if you want, but just because marijuana doesn’t cause death like ‘that’ doesn’t mean there are a whole lot of other potential side-effects.

March 2, 2009 at 8:45 pm
(109) Manonthecouch says:

A documentary that every marijuana lover should watch. THE UNION: “The Business Behind Getting High”. The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth is explained in that documentary. SO #### everybody against marijuana!!!

March 3, 2009 at 9:30 am
(110) POTHEAD420! says:

what the hell is wrong with this #### govt man? every comment left for this article people are against what is being said so why do ppl think that pot is so damn bad. alcohol is still legal when it kills more ppl every damn day than pot has is history of mankind. the govt needs to stop being so damn corrupt and stop lying about #### man. ppl are gonna do what they want to do whether you like the #### or not. i’ve smoked for like 6 years now and i’m still alive and kickin. #### i’m healthy as ever. but i dont smoke cigarettes either so #### what the govt says about marijuana. and #### anybody who says its bad. ima smoke weed feel high like its legit. everyone smokes pot. i smoke to calm my nerves so if anybody tries sayin that weed makes you wanna do crazy #### then you’re all #### up cause the craziest thing i would do after i smoke is lay on the couch and eat food and watch tv and drink some kool-aid. #### the govt

March 9, 2009 at 4:04 pm
(111) Deana says:

You know what. I agree with your article. My dad was killed in November by a woman who was tokin it up and driving. I smoke weed myself. But if your gonna do it. Chill out before you do something. And DONT DRIVE IF YOUR EVEN A LIL HIGH!!!

March 12, 2009 at 8:47 am
(112) sue harper says:

This article is crap!!! I am a 54 year old woman who has smoked marijuana most of my life and have never been in any accidents. I raised 8 children and they are good as well…..

March 12, 2009 at 10:14 pm
(113) Wow..... says:

Ummm how many of you people that smoke weed amount to anything do yall have jobs or are yall just trailer park trash??Seriously yall are all retarded if you don’t think it has an effect on you. My brother died 3 days ago because he got high with all of his friends and then they went swimming he drowned because he didn’t know how to swim and his friends didn’t know what was going on so they couldn’t call 911 or help him. So if your seriously going to sit there and tell me it can’t kill you then you’re a liar and don’t know what you talking about. Weed kills. Weed killed my 16 year old brother and he will never come back all because he wanted to get high.

March 15, 2009 at 11:56 am
(114) mike says:

I came across this page today because I wanted to look up a story i found on the news.. the story was on for a brief 3 min. but it stated that a kid died from smoking marijuana.

I find that a horrible lie.. marijuana does not kill people.. if you are too blazed to get behind the wheel then dont.. no one makes fun of you for it.. no ones going to pressure you to do it. its a simple fact.. some people drive perfectly .. some dont.. and if you cant.. then dont….

I think its really funny when i hear gov. officials talking about pot. They try and demoralize it saying its a gateway drug,.. or that it harms more than anything else.. and all the rest of you idiots that believe this retarded article.. meanwhile all of you still have your legal tobacco and alcohol.. do you know how many kids die from car accidents because of alcohol? or how many young kids suffer because you allowed cigarettes to make there way into this world?.. the destruction of those two DRUGS.. and yes

they are drugs.. they fit the classification..

has a greater impact on the death in this country than pot ever will…

the only reason people die from marijuana is maybe they cant drive while stoned and they do .. and crash.. but that is their own fault.. and to all of u morons who have never smoked a day in your life.. the car does not fog up where you cant see.. you cant even see smoke in a car in the daylight.. go. check it out. odds are u wont find any kids smoking because you wont be able to see it. I am very sick of you people.. being controlled and manipulated by people who swear they can end all the problems of this world.. when they in fact.. are the ones who created them….. this worlds problems cannot be solved by the people who created them.. you’d do best to remember that.

Marijuana.. is grown naturally on this beautiful earth.. it is possibly the only natural drug out there.. but then .. theres a problem all in itself.. it shouldnt be called a drug.. labeling things is not the right thing to do.. it is a beautiful plant that lives among us in all of nature..

The last thing i am going to say is that.. i find it comical that U.S citizens attack this plant like it is the devil.. when they usually go home and drink or some cigarettes.. you allow alcohol.. which destroys brain cells in the blink of an eye enter your body.. you feel better about it because everyone does it .. because it is taxed.. because it is legal.. same thing with cigarettes.. which is pretty much like committing suicide.. if any of you people smoke cigarettes.. dont even try and leave a comment on this .. you are FUCKING IDIOTS..

besides this “drug war” ####.. all of you should worry about the planet.. if this world stays as it is .. we will inevitably destroy ourselves.. and those responsible will be the people who started this charade.. and the people who were too oblivious to see that..

we are nature.. nature is us.. and if we can not find a balance.. it will destroy all life…

marijuana is part of nature. nature is beautiful.. Marijuana is beautiful.

March 15, 2009 at 12:08 pm
(115) mike says:

oh.. and to clear something up.. i believe the evidence most of you put up here as to why people die from marijuana and why it kills is car crashes… i feel very sorry for the people who have lost their lives in any car crash.. but the fact is.. marijuana did not kill them.. its peoples actions and what they choose to do at that moment in time.. that does.. I have seen people talk on the cell.. eat FOOD.. READ .. spill coffee.. and they manage to crash all the time.. is it their fault?????? ..

or the what they were doing…

im sure most of you would answer it was their fault… which is funny..

so now you have people hitting and killing people while on marijuana… is it their fault??… YES… their fault alone… not the plants.. they choose to act and get in a car.. and drive.. IT WAS THEIR FAULT… stop labeling this plant.. just STOP

March 15, 2009 at 4:36 pm
(116) popandfresh says:

Honestly this is ####! Marijuana does not kill but does have the ability to impaire which is obvious. It effects everyone differently just like everything else in life, so yes you can develop an illness that is predisposed by genetics, however that is likely with anything, a tramatic experience, not being nutured or socialized. What about the beneifits to marijuana??? Lets talk about how it helped Bob Marley survive for two years after he was diagnosed and given 6 mnths to live. How about how it helps when feeling nauseas or it’s good when an appetite has been lost for a long time. What about all the good it’s doing for patient suffers of MS?? I am a psychology student with a 4.0 GPA, I smoke marijuana and I am doing well in life, I have studied both the beneifits and implications of it and according to my research alcohol consumption does more harm then marijuana. According to psychology it’s a good way of studying when smoking small amounts… I can say it’s helping me in graduate school!

March 23, 2009 at 12:35 pm
(117) Annie Alexander says:

can u tell me how did they die or give some kind of examples stating that marijuana was the cause of death until then i will not beleice nothing u say because its ur word not facts

March 23, 2009 at 12:37 pm
(118) Annie Alexander says:

i meant to say beleive

March 27, 2009 at 9:47 pm
(119) Steven Hartman says:

I am so sick of you rich pencil pushing good for nothing jackass’s are saying. You are ALL wrong that “pot” is a gateway drug. You are ALL wrong when you say it causes violence in people when smoking it. And for ALL you christian’s out there. In the bible it states that god created everything in this world. And fruit and flower bearing plant could “should” be used. EVERY PLANT. As for that endless list of plants that can kill you if you ingest them. We still use those plants in other ways. Stop trying to convince people you are right. You are completely wrong.

If you look at every corpse that ever lay dead from this day on. You will NEVER EVER find that “pot” caused the death.

Let me ask you a question…..Take a chain smoker….ciggerettes. Some people can smoke up to but not limited to three packs a day. Because it “calms” them.
You only need to smoke a couple puffs of maryjuana and you are “high” for an hour or more depending on the potency of that kind of “pot.” Pot is not addictive. I can get high every single day. And then stop and not smoke for months.

Maryjuana is not harmfull at all. That is until it comes to the drug deal’s that go wrong. Or the families that are at home waiting for there loved ones to get out of jail because of having it on them. It’s not the drug that is dangerous it is the lack of you same pencil pushing pricks to realize it. Stop acting like you actualy know something. YOU HAVE NOTHING! I want actual unpaid scientific proof that drugs have killed a man/or a woman. And not because a stupid would be serial killer got pissed off for a totaly different reason other than being on the drug and killed someone that could have provoked it. Dont give me articles written by government officials that are against it. THEY ARE ALL AGAINST IT BECAUSE IT IS THERE JOB TO BE. Im sick and tired of all of you trying to act like you know something. Get a clue.

Everyone that is for “pot.” We might not see it in our lifetime but maryjauna WILL one day be legal.

Legalizing this wonderfull plant could bring alot of good to our needy nation. It would create more jobs thus create more spending. It would be taxed thus potentialy getting us out of this economic slump…..crisis. Drug dealing would slow down alot, even though there are alot more drugs out there. “pot” is THE leading drug being bought off the streets. Make it legal and we wont have that problem.

Before I give myself a headache I just gotta say. There is a petition going around that all of you should sign. Google it. Type MAKE MARIJAUNA LEGAL and you will find it. Thanks for reading.

p.s, you pecil pushing pricks. I think every single one you have smoked it. And I hope your kids do. And Your grandchildren. And so on. I would even go as far I hope one of your kids wind up a dealer. That would shut your ass up. GROW UP

March 31, 2009 at 4:57 pm
(120) Denise says:

Hahah I think this is all ####. It has never killed anyone ever. You cannot EVER overdose on marijuana. Hahaha That is the stupidest thing I’ve heard all day.

April 2, 2009 at 2:27 pm
(121) Wow says:

Jeez, all you guys are retarded. Stop embarrassing yourselves.

April 8, 2009 at 10:28 am
(122) Tdudez says:

This articles dumb not a single marijuana death has ever occured anywhere in the world and sure if you smoke it and do something tha

April 8, 2009 at 8:30 pm
(123) kevin says:

http://www.a1b2c3.com/drugs/gen008.htm

Deaths in the United States in a typical year are as follows:

* Tobacco kills about 400,000
* Alcohol kills about 80,000
* Workplace accidents kill 60,000
* Automobiles kill 40,000
* Cocaine kills about 2,500
* Heroin kills about 2,000
* Aspirin kills about 2,000
* Marijuana kills 0

If you wanna make a drug illegal make alcohol and tobacco. Although it is a fact that marijuana does have more carcinogens in it then tobacco does, it is also important to mention that a pothead (could be mentally but not physically addicted) smoked a lets say 3 to 5 joints a day. While a person who is addicted to cigarettes smokes a pack or more a day and is extremely physically addicted.
Marijuana damages your lungs if you smoke it (you can also eat it) but alcohol destroys the hell out of your liver. Not to mention the predicted overdose level on cannabis, is about 14,000 times the amount needed to become high, while the overdose on alcohol is around 4 to 5 times the legally drunk limit. And you really can’t use a lack of spelling or grammar as an argument saying potheads are stupid. Your on the internet and I would like to point out to everyone that almost every person, smoker or not, has a grammatical or spelling error somewhere in their post.

April 9, 2009 at 12:23 am
(124) Hassan ibn Sabbah says:

This is ridiculous. The only thing used to support his argument is his “long experience” which conclusion is contrary to almost all serious studies ever conducted.

Then he goes: “Many go on to harder drugs and I am dealing with more and more heroin overdoses”. The only connection between marijuana and heroin is caused by prohibition that forces pot users to buy it from drug dealers.

At least in the USA, prohibition is very profitable to a lot of people: the DEA don’t want it’s budget cut; the private prisons want more people in jail; the cops want the adrenalin of busting into houses with automatic weapons; the alcohol and tobacco industries don’t want concurrence. This interests result in a great political pressure against legalization, regardless the fact that prohibition does not work. This pressure is so huge that it is even reaching Canada, which I believed to be a decent place (see Marc Emery case).

And no. I don’t smoke pot. I just hate misinformation and stupidity.

April 9, 2009 at 10:19 am
(125) rick says:

We often hear how Pot is a gateway drug. What a load of crap!!! The first time I tried Pot I was Drunk! Alcohol is the biggest gateway drug in society and its legal!!!
My parents were alcoholics and would beat the crap out of each other on a regular basis when they were drunk. I wish they smoked pot instead, domestic violence would have never been a part of my life.

April 16, 2009 at 2:37 am
(126) matt lw says:

i think this is all lies.marijuana has SO MANY uses! i mean it does make you slow while your high, but its only temporary. when it becomes legal, its going to help the economy sooooooooo much.tabacco has like 900 chemicals in it and marijuana has about 300. alcohol is legal and it kills millions all the time. prescription meds,meth coccain,ect- millions of deaths.marijuana-ZERO deaths.i mean people probly get shot or some stupid #### like that over pot, but thats only because they have no clue what your doing or who your messing with.if it becomes legal, getting shot or ripped or something of that nature will be elliminated cus youll have to go to a shop to purchase it. the clerk isnt going to shot you.you should know not to mess around with sketchy people like that to begin with.you could get shot just by looking at someone wrong,IT HAPPENS.people are just screwed up.you dont buy it just from anyone. and its not addicting, you can get a phycological dependency on it, buut you can also get that with eating food! if pot is bad because of that im just going to starve myself!pot is not bad, if youve never had long experiences with it, dont say ####. and if you have had bad experiences with it, its your own fault,unless your allergic or something, dont put yourself in that kind of position to begin with.pot is not a gateway drug neither,i tried hydrocodons when i was drunk once and i never did it again, and i havent drank alcohol in a few years,dont smoke cigs neither.tabacco and alcohol are the substances they need to be controlling

April 16, 2009 at 2:41 am
(127) matt lw says:

you guys who beg to differ, suck it. do a little more research.because you dont know what the hell your talking about

April 16, 2009 at 11:48 am
(128) jeff guzman says:

this information is bull s***t get your info straight before you start saying marijuana kills. it does not kill as you can see by the chart below.
Annual Causes of Death in the United States
Tobacco 435,000
Poor Diet and Physical Inactivity 365,000
Alcohol 85,000
Microbial Agents 75,000
Toxic Agents 55,000
Motor Vehicle Crashes 26,347
Adverse Reactions to Prescription Drugs 32,000
Suicide 30,622
Incidents Involving Firearms 29,000
Homicide 20,308
Sexual Behaviors 20,000
All Illicit Drug Use, Direct and Indirect 17,000
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Such As Aspirin 7,600
Marijuana 0

and its a wonder why its not legal.

April 17, 2009 at 7:03 am
(129) Yo momma says:

ok Steven Hartman shut the #### up please you just made yourself sound so #### dumb! trying to bring up the bible seriously #### go read one cuz no where in the #### bible does it say n e thing about using up all the earths resources! if we were supposed to use up all the plants and #### wed be dead because most of them are poisonous #### and as for all you other retards who keep posting that survey about the death tolls

get a #### clue please those are over doses they are talkn about, n although this article above was wrong the facts are still real people who are high do die from car accidents!

and who gives a #### if you drive high! wow do you want a #### cracker or sumtn you just getting lucky i hope next time your driving high you run a red light n get T-boned by a #### diesel. I swear no1 cares if you never get in a wreck while high cuz people around the world do notice how theres almost 16 billion people in the world and only 10 of you can drive high! 0 god people are so ignorant. you can tell that your a pot head if you try saying theres nothing bad about weed.

plus! the whole gateway drug thing, is real idk how many comments i read by #### who said its people who choose to do different drugs… UH duh ####! thats what the #### every article says they act like their saying sumtn smart. no no no see when they say weed is a gateway drug its b cuz its the drug most people start out with and depending on the person and how high they wanna get, choose to do other drugs. stop being so damn high n read more closely.

listen bottom line is there is no drug out there that is good for you period.

April 18, 2009 at 8:05 pm
(130) Bobbi says:

Well if you say these people have died form it then you should by all means tell us who have died. I have never even heard of people getting sick form smoking marijuana. How can you put this info on the web and not be able to give real facts. NO ONE has ever died from smoking marijana. Look it up

April 18, 2009 at 9:27 pm
(131) stacey says:

This is bull donk! More and more people are killed by alcohol and man made drug overdoses. I have never heard of someone overdosing on marijuana. The effects have been enjoyed for more than 35 years. No, I am not dead, no accident or suicide here. I think that all of those opposed to marijuana needs to have a joint and lighten up a bit.

April 19, 2009 at 4:28 am
(132) dwayne says:

I’ve been smoking for many years. I must say that this grass we speak of is all natural- 100%. I completed college programs at the top of my class while smoking. You who think it is wrong ought to spend your words on those who do man made drugs- which cause people to kill, steal, and do unheard of feats. As a man who loves god- i can say with full assurance that the only thing bad about the grass is, it has been made unlawful, because of the money interest of the powerful.

April 19, 2009 at 10:44 pm
(133) alex says:

It doesnt kill and its not deadly ive dont my research and its perfectly fine they just dont want it to be legal because then we wouldnt need most the medicines it would work as a painkiller for any pain

May 4, 2009 at 7:28 am
(134) Terri Williams says:

This article is pure nonsense! My brother in law has been smoking weed since he was 14. He’s 25 now and doin just fine. I’ve smoked since I was 13. If there had been marijuana related overdoses, don’t you think we would have heard something by now? I would hope so! So don’t give me this crap!!!

June 6, 2009 at 1:06 am
(135) Andy says:

Ok…everyone says marijuana is a gateway drug but let’s all look back to when we were kids and started experimenting. What was the first thing we experimented with? We snuck into our parents liquor cabinet, stole some and filled it back up with water to make it look like nothing is missing. Or got into the fridge and stole some of dads beer… So what is the true gateway drug? Or should I say gateway poison? Alcohol! This is the gateway drug and poison because that is exactly what it is…

Now I don’t smoke pot anymore but I did smoke all day everyday for over 2 years. I started after highschool and while I was smoking I became so motivated to do things. I started body building where I was working out 5 to 6 days a week for 2 hours a day and I did that for about 2 years. I also got a job being a sales rep for a cell phone company making good money. While I worked for that I company I was promoted to manager of that location after 4 months. This is irresponsible but I would actually go out on break or lunch and smoke a pipe or take a couple hits off a joint or blunt and come back to work and talk with customers and employees and would have no idea that I was blazed. I stopped smoking weed because I got in trouble with the law for having a 10 sack and a broken pipe. When I stopped I went from 190lbs and 10% body fat to 230lbs and 27% body fat. I realized that due to my addictive personality, I replaced smoking pot with food. I have adult ADD and i realize that I may have just used pot as a sort of self-medication, but it is what motivated me to get and do something which is why I am where I am now.

Another thing too…in highschool I was a teenage alcoholic. By the time I was 18 I gave myself 3 underage consumptions and 2 underage DUIs, I went to jail 3 different times due to this. When I was drunk I would want to take on the world and fight anyone who accidentally bumped into me. Then I quit Drinking and started smoking, it opened up my eyes. When your drink you think you are invincible and can take on the world, when you are high on pot you think twice about things and realize that your action maybe the wrong action, 95% of the time you choose to do the right thing.

So why isn’t marijuana legal? Because of the way society portrays it. There are millions of people in the US that are completely against it but go out and drink at a bar or restaurant with their family or friends, and they are the same people who get behind the wheel with their friends and family and wind up killing their family and friends.

So why is it illegal? Why is it that our government and our society support something that kills the people so close to them? Why?

I want someone against it to give me the last time that they heard or can find that someone died from a marijuana and marijuana only (no mix of other substance/alcohol) accident. And I want the name, place, date, and source that you got it from. Chances are you won’t find anything at all.

So why isn’t legal? There is no reason for it not to be.

All I can say is that we need to somehow join up together and make it so that marijuana is legal..there has to be a way!

So why isn’t legal?
Look at Americas horrible economy right now..let’s talk about a revenue generator for the us! It would lower the price of everything! It would also being BIllIONS to the us government every year.

I don’t know, I am just an ex-smoker who wants to smoke again and wish that it was legal because I don’t understand why it isn’t, I wish there was something we could all do to make it legal.

But in the meantime smoke on,
If you don’t smoke and have never tried It or have only tried it a few times and didn’t like it at all..shut up and don’t judge because it took me probably 15 times smoking to actually like it. I used to be against it too before I found out the positive effects it has.

Smoke on!

Ron Paul for president 2010!!!

June 7, 2009 at 5:36 pm
(136) Andy says:

Ron Paul for president 2012*****

June 15, 2009 at 3:17 am
(137) honest men says:

First smoked when i was 13, started a regular basis when 16.. Graduated high school when i was 17,, 4.0gpa in college still smoking. Every position I held was commendable, I’m 31 best shape in my life and no heart diseases lung cancers or any others deseases in my blood. I care for people and many foods people consume are causing deaths and obesity, pharmaceutical drugs cause side effects and deaths, why not speak the truth to save lifes and not make money out of saying lies is inhumane. Money is the root of all evil. Please education is always a good source of information speak with good doctors, lawyers, proffesors, let them speak the truth about this plant. It should be used to cure people, save the enviroment we so desperatly need and give people back the integrity they deserve that has been taken away because if these current laws.

June 16, 2009 at 12:20 pm
(138) Mr. Right says:

If you smoke marijuana, you are an idiot loser, if you don’t agree, you are in denial LOSERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

July 19, 2009 at 5:51 pm
(139) payden says:

can you say r-tard? there saying that people overdosed on heroin duh. Title says marijuana kills, there was nothing about marijuana killing people in the article, just heroin. heroin and weed are two completely different things 1. heroin is a DRUG! 2. pot is a plant. seriously people we aren’t living in the 20′s anymore its time to grow up and take a puff.

July 19, 2009 at 5:58 pm
(140) payden says:

also it says alcoholism blog wtf does alcohol have to do with weed?

July 20, 2009 at 12:27 pm
(141) Dee says:

“Alcohal” the pothead misspells alcohol :)

July 24, 2009 at 2:45 am
(142) Neezy McSneezy says:

whoever wrote this article is uneducated, ill informed, and just down right stupid. Marijuana has never killed anyone and never will. And for him to have the nerve to compare the magical cannabis plant to something as horrendous as heroin is just ignorant. People die from heroin every single day. and to those people who die because of that horrible drug, I show no compassion or remorse. Because they chose to stick that needle in their veins. I smoke pretty much daily. and doing coke, heroin, or meth has never crossed my mind. so saying that weed leads to other drugs is like saying just because someone has their license, they’re going to be a drunk driver. It is foolish and illogical.

July 27, 2009 at 12:02 pm
(143) joshua michael hatz (pothead) says:

pot is safe fun and painless so for all you young people with problems like me weed will help u in many ways as it does for me fourwind saratoga mental health institue i went there for anger bye the way they told me tht i am self medicateing myself and to continue to use it so all of u roll up a nice phat blunt and smoke a facial to your self

July 28, 2009 at 5:15 pm
(144) DJ says:

This article is bull… I’ve been a full time marijuana smoker for about 2 years. I can tell you that I do NOT smoke weed because I am depressed, or because I have a medical need to smoke it. I simply smoke weed for the same reason most people drink alcohol. It’s fun. Period. Marijuana does NOT make you crazy, nor does it kill brain cells and make you stupid. In most cases, as long as you don’t smoke too much, marijuana can actually help you mentally. It cures many things such as cancer and glacoma. You CANNOT under ANY circumstances overdose on marijuana and there has NEVER been a marijuana related death EVER in the history of humanity. Every year, there are only an average of SEVEN car accidents due to marijuana smoking and driving. That’s a huge fraction of the deaths associated with drinking and driving which kills roughly 30,000+ per year in America alone. Anyone who tells you that marijuana ruins your life, take it from me, they’re lying. I am a college student, have a full time job, and come from a good family. It’s not bad. Period. Anyone who says differant is blowing smoke up your ass. Don’t listen to the media. Do a Google search for the pros/cons of smoking marijuana. You may be suprised what you find.

July 31, 2009 at 3:55 am
(145) Amanda says:

Well, I think this article is completely generalized nonsense. No, I am not a regular pot smoker and by “regular” I mean I have no objection to doing it but I don’t seek it out. I haven’t smoked any pot in probably 6 months or so and when I do it’s only moderate. However, I just wanted to point out that I know MANY daily pot smokers who are professional, well educated, productive members of society. My sister happens to be one of these people also. She has been a regular smoker for roughly 15 years without any harmful side effects. The fact is that there are so many people out there who smoke marijuana that you would never guess that they do…..doctors, lawyers, teachers, etc. It does not cause impaired judgment unless the judgment was already impaired to begin with, namely young teens doing stupid things.

Legalize it. It will only strengthen our society….less crime, less people in prisons, less tax dollars being wasted on the prisons and the billions spent on investigations and enforcement of the bogus drug laws. Results? happy people, better economy, more jobs, and more people finally finding relief from illnesses with medical marijuana.

August 3, 2009 at 11:26 am
(146) Nika says:

I despise people who smoke marijuana.

August 5, 2009 at 8:24 pm
(147) Simone says:

I just heard that an old friend now has dementia
at age 61 – he was a heavy doper for many years.
And yes, I think there’s a connection. I like to
toke myself, but never more than one puff in a day,
and I can (and do) go months without smoking it.

Most of the people here defending pot seem pretty
young. Just remember it can take time for the long-term effects to show up.

August 7, 2009 at 6:39 am
(148) Colin says:

the leading cause of death for teen’s is supidity

August 10, 2009 at 5:57 pm
(149) Victoria says:

Pot, as with any other substance, must be used responsibly. I equate potheads and alcoholics in the same catagory. A drinker that has one or two and stops is like the pot smoker that smokes here and there, not daily, not all day. The potheads seem to “dumb down” when stoned. After using pot addictively and for a long enough period of time; they seem to stay in that mental fog after the influence has worn off. The Bevis and Butthead types. The causal smoker that doesn’t use pot addictively seem to return to “normal” when the effect wears off. Grab any pothead and give him/her several tasks to manage at the same time…multi-tasking, get a glass of ice tea, comfortable chair, and let the games begin. They will entertain you for hours trying very hard to perform. As with most things people enjoy it can be taken to a fault. Moderation is the key here and the ability to not over use the drug. Drugs such as speed, coke, heroin I am not talking about here…they are bad in any dose at any time. Pot, like cigarettes, puts smoke in your lungs. Although pot doesn’t have carcinogens (?) in it, it can still hurt your health to the point of death. It’s called COPD. And yes, that can kill. I have seen it happen myself. I’m a hospice nurse and I’ve seen it all…does pot help some patients, yes; most, no. I am not a pro or anti pot person. It all depends on you and the way you use it, and what the condition of your health is, If you are easily addicted this psych addiction could become much worse. If you have ENT cancer…you definately shouldn’t smoke it. If you are on chemo, and not from smoking (COPD), then pot can help you with your nausa and encourage eating. There are only a few illnesses that pot can help…the medical marijuana movement is a back door into legalizing it. Should it be legal? I say yes if we allow legal alcohol. Personally, we’d probably be better off not having either…but man has been addicted to something or other since time began for us all…let’s tax it and piss off the Mexican drug cartels. Hehe. I do enjoy that thought.

August 12, 2009 at 2:22 pm
(150) Donna says:

you guys just sound funny trying to invalidate my argument, but the truth is that god says in the bible that if you smoke, then he has a place for you in hell.. Your choice

August 13, 2009 at 7:33 pm
(151) Jean says:

For all you people saying, “marijuana is a plant so it’s natural and therefore harmless” you seriously need to take at least one class in natural history. Plants often produce harmful substances to protect themselves from predators. Plants have evolutionary defenses meant to harm anyone trying to destroy it. Do you really think plants grow to become used by other creatures??? They follow the same laws of evolution as animals so stop being so naive and read a textbook. Hell, even a wikipedia page might get some intelligence flowing through that brain of yours.

August 16, 2009 at 2:05 am
(152) lols says:

Why do we waste so much time arguing with braindead potheads? Just put the dealers in jail. Problem solved.

August 26, 2009 at 10:44 am
(153) Ngoo Nam says:

This is so funny! LOL!

You should spend time fighting those that deal mercury and gets fish loaded with it, rather than hunting and chaining down marijuana farmers and users.

Or how about spend web space to deal with the killer cigarette?

Oh! You smoke cigarettes, huh? Oh no!!

You!

You discriminating smoker!

You!

You like cigarettes better, huh? You never tried marijuana , have you? You should. Drop that cigarette and roll up a joint.

It will do you good!

Really!

Oh, yeah, don’t forget to go hunt those who dump the rivers with mercury. You don’t want to get those fishes high on mercury now! Also, don’t forget about the cigarette dealers, too.

August 27, 2009 at 9:21 pm
(154) Richard James says:

This article is hog wash! The world’s pharma companies make drugs that kill people. The invent disease and develop drugs that kill people. Alcohol kills people. Corrupt politicians and leaders cause people to kill other people in wars.

Marijuana is safe harmless and if use correctly nutritional. It has more omega 3-6-9 than any other substance (animal, mineral, vegetable) than anything else on the face of the planet.

the kicker is……when processed correctly it is the worlds cure for all disease….most of all CANCER.

Stop the the misinforming propaganda!

August 30, 2009 at 12:45 pm
(155) tracey says:

who ever wrote this is a few french fries short of a happy meal. Dud read the facts. I have been smoking for 15 years and guess what I am NORMAL I can do the same as you and probally better. I have a stress managment. I have held a job for years now raiseing 5 kids, educated-college, Have nice nice things and my kids are spoiled. So where is smoking pot gonna #### your life out. I have done better than some of the Straight kids in school. So you need to get your facts straight befor you open your mouth. HAve you smoked pot? Alchol is the gateway drug. America is communist! Let the pot heads shine after all One of them could be your doctor of your neighbor!

September 1, 2009 at 6:11 am
(156) ciknay says:

if i weres a butterflys i would smoke…. :D ::D:D:D:DDDDDDD….. weed r not gud.

in all seriousness weed can be good for you in small, SMALL quantities. and from what donna (no. 25) said, try smoking nightshade and see how it goes.

September 3, 2009 at 10:03 pm
(157) ghost 123 says:

i think that all of the people that smoke drink or do any kind of drug that includes pot are ridiculous i think that everyone that dose pot is close minded to the idea that it might be bad for you but they say all the people that say it is bad for you are stupid and they cant open there minds i mean come on people are lungs were meant to breath air not smoke of any type natural or not natural might be better for you but it is still smoke and if it affects your mind then what do you think it is doing it is making your body slowly weaker and more dependent on it and i am not saying that it kills people but it dose make your body more dependent on it and no one can say it is not addicting because it is i have tried it before and i hated the feeling it gave me it made me feel out of complete control i felt like i was in a daze and if it could do that then i didn’t want anything to do with it so i think this article is very valid besides the point that people die from it that is stupid but other than that it is realistic

September 4, 2009 at 4:25 am
(158) Keijito says:

I believe marijuana should be legalized; I believe it is ones own decission to partake of marijuana I feel it is an individuals given right to smoke pot or not. You have your beliefs, they have theirs, I have my own. Be at peace my human bretheren.

September 5, 2009 at 1:59 am
(159) Bruce says:

These people who are saying that there is nothing wrong with marijuana smoking are in major denial. You can justify anything you want if you want it bad enough. These are just a bunch of addicts. Minimiaztion is big with addicts.

September 23, 2009 at 6:27 am
(160) Arno Austin says:

im 19 years old, and i’ve been smoking mj for the past 4/5 years. ganja didnt make me want to try any other drugs; but curiosity did drive me to try the hardcore drugs like cocaine, acid and crack. but here’s where the crux comes in- ganja is what got me off of those chemicals. and it got me through my grades at school too. it helped me maintain a 90% average in my languages, and it never impared my learning, or reasoning ability.
people have got to realise that this plant has been used for thousands of years, and has been granted much mystic and medical prowess. kids are always going to find a way to get high, and do you want your child to be getting his fix from chemicals, or from a natural plant, with not one confirmed death in the history of mankind?
the capitalist corporations of the modern world illegalised the hemp plant to try and cut the surge of liberal hippies, who were spreading teachings contrary to what the government wanted.. basicaly, weed made a lot of rich, powerfull people, lose quite a bit of money.
now we got to deal with single minded beurocrats, who lie to the common people who turn to them for the truth on this supposed “drug”. just follow some of the previous posts and see that how all the information is contradictory to medical and historical fact.
i am not delusional, in fact, i think i am more in touch with reality than most. and i fully support the action to get weed de-criminalised, and made available in controlled circumstances, the same as alcohol, or cigartets. distibution to minors should still not be allowed, but mature, responsible adults should not be disrcimanted against, and portraid as criminals just for lighting up a blunt every now and then.
so for me, peace be the journey
light up: for difiance; for respect; for humanity
bless

September 24, 2009 at 5:14 pm
(161) Pam says:

I just find it absolutely ridiculous that pot is illegal when we can use substances like cigarettes and alcohol freely. The 2nd leading cause of death (next to the very legal cigarette!) is poor diet and lack of exercise. Are we going to take all unhealthy food off the market and make people get off their asses and go for a run?! I don’t think so. If you don’t want to smoke weed – then by all means DON’T – but do not force your beliefs on the rest of us – especially when it’s been proven that marijuana is far less harmful than your steak dinner!!

Annual Causes of Death in the United States
Tobacco -435,000
Poor Diet and Physical Inactivity 365,000
Alcohol- 85,000
Microbial Agents 75,000
Toxic Agents 55,000
Motor Vehicle Crashes 26,347
Adverse Reactions to Prescription Drugs 32,000
Suicide 30,622
Incidents Involving Firearms 29,000
Homicide 20,308
Sexual Behaviors 20,000
All Illicit Drug Use, Direct and Indirect 17,000
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Such As Aspirin 7,600
Marijuana 0

September 28, 2009 at 2:34 pm
(162) Britany Stidham says:

First of all, how can you overdose on marijuanna!???!!!! There are no chemicals in it, duhhh. It is grown from the ground. You can not overdose on it, it is a proven fact. It can not cause cancer or heart disease either. Yes it can alter your mind and reaction time. I have been smoking for 9 almost 10 years and have never met or heard of anyone or myself getting in to an accident or dieing from marijuana use. As far as it being a gate way drug, people make their own decisions. Tell me this, why is alcohol and perscription drugs legal and they kill people on a daily bases. And these are man made drugs. Marijuana is a natural substance and it also relieves stress. It is not for everyone i agree some people can not handle it studys have shown but it does not kill. People make stupid decisions and dont pay attention. And if they cant handle the marijuana dont use it or dont drive while on it. I have done plenty of research and people and the government are idiots. I do blieve it should have tax, restrictions on buying and selling, and growing. It is much more safer than anything else. It doesnt deterate your body like alcohol, pills,cocain, haroine, meth and other man made drugs. Marijuana is the only nature drug, it should even been called a drug its a plant that can be smoked.

October 1, 2009 at 1:04 pm
(163) adam says:

i feel just the same as i did even before i started smoking weed and this artical is full of crap weed is awesom

October 6, 2009 at 12:34 am
(164) EMU420 says:

Weed is the ####. I was caption of my hockey team last year at 18AA, and won the offensive player of the year for lax, and I have made the school all star team both my junior and senior year. AND, I was high the whole time. They also say that weed corupts style and motivation, well my best bro won the suprilative for best dressed, and was number 2 in my class, not to mention he has been to states twice for tennis. Marijuana will open your mind, and no harms come from it. I don’t mean to be rude but all of you that frown upon marijuana are clearly ignorent, and stupid. The worst symptom is munchies, and that is a #### cool symptom to have.

October 6, 2009 at 2:39 pm
(165) Devan S. says:

I completely agree with the comments below , if a skydiving instructor was teaching you how to skydive , and then said he had never actually jumped or watched anyone jump , do you think his information on it would be accurate in the slightest?

October 6, 2009 at 2:44 pm
(166) Devan S. says:

As Bill Hicks said at the end of every act…..Its not a war on drugs , its a war on personal freedom , keep that in mind at all times….

October 8, 2009 at 2:21 pm
(167) Chip Emerick says:

I am a christian. I am offended by people who automatically think that means I am a prude or that I want to change the name of the country to Jesusland as one idiot wrote earlier. I am also a smoker, drinker and partaker of herb. The prohibition set forth by the government is based on hypocrisy. They sell us cigarettes and alcohol which kill an incredible amount of people. World wide according to the WHO(world health orginization)5.4 million people die every year from tobacco related illness. Not marijuana related but tobacco related. Throw in there the number of drunk driving accidents and aggrevated assaults attributed to alcohol along with liver and stomach disease and it is staggering. Marijuana should be legal or everything should be illegal, espeacially the stuff they make tons of money off of taxes but is killing the masses in drastic numbers. Wake up to what the leaders have been doing to us before it is too late. Be wise and legalize.

October 14, 2009 at 8:58 pm
(168) ROSS HENDRIX says:

i think this is a load of #### why cant a person sing their own tune and just live ife how they wanna live it some and of freedom this is right hey i smoke weed and i blive in god ive somed weed since i was 12 im 16 now and there is not a #### thing wrong with me im proud of who i am and i just read a comment down there that said the bible says u will burn in hell if u smoke really then u must be a #### weed is a peacful drug the hippies smoked it and they were all about that peace not war #### and i dont think in the ten commandments it says thou shall not smoke??? i think u need to take another good look at that there bible

October 14, 2009 at 9:19 pm
(169) Lorielle says:

Wow! I am appalled to read an article based on such false information, bias opinion and lack of knowledge. What EXACTLY does marijuana do to make someone commit suicide? In a few years, when Marijuana is legalized and studies show that it increases emotional stability, you will feel completely astonished at your lame attempt at instilling lies in the American public.

October 14, 2009 at 11:28 pm
(170) angela says:

high 5 myles!

I am currently writing an essay for my college english class on the leagalization of marijuana. If anyone has anything they’d like me to add in my paper, please let me know!

legalize the green <3

October 16, 2009 at 4:37 pm
(171) nick says:

this article has nothing to do with weed it talks about how some overdosed on another drug. its not weeds falt that some poor kid died will doing heroin a much harder drug i didnt see any stories in the article about these “accidents” they talk about.

October 17, 2009 at 11:53 am
(172) hope says:

how I wish that these marijuana smokers could see the realities that I have seen of what marijuana does to lives. Part of the deception of marijuana as it affects a variety of the cb1 and cb2 receptors in the brain is that it distorts reality. I am very glad these guys haven’t had any accidents or perceived negatives. For that isn’t the reality that many that I know who have sought help for their marijuana addiction deal with. Spending more money than they think they ought, spending less time with family and friends who don’t smoke, spending less time accomplishing life goals.

As to the “smart mj users”…they learn to take notes and not rely on their “damaged short term memory loss.” Compensation! Too bad that energy isn’t being focused on something personally productive such as character change, dealing with ones own ability to relax, “chill” instead of relying on something “virtual” that has to be repeated.

October 19, 2009 at 5:23 pm
(173) tlowa says:

I am a daily user of marijuana but just so you know you cannot say there has been NO reported deaths. Stop watching biased marijuana movies and going to biased websites. I am currently taking a psychology drug class at UCSD and in my text book there was actually Marijuana related deaths in like 2004 (unsure of the year) and about 79,000 hospitalizations from it. Now i am unsure whether Marijuana actually CAUSED the death or if it was just a marijuana RELATED death (i.e. car crash etc). Now i’m not saying that it is bad for you and against it. But i’m just saying you can no longer claim there have been zero reported deaths when i have cited proof (obviously from college text book) that there have been incidents of marijuana death.

October 29, 2009 at 11:28 pm
(174) Alex says:

i love it how you religious people say that people who smoke pot live in the clouds…. isnt that your aspiration in life? to one day be floating up there with jesus and his pals? sounds more like jealousy to me

October 30, 2009 at 11:37 pm
(175) Bob says:

For you that say marijuana never kills, maybe you should consider this.

Palafox is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the vicious deaths of 81-year-old Joseph Parrott and his 77-year-old wife, Dorothy.

The couple were stabbed and bludgeoned to death more than a year ago as they slept in their southwest Bakersfield home.

Palafox was arrested after his partner in the burglary gone wrong, 18-year-old Kyle Hoffman, felt bad about the incident and told a youth pastor. The youth pastor told the police.

Earlier this month, Hoffman pleaded no contest to first-degree murder with the chance of parole. He had been facing two counts of murder punishable by a no parole prison term.

A condition of the plea was that Hoffman testify against Palafox.

In a jail interview after his plea, Hoffman said he and Palafox had smoked a lot of marijuana before picking the Parrott home to burglarize.

They thought no one was home, Hoffman said

November 9, 2009 at 6:28 pm
(176) jaimen holland says:

mari j does not kill. these people have no common sense. if you took all the chemicals out of cigarettes then they would be harmless just like weed!!!!! :)

November 10, 2009 at 12:27 pm
(177) ID says:

Thanks to this article for telling it like it is. Don’t let all these criminals shy you away from telling the truth.

November 10, 2009 at 7:14 pm
(178) brandon h says:

After reading comment number twenty five i felt the need to post a comment. i am a sixteen year old pothead and an advocate for the re-legalization of marijuana. a plant that as some of you have stated is good for you. those of you whose defense to a peaceful plant theory is sometime plants are bad, well sometimes they are in this case something that has a healing effect and brings peace is most likely not a dangerous plant. most peoples perspective on weed is from government propaganda spread to keep this great herb from sprouting across the great american front. and as for that erectile disfunction bull i know a vast amount of people who smoke and i also know that it is a very good aphrodisiac and it is pretty easy for me to “get it up” as you say. i may not get the best grades but that has been shown since pre-adolescence and i despite some of your claims can still manage to get 5 papers a week finished and turned in while heavily under the influence of marijuana. and i have driven many times under the influence and those quite frankly were the best i have ever driven. oh and as for a cannabis cocoon ma’am your son is just living his life the way the lord intended and the freedom that our forefathers thought very vital to human existence i have been to several christian schools and have heard earfuls of christian propaganda, i can honestly say i have read the bible, well most of it, and there is literally no place in the bible that says you will go to hell if you smoke, and the herb which was most likely sanctioned by your god is one of his many gifts to you. i am tired of hearing talk from all of these people who have no clue about marijuana and have no actual information that is worth a dime and spread their opinion of something that they have never done and have never studied. when i graduate high school in two years i plan on studying botany so that i can add to the further knowledge of the world and disprove these nonsense theories of marijuana and hopefully one day give the world at least a chance at world peace. oh and by the way there is literally a laundry list of ways to ingest marijuana other than inhaling the smoke, which is still so much more healthy than the legal and taxed cigarettes that our government promotes. legalize it! and peace and love to all my stoner brethren

November 18, 2009 at 10:21 am
(179) hola says:

i think they are stupid i have been smoking pot for more than 40 years and i have no problems yet

November 20, 2009 at 10:28 am
(180) david says:

you cant over dose in marajuana

December 5, 2009 at 3:53 pm
(181) Chris Sullivan says:

I quit after becoming addicted to weed. It was the best decision ever! Try this for free advice for all of you who want to quit. http://www.quitcannabis.net

December 8, 2009 at 2:19 pm
(182) matt hodge says:

Its funny you have the opinion of the 15-16 year olds saying how good pot is for you. How they have smoked it for a whole 2 years and they havent had an accident or a bad expeience. Then you have the geezers sayin weed is bad saying it causes cancer and worse for you than cigarettes. Then you have the logical thinking side who have the brain capacity to see both sides. Ive been smoking for 15 years and i can’t honestly say that nothing bad happens because your stoned. I have had friends who were killed because of a kid that claimed he could smoke and drive and well lets say he made it my friends did not. Bad feeling for him, great feeling for anyone that is against pot, now they have story to tell on how horrible pot is. Weed in the wrong hands can go wrong. and that is the worst thing about pot: everyone reacts differently and can handle different situations differently . But then you have the everyday smoker who can get up in the morning burn one have breakfast and shower hop in the truck burn one on the way to work, work all day without a problem, have a hoot on your way home go to sleep and do it all over again, and again. Its shitty i love smokin pot and i would really like to see it be legalized but i am not that optimistic. People have a long way to go before that will ever happen

December 11, 2009 at 9:19 am
(183) GAUGE says:

MAN ALL YALL WHX TALKN BkXUT DAT CAN SHUTUP MAN SMOKE A BkLUNT N C HOW U FEEL U GXNE LYKE IT DATS Y WE DO IT THINK SXMETIMES

December 15, 2009 at 2:43 pm
(184) lauren says:

i think this is stupid. I smoke weed and have never felt like i cant control what im doing. if you think smoking weed actually kills then your wrong. people have done stupid stuff while high but thats your own fault. weed is harmless. LEGALIZE and stop hatin :)

December 22, 2009 at 10:50 am
(185) monster says:

ok the term gateway drug was created by a vary courupt man who was running a fals campaign to destroy marijuana that led to its illegalization. marijuana could solve so many world problems but the government likes to think of it as a narcotic not the solution.

December 24, 2009 at 3:26 am
(186) Ariana says:

The majority of the people who are commenting on this article have smoked Cannabis for some time and look at how riddled the majority of their comment is with typing errors, grammar errors, and it’s just plain silly to say that a drug isn’t dangerous, because it is. Even a seemingly harmless one like Cannabis. Cannabis causes brain defects in children, asthma, eating disorders, paranoia, the growth of boobs on men, and shrinkage of testicles on men. Cannabis also paves the way for many other additions and lowers your IQ by over 30 points. In your later years (30 or so) it slows down your sex drive, and can make muscle development and you sperm count drop…. now tell me THAT doesn’t sound like a drug that does SOMETHING to your body… Sure it’s not as destructive as heroine, but people… It’s still destructive… (Mostly to males because it causes an increase in your estrogen production)

December 28, 2009 at 11:07 am
(187) Nicholas says:

You’re so full of sh!t that it stinks from here.

“The majority of the people who are commenting on this article have smoked Cannabis for some time and look at how riddled the majority of their comment is with typing errors, grammar errors, and it’s just plain silly to say that a drug isn’t dangerous, because it is. Even a seemingly harmless one like Cannabis. Cannabis causes brain defects in children, asthma, eating disorders, paranoia, the growth of boobs on men, and shrinkage of testicles on men. Cannabis also paves the way for many other additions and lowers your IQ by over 30 points. In your later years (30 or so) it slows down your sex drive, and can make muscle development and you sperm count drop…. now tell me THAT doesn’t sound like a drug that does SOMETHING to your body… Sure it’s not as destructive as heroine, but people… It’s still destructive… (Mostly to males because it causes an increase in your estrogen production)”

First of all, I am currently a candidate for a Master’s degree in Philosophy. I’ve been smoking marijuana for over 3 years. Not only do I likely have a much better education than you do, but I also likely have a much higher IQ than you do.

I am in excellent shape, and if anything, marijuana has allowed me to focus on working out, both body and soul. While smoking marijuana regularly, I’ve become a tenable musician (bass player), a freelance writer who makes a decent living online (via Suite101.com, Mahalo, and Examiner), as well as being an overall good friend and lover.

Your lies are hilarious and completely unsubstantiated. Please do some research. Donald Tashkin’s recent finding might be a good place for you to start. After that, I recommend visiting Erowid, just so you don’t sound so spectacularly uninformed.

Frankly, I’m tired of ill-informed pseudo-intellectuals like yourself attempting to shape the public discourse on this issue. Please quiet down and let the adults do the talking.

January 5, 2010 at 9:12 pm
(188) Christina says:

It has been years since I have smoked pot. I use to do it often and I never moved on to other drugs. I never became addicted and stopped immediately when I found out I was going to have a baby. I never had much of a tolerance and it was obvious that my motor skills were impaired. Of course getting high makes you lazy so accidents probably decrease. I never had an accident but doing much of anything including driving was the last thing on my mind. Having a few drinks makes me fall all over the place and just about everything seems like a good idea. Drinking is legal but for me more dangerous. I don’t smoke pot now because I am a mother and correctional officer and it is important that I set a good example and practice what I preach. It is against the law and not worth the consequences. We should work to change that law and understand its medical benifits, but in the mealwhile we should follow the law. I have ADHD and I always found it helpful to have a hit or two. It slowed me down and helped me think. I was undiagnosed but I smoked it because I knew it helped me and my grades improved. The possible side effects are less than the legal meds for ADHD and many pain relievers. It should be explored but the current legal status makes that very difficult. I don’t promote teens with ADHD to smoke pot but I do incourage its study and I would think nothing of a cancer patient decided to smoke a little.

January 7, 2010 at 9:28 am
(189) Plane Piolot says:

I have been flying planes hihg for 68 years! I have only lost control 3-4 times! Weed is not a bad drug! There should be no minimum age for smiking weed!

January 12, 2010 at 5:05 pm
(190) Ed Robbins says:

I think all of you guys are high on pot. You state that there is no evidence of any ill effects or deaths associated with the smoking of pot. You state that there is all this information stating that pot is safer than other drugs. You state a lot of BS. I do not see Ph.D. after any of your names. I think it is sad that it is stated by Medical Doctors and Scientists that just smoking pot is 3-5 times worse on the human body that tobacco, and this has nothing yet to do with the drug affects of pot. It has also been proven in the Netherlands that smoking pot causes the exact same type of liasons on the human brain as Schizophrenia. This is physical proof. Not the BS you are stating. One more thing concerning alcohol. The human body naturallly purges itself when too much alcohol is injusted. In other words, you vomit. Pot (THC) prevents nausia (vomiting). It has come to fact that ALL of the so called alcohol poisoning deaths that have been investigated to date have been associated with pot use. In straight fact, these deaths would not have occured if marijuana was not used. The body would have purged itself of the alcohol. There are a lot of deaths caused by pot smoking. If you wanted to learn about cancer, would you go to a cancer pacient or to a Doctor? Why would I or anyone else who is intelligent go to a pot smoker for information on marijuana?

January 12, 2010 at 5:25 pm
(191) Ed Robbins says:

By the way, Tobacco is a PLANT. Cocaine, herione, also from plants!!

It has been stated that no body has died from smoking marijuana. WRONG! It is just not stated that they “died from smoking marijuana”. How often do you see it stated that someone died from smoking cigerettes. Never?!!!! It is stated that these individuals died from lung cancer, or other lung problems, or heart problems. Yet it is marijuana has worse effects on the heart, lungs, and other organs than tobacco. This is a proven fact. It can be tested and seen. You idiots are not going to see it stated that someone died from “smoking marijuana” but many hundreds of thousands of people die each year from the effects of marijuana use on the human body. Question: Why is the medical use of marijuana only prescribed to people who have life threatening deseases? These people are dying anyway. The marijuana use is only to make them more comfortable before they die. Another thing, DUI does not just mean driving under the influence of alcohol. It is also driving under the influence of marijuanna and other drugs. I know a guy personally who has three DUI yet he does not drink alcohol. All three DUIs have been driving under the influence of marijuana. People hear DUI and immediately think alcohol. Over half of all DUIs are driving under the influence of marijuana. Think about DUI deaths.

January 12, 2010 at 5:44 pm
(192) Ed Robbins says:

I would like to invite any pot smoker who thinks they know so much about marijuana smoking to contact me a try to convince me that marijuana is safer than alcohol, tobacco, and/or any other drugs.

ed_robbins@msn.com

January 12, 2010 at 6:00 pm
(193) Ed Robbins says:

I really have to laugh when I read most of these comments. “Marijuana cures cancer” I almost fell of my chair when I read that one! You dummies. Marijuana does not cure cancer. It never has and it never will. MORONS!!!! There has never been a reported cure of cancer from smoking marijuana!

Pam who stated all of these things that cause death in the united states. Where did you get that hogwash list. By the way Pam. Cigerettes and Alcohol and Marijuana and other drugs do not cause death, it is the health problems and damage to organs such as the lungs, heart, liver, kidney, etc… that cause the death. And Pam, all of the above mentioned cause health problems and damage to the human body. FYI the affects of marijuana on the human body is 3-5 times worse than tobacco – PROVEN FACT. Plus you hold the smoke in your lungs longer when you smoke pot to get the full affect making it even worse.

GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 12, 2010 at 6:13 pm
(194) E. Krupka says:

My son, my ex-wife, and a close friend were killed in a car accident. The driver of the vehicle they were in was stated as DUI (driving under the influence). I later discovered that the driver had NO ALCOHOL in his system, just THC from smoking pot. There was a pipe and other para in the SUV. I also discovered that my son had chronic lung problems from these idiots smoking pot in the car with him in it with them. Four people died, including my son, from marijuana use. NO ALCOHOL WAS INVOLVED, yet it was listed as a DUI.

January 12, 2010 at 6:41 pm
(195) Ed Robbins says:

I find it really funny that it has been stated that tests have been completed by a Dr. Donald Tashkin concerning the affects of smoking marijuana on the human lungs. No such tests have taken place. There have been NO tests on the affects of marijuana on the human body completed in the United States or North America. The only tests on the affects of marijuana on the human body have been completed in Europe. It is illegal to do tests on the affects of marijuana on the human body in the United States.

January 12, 2010 at 7:10 pm
(196) Ed Robbins says:

I just watched the Dr. Tushkin video. This study did not investigate the affects of marijuana on the human body. It completed and investigated research studies of smokers and cancer patents. This is not a study of the affects of marijuana on the human body. It based the majority of its research on surveys of smokers and cancer patients. The main thing to remember when conducting such types of studies is that people interviewed lie and that you have no evidence of how the cancer patients arrived at the condition they are currently at when the information is gathered. Therefore this study has more holes and errors than can exist in a proper study.

January 15, 2010 at 4:25 pm
(197) Alex says:

The guy that wrote this article is a #### idiot

January 31, 2010 at 10:14 am
(198) Adrian Sainz says:

I bet you that there are 5 times as many of these ‘accidents’ while people were sober… okay so just because someone was high at the time of an ‘accident’ suddenly means it was because they were high??? uh no. accidents happen with people who are sober ALL THE TIME… and a lot more often. this is some BULL.

February 2, 2010 at 12:49 am
(199) James Paul Narine says:

First off, let me start off by saying that age and experience using marijuana or smoking it is harmless. I have smoked marijuana before and although i myself have not done anything stupid like get into a car accident, i have however seen the effect of marijuana on people. my sympathies are to those who have lost someone dear in their life i myself have lost a loved one by reasons such as my sibling using it and getting angry, breaking up things, there is no conscious control of your body. Example, for all those people who play basketball, think about what it takes to shoot the ball into the rim, you gotta aim, focus on your goal then have the mindset and co ordination to give that ball the right power necessary whilst not overshooting or undershooting that ball into the rim. Now think about that if your under the influence of marijuana, a drug that makes your sensory neurons and motor neurons immobile. now some would argue why smoke then play basketball, but look at the example given, this article is about those people who have caused accidents whilst high on this drug. Although users of marijuana don’t feel it right away and some people may feel better while making decisions, the end fact is that marijuana affects people differently. Just because it’s safe for a select group of people who won’t be bothered by its presence in their body or mind does not in any way make it an argument to make it legalized because it can cause 1) very slow reaction time 2) questioning your own judgement and reasoning, why should i do this instead, i should do this differently this time 3) age plays no role in this discussion, immature, mature whatever, drugs like marijuana affect individuals differently and who ever does smoke it as a habitual thing, your time is coming, whether you like to read it from me or not, whether you approve or disapprove,

February 7, 2010 at 6:06 am
(200) Dawson says:

I agree that marijuana isn’t very harmful. But not every natural product is safe. Just because uranium is natural to our planet doesn’t mean it’s safe.

Marijuana is a mild hallucinogen and should be used with caution. But when compared to alcohol, marijuana wins in safety.

February 8, 2010 at 3:44 am
(201) Matt says:

Oh my god this article is disgusting, demeaning, and disheartening. What lies and stupidity.

Now there are proven cognitive developmental issues for kids/teenagers still growing. Now that is scientific proof. Which means that basically a person under the age of 18/19 who’s not done growing yet shouldn’t smoke pot or use thc because it could have negative effects on your brain growth.

But!

For people older than 18/19 who are fully grown adults by this time it’s actually just replicating a chemical reaction that already happens in your body naturally. Where it
-basically- can regulate electrons firing along pathways in your brain.

(Which is great news for seizure patents because when electrons fire across the brain too rapidly ‘without regulation’, you have a seizure. (There’s still MUCH research to be done in this field for medicinal benefits and creation of new medications.))

Again everything can cause some problems if used TOO MUCH! So you should still use it in moderation. (i.e. don’t smoke 4 joints in an hour. lol.)

But AGAIN statistics show that 0 I said 0 did you hear 0 people have died from a marijuana related death. But still, moderation people…you can smoke it like crazy but there’s a point where you just won’t get higher…then you’ll just be wasting all your weed…moderate lol.

Also the only reason it was made illegal in many places is because of scare tactics used by basically the lumber industry because marijuana is a real threat to the paper industry. Why? Because marijuana plants can be used to make paper, and they’re a lot easier to grow than trees people…do you know how long it takes to make a big tree?

And right now I believe marijuana is the most profitable drug on the market.

I think it would be in the governments best interests to legalize it and pass a law so only government establishments could sell it. They could pass a law that only they are allowed to sell an amazing product and they could probably tax the crap out of it like they do cigarettes and alcohol in canada. And they could also regulate the amount of thc that goes into their pot so that it’s a suitable amount for the body. i.e. healthier. It’s an entire industry that we refuse to use.

This alone I think would solve a lot of the worlds economical problems as well. It would also create an entire industry of jobs. You could hire all the people who have criminal records of growing marijuana and smoking and have them grow some of the finest crops you’ve ever seen. Turn a criminal maybe associated with other illegal products into an honest farmer. Nothing wrong with that.

You would destroy all the crime associated with the illegal trafficing because it wouldn’t be illegal anymore meaning, it wouldn’t be associated with illegal weopens, heroine, crystal meth etc. It’s definitely not like any one of those!

We refuse to stop killing trees and use pot plants instead that grow at 20 to 30x the speed of trees solving our killing of forests problem.

We refuse to use it in medical research where it should be allowed to be studied because it may have some great medical benefits and breakthroughs in the future. I like medical breakthroughs. :D

We refuse to use it in our everyday life the same way we use an aspirin or a glass of wine or two to give you that “….ahh….thats better” feeling after you’ve just had a long day at work running all over or just moving everything around and you’re all sore. Oh! Did I mention that it has remarkable benefits as arthritis medication and an anti-inflamatory! lol

My father has reumatoid arthritis and he’s even said to me how much it helps with his overall joint movement. It’s also being used to treat many patients who have risidual pain due to injurys. I know that I like to stop suffering. Do you? lol

If Jesus, Muhammad, Bhudda, Moses were around today especially with all the #### they went through…I’m quite sure…very sure…that they’d be pot smokers…..come on…a dude that’s chill…loving…caring…you know he’s on the pot…

What would Jesus do people? lol

It’s a #### plant people, designed by nature/god.

It’s not man made like all the other drugs out their folks.

God put things here for a reason people. Let’s not throw away another valuable resource on this planet.

February 15, 2010 at 3:28 pm
(202) Josie says:

Hello!!!! How many deaths can actually and factually be blamed on marijuana being used as a medicine ???? Yet how many deaths are blamed on cigarettes ???? And they are legal. Not only are they legal, but our United States government is getting rich from the taxes that are charged for every pack of cigaretts sold. There is definitely something WRONG with this picture !!!!!!!!

February 27, 2010 at 7:52 pm
(203) Cheryl Stavrou says:

I’m kind of laughing about everyone talking about how cigarettes are one of the leading causes of death. It is far more dangerous to smoke pot than to smoke cigarettes. And I’m sure anyone reading this will find websites that deny this, just as I’m equally sure that these websites are run by such organizations as “legalize marijuana”. One more thing, if you really want people to believe that pot doesn’t affect your brain, then at least use spell check…OMG…

March 8, 2010 at 3:38 am
(204) James zome says:

i dont wanna smoke weed errrr.

March 8, 2010 at 10:08 am
(205) Nanci says:

How sad the problem with pot isn’t even mentioned in the article. After partaking, the smoker immediatly becomes unmotivated, unsocial,unfocused, apathetic, paranoid and constantly hungry. It is also very helpful in stopping nausea. And it causes premature wrinkling and eye bags.
Soo if you don’t care what pot does to your mind or you face, what’s the big deal? Be stupid and ugly who cares?
The big problem is that people smoke pot, then they want to talk. The stoner may THINK they are delightful to have a conversation with. I can assure you, they are not. They are stupid and boring!
You’re killing me! Put down the pipe. Pick up a book. There you go! It’s called ‘getting an education’
Novel concept, but it works!

March 17, 2010 at 1:39 pm
(206) Lauren says:

ok pot has made my life so much better. i have huge depression problems and pot has done more for me then any anti depressant pill i have ever taken. i wanna see your proof that it has killed someone. i hate all these idiots that bash you about it. pot has so many things going for it. for one hemp is the most hardy and durable material in the world. smoking or eating pot is one of the best medications it helps everything from Neurological and Movement Disorders to Glaucoma. so before you bash on pot do your research idiots!

March 17, 2010 at 1:43 pm
(207) Lauren says:

wait Nanci i know some really big pot heads and one of them is now going to college in London with a 4.0 gpa. people that are smoking weed and are stupid isnt from the drug. they were just dumb it the first place.

March 29, 2010 at 3:10 pm
(208) Tom says:

ya… my friend stab someone in the leg because he was high so this article is not as full of crap as you may think.

March 31, 2010 at 2:34 pm
(209) patrick says:

He probably just isnt mature enough or just trying to be funny. because most people dont try to cut peoples legs off when theyre high.

April 1, 2010 at 3:47 pm
(210) JustMe says:

I’m not against people who smoke weed, I think it should be legalized however it does impair reflex time and should be treated with same care as alcohol or any other social drug. My friend’s ex is a perfect example of a moron who can’t control herself. Smokes weed, drives, drinks, does a few lines of coke to “sober up” and then plows into someone and damn near kills herself and her kid. I don’t think “the drug” kills, I think the stupid users do. And pot often makes people stupid. Some, and I said “some” pot smokers end up using coke to counteract the sleepiness and give the illusion they’re not high. Add alcohol and a few Vicodins like my friend’s ex and you have an insane invincible person who will one day kill someone or herself. Pot heads are often very hostile and defensive of their “drug”. If you’re all responsible with it, I say smoke on, stay home, eat Cheetos and be safe.

April 5, 2010 at 3:15 pm
(211) d white says:

all drug users start off with brest milk, that’s the real gateway drug. lol

April 5, 2010 at 7:59 pm
(212) Evan says:

Troll Article. :]

April 6, 2010 at 1:56 pm
(213) chelsee linn says:

i have been smoking pot for half of my life now and have had no negative reactions or ‘accidents’ because of. there is more important stuff going on in the world today than ‘bashing’ on grass!!

April 9, 2010 at 2:04 am
(214) Joe says:

My problem this article is, no one is saying “let’s all smoke a dub and drive around and juggle knives!” We all know being under the influence of any drug, whether it be cough medicine or weed, is not safe. Too much of anything is bad for you.

It’s called self control. Most pot smokers have never expanded to this, and if they have, it reflects on who THEY are. Going to work high? Going to school high? Driving high? That’s your fault. You made a conscious decision to get high during these events, and you’ll suffer the consequences.

Committing murders or causing deaths while “under the influence” also reflects on who you are, not what the drug can do to you. I’ve found weed makes people FAR less violent and vicious, causing fights less prone to occur.

Is it ANY different from alcohol (besides it’s obvious health benefits, and less harmful side effects)? If it WERE legal, no one is saying “lets go weed crazy and smoke a pound per day! Then go to work, and school, and public places, blazed out of our minds!” With legalization would come moderation, and that is an obvious fact. It wouldn’t be some sort of smoking frendzy.

April 11, 2010 at 12:54 pm
(215) james says:

There has never once been a death from a cannabis overdose, and because of this your trying to say that cannabis causes accidents. When your stoned you still have a fairly strong sense of self-control and reasoning, this means your unlikely to be involved in an accident that causes your death, and the few people that are involved in accidents are probably stupid anyway. However, when drunk your sense of self-control and reasoning isn’t very good which explains why there is far more accidents involving drunk people, not to mention the ease to overdose on alcohol and the large amount of violence and fighting caused as a result of alcohol consumption. You haven’t even given any figures to back up your statements and your argument is very weak.

April 17, 2010 at 11:14 pm
(216) Kenn says:

I saw a young girl die from marijuana. It caused a seizure which led to a fatal stroke. This is a seriously real drug that shuts down your immune system and shocks the nervous sytem.

April 19, 2010 at 3:07 pm
(217) jmac says:

I too think this article is full of crap nobody i know that uses weed has ever had an accident while high. apperently the person who wrote this article is on the out side lookin in

April 19, 2010 at 3:36 pm
(218) scott mcafee says:

I have a comment for Mr. Ed (im smarted than all these pot heads) Robbins i dont see a PH.D. in front of your name. When these people say that weed is safer than alcohol or crack or coke and meth and the other substances, they mean that nobody has flipped their cars in a ditch or beat their kids or robbed there neighbors to support their habits while they was drunk or wanting a hit of crack u arrogant prick

April 25, 2010 at 5:01 pm
(219) Dylan says:

I can’t believe you, you’re saying that the healthiest, most medically beneficial, and safest substance on the planet kills people. I am sick and tired of people claiming to know everything about pot who’ve never even smoked it before. You disgust me.

May 3, 2010 at 6:19 pm
(220) The president of the united states says:

marijuana is not dangerous at all so if you are reading this you should smoke it every day

May 5, 2010 at 5:24 am
(221) tiana says:

Weed isn’t something you should smoke all the time..but i’s like..herbal tea it relaxes you. it’s totally safe and it makes you feel good. if you do stupid things while high on pot it’s not because of the weed its because YOU WERE GUNNA DO THAT STUPID THING ANYWAYS.

May 7, 2010 at 5:48 pm
(222) Brad says:

i am a 17 year old male thats smoked marijauna for about 4 years now. i’ve never once had a accident involving me smoking mariajuana. personally i think its because you #### that dont smoke. you guys have more accidents then a marijauna user. i mean come on? i’ve been on probation before and i’ve argued my point to the judges but u stubborn old #### wont get over yourselfs. lets face it, you guys were born in the 60′s-70′s. and your telling me not to do drugs? you were created the lsd area and started to underage drinking area and oh wait?! you guys smoked hella budz tooo! omfg, see no matter what indiana is never going to legalize it and thats okay with me. because this state is so currupt, i’m 17 and i can see that with both my eyes shut. Indiana is the worst #### state in this hell hole. They banned everyone, kids rarely get to have fun around this place. its all about money, hell they’re cutting our educational funding bc they want more money for themselfs. So #### our parents, they are the ones to blame for all the bad things that has happen. now watch after college, my generation going to be the one that has to save everything from, falling a part. Cali is making mad money off legalizing it. so lets this be a lesson to the government. you suck!

May 12, 2010 at 9:52 am
(223) Drake says:

all the ### you just said is not true..i smoke alot of weed everyday and i can still finction just right and i am even a better person when i am high but all i am saying is that this is full of #### man

May 12, 2010 at 10:20 pm
(224) Jmoss1806 says:

I’ve been smoking weed for about 6 years off and on and its pretty much my relaxant to get away from everything when #### gets stressful. Honestly I don’t see why the government doesn’t legalize it and sell it themselves. If you think about it, you’ll never have to worry about getting some reggy #### because the government will be growing it. Alcohol and tobacco kill more people than anything and I say THEY should be made illegal. Why aren’t they though? Because the government is greedy and they’ll turn a blind eye to it as long as it makes them some money. Why not do the same thing with weed? There could be many regulations to make sure it doesn’t get into the hands of minors AND we could sell it to other countries for profit. But maybe its all nonsense to those that don’t think outside the box. I would buy gov. weed any day because that #### will prolly be cheap and potent.

May 19, 2010 at 10:41 am
(225) Crystal says:

Marijuana has never hurt me and I’ve been smoking for like 6 years….its not like we actually feel like doing anything afterwards except for go get something to eat…for the most part i have been smoking cigerettes for like 8 years and that is more addictive and deadly than mary jane so take this article and make sure you stick it as far as you can up ur ass

May 19, 2010 at 2:33 pm
(226) In Colorado says:

You’ve got to be kidding me? hundreds of Deaths per year? Being that I don’t know the actual deaths per year I’m not going to argue but I’ll say this. Liberals, Conservatives, Dems, Repubs, everyone on a far side views marijuana the wrong way. “It’s Harmful” “it Kills” “it makes you stupid”(all false), for them I’ll ask you Have you ever really lived with smoking weed? because if you haven’t you can’t state a valid opinion. I don’t care about your education, it means nothing to experience, SO you can’t say you know all about cannabis. On the other hand those that say it helps them and makes them better at everything(false).. I honestly don’t believe many of them smoke for the right reasons but they’re not harming anyone… only themselves. As for me and many others I can see who have responded some people are just smokers. It’s a nice little inner peace that helps you through the day. I mean I smoke, Go to Class and just so happen to have a 3.6. I’ve always been an A /B student since i was in kindergarten so I’m okay with not having a 4.0. I’m an all state athlete and everything is All good. I often smoke before my work out or games every now and again. But my point is THIS: NOT ALL PPL WHO SMOKE ARE THE SAME, none of us have the same chemical balance as the next person or tolerance for foreign things inside the body. And like all results that is why there are pro’s and con’s. Honestly people need to stop being In denial and admit there’s more pro’s and Marijuana isn’t hurting anybody. It’s BEATING A DEAD HORSE, because i know for sure I’m not gonna stop smoking (God willing) and so is every other person who’s been smoking for extended periods of time….

Now I can get back to smoking this bowl and my go back to my internship LOL

May 21, 2010 at 12:11 pm
(227) Jim says:

I’m sure most of us have tried Marijuana and some continue to use it on a regular basis. I have no problems with that as long as you dont drive while using it as your slow reactions may kill someone. One other note, Marijuana use has many side effects which in my sisters case see live for the drug and has no job, no friends, no social skills, no life, she lives each day for the next joint. She will lie, cheat, and steal to obtain it. Way to go! What a wonderful drug.

May 24, 2010 at 1:06 pm
(228) Colleen says:

My sister was hit and killed by a man who was high. She was the mother of four. She was out for a walk, and some inconsiderate kid who thinks he can smoke and drive killed her. Think about that next time you “smoke on”

May 26, 2010 at 5:27 am
(229) Denise says:

My name is Denise an my husband is 50yrs he;s spend 35 yrs smoking cannibis he is now in depression an even though cannibis does not cause depression it can cause mental problems, if you have mental disease in your family it pays to find out because it can affect you much later on in life rather than when you are young, my hubby has basically losing his mind an he forgets a lot of things also he repeats himself it can happen an it does so think twice before you spend your life on cannibis…

May 27, 2010 at 12:29 am
(230) concerned teen says:

im writting a paper on marijuana and i came accross this article and so far its very helpful. Marijuana is a big issue and as the future generation i think that personally marijuana may seem harmless but it isnt. A lot of people i know smoke it and it makes me think that they are harming themselves. We need to keep marijuana legal because think about it if you become addicted or someone you know becomes addicted think of the consequences it causes. Heart failure, cancer, heart attacks,accidental death,and many other things. So think about it before you try marijuana!!

May 28, 2010 at 12:47 am
(231) Patricia says:

I have never been addicted to Cannabis. I have grown it and smoked it. I have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and it helps the flash backs and anxiety unlike any pharmaceutical drug. Cannabis is a natural calming adjent. Use it in moderation and it is alternative medicine. It is legal for PTSD. It helps me sleep and calms me down. I have seen far worse side affects from pharmaceutical drugs. Now those are the ones that kill like synthetic morphine.

Saying Cannabis kills is igrorant.

May 29, 2010 at 5:12 pm
(232) Jon Stein says:

“Cannabis differs from alcohol in one major respect. It does not seem to increase risk-taking behaviour. This means that cannabis rarely contributes to violence either to others or to oneself, whereas alcohol use is a major factor in deliberate self-harm, domestic accidents and violence.”

British Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs
“Further consideration of the classification of cannabis under the misuse of Drugs Act of 1971”
Report to the Home Office, Jan. 2006

May 30, 2010 at 11:58 am
(233) Antidrug momma says:

You people who are commenting need to do your research. Just within the past year a man killed a little kid while driving his car, and guess what…..there was marijuana in his system. Marijuana can destroy a family just like alcohol can. Marijuana can have the same effects as alcohol. It can cause you to relax so much that you lose control of your actions. I have seen first hand that it can make a parent neglectful of their children. You druggies just want to make it look good so you can continue to smoke it. Get over it!!!

June 1, 2010 at 12:55 am
(234) Catey says:

Fact:
Just because someone is high while they commit a crime doesn’t mean pot is to blame. Usually it’s their idiotic decisions to blame.

Fact:
Just because marijuana is in your system doesn’t mean you are high. It can stay in your system for weeks or months.

Fact:
Just because someone smokes pot doesn’t mean they aren’t responsible, or that they are lazy.

Fact:
Someone can be a responsible smoker and live a normal life, get good grades, have a job, family, and not be a danger to anyone.

Look up the numerous studies from credible sources that prove weed isn’t lethal.

Look up how many deaths weed has contributed to.
Then look up how many deaths alcohol and tobacco have cause. Then why is it that such deadly and addicting things are legal and something practically harmless is not?

Fact:
Weed can’t “MAKE” you do anything.

Fact:
Alcohol is much worse for you than pot.

Can you seriously tell me that weed is more harmful than alcohol? Look at my aunt, uncle, mother and father. All of which are lying in graves because of ALCOHOL, not weed. And guess which of the two are legal. The one that is proven to cause numerous health problems and contributed to hundreds of thousands of deaths a year.

All of you people that bash weed probably drink or smoke tobacco. You are poisoning yourself! You are escaping reality! You are doing the same thing a weed smoker does, only in a much much more life-threatening way.

Get the facts before you tell us that weeds is bad.

Oh and by the way, Donna, post #150, don’t you dare drag you religion into this. Not everybody believes in the bible. This is an argument about facts not faith.

June 7, 2010 at 7:15 pm
(235) craig says:

donna, we can’t all be bad parents like you.

June 10, 2010 at 4:02 pm
(236) ADON says:

I’ve been smoking bud for the past 12 years. I rarely drink, no cigarettes, but black n milds. Like alot of people say, I do tend to think of more brilliant ideas. I can function properly. Yeah my eyes get bloodshot and low, but I’m not thinking about doing things that cause harm or dangerous. I can drive perfectly fine while I’m high. I’ve even submitted to a field test when i got pulled over (no front license plate, and guess what? I passed with flying colors. The police knew I was high and of course smelled it in the car and tried different tests on me.I even said the alphabets backwards.I cant do that when I’m sober. FDA legalizes and regulates cigarettes, alcohol, and asprin. Why? Can anyone answer that? It’s all about money, politics, and controlling human population. Actually what it is, is people who dont know should either research it or better yet try it. STUPIDITY and LACK OF COMMON SENSE are the real life bad drugs. Instead of pointing fingers at pot smokers, point them at yourself. Pot smokers are the minorities and you dumb f!@ks are the majority. I have not yet met one drunk who can function right. They tend to stumble, vomit,slur their words, wanting to fight. If i vomit off marijuana, damn that was a good hit and i held it in too long, and its not even vomit, i just spit up something. Why cant we illegalize STUPIDITY and LACK OF COMMON SENSE?

June 14, 2010 at 5:06 am
(237) cory says:

marijuana is not that bad come on now i smoke every day. i will admit that yes i am lazy a bit over weight, but what does alcohol do to you it destroys the liver, you can actually die from drinking too much of it. with marijuana on the other hand u cannot die from an over does just prolonged use that coats your lung with a black tar the same as a cig does. but both of those MAN MADE substances are legal. and what about that new salvia they have in the head shops? hmmm, its legal and it make you see stuff i cant spell the H word that means ur seeing stuff lol. but really alcohol and tobacco kill more people than pretty much anything else.

so to my potheads and stoners,
toke up and get high!

June 14, 2010 at 5:38 am
(238) cory says:

holy crap i just thought of something semi important they shouldnt legalize it because its already a stable circulation in its self think about it do u want the goverment messing up the one thing the we actually have to our selves to maintain our personal lives to give us that extra boost of money that the goverment doesnt get a piece of and cant tax it. think about this for a second what if they did legalize it they would have control of it and the people who sell it to have a little exrta money in their pockets r screwed cuz the man has it to sell in the stores. but as it is right now people are surviving because of that plant so really keep it illegal but give us no punishment for doing what we want with it

June 15, 2010 at 11:55 pm
(239) Greg Vaughn says:

i am 15 years old and my older brother got me started on weed when i was 7. I have not been hurt or in a “accident” throughout the years and continue to smoke every day so you say weed is dangerous… i think not.

June 17, 2010 at 3:20 pm
(240) Robyn says:

Here’s what I think…I think that the government should just legalize marijuana…i seriously think that crime rates would go down…i smoke pot every night…been doing it for two years now…personally i dont drive while being stoned…dont like the feeling of it…but the times i have drove, i was well aware of what was going on…i paid more attention…and i drove a little slower…and the government can legalize it and they can tax it…but they believe that they wont get as much money if they do legalize it…i think they would make a load of money if they legalized it…they could import it and make money that way…but hey, what do i know? i’m just a pot head…

June 17, 2010 at 3:31 pm
(241) robyn says:

and just because some one who smokes and cant spell doesnt mean anything…some people cant spell…so F**K off!!!

June 17, 2010 at 4:26 pm
(242) Malori Bizzell says:

I think that statistics tell all. My father has been in prison for 15 years out of my 18 year life span because of driving under the influence of marijuana. You want to tell me accidents don’t happen you are full of crap. It doesn’t just affect you, it affects your family and your friends. So think about it before you say this is full of crap. Just because it doesn’t happen to you doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. 2.5 percent of the fatal accidents on the road each year are from people under the influence of marijuana. That might not seem like a lot but that is 2,687 fatal wrecks, and most of them having more than one person dying.

June 21, 2010 at 5:44 pm
(243) Pablo says:

Never smoked marijuana but have been around it for years because of family and friends. Based on my observations, marijuana negatively effects motor skills, decision making, processing of information, memory and moods. People do get mellow and more manageable and nicer. But for the most part, they are useless because it’s artificial. I watched as marijuana gradually became so important to my brother he made decisions harmful to him and he pulled away from the family. My nephew sadly admitted recently that the only time he’s happy is when he’s getting high. When it came time for people to offer it to me, it was easy to say no thanks. Why would I inhale something into my lungs. There has to be a better way to feel better.

July 5, 2010 at 11:20 am
(244) jayson says:

When you overdose on weed you just get sleepy. So just don’t drive when you smoke a crap load. But if you only smoke a little it actually helps me. It’s kind of like a hill get to the top and stay there lol.

July 5, 2010 at 11:27 am
(245) jayson says:

I vote hell yes for weed

July 7, 2010 at 1:29 pm
(246) Ashley says:

you people are all stupid! and pot heads! why should we legalize it when you guys aren’t doing “good” with it now. when it is legalized there will just be more deaths and injurys. anything can happen when your high. our world will crumble because nobody will know what they are doing! you say there are no deaths well one day i hope you die from it because then you wil know how it feels. people in my grade were messing around with drugs and were high. they were messing around with a gun n the one kid shot the other it wasn’t on purpose either. this all could have been prevented if they just didn’t smoke pot. this just happened this year and you might have heard it on the news. the kid that was shot had everything going for him. it was just a sad thing.

July 7, 2010 at 10:54 pm
(247) alto says:

My question would be, why is this article making so many people angry? It is sad to see all of the negative/ defensive comments that are made by those who smoke pot. I don’t know what it is like, and I will never know, because I have no desire to try it. But I don’t understand how something so “good” for you, would make you so angry and rude to people that disagree with you. No one should tell a mother that is having a hard time with her son, that she is a bad mother because her son chooses to do pot. No one has the right to say that about her, because you don’t know the whole situation. You should never judge others. Just like I wouldn’t say that pot smokers are all bad people. I wouldn’t do that, because there is good in everyone and saying otherwise would make me ignorant as well. Although I think it is an unwise decision.

Swearing doesn’t bring anyone higher. Swearing doesn’t show respect to yourself or anyone else for that matter. Also, by saying that you smoke pot even though you know that it is illegal, it is only showing that you aren’t respecting the country and all of the laws.

July 17, 2010 at 3:01 pm
(248) psillytom says:

You know, in today’s world where information is available everywhere you really ought to rethink the kinds of nonsense that you post on computers.
Marijuana (while admittedly harsh on the lungs) has never killed a single person in the over ten thousand years that humans have employed it. I mean really? How stupid do you think people are? I would say that you need to stop smoking whatever it is that is causing you to act so moronically, pick up a joint, smoke it, and see how much of a fool you are. Cheerio.

July 20, 2010 at 3:08 pm
(249) Brach says:

They say it’s so bad but I’d like to see real proof that it is because I’m pretty sure the benefits out weigh the negatives

July 24, 2010 at 10:57 am
(250) Mario says:

Marijuana can’t kill you, if you smoke too much you will either fall asleep or pass out…it never killed anyone so stop pulling facts out of your asses.

July 26, 2010 at 2:59 pm
(251) William E. Wallace says:

B.S. article! Where do you get your facts? I know of no one who could attribute their death to Marijuana. I know plenty of Alcohol and Pill provoked deaths however! Marijuana is one of the safest substances know to mankind, no one has ever died of an overdose, the fact is you can’t! Asprin kills over 2000 a year, Marijuana deaths = Zero! Now where exactly did you get your facts Buddy T.???

August 9, 2010 at 1:11 pm
(252) Well Done says:

My generation High School class of 1979. 80 % of my classmates used pot daily for over 30 years. My best friend, has lung Cancer that has gone to her brain. Small
oat cell Lung Cancer. She has about 6-8 months to explain to 6 year old Carly, why mommy is gonna die.
At reunions of the class of 1979, partiers where living at home, or being supported by their families. They never became self-supporting adults. Motivation, belligerance,anti-social behaviors held them back. I attended Bethesda -Chevy Chase High School in Montgomery County Maryland.
Sadley, seeing my generation lost,
Marijuana. Love the ad for Yeah Mom, Marijuana never effected me. Finally, I was given THC pills for nausea
during chemo, a nightmare, anxiety and phychosis followed. In 1981 NIH, studies stated they had better agents for nausea then pot. Most people that smoke pot push for medical pot, however it was the least effective
agent tested. Barfing up bile over 20 times in 6 hours is not an endorsement, for any practical protical using pot.

August 9, 2010 at 1:34 pm
(253) Well Done says:

I personally knew 5 people whom died in a car wreck, and 1 was hit on a mortorcyle from behind while high on
pot. The car accident was at Chevy Chase Circle they ran into a tree. In 1979. Hiting the huge trees killed about 8 people driving high that year. Societies answer cut down the trees.

August 9, 2010 at 1:36 pm
(254) Well Done says:

In closing 7 chronic pot users, became schizophrenic.

August 15, 2010 at 8:57 pm
(255) Robert says:

My two kids and three other children were killed by a pothead and I’m paralized because of him. This 25 year old idiot was high on pot when he drove his car off the road and through a park. After doing his damage he finally crashed his car into a tree. Witnesses and the first officer to respond testified that the idiot was laughing when they pulled him out of his car. He wasn’t laughing in court and said he didn’t realize what he’d done becuase he had been smoking marijuana at work prior to driving home. His facebook page was a shrine to legalizing marijuana and he even had that stupid post about Marijuana never causing a death, then he blamed my kids death on it. I wish I could kill that idiot pothead, his jail sentence is to good for him. All of you potheads are idiots for believing pot is harmless and for trying to promote this idiocy to others. I just hope that some other idiot pothead kills someone you love one day, maybe then you’ll grow up and accept the truth.

August 28, 2010 at 8:32 pm
(256) Dylan says:

there has been 0 deaths were marijuana has been the main cause.

September 3, 2010 at 12:17 pm
(257) Nightfhang says:

Ok this article is not crap but it is bull Marijuana is no worse then alchohol infact it’s better for you because to Overdose you would need to smoke your body weight in weed which is impossible you would pass out way before. Those “accidents” are because of the stupidity of the people smoking it. I have smoked for a long enough time to know for a fact how hard it is to smoke to much marijuana you would pass out way before you smoked even 1/4 your body weight. Those same people that died while under the influence of marijuana would of probably died the same if they where doing any other drug or alchohol not because they are under the influence but because they are stupid and can’t control themselves while under.

September 4, 2010 at 1:43 am
(258) ScientificMethod says:

Many don’t realize that tabloids often won’t publish every single detail because they don’t know how to properly talk about science just like pro-weed activists here. Weed is causing psychosis. So why can’t people comprehend this? Because they don’t comprehend the details. You don’t know how weed is causing psychosis, so the line about ‘stronger varities’ won’t ring a bell to you. Today’s weed is grown for high THC content, which results with less anti-psychotic chemicals. During growth the plant is forced to give up on anti-psychotics and put all the nutrients and energy into high THC concentrations. And now you have 1% that are affected by psychosis. It may seem low, but for hundreds of thousands of people around the world it’s now too late.

And so what if weed doesn’t cause lung cancer? The smoking part of it is dangerous and smoking can cause lung damage and respiratory diseases. Yes, there are people with holes in their lungs. The cancer argument is too old and only shows that you don’t know much about science. If cancer is the only issue that pops into your mind, then you don’t think much and you just pass on the knowledge that you picked up in a pub or in some rookie youtube video. Try to watching some real science from a real documentary, not something that an average person makes in windows movie maker.

Now face the science and accept that weed isn’t a safe drug. Watch the documentary Is Alcohol More Dangerous Than Ecstasy?.

September 9, 2010 at 12:49 pm
(259) justin says:

I agree this artical is BS. I have smoked for many moons and never had a single problem I actually think its safer to drive high. Cause it makes u drive slower

September 14, 2010 at 12:59 am
(260) Ron says:

No one has ever died from an ovedose of marijuana, they probably just pigged out and went to sleep. When is the government going to remove their collective heads from their rectums and realize that legalization and taxation would generate a strong tax base. It might even curtail the use of dangerous drugs like nicotine, liquor, and the prescription drugs that Doctors dispense like candy. Addictive drugs like opium, and all its derivatives, will be the hardest to eradicate, being as how they are a cultural mainstay of many countries around. Also, if prisons were to clear their populations of marijuana offenders, the monetary savings would be staggering.

September 15, 2010 at 10:09 pm
(261) TOPAZ says:

JEFF SINGLER IS TOATALLY AND UTTERLY RIGHT.
IT DOSENT CAUSE ACCIDENTS.

September 22, 2010 at 4:43 pm
(262) George says:

I’m here only because i wanted to ask, can you prove that people actually die because of marijuana?
if you do, feel FREE to comment on my post IF you can if not, make another comment saying; WHY that person died, and HOW. Also MAKE SURE it says he/she died because of consuming marijuana NOT because of a car accident or commiting suicide…
My grandfather, he is 68years old he works for the Organization of American States i would NOT say what his position is but the only thing that im going to say he has been smoking “pot” since he was 30years old, yes i have smoked with him a couple of times but what im trying to say is look how succesful he is, how great his doing and he has been smoking marijuana practically his whole life, so dont come and say marijuana kills cell brains because it DOESN’T, and do NOT say marijuana kills people because it DOESN’T…

September 23, 2010 at 9:45 pm
(263) nick goodwin says:

i agree with all the comment posted. i am 20 years old and hav smoked for the past five years. when i am sober i feel like doing nothing and being lazy. that wat the government looks at stoners. but when i am high, i feel and act alot more then when sober. i believe that these so called “accidents” are from not just from marijuanna, mixxed with other narcotics, which can possibly increase the physic and mental issues. my step mother tried to tell me that her friend died because marijuanna, i told that was complete ####. then she told me he also has consumbed liquer in his system aswell. i have a strong for the usage of cannibas.

September 25, 2010 at 8:48 am
(264) Miguel says:

The government talks about weed because at this point they haven’t put a barcode or tax on it yet. Cigarette have a large recipe of all the harmful chemical that are fused into them to make them what they are, yet people still use and abuse them knowing the very possible results that come from using them. Yet our doctors, lawyers and even our law makers abuse the body with is legal drug that is known to have the power to seriously hurt and even kill them, yet they don’t stop. Doctors can even prescribe weed for medical use, but someone like myself is frown at for using it freely, what since does this make? So for all that are reading my thoughts holding your favorite brand of smokes, I want u to think about this, what’s more addictive and known to kill more your smokes or mine?

September 26, 2010 at 11:27 pm
(265) christopher thomas says:

weed, cocaine, amphetamines, nicotine, caffine, alcohol and even acetimophen and asprin have the capacity to kill people but they all can help people equally as well, what the people need to do is learn how to use these drugs to help better our society, instead of running anti drug campaigns explain that if you ingest more than 200mg of cocaine your brain will develop a dependence, or that if you smoke 14 blunts that your respiratory system could shutdown people need to learn more about drugs if we could even do that we could easily avoid many deaths use drugs responsibly and know your risks before using a drug regularly.

October 11, 2010 at 8:25 pm
(266) Jim says:

As soon as you have an appeal to authority (“From my long experience…”), you lose all credibility.
Here’s an idea, author: CITE FACTS. Not that hard. And logical fallacies, which are the bedrock of this article, are the FIRST THING you learn to NOT do in journalism school. This article is, in fact, a blatant and obvious violation of the Journalistic Code of Ethics. If you have a speck of self-respect, you would take it down.

October 15, 2010 at 2:29 pm
(267) Dominik Micek says:

Marijuana isnt what causes the accidents its the people who are not paying attention and the suicides is just a bunch of lonely people who need to wake-up and relize the word isnt gonna feel bad for them

October 17, 2010 at 7:20 pm
(268) sdasdfa says:

For all the people saying this is full of crap, your the people who smoke weed and just because you haven’t got hurt don’t mean ####. Not everyone dies from smoking cigarettes, but 400,000+ die a year, and everyone that makes it without dying from it says it has never hurt them, so why quit?

BTW: I’m all for Mary J, But I can say I don’t give #### about what anyone thinks about it. I’m no hippy.

I have so many friends that I don’t even hang around with because they act so stupid and act like bums being high and mellow.

99% of people smoke to be cool :)

October 17, 2010 at 11:45 pm
(269) Anonymous says:

>one article
>over 9000 angry potsmokers
It’s funny how legalization advocates will often try and construe “scientific” arguments, and then argue when a person who deals with death directly starts talking about their trade. To say that death is impossible is silly, to say that death as a direct result is probably is pretty foolish as well. In an “high” state, however it seems plausible that accidents can be made. Losing control of your actions does have an impact on result, contrary to what some tards may believe

October 25, 2010 at 2:08 am
(270) Brian says:

Its funny how all the pot smokers love it. For those who want studies to show how bad pot want citations. The NIH, CDC and other places accross the globe are proving how bad it is. While there are those who use it with out any harmful effects so far are much like those who smoke tobacco for decades and then die of lung cancer when they are 75. All because it doesn’t effect you negively now it may many years from now. Just ask the hundreds of thousands of drug addicts who say that their road to hell was paved by marijuana.

October 25, 2010 at 1:58 pm
(271) peri says:

i read this artical vary closely,and im searching for actual evidince that proves marijuana alone can kill u.If anyone finds factual evidence that marijuana kills please post it, this site had some information but none that actualy gives me a striaght answer.
-4:20 friendly.

October 28, 2010 at 9:54 am
(272) matt says:

Brian there road to hell was paved by marijuana because it is illegal, which means drug dealers have it, drug dealers who push hard core addictive drugs. Not only do they push these drugs, they also don’t give a #### who they sell it to, and then sell it to youth who should be using any sort of drug including alcohol. It’s a lot easier to get pot as a kid then alcohol because of the dealers. If you want to see a real perspective I suggest you watch “The Union.”

November 2, 2010 at 4:13 pm
(273) renee says:

this is hard to believe, but also it is believeable most of you people saying this is full of crap have obviously never lost someone to this. and what you have failed to read is that it’s the first drug taken before going on to harder drugs. weed. coming from a school where 75% of the kids do weed have gone and started using other drugs being. my brother was on one of them, and i lost him 3 years ago, he wasnt able to function right with out a high. and it started out with weed and moved to crack, and whatever else he could get a high off of, this is what the article is saying. weed 9 times out of 10 lead to usage of harder drugs

November 2, 2010 at 7:23 pm
(274) wjtj says:

Go watch super high me. They actually recorded footage of what happens.

People who are against marijuana. Record some video evidence or give me some articles about people dying just from weed.

And to those who will say that it was staged and scripted… Watch supersize me. This was by the same guy. Was supersize me staged and scripted too?

November 9, 2010 at 1:19 am
(275) Nicola says:

I’ve read through a lot of these comments and felt the need to throw on yet another.

I do not understand how it seems that both pot smokers and non-smokers alike can throw back and forth how it is harmless/not harmless etc., etc., without ever looking at the middle ground.

If you abuse a substance, no matter what that substance is, it is still abuse!

There are examples of people that have smoked until stoned, gotten into a car, and killed someone. Examples of people who have indulged in alcohol, gotten into a car, and killed someone. Examples of people on prescribed pain killers who have gotten into a car and killed someone. Granted, pot won’t kill the user directly, but it is absolutely a plant that deserves respect.

(con’t)

November 9, 2010 at 1:19 am
(276) Nicola says:

What many non-smokers fail to realize is just how long people around the planet have been using pot. It is not something new, it is not something that suddenly is going to start killing people because we say it will – it’s a plant that deserves respect and if you give it that respect, you’ll find that it is relatively safe.

That means if you’re high, you don’t drive. If you have kids, you don’t smoke around them (studies HAVE linked teen brains on marijuana to loss of function as adults – this should be obvious given that the brain of a child and teen is still developing. Equate it to a bridge. If you build a bridge on solid ground, you’ll have a path to the other side that is strong. If you build a bridge on sand that is still turning to stone, it will shift). If you have a job and somewhere to be that requires your full focus and concentration, you don’t smoke beforehand.

I believe in legalization because I believe, just like alcohol, most people respect the drug. The majority of people are responsible – legalization should not hinge on the minority that DO go out and drive stoned, nor should it hinge on the minority that WILL get addicted to it. Not everyone gets addicted – it IS non-addictive except in small instances where someone with addictive potential uses it, and even then, it is a psychological addiction, not a physical one. I.E. it is in their head.

(con’t)

November 9, 2010 at 1:20 am
(277) Nicola says:

I am a pot smoker. I have used it to help me through major depression and I’ve never had a drug that has helped me as much as MJ has. I’ve used the antidepressants put out by the drug companies and each time I did, I felt more suicidal after a few short weeks. MJ? I am able to explore the memories that cause my depression and explore the feelings themselves and come to terms with them. No, I don’t run away from things on MJ – I confront them and realize that bad things did happen to me, but they AREN’T me… something I have a tough time doing when I haven’t had any MJ.

I don’t even have to smoke all the time to maintain my thought processes… whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed in my thoughts and feelings, I smoke a little and think it over… generally, I smoke at night before bed and a small amount during the day. Even if I don’t get as high from it anymore, it helps me so, so much. Without it, there’s a good chance I would be dead at my own hand… and I definitely feel that I’m worth more alive.

Bottom line is – respect the drug. Yes, too much isn’t going to hurt you – but it could lead to you hurting others. If you choose not to smoke it, that is your choice and no one should begrudge you that. But if I choose to use this substance to help me be a better person, to be better to my children and husband, to be better able to handle my frame of mind, I shouldn’t be lumped in with the people who abuse it and kill other people while abusing it.

There IS a middle ground and it’s sad when people overlook that broad, giant swath of ground and instead focus on the extremes on either end as they proclaim that to be the bigger issue.

Respect the herb, respect yourself, respect others. It’s not hard to do – sober or not.

November 11, 2010 at 1:43 pm
(278) lynne says:

I have used marijuana a few times. but even before than i was around people that did it constantly. they are still very well alive and have yet to do something stupid. now if were talking about alcohol compared to marijuana than marijuana is still better. i have seen alcohol take lives and cause many bad things to happen. mary-jane is just a relaxor for most. including me. and if it wasnt ment to be used then why would doctors prescribe it to patients? ponder that.

November 11, 2010 at 6:12 pm
(279) T.Wash says:

This article is false. Were are the facts? This is just going off what someone ‘said’, not the FACTS.
LIES.
Educate yourself before believing this crap!
We want the facts! Not this biased opinion!

November 12, 2010 at 10:34 am
(280) josh. says:

i smoke it everyday – and i <3333333333333 it. :)

November 17, 2010 at 1:00 am
(281) see the truth says:

WOULD YOU ALLOW A STONED DOCTOR TO OPERATE ON YOU OR KID? THERE ARE REPORTS OF CAR ACCIDENTS FROM HAPPY BUSH TO DEATH. WHERES THE LOGIC TO INCREASE DEATH BY LEGALIZING WEED. OH THE DUH THE WEED IS GOOD. YOU ARE SO FAR DOWN TO THE ROOTS. http://media.ebaumsworld.com/mediaFiles/picture/690601/80511485.gif

November 22, 2010 at 2:50 am
(282) andy g says:

I work in a grocery, i get kids 8 years buying rockstar and red bukks caffine is the gateway drug, not weed

November 25, 2010 at 1:09 pm
(283) Jonathan Porcano says:

Every point made makes for a pathetic argument. Anyone who actually studies the herb realizes how safe it is. There’s not one death directly attributed to weed and its still illegal and considered more dangerous than cigarettes(400,000deaths/year) and alcohol(80,000/year). Our government has to be the dumbest collection of people, their bad decision making ranges from an 11 year war which was started by the controversial day 9/11. If we study drugs themselves most are originated by our government. Artificial marijuana which is now sold at stores and has already had a few deaths pop up. If our government is looking out for our best interest then they wouldnt have funded almost all the #### they still fund to this day.

November 25, 2010 at 1:32 pm
(284) Jonathan Porcano says:

I missed Donna’s comment that is ridiculous, its not him talking its the marijauna? How is it that the person who’s against marijauana doesn’t have the decency to see any other point of view besides their own. Tell me how does your son feel about you saying he sullied the family name that shi definitely should put you in the wrong. I am 17 just turned 18 and I stopped attending school and started smoking and returned to school two years later to understood every subject better than I did previously so tell me does this sound like a stupid pothead still because I’ve been punctuating fine. When you grow a heart for your son and actually help him gain knowledge and show him that learning is important post all the propaganda you want but don’t you dare make judgments on the people and subjects you have no idea about. I’ve read articles with those that are against marijauna and those that are for it. Look at the details, those against the herb are repeating the same garbage that was being said in the 60s how is it a typical stupid “pothead” would love studying this much please tell me. Those that don’t like learning make that choice personally marijauna isn’t inside their brain telling them not to learn. I like following rules and laws more than most people this is one thing that shouldn’t be overlooked government cant monopolize this market because we can grow it ourselves what haven’t they monopolized that is legal. One more thing if your best argument medically is that my dick wont work if I smoke a joint that’s pathetic because I read the same information about cigarettes, but thats right not only cant you get a hard on but you have black lung and a number of other physical ailments that go along with it.

November 27, 2010 at 12:19 am
(285) see the truth says:

Dear Jonathan Porcano Your new found god the weed bush has scrambled your mind. cancer ring a bell more tar directly to the lungs. Does that tell you that weed is good? Its twice as much as cigarettes there’s no filter. Lets say they do legalize this weed will we have more accidents on the road. 2.5% of fatal car accidents were attributable to marijuana. do your homework. I did mine from a PHD. and only then will you be right. http://media.ebaumsworld.com/mediaFiles/picture/690601/80511485.gif

November 27, 2010 at 10:18 am
(286) lolwut says:

Wow, what a load of fabricated crap. Honestly, it took half of the article for me to realize that the author was being serious and not satirical.

December 4, 2010 at 6:24 am
(287) Anon says:

I think the way that all you stoners refuse to believe that marijuana is bad is what’s disgusting. You potheads make me sick with your stubborn beliefs that you can use the drug and no harm will come to you. Guess what idiots, it will.

December 4, 2010 at 7:49 pm
(288) Fail says:

Dear “see the truth”,

It is hard to believe you have a “PHD” (Ph.D.) with the atrociousness of your grammar habits.

December 30, 2010 at 1:08 pm
(289) Robyn Stump says:

I’m 44 years old, I have been smoking weed on and off most of my life, and I have never had a bad experience at all, I have always had a job, home, and my children all graduated from school. To me it depends on the person. Smoking a joint and drinking a beer after work is a good way to relax and keep your stress level down. When it comes to the munchies, I don’t order pizzas or any other fast food products, I care about my weight so I keep lots of fruits, veggies, juices, soups and things that do not have allot of fat, so my point is weed is not a problem, it depends on the person that smoke it.

January 1, 2011 at 9:45 am
(290) Frankie says:

I own a wireless business,im a certified steel fabricator,col grad and attending again for business, I have 9 children,if pot lowers your sperm count im glad it did. My youngest daughter has been moved ahead in school 2 times. I have better than 20/20 vision. I have tried a”few” other drugs and rejected them so im not buying the gateway thing. People will do what people do. I did 5 years in prison for an alcohol related charge and now despise drinking and being around those that do. If I had smoked a joint that night it NEVER would have happened.
Alcohol is legal because the government could not win against it, so they decided to make profit from it. Life is a terminal disease,anything and everything including breathing air will kill you. Nobody is getting out of life alive so to have a substance that kills on a daily basis legal and one that does not illegal shows me that the government and the “Moral Majority”,all (people) need to stay out of my business and life. Im 46 years old and smoked 22 of it. And when my time card is punched out I hope I have a nice peaceful buzz going at the time. Buh bye

January 1, 2011 at 5:36 pm
(291) Frankie says:

Oh one more thing, as I read other posts I noticed there were plenty of “non potheads” with spelling issues. But for those Im sure it was a typo…and to those that believe it is right for alcohol to be legal and weed to be illegal, please do not reproduce.

January 5, 2011 at 11:54 am
(292) paul says:

a lot of you have no clue what you are talking about. Most importantly you missed the mark. This article is false even by the general statements “pot alters your thought pattern” this is true and I agree with that statement, however, the article is not about that. (cont. below……)

January 5, 2011 at 11:56 am
(293) paul says:

It is propaganda pain and simple. The same propaganda that has been going around for years and years. My doctoral diagnosis; Reefer Madness syndrome due to acute lack of knowledge or experience with the substance. If someone told you all your life chocolate or hot wings were bad because they causes a temporary sense of euphoria when ingested and could have long term effects like obesity high cholesterol, heart disease high blood pressure increased risk of diabetes and then put out ads with all this information along with other things like a testimonial from an obese person, you know something like “I only ate one candy bar and I’ve had 3 heart attacks” then the tag line could be something like “Still think chocolate is cool?!” this is the same kind of propaganda that is going on with marijuana. TRUE there are lasting effects from marijuana the extent of which have not been fully explored due to its social stigmata and illegality. But why is it illegal then well it all has to do with racism and tax. See back in the early 1900′s when pot was legal there was an influx of Hispanic immigrants into the united states (after the war) The immigrants smoked marijuana frequently and thus it was a viable excuse to criminalize the minority. This would cause the arrest rate to rise in these “new” citizens.
(cont below…….)

January 5, 2011 at 11:58 am
(294) paul says:

Marijuana came into the southwestern United States in the early 1900s with Mexican migrants who entered the country looking for work. Laborers enjoyed smoking marijuana after hard days in the fields. The local European Whites believed that marijuana gave the Mexicans “superhuman strength” and turned them into killers. In 1914 in El Paso, some white men were allegedly attacked by a Mexican man who had “gone crazy” on supposedly “killer weed.” Following the incident, the El Paso City Council passed an ordinance banning possession of marijuana. The law was more about controlling the local Mexican populace than controlling marijuana, as the predominantly white constituency did not like the Mexicans or their customs.

January 5, 2011 at 11:59 am
(295) paul says:

The federal government gave control of illegal drugs to the Treasury Department, which created the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. Harry J. Anslinger, a prohibitionist, became the first commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics in 1930. He held the position until 1962. Anslinger declared war on drugs and effectively shaped America’s views about marijuana. When it became too expensive for the Bureau to pursue all drug cases on its own, Anslinger tirelessly campaigned and lobbied for the passage of the Uniform State Narcotic Act, which would require states to police drug trafficking and commit state resources for the war on drugs.

January 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm
(296) paul says:

Only nine states initially agreed, so Anslinger launched a nationwide media campaign declaring marijuana causes temporary insanity. The ads featured young people smoking marijuana, then behaving recklessly, committing crimes, killing themselves and others or dying from marijuana use. The propaganda campaign was a success and all states signed on. In 1936, the propaganda film “Reefer Madness” was made in an attempt to scare young Americans away from using marijuana. The film directly stated that smoking marijuana causes insanity. In the film, a woman smokes marijuana, then laughs while a man who has smoked marijuana beats a third person to death. Anslinger’s propaganda campaign convinced the public that marijuana was in fact a “killer drug.”

January 5, 2011 at 12:01 pm
(297) paul says:

Hysterical voters demanded action without seeing or hearing about any scientific research about marijuana or proof of the supposed harm that comes from smoking it. On October 2, 1937, without any open debate, scientific enquiry, or political objection, President Roosevelt signed the Marijuana Tax Law. The law made it illegal to possess marijuana in the U.S. without a special tax stamp issued by the U.S. Treasury Department. In theory, growing and selling marijuana was still legal as long as you bought the government tax stamp for $1.00. However, the Treasury Department did not issue any tax stamps for marijuana, effectively making growing, selling and possessing marijuana illegal under the Act. (((again cont…)

January 5, 2011 at 12:02 pm
(298) paul says:

On the very day the Marijuana Tax Stamp Act was passed, the FBI and Denver police raided the Lexington Hotel and arrested two people: Samuel R. Caldwell and Moses Baca. Three days later, Caldwell, a 58 year old unemployed laborer, became first person in the U.S. to be convicted of selling of marijuana without a tax stamp. He was sentenced to four years of hard labor in Leavenworth Penitentiary. Presiding Judge J Foster Symes, had previously stated that he considered marijuana to be the worst of all narcotics and vowed to impose harsh sentences for violations of the Marijuana Tax Act. Caldwell was also fined $1,000 for the two marijuana cigarettes that were found in his possession. Baca, who was his customer, was found guilty of possession of marijuana and was sentenced to 18 months in prison. Both men served their full sentences. Caldwell died a year after his release.

January 5, 2011 at 12:04 pm
(299) paul says:

Fiorello La Guardia, the mayor of New York, spoke out against the Marijuana Tax Stamp Act, saying the majority of Americans did not want the law and it should be abolished. He was skeptical of the government’s claims and propaganda touting marijuana as a dangerous, evil, killer narcotic. La Guardia commissioned a six-year study by a group of 31 impartial scientists. After an in-depth scientific analysis, researchers concluded that marijuana does not cause violent, psychotic episodes, is not responsible for anti-social behavior, does not cause uncontrollable sexual urges and does not alter a person’s core personality structure. In 1944, La Guardia’s commission published a report of the findings, scientifically disproving all of Anslinger’s propaganda and outlandish clams about the effects of smoking marijuana. Once again, Anslinger used his muscle with the press to discredit the report and destroyed every copy of the report he could. He then successfully blocked any further research by restricting the availability of marijuana.
Anslinger then began digging up dirt on anti-prohibitionists, and took special aim at the entertainment industry.

January 5, 2011 at 12:05 pm
(300) paul says:

Hollywood buckled under the pressure and gave Anslinger personal control over movie scripts that mentioned drugs. Any movie that Anslinger felt sent the wrong message was banned.
The Marijuana Propaganda Continues in the 1950s!
In the 1950s, Anslinger used a new scare tactic by producing propaganda claiming that marijuana was a gateway drug to heroin. Americans were concerned about a growing number of teens using heroin, so Anslinger used that concern as an opening to push his marijuana message once again. The media circulated the myth that most heroin-addicts were led down the path to disaster by marijuana and that most marijuana users become addicted to harder drugs. In 1951, Anslinger supported an amendment to the Harrison Narcotic Act, introduced by Senator Hale Boggs, that would dramatically increase mandatory drug sentences. Boggs said that harsh sentences were needed for all drug offenses because drugs were a tool of Communist China. Truman signed the Boggs Act.
On a roll, Anslinger then pushed for even tougher drug laws and got President Eisenhower on board. The Narcotic Control Act put marijuana in the same drug class as heroin and added more severe penalties. A first conviction of possession of marijuana was punishable by a mandatory two to 10 years in prison. State drug laws also toughened up. In Missouri, a second conviction for possession of marijuana was eligible for a life sentence. Propelled by his success in criminalizing marijuana and adding teeth to drug laws, Anslinger set his sights higher and went to the U.N. In 1961, Using the then-considerable influence of the United States, he convinced over 100 countries to consolidate their drug agreements into a single convention that would make marijuana illegal around the world.

January 5, 2011 at 12:07 pm
(301) paul says:

Anslinger was honored by JFK at his retirement in 1962. In the 1960s, anti-drug propaganda was widely distributed with the message that smoking marijuana would not only make you lazy and irresponsible, but that you were also out of touch with reality and a threat to national security. Dr. Leo E. Hollister, the associate chief of staff and the Palo Alto Veterans Hospital in California conducted a study of the effects of marijuana and concluded that smoking marijuana makes people happy, friendly, intoxicated and sleepy. He found no reason to believe that smoking pot made people aggressive or led to addiction to other drugs. Despite the propaganda, marijuana increased in popularity on college campuses across the country. Students spoke out about their marijuana use and gradually changed the public’s perception of the drug.

January 5, 2011 at 12:07 pm
(302) paul says:

By 1965, an estimated 1 million Americans had tried marijuana. With events like Woodstock and popular groups such as the Grateful Dead, smoking marijuana became a part of pop-culture. By 1972, approximately 24 million Americans had tried marijuana. Nixon won the election on a campaign-platform for restoring law and order in the country. Since most criminal violations are handled by the states, he found that drug laws could allow him to be most effective. He launched Operation Intercept. Two thousand customs agents were deployed along the Mexican border in a military-style search and seizure mission to stop the flow of marijuana. Virtually no marijuana was found among the 5 million people who were searched and after three weeks the operation was abandoned. Nixon then decided to concentrate on police training to fight the war against marijuana. Almost immediately, marijuan-related arrests and convictions increased dramatically Twenty-five year old Vietnam veteran Don Crowe was convicted of selling marijuana to an undercover cop. It was his first offense and the amount of marijuana was under an ounce. He was sentenced to 50 years in prison. There was a push for marijuana reform as the public began to realize that marijuana laws were not effective and that the penalties were too harsh. A big wake-up call for many middle-class people was the fact that their own kids were the top demographic for arrests and prosecution. At a Senate hearing on marijuana legislation in 1969, Dr. Stanley Yolles estimated that 8 to 12 million people in the United States smoked marijuana and urged Congress to abolish mandatory minimum sentencing for drug offenses. Congress took the advice and passed Controlled Substances Act which eliminated mandatory minimums and reduced penalties for possession of marijuana.

January 5, 2011 at 12:09 pm
(303) paul says:

Nixon continued his anti-drug crusade. He enlisted celebrities and used the media to spread the message, as well as funded a new study to identify the dangers of marijuana. Researchers found that using marijuana did not lead to crime, and that laws were selectively enforced and police targeted people with a certain look. They also found the cost of attempting to enforce marijuana laws far outweighed any deterrent effect of that enforcement. In 1972, The National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse released a report which would be the most comprehensive study on marijuana ever done. The commission took the position that smoking marijuana in one’s own home should not be criminalized. Nixon threw the report in the garbage can without ever reading it. Nixon did not give up, and pushed forward with his war against marijuana. In 1972, all of the government’s existing drug agencies were combined into one super-powerful agency, the Drug Enforcement Agency. The DEA was given the authority to enter homes without knocking, use wiretaps and gather intelligence on anyone. In the 1970s, smoking marijuana became popular among middle-class adults, and activists revamped the movement for decriminalization In the 1980s, the Reagan administration launched its own war on drugs. An average of one person every 38 seconds was arrested for violating marijuana laws. Judge Francis Law, a DEA administrative law judge, held hearings on the medical benefits of marijuana. He found that marijuana has a clearly established medical use and recommended that it be reclassified as a prescription drug. However, no action was taken to reclassify marijuana based on Law’s findings.

January 5, 2011 at 12:09 pm
(304) paul says:

Although Canada became the first country in the world to legalize medical marijuana in 2003, the U.S. Federal Government has been resistant to changing marijuana laws. California passed Proposition 215, the first U.S. medical marijuana law, in 1996. Today Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington have passed medical marijuana laws. Several other states are also considering legalizing medical marijuana.
On May, 18, 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a dispute over California’s medical marijuana law. Opponents of California’s Compassionate Use Act argue that the law undermines federal drug laws. Last year, a California appeals court ruled that the state’s medical marijuana law does not supersede federal drug laws.

January 5, 2011 at 12:10 pm
(305) paul says:

So basically it is illegal for no damn reason except to pad the pockets of self riotous dicks. And this is also the reason so many people on this thread are so uninformed and uneducated. I tried marijuana ONE TIME. It was alright I just did not like it. (for the most part due to my asthma I don’t smoke anything) I am a Doctor and a large proponent for the legalization of medical marijuana due to the ACTUAL research that has been conducted. How be it not very much there is still more evidence supporting the use of medical marijuana than against it (and most of that stuff is false!)The point is there is still a lot of research to be done as far as the commercial sale of marijuana just like if we decided to make anything else that is a prescription drug available over the counter to everyday consumers for their headaches.

January 5, 2011 at 12:11 pm
(306) paul says:

So there is the unbiased opinion of a Doctor who is educated on all aspects of this subject. (I.E. I do not smoke and have not smoked marijuana, slide one time in college) I hope you find this comment informative and you learn about the “drug” you ridicule without being properly educated on the subject. (P.S. I wasnt tring to sound like a dick but, as an educated person I find it frustrating when people make inferances on a substance they have no acctual credible knowledge on. Personal experiance is one thing but have you stopped to realy factor in all that was going on with your life at the time of use? Im sure there was a lot more going on with you than getting high, as is the case with all people who do not have social disorders. Those of you who have loved ones who are frequent users should not judge that person for doing something to their body especialy when we live in the biggest fattest country in the world. We injest alot more unhealthy things than pot smoke and therefore shouldnt place a social stigma on an idividual for recrationally using a substance because you dont agree with it. I dont agree that Sarah Jessica Parker is a good actress but Im not picketing her house telling people she is really a horse and that the prolonged viewing of her films can cause insainity and suicidal thoughts. The one thing we have that noone can take from you is free will and the freedom to think on your own. (dont worry im sure they will kill that to).

Paul Z. MD,Ph.D.

January 12, 2011 at 5:41 pm
(307) Truth says:

Its great how people are blaming the bullet and the gun, but not the person that fired it.

Its even greater how people are so sincerely focused on a substance that is, indeed, a plant, and is, when not combined with any other substance, responsible for a massive total of zero deaths.

Alcohol alone kills.

Prescription cartel drugs kill on their own.

People kill.

Get it through your head. By the way, about the plant thing, there are other plants out there too. If we are gonna go making plants illegal, might as well throw lettuce and spinach onto that list.

January 18, 2011 at 2:10 pm
(308) james stone says:

you cant say weed kills
if ur biggest argument is that it is a gate way drug (steping stone to harder drugs)

thats like saying jacki chan kills because some one who has seen his films gets in to a fight

i no plenty of people happy with weed and have no plance of moving on to harder drugs
weed can also be given to help more symptoms then any other drug

January 25, 2011 at 9:47 pm
(309) Bryan says:

This guy who wrote this article is a moron. We all know people haven’t died from an overdose of Marijuana. It’s sad to think something so harmless is illegal but yet other substances that kill people every year are still being produced.

January 27, 2011 at 10:06 am
(310) james says:

According to many news broadcasts just prior to the last elections there is no record of any auto accidents caused by marijuana to compare to accidents caused by alcohol. We all know they keep record of everything. There is no record to compare? That means they could not find a single accident that can be blamed on marijuana use alone. If you followed the story of the beer distributors disputing California trying to make marijuana legal then you had to see the same statistics. Alcohol causes more accidents than all other drugs put together but they claim not to have kept record of accidents caused by marijuana. Source (bay news 9) (ABC) (CBS) (NBC) (CNN) AND FOX
You can’t just dry a God made plant and call it a drug. Drugs are man made. Hobs and barley are not drugs until man ferments them to make alcohol. There are many other plants that give drug like effects. Many poisons in low doses also cause drug like effects. This does not make them drugs. Let’s not forget the tryptophan in thanksgiving turkey also has drowsy drug like effects on the body. Alcohol is by far the worst drug on the market. It’s the only drug that causes a man to run a school bus off the road on his way home to beat his wife and kids. People who drink alcohol are not responsible adults.
PS I DON’T DO DRUGS.

February 1, 2011 at 12:47 pm
(311) Mark Taylor says:

When is this madness going to end? Articles like this are the reason this country is crumbling. Let’s face facts here. Does prohibition work? No. People are going to do what they want to do. Those who are going to be useless to society didn’t become that way because they smoked a joint. Some people simply have no ambition. I smoke marijuana every day, attend classes full time, and work a part time job. I, as well as the majority of the 50 million other cannabis smokers are productive, normal people. Furthermore, one aspect of this article is correct. More and more minors are going on to hard drugs after trying marijuana. Clearly marijuana has a special chemical that urges the user to try hard drugs, right? Absolutely not. Due to one white lie told by a senator, marijuana became illegal at the federal level, putting it on the same level as hard drugs. If re-legalized and taxed, of course there would be age regulations (alcohol-21+) thus much more effectivly keeping it away from minors, as well as keeping these same minors away from the opportunity to purchase hard drugs. Not to mention the hundreds of billions of dollars that would go back into the economy.

February 2, 2011 at 1:10 am
(312) Ashley says:

Exactly Jeff, you roof houses, a job that any high school drop out, or illegal alien can get, keep smoking that marijuana, it has obviously been so helpful to you.

February 2, 2011 at 9:17 pm
(313) Elizabeth says:

No offense but you guys are freaking stupid. Pot may not kill people directly but it pollutes your lungs worse than cigarettes do. It causes people to become incompetent and can easily die by accident. So, pot indirectly has cause PLENTY of deaths. My boyfriend of several years broke up with me to smoke pot and do drugs. We have a child. He never comes to school anymore. He skips work, and now he is doing drugs like extacy. It has greatly affected his mind. He can’t remember anything anymore. He is completely hopeless at math. He will never be able to go to college and get a real job. So, if that doesn’t kill someone’s life, then what does? I am now a single parent with a child that i have to tell that their father is a drug addict and left us to go get high. Trust me… it kills!

February 12, 2011 at 1:56 am
(314) Z3N says:

Wow there are surely alot of responses to this so called article that did not express any details to back up what was stated. There have been many points made in the responses, yet I myself support marijuana, but disapprove of the use of certain hard drugs, most especially meth. The thing is most everything can be harmful if over induldged, even food. before I mention anything more about marijuana, I just wanted to clarify to everyone that reads, not to misinterpret the lethal effects of tobacco, people need to be aware that it is not so much the tobacco that kills but the chemicals that tobacco companies add to it. But back to the subject of marijuana, yes it can be harmful but so can anything else when over indulged or used by people that it may effect differently, Though not quite common, I have seen evidence that it can cause epilectic seizures in certain people or allergies. sometimes marijuana can also be more potent than people expect and can cause serious symptoms that vary in those with low tolerance or those unsuspecting of its potency. There is also the fact that people may add chemicals to marijuana. So basically even though I am a supporter of marijuana to those that are responsible in the use of and find its effects inspiring, relaxing, or helpful in its many ways. I also what to mention that it can effect certain people negatively just as anything in the world can. To condemn a person for using it is quite ridiculous. The thing that baffles me is that alcohol causes people to not only make poor judgment, illness, medical problems, violence, accidents of many kinds, and death. yet it is legal, while marijuana is not.(at least not for almost 100 years unless prescribed in certain few accepting states that have within the last couple decades approved of its medicinal use). I believe adults should have the right to use marijuana at their own discretion if they choose to, but i do admit they should be aware of how it may effect them.

February 13, 2011 at 6:25 pm
(315) Ruso says:

You obviously have no background nor experience to post something like this into the public domain. This is obviously a personal opinion by someone who has obviously been affected by someone close with real problems….

“Buddy T. is in recovery from the experience of living with an alcoholic. Because he is a member of a support group that stresses the importance of anonymity at the public level, he does not use his photograph or his real name on the web site.”

There is not a single fact, source or study mentioned in the article. What causes accidents is ignorant people.

February 28, 2011 at 1:33 am
(316) moises says:

“weed is from the earth god put this here for me and you take advantage maineeee take advantage” lol got this from the movie fridayyyy

February 28, 2011 at 5:53 am
(317) myself says:

Gee, I thought smoking pot made people pacifists. But the minute you threaten to take it away from people, they’ll surely fight for it. I’m sure smoking pot while you’re driving is not safe and has led to deaths on the road. The stat of 0 deaths being attributed to pot smoking is a blatant LIE. Even people that smoke it regularly know it’s bad for them. Being high means you can’t think properly, and your judgement is impaired. And inhaling any kind of smoke can cause cancer. Marijuana still has “tar” in it too. And marijuana is HIGHLY ADDICTIVE for some people! So admit to it. I’m watching “The Union: The Business Behind Getting High” right now, a pro-pot smoking video. Now THAT is biased bull. I invite all you dope smoking hippies to watch that video. I’m sure you’ll love it. Peace out.

March 4, 2011 at 3:22 am
(318) Daniel says:

They have yet to give out the information on even one actual death caused by cannabis. Yeah there are accidents, but there are also accidents without and intoxication. Should we ban high risk jobs due to accidents? like Come on people, we need to get our heads straight. It cures/prevents cancer, tumors, etc… It is not addictive. Caffeine, is addictive, and yet it is still very legal. Alcohol, also very addictive, causes cancers, and causes thousands of deaths, yet still legal. Our governments need to think about how cannabis can break our economic drought. It can and will create tons of job opportunities. It would help take the bad drug dealers off the street, and turn it into a positive. My name is Daniel, and I want Cannabis to become legal within the next 2-5 years. If it is not, then I have no hope for society.

March 8, 2011 at 10:14 pm
(319) ali says:

Why is it that no one has asked the question, “What was the reason given that put marijuana in such a DANGEROUS category as the likes of heroin???”. What was that actual reason the marijuana act was put in place, and would you consider it racism today… Oh yeah, I’m Canadian ;)

March 10, 2011 at 12:36 pm
(320) Scott says:

This is the worst article i have read. It is extremely innaccurate. This obviously a government official or some dumbass that is anti- marijuana and wants to continue to ruin it for everyone. Weed is illegal.. That does NOT make it bad. ill smoke until i die regardless of the law. end marijuana prohibition and make this a better, safer place. u can collect your tax revenue…. And enforce driving laws idc foreal. People are going to do it anyway… So why let ppl kill eachother over a god damn plant(not a drug). If i want to bake my house… How am i affecting anyones life or hurting anyone? its my bodu… Let me get “cancer” lol. this article disgusts me hahahaha u should be ashamed of yourself you selfish ignorant prick.

March 11, 2011 at 2:55 pm
(321) Constitutionalist says:

This article is asinine, what a joke.

Either back up these quotes and opinions with facts or admit that this article is full of nothing but intellectual dishonesty.

Whoever wrote this article needs to be fired.

March 15, 2011 at 4:14 pm
(322) Composure says:

Wow myself…. I smoke weed and i kno its not bad for me! you can say im in denial… But hey i can quit anytime i want which is true and something a cigarette smoker can’t do because guess what… Pot is not addictive. When im high… I am relaxed… Have better decision making, better ideas…. Completly understand everything that is going on… i don’t see where your getting your info… Oh the internet from other unimformed, anti- marijuana people. Well i know from 12 years of experience and have made no mistakes yet! I say yet so i don’t come off as invincible to anyone. Mistakes happen…. Sober people screw up all the time its human nature. i am willing to bet you have never inhaled marijuana ONE time! am i right? Hell yeah i’m right…. Damn that’s some good sh*t! :)

March 17, 2011 at 12:11 am
(323) omar rashid says:

this article is full of crap and non sense.

March 18, 2011 at 1:00 am
(324) slik nick says:

everyone is arguing back and forth that if its dangerous or no or saying the article is stupid of the person who wrote it but have any of you stopped to think who cares if its bad for you part of this country is freedom right so you should have the freedom to use what ever you want correct
pot has never killed anyone yes
it also impaires you yes but the reasion for illegalizing it is bull
it was made illegal bc the gov thought it was bad just guessed and obviously someone agrees hence prop 19 but my point is we should do with our bodies as we see fit

March 19, 2011 at 10:30 am
(325) Stephen Hazen (canada) says:

What does marijuana do. Nothing.. but the THC in the marijuana attaches it’s self to the fat cells in your body. The brain is mostly made up of fat cells, and the thc tends to attach to the receptors of the brain. Now this might sound not too good, but really all it does is slow down the body’s reaction time by about 10% and that’s being generous.
An example of this would be: the normal reaction time from realizing that you have to push the brake pedal and pushing the brake pedal of a vehicle is 75% of a second. If smoking marijuana that number goes up to 82% of a second. REALLY is that so bad. If you were drunk you probably wouldn’t even hit the brakes. The biggest problem with Marijuana is that it is illegal. if it wasn’t people would not be forced to deal with the black market to get it, thous not introducing them to the market for the real problem drugs. I dare the Government to PROVE me wrong with REAL factual information not just the AMERICAN lies. Go Canada!

March 22, 2011 at 12:02 am
(326) Dr. R.F. Pippin says:

I have read more BS than I normally allow myself. There is a small problem on either side of the argument. I lack of facts in the realm of tangible credibility. I read how their evil weed does this and that, and then I read that it isn’t the case because of this or that. To be credible you must have credible references. The young med student should have known that already, thus throwing up a credibility gap. You see, I do not take anything at it’s face value. I research and form my opinion from facts only. Set aside feeling and convince with facts. I will not express my feelings on the subject in this forum, because the second I do someone will use my name to try and substances their views. I will tell you that there is indeed merit to both sides that have been well documented. Again do your research and you will discover a wonderful thing called truth.

March 29, 2011 at 7:44 am
(327) john says:

I’ve. Been smoking sence i was 14. I have a.d.d bipolar p.t.s.d and chronic pain and i do better with pot then i do with pills.so if you think weed kills have another beer or shot. We need less alcoholics and more weed smokers it would be a lot safer that way

April 3, 2011 at 2:39 am
(328) Bruce says:

(marijuana and safety) “Tetrahydrocannabinol is a very safe drug. Laboratory animals (rats, mice, dogs, monkeys) can tolerate doses of up to 1,000 mg/kg (milligrams per kilogram). This would be equivalent to a 70 kg person swallowing 70 grams of the drug — about 5,000 times more than is required to produce a high. Despite the widespread illicit use of cannabis there are very few if any instances of people dying from an overdose. In Britain, official government statistics listed five deaths from cannabis in the period 1993-1995 but on closer examination these proved to have been deaths due to inhalation of vomit that could not be directly attributed to cannabis (House of Lords Report, 1998). By comparison with other commonly used recreational drugs these statistics are impressive.”

Source: Iversen, Leslie L., PhD, FRS, “The Science of Marijuana” (London, England: Oxford University Press, 2000), p. 178, citing House of Lords, Select Committee on Science and Technology, “Cannabis — The Scientific and Medical Evidence” (London, England: The Stationery Office, Parliament, 1998).

April 5, 2011 at 4:38 pm
(329) David says:

i highly agree with Jeff Siglinger

April 13, 2011 at 4:53 pm
(330) th pot man says:

weed is a need

April 13, 2011 at 5:31 pm
(331) lehuab2 says:

I agree with what everyone is saying., because I have never seen or heard someone actually killed someone or died from pakalolo. I believe this person who wrote this artical has been paid off by the government to say all those lies about pakalolo, just to make everyone believe that pakalolo is a killer., so no one can continue to live under their government crap. Government is always trying too coming into our lives and keep us under their stupid control.
Get out of our lives government and catch the real crimials

April 16, 2011 at 7:20 pm
(332) Melissa says:

Thank you Paul!!!! I read through all of the comments and was sick with all the stupid comments from people who don’t understand Marijuana and what really happened to make it illegal in the first place. The public needs to understand the facts and stop listening to what the gov’t tells us. They repealed prohibition because it didn’t work and people did not want it. Let’s all stand together and fight for our right to make our own decisions. Don’t let the gov’t take away our civil rights.
As a mother of three with a debilitating and painful disease, I support medical marijuana. By the way, I also put myself through college (with a 3.6 GPA) while working, raising my children, and taking care of a disabled husband. Not all of those that use marijuana are “losers,” like some people think. I am a professional, whether high or sober. And the best part, I don’t have to worry about my kids dying from getting into my pain meds because marijuana DOES NOT KILL!!

April 17, 2011 at 2:49 pm
(333) Logical says:

I can not believe that after all the improvements that man has made to marijuana in the last 40 years with higher THC and the other things that make marijuana the best thing since sliced bread that it has no, none, no harmful effects at all. That it is the perfect plant and drug of choice. That if there really is a god we should have been born with hemp pants and a joint in our hand.
My main problem is that everything has a price, and those prices should be posted and compared with the prices of other products. Even then marijuana would probably do well against cocaine, heroin and even alcohol. I do not care either way make it legal save me tax money. Keep it illegal and keep funding the CIA, and the people who own the prison system.

It always go to show that if a thing sounds to good to be true it probably is.

April 19, 2011 at 10:58 am
(334) Richard says:

It is true, there has been no deaths reported by the use of marijuana. But, consider the amount of accidents that happen by the people who get high while driving. Citizens who had nothing to do with any of this got killed just because someone who got high while driving hit them because of the lack of concentration on the road. Marijuana isn’t lethal just by using it, but the way it’s used may be lethal for the user and the pedestrians.

April 19, 2011 at 11:31 pm
(335) g says:

haha this is such bs. people are gonna do herion regardless if theyve tried pot. thc is the most harmless chemical..people who do stupid things once theyre high is theyre dumb nature to begin with. marijuana isnt for everyone but considering roughly 70% of americans use the “drug” i think its safe to say its not as deadly as mr.turner says it is. tell me why oxycotin is a perscription drug yet if you have one without the script its illegal? if it helps you shouldnt you be able to use it? after all thats what its there for. marijuana was put on earth to act as a medical treatment for those people who dont use pills or alcohol to treat their pains…to say its deadly is just a ignorant statement.

April 20, 2011 at 11:34 am
(336) aly says:

People don’t have accidents because of the weed unless they mix it with something else, and the only reason people turn to harder drugs is because weed is being sold illegally. Many times it’s the drug dealer who sells more than just pot that will offer something else, and if the person is young they will probably take something that is going to “make you feel even better.”

April 20, 2011 at 8:52 pm
(337) chris says:

This nut is so off base, I am not even gonna waste time proving his ignorance,,,but i will add…happy 420 to all peace

April 24, 2011 at 3:41 pm
(338) YouTramps says:

ok death related or not, you immature sheep (and I use the word sheep because I guarantee your weak minded souls were peer pressured into smoking a substance which has a social status of being “cool” amongst young people) will have to wait 10-20 years to really the affects of the drug you crave. you WILL become paranoid, you WILL adopt a form of mental illness and overall you WILL spend most of your young lives sitting at home masturbating with a packet of doritos and only lower social status employability skills to offer a potential employee.
Enjoy your sad little lives and I am sure I will see you 15 years from now when you empty my bins, clean my office or even serve me my fries. Enjoy the paranoia because you will lose what you may have been able to gain.

April 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm
(339) Johnny 5 says:

Ok marijuana may not cause deaths and it is just a “plant”, I’m not denying that fact. I have no major issues with people who smoke it regularly. But think about this scenarios:

Option A: You get into a car wreck where the person wasn’t using any drugs. You would be pissed if you survived and call that person an Idiot. Plus get a lot of money if the person has decent insurance.

Option B: you get into a car wreck where the person has been smoking marijuana. I guarentee you everyone who says smoking is good and smoking is not good would say “screw that guy, he deserves a more harsh penalty than the person who wasn’t using drugs.”

What I’m trying to get at is that there is kind of a double standard. I have smoked from time to time and its fun. But where should a line be drawn. I do agree that it should be DE-CRIMINALIZED!!! But so many rules have to be altered for that rule to be super efficient and effective. The whole week related deaths is a load of crap. No documented records doesn’t mean shit……somewhere out there someone has gotten into an accident while being high. If you believe the “government” and “non-government” statistics then you are just ignorant

May 1, 2011 at 12:18 am
(340) Can says:

Than give one incident

May 3, 2011 at 6:03 pm
(341) Zach(watch the union ) says:

Ok well I am a pot smoker.. I’ve smoked pot since the grade5….and I’ve been told so much about how pot hurts you….you can not find one death conrtibuted directly to marijuana..no were not one….every ask any one who is at all Safistacated with the history of pot….it has been around since god created the earth…and smoked for ten thousand years.. Yet no one has ever been harmed form it…u can not show one case of lung cancer from pot alone..pot does not kill brain cells..tht hole monkey experiment…what they did was pump 63 columbian stregnth joints through a gass mask..they suffocated the monkeys…ppl Lao pull this bull line to”oh well in re-hab there are more marijuana users than anything” that is because when a kid is caught wt pot the judge gives them two choices..ether go to jail or go to treatment…the kid easily chooses treatment…cigarets kill more ppl than crak cocain achohol murder car crashes combined…omg coffee kills up to 7 thousand ppl a year…were does pot come in….0 not one death…not one death…

The only thing wrong about pot is…it’s illegal….in strict medical terms marijuana is the safest therapeutical substance known to man kind..and is safer thn most foods we commonly consume….my gap is 4.0 well I’ve been smoking pot for a very long time….I play lacrosse..starp,Ayer too…apparently it doesn’t affect longs or affect the brain.

May 10, 2011 at 4:39 pm
(342) rebecca says:

Really!!! This is crap….lol it makes me want to laugh….just another person trying to fight the fact that it will be legal soon……..lol so funny ….IDIOT

May 11, 2011 at 7:24 pm
(343) steveeeeee says:

ok i used to smoke very frequently and my grades were a’s and b’s and im in all honors classes at one of the best high schools in massachusetts. i get caught and am tested every month so i cant smoke and my grades drop to c’s and d’s. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm coincidence. and also if marijuana supposedly makes you infertile so you cant have babies. whats birth control do…. pretty sure a drug used to prevent you from getting pregnant cant be healthy but whatever im out.

May 17, 2011 at 10:06 am
(344) richard the cool says:

I’ve been smoking weed 4ever now. All sorts of it too. My friends and I have never went on to do any other drugs either. All the lies and ignorance spewed by uneducated “journalist” (such as yourself) should read before you write. It’s not the “EVIL” weed smokers fault the masses are left in the dark. It’s your responsibilty as a journalist to inform the public of the truth. If you don’t know what that is. don’t say anything… ’cause at that point, you’re just a liar and there goes your reputation.

Be cool…richard the cool

May 19, 2011 at 2:50 pm
(345) james says:

Have smoked for over 30yrs and i drive heavy equipment and stuff.Never had any accidents high and i have a clean bill of health.And my doctors know i smoke pot.So i call bull on all this crap.Anything put out bye any government of likewise is biased to the extent of corruption.

May 19, 2011 at 7:39 pm
(346) Anonn. says:

I know for a fact this article is a bunch of crap. One of my frinds (age 16) smokes every single day about 2 or maybe more times. He has never thought about suicide or harming others. He always has a positive attitude and he has straight A’s in school. He also has great hygiene(if that counts for anything). BUT; every person is different, you have to account for there surroundings or living situations. You could also just call him a functioning addict. Of course, I could be completly wrong. This is just what I see and my opinion.

May 22, 2011 at 2:07 pm
(347) Deborah says:

How many people die each year or become physically sick from the use of pharmaceutical drugs prescribed by their doctor. More and more of these drugs are being put on the market before being fully tested, and they are completely legal. Pharmaceutical companies are nothing but legal drug pushers.

May 22, 2011 at 8:37 pm
(348) Morgan says:

Wow aren’t ya’ll a bunch of winners! Just go ahead and admit all you have done.

May 23, 2011 at 10:56 pm
(349) matt says:

Why shouldn’t marijuana be legalized?

Dangerous?
So are other major drugs but they are still legalized?

It’ll add to current drug related incidents?
Maybe if the person wasn’t so stupid about their choice, it wouldn’t have happened. To those who say they wouldn’t know because of impaired judgement, if that was true, millions would be dying a day due to marijuana.

It’ll make our society lazy and unmotivated?
Hey guess what, ever heard of TV, fastfood, and video games? Dangerous yet no one mentions that.

Mentally addicting?
See above.

Gate-way Drug?
People try harder and stronger drugs because they WANT to. Studies have shown that those who have used marijuana over a period of time have no to little changes in wanting other drugs.

May 24, 2011 at 6:36 am
(350) Sheryov says:

It’s basically like the story of the African healer. A doctor goes and studies with him to find out what medicines he used. He writes a book, covering variety of herbs (most often MJ though)

He comes back 2 years later, to find that the healer had thrown away all his herbs, eradicated marijuana, and began using pharmaceuticals. When asked why, “the missionaries came and told us our medicine was that of the devil, and these were from God.”

That is what has happened in America. we have been taught natural is evil.

I believe they were quoting Genesis 1:29 “and god gave to man only medicines approved by Phizer and Astr Zenica…” oh wait, that says “EVERY HERB BEARING SEED” they must have the New International Edition…. (BTW, if you are Christian, Jew, or Muslim, it IS legal for you to smoke and posses marijuana BECAUSE OF THAT PASSAGE. Freedom of religion. If you are arrested for it, use this in your defense. If you are acquitted, request a court order stating that you cannot be arrested for this based on religious grounds. If arrested after presenting this court order, SUE THE F’N STATE FOR INFRINGING ON YOUR RIGHTS, AND PRESS CHARGES ON THE COP FOR KIDNAPPING, ASSAULT, THROW THE BOOK AT THEM! If not acquitted, SUE THE F’N STATE FOR INFRINGING ON YOUR RIGHTS! Demand a jury trial whenever possible! (ALL CRIMINAL CASES!) that is the only way we are going to be able to fight this drug war. please re-post this everywhere you can.

As for the “gateway drug” theory: Yeah, if you have to go to a dealer, who is selling hard drugs as well as pot, he is inevitably going to try to sell you something else, so yes, you will be more likely to try those drugs than if you weren’t in contact with people who sell drugs… which you wouldn’t be if marijuana were legal.

May 27, 2011 at 2:09 pm
(351) Jessica Van Vliet says:

What a ridiculous article with no facts whatsoever. Nice opinion piece & that’s it. Show me some facts…oh wait, you have none!!!!

May 31, 2011 at 2:53 am
(352) joan says:

I have smoked for forty years and never had an accident. Alcohol is the problem and it is legal. Go figure.

June 4, 2011 at 7:30 am
(353) Hardy says:

Quote “Increasingly it is mentioned not only as the first drug taken by people who overdose, but also in suicides and accidental deaths.” – Hamish Turner
I would have thought that a coroner with long experience, like he says, would realise that when people are asked what the first drug they ever took was, that they may forget that it was actually tobacco or alcohol. These are the original gateway drugs for obvious reasons, and for cannabis smokers, tobacco is particularly pertinent as it introduces people to ‘smoking’. And i think most have probably drunk alcohol before they ever smoked a joint also. So enough of this ‘marijuana as gateway drug’ nonsense!

June 6, 2011 at 3:06 am
(354) collette says:

weed in its natural form is not harmful unless u used it properly. but these day people add things to it like speed and other things. you can go your whole life and be alright smoking it. doesnt make it right

June 17, 2011 at 3:16 am
(355) Craig says:

Previous posters are all drug addled users. Their writing style and content makes it clear just how much weed has effected their mental and thought processes.
It is absolutely amazing the lengths these inane idiotic ignorant stoners will go to justify their own *addiction* and yes it is an addiction.
I’ve known plenty of stoners before and after they started using and the prevailing theme is they all got dull as a stone after long time use…its called being *stoned* for a reason.
But by no means go right ahead make yourself an addict, make yourself more likely to die in a car or other accident and even pour your money into the bloodthirsty gangs that will behead rivals for your business.

June 18, 2011 at 11:15 pm
(356) mr niceguy says:

Wake up people you have been lied to and now your affraid to admit it. Cannabis is not the devils weed. You will not go and rape white women. It is a very safe drug.

I did not start using cannabis first. It WAS alcohol. Im very suprised to see people stil defending that lie.

1970 Special class B category, half way between “hard” and “soft” drugs, created for cannabis as a compromise between Labour home secretary, James Callaghan, who believed it was as dangerous as heroin, and a “student faction” in cabinet who did not.

1978 Advisory Council on Misuse of Drugs recommends downgrading cannabis from class B to C. Labour home secretary Merlyn Rees rejects advice.

2002 ACMD looks again at status of cannabis at request of home secretary David Blunkett, who accepts recommendation to downgrade it from B to C, on grounds it is less harmful than class B drugs such as amphetamines.

2008 Home secretary Jacqui Smith rejects advice from ACMD to keep cannabis at class C after a ­ review concludes that evidence of a link between mental illness and stronger strains of cannabis remains weak.

February 2009 Smith vetoes ACMD recommendation that ecstasy be downgraded from class A after it reviewed 4,000 papers on the subject.

October 2009 Alan Johnson sacks Professor David Nutt as ACMD chair

June 22, 2011 at 11:41 pm
(357) Bh says:

RISKS: Impaired judgment and motor coordination / Shortened attention span and distractibility / Anxiety and panic attacks /Increased heart rate / Increased risk of heart attack / Increased risk for schizophrenia in vulnerable individuals/ Impaired judgment / Problems with memory and learning / Lowered motivation / Decreased alertness and coordination / Addiction / Withdrawal symptoms from stopping drug use (in a chronic user): irritability, sleeplessness, anxiety, impaired appetite, and aggression.

Yeah….NOW I’m convinced it’s safe……

June 24, 2011 at 1:12 pm
(358) Sahmir says:

I love how all the unemployed Pot Heads get riled up when you suggest they act like an adult and not use drugs as a crutch.

June 30, 2011 at 4:46 am
(359) pat says:

bull sh*t!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

July 3, 2011 at 1:26 pm
(360) Ashh Mariee says:

This article is such bull. I smoke budski almost everyday. Nothings happened to me. I drive, go to school, go to work and everything 90% of the time im so bakeed. Nothing is really dangerous about budski. Theres alot of other things we should be worrying about. Meth, Crack, Cocaine, Heroin, Etc.

July 8, 2011 at 10:41 pm
(361) Underwater says:

Everything in moderation.

Of course cannabis can be addictive and mess up your life if you overdo it, but I’d ask, what doesn’t? Fact is that it’s far less dangerous than legal drugs like alcohol, tobacco, and any number of pharmaceuticals, but it can certainly be overused with negative consequences.

Look, I’m all for the legalization of cannabis and maybe all drugs. You can be addicted to any behavior or substance that you find enjoyable, and cannabis is no exception. If you moderate your use, you won’t have any problems. Or don’t, it’s your life …

July 11, 2011 at 8:40 pm
(362) Marie says:

I don’t about the article, but any drug or substance that alters your mind/perception is dangerous to use if you’re operating a MV. Stupid potheads.

July 12, 2011 at 9:48 am
(363) daniel says:

What a bunch of crap … Stop this already. Alcohol kills 75,000 a year … Canabis kills NOT ONE! Stop relating accidents to canabis … Theres no proof! Dumb liberals.
GO GO House Bill 577!!

July 14, 2011 at 5:14 pm
(364) Ben says:

To all the people saying that alcohol and and tobacco kills more people than marijuana and all the other illegal drugs combined are right, but also, a ton more people use tobacco and alcohol than illegal drugs. Also, no one cares if you’ve been smoking weed for years and have never gotten in an accident, people have been drinking alcohol excessively for years and haven’t had an accident. And if you don’t think marijuana has killed anyone in an accident, take driver’s ed again, they’ll show you some pretty nasty pictures of marijuana related accidents.

July 16, 2011 at 2:43 pm
(365) thecannabus says:

This article IS definitely not researched. I challenge some solid facts to be found here. Statistics.

This is only the opinion of a person who has an agenda.

July 20, 2011 at 11:38 am
(366) NorthernCaliRealist says:

Aah, the classic weed vs. alcohol, cigarettes, and everything else debate. Potheads…hello?! It ALTERS YOUR STATE OF MIND. Besides the fact that it turns you into idiots, getting behind the wheel altered KILLS PEOPLE. PERIOD.

July 21, 2011 at 1:50 pm
(367) DEvin says:

wtf is alcohal?

July 21, 2011 at 3:52 pm
(368) Steven says:

For those that say it is not harmful…I just wanna post this one question for you to ask yourself. Have you ever gotten so stoned that you did something real stupid that might be considered dangerous?

July 25, 2011 at 6:01 pm
(369) Jose says:

To all those who smoke weed, good for you, and for those who are against it, let me tell you this, cigs. are legal, even though the effects of them are way more greater than weed, like many are saying marijuana has 0 deaths linked to direct use,people with an illness that causes loss of appetite, they smoke marijuana, and get the munchies which makes you hungry, can you smoke a cig. and have the same effect, no actually to most it does the opposite, and all those saying marijuana does kill or take lives, saying car accidents due to being high, yeah um alcohol does too, and thats legal, so stop trying to enforce, what you think, onto others, its sad, you havent given marijuana a try because its far better than anything out there, does alcohol make you happy, and relaxed, and mellow, NO, it can make you violent, trust me i got drunk one time, and whatever came to mind i did it, which resulted in me busting my friend’s lip, but when i get high, i think of what im about to do first, and its sad to see teenagers have a better grasp on reality then most adults, saying marijuana distances you from reality, and family or other relationships, so does alcohol once again, and even gaming, have you ever seen those kids in their room just playing video games and nothing more, should we band video games?, so with that said, i hope you give weed a second chance before saying stuff, that are a bunch of BS.

July 31, 2011 at 1:25 pm
(370) Ben says:

Lol. Gotta love the potheads that come here to defend their beloved drug.

August 1, 2011 at 6:11 pm
(371) mary says:

I live in the states and I was born in England. What a load of rubbish. My daughter died because of liver damage from pain pills her dr gave her without checking her liver for damage. This article is crap there is not one documented case a death by marijuana. No one should drive high on anything stupidity caused those deaths not cannabis.

August 2, 2011 at 2:01 pm
(372) Roger Ramjet says:

What is scary about this article is the author’s opinion was formed by powerful lobby groups that are fighting to keep Alcohol as the “drug of choice” among Americans. they are fighting to keep Hemp out of the textile industry due to the undermining of the lumber and textile industry as it is..

More people die from Alcohol each year than ALL HARD DRUGS COMBINED.. More people die from Alcohol than Heroin, Crack, MethAmphetamine and everything else you can name COMBINED.. If anyone reading this article is against Marijuana yet sees Alcohol OK in Moderation: You are a hypocritical fool..

August 5, 2011 at 6:39 am
(373) James says:

This actually makes sense. Whenever I’ve done weed I’ve been blacking out and getting intense heart palpitations. I stopped over a year ago because it got so bad. Luckily I had freinds to calm me down otherwise I would have died

To all you stoners, stop being sheep and get a life bitchez

August 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm
(374) Nicole says:

I have smoked marijuana and the only effect it has on me is getting the munchies. I’ve never wanted to try harder drugs like meth, cocain or herion so I dont know why people call it a ”gate-way drug”. The people who do go for stronger substances obviously have addictive personalities and shouldnt be consuming anything stronger than soft drinks.

If you have a negative side effect from weed than it is obviously not for you, but that doesnt make you any better than stoners.

Ive never heard of one person dieing from weed where as people die from drunk drivers and cigarettes every year. And theyre legal substances!!!!!!! Who are bigger sheep???
Stoners or drinkers and cigarette smokers?

August 11, 2011 at 4:16 am
(375) kjgo says:

Can’t tell if trolling
Or just really stupid

August 13, 2011 at 4:59 pm
(376) 420 me HARD says:

Id love to speak to Hamish and say: “1. U have clearly neva smoked weed b4 thn, dont diss it before you’ve tried it. 2. Change your words relating to cannabis to Alcohol and your find more related incidents…….and you will find a lot worst incidents as well 3. ANY Drug you take can have a bad effect if you are mentally unstable, COMMEN SENSE…..well i thort col (Chuckle Out Loud). You got problems and Coffee will even make you freak out ova a small problems such as SLEEP col. 4. MONEY that lines the pockets of Politicians fine cut suits (fair play lol) and the Timber industry (interlinked: William Randolph Hearst *Look him up) e.g. NEWS: Deforestation? My solution Hemp, its a plant that grows like most commodities such as wheat (same seasons) = No more trees being cut down 4 paper = reduced forestation? BUT……….. They control the timber market like the oil market and make HUGE profits 5. Its the finest erb on this earth that can make the worries in the world dissapear…… all you care about is that your high and enjoying life………….IMMAGINE EVERYONE IN THE WORLD ENJOTING THIS ONE MOMENT…………. like when they played football in no mans land at Christmas in the Great War…….PURE BLISS …. SO SHOVE UR IGNORENCE SOMEWHERE ELSE…….THIS IS PLANET EARTH AND WE ARE FREE.

August 15, 2011 at 4:03 am
(377) Briguy says:

Swag to everyone who supports weed

August 23, 2011 at 5:12 am
(378) Tenielle says:

Oh my god you guys are idiots! Just because the drug comes from a plant doesn’t mean it’s good for you! You have to be weak to do it in the first place and un-educated on the chemicals it naturally contains that impacts and eats away at the cognitive part of your brain / prefrontal cortex which is the decision making part of your brain and makes you stupid and more stupid every single time its consumed.. thats why the majority marjuana users skrew up more in life than non user’s and make bad decisions..

August 24, 2011 at 3:26 am
(379) louise says:

watch The Union. There was never a death recorded due to ganja in the last 10 000 years. that’s how long the use of this plant dates back. a lot of people in the White house has admitted to using weed in some time in their lives. The growers themselves had admitted to wanting to keep it illegal because the government would just add taxes to it and then they would loose their money. But watch the union, they explain it better in the documentary.

August 26, 2011 at 6:36 pm
(380) Kwseneca333 says:

Half the people on here who oppose this article cannot even spell alcohol right. This shows weed kills brain cells, and is bad news!!!!!!!!!!!!!

September 5, 2011 at 10:35 pm
(381) Jeff says:

Part 1

There is so much irony in the fact of how many people are “against drugs.” It is shocking to see how fast people will say what a terrible thing meth is, but then they fail to see the fact that it is actually a drug prescribed by doctors(Desoxyn). Also, all the parents who are more than willing to put their children on medication to help with ADD/ADHD are turning a blind eye as well. Methamphetamine is an amphetamine salt. Adderall is a medication based off a combination of amphetamine salts. Can you believe that? People sure don’t mind feeding those to their kids, do they?

Next, why is it considered a gateway drug? Typical answer will be that it is commonly the first used drug, and that leads to harder drugs. In fact, the article even stated that in a similar wording. This is the point where I get hung up. “Increasingly it is mentioned not only as the first drug taken by people who overdose, but also in suicides and accidental deaths.” Let’s take a closer look at that. They are saying it is the FIRST drug typically taken by people who overdose on something. Did these people grow up never taking acetaminophen(Tylenol) when they had a headache? When they got sick, where they ever prescribed anything? Did they ever smoke before trying marijuana? Did they ever drink alcohol before trying marijuana? All of those are drugs, but it seems society wants to turn a blind eye to that, even though legal drugs kill more people on an annual basis than illegal drugs.

September 5, 2011 at 10:37 pm
(382) Jeff says:

Part 2

Now, obviously that will be skewed somewhat, as many more people are likely to take Tylenol than heroin. I think we can all agree on that. But over 400,000 people in America die every year from smoking, whereas only around 15,000 die from all illegal drugs combined. In America, on average, 1 out of 6 people admits to smoking or having smoked marijuana. So let’s make the number overkill, and say that only 1 out of every 20 people still smokes marijuana and/or does some other illegal drug Let’s say all 10 out of 10 smoke tobacco, which we know they don’t, as not everyone smokes. That means we need to take our number of people who die from illegal drugs, and multiply it by 20 to get the same ratio. Even when taking excessively skewed numbers in tobacco’s favor, that still only brings us to 300,000 annual American deaths from all illegal drugs, which is still only 75% of the 400,000 Americans that die each year from smoking.

Part of the reason drugs get such a bad reputation is because you never hear about the person who went home after a hard day of work, smoked marijuana, went to bed, and then woke up the next day and carried on with life as usual, just like you don’t hear about the guy who went to the bar, got drunk, called a cab, and took the cab home and woke up the next day and carried on life as usual aside from being less productive in the morning due to a hangover. Society rarely makes an example of someone doing what they are expected to do, since it is something you are expected to do. When you do something you aren’t expected to do, it brings attention. That is why when someone does something wrong while on drugs, you see it all over the news.

September 5, 2011 at 10:38 pm
(383) Jeff says:

Part 3

There will be abusers of ANY drug. In excess, alcohol is damaging to your liver. It lowers inhibitions, making you more likely to do something dangerous to others, such as driving drunk. If you drink too much of it, you can get alcohol poisoning and die. It also weakens the heart’s strength, thus limiting its ability to pump blood as effective as it could. And as just one of many more negative effects I could add, it can result in ulcers and cancer in your digestive tract. In spite of all those things and the many I didn’t list, people still continue to happily abuse alcohol.

Now we can look at marijuana. If burnt, the smoke from the plant matter contains carcinogens and could potentially cause cancer to the lungs. This can be avoided by vaporizing it instead of burning it. Marijuana has a ceiling effect, meaning you can consume it constantly, and the most that may ensue is paranoia until the effects wear off. Marijuana can be used as a pain reliever, and many civilizations have used it as such. In scientifically and medically accepted tests, marijuana has not been shown to kill brain cells*. Marijuana is not physically addictive, but psychologically addictive, meaning that people may be thrown off when quitting due to it being a part of their daily lives, but the body will not suffer without it.

*see Part 4

September 5, 2011 at 10:38 pm
(384) Jeff says:

Part 4

* The test commonly referred to showing that marijuana kills brain cells has been completely discredited. The study done by Dr. Heath was improperly conducted, and had an insufficient sample size. He used 4 rhesus monkeys. They were fitted with an apparatus similar to a gas mask, and were supposed to consume 30 joints per day over the course of 90 days. That is far more than a person would smoke during the day, which, in addition to the small sample size, reduces the credibility of the study further. After further investigation, they found out this is not how the study actually went. Instead, he forced them to breathe the smoke from 63 joints over roughly a 5 minute period. With that much smoke, they monkeys were obviously deprived of oxygen, which is what they attribute to the loss of brain cells. In human studies, they have found that heavy marijuana users suffer cognitive impacts from marijuana, but after abstaining from marijuana for 60 to 90 days, their cognitive abilities had returned to normal.

-Jeff

September 8, 2011 at 5:03 pm
(385) weedlover31 says:

Ok this guy is full of it weed dosent make u do anything and if there has been it has not been from weed itsself sorry tht some ppl gwt higher then others and drive and get into accidents its the persons fault weed dosnt say lets go get into a car and kill some ur a idiot all the weed smokers out there SMOKE ON!!!!!!!!!

September 16, 2011 at 8:01 am
(386) Bob Dillman says:

The claims that marijuana causes deaths in this way are irresponsible and absolutely false. I am a speaker of LEAP law enforcement against prohibition. we have researched this topic extensively , and this is the newest progiaganda against legalization of a plant that has not killed anyone since 2727bc. there is not one death from it. and now to post it is worse than alcohol for causing driving accidents? this is false because if it were true it would show up in all toxicology reports. this item will be reviewed by LEAP and by several others who would like to review your credentials and sources for this as it seems that legal remidies could follow. as this is not only false but leads to harm to the public not to mention the overall costs to encourage a failing drug policy. Shame on you for posting this obviously ill informed and possibly libellous information based on no facts what so ever.

September 19, 2011 at 5:36 pm
(387) nathan says:

you people are so biased you just look at the fact of you smoking weed and you think you are good. bet that 90% of you people arguing for weed are a bunch of losers. you are not fine because you dont fit in with society and as long as you are smoking weed you wont ever fit in. so keep on smoking and keep on being a reject

September 21, 2011 at 3:35 am
(388) I-BLOW-MINDS says:

First of all, your talking out of your ass! Where are your facts from? Credible sources???

The dosage for marijuana depends on the potency of it, but in truth you can’t overdose. In complete contrast to marijuana, you can overdose on alcohol. Source: Healthfacts.com

Alcohol contributes to about 599,000 unintentional student injuries each year. No such statistics exist when it comes to student marijuana only use. Source: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Task Force on College Drinking, 2007.

MAIRJUANA IS VERY MEDICINAL!!!!!!!!!!!

A clinical trial testing THC as a treatment against cancer growth was a recently completed British pilot study. For three weeks, researchers injected standard doses of THC into mice that had been implanted with human lung cancer cells, and found that tumors were reduced in size and weight by about 50 percent in treated animals compared to a control group. There was also about a 60 percent reduction in cancer lesions on the lungs in these mice as well as a significant reduction in protein markers associated with cancer progression. http://www.sciencedaily.com

There have been no documented cases of lung cancer in a marijuana-only smoker, nor has pot been scientifically linked to any type of cancer. Alcohol abuse contributes to a multitude of long-term negative health consequences, notably cirrhosis of the liver and a variety of cancers. Source:Fox.com

ALSO!!!!!!!!!!

The stalk of marijuana/hemp plant is a very viable product According to U.S. department of agriculture you can make 4 times as much paper from an acre of marijuana/hemp plant as you can w/ and acre of trees so instead of chopping down all our trees turning our home Into a dessert you can grow a new crop of hemp 8-9 months later as opposed to the 20 years it takes to grow and acre of trees. at about ¼ the cost of making paper from wood pulp and only 1/5th the pollution.

PUT THAT IN YOUR PIPE AND SMOKE IT!!!! ;)

September 25, 2011 at 2:40 pm
(389) peter pan says:

dawn all of this is a lie…alcohol is destroying ever nation…80,000 people is killed per day cause of alcohol…

September 29, 2011 at 6:26 am
(390) Common Sense says:

Marijuana IS medicine, just like aspirin but you can’t die from its direct ABUSE. Needless to say if you ABUSE marijuana of course you will face social and other difficulties because you’re abusing a substance, but at least you wont die from it or get an ulcer or have kidney/liver failure like with any other MEDICINE that’s being marketed and sold with or without prescription.

Ergo marijuana being illegal is complete nonsense, of course it’s not 100% harmless, but nothing is 100% harmless and if we allow more dangerous substances to be socially accepted and even abused on daily basis why shouldn’t we allow that with marijuana?

Donna, I’m sorry to say but you have failed as a parent, you need to teach your children about moderation at their very early age, so they wont be greedy about food, alcohol and even drugs.

Yes, I use marijuana on daily basis, who’s to stop me to smoke a joint or two after long days work, it helps me relax and sleep, I wake up the next morning fresh and well rested. I do not smoke while i’m working or driving so I do not allow it to affect my everyday life, it’s not marijuana’s fault that people don’t know where and when to use it, that’s just human nature to lust and be generally greedy about everything.

September 29, 2011 at 7:35 am
(391) Robert says:

Typical. All the people calling this article nonsense etc. are, wait for it…people that use it.
So many of you miss the point. He’s not saying that the actual cause of death is the drug. He’s saying that the drug can cause other forms of death from using it.

Example being if you were to smoke a ton of it then go for a drive afterwards. I use this example because I happen to know someone who did just that. Smoked it all night, thought he was fine, lost perception, poor judgement, equilibrium all messed up. Crashed and died in hospital a few days later.

As far as I’m concerned and I used to smoke it when I was a teen, It’s a stupid thing to do. There’s plenty more things to get you high that don’t require drugs. People give me this non-addictive stuff daily. Yet, when you ask them to stop for a week as a test you should see the results for yourself. Not only that, you get addicted to the tobacco you use to pack the joint which basically gives you an excuse for your actions. Ridiculous.

I know someone on benefits that can’t see why spending all his money on weed is bad. He has a baby son who lives far away with his mother. He goes to see him “As much as he can” which would be 100x more if he would just stop spending all his money on it.

I’m not saying this happens to everyone. I’m only saying it happens. It’s illegal for a reason and if that eludes your mind, try to stop smoking it and wait for the burst of clarity.

October 4, 2011 at 11:15 am
(392) Vega says:

Just because it’s a plant that has been around forever doesn’t automatically make it safe. Poison Ivy is a good example. A better example is the Manchineel apple tree. You can die within an hour of eating an apple from this tree.

October 5, 2011 at 6:36 am
(393) The_Voice says:

Dear To Whoever It May Concern,
I smoke the weed, i have been smoking the weed for many years…The weed does not or should not smoke you. Now, if this happened or happens to you, you are what i like to call a no common sense dumb f**k. If anything my mind is open, my reaction time is greater, I remember more and I am an all around lovable person. I can say it has changed me for the better. Also I am a employed PI Officer, college student pursuing my masters. I AM A PROUD “POTHEAD”

your truly
The_voice
P.S. Killuminati

October 5, 2011 at 11:18 am
(394) Larry says:

I don’t know how true the article is or not, but whenever you introduce something foreign into your system whether it be Alcohol, Cigarettes, Cocaine, or (Yes) Marijuana, your body starts reacting different because it is trying to tell you something is not right here! And to all you Pot Heads whether you like it or not Marijuana is not good for you nor any thing else in your body that is not natural so bring your head down out of the smoke and face the fact that none of it is good.

October 6, 2011 at 2:18 pm
(395) Bill says:

This page is full of BS. Marijuana is not a dangerous drug, it is safer than alcohol, tobacco, and spice. Yet those three things are all legal and marijuana is not. Oh and genius, if marijuana was harmful, then why is it used for medical purposes!? Nobody believe this article, it is all FALSE

October 7, 2011 at 10:02 am
(396) Dr. Oceg says:

Potheads,

Just stop! Who are you kidding?

Sincerely,

Conscience

October 7, 2011 at 7:37 pm
(397) Allen says:

Hey Larry (394). Marijuana IS natural. So is alcohol and cocaine. The medicine you’re taking to keep you from being a bipolar nuisance is not, it’s made in a lab. Crack a book or two before spouting off stuff that makes you and the rest of the drug war supporters look like idiots.

At least Vega (392) makes a valid point, however as it’s been pointed out no one dies from Marijuana.

Bottom line if you don’t like Marijuana, don’t smoke it! Who are you to tell someone else they can’t? I’m not gonna tell you to stop drinking or smoking cigarettes, but I will educate you of the (factual!) dangers of doing so.

This propaganda campaign against Marijuana is getting ridiculous. As you can see by the responses to this article, no one believes that crap anymore so just stop. Soon enough all this foolishness will end, the masses are waking up.

October 12, 2011 at 1:46 pm
(398) Molly says:

I never did anything stupid while smoking weed. When i smoke I laugh, get hungry, and sometimes get sleepy, nothing else. Actually if i go to class after smoking I’m more focused. Now on the other hand I have don’t stupid things while drinking. And I never have the urge to try other drugs. I wouldn’t dare.

October 13, 2011 at 2:46 pm
(399) CeeL says:

What about the guy that was beat to death by his own brother for stealing a joint (do they still call it a joint?).
What about the baby that died from malnutrition because daddy had a choice between formula and his smoke, and daddy can’t function without his smoke? What about the kid that committed suicide because he wasn’t able to have functional relationships with anyone , because he was either high or irritable because he ran out of dope?
I started smoking it when I was young. I eventually moved on to better shit. You peeps think your experience is the ONLY experience? You are high, and you are talking stupid, becuase thats what it does to you, it makes you stupid. You do roofs? Wow, is that what you said you wanted to be when you were five? I doubt it, but now! Look at you now! “I smoked dope n look at me, i cant talk right an i cant spell right”…..I rest my case. You’re young, uneducated, and stupid. Listen to the smart, educated, common sense folks, that read ALL OF THE STUDIES, not just the ones they want to hear, and they aren’t high, and they don’t own a piece of the booze cash cow, they have only ONE reson for informing your drug fogged dumb asses of the facts, THEY ARE TRYING TO HELP YOU!

October 17, 2011 at 7:07 am
(400) SadSadPeople says:

Just about every single one of you who posted here writes like a mentally handicapped 12 year old with nubs for arms. And to think, you are the people who support marijuana. Maybe you should really look at yourself before wondering why people don’t want more of you.

October 17, 2011 at 6:29 pm
(401) Samantha says:

Ive smoked weed for about 7 years and i just turned 21, for the past 1 year straight ive been smoking terrible amounts like at least a quarter a day, not only is it costly but it does damage the brain. I believe the tests and pot is harmful, at mass amounts then quitting. Im currently in the process of quitting and its messing with my head, it hurts. Ive been to the hospital and have had numerous tests done with nothing showing up. I still smoke a tiny bit each day and i think the withdrawls are much worse. And do harm. My head hurts, ive been in great mind pain and feel unstable and almost scared. i know a lot of its from marijuana. If you smoke it dont over do it, and dont quit Cold Turkey, because it does do damage. My brain is damaged and its from pot and i know it, i just cant wait till i get over it and this pain and trama goes away the i will never smoke chronically again.

October 19, 2011 at 1:56 am
(402) Gathering of the Morons. says:

Pot heads.
Ignorance shows 100% on 99.2% of these replies.

So, posting my opinion is like telling my wall, not every wall
is white through out the house. *Cricket sounds*

But i love how addicted people on ANY substance says everyone is addicted to something. Yes, ill agree, but then ill disagree. Because Computer games is not a god dam Substance i am putting in my body.

Or they say, Food.. Food? Seriously? Food…?
Anyone that has ever had these words come out is just seriously stupid more ways then one. We eat to survive.
4 pot heads out of 5 non substance users make it clear they need munchies (FOOD) Before, or after they come down.

Non substance user don’t say ” I need more food! ” after the filling of being full starts to go away.

Also, MOST of the non users argument is not on ” DEATHS ”
Facts isnt on Google people. Facts is (when) young adults get depressed. Weed is not an UPPER. So what do you get when a suicidal person that’s already at the bottom of down + a downer (weed) when obviously they’re not thinking straight and already want to die!

But hey, Its all good. Have your pot. Smoke it up!
So no more Welfare, Food stamps, Or jobs that make you piss in a cup wont have any effect on the smart-intelligent drug substance user at all.. Not one bit. Because that same person has great ideas (while stoned, Because you all claim that’s the ONLY time you think clearly) how to make it rich… One day…
You bet your azz he will figure it out..

But dont forget, you need to go up to the store and buy another blunt wrap before you forget that.

Btw, smoking blunt wraps is worse off then my pack of Cigarettes. But you pot heads knew that, because you bring up how many people die from cigarettes..
When that statistic is also wrong. FYI :)

October 19, 2011 at 2:23 pm
(403) Karen T. says:

I am so happy to see that there are more intelligent people in this conversation, than idiots, like the one that wrote this. This is exactly what we need….people to come out and stand up for our civil rights. WAKE UP….WE The PEOPLE know the truth about marijuana. It’s not the evil drug some would have us believe. The alcohol and phamaceutical companies would lose a lot of money if marijuana was legal. Interesting, don’t you think?

October 19, 2011 at 2:34 pm
(404) Karen T. says:

And by the way:

NICE JOB PAUL…….

COMMENT 292 THROUGH 307.

Well done and complete!

THANK YOU (:

October 19, 2011 at 11:15 pm
(405) Bob says:

Tobacco is a plant, and yet it kills so many every year. Your arguments are irrelevent, and make no sense. Get an education, instead of smoking weed in your parents basement at ages 20 and older, and maybe someone will actually listen to you.

October 24, 2011 at 10:19 am
(406) Royce says:

HAhahahahahahahaha

October 25, 2011 at 7:56 pm
(407) Ruth Snow says:

BS…complete BS…..just a bunch of idiots trying to cause judgement to fall on people for smoking a little pot. Medicinal or otherwise I have never ever heard of anything taking place hazardous surrounding the use of marijuana. I have smoked recreationally and occasionally for years and think it is the most harmless thing there is ..Alcohol…no…other drugs…no. but pot,,,the government just wants an excuse to kill that one. Just let them get there hands on marijuana . they would commercialize it and process it to death.

October 26, 2011 at 3:38 am
(408) KING JOHN says:

dont lie to the people. you mention that cannabis is often the first “DRUG” used but dont mention any other substances taken. I know your afraid of the people who pay your salary thats why you only say certain things. Your a Head of some council but you dont bother to mention the amounts of deaths caused yearly by drugs that you so called doctors prescribe to people.

Search first the Kingdom of Jah then all good things will follow.

Clearly u still lost

October 29, 2011 at 6:54 pm
(409) MaryJane says:

This article says that marijuana kills people…. And said that they see many deaths every year from it…

But they never said how marijuana kills people? They also never said how marijuana is related to those ‘accidents’ and ‘suicides’?

Its al bull, thats why.

October 30, 2011 at 7:58 am
(410) 420 me Hard says:

(380) Kwseneca333 YOU SAID”Half the people on here who oppose this article cannot even spell alcohol right. This shows weed kills brain cells, and is bad news!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Great English skills (“weed kills brain cells, and is bad news”), your point is invalid ahaha

November 4, 2011 at 12:41 am
(411) Fixx says:

Chad and Petra: I would agree that operating heavy machinery under the influence of any drug is not a good idea. That includes coffee which is not only legal but free in many workplaces, probably because it is seen to increase production. I’m curious (not pretending I know the answer) how much aggressive and dangerous driving is caused by coffee drinking drivers.

Chad: It’s simple, don’t get high at work or at school if you believe that is causing you problems. You don’t have to throw the baby out with the bathwater. It’s not a very addictive drug so set some boundaries and stick to them.

Donna: Your lesson is really an analogy and it’s not a very good one. What if the river turned into a lake – is that so bad. For that matter swamps are a crucial part of the ecosystem. You need a better analogy.

Donna: Your list of poisonous plants would be an effective argument except that marijuana is not on the list of poisonous plants. Why? Because it is not, so the comparison is irrelevant. It is a beneficial plant used by many societies for thousands of years.

Donna: WRT to your son. I smoked pot in college daily and graduated top of my class. Could my marks have been better? Who knows, but your son may have other issues that you are oblivious to because you want to blame everything on pot. That said, I think that pot should be legal so a minimum age could be enforced as with other drugs. I believe in erring on the side of safety and there are some studies that suggest that young people should not be using marijauna.

Donna: You misspelled sentences. Are you high? :)

Donna: Governments are the target because they are the ones who are jailing people for doing something that is not harmful to anybody else. To be clear here, we are talking about the simple act of smoking up or merely possession of it. Taking away someone’s freedom in these cases is morally wrong of the government.

November 4, 2011 at 12:43 am
(412) fixx says:

Donna: Most governments are filtering and collecting data on the internet. If you don’t believe this then you have a serious misconception about the role of governments in modern society. There is very little that they are protecting WRT the masses and their rights. You need to learn a little about history and how it is repeating, then you may see that we are being oppressed more and more out of fear. Those in power are afraid of the losing their power and wealth. The only thing protecting internet traffic is the ISPs and their financial freedom. But make no mistake, governments have access to all their data.

Cathy: I believe the expression is “ditto”. Are you high as well? Did you and Donna just smoke up? :)

Cathy: Everyone lives in a cloud. It’s just that most people don’t realize it. It is only through changing your perspective that you can see the true nature of perception. Weed is actually one of the more useful drugs in this respect. Pot users defend the drug because of their personal experience. How much experience do you have on this subject?

Cathy: The “pot slave” comment shows your ignorance. While studies and science suggest that pot is addictive in the classical body chemistry sense, i.e. dopamine increases in the brain, they also suggest that it is far less addictive (and dangerous) than most legal drugs. BTW dopamine increases in your brain anytime your experience something you enjoy such as chocolate, sex, a good book, etc. Do people that defend their right to do these things deserve the label of slave? When people come on here and regurgitate anti-pot propaganda they are just showing that they aren’t thinking for themselves. Do yourself a favour Cathy and learn to think for yourself.

November 4, 2011 at 12:45 am
(413) fixx says:

Lester: I believe Chad is just looking for the easy button like so many in our society. He wants to believe that quitting pot will make him a good machinist. And if he has a particular sensitivity to pot this may even be true. Or maybe he just shouldn’t be a machinist, he may not have the natural aptitudes for it.

Myles: Well said. I wish I had read your responses before I wrote my own (I could have saved some time). I will still post however (unless I have to log in) since I’ve gone to all this effort. I especially liked this comment “Marijuana’s illegality is its most detremental effect.” since it is true in more ways than one. They’ve put something harmless in the hands of organized crime by making it illegal. This is the ultimate in deregulation.

Angela: I’m glad that you were once fat and stupid and then turned your life around. I’m thin, get great marks, and smoke pot. Where’s your correlation now? I’m not usually this insulting but you started it by calling people idiots. Your dad mostly likely experienced dopamine spikes from many other things long before he tried pot. Are all those things now gateways to heroine? He most likely had an addictive personality and would have ended up in the same place even if he had skipped pot. The only real correlation here is that pot is illegal and so is heroine, so, he MAY have gained access to heroine through his pot dealer. That could not have happened if pot was legal. One thing for sure is that if your dad had stuck to pot he would still be alive.

November 4, 2011 at 12:46 am
(414) fixx says:

Robert: Your friend was a victim of his own poor judgement. Being wasted on anything and driving is a bad idea, this includes a lack of sleep, pescription drugs, etc. As to the addictiveness, you managed to quit. As have I for long periods on multiple occassions with NO WITHDRAWL SYMPTOMS. Rolling tobacco with pot gets you addicted to tobacco because tobacco IS highly addictive. I have no idea how your logic leads you to the “excuse for your actions” conclusion.

Dr. Oceg: I suspect that you are not a doctor. For sure you are not my conscience since I am 100% sure that I am not hurting anyone else by smoking pot.

CeeL: Did you make those stories up? What is this better stuff you moved onto? I think perhaps you are the fogged one. I have read plenty of studies (and not just the positive ones). Most of the ones from the Nixon and Regan eras have been exposed as completely false or really bad science (e.g. suffocating monkeys with pot smoke to “prove” it kills brains cells). Thank you freedom of information act. There are few things in this world that have only up sides and no down side and anything abused will have negative consequences. Pot is no different (although certainly on the more benign end of the spectrum) and yet it is demonized for some (or multiple reasons). I don’t really care anymore what the reasons are I just know that it is morally wrong to lie. The sad part is that some people are to trusting of authority and continue to believe lies long after they have been PROVEN to be false.

SadSadPeople: I am respected by my friends family and every single one of my employers. Your insults have added nothing constructive to this conversation. I can excuse your ignorance but not your rudeness.

November 4, 2011 at 12:50 am
(415) fixx says:

Samantha: Get an MRI or CAT scan if you are that concerned. You really have no way of knowing that your symptoms are from pot and there may be something seriously wrong with you. If you are still smoking then this is not withdrawl. I can not speak for everyone but to my experience there are very few withdrawl symptoms from pot anyway (especially not like what you are describing). The most I’ve seen from anybody is mild irritability. Good luck and I wish you well.

Paul: Hopefully some of the more uninformed peole will read what you wrote and become enlightened. Good job.

Dr. R.F. Pippin: The truth is is important. But the absolute truth is often hard to accertain. Reality often lies between black and white and is in fact grey. There is value in rational discourse and logical discussion as well as personal experiences and opinions. And comments are a venue for these things. This is not a scientific paper so your opinion would be as welcome as any other.

Gathering of the Morons: I heard the same type of rant from an alcholic one time, in fact we all had to run and hide from him because he got violent. To complete the story, if I had not been stoned (with the peaceful tendancies that ensue) I would have laid him out on his “azz” since I do not tolerate bullies. Sounds to me like you are just a hateful person. Also, so you know, even sober people will have troubling making sense of what you wrote.

To all those that say it stays in your system for longer than 24hrs: You are wrong. The metabolites are what linger and they are not the active ingredients that make you high and make you forget what you were just saying. Metabolites are what authorities use to determine if someone has smoked marijuana but their prescence do not mean the person is high or impaired.

November 4, 2011 at 12:51 am
(416) fixx says:

To all those who are critical of pot smokers’ spelling: Did you not read the first sentence of this article. ‘T’ is no where near ‘N’ on a keyboard. This is not a simple typo. This is the brain misfiring in someone who clearly does not support marijuana use. I guess the author is human like the rest of us. Get off your high horse and mind your own damn business.

To all those who are over 60 and still believe the propaganda from years past (now exposed to be actual lies thanks to the freedom of information act): 20 years from now this generation will realize that their trusted leaders lied to them for whatever reasons. It is a fact that this happens, accept this fact and become acquainted with the truth. Never stop growing and never stop learning.

November 4, 2011 at 1:07 am
(417) fixx says:

Samantha: This is more likely what to expect but even this is more drastic than I have ever seen (possibly because it is not the whole plant but a synthesis of an active ingredient):

(marijuana – withdrawal) “An abstinence syndrome has been reported after the abrupt discontinuation of dronabinol [Marinol®] in volunteers receiving dosages of 210 mg/day for 12 to 16 consecutive days. Within 12 hours after discontinuation, these volunteers manifested symptoms such as irritability, insomnia, and restlessness. By approximately 24 hours post-dronabinol discontinuation, withdrawal symptoms intensified to include “hot flashes”, sweating, rhinorrhea, loose stools, hiccoughs and anorexia.

“These withdrawal symptoms gradually dissipated over the next 48 hours. Electroencephalographic changes consistent with the effects of drug withdrawal (hyperexcitation) were recorded in patients after abrupt dechallenge. Patients also complained of disturbed sleep for several weeks after discontinuing therapy with high dosages of dronabinol.”

Source: “MARINOL® (dronabinol) Capsules,” (Abbott Laboratories: Abbott Park, IL, July 2006), pp. 11.
http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2006/018651s025s026l...

I am not a doctor but my opinion is that the pot was masking something else. I am not by any means suggesting you shouldn’t quit smoking it.

November 8, 2011 at 5:43 pm
(418) Guillaume says:

Yes, we should focus on bigger problems… like literacy.

November 9, 2011 at 1:14 pm
(419) Brian says:

I used to smoke weed, till I got in a car accident and killed 4 of my best friends. Weed kills, it impairs judgment and slows down reflexes. So for all who say it doesn’t kill people…ask the families of the 4 people who died in that accident.

November 10, 2011 at 2:10 pm
(420) Christopher Barwick says:

I just find it rather amusing that comments left by some pro cannabis users saying how it is a harmless plant can’t even spell alcohol…
Says it all really.

November 15, 2011 at 8:40 am
(421) Landon the boss pilk says:

I just find it rather amusing that a comment by an anti-cannabis user ridiculing the spelling of other comments on a website as a link to the so called “detrimental” effects of marijuana…. gets the lucky spot of 420 ;)

November 20, 2011 at 2:41 pm
(422) jacob green says:

bull. the strains of pot over the years has intermingled and as a result is less potent. there are no recorded cases of pot ever killing anyone anywhere-not one. the pot is a mood alterer so yes, people with presuisidle intentions are likely to increase these thoughts, none to my knologe tho.

November 21, 2011 at 2:51 pm
(423) Jim says:

alcohol impairs judgement much more then marijuana. everyone is too judgmental and that the problem with today society, not someone smoking a joint which is having absolutely no impact on your life.

November 22, 2011 at 10:00 pm
(424) razor says:

AJAJAJ it makes me laugh all of the pot heads that are trying to justify that mariguana isnt bad jajaj IF YOU ARE HERE IS BEACUSE YOU WERE WONDERING IF POT IS ALL READY MAKING YOU STUPID SO THAT MEANS YOU KNOW YOU HAVE A PROBLEM LOL. QUIT JUSTIFYING MARIGUANA IS NOT BAD, EVEN FRENCH FRIES ARE BAD FOR U :)

November 27, 2011 at 8:41 am
(425) marcus says:

ahh fuggn donna thanks for the good ol smile

November 28, 2011 at 5:23 am
(426) mike says:

Stupid people shouldn’t smoke, plain and simple. All pun intended ;)

November 28, 2011 at 8:45 pm
(427) Lubbaz says:

I have smoked pot on and off for the last 6 years. At some points smoking a quarter a day to the present smoking like a 0.3 a day. Soon after starting to smoke weed I did get into other drugs then had a religious experience where I was convinced it was all wrong. Then i started only smoking cigs since they were “legal”. Soon after got back into everything. I had a complete nervous breakdown went to the hospital for 2 days where they couldnt calm me down. After explaining the story they ignored the cigs the alcohol and the hard drugs i used to do and blamed the weed for everything. I quit everything cept these anxiety pills they gave me which made me feel like an emotionless zombie. I believed them…. until now since it is the only substance i take in (small amounts mind you, I’ve learned large amounts do mess with my memory and focus and so on). All i do is work all day sober then come home have a nice bowl after dinner and relax before bed. No anxiety. No depression. No lung problems. No dizziness. No withdrawl at work crave cigs all day though). Just my story mayb effects everyone differently. I think the coke, boms, acid, and other drugs did me all the harm. WORST ONE! CIGARETTES! and alcohol makes people do retarted things.

November 28, 2011 at 10:56 pm
(428) Pareadise says:

In every city in the USA, there are rehabs and halfway houses all over, especially the big cities. Childhood development is stopped cold with any drug.
So, if you’ve been smoking marijuana since you 8 years old and you are 25 and still smoking, you probably have the the mentallity of an 8 Year old/ maturity.
If you believe Pot don’t kill, go to some of those houses and look at all of the dead children in those adult bodies.
POt Kills SPIRIT

December 4, 2011 at 9:01 pm
(429) kelsey says:

Look at all these comments.. I think its time to legalize the green America. Something most of us level headed individuals can agree on. And it sounds like whoever wrote this article needs to lay off the real hardcore drugs and chill out with some MaryJ. Some people are just stupid, plain and simple. That stupidity could be enhanced or supressed by the MJ. Same thing for alcohol. Next time, come with hard facts about the harmful effects of mj. Not bs. Thanks. :)

December 6, 2011 at 12:54 pm
(430) JEss says:

this article is a complete joke, there are no direct facts at all, just opinions. Accidents happen, weed doesn’t cause accidents people do. If you choose to drive under the influence of any substance and get in an accident that is your fault and your fault alone. Just like if you choose to do other drugs that is your choice. All people can seem to do these days is blame other people and things for their problems. Take personal responsibility for your actions.

December 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm
(431) Billy says:

It says reported as accidents… because it affects your brain. So in this it does kill people. Can you smoke weed and choose not to drive under the influence just as you should not drink and drive? Can you smoke weed and decide playing with firearms isn’t a good idea? It’s a different situation with everyone. Some can handle it and make decent decisions and a lot of others can not. Agree to disagree if you will but it’s illegal for a good **** reason.

December 19, 2011 at 11:48 pm
(432) Sherri says:

You guys are all stupid. Marijuana does cause deaths, they just arent recorded. People get raped all the time but are all of them reported? No.

December 20, 2011 at 2:01 pm
(433) Alis Maiurro says:

LOL..Ive been smoking everyday since 1968 and many of my friends as well..Im concidered a normal,contributing,intelligent member of society..Ive never been tempted to drink or do hard or medicinal drugs

December 21, 2011 at 7:36 pm
(434) Shay says:

This article is full of it.. I don’t believe anything in it.. There is no static that says anyone has died from marijuana.. Unless they had allergic reaction to it.. You can smoke and still be functional unlike other drugs. I think this article is useless!!!!

December 23, 2011 at 12:08 pm
(435) Matt says:

This article is full of it I’ve smoked weed for about two years mostly so I didn’t kill someone it helps u calm down I would prefer to smoke weed every day than tO smoke one cig

December 24, 2011 at 2:02 am
(436) yoke says:

yooo such a yoke eh?

December 26, 2011 at 5:08 pm
(437) David says:

Here are my thoughts … I’ve been smoking since I was 12. I was afraid to mix weed and school because I didn’t want my grades to be affected. Within the last year I’ve been experimenting with the use of marijuana for certain types of thinking, namely chess and music composition. Marijuana worked great for both. I decided to do an experiment this last quarter, mixing weed and school …

I’m at one of the highest rated universities in the world doublemajoring in physics and electrical engineering, two VERY difficult majors. I tutor math part time and work as an electrical engineering intern 20 hours per week. I decided to smoke 3 times a day, every day, for the entire quarter, once when I wake up, once when I get home and once before I go to bed. Despite having the most difficult schedule I’ve ever had (80-90 hours per week) I got excellent grades, and did well both at my internship and tutoring. I was in the top 5% of two of my classes and top 20% in my other two. Believe me, it’s not easy to compete with physics/engineering students at a top 10 school.

The verdict: the marijuana propaganda is a bunch of bull. Its a great plant that would affect the revenue of pharmaceutical companies …

January 1, 2012 at 5:30 am
(438) Plisko says:

ALL psychoactive drugs, including ALL THE LEGAL ONES people are given by doctors for pain, depression etc, cause imparement which can lead to accidents. That includes marajuana which is also a drug prescribed LEGALLY by doctors in some places

What exactly is the point of this article? To tell us that valium kills? That Tylenol 3 kills? Is it telling us that Oxycodone kills?

Where is the outrage about all the accidents, deaths, or suicides that occured while people were taking these drugs? It is highly suspicious to use such a thin connection to danger in order to say “This kills”. Totally over the top fallacy.

January 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm
(439) jsm says:

dont wait.. until its too late.. maybe the next time you try u are already dead.

January 3, 2012 at 2:09 pm
(440) JD says:

Ok a couple of facts here to debunk ANY REASON that cannabis should not only be legal to grow & put everywhere but should be illegal NOT to use

* Jesus was a stoner, many verses talk about cannabis, cannabis resin has been found to be a ingredient in the holy oil
* almost EVERY genus used cannabis, like but not all, albert einstein, ted turner. Steve jobs, sergey brin, carl sagan, oliver sacks, francis crick, bill clinton, barack obama, george w. bush, george washington,………..
* Cannabis & Humans have the most symbolic relationship in all of nature, every living thing above simple sea sponges have what is called the endocannabinoid system, which in humans has ties in just about every system in our bodys, cannabis & endocannabinoid are the ONLY natural source cannabinoid’s we know of, cannabis enhances our endocannabinoid, works with it
* cannabinoid’s have shown to cure cancer, alzheimer’s, diabetes, ms, an just about every other serious disease we know of
* cannabis consists of over 66 cannabinoid’s, to main ones THC & CBD, with cannabis indica with higher CBD, cannabis sativa with higher THC, cbd is know to be one of the most therapeutic substances know to man, the us gov even has a patent on CBD for its antioxidant and neuroprotective properties

January 3, 2012 at 2:11 pm
(441) JD says:

* cannabis has been shown to cause short term memory loss in growing brains, but cause cell growth(neurogenesis) in adult brains
* a study on rats showed that increased cannabinoid activity in the brain calls for open mindedness & open to change while decreased activity caused narow mindedness & being scared of change
*Anandamide one of our endocannabinoid which has a pharmacology similar effect to thc but is structurally different has been show to be one of our natural defenses against cancer, is present in breast milk & allows the baby to learn how to eat, is found in high concentrations when we eat fatty foods on the CB2 receptors in the spleen & gut, has been found in chocolate & acetaminophen is metabolically combined with arachidonic acid by FAAH to form AM404
* Cannabis we not made illegal for its psychoactive effects but for hemp as it has 1,000s of uses and would put the timber, clothes, oil, plastics, pharma industry almost completely out of business overnight, and it was named the new billion dollar cash crop in the 1930′s which it was outlawed due to harry j anslinger and his ties to the oil & the timber industry
* Hemp seed is one of the most nutritional foods known to man
* The cannabis plant soaks up harmful radiation & re enriches the soil its planted in
* Was used for just about everything medically & industrially pre 1930′s
* The oldest known woven fabric was made of hemp
* Hemp plastic is stronger than steel & lighter than regular plastic
* It was illegal NOT to grow hemp in jamestown & was legal tender for many years in the us(and the origin of the phrase money doesnt grow on trees)
* There has NEVER been one death from cannabis EVER as far back as our records go

Thos are just some, there is NO LOGICAL reason this plant is illegal nor why everyone’s NOT doing it

January 3, 2012 at 2:30 pm
(442) JD says:

Oh and btw for all the people still blind by the “drug war”, we are made of drugs, if we were to live in a “drug free world” we would not exist, our body’s make SEVERAL intoxicated substances, dopamine, serotonin, endorphin’s, Anandamide, adrenaline, dmt, dmt which is a schedule one substance, is found in very small amounts in our bodys, dmt or (N,N-Dimethyltryptamine) is one of the most psychedelic chemicals known to man & is called the spirit molecule, Psilocybin mushrooms or 4-PO-DMT is not only structural similar to DMT, but also serotonin & drug my definition is a chemical that makes chemical or psychological changes in our body & before you think I’m some druggie, consider this, I have 12 years science experience 10 in technology, I’ve studied quantum & astro physics, cosmology, medical science, electronics, advanced computers, intro robotics, religion, philosophy, mechanics, politics & law, history of religion, law & politics, neuroscience & had a 129 IQ score at age 5

January 3, 2012 at 2:32 pm
(443) JD says:

*drug by definition

January 5, 2012 at 3:46 pm
(444) john caples says:

its all based on your personal traits. the drug its self has never caused anybody to harm other like crack…some people can smoke weed and never think anything else…if some people can smoke and be successful then its not the drug

January 8, 2012 at 12:08 am
(445) Jorge says:

I do not smoke, but I know that actually kills because a relative was killed while he was with some “friends” they were using marihuana and if the pot itself does not kill your body it does kill your brain you are not able to think right as those who said they had being using marihuana for years without a problem, well that is the proof you are deniying the problem because your brain is almost gone, my neighbors smoke pot in front of their kids, I have to keep mine inside because of them, that makes me think they had no brain already if they want to kill themselves go for it but please respect the life of us who still have brain enough to think about what is real, marihuana kills not only your brain but also all around you

January 10, 2012 at 3:40 pm
(446) John says:

You guys are not very bright. One of you stated “a plant which has been around forever!” I’m pretty sure tobacco has been around forever and is also a plant. So you have no point. Also, I have drank alcohol and I have never had an accident, therefore, by all of your reasoning, it is safe to drive while drinking alcohol. Your comments are ignorant. If you think it is just as safe to operate a vehicle while stoned as it is sober, then perhaps we should allow surgeons to get baked prior to surgery. How many of you would go for that??

January 10, 2012 at 3:42 pm
(447) John says:

JD, you are clearly an idiot. Smoke some more…

January 11, 2012 at 12:59 am
(448) ray says:

***Smoking a joint once a week or a bit more apparently doesn’t harm the lungs, suggests a 20-year study that bolsters evidence that marijuana doesn’t do the kind of damage tobacco does.

this “guy” should do more reading… his article offers no proof … the Coroners Society was formally established in 1194 and offers no reports, studies but only this “guys” opinion and as the president of this long running society he should know better!

January 11, 2012 at 1:17 pm
(449) Ash says:

Yikes. What a horrible article. No facts or sources… just correlations. I’d like to give an example of a great p.o.s. correlation: “Eating ice cream causes drowning.” Swish that one around for a while.

January 11, 2012 at 6:45 pm
(450) nik says:

This coroner has been seduced by BS – a common problem in society. The issue is control in the guise of ‘protector.’ We don’t need to be protected from ourselves, and that’s what’s happening. Freedom of choice doesn’t mean there aren’t consequences. Basically, if you were high and driving, you were a moron already. Consequences follow actions. I choose not to drive after smoking, as do many smart people.
Pity, number 420 was wasted on more propaganda induced confusion. *sigh* Being high doesn’t mean being stupid, nor does being self-rightious equate with intelligence. If you’re stupid, you’re gonna do stupid things, like write run-on sentences or drive under the influence. If you’re smart, you make a deliberate attempt to control your actions.

January 14, 2012 at 4:35 pm
(451) Master Physicist says:

DAVID——–My good man you are full of S@%&. Sort of sending me your college transcripts along with work records would I or anyone else believe such….NONSENSE.

January 17, 2012 at 11:13 am
(452) Emily says:

Why didn’t they list the accidents?

January 19, 2012 at 6:20 pm
(453) Michael Dowd says:

This is just plain stupid. I honestly don’t know how someone can be this Naive. I also can’t believe that people LISTEN TO THIS UNEDUCATED, MORONIC MAN. The numbers speak for themselves. This argument might have been valid in the 50′s…. people need to do their research.

January 22, 2012 at 4:08 pm
(454) Harry says:

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Everyone who has posted above that line has been trolled.

January 23, 2012 at 3:22 pm
(455) Gene says:

My friends mom caught him smoking pot and sent him to rehab for six months. He attempted to kill himself while in rehab because it was basically a brainwashing militaristic asylum. Soon after being released he succeeded in killing himself. Pot had nothing to do with it. It was his parents who pushed him away because they failed to accept their child for who he was. Narrow minded middle class nothings who force their own opinions and ideas upon their children are far more dangerous than any drug, weapon, or idea. People have been doing this since the dawn of time, studies still prove that there are no habit forming or negative effects of smoking pot, and by legalizing, we can eliminate the whole gateway drug aspect because buying pot will no longer necessarily expose people to harder illegal substances. And if you’ve never done it before, then you need to shut up, because your opinion is speculation at best.

January 25, 2012 at 4:46 am
(456) Jeff says:

I have been smoking marijuana every single day since I was 14 years old. Granted I have missed a few days. I had a 4.0 GPA in high school, a 4.0 GPA in undergraduate, and I am currently in Medical School, MD program. I can tell you the exact mechanism of action of marijuana. Take serotonin for example, adverse effects = induce dynorphins, counteract induction of nausea, and modify emotional status to reduce stress and anxiety. I guess we should arrest everyone for creating a chemical with the same effects that marijuana has on cannabinoid receptors which are endogenous to the human body. Isn’t it interesting that we have receptors designed to uptake cannabidiol, one of the active ingredients in marijuana. Marijuana is harmless and only harmful to people who are harmful to themselves. It is easy to blame marijuana rather than blame yourself. And as for Jesus…a human who received Myrrh, a known hallucinogen, as a gift for his birth, far worse than marijuana if were talking side effects. P.S. there is no such thing as free will…because if we don’t consume the food to have the energy to commit sin…then we cannot sin. Our brains cannot work without nutrients, so we are all under the influence of what we consume. Also how can free will exist if disease can take it from us, but your saying God can’t affect it…please. If disease can modify my actions, then so can anything I put into my body. Marijuana does not cause anybody to do anything stupid. The mere energy that exists within someone to do something stupid is not the marijuana but rather the McDonalds they ate all week. Any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

January 26, 2012 at 12:45 pm
(457) jayrod says:

If pot affects you to where it impairs you the you should treat it like driven drunk don’t do it stay at home or the party your at that night do it responsible it effects everyone different not everyone has the same feeling from it some people are com others just do nothing but laugh my thoughts they should just legalized it then they could tax it like cigs and alcohol and then people wouldn’t have to sneek around doing it they could be more responsible with it

January 27, 2012 at 6:05 am
(458) cj says:

It is really a shame that some right wing religious gibots still harp about cannabis, just because they think sin feels good, so if something feels good it must be a sin.

God put cannabis on this planet to stimulate one relatively harmless and safe set of neurotransmitter receptor sites that relieve stress and enhance creativity. Cannabis is completely nontoxic and less harmful than aspirin.

It is tragic that we still have these anecdotal, unsubstantiated claims. Fact is, it is the combination of alcohol with cannabis that leads to accidents, because alcohol reduces reaction time and impairs judgment. This doctor should stop drinking and smoking cigarettes (which most cannabis detractors do) and start sprinkling cannabis into his meatloaf. Maybe once he relaxes a little he will realize just how uptight he has been.

January 31, 2012 at 9:08 am
(459) isaiah chamberlain says:

yeahh, this is bull. first off overdoses happen not bc people take marijuana, but because people choose to do hard drugs like coke, crack, meth., and etc. yet it is impossible to overdose on marijuana youd have to smoke half your body weight and if you know anything about weed, its that that much is impossible to smoke in even one whole day

February 5, 2012 at 2:28 pm
(460) Deborah says:

All you people that said marijuana is bad is because you either never had it or your hating because marijuana doesn’t make you miss a thing. I go out and do everything that I usually do and can still smoke. As for what someone in here said (not mentioning names) but your friends weren’t convicted of manslaughter because they had an accident on pot, it’s because it would of happened anyway whether they were high or not. Marijuana speeds up your reaction, not slows it down. Even though I don’t have the proof to show, I can still say that when I play Bejeweled Blitz on Facebook I get a higher score when high then not high I get a lower score. Weed does not kill people. People kill people of their own stupid moronic selfs. SMOKE ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 5, 2012 at 2:38 pm
(461) Deborah says:

Also, there’s another thing – someone said in here that marijuana changes you. I have smoked for over 2 years and I go out and do the same things I’ve always done and I talk the same way. Maybe your child was doomed to turn out that way anyway. You will never know since he did smoke but if he had not, you might of seen that it was still going to happen. I put the stuff down for over a year but went back and still did the same things I did when I wasn’t high. Hang with friends, family, faster reactions then during that year, and just feeling downright good then any other time. All I got to say is weed does not impair you. You impair you.

February 6, 2012 at 3:25 pm
(462) Oz says:

What a load of old tosh! I have barely read a more misguided and ill informed article about cannabis in my entire life. So what the article is saying is that accidents are caused by it? Well, alcohol causes many accidents daily, some car crashes are caused by people eating a chocolate bar whilst they’re driving, there are accidents on the toilet that result in death regularly. What we gonna do, prohibit the consumption of chocolate and the use of toilets because they’re dangerous!? No, course not, cos it’s not the chocolate itself, or the toilet that caused the problem! And since cannabis has no relation to the cause of deaths, as a drug in itself, then how can you prohibit it’s use! If it caused so many deaths then most people wouldn’t do it. Simple as.

February 6, 2012 at 7:10 pm
(463) Kate says:

I’m sure thousands of people say they never had an accident, until one day they do. I don care how many times you are able to pull off driving high, one time you might not, and that could be the only time it takes to kill you and others

February 8, 2012 at 1:54 pm
(464) Richard says:

It’s amazing the amount of defense this article is getting from Cannabis users. And, interestingly enough, as one gentleman pointed out before me, their arguments are riddle with spelling and grammatical errors, and yet they still have the audacity to claim said drug harmless. The truth is, even though people may not have died from taking the drug directly, people have died from it’s effects; mainly impaired judgment, relaxed motor functions, loss of coordination, and increased heart rate with reduced blood pressure. If that doesn’t spell trouble, I don’t know what does. As for the fellow studying for his “Master’s in Philosophy”, I just wanted to say that it’s amazing how much you elevate yourself above others with such a worthless degree. I am an undergraduate Physics major. I am studying a field in which the brain is ACTUALLY UTILIZED, and I have yet to meet a marijuana smoker studying for a USEFUL degree. In other words, people who actually have aspirations and wish to do something with their lives and contribute to society don’t smoke something so self-destructive. It’s sad to see that many people don’t even research the effects of marijuana and/or deny to themselves their obvious destructive effects. But, oh well, those are the ones that end up feeding off of the scraps of the successful.

February 8, 2012 at 8:49 pm
(465) Me says:

This article is actually very true

February 13, 2012 at 1:41 am
(466) cleaver says:

I agree with Donna, my brother (was 14 by the way ) and as soon as he started smoking pot he started stealing (even from my 3 YEAR OLD BROTHER) I used it not a lot I preferred alcohol when I was younger. he was dealing drugs at 14, and my brother is smart not street smart intellectually smart, genius smart, and now because he chose so start smoking pot he is popping pills (at 16 years old.) my parents are stuck in a bind they aren’t allowed to kick him out but is it fair for to be stealing from an infant??

February 14, 2012 at 4:39 am
(467) michael vega says:

by saying that marijuana is a gateway drug to harder stuff, so milk is a gateway drink for alcohol?? thats just ridiculous… its a gateway drug if you allow it to be… bahhh

February 14, 2012 at 3:17 pm
(468) TREVDOG says:

this article makes me laugh. this person should worry about the things that actually do cause death such as tobacco, alcohol. Marijuana is not a depressant if anything it can make your day go by a lot better. screw all the hypocrites. either some people have messed up perceptions or they don’t know what they’re talking about

February 16, 2012 at 10:52 am
(469) Ranma says:

For all those who think marijuana is not good, you shouldn’t do it and all this other hoopla… There are many really good uses for it. No there are NO related deaths from smoking it. There is no possible way a human being can OD on by smoking it. One would have to smoke like 8,000 joints in something like 10 minutes for reach a THC toxicity level that great. There are cases where someone has done something very stupid like get stoned and go out driving and cause a major accident much like drinking and driving.

February 16, 2012 at 10:53 am
(470) ranma says:

There are tons of great uses for it but none of which involve smoking it. You should never SMOKE anything! However, when made into a pill, baked in certain foods or compressed into oils it has awesome medicinal properties. I am not going into the details of it all but I can very easily prove this. It also happens to be a great source for making ropes, oils and clothing. Did you all know that once upon a time, in the 30s, it was illegal for farmers NOT to grow it? All of our naval ships that used rope, used HEMP rope. Hemp products were very widely used by our military. Marijuana is also another great source for cleaner oils. There is no chemical means to make oil from marijuana unlike petroleum. You simply put it in an herbal press. This is why company founders back then such as the founders of DuPont and other plastic, rubber and oil manufacturers in the 30s used their “congressional influence” (in other words the congressmen they paid off with God knows how much money) to make it illegal because it interfered with the making of their billions of dollars. They also took it upon themselves to make a movie called Refer Madness. This movie, with the help of the rich, greedy and the ignorant helped to tell the world that if you let your kids smoke pot they will brutally murder you in the middle of the night… How incredibly stupid does this sound??? I will let you be the judge of that. Several years and a few billion dollars later, government scientists of the time proved this to be untrue but nothing was ever done about it because they later came back and said that it would make the public so lethargic that they wouldn’t get up and go work, our soldiers won’t get up and fight and so on and so on…

February 16, 2012 at 10:56 am
(471) ranma says:

Another problem at the time were all the Mormon missionaries who were going across the Mexican border to convert the Mexicans and bring tons of the stuff back here. This became a problem because those who can’t seem to control themselves and be responsible go out and do very stupid (usually illegal) things. I apologize if I offended anyone’s religion. It was not my intent. I am only reading from the history books. All of this is very easy to prove by the way. I don’t believe it was considered a sin back then because it was not illegal back then. Either that or the Mormons had it right and knew that used in a responsible way it was not harmful to anyone and no different than drinking a beer. Go figure that one out… Christian Monks can make beer and it’s ok for them to get a euphoric experience from that but you are a sinner and the devil if you smoke a doobee.
As far as the harmful effects…. It is as bad and harmful as smoking cigarettes due the carcinogens that fill your lungs. It may even be more harmful to smoke than cigarettes because it has no filter. That part I am unsure of. It is no where near as harmful as alcohol or other drugs. It’s not addictive. The only people who get addicted to it are the same people who get addicted to caffeine. Though they are considered drugs, pot and caffeinated drinks don’t have any addictive chemicals or properties. This just means the people who get addicted to them have no will power of their own. I see all these posts online about pot being a “gateway” drug…. Guess what, so is alcohol and tobacco and they are legal. How do you explain that? It’s easy!

February 16, 2012 at 10:59 am
(472) ranma says:

In those days tobacco and alcohol was already bringing in billions of dollars from the smokers and alcoholics and there for the government couldn’t get rid of such a huge cash crop that they received benefits from… Before you blurt out some kind of ignorant statement about how bad pot is, please think about it. Think about where you are getting your info from. Most people who are so anti-pot have had years of propaganda burned into their heads by our government. Yes for people like Donna who say we shouldn’t blame the government, well they are half as guilty as some of the richest families in the USA. So yes I do blame them as our government is full of VERY crooked politicians (that is another rant for another page). For those like Donna who don’t want their kids smoking pot… Kids should NOT smoke pot. Not to offend anyone but most teenagers and even a lot adults lack the maturity and self control to keep themselves inline when stone. No different than if they were drunk. This is why the legal drinking age is 21. I am sure that if pot is ever legalized it will be the same way as it should be.

February 16, 2012 at 4:19 pm
(473) Jerry says:

Hi Buddy T,

I am glad you have had a successful recovery from Alcohol addiction.

But let me ask you this:

How many deaths have there been documented due to the use of Cannabis? (Zero)

How many deaths have there been documented due to the use of alcohol? (Loads and loads and loads)

February 16, 2012 at 4:50 pm
(474) Rebecca Forbes says:

Quick way to disprove this bull….. do a survey of all your child’s teenage freinds and ask them if any of their freinds have died from marijuana accidents…. and it will put an end to this type of propoganda.

February 19, 2012 at 12:40 pm
(475) Caliedh says:

I wanna see the list of accidents that are covering up the fact that they had anything to do with marijuana.. And why would anyone cover it up? Wouldn’t they WANT to finally prove that weed does ANYTHING to ANYONE besides making them relaxed, hungry, etc etc.

Instead of maybe trying to prove your point that has no point at all, go out and read something or talk to actual people. Rather than listening to the all-controlling government.

February 21, 2012 at 2:16 am
(476) tom says:

the only reason there deaths is because there are stupid little kids that think they are “cool” and smoke pot, and that causes accidents. you can’t even OD on it to kill you. people just need to grow up and learn, need to focus on more of the drugs other than marijuana that can cause death by over dosing. alcohol even has a higher death toll that marijuana does… driving under the influence of alcohol, you are just asking to have an accident, unlike cannabis where your less likely to crash.

February 22, 2012 at 6:54 pm
(477) Joey says:

- Some people smoke before they do something stupid so they could “blame it on the marijuana”

- You CAN OD ON MARIJUANA but it would take around one million pounds of it in a time period of twenty four hours to kill you. Hell, one million pounds of water, H2O, can kill you in that time.

- There have been NO recorded deaths on the useage of Marijuana alone.

- It affects people differently because no one is the same.

- THC is the drug in the marijuana plant that gives you the feeling of being “high”.

- (OPINION) The government, and I’m not targeting them this is my opinion…, probably illegalized marijuana because they can’t tax a plant that you can grow. You can’t tax a seed that you put in the ground and grow it.

- I’ll be happy to prove anyone wrong on the fact that marijuana does not kill.

February 22, 2012 at 6:57 pm
(478) Joey says:

* I meant prove wrong that marijuana does kill, sorry for any misread assumtions by anyone :D

February 27, 2012 at 10:00 pm
(479) isaiah says:

i dont understand why everyone is talking about overdosing on weed. the article didnt even talk about overdosing. the deaths were caused by people who were high and accidentally killed themselves or someone else. also if u actually do some research you would find that a joint has a least twice the amount of harmful chemicals then a cigg. and pleace learn how to use real words.
thank you for reading.

February 29, 2012 at 1:26 am
(480) Cathy says:

Incredible! Let’s lay down the true facts. First for the side of the article–Yes, pot can lead to other drugs/ 35% of the time. Yes accidents can happen when smoking pot/ too much flame on the lighter can burn an eyebrow off or a mustache. Now for the up side against the article — Pot helps people with glaucoma/ proven to relax the nerves in the eyes and allowing them to heal. Pot helps cancer patients/Proven to increase the appetite which allows the cancer patient to eat and get stronger. Pot helps the creative side/ Andy W./Pixar/Ted N.. Pot does not allow a person to overdose. YOU CAN’T OVER DOSE ON POT. __ Alcohol causes more injuries and deaths than Pot by 99.9%. People are more likely to die in a drunk driving accident then they are to die from pot. The revenue alone for the legal use of pot would be in the millions possible the billions. I don’t smoke pot, but I know people who do and they are normally functioning people. They go to work, take care of their kids, have money, nice cars, good educations, think logically and are happy. One reason pot is illegal is because it would take away from the prison revenue from the taxpayers. We wouldn’t have to pay for someone to serve a 5 year sentence for possession of marijuana. It’s funny, we can let a drunk driver go on a first offense but we give years for pot. One kills the other doesn’t. Sad.

February 29, 2012 at 3:11 pm
(481) Eve says:

This article is full of crap. There is plenty of evidence done by researchers that show statisically that this is full of crap

March 1, 2012 at 3:29 am
(482) SMoke One says:

lets see, if you eat 50 pounds of chicken wings in ten mins, im sure your near future wouldnt look too bright. Hell if you drank 50 gallons of the life giving substance we call water, in ten mins, your future wouldnt look too bright! My point… anything done in excess can be harmful to you pills liquor ciggs meds hell maybe even sex! who knows! But smoking weed? I have seen people (my self included) smoke ten blunts in about 3 hours and the only damage came from what we did to the fridge! lol! Movies are much better hell sex gets better and sh** is funnier too! I dont know man I think the real question is how do we get these dumb a** people (GOP) out of our life… Smoke one wit ya boi!!!!!

March 3, 2012 at 6:11 am
(483) Greg says:

Ben smoking science 20 and cigs science 19 and now I’m 24 and still alive and kicking. Weed helps me with my artheritce and I’m only 24. It also makes gaming more fun :)

March 11, 2012 at 4:24 am
(484) Kitty says:

This article is a poorly written waste of time. It is also bull. I am especially amused by the fact that it never really explained why marijuana is dangerous, nor did it cite any cases of death (because there are no deaths marijuana has ever been solely the cause of) that could be confirmed. Kudos to the jackass who wrote it for spewing forth more misinformation into the world.

March 14, 2012 at 8:32 pm
(485) Anonymous says:

Its funny how many people are dead set against it causing deaths, how many people OD from smoking cigarettes? How pre-tell do you have those kinds of number if people didn’t die from them directly?

Getting past all people biased reactions it does get people killed.

March 17, 2012 at 12:52 am
(486) ian demitri says:

There isn’t a single case of death caused by just marijuana ( not laced with another drug) recorded and therefore this article is complete rubbish.

March 19, 2012 at 3:24 pm
(487) Gangja says:

I think this articlle is full of carp…I have smoked weed since i was 4. I gots a god brian. U peepl wish thate u hahd thy abilliiteis that i du wen i smok reefer..

March 20, 2012 at 1:35 am
(488) Datrebor says:

This is some of the worst propaganda out there. You can not OD on Marijuana. They try to say that stoned drivers cause accidents as much as drunk drivers do. I don’t think so. If they do its probably the lowest percentage lower then even adjusting the radio causing accidents.

March 26, 2012 at 5:55 pm
(489) Josh O. says:

This article lacks factual information to make a clear point. I’m not necessarily saying that Marijuana has no impact on driving deaths that occur. However, I highly beg to differ with this guy. Marijuana is obviously not this dangerous. As for marijuana’s so called gateway effect, I think it should be obvious that someone who uses the most dangerous drugs would also use something like marijuana/alcohol/caffeine(if you really want to go there). If this dude wants to bash on marijuana, maybe he should pick up some articles written by dudes with MDs and PhDs for cited and trusted material.

March 30, 2012 at 7:28 pm
(490) Doug says:

From Web MD
Dec. 1, 2005 – People who drive after using marijuana are nearly twice as likely to be involved in a fatal car crash.

French researchers studied all drivers involved in fatal car crashes over a two-year period and found 7% tested positive for marijuana, including nearly 3% who tested positive for a combination of marijuana and alcohol.

Although marijuana’s share of fatal crashes is much lower than those attributed to alcohol, researchers say the results show that marijuana use, even in low doses, significantly increases the risk of fatal car accidents.

More Pot, More Deaths

In the study, published in the medical journal BMJ, researchers reviewed information on 10,748 drivers who were involved in fatal car crashes and took required tests for drugs and alcohol.

Twice as many drivers involved in fatal car accidents tested positive for marijuana compared with a group of other drivers.

Researchers say about 2.5% of the fatal crashes were attributable to marijuana compared with nearly 29% attributable to alcohol.

The study also showed that drivers who tested positive for marijuana were more than three times as likely to be responsible for the fatal car crash. Researchers say the likelihood of being at fault increased as the blood concentration of marijuana increased.

April 1, 2012 at 12:19 pm
(491) will420 says:

There has been more deaths cause by cigarettes, alcohol, aspirin thylenol other medications but never on marijuana. its IMPOSSIBLE to overdose on weed and trust me ive experienced it and have never O.D on it I just Knock outx) Legalize the green for many patients that need weed like me. ;)

April 5, 2012 at 2:07 am
(492) winmac says:

Im puting my cents in …
smoking weed is not bad at all. The chemical THC is a natural chemical in your body already. Where Alcohol is not . Shoot native Americans smoked the stuff before all of us arrived in north america. They never died from it. I believe Alcohol is the main issue that needs more research not weed. Drinking causes kidney, liver, ulcers. That list goes on.

April 5, 2012 at 4:41 pm
(493) Aaron says:

I’ve been smoking for over 20 yrs. But have recently had to quit because marijuana has a fungus called aspergillus.

http://www.marijuana.com/threads/marijuana-and-mold.152881/

It’s only harmful to people with low immune systems. Ever notice when you are sick and have a bad cough that MJ kinda makes it worse?

Since my immune system is very low, MJ can actually be very deadly to me.

April 6, 2012 at 4:18 am
(494) Skeez says:

Marijuana is only illegal because Doctors make money off of it. Drug tests, I was accused of a DUI and was innocent. That’s why alcohol is so accessible!

I quit drinking cold turkey, fk this government and it’s congress LEACHES!

I can’t sleep at night and Marijuana sure helps.

Ambien and SLEEP AIDS make people commit SUICIDE and are a more of a Hazard. BUT SINCE THEY MAKE MONEY. Their fine.

Why are beer ADS allowed to be displayed in
SPORTS COMMERCIALS!
To mislead the YOUTH!

Why is SEX so forced upon in Rated R movies and young adult movies.
Because lawyers make a killing on misleading
Women into being materialistic and keeping the
Bail out Car companies going

April 8, 2012 at 3:02 pm
(495) Bob says:

And the facts can be found where in this article?

April 8, 2012 at 10:39 pm
(496) Shippo Storm says:

OMG, did you know, if weed was legal, it probably wouldn’t be a gateway drug?? And even though it is illegal, a lot of stoners only smoke weed. That’s it. nothing else.

Another point: Marijuana is a natural plant. Cocaine, on the other hand, is not at all. Guess which one’s been around a whole hell of a lot longer.

April 16, 2012 at 6:16 am
(497) JustAGuy says:

You become what you believe yourself to be.

After reading about 40 comments, the one that stood out the most was Donna’s.

I somehow doubt that you will read this, Donna, but yours was the most infuriating post of all. I don’t comment on articles that I read on the internet, especially in regards to topics such as marijuana, but there’s a part of me that just wants to throw this opinion out into the universe and see if it makes it’s way back to you. With any luck whatsoever, you’ll stumble across it and maybe quit ruining your son’s life.

You strike me as the type of mother that is just so incredibly dependent on their offspring’s success for the validation of your incomplete existence that you have succeeded in completely ostracising one of your children in the process.

I’m willing to put money on the fact that your son isn’t withdrawing from your family because he’s high. Have you considered the outlandish notion that he might not aspire to the same cookie-cutter life that you seem to have laid out for him?

Perhaps you should worry less about what other people think of your son, and of you as a result, and worry more about helping or enabling him to pursue his passions. Maybe if you quit attempting to force him into your version of perfection you’ll find out that he’s actually quite a capable human being, with or without marijuana.

As far as your argument that people who habitually use marijuana are without freedom because they are slaves to a drug- even if that were the case, which it is absolutely not, what is the difference between being a slave to a “drug” and being a slave to that school community in which you’re so well respected? On that note, which of that two makes you feel better?

You seem to have some good ideas and generally possess the capability to be a decent human being and a great mother. You obviously care quite a bit about your children. But, Jesus Christ lady, smoke a joint and chill out.

April 16, 2012 at 5:47 pm
(498) T. Roll says:

In this thread: Potheads defending their addiction.

April 17, 2012 at 12:01 am
(499) B Heppner says:

To the people who are against mary jane, and say that the only reason people are standing up for it is cause they smoke it is a load of crap. this is coming from a non user, sure marijuana makes some people sit on their asses and do nothing. but those are the people that are lazy anyway, one of my bestfriends smokes at least an ounce a week, but at the same time he swims 6km a day and has gone to nationals for biathalon, and how can you be criticizing weed when alcohol and tobacco kill alot more people than weed has, and what about the “accidents” from smoking weed? really? if you wanna talk about accidents then lets take a look at the deaths from drunk driving. and the Gateway theory? the thought that children start at weed and work their way up. yes their is a gateway effect but thats only because marijuana is illegal, if it was legal children would’t be exposed to having to talk to a greasy drug dealer who oviously wants to get them hooked on somthing that is actually phyically addictive, thats how they make money. The United States spends on average 5 billion a year on the war on drugs and 4 out of that 5 billion are towards mary jane, imagine what that 4 billion could go towards if it was legalized. For anyone who is still against marijuana after reading this i suggest you watch the documentary “The Union-The buisness behind getting high . and lastly Quit beliving everything the media says if we all did that then we would still think the world is flat.

April 20, 2012 at 5:46 pm
(500) anon says:

Yes, the plant has been around for thousands of years, but that does not make it safe. Poison oak has been around for just as long and it is not safe. I notice that all negative comments come from people that smoke. You must know that smoking marijuana alters your mood, perception, and cognition. With this fact, marijuana can and will inhibit someones ability to operate a vehicle, tool, or other drugs. This is where the ACCIDENTS come in. Dont get me wrong, alcohol is just as bad, if not much worse, but that does not mean that marijuana isnt responsible for such accidents.
We all know it gets you HIGH, which means your thought process is altered, so bad things will happen.
I get so upset when potheads act like there are NO drawbacks to smoking. Face the facts. Dont be a dick. Just use it responsibly because we all know that you will never quit smoking, no matter how illegal it is.

April 21, 2012 at 8:25 pm
(501) Normlite says:

Freshman in college here, member of NORML and very educated. Take this article as you wish, just know it is not factual. No numbers, no statistics, just an old mans personal thoughts. Also completely false, do your own unbiased research and you’ll see.

April 23, 2012 at 9:38 am
(502) Julian says:

Yea right! What a crap article! Lets get one thing straight! The painkillers and other crap like anti depressants you buy are mixed with so much chemicals, dat u could probably easily overdose off it faster then if you were taking cocaine or heroine! And its legal!!!!!!! Just cause ur friendly neighbourhood government says its good for you! Whereas Marijuana, Cannabis, whatever you want to call it! At the end of a day is a PLANT! Grow in soil just like any other god given plant, buds out, the buds are dried, and then they are rolled and smoked! It is NOT tampered by humans in ANY way! Not only is this NOT a dangerous “drug”, but it shouldnt even be considered illegal. Back in the 1800′s infact it was practically manditory to grow marijuanna plants, not just for its medicinal attributes but because Hemp was and still is one of the strongest fibers we have! Even Queen Elizabeth in her early years used to take liquidized marijuana for her menstral cramps. NOW THOSE ARE FACTS! Grow up people

April 23, 2012 at 10:29 am
(503) jody says:

Learn how to spell before you insult people you punks. Pot can cause seizures and heart attacks my father died from one so you can take this pot doesn’t kill anyone BS and shove it up your ass.

April 25, 2012 at 1:46 pm
(504) Shara says:

You notice people who feel guilty get very offensive about what they do.
They get stupid, say stupid things and feel as if they are being attacked, thats the result of the drug.
That drug also does cause people to feel other effects that cause suicide. Other people it helps relax. Drugs are drugs. ALL have side effects. Be glad your not one that has the problems, but looking at the comments. There are a lot of people with problems or guilt they cant quit their addition, Not any different from ciggs or drinking.

April 25, 2012 at 1:56 pm
(505) Shara says:

Also look at the job titles of the uses, dont see doctors, attorneys, or any professionals.

April 25, 2012 at 9:37 pm
(506) courtney says:

I’m a DRIVER. I drive 1000plus miles a week working. I smoke weed every day. Most of the people I work with do the same. Not one at-fault accident to our names. Alcohol is by far a worse offender. Weed was made illegal to put a damper on the growing Mexican culture way back. Well the Mexicans are just “jumping the fence” making money to send back to Mexico and killing anyone that gets in their way. Seems like a weed Walmart that pays taxes would be the better way to deal with the millions of smokers than leaving it to the fu ing wetbacks

April 28, 2012 at 8:02 pm
(507) Turbo1984 says:

I agree with many sides here. First of all, I have a hard time believing that these so called “medical facts” originally stated, hold any water at all. As one of the above commenters said, there is no numbers, no statistics, no names of where this info comes from, so the reader can confirm it. Second, I am totally in favour of legalizing cannabis, as I think having the criminal justice system involved is and absolute and abundant waist of time, money, and resources. You are not going to stop people from buying and using cannabis, simply because it is illegal. All you are doing is keeping it in the black market, and intertwining the legitimately criminal world with people that, for the most part, have not committed any serious comes of any kind. I also believe that the negative side affects of cannabis use are COMPLETELY dwarfed by the negative side affects of other illegal, and legal substances.

April 30, 2012 at 6:06 am
(508) veteranstoner says:

the comment…”it leads to other drugs”…is unsupported to say the least. im not so sure its pot at all that leads to the use of other drugs. has anyone ever considered that it could be the drug dealers you have to encounter to obtain your marijuana who encourage the use of other drugs? if a person could stay home and grow marijuana then they wouldnt have to ever see another drug their whole life…unless they wanted to. i have smoked 20+ years and i have never went to a drug dealer to get tomatoes or soap because those are things that i can either grow or obtain at the local super market. people who choose to move on to pursue a life involving life threatening, man-made drugs do so with or without the use of marijuana.

May 3, 2012 at 3:58 am
(509) Austin says:

I have been smoking pot since I was nine years old and I am now twentone years old alive and well i’ve had insomnia since I was seven I also have little to no appitite when not smoking so ffor me to say that it is a good thing for me is an understatement. Facts are facts none have died directly and souly from pot and to call us morons is the same as us calling yall facist pigs at the end of the day do what you want to do and dont blame the whole group of pot heads for a few idiots actions kinda reminds me of the nazi are we your nazis

May 10, 2012 at 3:19 am
(510) Not Complaining says:

Waaahhhh… I can’t smoke pot… Get a life, and more importantly a job. Who cares. You can’t legally smoke pot? IGAF. Enjoy life as subpar human beings.

May 18, 2012 at 12:33 pm
(511) Major confussion says:

Wow Dude And Dudettes If Marijuana Does Anything It Causes Division, Hatred, Bias, Confussion, Delusion, Misspelling And Last But Not Least A Big Waist Of Time! What Will They Have You Divided Over Next ? Wake Up My Fellow Americans Its Time To Band Together Regardless If You Fart Nitrous. Join Together And Live In Harmony Love Your Brother Sister Mother Father Neighbor Or Whoever And Stop Waisting Precious Time In Arguments Like This One. They Bottom Line Really Got You Divided Again Didn’t They? DIVDE AND CONQUER! News Flash: They’re Winning!!!!!!!

May 21, 2012 at 5:40 pm
(512) Sheila says:

This article is bulls**t. Someone’s “opinion” does not correlate to statistical data. My husband and I both smoked pot while attending college; we both had a 4.0 GPA. No, we don’t drive or handle machinery when smoking, but that is common sense. Articles based on opinion and no facts should not be allowed on reputable sites.

May 24, 2012 at 12:32 am
(513) Disj says:

Haha – the comments here are gold! I just love how druggies try so damn hard to validate and justify their filthy habits!

The sad part is that all the people I used to remember going on like that back in my school days now come across as being more than a little messed up in the head. They have made nothing of their lives and now lack the cognitive ability to do so. It is fine to look at your mates when you’re a teenager and note that they don’t seem to be messed up by it… just give them time, it will happen.

May 26, 2012 at 11:25 pm
(514) Dan says:

This is a long time ago but people are stupid there is only like 2 deaths caused officially by weed and I hate people that think weed is a drug it’s not we didn’t make it the earth did so it shouldn’t be illegal because it wasn’t made by us it isn’t manufactured in any way

May 27, 2012 at 2:55 pm
(515) leigh says:

what a crock !

May 29, 2012 at 4:30 pm
(516) christi says:

screw corporate jerks who think pharmaceuticals are better than natural earthly marijuana…. I think the corporate industries that control the pharmaceutical companies would love for you to believe that it is bad …. the man made drugs are worse…. so screw all you jerks who think that it is ok to feed into the corporate monster …..

June 2, 2012 at 7:22 pm
(517) Dave says:

How many of those people who “moved on to harder drugs” tried alcohol or smoking a cigarette prior to trying marijuana for the first time? Probably most. So if you want to use the gateway drug defense, then you might as well attack tobacco and alcohol too.

June 4, 2012 at 6:02 pm
(518) Dan says:

It’s amazing the silly and uneducated responses one can read on an article about marijuana. I mean God forbid that someone talk about everyones favorite drug. Defending it wiht false statements like marijuana has never killed anyone? LMAO. That’s exactly the kind of lazy stoner comment one would expect to hear from a pot head. Educated people research statements before they make them. People who don’t research the truth are perfect targets to lie to and get on your side. The truth is that smoke causes cellular mutation. Cancer is nothing more than cellular mutation. According to http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/01/080123104017.htm other serious lung damage is caused by marijuana as well. I really don’t care if everyone wants to smoke marijuana and party there lives away and be content with sitting on the couch and believing every uneducated statement you make and hear because it’s just easier. Try to be a little accurate about what you say. I mean from the sounds of some of you you’re ready to get your 5 yr olds smoking it today. If that’s what you think the world needs then fight for it. I can’t imagine how much more stupid this planet could get than an entire population of pot smokers.

June 6, 2012 at 12:20 am
(519) Dr Sun says:

Looks like a number of the posters have smoked too much pot! Denial is a big issue and not facing life’s issues – it’s a big escape mechanism. There are may physical compications people don’t bother to find out about – I have seen post surgical patients have terrible infections (one of the things every sugical team wants to avoid) – infection cannot heal with marijuana use – anyone that is intelligent and wants to know can google it and get the details. Saying it’s impossible for a plant to kill just shows how silly and illogical the brain has become. Snarky comments betray one lack of information!

June 11, 2012 at 7:56 am
(520) bob says:

Id like to see the reported deaths and look for myself. its known world wide that british doctors as well as north american doctors do NOT want cannabis to be legal . why? because it would cut out big pharma money down and the doctors getting kickbacks wouldnt afford that new car etc.
NO one can die from Cannabis use alone. this is a fact they(doctors and the medical field obviously ignors, yet Not one name or proof of these claims. yet the doctors will prescribe DEADLY POISONS first before cannabis , why?
there is no money in a cure. only treatment. and they cant control a plant unless they make it illegal.
think about it, if you can grow your own medicine they get no money….

June 13, 2012 at 12:25 am
(521) James Pilrose says:

I believe that this article is completely wrong. True, some do become involved in accidents while under the influence of Marijuana, because it’s a mind-altering substance, but according to the ample research I have done, I have concluded that Marijuana is hardly a “very dangerous” drug. This drug is much less dangerous than even fast food, aspirin, or coffee (which are hardly dangerous at all)- let alone any other illicit drug in existence.

June 21, 2012 at 12:49 am
(522) Missy says:

I would just like to say to all of the idiots out there who think marijuana is the devil, you clearly have issues in your lives. If you don’t smoke weed, then more power to you, but some of Us responsible adults can make our own decisions. For all of you who blame your problems on weed, you are spineless individuals who can’t take control of your own lives. Weed didn’t make you have a baby in college, weed didn’t make your son hate you, weed didn’t cause your grades to drop or ruin your relationships. YOU DID THAT! Take ownership of YOUR actions. Stop blaming external forces for YOUR inability to control yourselves or your families. Regardless of what you say, IT IS YOUR FAULT, do not blame a plant that has been here centuries before you.

June 21, 2012 at 12:50 am
(523) Missy says:

ALSO, I have smoked weed since I was 14 (10 years) almost everyday, you know what it got me? Salutatorian of my high school class, a perfect 4.0 for the 3 years I have been at my wonderful University, and the forging of great friendships. I have had problems and hardships, but I NEVER blamed weed, alcohol, or anything else, I blamed MYSELF, I found out where I went wrong (in my decision making and not my pot smoking) and I learned from my mistakes ( like MOST human beings) and I stopped doing dumb stuff. And the whole while, good and bad I smoked weed.
And I know what’s coming “If you didn’t smoke marijuana, then maybe you wouldn’t make bad decisions” WRONG! We all make bad decisions, sober or inebriated, because that’s what people do, to err is human. Stop blaming drugs (ALL DRUGS) because there are plenty of people who smoke marijuana, do cocaine, even crack, who are productive and respected members of society. It’s about moderation and intelligence. If you were stupid before drugs, chances are, you WILL be even dumber after. I have never tried ANY OTHER DRUG, EVER because I’m not an idiot, I don’t think I can handle it, so I won’t try.
But for those of you who frown on recreational drug users, get off your high horse, literally. Everyone has their thing, whether it’s food, television, gossip, sex, or what have you. Everyone has their high so don’t you dare try to judge anyone else for theirs. IJS…

June 21, 2012 at 12:56 am
(524) Missy says:

ALSO… I have smoked weed since I was 14 (10 years) almost everyday, you know what it got me? Salutatorian of my high school class, a perfect 4.0 for the 3 years I have been at my wonderful University, and the forging of great friendships. I have had problems and hardships, but I NEVER blamed weed, alcohol, or anything else, I blamed MYSELF, I found out where I went wrong (in my decision making and not my pot smoking) and I learned from my mistakes ( like MOST human beings) and I stopped doing dumb things. And the whole while, good and bad I smoked weed.
And I know what’s coming “If you didn’t smoke marijuana, then maybe you wouldn’t make bad decisions” WRONG! We all make bad decisions, sober or inebriated, because that’s what people do, to err is human. Stop blaming drugs (ALL DRUGS) because there are plenty of people who smoke marijuana, do cocaine, even crack, who are productive and respected members of society. It’s about moderation and intelligence. If you were stupid before drugs, chances are, you WILL be even dumber after. I have never tried ANY OTHER DRUG, EVER because I’m not an idiot, I don’t think I can handle it, so I won’t try.
But for those of you who frown on recreational drug users, get off your high horse, literally. Everyone has their thing, whether it’s food, television, gossip, sex, or what have you. Everyone has their high so don’t you dare try to judge anyone else for theirs. IJS…

June 23, 2012 at 7:27 pm
(525) Soldier says:

What I think is hilarious is how a great number of the responders claiming that it doesn’t effect you in adverse ways, have vocabulary and grammar skills that read as if my 8 year old daughter wrote them.

June 26, 2012 at 5:32 pm
(526) Chris Serrano says:

This article is FAKE and does not contain any piece of true information. Marijuana has NEVER been the direct cause of any death…nearly in 6000 thousand years of its use. yeah you read that right. our early Human culture use of marijuana date to Asia the area you now call Afghanistan more than 3000 before Christ was born. The are no reports through history of any negative effects of this beautiful teacher plant.

June 30, 2012 at 7:50 pm
(527) elaine says:

When people are addicted to a substance, they will defend their use of that substance to the death. I have listened many times to similar angry defenses of the use of alcohol (spelled…”alcohol”) by so many alcoholics. It’s not surprising that people addicted to pot haughtily defend its use.

Read the scientific studies published THIS year concerning the effects of marijuana – on the adult brain and on the developing adolescent brain – permanent brain damage. Permanent.

But of course, it’s probably just all a government conspiracy aimed at imprisoning all Americans or something like that.

July 1, 2012 at 10:55 am
(528) Jessman says:

what fact and stats is this based on??? i loved my marijuana and have never been depressed or have suicidal thoughts every time i smoke a joint. in fact, when i am stressed out and losing sleep, marijuana helps me to relax and go to sleep. and how is marijuana a drug???

July 2, 2012 at 4:44 pm
(529) Matt says:

Just because you guys “Have never had an accident while smoking”, “Think you can think clearer”, and all this other crap when smoking pot doesn’t mean its the same for everyone else in the world only 528 comments here, you realize how many people are actually in this world? ever think you just might be lucky? marijuana is in fact a killer in its own way. I use to smoke, I use to think the same thing as did my older brother, until he fell of the roof thinking he saw something and got killed. We were under the influence, the only reason we ever go to the roof was to smoke. It was ruled as an accident. They don’t say that marijuana kills people in the reports because its not one of these drugs people really od on, its one of those drugs that affect peoples minds and convince them of other things.

July 5, 2012 at 9:28 am
(530) Allan Smith says:

Wow. If ever I have seen an argument for not smoking weed, it’s this comment section right here. Have none of you ever thought anything other than what the hippies tell you? Seriously, think about it; Marijuana makes you think clearer? The only time you’re ever going to get to know what you feel like when you’re on marijuana is when you’re on marijuana. So how can you possibly know what you feel? I don’t smoke often, I’m recreational, because I know there are dangers.

No matter how often you say ‘it’s just a plant’ it won’t make a difference. Try eating some poisonous berries, and tell me a plant can’t do you any harm. There are many dangerous plants, designed to be dangerous. Just because it’s natural, doesn’t make it safe. The natural process for removing the flavour of almonds to be used in products produces a small amount of cyanide.

This article is refreshing in that it actually tells the truth. For goodness sake, you think there’s never been an accident while someone is under the influence of pot? Have you just been born? Or are you just constantly high? I am all for the legalisation as much as the next pot-head, but I will not stand by while idle minds try to weave a load of lies that it is ‘perfectly harmless’, because it isn’t. It’s as dangerous as any drug. Alcohol is made from fruit. Now tell me again about the harmless plants.

Surely, as people who have had their minds expanded, you would wish for the truth, no?

July 7, 2012 at 6:46 am
(531) rob w says:

this a bunch of bull. it is not the gateway drug. i know alot of people who take pills, do coke, and drink that have never smoked weed. to all you people who think pot is bad go live in a poverty stricken neighbor hood aand deal with all the bad things that you go through on a daily basis and then tell me you dont want to have some thing that takes away the anxiety. if you go to the dr. thy will give you something that will turn you into an emotionaless zombie that aint motivated do to anything.

July 8, 2012 at 10:38 pm
(532) Michelle says:

Im 36 and have smoked since I was 20. I haven’t ever had an “accident” due to the use of marijuana. I have also NEVER tried coke, meth, heroine, ecstacy, or anything else. I’ve done bud and alcohol and that’s it. This guy is completely ignorant. If “young” people are having accidents it’s due to their maturity. You’ve NEVER heard of anyone getting high and then going and killing their spouses or anything of that nature with JUST bud.

July 9, 2012 at 1:32 am
(533) Les says:

Ok so all of you that say pot doesnt kill. Go short your dealer or steal from them. See what happens. By the way I smoked for 20+ years.

July 17, 2012 at 7:21 am
(534) Tony says:

pathetic spin story..they dont wish to have hemp/cabnnabis on the open market..IT HAS MORE MEDICINAL PROPERTIES THAN ANY OTHER PLANT ON THE PLANET..THEY SPEND BILLIONS ON TRYING TO MAKE DRUGS THAT ARE AS GOOD AS HEMP…JUST USE HEMP AND START SAVING LIVES…!!!

July 25, 2012 at 10:13 pm
(535) mzaz says:

I have smoked marijuana for over 40 years. I have never robbed a bank, I have never been on a high speed chase. I have never been arrested and I held a great job. People that do Meth, Heroin, Cocaine seem to have a problem getting and keeping jobs.

Deaths from car accidents every year… 400,000
Deaths from alcohol every year… 100,000
Deaths from murder every year… 10,000
Deaths from asprin every year(lol)… 500
Deaths from tobacco approximately 400,000 people die each year.
Deaths from marijuana every year… 0!

July 26, 2012 at 2:19 pm
(536) jamie says:

maybe its better to just prescribe them a bunch of medication and keep them all hopped up in their apartments and homes. unable to drive and do normal activities. going through with drawls, up and downs. instead of teaching proper ways to use what nature has given us! everything can be abused. even marijuana. so educate our doctors on how it should be prescribed and used instead of making engineered medication that causes many more side effects and hazards to health.

July 30, 2012 at 3:48 pm
(537) Mikey m says:

This is completely bias. This article is using marijuana as an excuse for stupid drug addicts dying from a heroine overdose. I’ve been smoking since I was 15 in the top 10% of my class in high school ang guess what nothing has changed. Im more active with extracurricular activities than I was not smoking and I’m still holding down a 3.5 GPA and I’m in all advanced and AP classes. Smoking pot dosnt make people stupid. It just happens that a lot of stupid people smoke pot thus creating this insulting generalization. Thank you

July 31, 2012 at 9:08 pm
(538) Jessica says:

i have read most of these comments and all of you that are saying this is biased, isn’t true or something to that effect; have you had to look at someone across a courtroom while the judge asked “why didn’t you realize there was a man crossing the road? You had the red light?” and the only response was “because I was high.” You can say what you will this is a debate that will never be won. I use to use weed myself and I often find that I miss it. I know that it effect relationships can cause you to loose your job, your kids, and it can cause accidents due to slow responces. I know all of this to be of fact. And I am sorry but I can’t argue with facts!!!!!!!!

August 5, 2012 at 10:39 pm
(539) sad says:

What an education. I read all of your comments and I wonder if you daily users understand what is involved in the drug trade, and how many drug enforcement officers, both uniformed and under cover have seen countless lives altered for the worse because of marijuana use, and continue to put their lives on the line every day to keep this junk off the street. Do you think it’s in their interest to do that? Do you think they’re in it for the money? They barely make a living wage. They do it because they understand the whole picture, from the grower to the dealer to the seller to the user. Do you know how many people in other countries are killed each day because of the drug trade (and that includes marijuana trafficking)? Does that matter to you? I would no more support that kind of industry than I would support the veal industry. And by the way, I am not involved in law enforcement, nor is anyone in my family. However, I have had a next-door neighbor (an otherwise “great kid”) die of a drug overdose, and if you think that marijuana use doesn’t lead to that, his parents would beg to differ as they bury their son. Was his death technically caused by marijuana? No. Did his marijuana use lead to other drugs? Possible, but he’s not around to answer that question. My motivation for writing this is my understanding, from so many personal experiences, that marijuana has the potential to change you, and not necessarily for the better as the writers above would have you believe. I watched several of my high school friends’ lives slowly deteriorate because of either marijuana or alcohol use, or both. Hopefully one of you out there will read this and it will make a difference, and I hope my sons never take the chance on it.

August 6, 2012 at 2:09 am
(540) dale says:

Look i am a thirty year old male, machinists/welder by trade. I lived 15 yrs of my life high. I started smoking weed at the age of eight but never once did it affect my grades. I was A/B honor roll all the way up through high school. I don’t smoke now only because the consequences of smoking as far as going to jail is to great of a risk for me to take cause i have a wife and a five year old little boy that depends on me. I truly believe that alcohol and cigarettes are worse for you than weed is. If weed were legalize then yes i would go back to smoking it recreationally just like i do alcohol now.

August 15, 2012 at 7:53 pm
(541) Michael says:

I’m glad we’re posting articles like this instead of all this pro-weed bull. If you’re high you’re not as in control as you think…wake up stoners.

August 16, 2012 at 12:16 pm
(542) Mike says:

This article is amazingly ridiculous, not fact based, and nothing more than propaganda. DO NOT BELIEVE IT. EDUCATE YOURSELF WITH RESEARCH. LIES LIES LIES.

August 16, 2012 at 12:38 pm
(543) Mike says:

Attention “sad”… post 539. Prohibition is the cause of all the casualties, not marijuana (it’s pathedic that I need to point this out to you). Marijuana itself is one of the safest substances known to man. You should really educate yourself. Donna with post #25… I would love to inform you of a few things. Common sense being just one. Please contact me. You referred to all users being stupid. Do you realize how stupid that makes you look? I doubt that you do. Ted Turner smokes every day and the last I checked he’s worth about 2.2 billion. Please do yourself a favor and hire an editor the next time you decide to post.

August 16, 2012 at 4:03 pm
(544) Mike Miller says:

The following is from “soldier” at #525: What I think is hilarious is how a great number of the responders claiming that it doesn’t effect you in adverse ways, have vocabulary and grammar skills that read as if my 8 year old daughter wrote them.

And I, Mike, will respond as follows…

Hilarious! You might want to look over your post before you criticize others. I smoke on a regular basis and I already know that my verbal and written skills are superior to yours. All I need to do to determine that is read what you posted. Wow. There are millions of writers, comedians, philosophers, actors, comedians, doctors, and lawyers that smoke. And trust me… they are lightyears more intelligent than you. First off, the word “effect” that you used incorrectly is a noun. You should have used the word affect, not effect.

There are stupid people all over the world but there is no correlation between IQ (stupidity) and marijuana use. I’m a smoker and I’m smart enough to know this. I also know that I’m smarter than you.

All I’m saying is that marijuana smokers come in all different shapes and sizes. Don’t judge because it makes you look like a fool. Peace.

August 16, 2012 at 4:21 pm
(545) Mike Miller says:

Justaguy #497… You took the words right out of my mouth. Well said.

August 16, 2012 at 4:47 pm
(546) Mike Miller says:

#538 Jessica… when I’m high and in the passenger seat I can still see massive bright red lights at intersections. Some people are just better drivers and more aware of their surroundings. I don’t think marijuana affects your vision at all though I would have to do more research. However, I do know that I can still see huge red lights with no problem at all. But let’s just blame the marijuana. After all, that is an easy out isn’t it? The next time I do something amazingly stupid I’ll just blame marijuana because I wouldn’t want to admit that I just did a stupid thing.

No… on second thought, I think I’ll just take responsibility for my own actions.

August 16, 2012 at 5:38 pm
(547) Mike Miller says:

Sometimes it’s ignorance. Sometimes it’s mere stupidity. Nonetheless I continue to be amazed by people that present arguments against marijuana that are simply not fact based. And some of them make absolutely no sense. I swear I’m in the twilight zone. I don’t care if you don’t smoke and I don’t care if you don’t understand. The fact remains that the gov’t should not be able to take that right away from us. We should be able to use it if we so choose. It’s a natural plant. I’m not hurting anyone, and I’m not hurting myself. It’s total bull and our freedom to grow and use this has been taken away. That is a crime in and of itself.

The U.S. incarcerates at a rate of 743 people per 100,000 (2009 figures). China does so at a rate of 38 per 100,000. We are number one in that catagory. Every year about 750,000 people go to jail for merely possessing marijuana. Our overcrowded prisons are running our states bankrupt so we just keep building more prisons. Texas has built about 77 prisons in the last 20 years. It’s a good thing they put these fathers and mothers in jail removing them from their children. What would the world come to if people could smoke a HARMLESS plant in the privacy of their own home?

August 16, 2012 at 5:40 pm
(548) Mike Miller says:

In my opinion the prohibition of cannabis is one of the biggest mistakes that mankind has ever made. Here we have a plant that is as close to harmless as a substance can get. We use it for medicine. We can make clothes from hemp that lasts 26X longer than cotton and is 4X softer. And it’s cheaper to make. We can make paper that lasts longer and it is cheaper to make. Deforestation for paper would be a thing of the past. We can build houses that would be virtually indestructable. Termites and water damage would be a thing of the past and the houses would literally last for thousands of years. The hemp seed oil has every essential amino acid. If you eat cannabis in it’s raw form it will boost your immune system. It will allow every one of the 210 different types of cells in your body to perform their jobs more efficiently. There is not one man made drug that can do as many things medicinally for you. Not one. The only side effect it has is euphoria (bummer… it makes you feel good). It has never killed anyone in the history of mankind. It doesn’t give you cancer.

Dr. Donald Tashkin of UCLA found that cannabis users, even heavy users, have less of a chance of getting cancer than the general public. It fights cancer cells. These are facts mind you. Cold hard scientifically proven lab tested facts.

And it’s illegal. Makes total sense.

Martin Luther King: In every civilized society it is every person’s responsibility to obey just laws. But at the same time, it is every person’s responsibility to disobey unjust laws.

Continue to spread the word. More people need to know. We need to Legalize Freedom.

August 16, 2012 at 6:33 pm
(549) Mike Miller says:

Allan Smith #530… Wow dude! Your post is great!

I’m glad you’re for legalization and all, but you really have to look at some numbers. Get on Google and do searches for “marijuana deaths and “alcohol vs marijuana”. Marijuana is one of the safest substances known to man. This is a fact. It’s like saying water is wet. I mean it can’t even be debated. Marijuana is pretty much safer than ANY OTHER DRUG KNOWN TO MAN. Please… don’t read articles like this and believe them. It’s propaganda. Think for yourself. Sure accidents happen but with marijuana they are fewer. It’s not even comparable. Please dude… educate yourself. I’m not even trying to be demeaning. I really want you to see the truth. And this article isn’t it. Trust me on this.

August 21, 2012 at 3:07 am
(550) paul says:

How bout this hamish turner. smoke or consume marijuana everyday multiple times a day for a year and you tell me if you have any hints of suicidal thoughts or have any “accidents” (this does not include dropping the bong like a noob) this article proves your unintelligence. take this article and shove it then light up a j. you are a disgrace to mankind.

September 1, 2012 at 11:20 pm
(551) clean says:

Notice how all the people that use drugs come out to defend them. Logically people that don’t do drugs aren’t going to defend it. I guess potheads stick together. God forbid we believe someone who deals with death firsthand. Like he has anything to gain by talking about the danger of substance abuse.

September 6, 2012 at 5:45 pm
(552) Jame T. Kirk says:

Dear people in comments section: Anecdotal evidence, is not actual evidence.

September 6, 2012 at 10:30 pm
(553) Boop says:

I personally don’t smoke marijuana, but I was curious about the numbers of people who died due to it. I have to say, this article is really not helpful at all. It’s based purely on testimony and the coroner only uses his supposed expertise on the subject as his resource. I shall go in search for better, research-based analyses.

September 8, 2012 at 12:09 am
(554) Jaime says:

Just because one person doesn’t have an accident you think its safe. Good science.

September 13, 2012 at 11:13 am
(555) common sense says:

It doesn’t make any sense whatsoever to say there is something about the substance THC which somehow magically makes people ravenous for cocaine and heroin. It doesn’t make any sense. That is like saying there is something about french fries that make you have an insatiable craving for hamburgers, just because they are frequently taken together. I have been smoking weed since I was 12 years old and I have never tried any other drugs, I don’t even drink, and I am now 25. I’ve never had an auto accident and I have been stoned out of my mind pretty much every time i’ve driven a car since I was 17 years old. Never had a speeding ticket or an accident in my life. I work 2 jobs and pay my taxes and smoke a little bit of weed, and you think I am a criminal? You need to mind your own business and stay out of my personal life.

September 15, 2012 at 5:53 pm
(556) Ann says:

This is crap maybe its in their system, but it’s not the cause. I’m really tired of hearing all the bad about it. Why don’t they out law Alcohol an cigarettes. They have chemicals in it marijuana is grown naturally from the grown that means god made it. So will I go too jail if I go up to a oak tree an smoke a leaf? get real Marijuana should be legalized!!.

September 19, 2012 at 11:04 am
(557) Daniel (all you pot smokers are stupid) says:

Tobacco kills about 400,000
Alcohol kills about 80,000
Workplace accidents kill 60,000
Automobiles kill 40,000
Cocaine kills about 2,500
Heroin kills about 2,000
Aspirin kills about 2,000
Marijuana kills 0
There has never been a recorded death due to marijuana at any time in US history.

All illegal drugs combined kill under 20,000 per year, or a small percent of the number killed by alcohol and tobacco.

Tobacco kills more people each year than all of the people killed by all of the illegal drugs in the last one hundred years.

ONE THIS GRAPH IS TOTALLY BASED ON POT SMOKERS IDEAS YET IT HAS WORK PLACE ACCIDENTS, VEHICLES ACCIDENTS, AND ALCOHOL ACCIDENTS ALL SEPERATE IF YOU REALLY THINK ABOUT IT THE PERSON WHO MADE THAT GRAPH DIDNT BOTHER TO PUT IN ALL THE ACCIDENTS OR DEATHS WHILE DRIVING OR AT WORK…..IT JUST SHOWS MARIJUANA DEATHS WHICH IN ANY CASE MEANS THAT THIS PERSON HAS NO MEANS OF SAYING IF THE DEATHS IN THE VEHICLES WERE CAUSED BY MARIJUANA OR IN THAT CASE IN THE WORK PLACE….SO MAKE SURE YOU GET YOUR INFORMATION FROM A DOT GOV OR A DOT ORG SITE. NOT A DOT COM YOU MORONS THEY CAN PUT ANYTHING PUT ANYTHING UP THEY WANT ON A DOT COM SITE.

September 19, 2012 at 11:10 am
(558) J says:

I am not as concerned about wether the article is accurate or inaccurate. I am appalled at your spelling! I am also wondering wether your marijuana habit has anything to do with that? If you want people to look at your response seriously, you should use spell check and I is always capitilized!

September 20, 2012 at 6:05 pm
(559) SAMUEL says:

THE ONLY REASON STATISTICS DONT SHOW DEATHS DUE TO MARIJUANA IS BECAUSE THEY ARE REPORTED AS ACCIDDENTS.
JUST BEACAUSE THEY WERENT “UNDER THE INFLUENCE”
DOESNT MEAN IT WASNT DO TO MARIJUANA,THC IS A FAT-SOLUBLE AND WILL ACCUMULATE IN FATTY TISSUES , IN THE LIVER, LUNGS, AND OTHER ORGANS.THOSE WHO ABUSE OF THIS DRUG;USE IT DAILY HAVE MORE THC IN THEIR BODY THAT COULD LAST FOR DAYS. AND THIS INFORMATION AND ARTICLES ARE MAINLY FOR TEENAGERS THAT CANT THINK FOR THEMS SELF’S AND MARIJUANA JUST STOPS THEIR BRAINS FROM DEVELOPING .

October 3, 2012 at 10:26 am
(560) Daniel says:

Yeah even though they check every accident victim for drug and alocohol consumption. Man it must be awesome to be so stupid all the time how about you tell me what it is like to have an IQ of 30 since my comments are based on pure facts and all your comments are based off of the internet which of course you really have to think about this one but just bare with me and dont strain yourself. Do you think that they would put up real information on a dot com site i mean think about it mainly any porn site or dating site is a dot com site and that is pretty sleezy. Plus the fact that ive done drug tests on all the accident victims and more than 60% percent of them were under the influence of marijuana. so again get your facts straight i live it everyday and night i see it almost everyday and you have nothing else other than “I do it so it cant be bad cause nothing has happened to me yet” or “the people on the internet say its ok to use so it must be” you are a complete idiot until you see it first hand what it can really do. So yet again you have no other facts other than yourself and the interent to back you up how about you come back when you have real proof…..and btw i schooled your ass.

October 8, 2012 at 11:18 pm
(561) Matthew says:

Ban it all!! Violent video games, movies, tv shows, ban alcohol, prescription drugs, marijuana, pornography, music, motor vehicles, soft drinks, fast food, toys with small parts. ETC. We are human beings blessed with stupidity incapable of accepting personal responsibility for our actions. Hell in the olden days if you ran your horse into a wagon full of children they’d blame the devil. No one has overdosed on marijuana but there have been accidents and that comes down to choice. Sure I smoke every once in a while, do I go driving? do I go to high rooftops or clean my gun? NO! But how is this possible? Because I choose not too while high! GASP personal choice even while high? Someone check this mans temperature!! Bad things will always happen and it starts with choice. Marijuana doesn’t make choices for me. It may impair my driving ability or cognitive thinking but I don’t choose to drive or go to work when I smoke. I know people that do and do just fine but not me…put me in a chair with junk food watching Two and a Half Men which actually becomes funny and that’s a swell time for me. Oops sorry marijuana does cause over consumption of junk food GUILTY, however I’m still the one who chose carrots, hummus and fat free cookies before I smoked :-)

October 14, 2012 at 2:21 am
(562) Jelisa says:

omg.. being born causes death… OUTLAW BIRTH

October 16, 2012 at 10:10 pm
(563) kandi says:

U know what… To all of u talkin statistics, and technicalities, and all the tests…. U cannot state if n e of it is true or false unless u were standing right the next to the “scientists” as they did their “studies” we cannot prove or disprove n e of their findings. I personally believe that as marijuana may impair u some it is also helpful in medicinal uses, under stress, and in some cases may help in appetite. Lots of kids suffer from beginning stages of anarexia, balimia, and many more eating disorders. Hey weed makes u hungry… N like I said yes it may impair u but it makes u happy, keeps u from producing cancerous cells, helps keep nausea down, and soooo much more! So honestly its “peoples” fault for their own stupidity if they get into or cause n e “accidents” n marijuana itself isn’t dangerous.

November 3, 2012 at 2:20 am
(564) Steve says:

I have to laugh at some of you marijuana users..you’ll defend it to your death! You base your opinion on what you call FACTs….whos facts? I see every day the affects of marijuana and the harm and death it causes..this information doesn’t come from the internet…this is based on hard cold facts from real life not something I dug up on google!

November 7, 2012 at 2:26 pm
(565) evangelina says:

I am 33 years old and I have been smokin marijuana for 23 years. That being said I have never had an accident while on weed. As far as suicide goes I dont beleive weed has nothing to do with that! That is someone who has some kind of mental problem!!! The only thing I can say is that yes I tend to forget things but I want it that way b/c there are things I really dont want to remember!!! When I have been depressed or stressed I found weed to be very comforting. Although I love smoking weed I have quit and I dont feel bad or down or suicidal etc.. There are consequences for everything whether large or small.. just be prepared to face them…

November 7, 2012 at 10:26 pm
(566) Gaddsy says:

I have but only one comment regarding this ; Increasingly it is mentioned not only as the first drug taken by people who overdose, but also in suicides and accidental deaths; Now then let’s get to the one point to be made but first one question; What was the first drug you the person reading this ever took?? Please briefly examine what a drug is, not just the illegal one’s but all drugs; now then with that being said who can truly say they smoked pot first before all other drugs? Surprisingly VERY few can….why? Well the simple truth is almost all of us started with either Caffeine, nicotine (cigarettes) or the most common answer is…yep you just had the light bulb click on…Alcohol… funny how this “legal drug” along with cigarettes are so easily over looked as the first’s in almost all people who overdose’s lives!!!! I’ve never just walked into a party with the intent of trying new drugs, we all went to parties to drink and likely some of us to smoke cigarettes which did eventually introduce many to other substances that pending on YOU’RE moral compass you decided to either further investigate or to leave well alone but very few people start straight away with pot the same as very few go from sobriety straight to shooting heroin, anyway long winded point made to surely be a refuted standard amongst those who have a strong distaste for anything deemed illegal but to those I say look to that which is man made and driving the social issue’s you wish to change rather then to look for a scapegoat in the first form of illegal substance you read about being the scourge of the earth.

November 8, 2012 at 1:12 am
(567) Gaddsy's right says:

You have it absolutely right there Gaddsy, and for any of you about to say that “alcohol and cigarettes are legal” and you are right in some cases as I would be right to say in some cases pot is legal as well but back to Gaddsy’s point, if you knowingly consumed alcohol or cigarettes and it was the “first” thing (drug) you used then you likely did use it illegally in fact as there is an age restriction on these substances which makes the consumption by a minor illegal so in fact those who dismiss the above noted fact by “Gaddsy” you are only denying the truth, most start with alcohol or cigarettes first and at the time of there experimental consumption of these substance most were in the age of minority, fight and dispute the facts all you want but find facts and post links rather then spouting bs ” http://www.livescience.com/17837-marijuana-lung-health.htm” just like that, grow up all you haters oh and one last thing, I don’t use any drugs!! not even Tylenol.

November 8, 2012 at 11:28 am
(568) adi bleu says:

Yet another article that spouts ambiguous opinions without using actual FACTS to back them. Awesome.

November 8, 2012 at 5:40 pm
(569) Ryan T. says:

I hate how people are in support of this. Marijuana doesn’t have bad effects on its user? It gave my friend schizophrenia, he went from being saludictorian in his junior year to failing every class. He ended up getting his schizophrenia near the end of his senior year. Now he can’t be left alone.

November 16, 2012 at 1:15 am
(570) Spencer says:

Why be mentally enslaved to weed? Why be obsessing over it? I don’t know about it killing anyone directly (although it does kill indirectly and whether you like it or not it does lead to other drugs) but I can think of at least 20 pot smokers off the top of my head. Out of those 20 only 1 of them are still productive and functioning and actually pretty smart, but I guess since he’s still productive it means that pot is okay…. WAIT! What about the other 19 people? They don’t matter because there’s that one functioning guy. Not. Exceptions to the rule work with everything. There will ALWAYS be that exception to the rule.

November 29, 2012 at 11:49 pm
(571) TJ says:

I have been a medical technologist for over 35 years. I have performed drug testing on persons since the testing methodology has been available. Drug testing has become the norm now in Emergency rooms for more than 10 years and it is performed on ALL vehicle accidents and unexplained deaths at every place I have worked. I have personal experience with who died and what killed them.

Technically it would take about 30,000 joints to overdose on THC, but this article is talking about events that people have died or been injured while under the influence of THC.

I know there are exceptions to the rule with all intoxicants, but nevertheless, the article is accurate. Not everyone who operates a vehicle or performs a roofing job or uses a band saw, etc gets injured or killed just like not everyone who drinks or takes various narcotics gets injured or killed either, but to say that it has no harmful potential is, well.. just not very intelligent.

November 30, 2012 at 7:44 pm
(572) Nunya says:

This is another incident of marijuana bias. If these people core not knowledgeable about marijuana would take the time to look into the facts and statistics they would see that marijuana stays in the system typically for a minimum of 30 days. This means is somebody could very well get an accident die in an accident and have their blood alcohol content taken in surprise you find marijuana. But the marijuana very well could of been from three weeks ago.

Legalization of marijuana is going to bring with it resourcefulness and hopefully Uncle Sam will find a new way to test drivers that will detect marijuana use as in how many hours ago – not if you used it 28 days ago.

December 6, 2012 at 5:48 am
(573) just saying says:

People you have others telling you , warning you , and confessing to you what pot has done to them and their lives . You will not listen or learn , my children dont have a daddy that they truly loved and adored for this very reason . Crazy thing is , all of you will deny that it has an affect on you , hello your getting high …. seriously that an affect . I have smoked it maybe 5 times and each time I was not myself , I was high and couldnt completely function . I never did it again , but my husband had done it for years . I noticed over the years he had a terrible memory , couldnt keep a job , it totaly controled his life . It affected his performance on the job , his memory , caused job accidents , he was not the only one on the job getting high . There was others getting high , getting hurt , losing contracts for their performance , and after a few years of trying to quit my husband got worse . He would stop smoking it , but he would have to drink to keep down his withdraw . Also he got hurt on the job , he was high and feel from nearly the height of a roof top . Then he ended up on pills , but he could do without the pills and alcohol if he had pot . It controled his life , his actions , moods , and in the end it took his life ! But sadly like him , most of you will not listen , you will say its for medical use and yet you are just getting high . You will not learn until its to late , or possibly never and you will leave broken hearted family members to grieve for you .

December 7, 2012 at 12:51 am
(574) aprille-n-neal says:

I cant drive under the influence of pot AT ALL, I get my rights and lefts confused, my dad had to take the wheel of his 63 belair when I almost put the sucker into a ditch when I was confused of my rights and lefts looking in a mirror at a car that was passing, it could’ve been crazy if somneone didnt take the helm, I was stoned as heck, alaskan thunderf00k strain, I will never smoke and drive again.

December 8, 2012 at 3:27 pm
(575) lulu says:

so if mj is the first drug that a suicide ever took and then they branched out to other drugs it’s the mj that killed them ???? so baby formula or breast milk being the first food a child ingests is the reason that some folks move on to junky foods become obese and die ???? what a load of bullcrap that is …. how many people work drunk ? drink their lunches? have a “bar ” on the buffet in their office ?…. hummm?? some people will always move on to other vices and or bad habits in life while some will not …. but no has died of marijuana poisoning from smoking too much at one sitting ( tainted treated purposely “poisoned” weed not withstanding – that embalming fluid and other chemicals some buttheads add to it ) , no one … no one’s cancer has been linked to it’s use , in fact some have survived cancer treatments and thus cancer because marijuana use quells the nausea and improves appetite in folks who often can’t eat because of the toxicity of the anticancer meds…. tobacco products and alcohol kill , proven fact but they are LEGAL and RAMMED down our throats visually everywhere…. alcohol now more so than tobacco… if they are legal marijuana should be too…. or perhaps lest make them ALL ILLEGAL ????? Let’s see how well that flies…..

December 8, 2012 at 3:39 pm
(576) lulu says:

those who have no control will have no control whether or not they smoke dope or drink or smoke tobacco too much the compound matters not …. it should not be the weed that is to blame but the person who can not control themselves…. don’t go screaming addition is a disease , i know it is but the onset of that addiction comes from the human partaking of the substance and not being able to stop , refrain , or moderate their own behavior in the usage of the substance …. i drink , once a month or so, enjoy it but don’t need it , i smoke weed … rarely but occasionally , as i am old now and it’s not a big deal if i do or don’t as it was when i was young….smoked cigs years ago quit when i got pregnant with my now 21 year old son ( quit all of it at that point ) ….. one must take responsibility for their lives and actions … i have never seen a beer pour itself down someone’s throat , or a lie of coke fly of it’s own accord up someone’s nose , or a blunt roll , light and smoke itself …..

December 12, 2012 at 1:04 pm
(577) successful says:

I am a very successful businessman. I have been smoking heavily for 25 years and run a 3 million dollar a year department for a Fortune 500 company. Just prey your kids don’t and go right to alcohol.
Most people actually grow out of marijuana use because it causes NO physical addiction unlike alcohol. I travel frequently and I don’t even think of it when I do. I chose to smoke pot and i will continue to do so. For all you bible toting morons try smoking a joint and go to church maybe then you will GET IT!

December 13, 2012 at 9:19 am
(578) Hudson says:

This article is a classic piece of propaganda. We live in a society where tobacco and alcohol are not only legal but glorified (well not so much tobacco anymore, it was when I was growing up though). The government says certain things are ok and that’s how many people form their opinion? it’s very depressing, think for yourself and put in the time for some research. listen to both sides of an argument and be open minded. I am not going to state marijuana is harmless because it’s not. It is like every other substance on the planet, too much of ANYTHING is bad for people. Hell, drinking too much water can kill you. It seems people want to blame the substance for ruining their life, or of a loved one. Whatever happened to personal responsibility? People that use marijuana so much to the point where they lose their job, grades slip at school etc all have addictive personalities and/or most likely deep phsychological problems to begin with. If it wasn’t the weed they latched onto, it would be something else. Blaming weed in these situations is like blaming a car in a drunk driving accident. It’s a persons responsibility to manage what they put in their body and how they choose to manage their time. Education is the most important tool to help people make the right choice, not these lies like this article or some of the commercials I have seen with a kid getting high and shooting a person with a gun…really 0_o.

I also don’t understand people that think if it were legal that it would be easier for kids to get. When I was growing up, It was so much easier to buy marijuana in school then to try and get someone old enough to buy alcohol. In an unregulated market, you have unregulated growers and sellers that don’t care the age group they sell to and can lace it with REAL dangerous substances.

December 13, 2012 at 2:19 pm
(579) PoeticDevon says:

I see stuff like this all the time and it makes me laugh at how ignorant people really are. You know this guy has never smoked weed before. lol. Not a single person in US History has died from smoking a blunt no matter how many they smoke a day, but the deaths from government sanctioned drugs and even prescription drugs are on the rise. It’s like I always say, man kills man. Oxycodone and Percocet are man made drugs that people OD on and die. Go try to overdose on weed. You’ll wake up feeling refreshed and hungry!

To the guy that wrote this article, go play in traffic!

Smoke on!!!!!!!

Written while smoking a fat one!

December 13, 2012 at 11:34 pm
(580) jer says:

I have been smoking pot for over 20 years strong!! I’m still in good health, have an education with college credits, I’m a certified chef who makes enough money,I have a kid that is well taking care of provided for by me, and I am a role model to society!! This article is totally misleading, and whoever wrote it, :-) need get their facts straight!!! Booze is actually the real gateway drug!! Over 90% of people who do drugs drank way before doing the hard stuff!!

December 20, 2012 at 12:58 pm
(581) Cynthia says:

Why do you need Marijuana? Any first grader knows that if you smoke anything it is bad for your health. Marijuana effects your mental ability to think clearly the proof is the fact that you are defending the use of it as harmless. It stinks and I feel sorry for all the little children and babies that have to breath in users second hand smoke as well as the rest of us that have to breath the stench. If anyone says it is harmful you have to jump to defend the use of it. You are really defending your habitual illegal use and want your poor actions to be accepted and vindicated by society. Why because you can not quit and you do not want to admit you are doing anything wrong. A better question to ask is why you feel a need to escape reality by altering you brain chemistry? How can anyone under the influence make life better for themselves or others or make moral rational judgments?

January 8, 2013 at 8:12 pm
(582) People are ignorant says:

This article is fantastic because it’s true. Those few people who commented say they smoke daily are idiots because they are not seeing the picture. Kids who smoke daily and have bad parents end up doing worse things than weed. And for the people who think that there are zero deaths due to weed you forgot to add the word overdose. Why don’t you do alittle research before you start commenting in articles because you think your tough for smoking every day. You are obviously quite crazy if you need weed every day. Have fun with your future.

January 10, 2013 at 10:40 pm
(583) John says:

I am a nurse who cared for a vent dependent quadriplegic. He was injured in a one car accident. The reason? He was high on marijuana. It is also a myth that you can’t overdose on thc. If you are smoking it you will indeed pass out from it’s effects before you reach toxic levels. However, if you eat it, you can ingest a toxic amount before it affects you enough to make you unconscious. I am not against legal use of marijuana. I think alcohol and cigarettes do much greater damage. However, anytime you are under the influence of a substance that alters your perception of what is going on around you, you run the risk of accidents.

January 20, 2013 at 12:21 am
(584) John says:

All these whinger pot heads saying it should be legal its a natural plant …hey MY OWN BODY produces testosterone. . Legalize steroids now !

January 21, 2013 at 6:27 am
(585) bob says:

the author is obviously negating studies and government studies at that that prove that this author has NO IDAE what he or she is talking about. there are 25thousand ( and more every day using it legally as medicine) and its never caused one death from using it, in 5 thousand years > I am willing to meet and educate this uneducated author at any time to educate him as a speaker for LEAP.
contact me , and I will help your staff.

January 23, 2013 at 8:43 pm
(586) David Carpenter says:

The only people that will support weed are users and the uninformed. Weed kills brains cells, if you dont think so, its because yours are already toast. There were also 26 weed related deaths last year due to direct smoking. Out of the hundreds of thousands of car accidents where there were fatalities, 20% were on narcotics, (a majority of which was weed).
Get your facts straight.

January 23, 2013 at 10:19 pm
(587) David Lies says:

Ok Mr. Carpenter, your ignorance and naivety absolutely amazes me.

You and all the others who spread lies are truly a discrace to humanity. The misinformation and fear you attempt to keep circulating is vile. It’s truly a step towards humanities downfall that people like you still exist in 2013!

And of course users will support it. Because they know the truth. Cannabis is a medicine for millions and its used everyday to treat cancer, AIDS, arthritic pain, and many other diseases that would otherwise kill the victim.

Please anyone who reads his comment do your own research! You’ll see what the true FACTS and … *gasp* SCIENCE support. Weed does not kill brain cells. Look it up from any reputable source. Period.

Your simply not with the times. Grow up.

January 29, 2013 at 11:29 am
(588) Justin says:

See you all in 20 years when your in nursing homes at the age of 45 because the THC is still attached to 80% of your brain…

January 30, 2013 at 1:56 pm
(589) Aaron Schaefer says:

I believe Mr Turner has alot of deception in his article. If such was true, then he would have provided a few dames of some of the deaths with proof that it was in fact from marijauna. I have smoked aka pot since I was 14 and I am 32 now. I also roofed for 6 of those years flat and shingle. I never had an injury or caused one. Most roofers I have roofed with also smoke a tone of weed and have not had any injuries. Also it has been prooven to help cure many cancers and other diseases. When there is so much money in selling legal perscriptions, and its hard to patten a plant that can grow anywhere.

February 13, 2013 at 5:10 pm
(590) NoToDrugs says:

THC in it is a dangerous chemical, found in marijuana, that lowers IQ points, reduces concentration, gives short term memory loss, & other mental problems. Not to mention the other causes of marijuana…..increased risk to lung infections, increased risk to lung cancer, causes airway obstructions, increases heart rate 20-100% which leaves you open for increased risk of heart attacks and abnormal heart rhythms, increases crime in neighborhoods where it is grown & sold, increased rate of anxiety, depression, & schizophrenia. So for previous comments that act like it’s fine & dandy to smoke marijuana is ridiculous.

February 27, 2013 at 3:21 pm
(591) Jess says:

I am a 16 year old girl. I used to smoke marijuana up until about 8 months ago when my uncle died of a drug overdose. I never smoked it habitually, just on occasion when my friends had some. I stopped because after my uncle died, I realized something. Even though he had died of a a heroin overdose, he told me he was introduced to heroin because he smoked weed. Eventually, weed didn’t give him a big enough high and he experimented with other drugs. I also stopped communicating with my other “friends” because all they ever did anymore was smoke weed and I didn’t want to, and usually left after they tried forcing me to. The one kid actually was arrested and put on probation recently. He told me he was going crazy without smoking and couldn’t wait til he got off of probation. My best friend still hangs around with those kids and she’s becoming just like them and it honestly hurts because I’m an AP student and all of those people in that group should have been too, but they dropped it because, and I quote, they “didn’t have time to do homework and smoke weed”. So now they’re failing school and getting high every day. Not everyone reacts to drugs this way, I know, but when I see them some days I just want to cry because I don’t know what happened to the kids I grew up with. They’re all different. They’re not the happy, exuberant kids I used to know. And if I hadn’t have stopped, I’d be just like them. Some kids just don’t know their own limitations, I suppose. My one friend got too high one day and was acting really bizarre and I left. This girl we were with calls and tells me that my friend almost died because she jumped out of her window. She was hospitalized for weeks.. Everyone says marijuana isn’t bad for you, and I agree, but the shameful thing is people don’t know how to use it correctly and it not only affects their lives, but those around them.

February 27, 2013 at 3:21 pm
(592) Jess says:

I am a 16 year old girl. I used to smoke marijuana up until about 8 months ago when my uncle died of a drug overdose. I never smoked it habitually, just on occasion when my friends had some. I stopped because after my uncle died, I realized something. Even though he had died of a a heroin overdose, he told me he was introduced to heroin because he smoked weed. Eventually, weed didn’t give him a big enough high and he experimented with other drugs. I also stopped communicating with my other “friends” because all they ever did anymore was smoke weed and I didn’t want to, and usually left after they tried forcing me to. The one kid actually was arrested and put on probation recently. He told me he was going crazy without smoking and couldn’t wait til he got off of probation. My best friend still hangs around with those kids and she’s becoming just like them and it honestly hurts because I’m an AP student and all of those people in that group should have been too, but they dropped it because, and I quote, they “didn’t have time to do homework and smoke weed”. So now they’re failing school and getting high every day. Not everyone reacts to drugs this way, I know, but when I see them some days I just want to cry because I don’t know what happened to the kids I grew up with. They’re all different. They’re not the happy, exuberant kids I used to know. And if I hadn’t have stopped, I’d be just like them. Some kids just don’t know their own limitations, I suppose. My one friend got too high one day and was acting really bizarre and I left. This girl we were with calls and tells me that my friend almost died because she jumped out of her window. She was hospitalized for weeks.. Everyone says marijuana isn’t bad for you, and I agree, but the shameful thing is people don’t know how to use it correctly and it not only affects their lives, but those around them.

March 4, 2013 at 3:17 pm
(593) Lee says:

Complete hogwash. The coroners using emotional draw and opinion rather than clear and precise evidence. There aren’t many studies on it because of its illegality and to the public, it seems like a taboo. Anything can be abused, not to the exception of weed, but claiming that it is directly the cause of suicides and accidental deaths without any factual evidence seems shady to me. This substance has an introspective affect on users and very likely would not cause them to do something crazy that would get them killed.

March 5, 2013 at 3:24 am
(594) ryan green says:

I’m gonna keep this very simple people. What you just reD is bull!

March 5, 2013 at 6:15 am
(595) Shiva says:
March 11, 2013 at 2:10 pm
(596) Darlene says:

I can only say to all those that say marijuana is harmless, at what age will you give it to your children? 7, 8 or 12? Or will you at all. Another question for you to ponder is, I am your child’s bus driver and I am going to get high before I drive the bus and pick up your children, is this okay? If not, ask yourself why? and if it is, ask yourself do you really love your children?

March 11, 2013 at 3:24 pm
(597) Jay M says:

“David Lies” lies. Users of weed are so magnanimous with their spewing out benefits of maryjane. As a guy who spent much of HS years high, I know from 1st hand experience that my potential was compromised by my consistent intoxication. Nearly all who use weed use it to escape something. Even if only boredom. The problem with praising weed use to the heights is with the experience. Questions for every weed user (answer to yourself only): Does one’s first experience with intoxication open the mind to the pleasures of being intoxicated? Do people typically repeat pleasurable behaviors? Does the repetition of intoxicating behavior bode well for one’s future or the future of their children or siblings? These aren’t scientific question where statistical signifcance comes into play. They are simply for you, the individual who can still be honest with yourself. *** In case you think I am some reformed weed smoker, I am not. I got high a week ago and worse, I’ve been addicted to opioids for > 15 years now. I don’t KNOW if smoking weed from age 13 on is RESPONSIBLE for what I am today. I do know that I am.

March 16, 2013 at 11:01 am
(598) william hines says:

All this site seems to me to be a scare tactic. Which I have not seen any other sites that agree with your findings. All the site you give is from the same place. Thanks but I will take my info from doctor and the science behind it. Causing deaths come on, most (99.9%)of accidents having to do with cannabis also has alcohol involved.

March 18, 2013 at 6:23 pm
(599) james says:

wow this si dumb there no deaths ok

March 23, 2013 at 1:41 am
(600) soulgro says:

It isnt about whether or not weed is dangerous its about the law and the lies used to pass the law. In order for there to have been a crime committed there has to be INTENT and a VICTIM . You cannot be your own victim as you cannot press charges on yourself. You by possessing cannabis have no criminal INTENT and are not INTENT on harming anyone physically or monetarily. This alone should be basis to end drug laws. To everyone saying weed kills you in accidents– You will never know if the accident would of happened while the person was sober (obviously there are a whole lot of unknowns that could factor in on this) What I bet you do know is that the same accident would kill anyone sober or not. Closure is important but closed mindedness is dangerous and unhealthy (probably moreso than injesting something as benign as weed.
Also my short term memory kicks ass- may be just me but I can remember thousands of numbers, cards, words, no problem. I memorize pages in books for fun. I memorize deck after deck of cards for fun. I memorize the numbers on barcodes, calling cards (not just phone number, all of the numbers on the cards, pretty much every number in my house, all one right after the other and then recite them back. forward and backward to my wife and kids– they are astonished
You`d think that smoking cannabis for 19 years that my brain would be fried (as dangerouse as pot is lol)
Ive had memory competitions with people who dont smoke pot and have destroyed them- while HIGH- Most calling me a genius afterward. To people saying cannabis makes you more aware ( i completely agree) It makes me wonder how SHEEPLE make it in life being so unaware. Hating something just cuz someone else likes it is easy- Accepting the fact that you are wrong- a little harder to swallow

April 13, 2013 at 9:59 pm
(601) Dailypotsmoker420 says:

I can’t believe I’m reading that! You people think that this magic herb kills and ruins lives. It saddens me that some can be so ignorent, you WILL be a better person after smoking weed. Listen to me when I say pot is the answer to all our problems and we need to embarrase the plant that we were blessed with. SWED

April 23, 2013 at 7:54 pm
(602) RisenOrigin says:

Is it me or have all of the people to claim “bull” smoked this drug. This article may have some dis-truth but this drug can put people out of sorts in ways that some wouldn’t believe and can hinder the operation of machinery which i am 100% sure has cause at least 1 death if not hundreds.

April 24, 2013 at 12:46 am
(603) William says:

I find it interesting that the people who are most vociferous in their attacks on those of us who tell the truth concerning the deaths caused by people operating heavy machinery, planes, trains, and automobiles while under the influence of marijuana, are the people who demonstrate their inability to communicate coherently in writing. Additionally, it is apparent that such people are sophists at heart, appealing only to the emotions of their target audiences.

April 24, 2013 at 2:08 pm
(604) mary says:

This article is THE TRUTH!!! Im a D/A therapist for 9 yrs. I have treated Adults and Adolescence. All of my clients who have moved on to harder drugs ALL started smoking weed. They have also dropped out of middle/high school, were arrested for smoking/selling weed, placed on Probation, have records or live in shelters; where weed placed a role in these events. And the majority of kids/teens who are in Child Protected Services/DHS have parents or guardians who smoke WEED or do other DRUGS that can’t take care of them because they are too HIGH to focus on anything else! Ppl tend to abuse DRUGS LIKE WEED to cope with unaddressed emotional issues. That DUMB excuse that it’s a “stress reliever” or you smoke for fun is exactly that DUMB! because people have the ability to calm themselves down and enjoy themselves without smoking a plant to do it. Only ppl who want to continue supporting their addiction to weed believe that weed is not harmful; just like ppl who are addicted to alcohol, crack, cocaine, percs, etc. The Truth HURTS! but WEED Is An Addictive Drug and If Your Smoking It, Get Help before I have to see you at court or in my Office for Therapy!

April 30, 2013 at 10:54 pm
(605) Dan says:

I have noted the comments posted already. I see this post has been up for nearly 10 years. I would ,love it if I could get everyone who has commented on the zero deaths from Marijuana to tell that to the family of my friend who got run over and killed by a car, after having collapsed on the road following an extended “session.” sure you will say that the car killed him. But in the eyes of anyone who knew him, if it wasnt for the Marijuana in his system, this would not have happened.

Secondly, my brother who is a new experimenter and got carried away one night, had a stroke the next morning. The diagnosis – Cebrebral Infarction caused by marijuana. You “zero deaths” proponents were within minutes of having your claim thrown out. He survived due to the quick action of the paramedics.

I guess when you come off your highs and denials, or until it happens that close to your loved ones, then you will continue in your false doctrines.

May 2, 2013 at 10:57 pm
(606) Ebba says:

If people have to use a drug such as marijuana or drnk alcohol excessively, then they need to ask themselves why the need? It sounds more like it is used to cover up another problem of some sort.

May 6, 2013 at 5:24 pm
(607) robert fowler says:

this article is sooo stupid lol i smoke by the pounds like daily and i am juust fine if yuh assk me its safer then aaaaany other drugg iv tried lol and iv tried a few types of drugs it is really disappointing the people have nuthing bettert to do then to bagg on a plaaant!!!! IITS JUUST A PLAANT WITH NOOOOOO ADDITIVES back the off soo the people of the world kan smoke there weed in peace it is sooo annoying!!!!!!!

May 13, 2013 at 9:51 am
(608) listen up says:

Shut up you idiots. You say marijuana is harmless because it is harmless and you have all taken it. You Know alcoholics say the same dang thing about alcohol before it kills them. Same with Heroin, tobacco, and cocain. It is proven that weed changes your brain, so your not in your right minds while your saying this. You are to damn busy being high to pay attention to the damn evidence. This website has done the Damn research, from websites that has damn scientific evidence that you don’t. These websites exist to save your damn live while you still have a damn chance. So pay quit dissing what you don’t have a damn clue about.

May 15, 2013 at 2:46 pm
(609) Zack Shadow says:

This article is full of crap. The only reason the person who wrote this did was because they were never cool enough to be invited to a smoking session. Marijuana is a miracle plant.

May 17, 2013 at 9:18 pm
(610) Someone else says:

It’s also funny how all of u who endorse smoking weed are in fact cannabis users! :D Why wouldn’t u say it’s ok when u’re already hooked and probably can’t even remember what it is like to stay completely sober for a month!?
Don’t get me wrong i also used to smoke, but realized it’s definitely not worth it.
There are many scientifically proven symptoms that u can’t deny, for example paranoia, panic attack, psychosis, memory problems, delayed motor and reasoning skills, increased heart rate and so on.
Why live in a haze when u can live, love and enjoy life as it is by taking care of yourself.
Do sports, travel and live healthy instead, and after that come here to tell us how good it is to smoke weed!

May 28, 2013 at 9:09 am
(611) scott steven says:

wake up people u have the largest info center at your fingertips go to madrid spain marijuana 20 years of research. notice the driving tests, while not medicated and medicated all patients passed some drove slower times when medicated but they all passed also all the terminal cancer patients cancers were put in remission or was eradicated completely. Also research Canada’s 10 years of research.
we make Phoenix tears (extracted thc out of plant material) look up phoenix tears cancer cure as well. Cancers have killed all my Dad’s siblings (10) he had prostate cancer 8 years ago was given 6 months to live. I started him on a Phoenix tears and marijuana edibles he has been cancer free for over 7 years. I am 60 and my doctor tells me to keep doing what i’m doing since my blood work shows NO CANCER and no health issues. By the way I been medicating getting stoned since age 14 never have had a traffic ticket, wreck, held a job since I was 14, now own my own business, house, vehicles, toys, raised 6 kids, have 18 Grandkids.
Marijuana has so many healing benefits please research it especially all of you negative against the healing herb ty

May 28, 2013 at 9:18 am
(612) scott steven says:

60 School Shootings and 4800 Acts of Violence Linked to Psychiatrist, Drugs; Congress Reaction–Take Guns

http://beforeitsnews.com/health/2013/01/60-school-shootings-in-20-years-of-4800-violent-incidents-all-linked-to-psychiatric-drugs-2464466.html/
Instead of addressing the issue with big pharma or FDA, Congress gets $400 million a year donated to their re-election campaign by drug companies. One senator, confronted with medical literature showing drugs as a leading cause of death.
wake up people pharma will kill you not marijuana

May 28, 2013 at 9:21 am
(613) scott steven says:

(Annual Causes of Death, By Cause)
Cause of death (Data from 2009 unless otherwise noted)1 Number

All Causes, 2009 2,437,163

Diseases of Heart 599,413
Malignant Neoplasms 567,628
Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases 137,353
Cerebrovascular Diseases 128,842
Poisoning 41,592
Drug Overdose (2010)2 38,329
Intentional Self-Harm (Suicide) 36,909
Septicemia 35,639
Motor Vehicle Accidents 34,485
Firearm Injuries 31,347
Alcohol-Induced 24,518
Pharmaceutical Drug Overdose (2010) 22,134
All Illicit Drugs Combined (2000) 17,0003
Opioid Analgesic Overdose (2010) 16,651
Homicide 16,799
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) 9,406
Viral hepatitis 7,694
Cannabis (Marijuana) 0
- See more at: http://drugwarfacts.org/cms/?q=node/30#sthash.E27gDS9N.O7banRDm.

NOTICE MARIJUANA IS A BIG 0

June 30, 2013 at 7:57 pm
(614) Ryan says:

This is absolute rubbish! I 100% agree with (611-613) Scott Stevens …well documented. I have been smoking weed for the past 20yrs + … no accidents, no traffic violations, held a job as mechanical engineer for over 20 yrs. Watch the tv doc “Weed Country” (S1E1-6)…prospective of grower, dealer, consumer & police including effects it has on a 6yrs old boy having severe daily seizures.

July 4, 2013 at 2:52 am
(615) Joe N says:

The article quotes Mr Turner to be “dealing with more heroin overdoses.” Heroin and marijuana are two entirely separate entities, and you can not blame marijuana for deaths caused by heroin. This article holds very little water in terms of trying to portray marijuana as a harmful substance, just as any other article will do, because there are very few negative effects to smoking pot.

July 13, 2013 at 8:26 pm
(616) Medic ER says:

I’ve been a paramedic for 21 years. I have had thousands of runs involving drug overdoses. Not one single call in my career has resulted from the use of marijuana. The only exception would be if someone had a motor vehicle accident.

August 4, 2013 at 6:10 pm
(617) Charlie says:

LD50=ZERO. Nobody in all history has ever been documented as dying of an overdose of Cannabis…because it is physically impossible to ingest 1500 lbs of it in 15 minutes…even an extract. I call BULLCRAP!

August 16, 2013 at 7:51 am
(618) Ricky_Racer says:

I have seen several articles that show a high percentage of lung cancer patients have also smoked marijuana regularly. The cancer causing agents in cigarette smoke are also present in marijuana smoke only on the order of about 4 times higher. This would suggest, but not necessarily prove, that marijuana smoking would lead to a risk of respiratory problems.

I have seen people smoke this stuff and hack and cough like a seal at feeding time. I would say it’s a safe bet that this isn’t the best thing you can do to your lungs.

August 21, 2013 at 2:49 pm
(619) Tyler says:

Yah this article is crap you know. I have smoked pot for 8 years and never been in a car crash to say. Tbh when I drive I actually go slower then the speed limet on the safe side. Yes weed can slow your reaction time down but if you drive safe by staying 4 cars Lenthes away u can stop in time

September 4, 2013 at 1:50 am
(620) Brandon Herbert says:

All yall that thinks weed is bad 4 u r stupid n must b smoking it right now it’s not ment 2 go in ur body dumb asses but yall go ahead n keep killing urself

September 4, 2013 at 1:53 am
(621) Brandon Herbert says:

Any1 dat thinks weed is not bad 4 u r dumb asses it’s not ment 2 go in ur body dumb ass but keep killing urself idiots

September 4, 2013 at 1:54 am
(622) Brandon Herbert says:

That weed isn’t bad 4 u r stupid

September 7, 2013 at 9:39 am
(623) karen says:

I was impressed by the idea that people think pot doesn’t cause accidents. If pot didn’t cause changes in users behavior then they wouldn’t use it. It is exactly like alcohol which we all know causes deaths and accidents. The idea that you can be high on pot and not have it cause any kind of effects on your behavior is really stupid. Kids have died while their parents were on pot.

September 9, 2013 at 10:39 pm
(624) Robert Smith says:

a friend of mine admitted to me he killed a respected man in a small town by crossing the center line and hitting him head on and killing him. He bragged to me that he was high smoking weed, nothing else. Thought it was funny. You people who smoke are morons and liars. Weed does kill

October 19, 2013 at 8:53 pm
(625) Chris says:

Weed may not directly kill people but i know for a fact it is slowly but surely killing my mind, my life, my social interaction, my love life and has distanced me from my ever loving family…….basically turned me into a waste of oxygen. oh and there is the last few years of depression and notions of suicide! after 25 years of smoking continuously every day, with help from my partner and the one friend i have left i am trying to quit. this will be the toughest challenge i have ever faced, and it feels like i will have to change everything about me to achieve it but if i do…..NO,….when i do i know i will be able to take on anything life throws at me.

November 5, 2013 at 4:30 pm
(626) druggiesarebottomfeeders says:

This comment is for the bottom feeders who believe that a death can not occur from marijuana because it is “a plant and has been around for ever”. Well, does cocaine not come from a plant? Heroin? Yeah, I thought so. I have to laugh when I read posts on here about how using drugs make you more focused, but then your posts appear to have been written by a first grader. The word most of you are trying to spell is ALCOHOL. Not alcohal This is the reason there should be random urine testing for welfare recipients.

November 8, 2013 at 7:56 pm
(627) lady says:

Hello I think that is bull I have smoked from 16 till now an im 33 I am a manager at the Hyatt Regency I finished school an never think about doing anything crazy neither does the others that I know that does it I know people that are doctors the smoke I know lawyers that smoke an they defend an work with the law dont mean everyone think the law is right so again i say keep smoking it dont cause drinking I never had a drink in life nor cigs so they want to put it on somthing why not age lol

January 7, 2014 at 7:45 pm
(628) Dave says:

http://lungcancer.about.com/od/causesoflungcance1/f/marijuana.htm
Since marijuana is illegal, it is hard to do the controlled studies that have been done with tobacco. Because of this, it helps to look at what we do know about marijuana:
•Many of the carcinogens and co-carcinogens present in tobacco smoke are also present in smoke from marijuana.

•Marijuana smoking does cause inflammation and cell damage, and it has been associated with pre-cancerous changes in lung tissue.

•Marijuana has been shown to cause immune system dysfunction, possibly predisposing individuals to cancer.

January 16, 2014 at 1:25 pm
(629) mike says:

This article of a load of crap. I have smoked weed for many years off and on. I have manyt friends, older than me that have smoked for a very long time. No one has even spoke of suicide. I think this article was written from someone that knows nothing of what they wrote. Is there any evidence to back up this article? I for one have never ever thought of suicide. The was the last thing on my mind. After a long day at work, it helps me to relax and at times, helps me to concentrate more. So as I said, this article is crap. Marijuana is no more a drug than caffiene and nicotiene and those are ok according to our screwed up federal government

January 19, 2014 at 1:53 pm
(630) dave says:

ahahahaha i’ve just stumbled upon what can only be described as propaganda BS!

February 9, 2014 at 9:44 pm
(631) Stoner Page says:

It’s this kind of BS that rakes my back yard. I’ve been smoking weed since 1974 and although the new strains are stronger there is no fucking way you can over dose on weed. You just can’t. It won’t let you. All you’re gonna do is reach a certain level and after that you’re simply wasting pot.

As far as the dying part goes, if you are ingesting other drugs along with the weed then that’s a completely different fiasco. If you mix any drug you’re changing the equation a great deal.

At the same time however, weed isn’t for everybody. Some people like it and some don’t. The pills are the real problem. I always hear the doctors defending the pills and they actually do permanent damage to the unlucky people that are conned into taking them.

We have more people doing pills in the U.S. than all the other countries combined. These new antidepressant drugs are messing everybody up and making patients worse. And some of the damage is irreversible.

You don’t get that with weed. The proof is in the pudding. You just gotta pay attention and quit making up stuff that doesn’t exist. I know I know, the real profits are in the pills. Those shareholders are counting on the pills to make their day. Understandable. But quit picking on the plant. And maybe you need a bong hit yourself. I bet you haven’t even tried it.

There’s so many more things to gripe about besides the blind assumptions over a plant. You should be ashamed of yourself for even spreading this crap around. Do some real research and then make your decision. How can 224 million people be wrong? The pudding Holmes, that’s where it’s at. “WORD”

February 24, 2014 at 11:52 pm
(632) C heyes says:

please note new scientist is a UK based scientlific journal/magazine
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read this from 2005
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn8407-cannabis-doubles-the-risk-of-fatal-crashes.html#.UwwZ1uN_vF1

excerpt taken from link above
“Stoned drivers were almost twice as likely to be involved in a fatal car crashes than abstemious drivers, according to a study of 10,748 fatal car crashes in France between 2001 and 2003. More than half of the drivers in the study themselves died as a result of their accidents and all the subjects were tested for drug and alcohol use after crashing.
Even after accounting for factors such as the age of the drivers and the condition of the vehicle, the researchers conclude that cannabis caused a significant number of the fatalities, with 2.5% of the crashes directly attributed to cannabis use. Alcohol was the direct cause of about 29%.”

Now if you do the math that works out at 214.99 deaths reported as fatal car accidents over a 2 year period in France true it may not be a lot out of the total number but shows that it does happen so to say 0 deaths are attributed to cannabis then to go up to 107.48 a year is still a leap. Also if your wondering alcohol works out at 3116.92 deaths

February 25, 2014 at 10:16 am
(633) miss green says:

u sound like a butt wad!

March 11, 2014 at 6:05 pm
(634) Effrenhher says:

Tell people they are crazy and they will be the first ones to tell you they are not. So don’t tell the pot heads that they are damaged goods because they will tell you, “you are the damaged one”. Just let them be, and be prepared to prey them off their cars when they crash.

March 29, 2014 at 11:30 pm
(635) Nicole says:

I agree marijuana has many exceptional effects for those who need it medically, such as: ADD, cancer patients, etc. Although I do not see any use for marijuana for a healthy participant. I am currently working on a research paper on this drug and only see reasons to legalize MJ medically. I have friends who smoke weed and while I was discussing the reasons to legalize this drug they only gave me medical reasons. When I would press a question again they completely forgot our entire conversation, and had to start over from the beginning. I agree that MJ has different side effects for many different people but I see no reason to have this drug legalized for healthy individuals.

April 13, 2014 at 6:47 pm
(636) Susie says:

I would argue that there are probably many motor vehicle fatalities using the term “intoxicated” or “driver error” that could be contributed to marijuana deaths. Overdosing is quite probably impossible, but those arguing that it doesn’t affect your mental abilities are probably quite used to being stoned.

Not everyone lives long enough to build up a high tolerance to pot. They probably die in traffic accidents that are lumped into the “intoxicated” category ie: alcohol, driver fatigue, multiple drug toxicity (combination of OTC, prescription and street drugs or are written off as driver error.

The first time I smoked it, I was stupid, stoned, uncoordinated, silly, giggly and hungry. Not anymore. If I had driven the first time I got stoned it would have probably been disastrous.

Since impaired driving has only become illegal in my lifetime, and more than a field sobriety test is needed to verify alcohol intoxication now, it is impossible to tell if accidents from the past had anything to do with marijuana.

I do ask you this. Why do you smoke pot? I know you’ll defend its safety until the end, but if you’re not getting high, why do you smoke it? What pleasure centre in your brain is getting a little THC tickle with every puff?

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