Monday, July 7, 2014

Is Marijuana a Benign Drug?

The P.C. Police (Politically Correct) have already pronounced that if you are against the legalization of “pot” (a/k/a weed, ganga, grass, Mary Jane, reefer, hash etc.) you are some sort of a right-wing neanderthal, bible-toting, Conservative Republican who wants to impose his morality on others. Is that true?

Well, I am opposed to the legalization of marijuana for recreational use, and I am a right-wing Conservative - does that make me any less of a normal person who has his head stuck in the sand? Should we legalize another mind altering drug along with alcohol? According to the “pot lobby”, the answer is YES, and the sooner the better.

Their argument is that “pot” is not harmful to the body and mind, and people who think differently don't know what they are talking about.

Well, let's look at the effects of “pot” on the body and mind of its users as determined by medical experts, not “pot” junkies.

Here are some of the effects of “pot” as determined by the medical profession.

1. it impairs memory and inability to learn.

2. it creates difficulties in thinking and problem solving.

3. it causes distorted perception.

4. it promotes anxiety attacks and feelings of paranoia.

5. it impairs muscle coordination and judgment.

6. it increases the susceptibility to infection.

7. it causes burning and stinging of the mouth and throat.

8. it causes impairment of driving skills.

9. it increases the heart rate and could cause a jump in blood pressure.

10. It has the potential to promote cancer of the lungs and other parts of the respiratory tract because of the various carcinogens present in it.

Taking all the above factors into consideration, how can anyone claim that marijuana is a benign drug?

On the ballot in Florida this November, is a proposal to make “medical marijuana” available to sick and infirm people to alleviate their pain and nauseousness. According to polls, this proposal will pass by an 80% margin, but the “pot lobby” will not be satisfied until it is legalized for public consumption for recreational use, as well, just like in Colorado and Washington state. Already, the “unintended consequences” of these laws are having a detrimental effect on the living conditions in those states. Increased DUI's, and minors gaining access to “pot” in increasing numbers, have been reported and the trend is that it will get much, much worse.

To the “pothead lobby”, be careful what you wish for, you might regret the consequences that legalization will bring to your communities.

So, in conclusion, the answer to the headline question is NO, it is not a benign drug and should not be legalized for recreational use.

Conservative commentary by Chuck Lehmann



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James J. Pirretti said...

Hey Chuck:

Your first four in your list confused me since they are also symptoms of Democrats: (1) impaired memory and inability to learn; (2) difficulty in thinking and problem solving; (3) distorted perception; and (4) paranoia. Maybe Dems get that way from smoking too much pot rather than being born that way. :)

George Giftos said...

The neoliberals are out to destroy traditioanalism in all facets of our life. That's their hope for change. (where have I heard that before?)
Simply put, replace American apple pie with marijuana laced brownies.

Ron Butcher said...

Aren't many of the same people who promote pot smoking are the same people who are against tobacco smoking? The one big difference between tobacco use and pot use is that when you take a drag of a joint, you expect to get a buzz on, not so with cigarettes which is just an addictive habit. Both pot and tobacco are dangerous for your health, but to listen to the potheads, using pot is just a mild form of relaxation, no big deal. If you believe that, then I have a bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell you.