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High Times

by gwolinetz on August 9th, 2013

There’s an opinion article on CNN.com today about the dangers of legalizing marijuana. I’ll just quote my favorite part here from the close to the end, although I do encourage you to read the whole thing. I read this article twice, just to be certain that I wasn’t missing anything, but I wasn’t.

…I know what marijuana does to the human mind because I started smoking weed when I was 15 years old. It literally robbed me of my motivation to participate in my own life. I was absolutely OK with sitting around all day eating cookies and watching television and getting high with my friends. But, to go out and earn a living and do something with my life? That was all stuff that I was going to do later after I came down off of the marijuana. But, then I’d smoke some more and think, “Why bother?” . . . and, eventually, I started shooting heroin. If my family had not intervened and sought professional help, I would probably still be wandering aimlessly through the streets today; searching for that elusive “perfect high.”

There’s a lot more like that, especially the very end which is the hilarious payoff. Bottom line, his is just rank psychologism, using entirely anecdotal evidence. Because *you* smoked pot and sat in front of the TV all day and Homer Simpson did the same thing on TV, along with countless teens on bad after-school specials, that’s conclusive evidence that marijuana does more harm than good? I don’t mean to diminish this guy’s fight back from addiction, and he obviously does great work with addicts in his center, but how about a little bit of science? A little bit of data? Something that shows that you’re not simply reacting to something that you consider to be wrong. I get that this is opinion, but you should have *something* to back up your opinion, other than “potheads order a lot of Chinese food and sit on the couch, so pot is bad.”

I know plenty of people who are recreational marijuana users and are perfectly productive members of society with fine careers and contribute healthily to our gross domestic product. Does that mean that marijuana should get a full free pass and be completely unregulated? Of course not. That would be insane. It’s not a large enough view of the Universe to have any sense of the right course of action. You need to take into account all of the sides of the issue, before you can make an informed judgement about anything. That’s the way it works.

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