Saturday, January 6, 2018

OpEd: The POT Debate. When DOLLARS Mean MORE Than SENSE

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theodore M I R A L D I.

Several reports show that the usage of Marijuana is most prevalent in Free Western Nations. Only Iceland has a larger pot smoking population than the U.S.


Iceland 18.3 %, United States 16.3% Nigeria 14.3%, Canada 12.7%, Chile 11.83%, France 11.1%. New Zealand 11%, Bermuda 10.9%, Australia 10.2%, Zambia 9.5%

Many of the supporters of Legalization use the same mantra, that countries with Legalized Pot usage have fewer Pot Heads. A dubious claim. Many of those countries are smaller homogeneous nations with less access and poor distribution. Let's not forget the margin of error of self reporting.

Those in less socialized nations don't go around admitting to smoking pot, or using drugs at all. Here's the rub, organized Nations or States are regulated by codified laws. Many poorer and smaller nations hardly waste their resources making sure someone's not rolling a joint in private. 

It's unfortunate that here in the United States Legalization has one basic priority...TAX DOLLARS. So, when you here the wagging tongues talk about its medicinal usage, and how keeping it out of the hands of those who really need it is an egregious act against humanity, a smile appears on the faces of those who smoke pot for recreation and nothing more.

Then there are those who like to conflate the consumption of Alcohol with Pot usage. No where in their arguments is their talk about how many people became alcoholics during Prohibition as oppose to those addicted since it was again legalized. Comparing highly addictive alcohol consumption to smoking pot is a weak argument. Never the less, regardless of Data collected in the past 4-5 decades of Pot smoking has shown, like it,

or not, Pot isn't the game changer that makes men out of children for those looking to escape reality. Many heavy pot smokers remain children Emotionally and Psychologically.

Heavy consumption of THC results in Physical and Psychological changes only now being revealed.

This isn't your Grandfather's Pot you're smoking. 

Today's THC levels in Pot have risen from 3-4% THC to as much as 27%. The long term effects of this level of THC on the young, still in their developmental stages are far from understood. 



Short-term memory problems
Severe anxiety, including fear that one is being watched or followed (paranoia)
Very strange behavior, seeing, hearing or smelling things that aren’t there, not being able to tell imagination from reality (psychosis)
Loss of sense of personal identity
Lowered reaction time
Increased heart rate (risk of heart attack)
Increased risk of stroke
Problems with coordination (impairing safe driving or playing sports)
Sexual problems (for males)
Up to seven times more likely to contract sexually transmitted infections than non-users (for females) 


Decline in IQ (up to 8 points if prolonged use started in adolescent age)

Poor school performance and higher chance of dropping out
Impaired thinking and ability to learn and perform complex tasks
Lower life satisfaction
Addiction (about 9% of adults and 17% of people who started smoking as teens)
Potential development of opiate abuse
Relationship problems, intimate partner violence
Antisocial behavior including stealing money or lying
Financial difficulties
Increased welfare dependence
Greater chances of being unemployed or not getting good jobs. 


Are the Tax Dollars being generated worth more than your kids? 

Apparently so.

Most, if not all States proposing Legalization of Pot are run by the Tax and Spend Democrats. How unfortunate that give-aways now may be at the cost of futures never realized because of Pot, and other brain altering drugs. 

I implore anyone to show me a nation or community that has rampant drug use and is socially, economically successful. Or, is this another of Fundamentally Transforming America. The redustribution hopelessness to Americans under the guise of social change.

Every one needs to take a harder look at what long term effects may be coming down the road. 

An instant high is not worth the possibility of a diminished life.

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