goindeep Posted December 2, 2014 Report Share Posted December 2, 2014 Or alternatively, what is your best counter argument? See the thing is that cannabis has so many good arguments but what I have discovered is that there are not really that many intelligent or powerful arguments against it, if many at all. Most good defenders of prohibition will tell you the usual crap that can be argued away quite easily e.g..... 'it's a gateway drug' uhhh no it's not, there is no science to prove it and it is only perceived this way because the same dealer that sells your kids pot can also get 'other stuff' just the same as the bottle shop can sell you smokes. There is absolutely no scientific validation just like there is no scientific validation that cows milk from woolies is a gateway product to their frozen lasagne... OR 'Marijuana kills brain cells', no actually that argument comes from a trial they did on monkeys where they starved their brains of oxygen over prolonged periods of time as they pumped cannabis smoke into their lungs. No oxygen = shutting down and switching off of neurons and cells. However it has recently been shown that teenagers who smoke cannabis can do harm to their brains which could effect IQ, critical thinking and memory as their teenage brain is continuing to grow. This last part is common sense and is why children should be protected from cannabis just like they are with alcohol and cigarettes. The best argument they have up their sleeve and that they are touting as their ace is the mental health card. They will tell you that cannabis should not be legalized because it can lead to schizophrenia, paranoia or both. And here is my counter argument. The counter is 3 points: Those same studies also show that with increased use is increased problems or chances of problems and the opposite is also true. Basically, anything can be abused and so it is unlikely that cannabis will cause a mass schizophrenic effect in most users. WIth regulated use and education you can guide and direct the frequency and volume of consumption to a safer one than what is currently being offered via the prohibition method. Anything ca be abused including cheeseburgers, sugar, water, oxygen and all have devastating effects. Cannabis is no different. Studies have also proven that CBD in cannabis may have the opposite effects of schizophrenia and paranoia, this seems ironic and interesting however understanding that cannabis has around 80 different psycho active cannabinoids makes it less ironic and more interesting with UK studies showing some low thc and high cbd strains or simply cbd strains showing exactly that Some people have a predisposition to schizophrenia and cannabis can quite easily be highlighted as the culprit or at least the catalyst when in fact the predisposition itself and the issues surrounding that are the real problem.FInally based on what we have seen in the US, here are some of the major hurdles seen with post legislation problems 1. stoned drivers. Here is how you argue that apart from the obvious such as education. Online retail. In the US currently they have made it too hard to sell it online. Because of that people are forced to get into their car to drive and buy their cannabis which means they are either already high or getting high before or on the way back. If online retail sales are allowed along with education programs it would reduce the possibility for it to become a huge problem or at least offer people a safe reliable and responsible way for them to purchase their cannabis and have it delivered. Also random testing helps... 2. Edibles causing psychosis and other issues leading to death or serious illness. Simple. Offer clear instructions and package the items in individuals quantities as much as possible as well as proper dosing. People commit suicide or seriously injur themselves or others with many other substances like alcohol and cannabis is no more harmful than alcohol. Also the plant or part of the plant offers its own solution which is CBD and so higher content CBD edibles may need to be made and offered. 3. Oils potentially being able to cause botulism and other similar related problems. Simple again, use fridges, 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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