Joyanna Adams

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Do We NEED a “Stoned” Nation?

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I must admit, I was surprised to hear Roger Stone, a longtime friend of President Trump, lobbying to make marijuana legal in all fifty states.

While most of the United States now seems to support medicinal use, (including me) for those people suffering from late stages of cancer, or other chronic conditions, when the normal drugs for these conditions are so high, I think it’s a different matter when it comes to making it legal as recreational use.

I don’t know how many people use marijuana, but I suspect it’s more than we think. The baby boomers grew up on the stuff, and most of MY friends never stopped smoking. I try not to judge, but frankly, I think it’s sad.

FIRST: You really don’t know what’s in it.

On the other hand, too many drug gangs are getting rich off selling the stuff. Then again, legalize it, and they will just sell some other drug.

Last week, I was sitting next to two people on the plane back from Arizona, who supported making it legal. The lady on my left, said she used pills, which didn’t contain the THC, and it helped her deal with her hips and feet problems. The guy on my right, said he was all for legalization.

I suggested that it causes brain damage in the long run, and is just as dangerous as cigarettes. I thought it funny…how long did we hear about the danger of cigarettes causing cancer? Why is NOBODY bringing up this obvious fact?

She got so angry at my opinion, she didn’t talk to me the rest of the flight.

So, here’s some reported facts about marijuana that I got from various sites. And let me say, I don’t think users should be jailed for smoking pot.  Unless of course, they drive high or sell to kids.


Aside from the discomfort that goes with sore throats and chest colds, it has been found that smoking one joint gives as much exposure to cancer-producing chemicals as smoking four to five cigarettes.

The mental consequences of marijuana use are equally severe. Marijuana smokers have poorer memories and mental aptitude than do non-users.

Recent studies on young adults that smoke marijuana, found abnormalities in the brain related to emotion, motivation and decision-making.

Alcohol is eliminated from the body in a few hours, but THC stays in the body for weeks, possibly months, depending on the length and intensity of usage.

THC damages the immune system. Alcohol does not.
• 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)
• Panic
• Hallucinations
• 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)

LONG-TERM EFFECTS
• 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.33

Studies show that the mental functions of people who have smoked a lot of marijuana tend to be diminished. The THC in cannabis disrupts nerve cells in the brain, affecting memory.

Driving under the influence of cannabis is associated with a 92% increased risk of vehicular crashes. Important is the fact that such driving was associated with a 110% increase in fatal crashes.

• AAA reported that in the U.S. cannabis-involved fatalities increased from 8% in 2013
to 17% in 2014.
• In Colorado, marijuana use increased significantly starting in 2009, and a study found that the proportion of drivers in fatal car crashes in Colorado testing positive for marijuana had risen from 5.9% in 2009 to 10% in 2011.
• In the state of Washington, fatal driving accidents have risen 122% between 2010 and 2014.
• In California, the percentage of drivers testing positive for marijuana that were involved in fatal car crashes rose from 9% in 2005 to 16.5% in 2014.

So, there you go. Marijuana is just as damaging as alcohol, if done every day. Since I was a musician, (and did NOT do any drugs) I played in bands where drug use was common. And I saw, that over time, the guys became almost like zombies… completely laid back. They really didn’t think about much of anything at all. In other words…duh.

Do we need a ‘stoned’ nation? Do you think certain leaders would be all for it?

You know what I think.

Roger: Are you planning on marketing some fine weed soon?

Nobody Wonders.

 

June 22, 2017 - Posted by | drugs, Uncategorized | ,

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