Originally posted by Mag Master 21
It's a conspiracy man! Maybe we would like to hold some semblance of morality.. I mean, it's almost been completely destroyed thanks to the ACLU and other activist organizations.. I ask you, how do the benefits FAR outweigh the "negatives." If all you have is medicinal purposes, you're wasting your time..
The health effects of marijuana are not as bad as the media portrays them. Organizations often say there more cancer causing agents in one marijuana cigarette than in one tobacco cigarette. While this is quite true, it is just as misleading. The average marijuana smoker will use two to four marijuana cigarettes a day while the average tobacco smoker will use forty to sixty in the same time frame.
No one has ever died from a marijuana overdose. It does not cause people to become violent and takes twice as long to develop a tumor in an average marijuana smoker than the average alcoholic.
Hemp is not only a comparatively safe substance, but it also has many commercial uses. Hemp is 80% hurds, which is the part that is used to make paper, making it take up one fourth the amount of space as a forest used for paper. It is not only more space efficient, but it is much easier to dye white using less of the environmentally unfriendly acid to dye it. Hemp also makes an extremely durable fiber that is already used in other countries is money making it last three times as long as the U.S. is. The fiber is also softer than cotton but needs almost one half of the amount of pesticides due to its natural durability.
Medicinal use is essentially ignored by the opponents of marijuana legalization. The product THC is the chemical in marijuana that has most of the medicinal properties. THC is very hard to synthesize and costs ten to twenty times the amount of money as compared to the same level of THC in natural hemp.Medicinal marijuana use has been proven to help reduce ocular pressure in the eyes for patients who have glaucoma, stimulates appetite and reduces nausea in chemotherapy patients and can also reduce pain in chronic migraine patients. All these highly beneficial qualities and yet, it is still illegal to grow or buy by federal laws. It is safer than many legal drugs but could be even safer if made by corporations due to filters and there would never be drugs laced into it as some drug dealers do to theirs to make the marijuana habit forming.
Jails would be far less cramped due to the fact that millions less would be incarcerated. Many hemp smokers are peaceful law abiding citizens yet the federal government has waged a so called, "war on drugs", which means that much more of your taxes is going into feeding, clothing and giving shelter to people who don't need your help. They tear apart families just because someone liked the way it made them feel and had a few ounces on them when they got pulled over for a minor traffic incedent.
I think that's enough benefits. Care to show me the error in my ways and how keeping it illegal helps society more than it harms?