Why Your State Should NOT Legalize Weed

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Why Your State Should NOT Legalize Weed
By Larry Tomczak

Yesterday I visited our local bookstore and was struck by the abundance of magazine covers promoting marijuana. Later my wife commented that she’s received two ads this week for cannabis products, something she’s never received before! What’s going on?

In case you haven’t noticed or are simply distracted by the busyness of life, propaganda promoting marijuana and its legalization is bombarding us. Should we be concerned about something that is celebrated as a “harmless recreational” indulgence that progressive people should embrace excitedly?

Recently our state newspaper ran a prominent piece by a young woman calling for weed to be legalized. Coincidentally, she works for a statewide cannabis advocacy group. Reading her arguments and questionable statistics made me wonder if we should begin distributing marijuana freely since she opines it is so harmless and beneficial!

What follows is my pushback to the propaganda. Feel free to “borrow” any and all my counterpoints for op-eds you can submit, exposing the seductive logic.

Let’s Get Serious

“There are three kinds of lies: lies, dxxxxd lies and statistics,” said Mark Twain. He was pointing out the use of statistics to bolster weak or fallacious arguments. The dope supporter whose article appeared in our newspaper, typical of many, deserved a five star Pinocchio award for her misleading stats and misguided presentation.

Recently, I had an in-depth conversation with a police officer formerly on paid leave who has since retired. He was rehabilitating from a serious injury sustained when he confronted a young man about to commit a crime who was stoned on marijuana. He subsequently assaulted the officer, tearing his rotator cuff. He now faces numerous felony offenses plus decades behind bars, in addition to the impounding of his car containing marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Olympic gold medalist, Michael Phelps, often appears in the news with his lovely wife and two little boys celebrating his success emerging from rehab and his near-death experience. “Not wanting to be alive anymore” at one point, the champion who smoked marijuana, deceived it would not affect his ability to excel, now swears off any drugs as he encourages youth to emulate his example.

Close to where I live, a 33-year-old woman was sentenced to 30 years in prison for her reckless driving which resulted in the death of a teenager helping change his mother’s flat tire. The THP report showed her high on drugs and impaired in her driving ability as she callously fled the scene of the homicide. She’ll now have many decades to ponder her stupidity, recreational drug usage and the devastation it brought her and a grieving family.

With scores of people killed, maimed, or disabled for life from drunk driving, especially by young people, do we really want to compound the problem by adding marijuana to the mix? Teens can think they are invincible and adding a joint can seem innocuous until the tragedy happens, which it does all too frequently.

Contrary to what drug proponents profess, marijuana and other drugs take a toll—eventually, if not immediately. Drugs don’t deliver as advertised. Why do you think they call it “dope?”

Even pot-smoking, poster boy Willie Nelson, battling emphysema and pneumonia four or five times, admits his lungs have gotten “really screwed up.”

In Willie’s own words, “There’s been a lot of talk about marijuana being harmless, but I think it’s a lot more dangerous to the lungs than most dope smokers realize. Especially the strong marijuana that’s around these days. Each year it seems to get a little stronger … your lungs are not really supposed to breath anything but oxygen—pure, fresh air.”

How about the tragic, premature deaths of both Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse portrayed in recent documentaries? Both got started on the path to their destruction the exact same way, smoking weed, those “harmless” joints.

Research Studies Should Not Be Ignored

As Sergeant Joe Friday used to say on the TV program Dragnet, “Just the facts!” so here they are …

– The United States Drug Enforcement Agency states: “U.S. drug overdose kills more people than traffic accidents and gun incidents.” The total number cited was 46,471!

If we could ask these victims how many started on marijuana or maintained their marijuana usage along with other drugs, I wonder how many would hang their heads in regret wishing they’d never succumbed to the seduction of the Pied Piper’s enticement onto this pernicious path?

My best friend growing up started experimenting with recreational drugs when he started college with me. What started as a fun escape spiraled into his premature death in his mid-20s. I carry an ache in my heart to this day from this experience.

– When marijuana proponents glorify drugs and celebrate its “harmless” even “beneficial effect,” they should take heed to the words of an expert, Dr. Ed Gogek, an addiction psychiatrist. He wrote the following in the uber-liberal New York Times:

“I’ve spent 25 years as a doctor treating drug abusers and they are con artists…. Marijuana activists are phony scientists. For years they said marijuana is good for glaucoma when it actually worsens it! They said it is not addictive and this is false! They said it doesn’t increase usage among teenagers and all evidence says the opposite…. It is not harmless! Youth do worse in school and have two times the dropout rate while marijuana permanently lowers their IQ.”

– Joseph Califano, head of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, declares without qualification that “pot smoking adversely affects motor skills and does serious damage to the brain over the long term.” It is a fact that objective studies repeatedly show that regular users find their IQ dropping and all cognitive functions hindered.

– Finally, a recent study from Northwestern University established clearly that teen “potheads” had brain abnormalities related to poor short-term memory performance. Healthy individuals who did not use marijuana scored 37 times better on average than users—not just addicts—who had smoked pot in the past.

– The National Institute of Health makes it clear: “One in six youth who try marijuana before age 18 will either abuse it or will become addicted.” Those are dangerous odds, parents. Is this what we want for our children and grandchildren?

What’s Happening in Massachusetts?

The state of Massachusetts jumped on the bandwagon to legalize marijuana. After a number of months, a study was done to discover the impact on young people. The results are sobering and startling: currently 1/2 of youth ages 18–25 have smoked marijuana in the past month!

In the classic film The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy finally pulled back the curtain and exposed the deceiving mastermind behind the façade. May we do likewise amid celebrities and other pot promoters who glamorize toking up, some under the ruse of the “medical marijuana” argument (which can have some medicinal benefits but it’s not the only alternative).

A little while ago, in the mall where I daily exercise, a middle-aged mother darted from the coffee shop and stammered these words amidst her tears, “They just found my daughter dead!” She proceeded to tell me about her 27-year-old daughter who met a young fellow who influenced her to start smoking dope. Prior to this encounter, “she had never been involved with any drugs” but this was the gateway to her death and her mother’s devastation.

Here’s the deal: Scripture says, “Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools…” (Romans 1:22). People will accuse us of being “fear mongers,” but we must not back down. Let’s winsomely and confidently communicate the truth about this massive deception permeating America today.

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Len

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When it comes to recreational use of drugs I believe that Gal 5:20 warns Christians against drugs under the guise of the word sorcery which is Pharmakea from where we get the word pharmaceuticals and satan is in the business of controlling minds through drugs and booze and once we are effected by either he has a foothold to our minds and actions, sometimes completely taking over lives. I am not against having a drink on a hot day I know a beer goes down quite nicely (but I no longer drink) the thing about alcohol is you can have a few drinks before you are effected mentally but you only need one cone or a joint to be "intoxicated" or high ...... Ephesians 6:12 warns us of such things: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high(;)) places.” we wrestle things UNSEEN ..... once we are effected then our wrestling with the unseen probably means a lost match, as we are pinned to the mat in so many ways it will be hard to get back up for a re match, so how can God use you as a witness to others if you have no self-control, or are setting a bad example and are behaving just like the world by drinking or getting high? keep your mind clear because it is hard enough now to fight the fight, and lets try and help standing strong in opposition to drugs for those who have no idea they are even in a mental wrestling match with satan for their souls...... end of rant
 

Watching and Waiting

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When it comes to recreational use of drugs I believe that Gal 5:20 warns Christians against drugs under the guise of the word sorcery which is Pharmakea from where we get the word pharmaceuticals and satan is in the business of controlling minds through drugs and booze and once we are effected by either he has a foothold to our minds and actions, sometimes completely taking over lives. I am not against having a drink on a hot day I know a beer goes down quite nicely (but I no longer drink) the thing about alcohol is you can have a few drinks before you are effected mentally but you only need one cone or a joint to be "intoxicated" or high ...... Ephesians 6:12 warns us of such things: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high(;)) places.” we wrestle things UNSEEN ..... once we are effected then our wrestling with the unseen probably means a lost match, as we are pinned to the mat in so many ways it will be hard to get back up for a re match, so how can God use you as a witness to others if you have no self-control, or are setting a bad example and are behaving just like the world by drinking or getting high? keep your mind clear because it is hard enough now to fight the fight, and lets try and help standing strong in opposition to drugs for those who have no idea they are even in a mental wrestling match with satan for their souls...... end of rant
Similar but not the same..
I cannot wrap my heads around people who drink alcohol on aeroplanes. Imagine if the plane gets into trouble for any reason, it fills with smoke and you need to evacuate or any number of things. I'd sure prefer to have a clear head in that situation if it were me.
 

Andy C

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I think recreational use should be outlawed, but medical use should be legal in all states. THC, used in a small dose has proven to help with pain, and is not highly addictive like the opioids Drs love to prescribe.

There is a misconception about THC usage. Yes, you can use a small and weak strain, and not get high, but still recieve the benefits. I know several older folks who were on harsh pain meds for years until this state made THC legal. Its not like it was back in the 70s where you had no idea what you were buying or what the dosage level was. Now its controlled by the state, all products have to list the strength of the THC, and smart users buy whats high in CBD, but low in THC.

I think the much wiser move would be to remove the drugs that are the most harmful, and thats alcohol and cigarettes. Alcohol and cigarettes kill 100s of thousands each year, but yet their legal.
 

MePlus6

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I'm in the minority here but I'll let my opinion be heard.

Jesus declared wine to be fine to drink and the Bible says a little wine is good for the stomach. But we're not to be drunk with wine. How many people started with a little wine (because it's acceptable!) who ended up being alcoholics? Their livers are affected just like the lungs of pot smokers.

I'm not convinced marijuana is a drug that (a) makes people do crazy drug-induced crimes or (b) is a gateway drug for anyone who doesn't want it to be. People do crimes when they're stoned because they want to do crimes. People do other drugs because they want to do other drugs.

I'm also not convinced marijuana is addictive and would be far more led to believe that tobacco smoking is worse because if its addictive qualities and, hence, the potential for more long-term effects.

I do, however, think long-term pot use will affect a person's lungs and reduce a person's ambition.

Having said that, we're admonished in the Bible to remain sober and I personally don't drink or do drugs.
 

RobinMc

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I think recreational use should be outlawed, but medical use should be legal in all states. THC, used in a small dose has proven to help with pain, and is not highly addictive like the opioids Drs love to prescribe.

There is a misconception about THC usage. Yes, you can use a small and weak strain, and not get high, but still recieve the benefits. I know several older folks who were on harsh pain meds for years until this state made THC legal. Its not like it was back in the 70s where you had no idea what you were buying or what the dosage level was. Now its controlled by the state, all products have to list the strength of the THC, and smart users buy whats high in CBD, but low in THC.

I think the much wiser move would be to remove the drugs that are the most harmful, and thats alcohol and cigarettes. Alcohol and cigarettes kill 100s of thousands each year, but yet their legal.
I agree. It's the recreational use that is scary. I've seen programs about children with Epilepsy, that had hundreds of seizures a day, and this was the only thing that helped them. But much of the THC was removed and they just had a few drops of oil on their tongue. The difference in their life was dramatic.
My husband has severe nerve damage, which cause extreme pain. He is prescribed Lyrica, which one of the main side effects is a sense of 'highness'. In the beginning he was definitely flying higher, I had never heard him talk so much. We had to have a code so that if thought he needed to tone it down. After some time that has almost left him, because I guess he's just gotten used to it. But I have asked his doctor if some of these oils could possibly help him more than the rx. The doctor told me he was not allowed to discus it with us because it was not legal in our state, but that if we went to a state where it was legal, and could show that we had been there, if he tried it and failed the drug test that he is routinely given, (because he also has a rx for a opiod pain medication that he tries very hard to never take) it would be ok. My husband has pretty much said he doesn't think he wants to try it. My position is at least it is a natural substance and the Lyrica is basicly a mind altering drug. We are not drug users, have never smoked pot in our lives. But if it does become legal, AND the dr can give us additional info, I would probably encourage him to try it.
But I totally agree with the article, recreational use of pot is usually the beginning of a long down hill slide, especially with teens and youth.
 

Endangered

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I used to be in favor of legalizing pot for the tax dollars and to cut off money to pushers and drug cartels. Then a friend of my son who lives in Colorado told me he still buys his pot on the street. It costs less than legal pot.
This fact totally shot down my argument and now I am an anti-legalizationer.
(Is legalizationer a real word?)
 

Andy C

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I used to be in favor of legalizing pot for the tax dollars and to cut off money to pushers and drug cartels. Then a friend of my son who lives in Colorado told me he still buys his pot on the street. It costs less than legal pot.
This fact totally shot down my argument and now I am an anti-legalizationer.
(Is legalizationer a real word?)
Its a correct word for me:confused:

Until about 2 years ago, I was anti THC for any situation. Life can throw you curve balls, and illness can rear its ugly head. Watching my wife go to bed every night with severe leg pain due to her MS was hard to witness. Her alternative was to take opiates, which she would not do due to how easily one can get addicted, and in some cases death, from even proper use of those powerful drugs. Now, through legal use, she can eat a high CBD concentrate edibles with a very low grade dose of THC, and she is pain free, and without any side effects. This should be an option in all states for those in need, and who can follow safe a responsible usage.

I think many have a fear of THC, mainly because of all the films we were forced to watch in school, and who THC was normally associated with as users. Its a whole different game when at any time, half of the customers in a THC shop are senior citizens, and they are NOT looking to get high, just relief from pain, or whatever illness they have.

As a Christian, it was hard for me to come to the current position I advocate for. We are told in the bible not to be a drunkard or an abuser of anything that can alter us, or control us. Low dose of THC does neither. However, its a choice we all should never have to be in to make, and I fully support those who have different vews than mine.
 

RobinMc

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Its a correct word for me:confused:

Until about 2 years ago, I was anti THC for any situation. Life can throw you curve balls, and illness can rear its ugly head. Watching my wife go to bed every night with severe leg pain due to her MS was hard to witness. Her alternative was to take opiates, which she would not do due to how easily one can get addicted, and in some cases death, from even proper use of those powerful drugs. Now, through legal use, she can eat a high CBD concentrate edibles with a very low grade dose of THC, and she is pain free, and without any side effects. This should be an option in all states for those in need, and who can follow safe a responsible usage.

I think many have a fear of THC, mainly because of all the films we were forced to watch in school, and who THC was normally associated with as users. Its a whole different game when at any time, half of the customers in a THC shop are senior citizens, and they are NOT looking to get high, just relief from pain, or whatever illness they have.

As a Christian, it was hard for me to come to the current position I advocate for. We are told in the bible not to be a drunkard or an abuser of anything that can alter us, or control us. Low dose of THC does neither. However, its a choice we all should never have to be in to make, and I fully support those who have different vews than mine.
Andy, this is the same mindset that I have. If It can help my husband with his pain, it has to be better than what he currently is taking. If it ever becomes legal here, (even medical) I'm hoping he will be open to trying it.
Maybe I can get you or your wife to talk to him about it. :)
 

sara ann

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I don't know.....I do take a pilll if I have pain...I do have glaucoma....but I take drops to bring down the pressure....Legal weed? would it increase the use? I don't know...people use it legal or not...would it just change the pocket the money would flow into? I don't know? I really think that man is fallen...sinful...lost....without Jesus Christ....I really think that the return of Jesus Christ is the only answer for man, it's not a new legal drug....just saying.....
 

Love His Appearing

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Please don't get me wrong on my position. I believe medical marijuana has helped A LOT of people and I would totally vote for that. If it's regulated, it is probably a lot safer than the alternative. (my parents have found great pain relief without taking opioids and they are both in their 80s. Hardly looking to get high). It's the recreational legalization that has reached the kids. And THAT is what I am so strongly opposed to. Teenagers who think it is safe. Not just that it is safer than opioids or doing vodka shots, but that it is completely harmless. They are dead wrong. Recent studies show a significant correlation to pot use and decreased cognitive function and short term memory IN TEENS. Despite the fact that it is still not legal for kids, they somehow got the message that it is okay. You cant go anywhere without smelling it here in CO. Sometimes you pull up to an intersection light and get a whiff right through the window. I actually googled homes for sale in texas recently because I do think they will be the last to legalize it, and it might possibly be harder to get if it is still illegal?? Maybe, maybe not, I don't know. But it's crazy scary.
 
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