first of all, let's quit it with the 'weed is harmless' approach. it does pose some risks for people prone to schizophrenia and can have a detrimental effect on the brain development of minors.
I still agree that marijuana should be legalized, but if we keep ignoring those 2 risks during debates, they'll keep bringing it up in their counterarguments.
also, arguing that it doesn't affect driving will severely harm your argument; driving while blazed out of your skull is dumb, just like driving shit-faced. If we're going to hold any kind of credibility to politicians, we got to stop pretending like it doesn't affect us at all; otherwise, they'll just call us liars and laugh us out of the debate.
third of all, arguing that marijuana is medicinal is helpful to the cause of medical marijuana, but detrimental to its legalization for recreational use. As much as i'd love to have a MJ card right now, i understand that there are people with incredibly painful diseases that actually need marijuana. I, as a healthy young man, standing next to someone who's dying, and pretending that i know how he feels and pretending that i need it medicinally, is bullshit. It'll make my side look bad, and could even compromise the cancer patients access to medical MJ.
fourth, marijuana, although not physically addictive, is psychologically addictive to an extent. (although at a much lower extent than cigs or booze.) this doesn't mean we'll be sucking dick for joints any time soon, but it does give enough leverage for those in anti-legalization organizations, as well as providing a very concise counterargument. (and face it; those T-Breaks can get pretty tough.)
I am for legalization, but unless we get our shit together and form cohesive, logical, and accurate arguments, we'll just look like a bunch of stoners complaining and scrambling for any excuse to legalize pot.
I'm not saying that weed is bad; i'm saying that the people who are anti-pot will go out of their way to make us look like children.
It's easier to argue against "weed is harmless" instead of "weed is safer than booze, cigs, or coffee." if we're gonna win, we got to decrease the amount of leverage opponents can use against us, even if it means agreeing to put an age limit on it and acknowledging that weed isn't broccoli.
(and save the medical talk for legalizing it for medicinal use only. It makes the many who want to use it for recreational purposes look insincere. The best approach would be to say "I want pot to be legal because i want to get high without getting arrested." Honesty matters, and insincerity can lose PR even if the cause is correct.)
mkay. (although PR starts with the people; we as a group need to have cohesive, convincing arguments that can convince people when spread by word of mouth.)
at this point, we got everything we need as far as research goes to convince the people that it's safe. we just need to let the politicians know we're serious and the public know that weed isn't just for stereotypical stoners.
of course weed isn't risky. it's safer than coffee. you're mistaking me for an anti-pot guy; i am for legalization, all the way. I was just saying that some 'points' really aren't helping our cause.
when i said "stop with the 'weed is harmless' approach, i wasn't saying that weed is harmful; i literally meant that when debating with people who are anti-pot, we shouldn't explicitly state that weed is harmless, because some asshat will bring up stats on schizos and kids smoking pot and make us look like liars. it's easier to argue against a "weed is harmless" argument than a "weed is safer than booze, cigs, and coffee" argument.
i also mentioned a few other popular arguments made by people who are pro-weed that compromise our position.
what's funny is nothing you've said in this one is really all that ridiculous. if people actually would do a little research (they won't) they would see that nothing you've said is that strange. weed definitely is useful medicinally and it doesn't usually cause car accidents. those are the only two discernible points i really can tell that you made, and they're both the absolute truth and are supported by ALL the data. oh and also you said weeds more dangerous than cigarettes which is so obvious at this point if you disagree with that you must be completely ignorant.
Another thought, maybe it's nothing to do with health but with money. Weed can be grown anywhere and it's no guarantee that folk who smoke it will buy from an "approved" retailer so how can the government tax it? Could be the real driving force keeping it illegal.
it' more that people in general don't think people should be arrested and put in jail. a lot of people who don't even smoke weed agree with that. and there's also medicinal and industrial uses for cannabis that could be further explored with legalization. so it's more about that important stuff than whatever petty shit you're trying to say there.
The claim that "cigarettes are not as safe as marijuana" is intellectually dishonest because you are comparing apples to oranges.
According to the Surgeon General, tobacco pipe smokers have mortality and lung/mouth cancer rates about the same as those who abstain from smoking altogether. Pipe smoking is also non-addictive and even has some positive effects on one's mental health.
Actually mj is still worse because nearly all of it is smoked unfiltered. I'm pretty sure smoking unfiltered drug of any kind is not healthy. This shit is not medical, and the only doctors who would prescribe SMOKING to aleve anything are quacks and frauds. There is no discussion value to this, you're just putting up billboard advertisements and there is no debate.
I've had friends that smoked weed and then feared that the buildings might be following us. They stopped every ten steps to look back and get all "Girl, I SWEAR, this thing will NOT leave us alone!". They were about to alert the fucking cops about stalking buildings. They don't do any of that shit after smoking a cigarette.
If they were driving and then thought that the buildings were chasing us, we'd have been in some serious trouble. Don't be an idiot and claim that it's safer than a cigarette. Safer for your lungs, maybe, but not everything else. Also your photoshop pics are extremely weird. Just had to say.