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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Missouri voters, not legislature, should make decision on marijuana legalization

Saturday, December 7, 2013 | 12:00 p.m. CST

Dan Viets, chairman of Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, is doing the correct thing taking the issue of re-legalizing the plant cannabis (marijuana) to the voters rather than the legislature. 

The Missouri legislature is likely a prohibitionist majority and it only takes a few bad apples to spoil the bunch. Colorado re-legalized cannabis over a year ago and the sky hasn’t fallen in.

A sane reason to continue caging responsible adults for using what God says is good on the first page of the Bible doesn’t exist.

Stan White is a resident of Dillon, Colo.

 


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Michael Williams December 7, 2013 | 5:04 p.m.

Lot's of things cause feminization.

Is this one that causes moobs?

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/12/05/health...

From CNN.

Gonna be real funny if it's true..........

REAL funny.....given the same crowd is so against chemicals with the purported ability to feminize.

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Ellis Smith December 8, 2013 | 7:44 a.m.

Michael:

Some pundits claim we're headed toward a more androgynous society, but I'd assumed they meant cerebrally and socially, not physically. :)

[Damn, there goes Smith again with his sixty-four dollar words. He probably wants people to think he has a degree from one of those artsy-fartsy liberal arts colleges in New England or maybe Grinnell, Iowa or Northfield, Minnesota.]

PS: How about those Michigan State Spartans!

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Tony Black December 10, 2013 | 7:32 a.m.

If this were true, there would be millions of guys walking around with "moobs". Cannabis use is far more widespread than reported, due to the stigma of it, which according to Reefer Madness, is that you will go crazy and such. If all the doctors and lawyers and politicians would be honest, it would already be legal. And cops, I forgot them. Be honest about your use, past and present, and the fact that people can and do, or have used pot and survived the crazy nights of debauchery. Far safer than alcohol or tobacco. Gateway drug? I would bet most tried cigarettes and booze before they ever touched pot. But that doesn't make for a good headline.

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Michael Williams December 10, 2013 | 7:58 a.m.

TonyB: Take a look at the chemical structures of THC, bisphenyl-A, ethinyl estradiol, various phthalates, and the like. You just might be impressed at the ring similarities. Don't be so quick to dismiss data just because you don't want it to be so. Professionally, I wouldn't be surprised.

One thing I can tell you is that medical schools teach their students about this thing called "a-motivational syndrome" which has the exact definition it implies. Heavy use of weed is just one of many established causes. This descriptive term certainly matches the productivity levels I've observed in heavy users over the years.

I might add that I don't care what you or anyone else puts into your bodies so long as it doesn't affect me or mine in any way, form, or fashion. Legalize the stuff and assign responsibility where it belongs. You good with that?

PS: Lotta guys reading my link are gonna be checkin' their bra sizes for a while, lol.

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Michael Williams December 10, 2013 | 8:09 a.m.

PS: Tony. I don't think there is a claim of making 36DD cups here. Training bra size counts, too. Gynecomastia is quite common in boys approaching puberty and reflects the changing hormone concentrations in the body. Lot's of things cause it.

It amuses me when folks talk about weed being "natural" and, therefore, harmless. My responses are (1) so is tobacco, and (2) burning and sucking in the smoke from a burning "natural" herb ISN'T exactly natural. Instead, it's chemistry at high temperatures....so to speak.

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Tony Black December 10, 2013 | 11:26 a.m.

Almost right, there Michael. Tobacco is natural, but in making cigarettes, but they add chemicals like crazy. And you know that, but again....... Be honest, please. No hype. Do you know anyone who has partaken for 40 years? I do, and most are succesful. Some aren't but it isn't just pot that caused their problems. Most of them got in trouble with alcohol, in one way or another. Are you saying cigarettes are as safe as pot?

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Michael Williams December 10, 2013 | 2:49 p.m.

TonyB: History is replete with records documenting the hazards of setting tobacco on fire and breathing in the smoke LONG before many of those chemicals you noted were even known or used. You've implied that the tobacco companies were responsible for making tobacco bad. 'Tain't so. The "unnatural" part is setting it on fire.

Yes, I have known those who've smoked since my college dayz. Only a few smoked heavy....as in daily. I would not call them successful. I have to admit I've never asked their bra size, tho.

I agree with you that a poor outcome for a pot smoker is not just due to pot. IMO, there's an underlying psychiatric basis for such things beginning with not being very happy within one's own head. Some folks need more than to feel good about themselves (applies to all addictive behavior, including food).

As for the relative safety between pot and tobacco: Any time you set dried plant material on fire (or anything else, for that matter) and breath the smoke, you are doing your body no favors. High temperature chemistry is complex and forms compounds not found in the substrate. This is also an issue of frequency. Tobacco users get into more trouble because they smoke more grams of plant material than those who smoke pot per unit time.

Is a single cigarette more, less, or equal in harm to your body than one equi-weight joint? If you said anything except "Improper question; both are bad", you'd be wrong......

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Michael Williams December 10, 2013 | 2:58 p.m.

This reminds me. I chuckle every time a pot smoker (even casual) worries about secondhand tobacco smoke.

Faulty thinking and understanding.........

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Michael Williams December 10, 2013 | 3:17 p.m.

If a pot user wishes to claim "natural" with the plant, he/she better be eating it without modification.

Anything else....you're making brand-new chemicals, many of which are hazardous.

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