I know this topic might be controversial for some, but I am actually glad that marijuana has been essentially been decriminalized in some jurisdictions.

Not because I want It universally legalized, but because as a result of its long criminalization we are way behind in understanding its effects on human physiology.

Well, now we are starting to get some robust scientific results. A thirty year study recently found that heavy adolescent pot use permanently reduces IQ:

“The reduction in IQ for those who smoked pot heavily prior to age 18 was most pronounced: an average of eight points. “



Heavy pot use also makes people amoral.

Not IMMORAL; amoral.

In other words, they become more accepting of destructive behavior in comparison to people who don't use pot.

I noticed it in high school and college.

@ThomasWic @Banzai
Everyone talked about how Prohibition made Americans more willing to break the Law & view Authorities with contempt.
What most people don't realize is Prohibition would never have been ALLOWED to happen had those in DC not been able to CASH IN on all the action.
Everyone looked at Capone & others as a LOCAL problem.
He only went down when he became too difficult to control.

@redwhitebluedude @DuaneCates @ThomasWic @Banzai This hits close to home. Dealing with an almost 20 yr old stepson who is a pot head and exhibits amoral behavior to a high degree. We had a falling out 2 weeks ago and he left the house. Just found out he OD'd on cocaine 7 days ago, spent 3 days in the hospital and is now in inpatient rehab. His father got the call and has been hiding it from us.

@redwhitebluedude @DuaneCates @ThomasWic @Banzai part 2 I've long held that the act of buying pot from your dealer is the issue. Once that veil is pulled back, it's not a hard decision to try something new, something different from your dealer.

@CBus660R @DuaneCates @ThomasWic @Banzai
Have enough cases like this, then people will push for banning it. I guess we are at the public experimentation phase. Unfortunately money off of this is going to be an impediment if you want to ban it.

@redwhitebluedude @DuaneCates @ThomasWic @Banzai Prohibitions don't work though, so now what? My state just legalized it for medical use, but the dispensaries are not even running, so his path down this road started when it was 100% illegal. I favor treating it like alcohol, except it is so pervasive that similar rules won't work. Anybody can grow a few plants, to brew your own beer requires effort and supplies the average teen can't/won't attempt to do.

@CBus660R @DuaneCates @ThomasWic @Banzai

Pot could very well get treated like alcohol. Not keen on seeing people diving into it without looking into the issues that pot raises.

@redwhitebluedude That's the billion dollar question right there. Whoever develops the 1st real time intoxication test for THC like we have with breathalyzers for alcohol makes their billions and all the states do move to regulate marijuana like alcohol. I know there are several companies working on it.

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