Nothing better than talking about pot at 2am while trying to fall asleep
Can I just say how surprised and happy I am about how civil this thread has stayed. When I replied to the bot I didn’t expect this thread to last more than a day or two
Let’s keep this going
Voldemort wrote:Medical? I say yes, if moderated and it also means it'll be regulated for quality under the FDA or its country-equivalent.
Recreational? I say no. Smoke inhalation of any sort isn't healthy and marijuana does predispose to things like COPD, schizophrenia and pneumothoraces (air trapped in the lining of the lung). At the moment, in the UK at least, people are producing marijuana that's tending to be more addictive and less therapeutic (higher THC content, lower cannabidiol content). There's been the emergence of Skunk, which is also very harmful. I'm against all drugs, including nicotine, for recreational use.
As doctors, we prescribe medications to people only when they *need* it - no drug is safe. In the same way, no one *needs* cigarettes, nor recreational cannabis, nor alcohol for that matter.
I admit I do have the odd drink every couple of weeks or so though aha
Ya I agree that no one needs marijuana recreationally, but the same could be send for countless activities that pose a risk to human health or even our life. As such it seems that we need to be responsible for what is “worth” the risk and what isn’t.
I think this is where it enters the realm of politics over moral does or do nots. For example, morally speaking, if there is a baby drowning, you should save it, but politically, should someone be prosecuted if they don’t. It’s the idea of pragmatism over moral tightness of a good or action. From this perspective, it would seem a libertarian philosophy of sorts would be preferred, the type where an action should not be banned politically if there is no net societal harm. The same way governments don’t ban doing risky tricks on a bike, or mountain climbing, or forgetting a significant others birthday/anniversary
(tell me that isn’t risky
). While not safe to the individual, there lies within the idea that it’s not a governments job to chaperone everyone, and we need the freedom to be stupid on occasion. This doesn’t, from where I stand specifically, preclude regulation however. For example, mountain climbing is only permitted in certain areas at certain times, as your injury from an elevated risk poses a net loss to society and thus there exists an interest in regulating this.
The same overall idea could be applied to recreational marijuana, just like it’s applied to alcohol or tobacco or countless other activities we partake in to make us happier, more energized, etc...provide regulations to keep the overall activity safe and constrained, such as the skunk you mentioned that’s more addictive than the average 7% rating given to the pot most think about. Not only could this bring in tax revenue, but it shuts down or limits illegal business operations, keeps products safe, and has been shown through correlations that it decreases use overall, or at the very least, hasn’t been tied with an increase in use.
With where the current science is, I like to claim that there exists a consensus on the research that there exists properties of marijuana that are medical, and thus a reason to push for more research and the legalization of medicinal marijuana. As to what scale, there seems to lie a good amount of debate there!
Recreational however is a whole different ball game, as like you said, it just isn’t needed. Plain and simple, it’s a want. No different than a donut, a white coven, or anything else that we go after for pleasure. Thus the debate is, does the personal pleasure cause net harm to society, whereby most research seems to suggest it doesn’t, but plenty of questions left to answer, as well as can it be regulated, and is it worth it, where countries around the world and states in the US provide optimism that it can be regulated and that it may be worth while.
The real take a way from this I see is less of, this stuff should be legalized, and more so that there seems to be a strong reason to look into the topic more and that as a result, laws at the federal level around the globe should be redone in a way to allow for easier research to find out the best way, if any, to move forward on this issue.
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