Marijuana Versus Alcohol: A "killer" drug is legal, but people are jailed for a healing herb
Posted by Steve Davis | November 17 2011 | 11314 views | Comments ↓
You won't see this guy at a marijuana party!
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In the marijuana versus alcohol debate, we see that alcohol or marijuana can get you totally zonked, but in very different ways. Smoke too much marijuana and you can end up really stoned, laughing too much, wildly hungry, goofy, ready to star in a Cheech and Chong movie. But if you use too much alcohol you can end up in a brawl, sloppy drunk, drunk dialing, cryin' in your beer, comatose...or even dead.
Those are obvious differences between marijuana and alcohol that no rational person can deny.
But hey, don't get me wrong. Alcohol used intelligently can be fun. I like dark, thick Stout beer in England, and chocolate martinis in Chicago. I also like Kush, Haze, Blue Dream and other kinds of powerful marijuana. If we lived in a truly free and intelligent society, alcohol and marijuana would be affordable and easily available for adults who regulated their own behavior so that their use of marijuana or alcohol doesn't hurt them or society.
The latest opinion polls show that a majority of the so-called "American People" tell pollsters they want marijuana fully legalized. An overwhelming majority favor marijuana liberalization, which is why many states and the District of Columbia approved medical cannabis. It's why voters legalized marijuana in Colorado and Washington. But booze is still much more "legal" than marijuana.
Across the Atlantic In Holland, you can go to a shop and buy booze, or pot, with no worries. When I was at the Cannabis Cup, I asked Dutch police to describe the difference between marijuana coffee shops and alcohol bars. They say marijuana shops are peaceful places...but booze bars are the scene of constant fights, thefts, attempted rapes, and other mayhem.
"Alcohol establishments are known trouble spots," an Amsterdam police officer explained. "But the hippies and the rich alike go into the cannabis coffeeshop and it's like a summer holiday club. Cannabis users do not constitute a law enforcement threat in any way."
You see why Dutch police would prefer that tourists- especially the notoriously rowdy British soccer tourists- get stoned on Dutch marijuana rather than drunk on alcohol.
And I am sure you've noticed that whenever you hear about a funeral for someone killed by a drug or by drug use, it's oxy, alcohol, sedatives...not marijuana.
I've "experimented" with using excessive amounts of alcohol or marijuana, and seen many people using drugs such as oxy, prescription painkillers, cigarettes, booze, and pot. You can consume $100 worth of space-cadet concentrated marijuana in a short period of time and still function, perhaps even function better. But after consuming a few dollars worth of drinks, many people are certifiably, falling-down drunk. Their abilities decrease. They veer towards danger and recklessness.
Notice how you never see people living on the street, starving, shivering, begging for pennies for pot. Never. But begging for alcohol, sadly, yes...many street people are alcoholics.
Think about bars...places where the combo of alcohol and drinkers make for a tense environment. When some folks get to drinkin' too much, they enjoy fighting. Alcohol changes some people into raging bulls. It creates anger and fights. Better watch out when people have been drinking too much. Chairs and fists are flyin'. But hey, just have another beer or shot, while we wait for the ambulance to take you to the emergency room.
Stoners know that marijuana doesn't make you angry or violent. Hungry and lethargic, yes, violent and crazy, no.
Marijuana has been a homegrown American favorite for hundreds of years. Those dudes who founded America- Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, they grew "hemp" marijuana for industrial purposes, and some historians say they smoked it too.
In the 1960's, marijuana was $20 an ounce. Today's high-octane hydroponics marijuana sells for $450 an ounce. Billions of dollars a year are made in the marijuana hydroponics industry...a bright spot on the otherwise dismal economic horizon. And yes, marijuana is good medicine.
You can't accurately describe alcohol use as medicinal. But the booze commercials on television want you to think alcohol is good for you. Just watch beer commercials: very attractive people in their early 20's, athletic and high-fiving, big white teeth, holding beer cans and bottles above their heads in a drunken celebration. Problem is, booze parties aren't like the ones on television, and alcohol is the number one date rape drug.
If marijuana was as easy to buy as booze, pretty soon a lot of boozers would switch to marijuana, and the booze companies would lose money. The pharmaceutical companies and drug warriors would lose money too. One thing's for sure, if more people smoked marijuana, and drank less alcohol, the world would be a nicer place!
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Article by Steve Davis, on Nov. 17th 2011