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Marijuana Legalization Would
Be ´a Health Catastrophe´

Weekly Standard, by William Kristol

Original Article

Posted By:StormCnter, 7/28/2014 4:58:57 AM

A leading drug policy researcher, David Murray, has a must-read piece up at the Hudson Institute website, "Comparing Marijuana and Alcohol: Seriously." Murray´s article is a devastating deconstruction of claims that marijuana is relatively safe, or at least safer than alcohol. And, as he points out, it thereby undermines much of the basis of the New York Times´s blithely irresponsible editorial endorsement of marijuana legalization. Read Murray´s whole piece. Here are highlights: It’s a remarkable weekend when one finds the Grey Lady arguing for state’s rights, and worrying huffily about arbitrary Presidential powers. But when it comes to smoking dope, the mind

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The link in Kristol´s piece doesn´t work. Here is the correct link to Murray´s very informative piece:

http://www.hudson.org/research/10478-comparing-alcohol-and-marijuana-seriously-

      

Reply 1 - Posted by: bkt23, 7/28/2014 6:34:23 AM     (No. 9942710)

I don´t use or advocate the use of pot. But I recognize it is no one´s job to prevent anyone from using it.

Making it illegal was itself an illegal act, at least on the federal level and it´s way past time we all recognized the fact and fixed that problem.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: provide, 7/28/2014 7:08:21 AM     (No. 9942732)

If they claim it´s medicine, then liberals should clammer for its open and public ingestion everywhere including classrooms and hospitals.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: CecilStrange, 7/28/2014 7:33:08 AM     (No. 9942766)

to say that today´s M is more powerful than yesterday´s M is a fallacy. Perhaps more consistent now but back in the day there were some powerful variants (Gold, Red, Sensi, Thai sticks) - there was also junk weed around.
Maybe Bill and his buds didn´t know the right people.
When was the last time you had a drink Bill? - A dangerous to society alcoholic beverage? Did you rip a tiny part of the fabric of society by imbibing?
Row your own boat and stay thirsty my friend.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Kitty Myers, 7/28/2014 8:56:46 AM     (No. 9942847)

Rush once said, We don´t need another legal high, and I agree.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: tank, 7/28/2014 8:57:39 AM     (No. 9942849)

I´ll have to read the longer piece at lunch, so can´t comment fully. However, at first glance, some of the recent studies have been sorta flawed, or reported on improperly - a recent one which reports say it was proven to increase schizophrenia turned out to be flawed reporting, for one thing. The fact is, because governments banned research for so many years, we´re just now developing a ´´modern´´ understanding of it.

However, to me it´s a trade-off, too. The destruction of our civil liberties and the out-of-control police state in this country can be directly traced back to the ´´War on Drugs.´´ These things bother me more, because it has reached into every facet of our lives and caused much damage. Add to that a belief in personal autonomy and self-governance and, well, you know...

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Reply 6 - Posted by: pursuitoftruth, 7/28/2014 9:00:18 AM     (No. 9942855)

Pot should not be a crime. Period.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 7/28/2014 9:24:45 AM     (No. 9942894)

In todays poor economy pot becomes a means to weed out (pun?) those who do/will not work. Companies will still give drug tests for employment.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: toddh, 7/28/2014 9:37:02 AM     (No. 9942911)

David Murray is a "no safe dose" imbecile, exactly like the people who sabotaged America´s nuclear power industry. William Kristol should be ashamed but is probably too damn drunk to care.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: saguni, 7/28/2014 10:05:50 AM     (No. 9942961)

Twenty-seven years ago, in rehab as a co-dependent/enabler, the counselors said:

Marijuana causes more lung damage than cigarettes and more brain damage than alcohol. It is addictive and has a withdrawal period about six weeks after the last usage, when one has the sniffles for a day.

I have never seen any research that disputes any of the above.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Eheu Fugaces, 7/28/2014 10:20:01 AM     (No. 9942975)

Wowie Kazowie! The Stoner Army has mobilized for attack this morning! Cool, dudes (and dudesses). Please be sure to finance your own treatment for your psychotic breaks, lung cancer, etc. -- I am disinclined to pay for the consequences of your fun.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino, 7/28/2014 10:23:05 AM     (No. 9942985)

I never thought I´d see the day when this forum became an advocate of big, big government. But - - here we are - - officially buying into the for-boobs-only canard that only the big gummint can save us from ourselves.

But no matter what delusions may have overcome the caption writers - - the fact is that Prohibition is an outrageous violation of our individual, Constitutional rights to ingest whatever we choose to.

A foolish Constitutional amendment - - later Constitutionally repealed - - was required to ban alcoholic beverages - - but apparently no such Constitutional amendment is required to ban narcotic drugs. Individual rights can be trampled by jackbooted thugs - - without a whimper of protest from this once-sensible forum.

No one wants to see public intoxication. It´s a danger to our freedom. But that´s exactly what we have under Prohibition - - because law enforcement is too busy trying to eradicate PRIVATE intoxication.

It´s sad to see this forum become just another big gummint, busybody, delusional leftist outlet - - but no one ever said that life would be free of sadness.



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Reply 12 - Posted by: tomanderson61, 7/28/2014 10:43:53 AM     (No. 9943029)

I really have to laugh at the same old site libertarians with their flawed and contrarian opinions about "freedom".

So my foolish friends, what is YOUR solution?

Yeah yeah, I know, pot should be legal and the big bad government should let us all dope up.

Using your logic, and I know that some of you agree, we legalize pot, we must legalize every single drug out there.

They all have to be legal.

Don´t give me that BS that they should set some potency limit and have the government (and my tax dollars) regulate it. The potheads will just get the black market stuff from gangsters. No problem solved regarding crime there. Don´t tell me that pot is safer than a little coke. What right do you have as a regular pot smoker to begrudge me a monthly hit of coke? How dare you!

So the answer must be simple. Legalize ALL drugs. Cool.

Let me know how that kidney stone, getting ready to give birth, chest pain, etc, emergency room visit goes next time. Besides waiting for all the illegal aliens to be served, you can also know those good ER doctors will be spending a lot of time trying to figure out how to combat whatever stupid drug the idiot kid is having seizures from.

Maybe your kid. But hell, he´ll be free, right?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: oh-heck, 7/28/2014 10:49:57 AM     (No. 9943040)

I went to MIT in 1971-5. All had excelled to get in and the opportunities to accelerate your career in science or engineering using the resources available were awesome. One of my freshman roommates started his physics doctorate at Cal Tech after one year at MIT. The frequent marijuana users became heavily dependent. They passed their classes but failed entirely to take advantage of the opportunity to be part of the science and engineering advances that were available to them as undergraduates. I missed a lot of opportunity because I was too introverted to interact with the professors. I shudder to think how I would have done had I simply not cared.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: tomanderson61, 7/28/2014 10:51:22 AM     (No. 9943042)

#9, look at some of the responses right here. There are statements that the article itself takes on and debunks! Which means one of two things.

Either they didn´t read the article, or they didn´t understand the article (I can guess why they cannot).

It´s simple. This hand wringing about "big government" is not what this is about. My dad HATES big government, always has. Same with me. No one in my family or friends are worried about big government when it comes to drugs. No one I have ever known is. That´s is because I don´t run with trash that uses drugs. Simple.

The argument is a smoke screen. Always has been. They´re users and enablers. Every last one of them.

The really precious one "I don´t condone the use of pot, and I don´t use it, but I don´t believe government should tell people what they cannot do!"

Preciously stupid.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino, 7/28/2014 10:53:22 AM     (No. 9943043)

Pro-Prohibitionists always resort to horror scenarios to support their position - - but - -

- - the horror scenarios they describe are the ones which are happening now - - WITH Prohibition.

And yet- - they never see any irony in that.

What Prohibitionists really want to outlaw is stupidity and self-destructiveness - - as if giving big government tyrannical powers will accomplish that.

All drugs should be legal because choosing to ingest them - - or not to ingest them - - is our Constitutional right. If anyone wants to change that Constitutional right - - let them get congress and the states to pass a Constitutional amendment.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: tank, 7/28/2014 10:55:06 AM     (No. 9943048)

You either believe in the concept of self-government, as envisioned by the Founders, or you don´t.

Heed the words of Ben Franklin...

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 7/28/2014 11:01:45 AM     (No. 9943060)

This reduction ad absurdum canard that suggests if we legalaze grass we might as well legalize all drugs is so tiresome. We could just as reasonably go in the other direction and insist that since we ban, mostly, marijuana, we should also once again prohibit booze.

These issues are about drawing lines and being practical. Prohibition failed because alcohol consumption proved to be too popular. We´re heading to the same endpoint with marijuana. I don´t expect we´ll ever legalize meth - too many crime and health problems.

Bottom line, we have to consider all the costs of legalizing any drug: health impacts, personal liberty, costs of law enforcement and incarceration, etc.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 7/28/2014 11:09:45 AM     (No. 9943071)

...reductio ! Darned spellbots!

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Reply 19 - Posted by: tomanderson61, 7/28/2014 11:11:27 AM     (No. 9943075)

So tiresome #17? What is so tiresome is people like you who CONTINUE to brink out the alcohol comparison, in response to an article that blows HOLES wide open in your point!

You didn´t read the article, or you didn´t GET the article. Man up and admit it.

The facts are the facts, so either refute my points--forget my points, refute the article, or stop with the repetitive, useless, three lines of reprinted pot-store pamphlet BS.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: tomanderson61, 7/28/2014 11:14:01 AM     (No. 9943078)

Only someone loaded would say:

"I don´t expect we´ll ever legalize meth - too many crime and health problems." in context of a pot discussion.

Yeah, no crime or health problems associated with pot!

Laughable.



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Reply 21 - Posted by: archbishopofaberlour, 7/28/2014 11:25:38 AM     (No. 9943091)

Colorado looked for a tax windfall from the legalization of marijuana. Denver homeless shelters are now overflowing with street people who´ve moved there to do nothing but smoke.

And there goes that tax windfall.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2707178/Denver-homeless-shelters-overflowing-city-deals-surge-younger-people-attracted-legalized-marijuana.html

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Reply 22 - Posted by: tank, 7/28/2014 11:41:55 AM     (No. 9943108)

OK, read the article at the Hudson Institute. I´m sorry, but the guy is all over the place in his reasoning. The article confronts comparing alcohol use with marijuana use, and makes some useful points - it is difficult to compare the two from a public health perspective, I´ll admit, but the ´´researcher´´ does a few things to make this article less valuable.

The comparison of self-reported usage and dependency rates for alcohol vs. MJ. Then he , without saying how he got there, assumes that usage will skyrocket to high levels beyond the current 16% self-reported. Nice strawman he´s built there.

Discounting data that isn´t ´´recent,´´ unless, of course, they say what he wants, as he freely goes back to much earlier statements by ´´experts´´ that confirm his bias. If those ´´experts´´ many years ago were relying on studies performed many years ago, he´s already discounted these studies, yet he relies on the ´´experts´´ who interpreted them. OK, that´s so illogical it may be causing me physical pain.

Lastly, no discussion of the real effects Prohibition has had on this country, it´s citizen´s civil rights, and freedoms, and the corruption of law enforcement.

He also makes a lot of claims without citing his sources - not good for an article of this type, and it makes the conclusions suspect.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino, 7/28/2014 11:48:35 AM     (No. 9943118)

A Constitutional right is a Constitutional right.

There is nothing in the Constitution which allows the federal government to outlaw anything that anyone chooses to ingest.

It doesn´t matter at all if something may be unhealthy or dangerous. The supermarkets and malls are full of unhealthy and dangerous legal items. It´s up to free individuals to make their own choices.

Giving the government tyrannical power is always a bad idea. Giving it tyrannical power over personal ingestion choices is an absolute horror - - as we clearly can see.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: lcomstaff, 7/28/2014 11:54:42 AM     (No. 9943128)

Thread getting unpleasant. Closing.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 7/28/2014 11:57:46 AM     (No. 9943135)

Some people need to mellow out and refrain from personal attacks.

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WASHINGTON — Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland was at the grocery store the other day when he ran into an elderly black woman who expressed growing concern about President Obama’s safety. Why, she asked, wasn’t he being better protected by his Secret Service agents? The furor that led to this week’s resignation of the director of the Secret Service resonated deeply among blacks, outraged that those supposed to be guarding the first black president were somehow falling down on the job — and suspicious even without evidence that it may be deliberate. “It is something that is widespread in

White House says it has
Ebola virus under control

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The Hill [Washington, DC], by Sarah Ferris    Original Article
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Top White House officials on Friday worked to reassure the American public that the national response to Ebola is under control. Leaders of the country’s health, defense and military branches stressed that they are taking the right steps to contain the spread of the deadly virus, which was first diagnosed in the U.S. on Tuesday. Top White House officials on Friday worked to reassure the American public that the national response to Ebola is under control. Leaders of the country’s health, defense and military branches stressed that they are taking the right steps to contain the spread of the deadly virus, which

Most Texas abortion clinics shut down
as abortion rights recede in South

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Christian Science Monitor, by Patrik Jonsson    Original Article
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ATLANTA — Texas, America’s second-most populous state behind California, saw 13 of its last abortion clinics turn away women on Friday, after a federal appeals court upheld a law that practically guarantees that only a handful of clinics will remain open in the state. The strictest-of-its-kind Texas law requires abortion providers to build hospital-grade facilities and obtain sometimes impossible-to-get hospital admitting privileges. After signed into law last year by Gov. Rick Perry (R), the law forced most of the 41 clinics operating to close. Thursday’s ruling wiped out a brief victory this summer for abortion rights proponents,

California’s next big political fight:
Plastic grocery bags

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Washington Post, by Reid Wilson    Original Article
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Go to a grocery store in California and buy all the milk, eggs and vegetables you want. But there’s one thing you won’t find at the checkout line, beginning July 1, 2015: Plastic bags to carry your stuff home. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Tuesday signed into law a ban on single-use plastic bags, making California the first state to prohibit stores from using the ubiquitous carry-alls. Shoppers will be charged 10 cents for every paper bag and heavy-duty plastic bag they use. “This bill is a step in the right direction,” Brown said in a press release announcing his approval. “It

Lindsey Graham Mulling White House Run
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Daily Caller, by Alex Pappas    Original Article
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The hawkish Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina says he is thinking about running for president in 2016. In an interview with Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard, the senator, running for re-election to the Senate this year, said: “If I get through my general election, if nobody steps up in the presidential mix, if nobody’s out there talking — me and McCain have been talking — I may just jump in to get to make these arguments,” Graham said. Graham, 59, also dismissed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, 43, as a presidential candidate, saying he is too young. “He’s a good


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