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Re: “The bullshit cultural milieu of medical marijuana

If everyone actually read the entire article they would have noted that he clearly acknowledged there are valid medicinal uses for cases such as chronic pain (e.g. from cancer). I don't believe anyone will dispute this and that was certainly not his point. The long term view of daily use, most specifically from teenage years on, is indisputable. Someone asked about my observations throughout my life, so I will elaborate. I have seen extremely capable people squander their opportunities in life due to chronic marajuana use. They were simply unable to crawl out of the lassitude created by being stoned on a daily basis. I have seen the impact on young people in terms of school performance. I have always referred to it as "the great detractor". This is not an observation of casual use, but rather the people who must start their day high and cannot get through the day without remaining in that state. By no means am I a prude. I grew up in the 70's, and have a lifetime of experience. I agree there are many other chronic addictions that cause long term health problems as well. They are not under discussion in this particular forum. That being said, this is my opinion, and everyone is entitled to their own. That is the great thing about such a public forum.

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Posted by MareFallRiver on 08/22/2015 at 8:51 AM

Re: “The bullshit cultural milieu of medical marijuana

Thank you for publishing this well thought out article from a professional. When I responded to the article last week (with my thoughts about the known medical impact of long term marajuana use) I was barraged by crazed rhetoric, including one post from a total stranger who commented that she could "shake me" for my opinions! Obviously there is a great divide in perspective, but I tend to acquiesce to facts. We have bought into the cultural myth that pot has no impact on health whatsoever. The zealots wax poetic about the "benefits" or shift the subject to a discussion about alcohol. I stand my ground as someone who has observed a lifetime of impact of long term use on friends from my own generation.

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Posted by MareFallRiver on 08/21/2015 at 8:49 AM

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