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  • Eugene from Town
    May 04, 2012 - 18:19

    Gracelyn = uninformed.

  • mlei
    May 01, 2012 - 08:13

    Anything can be abused, especially good things.

  • Halifax Smoker and advocate
    April 30, 2012 - 20:14

    https://www.marijuanadoctors.com/blog/Medical-Marijuana-Studies/Harvard-Study-Marijuana-Cuts-Lung-Cancer-Tumor-Growth-in-Half regarding West coast Newf...do you research before spitting out BS...Alcohol and Pharmaceutical drugs are 100% more addictive than Cannabis...

  • yo mama
    April 30, 2012 - 14:14

    Sorry Gracelyn, I don't mean people who do drugs are dumb, but it WAS a dumb decision to start in the first place, and I don't consider weed a drug....it's natural, have at it!! I was referring to the chemical rubbish out there, horrible.

    • Rickinator
      January 17, 2013 - 01:12

      so things that are natural arent drugs, and things with chemicals in them are. you are brilliant.

  • Devil's Advocate
    April 30, 2012 - 08:29

    As usual, there are a lot of people talking, but they do not know what they are talking about. The comments against marijuana are obviously the results of a lifetime of brainwashing with no actual experience of anything marijuana.

  • Ziggy Sirjack
    April 29, 2012 - 14:55

    FREE VIDEO CONTEST: Tell us why you like weed in 45 secs or less. Top 10 will appear in the upcoming comedy film Gone to Pot and the best three will share $10,000. Celeb judges include comedian Margaret Cho. Enter on Facebook/gonetopotmovie

  • Gregory
    April 29, 2012 - 11:12

    To everyone making comments about "science" proving the dangers of marijuana use. Don't spit out claims you can't back up. I've worked for 5 years in the general field of life/medical sciences, and have a biochemistry degree. I've yet to see an article published in a reliable journal PROVING marijuana use is harmful. There are claims, but they have been far from proved. If you have one, link me to it. Critical thinking, it's something everyone should try out. Don't believe what people tell you, do your own research. I smoke marijuana. I haven't ruined my life. The only way marijuana is addictive is if you already have an addictive personality (much like how VLT's aren't addictive, it's a personality thing). It isn't a gateway drug, if so I'd be shooting meth in to my veins by now. And you can NOT overdose. The LD50 value of THC has never been recorded it's that high. You'd have to smoke every last plant in the world before any conclusive evidence of there being an LD50 for it, and well that just isn't possible.

    • Adam
      April 29, 2012 - 12:57

      "And you can NOT overdose. The LD50 value of THC has never been recorded it's that high. You'd have to smoke every last plant in the world before any conclusive evidence of there being an LD50 for it, and well that just isn't possible." http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0041008X74901264

    • Gregory
      April 29, 2012 - 22:54

      Good job. You linked me to an out of date article which does not mention a human LD50, nor does it even attempt to make a correlation from rat to human. You can't compare apples to oranges, despite the similarities between our two species. The article itself has been cited by other authors twice in the past fourty years, which tells me that people working in the field have found some reason to dismiss this publication. If this were such a hard hitting article showing a definite LD50, it would have been cited hundreds of times now (even some of the not so important papers get cited at least several times in its lifespan)

  • Kate M
    April 29, 2012 - 10:03

    There is so much ignorance in these comments. Smoking marijuana does not make you less of a productive citizen. I can guarantee you that people in some of Newfoundland highest ranking jobs smoke marijuana regularly. I have an education, a job and volunteer for the better of the community, and I also smoke weed. It's offensive for anyone to call us hippies. You probably consume alcohol, so I'll consider you a drunk. Tell me, what do you do to contribute to society other than put your nose in someone elses business? :)

  • Tony
    April 29, 2012 - 09:26

    Personally I don't care if someone uses marihuana or not but lets be honest here, there are some serious problems with this guys claims that there are no negative effects from Marihuana. This guy spends up to 14 hours a day caring for his marihuana plants and his electricity bill is up to 1200 dollars a month. I see two serious negative effects right there. As for marihuana as a pain killer, I'm sure it does kill pain but so does a bottle of rum. I wouldn't consider rum a pain killer. Marihuana is the same as everything else. Taken in moderation there are usually no problems. When it takes over your life, and I have seen it do so in many cases, it becomes a serious problem.

  • Sharon
    April 28, 2012 - 22:26

    I am 63 years old. I have smoked marijuana since I was 21. I worked in a very demanding position from which I retired after 30 very successful years of employment. I totally agree with legalization.

  • Adam
    April 28, 2012 - 18:23

    Any of the arguments that oppose tend to focus on the exceptions. Weed will NEVER be legal for those under the age of 18. Just like it isn't legal for those under 18 to smoke or drink (19 in some provinces.) Stoned driving will ALWAYS be illegal. Just like drinking and driving is illegal. Saliva tests are far more accurate to find out if someone has recently smoked and is intoxicated. An intoxicated person will always be a threat on a jobsite, behind the wheel. If someone is suspected of being intoxication (with cannabis or alcohol) they should be removed for the safety of others. It's not illegal to be high. People are high when they are drunk. Same thing, different words. If I as a intelligent consumer want to put mariajuan smoke into my lungs I should have the right to do it. If I can stuff my face with burgers, beers, cigs and energy drinks (all harmful to my body) I should be allowed to smoke a joint now and then to relax and have a good time. There is no real good reason for cannabis to remain illegal. It can be responsibly enjoyed by adults without them turning into a 'pot head'. Just like if I have a beer, I'm not going to turn into a wife beating, puking alcoholic mess.

  • knowa
    April 28, 2012 - 17:41

    Prohibition of cannabis is base on no science what so ever. It's a lie, a fraud, a scam and a jobs program for all the BED BUGS of society that want too at all cost destroy the lives to other wise law abiding citizen and to continue to milk history's most golden cash cow. Obama end this now

    • Joe
      April 29, 2012 - 07:40

      Obama? Do you even 'knowa' which country you're in?

  • Zoe
    April 28, 2012 - 17:15

    I smoke marijuana and I would bet I am more physically fit then a lot of people complaining about how weed supposedly degrades society. I run 15 laps around a track, 3 nights a week and I work at a job that I never get high before going to. I only buy organic and support my local economy, not chinese made. Why does smoking pot make me an unproductive member of society again?

  • Neil
    April 28, 2012 - 16:23

    It's incredible to see so many people have bought the lies about cannabis. Cannabis is one of the least potentially harmful substances on the planet. There are many things in our world that can cause harm and most of them are "legal" because Gov't's and the financial elite profit from them. They prohibit cannabis and attempt to demonize it to protect their interests and it is costing us a fortune in scarce and precious tax dollars to do it. Using cannabis will almost never ruin your life, It is beneficial to most who use it, but getting "busted" for it almost always hurts the person way more than the substance ever could. Grab a brain you fools, your money is being wasted to protect corporate greed and your swallowing their B.S like it was gospel.

  • Adam
    April 28, 2012 - 15:45

    As a long time supporter of complete legalization and taxation. And I'd like to mention it's not like criminilization has any adverse effect on buying or using marijuana. It's consumed pseudo-openly across the country and especially in our province. I can only cross my fingers, keep showing up to rallies and signing petitions and hope to see this movement keep moving and not get squashed by current powers. I almost feel the legalization movement should almost wait til Harper gets the boot. But it will happen eventually.

  • Carl
    April 28, 2012 - 11:46

    I don't really care if some people want to poison their bodies and minds with marijuana. But I do care that it makes our society as a whole less productive, less intelligent, less physically fit and less safe. Of course, the same can be said for alcohol. But there are constitutionally legal tests for police and employers to determine if someone has been drinking in inappropriate circumstances. Smoking also costs society a great deal, but at least it does not impair a person's motor skills and jeopardize public safety. Marijuana combines the worst qualities of both alcohol and tobacco, and the less of it is used in our society the better off we will all be. (Except in cases where medical science determines that it can help combat specific illnesses.)

  • Josh
    April 28, 2012 - 11:37

    Hazards of marijuana use? Compared to the hazards of alcohol use? Not even comparable. If alcohol is legal, then marijuana should also be legal considering that it's far less harmful. Lets face it, there isn't a humanly achievable lethal dose of THC, whereas alcohol poisoning is sometimes too common. Many people who drink in excess become unpredictable, and sometimes violent. From personal experience, smoking a joint almost never results in violence. Blaze up, and within 15 minutes (and about a bag of cheetos later) you're asleep on the couch.

  • West Coast Newf
    April 28, 2012 - 11:28

    OK, to all of you Dope smoking Hippies out there! You guys obviously smoke to much of this crap, you actually believe it has a medical advantage. I call BS, if you actually take the time and read medical studies performed you will clearly see that Marijuana has no medical value that can't be met more effectively by prescription drugs. And lets no forget about it being a Gateway Drug... users are far more likely to use other drugs like cocaine and heroin than non-marijuana users. And not to mention the health risks associated... Harvard University researchers report that the risk of a heart attack is five times higher than usual in the hour after smoking marijuana. So I ask you this... is it really worth it... I could go on, but I've wasted enough of my time...

    • east coast
      April 28, 2012 - 15:48

      i call bs on you, good sir.

  • yo mama
    April 28, 2012 - 11:17

    Who cares what anyone puts in their bodies? I say go for it, if you're dumb enough to put a drug in your body, you live with the consequences....simple as that, there shouldn't be any laws against it, I call it population control, lots of awesome overdoses to clean up this sick, overpopulated world.

    • Gracelyn
      April 28, 2012 - 12:09

      @Yo Mama: People who take drugs are not necessarily "dumb." People take illicit drugs for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it's a matter of children taking the drugs offered to them without being mature enough to to fathom the potential consequences of their actions. Sometimes it's about peer pressure (to which most of us are susceptible to some degree or another). Sometimes young people resort to drugs to deal with intense, crippling emotional pain as a result of being abused (sexually or otherwise). If addicts want help, it's our responsibility to provide same.

  • Richard
    April 28, 2012 - 10:33

    Do you drink Gracelyn? Because there is an excellent, live in person demonstration on the dangers of drinking. It is called George Street on any night of the week. Don't tell me I am harming myself or others by smoking a doob and watching a movie.

    • Gracelyn
      April 28, 2012 - 11:55

      @Richard: Yes, alcohol abuse is a serious problem in our culture - a source of much grief. And if you want to smoke a doob, that's your business. But there is scientific evidence that recreational marijuana use is often detrimental to people's health - sometimes catastrophically so.

  • Gracelyn
    April 28, 2012 - 08:47

    I would never bedgrudge the use of medical marijuana to anyone who honestly needed it. Having said that, recreational marijuana use can be (and often is) far more harmful than a lot of people would like to believe. There's an excellent documentary called "The Downside of High" regarding some of the dire hazards of marijuana use. The documentary can be viewed online on the CBC website.