In response to “Harmful Bath Salts Become New, Legal Substitute to Same, Old Weed.”

Marijuana has been repeatedly proven to not cause cancer, heart disease, brain damage, liver disease, emphysema or overdoses, and its addictive potential is about on par with coffee. The DEA is 100 percent misinformed when it calls marijuana “extremely harmful.”
The marijuana prohibition empowers drug dealers and cartels, and it makes our children less safe. Because of the failings of the prohibition, our children now have easier access to marijuana than to alcohol. We parents have been patient long enough — we must speak up and demand that marijuana be legally sold to adults in gas stations and supermarkets just as beer and wine are today.
We need laws based on logic, not ideology. We need to legalize adult marijuana sales.
— Jillian Galloway

When will America wake up? It is obviously time to legalize marijuana. This country was founded on the belief that one should have freedom and the right to pursue happiness. Prohibiting cannabis goes against the very fundamentals our Founding Fathers envisioned for this great country.
In these trying economic times, it is becoming more imminent that weed should be legalized, but for some reason, our blatantly ignorant politicians will not allow it. It would be estimated to save billions of dollars a year. (What’s the point of investing money into a failing war on drugs campaign?) Millions of Americans enjoy smoking marijuana. I cannot even begin to stress how stupid our current cannabis laws are. Since the prohibition was implemented, many innocent Americans have been arrested.
Alcohol causes death where weed has never killed anyone, as it is impossible to overdose. Alcohol also is addicting and has caused families to be torn apart (including my own). Weed is actually not addictive. I never feel the need to smoke it, I just enjoy doing it, and I can easily quit at any time. I have for certain periods of times (for jobs and drug tests) whereas tobacco smokers, alcoholics, crack fiends and heroin addicts feel the physical need to continue their habits and have an extremely difficult time quitting. And if you say weed is addicting, then you just sound ignorant.
The point is, America is ready for weed to be legalized. Stop the bullshit and give the people the rights they deserve without fear of being prosecuted. Stop the brainwashing “Reefer Madness” stereotypical nonsense that is taught to children through health books and nonsensical anti-marijuana ads. It is time for legalization without a doubt.
There is nothing anyone can tell me about this subject! I have yet to hear a logical argument about why weed should remain illegal that cannot easily be refuted.
— one_love

“At no point in history has independent evidence suggested that marijuana induces permanent psychosis or is physiologically addicting,” stated the Daily Nexus drug columnist in the Feb. 14 issue.
What? Anything you put into your brain causes your brain to adapt to it and is thus physiologically addicting. I’m a medicinal chemist; I’m not making this up.
I love weed and I smoke it, but do not spout misinformation — leave that for the propaganda machine. Be a responsible pothead and inform people that it is actually physically addicting, but nothing like alcohol or opium. The withdrawal symptoms from marijuana can be very real. I’ve had them — full on night sweats and tremors.
Check out this blog and just read the comments. All these people are not lying:
Marijuana, along with any substance that interacts with brain receptors, causes your brain to adapt. Some are worse than others, but all of them cause brain adaption which translates to physical addiction.
Yes, weed is better than all the rest, but physical addiction isn’t the only part to be scared of. For most drugs the physical addiction is gone in a couple of weeks to a month. Marijuana actually takes about a month for the heavy smoker.
It’s the psychological addiction that’s the hardest to break. Be very scared of the psychological addiction. It will change your entire life. Physical addiction is chump change unless you are talking about heroin, crack or severe delirium tremors from alcohol.
— John