I believe that the only reason that pot is considered the "gateway drug" is because you have to make an illegal connection to get it. If people could get it legally, they wouldn't be required to find a drug dealer and have access to all the other drugs, not to mention running the risk of having their pot laced with something.
I smoke. Almost daily infact. If and when I get PG I wont do it too far into pregnancy and not as often as I do now...
Ive seen alcohol do much more damage than weed.
Quoting MommaSav2:" There have been no birth defects linked specifically to THC exposure in utero. I have used pot during ... [snip!] ... willing to try dangerous hard drugs, they would have tried them without pot first. Pot just happens to be very easy to access."
:!: I don't think it's a gateway drug either. Some people have addictive personalities and some have the "need to get high". Those people will try other drugs if they want to, regardless of marijuana use. That's like saying alcohol is a gateway drug or that everyone who drinks is an alcoholic. I believe there ARE people who can smoke pot OCCASIONALLY to have a good time, just like there are people who can drink occasionally. Then there are others who can't just drink occasionally and are alcohol abusive or alcoholics. For example, my sister can't smoke pot at all because she knows she is easily hooked on it and will just smoke all day every day, so she has to avoid it altogether.
I have no qualms with marijuana recreationally as long as it's not impacted your daily life or keeping you from getting or keeping a job etc.
Also, there is some study on Jamaicans who smoked pot while pregnant and breastfeeding. It seems like the baby's were smarter or something.... The effects were not negative, I do remember that.
I don't really think it should be legal. I know it isn't really terribly bad for the body, but for one thing, it stinks, promotes bad habits, and is a waste of money. And yes, people do get addicted to it. I think there are better things a person could do with their time, and there are definitely better things to spend money on. I also don't support it for medicinal use, but to each their own.
<blockquote><b>Quoting melindapple:</b>" it's legal here, and no you can't buy it just like you buy beer. You have to have a medical card, ... [snip!] ... myself, but my family does, and from that i don't think it's the "gateway" to other drugs. My family doesn't do anything else."</blockquote>
WA and CO passed it recreationally, not medically.
Quoting MommyingWithGrace:" I dont believe cigarettes, alcohol, beer, drugs, weed, and certain prescription drugs should even be legal. They serve no purpose whatsoever."
Adults should be able to decide what to do with their bodies.
I am for the legalization of all drugs. If people are stupid enough to use drugs (not marijuana), let them. Darwinism, FTW. Let the stupid die out...
Marijuana is NOT a gateway drug. If anything, alcohol is. If alcohol is legal, MJ should be too. It's less dangerous and no one has died from direct use of it. Can't say that about alcohol.
Also, in the states that it passed, it will be regulated like alcohol. You have to be 21 to buy it.
Quoting Majialin:" I don't really think it should be legal. I know it isn't really terribly bad for the body, but for one ... [snip!] ... and there are definitely better things to spend money on. I also don't support it for medicinal use, but to each their own."
You could say all the same things about cigarettes and cigarettes are legal....
Quoting Mrs cree:" Oh sometimes people lace pot with things like pcp or LCD cocaine that can defiantly lead to addictions"
That is an addiction to PCP/Cocaine/ETC. Not marijuana.
With it being legal, contamination is less likely to happen.
I started smoking weed when I was 15 and stopped when I was 17. It never affected me as a person, or my studies. I tried "ice" once and didn't like it. I never tried any other drug.
I don't like labeling weed as a gateway drug. It's different for everyone and if the person becomes dependent on the drug, then it becomes less effective and of course they would try other things.
My brother started smoking a little after I did. He continues to smoke however he has never done any other drug, does not drink, is responsible, has a job, has his house and car. I honestly think the people we hear about on the news that use marijuana are what give it a bad rap.
I'm for the legalization of marijuana. Those states I believe have legalized it for recreational use if it's under 1 ounce.
The other states that allow marijuana are only for medicinal use and they have to have 'permits'.
Quoting Majialin:" I don't think cigarettes or alcohol should be legal either."
Is it pretty comfortable in that bubble you live in? Nice there?
My SIL gets high every nght at 10 pm after her niece (whom she has custody of) goes to bed. Then she gets goofy and randomly calls peoplein the middle of the night. She has called us. She called hubby's uncle and he l her "dont call here again" and hung up on her. I have seen other members of Hubby' family. They all act like dumbasses when they are high. I am embarrassd for them. I dont try setting funds away to go visit because it is boring sitting there all day watching people come in his mom's house completely high or trashed./
Quoting MommyingWithGrace:" Your other questions... gateway drug: by the looks of DH's family, yes. Would I want my kids doing it: ... [snip!] ... til they straightened up. If they had a car in my name, car would be gone. Bedroom door would come down. Curfew would be 8pm."
Some people have addictive personalities and can be come addicted to anything like shopping, food, caffeine, and such.
But that's on them. People shouldn't ruin it for others.