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2005-09-14 02:51:40 PM  
I completely agree with the article. I smoke to relax, personally...and I am certainly NOT stupid. But, I think young people, especially youths ages 10-18 should avoid using weed on any type of a regular basis. I didn't really start to regularly smoke until I was in my late 20's...all developed and what not. Also, it's interesting to note that, I still LOOK the same age as when I started....haven't aged, really. Which is cool.
2005-09-14 02:57:23 PM  
2005-09-14 03:00:01 PM  
That's not true, dude. I mean, I get the wickedest ideas when I'm high. Like that time I realized that Funyuns would be better in liquid form. Or the time I solved all the world's financial problems by abolishing money. Or the time I realized that you could make a hit tv show about dogs humping. Yep. Not stupid at all.
2005-09-14 03:04:13 PM  
That article reads like it was part of some body's terms of probation.

/not that i've ever had probation.
2005-09-14 03:05:27 PM  
sounds to me like his friends are stupid with or without pot.
2005-09-14 03:05:34 PM  
It also makes you have accidents with firearms. Well,that's what the commercials tell me, anyway.
2005-09-14 03:05:36 PM  
"He got mad at that table in there and started punching it. He split open his knuckle and broke the leg of the table."

OMFG Reefer Madness!!!11

Sheesh. I've had a lot of stoner friends over the years. I've never seen a single episode of violence resulting from weed.

Chris Lerna must be the best friend ever. Publishing a "Here's How Stupid My Friends Are" article in the local paper is a much smarter idea than the ones his stoned friends were concocting.
2005-09-14 03:06:29 PM  
I tried it once, but hated it. Just sat there like a vegetable, felt like someone shot my brain up with novocaine. My friends were talking to me, and I didn't say anything back because

1) first, you have to comprehend what they said, which took an inordinant amount of time.
2) You had to formulate a response, which took an inordinant amount of time.
3) between 1 and 2 I forgot what they had said orginally, so I just stared back at them.

That's fun? I just don't see it.
2005-09-14 03:06:32 PM  
Birds of a feather...
2005-09-14 03:09:20 PM  
I quit in High School because I felt myself getting dumber. Things that came quick to me in the past stopped coming to me in a speedy manor. I was turning into Ralph Wiggum.
2005-09-14 03:10:13 PM  
^ it's a shame you never recovered.
2005-09-14 03:11:02 PM  
legion_lives: That's fun? I just don't see it.

You need more practice.
2005-09-14 03:11:34 PM  
stupidity is relative, clever people smoke pot in order to cope with people of mere average intelligence
2005-09-14 03:12:09 PM  
I've smoked weed on and off for over 12 years. Currently I'm off it for various reasons unrelated to usage.
It's soothing. It's an aphrodisiac. It's a great way to soothe anxieties and focus on the point.
I've never been angry, depressed, or violent when I was using. Or stupid. I used to work out 5 mornings a week and still smoke at night.
*rolls eyes* Marijuana can be a good thing, if it weren't for asshats generalizing it with other more lethal drugs.
2005-09-14 03:12:54 PM  
I go through spells where I'll smoke every day as soon as I get home from work until I fall asleep. Those usually last a month or so when I realize that my cognitive faculties are slowing down even when I'm not stoned and I recede back into simple alcoholism for the next 6 months.
2005-09-14 03:13:39 PM  
Didn't try pot 'til I was 30. Now I smoke it all the time. Stoned off my ass, I can still outthink most sober people. Never had a violent moment.

I imagine pot *would* mess your brain up if you started smoking regularly when you were 12.

legion_lives, sounds like you had too much for a beginner. It makes sense that your experience would be negative. People who throw up their first time drinking often try booze again at a later date and find they like it. ;) Your resistance builds up over time. I used to get a beer buzz off of two beers, too, but my resistance built up!

Smoke pot. It's the logical thing to do.

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2005-09-14 03:17:14 PM  
What a shock - when stupid people do drugs, they are still stupid.
2005-09-14 03:18:29 PM  
Equinox21: I quit in High School because I felt myself getting dumber.

I asked my doctor about a number of different drugs, and he said...

Lung issues aside, pot isn't bad for you. The only reason habitual users seem perma-baked is they're storing THC in their fat cells and it releases back into their blood stream as that fat burns. Cooking with it eliminates the lung issues, so there really isn't a reason--medical or otherwise--that people shouldn't use it (if they want to).

I live in a city with more licensed pot clubs than fast food restaurants, so we're pretty open and honest about it.
2005-09-14 03:24:10 PM  

I'll stick to the Johnny Walker =)
2005-09-14 03:27:42 PM  
legion_lives: I'll stick to the Johnny Walker

And his brothers Black, Red, Blue, and Green.
2005-09-14 03:30:15 PM  
I mean Gold.
2005-09-14 03:33:47 PM  
Heh, when I was in high school we had to spend a week of school days attending Drug and Alcohol Awareness events at a local college.
There were lectures from law enforcement and addicts and a motivational hard rock band to cap off the week.

The highlight of the festivities for me and my friends was when the local good ol' boy sheriff spoke.

He wove a tale of a ginormous marijuana bust that he took part in years before (probably in the 70s) where they boarded a small seagoing boat and siezed several tons of processed marijuana.

He told us that he was happy he got all those "drugs" off the street but regretted that, "We was too late for them boys on that boat. By the time we got 'em in they had smoked so much of that pot that THEY WAS RETARDED!" (dun-dun-DUN)

This was almost too much for my friends to take, considering how stoned we were. Most difficult laugh supression ever. I honestly think I did some internal damage.
2005-09-14 03:35:58 PM  
That article reads like Go Ask Alice.

"Why go down when you can go up?"
2005-09-14 03:41:11 PM  
They don't call it "dope" because it makes you smarter.
2005-09-14 03:42:14 PM  
People under 18 should not smoke weed. Or 21 maybe.

I have smoked a lot of weed and it hasnt dimmed my near genius level intellect. I just tested again and I am maybe one brain cell away from MENSA membership.

It could affect motivation though.

Alchohol is so much worse in our society. It's ok to be a raging drunk in your off hours, but smoking weed gets you fired. Stupid.
2005-09-14 03:43:15 PM  
smoking weed is fine, smoking weed everyday from morning to night will definetly make you stupid, i can attest to that fact. after a few years of that routine i suddenly felt my mental facilities degrading very quickly, thank god if you quit after a couple of months your brain is fine again, no more molasses in there for me.
2005-09-14 03:45:16 PM  
"Yeah," he says, and gets distracted for a moment before coming back to the conversation. "He got mad at that table in there and started punching it. He split open his knuckle and broke the leg of the table."

What the hell was their pot LACED with. Sounds like someone watched too many movies then smoked some pencil shavings.

Most studies show no cognitive deficits in comparisons of users to non-users in an un-high state. And most show little deficit of habitual users on spatial tasks and perceptual tasks even when high.

Do note, you can participate in studies where they provide you with free pot. Thank your local university if they offer such a study.
2005-09-14 03:45:54 PM  
just think what the Star Wars galaxy might be like if the Emperor and Darth Vader toked up every now and then. Peaceful?
2005-09-14 03:46:14 PM  

Um.... these kids are stupid, with or without the dope. Weed is all about who you are, and who you're with.

/ So is Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
2005-09-14 03:46:27 PM  
I was going to come in here and post the

"Weed is not bad that's an evil government lie" in 5...4...3...

But apparently pot doesn't slow your reaction time, because here you guys are.
2005-09-14 03:47:22 PM  
"Blast!" I mutter as I slowly walk into the garage.

What a dope.
2005-09-14 03:48:00 PM  
I just caught my 16yr old nephew smoking weed. I feel like such a hypocrite since I just got stoned a few days ago..
2005-09-14 03:48:03 PM  
totally stoned = stupid people
totally drunk = crazy people who puke and cant work the next day

moderation is the key.

i smoke more during school due to the fact that i usually only have 1-2 hours before bed after school, work and studying. weed is a good way to make that 60 minutes seem like FOOOORRRRRREEEEEEEVVVAAAAARRRRRRRR. with no hangover.
2005-09-14 03:48:36 PM  
This all becomes boring surprisingly quickly, and I eventually fall asleep.

Stupid=smoking pot.

More stupid=falling asleep anywhere near people who have been smoking pot, one of whom had just punched a table for no reason.
2005-09-14 03:48:46 PM  
weed is my anti-drug.

/that kid and his friends seemed lame
2005-09-14 03:48:49 PM  
I started smoking when I was fifteen, which I think is incredibly stupid, looking back at it.

I was an idiot, much like the people in this story.

I'm nineteen now, and smoke every now and then. It's all about the mental environment - if you smoke inside and watch TV in a dark room, then you're being stupid about it.

If you smoke pot outside and go for a walk through the woods or play some frisbee, then you're being smart about it.
2005-09-14 03:48:49 PM  
this reads like a very bad short story. go back to your non-fiction writing class.
2005-09-14 03:49:43 PM  
Yeah, 16 year olds don't need weed to act retarded like that. I've seen perfectly straight teens act do the same kinds of stuff.

At least I can't call her a hypocrite, but I don't think she's quite grasping the root of the problem.
2005-09-14 03:49:51 PM  
That's like saying spray-painting your girlfriend's name on the town water-tower makes you stupid. No, I'm pretty sure that the epic spray-painters and potheads (not casual users, mind you, but 'heads) were already stupid.
2005-09-14 03:49:51 PM  
I started smoking pot, and I got accepted into college and got a degree in engineering.

I quit smoking and I haven't gotten any degrees since.

Think about it, wont you.
2005-09-14 03:50:56 PM  
His friends might be stupid with or without pot, but the kid has a serious stick up his ass

2005-09-14 03:51:12 PM  
Green Discharge
asshats generalizing it with other more lethal drugs.

This is one of the points I think my wife and I will never see eye-to-eye on. While I recognize that pot is probably the least harmful(if at all) of any given illegal drug, she insists that they are all equally horrible. Any time we get into a discussion(that usually devolves into an argument)about it she refuses to listen or have an open mind on the grounds that I'm "just desensitized by having friends and family who use it." Damn, I'm getting pissed off just thinking about it. Maybe one day she'll come around.

/Neither of us partake, but I don't care if you do.
2005-09-14 03:51:56 PM  
I'm the only person in my classes to go stoned most days and write papers most of the time under the influence. I also usually have the highest grade in said classes and on said papers. I guess the DEADLY DRIED UP HERB is really getting to me!

Is it quite possible that if you're stupid before you smoke, you will be stupid afterwards?

Hey hey hey, smoke weed every day!
2005-09-14 03:52:00 PM  
Who says 'Blast'? Is this a San Fransico expression?
2005-09-14 03:52:07 PM  
So then how much have ya'll been smoking not to understand that correlation does not equal causation?
2005-09-14 03:52:46 PM  
I think Chris Lerna is shooting for the "Most Mediocre Made Up Story Award (MMMUSA)." Besides the fact that the story doesn't really go anywhere, it just doesn't ring true. Who mutters "Blast!" under their breath or even out loud for that matter. Mmm, I call bullshiate. And it's not even entertaining BS.
2005-09-14 03:53:08 PM  
So the moral of this story is that being bored in front of the TV and looking down your nose at others is much better than being stoned and enjoying yourself for no good reason.
2005-09-14 03:54:42 PM  
It's all about the mental environment - if you smoke inside and watch TV in a dark room, then you're being stupid about it.

Yeah, 'cause getting baked and watching "The Simpsons" or "Family Guy" or "Space Ghost" is utterly stupid. Why would anyone want to do that?
2005-09-14 03:54:54 PM  
Who mutters "Blast!" under their breath or even out loud for that matter.

No one I know, but it kind of sounds cool. I'm think I'm going to start doing it myself.


I'm hip... I'm a trend setter...
2005-09-14 03:55:49 PM  
a good analogy might be to think of it as fire... it can warm you up when you're frigid, but too much of it will burn ya! like that guy said, MODERATION
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