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2012-11-15 05:50:33 PM  
You don't get addicted to pot.
You get addicted to being lazy.

Blaming pot makes you an asshat. Everybody else knows how to put down the joint and go to work.
 
2012-11-15 05:50:54 PM  

busy chillin': I have a friend that got all potted up on weed once and now shoots heroin-laced crack directly into his eyeballs as he lays in the gutter masturbating in his own feces.

Not even once.


i love getting all potted up and rolling in my own feces.

/ya, im a dog
 
2012-11-15 05:51:48 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: And we all know how effective that outlawing marijuana is at stopping kids from obtaining and smoking it, right?


Do we? We certainly know it's not great, but I'm not sure how we are supposed to know that legalisation would be better.
 
2012-11-15 05:54:15 PM  

timujin: wow, your anecdotal evidence is extremely compelling. Now, how about those people who work better when smoking regularly?


Ah yes. Those people. They certainly think they work better, just as they think they screw better. Their colleagues and partners, however, will generally tell you something rather different.
 
2012-11-15 05:54:40 PM  

orbister: Marcus Aurelius: And we all know how effective that outlawing marijuana is at stopping kids from obtaining and smoking it, right?

Do we? We certainly know it's not great, but I'm not sure how we are supposed to know that legalisation would be better.


Legalize it and see what happens? I bet the world keeps spinning.
 
2012-11-15 05:55:29 PM  
i26.photobucket.com
Looking for a label design, something that feel at home, like your grandmoms homemade jam.

/Jar also makes a good moonshine glass
 
2012-11-15 06:02:07 PM  
I'm addicted to water. If I stop drinking it, I'll just die.
 
2012-11-15 06:04:41 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: I'VE SEEN REEFER MADNESS! I KNOW! I KNOOOOOWWWWW!!!


REEFER MADNESS?!? THIS! IS! PARTAKING!


/unfortunately, it doesn't quite work aloud, due to the long "A" vowel
 
2012-11-15 06:05:30 PM  

Dinjiin: CommieTaoist: There are plenty of already legal addictive substances, alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, porn, anime figurine collecting, pain killers, the list goes on and on.

That's sort of the point that I came here to make. A lot of the people who I know who are psychologically dependent on marijuana would just turn to something else to self-medicate themselves. I bet alcohol would be their next choice.

IMHO, I look at marijuana as the lesser evil between those two.


I can assure you there is at least one pot-smoker who self-medicates with alcohol when pot isn't available. Otherwise, hardly ever drink.
 
2012-11-15 06:12:00 PM  
www.metalsucks.net

POT BABIES!
 
2012-11-15 06:12:05 PM  
It is a gateway drug. People move up from there drugs on schedule.....uhm,....negative infinity.
 
2012-11-15 06:17:24 PM  
I smoke weed every day because I was an angry mother farker and it wasn't very fun being angry at everything all the time (not like physically violent angry, just incredibly frustrated and shouty). Weed came along and I mellowed out a ton. Even though I smoke everyday, if I can't for some reason it's not a huge deal. The only withdrawal effects I notice are a decrease in my appetite (the horror, the horror!) and I'm slightly more irritable. That's it. I've been smoking multiple times a day, every day (with a few breaks here and there) for around 7 years. My memory is still as sharp as ever, and I could be high as a kite and you would never be able to tell as long as I had eye drops. I know so many daily smokers, none have ever even thought about going to rehab. We're all employed, motivated people who just happen to like smoking weed. Everyone in rehab for marijuana addiction is there because it was court mandated, no one needs rehab for weed. I've helped opiate addicts in withdrawal, that enables me to laugh at anyone who even remotely suggests that weed is somehow horribly physically addictive.

/tl; dr: pots not addictive and anyone who says that it is, is a blindingly moronic buffoon.
 
2012-11-15 06:17:34 PM  
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2012-11-15 06:19:18 PM  

orbister: timujin: wow, your anecdotal evidence is extremely compelling. Now, how about those people who work better when smoking regularly?

Ah yes. Those people. They certainly think they work better, just as they think they screw better. Their colleagues and partners, however, will generally tell you something rather different.


HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. No. You ever tried to stare at spreadsheets for 40 hours a week not high? You shouldn't paint with such a broad brush,
 
2012-11-15 06:22:57 PM  
No one half-ass informs and scare mongers like Local News.

You know who is concerned about marijuana addiction? People who run for-profit marijuana addiction clinics.
 
2012-11-15 06:23:23 PM  

serpent_sky:
Also: who on earth has EVER been "addicted" to marijuana?


I have actually known a few. Remember that while marijuana is not physically addictive anything that feels good can be addictive to the right person (gambling, shopping, sex, getting a new pet cat). The reasonable definition of addiction is: "If it causes problems in your life but you cannot stop or moderate without physical or emotional pain you is an addict".

MJ is really not one of the easy things to get addicted to and I really don't see many new users starting if they weren't going to already so no new spike in MJ addicts on the horizon but lets be honest with ourselves, if people can be addicted to Texas Hold 'Em they can be addicted to MJ.
 
2012-11-15 06:26:23 PM  
It didn't take long after voters approved legalization of pot in Colorado for journalists to start cranking out stories about the scourge of marijuana addiction

Because reporters are always right wing bible thumpers... right?
 
2012-11-15 06:29:13 PM  

OnlyM3: Because reporters are always right wing bible thumpers... right?


Sound more like right wing press releases to me.
 
2012-11-15 06:31:16 PM  

nmemkha: You know who is concerned about marijuana addiction? People who run for-profit marijuana addiction clinics. The liquor, gun, and prison lobbies.

 
2012-11-15 06:32:34 PM  
TFA:"I never worked as hard when I was high as I did when I was sober," said Brown,.

t3.gstatic.com
 
2012-11-15 06:32:43 PM  

LovingTeacher: serpent_sky:
Also: who on earth has EVER been "addicted" to marijuana?

I have actually known a few. Remember that while marijuana is not physically addictive anything that feels good can be addictive to the right person (gambling, shopping, sex, getting a new pet cat). The reasonable definition of addiction is: "If it causes problems in your life but you cannot stop or moderate without physical or emotional pain you is an addict".

MJ is really not one of the easy things to get addicted to and I really don't see many new users starting if they weren't going to already so no new spike in MJ addicts on the horizon but lets be honest with ourselves, if people can be addicted to Texas Hold 'Em they can be addicted to MJ.


They aren't addicted they just lack willpower.
 
2012-11-15 06:33:58 PM  

OnlyM3: It didn't take long after voters approved legalization of pot in Colorado for journalists to start cranking out stories about the scourge of marijuana addiction
Because reporters are always right wing bible thumpers... right?


No, but they do make a living peddling drama. There's no drama in reporting "All is well, carry on." -- but if it bleeds, it leads.
 
2012-11-15 06:36:37 PM  
I'm a lazy sonofabiatch. I hate doing stuff that's not fun. I have smoked weed regularly for a span of time and then laid off for years. I remain a lazy sonofabiatch regardless of how high I am. Actually, I have more motivation to do manual labor and repetitive tasks when I'm high.

Cannabis is not like other drugs. It isn't really beholden to the Puritan Ideal that anything that feels good must be bad. Some things that feel good are good.
 
2012-11-15 06:36:37 PM  

Maud Dib: Stupid semicolon.


I hear that they are hard to drive down the hershey highway...
unless you you are on the pot...
 
2012-11-15 06:38:26 PM  
hurr potheads are such loosers
 
2012-11-15 06:40:27 PM  

thamike: nmemkha: You know who is concerned about marijuana addiction? People who run for-profit marijuana addiction clinics. The liquor, gun, and prison lobbies.


You forgot pharmaceutical companies.
 
2012-11-15 06:42:12 PM  
I heard an old person commenting on this the other day

He said the only way to fix this problem is to tar and feather every person they find that uses it and burn down any home it's been bought, sold, used in. People were more receptive to that comment then they would have been if I'd raised my hand and said "uhh... it's harmless, I do it"

Pot. We are going to tar and feather everyone and start burning down homes.

It could be a long time before we actually get national justice on this issue. A loooooong time.

I sure hope not but it seems the years of propaganda worked rather well. The older generations are still very slanted against and if you didn't notice, it's those people that the news organizations pander to for ratings.
 
2012-11-15 06:44:34 PM  
One time I smoked the pot. Now, I'm just a journalist. I'm broke. People don't respect me.

It could happen to you.
 
2012-11-15 06:49:37 PM  

AeAe: slave2grind: One time I OD'd on pot. I tried to drown myself in a bowl of water. I cut my face to shreds and ran into the dmv naked. I have no idea how I got there. I would have died from the thc saturation if it had not been for the top notch medical professionals and prayers of loved ones.Pot is evil.

Are you sure that was pot? Sounds like

angel dust.brown blotter


POT it makes people do some stupid things. FEAR, it makes people do some bad things.
well, Now we'll see if that DARE claptrap works or can we stop selling bumper stickers.
 
2012-11-15 06:49:43 PM  

orbister: Marcus Aurelius: And we all know how effective that outlawing marijuana is at stopping kids from obtaining and smoking it, right?

Do we? We certainly know it's not great, but I'm not sure how we are supposed to know that legalisation would be better.


www.eastbayexpress.com
We can make some inferences, though it's hard to adjust for culture, availability, etc., but you can't get more available and socially acceptable than the Netherlands.

encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com
"I'm so high right now."
 
2012-11-15 06:50:53 PM  

Rapmaster2000: One time I smoked the pot. Now, I'm just a journalist. I'm broke. People don't respect me.

It could happen to you.


I have a friend that was a regular smoker. A few months ago he was on the job and got electrocuted, the drug screened him and he popped positive for weed. Fired on the spot and lost a $1,800/wk job, couldn't make payments on his car so he drove it till they found him and repossessed it. No money to pay the bills either so now him, his wife and 2 children live in the inlaws' basement.
 
2012-11-15 06:50:57 PM  
At first I was like.

www.montrealfilmjournal.com

Then I was like.

24.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-11-15 06:52:19 PM  

Oznog: AeAe: violentsalvation: "When I heard the results of the election I did cry," said Alicia Brown, a former marijuana addict who has been clean for 17 years.


ha ha hahahaha, whatever.

Yessss.. because she had an addiction problem, that means everyone else will as well so it's best to keep it illegal and arrest anyone that uses it.

Wait... can you really claim to have been an "addict" if you did it and gave it up for 17 years?

Bit of a logical paradox there. An addict CAN'T quit, which is a very simplistic definition of addiction. If you did it and quit, were you ever an addict??


Lots and lots of addicts quit whatever they are addicted to. With an addict it is an all or nothing kind of thing. Either they aren't drinking at all or they are all in, drinking from morning till night, they may function OK sometimes but it's never at their potential. I know that you were trying to be funny but there are too many people who are trying to say "It's just your weak will" to let this go. Addiction is a real problem for some people, A tiny percentage of people who ever try a drug will become addicted to it, maybe 10% or less for the most common (alcohol) but for those that do help is the better and cheaper option than incarceration.
 
2012-11-15 06:52:22 PM  

Tenatra: they drug screened him

 
2012-11-15 06:54:00 PM  

Cognizer: FirstNationalBastard:
... since weed is about as physically addictive as mallomars.

Oh man, mallomars. Do you have any? I haven't had a mallomar in... I don't know how long! I neeed one! I'm hurtin', man!

/wtf is a mallomar?


Some research on the innertubes tells me it's essentially a Tunnock's teacake:

upload.wikimedia.org

The product itself consists of a small round shortbread base covered with a hemisphere of Italian meringue, a whipped egg white concoction similar to marshmallow.[10] As this soft white fondant is based on egg white rather than gelatine, it is much more delicate than marshmallow.[11] This is then coated in a thin layer of milk or plain chocolate and, in the case of Tunnock's, wrapped in a distinctive red and silver foil for the more popular milk chocolate variety, and a blue and gold wrapping for the plain chocolate type.


... and not a good example to use in terms of addiction potential.

/I can quit any time I want.
 
2012-11-15 06:55:21 PM  

Tenatra: Rapmaster2000: One time I smoked the pot. Now, I'm just a journalist. I'm broke. People don't respect me.

It could happen to you.

I have a friend that was a regular smoker. A few months ago he was on the job and got electrocuted, the drug screened him and he popped positive for weed. Fired on the spot and lost a $1,800/wk job, couldn't make payments on his car so he drove it till they found him and repossessed it. No money to pay the bills either so now him, his wife and 2 children live in the inlaws' basement.


See! The Demon Weed ruined his life.

/sorry to hear that actually
 
2012-11-15 06:56:38 PM  

Tenatra: Rapmaster2000: One time I smoked the pot. Now, I'm just a journalist. I'm broke. People don't respect me.

It could happen to you.

I have a friend that was a regular smoker. A few months ago he was on the job and got electrocuted, the drug screened him and he popped positive for weed. Fired on the spot and lost a $1,800/wk job, couldn't make payments on his car so he drove it till they found him and repossessed it. No money to pay the bills either so now him, his wife and 2 children live in the inlaws' basement.


Which has nothing to do with cannabis itself and everything to do with draconian laws and money grubbing insurance companies. /but you knew that already
 
2012-11-15 06:58:48 PM  

orbister: timujin: wow, your anecdotal evidence is extremely compelling. Now, how about those people who work better when smoking regularly?

Ah yes. Those people. They certainly think they work better, just as they think they screw better. Their colleagues and partners, however, will generally tell you something rather different.


Not if it's work that requires any thought or initiative. Actually, with some really boring, repetitive, mindless tasks, a stoned person will concentrate better, and not get bored. But if they encounter a problem, it will take them longer to solve it.
 
2012-11-15 06:59:02 PM  

orbister: timujin: wow, your anecdotal evidence is extremely compelling. Now, how about those people who work better when smoking regularly?

Ah yes. Those people. They certainly think they work better, just as they think they screw better. Their colleagues and partners, however, will generally tell you something rather different.


I'm guessing you've never smoked... or maybe you have and think your reaction is universal. Here's a little more anecdotal evidence for you, back in the day, when I did smoke, I found that I was much better able to focus on tasks that required me to do, well, let's call it "creative research". For instance, searching deeply through the Windows registry, trying to figure out which key could be modified to do the particular function I was trying to accomplish. I made much better, more intuitive connections after smoking a little.

The same was true when writing. I would fight writer's block while straight, but be able to smoothly sail through page after page when smoking. I'd go back later and read what I'd written and be surprised at what I'd managed to create.

I quit a long time ago, though, even though I know there are certain tasks that I'm better at when baked.
 
2012-11-15 07:00:01 PM  

LovingTeacher: Oznog: AeAe: violentsalvation: "When I heard the results of the election I did cry," said Alicia Brown, a former marijuana addict who has been clean for 17 years.


ha ha hahahaha, whatever.

Yessss.. because she had an addiction problem, that means everyone else will as well so it's best to keep it illegal and arrest anyone that uses it.

Wait... can you really claim to have been an "addict" if you did it and gave it up for 17 years?

Bit of a logical paradox there. An addict CAN'T quit, which is a very simplistic definition of addiction. If you did it and quit, were you ever an addict??

Lots and lots of addicts quit whatever they are addicted to. With an addict it is an all or nothing kind of thing. Either they aren't drinking at all or they are all in, drinking from morning till night, they may function OK sometimes but it's never at their potential. I know that you were trying to be funny but there are too many people who are trying to say "It's just your weak will" to let this go. Addiction is a real problem for some people, A tiny percentage of people who ever try a drug will become addicted to it, maybe 10% or less for the most common (alcohol) but for those that do help is the better and cheaper option than incarceration.


Seriously. If you don't believe that addiction is a real mental disease, go read a farking book on human psychology.
 
2012-11-15 07:02:26 PM  

titwrench: Do you know what would stop this madness? If the general public could actually sue these "journalists" for sensationalism and misinformation. If these knuckleheads and the publications that print these stupid stories were held accountable there would be a lot less bullshiat to sift through.


Hmm... Let me guess: you smoke a lot of pot. This sounds like a pothead idea to me.
 
2012-11-15 07:04:07 PM  

jso2897: orbister: timujin: wow, your anecdotal evidence is extremely compelling. Now, how about those people who work better when smoking regularly?

Ah yes. Those people. They certainly think they work better, just as they think they screw better. Their colleagues and partners, however, will generally tell you something rather different.

Not if it's work that requires any thought or initiative. Actually, with some really boring, repetitive, mindless tasks, a stoned person will concentrate better, and not get bored. But if they encounter a problem, it will take them longer to solve it.


Again, that is true for certain people. Different people react differently to pot, just as they do to alcohol. I'm sure you know people like that, people who, when they drink, act like dicks, or ones who mellow out, or ones who just get sloppy. I used to date a girl who freaked out whenever she smoked, which she did a couple of times to see if it was right for her. The sensations that a lot of people find to be pleasant when being stoned just didn't work right with her brain.

Some people are actually better at solving problems because marijuana allows them to look at a problem in a way that they wouldn't if they were straight.
 
2012-11-15 07:05:11 PM  

Oznog: Bit of a logical paradox there.


i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-15 07:10:31 PM  

Rincewind53: "Arapahoe House, marijuana addiction is the number one reason why adolescents seek treatment"

And how many of the adolescents are there as part of court deals to avoid jail time? Hint: a lot of them.


And how many of them are hooked on the pot? Hint: all of them.
 
2012-11-15 07:12:52 PM  
the fuq did I just read?
 
2012-11-15 07:14:24 PM  

Jekylman: thamike: nmemkha: You know who is concerned about marijuana addiction? People who run for-profit marijuana addiction clinics. The liquor, gun, and prison lobbies.

You forgot pharmaceutical companies.


Yeah, well I'm baked.
 
2012-11-15 07:15:03 PM  

Tumunga: Rincewind53: "Arapahoe House, marijuana addiction is the number one reason why adolescents seek treatment"

And how many of the adolescents are there as part of court deals to avoid jail time? Hint: a lot of them.

And how many of them are hooked on the pot? Hint: all of them.


You're funny.
 
Xai
2012-11-15 07:18:37 PM  
Just because something is legal to use, does not mean you must use it. Perhaps we should ban fatty foods? Fat people don't work as hard as thin people, it affects their health much more too...
 
2012-11-15 07:19:27 PM  

timujin: let's call it "creative research".


i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-15 07:19:56 PM  

Cognizer: /wtf is a mallomar?


tdotsports1.files.wordpress.com
 
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