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(Marketwatch)   New report finds that cocaine use is going to pot   (marketwatch.com) divider line 21
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-03-23 10:15:07 AM  
This ties into the "pot legalization decreases drunk driving" story from a month or two ago. One could consistently believe both "marijuana is bad" and "marijuana should be legal," as long as it displaces worse drugs.
 
2014-03-23 11:15:00 AM  
There is no logical position an American in 2014 can hold where recreational drug use is a bad thing.

We get our kids strung out speed, keep ourselves up and down with caffeine and xananx alternating, and kill our grandparents with opiates. It's a farking rainbow of drug abuse and we're all A-OK with all of those.

So why the hell would pot or coke even be considered bad, let alone dangerous when you can get lethal doses of harder stuff for a toothache if your doctor likes you.
 
2014-03-23 11:18:27 AM  
doglover:
We get our kids strung out speed, keep ourselves up and down with caffeine and xananx alternating, and kill our grandparents with opiates. It's a farking rainbow of drug abuse and we're all A-OK with all of those.

So why the hell would pot or coke even be considered bad, let alone dangerous when you can get lethal doses of harder stuff for a toothache if your doctor likes you.


I think you know the answer to that.  Because big pharm can't patent a plant.
 
2014-03-23 11:21:28 AM  

nekom: doglover:
We get our kids strung out speed, keep ourselves up and down with caffeine and xananx alternating, and kill our grandparents with opiates. It's a farking rainbow of drug abuse and we're all A-OK with all of those.

So why the hell would pot or coke even be considered bad, let alone dangerous when you can get lethal doses of harder stuff for a toothache if your doctor likes you.

I think you know the answer to that.  Because big pharm can't patent a plant.


But, if they team up with Monsanto, I'm sure something can be worked out.
 
2014-03-23 11:39:42 AM  

nekom: big pharm can't patent a plant.


?????

The hell they can't.
 
2014-03-23 11:47:54 AM  
U.S. taxpayers end up picking up the bill, paying approximately $200 billion a year - or double the $100 billion drug users themselves spend annually on illicit drugs - for police, health, crime and incarceration costs associated with illegal drug activity

I would like to see the breakdown on those costs.  I suspect the healthcare portion isn't that high.
 
2014-03-23 12:07:33 PM  
So, when pot becomes more available, hard drug use goes down.  Except in the case of herioin, but that is because things like roxy's and oxy's are harder to get.

Anyone else get this after skimming the article?
Kinda kills the gateway drug bs
 
2014-03-23 12:24:40 PM  

JolobinSmokin: So, when pot becomes more available, hard drug use goes down.  Except in the case of herioin, but that is because things like roxy's and oxy's are harder to get.

Anyone else get this after skimming the article?
Kinda kills the gateway drug bs


Guess pot should be called "the exit drug" instead of gateway drug.
 
2014-03-23 12:35:08 PM  
Does this mean that lower demand will force the price down? Because that would be awesome. I'm asking for a friend.
 
2014-03-23 12:48:16 PM  
The biggest take-away that I had from that article was that we could save $200 billion in spending and increase revenue by $100 billion for a net gain of $300 billion if we legalized all drugs. Hmm, I fail to see how keeping drugs illegal solves problems.
 
2014-03-23 01:48:30 PM  

germ78: The biggest take-away that I had from that article was that we could save $200 billion in spending and increase revenue by $100 billion for a net gain of $300 billion if we legalized all drugs. Hmm, I fail to see how keeping drugs illegal solves problems.


This.
 
2014-03-23 01:50:30 PM  

germ78: The biggest take-away that I had from that article was that we could save $200 billion in spending and increase revenue by $100 billion for a net gain of $300 billion if we legalized all drugs. Hmm, I fail to see how keeping drugs illegal solves problems.


Well, local law enforcement needs their SWAT toys, and it's a big problem if they don't get their toys...
 
2014-03-23 02:00:43 PM  

doglover: There is no logical position an American in 2014 can hold where recreational drug use is a bad thing.

We get our kids strung out speed, keep ourselves up and down with caffeine and xananx alternating, and kill our grandparents with opiates. It's a farking rainbow of drug abuse and we're all A-OK with all of those.

So why the hell would pot or coke even be considered bad, let alone dangerous when you can get lethal doses of harder stuff for a toothache if your doctor likes you.


/csb
When I first moved out to CA for grad school, I aggravated my chronic back injury with all the moving and long distance driving.  I could manage the pain during the day pretty well with Aleve and marijuana, but I was having real trouble getting comfortable enough to sleep.  So as soon as I could, I went to Student Health to get some Flexeril, a muscle relaxer that knocks me out and lose efficacy after using it for a couple of weeks, so it's pretty low in terms of addictiveness.  I told the doctor that I'd been taking it occasionally since college, I knew it worked for what I needed, and it was all I wanted.

So this doctor, who was seeing me for the first time ever, said "sure thing," and typed up the script.  She then turned to me and said the following, essentially in one sentence: "I'm also going to prescribe you some Oxycodone for the daytime pain, be careful it's really addictive, I'm giving you 50."

Keep in mind that I never asked for it, or brought it up in any way.  And this was my first time seeing this doctor/clinic.
I accepted the script because why not (it was free for me through student health).  But I didn't really like it's effects--it just made me sleepy and weirdly affected my perception of light.  I slowly worked my way through those 50 pills by taking them whenever I flew, to get me through the pain of sitting in shiatty airline seats.  But the whole thing was farked up--why hand out this very addictive drug to a first-timer that didn't ask for it?
/csb
 
2014-03-23 02:26:07 PM  
Marketwatch headline: Cocaine use is going to pot
 
2014-03-23 04:47:55 PM  

ckccfa: why hand out this very addictive drug to a first-timer that didn't ask for it


First times free, they'll be back for more..
 
2014-03-23 04:48:44 PM  
Good. Cocaine is much more destructive.
 
2014-03-23 07:15:20 PM  

doglover: There is no logical position an American in 2014 can hold where recreational drug use is a bad thing.

We get our kids strung out speed, keep ourselves up and down with caffeine and xananx alternating, and kill our grandparents with opiates. It's a farking rainbow of drug abuse and we're all A-OK with all of those.

So why the hell would pot or coke even be considered bad, let alone dangerous when you can get lethal doses of harder stuff for a toothache if your doctor likes you.


The first drug laws targeted the drugs of minorities to give us yet another way to harass them.

/Study it out and have a think on it
 
2014-03-23 11:28:53 PM  
Cocaine use is down because most "coke" sold these days sucks ass, that's when it's actually cocaine at all. Might as well just pop a couple Adderall before going out and eliminate the whole doing lines in public logistical thing.
 
2014-03-23 11:31:00 PM  
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Saw this coming 20 years ago.
 
2014-03-24 06:58:30 AM  

grinding_journalist: Saw this coming 20 years ago.


Yay Lance! Best TV watcher ever!
 
2014-03-24 08:53:12 AM  

JolobinSmokin: So, when pot becomes more available, hard drug use goes down.  Except in the case of herioin, but that is because things like roxy's and oxy's are harder to get.

Anyone else get this after skimming the article?
Kinda kills the gateway drug bs


What I get is that wen folks are doing meth and coke the economy booms, when they do pot and heroin the economy slows.  I'm going to send that statistic off to the pirates who control global warming.
 
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