I don't know what to tell you Mark... Every minute of my life since I was about 3... Happened due to choices that I made. Yes some were life-threatening, and some people may have thought I was crazy, but they were all lucid choices I made. Psychosis doesn't allow for lucid choices. I was never in a situation where I didn't have control of my mental faculties. So everything is either a choice I'm ok with or not. The fact that you find that hard to believe is a little disconcerting and infers something along the lines of what we're talking about here. Psychosis is a broad term and basically means a break from reality. Most people hallucinate and some develop schizophrenia or paranoia and think everyone is out to hurt them.
And... The guy who shot go forth was found mentally incompetent due to evidence of psychosis episodes (psychosis). You are right about one thing. There's no evidence that his was pot-related. Not all psychosis is... But my initial statement remains... 7 out of 10 people who seek ER assistance for sudden-onset psychosis is pot-related and many suffer from the same delusions that the guy who murdered go forth was suffering from. My point in all of this is that psychosis is very real and very VERY bad in most cases. So the question remains... If there's evidence to support the theory that marijuana increases the likelihood of someone having a psychotic break, why would you risk it...? And why would you subject your family to something like that or make more easily available?
No miles and pot connection. But there was a miles and psychosis connection. We see what psychosis can cause (miles murdering go forth while delusional). Pot can also bring about the same type of psychosis and is present in 70% of ER visits due to acute psychosis. That's significant to me, especially since I just recently experienced full-blown psychosis with a relative and the ER staff insisted it was pot-related (though it wasn't). Now 10% - not scary 30% not really scary 70% - pretty scary and profound. Happens often enough that we should take notice.
It should be legalized. I don't care what any of you say it is so much safer than the real demon alcohol. That's as far as legal drugs go. Alcohol is a drug for those not following along.
The real problem is why so many feel the need to do anything and can't cope with reality.
But the psychosis crap, gimme a break. Too stoned to cope will happen rarely maybe once in a lifetime to every potsmoker. They get laughed out of the ER. I'd rather drive down a highway full of potsmokers over a highway full of drunkards anyday. I'd probably be the only one going the speed limit.
It should be legalized. I don't care what any of you say it is so much safer than the real demon alcohol.
BS. I don't smoke but I was in a room for 2 hours with smokers this past summer. Walked out of there more affected than if I had taken 2 or 3 shots of whiskey, and don't drink anymore either.
The truth is, drug users will ALWAYS find an excuse to keep doing their drugs. Always have, always will. Not only that they have the tendency to think that everyone else wants to do their drug too. Not true. Not everybody likes to be under the influence.
Potheads always want to bring alcohol into the discussion. Pot vs Alcohol is a false comparison.
Pay special attention to this part in that document...
MARIJUANA USE POSES SIGNIFICANT RISKS TO PUBLIC HEALTH Marijuana places a significant strain on our health care system, and poses considerable danger to the health and safety of the users themselves, their families, and our communities. We know that marijuana use, particularly long-term, chronic use that began at a young age, can lead to dependence and addiction.i Marijuana is not a benign drug: - In 2011, approximately 4.2 million people met the diagnostic criteria for abuse or dependence on marijuana. - Marijuana use is associated with addiction, respiratory illnesses, and cognitive impairment. - Marijuana is also the second leading substance for which people receive drug treatment and a major cause for visits to emergency rooms. - Studies also reveal that marijuana potency has almost tripled over the past 20 years, raising serious concerns about implications for public health - especially among adolescents, for whom long-term use of marijuana may be linked with lower IQ (as much as an average 8 point drop) later in life.
After Year 2 of Legal Pot in Colorado, ALL Drug-Related Charges Drop Significantly, Record Revenue
"On the issue of tax revenue, Colorado has beaten expectations with a projected $125 million collected in 2015. This is almost three times what the state collected in 2014. Analysts attribute this to a variety of factors, including more dispensaries open, more tourists visiting those pot shops, and more people deciding to try cannabis"
Politicians like that money. Stoners like that product. Seems like legalizing weed is a win win to me. Colorado got it right.