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    Changed your mind about marijuana?

    I don't, but I would

    I do not use recreational cannabis now purely because it is illegal in my state of residence (I did when younger);but, I would if it were legal and available. I'm not so much interested in the "high" as I was 30 some odd years ago...no; I'm more interested in what it can do for me medically now. I always enjoyed cannabis when I was younger; I think I would now as well.
    People want to say how "dangerous" it is, how its a "gateway drug to stronger drugs" and its "addictive"...well, I'm here to tell you; it isn't. At least not for everyone. I used cannabis extensively as a teen and young adult; it didn't lead me to any stronger drugs. The fact is: if you have an addictive personality, if you are genetically predisposed to addiction....chances are you will become addicted to whatever you use, be it alcohol, cannabis, exercise, cigarettes, food, whatever. I used cannabis regularly, but I did not become addicted. I did not crave it, I did not engage in "drug seeking" behaviors...if I had some fine...if I didn't fine. I stopped using cannabis approximately 20 years ago. I don't crave it, I don't seek it out. I am neither dependent nor addicted. People also want to say that using cannabis makes you lazy. Also not true, at least not for everyone. When I used cannabis recreationally I was attending college, I had a 4.0 average every semester, was on the Dean's List and Honor Roll. I worked a full time job in addition to attending college and once I graduated college I went to work full time in the medical field. I never went to classes or work under the influence of cannabis and I never used cannabis while on call for my job. On average I worked 50 to 80 hours a week.
    I grew up in an abusive alcoholic home. I have had many friends over the years who grew up in alcoholic homes; none of those childhoods were pleasant. I've seen many homes where alcohol is not used but cannabis is used regularly...the cannabis homes are much happier, abuses are absent, the parents and children are quite well adjusted......completely opposite of the alcohol abuse homes.
    It is time for people to start looking at the science regarding cannabis and stop with the knee jerk freak outs they have learned from the propaganda machines. Cannabis is LESS dangerous than alcohol and cigarettes. Cannabis has legitimate medical applications...alcohol and cigarettes do not. Cannabis can control and cure diseases/illnesses....alcohol and cigarettes CAUSE diseases/illnesses. Cannabis has few to no side effects....pharmaceuticals ("medicines") have everything from mild side effects to horrendous side effects and can even cause you to have other diseases that require more pharmaceuticals which have more side effects and can cause even more diseases.....well you get it "vicious circle".
    People driving under the influence of cannabis are safer drivers than people under the influence of alcohol (studies have shown this).....though I do not think one should drive under the influence of any substance that can alter your perceptions or slow your reaction times be it cannabis, alcohol, medications or other drugs.
    The time has come to legalize.
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