Originally Posted by stevorkz
People smoke a ton of weed hiding comfortably behind that fact and before they know it a quarter of their brain cells have been shaved off their head and they can't do without weed on a daily basis.
This isn't posted directly towards you but in part because I have seen a lot of misinformed posts like this one on this thread. I'm not going to claim that smoking anything is absolutely healthy. What I can say is that smoking marijuana doesn't make you retarded. In fact, it's recently been scientifically proven that it doesn't even kill brain cells. It's also been scientifically proven that holding your breath kills more brain cells than marijuana usage does. Of course, there were government findings that established this long ago but they were buried amongst propaganda and fear. The government has known since 1974 that it helps to cure cancer. They chose to cover it up in favor of funding from big pharmaceutical companies. With two states now making marijuana legal in the United States a lot of new scientific information is now being released to the public.
Here is a few links from respected sites that could further help educate anybody who likes to know what they're talking about when debating marijuana. They cover everything from the fact that marijuana doesn't kill brain cells to marijuana curing cancer. Some of this research was done at places like Harvard University and University of Berkley California.
Even more interesting is the reason why marijuana was made illegal in the first place and what led up to it. Surprise, surpise it was politically, racially, and financially motivated.
Here are some VERY racially motivated quotes by the man who almost singled handedly made marijuana illegal. Also a post to his wiki
“There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz, and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others.”
“…the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races.”
“Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality, and death.”
“Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.”
“Marihuana [sic] leads to pacifism and communist brainwashing”
“You smoke a joint and you’re likely to kill your brother.”
“Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind.”
"Pot is illegal because William Randolph Hearst
ran a smear campaign against marijuana in the 1930's
to protect his interests in the timber industry
because hemp was poised to replace wood
as an inexpensive raw material for the manufacture of paper."