“There is a marketing collusion between the NRA and the Game Industry that has made the guns not a rare defensive tool to be used in the hand of professional, but a good option to solve problems for these kids.
The culture of guns just as another product for profit has got to stop.”
Cargosquid on Dec 6, 2013 at 01:40:58
“Please link to any evidence that you have of this.
But I could say is, as federal law still is in place.
But as always, you pot heads think you are above the law.”
TheDodoBird on Nov 15, 2013 at 17:56:29
“Why do you care what other's do on their free time? Why is it any concern of yours?
If you only knew all the MJ users you bump into on a daily basis (doctors, lawyers, automotive technicians, computer technicians, fast food workers, teachers, business peoples, politicians, etc) you would probably blow a gasket.
When in Univeristy, I knew quite a few PhD students and graduate students who smoke everyday, all day. They got stellar grades, were the top of their class, and did not wear tiedye or hemp necklaces.
It is time to stop the stereotypes, and time for the responsible MJ users (which are ample) to step out of the darkness, and into the light. People like you are slowly drifting away...”
“From what I've seen first hand. The impact is entirely different. Having a beer on the weekend is very different from the wake and bake drop outs I saw. The wake and bake adults I see, friends of mine, who are wondering why they have no families, no good job and where did the 20 years go. And the 2 friends who started on pot, went to heroin and are now dead.
Pot is very much different than a glass of wine. Wake up.”
lofus99 on Nov 15, 2013 at 19:21:21
“it is not sleepyhead. Having one toke on the weekend is exactly the same as having a beer on the weekend. every single friend of mine who smoked a lot, is now extraordinarily successful with wonderful families. most of them are extraordinarily rich. 1%ers or higher. And they still consume THC regularly. Any other misconceptions you would like to be cleared up on??”
TheDodoBird on Nov 15, 2013 at 17:51:57
“Alcoholics are the same as cronic MJ abusers. Someone who comes home to have a beer after work, is the same as someone who comes home to have a smoke of MJ after work.
They are not different. I have met many people who started drinking, skipped pot, and went straight to coke or crack.
Your strawman argument will not work, because it is baseless, and senseless.
If your neighbor smokes MJ, it is none of your business. If your neighbor drinks alcohol, it is none of your business.
Ooh aren't you cool. What reality is too much for you? You can't relax just by having a nice dinner? You need THC in your brain too?
Why don't you grow up and stop the nonsense.”
vendictavis on Nov 15, 2013 at 15:15:49
“Keep going Ben I almost change my mind.....
I'm not arguing why people use intoxicants, that is not what this argument was about, but because you have no good argument that's what you have resorted to.
I'm naming my pipe SuperBenFranklin...”
“Fake high is your problem. Ain't real. Stupid to use THC to medicate your brain into an artificial place.
2nd. You smoke because of marketing. You don't even realize it.
3rd. Most smokers are not very productive. Sorry. Usually they are the only ones who don't realize that everyone else knows they are a pot head and can not be depended on.
Pot is a scam. And not a safe alternative to booze. You are replacing one crutch for another, doing the damage to your mind body and spirit.
Franklin used it for paper. He would not use it now for paper.
I look at drug abuse as a rational person. It is not rational to put THC into your brains for a fake high. You are the irrational one, having to make irrational excuses in order to keep on using.
And in today's world it is hard, because there is so many marketing messages aiming to supply you with more and more lies to keep you going...”
vendictavis on Nov 14, 2013 at 19:06:01
“That word Marketing...I do not think it means what you think it means...
The only marketing out there (I live in the Midwest BTW) is anti marijuana, D.A.R.E programs in school, social taboo, etc.
I honestly don't see how you can constantly say that booze is somehow less harmful than pot, that's the worst argument ever so I'm not going to touch that anymore.
In what part of my argument have I made an irrational excuse for smoking? If anything I have provide perfectly sounds reasons why its OK.
The type of person you keep describing is the teenage burnout stereotype that I frankly have never met. Like myself my friends and acquaintances that smoke are very productive members of society with families and good paying jobs.
As far as your statement on drug abuse I address this by saying like I did before its the least harmful thing you could do to yourself as an adult, and I do no condone or support underage drug use of any kind.
I am going to smoke a bowl and eat my dinner. have a good one.”
“Pot was controlled and regulated. There was no reason to make it a free for all and set up pot stores in towns.
The only reason was the greed of the industry and the lies they told worked on the public.
One big scam...”
RMForbes on Nov 17, 2013 at 21:54:55
“Prohibition is the opposite of controlled and regulated. It is very likely far easier for your kids to get pot than alcohol because it's illegal. It's not possible to control illicit markets at all. But you can't understand that because of your stubborn adherence to the failed authoritarian policies you support.”
Herb Grinder on Nov 15, 2013 at 13:24:03
“Regulated and controlled by Who ?, Where?.”
Herb Grinder on Nov 15, 2013 at 13:18:54
“Controlled and Regulated by Who ?, Where ?”
WilliamsAR on Nov 14, 2013 at 17:35:06
“I'm pretty sure it was more of a free for all before dispensaries. I doubt there are many drug dealers that ID...”
lofus99 on Nov 14, 2013 at 17:30:17
“Ben. It needs to be treated the same as booze. Simple. They have the same impact on society. If you think otherwise, you are mistaken. I know as have plenty of experience with both.”
“Actually, for examples it says to look at sales pitches from the pot industry.”
American46 on Nov 14, 2013 at 16:18:21
“I don't live in Colorado, but I think it's illegal to advertise for cannabis. I'm sort of in the dark on that. Like you, I do have some worries when Big Money is to be made. Greed will cause problems. That's why cannabis must be controlled and regulated.”
“Thanks for proving the fact that you pot fan boys know nothing except what the pot industry tells you.
Franklin never used marijuana. Urban legend. Planted hemp, yes. Smoked pot, no. And as for being a large supporter, he made paper. If he was still in the paper business now, he would not be using hemp. He would be laughing at you guys now wondering why you are still living in the colonial era.
I'll stop worry about what others do when you stop shoving pot into my town under the lie that it is "medicine"
Go back to your couch, smoke your THC, get your pathetic fake high, and leave the rest of us alone.
Stop scamming people.”
vendictavis on Nov 14, 2013 at 16:38:37
“first if the high is fake whats your problem?
Second the Pot industry if there even is one has influenced me 0% I smoke because it is harmless and relaxing ( I smoked b4 there was even a hint of legalization)
third, you sir have bad neighbors, I don't shove pot into anyone's life, and neither do any of my friends. Like myself, most smokers are very productive BTW. I myself am currently a laboratory automation robotics engineer, and am far above the middle class line, but thanks for taking a jab at me anyways.
Marijuana is not a scam it is a safe alternative to sobriety if one chooses to stray from sober life.
Finally Ben F may not have been a smoker but he did indeed know of its usefulness.
Just realize your way of looking at this issue is a dying one, maybe move to Utah as I bet they will be the last to convert to a rational thinking brain.”
Freedom from scam artists trying to sell pot as medicine.
Freedom from an industry deregulating our laws based on lies so they can profit more from abuse.
You think is okay to profit from mass marketed drug abuse?
I guess you think companies should be free to sell anything and everything to everyone by any means they want, including lies.
The GOP must love you.”
really7789 on Nov 18, 2013 at 12:45:49
“what exactly is your problem with pot? and why aren't you so up in arms about tobacco and liquor?”
Herb Grinder on Nov 15, 2013 at 13:43:34
“Freedumb from rational thinking.”
tracerhaha1 on Nov 15, 2013 at 12:41:06
“The prohibition a marijuana was passed on lies and continues to be based on lies.”
JohnThomas on Nov 15, 2013 at 03:34:29
“The DEA's own administrative law judge, Francis Young, concluded after an exhaustive review of the evidence:
"Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man."
There is no excuse for the persecution of marijuana consumers or for their demonization by you.
America now knows the truth about this amazing herb. Find a new group to hate.”
lofus99 on Nov 14, 2013 at 18:42:48
“The only lies are the ones coming from the DEA and prohibition supporters. Nice try Ben.”
JohnThomas on Nov 14, 2013 at 16:39:06
“Do you ever have a beer or a glass of wine?”
adam in oregon on Nov 14, 2013 at 14:33:06
“Pot is medicine and has been for thousands of years.
The only industry that lies about cannabis is the prohibition industry and their shills such as yourself that would put people in cages for a victimless crime.
Apparently mass marketed drug abuse is OK as long as the government gets its cut. See any drug commercial on TV.
Companies should be regulated. And the cannabis industry will be.
The GOP is awful. I consider myself a progressive.
The jail industry must love you.”
irq77 on Nov 14, 2013 at 14:29:49
“If you swap fascism for freedom in your above post it almost makes sense. Almost...”
Milo B on Nov 14, 2013 at 14:27:58
“Hahahahaha…I love that you love freedom as long as it comports to YOUR definition of freedom…that's very funny…btw, cannabis will be legal again for recreational use in the US…the internet has changed the game on you prohibitionists…also very funny...”
“The public said people who use pot for medicine should be able to use it.
It didn't agree to the free for all it actually is.
Sorry, get over it, your precious pot will be illegal once again as people see that this has been driving by an industry wanting to de-regulate our laws so they can profit more from abuse, and absolutely nothing to do with medicine or helping people.”
vendictavis on Nov 14, 2013 at 14:14:40
“Ben Franklin used marijuana, planted hemp, and was a large supporter of Hemp in America, do some research of the "drug" and you will find it to be mostly harmless in adults. Also take the other guys advice and stop worrying about what others do.”
adam in oregon on Nov 14, 2013 at 13:39:19
“Wow I feel like a super star. SuperBen has responded to me twice. And both times he was wrong. Colorado and Washington both passed laws to make it legal recreationally. And more states will in the future. What do you have against freedom? Cannabis was legal since the beginning of time until the 1920s. And we are returning to that freedom. Just like we had when the real Ben Franklin was around.”
“Thanks for posting this. HuffPost is basically the marketing wing of the Pot Industry at this point, so it is good to get more realistic facts on the subject posted.
People here seem to believe pot is just "all good"
JohnThomas on Nov 14, 2013 at 16:50:27
“No. People don't think marijuana is near harmless. They know it. That's why a growing majority of Americans now support ending the monstrously destructive, counter-productive, freedom-strangling FRAUD of marijuana prohibition.”
“Maybe the Pot Industry is winning the battle in rolling back regulations so they can profit more, but with drugs, common sense always wins.
And when you have you jerks abusing drugs out in public, at some point the public is going to wake up and say enough is enough.”
AZ Pell on Nov 14, 2013 at 15:08:49
“When did my front yard become public property? I want to know so I can demand the city mow it for me, weed the flower bed, and trim the tree.”
smbjoe1 on Nov 14, 2013 at 14:27:03
“move soon to the 21st century”
syf44 on Nov 14, 2013 at 11:46:32
“people abuse a drug in public all the time. it's called alcohol.
based on your multiple posts about this article, you should be calling for alcohol only to be legal to use inside private property. Is that what you want?”
adam in oregon on Nov 14, 2013 at 10:37:14
“All the laws passed keep it illegal to use in public. Common sense says you don't make things illegal if they don't interfere with other's rights. The public already said enough is enough when it comes to prohibition. Sorry, you lost, get over it and go on with your life. Quit worrying so much about what other people do, you'll be happier.”