I have a few questions for the pot smokers: If alcohol and cigarettes are addictive, why is pot not addictive? Isn't part of the argument about legalizing pot that it is not addicitve?
How many pot smokers are not cigarette smokers? Part of my issue with pot is that I believe it leads to stronger drugs and I have yet to meet a pot smoker who didn;t smoke cigs, so why did you move from cigs to pot and isn;'t that a progression just like moving from pot to meth, or coke, or crack?
Scientifically speaking, pot is not at all physically addictive. There are ZERO withdrawal symptoms. As with anything that exists on this planet there can be an emotional addiction (very rare), but that's an entirely mental condition that has nothing to do with marijuana.
I don't smoke cigarettes, for one. I'd say that it's split down the middle on my pot-smoking friends on whether they smoke cigarettes or not.
Pot itself does not lead to stronger drugs; the gateway theory is bullshit. People who try pot are more likely to try other drugs because it's a matter of personality: some people are simply more willing to try different substances than other people because it's in their nature.
In fact, most of the people I smoke or have smoked with don't do anything harder than pot, period. And aside from the occasional experiment with psychedelics (which is a whole different discussion, but they really don't belong in the same category as any other substance on this planet), I don't do anything harder than pot either.
I understand that your perspective is molded very much by your job, but what you see on the streets of Ft. Worth simply isn't indicative of the modern day pot smoker. What you see is people that feel that they need to be high for any number of reasons. For some it's just rebellion, for others it's because they can't handle the reality of life. The only reason that people like that smoke pot is because it's easy for them to get their hands on.
There's a reason that your average common criminal smoke schwag and that middle class white kids smoke exotics: both groups have very VERY different objectives.
What are your feelings on the legality of alcohol? I can say without a shadow of a doubt in my mind that alcohol is several times more dangerous to both a person and to society than marijuana is.
When people get drunk, they get boisterous, they get aggressive and they just get generally out of control. Never before in my time smoking pot have I ever seen a stoner get aggresive or out of control. We just want to hang out, smoke some pot and leave you the fuck alone. If you don't bother us, we will NEVER bother you.
At the end of the day, it's still a matter of personal freedom. Anyone that claims to have a problem with the current path of our government should also have a problem with the war on drugs.