Potheads Hurt Their Cause by What They Say (Updated)

Update: This post is getting more attention than I thought it would, so I took down the screencap. This is a friend of mine after all. The point of this post is not to make an argument for or against marijuana legalization. Reasonable people can argue the topic. The point is that advocates of marijuana legalization often seem to be a little too, shall we say, invested in their cause.

Can marijuana help with pain management? Probably. Does this study posted at Science Daily prove that marijuana cures cancer? I would have you ask Bob Marley, but he ain’t answering questions.

I don’t have a dog in this hunt. All that I’m saying is that people should be honest about their motivations when advocating for a cause. If you want to spark up and you think that the stuff might have some fringe benefits for sick people, just say so. End Update.

This popped up on my Facebook feed tonight.

[Screencapped post from someone who gave pot to a homeless person and noted how happy it made said homeless person.]

Nothing makes a drug addict happier than free drugs, and potheads are unique among addicts in thinking that their addiction is actually a good thing. The average junkie, alcoholic or crackhead knows that his life sucks. Chronic marijuana use has the interesting effect of making people think that a shitty life is just peachy.

Let’s legalize this stuff. I heard that you can make…uh, rope… out of it.

Update: Linked at The Political Hat, who also posted this to Reddit. Pot activists need more spokespeople who don’t partake if they’re going to convince people that their cause is good.



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    • Chandler's Ghost

      Marijuana may not be addictive in the same way that heroin is addictive, but I’ve known plenty of people who got very cranky if they couldn’t spark up every few hours. The dependence might not be as dramatic as other forms of substance abuse, but I would characterize it as addiction.

  4. thatmrgguy

    There’s a guy in Florida advocating to have medical marijuana legalization put on the ballot. He’s a lawyer, I think, but he is flooding the radio waves with ads to sign petitions to have it put on the ballot.