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Title: There Is No Death in the Pot
Source: Lew Rockwell
URL Source: https://www.lewrockwell.com/2018/08 ... /there-is-no-death-in-the-pot/
Published: Aug 7, 2018
Author: Laurence M. Vance
Post Date: 2018-08-07 06:14:11 by Deckard
Keywords: None
Views: 177
Comments: 5

So they poured out for the men to eat. And it came to pass, as they were eating of the pottage, that they cried out, and said, O thou man of God, there is death in the pot. And they could not eat thereof. (Kings 4:40)

What is more dangerous: Taking a bath or passing around a joint? Swimming or smoking marijuana in a bong? Taking aspirin or eating brownies laced with marijuana?

If you said a joint, a bong, and marijuana-laced brownies, then go to the head of the class.

According to the National Vital Statistics Reports issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 2.7 million people die in the United States each year. The fifteen leading causes of death are:

  1. Diseases of heart (heart disease)
  2. Malignant neoplasms (cancer)
  3. Chronic lower respiratory diseases
  4. Accidents (unintentional injuries)
  5. Cerebrovascular diseases (stroke)
  6. Alzheimer’s disease
  7. Diabetes mellitus (diabetes)
  8. Influenza and pneumonia
  9. Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis (kidney disease)
  10. Intentional self-harm (suicide)
  11. Septicemia
  12. Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis
  13. Essential hypertension and hypertensive renal disease (hypertension)
  14. Parkinson’s disease
  15. Pneumonitis due to solids and liquid

According to the CDC:

  • Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.
  • Smoking causes more deaths each year than the following causes combined: HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, firearm-related incidents.
  • More than 10 times as many U.S. citizens have died prematurely from cigarette smoking than have died in all the wars fought by the United States.
  • Cigarette smoking increases risk for death from all causes in men and women.

According to the National Safety Council’s data on accidents, hundreds of people in the United States die every year from contact with animals, contact with hot substances, contact with machinery, or accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed, and thousands of people die from suicide, car accidents, poisoning, falling, bicycle or motorcycle accidents, drowning, choking, exposure, or getting hit by a car while crossing the street.

And what is the federal government worried about? Marijuana use.

According to a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) “Drug Fact Sheet”:

Marijuana is a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act. Schedule I drugs are classified as having a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.

What the DEA “Drug Fact Sheet” didn’t say is that heroin, LSD, and ecstasy are also Schedule I drugs and that morphine, oxycodone, cocaine, and fentanyl are only Schedule II drugs.

A review of the Food and Drug Administration’s Adverse Events reports found that there were over 10,000 deaths from seventeen FDA-approved drugs and 0 deaths from marijuana.

And in the DEA “Drug Fact Sheet,” under the heading “Overdose effects,” we read this: “No death from overdose of marijuana has been reported.”

This does not mean that using marijuana is safe, medically necessary, recommended, or moral. It does mean that the federal government is wasting billions of dollars of the taxpayers’ money to wage war on a plant.

There is no death in the pot. But you better be very careful the next time you ride a bike, go swimming, cross the street, take a bath, light fireworks, use machinery, drive a car, or get out of bed.

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#1. To: Deckard (#0)

Smoking a joint IS cigarette smoking. The hazards of smoking are the hazards of smoking: inhaling reactive soot (aka powdered charcoal) into the lungs causes cancer. We all know this.

Smoking marijuana is not WORSE than smoking tobacco when it comes to this. And most tobacco cigarettes have so many chemical additives that, in truth, untreated marijuana is probably less harmful to the lungs than anything but organic untreated tobacco. But those two things: organic tobacco and organic marijuana, are on a par: smoking is smoking.

We don't outlaw cigarette smoking, even though it's eventually harmful if you keep at it. We shouldn't outlaw pot either, at least not on that grounds.

Nor should we let anybody get away with saying that marijuana is different from tobacco, when smoked, as far as harm to the lungs goes: same thing.

Vicomte13  posted on  2018-08-07   9:01:20 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Deckard (#0)

And in the DEA “Drug Fact Sheet,” under the heading “Overdose effects,” we read this: “No death from overdose of marijuana has been reported.”

Now that would be a good argument if marijuana was banned because it kills people. I haven't seen anyone claim that.

misterwhite  posted on  2018-08-07   10:14:37 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Deckard (#0)

- Nobody smokes a pack a day of joints, except maybe leftists. Hard to explain their gross stupidity otherwise.

- Tobacco doesn't even get you high; there's no reason to even start. At least pot provides some benefit for the very light amount of 'smoking' that occurs.

Hank Rearden  posted on  2018-08-07   11:27:39 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Hank Rearden (#3)

- Nobody smokes a pack a day of joints, except maybe leftists.

People who smoke marijuana for glaucoma would come close. Since intra-ocular pressure is only reduced with the presence of THC in the system, you'd have to constantly smoke marijuana for it to be effective.

As soon as you stop smoking, the pressure goes back up.

misterwhite  posted on  2018-08-07   11:44:08 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Vicomte13, Deckard (#1)

The hazards of smoking are the hazards of smoking: inhaling reactive soot (aka powdered charcoal) into the lungs causes cancer. We all know this.

This makes it especially difficult to get approval for use as medicine.

As long as marijuana remains federally prohibited and on Schedule I, indicating no known approved medical use, if and when cancer is attributed to marijuana, States may be the subject of some awesome class action lawsuits and liability.

nolu chan  posted on  2018-08-07   11:52:04 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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