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Comment by Jeff on July 17, 2009 at 12:59pm
As a regular daily user for the better part of 38 of my 53 years I can attest to the fact that marijuana has no negative affect on the behavior of normal people.

Me and the invisible rabbit are going out to drink a beer and shoot some pool now.

Peace
Comment by Clarence Dember on July 17, 2009 at 9:37am
Best to ask the psychologist on this one Thomas Doll.
The following article was

Written by: Wendy Moelker, psychologist in charge at Emergis, Goes, the Netherlands.
"First version: 22 Jul 2008. Latest revision: 22 Jul 2008.
Can Cannabis cause a Psychosis? Are there other bad effects of pot?

Answer:
There is no proof that cannabis can cause a psychosis with people who don't have a history of psychotic behavior or a tendency for psychosis. It is a fact that only a small percentage of the estimated 300 000 people who smoke cannabis in Holland become psychotic. As far as we know it only concerns people who are consciously or unconsciously sensitive for psychosis. However, it is possible that cannabis can turn out badly with "healthy" people as well and cause anxiety or depression. Fortunately, these symptoms will not last and quickly disappear. There is no proof whatsoever that long-term and daily use of cannabis can cause a psychosis among "healthy" people, but the risk cannot be totally ignored. There are examples of people in India who - after years of daily use - started to show symptoms similar to psychosis, like hallucinations, delusions and total introversion. However, these are just descriptions of cases and are not scientifically proven.

So cannabis is almost positively harmful to people who tend to psychosis. Therefore, in 1993 research was done at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam (AMC) among 93 psychotic patients. It showed that 61% of the patients who used cannabis during 15 months, more than once a day, fell back into a psychosis. Almost every user suffering from psychosis turned out to use cannabis at least a year before their first psychosis. According to the researcher it meant that the use of cannabis by vulnerable people could result in developing a psychosis. (Source: Don Linszen et al., Archives of General Psychiatry 1994).

Further research to the use of cannabis by people with a tendency to psychosis shows that:

Relapse in a psychosis occurs more often among cannabis users than non-cannabis users.
Cannabis has a negative effect on the course of the psychosis.
Users of cannabis suffering from a psychosis become psychotic faster, more heavily and more sustained.
Users of cannabis with a tendency to psychosis become psychotic at a younger age than non-users.
Medication necessary for psychotic patients is less effective when someone uses cannabis. At the same time the side effects are less harmful. Often that is one of the reasons why people use cannabis.
Psychotic people often use cannabis because it decreases the symptoms of the psychosis. It is used as a form of self-medication against fears, especially social fears like difficulty in talking in public. Patients indicate that it was easier and they felt better when they had used cannabis. Note that using cannabis is illegal in most countries."
Comment by Clarence Dember on July 12, 2009 at 5:33pm
It is a good idea to know- take an interest in the law of the state you live in.
Comment by Susan Stanko on July 12, 2009 at 9:54am
I work in a library and that behavior will get you arested no matter what. You just don't talk back to cops.
Comment by Clarence Dember on July 12, 2009 at 9:30am
God is some body elses idea, really.
Comment by Jeff on July 12, 2009 at 7:04am
If there is a god, he's in the joint I just rolled...
Comment by Bob McArthur on July 12, 2009 at 5:44am
Weed is the only thing that puts many of us outside of society. I do not steal and I am not mean but when I see a policeman I feel like an outsider. How strange it was in Amsterdam, I actually felt safer when near the law.
Comment by Christopher Borra on July 12, 2009 at 5:36am
Yeah, I don't know why its illegal... well I guess if states get together and make gay marriage illegal... Anyways, I have been a smoker for many years. Never busted for pot, probably cause my pipe costs me $2, glass, and is super small, so I have no problems ditching it if my spidy sense starts to go off. A problem I noticed through some of my old hippie friends. Most of the time I get by, by not being an asshole to cops...unlike my old hippie friends that would get pissed and shout at them.

At least in this group we share more than one thing in common. I really get annoyed at all those new-age karma spiritual jive-ass potsmokers.
Comment by Jeff on July 3, 2009 at 5:14pm
SGecko is just too funny. I was a single Dad for 16 years. My daughter is 27, thank the trees and flowers. She was raised the same, except she was allowed to smoke pot and now, doesn't. I do. Arrest is not a fear once you've experienced it, 4 times.
Comment by Drawz on July 3, 2009 at 4:10pm
Sarah Bonner! You dirty pot-smoking hippie! I'm gonna tell your mom on you!
 

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