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Reader: Small-minded a$$holes' opinions about legal pot don't matter

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Last week, we interviewed National Cannabis Industry Association deputy director Betty Aldworth about numerous national pundits decrying Colorado's marijuana reforms. Aldworth found many of the critics' claims to be offensive, but one of our many commenters was less annoyed.

Jared Forqueran writes:

If someone is gonna smoke weed, they're gonna get their hands on some and smoke it, legal or not. These small-minded assholes' opinions on the long term effects of legal weed are irrelevant.

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Carrie Turrentine
Carrie Turrentine

The problem is people who have children,who don't parent them..STOP placing your parenting problems on other people..I don't have children. Im sick of people complaining about children getting a hold of anything they shouldn't,firearms,alcohol,porn..etc..Your kids are your responsibility.Not mine.Tell your kids to keep their @$^((*^%$ hands offa my stuff.

Carrie Turrentine
Carrie Turrentine

I don't have kids,Im sick and tired as a adult having people whine "what a bout the children??"People need to be held responsible for their kids.I as a adult have the right to own firearms, look at porn, smoke pot and many other things children should not have see or use. Parent your own damn kids and mind your own business and stop infringing on MY rights because other peoples children are poorly parented..

Maggie May
Maggie May

They are finding more cannabis in schools, but they are finding less drugs of other kinds. And I would 100% rather my kids smoke it, than use alcohol or cigarettes!

Mike Duran
Mike Duran

Ya know...I'd still rather my kid get a hold of an eighth of pot than a bottle of Jack. I think all of us here have some horror stories regarding alcohol, some of us have had those panicked times when you've come upon the cold body of a friend who is blackout drunk and near death...no cannabis might not be for everyone, just like some folks can handle their alcohol. So what do they do? They don't drink. Some of them "shockingly" don't go out and judge folks who do choose to drink. If you don't like pot, don't buy it. That Pot Overdose counter is still holding at zero. You never did answer my question John. What does your medicine cabinet look like. You have some OxyContins from when you had your wisdom teeth done? Some Lortab and Flexeril for when you pulled your back? How about the rat poison you might be taking as a blood thinner? Those Xanax and Prozac that keep you "happy". You are part of the problem!

Mick Paul
Mick Paul

The thing of it is kids are kids, and will still get pot. Just like they will get cigarettes if they want, and alcohol. Should those be illegal as well? Usually Tea Party Patriots like John Larsen are against government overeach..lol. well, illegal marijuana, and locking up non violent men & women for excercising their their freedom, and right to smoke a plant, as opposed to drinking their good time is absolutely a prime example of just that, government overeach. Thank fuck the people in our great state are enlightened enough to see that. Thus the end of marijuana prohibition.

Mane Rok
Mane Rok

I stepped in to the conversation assuming from post vs John Larson that he said some really asinine shit. He didn't. While I'm all for the legalization because of what it means on so many levels, the legislation is new...and thus, like anything new will have it's problems. So for the time being, portions of it are in fact misguided, but it's a fucking process for crying out loud, so give it some time to find it's footing. Nothing comes out the gate batting 1000. That said, there has been an increase of usage in school age children (of course, mostly High School,) and what's most disturbing is that they are increasingly being caught with product in packages from dispensaries. Again, I'm all for the legalization, but we need to look to remedy some of these issues that legalization is causing.

John Larson
John Larson

never said, nor do I believe pot is the TRUE problem...but why on earth add to the problem with this misguided legalization?

illithid606
illithid606

question; as one whom does not partake in the activities involving marijuana; why are there allegedly all these studies on the long term side effects of weed (and none to date, beyond lethargy and the want of dredlocks have honestly/scientifically been found) while toxins, poisons, and noxious chemicals are being sold like candy.. .er.. in the FORM of candy, while all of THESE long term effects are visible every day?

High Fructose Corn Syrup, banned in Europe, and much of Asia because it causes diabetis

GMO foods, banned in Europe, AND Asia, because there are no known studies as to the long term side effects (which are believed to lead to cancer by those actually looking into it)
 

American Medicine (pick your ailment.) side effects range everywhere from apnia, to cancer, suicide, suicidal thoughts, death, rash, scurvey, and so on.... 


MEXICO! for Odin's sake! did NOT have trade in relation to American food for the LONGEST time. When they finally start importing it, what happens? Diabetes out breaks!

yet, we will sit here and claim that we study the hell out of ganja, which to this day hasnt shown any side effects, comparable even to alcohol.

"Oh, its an issue of morality" No, you codependent fuck-toy, it is NOT an issue of morality, when your own bible states, "blah blah blah, your god, giveth you the earth, and all animals, and plants and seeds to use" Come on moral Oral, you remember that passage, its in Genesis, the portion of the bible you stole from the Torah, and Talmud collection of stories, dont you?

bottom line, is this; nevermind marijuana, until you look at the real dangers: Chem trails, (yes, I went there) corn 'sugar', rBGH, over medicated meats, high fructose corn syrup, GMO foods, and any medicine released inside the US. Until you have studied the dangers THERE, you can fuck off the weed.
cheers,

Jeremy Kilbourne
Jeremy Kilbourne

Howdy doody here is clearly a holdback from a time where facts and truth are less important than holding your ground. No matter how irresponsible, damaging or just downright stupid. John Larson represents those that would let your child die of a drug overdose by telling them cannabis and other drugs are the same. Run screaming, he is just trying to harm you.

Loren Bagola
Loren Bagola

We the people won by two/thirds populace vote...get over it!!!

Mike Duran
Mike Duran

@John, also meant to ask. How many pills does an older gentleman like yourself swallow a day, just to get through said day? Those prescription drugs that you and your generation love so much will do you in much quicker than cannabis! I just checked the daily counter for number of marijuana over dose deaths, yep, still holding at zero...

Parker Otwell Roe
Parker Otwell Roe

Well, my friend, until our culture bans the TRUE gateway drugs of caffeine and sugar for children until they are old enough to handle altered states with a more mature mind and body, then of course kids will be drawn to booze and cigarettes from there and then onto prescription meds…then on to marijuana. You think that POT is THE problem here? Don't make me laugh at your willful ignorance...

Mike Duran
Mike Duran

@ John, this is par for the course for folks like yourself. Especially with all the hate strewn across your Facebook page (anti-immigrant, the "two men should be friends, not spouses , multiple "obummercare" pics, then there is the unnatural obsession with Howdy Doody). You are now in the minority. Your generation was wrong. If you are going to continue to comment on stuff like this try coming out with new, factually based talking points, instead of the same old, tired screed and debunked nonsense from the anti - cannabis side. Perhaps it would take seeing a loved one sick and dying and getting the relief they needed through a plant which you and others have demonized, to truly understand where the rest of "us" are coming from.

Natasha Schwertley
Natasha Schwertley

John Larson, how many kids at public schools are older than 21? You do know you have to be 21 to buy it, right?

John Larson
John Larson

well, Jared is another case of the pot calling the kettle black...we've already seen increased problems with pot at our public schools - something the pro-legalizers assured us would not happen....I think one main problem is old-timer potheads remember when they used to smoke years ago and that didn't harm them, but today's marijuana doesn't resemble what those folks used to smoke...the THC content is now so high, it's put pot into a whole different category than what many people remember it used to beEdit (in 4 minutes)

johninlongmont1
johninlongmont1

well, Jared is another case of the pot calling the kettle black...we've already seen increased problems with pot at our public schools - something the pro-legalizers assured us would not happen....I think one main problem is old-timer potheads remember when they used to smoke years ago and that didn't harm them, but today's marijuana doesn't resemble what those folks used to smoke...the THC content is now so high, it's put pot into a whole different category than what many people remember it used to be

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Thoughtful post, Mane Rok. Thanks.

illithid606
illithid606

which is my point.
we see countries that have decriminalised drug use, and after a few years, addiction rate drops, while bringing a lot (not all) of the crime out with it. Let the morons OD themselves out of existence, and from there, research into OTHER ways said drug can be used.


The problem is not the legalisation of said drug, but the inability to look beyond its one widely known use. Misguided? perhaps in that the legalisation movement is just looking to have their weed and stay out of jail, I'll agree to that. but, GUIDE it in the right direction, and we can possibly save worlds. 


illithid606
illithid606

misguided? In case you have forgotten, the people of the states that now allow the consumption of Marijuana, have spoken. You seem to forget, the government works FOR the people, and not the other way around, and you CLEARLY dont realise that the state law supersedes federal law, unless there has been a violation of law taking place beyond the borders of a given state.

MJ is about as much 'the problem' as fat people, 'contributing to global warming'. There is absolutely NO evidence that MJ has ANY long term side effects, or leads to other drugs. That bullocks is supported by the same people that state "If you have a free thinking mind, you are the 'devils slave".

so if MJ is not the true problem, why even start there? seriously, this is tantamount to cleaning a dumpster with kleenex.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

That's an interesting way to look at the subject. Thanks for posting, Parker.

illithid606
illithid606

yeah, but then you are requesting that parents take control of their kids, and raise them... come on mate... you are asking FAR too much here. LOL

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Mike. Much appreciated.

redsoxfan
redsoxfan

Probably just.his braindead kid

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@johninlongmont1 Interesting post, John. We're going to feature it in a follow-up Comment of the Day. Thanks.

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