President Obama has stated his belief that marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol. And he would know:
“As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life,” he is quoted as saying in a New Yorker magazine article. “I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.”
So an admitted pot user doesn’t think that smoking pot is that dangerous. I’m truly shocked. And notice that phrase, as a kid. At what age did Mr. Obama begin smoking the Devil’s Weed? And when did he quit? Did he quit, or is he still smoking it in the Oval Office?
Hrm. The world may never know.
Mr. Obama’s statement that he believes that marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol is meaningless. What he believes doesn’t matter. What matters are the actual effects of marijuana use.
Here is a short list of the negative effects of marijuana use:
- Distorted perception of sights, sounds, touch, and time.
- Problems with memory and learning.
- Loss of coordination.
- Trouble with thinking and problem-solving. This explains Mr. Obama’s economic policies.
- Increased heart rate.
- Reduced blood pressure.
Sometimes marijuana use can also produce anxiety, fear, distrust, or panic.
I’m not a doctor, but I play one on the Internet. So, here are some more fun facts about marijuana use from WebMD:
- Marijuana smoke contains three times the amount of tar found in tobacco smoke and 50 percent more carcinogens. So using marijuana can increase your chances of getting cancer. Bonus!
- THC impairs the body’s immune system from fighting disease. THC may also increase the risk of developing bacterial infections and tumors. Using marijuana can result in you getting sick more often. Bonus!
- Heavy marijuana use lowers men’s testosterone levels and sperm count and quality. Pot could decrease libido and fertility in some heavy-smoking men. Dude, you won’t have to worry about getting a chick pregnant if you use marijuana. Bonus!
- Marijuana is addictive, at least psychologically. Even among occasional users, one in 12 can feel withdrawal symptoms if they can’t get high when they want to. Among heavy pot smokers, the rates of dependence are higher.
Looking at the above lists, I would conclude that marijuana use is at least as dangerous as alcohol, if not more dangerous. I would write more on this topic, but I’ve got to go to the convenience store. I’m craving some Cheetos right now…
Warning: the above video includes bad language.