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In article <3ka1mt$4vq@gabriel.keele.ac.uk>,
Julian White      <u4d14@cc.keele.ac.uk> wrote:
>Cannabis should be far more regulated and controlled than tobacco and
>alcohol IMO.

Why?

Intoxicating effects.  Tobacco: produces a mild "buzz", lasting a few
minutes.  Alcohol: depresses the nervous system, leading to reduced
reaction times and coordination, and loss of higher psychological
functions (for example, inhibitions).  Heavy use can make people
uncontrollable or violent.  Hundreds of deaths every year on the roads
are caused by alcohol-intoxicated drivers.  Cannabis: impairs physical
performance rather like alcohol, although studies show a much lower
correlation with road casualties and fatalities.  Psychologically, it
usually leads to a relaxed and contemplative state of mind.

Long-term health effects.  Tobacco: chronic use can lead to several
extremely serious diseases, many terminal.  Thousands of deaths every
year are attributed to tobacco use.  Alcohol: heavy chronic use can
lead to several extremely serious diseases, many terminal.  Thousands
of deaths every year are attributed to alcohol use.  Cannabis: like
other smoke, cannabis smoke contains carcinogens, and may damage the
respiratory system.  No study has shown harmful properties of the weed
itself.  No deaths are attributed to cannabis use.

Addiction.  Tobacco: *extremely* addictive, more so than cocaine.
Withdrawal symptoms are relatively mild, but most users find it
very hard to stop.  Alcohol: quite addictive.  For chronic addicts,
withdrawal symptoms are severe.  Cannabis: not addictive.  Users may
become dependent, but people become dependent on all sorts of things.

On every count, cannabis is less dangerous than either tobacco or
alcohol (or both, in 2 out of 3).

[ Sources include Paul Hager's Marijuana Myths, which you can find at
ftp://flubber.cs.umd.edu/other/tms/drug.politics/marijuana-myths, or
mail me for a copy. ]

Tim.
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From: tim@pipex.net (Tim Goodwin)
Newsgroups: uk.politics,alt.politics.british
Subject: Re: Channel 4 Pot Night and the Great Pot
Date: 17 Mar 1995 12:58:03 -0000
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