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America’s Invisible Pot Addicts

America’s Invisible Pot Addicts

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  • I approached this article skeptically, but as usual, Annie Lowrey knows what she's talking about and hits several good points.

    I'm not looking forward to the advertising apparatus that will surely grow around legalized marijuana. Is there any way to decriminalize, tax and regulate without creating a

    I approached this article skeptically, but as usual, Annie Lowrey knows what she's talking about and hits several good points.

    I'm not looking forward to the advertising apparatus that will surely grow around legalized marijuana. Is there any way to decriminalize, tax and regulate without creating a hyperactive in-your-face Big Cannabis system?

  • This article has a high potency of concern-trolling, and while it did spark some good points, I had to weed through quite a bit to find them.

    The advertising issue is real, but it has already been surmounted. Addictive substances and activities such as alcohol, tobacco, gambling, gaming, etc, are routinely

    This article has a high potency of concern-trolling, and while it did spark some good points, I had to weed through quite a bit to find them.

    The advertising issue is real, but it has already been surmounted. Addictive substances and activities such as alcohol, tobacco, gambling, gaming, etc, are routinely advertised. What this requires is recognition that marijuana addiction is real, whether psychological or physical. It also means that the creation of support networks is necessary.

  • Addiction is a physiological condition individuals struggle with on a daily basis; that said, I don't understand what this has to do with the legalization of marijuana. If we're worried about addiction in general, should we not ban alcohol or gambling or if Hollywood is to be believed, sex? Granted

    Addiction is a physiological condition individuals struggle with on a daily basis; that said, I don't understand what this has to do with the legalization of marijuana. If we're worried about addiction in general, should we not ban alcohol or gambling or if Hollywood is to be believed, sex? Granted, all things in moderation should be a personal guide post, but the desire to repeatedly hit the pleasure button that most addicts seek to exploit won't be solved by draconian laws that appear to be more ideological than practical. I'm not a pot smoker (did it in high school and outside of the munchies, cotton mouth and falling asleep for a few hours, I failed to see the charm), but I do know people who can manage their consumption like responsible adults and they should be treated exactly like the people who enjoy adult beverages. The focus should be on the causes, treatment and understanding of addiction in general and not on irrational overreactions.

  • I have often heard people say that pot isn’t addictive. Well, so much for that canard. This is a frightening development that will have major public health implications.

  • Everything we use too much will make no good. So we need to be careful, there is thousands of researches about cannabis. Bad and good results. For example "Cannabis use moderately increases the risk of psychotic symptoms in young people but has a much stronger effect in those with evidence of predisposition

    Everything we use too much will make no good. So we need to be careful, there is thousands of researches about cannabis. Bad and good results. For example "Cannabis use moderately increases the risk of psychotic symptoms in young people but has a much stronger effect in those with evidence of predisposition for psychosis." at https://scholar.google.com.br/scholar?q=cannabis+use+research&hl=pt-BR&as_sdt=0&as_vis=1&oi=scholart#d=gs_qabs&p=&u=%23p%3DN0gvvJBCUU8J

  • This is interesting to me because the consequences of cannabis addiction are, in a nutshell, extreme laziness. I get that it does affect people’s lives, but alcohol and tobacco cause physical harm and potentially death. Addiction refers to dependence, not all addictions are equally harmful.

  • Maybe the "public health officials" should worry more about alcohol and the opiate epidemics. I'm not saying that marijuana is without potential health risks, but I do firmly believe that it's a healing plant that has been used for over 2,000 years.

    As a recovered alcohoic I am more concerned with the

    Maybe the "public health officials" should worry more about alcohol and the opiate epidemics. I'm not saying that marijuana is without potential health risks, but I do firmly believe that it's a healing plant that has been used for over 2,000 years.

    As a recovered alcohoic I am more concerned with the epidemics I mentioned. And any mind-altering substances can be abused.

  • "Users or former users I spoke with described lost jobs, lost marriages, lost houses, lost money, lost time. Foreclosures and divorces. "

    Those concerns of users are clearly showing doubling down on the pot use isn't the solution.

    Researcher are very good at observing in small piece and discovering

    "Users or former users I spoke with described lost jobs, lost marriages, lost houses, lost money, lost time. Foreclosures and divorces. "

    Those concerns of users are clearly showing doubling down on the pot use isn't the solution.

    Researcher are very good at observing in small piece and discovering.

    But the reality is complex as different communities,class existing.

    We need the radical approach.

  • Like others have said, anything is addictive. Someone is addicted to chocolate while another is addicted to collecting old newspapers. We can't protect everyone from over usage. Do we have any restrictions over buying of alcohol by quantity? (I can walk into Costco and buy as much as possible and try

    Like others have said, anything is addictive. Someone is addicted to chocolate while another is addicted to collecting old newspapers. We can't protect everyone from over usage. Do we have any restrictions over buying of alcohol by quantity? (I can walk into Costco and buy as much as possible and try to drink it in a day if I wish.) Do we want or trust the government to control alcohol? Did the people who showed as addicted in this article previously have addictions to alcohol or otherwise?

    In the industry we see it as if you legalize regulation is necessary, but over regulation is not the right way to go.

    Cannabis may be stronger these days, but someone not geared towards addictive tendencies would use less or a lower dosage item. While there are higher dose items around a majority of the mainstream products are actually ultra low dosage. The hope within the industry is to make products be stackable and controllable in low doses...not knock your face off for a majority.

    Regulation should control product potency maxes and inform and educate people.

  • Overuse of anything is bad! This is a boogeyman troll piece! Class 1 narcotic my ass!