Marijuana at Home, in the Car, and the Workplace

From total enforcement (Texas), to decriminalisation (many states), to medicinal usage only (California and others to hands-off, do-what-you-want (newly founded in Colorado and Washington), the campaign for the full legalisation of marijuana continues to pass through several stages. We know from long experience how bad things happen whenever the government steps in and bans any. Learn more by visiting Left Coast Connection Recreational Marijuana Dispensary-Dispensary Portland

A common question occurs when assessing the social effect of marijuana and other stimulants: “Would you rather live next door to 100 pot smokers or one meth user?” And anyone who lives next door to the marijuana fan understands why he is always the better option. Although Meth Man is destructive, agitated, paranoid, loud, and invasive of other people’s need for peace, Pot Guy is stereotypically mellow and quiet. Weed individuals go to bed; tweaker individuals prevent you from having some. When your neighbour is working on his transmission or sawing metal pipes at 3:00 a.m., it’s hard to get any rest, with Lynyrd Skynyrd music blaring away.

As such, pro-marijuana legalisation groups also talk about the relative dangers of alcohol as opposed to their drug of choice, in terms of overall health hazards and behavioural issues. Alcohol is labelled as a whole-body toxin by many medical practitioners (a flavoured one but damaging nonetheless). It affects every organ, as well as the kidneys, bladder, stomach, and pancreas, beginning with the liver and brain. Well-noted and tragic are the associated malevolent behavioural problems related to alcohol addiction, ranging from murder, suicide, and sexual harassment to domestic violence, child abuse, and random or targeted assaults on individuals who crossed the path of the violent drinker.

The effects on the human brain and body, from depression or memory problems, to lung damage and multiple types of cancer, can definitely not be overlooked by heavy marijuana smokers. (The safest way to eat something is not to inhale carcinogenic smoke, thus the evolution of dosing with foods flavoured with marijuana, sweets, sauces, etc.)

We talk about drugs that appear to be a disinhibitor of violence when I teach my workplace violence reduction programmes, with alcohol being number one. Before I can answer, when people ask me if marijuana users can become aggressive, some wag in the crowd typically yells, “Not unless they run out We all laugh, we agree that marijuana is not a violence-related substance, such as booze and stimulants, and we pass on.