Although Dopamine Dialogues has been an incredible help to me during my Marijuana recovery, I am surprised that such a misinformed article would be posted here.
In regards to marijuana having been classified as a “Schedule 1 Drug”. In this context the herb has been classified as belonging to a group of opioid or narcotics. It is of course neither. Were aspirin so classified the statistics on aspirin use would appear equally hazardous. This paper regarding “Arguments Against Decriminalization” is simply the spread of misinformation. All of this would be better understood within the context of laws directed toward the incarceration of disadvantaged youth, more specifically Blacks and Latinos in the United States.
This does more harm than it does good. There is no substance known to man that cannot be abused when used in excess. Just because some of us cannot make use of the possible benefits of marijuana, that does not justify the imprisonment of others for doing so. Think about who goes to prison for this and who does not. Then you will be getting a bit closer to the truth when it comes to the strongest arguments for Decriminalization.
No disrespect intended toward the moderator of this forum, but it was posted here and I felt compelled to comment. I am a Latino that came from a pretty bad neighborhood in Maryland, and I know all too well what it is like to be discriminated against in the “war on drugs.” I am still fighting several marijuana possession, and even paraphernalia possesion, charges that have hindered my success. They are all from my high school years and still appear on my record. I am a graduate of a University, but this is overshadowed. I was never once, in high school, offered rehabilitation after being arrested for a dime bag of weed. No weed DOES NOT lead to one joining a gang. Being a victim of circumstance and having parents that have to work 2 full-time shifts to survive and extreme inequality does. I was poor, and smoked weed, but I never joined a gang. Who is known for joining gangs?? Blacks and Latinos, NOT Whites. This alone should point the author of this incredibly misinformed and rather disgusting “Argument” article towards the truth.
Cannabis, also known as marijuana, and by numerous other names, is a preparation of the Cannabis plant intended for use as a psychoactive drug and as medicine. (Wikipedia)
Legal status: Schedule I controlled substance
Pregnancy risk: Category C (Risk cannot be ruled out)
Drug class: Cannabinoid
Other drugs in same class: Tetrahydrocannabinol, Nabilone
Ru: Schedule 1 means the following:
1.The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse. (true)
2.The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. (the FDA has not approved – it is still a FEDERAL crime)
3.There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision. (true)
Except as specifically authorized, it is illegal for any person:
1.to manufacture, distribute, or dispense, or possess with intent to manufacture, distribute, or dispense, a controlled substance; or
2.to create, distribute, or dispense, or possess with intent to distribute or dispense, a counterfeit substance.
The Schedule 1 classification of Marijuana has not been changed. All of the above still applies.
ASPIRIN does not fit this same above criteria. Aspirin is not a “mood-altering, mind-altering drug”. Mood-altering, mind-altering drugs impact the development of the brain in youth and impair a person when engaging in tasks such as operating heavy machinery or driving a car (or flying a plane, operating a train, carrying a weapon that could instantly kill someone), and therefore present a danger to others and may require more regulation than, say aspirin.
With regard to your comments on gangs, the document lists arguments regarding PREVENTION. The statement reads: “Proponents of decriminalization and legalization purport that marijuana does not contribute to violent behavior and/or victimization; rather it
contributes to a mellow mood.” The argument about gangs is used as an example that refutes this idea. It happens to be a fact that marijuana withdrawal causes anger, irritability, aggression, and other negative emotions that can be contributing factors for violent acts. Therefore, it is likely that a higher percentage of the youth who use marijuana regularly also engage in violent behaviors (we can infer that marijuana use could contribute to their irritable, angry, aggressive behavior). This article is making a statement against legalization because legalization may lead people to wrongly assume that marijuana is not a harmful drug, when science has proven otherwise.
I hate that you were so offended by this article. It appears that you were offended for your own specific, personal reasons. Not every situation fits what the statistics report (it happens to be a fact that gangs are made up of a larger number of blacks and latinos than other ethnic groups and a large number of gang members also engage in marijuana use and exhibit aggressive behaviors). However, if you look at the actual point that was being made, it was speaking to marijuana withdrawal and violent behavior – which you yourself have admitted to experiencing (anger, irritability, severe mood swings, etc).
Additionally, as they say in 12-step meetings: feel free to TAKE WHAT YOU CAN USE from this site and LEAVE THE REST BEHIND.
Welcome to my blog about addiction. When I use the word addiction, I am referring to any obsessive-compulsive behaviors involving chemical subtances, food, sex, gambling, shopping, exercise, work, the computer/internet, stealing, video games, and other pleasurable behaviors. Although a large portion of the discussion is dedicated to substance addiction, a majority of the information can also be applied to other addictions/compulsions. But, the point is that anything pleasurable can become addictive, and all pleasure involves the neurochemical DOPAMINE. Understanding how this chemical works is key to recovery.