May 20, 2014 at 13:21:45
“I imagine he could probably have a procedure done to have them reduced to "normal" if he were so inclined. On the other hand, if he were TG he's be well on his way. Life deals us an ironic hand sometimes.”
“It's starting to look like the easiest way to put an end to all gun crime statistics is to make it legal to do anything at all with guns, including shooting people. That way no gun laws will be broken.”
“We have an erosion of adherence to the observance of public standards, it would seem due to apathy for the most part. Any activism to have straight people behave decently in a public place is considered prudish and where the couple is gay it's considered homophobic. This slack only leads to deterioration of public standards under the auspices of freedom.
There's nothing wrong with a kiss here and there anywhere by anyone, but keep the heavy stuff someplace appropriate.”
Apr 19, 2014 at 09:54:18
“When Health Canada starts to give medical advise solely due to political pressure and not resulting from scientific studies we'll all be screwed. The hypocrisy of people who would have our government push weed on us without evidentiary proof of efficacy while bemoaning pharma for the same is the worst!
Even the most optimistic uses of weed are weighed carefully against its negative effects, the mildest of which is cognitive impairment. It would be irresponsible to arbitrarily push it as a priority treatment simply because it's a political talking point. There is an exacerbated risk of schizophrenia among certain people who might benefit from caution too.
Social media is awash with meme pics of all kinds of outlandish claims about weed curing everything from cancer to epilepsy to the common cold, none of which are true. Using it to fight wasting in cancer patients due to the munchies is not a cure, and the speculated anti-tumor properties are FAR from confirmed - and that's by using a specific isolated compound IN VITRO, not smoked.
Medical use is already legal, but some disingenuous pot heads would try to convince us that its potential for further medical application is cause for recreational use or pushing it. I'm in favor of outright legalization but the excuses people are making are increasingly misleading.
Why not just come out plainly and admit you want it legal to get high instead of conflating the health matters of the nation in a High Times agenda?”
Mike not from Canmore on Apr 21, 2014 at 01:12:15
“Hate to break it to you but every department and every single public servant (whether they like it or not) is subject to the political whims of the executive (cabinet).”
Phatbiker on Apr 19, 2014 at 11:01:57
“The 'claims' aren't outlandish when you've seen them first hand with your own eyes. I watched cannabis oil cure my fathers skin cancer when pharma drugs failed. When my wife was stricken with PMR and Shingles at the same time, cannabis was the ONLY drug that relieved her pain and kept her sane through the ordeal, Pharma drugs just turned her into a zombie that slept all the time. A least with cannabis she was able to go about her day like a normal human being instead of being zonked out.”
“You are bypassing the entire nature of the relationship, which is one of control/authority of teacher over student. The fact that the female allowed herself to become emotionally involved doesn't change that. By this standard, would you say that an adult man who engages with a student emotionally first and sexually only after developing a "relationship" should also receive leniency?
As for your characterization of a woman starting a "relationship" with the child, the only difference you are describing is that men supposedly consciously manipulate minors, whereas woman subconsciously manipulate themselves AND their target.”
“Your comment is sexist in its presumptions about the difference between women and men. There are many "relationships" between teachers and students, and it doesn't make it any less a breach of trust if there is an emotional connection before there is a physical one. The legal definition of the crime isn't about the extent of emotional involvement, it's about sexual contact and breach of trust and authority. If women by nature are supposedly more emotionally in tune and empathetic, then it would also stand to reason that they should know this even MORE, making it an even worse imposition.”
“Reefer madness is a joke, but repeated scientific studies that show a three-to-four fold increase in risk for schizophrenia are not. I'm all for legalization, but this "it's harmless" bandwagon is irresponsible. The pathway to proper legalization should include education about the legitimate risks so that people can use it responsibly.”
Maryanne Slater on Feb 27, 2014 at 13:38:03
“What is this 3-fold increase in schizophrenia? Is it in the population in general or in pot users only?
There is a huge difference between correlation and causation.”
“This is an irresponsible spin article factually incorrect on a few of the points.
Studies show more and more that there is an addiction factor with prolonged use. Don't believe me? Smoke it a month and then try to stop.
Show me all the people that go straight to cocaine or heroin or harder drugs. Nobody's claiming causality, but given it's softer impact, it's less intimidating to the uninitiated, hence a "gateway".
Smoke from Marijuana has shown to increase respiratory problems including onset of cancer in smokers and non smokers alike, being several times harsher than tobacco. ALSO well documented.
Marijuana increases risk of Schizophrenia 3-4x against control in study after study that excludes confounding factors. My sister has schizophrenia as a result of smoking 7-8 joints a day during her teen years. Before this she was a top grade student, now she lives in a care facility because her life skills are gone.
I can't speak to criminal behaviour, but if you consider that using it in itself is illegal most places, then 100% of those smokers are committing a crime already.
Show me the successful people who smoke it every day who haven't made a career by other means i.e. Snoop Dog.
Also, for those of you who think it cures cancer, longitudinal studies show no fewer users who have died from cancer. What was it that Bob Marley died from again?”
SteveSFM on Feb 27, 2014 at 17:11:02
“What has marijuana prohibition done to society?”
bobman173 on Feb 27, 2014 at 15:34:24
BenC460 on Feb 27, 2014 at 15:26:32
As far as schizophrenia goes, I've seen those studies too. The problem is they rely on subjects that have chosen to smoke. So does smoking pot lead to higher risk or do people that chose to smoke tend to be those at higher risk already?
So is smoking bad for your lungs? Yes. That's why a responsible user should vaporize.
Is it criminal? Yes. But at one time in most places in this country so was gay sex. Did that make gays criminals? No.
Here are a few successful pot smokers, http://www.mpp.org/outreach/top-50-marijuana-users-list.html?page=1
As I said until recently I smoked pot on a regular basis and I haven't had any problems holding a good job in the tech field and paying my bills. I bet you know far more pot smokers than you are aware of. The stoner dude is just a stereotype and while he does exist he is by no means representative of pot smokers.
As far as curing cancer, that probably is BS but we'll see.”
BenC460 on Feb 27, 2014 at 15:25:25
“I smoked pot daily for many years until about 7 months ago. Then I quit cold turkey. I had no problem quitting and I didn't quit because I was compelled to because drug testing at work or something like that. It was my choice. Sure I missed it in a few situations where I would have normally smoked but it wasn't any big deal and even though I can still get it I haven't. I also have had many friends that just stopped smoking it because they just didn't like it. I'd guess the ratio is about 1 in 8. Doesn't sound very addictive to me.
As far as a "gateway" goes, I think that has a lot to do with the drug propaganda. We are told all through school how pot will destroy your life and it's as bad as cocaine or heroin. Then you try it and realized that is complete bunk. So then you think "well maybe they are lying about all those other drugs too." And you're already buying pot from a drug dealer that almost certainly sells other drugs and ask you every time "You want some of this? You want some of that?". So it's an easy leap. Also, studies show alcohol use is a much better predictor of harder drug use than pot use alone.”
Holofernes on Feb 27, 2014 at 13:55:12
“How about some links to all these "well documented" facts of yours?”
“I have to say after reading the custody court ruling, I have my doubts.
Originally I sided with Woody, and it seemed the evidence was in his favor. Indeed he did not go to jail because there was inadequate evidence to prosecute, however this doesn't mean it didn't happen.
Among the arguments in his letter was a report from a six month investigation, which the judge dismissed for failing to provide source notes and due to concern that they were loyal to Mr. Allen.
There was also a previous history of Allen giving Dylan inappropriate amounts of attention, letting her suck his thumb, etc., and an incident where he was found face down with his head in her lap where she was then discovered to have not been wearing underwear.
Certainly there was not enough evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he did was he is accused of, but I feel that likewise, there is not enough evidence beyond reasonable doubt that he did not.
Regardless of any double-standard Mia may have had when she was with Sinatra under similar age differences, or anything to do with Soon-Yi, this should stand alone on its own merits, which unfortunately are highly convoluted by a bitter dispute.”
Feb 9, 2014 at 14:25:22
HuffPost Live 321
“The controversy is already built in by the subject material as a freebie. No matter how sincerely and genuinely you portray any one aspect of the story, another aspect will come up as controversy.
I challenge you to write and portray any story about a man contracting AIDS that doesn't have some controversial element to it. Why a straight man? Why a gay man? Why not a woman? Why not a person of color? Why about the patient and not the doctor? The opportunities to fan the flames abound.”
Feb 9, 2014 at 14:14:14
HuffPost Live 321
“The comment that DBC "rides the coattails of bigotry" to convince straight people of gay acceptance is only one side of the story, and actually SECONDARY to the larger story about AIDS being universal. That AIDS was a primarily gay disease at the time lent itself to bigotry, and this story reveals more than redemption of a homophobe. It is about opening your eyes to something larger than gender and orientation.
To suggest that the Woodruff character's existence as straight was only about redemption from bigotry is missing the point. It also serves to show that HIV/AIDS affects everyone, not just gay people. If Woodruff was portrayed as gay, it may have changed the bigotry angle, but would have also contained the entire story exclusively to the gay community, portraying AIDS a gay-only problem which would have been worse.”