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ALCOHOL-VS-MARIJUANA. You Decide. Please sign the petition if you agree with this scientifically based information from MPP.org and the CDC.

Alcohol versus Cannabis(marijuana)

ALCOHOL-VS-MARIJUANA. You Decide. Please sign the petition if you agree with this scientifically based information from MPP.org and the CDC.
ALCOHOL-VS-MARIJUANA. You Decide. Please sign the petition if you agree with this scientifically based information from MPP.org and the CDC.
  • To say that marijuana has been given a bad rap over the past few decades is an understatement. If you’re like most Americans, you have been led to believe that marijuana is a dangerous and addictive drug that has destroyed the lives of millions of teens and adults. You have been encouraged to believe that marijuana causes lung cancer and is a “gateway” to harder drugs. The government has even tried to convince you that most people who use marijuana are losers who sit around on couches all day doing nothing.What we would like to do is wipe the slate clean and start over. Forget everything you have heard in the past and be open-minded to the truth about marijuana. We are not here to tell you that it is without harms or is some kind of miracle drug. We simply hope you will come to understand that it is far, far less harmful than what your government has told you.

    Part of the problem is that many people are simply unfamiliar with marijuana. They have never tried it (or perhaps only tried it a time or two decades ago) and assume the worst. They have been conditioned to think that marijuana use is bad and that people who use it are dangerous or strange or maybe even dirty. They have visions of people using marijuana and being totally zonked out, unable to maintain a regular conversation.

    The truth is that marijuana is widely used in a manner quite similar to alcohol. Adults might consume it before enjoying a dinner party with friends. Friends might have a little before engaging in a spirited game of ultimate frisbee. And spouses – yes, even some couples you know –  might imbibe a bit while enjoying a romantic evening together. Concert-goers have even been known to have a puff or two before or during a show – which more likely than not results in them dancing or otherwise enjoying the music, not lying on the ground like lumps.

    None of this is “bad” or “wrong” or “immoral.” It is simply something that these responsible adults choose to do. And frequently, it is something they choose to do specifically instead of alcohol. And for good reason! Alcohol is more toxic, more addictive, more harmful to the body, more likely to result in injuries, and more likely to lead to interpersonal violence than marijuana.

    Below are just a few facts that highlight the very different impacts of these two popular substances on those who consume them and on the broader community.

  • Many people die from alcohol use. Nobody dies from marijuana use. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 37,000 annual U.S. deaths are attributed to alcohol use alone (this figure does not include accidental deaths). On the other hand, the CDC does not even have a category for deaths caused by the use of marijuana.
  • People die from alcohol overdoses. There has never been a fatal marijuana overdose. The official publication of the Scientific Research Society, American Scientistreported that alcohol is one of the most toxic drugs and using just 10 times what one would use to get the desired effect could lead to death. Marijuana is one of – if not the – least toxic drugs, requiring thousands of times the dose one would use to get the desired effect to lead to death. This “thousands of times” is actually theoretical, since there has never been a case of an individual dying from a marijuana overdose. Meanwhile, according to the CDC, hundreds of alcohol overdose deaths occur in the United States each year.
  • The health-related costs associated with alcohol use far exceed those for marijuana use. Health-related costs for alcohol consumers are eight times greater than those for marijuana consumers, according to an assessment recently published in the British Columbia Mental Health and Addictions Journal. More specifically, the annual health-related cost of alcohol consumption is $165 per user, compared to just $20 per user for marijuana. This should not come as a surprise given the vast amount of research that shows alcohol poses far more – and more significant – health problems than marijuana.
  • Alcohol use damages the brain. Marijuana use does not. Despite the myths we’ve heard throughout our lives about marijuana killing brain cells, it turns out that a growing number of studies seem to indicate that marijuana actually has neuroprotective properties. This means that it works to protect brain cells from harm. For example, one recent study found that teens who used marijuana as well as alcohol suffered significantly less damage to the white matter in their brains. Of course, what is beyond question is that alcohol damages brain cells.
  • Alcohol use is linked to cancer. Marijuana use is not. Alcohol use is associated with a wide variety of cancers, including cancers of the esophagus, stomach, colon, lungs, pancreas, liver, and prostate. Marijuana use has not been conclusively associated with any form of cancer. In fact, one study recently contradicted the long-time government claim that marijuana use is associated with head and neck cancers. It found that marijuana use actually reduced the likelihood of head and neck cancers. If you are concerned about marijuana being associated with lung cancer, you may be interested in the results of the largest case-controlled study ever conducted to investigate the respiratory effects of marijuana smoking and cigarette smoking. Released in 2006, the study, conducted by Dr. Donald Tashkin at the University of California at Los Angeles, found that marijuana smoking was not associated with an increased risk of developing lung cancer. Surprisingly, the researchers found that people who smoked marijuana actually had lower incidences of cancer compared to non-users of the drug.
  • Alcohol is more addictive than marijuana. Addiction researchers have consistently reported that marijuana is far less addictive than alcohol based on a number of factors. In particular, alcohol use can result in significant and potentially fatal physical withdrawal, whereas marijuana has not been found to produce any symptoms of physical withdrawal. Those who use alcohol are also much more likely to develop dependence and build tolerance.
  • Alcohol use increases the risk of injury to the consumer. Marijuana use does not. Many people who have consumed alcohol, or know others who have consumed alcohol, would not be surprised to hear that it greatly increases the risk of serious injury. Research published in 2011 in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research found that 36% of hospitalized assaults and 21% of all injuries are attributable to alcohol use by the injured person. Meanwhile, the American Journal of Emergency Medicine reported that lifetime use of marijuana is rarely associated with emergency room visits. According to the British Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, this is because: “Cannabis differs from alcohol … in one major respect. It does not seem to increase risk-taking behavior. This means that cannabis rarely contributes to violence either to others or to oneself, whereas alcohol use is a major factor in deliberate self-harm, domestic accidents and violence.” Interestingly enough, some research has even shown that marijuana use has been associated with a decreased risk of injury.
  • Alcohol use contributes to aggressive and violent behavior. Marijuana use does not. Studies have repeatedly shown that alcohol, unlike marijuana, contributes to the likelihood of aggressive and violent behavior. An article published in the Journal of Addictive Behaviors reported that “alcohol is clearly the drug with the most evidence to support a direct intoxication-violence relationship,” whereas “cannabis reduces the likelihood of violence during intoxication.”
    • Alcohol use is a major factor in violent crimes. Marijuana use is not. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism estimates that 25% to 30% of violent crimes in the United States are linked to the use of alcohol. According to a report from the U.S. Dept. of Justice, that translates to about 5,000,000 alcohol-related violent crimes per year. By contrast, the government does not even track violent acts specifically related to marijuana use, as the use of marijuana has not been associated with violence. (Of course, we should note that marijuana prohibition, by creating a widespread criminal market, is associated with acts of violence.)
    • Alcohol use contributes to the likelihood of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Marijuana use does not. Alcohol is a major contributing factor in the prevalence of domestic violence and sexual assault. This is not to say that alcohol causes these problems; rather, its use makes it more likely that an individual prone to such behavior will act on it. For example, a study conducted by the Research Institute on Addictions found that among individuals who were chronic partner abusers, the use of alcohol was associated with significant increases in the daily likelihood of male-to-female physical aggression, but the use of marijuana was not. Specifically, the odds of abuse were eight times higher on days when men were drinking; the odds of severe abuse were 11 times higher. The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) website highlights alcohol as the “most commonly used chemical in crimes of sexual assault” and provides information on an array of other drugs that have been linked to sexual violence. Given the fact that marijuana is so accessible and widely used, it is quite telling that the word “marijuana” does not appear anywhere on the page.
http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/decriminalize-marijuana-16
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science-VS-faith-debate

Intolerance: A terrible side-effect of organized religion.

Why have we grown so intolerant of each other? Why do we imprison so many other human-beings in our country, the United States? Why does the word “immigrant” seem almost taboo, when that is how our country was started. Why do we not honor the Native Americans more? What is wrong with…US? Why is the U.S. so intolerant of any other religion besides Christianity? Why does the U.S. put religion ahead of science? Religious intolerance for the scientific community? Shouldn’t there be a clear separation between politics and religion? Shouldn’t religion be personal choice? I know…I know…lots of questions and not many, if any, answers.

science-VS-faith-debate
science-VS-faith-debate
JFK says it all right here. I support Freedom of religion and Freedom from religion...whatever you want! It is the individual's choice but science should not be left behind.
JFK says it all right here. I support Freedom of religion and Freedom from religion…whatever you want! It is the individual’s choice but science should not be left behind.

Before chemistry, was alchemy…or magic. Before science was religion…or magic! I believe that religion has a huge influence on intolerance of others. Intolerance of different cultures, colors, voices, beliefs…Intollerant!

The Majority of the United States are Christians and part of one of the largest religious extremism sects. This is pure fact. Numbers. Math. Proof Positive.
The Majority of the United States are Christians and part of one of the largest religious extremism sects. This is pure fact. Numbers. Math. Proof Positive.

What makes Sunni Muslims wrong and the Mormon’s right? What makes Christianity right and Muslim wrong? I am asking honest questions. I would like responses in the reply section. I really want to know how so many people, that believe in their chosen religion, believe it is THE religion and everyone else’s religion is wrong. I need to understand this in my own personal journey. I am a supporter of Charles Darwin, Evolution and Science. I am not religious in any way, but was raised in a Lutheran Church in the midwest.

This is a REAL picture of the Earth, taken from Apollo 17 during Apollo's historic and scientific journey!
This is a REAL picture of the Earth, taken from Apollo 17 during Apollo’s historic and scientific journey!

I am not saying I wouldn’t believe in God…the science just does not support the existence of the Gods written of in many religions here on little, old, 4.54 billion-year-old Earth. The evidence would have to be presented in a factual manner, peer-reviewed, studied and scientists unanimously agreed that God were real, and these top scientists had absolute proof… I would then believe in “God”. If science proved that a virgin could get pregnant without any male assistance, I would believe in immaculate conception, but this will never happen. I believe in the science of penicillin because I have studied what penicillin does to a Petri-dish full of bacteria. I visualized the evidence, very easily in my first microbiology class at Kansas Wesleyan University! It was a very simple, scientific lab test. It gave me more proof than anything I have seen in religion. I know… I have to “have faith”.

The Flat Earth as many believed in the 1490s, when Colombus was sailing!
The Flat Earth as many believed in the 1490s, when Columbus was sailing!

“When Columbus lived, people thought that the earth was flat. They believed the Atlantic Ocean to be filled with monsters large enough to devour their ships, and with fearful waterfalls over which their frail vessels would plunge to destruction. Columbus had to fight these foolish beliefs in order to get men to sail with him. He felt sure the earth was round.”
-Emma Miler Bolenius, American Schoolbook Author, 1919

Science, of course proved the Earth was round. That is the metaphorical point I am making…the scientists almost exclusively, do not belive in the bible’s account of history or the other religious texts of ancient. Science can prove many things through carbon dating as all carbon 14 decays at a constant rate with a half-life of somewhere around 5400 years.

Explanation of C14 dating.
Explanation of C14 dating.

Many, many Christians believe the Earth is somewhere between 4000 and 6000 years old, which directly clashes with what the scientific community theorize and have proven through Carbon14 dating. The Scientific community overwhelmingly supports Earth being somewhere around 4.5 billion years old.

This brings me back to intolerance, which I firmly believe is due mainly, to religion. All of this pain and suffering due to religion. I know the answer. “You have to have FAITH”. I have heard that answer so many times when I am just wanting honest answers. I don’t understand it. It may seem I am picking on Christianity, but remember, I put in many years in a Lutheran Church!

The Bible's MANY Death Penalties. I DON'T understand how this is acceptable to Christians. This doesn't seem anything God-like to me.
The Bible’s MANY Death Penalties. I DON’T understand how this is acceptable to Christians. This doesn’t seem anything God-like to me. It seems like a lie that is so ignorantly written, it could NOT come from an intelligent being such as an all-knowing God.

It is no wonder we are always at War with other countries and other countries are always at War with other countries…it seems insane just writing this!

I just have one question really…Why can’t everyone and anyone practice their religion with freedom from persecution and intolerance? This question also pertains to the general intolerance of atheists and agnostics too. Many atheists are afraid to voice their real beliefs. I think this is sad. It seems if persecution and intolerance were taken out of the equation, religion would have more living customers. The whole religious equation just does not add up!

There Seems to be Some Disagreement
There Seems to be Some Disagreement

I am by no means a theologian or a scholar. I do have a degree based in science. I am expressing my opinions. I encourage you to express your opinions in the reply section. I am interested in any other view points.

Additional information available:

http://www.livescience.com/38014-physical-evidence-jesus-debated.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Young_Earth_creationism

Kurt Cobain and Me.

Kurt Cobain was my Jim Morrison, John Lennon and Bob Marley!

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First One to Complain Leaves with a BLOODSTAIN!
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First One to Complain Leaves with a BLOODSTAIN! ~Limp Bizkit~
First One to Complain Leaves with a BLOODSTAIN!
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