Reasons Not to Smoke Pot…Teens Might Listen To

I constantly talk to teens about pot and always try to give them a balanced look at the issues.  Yet, no matter if pot smoke is better or worse for you than cigarettes, more peacemaking or less peacemaking, non-dangerous or dangerous…it is still illegal.  I do not want teens ruining their lives because they are caught with marijuana on them.

Here are a few non-health class reasons not to smoke pot, which, I believe, appeal more to their interests.
-I always stress to girls the aging effects of smoking.  I spoke to a group of 16 year-olds about ‘anti-partying’ and gave them my reasons not to smoke (they were shocked, because they had not heard that before)
-At a prestigious internship interview, a friend got offered the job.  Yet, when the company asked if he would be willing to take a drug test, he knew he couldn’t pass and the company took back the offer.  You never know when you might get drug tested.
-Gives you lip wrinkles.
-The smoke makes your teeth yellow
-Many teens have heard about “whiskey dick” which makes it difficult for men to get an erection while drunk.  There is also “stoner softie” with the same problem.
-Makes you taste bad when you kiss.
-Make allergies worse.
-You never know who is going to take an incriminating picture and post it somewhere, or use it against you later.

I always get angry commenters on my pot posts.  Please do not attack my integrity or defend the benefits of pot, I have already done this in this post: 10 Reasons Parents Should Support Legalizing Marijuana.  I am posting this because pot is still illegal, whether or not pot is ‘good’ or ‘bad’ for you. I have also posted 10 Reasons Parents Should Not Support Legalizing Marijuana.

This post is dedicated to Tinka Brown, my old health teacher for being awesome, and being extremely open-minded, cool and informative during some very awkward classes and pubescent years.

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48 Responses to “Reasons Not to Smoke Pot…Teens Might Listen To”

  1. JustinSMV
    January 31, 2009 at 11:01 am #

    These are great points to point out to a Teenage girl who is especially into their beauty. I say whatever reason you can find the better. Great post

  2. 26
    March 22, 2009 at 9:53 am #

    this list is stupid. you can EAT pot.

  3. valkyrie0one
    March 31, 2009 at 9:52 pm #

    Hi,

    Just want to let you know that these things are not true about marijuana (I am not trying to attack your integrity or defend the benefits of pot):

    -Gives you lip wrinkles.
    -Many teens have heard about “whiskey dick” which makes it difficult for men to get an erection while drunk. There is also “stoner softie” with the same problem.
    -Makes you taste bad when you kiss.
    -Make allergies worse.

    Never heard of the lip wrinkles thing, but I have not noticed such a patten in myself or any of my friends in over 10 years of smoking pot.

    I can assure you from extensive personal experience that the “stoner softie” thing is a myth – I suspect it got started because of the fact that many stoners are newly pubescent men. I imagine that this, coupled with the heightened sense of general anxiety (which is often interpreted as “stoner paranoia”) that inexperienced stoners often go through because they don’t know how to take proper safety precautions, accounts for any purported evidence for your claim.

    Anyone must admit that “bad” is a relative term – smoking pot does make one’s breath/mouth taste differently, but it seems to be overstepping the bounds of individual perception to label it as “bad”. Furthermore, I must point out the obvious here: most of the time, the person a smoker kisses will also be a smoker, and they will have indulged simultaneously. This means that neither one of them will be able to discern a difference.

    I don’t know about all allergies, but I am allergic to dogs and cats and live with 4 of them. My allergies have gotten much better over the years I have smoked – though this may be due to changes in allergy medication. But at any rate, I have never experienced or heard of allergies becoming more severe due to pot smoke. I did have a friend who was allergic to pot smoke itself, and everyone was careful to accomodate her unfortunate sensitivity.

    Also, your initial point about aging seems incorrect to me – but I’ll have to wait and see, maybe 10+ years of smoking weed isn’t long enough to experience those effects.

    Cheers!

  4. stinson
    April 1, 2009 at 3:53 pm #

    pot isnt even as bad as people think it is its all contraversial goverment bullshit pot is safer than ciggys but yet we can buy ciggys in stores but not krons. and it has so many more pros than cons (think about cancer paitants) but people are put under an illusion that its bad cuz its illegal. the only reason its illegal is cuz the gov’t is not capable of controlling it for profit cuz they cant stop people from growing it to saave a few bucks or the people who sell for their profit. and my experiances with partying is good i always smoke a bit more than i drink and i remember the whole night so pot i say is purly safe in moderate amounts no questions asked i smoke weed everyday and i havnt become any stupider or have had any health problems and i bet i could kick ur asses in a game of lacrosse if u think i have health problems.

  5. Joe
    June 23, 2009 at 6:04 pm #

    I think weed is a good thing, but the cops lie to us and say its addictive. All they do in my town is look for kids with weed. It really sucks. Marijuana should be legal. I hope it becomes legal soon.
    pce

  6. Julia
    August 11, 2009 at 8:14 pm #

    Ok, not trying to be disagreeable, BUT
    First of all, why would something that is dangerous be legal? Marijuana messes with your mind. It makes people do stupid things. No, it doesn’t have that effect on EVERYONE, but why should it be legal for some people and not for others?
    BTW, I know this from personal experience, having done drugs and alcohol and other things…
    Also I had a cousin killed by a guy who was on weed looking for some drugs. KILLED. It messes with some peoples minds THAT BAD.
    ALSO you never know what people lace the Marijuana with. There are some crazy people out there. Even the drug dealers you THINK you can trust will stab you in the back for extra money.
    furthermore, it is extremely addictive. That’s not a lie cops tell you just for fun. You can go look at all the scientific facts about it.
    I’m not sure about the allergy thing or the wrinkles thing… no clue…
    BUT I do know it’s illegal no matter what, and if you get caught with it it’s not a good thing. Jobs ARE affected by it… (or effected, I can never remember)
    Random drug testing is VERY real, and taking water pills or trying to flush it out of your system DOES affect your health (in a very real way)
    Kidney damage… Lung damage… you name it.
    Back to the “it’s addictive” thing: ANYTHING that gives you an adrenaline rush can become addictive.
    Also, if you know how habits are formed, it proves it even more. As we know, when we do something, your brain signals your body… well those signals eventually make pathways that become a habit because the more the signal passes through, the deeper the pathways are. Like brushing your teeth or showering. I mean, we might not FEEL like doing it at the moment, but we’re so used to it, it’s weird if we don’t.

    and the actual weed isn’t bad, it’s the drug thats WITH the weed.

    btw, I hate it just as much when people don’t have their facts straight. So I hope I didn’t mis-inform you. I’m almost positive I didn’t. Hope you found it useful!!

  7. Karel
    August 16, 2009 at 11:09 am #

    Great post. Whatever the claims about pot, still it’s addictive and damages health. And surely for teen years, who are in development stage, they don’t want to ruin their career and health, then they must quit smoking pot. The Stats of teen drug/alcohol abuse and smoking is alarming. I was amazed to see the stats of teen drug abuse here: http://www.teendrugabuse.us/teen_drug_use.html , it’s really a wake up call for society.

  8. michael spivey
    October 16, 2009 at 7:31 am #

    kool

  9. RedScareAware
    October 23, 2009 at 3:51 am #

    Using ‘because its illegal’ is poor and dangerous reasoning.

    The first anti-marijuana law was passed in 1913 in California to discourage the immigration of Mexicans to America. Marijuana was made illegal because of racism not because of harmful health effects. This is a fact.

    We should be teaching teens to live by morals not by laws after all that is what our nation has always been about. Blatant disregard for the rules in favor of doing whats right. There were laws prohibiting whites and blacks from drinking from the same water foutain or going to the same schools. These laws were a grave injustice and it is through civil disobedience(breaking the law) that they were changed. When we tell teens they shouldnt do something ‘because its illegal’ we are only encouraging blind obedience.
    Shouldnt we be teaching our teens to learn about an issue such as marijuana use then make a decision and to take responsibility for that decision instead. Our job is to teach teens how to become adults not how to remain children.

    P.S. Marijuana can be mentally addictive because it is enjoyable. The same way sex, porn, gambling, rock climbing, driving, and any other pleasure causing activity/substance can be addictive. It is not physically addictive like oh lets say soda or coffee(which also turn teeth yellow). The crime associated with marijuana is because it is illegal(not because of the substance itself) and therefore more profitable. Like how bootleg liquor during the prohibition funded and caused crime.

  10. Alicia
    October 24, 2009 at 9:39 am #

    The reason alcohol is legal and weed isn’t is because prohibition in the 20’s turned out terribly. Once you give people a right, it is extremely difficult to take it away without a major uprising. Alcohol is more profoundly historic drug than marijuana, which is why it was legalized first. Even though alcohol is more dangerous than marijuana, it is not a matter of “fairness” when people ask why alcohol is legal and marijuana isn’t. It has to do with history.

    I would also like to point out that even though I don’t think weed as a substance is addictive as I’ve used it many times, but I strongly believe that it is socially addictive, which is why I stopped. I was in a circle of friends where everybody smoked, and people who didn’t smoke were considered uptight. Sharing a joint brings people together, sure- people who smoke. But it separates people who do smoke from people who don’t. Alcohol is a welcoming drug- it doesn’t matter if you drink or not, everybody can be a part of the party. With weed, you know who smokes and who doesn’t, and you tend invite outside only those people who do.

  11. Dan Briggs
    November 4, 2009 at 11:30 pm #

    Wow. I feel like I’ve lost some of my intelligence just reading Julia’s post.

  12. Some Random Dude
    November 8, 2009 at 1:59 am #

    Kids don’t care if pot is illegal. It’s easier to get then alcohol, and IMO way more safe then alcohol. Weed isn’t physically addictive, but it is possible for some people to become psychologically addicted. It depends on the person. I’ve known girls who would give blow jobs for a dub (that’s $20 of weed. not very much.), and I’ve known people who would smoke their eyes out and pass all their classes. For me personally, I used weed to help me quit drinking and smoking cigarettes. What the person above me said about weed being socially addictive is true, but it also has to do with non-smokers harsh views of marijuana.

    I love where I live though, EVERYONE in high school and most adults smoke pot and those who don’t are pretty chill, even the cops. Yesterday 7 of us were being drunk dumbasses and smoking right in front of the library. A cop rolled up and told us to keep it at home, then left. so we went home.

  13. 12345
    November 10, 2009 at 7:13 pm #

    i can see why you think you should not smoke it because its illegal, but there have been many studies on the effects and the only negative outcome is less lung compacity (which michael phelps proved to be false). weed is something that is very misconstrued. it is non-addictive, no one has ever died from it, it is impossible to overdose, and many other things that are very misunderstood. http://www.abovetheignorance.org/

    check that site out and then argue

  14. M
    November 11, 2009 at 10:13 pm #

    Kissing someone after they just smoked a joint is disgusting. I won’t let my boyfriend kiss after he smokes. It is the nastiest thing to me and I do NOT smoke pot. I have never even tried it and I never will.

  15. Morgues
    November 20, 2009 at 1:44 pm #

    First of people should practice oral hygenie, the whole Reefer madness propaganda is still in tact today.Lies and hypocracy.With something like marajuana which no one has ever died from,or overdosed on because(it’s not humanly possible) For it to be illegal is a joke.The gov pretends they are concerned about our health and youth then sell us tobaaco and alcohol .It’s another human right taken and people don’t seem to mind.They say it’s a gate way,well living is a gate way why not just kill us all, next they will tell us what to believe how to dress and so on.The way people believe has through history been known to cause death and violence what will stop them from controlling that next.Bottom line the gov is here to see that justice is served hold us responsible for action which Do harm to others not lie so they can protect their jobs by busting people for smoking pot. Lets take our communities back teach our kids moral value, instill them with ethics, respect, pride and then we won’t need a Gov who’s a Dictator.

  16. Mike
    November 25, 2009 at 1:45 pm #

    Check out the video below for 7 chilling reasons why you shouldn’t smoke marijuana.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcJvX4GQA_A

  17. Simon
    December 18, 2009 at 12:16 pm #

    Well, I do smoke weed, but I’m not of the opinion that weed is a perfect, harmless, drug. There ARE side effects, and alot of people (call it addiction, or not) smoke all the time, and if they have weed in the house, they HAVE to smoke it. I think it’s fine if parents don’t want their kids to smoke.

  18. freethegreen
    December 31, 2009 at 8:30 am #

    This list is BS….. and so are some of the responses here….if you want your kid to not smoke pot give them real reasons like…i dunno its illegal and if you get busted you can pay all the fines by yourself….kids know pot isnt dangerous and that is why your health scare tactics will never work….kinda hard to belive weed is so harmful when you have cancer patients and elderly lighting up to ease pain and nagging side affects of the many random illnesses that can to some extent be treated by marijuana……It is time to educate ourselves and start asking questions, like for one why on earth is a plant that makes you hungry and giggle illegal while tobacco and alcohol two major killers are legal and taxed?????

  19. Taylor
    February 5, 2010 at 12:17 am #

    HA, this is the saddest excuse of reasons not to smoke weed I have ever seen. These are not very legitimate reasons. If you had some sort of scientific proof it would be different, but no one can do any tests on the stuff because the only way you can perform the tests is if you are going to say bad things about it.

  20. maria juanita
    February 10, 2010 at 10:19 pm #

    smoke pot and see what happens before you judge it and further attempt to pollute the public with false evidence

    if it is so harmful why would they prescribe it to patients in pain

    The harmless herb a beautiful thing that our government is trying to keep away from the people of this country -not because it is a drug, for it is not, but because it an economic issue that the we as a whole would benefit greatly from. The day the production of hemp becomes legal in the United States is the day we pull ourselved out of the trouble we stand in right now as far as unemployment rates and the lost economy.
    Legalize it

    one love

  21. maria juanita
    February 10, 2010 at 10:21 pm #

    correction

    hemp and marijuana- two different crops, but i do want to believe that with the legalization of one, the other would too be passed

  22. james dont give a fuck
    February 16, 2010 at 10:42 am #

    i dont know about you guys but i have been smoking weed for like 3 years and its has not done anything to my health at all and all of you who ar talkin bull like oh it makes ur breath smell bad. well maybe M if your boyfriend brushed his teeth once in a while it wouldnt smell so bad haha

  23. delana
    March 8, 2010 at 8:26 am #

    i don’t see why people have to make such a big deal out of all of this, i mean there’s really nothing wrong with it, you can’t overdose from it, it only impares your driving when you’re WAAAAY over your limit, and it’s better for you than smoking ciggarettes, but that’s just my opinion.

  24. wassssupppp
    March 29, 2010 at 4:43 am #

    any retard pothead who thinks smoking pot doesnt affect your health.. dont kid yourself..i smoke pot almost every day and can notice a small difference in my cardio.. although its much less worse then smoking cigarettes,it can still affect your athletic abilities if it isnt watched.. i love pot so im not trying to convince people not to smoke.. but think about if it fits with your life . and the people who say its addicting.. your retarded.. maybe some people get obsessed with it but people with it under control dont NEED it everyday..

  25. wassssupppp
    March 29, 2010 at 4:46 am #

    any retard pothead who thinks smoking pot doesnt affect your health.. dont kid yourself..i smoke pot almost every day and can notice a small difference in my cardio.. although its much less worse then smoking cigarettes,it can still affect your athletic abilities if it isnt watched.. i love pot so im not trying to convince people not to smoke.. but think about if it fits with your life . and the people who say its addicting.. your retarded.. maybe some people get obsessed with it but people with it under control dont NEED it everyday..
    DONT JUDGE SMOKING POT UNTIL YOU TRY IT
    really in the end its your life.. so if you wanna smoke pot go for it..
    my only advice would be. do not let it take over your life.. eventually your tolerance goes up anyway and youll need a break in order to achieve that high..

  26. Open Mind
    April 8, 2010 at 3:58 am #

    Okkaaayy. First of all, I used to smoke 3/4 times a week, ONLY kronic, for over a year. I haven’t smoked in about a month and I haven’t ever had any sort of “weed withdrawl” like a person who quit alcohol, or coke or any hard drugs. That is because there IS NO ADDICTIVE ANYTHING IN WEED. I mean, of course there are times when you would like some, it’s only like missing an old friend :D
    Second, you aren’t gonna die, you aren’t gonna get cancer from the weed itself, lighter fluid and if you smoke blunts the tobacco from the papers do that. Smoke out of a good vaporizer! Perfectly fine! Nobody is gonna die from weed itself, if you smoke too much you know what terrible terrible thing happens?!?! A damn good nights sleep.
    Cops waste all this time and money on stoners when they could be looking for rapists or murderers!!
    Seriously, smoke a bowl of some dank weed with some good people and prepare for a good time. No offense to people who choose not to, but come on :D

  27. Christine
    May 3, 2010 at 8:27 am #

    Bad breath? chew gum! I smoke pot on occasions when I get extremely stressed out and cannot sleep, I refuse to take harmful prescription drugs and will never touch alcohol. Those of you against marijuana may has well legalize it and make alcohol illegal, alcohol has caused so much harm in peoples lives. Stop telling your kids marijuana “causes brain damage” or “impairs your functions” because this is utterly false, im in college and will soon be going to university, im a very active and live a healthy lifestyle. My boyfriend who smokes it everyday is doing the same. So when you think of these false statements regarding “brain damage” and such, maybe you should stop giving your attention to those who are giving the bad example and focus on those who are using it properly. Its like alcohol in the sense that, there are “mature” drinkers who know their limit and do not let the alcohol control them, who live happy functional lives unlike those ignorant teens who have been raised to think they cannot enjoy themselves or live life without it. Educate your kids!

  28. jorge
    June 7, 2010 at 9:20 pm #

    marihuana has no death rate,It speaks for it self. No brain damage or kills your brain cells. no lung cancer,Those are all just lies. look at the deaths from these drugs.

    tobacco 400,000
    alcohol 100,000
    all legal drugs 20,000
    all illegal drugs 15,000
    caffeine 2,000
    marihuana 0

    Now people killing them self while high is different

    all teens and kids are lied to even my parents believe what the government tells them is true don’t judge something until you know the truth

  29. Just A Thought
    June 13, 2010 at 7:07 pm #

    BUT IN NO WAY AM I TELLING YOU TO SMOKE WEED, BECAUSE IM NOT… AND NOR WOULD I EVER TEL YOU TOO. LIKE I SAID “Look it up and make up your own opinion on it…. this is just mine”

  30. JacobS
    October 12, 2010 at 4:19 pm #

    it pisses me off to see people looking down on other people just cause they smoke pot. I’m 15 years old and i smoke pot twice a day, and guess what? I’m still very smart and i easily pass all my academic classes. marijuana is a beautiful thing and all the people who disagree probably have never tried it. before you say anything about pot, TRY IT. you wont die. why else would it grow on the ground? vegetables grow in the ground? fruit grows off trees and stuff? marijuana grows on the ground too. why wouldnt i smoke weed? you know the main things weed does to me? it makes me enjoy foods more. it makes me laugh more. it makes the world and all its concepts so interesting. lastly it makes me see my life in a whole new way. aint no mind like a stoners mind.
    to be honest, if it were up to me there would be no rules in the world. what is the point of living? i think its to experience anything you want in any way you want to do it. why do we let people tell us how to live our lives? how does the goverment tell me what to do with my life? its my life isnt it? should i not be able to live my life in whatever way i choose? you werent put on this earth to tell me how to live. live your own life and live it to the fullest. all the uptight non potsmokers can go ahead and be uptight non potsmokers. thats their own choice. but my choice is to smoke pot, and live a free/healthy life. if you dont smoke weed, then great. and if you do, then great. whether you white, black, asian, indian or any other race, LIVE YOUR LIFE TO THE FULLEST. you only get one. i feel like there is so much more to say but this post is already quite long.
    so every stoner out there, go smoke a bowl! why? because you can.

  31. Alex
    November 21, 2010 at 8:43 pm #

    Okay so people all have their mixed feelings about Mary Jane. There are the conformists who go with the governments corporate game and says “oh it’s bad for your health it’s bad cuz you can get addicted”. Well that’s horse shit. What makes you think this so called government isn’t just keepin it for themselves? Yes that’s a completely stupid hypothesis… But who knows and the good sides of weed. It in fact isn’t an addictive because it has never been chemically altered to give you an adrenaline rush therefore leaving it a natural resource and not killing any brain cells or damaging any part of the human body. sure it makes you do stupid things but that’s the fun of it :) and honest to god if you end up killing someone on it then your obviously not mature enough to handle it. Oh and another thing if its soooo bad for you why are hospitals perscribing it to patients??? Yeah why would they give you something thats bad for you? That’s something to think about. now about the legal reasons. the conformists all want it to be illegal so they can have some spare change in their pockets. So here’s a tip make it Legal so we can import export to different countries and have a little more than some spare change in our pockets. I’m completely for the legalization of marijuana but I can live without it. For any compliments or complaints gimme an email at afenza_94@hotmail.com

  32. Vanessa
    March 15, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

    All great reasons not to drink. You know what should be a crime? Giving false information like this. You should be THROWN IN JAIL for LIEING to MILLIONS. Cannabis is the miracle plant, much safer then any drug on the market today. It was only in VERY recent history it has been outlawed. It has been outlawed purely to MAKE A SMALL FEW IN BIG INDUSTRIES RICH. You have been lied to, or you are one of them.

    You do not have to smoke it, but you should all try it and make an informed decision.

    Also, if you drink you are killing yourself FASTER. ALCOHOL will kill you from withdrawal! EVEN HEROIN CAN NOT DO THAT. Read a book that is not biased by the government. Listen to DR’s from the past 6 decades and their discussion about how THEY NEVER WANTED TO MAKE IT ILLEGAL. They LIED to us and called cannabis MARIJUANA to do 2 things:

    1. MAKE THE RICH RICHER by handing over a monopoly to paper, oil, plastics, pharmaceuticals and the rope industry to name just a few. They are killing your environment on your dime and you believe their LIES.
    2. TO BRING DOWN THE MINORITY RACES by stating mexicans and blacks were smoking the crazy weed called ‘marijuana’ which was coined ‘marijuana’ to bring the false impression that this was a new super drug and not CANNABIS. They instilled FEARS into white men by saying the black men would steal white women away by luring them in with ‘marijuana’ and JAZZ music.

    DO YOU BELIEVE THESE LIES?

    DO YOU BELIEVE IN ERADICATING ANY PLANT THAT HAS NOT HARMED ANYONE EXCEPT THE MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS OF CRIMINALS THE LAW HAS MADE OUT OF HARMLESS INGESTION OF A PLANT, THAT WILL NEVER KILL ANYONE, EVER?

    Do you believe that Cannabis should be a SCHEDULE 1 DRUG above Morphine, Oxycodone, Amphetamine, Methamphetamine, and Cocaine all of which are SCHEDULE II!

    Do you believe all these lies when Cannabis HELPED WIN WORLD WAR I/II because WITHOUT this plant WE WOULD NEVER HAVE HAD ENOUGH MATERIALS TO CLOTHE OUR SOLDIERS among other important materials that were made out of cannabis?

    Welcome to AMERICA where we BUILT THIS COUNTRY ON THE CANNABIS PLANT, and then THREW IT AWAY FOR HARMFUL POLLUTANTS?

    Do you not care that the FIRST CAR was MADE PURELY OUT OF HEMP and RAN ON CLEAN BURNING, HEMP SEED OIL?

    Do you not care one acre of hemp can produce as much paper as 4 to 10 acres of trees over a 20-year cycle, but hemp stalks only take four months to mature, whereas trees take 20 to 80 years. This information was known in 1916, according to a USDA report. Hemp paper can also be recycled more often, though this fact is not of much value, since hemp is a reusable resource.

    Kill the world with ignorance I guess right? RIGHT?

  33. Dear God
    April 1, 2011 at 9:49 pm #

    Im a teen. I have smoked. I have friends who smoke. The difference is that I’ve only smoked once, and I regard it as one of the stupidest things I’ve ever done. First of all, I think its disgusting when I hear about how \baked\ my stoner friends get over the weekend, or how \trippy\ school is when they are high in class. Before the long line of stoner commenters above me berate me, I would like to propose just one more reason not to smoke pot.
    Today, 4/1/11, a ten year old boy and his father were killed by a drug cartel on the mexican-US border. They were eating at a burrito stand. Why are these drug cartels in existence?
    POT, COCAIN, HEROINE, AND THE UNITED STATES’ INSATIABLE CONSUMPTION OF NARCOTICS.
    Now I know a stoner will read this and scream in between bong hits \HEY WEED ISN’T A NARCOTIC\. In my opinion, if its altering brain function its a fucking narcotic. But that’s beside the point. What Im trying to say is that PEOPLE DIE FOR YOU TO SUCK YOUR BONG. Over 1000 mexican children have been killed because of the drug war going on in Mexico (quite the thing to be a martyr for, right? A fatass american sucking a bong) All of the violence is caused by the United States demand for drugs. If there were no demand, there would be no war. If there were no war, maybe Mexico would finally have a stable government.

    As the user above said: \Kill the world with ignorance i guess right?\
    (Of course he was making a bullshit point about why its ok for him to smoke weed)
    In conclusion, I support legalization because it will end the bloodshed in Mexico, as a legal production/consumption system would be created and there would be no need for organized crime (prohibition was pretty god damn similar). but guess what, ITS STILL ILLEGAL. So lay off the damn grass, get a life with some real happiness, and think before you light up. Mexican blood is on your grass.

  34. GrantGG7
    December 5, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

    I have no friends who smoke, i do not smoke. I don’t watch much TV either. I’ve been studying weed for my college research paper and i found out that… weed is about as dangerous as… one of the worst drugs you know of… yes, I’m talking about alcohol. Well, actually it isn’t; alcohol, like weed, is a depressant but you don’t have the negative effects that alcohol has. If you took anyone and made them drink until they couldn’t see, they have a 80% chance of dying unless medical care is administered. If you took that same person or a different person (it doesn’t matter) with perfect health, and forced smoke into their lungs until they, well i don’t know what! they would eat a kitchen, then 3-8 hours later would get up and do something normal to their everyday lives. You cannot overdose on marijuana, get marijuana poisoning, or simply die of weed attack. The benefits definitely outweigh the costs and if you think that 1000 children dying over the span of a war is bad, look at the death rates for children and alcohol pray to the lord for those innocent children’s life back. Weed is not a drug, It is a cure.

  35. Rothstein999
    February 26, 2012 at 11:00 am #

    stoner softie? that is the biggest lie ive ever heard. and countering a childs pot use by saying that you wont be able to have sex is one of the stupidest arguments ive ever heard.

  36. Morticeye
    March 1, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    Hahaha this post makes me laugh. Smoking weed doesn’t make your teeth yellow.. That would be cigs first of all. And lip wrinkles? Never heard of that before must be a new one. And stoner softie?! Haha never heard of that either! Has weed ever killed anyone? No don’t think so. And alcohol has killed so many people and it’s legal. What’s wrong here?

  37. Wefwe
    March 17, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

     moderation is key to anything.

  38. Donivan Wayne Roby
    April 29, 2012 at 11:57 pm #

    Vanessa, I smoke pot on a daily basis and I just want to say I respect you for teaching kids the PROPER reasons not to smoke it and not fill their heads with garbage. Granted, I can get a boner as quick if not quicker while high but, maybe other can’t…Same goes with alcohol, I can’t get a boner but I know of a few people who’ve accomplished it.

  39. Donivan Wayne Roby
    April 30, 2012 at 12:00 am #

    Also, To dear god… If our country legalized it there would be no need for it to come across the border because people can grow and buy it locally. I for one only buy pot that I can confirm was grown in the US. I will not buy mexican garbage cause it’s harsh, tastes like shit, and the buzz off it sucks, NOT TO MENTION BECAUSE I DON’T WANT TO SUPPORT VIOLENT DRUG CARTELS!

  40. Donivan Wayne Roby
    April 30, 2012 at 12:02 am #

    Support your local growers!

  41. Nick
    January 2, 2013 at 7:29 pm #

    Clearly this wasn’t written by someone who has much exposure to the plant….. No offense but “Stoner Softie” is the biggest load of bullshit i’ve heard in a long time. I’ve personally had sex while stoned MANY times and not once have I ever had this problem. In addition to this, I have severe allergies to many different things and marijuana has HELPED me to overcome allergies time and time again. If I can’t find benadryl, I smoke weed and it has ALWAYS relieved the symptoms of my allergies. The reason for gum, mouthwash, or mints is to make your breath smell better, so use them…….. I’ve asked girls if they could still taste it on me after making out and have always been told no. If you have REAL friends and use common sense you shouldn’t have to worry about incriminating pictures. That being said, the point that you cannot smoke weed and pass a drug test is valid….. Its not hard to stop smoking for a month though. In my personal experience the only negatives of smoking weed are the smoke that you put into your lungs and the possibility of getting in trouble. Be smart, be responsible, brush your teeth, follow the advice above, and DO NOT get involved with dealing large quantities of weed. I am not promoting nor demoting smoking of weed, merely voicing my opinions and experiences. I’ve been smoking for a few years and would not change that if given a chance to go back and make different decisions. I would however change the fact that I was involved in dealing marijuana because that did end up getting me in a little bit of trouble. Just use common sense, enjoy the plant, and be responsible.

  42. Nick
    January 2, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

    Actually my weed is grown locally, but you do make a decent point in some aspects.

  43. Jake Neick
    February 18, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

    Fuck you to whoever wrote these fucking lies and fuck your old Heath teacher “tinka brown”

  44. Jake Neick
    February 18, 2013 at 7:29 pm #

    Are you facing kidding me with these “reasons” not to smoke pot? I highly dought you have proof that these actually happen if you smoke pot. Your telling teens not to smoke pot but your 3rd reason condones teenage sex you fucking idiot. Makes allergies worse? Bitch I’ve had allergies my whole life and when I smoke they seem to go away so fuck you and all your “reasons”. Do some goddamn research before you post that for people to read!

    -fuck you

    -“Gives you lip wrinkles.
    -The smoke makes your teeth yellow
    -Many teens have heard about “whiskey dick” which makes it difficult for men to get an erection while drunk. There is also “stoner softie” with the same problem.
    -Makes you taste bad when you kiss.
    -Make allergies worse.
    -You never know who is going to take an incriminating picture and post it somewhere, or use it against you later.”

  45. Chris
    July 16, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

    Oh my god guys. Clearly, if you had read the whole article or anything other than this, you would know she said that it had nothing to do with the actual marijuana but more the legality of it. and what really make you think that defending it on this website is going to make any difference? I smoke myself, and take the risks that come along with it. It’s people that are commenting and lashing out that give every single person who smokes a bad name. why don’t you just read what is written and take it for what it is? And actually read the words that are written..

  46. Chris
    July 16, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    the only person with any sense on these comments..

  47. TheRationale
    November 10, 2013 at 11:58 pm #

    Lesson in statistics – a sample size of 1 is a horrible estimator. Clinically, weed has a 10-15% addiction rate.

    Also, just because something is vaporized does not mean it’s harmless. Hookah is a trendy problem that is horrifically bad for you. Ask any pulmonologist or cardiologist. This is actually a current public health education problem, especially in college towns.

    Although prevention is an inefficient waste of money for everyone on police. A truly free drug policy would impose no costs on anyone but the user. EG, if you have any health problems from drugs, you must pay for all of it with no help from the government. If you overdose on cocaine and can’t pay for the ER, you die. If you end up having minimal or no health costs for weed, so be it. But people don’t want that either, because many people don’t want freedom, they just want no consequences.

  48. Jennifer (Hazy) Bell
    February 24, 2014 at 8:02 pm #

    Ok… Let me first say that I am offended about the choice of picture that you chose to use… Maybe you should speak to the person you posted a pic of (Me) before using my picture in an article that I am COMPLETELY Against!!!! I am a mother of 2 amazing children (15 and 10) and I have spoken to my kids about Pot.. They are well aware of the stats on Marijuana and are probably more well adjusted than most kids.. The crap that you are spewing is nothing more than what can be applied to many other things… LIKE DRINKING POP thru a STRAW!! That will give you lip wrinkles.. OMG!! Pop/ coffee (and many other foods/ beverages) will yellow your teeth.. And if someone you were with at one point wasn’t able to get hard… I’m sorry .. that wasn’t the pot.. that was the lack of attraction to such a closed minded individual… Give your head a shake.. Oh.. and I don’t mind my pic being used.. so long as it is in the right context and my permission has been asked!!!! I have no problem with the world knowing I have been an activist for marijuana before or my stance on it now.. I’m not ashamed.. but you should be.

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