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Daily cannabis smokers risk health, wellbeing and achievement

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“Our findings are particularly timely given that several U.S. states and countries in Latin America have made moves to decriminalise or legalise cannabis, raising the possibility the drug might become more accessible to young people,”

Young people can already get cannabis, due to the fact that it's unregulated, and controlled by the black market. It's much harder for them to get alcohol, as alcohol is regulated, with no black market at which to purchase it. Regulating cannabis and controlling it will keep it out of the hands of young people, keeping it illegal ensures that they have access to it.

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Cannabis use in teenagers can lead to long-term problems with adverse effects on the brains including cognitive decline, poor attention and memory. It is not safe and can result in addiction and neurocognitive damage. Brain imaging have actually shown changes in the brain structure with abnormalities in the brain's gray matter associated with intelligence. However the greater need is the harm associated with the dangerous drugs which can pose greater threats to individual health and or society than cannabis. America waste a lot of time and money arresting and jailing recreational cannabis smokers. They could probably do much better by focusing more on targeting violent criminals and protecting national security.

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On the plus side.

Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Barak Obama

plus a whole slew of great musicians

They don't fit the research parimeters so lets just look at the losers

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On the plus side.

Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Barak Obama

plus a whole slew of great musicians

They don't fit the research parimeters so lets just look at the losers

Compared to kids who don't smoke cannabis, kids who do probably do show all the effects discussed in this article. The question is whether or not they these effects manifest themselves in numbers enough to matter.

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I just have a feeling that they interviewed a bunch of dropouts who did so for various reasons, and asked how often they smoked cannabis. Then they determined the cause by working backwards, resulting in nothing that really means anything, because the true cause may have been any number of things, including the cannabis, like having a bad home life, being kicked out of school, being bullied, having medical problems, etc.

I think it's unlikely that daily cannabis users would self-identify beforehand, and that the researchers could follow what they did, whether they attempted suicide, and all that. This, however, would be the only way to more accurately determine causation, and even then, life is complex, and some behavior tends to clump together.

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Some serious go-getters have smoked them tweeds.. lots of serious dumbasses, too. The brilliant bastards probably weren't habitual or daily users/abusers. Regardless, they're on the outer limits..

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So? Legalize it. I don't think of the children.

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I've been an advocate of legalization for years. But I also believe it should be treated as alcohol, with the same restrictions. funny research, considering how very many successful people there are in the world who do smoke marijuana regularly. Yet they don't seem to have suffered any of the bad effects the anti-marijuana bulls**t lobby claims. The fact is, marijuana has been used for many centuries as a very effective, multi-purpose medicinal herb. Civilization as we know it hasn't collapsed. the world hasn't ended, marijuana crazed zombies haven't gone of killing sprees, nothing at all. This is just more propaganda. As a psychologist, I have noticed that marijuana use can worsen depression.

Do I smoke? Not for more than 20 years. When something no longer enhances my life, I don't believe in continuing to do it.

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TCH content supposed to be a lot higher now as opposed to 30, 40 years ago when Gates, Jobs, Obama were growing up. Plus, two of those are VERY lucky dropouts, and they dropped out of college, not high school. Almost all people working at that level are not college dropouts.

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Most of the chronic pot smokers I knew from my university days ended up as complete duds in life.

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On the plus side.

Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Barak Obama

plus a whole slew of great musicians

They don't fit the research parimeters so lets just look at the losers

The article clearly talks about "teenagers who use cannabis daily". Unless you're prepared to claim that Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Barack Obama, et al were stoned 365 days out of the year as teenagers, your examples don't apply to this discussion.

I HAVE been around teenagers who were stoned every day that I knew them and while I can't make any observations about health risks, I CAN state unequivocally that not a single one was able to accomplish much while stoned. The term "productive stoner" would be an oxymoron - if somebody were ever inclined to use it.

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Fadamor: The term "productive stoner" would be an oxymoron - if somebody were ever inclined to use it.

Today's headline!

http://www.businessinsider.com/twitter-executives-smoke-too-much-pot-2014-9

Peter Thiel: Twitter Executives 'Probably' Smoke Too Much Pot, And That's Why It's A 'Horribly Mismanaged Company' - Sep. 17, 2014

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Thing is, the people who use marijuana regularly, and succeed, are primarily people in creative occupations. It does raise creativity by a large margin. On the down side, it reduces productivity. In my case, I simply quit smoking when I felt it was no longer enhancing my life and creativity.

I am an advocate for legalization. There are major economic and health benefits there. But it has to be treated with some damn common sense. The restrictions currently in place on alcohol use work for me, though the age should be 18. And, just as people who drink every day are alcoholics, so people who smoke every day are potoholics. There's a huge difference between use and abuse. The article talks primarily about people who abuse marijuana, not use it. And the fact is, used with some common sense, it's far healthier and more beneficial than alcohol.

I consider myself successful in life. In my own eyes, and I don't much care what others think. I've written books and movies, my art is on quite a few book covers and a few CDs. I've made my dreams come true. And I did smoke pot. But I didn't want to be high every day. Shoot, you'd be tired as hell and pretty chubby and kind of an idiot. Common sense seems to be in short supply in the modern world and, really, that's the solution to this problem. Use, not abuse.

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