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Posted on September 20 2014 4:03 pm

Comment posted on Palin: It’s Perfectly Fine If You Want to Smoke Marijuana by David Kaplan

No, but I do think that law is a both a base line for ethics and mirrors the minimum of society's mores, as well.

Certainly I would love to see less government. But, that doesn't negate the fact that people have become dependent on it deciding right/wrong for them.

David Kaplan also commented

  • I should probably qualify and clarify my previous point about where people "get" their ethics. I believe many people look to the law as a convenient way to determine right and wrong. But, and to address your assertion of "gross irresponsibility", I think the laws themselves stem FROM our ethics. The law mirrors our ethics and we mirror our ethic after the law. But, I think that the critical thought you mentioned and the resulting epiphanous ethics from whence the laws come is where everything starts.

    I hope that clears things up and thank you for making a good point.

  • I should point out that the first study involves "risk taking" and marijuana use. It's reasonable to extrapolate that risky behavior can involve crime.
  • C’mon David, you know as well as I do that there are a ton of studies that show the risks associated with pot. A simple query at Google Scholar will show hundreds of them. But here are two:

    http://www.nature.com/npp/journal/v30/n4/abs/1300620a.html

    http://www.ukcia.org/research/AdverseEffectsOfCannabis.pdf

    As for a “contact high” being a reasonable argument, have you BEEN to a concert lately? I don’t think I’ve ever been to one where some pot-head didn’t spark a bowl right behind me. If second-hand smoke opponents can argue that that increases the chances of getting cancer and other health problems, then certainly I can argue that it gets other people high without their consent.

    Lets say that we restrict pot use to the home. What about the kids sitting next to their parents watching cartoons while they blow smoke everywhere?

    I can tell you from experience that “contact highs” are real and certainly an argument against legalization.

  • David, I was quoting Michael in reference to Palin – not Palin herself.
  • "Marijuana consumption, unto itself, intrudes upon no one. "

    I completely disagree. There is study after study that shows the societal effects of marijuana. From crime to psychological effects that affect both the user and family, marijuana causes innumerable problems. And, its comparison to drinking is fallacious. Drinking doesn't affect the person next to you. I can go to bar and not get "drunk" from someone else drinking a beer.

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    Look, I like Glenn Beck. I do. I agree with many of ideas and much of his logic. But there are, indeed, times when he makes stupid statements and this is one of them. I know this is a stretch of reasoning, but lets look at it from another point of view:

    Soros was about 10 at the time. NRB and many of it’s authors recently engaged in a rather hostile attack – and appropriately so – on a former NRB blogger who was alleged to be a supporter of pedophilia and child molestation. Why is child molestation bad in the first place? Primarily because children CANNOT consent to what happens to them and because it’s an abuse of power.

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