Marijuana Legalized for Recreational Use: Let That Thought Go up in Smoke


It is bad enough people petitioned their local governing representatives to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes, but now it seems that they want to have it legalized for recreational purposes. Let that thought go up in smoke! A couple of days ago, WXOW T.V. Out of La Crosse, Wisconsin, had a short news blurb in which they reported 7:10 of Americans think pot will be used for recreational purposes. 28 years ago, the State of California was the first to legalize smoking marijuana for medical purposes and since then at least 19 other states have followed suit. The idea that governing officials are contemplating legalizing pot for recreational purposes would seem counter-productive as for the studies that have been done between those who smoke pot and those who do not, show those who did smoke marijuana, had a slower hand-eye coordination and slower thought response to those who have not.

Gregory Carlson, a landscaper from Denver, Colorado who did not participate in the survey said Pot does not seem that bad. Overall, it was said rarely does someone smokes a joint and then drives, has not driven their vehicle the wrong way into a school bus . . .They just drive slower. So, OK, they drive slower, but then that would that mean their reflex time to something happening in front of them is hampered. And what about students that smoke pot? Their GPA is lower in comparison to those who do not smoke pot. Why do you think marijuana is called “Dope?” People who smoke pot act and do stupid things.

Smoking weed does have harmful effects on the body and can be addictive. People say it helps them relax and forget the stress of the day. While it is true makes people have a sense of being relaxed, it might also change the behavior in a person. Hmm, it kind of reminds me of how alcohol can change a normal peaceful person into a mean, angry, and violent drunk. It is something to meditate on is it not? Regular marijuana use effects the memory, learning, and adaptation. It has been reported that it also slows down your heart rate and gives a weak pulse. That is all what the USA needs, someone in the driver’s seat traveling down Interstate whatever and their heart rate has slowed down and their pulse is almost non-existent, just because they had just finished smoking legalized marijuana “recreationally” with their friends. It would be best not be on that stretch of highway.

Since marijuana is a drug, and some people want to see it sold in pharmacies for medicinal purposes, it makes sense to take a look at the word “Pharmacy” to find out its meaning. The Greek, for “Pharmacy” is translated “Pharmakia,” which has the meaning of “witchcraft or sorceries.” In Galatians 5:20, it is listed as a work of the flesh in opposition to the Spirit of God working in us. Idolatry, witchcraft (pharmakia or drug use), hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies . . .

400 years ago, drugs were most commonly used in pagan worship to hallucinate and try to get in touch with evil spirits. Now someone will immediately rise to their feet and say, “But I am not smoking marijuana to contact any evil spirits, I need it to relax.” But what have the studies shown us? People who have smoked marijuana in large amounts claimed to have had some sort of hallucination or delusion. What about that movie with Cheech and Chong? Up In Smoke? They acted like complete idiots. They glorified the idea of smoking pot and it is quite possible that movie opened up the door to those who never smoked pot, to venture out and try it.

With all the hubbub regarding legalizing marijuana, one could wonder, is there a difference between regular marijuana and medicinal marijuana? Is it like having a choice between regular and decaf coffee? How about regular and unleaded gasoline? Truth be told, does this possibility of legalizing marijuana for recreational us shudder to think where will we see it being sold? McDonalds? In our schools? God forbid! Legalize smoking marijuana for recreational purposes? Let that idea go up in smoke!

Opinion by John Thomas

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51 Responses to "Marijuana Legalized for Recreational Use: Let That Thought Go up in Smoke"

  1. beau marnhout   April 16, 2014 at 7:20 am

    So, they just giving these columns to just anybody now?

    • rickdday   April 16, 2014 at 7:31 am

      What disturbs me more is these arguments were actually persuasive up to 7-8 years ago. And that most people believed them. What other lies are the government fomenting?

  2. Doug   April 16, 2014 at 2:30 am

    Idiot !!!
    – Opinion provided by Doug

  3. John Smith   April 15, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Unfortunately there is nothing more that I can say that hasn’t already been stated in the comments section. I’m completely appalled by the misinformation mentioned in this article. It’s complete filth, and it’s common knowledge people don’t take writers very seriously when they can’t use proper grammar to support their statements. I honestly thought we were done with the fear mongering bigotry over the arguments against marijuana. Apparently that’s not the case here. There’s no references or citations to back up the stated claims, and there’s an obvious bias thrown into the mix. Please educate yourself before making absurd claims. Like many others here, I have an open mind. If you can’t validate your claims then you’re wasting our time and your own. Stick to topics you’re knowledgeable about to avoid looking like a complete fool.

  4. Chromedome   April 15, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Me and my brother Jack was laid up with some loose women, smoking and injecting the pot one night. He went out to use the outhouse and went into the hog pen by mistake because he was so doped up. He slipped and fell and hit his head on the hog trough and the pigs ate him. So if you think the pot is safe, you don’t know Jack.

  5. JEROME   April 15, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Just think of the number of people who smoke that dont admit they smoke. You would be surprised how many Upper Crust smoke and then LIE.

  6. albert mallia jr   April 15, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    weed is a plant called weed just a name like rose, but it grows all around the world where there is sun light, as long as the sun started shining it grew, vote them out of the office, we give taxes to run, as their entitlement check. this nation been using hemp to make clothes and rope by our fore fathers too. which took and stole this country from the Indians, and from their countryman, the red coats. all history people used it. even the aliens, Mexicans. I thought we all live in free America, what letter of free you not understand. o, just what you allow or tell us to do. like there’s no other crime around to clean up, too much like work that is why you don’t do it. being ignominy’s really make all {yous} shine in your family tradition on the family tree. well there has to be {saps} to grow the tree. the war is over we won; capitulate. just like you probation on alcohol, stop wasting our tax money on a lost cause. educate yourself fools.

  7. Andy Bowidowicz   April 15, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Its sad to see there are still people who think like this. For anybody interested in doing a little research look up Dr. Lester Grinspoon and see what he thinks about cannabis. The federal government has been growing cannabis at Ole Miss since the sixties and they granted the U.S. Heath and Human Services the 507 patent. Google it and you can see for yourself. Its also illegal to do clinical studies on a Schedule 1 controlled substance so until the federal government takes it off the Schedule 1 list no further research can be done legally in the U.S. Its the most benificial and useful plant on earth known to mankind and should be celebrated. Look up how many uses hemp has and you would be blown away by the facts.

  8. EbONe   April 15, 2014 at 11:35 am

    In our schools? REALLY? Lets not get carried away. How about you do an article about alcohol. Stop spreading fear. Being afraid of legalized marijuana is like being afraid of a moth. It might annoy some, but its harmless compared to a bee (alcohol).

  9. steve-o   April 15, 2014 at 9:33 am

    “those who did smoke marijuana, had a slower hand-eye coordination and slower thought response to those who have not” ,, i played college and professional hockey as a goalie and had a pregame ritual of smoking a few hits before i got on the ice..had my best games after a couple tokes ..doesnt slow down a thing ..i started smoking when i was 13 and i got a 33 on my ACT and many years later and a career ago i still smoke and i have a doctorate from the university of michigan ….what kind of people are they getting to take these “studies” ?…i think the author was watching reefer madness again

  10. Michelle   April 15, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Very difficult article to read due to grammar errors. His lack of research and idiotic statements bring ZERO credibility to this article.

  11. allan murphy   April 15, 2014 at 9:14 am

    I say legalize it the jobs created and lives it saves no brainer ……

  12. Solora   April 15, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Dave’s not here.

    Seriously, I don’t think you want to bring up scriptures from the Bible. Just you and your significant other smoke a little get a good buzz going and have the best sex of your life.

  13. Kevin Arnold   April 15, 2014 at 8:31 am

    This Hypocrite ignores the many children that are now getting relief from their epileptic seizures due to the CBD’s in Marijuana. Or the increased number of cancer survivors that use marijuana to gain an appetite and heal.

    This writer is totally lost and is now in the ignorant minority that do not understand this argument.

  14. Kevin Arnold   April 15, 2014 at 8:28 am

    I’m surprised he didn’t mention gateway drugs and reefer madness. This is such outdated arguments.

    If you want to keep it illegal because of its possible negative effects, then you should petition for Alcohol, Tobacco, and all other pharmaceuticals that have adverse effects. If you do not then you are a total hypocrite.

  15. cees215   April 15, 2014 at 8:06 am

    It’s just a plant and any argument against making a plant that hasn’t killed anyone legal is just stupid and I can’t even value your opinion. If your against Pot than you should be trying very hard to ban the sale of all Tobacco products, alcohol, all over the counter and prescription drugs ect. Its amazing that people are still so strongly against a harmless plant all while companies such as Wyeth Pharmaceuticals puts asides tens of billions per year to fight the dozens of court cases against them (I worked for a law firm that represented them) because they make drugs that do more harm than good. Drugs such as Premarin and Prempro that use Estrogen were causing Breast Cancer, many died, many more were sickened yet Wyeth made settlement with thousands of patients and the families of those that died, Wyeth than changed the warning labels and are now making billions off both drugs BUT OH NO DON’T LET A PLANT BE LEGAL LOL! This is a stupid world we live in.

  16. M. Fisher   April 15, 2014 at 7:32 am

    I agree with this guys view on marijuana, but his reasoning is terrible. He does not have a good stance on the issue. Any reasonable person can see right through all his arguments. With that being said, I think that we are sending the wrong message to kids when we say it’s okay to smoke weed when you reach a certain age. Also, as far as medical marijuana goes, there is not enough research to support it. Most of the research has been done on animals and not in human trials. (I do not want to see any youtube videos, websites, or testimonials supporting marijuana! That is not research.) There might be a benefit there, but it is too early for any clear answers on the subject. So, in summary, no to recreational use and no to medical marijuana as of right now.

    • Ronald Lynn Collins   April 15, 2014 at 7:50 am

      so let me get this straight….you want to hear proof of marijuana’s benefits but.. you will not accept any research on the matter from any sources for any reason? guess you and this fellow are really on the same page then guess you’d have been one of those folks arguing about the world being flat who could not accept anything else other than it’s flat. why is it arrogance and ignorance go hand in hand?

    • Thain H.   April 15, 2014 at 10:29 am

      Are you kidding me. Marijuana has been smoked for 1000’s of years for all kinds of reasons. Not enough research? Really? Millions of people have smoked it half of their lives and still do with no long lasting ill effects… Those of you against it are only afraid of the unknown because you’ve never tried it.

    • thisguyisajoke   April 15, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      As a schedule I drug, the government won’t allow any research!! What do you expect to see then! Your reasoning (and the government’s) is absolutely ridiculous – why can’t you fools just give it a shot and see what happens, do some research and see what happens, stop being ignorant and fearful for once in your pathetic little lives.

  17. tstoneami   April 15, 2014 at 7:12 am

    “400 years ago, drugs were most commonly used in pagan worship to hallucinate and try to get in touch with evil spirits.”

    What is the author smoking?

  18. Jim Latham   April 15, 2014 at 7:08 am

    John Thomas is singing the same old tired arguments and comparing alcohol to marijuana and stereotypes. Like: “Why do you think marijuana is called “Dope?” People who smoke pot act and do stupid things.” Hey, John, people do stupid things, all the time Pot or not. In my profession I have had very complex analytical problem that required solving. I credit some of my most creative leaps of logic from ideas while being high. In my case, I have spent days or weeks trying to solve a difficult system problem and relax on night get high and the next morning the solution would be right in front of me. An approach or alternate paths i had not before even considered. This has happened repeatedly over my 30 years in the field. So, yea people do stupid stuff, but it doesn’t dumb us all down.

    “Hmm, it kind of reminds me of how alcohol can change a normal peaceful person into a mean, angry, and violent drunk.” In Galatians 5:20, it is listed as a work of the flesh in opposition to the Spirit of God working in us. Idolatry, witchcraft (pharmakia or drug use), hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies ” . .

    PLEASE….. You mention marijuana and it’s affects and then alcohol and violent behavior hoping the reader will link the two and believe marijuana causes violent behavior. I’m not going to let you off with that one! Marijuana does NOT cause violent behavior and if you want to argue your point use real evidence. We’re all tired of being lied to by the Government, the drug companies and law enforcement. The days of us just believing your lies with no facts is over!

    “What about that movie with Cheech and Chong? Up In Smoke? They acted like completecomplete idiots. They glorified the idea of smoking pot and it is quite possible that movie opened up the door to those who never smoked pot, to venture out and try it.”
    Hey, John, Up in Smoke is a movie! Like it’s not reality, it’s meant to be funny and entertaining! People who want to try marijuana will and people who regularly smoke will smoke if it’s legal or not. Prohibition does not work, will not work and is not right! GROW UP, the public does not want or need you making these decisions for them.

    “Truth be told, does this possibility of legalizing marijuana for recreational us shudder to think where will we see it being sold? McDonalds? In our schools? God forbid! Legalize smoking marijuana for recreational purposes? Let that idea go up in smoke!”
    There you go again trying to scare us with that same old “Reefer Madness” junk. That’s all you can do when you really don’t have any credible leg to stand on.

    Yes, your old tired arguments are going “Up in smoke”.

  19. Jennifer Larsen   April 15, 2014 at 6:37 am

    Is this article a joke? I’m a college student and I smoke daily and my GPA is a 3.7. What’s the point again of going over the side effects? Yes, MJ is a drug and had side effects, but I think everyone’s forgetting that Alcohol’s a drug too and has worse side effects…The real issue for me isn’t legalizing Marijuana for recreational use, but legalizing Hemp. There are so many benefits to Hemp and no THC! So LEGALIZE!!!

  20. Elora Danan   April 15, 2014 at 6:19 am

    And on the other hand, we have alcohol, which has left its own legacy. Even though I am not a pot smoker, if the American people want it legalized, it should be. Government by the people, for the people.

  21. Matthew   April 15, 2014 at 5:55 am

    Everyday I smoke a little pot. It helps me to focus, and to be creative. It is only counter-productive when you didn’t want to do the activity in the first place. For example, if you hate your job and you smoke weed, the effects will highlight and amplify your thoughts, and it will become glaringly obvious to you that you are not in the right place. It makes you lazy towards things that you don’t want to do, and makes you extremely creative at things that you enjoy.

    Also, FYI I have close relatives that work high up in the space industry and enjoy a little puff to help them with their highly complex homework, and with the stresses of a highly intense work environment. But yes, maybe we would all be better drinking some vodka to wash away our troubles.

  22. pwrwshr   April 15, 2014 at 5:06 am

    And what of booze and cigarettes that killed my mom and aunt, because it was pushed on them by a condoning Govt. Who by the way knew it was deadly! I have smoked 44 yrs and raised two kids ALONE! Operated a successful business and all while “stoned”
    get an education! 3 elements in the world, neutrons, electrons, and morons.

  23. Sean   April 15, 2014 at 4:56 am

    Do your homework buddy! Driving high would be illegal as is driving drunk. The government can no longer hide their lies.

  24. Andre Gartez   April 15, 2014 at 12:34 am

    This is obviously a parody.

  25. happyinspfld   April 14, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Wow, ok I get it, you don’t drink or smoke pot. But in your piety, you take “pot” shots at people who do. In actuality, it’s not the substance that is in question here, it’s the freedom to choose. Disagree on the use of the substance, but just like the harms of alcohol prohibition, marijuana prohibition has caused society more harm than it’s use. Regulation, education and treatment for those that need it are the least harmful means for our society to rationally address it’s use without punishing it’s citizens for using something that has been used for likely thousands of years worldwide. Also, it has been proven to even be medically beneficial. I’m quite certain the parents of epileptic children that are forced to move to Colorado once viewed this issue similarly to you until they stopped fearing it and exercised their God given liberty to choose to embrace a substance that is giving their families life and hope. God bless!

  26. Austin   April 14, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    The author’s description of himself: “I am a 49 years old married with 4 beautiful little girls and currently residing in Eagan Minnesota. I have a Bachelors Degree in Theology and Missions and am currently working towards my Masters in Biblical Counseling” and I believe that handily explains why this article is filled with spelling mistakes and misinformation. Sounds like somebody has an ax to grind and “traditional” beliefs to validate, which probably has a lot to do with why this was such a terrible article.

  27. Ronald Lynn Collins   April 14, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    not 1 positive response. wonder why that wasn’t like surprising or anything?

  28. Alfonso Riviera   April 14, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Quite possibly one of the worst arguments I’ve heard against legalization. I’d almost swear a stoner wrote this under the guise of someone in favor of prohibition to make them look bad. I’m not a huge weed advocate but I’m 100% opposed to telling someone else how to live their life if it’s not harming others.. at least if you’re going to be in favor of marijuana prohibition show some consistency and be in favor of alcohol and tobacco prohibition as well. Sigh.

  29. MasterT@rget   April 14, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    This article is ridiculous. I have an opinion too John Thomas is totally ignorant to the facts of cannabis and to the the facts of the bible or the world for that matter .I cant believe I am even commenting on this moron.

  30. Jim Flannery   April 14, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    wow, I think Im actually dumber after having read this, and did you cite the bible as a reference? At least use academic sources and not fiction, but this article is filled with glaring inaccuracies and personal bias ( obviously an editorial ) if youre so concerned with people driving impaired and endangering people than your time is better focuses on alcohol and DUI as its far more common, as well as dangerous. Its interesting that you don’t bring up tobacco, which has no accepted medial use and has been proven to cause cancer as an issue, another odd topic to leave out. It would help if you did some actual research and didn’t allow your personal bias to affect that, but I get the impression youre already a lost cause, signed a pothead with two bachelors degrees, a masters and making 120k a year at age 27 ( man your right pot does ruin lives )

  31. terminaltrip421   April 14, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    California legalized marijuana for medical purposes in 1996. since I am 30 years old and born in 1983, if it were legalized 28 years ago that would mean it was 1985. and you accuse pot smokers of being dopes when you yourself can’t do simple math.

  32. timedonkey   April 14, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Cannabis is all about Liberty, our Voice is the Voice of Liberty. Our fore fathers used hemp for commerce, medicine and recreation. In Washington and Colorado we the people, who have personal knowledge and experience with hemp, overcame the hysterical polemics of the cops, the politicians and the Cheech and Choong media to finally end hemp prohibition. We did it by direct democracy and will do it again.

  33. Paul Hill   April 14, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Ignorance and bias alive and well.

  34. thumpert   April 14, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Please cite studies in your article because you are completely ignorant. Medical studies show that it protects and helps minimize damage to brain cells, How many THC receptors does the body have? More than any other, just in that our bodies are not supposed to function properly without it, What cures cancer and has ben proven in over 27 medical studies to cure cancer, yep you guessed it.

  35. Juan Carlos   April 14, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    I’m not pro legalization, but your argument has no scientific base, so If you write about anything please informed your self first. This not the 50, 60, 70 or even 80. this is the era of information, so don’t make your self a foul and stop trying to foul others, because is not going to happened.

  36. Mike   April 14, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    This is parody right? RIGHT??

  37. JimR   April 14, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Dear Mr Roberts, please cover yourself…your ignorance is showing. P.S. In case the news never reached you, the world is round.

  38. grandmacaesar   April 14, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    I wouldn’t want to be the ignorant twit who tells God that something He made—something that He said was “very good” after He made it—should be illegal.

  39. Drew Lunn   April 14, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    First let me begin my response by saying that your writing is utterly horrible. I’ve got a six year old with better editing skills. Wait, that’s all the response you’ve got coming, mindless trash like this doesn’t warrant a well thought out response. I had forgotten, I’m baked.

  40. Diane Moore   April 14, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    You really need to educate yourself. There are many, many people who smoke regularly and are very productive citizens. They pay taxes, take care of their kids, are smart and help their fellow man. It is less damaging than drinking every day by far, and if you vape, no damage to your lungs! I have seen people do many kinds of drugs over the years, and Marijuana is the least problematic of them all. Where do you get off preaching at people for their usage of something less harmful than alcohol? I don’t see you railing against them…..Hmmm I wonder why? Could it be that you’re another of those Bible-thumping hypocrites that helps the right-wing(? how could they possibly call themselves “right”) fight something that they haven’t yet invested in? Could it be that you just want to get your “foot in the door” first? Please, your just making yourself look stupid.

  41. Robert   April 14, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    drunks go home and beat up there families, pot heads go home and beat up a bag potato chips

  42. Bob Hicks   April 14, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.

  43. TRUTH   April 14, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    I’m pretty sure the writer was stoned.

  44. Latro Lucius   April 14, 2014 at 11:53 am

    What ever the draw backs of marijuana are the dangers of listening to IDIOTS is far worse. You need to go back and check your facts again. Science has come along way since the bronze age. Anyway I do believe that God said I have given all the plants and herbs for you to use.

  45. notjesus   April 14, 2014 at 11:24 am

    This site should be ashamed to spread your hate mongering, propaganda crap. Your own bible tells you not to judge, yet you don’t cite that in your sources. Go home a take your government sanctioned dope and leave people alone. Disgusting.

    • rob   April 14, 2014 at 8:52 pm

      Was someone’s idea of a joke or was the person who wrote this high on something? There are some glaring errors along with some sentence structure that leaves me wondering what this person was even trying to say.

      • rickdday   April 15, 2014 at 6:28 am

        I think he was trying to say UHH DRUGS R BAD m’KAY?


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