' RE: The problem of prescription painkiller addiction in the NFL May 26, 2016, 20:06:03 I'm going to voice the minority opinion here and state that marijuana SHOULD be banned.
Okay, before you rip into me, let me say the following . . .
I'd far rather have a conversation with someone who is stoned than someone who is drunk.
It's much easier to give up weed than it is to give up alcohol (Don't know about you guys but I don't know too many reformed alcoholics).
I'd far, far, far rather be driving on the road with someone who is stoned than someone who is drunk.
. . . BUT . . .
I know weed is also regarded as a gateway drug which is why most people regard it as dangerous but in my never humble opinion, the real danger of weed (and why it should be banned) is because it sucks all the ambition out of you.
For the record, I'm 53 years old. I gave up weed about 25 years ago, I gave up tobacco about 10 years ago and (contrary to popular board opinion) I'm a very moderate drinker. By moderate I mean I have a glass of wine with dinner and the occasional beer. I hardly ever touch spirits but always have a gin and tonic or two in the slow lounge before I fly (I'm a white-knuckle flier) and I sometimes have a Klippies and coke when I watch the Bokke.
I think the fact that society says alcohol is okay but marijuana is bad is pretty stupid but I will concede that alcohol is less harmful in moderation.
Having said that, I think the penalty for drinking and driving should be a lot more severe . . . as it is in most civilized countries.'