Originally Posted by TranscendentalMom
I think MJ should be legal too but I'm always surpised when people act like nothing could be wrong with MJ use because its a plant. Lots of drugs come from plants and are dangerous - tobacco, opium, cocaine, etc. I think its just a faulty to argue that its natural so can't be harmful.
Of course many natural things can be harmful. My point about it being just a plant is more towards why such a useful plant is criminalized.
It's criminalized because the plant itself is a very efficient crop which would knock other industries out of business (ie cotton, tree farms for paper), so as a result they all banded together to spread false info about how the plant was really toxic and dangerous and a "gateway drug" etc etc etc, and ever since then it's been mostly illegal to cultivate hemp.
The one major mistake the people who banned it made was the extremely low toxicity of the plant (ie. no matter how much THC you consume you don't die). As a result, relative to the things which are allowed on the shelves (and often toxic), it's about as harmless as you can get.
Also, the seeds contain high levels of proteins and essential amino acids, meaning you could sustain yourself pretty well on the seeds. The oil contains the highest amount of hdl cholesterol and omega 3 fatty acids of ANY oil. This is a plant that is so versatile that we have yet to fathom its complete usefulness. BUt oh wait, we can't!!! CUz it's illegal.
Such a shame that such a useful plant is illegal due to sad propaganda.