Sir I would like to point out one hit of a reefer cigarette causes incurable insanity, promiscuity within the younger populace and violent behaviour magnitudes worse of that of societies highly accepted legal intoxicant, ethanol
Hemp on the other hand, pfffffffftt, it’s of the same species of plant so it’s obviously just as terrible.
I had a family member (older individual, late 80s) tell me cannabis is a long term, slow death, I believe the conversation went something like this
Person “those marijuana cigarettes are a long term, slow decline into death from marijuana induced ailment”
Me “But sir, there has be-”
Person “Let me tell you what happens with reefers, you start using, everything’s fine, then one day you go to the doctor and BAM you have an incurable illness and you’re dead”
Tbh marijuana does have a few concerning case reports regarding cardiotoxicity (acute myocardial infarction, arrhythmias triggered in individuals with pre-diagnosed heart disease etc) and a few of these reports have resulted in death, however a cause-effect relationship is lacking, marijuana is known to be pro-arrythmiac via both increased heart rate due to excess vasodilation and THC’s effect on CB-1 receptors, however this lecture was coming from an individual who previously smoked tobacco on a daily basis, and still thinks relatively nonchalantly about tobacco.
Over the past few years I have come to the conclusion that despite the magnitude of potential harm weed can cause, the prohibition of said substance is one of the biggest injustices in society today and furthermore the prohibition and penalties delt out from cannabis possession seem to disproportionately effect individuals of minority and lower socioeconomic status. Furthermore, prohibition has led to ridiculous amounts of organised crime, around 20% of all profits from Mexican cartels stems from weed, the amount of deaths, arrests and wasted taxpayer expenditure that could be prevented from simply legalising this substance which is magnitudes less (in my opinion) harmful than frequent alcohol consumption or cigarettes is astounding. Seriously, as a society we ought to know better by now… Alcohol prohibition lasted like what… ten years? Weed prohibition has been bullshitting it’s way through society for like 100+ yrs.