But their is currently a huge percentage of people with palliative use cards who are not using it medically, they're using it for recreation. Thus, they are abusing, not using their card.
Originally Posted by Sniggles
depending on their level of functionality, many addicts do worry about dosage. That's how they stay alive.
An alcoholic will not care about the percentage on their liquor, nor will an opiate addict care about snorting too much Oxy. They will only care if they have enough for their next fix.
neither of those have tangible impact on someone who is dependent on a substance.
It's a mentality of abuse that people have. How do you get rid of that? Proper education and a decent upbringing.
I'm not saying anti-depressants don't have side effects.
I don't really buy the side effects issue. Let's look at the side effects of antidepressants:
I'm also not saying that weed is more harmful--or even as harmful--as excessive alcohol, which is another statement often misused by "advocates."
I'm saying it's foolish to ignore the side effects of weed--or pretend they don't even exist--and simply point out something that may be worse. That's like choosing to be punched in the stomach rather than the face.
Also, nothing I've seen indicates weed has positive impact on depression. It's a depressive drug, and in many cases--not all--has adverse effects on people suffering from depression.
I've given some opinions in this specific post, but you're ignoring that I've given simple and specific facts:
What you are giving is your opinion on a topic that we are discussing.
Weed is not prescribed in the US, it is, at best, recommended for use.
Clinically, weed is not considered medicine, it is considered a plant with psychoactive qualities that may have medical application.
I'm not really making an argument here. The bulk of my effort has been to redress some very common misconceptions about prescriptions.
Noone can be entirely objective in their arguments as we all have a bias on any issue we have knowledge of. I do appreciate the time you and others take to have a conversation rather than a flame-fest, though.