A Response to "Pragerism"


The Article by Dennis Prager, “Marijuana, A gift from the Left to America’s Youth” that I am responding to can be found here.

 Reefer Madness from the Right
Just the rhetoric I would expect from someone who thrives on social inequality and societal hierarchy.
“That means two American states are to the left of the Scandinavian countries, Holland, and every other liberal country regarding marijuana.” D.Prager
Yes, two states in our country decided to let the people choose. Two states made a monumental decision to change their current prohibitive stance on Cannabis. Legalization is now a reality and right-wing alarmists everywhere are aggressively spreading the modern-day equivalent to “Reefer Madness.”
The media is effectively stirring the People into becoming alarmed because High-school aged students are choosing to use Cannabis instead of Tobacco and Alcohol amongst other drugs. I for one do not see why this is so alarming. Cannabis has many therapeutic health benefits especially in comparison to alcohol. There are more deaths per year attributed to the use of over-the-counter Tylenol than Cannabis according to the FDA.
“According to an eight-year study conducted by the FDA during the 1990s, acetaminophen overdose caused 56,000 emergency room visits per year, and 458 deaths per year.” [1]
As a parent, knowing that Cannabis has caused zero deaths while acetaminophen has caused thousands, I find it more logical to be worried about the over-the-counter medications that children can purchase without a parent present.
“When something desirable is made easier to obtain, more people will obtain it.” D.Prager
Of course people will have more desire to use Cannabis than Alcohol once the restrictions concerning Cannabis are relaxed. We are taught from a young age about the horrible short and long term risks of alcohol consumption. Young people seeking out intoxicating substances is nothing new, just because two states legalized does not mean this caused an upswing in teenage drug and alcohol abuse. This is merely a shift in substances used, and the choice carries a far gentler risk.
Yes, our society is making peace with Cannabis and making war on cigarettes. Tobacco is not necessarily the problem with cigarettes, but rather the some 599 chemical additives put into the mixture during cigarette production.
These chemicals are an extreme health risk to tobacco users. Many of the additives are carcinogenic, teratogenic and mutagenic. Naturally it is a logical path to reduce the persecution of a benign substance instead targeting a substance that is a far greater public problem. Foolish society is not, the fool is found in one who fails to see the logic.
“Wisdom cannot be imparted. Wisdom that a wise man attempts to impart always sounds like foolishness to someone else … Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.”

 ― Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha
If you want a classic example of upside-down thinking, here it is: Hundreds of National Center for Biotechnology Information studies proving that Cannabis is therapeutic, a medicine and possibly a vital human nutrient, yet the federal government continues to prosecute citizens for cultivating and using it.
We finally have a generation who is unafraid of oppression and ridicule. This generation is willing to question authority, when authority has begun to spiral out of control. There is a massive amount of peer-reviewed and cited research by prestigious medical institutions and Nobel-intelligence scientists and still there is a stigma that prevents a fantastic medicine and untapped economic recovery from being utilized by the people.
I find it shocking that an individual in your position would recommend using tobacco over cannabis and even position yourself in Big Tobacco’s defense. One begins to wonder if you are in special-favor with Phillip-Morris or Reynolds-American. I hope no child ever reads the article you released into the public. My children will not be party to such a lie as you tell here:
“Yes, tobacco — specifically cigarettes — kills and marijuana doesn’t. But, if you’ll forgive the ultimate political incorrectness, young people would do much better in life if they smoked tobacco rather than weed.”
After claiming that Cannabis is far worse than cigarettes, you attempt to cause undue alarm to the public by quoting a CBS4 report, “new studies that have been published say the risk of a car accident increases two-fold after someone consumes pot.” 
I will quote the CDC:
[3] Alcohol: There are approximately 80,000 deaths attributable to excessive alcohol use each year in the United States. This makes excessive alcohol use the third leading lifestyle-related cause of death for the nation. Excessive alcohol use is responsible for 2.3 million years of potential life lost annually, or an average of about 30 years of potential life lost for each death.
Another article states:
Compared with sober drivers the same age, 16- to 20-year-olds who had a blood-alcohol level between .02 percent and .049 percent had triple the risk of being in a fatal crash, and nearly quadruple the risk of dying in a single-vehicle crash.
For myriad reasons, then, I would far prefer my teenager indulge in Cannabis — not to mention infused-edibles — than cigarettes or alcohol. Anyone who thinks that pot is more harmful to a teenager than tobacco or alcohol is fooling himself — and his teenager.
What the Left has done to America’s youth in the last 40 or so years is gift us with many civil rights movements, anti-war movements, and environmental movements, in addition to releasing massive amounts of research proving the benefits of Cannabis.
Your tirade is so damaging as to be unforgivable. You have blamed problems created by the entire political system as a whole on the left. Each party is equally to blame.
But you have left yourself and the right with higher self-esteem.
CannaDad
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