"Marijuana has never been proven as safe and effective for any disease," said Rep. Mark Souder, R-Ind. "Marijuana can increase the risk of serious mental health problems, and in teens, marijuana use can lead to depression, thoughts of suicide, and schizophrenia."What a dope.
I don't even know where to begin with what is wrong with all of that-- it's like something straight out of Reefer Madness. Does it cause men to be overcome with lust and attack women too? Does it turn women into a bunch of cheap dime store floozies? Does it cause people-- oh the horror-- to listen to jazz?
First of all, marijuana doesn't cause schizophrenia. Does he realize how many schitzophrenics there would be in this country if that were true? It would be an epidemic! The reason there is any association with drug use and schizophrenia is that if someone has latent schitzophrenia drug use can bring it out. In other words, they had to be schizophrenic in the first place. Secondly, there are studies that prove that it helps sick people with nausea, it can help them eat, relax and sleep. For instance, like this government-supported study that refutes everything you just said about marijuana. Or any one of these studies conducted by scientists and doctors and funded by various government entities. Sir, I think you owe the poor, defenseless plant an apology.
In the very same day the House also voted to support this:
By a 242-182 vote, the House approved an amendment by John Hostettler, R-Ind., to block the government from carrying out a federal judge's order that a monument on a courthouse lawn in his district representing the Ten Commandments be removed as a violation of the prohibition between church and state.Hey, it's never been proven that sticking up the Ten Commandments everywhere does anyone any good-- I think I even heard it can cause a lot of people discomfort, like their government is defying one of it's own commandments-- the 1st amendment. But it sure makes all of you feel better, doesn't it? I mean, it's not helping sick people, but it must give everyone some sort of higher-power high, right?
The whole damn House is really giving me an urge to go visit Arnold in Amsterdam.