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Steve Benson

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  1. masterskrain

    masterskrain GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Maybe this is the beginning of a little glimmer of sanity in the Criminal Justice System.
    Locking people up for years for possession of a couple of
    joints is just crazy!

  2. Enoki

    Enoki said, over 1 year ago

    I guess ignorance really is bliss…

  3. Mephistopholes

    Mephistopholes GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Omnius – Rarely do I find myself agreeing with you but on this particular issue I do.

    I think this becomes a Freedom/Liberty issue and most Republicans are on the wrong side on this. As long as drug users are willing to take responsibility for their actions they should be allowed the Freedom to make their own choices.

    The war on drugs has been an expensive Boondoggle.

  4. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    The most dangerous place in America is getting between a right wing yahoo and his guns.

  5. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Alcohol is ten times worse than pot.

  6. denis1112

    denis1112 said, over 1 year ago

    @Rad-ish

    Most dangerous place in America is between a leftwingnut dope head and the money in your pocket he/she needs to get more dope.

  7. Stipple

    Stipple said, over 1 year ago

    50 years of brainwashing will not go away in a matter of months, it will be the next generation that is raised with sanity that will end this.
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    All civilizations do stupid things, this “war on drugs” is one of the most damaging America has embraced.
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    Right up there with all these wars we enjoin overseas.

  8. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Rad-ish

    Radish said, about 1 hour ago
    Alcohol is ten times worse than pot."
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    Sorry but it is not. Pot is very bad. Oh I am in favor of letting idiots get high. But you better start with the truth. Pot is a fat soluble, so besides having a 22 half life, it can get into the fat and bother you when you least expect it. Alcohol is water based and gets flushed out of the system. Drunk one day not the next. High one day, the next not as so but it still has an effect on you. It still could impair. And no it does not “kill” brain cells. But it does mess with the synaptic connections. Alcohol can have a straight forward effect. Pot on the other hand has a direct effect, but then a subtle effect afterwards. it does change a person and more often then not, not for good.
    But I have said it many times and i stand by what i have said. If it can be grown make it legal. If it has to be processed, regulate it highly and try to treat the person. Forget which drug they are on just help them! That alone will bring down the abuse.

  9. spyderred

    spyderred said, over 1 year ago

    @Harleyquinn

    HQ I know facts confuse you, but here are some. Morgan and Zimmer (1991) compiled existing literature and data into a single document in order to discredit what they felt were widespread myths about marijuana. One of these myths was that marijuana damages brain cells, and that this damage causes memory loss, cognitive impairment, and learning difficulties. They report that this claim is based on a study by Heath et. al (1980), in which structural changes in several regions of the brain were found in two rhesus monkeys exposed to THC, the active chemical in marijuana. These changes occurred primarily in the hippocampus, the area of the brain known to play an important role in learning and memory, which suggested that exposure to THC in humans would yield similar negative results.
    However, according to Morgan and Zimmer, in order to achieve these damaging results, doses of up to 200 times the psychoactive dose in humans would have to be given. Even studies in which subjects were given 100 times the human dose failed to cause any structural impairment of the brain. Additionally, in a more recent study of rhesus monkeys by Slikker et. al (1992), in which the monkeys were exposed to the equivalent of 4-5 joints per day through face-mask inhalation for an entire year, seven months later there was no observed change in hippocampal structure, cell size, cell number, or synaptic configuration. As a result of these studies, Morgan and Zimmer concluded that the claim that marijuana causes physiological damage to brain cells is incorrect.
    A study by Block et. al (1999) yielded similar results, finding that “frequent marijuana use does not produce clinically apparent MRI abnormalities or detectable global or regional changes in brain tissue volumes of gray or white matter, or both combined”. However, the study notes that anatomical abnormalities could occur at a microscopic level that cannot be measured by an MRI, so the true results of the study remain somewhat unclear.
    Despite this, Morgan and Zimmer acknowledge that there is evidence that marijuana, especially in high doses, can interfere with users’ ability to transfer new information into long-term memory. Thus, although while under the influence of marijuana, learning is less efficient, there is no evidence that marijuana users suffer permanent structural impairment.

  10. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @spyderred

    users’ ability to transfer new information into long-term memory. Thus, although while under the influence of marijuana, learning is less efficient, there is no evidence that marijuana users suffer permanent structural impairment."
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    Let me try again. Pot has a 22 hour half life. Alcohol flushes from the system. Yes it can and does cause damage when over used. But that is not what I am talking about. What I am saying is Pot stays in your system. Pot does interfere with the brain. “long term” is not the factor I am looking at. i am saying 22 hour half life and the fact it can hide in your fat cells is what makes it dangerous. When you are drinking you know it. The next morning it over. But when you are on pot it takes days to get out of your system. And as long as it is it DOES have an effect on you. Minor effects on the brain can have big effects on your life, plus most pot smokers will deny the effect. But it is there. 22 hours after you stop you have half that amount still effecting you. 22 hours after that, yes you are not really “buzzed” but it is still there and it still is in your brain. That is why it is so dangerous! and I said no it does not “damage” brain cells, it gets in the way of the synopouse, the communication between brain cells. Wich one off the effects is memory and not just short to long. That is just one of the easiest to measure.
    But I will state again i think it should be legal. It makes it easier to spot the stupid among us so you can avoid them.

  11. fritzoid

    fritzoid GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    I could probably find this out on my own easily enough, but has there been significant change in the laws concerning industrial hemp? The relative availability of hemp-based products at street fairs and specialty shops indicates to me that, at the very least, a blind eye is being turned, but I haven’t heard of any farmers plowing under their surplus corn fields (for instance) to start raising hemp on a large scale…

  12. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Harleyquinn

    The ‘half life’ doesn’t matter unless you are being drug tested. The intoxication period of pot is about 3 hours. Just think of all those alcoholics who are fat from the calories in alcohol, also alcohol causes liver damage and brain shrinkage. Cannabis may be an anti cancer drug.

  13. Stipple

    Stipple said, over 1 year ago

    All this anti is based on “what if?”
    All the “what ifs” that are researched and documented turn out untrue.
    These finding are ignored and “what if” grows more drastic:
    “unless they kill your entire family”, posted twice.
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    Communication can not happen with ignorance refusing to acknowledge science.
    Amusing, but not communication.

  14. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Please understand that someone who dies while driving a car under the influence does not die from the drug but from the car wreck. Its called in statistics, death by misadventure.
    Drinking to much alcohol will kill you from acute alcohol poisoning. People do not die from pot over dose, if you have to get high its a much safer drug.

  15. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Rad-ish

    Again, you are not getting it. Pot is is your system. “intoxication” is not the factor I am talking about! You do not have to be “intoxicated” for an Aspirin to work? Pot is more poten! The danger is in the fact that it does affect you long after you are “intoxicated” in fact seeing as it is not “toxic” I am not sure were you are coming from.
    And i am not going to sit her and rehash every “scientific” paper i have read on the subject. I have done plenty of that. And i have also watched pot slowly ruin many lives. But if those people want to slowly “tune out” I say goodbye. at least you fade away into your own pathetic world unlike processed drugs. Those things cause outward direct behavior that affects society negatively. So those drugs should be illegal to the point people will want and not afraid to get help. pot which can be grown here sold here and what not legally and taxed heavily. The users tend to just fade back into themselves. I feel more sorry for the idiots then anything. Bt I am tired of my tax $ fighting it when you can make tax money supporting it.
    But yes alcohol in long term can cause bodily harm. but short term it flushes out. The only “mental” effect is strictly psychological in that what was effecting you is no longer in your system. Pot the more you do the longer it stays, the longer it stays the more subtle the effect. And if you have been around pot smokers, I am sorry to speak the truth, but over time the stupider they get! And they do not even know it! that is the big lie. That is why it is so dangerous. IT IS THE DENIAL that it is dangerous and apologist like you that make it seem so benign. it is less then alcohol is a crock! You are comparing short term vs real long term effects. just accept it. Be true to what it does and it will be easier to make it legal.

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