Tracey has indeed commented rather negatively on this post (and the other one) stating it doesn't seem so family friendly a topic and I argued the points well explaining that hearing parents and members discussing a topic with so many points of view is a good thing. We can talk alcohol, a chemical process but not a natural one?
I do think though that the biggest LUNG problem is the intense heat that many people (mostly pipe smokers) subject themselves to. If using different cooling methods so ambient smoke entered the lungs, I doubt there would be hardly as much negative effect - just MHO.
I just don't know of any POTAHOLICS either, but I've worked with several alcoholics. People who smoke DON'T suffer withdraw, then can only get so buzzed and increase use usually decreases the effect. Never hear of a hangover either unless of course they were mixing the two and I think too much booze and weed makes for dizzying visuals that increase the alcohols effects. Anything that make you want to watch Ren and Stimpy or playing video games and eat cookies on the couch in your jamies can't be too bad for you.
I've never heard mentioned of Contradiction with other medications either, but everything I've ever been prescribed said DO NOT TAKE WITH ALCOHOL. I'm not supporting the use here, I'm just weighing one chemical against the other and I TOTALLY believe that ALCOHOL is the more evil of the two. Pot has needlessly filled our jails to the breaking point, to the point where hard drug dealers get reduced sentences because of no space is available for them, it's bass ackwards.
So don't worry about starting this post, not everyone has tried or uses, but I imagine everyone knows someone who uses or has used. And FRANKLY, unless you have tried it, I don't think you have a dog in this fight.
I think the most important thing is to be honest with your kids, this may sound easy to a guy with no kids - but remember I nearly raised a boy for 7 years - I was always honest about things with him, lying proved nothing.
About Potaholics, I know there are many smokers who enjoy it from "wake and bake" to "Steep and Sleep" but take it away from them after years of cronic years of use and they'll miss it but they won't go into the DTs or any other withdraw - none that I've ever heard of.
So I'll end my input, I just want to see it legalized for medical reasons, and not because I suffer seizures and glaucoma either :-P but because there are people like my Mom who NO MATTER WHAT CLINICAL TRIALS KEEP SAYING people do get relieve from pain, are able to eat, enjoy life a little more, feel less depressed and all the other things that Cindi and others have mentioned.
The people I feel sorry for though are the poor guy or girl who deals with people they normally would have nothing to do with to get an ounce bag to last them a month or two, so they don't have to keep taking chance after chance just to have a relaxing evening with somethng that they morally are comfortable with. It usually ends up the being busted and the dealer gets away, so they lose their car in NJ and an ounce can be a felony if you had other paraphanalia with it.
Decriminalize it, or get it behind the counter at the drugstore like you do pseudo-ephedrin. Whatever it takes to get casual users out of jail and back to a productive place in society. What happens to people, how they can lose their jobs, family and freedom over something that 60% of the country agree should be at the very least decriminalized - I'm hoping that the LIBERAL CONGRESS finally decides to get off their butts, legalize it, tax the CRAP out of it and actually get the dealers off the streets and bring in unheard of revenue to get us out of this mess.
The argument is always QUALITY CONTROL - pill TCH versions really don't have the same effects, I don't believe for a second that pharacutical companies can't blend a series of strength as they do with every pill they pop out. Give it to the tobacco company, they sure can regulate the extra nicotine they pour in cigs, I'm sure they could create balance THC and still filter it and package it - let's get this ecconomy off the ground, and this could be one way to do it - borrowing against debt is the stupidest thing I've ever heard of, at least this make some kinda sense.