Marijuana is a drug. That should be the end of this post because it seems this should be intuitively obvious to even the feeblest of intellects. Now I will concede that marijuana may be less harmful than cigarettes, and it is certainly less harmful than alcohol. You can die of alcohol poisoning, but it's essentially impossible to die of a marijuana overdose. And I will definitely concede that THC has several benefits for certain people, including stimulating the appetite and decreasing nausea in cancer patients and decreasing intraocular pressure in glaucoma patients.
However, this isn't about the danger of marijuana, this is simply about the stupid argument made by stupid people that marijuana is an herb, not a drug. Or that it's a leaf, not a drug. This always seems to be the argument of the A) uninformed or B) pothead.
Let me get this straight - What you're claiming is if it comes from a plant then it can't be a drug? Interesting.
So I guess aspirin isn't a drug because the salicylic acid was discovered in a willow tree. I suppose taxols, a class of chemotherapy, aren't drugs because they were isolated from the Pacific Yew tree, and vinblastine and vincristine (more chemotherapy drugs) also aren't drugs because they come from the Madagascar periwinkle. Digoxin (a heart medication) can't possibly be a drug because it was discovered in the foxglove plant. And caffeine CERTAINLY can't be a drug because it's found in tea leaves and coffee beans.
Let's not even start with how cocaine can't be a drug because it's extracted from the coca leaf! And damn it, heroin can't be a drug because it comes from the opium poppy. Hell, that's a FLOWER! How the hell can it be a drug, right? RIGHT??
I have to assume these idiots are just stoned when saying this. I welcome any and all comments from potheads, I mean marijuana advocates supporting their theory. Oh and by the way, trying to claim that my analogies are invalid because the poppy is "processed" to get the opium out is ridiculous - you "process" the marijuana by burning it before inhaling the fumes.
Ready to argue? And...go!