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Which illegal drug is causing the most damage in Kansas?

Response Percent Votes
Methamphetamine
 
83% 748
Marijuana
 
7% 67
Other (please specify in the comments)
 
4% 39
Cocaine
 
2% 26
Heroin
 
1% 12
Ecstasy
 
0% 9
Total 901

Comments

cummingshawk 2 years, 9 months ago

Mom and Dad's medicine cabinet = the ultimate gateway intro to drugs.

Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 9 months ago

Nicotiana tabacum, no doubt.

Although the percentage of people that use it in the United States is declining, it is still a whopping 20%.

It is one of the most addictive drugs in the world, many claim that it is more addictive than heroin.

And, it is what is referred to as a "gateway drug", but ALL of the drugs it is a "gateway" to are less harmful!

The terrible health effects of using it are well known, but people use it anyway. The deaths and injuries that it causes are in the tens millions, and the national cost the users incur is in the billions of dollars every year.

And yet, there is very little effort to eradicate it!

Michael LoBurgio 2 years, 9 months ago

Facts on Cannabis and Alcohol

Marijuana is far less toxic and less addictive than alcohol. Long-term marijuana use is far less damaging than long-term alcohol use.

Alcohol use contributes to aggressive behavior and acts of violence, whereas marijuana use reduces the likelihood of violent behavior.

Alcohol use is highly associated with violent crime, whereas marijuana use is not.

Alcohol use contributes to the likelihood of domestic violence and sexual assault and marijuana use does not.

Alcohol use is prevalent in cases of sexual assault and date rape, whereas marijuana use is not considered a contributing factor in cases of sexual assault and date rape.

Alcohol use contributes to reckless behavior and serious injuries, and it is highly associated with emergency room visits, whereas marijuana use does not contribute to such behavior and injuries, and is seldomly associated with emergency room visits. http://www.saferchoice.org/content/view/24/53/

Bursting 2 years, 9 months ago

Why does it have to be "Which Illegal drug" Alcohol and cigarettes by the numbers are affecting people worse.

Oh yea and Pot: Lgalize it, tax it, benifit from it! Why in the world are we learning so dissapointingly slowly?

pace 2 years, 9 months ago

Oil grease shot directly into the governor's vein.

gphawk89 2 years, 9 months ago

I, too, was going to comment about something that's apparently added to the water supply (but only in the Lawrence area). You beat me to it.

Seriously, take out the word "illegal" and tobacco and alcohol rule by the sheer number of people affected. Take it from someone who had two alcoholic grandfathers, one who smoked and eventually died of esophageal cancer.

patkindle 2 years, 9 months ago

The only benefit of todays commercial tobacco is the revenue the govt receives from the sale of legal smokes The user doesn’t get high and only feels somewhat of A calming effect ,if any. Not much benefit For the cost involved . Most parents today Accept the idea marijuana should be legalized and causes little if any harm. However they Forget the same nice guy that sells them Their daily joints, also probably peddles crack or meth to their kids. An illegal drug dealer is still an illegal drug dealer, unless you believe an illegal immigrant from mexico is ok, but an illegal foreign terrorist immigrant is not so good , Sorry, but Illegal , is still illegal

Kyle Chandler 2 years, 9 months ago

Doesnt get high but feels a calming effect huh? You just described what a post chemo patient feels after they ingest medical marijuana.

And just so you know, when i used to buy grass in college, as with my other friends, the guy selling it was just some hippie stoner, never did he try to get us to listen to the grateful dead and then segue into 'Its even better on Meth maaaaan' Never, although that would be funny.

So try again, the only thing you have to fear is the facts ma'am.

asixbury 2 years, 9 months ago

I'm with kylechandler on this one. Meth and pot dealers are two vastly different breeds. The pot dealer is the friendly stoner next door. Whereas the Meth dealer is the dude missing his teeth with pock marks all over his face, doing whatever it takes to get his meth again. Tweakers are scum, potheads are funny--enough said.

asixbury 2 years, 9 months ago

Could say the same about Conservatism...

camper 2 years, 9 months ago

Well the poll is about drug usage. Isn't there another "I don't like liberals" page. Slow news day?

patkindle 2 years, 9 months ago

kyle, Ok, how about you get a dollar for every Cancer patient using pot for help. I get a dollar for all the dimwitted doper Wannabes That excuse never did fly Just more smoke and mirrors for The potheads Enjoy

pace 2 years, 9 months ago

Spend time with a cancer victim on treatment or shut up.

asixbury 2 years, 9 months ago

I'm with Pace. I have seen personally the tremendous positive effects medicinal marijuana has on cancer patients. My mother-in-law could not keep any food down without it. She was in too much pain to ever feel "high." Just like when you take a loritab for pain; if you're truly in pain, it does not make you feel high, just more normal.

jhawkinsf 2 years, 9 months ago

I really have no problem with pot one way or the other. Legalize it or don't, it doesn't matter to me. What I do object to is when it is legalized for medicinal purposes, then used as a ruse for perfectly healthy people to then get their medical marijuana card so they can get high. That's dishonest. And if we encourage dishonesty here, we encourage dishonesty elsewhere. If you want to legalize pot, work towards that end. Do is truthfully. Do it with integrity. But if you do it with lies, then you're no different than those who exaggerate the harm pot does.

asixbury 2 years, 9 months ago

I think it should be completely legal, but the first step to that is making it legal for medicinal reasons. That is easier for the populace to swallow. It's only a matter of time until it's completely legal anyway, but it takes one small step at a time.

Bursting 2 years, 9 months ago

completely agreed, I'm dissapointed people like the one above allow themselves to be brainwashed into thinking its all about "potheads"

jhawkinsf 2 years, 9 months ago

I never met so many "ill" people as I met in California, which has "medical marijuana". All those aging Deadheads with glaucoma, cancer, etc. Their children too. And the grandkids "ill" as well. Thankfully, there are compassionate doctors to treat all of them, they advertise in "High Times" and other magazines.
As I said, I could care less if it's legalized. Just don't cloak it as a medical issue. Those cases, while very real, are but a small percentage of those being served at the dispensaries.

pizzapete 2 years, 9 months ago

I agree people shouldn't be allowed to smoke marijuana just to have fun or to enjoy themselves. Similarly, women shouldn't be allowed contraceptive rights just so they can use sex for fun instead of for pro-creation as it was intended. There better be a life and death situation involved before we allow people that kind of freedom.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 2 years, 9 months ago

Not a drug, but wedding cake is the most expensive.

patkindle 2 years, 9 months ago

i absolutely support any one with any illness that can get relief from marijuana. but i have little respect for the dopers than hide behind the claim for their own pleasure

asixbury 2 years, 9 months ago

I know many, many, many successful people who smoke pot. It no more affects their life then drinking wine with dinner. You would be surprised the true number of users out there; much higher than the reports ever show. It was mainly made illegal to prevent the competition for cotton and tobacco farmers, back during the prohibition. Before that time, no one ever thought twice about it.

patkindle 2 years, 9 months ago

if succesful people are pot heads, they should be proud to pay taxes on thier dope, but that takes the fun out of it for them it should be free with no taxes for cancer patients and such alotof the rich pot smokers kinda like electric cars to cheat the taxes on gasoline to save the planet

asixbury 2 years, 9 months ago

They would be more than happy to pay taxes on it, so their actions are no longer illegal. Most people I know who partake of this plant, this is the only illegal thing they ever do.

I agree 100% cancer patients should get it for free.

tbaker 2 years, 9 months ago

Drug laws are doing the most harm. Drugs should be decriminalized. Provided they do not harm anyone else, adults in a free society should be able to ingest whatever substance they want. Making drugs illegal make their impact on society much worse. The "drug war" is an abject failure by any rational measure.

Elizabeth Stancliffe 2 years, 9 months ago

After reading all that crap, I am going out for a cigarette.

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