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January 26, 2010

Tuesday Open Thread

by Brad Warbiany

In this country, it has become socially acceptable to use internet or over-the-phone consults with a fraudulent “ailment” for prescriptions of a recreational drug (Viagra/Cialis).

In this country, it is still socially unacceptable (in the areas where it is legal) to go see a doctor in-person with a moderately fraudulent ailment for prescriptions of a recreational drug (marijuana).


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  1. Because pharmaceutical companies make money off of Viagra and Cialis, and can legally advertise for them.

    Find a way to patent marijuana and it will be legalized tomorrow.

    Comment by CJS — January 26, 2010 @ 9:49 am
  2. Actually, CJS, they have… It’s called Marinol. And yes, it’s legal and prescribable for the same things that marijuana supposedly doesn’t help (as Schedule I, the FDA claims there is “no medical benefit).

    Comment by Brad Warbiany — January 26, 2010 @ 9:58 am
  3. OTOH, the same could be true about legal (by prescription) narcotics (Oxycontin, morphine, etc.). They face even more scrutiny and are less socially acceptable than marijuana. Of course they are terribly addictive and can lead to overdose, so that may be justified.

    So you are comparing the use of two relatively harmless recreational drugs and asking why one is seen as acceptable and one is not. I think there is what you might call inertia behind social acceptance of marijuana as a relatively harmless drug. After years of “refer madness” propaganda, people are slow on the uptake. But the ball seems to have started rolling, and it may be downhill from here. It all seems to have started with Obama’s decision not to raid areas where it is legal – the one good decision out of this administration. Maybe that’s his plan – the country will be broke and we’ll all be out of work but we can get high and forget about it!

    Comment by CJS — January 26, 2010 @ 10:09 am
  4. Which is interesting because Marinol is Schedule II. Granted that’s still in a class along with narcotics (heavy restrictions, but available for medical use).

    I think it may largely come down to the advertising that seems to support recreational use on one hand, compared to decades of negative propaganda on the other.

    Comment by CJS — January 26, 2010 @ 10:30 am
  5. It’s all about image. Who uses Viagra? Rich, midle-age white guys (at least, that is what the commercials all show). Who uses maijuana? -Insert media steryotype of looser here-

    Comment by Peter — January 27, 2010 @ 6:24 am
  6. You would think the socially acceptable views would be the same because the argument for both is they are a stepping stone to something harder.

    Comment by Let's Be Free — January 27, 2010 @ 7:39 am
  7. You would think the socially acceptable views would be the same because the argument for both is they are a stepping stone to something harder.

    Very nicely put. LOL.

    Comment by Akston — January 27, 2010 @ 9:49 pm

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