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Deconstruction of “How much do you know about marijuana?” Facebook quiz

Posted by Michael Dickens on October 30, 2009

Yes, I know that deconstructing a Facebook quiz is literally shooting fish in a barrel. But I’m tired right now. And I can do whatever I want, because it’s my blog.

Can marijuana kill you?
I thought one dude died from it one time? But it’s really rare.
I’d assume so, if not get you into harder drugs that kill you.
Zero deaths reported, ever. Asprin is more likely to do you in.

Let’s see. One unintelligent answer, one vague answer, and one articulate answer. The articulate answer is the “pro-marijuana” one. Intriguing.

Is marijuana worse than alcohol?
Nah, it’s about even probably.
Uh, yea. Illegal.
It inhibits you less and does far less damage to your body.

Once again, there is a clear bias. The first answer is by “someone” who clearly doesn’t know anything about the subject. The second is by someone whose only argument against marijuana is that it’s illegal (which is a serious case of a straw man argument). The third argument is sort of correct, because marijuana does less long-term damage and inhibits you less. But alcohol is usually very watered down (beer is only about 5% alcohol), so you have to have a lot of it to feel the effects.

Isn’t marijuana a gateway drug?
Why do you think it’s illegal?
No, there’s no proof and a plethora of evidence to the contrary.
Whatever, I don’t think so.

Gateway drug theory is a specialized version of the slippery slope argument. There is evidence both supporting and not supporting gateway drug theory. This is again a straw man argument. Two of the responses are unintelligent, and the third (#2) is partially correct. There is evidence to the contrary, but there is also evidence supporting it (see the link).

Isn’t marijuana addictive?
Weed is not physically addictive.
It is, and a lot of people abuse it.
I don’t think so.

Marijuana is not physically addictive, but this doesn’t mean that it’s not addictive. Video games aren’t physically addictive, but plenty of people are addicted to them. Marijuana is mildly addictive but not very, so I have to give this one to whoever wrote these heavily loaded questions.

The government maintains that marijuana has no medical value.
That’s bullshit, then why do a bunch of states have medical marijuana?
Actually it can be used to combat nausea in chemo, increase appetite in AIDs patients, and more.
And they’re right.

“The government” is not a single entity. It has many branches. I’m not an expert, but marijuana probably does have medical value, since it is used medically. Some parts of the government think that it should be used, and other parts do not.

I heard that marijuana makes you lazy and stupid.
Studies show that the average smoker is college educated and full-time employed.
No arguments here.
It may kill a few brain cells, but c’mon, it’s fun!

This one makes me want to scream! If the average smoker is college educated and full-time employed, that is not relevant in the least. And what kind of cop-out answer is “no arguments here”?

Can’t marijuana give you cancer?
Probably. But hey, so can pretty much everything.
Studies haven’t shown a link between cannabis use and cancer.
If cigarettes can, so can marijuana.

Who ever said it could?

Marijuana permanently screws up your short term memory.
It must, because all stoners are forgetful.
Wrong, short term memory is only affected during the time that you’re high.
Haha, what was the question again?

Ha. You’re so funny.

Marijuana only has one use, to get you high.
And that’s a great use.
So untue, hemp can become paper, textiles, biodegradable plastics, health food, fuel, and more.
Correct.

Smoking marijuana only has one use, to get you high.

Doesn’t marijuana cause a lot of car accidents?
Probably some but not a lot.
Alcohol and cell phones cause far more, high drivers tend to go slow and be more aware.
Of course, it’s a drug.

I doubt that high drivers are more aware, and going slow is not always a good idea (ever gotten stuck behind someone going 50 on the freeway? not only is it not fun, it’s dangerous). Alcohol and cell phones are worse, but that’s beside the point. If you get stabbed in the neck you are more likely to die than if you run headfirst into the garage door, but that doesn’t mean that running headfirst into the garage door is a good idea. Messing with your mental state while driving is in general not a good idea.

Is marijuana worse than cigarettes?
Cigarettes are much worse, they kill 500,000+ people per year.
Obviously, it’s illegal.
I heard there’s more chemicals in it but it can’t be much worse.

In terms of number of deaths, cigarettes are worse. But in terms of short-term effects, marijuana is much more harmful.

That was painful.

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3 Responses to “Deconstruction of “How much do you know about marijuana?” Facebook quiz”

  1. phynnboi said

    “This one makes me want to scream! If the average smoker is college educated and full-time employed, that is not relevant in the least.”

    It’s relevant to the quiz’s “question”: The stupid are unlikely to be college educated and the lazy are unlikely to hold full-time jobs.

    “Messing with your mental state while driving is in general not a good idea.”

    So they should ban car radios, too? 🙂

  2. i smoke marijuana to help me sleep, increase my appetite, as an anti-depressant, as a mood enhancer, and yes occasionally to get high. Smoking marijuana has more than one use, thats why its called “medicinal”

    “In terms of number of deaths, cigarettes are worse. But in terms of short-term effects, marijuana is much more harmful.”

    what the hell are you talking about? what short-term effect could possibly be more harmful than death?

    “I doubt that high drivers are more aware, and going slow is not always a good idea (ever gotten stuck behind someone going 50 on the freeway? not only is it not fun, it’s dangerous). Alcohol and cell phones are worse, but that’s beside the point. If you get stabbed in the neck you are more likely to die than if you run headfirst into the garage door, but that doesn’t mean that running headfirst into the garage door is a good idea. Messing with your mental state while driving is in general not a good idea.”

    no shit, that’s why a responsible marijuana law reform would include stipulations similar to those with alcohol and driving. blame the user, not the substance.

    “This one makes me want to scream! If the average smoker is college educated and full-time employed, that is not relevant in the least.”

    how is that not relevant to the question? the question is whether or not marijuana users are lazy and stupid. most would agree holding down a full-time job and successfully graduating from a 4-year university with a degree qualifies you as a “productive member of society”.

    i pity the bug thats up your ass. i’m willing to bet that bug has met walls with more personality than you.

    • I agree, marijuana has its benefits. But to act as though it is not harmful, as that particular quiz was doing, is dishonest. Proponents of the legalization of marijuana often downplay its side effects. I admit that I overemphasized the side effects in response. My own opinion regarding the matter is that marijuana should be legalized but its side effects should be emphasized, as is often the case with alcohol. I also believe that regularly smoking marijuana, just like regularly getting drunk, is hazardous to your health. Actually, it’s not so much that I believe it as it is that numerous scientific studies have evidenced it.

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