If I remember correctly, Montana has the highest level of alcoholism in the country but amazingly, we continue to promote the use of alcohol by promoting brewery products and festivals plus drunk drivers appear every weekend – and yet god forbid the use of marijuana, which usually puts the smoker to sleep while the drunks walk the streets and some even sleep on the street.

Seems to me, the powers that be need to rethink this and give those who would rather smoke pot a break, especially since it is known to be the best “treatment” for those with post-traumatic stress disorder and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. The medical benefits alone are far better than finding massive amounts of funds to finance alcohol and drugs (like meth and abuse of prescription drug) programs.

P.S.: I do not drink, smoke or use drugs, but I’ve worked in the field of alcohol and drug abuse.

Jackie Trotchie, Missoula

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Wrongfully Evicted
Wrongfully Evicted

before the law: People stayed inside and were hidden
After law passed: your friends think they can drive down the road, let go the wheel to grab their lighter in one hand and pipe in the other to have the next hit, they they have time to do all that and grab the wheel before ANY car not perfectly aligned and many are not, from veering off the road or into oncoming traffic head-on. Now, since you are smarter than you're friend, Do you grab the wheel or not?
Or did you not get in the car?
R.I.P. JC Claremont

Don't Care
Don't Care

That makes no sense.

GaryEG
GaryEG

It all boils down to the fact that it's ok to drink your drug but not ok to smoke your drug. I have lost two freinds and a Brother-in-law to drunk drivers. I have never even had a friend or reletive even be slightly hurt from a stoned driver. Alcohol impairs a person way more than marijuana.
Final thought for y'all... Man made booze, God made weed. Who do you trust?

Sukey
Sukey

Gary, God also made naturally-occuring arsenic, oleander bushes, massive catastrophic weather events, and other really dangerous things. I think he expected you to use the brain he gave you, not stone the brain he gave you.

GaryEG
GaryEG

All those things you listed kill, like alcohol, Marijuana does NOT kill! You cannot over-dose on MJ, it is impossible. You can however over-dose on alcohol and almost all legal medications. MJ helps relieve pain amd also has a calming effect.
So I can only conclude from your statement that you trust man more than you trust god/nature. I can say the exact same thing as your last sentence about alcohol. Oh, wait the whole point of alcohol is to pickle your brain to the point of blocking any and all good judgement. Once again I will make the statement that alcohol kills, not MJ.
P.S. Even with my "stoned brain", I still made the honor roll every year I was in college. I doubt a drunk could say the same thing. In fact I had some non-smoking peers that wanted me to help them with studying and I was told by more than one prof. that I should be a tutor. All that with a "stoned brain". I also have an IQ of 137, what' yours?

GaryEG
GaryEG

OK Sukey lets have a contest. You and I will each take the same IQ test. I will take my test after smoking weed and you take your test after getting drunk, then we'll see who scores better. When I out-score you then you need to admit you were wrong. You game?

Sukey
Sukey

Gary, I don't drink alcohol, ever. Never did. I don't think its a contest over which is worse, alcohol or pot. If I had a brain tumor and needed surgery, I would not want the neurosurgeon to be under the influence of either. If I was in a jet, going 600 miles an hour over the Atlantic ocean and caught in turbulent weather, I don't want the pilot under the influence of either. I don't want to be on the highway with drivers under the influence of either. Why would you EVER want to be under the influence of pot, knowing the above categories make it unacceptable because it changes your brain waves, renders you less capable of functioning. Its why it is called DOPE- thats not a reference to the plant but to the user of the plant...We're talking "recreational" use here, not PTSD victims, not cancer chemo patients, not those who require sedatation for serious illnesses. Why go through life stoned or drunk?

Don't Care
Don't Care

Time to put the bingo card down and go take your meds Suckit. You better not come into Missoula, everyone here drives stoned.

GaryEG
GaryEG

OK. I thought you would have that answer. So I'll put my "stoned brain" against your sober brain in an IQ test any time and I'll still score higher than you. (no pun intended.) You're are the one that calls all pot smokers stupid and dopes. Put up or shut up.
So are you willing to accept my challenge, or are you ready to admit that not ALL pot smokers are stupid or a dope.
Remember when you lose, you owe me and every pot smoker an appology. I'd accept your appology as a LTE. That would be fine with me.

Objective observer
Objective observer

I just reported Don't Care's comment as abuse. Doesn't matter whether I agree with Sukey or not.

Sukey
Sukey

Montana is second in the nation, only behind Alaska, for most highway fatalities due to smoking pot. The idea, expressed by Don't Care, that "most everyone" in Missoula is stoned is stupid. All his (or her) friends probably are because who else would associate with those people? If you think the rest of us don't know you're stoned when you are you are DEAD wrong. Its obvious when you are under the influence of that filthy weed, letting it manipulate your brain waves and make you appear stupid -i.e. stoned. As far as Frenchy being a strong conservative voice, thank goodness someone is speaking out against the drug-induced depravity that is gripping this nation. There is a reason its against the law to drive under the influence of pot or alcohol, and Frenchy and his daughter paid a terrible price.

chaffincreek
chaffincreek

@Sukey: That is a bold series of statements. Please show us the supporting URL, or how you obtained your information with verifiable facts.

Don't Care
Don't Care

Suckit-It is so obvious from your post that you must in your 90's and still have that fear from refer madness. You really should not give an opinion when you have absolutely no experience on the subject. Pot is not filthy, nor does it manipulate your mind, it does not make one stupid. So before you scream "the sky is falling" why don;t you try it yourself and then get back to us.

Objective observer
Objective observer

Again, reported abuse on Don't Care's comment. Doesn't matter that I disagree with Sukey.

Wrongfully Evicted
Wrongfully Evicted

I don't think Jackie was saying it's ok to smoke pot and drive a car, or endanger others lives while smoking it. get. Sh is referring to medical facts which most people can't sort out in their heads until they have a medical issue use the product and relate to it's pain relief. If you're son in law was driving while smoking he had no experience in doing so, to be the cause of any death or harm to another is completely irresponsible., unintelligent.
and some smokers don't just fall asleep, when some never sleep.

frenchy
frenchy

Well Jackie

My daughter died because her husband was driving while high on pot., so don't ask me to give pot smokers a break.

Don't Care
Don't Care

I'm sorry for your loss but I don't buy that for a second. Maybe he dropped the lighter, was looking for it and crashed. But to say pot makes you impaired and causes accidents like alcohol just isn't true. How do I know that? Because myself and most everyone in Missoula smoke pot daily and drive. Yes, I have 35 years experience and I am an expert on the subject.

chaffincreek
chaffincreek

@frenchy: You don't believe you're a little extreme? First, we don't know all of the circumstance behind your daughters death - my condolences. Second, what we do know is that you are on the rightwing fringe - "I think Daines' voting record is only about 75% on the Constitutional side, so yes, he should be indited for treason along with every other RINO and ALL of the communist democrats including all of the Supreme Court Justices." (frenchy) And we know that you can't spell or construct a simple sentence. I certainly wouldn't want someone like you making decisions for me or my body.

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