U.S. Anti-Marijuana Ads Focus on Reduced Gaming Skills

March 10, 2009 -

Above The Influence, the youth-oriented, anti-drug media campaign run by the Office of National Drug Control Policy, has a new, avatar-based ad campaign which warns gamers that their skills will be negatively impacted by smoking pot.

From the Huffington Post:

To dramatize how bad a stoner can be at video games, the site interviews a computer-generated character who laments the demise of a gamer friend of hers. "I used to have a good time with Lyle. We made a good team. He had skill. He had swiftness," she says. "Well, he used to, anyway. Then our last fight, Lyle decided to get high. And it was simply: sayonara skill, sayonara swiftness."

The Above the Influence campaign points out that perception, memory and eye-hand coordination are all reduced by marijuana use.

Via: Kotaku


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Re: U.S. Anti-Marijuana Ads Focus on Reduced Gaming Skills

"So what I'm saying is, get drunk/high on your own time. Not while gamming.. "

If they are gaming, then they are already on their own time. Bigot.

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I have overall mixed views on Mary Jane. Yeah, I'm willing to agree it isn't particularly harmful as long as you don't abuse it (especially when compared to other illegal drugs that get made in "labs"), but I still think that even if it was legalized, it would need to be moderated like tobacco and alcohol.

Nevertheless, as Freyar said, "just keep that crap out of my home and my store."

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I'm in the same camp, in the sense that legalizing the drug will mean having to monitor it.  Any drug has to fit certain specifications.  Also, legalizing the drug will make the gangs/"businesses" distributing it legit and minimize the crime associated with it, which is another plus.

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One time in WoW, a member admitted in guildchat that he had been drinking just prior o a raid.  And he was acting more goofy than usual.  We gave his slot to another guild member, since we didn't want to deal with him.  I mean, yeah, he was a hoot to listen to drunk.  But we didn't want to take the chance that he might slow us up or anything during the raid.

Same arguement applies to lighting up a joint.

Re: U.S. Anti-Marijuana Ads Focus on Reduced Gaming Skills

You guys must be a barrel of laughs to play with.

Re: U.S. Anti-Marijuana Ads Focus on Reduced Gaming Skills

Unfair judgement based on lack of facts.  We were a lot of fun most of the time.  Bu getting a raid together was difficult enough as it is (this is back in the days when all raids were 40 man).  We didn't want to waste it on the chance that an impared player might make a bad pull, or get left behind while he drunkenly typed out a reply.

If you're going to play multiplayer, then some occasional goofiness is fne.  But when it comes down to business, I don't want to deal with someone that drunk or high, or has a bladder infection that makes them pee every 10 minutes, or is just too tired from lack of sleep to pay attenion.  That aplies to any multiplayer.  Ok, fine, during a casual match of Team Fortress II, I could put up with a high player fooling around.  But if we're in a tournament, I dont want to get shot in the back because he suddenly thinks friendly fire is the funniest thing in the world.

Re: U.S. Anti-Marijuana Ads Focus on Reduced Gaming Skills

Yep, DEFINITLEY take your gaming too seriously.

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Re: U.S. Anti-Marijuana Ads Focus on Reduced Gaming Skills

If we didn't take games serious to some degree why would we be on this site?

Who doesn't take their favored activity with at least a smidgen of seriousness; of trying to get the most out of it for them, regardless of what "most" might mean? 

Why must you disrespect them because they choose to take their favored hobby serious? Do you walk around asking people "why so serious" about everything they do?

(From what I gather, in this case they choose to not possibly waste some of their time because of another's actions.)

How do you expect anyone to take you seriously when you respond to people in such a way?

And I'm not just pointing you out, this goes for all the above posts with the same basic comments.

Re: U.S. Anti-Marijuana Ads Focus on Reduced Gaming Skills

"If we didn't take games serious to some degree why would we be on this site?"

-I take legal issues about gaming very seriously which is why I come to this site in the first place.

"Who doesn't take their favored activity with at least a smidgen of seriousness; of trying to get the most out of it for them, regardless of what "most" might mean?"

-Well that's a matter of perspective I guess.  Overall I figure people play video games for fun, with the exception of hardcore pro players...maybe. 

Now apparently the original poster doesn't find video games fun if he and I were playing and I was stoned.  Not that he would notice.  I don't play any worse when I'm high (basing this off of my performance in TF2...average about the same regardless of whether or not I'm sober) and I don't advertise it over online like others ("Dude, I'm so stoooonnneed..." yeah I'm not that guy).  However, for the sake of the argument, if we were on the same team and he found out I'm high he'd kick me because there's a possibility my skills might be affected, that I'd be a liability for the team, and hence would ruin his fun.

On the other hand I probably couldn't stand playing with someone like the poster.  People who treat every game like it's some clan tournament serve only to be an annoyance to me.  I'm playing TF2 because it's fun.  Do I want to win?  Of course but it's not the single goal that keeps me coming back nor do I have any less fun if I lose.  (Though spawn-camping kind of pisses me off.)

 

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Re: U.S. Anti-Marijuana Ads Focus on Reduced Gaming Skills

Hyperbole for the lose, dude.

Look at it this way.  If one of your raid members said "I broke my hand today, so I may be slow to type through the cast", you wouldn't consider ditching him that night for someone else who'd perform up to par?  To fall back on a silly phrase, "raids are serious business"...for real.  It's 40 people putting in what amounts to their entire evening to try and accomplish something.  Raiders put a ridiculous amount of time and effort just into the prep for a raid.  Why wouldn't they swap the stoned or drunk guy out if it means a much lower risk of everyone having wasted their time?

Everyone here is so big on the "it's fine as long as I'm not affecting anyone else" shtick, but quite frankly, I find playing while impaired and subsequently screwing up 39 other player's evenings to be "affecting anyone else."

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Gaming is serious business.

Haven't seen you around here in awhile Saber. :)

 

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Re: U.S. Anti-Marijuana Ads Focus on Reduced Gaming Skills

"Hey guys! I just fucked my girlfriend!"

Oooo, sex? Yeah, we don't want to play with you. You are too unclean.

Joke aside, christ sakes. Talk about taking it too seriously.

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Just keep that crap out of my home and my store.

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Re: U.S. Anti-Marijuana Ads Focus on Reduced Gaming Skills

I was on morphine once and I absolutely hated it.  It killed my motor skills and reaction time.  I could barely leave my room without bumping into a wall let alone play a video game with any modicum of skill.

 

Andrew Eisen

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Sure but it makes bad to mediocre games games (80% of all new titles) much more enjoyable!!

Hate to break it to you but pot is alot better than booze and cigs.

And another thing stoner's are in for the lulz.......

And another thing while I am at it, the war on drugs is nothing more than wars off attrition abandoning reason, hope and logic for insipid and illusionary morals...


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OMG the ignorance on pot is truly bliss if you drink all the time you are going to have about the same amount of memory loss as with pot only your liver and other organs is not going to be fcking raped, your lungs might if you smoke all the time but if you eat it there is no real down side unless with extream usage that can lead to paranoid delusions which is still better than the anger and control issues associated with getting minorly drunk

Reasonable use of both provide safe remedies for what ails you, pot is a good stress reliever,mind opener and appetizer booster, alcohol is a depressant that may work well as a stress reliever for some and it has anti oxidant(as dose canbi tea) and heart helping properties if not abused.

The trouble here is that moralist glaze over logic and reason because the truth is they don;t want people to have power over their own lives and need to restrict the populace under guises of safety or children in order to feel special, rich man hobbies suck eh?

 


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Re: U.S. Anti-Marijuana Ads Focus on Reduced Gaming Skills

Alcohol can be an entirely safe "drug", in moderation it cases no harm, the same can't be said for cannabis.

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"""""Alcohol can be an entirely safe "drug", in moderation it cases no harm, the same can't be said for cannabis."""""""- wowwwwwwwwwwwwww

120,000 die from alcohol within the USA alone EVERY year... that is more than the deathsfrom all illegal drugs, car crashes, gun crimes per year and all the losses we took in Iraq and Afghanistan combined!!!!!!

Cleaning a loaded weapon pointed at you is safer!!!

In comparison there has not been a verified death caused by pot in the 10,000 years that it has been used by the entire world... This includes experiments with animals, aimed to find the LD-50 ratio(how much you can take of a substance before it becomes lethal) for pot... This is why LD-50 for pot is a theoretical 1:40,000.(aspirin LD-50 is 1:20) That is you need to take 40,000 times the normal dose in order to kill yourself with pot, this is about 1,500 pounds of weed and is not physically possible to accomplish...

http://www.ccguide.org.uk/young88.php

Re: U.S. Anti-Marijuana Ads Focus on Reduced Gaming Skills

Right. And let me guess, anything regarding medical uses using pot is all a lie, too, huh?

Re: U.S. Anti-Marijuana Ads Focus on Reduced Gaming Skills

Heroin (opium) and cocaine have medical uses too, plus lots of people get addicted to prescription drugs, so what are you trying to say?

 

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More and more studies are proving that pot leads to mental illness?  Oh now that's a new one.

Until you can cite a source, I'm considering that pure bullshit.

 

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Re: U.S. Anti-Marijuana Ads Focus on Reduced Gaming Skills

This article goes on unbiased about it, it clearly shows that the jury is still out, you simply cannot say smoking cannabis does not cause mental illness. So quite frankly it is debatable, but as said the evidence is there linking it to mental illness (however minor). I find it amusing that people have to justify their use of it by its safeness, and justify its legal position over the same effects too, particularly when driving is legal but dangerous.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4583648.stm

To another comment, why should I compare to heavy alcohol consumption to light cannabis consumption? That is the same as comparing heavy cannabis consumption to light alcohol consumption.

Also alcohol has plenty of medical uses, just as cannabis, heroin (opium) and cocaine do.

Re: U.S. Anti-Marijuana Ads Focus on Reduced Gaming Skills

Well according to the section about mental illness, it states that young pot smokers who developed psychotic illness probably had a pre-disposed condition.

From there it says that for the population as a whole pot has had a "modest role" in the increase of psychotic illness.  How they went from the comment above to this second one I can't figure out.  They're saying "most likely young smokers who become crazy after smoking pot were already predisposed to be crazy...so on the population as a whole pot has had a modest role in increasing psychotic illness."  They went from talking about just young smokers to all smokers, they don't define what a "modest role" is, no statistics or percentages or anything of the like, and in general they appear to be jumping to conclusions without backing it up.  I would have to check out the Lancet article some other time but if this is the best you can provide I'm sticking with my bullshit conclusion.

 

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Re: U.S. Anti-Marijuana Ads Focus on Reduced Gaming Skills

I agree on one point for certain.  If you're going to talk about "responsible" cannibis use, then you have to compare it to "responsible" alcohol.  It's unfair to compare someone that lights up a joint once a week, to someone that drinks a case of beer every night for 10 years.  Just as it is unfair to compare someone that has a few beers every other weekend at the bar, to someone that is stoned from the minute they walk in the front door every night.

I have no moral objection to either drinking or smoking weed.  I honestly think that the latter should be legalized.  It would stop the crime and gangs involved in it's distribution, you could regulate it just like the alcohol industry, and of course, taxes.  And cannibis is certainly not as dangerous as other, harder drugs.  As long as you keep it away from children, and don't hurt the people around you, then it's cool.  Both have potential, but minor risks, so I don't see why marijuana should be treated differently than alcohol.

That said, one shouldn't deny that there are potential health problems with both alcohol and cannibis (some proponents of marijuana act like it's a magical substance that has only good qualities).  And both can be addictive to the right people.  The studies are currently inconclusive, but there is a strong suggestion that weed can lead to certain mental imparments over the long term (even with casual use).  But then, studies about video games are inconclusive, but highly suggest that really young children have a higher chance of imulating violence they see in a violent game (with does seem to be true, so probably shouldn't let your 7 year old play Madworld or GTA).

Me personally?  I don't drink or smoke.  I'm not prissy or preachy about it, and I don't tell others not to.  It's just my personal choice.

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Now if the rest of america could be this logical we would have a much better country. 'I don't want to do it but as long as you don't hurt anyone else go ahead.' This is what our whole country was founded on.

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Yes. But is there any medical benefit to alcohol, which is what YOU brought up.

The fact is, you are completely full of it. You basically said you cannot properly compare alcohol abuse to smoking pot. My fucking ass you can't.

Alcohol is not only heavily abused, and very often at that, but furthermore, sure, you can have a glass of wine. But, you are narrowing it down far to heavily. If you are at a part, chances are, you are going to have a few. Not only that, but alcohol affects people differently as well.

I can not drink anywhere NEAR my friends. So to some, just a few COULD quite possibly hinder them, instead of drinking a whole bottle of, say, whiskey.

Well I call bullshit on you. I say that having one joint, it does not bring out this worst-case scenario you are trying to present. Pot can be fine as long as you don't do too much. Sure, it's affects may be more immediate, but you cannot honestly say it is worse.

Take driving. I do not know of any proper, balanced, study to show which is worse, driving stoned, or driving drunk.

There is not enough research done to compare the affects of these two drugs. But I'd rather trust a pot smoker, than a fucking alcoholic.

Furthermore, you MUST compare alcohol abuse, to as you said, smoking pot casually. And drinking a glass of wine is NOT abuse. Fucking alcholol abuse, I think, is far more dangerous than smoking pot casually. Maybe not on a physical level, but on a mental level to yourself, but also physical/mental to those AROUND you. How many have been killed from alcholol, both the drinker and victims of any acts that were influenced by alcholol (such as drunk driving)? And how many from pot? 

I imagine alcohol has far greater numbers.

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Alcohol actually is used in medicine. I can't remember how but it's quite prominent from what I understand.

Re: U.S. Anti-Marijuana Ads Focus on Reduced Gaming Skills

...I have never heard of that. Then, if that's true, I concede my point of alcohol not having medical uses. I stand correct. Though the rest applies.

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Alcohol makes a very nice disinfectant for cleaning open wounds.

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Re: U.S. Anti-Marijuana Ads Focus on Reduced Gaming Skills

Yes, Isopropyl Alcohol is a pretty good disinfectant and antiseptic. However, it is not commonly used for cleaning wounds (any more at least).

The reason is that it not only kills bacteria but also kills the exposed healthy cells in the wound, supposedly adding to the healing time and causing more scarring (ie, it is slightly toxic/poisonous). It also evaporates readily, meaning its effects are very short lasting, and won't protect against further infection in the wound after application.

Current medical practice is to cleanse an open wound by irrigation with simple tap water or saline solution. Antiseptics can be used in cases where extensive infection is suspected (like if left untreated for a couple days)-- although the effect of the antiseptic in that case is relatively minor to that of the antibiotics that would no doubt also be prescribed.

So, yeah, pretty much no form of alcohol is good for anything. Other than being a side effect of delicious beer.

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I agree and you make a good point, but typically not the kind of alcohol that you drink. (Yes I know, in a pinch, any alcohol works, and you're probably more likely to have the drinking variety in a pinch).

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Yeah, I knew about rubbing alcohol and such, but I was thinking about the drinking kind.

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Alcohol is sometimes given intreveniously (spl?) to alcoholics to lessen side effects from withdrawl. This is done with all addictive drugs though. It is slowly slowly lowered in it's amount to minimize withdrawl symptoms. Interestingly I've never heard of a case of physical addiction to pot. Mental (IE addicted to the way it makes you feel) yes but as far as I've heard the chemicals themselves are not addictive. People who are regular users do not suffer side effects from stopping use.

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Bwahahahahahahaha!  If you actually believe that statement you're a fool.

 

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You're kidding, right?

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No. Smoking weed is... well, bad for your body.  People act like it's safer to inhale than cigarette smoke, but it really isn't.  You get all sorts of high doses of chems, some higher than tobacco, like hydrogen cyanide.  And like all types of smoke inhalation (cigs, wood smoke, etc), it tends to stick to your lungs.  Additionally, even occasional use can start to effect your memory capabilities over the long term.  On the other hand, occasional use of alcohol can be easily worked out of your system by your liver.  Technically, drinking is "safer" than smoking.

But that's casual, occasional use, and we'e not talking about major, life-changing effects here.  And if you take it to th other extreme, heavy long-term abuse of either alcohol or weed, then both can really screw you up.

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Alcohol can cause aggressive behaviour while cannabis has the complete opposite effect. And oddly enough alcohol can cause a lot more severe (plus permanent) memory problems (similar to Alzheimers).

Also, it's normally suggested that you ingest it instead of smoke it which negates any lung cancer arguments.

There are other pros but alas... I forget.

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Actually Marijuana has been found to help treat Alzheimers and Cancer... even fox news started reporting on this recently... last I checked they are not pro pot...

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There are other pros but alas... I forget. -LujanD

 

Did anyone else find this ironic? lol

 

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Re: U.S. Anti-Marijuana Ads Focus on Reduced Gaming Skills

To quote Judge Greg Mathis, "I know you forget.  That's the pot in your brain."

 

"That's not ironic. That's justice."

"That's not ironic. That's justice."

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To quote FRANCIS L. YOUNG, DEA Administrative Law Judge

"Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used"

Re: U.S. Anti-Marijuana Ads Focus on Reduced Gaming Skills

Honestly, I wasn't expecting the joke to open the door for insults so perhaps I should point out that I have never even touched illegal drugs, nevermind allowed the stuff into my system, which turns the "irony" (or “justice” as you say for some reason) into a simple statement.

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Actually, I think that's his sig.

GP really needs to make a seperation between them >.>

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Nekowolf said, "GP really needs to make a seperation between them >.>"

Lol, agreed. Sometimes commentators seem completely batty to me as I read their last line, only to realize it's a sig.

Like Geoff's for example. >_>

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I was actually wondering if anyone would spot that. :P

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"Alcohol can cause aggressive behaviour while cannabis has the complete opposite effect."

That's sort of irrelevant, since we're talking about which is "safer."  Getting surly isn't a health issue, unless you're implying that it makes you do stupid stuff (which can be applied to cannibis just as easily).

"alcohol can cause a lot more severe (plus permanent) memory problems (similar to Alzheimers)"

Oh, no doubt.  My grandfather had "Alcoholic Demintia" in his last years.  But that's long-term, heavy abuse of alcohol.  On the casual end of it, occasional use of alcohol does less memory damage than occasional use of weed.

 

'Also, it's normally suggested that you ingest it instead of smoke it"

Fine, and when that becomes the normal method of delivery, I'll accept that arguement.  As it is, smoking is by far, much more common.

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Arell  said, “That's sort of irrelevant, since we're talking about which is "safer."”

 

Considering the number of fights, domestic abuses, DEATHS, etc, jump-started due to alcohol, I feel this is far from irrelevant in regards to safety. And while cannabis might make people a little silly it is proven to be relaxing, relieving stress rather than bottling [pun unintended] it all up and allowing it to explode.

 

Plus, I hardly think you’ll find too many people OD’ing on marijuana any time soon. Alcohol, on the other hand, has quite effectively bitch-slapped people into an early grave due to poisoning.

 

Arell  said, “On the casual end of it, occasional use of alcohol does less memory damage than occasional use of weed.”

 

Hardly true. There is no evidence that cannabis does anything more than impair memory for the brief moments under the influence, while there is solid evidence of alcohol’s unfortunate effects.

 

Arell  said, “Fine, and when that becomes the normal method of delivery, I'll accept that arguement.  As it is, smoking is by far, much more common.”

 

Brushing aside an argument based on the fact that most of the population is unaware of the proper means of intake is a little unfair. The only reason many likely even smoke it is because that’s how it’s advertised to them, through your usual anti-drug claptrap. I’d be surprised if any knew of alternate methods of ingestion due to movies, shows, etc. Even you were going on about how “smoking” it is bad, right off the bat, effectively perpetuating the cycle of ignorance; unintentionally, I’m sure, but it makes for a solid example.

 

P.S.

I'm sorry to hear about your grandfather. It's happening with my grandmother at this very moment.

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Why do people compare casual cannabis use with alcohol abuse?

Drinking a glass of wine, pint of beer does not do any damage on the body, and it shouldn't even change your attitude (unless you get drunk very easily). People in France and Italy drink a glass of wine with every meal, but they stay incredibly healthy and live to an old age. Alcohol abuse on the other hand does a lot of damage. Drinking alcohol does not mean abusing it.

Smoking cannabis, whether casually or heavily does damage to your body and your head. There are now more and more studies into it being the cause of mental illness, and as has been said previously causes great amounts of lung damage. If people want to smoke the stuff that's up to them, they are allowed to harm their bodies in any way they want (as long as it doesn't infringe on any else). Don't try to justify your use of it by its "safeness", everyone does stuff that is bad for them, hell chocolate is bad for you but I eat it. But to argue that alcohol is not safe but cannabis is is just plain wrong.

At the end of the day one glass of alcohol doesn't do any harm whereas one spliff does (however small).

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You, my friend, seem to be the product of the misinformation that is spread by the fear mongering anti drug campaigns.  The only person who has had their brain damaged is you, who seems to suffer from a tad bit of the ole reefer madness.  There is no properly conducted scientiffic evidence to suggest that marijuana is linked to mental illness.  Actually, there is contrary evidence to your ridiculous claim conducted by Oxford scientists.  Here is a link to an article which highlights some of the findings by Oxford University's lead scientist of pharmacology about how safe marijuana actually is:

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-wellbeing/health-news...

If you feel inclined, you can buy a copy of Dr. Iversen's book which goes more in-depth in dubunking these commonly held stereotypes about the safety of marijuana.  Please, stop spreading these lies and educate yourself on the subject matter before flying off the handle and making bold statements based on nothing but myths and fear inspired lies. Also, even though there is no recorded case of marijuana linked to cancer, marijuana can be even more safely smoked using a vaporizer, or ingested.

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The unfortunate fact of the matter is that I’m talking in the line of cannabis "abuse" and the differences. And again, the "marijuana causes memory loss" scare is a myth. If you have any solid facts however, I’m quite ready to reevaluate my opinion.

 

So, if I were to knock my argument down to your level of "minimum usage" I could also claim the effects are exceptionally diminished; likely more so than alcohol (Hu hu hu… lol, okay, that was mean, I’m just playing with you here).

 

And I’ve already commented on the whole “smoking” bit but if you guys want to push this angle, I could point out the whole “liver” damage bit. Again, there are safer ways of taking cannabis rather than smoking it.

 

 
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SleakerUpdate on crytek situation is a bit ambiguous, but I'm glad they finally said something: http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2014-07-25-crytek-addresses-financial-situation07/25/2014 - 1:07pm
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Matthew WilsonI agree with that07/25/2014 - 10:45am
james_fudgeI think Twitch will have more of an impact on how YouTube/Google Plus work than the other way around.07/25/2014 - 10:22am
IanCWelp, twitch is going to suck now. Thanks google.07/25/2014 - 6:30am
Sleaker@MP - Looked up hitbox, thanks.07/24/2014 - 9:40pm
Matthew WilsonI agree, but to me given other known alternatives google seems to the the best option.07/24/2014 - 6:30pm
Andrew EisenTo be clear, I have no problem with Google buying it, I'm just concerned it will make a slew of objectively, quantifiably bad changes to Twitch just as it's done with YouTube over the years.07/24/2014 - 6:28pm
Matthew WilsonI doubt yahoo has the resources to pull it off, and I not just talking about money.07/24/2014 - 6:15pm
SleakerI wouldn't have minded a Yahoo purchase, probably would have been a better deal than Tumblr seeing as they paid the same for it...07/24/2014 - 6:13pm
MaskedPixelanteIt's the golden age of Hitbox, I guess.07/24/2014 - 6:08pm
Matthew Wilsonagain twitch was going to get bought. It was just who was going to buy it . Twitch was not even being able to handle the demand, so hey needed a company with allot of infrastructure to help them. I can understand why you would not want Google to buy it .07/24/2014 - 5:49pm
Andrew Eisen"Google is better than MS or Amazon" Wow. Google, as I mentioned earlier, progressively makes almost everything worse and yet there are still two lesser options. Again, wow!07/24/2014 - 5:43pm
Andrew EisenI don't know. MS, in my experience, is about 50/50 on its products. It's either fine or it's unusable crap. Amazon, well... I've never had a problem buying anything from them but I don't use any of their products or services so I couldn't really say.07/24/2014 - 5:42pm
 

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