I don't think you guys realize that I'm not a stoner. I sometimes smoke on the weekends for fun but thats it. As much as TheCriminalDuder backed me up, I disagree with him on the statement that it "helps you go through hard times," Well, I guess thats true, but thats not why I use it. I don't use it to get away from life or problems, I use it for fun.
As for the health aspect, Marijuana is probably the safest thing to smoke (well for drugs and stuff I mean), it doesn't really negatively affect you in any way. Except short-term effects. Some studies say it causes lung cancer, but thats not from the marijuana thats from inhaling particles of any burning object. Smoking paper, tea, other herbs, or any other stuff that is sometimes smoked could cause cancer.
As for me being 14 and doing it, yeah thats pretty young, I admit. But if 14 is old enough to drive a car (which it is here in South Dakota) then shouldn't it be old enough to make your own decisions? Its not like I'm messing up my life because I sometimes smoke weed on the weekends. Being 14 years old, I can tell whats wrong and right. I know what I can handle, when to stop, and what not to do. I'm not going to get into hard drugs because I started smoking weed. In fact, I'm not going to get into hard drugs at all. I'm smarter than that. Everyone thinks that 14 year olds don't know what their limits are and what to do and not do. Seriously guys, we're smarter than that. Not to mention, most people lose their virginity in 8th grade or freshmen year (some people are 14 in freshmen).
Weed is physically unaddicting and anyone who tells you otherwise is lying. I know that in school your D.A.R.E teachers taught you that Marijuana is more harmful and causes more deaths than cigarettes or alcohol, but thats more lying. Some studies say marijuana causes 0 deaths a year. The marijuana itself doesn't kill.
In reality weed is good for you, it kills off cancer cells. It is technically a cure for cancer, yet it is so looked down upon by society. We have been searching for ways to cure cancer, and here it is, yet it has been deemed an illegal drug so we don't approve it as medicine. Once again, I don't use it for that reason, but the fact still remains that it kills cancer cells.
So we approve something that causes cancer (cigarettes) but not something that kills cancer cells? Whats up with that?
Now, this isn't the politics forum, so I think we should get away from the topic of age limits for weed, whats acceptable, etc. and start talking about something different. I didn't mean to start a topic here and I don't think this is where it belongs. If you want to debate on weed legalization and such, go find a topic in politics.