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Cialis, Viagra, Levitra…oh-hey!

Posted by direwolff on October 4, 2004

Will someone explain to me how it is that a set of drugs that enable men to get erections and has several known side-effects can be approved by the FDA, appear on TV commercials several times during primetime (and football games) for our children to see and learn about, and be chemically manufactured after several 100s of millions of invested dollars, be so easily accepted by the medical community and the community at large, while marijuana, a natural plant, easily and economically grown indoors and out, able to alleviate the pain of cancer victims, with no proven side-effects, and being a non-addicitive natural mood enhancer, is villified by conservatives, religious leaders and other guardians of our moral principles and is considered something to fear and to be despised and even requiring legal deterents to keep people from engaging in distributing or consuming it?…phew!…easy for me to ask…

After procrastinating on getting into this blogging thing, tonight was the last straw and it was time to find my voice. While watching Monday Night Football a commercial came on for Cialis (a "natural male enhancement"…please!). Here it was that several very large pharmaceutical companies had spent a great deal of money to develop drugs that enable men to get erections. That's right, to get "hard-ons". Effectively, endorsing the idea that having good sex lives was a right for which any measure taken to support it could be justified. It's almost crazy to think about the absurdity of this being acceptable but one can go to jail for smoking pot. I wonder if any of those at the FDA or in those areas of government responsible for such matters, have ever tried smoking pot and having sex. Hell, unlike these drugs which are for men only, my understanding is that marijuana is non-discriminatory in terms of how either sex feels during intercourse. Go figure. This in the light of our country's generally conservative views of sex.

It's not even that it should matter that these "natural male enhancements" (what does that mean anyway?) are legal, but it's the fact that marijuana is illegal that makes this truly absurd. Even by the label of calling it an intoxicant, alcohol is far worse in most if not all regards, and it too is legal. Am I missing something here?!

Some times it's things like this which make me think I'm loosing it…doesn't any one else find this sort of thing peculiar? Is there any one who can actually argue that Viagra et al and alcohol are OK, but pot is bad for you? Even in the Cialis commercial, they didn't say "don't drink and take Cialis", they did say "don't over drink"…that's it!!! Wha-wha-what?!!! This implies the acceptance of its use for recreational purposes and not simply as a cure of some sort.

While in all of my investigations on this matter, this is probably the cheesiest argument for legalizing marijuana, the shear absuridity of the TV ad I saw struck me as funny and it was a very quick way of pointing out the ridiculousness of the matter.

OK, enough ranting for my first post…next time something positive and happy :-)

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