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I live in The Netherlands and I smoke weed almost every week, not because I need it or because I want to get extremely stoned, but because I just like the taste and the comfortable high that it gives me, in the same way that most people like to have a beer or a glass of wine from time to time. I think weed should be seen the same way alcohol is currently seen: alcohol isn't seen as a drug, while it does have physical and mental effects on the body, some beneficial, most detrimental. Weed on the other hand is currently seen as a drug, it is placed at the same level as cocaine, XTC and amphetamines. I think it's crazy... THC (the active chemical in weed) is quite less addictive than any of the other mentioned, including alcohol. It even works preventive against cancer (THC is a cannabinoid, cannabinoids encourage apoptosis (self-destruction) of cancer cells). Sure, the most common way of putting the THC in your bloodstream is by smoking the weed, which (usually) requires tobacco, which is cancerous, but then it's still healthier than alcohol. I'm young now, perhaps a bit naive as far as that goes, but I feel like I should raise my future kids to see weed as something like alcohol. I'd allow them to try it, after a certain age of course, and I think everybody should allow their children to do so.

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