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Monday, November 10, 2008

Overheard in the Office

posted by on November 10 at 11:51 AM

Mr. Dominic Holden, interviewing someone on the telephone: “Do you think that the average pot-smoker is addicted to marijuana?”

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"Marijuana is not a drug. I used to suck dick for coke. Now that's an addiction. You ever suck some dick for marijuana?"

Posted by Bob Saget | November 10, 2008 11:56 AM


I'd say no. As opposed to tobacco - most average cigarette smokers are addicted to it.

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 10, 2008 11:56 AM

Marijuana? That's a gateway drug, right?

Posted by Mr. Poe | November 10, 2008 11:59 AM

It's a gateway to Tim's Cascade.

Posted by jrrrl | November 10, 2008 12:03 PM

A gateway to Taco Bell, that's the only reason I can see them staying in business.

Posted by pragmatic | November 10, 2008 12:04 PM

Is air addictive?

Posted by elswinger | November 10, 2008 12:13 PM

Well, this does raise an interesting question: WHO is addicted to marijuana? (Although, I'll admit I have no idea what "marijuana addiction" technically constitutes) What I mean is, it would be nice to see a breakdown of marijuana addiction patterns across various gender/racial/socioeconomic lines. I've never seen information like that - is it out there?

Posted by Hernandez | November 10, 2008 12:31 PM

Let us get factual - yes, addictive and strongly ecourages cock sucking and eating Tim's and Butter Cups and hanging out and then repeating the above for many more hours with a few more hits and some fizzy soda ( do not omit, ultra dry mouth is not good for cock sucking )

you bet

Posted by Larkin | November 10, 2008 12:33 PM

One-question test for whether the interviewee is a hack. Marijuana isn't physically addictive, and anyone who believes otherwise doesn't know what the hell they're talking about.

Posted by David | November 10, 2008 12:33 PM

mentally, yes. i haven't smoked in 2 months, and i think about it every day.

Posted by max solomon | November 10, 2008 12:52 PM

@6&4: Please follow the URL. God I feel like a moron having to repeat this over and over....but we really want to have something awesome and I hope you can help.

If you don't have facebook, let me know and I'll post a different link for you....

xoxox OM

Posted by Original Monique | November 10, 2008 12:54 PM

elswinger (#6), not only is air addictive (prolonged withdrawal often leads to hallucinations and death), it's the most pernicious gateway drug there is. Fully 100% of pot smokers have, at one time, also used air. 100% of heroin addicts, were also air users.

Outlaw this horrific gateway drug at once. For the children.

P.S. Let's not even get into the use of H2O, another gateway drug that has often been linked to overdose and death.

Posted by zadig | November 10, 2008 1:03 PM


those that say "absolutely not" probably have a problem.

Posted by AK | November 10, 2008 1:33 PM

i must clarify:

is the average pot smoker addicted: NO.

is pot addictive for some people: yes.

Posted by AK | November 10, 2008 1:34 PM

@14 for the obvious win. Even without the pole smoking side reference.

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 10, 2008 1:40 PM

Marijuana is definitely addictive -- I'm surprised people still think it isn't, actually! There are two types of "addiction" (a term the DSM-IV doesn't even use anymore, btw) -- psychological dependence and physical dependence. Marijuana users can experience both types (psychological seems obvious, for physical, the hallmark sign would be withdrawal symptoms, and chronic marijuana abusers CAN exhibit withdrawal when they stop suddenly). Try doing a search at PubMed (National Library of Medicine database) and you'll find plenty of research to support this.

Whoever you were interviewing, I hope they were an expert! If not, I'd suggest calling Roger Roffman at IPRG at the UW. He's an expert on marijuana (currently doing a study about teens and MJ), and also a swell guy in general.

Posted by Jane | November 10, 2008 1:41 PM

@16 - so is pole-smoking, from what I've heard. which is why i never touch the stuff.

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 10, 2008 1:44 PM

People are addicted to gambling and eating and video games and marijuana. It's a serious problem for some people, but nobody's going to ban gambling or eating or video games because they're addictive to a small number of people. Marijuana isn't especially addictive for the vast majority of people, unlike nicotine, alcohol, pain pills, anxiety pills, etc.

Posted by jrrrl | November 10, 2008 1:52 PM

Just like anything else, the more you do the more u miss it when its taken away. But thats beside the point- the real issue is how you deal with desire. Its your reaction to the craving that makes it "addictive" or not.

Posted by Ria | November 10, 2008 3:25 PM

And here I thought cock sucking was addictive. But not pot. If I ran out of pot, and couldn't get any for a while, I could wait. But cock!?!
Actually I'm addicted to Tony Soprano.

Posted by Vince | November 10, 2008 4:27 PM

The only people who believe pot is addictive are the same people who believe sex is addictive. Or shopping. Or chocolate. The word 'addiction' has been so cheapened by being applied to everything people enjoy doing that it isn't even used as a medical term anymore. Calling something an addiction is just another tool used to control the behavior by the Nanny State scolds who want to wring every last bit of pleasure out of the world.

/and I don't even smoke pot!

Posted by montex | November 11, 2008 1:58 AM

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