Q: We already have enough problems with alcohol, why would we want to legalize marijuana and add another problem?
A: We already have the marijuana problem, in spades. We are ignoring the advantages of dealing with the problem openly and honestly.
Q: Is marijuana addictive?
A: Marijuana is mildly physically addictive, and moderately psychologically addictive. See HEMP SCIENCE
Q: Isn't comparing marijuana and alcohol like comparing apples and oranges?
A: Apples and oranges won't get you high. By far, the most common ways for a teenager to get high or otherwise cop a buzz are: to smoke cigarettes, to sniff glue, to drink alcohol, and to smoke marijuana.
Even if you don't want to compare alcohol and marijuana, there is a good chance your child will. Even if your child does not use either drug, they will likely go to a party where other people are using alcohol and marijuana. First-hand observation is paramount to truth. They obnoxious people, the people having problems and causing problems for others are the ones abusing alcohol. The most dangerous high is "huffing" glue, but it is hard to admit that marijuana is a safer high. A parent's first choice is for their child to use no drugs, but that is statistically unrealistic.
Q: Why do you say "honk for hemp"? Don't you really mean "honk for marijuana"?
A: Honk for Hemp sees three main issues: industrial hemp (seed and fiber), medical hemp (marijuana), and recreational hemp (marijuana). All three are illegal. We believe all three should be legal (with some restrictions), but we encourage others to support us at whatever level they are comfortable with. Hemp and marijuana both come from the cannabis plant. Hemp is a positive American icon. Marijuana is a racist icon. "Honk for Hemp" fits on a sign a lot better than "Legalize Marijuana", and besides, first things first. If the government will not allow sick people to have medicine, it is not about to discuss decriminalizing recreational marijuana. If the government is afraid of recreational marijuana, why is it determined to also keep industrial hemp and medical marijuana illegal? We at Honk for Hemp believe that the government is afraid to allow medical use of marijuana because scientific evidence will compromise the government's heretofore strong case against marijuana.