Understanding Marijuana

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  1. It’s not a miracle drug, and it’s not a devil weed. It’s a plant with some positive qualities and some negative qualities. It’s surrounded in rumor and myth on all sides.

    I’m waiting for the big tobacco companies to take over the pot market. They have the farm acreage, the rolling machines, the marketing agencies, distribution, convenience store presence, etc.

    And the big pharmaceutical and big agricultural companies stand to gain a lot from this legalization. It’s hysterical that people think of pot legalization as the triumph of the little guy. We’ll see how long that lasts. If Monsanto can get a protected patent on “the potato,” just imagine what they could do to “the cannabis plant.”

    So far, if you add the word “medical” to something, you can charge more money, most of which goes to a small number of gigantic corporations.

  2. Hank Vandenburgh says:

    I smoke it rarely. Every year or two, probably. As a tantrist, I know it’s great for sex, and can actually act something like a trainer to get people attuned to feeling their and others’ sensations. Because it does break down surplus inhibition in some (I think this is why the Reagan era hated it so much,) it can (emphasis on *can*) lead to positive changed political and social perspectives. Smoking it daily can be self-abusive, but I don’t agree with the NIH presentation above.

  3. “Participants who used cannabis heavily in their teens and continued through adulthood showed a significant drop in IQ between the ages of 13 and 38″ What is “heavy use” defined as? I’d be interested to see what this is.

    “Beyond potentially lowering IQ, teen marijuana use is linked to school dropout, other drug use, mental health problems, etc.” Marijuana isn’t a gateway drug at all.

  4. Michael kane says:

    The message inherent in these and in multiple supporting studies is clear. Regular marijuana (and alcohol ) use in adolescence is known to be part of a cluster of behaviors that can produce enduring detrimental effects and alter the trajectory of a young person’s life—thwarting his or her potential. (President i who smoked often) Beyond potentially lowering IQ, (Steve Jobs) teen (alcohol or ) marijuana use is linked to school dropout, other drug use,( last time you made a good decision to drive home drunk) mental health problems, etc. Given the current number of regular marijuana users (about 1 in 15 high school seniors) and the possibility of this number increasing (Obama) prohibition of alcohol were kids safer safety first???) with marijuana (drug dealers do not check your children’s ID) legalization,(like alcohol would be checking the ID of your CHILDREN ) we cannot afford to divert our focus from the central point: (CARTELS) regular marijuana ( or alcohol)use stands to jeopardize a young person’s chances of success—in school and in life (3). As adults able to kill or die for our country we understand prohibition of cannabis makes no child safer.

  5. Tom Brechlin says:

    I asked all three of my clinical groups yesterday a simple question about the legalization of marijuana. For those of you who don’t know, I work in a residential facility with adolescent boys. It was a simple question. If marijuana was legal and like cigarettes is taxed accordingly, would they continue to buy weed on the streets. All three groups, a total of 38 boys said, if it was cheaper on the streets, they would buy it from their dealers. Some guys chimed in and said that they would also continue to sell. Making it legal wouldn’t change anything.

  6. Hank Vandenburgh says:

    We have bigger social problems than this one.

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