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Ask the right questions, and you won’t back it

Is medical marijuana really medicine? Has it been researched, tested, and deemed safe and reliable, meeting the standards we expect from medical

professionals? Is there any other modern medicine that is “smoked?” Has the FDA approved smoking as a safe delivery system for any medicine? Is there a

scientific method for consistent and safe dosing for marijuana?

Undoubtedly, the answer is “no” to all of these questions. Calling marijuana “medicine” is more than misleading when a study of medical-marijuana users found the

average “patient” is a 32-year-old white male with a history of drug and alcohol abuse and no history of life-threatening disease.

 

Marijuana is addictive. Research shows that teens are six times more likely to be in treatment for marijuana addiction than for all other illegal drugs combined

(source: National Institute on Drug Abuse).

 

Marijuana use negatively affects the developing teen brain and is associated with mental-health problems.

Weekly use of marijuana doubles a teen’s risk of depression and anxiety, and can lead to schizophrenia and suicide (NIDA, again). Marijuana use is associated

with poor school performance (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).

Our experience with our legalized drugs — alcohol and tobacco — provides a clear warning for keeping marijuana illegal. Alcohol kills 100,000 people annually.

Tobacco kills another 500,000 people every year. Our two legal drugs are the biggest contributors to health care costs in this country. These drugs are pushed by

big corporations with one thing in mind: to make money — and lots of it. Keep in mind that marijuana commercialization is the inevitable next step. I hope my

public-health colleagues remember the myriad lies told by the tobacco industry until uncovered — and realize that Big Cannabis is a business proposition we can’t afford.

 

http://www.startribune.com/opinion/246616341.html

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It exceeds the expectation I have or have seen from most medical professionals I have experienced.  Medical professionals had no problem prescribing me xanax, which is toxic, addictive and causes a roller coaster affect on my anxiety.  The doc didn't care about my life experiances or what might actually help, he just wanted to figure it out in 15 minutes and "help" the next patient. It exceeds the clinical trials of ANY known medicine as it has been around 5k+ years.  I personally don't think any "modern" medicine measures up to MJ standards.  And you don't have to smoke it!

 

It's ASSOCIATED with mental health problems because people are looking for something that relieves their psychological problems.  It does not cause them in my opinion, although it can excacerbate underlying conditions.

 

What a crock of bunny muffin, our legal drugs do more harm than illegal so let's keep something non-toxic illegal.  That's logic for ya!!  No wonder this country is so in the shitter.

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I wonder if the depression associated with use is the way you are treated by society and the dualism involved.  Your friends and you have a great time and harm no one but people still want you thrown in jail.  Or they just have the time to contemplate the US for what it really is(great in a sense but police state in others).  Lack of a future unless your educated and even then.  Lack of getting to where you can because of drug tests.  I can see a lot of other reasons other than just smoking that would lead to depression because you smoke pot.

It led to poor school performance for me because I was bored(scored 99% in math and science).  It leads to anxiety because you can be arrested or not get a good job because of drug testing.  Leads to suicide?  There would have to be something very wrong underlying a person who supposedly committed suicide because of mj.

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when a study of medical-marijuana users found the

average “patient” is a 32-year-old white male with a history of drug and alcohol abuse and no history of life-threatening disease.

 

colorado 2013:

total number of patients who currently possess valid Registry ID cards is 110,979. 

Sex Percent on Registry Average Age**

Male 67% 40

Female 33% 44

** The overall average age of all patients is 41 years old.

 

heres that 2007 california study where they got that 'average white male 32 yo' stat from

http://www.harmreductionjournal.com/content/4/1/16

"In general, they have used it at modest levels and in consistent patterns which- anecdotally- often assisted their educational achievement, employment performance, and establishment of a more stable life-style. These data suggest that rather than acting as a gateway to other drugs, (which many had also tried), cannabis has been exerting a beneficial influence on most."

 

wow, that is one nice conclusion found. prohibitionists want to cite that study? lets cite that one all day long. :)

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For years and years and years prohibitionists have been doing "studies" of cannabis with the main goal in mind of finding negative consequences of marijuana use. Unfortunately for them, all their studies found that marijuana either has no adverse consequences or it has positive consequences. So what do they do with the studies that show marijuana is innocuous? Why, they throw them out and try a new study that will show what they want it to show!

 

Seriously, they, and the religious moralists, need to be honest with themselves. Everybody would be better off in the long run if these people would just accept scientific facts and jettison their emotional baggage.

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For years and years and years prohibitionists have been doing "studies" of cannabis with the main goal in mind of finding negative consequences of marijuana use. Unfortunately for them, all their studies found that marijuana either has no adverse consequences or it has positive consequences. So what do they do with the studies that show marijuana is innocuous? Why, they throw them out and try a new study that will show what they want it to show!

 

Seriously, they, and the religious moralists, need to be honest with themselves. Everybody would be better off in the long run if these people would just accept scientific facts and jettison their emotional baggage.

Fat chance. Adherence to psychotic and schizotypal behavior is hard to shake. It is necessary to them that they not be challenged because they do not have any chance of prevailing in rational discourse. Meta magical thinking is powerful stuff. The minds of the majority of the population are not up to the task of thinking critically. We are not as evolved as some of us would like to think. The lowest common denominator prevails.

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