Teen Marijuana Users Turn Out Fine 
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Teen Marijuana Users Turn Out Fine 
Posted by CN Staff on August 04, 2015 at 08:42:53 PT
By David Downs 
Source: SF Gate 
USA -- Stay off weed, teens. But if you screw your life up, don’t blame the pot. Cannabis use by teenage boys was not linked to later physical or mental health issues, psychotic symptoms or asthma, concludes a major new study published by the American Psychological Association.Cannabis law reform critics have long-charged that pot use leads to poor life outcomes, and used this claim to support draconian pot punishments like school expulsion, job loss, and imprisonment for even casual marijuana users.
So University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Rutgers University researchers tracked 408 boys from adolescence into their mid-30s.Their findings published in Psychology of Addictive Behaviors were “a little surprising,” said lead researcher Jordan Bechtold, PhD, a psychology research fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. “There were no differences in any of the mental or physical health outcomes that we measured regardless of the amount or frequency of marijuana used during adolescence.”Pot legalization critics constantly warn that the drug leads to wasted lives, but few studies have actually tracked teen marijuana users for more than two decades.Researchers controlled for cigarette smoking, other illicit drug use, and participants’ access to health insurance and found a raft of interesting data:— “The trajectory groups were not significantly different in terms of self-reported asthma, allergies, headaches, and high blood pressure. The groups also did not differ in terms of having a current health condition that limited their physical activities, having a serious physical injury in the past year, or having a prior history of concussion.”— “There were no marijuana trajectory group differences related to a lifetime diagnosis of anxiety disorders, mood disorders, or psychotic disorders.”The data shocked researchers “given that men in the early onset chronic group were using marijuana (on average) once per week by late adolescence and continued using marijuana approximately 3– 4 times a week from age 20 to 26 years.”Researchers said the issue remains complicated and “one study should not be taken in isolation,” Bechtold said.However, “others studies have also found that chronic marijuana use may not be significantly related to longterm physical or mental health problems,” the study found.Source: SF Gate (CA)Author: David DownsPublished: August 4, 2015 Copyright: 2015 SF Gate Website: - Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on August 06, 2015 at 05:36:18 PT
Paint with Light
I have been so busy too that I haven't commented much either. We are winning but we aren't there yet. Once again it is very good to see you!
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Comment #9 posted by Paint with light on August 06, 2015 at 02:14:29 PT
FoM and Hope
Thanks for the shout out.I have missed dropping by but I had to spend about three years in the regular work world. It was a very intense job so it didn't leave me much time to drop by and read, much less, comment.I have a lot more time now so I plan on dropping by more often.Next spring I hope to get back on the art show circuit.Until then I've got a little activism to do here in Tennessee.Keep up the good fight.There is so much good news now, thanks in no small part to the crew here.Legal like alcohol and then tomatoes.
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on August 05, 2015 at 18:52:31 PT
Paint with Light
The times they are a changing! It's good to see you!
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on August 05, 2015 at 18:50:17 PT
Paint with light!
Good to see you.The "Wall", the insanity that has been cannabis prohibition is finally crumbling and showing lots of daylight through lots of cracks. It is coming down.
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on August 05, 2015 at 18:22:58 PT
I always knew
when I'd hear those 'started with pot', and 'blame it all on pot', and 'I know people personally', stories of how pot leads to jail and failure... and jail rape.Hmmm. I always knew it wasn't the pot. It was the prohibition of pot that proved truly deadly and disastrous.
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Comment #5 posted by Paint with light on August 05, 2015 at 14:48:33 PT
Tear down that wall.
I didn't like much else about Reagan but I like that phrase.The wall is finally coming down.All the cumulative chipping away that we have all done is paying off."Stone" by "stone" we have seen progress.Legal like alcohol.
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on August 05, 2015 at 09:59:30 PT
"The issue remains complicated..."
Well, yes. Yes it does remain complicated. Because "Cannabis law reform critics" are Liars. They always have been. They further complicate the issue by refusing to acknowledge the truth. "Cannabis law reform critics" are dangerous... even deadly people. They destroy and endanger other people because of their unnatural and ungodly fear of a plant. They have to be restrained. They cause serious harm to so many many. They have caused serious harm and they continue to do so on a daily basis. Good people have to shut "Cannabis law reform critic's" harm machine... cannabis prohibition... down.It's a show of faith to others that stand with you when you stubbornly continue to stand up for the truth.When you stubbornly continue to support a lie and harm to others based on that lie... it shows something else.
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Comment #3 posted by John Tyler on August 05, 2015 at 08:44:33 PT
Prohibitionist fearmongering
When I was in college (long ago), I met a lot of college freshmen who had one or two years of high school cannabis experience. They were all bright, and energetic. They kept smoking in college. They graduated and went on to normal, successful lives. Many of them are now reaching retirement age. Their years of cannabis usage have not been a problem. 
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Comment #2 posted by Lucas on August 04, 2015 at 12:32:52 PT:
Reefer Madness is a form of Mental Illness.
People who are indoctrinated by Reefer Madness during their formative years, have brain damage.No amount of rational discussion will prevent their fears from making them repeat the mantra "what about the children?"Even when it is proven that Cannabis medicine helps children, the cognitive dissonance for a victim of Reefer Madness brainwashing makes it impossible for them to process information in a rational way.Thats the beauty of Propaganda, it works because it is Faith Based, and no amount of rational info, can overcome irrational Faith.You can bet that Prohibitionist Propaganda victims also believe that some guy who died 2000 years ago, is still available to forgive their ignorant brainswashed beliefs. After all, it takes Faith to be forgiven.. And no cannabis does not cause Schizophrenia, actually it helps relieve some of the symptoms.. but, dont try and convince a victim of Reefer Madness about that fact, they wont read the studies, and if they do, they wont believe them.The solution to Reefer Madness Brainwashed victims, is for them to die off, eventually replaced by more reasonable minds, as we are beginning to see in this country.You can tell when someone has Brainwashing damage, they use the word addiction to refer to herbal medicines. Addiction is a figment of Prohibitionist Propaganda..
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on August 04, 2015 at 11:59:24 PT
No study is going to repair dysfunctional brains.
This is info We already know but prohibitionists don't benefit from that fact so they cry there's no study to back it up.Now the study is in & there'll be more but ignorant prohibitionist are opposed to facts and doing the right thing. No study is going to repair dysfunctional brains.
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