Face Facts About Marijuana

Face Facts About Marijuana
Posted by FoM on July 24, 2000 at 13:36:06 PT
Letter To The Editor By Marty C. Keef
Source: Anchorage Daily News
Can we handle the truth about marijuana? Let's see: Myth: Marijuana is a gateway drug. Fact: For every 104 people who have used marijuana, there is only one regular user of cocaine and less than one heroin addict. Myth: Marijuana is addictive. 
Fact: Less than 1 percent of people who consume marijuana do so on a daily or near daily basis. An even smaller minority develops dependence on marijuana. Withdrawal symptoms, if experienced at all, are mild. Myth: Marijuana lowers motivation. Fact: For 25 years, researchers have searched for a marijuana-induced amotivational syndrome and have failed to find it. Of course, people who are constantly intoxicated, no matter what the drug, are not likely to be productive. Myth: Higher concentrations of THC make marijuana more dangerous. Fact: There is no possibility of a fatal overdose from smoking marijuana, regardless of potency. High-potency marijuana may be less harmful to the lungs because people can use less to achieve the desired effects. Myth: Marijuana causes brain damage. Fact: No medical test used to determine brain damage has indicated brain damage in humans who use marijuana -- even after long-term use (Source: Common Sense for Drug Policy found at: )A study conducted by the California Highway Patrol in 1986 found that some people drive better under the influence of marijuana. The study wasn't widely circulated. Tax dollars at work! (Source: "Marijuana law," Richard Glen Boire, Ronin Publishing, Inc.) Before voting, it is your obligation to educate yourself. If you understand the subject, you will support the hemp initiative. Marty C. Keef Girdwood Teach Kids The Truth:In the July 14 letters, Tina Guthrie from Elmendorf Air Force Base wrote a letter, "Teach youth right from wrong," against legalizing marijuana. The Air Force has a senseless policy against even using legal hemp products such as lotion, chap stick or shampoo. I believe we should teach our youth the truth. Inhaling household chemicals will kill them -- marijuana won't. Give our youth true drug education. When one discovers they have been lied to about the effects of marijuana, they might begin to wonder what heroin is really about. It's truth or D.A.R.E.! Jon Clizbe Anchorage Contact: Letters Contact Information: To The Editor: July 24, 2000Copyright  2000 The Anchorage Daily NewsCommon Sense For Drug Policy Articles On DARE Articles On Marijuana Myths
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