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Study: Another Nail in the ‘Safe’ Marijuana Coffin

October 7, 2014   ·   By   ·   0 Comments

Marijuana joint (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Marijuana joint (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

The evidence just continues to mount that marijuana is not the wonderful, benevolent plant that potheads claim it is.  Not that there has been a dearth of that information in the past, since for years I have remarked on factual data about its dangers, including traffic deaths, mental health issues, psychosis, schizophrenia, other psychotic symptoms and other health dangers. Then, of course, there are the wonderful things pot use does for productivity and responsible use of the taxpayer’s dollars.

Even asinine assertions of pro-pot fanatics have been debunked by real-world experience as some jurisdictions have experimented with legalizing the haze of marijuana-assertions such as legalizing it would diminish use of it,  that it would help with tax revenue (there’s already a black market in recently-fully-legalized Colorado), that it would reduce crime, that children would be less likely to use it.  You know, only the wacko stuff that only a pothead could come up with

Now, as the Daily Mail reports, Professor Wayne Hall, a drugs advisor to the World Health Organization, conducted a 20-year study of the long-term effects of marijuana use.  The study found:

  • One in six teenagers who regularly smoke the drug become dependent on it,
  • Cannabis doubles the risk of developing psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia,
  • Cannabis users do worse at school. Heavy use in adolescence appears to impair intellectual development
  • One in ten adults who regularly smoke the drug become dependent on it and those who use it are more likely to go on to use harder drugs,
  • Driving after smoking cannabis doubles the risk of a car crash, a risk which increases substantially if the driver has also had a drink,
  • Smoking it while pregnant reduces the baby’s birth weight.

Well, we definitely need more of that, right?

Just like more intoxicated people in society would help produce a better civilization, right?

I have libertarian friends who claim they support pot legalization purely on the aspect of limited government and federal authority. I am sensitive to those concerns.

But I just can’t in good conscience support legalizing a substance that is basically poison to those who use it, dangerous to people who come in contact with these users, and a drain on society’s productivity and tax dollars.

I just don’t know how any decent person can be for making this danger more accessible and prevalent.

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Bob Ellis has been the owner of media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year veteran of the United States Air Force, a political writer for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for nearly 20 years, including a Tea Party leader and organizer since 2009. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.
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