10 Things Every Parent, Teenager & Teacher Should Know About Marijuana

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  1. OK so just found this article, I doubt it's new but none the less its fairly interesting.

    10 Things Every Parent, Teenager & Teacher Should Know About Marijuana
    by the Family Council on Drug Awareness


    "Prohibition...goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to
    control a man's appetite by legislation and makes a crime out of things
    that are not crimes. A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very
    principles upon which our government was founded."

    -- Abraham Lincoln
    December, 1840


    This pamphlet was researched and produced as a public service
    by the Family Council on Drug Awareness P.O. Box 71093, LA CA
    90071-0093

    Additional copies available from:

    BACH, PO Box 71093, L.A., CA 90071-0093
    35 cents apiece, Ten for $2.00, 100 for $10


    1 Q. What is Marijuana?

    A. "Marijuana" refers to the dried leaves and flowers of the cannabis
    plant [1], which contain the non-narcotic chemical THC at various
    potencies. It is smoked or eaten to produce the feeling of being
    "high." The different strains of this herb produce different sensual
    effects, ranging from sedative to stimulant.

    2 Q. Who Uses Marijuana?

    A. There is no simple profile of a typical marijuana user. It has been
    used for 1000s of years for medical, social, and religious reasons
    and for relaxation [2]. Several of our Presidents [3] are believed
    to have smoked it. One out of every five Americans say they have
    tried it. And it is still popular among artists, writers, musicians,
    activists, lawyers, inventors, working people, etc.

    3 Q. How Long Have People Been Using Marijuana?

    A. Marijuana has been used since ancient times [4]. While field hands
    and working people have often smoked the raw plant, aristocrats
    historically prefer hashish [5] made from the cured flowers of the
    plant. It was not seen as a problem until a calculated disinformation
    [sic] campaign was launched in the 1930s [6], and the first American
    laws against using it were passed [7].

    4 Q. Is Marijuana Addictive?

    A. No, it is not [8]. Most users are moderate consumers who smoke it
    socially to relax. We now know that 10% of our population have
    "addictive personalities" and they are neither more nor less
    likely to overindulge in cannabis than in anything else. On a
    relative scale, marijuana is less habit forming than either sugar
    or chocolate but more so than anchovies. Sociologists report a general
    pattern of marijuana use that peaks in the early adult years, followed
    by a period of levelling off and then a gradual reduction in use [9].

    5 Q. Has Anyone Ever Died From Smoking Marijuana?

    A. No; not one single case, not ever. THC is one of the few chemicals for
    which there is no known toxic amount [10]. The federal agency NIDA says
    that autopsies reveal that 75 people per year are high on marijuana
    when they die: this does not mean that marijuana caused or was even a
    factor in their deaths. The chart below compares the number of deaths
    attributable to selected substances in a typical year:

    Tobacco...............................340,000 - 395,000
    Alcohol (excluding crime/accidents).............125,000+
    Drug Overdose (prescription)............24,000 - 27,000
    Drug Overdose (illegal)...................3,800 - 5,200
    Marijuana.............................................0

    *Source: U.S. Government Bureau of Mortality Statistics, 1987

    6 Q. Does Marijuana Lead to Crime and/or Hard Drugs?

    A. No [11]. The only crime most marijuana users commit is that they use
    marijuana. And, while many people who abuse dangerous drugs also smoke
    marijuana, the old "stepping stone" theory is now discredited, since
    virtually all of them started out "using" legal drugs like sugar,
    coffee, cigarettes, alcohol, etc.

    7 Q. Does Marijuana Make People Violent?

    A. No. In fact, Federal Bureau of Narcotics director Harry Anslinger once
    told Congress just the opposite - that it leads to non-violence and
    pacifism [12]. If he was telling the truth (which he and key federal
    agencies have not often done regarding marijuana), then re-legalizing
    marijuana should be considered as one way to curb violence in our
    cities. The simple fact is that marijuana does not change your basic
    personality. The government says that over 20 million Americans still
    smoke it, probably including some of the nicest people you know.

    8 Q. How Does Marijuana Affect Your Health?

    A. Smoking anything is not healthy, but marijuana is less dangerous than
    tobacco and people smoke less of it at a time. This health risk can
    be avoided by eating the plant instead of smoking it [13], or can be
    reduced by smoking smaller amounts of stronger marijuana. There is
    no proof that marijuana causes serious health or sexual problems [14]
    but, like alcohol, its use by children or adolescents is discouraged.
    Cannabis is a medicinal herb that has hundreds of proven, valuable
    theraputic uses - from stress reduction to glaucoma to asthma to
    cancer therapy, etc. [15].

    9 Q. What About All Those Scary Statistics and Studies?

    A. Most were prepared as scare tactics for the government by Dr. Gabriel
    Nahas, and were so biased and unscientific that Nahas was fired by
    the National Institute of Health [16] and finally renounced his own
    studies as meaningless [17]. For one experiment, he suffocated monkeys
    for five minutes at a time, using proportionately more smoke than the
    average user inhales in an entire lifetime [18]. The other studies
    that claim sensational health risks are also suspect, since they lack
    controls and produce results which cannot be replicated or
    independently verified [19].

    10 Q. What Can I Do About Marijuana?

    A. No independent government panel that has studied marijuana has ever
    recommended jail for users [20]. Concerned persons should therefore
    ask their legislators to re-legalize and tax this plant, subject to
    age limits and regulations similar to those on alcohol and tobacco.


    For More Information, Write:
    Family Coucil on Drug Awareness
    P.O. Box 71093, LA CA 90071-0093



    FOOTNOTES TO THE TEXT:

    1. The same plant, known as hemp, has an estimated 50,000 non-drug
    commercial uses including paper, textiles, fuels, food and sealants,
    but these uses are also banned by existing laws. Sources: Encyclopedia
    Britannica, federal documents and historical records.

    2. Coptic Christians, Rhastafarnians [sic], Shintos, Hinus, Buddhists,
    Sufis, Essenes, Zoroastrians, Bantus, and many other sects have
    traditions that consider the plant to have religious value.

    3. Their personal correspondence and records reveal that U.S. Presidents
    Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, and others smoked hashish, as did Benjamin
    Franklin and Mary Todd Lincoln. President John F. Kennedy is also
    reported to have smoked marijuana to relieve his back pain. Many of
    America's greatest leaders and Founding Fathers (including George
    Washington) were hemp farmers. Sources: National Archives, published
    reports.

    4. Archeologists report that cannabis was possibly the first plant
    cultivated by humans - about 8000 B.C. - and was used for linen,
    paper, and garments. Source: Columbia University, _History of the
    World_. It was being smoked in China and India as early as 2700 B.C.

    5. Turkish smoking parlors were popular in both Europe and America. as
    well as the Middle and Far East, as recently as the turn of the
    Century.

    6. The exhaustive Indian Hemp "Raj" Commission report (1986) by British
    authorities found no reason to restrict its use. But the notorious
    yellow journalist William Randolph Hearst fabricated and published
    horror stories about marijuana that were eventually investigated and
    shown to be lies, but not until long after the marijuana prohibition
    was enacted in 1938. Source: Larry Sloman, _Reefer Madness_.

    7. Laws against marijuana were passed a year after the invention of a
    machine to harvest and process hemp so it could compete commercially
    against businesses owned by Hearst, the DuPonts and other powerful
    families. Source: Jack Herer, _The Emporor Wears No Clothes_.

    8. Marijuana does not lead to physical dependency. Costa Rican Study,
    1980; Jamaican Study, 1975; Nixon Blue Ribbon Report, 1972, et. al.

    9. Source: Psychology Today, Newsweek, et.al.

    10. Source: All univerity medical studies: UCLA, Harvard, Temple, etc.

    11. Costa Rican Study, 1980; Jamaican Study, 1975; "The legal drugs for
    adults, such as alcohol and tobacco...precede the use of all illicit
    drugs." Source: National Academy of Sciences.

    12. The FBI reports that 65-75% of criminal violence is alcohol related.
    "Pacifist syndrome" testimony was given by Federal Bureau of Narcotics
    Director Harry Anslinger before Congress (1948). However, the "Siler"
    Study conducted by the U.S in Panama (1931) reported "no impairment"
    in military personnel who smoked marijuana while off duty.

    13. "The only clinically significant medical problem is that
    scientifically linked to marijuana is bronchitis. Like smoking
    tobacco, the treatment is the same: stop smoking." Source: Dr. Fred
    Oerther, M.D.

    14. Coptic study (UCLA), 1981; "There is not yet any conclusive evidence
    as to whether prolonged use of marijuana causes permanent changes in
    the nervous system or sustained impairment of brain function and
    behavior in human beings." Source: National Academy of Sciences.

    15. Source: Dr. Tod Mikuriya, _Marijuana Medical Papers_. Marijuana could
    replace at least 10-20% of prescribed drugs now in use. Source: Dr.
    Raphael Mechoulam. Marijuana was a major active ingredient in 40-50%
    of patent medicines before its ban.

    16. 1976

    17. 1983

    18. The U.S. Government reports that the oral dose of cannabis required to
    kill a mouse is about 40,000 times the dose required to produce
    symptoms of intoxication in man. Source: Lowe, _Journal of
    Pharmacological and Experimental Therapeutics_, Oct. 1946.

    19. In another famous study, Heath/Tulane (1974), wild monkeys were
    brutally captured, then virtually suffocated in marijuana smoke over a
    period of 90 days. Source: National Institute of Health.

    20. Examples: the "LaGuardia" Committee Report (New York, 1944) and
    President Richard Nixon's Blue Ribbon "Shafer" Commission (1972).
     
  2. Well done! +rep
     
  3. Thank you :D aim to educate the blind :D

     
  4. Well the thing about marijuana killing someone has not sat right in my head. Imagine some made 64 brownies each with 1g in them. And lets say that 1 person ate all 64.

    I'm almost certain that they would pass out and have a massive heart attack and die from lack of air. :):smoke:
     
  5. #5 Samanthamudgirl, Mar 4, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 4, 2011
    Just try and eat 64 bownies! That 64 grams of weed in the brownies is probably not enough to kill the person. The weed would make the person pass out most likely or fall asleep, but then the body would just process the weed and they would wake up fine. Compare with these statistics below.

    You would need to smoke 800 joints in 15 minutes to die, if it requires 3 beers to intoxicate you, it only requires 15 to 30 beers to kill you. However, if it takes you 3 'hits' of marijuana to intoxicate you, it would require 120,000 hits to kill you. Thus, it is virtually impossible to die of a marijuana overdose.

    Recently, there are newer "marijuana" synthetics on the market. They are known by names such as K2 or Spice. These are actually directly proving to be much more dangerous than natural marijuana, and there are fatalities being directly related to overdose.
     
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