Don't Believe The Hype! Potent Pot, So What?

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“This ain’t your grandfather’s or your father’s marijuana. This will hurt you. This will addict you. This will kill you.”– Mark R. Trouville, DEA Miami, speaking to the Associated Press (June 22, 2007)
Government claims that today’s pot is more potent, and thus more dangerous to health, than ever before must be taken with a grain of salt.
Federal officials have made similarly dire assertions before. In a 2004 Reuters News Wire story, government officials alleged, “Pot is no longer the gentle weed of the 1960s and may pose a greater threat than cocaine or even heroin.” (Anti-drug officials failed to explain why, if previous decades’ pot was so “gentle” and innocuous, police still arrested you for it.)
In 2007, Reuters again highlighted the alleged record rise in cannabis potency, proclaiming, “U.S. marijuana grows stronger than before: report.” Quoted in the news story was ex-Drug Czar John Walters, who warned, “This report underscores that we are no longer talking about the drug of the 1960s and 1970s — this is Pot 2.0.”

Predictably, in 2008 the mainstream news media ran with yet another set of ‘news’ stories alleging that the pot plant’s strength had reached all-time highs. According to a June 12, 2008 Associated Press story:

“The latest analysis from the University of Mississippi’s Potency Monitoring Project tracked the average amount of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, in samples seized by law enforcement agencies from 1975 through 2007. It found that the average amount of THC reached 9.6 percent in 2007, compared with 8.75 percent the previous year.”

Or not. An actual review of the 2008 U-Miss data revealed this nugget of information: The average THC in domestically grown marijuana — which comprises the bulk of the US market — is less than five percent, a figure that’s remained unchanged for nearly a decade. (See: http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/pdf/FullPotencyReports.pdf, page 12)
Which brings us to this year. Naturally, the Feds are once again sounding the alarm, as reported today by CNN: “Marijuana potency surpasses 10 percent, U.S. says.”
I suppose, if nothing else, the government’s annual “new and improved pot” claims are good advertising for marijuana dealers. As for the rest of the public, it’s time for a reality check.
First, it’s worth noting that police and lawmakers made these same alarmist claims about the suddenly not-as-dangerous-or-strong-as-we-once-said-it-was pot of the 1960s, ’70s, and 80s. These allegations were false then and they are still false now.
Second, THC — regardless of potency — is virtually non-toxic to healthy cells or organs, and is incapable of causing a fatal overdose. Currently, doctors may legally prescribe a FDA-approved pill that contains 100 percent THC, and curiously, nobody at the University of Mississippi or at the Drug Czar’s office seems to be overly concerned about its potential health effects.
Third, survey data gleaned from cannabis consumers in the Netherlands—where users may legally purchase pot of known quality—indicates that most cannabis consumers prefer less potent pot, just as the majority of those who drink alcohol prefer beer or wine rather than 190 proof Everclear or Bacardi 151. When consumers encounter unusually strong varieties of marijuana, they adjust their use accordingly and smoke less.
Finally, if US lawmakers and government researchers were truly concerned about potential risks posed by supposedly stronger marijuana, they would support regulating the drug, so that its potency would be consistent and this information would publicly displayed to the consumer. (Anyone ever been to a liquor store that sold a brand of booze that didn’t post its alcohol content on the label? Didn’t think so.)
So let’s review, shall we? Our federal government ostensibly wants fewer Americans to consume pot. So they spend billions of dollars outlawing the plant and driving its producers underground where breeders, over time, clandestinely develop stronger and more sophisticated herbal strains than ever existed prior to prohibition. The Feds then inadvertently give America’s marijuana growers billions of dollars in free advertising by telling the world that today’s weed is more potent than anything Allen Ginsberg, Tommy Chong or Jerry Garcia ever smoked in their heyday. In response, tens of millions of Americans head immediately to their nearest street-corner in search of a dealer (or college student) willing to sell them a dimebag of the new, super-potent cannabis they’ve been hearing about on TV. The Feds then demand more of your hard-earned tax dollars so they can get more Americans “off the pot.”
Then next year we do it all over again: same time, same station.
Any questions??

0 thoughts

  1. Weed isn’t getting anymore potent, they are just sampling stronger weed. That’s like saying alcohol is getting more potent but only sampling ever clear. Mids are still mid strength, schwag still sucks, and dank weed is still very potent. Its called different kinds of weed.
    However if regular weed is getting more potent, I’d like to find where this is coming from so I can uhh make a scientific research out of it.

  2. as a hep c patient i can vouch that good tasting, high quality buds such as strawberry cough (a quite potent and my personal favorite strain) helps me eat after my hep treatment alot more that some nasty bobby brown brick. it also takes a significantly less amount to get to where i wanna eat or to just catch that buzz, and by the way its a way better buzz too. a cleaner high if you will.

  3. Hey “r” I have started and stopped for years at a time, don’t give me that addicted bullshit and my memory is just fine. I stopped cold turkey many times(5 or 10 years at a time)without withdraws. You need to read, learn and REMEMBER the truth about cannibis. Oh wait,You maybe a drug warrior. No use talking to you huh?

  4. This is insulting. Check out this link on above the influence
    http://www.abovetheinfluence.com/stoners/default.aspx#
    poor hygene? lack of movement for hours? Who are they trying to kid?
    Anonymous at May 16th, 2009 at 10:41 am and “r”, please provide credible data to back up what you say, and try to resist posting a “drug czar” propoganda website like the one in the begining of this comment. The only pot deaths are from police shooting, or gang related violence that can be prevented with control and regulation. Tell the people who are dying that they would be better off without pot, the only thing that works for them when all other prescription chemicals fail. Tell the people who smoke or injest pot that do it to not get addicted to dangerous prescription medications, for headaches, stomach aches, cramping, stress/anxiety, and insomnia. Tell me to my face that i would be better off without it. Or then again, you wouldnt be able to tell face to face with me that I even use it. It is the only natural medicine on gods green earth that wont kill you or addict you. It is the only medicine on this planet that we have receptors in our bodies for. If you don’t like it, thats your perogative, but don’t force your standards down others throats. Why is it illegal you ask? Answer me this: Why is it legal to kill unborn babies as old as six months in the womb? It became illegal because it was the countries only way to get away with racism and to cause a mass hysteria. Its illegal because it keeps the big pharmacutical companies in business profiting from addiction of their products. If it were illegal because of a few deaths, then so would driving, drinking, eating food from a grocery store, eating meat, using flouride, taking over the counters, motorcycling, thrill seaking, bungie jumping, parachuting, and the list could go on and on forever. Think before you type!!!

  5. “Anonymous Says:
    May 16th, 2009 at 10:41 am
    -marijuana kills the lungs(more than tobbaco).Tobbaco kills around 435,000.
    -its easy to get addicted to. and its hard want to quit.
    Think about it like this if you never smoked pot you would not want pot.(and pot is bad for your memory and lungs) Thats why its illegal.”
    Smoking tobacco is bad for your lungs, and I could take up this page with lists of pharmacuticals that effect your short and long term memory. They are legal and proven highly addictive and dangerous. Think about your contradiction. Tobacco kills your lungs, not marijuana. You prohibitionists fail or outright refuse to remember, IT DON’T HAVE TO BE SMOKED TO HAVE THE SAME EFFECT!!! That same old excuse is getting tiring.

  6. r: Ok then why do people smoke for the first time? They never smoked an illegal drug before but they still do it. Marijuana does not effect your memory and it doesn’t kill your lungs. Maybe you should do more research. There is also proof that it fights cancer.
    It is not addicting and there are many many studies that prove it is not physically addicting. Yeah sure some people hate giving up their few joints they smoke during the week but why should they? No one throws a fit about people drinking a few beers after a hard day of work. And there is tons of proof that alchol is addictiting and causes serious damage to the liver. No one has ever died from cancer due to marijuana or from anything marijuana related for that matter.
    There is not one case of marijuana killing anyone.

  7. #142 r Says:
    May 16th, 2009 at 10:46 am
    Think about it like this if you never smoked
    an illegal drug you would never want an illegal drug.
    (that effects your memory. and kills you lungs)
    (bullshit there has to be a few pot deaths) Thats why its illegal.
    So get rid of your reefer and try to quit smoking.
    Then you will truly be free.
    You know you’d be better off if you never smoked pot.
    RE:
    R,
    – I somewhat agree with you…
    “if…never smoked”
    The EFFECTS of carcinogens in smoke can
    AFFECT the delicate
    lung-tissues adversely…
    YES!
    We ARE better off if we have never SMOKED pot.
    (There are SAFER means of consuming this God-Given
    medicinal-herb / food-crop!)
    HOWEVER:
    “ILLEGAL-DRUG”
    is an arbitrary, vocabulary-limiting,
    thought-shrinking, blanket-term.
    (Specifically, an over-generalization!).
    – Coffee, tea, tobacco and even potatoes were,
    (At various times in throughout history),
    declared ILLEGAL by mis-guided individuals…
    What, (EXACTLY), are you REFERRing to?
    (Or, in your case, REEFERing to… ???)
    R,
    Your poor grammar and misuse of homophones,
    (sound-alike words),
    makes me wonder what you have been ingesting.
    (Some the most deadly and
    brain-damaging drugs are perfectly legal!!!)

  8. #142 r Says:
    May 16th, 2009 at 10:46 am
    Think about it like this if you never smoked
    an illegal drug you would never want an illegal drug.
    (that effects your memory. and kills you lungs)
    (bullshit there has to be a few pot deaths) Thats why its illegal.
    So get rid of your reefer and try to quit smoking.
    Then you will truly be free.
    You know you’d be better off if you never smoked pot.
    RE:
    R,
    – I somewhat agree with you…
    “if…never smoked”
    The EFFECTS of carcinogens in smoke can
    AFFECT the delicate
    lung-tissues adversely…
    YES!
    We ARE better off if we have never SMOKED pot.
    (There are SAFER means of consuming this God-Given
    medicinal-herb / food-crop!)
    HOWEVER:
    “ILLEGAL-DRUG”
    is an arbitrary, vocabulary-limiting,
    thought-shrinking, blanket-term.
    (Specifically, an over-generalization!).
    – Coffee, tea, tobacco and even potatoes were,
    (At various times in throughout history),
    declared ILLEGAL by mis-guided individuals…
    What, (EXACTLY), are you REFERRing to?
    (Or, in your case, REEFERing to… ???)
    R,
    Your poor grammar and misuse of homophones,
    (sound-alike words),
    makes me wonder what you have been ingesting.
    (Some OF the most deadly and
    brain-damaging drugs are perfectly legal!!!)

  9. #142 r Says:
    May 16th, 2009 at 10:46 am
    Think about it like this if you never smoked
    an illegal drug you would never want an illegal drug.
    (that effects your memory. and kills you lungs)
    (bullshit there has to be a few pot deaths) Thats why its illegal.
    So get rid of your reefer and try to quit smoking.
    Then you will truly be free.
    You know you’d be better off if you never smoked pot.
    RE:
    R,
    – I somewhat agree with you…
    “if…never smoked”
    The EFFECTS of carcinogens in smoke can
    AFFECT the delicate
    lung-tissues adversely…
    YES!
    We ARE better off if we have never SMOKED pot.
    (There are SAFER means of consuming this God-Given
    medicinal-herb / food-crop!)
    HOWEVER:
    “ILLEGAL-DRUG”
    is an arbitrary, vocabulary-limiting,
    thought-shrinking, blanket-term.
    (Specifically, an over-generalization!).
    – Coffee, tea, tobacco and even potatoes were,
    (At various times THROUGHOUT history),
    declared ILLEGAL by mis-guided individuals…
    What, (EXACTLY), are you REFERRing to?
    (Or, in your case, REEFERing to… ???)
    R,
    Your poor grammar and misuse of homophones,
    (sound-alike words),
    makes me wonder what you have been ingesting.
    (Some OF the most deadly and
    brain-damaging drugs are perfectly legal!!!)

  10. 142 and 141 are illogical! Marijuana is safer then all legal drugs- including- tylenol, alcohol, tobacco, caffeine! marijuana is only illegal because of special interests and racist politics! I can’t tell you how much marijuana has bettered my life! I only use it at the end of the day after my priorities down and allows me to reflect on life!!
    much more productive and interesting then sitting in front of a tv like most of america does on a daily basis- yet somehow smoking weed is evil………..
    142- you can say its bullshit that no one has died from pot, but the fact is there isn’t one report of it happening, so if you can’t prove it then don’t spew your bullshit! it’s ignorant people like you that are stopping the world’s greates plant from being legal once and for all…………………….. and about your lungs- you can use a vaporizer or make edibles so that isnt even an argument

  11. NOTE TO NORML-Blog Moderator:
    PLEASE DELETE first two RE’s to #142,
    (Containing TYPOS).
    – I’m distracted by unmitigated post-collision
    body-pain caused by other-people’s poor vehicular
    skills.

  12. 142. r
    “Think about it like this if you never smoked an illegal drug you would never want an illegal drug.(that effects your memory. and kills you lungs)(bullshit there has to be a few pot deaths) Thats why its illegal.”
    “There has to be a few pot deaths”? Get real. The evidence is everywhere, wake up.

  13. The MARIJUANA PROHIBITIONISTS are at full steam on the propaganda machine. LIES AND MORE LIES. MARIJUANA PROHIBITION= Prisons filled with non-violent offenders and a mindless DRUG WAR wasting tax dollars and erosion of our constitutional rights. If the pot is more potent than you smoke less. Never heard anything about marijuana potency complaints in the seventies. To the non-bud smokers-GET A LIFE-GET THE FACTS STRAIGHT-AND WHEN MARIJUANA IS LEGALIZED THE REAL TRUTH WILL BE HEARD AND WE WILL BE SET FREE.

  14. #141 and #142, first of all who the fuck do you think you are? Who are you to tell over 300 million people what they can and can’t do. What if I told you that you can’t drink alcohol, or take your prescription drugs. It’s about more than just a high, it’s about my very rights as a human being, and my freedom. I don’t tell you what you can and can’t watch on TV, or any other facet of your life, so what’s makes you think you can have a say on what I do with my body? Cannabis is not physically addictive, it is a MENTAL addiction, and NO there has never been a recorded death from overdose or otherwise from cannabis, but thousands of people die every year from some of the medicines you probably keep in your bathroom or pantry. Stay out of my business and out of my life. I am a parent, military service member, churchgoer, and law abiding citizen. I don’t drink alcohol, swear, or watch violent or inappropriate material in front of my children. So I am obviously able to handle myself in a responsible manner. Get off of your high horse and do some real research, and you’ll find out just how beneficial Cannabis can be. Along with it’s medical benefits, and ability to raise desperately needed revenue for the Government, it might even give you two some needed relaxation and different perspectives on some things.
    Once again, do not make decisions for me or anyone else, make them for yourself. If you want to drink yourself into oblivion every night that’s not ok with me but it’s YOUR life. Just don’t get behind the wheel. I have served my country for over 8 years, and since I have put myself in harm’s way for the safety and security of this nation I feel I should be able to put into my body whatever the hell I want. And #’s 141 and 142 you can just stay the fuck out of my business.

  15. No, there haven’t been any deaths. Weed is less toxic than asprin.
    And what about Alcohol, Mcdonalds food, tobacco, and watching tv for 6 hour stretches at a time? All these destroy memory and body. All these break down the human body and some outright kill people on a daily basis. Yet where’s the call to mandate laws against these and countless other unhealthy habits.
    Call me crazy, but I was under the impression that when I became an adult I was responcibal for my own health. Who the hell are the Federal government to dictate health to me? Not to mention they’re in direct violation of the 10th amendment if they do so

  16. Letter sent to Bill O Reilly in response to Joseph califano Jr. appearance on 5/14. people like this will do and say anything to scare the uninformed public, and I think the next war we must wage is outing these scum who are so called experts but have minimal facts on the subject in which they speak. There was a time in this country when you had to have some proof or knowledge on a given subject to, be a panel member. Nowdays they trot out any piece of trash to encite fear.
    letter sent on 5/16 follows…………….
    Mr. Oreilly, you’re segment with Joseph califano Jr. on 5/14 proves that you dont have to be informed when appearing as an expert.
    Legalizing will make cannabis more available to kids? Using kids as a shield to cover up a hidden agenda is spin, adults and kids alike, purchase from gang member thugs, I dont think they check for identification. And the cry that it is more potent, please look at some facts before you let guests with hidden agendas attempt to look out for me!

  17. The potency issue should NOT be any concern to non-users of marijuana. What’s the real hidden agenda of opponents? In any debate, always find out what your opponent’s goals and benefits are for being a prohibitionist of marijuana. The well over 52% and growing number of marijuana supporters in America would appreciate opponents simply excuseing themselves on marijuana issues and STOP hendering life saving medicine and personal use law reform.
    Kind of makes you wonder who’s supporting MJ prohibitionist that want’s to stay hidden. What’s in it for prohibitionist? If they don’t use it, then why oh why does potency matter to them so much, the answer is obvious, they think they can further confuse the public with their comments and further promote fear of the “UNKNOWN!” Just to prevent MJ from being legal in any form? Enormous amounts of money are being wasted on prohibition. I wish I could just turn it off or fast forward this time period till I arrive at the legalization day!

  18. What is really funny is I was reading the June 2009 issue of High Times and read a feedback in the mag. from a Republican and this is exactly what is said from him word for word . It is titeled Republican for legalization and here is what he said “I haven’t smoked pot in years-primarily because it’s illegal-but I fully support it being at least decriminalized, if not fully legalized.
    I saw you [Sen. Ed David Bienenstock] on Fox and friends this morning, and despite the facts that I’m a Republican, the hypocrisy of the right was very clearly demonstrated by you, and for that, I thank you. It’s a states’ rights issue, and if politicians truly gave a rat’s arse about states’ rights, regardless of their personal views on marijuana, they would see it as such. Unfortunately most politicians are only about states’ rights only when it’s convenient for them, as you clearly demonstrated was the case.
    Anyway, thank you for going on the show and exposing the hypocrisy. Like I said, I don’t partake of marijuana anymore, but assuming you do, smoke some for me.”
    Reason why i had to post this to you is the simple fact that if a Republican is willing to speak out about decriminalize, if not fully legalize marijuana then where is the other people in the gov’t. willing to help our cause by helping us decriminalize, if not fully legalize marijuana? We the people are ready for legalization and regulation/taxation of marijuana regardless of the THC levels. After all why keep marijuana in prohibition that simply doesn’t work while there is a more logical reason such as using the tax money (14 Billion annually) from legalized marijuana to go towards medical , education and other areas such as a fight to end terism and helping our nation become stronger? After all don’t we have a say in the matter or is it simply we the gov’t.? We request that marijuana be legalized!!!
    I hope that the NORML org. , MPP org. and any one else who can use this information for our cause and would like to end this by saying best of wishes and keep up the fight to legalize marijuana.

  19. so there is hope that we can grow a strain that hit 30 to 50 percent,yippee time to get the vaporizer, and alot of sick and hurting can get the medicine they need at a cost people can afford.there is no such thing as to powerful,i love our lying deceitful government,when kids try the “killer stuff”and live what then? your fear mongering leads them to try things that will kill them,we are in trouble,led by the common senselesssss

  20. You want to talk about harmful effects? Let’s talk antidepressants. In a recent study http://www.upmc.com/MediaRelations/NewsReleases/2009/Pages/STARD-trial.aspx a professor points out a signficant weak spot and demonstrates why antidepressants so often don’t work, or work only for the short term, but often leave patients with weight gain, and all the related health consequences.
    Also, antidepressants can actually cause patients to consider suicide, and many patients have attempted suicide by overdoeing on these same antidepressants.
    Does pot cause any of this?!?!?
    Someone please stop the insanity wheel and let me off!

  21. Let’s all go to Wash DC on the 4th of JUly and pass around a joint the size of a fucking blimp! someone could make one out of papier mache, it could be filled with straw or balloons for that matter,and just passed around for the visual.

  22. What needs to happen is this. We need to have a 1, 2, or 10 million person HIGH march on the white house. They can’t arrest us all.

  23. The first and most basic reason that marijuana should be legal is that there is no good reason for it not to be legal. Some people ask ‘why should marijuana be legalized?” but we should ask “Why should marijuana be illegal?” From a philosophical point of view, individuals deserve the right to make choices for themselves. The government only has a right to limit those choices if the individual’s actions endanger someone else. This does not apply to marijuana, since the individual who chooses to use marijuana does so according to his or her own free will. The government also may have a right to limit individual actions if the actions pose a significant threat to the individual. But this argument does not logically apply to marijuana because marijuana is far less dangerous than some drugs which are legal, such as alcohol and tobacco.
    SUMMARY: Individuals deserve the right to decide whether or not they should use marijuana. The government should not tell individuals what to do as long as they do not harm others.
    Anyone who has ever been charged in the court of law for Marijuana should be able to sue the government. The fact is the government has with held important information regarding Marijuana that would couse it to be legal, the government is wrong in lying to the american people and with holding the information, as so the government should pay for its crimes against the people.

  24. What I do not get is in other countries it is legal yet in the states it is illegal yet we the USA are suppose to be “Land of the free” well if that is the case then why do we not have marijuana legalized and taxed? What about discrimination I thought we had a constitution that is against discrimination regardless of sex, religion etc….? This being said they should pay attention to our rights and legalize and tax marijuana instead of strengthining the black market . As long as their is a black market there will always be a way to get marijuana and other things so why don’t they just legalize marijuana and tax it and put a hurting on the black market while at the same time use the taxed money from it towards good instead of keeping it illegal and suppling the black market 14 billion annually ?

  25. We need to re-legalize marijuana. It should never have been made illegal in the first place. These laws against its legality are INSANE.
    STOP THE MADNESS!

  26. Give me a fucking break (to those who say it’s bad and addictive.)
    I have a disease that is horrible to deal with. One of my drs told me I could have 5 ok years on heavy narcotics then 15 years where nothing at all will help my pain. I have another who just today, gave me medications that have the worst side-effects I’ve ever seen. They can give me cancer, lupus, MS, serious infections, and heart failure. And those are just the bad ones. The other side effects are all day every day nausea, dibilitating fatigue, head aches and can cause my hair to fall out. They’re basically very similar to chemo drugs, but instead of taking them short term like chemo, if they work it’s the rest of my life!
    All this just to deal with a possibility of preventing my disease from progressing. Now if I was in a medical marijuana state I could ask for it to 1) help my condition, the pain and the side effects from the medication and 2) to use in place of some of my drugs which will give me less side effects, won’t make me addicted to them (like the narcotics I’m on) and will help just as much.
    The idea that there are such ignorant people out there doesn’t surprise me in the least. Wake up and do your own research, realize that pot isn’t at all what the government and other idiots lead you to believe.

  27. This just came in my email from mpp. This is what I have been think would happen. they are going to ignore the voice of the people and over turn ANYTHING that WE THE PEOPLE vote for. The constitution means nothing to them.
    From Marijuana policy project:
    Tomorrow morning, a committee in the U.S. Senate will consider an amendment that could undo the state medical marijuana laws that voters and legislators in 13 states have worked so hard to pass.
    Your senator, Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), sits on the committee that will vote on this amendment. Please take action to stop this amendment before the committee vote tomorrow by calling Sen. Harkin’s office right away.
    While MPP has not yet seen the exact text of the current amendment, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) introduced a similar measure in 2007, and we believe this amendment will closely mirror the 2007 version. That amendment used a nefarious technique to attack medical marijuana patients and caregivers by allowing the FDA to possibly stop effective state medical marijuana laws. Sadly, Sen. Harkin voted in favor of this amendment when it came up in 2007, which means it’s critical that he hears from you.
    Will you please help prevent Sen. Coburn’s anti-medical marijuana amendment by calling Sen. Harkin’s office at 202-224-3254?

  28. since i’m a meduser i prefer the highest % of THC i can get,which is usually very high since i get it from a grower in california.
    may god bless and keep him from those damn fed asshats.

  29. I noticed that the “Partnership for a Drug Free America” has purchased a large amount of air time on CNN. This has happened, coincidentally, just as CNN ratcheted up the Reefer Madness hysteria.
    What ever happened to independent, factual news reporting? It certainly isn’t on CNN.
    For awhile, I thought CNN might give us a balanced alternative to the conservative wingnuts on Fox News and the liberal wingnuts on MSNBC. I guess it goes to show that money can still buy you the best news stories in the world.
    All I can say is thank God for the Internet!
    And, the mass media outlets all wonder why they are going out of business. . .

  30. Ok. I really think our people need to get their head out of their asses. Also, our government needs to stop trying to overuse its power. Marijuana is harmless. I just graduated highschool with less than a point away from being honors…. hmmm, so people who smoke pot fry their brains???? If I hadn’t spent so much time in the hospital for my shunt it would have been honors. Still, If only it would be legalized. We would have agricultural, medical, industrial, and many other benefits. Hell, it will even create a cleaner burning, non-toxic fuel. LEGALIZE IT!!!! Quit being retarded america.

  31. I believe your argument would be stronger if you focused less on the statement that people ‘prefer less potent pot’, and more on the idea that better pot equals less smoking.
    I don’t know many people that actually prefer less potent pot.
    I do know lots of people that prefer high potency pot in very small amounts.
    The end result of your logic and this one are the same, although I believe the ladder gets the point across more efficiently.
    Peace and love and great article all around.

  32. My son growing up was diagnosed with A.D.D. & H.D.
    The Dr.’s prescribed Ridalin for him. I did some research on it and the side effects from it was horrible so I took him off of it and started having him smoke a little weed and it made him slow down to where he could concentrate and do his work and his grades started going up. The school said they would turn me in for letting my son smoke pot. Pot is good for people with A.D.D & H.D. My son ended up quitting school and not getting his education because of stupid people.The wonderful God given plant has so much medical value.The Government needs to attack alcohol and legalize pot, but they arent going to do that because all those assholes are drinkers.I am 52 and love to come home from work and take a few tokes and kick back and relax.It also helps me sleep. It would probably help with sleep disorders.
    Enough with the beauracratical BS . LEGALIZE WEED

  33. Schuster,
    I hear ya on the school thing. I was terrible in highschool until I started smoking cannibis as a sophmore. I went from d’s and f’s the previous 2 years to honor roll my last 2 years. I’d like the government to explain that!!!!

  34. I need to make clear my previous post about smoking cannibis in highschool. I dont condone teens smoking cannibis. It was just a choice I made in th 80’s.

  35. #192 R.O.E. Says:
    May 19th, 2009 at 10:35 am
    Schuster,
    I hear ya on the school thing. I was terrible in highschool until I started smoking cannibis as a sophmore. I went from d’s and f’s the previous 2 years to honor roll my last 2 years. I’d like the government to explain that!!!!
    RE:
    R.O.E.,
    Don’t know if the gov’t
    will ever ‘fess-up’ and tell the truth,
    (that cannabinoids promote NEW brain-cell GROWTH),
    however,
    this medical research article does…
    Cannabinoids promote embryonic and
    adult hippocampus neurogenesis:

    Journal of Clinical Investigation
    Wikipedia Articles:
    Endocannabinoid-system
    Neurogenesis

  36. #192 R.O.E. Says:
    May 19th, 2009 at 10:35 am
    Schuster,
    I hear ya on the school thing. I was terrible in highschool until I started smoking cannibis as a sophmore. I went from d’s and f’s the previous 2 years to honor roll my last 2 years. I’d like the government to explain that!!!!
    RE:
    R.O.E.,
    Don’t know if the gov’t
    will ever ‘fess-up’ and tell the truth,
    (that cannabinoids promote NEW brain-cell GROWTH),
    however,
    this medical research article does…
    Cannabinoids promote embryonic and
    adult hippocampus neurogenesis:

    Journal of Clinical Investigation
    Wikipedia Articles:
    Endocannabinoid-system
    Neurogenesis
    HU-210
    is the synthetic cannabinoid used in the JCI study
    By the way…
    HU-210 is 100 to 800 times
    more potent
    than natural THC from cannabis…

  37. you know, their is something that is also important that seems to not be brought up so much. how is it if the remedy is legalized, that it will effect children in school? now, im talking from a responsible users point of view. i relize their are irresponsible users for sure but, looking from the adult side of this, why is it a problem to legalize if , we as parents teach our children they cannot use it until they are old enough to make up their own mind. as in when their twenty one. gee, like alcohol. we as adults are charged with teaching our children not to use alcohol yet, how many parents drink to excess around their kids on a regular basis and, that is legal. if the law says twenty one or older , we would treat it the same as alcohol so, their is no validity in using children as a tool to keep it illegal. i have been smoking herb off an on for thirty two years and, never, would i subject my children to being present while i was pounding the pyrex. and anyone who does smoke around their children needs kicked in the slats until good sense is revived! as a child, my parents had many parties and alcohol flowed like the river. i picked up that habit at way too early an age. i love the taste and effect of it but, for one, i dont drink anymore and two, when i did, never , did i subject my children to it. i will only smoke herb now and, nar can they tell that daddys got a buzz. though now, because of random drug testing, i have been forced to quit.dammit. my point being that if we are responsible about it and show it, especially on a public format such as this, those that are against it can read our comments and learn that we can be reasonable about a natural plant that has many benefits for use. people who “wont walk a mile in our moccisans” can at least read that we who smoke marijuana are very sensible people.i for one would not think for one minute that it is ok for my kids to use.but ill tell you this, when they do choose which method to ease the edge after a long day at the job, i hope its the remedy that they choose. thanks norml for makin these comments possible to view by those who otherwise would only have government reports to judge their beliefs.

  38. Why do we elect idiots who manufacture their own false statistics or are gullible enough to believe someone else’s made up BS.Forget drug testing elected officials…these folks need to start giving IQ tests.And Mark R. Trouville’s comment about the deadly pot sounds more like a dare to any pot smoking veteran.Maybe the Miami DEA needs to test their agents’ IQ also.Marijuana may be a gateway drug but so is nicotine and alcohol,both of which are far more deadly than marijuana.

  39. Data from the University of Sydney reveals samples of local cannabis from the early 1970s up around 11%. The lowest was 3% with most samples being at the upper end. The whole DEA spin is complete rubbish. But we knew that.

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