ABC News Is Addicted to Reefer Rhetoric

Many years ago the former head of the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Alan Leshner made this statement when forced to confront the fact that tens of thousands of patients were successfully using cannabis as a medicine:
“The plural of anecdote is not evidence.”
Someone ought to pass on Lesnher’s cop out to ABC News, whose recent feature, “Reefer Madness Redux: Is Pot Addictive?“, is little more than a series of anecdotes from folks claiming that it’s becoming harder and harder for some individuals to quit weed.
Here’s a typical example:

The biggest hurdle in treating these patients is that marijuana “still has a positive spin to it,” he said. “People don’t believe it’s a problem.”
“Plenty believe that they can’t get addicted or hold on to the idea that it’s only psychologically addictive and ‘I can think my way out of it,'”said Massella. “But once you develop a dependency, there is always a dependency.”

Naturally, John Massella, like many of the so-called experts quoted in the ABC story, has a financial incentive to promote the “marijuana is seriously addictive” claim. After all, he runs a drug rehabilitation center. Claiming that many of his clients are “pot addicts” is far more socially acceptable than admitting that most of his so-called ‘marijuana treatment admissions’ are really just young people who were busted for pot possession and ordered there by the court as a condition of probation.
But putting the anecdotes aside, what does the science actually say about pot and dependence?
Well, according to the nonpartisan National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine — which published a multiyear, million-dollar federal study assessing marijuana and health in 1999 — “millions of Americans have tried marijuana, but most are not regular users [and] few marijuana users become dependent on it.” The agency added, “[A]though [some] marijuana users develop dependence, they appear to be less likely to do so than users of other drugs (including alcohol and nicotine), and marijuana dependence appears to be less severe than dependence on other drugs.” (In fact, more recent research indicates that marijuana use may actually help some people kick their hard drug habits!)
Just how less likely? According to the IOM’s 267-page report, fewer than 10 percent of those who try cannabis ever meet the clinical criteria for a diagnosis of “drug dependence” (based on DSM-III-R criteria). By contrast, the IOM reported that 32 percent of tobacco users, 23 percent of heroin users, 17 percent of cocaine users and 15 percent of alcohol users meet the criteria for “drug dependence.” In short, it’s the legal drugs that have Americans hooked — not pot.
But what about the claims that ceasing marijuana smoking can trigger withdrawal symptoms? (According to ABC, these symptoms include “sleeplessness”, “anxiety,” and — shudder! — “dry mouth.”) Once again, it’s a matter of degree. According to the Institute of Medicine, pot’s withdrawal symptoms, when identified, are “mild and subtle” compared with the profound physical syndromes associated with ceasing chronic alcohol use — which can be fatal — or those abstinence symptoms associated with daily tobacco use, which are typically severe enough to persuade individuals to reinitiate their drug-taking behavior.
The IOM report further explained, “[U]nder normal cannabis use, the long half-life and slow elimination from the body of THC prevent[s] substantial abstinence symptoms” from occurring. As a result, cannabis’ withdrawal symptoms are typically limited to feelings of mild anxiety, irritability, agitation and insomnia.
Most importantly, unlike the withdrawal symptoms associated with the cessation of most other intoxicants, pot’s mild after-effects do not appear to be either severe or long-lasting enough to perpetuate marijuana use in individuals who have decided to quit. This is why most marijuana smokers report voluntarily ceasing their cannabis use by age 30 with little physical or psychological difficulty. By comparison, many cigarette smokers who pick up the habit early in life continue to smoke for the rest of their lives, despite making numerous efforts to quit.
So let’s review. Marijuana is widely accepted by the National Academy of Sciences, the Canadian Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs, the British Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs and others to lack the severe physical and psychological dependence liability associated with most other intoxicants, including alcohol and tobacco. Further, pot lacks the profound abstinence symptoms associated with most legal intoxicants, including caffeine.
That’s not to say that some cannabis smokers don’t find quitting difficult. Naturally, a handful of folks do. And it appears that ABC News has found them all.

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  1. I haven’t smoked cannabis for about 6 months now, it wasn’t hard at all. I just got too afraid of having all my freedoms taken away. Plus it’s easier to fight these ridiculous laws when you can prove that weed isn’t addicting by not having smoked it for the longest time. I probably won’t smoke it again till these stupid laws are changed.

  2. i full on agree i stoped smoking ciggerts by smokeing pot then i stoped smoking pot with very little problems as of 2 years after stoping the ciggerts i have not smoked pot allso thou i miss the pot and WILL toke up agin no matter what right now i take 5 10/325 oxycodone a day for pain and if i could get pot legle i would use that but healthnet probley wont cover weed as a med lol and as i could get a random ua at any time i wont use weed thou no ua test as of yet in 2 years oxycodone ROCKS i love the and i can DRIVE lol np scary hahahaha but pain free

  3. I cant attest to this post. Over my life I have started and stopped smoking cannabis many many times…without problems. Insomnia? ….humm maybe…it did make me sleep good… but then I never really sleep ‘Good’ without it. I think some of you can say what 12 hour swing shifts do to a person. In my opinion, working 12 hour swing shifts is MUCH worse for you than smoking a 4 gram bag of cannabis evryday for a month…or years …W/E. A pot ADDICT…LOL. ok W/E. I could smoke cannabis for a year, quit and not have anyproblems or go back to it for a year. NO PROBLEM!
    It took me 10 years of trying to quit smoking cigarettes after 18 years of smoking cigs, Now thats ADDICTION! Never , ever, touch those nasty things again!
    If cannabis was legal, I would smoke some now and then…I know it wont be a problem! FACT!

  4. I read ABC news online a lot and your right they like to talk about cannabis quite frequently. Most of it is bullshit and is amusing to me but to the uneducated it probably makes sense. The idea of using cannabis to get yourself off of more harmful substances is true. It was the way I quit using tobacco. I had tried many times to quit and was not able until my friend suggested this method. I have been tobacco free for over 20 years now. I still use cannabis and have for over 40 years and I don’t show any signs of bad health from it.

  5. Garbage article from ABC.
    All I have to say is that the SPECIAL INTERESTS are scared out of their minds right now. The marijuana movement from the younger generation is only helping the Baby Boomers.
    You can’t tell me, being a marijuana advocacy group, you didn’t expect this crap to happen?!
    Be ready to explain to people why it is happening.
    I.E. SPECIAL INTERESTS!!!
    They have much to lose when marijuana becomes legal.

  6. even after 40 yrs. if necessary to put food on the table,do auto repairs or any necessity it is no problem to stop for months it’s just a Bummer

  7. Great piece. Keep up the good work. Its great to see the public finally starting to come around and even see through the propaganda and nonsense.

  8. Always ask yourself the question, WIIFM? Or ‘What’s In It For Me?’
    This is how to determine if a person is genuine in how they feel with regards to drug policy or if they are just in it to profit.
    It’s not surprising that police, prosecutors, drug court personnel, rehab clinic personnel and DEA agents consistently come out against drug reform. Most of them probably could care less what you do in your house, but without drug policy, they either lose money or are out of a job.
    On the other hand, economists consistently come down against drug prohibition. Why? Is it because they’re all druggies? It’s certainly possible some of them consume other drugs besides alcohol and nicotine, the legal 1-2 punch, to have their fun. However, one thing they all share is an understanding of basic economics. Very few of them would benefit financially from an ending of prohibition.
    Similarly, libertarians all share the belief that your body is yours and not the government’s. After all, if you believe in drug laws, you believe that the government has the final say on what goes into your system.
    It’s just too bad more people can’t see through the smog and understand that authorities are not out there for your good, but rather for their own.

  9. I get sick when I watch the MSM twist the facts about marijuana like this. It just makes me so sad to know that there are people watching this kind of BS “news” thinking that it’s actually the truth. Overcoming the propaganda of the MSM is hard, but we are equipped with the real truth – and I have to believe in the long run the truth will win out over the lies of the media.

  10. up until feb of this year, i have smoked marijuana for thirty two years.during those years i have stopped for some important personal reasons.not because i really had to.but from changes over the course of my life.on the average,i used about a half ounce in two weeks.and a couple three puffs usually after work and from sun up till sun down on weekends.i enjoyed it and the fact i felt i was using it responsibly.i have been diagnosed with a.d.d.and i found it to be a great benefit to slow my thoughts and the increased ability to keep thoughts in perspective.i ahvent had a problem quiting in the past. until i was forced to quit by my employer through hair testing. that was a problem because of the great invasion of privacy. i have never felt so offended as now.it was a good part of my life and i felt , a benefit to me. i do not think for one minute that marijuana is addictive.the thought of someone else telling me what i can do in the privacy of my home offends me in the worst way.yes, i am irritable,though , no loss of sleep.but cranky….yes. because my right to just a small bit of privacy to do what comforts me has been comprimised through my employer by my government because they have such a twisted way of upholding law in the best interest of its people. allowing alcohol to be legal when it has created more damage to america than marijuana ever could. prescription meds are the addiction. hard drugs and cigs are the addiction. thank you for your time.

  11. I’ve been trying to convince people of this since 2002. ALL of my friends had to attend compulsary treatment for marijuana at some point. Nearly all of my friends are now educated, employed professionals raising their own families.
    You couldn’t see it as anything other than a money trap – community service, fines, court costs, rehabilitation costs – and it really starts to add up.
    Then, to add insult to injury, you have to read in the paper about the marijuana “addiction epidemic” that’s threatening the nation. All political garbage so that people in power can become more powerful.
    You know what it’s called when cells that make up a human host begin consuming all the resources meant for the body as a whole? It’s called cancer and we’re seeing it here in the Civil War on Drugs. Politicans and business men get richer and fatter while the rest of us experience an decrease in our freedoms, the value of our money and our overall quality of living.
    Welcome to America!

  12. It just amazes me how much dialog is taking place about this nice plant. Good, bad or indifferent, it all leads towards the truth.

  13. im gettin sick of em tryin to say its addictive. they really need to look at the facts nd not the Goverments Facts. They really need to start acting like Adults nd not no 10 yr old KIDS. IM SICK OF THIS.

  14. I’m sorry, but I believe it’s more than a “handful” of folks that find it diffucult to quit. That’s my conclusion derived from more than three decades of smoking.
    Are we to believe that tens of millions of people continue to risk fines and imprisonment simply because they “enjoy”? Doubtful. If a person smokes frequently, it becomes a sort of crutch. A day or so after quitting (or even a day or so BEFORE) a person that is heavy into weed becomes anxious, angry, and depressed.
    For instance…I ran out about a week ago. I’d get some more, but I’m broke. This past week has been a roller coaster…I’m easily ticked off, I drive too fast, and I seem to be somewhat hyper-emotional. Is this just the way I am when I’m straight? Well, maybe, but it’s hard to tell when a person has smoked as much as I have over the years. It’s an addiction…not a hard core addiction, but certainly a nuisance.
    NORML is not going to fool the world into thinking pot is non-addictive. The world knows it is addictive, at least for some. What I will do in the next few days and weeks is suffer through the bad dreams and restless nights until such time as I become clean enough to pass a drug test to get a job, or decide I don’t need to get that job, and then, if I can garner the money and the connection, I will get a bag and smoke up. Am I shaking with DTs? No. Do I require hospitalization? No. Will I rob a bank to satisfy my habit? No. Will I go back to the weed because I “enjoy” being paranoid about the police and deluded about my creative abilities? No. I will go back to the weed because I need a good night’s sleep and a decent bowel movement.
    Geez, NORML…sometimes it’s like you don’t understand much about being a pothead. I enjoy it, but I do not enjoy it when I don’t have it. On balance, I would have never started smoking if I could start over, knowing what I know now. If I could, I would smoke it every day beginning in the morning and ending in the evening. I find it quite inspiring. While the addiction itself is not horrible, it can be a pain in the ass. It should be legal, but sold with a warning.
    I can point in any direction and give you five more people I know just like me. It’s addictive. Admit, and get over it.
    [Editor’s note: Thanks for your-all-over-the-place testimonial…..Cannabis is not addictive. Can people abuse and have a dysfunctional relationship with cannabis like you claim you have? Yes. Just like shopping too much, masturbation, playing video games, sex, eating, etc…meaning, some abusers of cannabis can have a psychological dependence, but not physical withdrawals, cravings or compunctions like alcohol, nicotine, opiates, cocaine, pharmaceuticals like amphetamines and even caffeine create for most heavy users of such. But, NOT cannabis.
    If you really think that cannabis is addictive, and that you suffer from withdrawal-like symptoms, you should seek competent psychological counseling, or read/watch anything by Dr. Stanton Peele]

  15. Anything can be addictive. I’m not a heavy drinker, but I am a heavy smoker. My relationship with alcohol is a love/hate relationship. My relationship with pot is a love/love relationship. However, I still find it extremely easier to slip on drinking when I can’t afford it time-wise or money-wise. With pot I somehow manage to be responsible. Besides, pot doesn’t interfere with my daily life- alcohol does.
    It’s an anecdote, but I bet most people would agree. So isn’t the plural of overwhelming scientific and anecdotal proof, evidence? 🙂
    Legalization is going to happen- it’s just a matter of time to defeat the media and the powerful but minority group of evil conservatives. Actually, isn’t defeating those two the key to American freedom? 🙂
    Spark it up!

  16. One must question why so much fight for something known even to prohibitionists as fairly harmless. Its so clear cigs are deadly yet i can smoke two packs a day without so much as a sideways glance. Same with liquor. Truly deadly substances. Its a rights suppresion conspiracy. Big Pharm pays out the nose to ensure prohibition.

  17. John Massella ought to try it so he knows what the fuck he’s talking about. It’s just more bla, bla, bla,
    yaba, yaba, yaba. How the hell can he lie about this, and expect anyone to believe he’s telling the truth about his treatment. Just another roose from a rank amature. But guess what…He’s in the spotlight, and we are still in the shadows. What the hell happened to Obama’s Memoradum to Executive Heads of Departments and Agencies. I guess that was a lie too.

  18. Have they seen this? I mean do they know about this information? Why do this fools got to be stupid? They are gonna regret for ever ignoring us! I’m tired of this punks running our country the wat they want to fucking do it…. U know what I’m gonna write them a letter and I’m gonna givve rhme a call and confront them about treir lies! (added by Mobile using Mippin)

  19. The bad thing is a lot of people believe these lies on the addiction of cannabis.They hear it has more cancerous chemicals than ciggs do then they’ll think that untill they see differently with the real facts.For the people that plain out just love the plant.Its not a bad addiction even if its a daily thing.Its manys culture and way of life.I like toast just about every day.Am i addicted to toast…what will this do to me in the log run?
    Should i go to rehab?

  20. ABC has an agenda and is not necessarily interested in the truth. The government got to these major TV networks long ago. And this also keeps the corporations (advertisements) in line.
    But the more legitimate marijuana use becomes the more like ABC looks discriminatory and xenophobic when they use the term “pot addict” to describe people who smoke marijuana. Back when slavery was legal in America before the Civil War, it was okay for the media to use the word “nigger” to describe an African American individual. Someday soon, with the emergence of medical marijuana and total legalization efforts, networks like ABC who demonize cannabis consumers today will appear discriminatory and no different than the racial criminals from the past.

  21. ONCE AND FOR ALL, THE WORLD RUNS ON TWO THINGS ONLY, LOVE AND FEAR. NOW FOLLOW ME HERE CLOSELY, WHAT FEAR DOES ABC NEWS HAVE OR ANYONE ELSE TO LEGALIZE WHAT WE ALL DEEM A NECESSARY COMPONENT OF OUR LIVES, MJ? MJ, IT WON’T GO AWAY FOR PATIENTS WAITING FOR THEIR MEDICINE! PEOPLE ARE DYEING NEEDLESSLY OF CRUEL DEATHS BEYOND ANYONE’S IMAGINATION.
    TAKE A STAND!

  22. Reefer madness is going to continue regardless of how much evidence and how many facts we throw at people.
    The other problem is that blogs like this one have no effect on people that are on the fence. The ones that don’t care if weed is legal or not. And they don’t care because they feel like marijuana prohibition or legalization is the same: they aren’t affected either way.
    No one cared about the Iraq war until gas prices started going up. No one cared about climate change until huge changes started to occur. No one cares about the War on Drugs because they don’t know how much it is costing society right now.
    You’re not gonna convince the prohibitionists. You might have a few converts here and there, but it’s usually after taking a lengthy and detailed explanation/debate with them, backed by plenty of evidence. The ones on the fence on the other hand… they are your target audience.
    So yea, reefer madness continues and it will still continue. But guess what, people know how dangerous alcohol and tobacco are and most still allow it as part of society.
    Considering how bad the economy is doing, I say you focus the majority of your efforts on that aspect of prohibition.
    Just my two cents.

  23. No one realizes that pot does not put you in a completly different world like other drugs, when you drink the alcohol affects your body so much that you cant control your voice levels, cant control your speech and you start to see double or whatever, you may get angry a lot easier and hit someone if you are drunk, i can not comment on the other hard drugs because i have never used them but alcohol i have used. It is a poison for your body, if you drink too much it can kill you, if you drink just enough and lay down you will throw up all over yourself or possibly choke on your vomit and die, but it is still legal!!! Pot on the other hand has never been proven to kill someone, it does not make you see double, if needed to you could drive somewhere and not have to worry about whether or not you are on your side of the road, if someone gets too high and wants to go to sleep you dont have to check on them or worry about them choking on their own vomit. Pot just makes a bad day into a better day. It is an emotion modifier. If you are pissed and all stressed out from work, smoke some pot, DONT DRINK A BEER, and you will feel happier not drunk or whoozy or anything just happier. It will be like lifting a large weight off your shoulders, you can sit down sigh and relax for the rest of the night. and not beat your wife or children

  24. ABC is creating FUD: fear, uncertainty, and doubt. We must respond with SML: science, medicine, logic.
    Video is the form to get messages across. We need more videos that let people see the reality of prohibition and its detrimental effect on society and the planet, but they also need to see the potential for what it can be.
    There is a huge quantity of scientific and medical data that supports CANNABIS AND HEMP use and legalization.
    The potential for multiple large American industries generating millions of jobs and auxiliary businesses, and billions in tax revenue, is what we have to gain.

  25. Why are there so many articles like this popping up lately? The only reason to be fighting back this hard is because they see the momentum the legalization movement is gaining. The more we fight, the harder they fight back. Now is the time to be increasing our efforts.

  26. You know, I keep reading post about many subject. Cannabis, school eduction funding, health care funding,prison funding, debt short falls in various states , on and on..
    One thing comes to mind, All the problems in this country are caused by egos. Lies ,greed , corruption is eating this country up. How to get this to stop? Dont know. Cannibis laws will not change at the federal level(least not before all states legalize it). Why ? Same thing …egos. Greed, coruption, lies.
    Do you want to change things in this country? Start with our leaders. Expose them , show the lies and such to the people. Bring these things to justice. NO more sweeping these things under the carpet just becuase they are”important officials’. They put their pants on the same way we all do each day, therefore need to face the consequinces for their actions the same as we have to. These people need to see they will be watched. This will cut out or down on bribes, lobby moey, special favors.
    They must lead by example, set an example for the rest of society to follow. The example they set now is leading us down the wrong road.

  27. RE:
    “Editor’s note: Thanks for your-all-over-the-place testimonial…..Cannabis is not addictive. Can people abuse and have a dysfunctional relationship with cannabis like you claim you have? Yes. Just like shopping too much, masturbation, playing video games, sex, eating, etc…meaning, some abusers of cannabis can have a psychological dependence, but not physical withdrawals, cravings or compunctions like alcohol, nicotine, opiates, cocaine, pharmaceuticals like amphetamines and even caffeine create for most heavy users of such. But, NOT cannabis.”
    from
    -A rope leash Says:
    August 6th, 2009 at 7:24
    So, what is being said here is that I have a psychological dependence, not a physical dependence. That’s fine, but the physical aspects of this psychological dependence include sleeplessness and constipation. Do you really think there are no cravings? Please. As I stated in my “all over the place testimonial”, it’s not a difficult addiction, but it is a “dependence”, and is therefore an “addiction”.
    If NORML wants to say that pot is not “physically addictive”, that’s okay…but a psychological dependence is still an addiction, so saying that pot “is not addictive” is a bit of a half-truth, isn’t it?
    Does someone who drinks to get drunk have a “dysfunctional relationship” with alchohol, or are they alcoholic? Maybe they aren’t physically addicted to booze, but if they are drunk a lot, maybe they are
    only psychologically addicted to booze…if they were drunk everytime you saw them, the term “alcoholic” might apply, I would think. So, if my “dysfunction” with marijuana is only in my head, so to speak, the “dysfunction” is still about marijuana, so…if I am psychologically dependent on it, I’m addicted, aren’t I? A marijuana addict, as it were, which I am sure is a creature NORML wants to avoid recognizing. Frankly, you can compare it to sex and video games, but those are really more like obsessions. I can’t really say I’m obsessed with pot…I just like to get high very frequently…all the time, actually…every day every hour if I could…like an addict.
    Think again about what I said regarding the tens of millions of people who risk jail just to have some pot. Would they really break the law if it meant nothing to them? I think not…they want it bad, like me. Physical or psychological, we are still talking addiction here, aren’t we? Perhaps it can be dismissed by saying that “some abusers of marijuana might be psychologically dependent”, but please tell me what the correct “use” of marijuana would be, and how that might be regulated and enforced in a legal environment. Also, if the “psycholgically dependent” user of marijuana is so rare, then how is it I happen to know so many of them? I don’t live in a big town, you know.
    Denial is an awful state. Recognize the problems that some folks have, and call it what it is…an addiction. The inference of the editor’s note is that people who are psychologically dependent on weed are somehow mentally challenged anyway. That’s ridiculous…we smoke weed and we need weed…otherwise we’re not too happy. The inference is that if it wasn’t weed, it would be something else, but I’ve tried a lot of drugs and I’ve even been addicted to booze and crank. I don’t do those drugs anymore, and I have no desire for them, but I still want weed. Dig? Pot addiction happens, maybe even to you.
    Admit.
    Not trying to be obstinate, just trying to be real.
    [Editor’s note: You claim you used to be addicted to booze and crank…but you can’t stop using cannabis? That hardly rings true. Maybe you in fact need and are unknowingly self-titrating with cannabis to treat bi-polarity?]

  28. I quit smoking cigs with bud,it really helped.
    [Editor’s note: Yours is a commonly lodged comment @ NORML about their life experience. There are numerous scientific papers that make the case that more people get off of ‘hard’ drugs and tobacco products by substituting less harmful cannabis–that cannabis is more of a ‘stepping off stone’ than a stepping stone drug that leads to hard drug/tobacco use.]

  29. I no longer care to hear what anyone has to say about the effects of cannabis. I do not smoke now because I just got out of the military and am unemployed with a family to take care of. When cannabis becomes legal and taxed in CA next November I will smoke. It will happen.

  30. It’s all about taking reality and twisting the truth around into REEFER MADNESS MENTALITY just for greed and ratings to be number one, MONKEY SEE-MONKEY DO. They all try to out do each other and by the time they get the facts straight the real truth is distorted and twisted around and then they don’t know what the fuck they are talking about and the media business goes on like a SOCIALISTIC MEDIA EMPIRE.

  31. The fact that (some) people are still concerned with the “addiction” factor of cannabis is silly to me. Cannabis is not physically addictive, nor “mentally” addictive. To say something is mentally addictive is to say you are not in control. “Withdrawal” symptoms are usually nonexistent, and only occur if you quit using cannabis after an extended amount of use.
    And the thing is… why should it even matter if it is addictive or not? Isn’t zoloft addictive? Isn’t adderall? Aren’t there 3-year-old children zipped up on this shit? What about vicodin? Or valium? Or ativan? These are prescribed, and extremely addictive.
    And my other argument against the addiction factor is quite simple: If a patient needs a medicine for his/her condition, such as cancer, he/she is going to need to consume cannabis daily anyway; it’s not like the patient is suddenly going to want to quit.
    Addiction? Does it matter in a world of prescription, personality-altering medicine?

  32. amen
    # Morgan Moore Says:
    August 6th, 2009 at 9:24 pm
    No one realizes that pot does not put you in a completly different world like other drugs, when you drink the alcohol affects your body so much that you cant control your voice levels, cant control your speech and you start to see double or whatever, you may get angry a lot easier and hit someone if you are drunk, i can not comment on the other hard drugs because i have never used them but alcohol i have used. It is a poison for your body, if you drink too much it can kill you, if you drink just enough and lay down you will throw up all over yourself or possibly choke on your vomit and die, but it is still legal!!! Pot on the other hand has never been proven to kill someone, it does not make you see double, if needed to you could drive somewhere and not have to worry about whether or not you are on your side of the road, if someone gets too high and wants to go to sleep you dont have to check on them or worry about them choking on their own vomit. Pot just makes a bad day into a better day. It is an emotion modifier. If you are pissed and all stressed out from work, smoke some pot, DONT DRINK A BEER, and you will feel happier not drunk or whoozy or anything just happier. It will be like lifting a large weight off your shoulders, you can sit down sigh and relax for the rest of the night. and not beat your wife or children

  33. There’s an old showbiz saying that “all publicity is good publicity”. As an advocate for change of marijuana laws, I’m GLAD that these news pieces are being aired. Even if they’re full of lies and slander the issue is being raised and with the issue up there we have the opportunity to educate. People are thinking about pot BECAUSE of this. Let’s use this opportunity to our advantage.

  34. The sad story in the news today of the Iraq vet. accused of killing wife could’ve possibly been prevented. Delgado suffered from PTSD and tried to commit suicide.
    Dr. Melamede on Youtube explains how the active cannabinoids in cannabis help the user or patient forget unpleasant memories. This is actually a very important process which is normally controlled by the endocannabinoid system in the brain, which in PTSD needs to be supplemented.
    Many have heard stories of PTSD patients succumbing to alcohol from their condition, and Delgado was in such a situation. Instead of the medical cannabis he should have been prescribed, Delgado was on benzos and self medicated with alcohol. Can’t we see the writing on the wall with this cannabis issue?

  35. The cost of MJ is so high most folks who like it can only use on a very irregular basis anyway. This particularly applies to young people, but therefore PROVES that it is Not in fact addictive.People don’t pull holdups or breakins to get their hands on a joint. I am sick & tired of hearing how it is addictive. Anyway just because someone does something on a regular basis does not necessarily make it bad for you. It is not for everybody just as all medications…But it should be available for thoes who find relief from it. How are opiates legal & not marijuana. Stupidity…

  36. Plenty believe that they can’t get addicted or hold on to the idea that it’s only psychologically addictive and ‘I can think my way out of it,’”said Massella. “But once you develop a dependency, there is always a dependency.”
    Having been busted for growing my own meds & recently placed on 5 yrs probation – I quit using cannabis the day I was placed on probation & while I did not like it – it was easy to stop – I just stopped – no withdraws – no hissy fits – just the overwhelming feeling that prohibition is BS, costing billions of dollars, breaking up families & wasting an opportunity to help sick people.
    The prohibition movement if funded threw inaccurate & misleading information, high minded right wing religion, drug companies & the prison system. May God help them on the day of judgment for our works.
    “You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
    Matt 7:5

  37. They tell a lie often enought it becomes the truth. Just ask Hitler. This on a lighter side, celebrate the 40 yr anniversity of WOODSTOCK this month with some weed and music. PEACE LOVE AND MUSIC!

  38. You mention the criteria for cannabis dependence as stated in the DSM-III-R, please update, we’re on the DSM-IV-TR and already moving onto a new version.

  39. to morgan moore,
    thank you, i could not have said it any better.that is really how it is ,especially in comparison to alcohol.that, coupled with responsible use……equals happy america!

  40. 40 David
    Matthew XV:9,10
    Mark XII:7,8
    I have always said: “Before you stick your brother in the eye with a 2×4…pull the board out of you own ass.”
    I’ve also found it necessary from time to time to say:
    “The truth talks…and bullshit walks.”

  41. “The plural of anecdote is not evidence.”
    I wonder if this person believes in God. If so, Allen is a hypocrite, thus making his argument void.

  42. People like the person who wrote this should not be an advocate, you’re hurting the campaign.
    *******
    # safety 1st Says:
    August 6th, 2009 at 4:59 pm
    i full on agree i stoped smoking ciggerts by smokeing pot then i stoped smoking pot with very little problems as of 2 years after stoping the ciggerts i have not smoked pot allso thou i miss the pot and WILL toke up agin no matter what right now i take 5 10/325 oxycodone a day for pain and if i could get pot legle i would use that but healthnet probley wont cover weed as a med lol and as i could get a random ua at any time i wont use weed thou no ua test as of yet in 2 years oxycodone ROCKS i love the and i can DRIVE lol np scary hahahaha but pain free

  43. The anti-drug coalition is centering on the damage done by smoking marijuana,they have had most of their other standard arguments countered with science and logic.
    It doesn’t matter what study you use to prove that marijuana is safe too smoke,they have connected the smoking of marijuana with tobacco,and we have too find not only enough science to prove them wrong,we have to stop the ONDCP from buying false studies that contradict the positive studies. It is his job to oppose the legalization of any Schedule I drug,with any means necessary,including lies,deceit and propaganda.

  44. The prohibitions are still shoveling fear down to people throats about Cannabis being addictive, they won’t talk about how addictive and deadly alcohol and tobacco are. Quitting smoking tobacco was the hardest thing I have ever experienced and I didn’t have any trouble when it comes to Cannabis.
    However, with Cannabis, I was in my own Utopia feeling so free and pain free at the same time knowing that the next morning I wake up I would feel great. Cannabis doesn’t make me grave for it when I haven’t smoked in awhile, nor did I ever experienced any withdraws from it, unlike the withdraws I had from quitting smoking tobacco. Here’s my own personal experiences with Cannabis and Alcohol, with Cannabis I wake up feeling great with no ill feeling. With alcohol, I keep waking up finding my head in the toilet and keep repeating to myself “never again..never again”.

  45. To the editors response to number 30: Your totally right NORML Editor. He sounds like me. I smoke a SHITLOAD i smoke even wen im high. When i dont have weed i go a little crazy. Also im very bi-polar diagnosed in 98. My wife, my little brother and many other friends and relatives of mine smoke but unlike me when they aint got shit it dont matter. Like a bowl of cereal they can take it or leave it. Now i mix 3 depakotes a day with a coupla bowls and i feel great. Sans depakote i smoke weed from dawn till dusk resembling an addiction. But its not its my damn head. Rebel wit a cause clearly suffers from some mental disorder and dont kno it. Go see a shrink rebel or end up in the looney bin like me.

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