Marijuana Urban Myths
1) Marijuana isn’t addictive! – False. 1 out of every 11 people who use marijuana will become addicted, just like other drug addicts such as alcohol and meth. If the person started using as a minor, that number rises to 1 in 6.
2) Our prisons are filled with low level pot users! – Absolutely False. In Arizona that number is under 1%. Arizona Law requires first offenders to get drug counseling, not jail. Nationwide this number is under 2%.
3) Marijuana is all right because it is natural! – False. So is Poison Ivy. You don’t want to smoke or ingest that.
4) At least there are no withdrawal symptoms! – False. The latest scientific studies show habitual users will suffer from withdrawal symptoms when they stop using.
5) We can just legalize it and tax it, just like alcohol! It will be a government windfall! – False. We already tax alcohol and cigarettes. The amounts recovered from them cover less than one tenth of the actual costs to society. The same is true for marijuana. As mentioned above, marijuana is addictive. Doesn’t it seem morally wrong for your government to create new addicts just in order to make money?
6) Marijuana is safe because they call it medicine (I)!- False. Marijuana is marijuana. Marijuana smoke is 70% worse for you than regular cigarette smoke in both carcinogens and other harmful chemicals.
7) Marijuana is safe because it is medicine (II)!- False. Studies show that when marijuana is termed “medicine” teen use doubles, as shown from those states currently with “medical” marijuana laws. Over 11% of our teenagers currently obtain their marijuana from someone who has a “medical” marijuana card.
8) Marijuana is safe because it is medicine (III) . “Medical” Marijuana is not medicine for the following reasons:
A) Real medicine must undergo rigorous testing for efficacy and side effects before it is released to the public in the United States. Marijuana has not been found to be better than existing legal drugs (except in a very few instances, which can already be prescribed, see above).
B) You really can’t get a “prescription” for marijuana. Possession of marijuana is illegal under Federal law. Medical marijuana cardholders only get “certifications” in order to get “medical” marijuana cards, and the majority of those tens of thousands of certifications for the state of Arizona are being done by less than 25 “doctors” (which includes homeopaths and naturopaths.) Many doctors oppose marijuana’s use. For example, the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act specifically lists glaucoma as a valid medical reason, yet the Glaucoma Treatment Foundation itself states: “(T)he high dose of marijuana necessary to produce a clinically relevant effect in IOP in the short term requires constant inhalation, as much as every three hours. The number of significant side effects generated by long-term oral use of marijuana or long-term inhalation of marijuana smoke makes marijuana a poor choice in the treatment of glaucoma…”
C) How many doctors’ prescriptions let you choose the strength of your dose? “Medical” marijuana users go to a dispensary and choose their favorite kind, which vary in the active THC levels.
D) How many prescriptions let you decide if you are going to take your medicine all at once on the first day, or a lot the first day and then a little for another two weeks, or just skip doses whenever you want? “Medical” marijuana users can do all of the above plus more.
E) Real medicine should limit side effects. The use of medical marijuana by adolescents lowers their IQ by 7-8 points and affects the myelin sheathing levels on the nerves.
F) The use of “medical” marijuana before age 15 means a threefold likelihood of later mental illness such as schizophrenia. Thus their use of marijuana as “medicine” actually increases their chances of harmful effects (such as mental illness).
G) There are no warning labels on medical marijuana.