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    Ok First I would like to say I believe pretty much all of the facts and myths. I have read the governments sides of the story, and I noticed on sites they don't lie (a lot) but they make what they are saying seem a lot worse then what is actually being said... which is done with re-arranging words and the way the put the so called "facts" in context. So it isn't blatent lieing however it is misleading in many cases. This is what I have examined... I read up on both sides of the story and I find this very convincing, this isn't news to me because I have read all of these on different sites but these are all together, please post your opinions WITH REASON, I don't want only "drugs are bad" OR irrelavant posts like "Weed is awesome, smoke it everyday" I want to hear opinions on this article.

    Post up what you agree with and what you disagree with, then give reasons and we can disguss in a civil manner.

    here is the link: http://www.drugpolicy.org/marijuana/factsmyths/

    and here is the actual Facts and Myths from the page:

    Highlights from Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts*.

    MYTH: MARIJUANA'S HARMS HAVE BEEN PROVED SCIENTIFICALLY. In the 1960s and 1970s, many people believed that marijuana was harmless. Today we know that marijuana is much more dangerous than previously believed.

    FACT: In 1972, after reviewing the scientific evidence, the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse concluded that while marijuana was not entirely safe, its dangers had been grossly overstated. Since then, researchers have conducted thousands of studies of humans, animals, and cell cultures. None reveal any findings dramatically different from those described by the National Commission in 1972. In 1995, based on thirty years of scientific research editors of the British medical journal Lancet concluded that "the smoking of cannabis, even long term, is not harmful to health."

    MYTH: MARIJUANA HAS NO MEDICINAL VALUE. Safer, more effective drugs are available. They include a synthetic version of THC, marijuana's primary active ingredient, which is marketed in the United States under the name Marinol.

    FACT: Marijuana has been shown to be effective in reducing the nausea induced by cancer chemotherapy, stimulating appetite in AIDS patients, and reducing intraocular pressure in people with glaucoma. There is also appreciable evidence that marijuana reduces muscle spasticity in patients with neurological disorders. A synthetic capsule is available by prescription, but it is not as effective as smoked marijuana for many patients. Pure THC may also produce more unpleasant psychoactive side effects than smoked marijuana. Many people use marijuana as a medicine today, despite its illegality. In doing so, they risk arrest and imprisonment.

    MYTH: MARIJUANA IS HIGHLY ADDICTIVE. Long term marijuana users experience physical dependence and withdrawal, and often need professional drug treatment to break their marijuana habits.

    FACT: Most people who smoke marijuana smoke it only occasionally. A small minority of Americans - less than 1 percent - smoke marijuana on a daily basis. An even smaller minority develop a dependence on marijuana. Some people who smoke marijuana heavily and frequently stop without difficulty. Others seek help from drug treatment professionals. Marijuana does not cause physical dependence. If people experience withdrawal symptoms at all, they are remarkably mild.

    MYTH: MARIJUANA IS A GATEWAY DRUG. Even if marijuana itself causes minimal harm, it is a dangerous substance because it leads to the use of "harder drugs" like heroin, LSD, and cocaine.

    FACT: Marijuana does not cause people to use hard drugs. What the gateway theory presents as a causal explanation is a statistic association between common and uncommon drugs, an association that changes over time as different drugs increase and decrease in prevalence. Marijuana is the most popular illegal drug in the United States today. Therefore, people who have used less popular drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and LSD, are likely to have also used marijuana. Most marijuana users never use any other illegal drug. Indeed, for the large majority of people, marijuana is a terminus rather than a gateway drug.

    MYTH: MARIJUANA OFFENSES ARE NOT SEVERELY PUNISHED. Few marijuana law violators are arrested and hardly anyone goes to prison. This lenient treatment is responsible for marijuana continued availability and use.

    FACT: Marijuana arrests in the United States doubled between 1991 and 1995. In 1995, more than one-half-million people were arrested for marijuana offenses. Eighty-six percent of them were arrested for marijuana possession. Tens of thousands of people are now in prison or marijuana offenses. An even greater number are punished with probation, fines, and civil sanctions, including having their property seized, their driver's license revoked, and their employment terminated. Despite these civil and criminal sanctions, marijuana continues to be readily available and widely used.

    MYTH: MARIJUANA POLICY IN THE NETHERLANDS IS A FAILURE. Dutch law, which allows marijuana to be bought, sold, and used openly, has resulted in increasing rates of marijuana use, particularly in youth.

    FACT: The Netherlands' drug policy is the most nonpunitive in Europe. For more than twenty years, Dutch citizens over age eighteen have been permitted to buy and use cannabis (marijuana and hashish) in government-regulated coffee shops. This policy has not resulted in dramatically escalating cannabis use. For most age groups, rates of marijuana use in the Netherlands are similar to those in the United States. However, for young adolescents, rates of marijuana use are lower in the Netherlands than in the United States. The Dutch people overwhelmingly approve of current cannabis policy which seeks to normalize rather than dramatize cannabis use. The Dutch government occasionally revises existing policy, but it remains committed to decriminalization.

    MYTH: MARIJUANA KILLS BRAIN CELLS. Used over time, marijuana permanently alters brain structure and function, causing memory loss, cognitive impairment, personality deterioration, and reduced productivity.

    FACT: None of the medical tests currently used to detect brain damage in humans have found harm from marijuana, even from long term high-dose use. An early study reported brain damage in rhesus monkeys after six months exposure to high concentrations of marijuana smoke. In a recent, more carefully conducted study, researchers found no evidence of brain abnormality in monkeys that were forced to inhale the equivalent of four to five marijuana cigarettes every day for a year. The claim that marijuana kills brain cells is based on a speculative report dating back a quarter of a century that has never been supported by any scientific study.

    MYTH: MARIJUANA CAUSES AN AMOTIVATIONAL SYNDROME. Marijuana makes users passive, apathetic, and uninterested in the future. Students who use marijuana become underachievers and workers who use marijuana become unproductive.

    FACT: For twenty-five years, researchers have searched for a marijuana-induced amotivational syndrome and have failed to find it. People who are intoxicated constantly, regardless of the drug, are unlikely to be productive members of society. There is nothing about marijuana specifically that causes people to lose their drive and ambition. In laboratory studies, subjects given high doses of marijuana for several days or even several weeks exhibit no decrease in work motivation or productivity. Among working adults, marijuana users tend to earn higher wages than non-users. College students who use marijuana have the same grades as nonusers. Among high school students, heavy use is associated with school failure, but school failure usually comes first.

    MYTH: MARIJUANA IMPAIRS MEMORY AND COGNITION. Under the influence of marijuana, people are unable to think rationally and intelligently. Chronic marijuana use causes permanent mental impairment.

    FACT: Marijuana produces immediate, temporary changes in thoughts, perceptions, and information processing. The cognitive process most clearly affected by marijuana is short-term memory. In laboratory studies, subjects under the influence of marijuana have no trouble remembering things they learned previously. However, they display diminished capacity to learn and recall new information. This diminishment only lasts for the duration of the intoxication. There is no convincing evidence that heavy long-term marijuana use permanently impairs memory or other cognitive functions.

    MYTH: MARIJUANA CAN CAUSE PERMANENT MENTAL ILLNESS. Among adolescents, even occasional marijuana use may cause psychological damage. During intoxication, marijuana users become irrational and often behave erratically.

    FACT: There is no convincing scientific evidence that marijuana causes psychological damage or mental illness in either teenagers or adults. Some marijuana users experience psychological distress following marijuana ingestion, which may include feelings of panic, anxiety, and paranoia. Such experiences can be frightening, but the effects are temporary. With very large doses, marijuana can cause temporary toxic psychosis. This occurs rarely, and almost always when marijuana is eaten rather than smoked. Marijuana does not cause profound changes in people's behavior.

    MYTH: MARIJUANA CAUSES CRIME. Marijuana users commit more property offenses than nonusers. Under the influence of marijuana, people become irrational, aggressive, and violent.

    FACT: Every serious scholar and government commission examining the relationship between marijuana use and crime has reached the same conclusion: marijuana does not cause crime. The vast majority of marijuana users do not commit crimes other than the crime of possessing marijuana. Among marijuana users who do commit crimes, marijuana plays no causal role. Almost all human and animal studies show that marijuana decreases rather than increases aggression.

    MYTH: MARIJUANA INTERFERES WITH MALE AND FEMALE SEX HORMONES. In both men and women, marijuana can cause infertility. Marijuana retards sexual development in adolescents. It produces feminine characteristics in males and masculine characteristics in females.

    FACT: There is no evidence that marijuana causes infertility in men or women. In animal studies, high doses of THC diminish the production of some sex hormones and can impair reproduction. However, most studies of humans have found that marijuana has no impact of sex hormones. In those studies showing an impact, it is modest, temporary, and of no apparent consequence for reproduction. There is no scientific evidence that marijuana delays adolescent sexual development, has feminizing effect on males, or a masculinizing effect on females.

    MYTH: MARIJUANA USE DURING PREGNANCY DAMAGES THE FETUS. Prenatal marijuana exposure causes birth defects in babies, and, as they grow older, developmental problems. The health and well being of the next generation is threatened by marijuana use by pregnant women.

    FACT: Studies of newborns, infants, and children show no consistent physical, developmental, or cognitive deficits related to prenatal marijuana exposure. Marijuana had no reliable impact on birth size, length of gestation, neurological development, or the occurrence of physical abnormalities. The administration of hundreds of tests to older children has revealed only minor differences between offspring of marijuana users and nonusers, and some are positive rather than negative. Two unconfirmed case-control studies identified prenatal marijuana exposure as one of many factors statistically associated with childhood cancer. Given other available evidence, it is highly unlikely that marijuana causes cancer in children.

    MYTH: MARIJUANA USE IMPAIRS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM. Marijuana users are at increased risk of infection, including HIV. AIDS patients are particularly vulnerable to marijuana's immunopathic effects because their immune systems are already suppressed.

    FACT: There is no evidence that marijuana users are mores susceptible to infections than nonusers. Nor is there evidence that marijuana lowers users' resistance to sexually transmitted diseases. Early studies which showed decreased immune function in cells taken from marijuana users have since been disproved. Animals given extremely large doses of THC and exposed to a virus have higher rates of infection. Such studies have little relevance to humans. Even among people with existing immune disorders, such as AIDS, marijuana use appears to be relatively safe. However, the recent finding of an association between tobacco smoking and lung infection in AIDS patients warrants further research into possible harm from marijuana smoking in immune suppressed persons.

    MYTH: MARIJUANA IS MORE DAMAGING TO THE LUNGS THAN TOBACCO. Marijuana smokers are at a high risk of developing lung cancer, bronchitis, and emphysema.

    FACT: Moderate smoking of marijuana appears to pose minimal danger to the lungs. Like tobacco smoke, marijuana smoke contains a number of irritants and carcinogens. But marijuana users typically smoke much less often than tobacco smokers, and over time, inhale much less smoke. As a result, the risk of serious lung damage should be lower in marijuana smokers. There have been no reports of lung cancer related solely to marijuana. However, because researchers have found precancerous changes in cells taken from the lungs of heavy marijuana smokers, the possibility of lung cancer from marijuana cannot be ruled out. Unlike heavy tobacco smokers, heavy marijuana smokers exhibit no obstruction of the lung's small airway. That indicates that people will not develop emphysema from smoking marijuana.

    MYTH: MARIJUANA'S ACTIVE INGREDIENT, THC, GETS TRAPPED IN BODY FAT. Because THC is released from fat cells slowly, psychoactive effects may last for days or weeks following use. THC's long persistence in the body damages organs that are high in fat content, the brain in particular.

    FACT: Many active drugs enter the body's fat cells. What is different (but not unique) about THC is that it exits fat cells slowly. As a result, traces of marijuana can be found in the body for days or weeks following ingestion. However, within a few hours of smoking marijuana, the amount of THC in the brain falls below the concentration required for detectable psychoactivity. The fat cells in which THC lingers are not harmed by the drug's presence, nor is the brain or other organs. The most important consequence of marijuana's slow excretion is that it can be detected in blood, urine, and tissue long after it is used, and long after its psychoactivity has ended.

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    goo shit
    Based

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    • #3
      Umm, you pretty much covered all the bases already, I did notice a slight discrepancy:

      Originally posted by JULZ13
      MYTH: MARIJUANA CAUSES AN AMOTIVATIONAL SYNDROME. Marijuana makes users passive, apathetic, and uninterested in the future. Students who use marijuana become underachievers and workers who use marijuana become unproductive.
      I find this somewhat true in my experiences. My best friend told me once that pot doesn't make you lazy, it just makes being lazy more fun. I don't like to go to work while stoned, so I just don't smoke before work, that simple. When I have, there's a slight paranoia and I don't work as fast as I could be, that's what opiates are for :D I could see weed being a benefit when it comes to school tho, it makes you more attentive and whatnot. But work? Doesn't work for me...

      Also, I have noticed that ppl that smoke regularly since their early teens tend to be a couple cans short of a case, not like retarded or anything, just not all there. I didn't start smoking till I was like 18. Honestly, I would have liked to try weed earlier than that, maybe I'd have a different outlook on school and things, see past all the trivial bullshit. I dunno, maybe I would've actually done my homework more than a few times if I had a bowl to smoke beforehand, but I still would've slept in class

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Surgeon_General
        Umm, you pretty much covered all the bases already, I did notice a slight discrepancy:



        I find this somewhat true in my experiences. My best friend told me once that pot doesn't make you lazy, it just makes being lazy more fun. I don't like to go to work while stoned, so I just don't smoke before work, that simple. When I have, there's a slight paranoia and I don't work as fast as I could be, that's what opiates are for :D I could see weed being a benefit when it comes to school tho, it makes you more attentive and whatnot. But work? Doesn't work for me...

        Also, I have noticed that ppl that smoke regularly since their early teens tend to be a couple cans short of a case, not like retarded or anything, just not all there. I didn't start smoking till I was like 18. Honestly, I would have liked to try weed earlier than that, maybe I'd have a different outlook on school and things, see past all the trivial bullshit. I dunno, maybe I would've actually done my homework more than a few times if I had a bowl to smoke beforehand, but I still would've slept in class
        Lol yea when I am stoned I ususally wouldn't want to work but in skool I do work... Like today I was SOOO messed at lunch from a bong... some girls bunned me and I got my friend to come... he knos them too so it was good.

        But when I was in the next period I was so messed, everyone could tell (I forgot my visine and I was just so messed. But I just stayed quiet and we were reseaching for the project and taking jot notes. I ended up taking sooo many notes, it was more then all the people I saw, plus a lot of people were just printing off information from the net so I was actually working, I know jot notes aren't hard, but I got into it and did it really fast.

        But yea when I am high I am lazy but this part is mainly about when you are not high you are not motivated and lazy to do things, so I believe it is a myth, maybe for some people it could be true, but when I am not smoking, I am more motivated then before I smoked, if not that, then I am just the same.

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        • #5
          yea man the govt make it seem alot worse than it is. when im stoned i just wanna watch tv and snack on stuff and if something important needs done ill get too it and finsih it. but good topic.

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          • #6
            See... theres all this crap about marijuana, and how you can run people over with your car when your high.... You can run someone over at any time but i still see those retarded commercials of the grandma following the girl. Beer is the major killer behind the wheel but you rarely see commericals about that do you?

            Marijuana has a lot of better after effects in my opinion, your in total bliss and just want to enjoy life. WHen your high you dont want to kill anyone, as a matter of fact you want to hug the person you smoked with. When your drunk you literally start mashing on people for no reason. You rarely hear deaths from reefer, yet millions and millions die a year from tobacco.

            Weed is a natural herb, remember that bitches!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by okplayer
              See... theres all this crap about marijuana, and how you can run people over with your car when your high.... You can run someone over at any time but i still see those retarded commercials of the grandma following the girl. Beer is the major killer behind the wheel but you rarely see commericals about that do you?

              Marijuana has a lot of better after effects in my opinion, your in total bliss and just want to enjoy life. WHen your high you dont want to kill anyone, as a matter of fact you want to hug the person you smoked with. When your drunk you literally start mashing on people for no reason. You rarely hear deaths from reefer, yet millions and millions die a year from tobacco.

              Weed is a natural herb, remember that bitches!
              All I got to say is:

              WORD!
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              JUST ASK +JUS ALLAH+ & +ALLAH JUSTICE+ THEY KNO Y I'M COVERED IN MUD!/

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              • #8
                haha I got a negative rep for starting this thread saying:

                "Marijuana is bad for you, don't lie homie!"

                Now couldn't you have said that in a post bro?

                I am not lieing, I know for experience, and I am not lieing I am showing you the facts, and if they aren't facts (which I don't believe but you may) then I am not lieing it is the site (but they aren't)

                Say what you want in a post... you gave a negative rep cuz you knew you couldn't back it up... I would respect ur opinion if you had some good points but you didn't.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by okplayer
                  See... theres all this crap about marijuana, and how you can run people over with your car when your high.... You can run someone over at any time but i still see those retarded commercials of the grandma following the girl. Beer is the major killer behind the wheel but you rarely see commericals about that do you?

                  Marijuana has a lot of better after effects in my opinion, your in total bliss and just want to enjoy life. WHen your high you dont want to kill anyone, as a matter of fact you want to hug the person you smoked with. When your drunk you literally start mashing on people for no reason. You rarely hear deaths from reefer, yet millions and millions die a year from tobacco.

                  Weed is a natural herb, remember that bitches!
                  he knows what the fuck hes talking about. word to that.

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                  • #10
                    lol i gotthis too "Marijuana is bad for you, don't lie homie!"

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                    • #11
                      ^ same here...

                      High time we had a hangin'

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                      • #12
                        I've never done it before, I'm not really for or against it though
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                        • #13
                          "FACT: Most people who smoke marijuana smoke it only occasionally. A small minority of Americans - less than 1 percent - smoke marijuana on a daily basis."

                          that "fact" is falser than a 100 year old mans teeth, most ppl i know smoke everyday.
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                          • #14
                            ^ True, less than one percent. Lol, yeah right
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                            • #15
                              Sorry What?? I'm so stoned....but it looked right anyway
                              [insert funny comment here]

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