MARIJUANA: The Downside

Imagine the public outrage if a toxic drug was approved without any regulation for “recreational” use in adults.
Even worse, imagine if it were also approved for children and youth still in development – physiologically and psychologically.
Imagine also, that this toxic drug suppresses the immune system, causes and/or triggers latent schizophrenia, other forms of mental illness, lung disease including cancer and death and even changes the way people think.
Also, many long-term and frequent users of this toxic drug have lowered IQs, impaired memory, poor judgment and diminished driving ability.  Plus, more pregnant mothers later, acknowledge that their children are more out-of-control, less attentive, exhibit lower IQ’s, and do poorer in school.
Finally, suppose this toxic drug is sold “for medical use” to treat diseases for which safer medications are available and at the same time puts them at greater risk of addiction to other substances. Public outrage would be unprecedented; the FDA would be severely and rightly criticized for not subjecting this toxic drug to study. Trial lawyers everywhere, would be soliciting lawsuits against the manufacturer.
The toxic drug is marijuana (cannabis) and this nightmare health scenario — has occurred in a number of states and it will probably continue to spread to other states if ill-informed and misleading groups have their way. There is already a considerable amount of medical research showing marijuana to be harmful that is never mentioned by advocates of legal marijuana.
Sadly, this research is intentionally ignored or underreported by the media.
When properly viewed, as a drug subject to FDA study, marijuana would be declared not safe, not effective and not approved based on studies already published in medical journals.
As physicians we attest that the dangers of “medical marijuana” far exceed any perceived therapeutic usefulness, particularly in the context of safer and more evidence-based alternate treatment.
Legalizing cannabis is a bad drug trip the public should avoid.
Like deadly asbestos fibers, the long-term adverse medical consequences may take decades to appear.
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that 55 percent of marijuana users are between 12 and 18 years old.  They frequently go on to use more dangerous drugs.  Marijuana users have higher “driving while intoxicated” convictions than alcohol users.  In 2004, during the five years following legalization of cannabis in California, marijuana-related fatal motor vehicle accidents increased.  Marijuana use on the job is common and more problematic than alcohol use.
Cannabis users have slower reaction times, impaired thinking, reduced levels of alertness and poor memory compared to non-users.  This leads to higher on the job accident rates and defective or dangerous workmanship.
With 2.5 million new users of marijuana in 2012 age 12 and older (6,800 new users per day) legalizing marijuana will dramatically increase these numbers.  Marijuana use in elementary, middle and high school will become common.  Parents and educators should be dismayed that long-term marijuana use has been associated with an irreversible eight-point drop in IQ.  No wonder cannabis has long been known as “dope.”
Marijuana is a noxious drug with proven medical side effects that trump any reason to legalize its use!  Our understanding of this drug and its consequences negates all reasoning to make this readily accessible to public.
This article was written from the following:
Ravikumar Chockalingam of St. Louis is a psychiatry resident at Barnes Jewish Hospital — Washington University School of Medicine. Dragan Svrakic of St. Louis is an associate professor of psychiatry at the Washington University School of Medicine and St. Louis Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

About josiahe

Watching closely, working to understand all I may, in this "Age of Information", even from my limited view, I can see much of what's going on ..... and I oft see it's going to impact all of us which is why I share it. My focus is to expose evil, and to serve my Lord and savior Jesus in whatever way He shows me. If one waits long enough, better writers will come along and comment; it's just that I have so little patience with the evil that lurks among us and I've wasted so much time and now, there is so little left! WELCOME!
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4 Responses to MARIJUANA: The Downside

  1. Crass B says:

    All lies. Congratulations on getting every ignorant prohibitionist scare tactic condensed into this puddle of dung. Simply not interested in facts, are you?

    • josiahe says:

      There are scientific facts and there seems to be also “anecdotal facts” … or rather, psychological misconceptions (people who’ve convinced themselves that pot helps their condition) as well as “pseudo-scientific facts” which have been manipulated by people with an agenda to have their drug of choice made legal.

      That my friend, can be best determined by MOTIVATION. Our motivation is to dispel the dangers of the use of dangerous drugs and therefore keep people safe – ESPECIALLY CHILDREN AND THE GULLIBLE! Look at your own motivation and if you are honest with yourself, (unlikely as most druggies are in denial) you will find that your motivation is solely to have your freedom to stay HIGH legally!

      This disparity, (in spite of your name calling) shows the truth to those who sit on the fence. I publish this because of them … mostly. I am a former user and see the truth. I was once on your side – yes; even back when the druggies were telling us ‘we can get this legal; all we have to do is go to the IOM hearings and tell them …. ‘for me, this drug is medicinal.’ Thus my conclusion that it’s all lies.

      Keep it up and every person’s ‘blood’ who is injured by following your lead will be on your hands. That (wanting to plant the ‘seeds’ that may eventually even take root in you), … leaves my conscience clear; how about yours?

  2. chris says:

    josiahe your a sanctimonious fucking prick…….you have no facts or science just your am better than you logic……doesn’t really matter what bull shit you type here the truth is on our side which is why legalization is moving quite nicely……but good luck lying

    • josiahe says:

      This guy’s (Chris) outrage and anger is more than obvious; it’s typical! Users don’t see a responsibility to others, nor to anyone else; they’re so hedonistic, so self-centered and demanding instant, immediate gratification they can be compared to an ignored toddler at feeding time. To protect youth and those who are easily led, … (NOT leaders), society is obligated to make dangerous practices illegal – just one of the many pitfalls awaiting our youth who follow this pied piper of a president …

      Note too, another typical indication that school didn’t do Chris much good as far as communication goes … is that he doesn’t know what a contraction is – he spells “you’re” wrong … “your.”

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