"Marijuana Is More Dangerous Than You Think"

Alex Berenson,  a former New York Times reporter, wrote a Wall Street Journal op-ed that is adopted from his new book, Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness and Violence.

He writes:

As legalization spreads, more Americans are becoming heavy users of cannabis, despite its links to violence and mental illness....

Over the past 30 years, a shrewd and expensive lobbying campaign has made Americans more tolerant of marijuana. In November 2018, Michigan became the 10th state to legalize recreational cannabis use; New Jersey and others may soon follow. Already, more than 200 million Americans live in states that have legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use. Yet even as marijuana use has become more socially acceptable, psychiatrists and epidemiologists have reached a consensus that it presents more serious risks than most people realize. 

Read more.

Despite the science, the hippy-dippy left and don't-touch-my-junk libertarians keep pushing not just for marijuana's legalization, but also its normalization. And not just as a wonder drug for everything from tummy aches to epilepsy. Weed is cool.  Just as, years ago, smoking cigarettes also was cool.

In Illinois, some politicians such as Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker, see the legalization of recreational marijuana  as a way to prop up under-funded government employee pensions. No need to consider the health benefits. So while good health demands everything from food labels to the banning of ecigarettes, we're supposed to ignore the science that concludes that weed is dangerous.

Consistency is not our strong suit.



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Filed under: Health, Science

Tags: legalization, marijuana


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    Many of your statements by you and Mr. Berenson are not supported by facts---too many to address. I will address one, in the link between mariujuana and violence the study in the Pschology Journal said "any statistical correlation between marijuana use and violent behavior are causally linked through some other factor, such as socioeconomic status". They did not state the Marijuana direcly causes violence, but it is associated with the people that do it. Berenson is misrepresenting the facts of the study.

    The alternative to legalization is to continue the failed and costly war on drugs. The US prison population increased 5X due to the war on drugs, and now 25% of the people incarcerated in the world are in US prisons! Incarceration is not working to deter the problem, and only increases the prison population and supports organized crime. Addiction is a medical issue and should be treated by doctors and not prisons.

  • In reply to Robin Powlus:

    It might be added that the cost of incarcerating these prisoners is somewhere between $30,000 and $60,000 per year each. We could spend a lot on treatment and still have money left over for education and other public services. Maybe this is why, after our ill-fated experiment with prohibition a hundred years ago, we decided to handle the harmful effects of alcohol and tobacco by taxation, regulation and education, rather than by criminalizing them.

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