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Cannabis issue rehashed
The Battalion ^ | January 13, 2003 | George Deutsch

Posted on 01/15/2003 7:24:33 AM PST by MrLeRoy

If most parents knew there was a federally funded organization lying to their children about the effects of drug use, they would likely be appalled and seek to have the organization's funding removed. Yet the frightening truth is that such a group exists, operating under the family-friendly monicker, Partnership for a Drug Free America (PDFA). In its newest line of Public Service Announcements (PSAs), the group equates marijuana use with wrongful death, rape and even murder...crimes that sensible people realize marijuana usage alone would never lead to. Last year, the American public was misled into thinking that every joint they smoked contributed to international terrorism, and recently that using marijuana will almost certainly result in acts of domestic violence.

Lies. The "anti-drug."

PDFA's well-intentioned but inaccurate PSAs feature a variety of scenarios, each ending with someone dying, being raped or going to jail. In reality, only the latter is a likely consequence of using marijuana.

In one of the ads, two male teenagers smoke pot in what appears to be the home office of one of their fathers, and, as the two adolescents continue to smoke, they stumble across a handgun. To see if it's loaded, one of the teens promptly picks up the gun and shoots directly at his friend. The gun is, of course, loaded, and the guilty teen, totally under the "control" of the marijuana, never thought to check for bullets or point the gun anywhere except directly at his friend. The entire grisly scene is followed by the words "Marijuana: Harmless?"

If this television spot sounds totally implausible, even ridiculous, that's because it is, and the others are just like it. The ad would be better-aimed at parents who fail to lock up their handguns. The fact remains that people don't test to see if a gun is loaded by blindly pointing it at their best friend and squeezing the trigger, stoned or not. The ad's message is not simply that marijuana distorts perception and judgement, it is that if you smoke weed, you will be shot or perhaps shoot someone else. This is false.

All of these ads play on what I call a "worst case scenario" fear. The most horrible thing that can happen in any one of the given commercials always does, and, without fail, marijuana is to blame.

Another of the PSAs features a car full of young people at a fast food window smoking marijuana. The teens get their food, and as they are pulling out, a child on a bicycle pulls out in front of them from behind a corner, totally getting run over by the "negligent" driver in the process. If only the teens hadn't been smoking marijuana, the commercial implies, perhaps the little girl on the bicycle would have lived.

The fact that this child appears to be younger than 5 years old and riding a bike without parental supervision along a busy commercial fairway is never addressed. Again, the ad would better serve parents who let their children play in the street unattended. Anyone, regardless of age, who darts in front of a moving car is likely to get run over. Marijuana has nothing to do with it.

Perhaps most intriguing is the spot in which two teens, a male and a female, smoke marijuana at a party. After smoking a few bowls of weed from a pipe, the female begins to look comatose, and her male companion proceeds to rape her in front of all the people at the party. Not surprisingly, no one comes to her aid, and viewers are again asked "Marijuana: Harmless?"

Here, marijuana use leads to an impromptu rape at this poor woman's expense. Mark Tutssel, vice-chairman of Leo Burnett USA, PDFA's ad agency, said in a press release that the company's PSAs dealt with "everyday occurences." I would venture to say that none of the aforementioned scenarios occurs every day, if at all, and PDFA, which prides itself on truth, is willfully misleading the American public about the "dangers" of marijuana.

Here are the facts. The Marijuana Policy Project's Web site, www.mpp.org, lists that 11 of our 50 states consider marijuana to be a medicine and have decriminalized it. Of these states, California alone saves $100 million each year in reduced arrests, according to the group's Web site. Imagine what the extra money could do for California and how much might be saved if marijuana was legalized outright.

In fact, the Web site states that the government has been supplying American citizens with medicinal marijuana for more than 20 years. There is even a pill form of the drug, called Marinol, available only by prescription. So is marijuana the scourge of society and the corruptor of youth? The U.S. government doesn't seem to think so.

When dealing with tough issues such as drug use, one must take the good with the bad. Marijuana can arguably be said to cure more than it causes, and its medicinal qualities cannot be ignored. Could there be negative effects of using marijuana? Sure, but to think that smoking pot will almost certainly lead to accidental death, rape, or murder, you would have to be, well, high.


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1 posted on 01/15/2003 7:24:33 AM PST by MrLeRoy
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3 posted on 01/15/2003 7:28:54 AM PST by Mo1 (Join the DC Chapter at the Patriots Rally III on 1/18/03)
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To: MrLeRoy; jmc813
nice post,

My first reaction to those PSA's especialy the one with the kid on the bike,
was where is that kids parents. Secondly if the kids in the car, were smoking
as much as was implied by the smoke in the car, would drive away so slowly
that a snake could out run the car.
and lastly becuase MJ is illegal, those kids would be a little more discreet while partying to avoid arrest.
4 posted on 01/15/2003 7:36:09 AM PST by vin-one (I wish i had something clever to put in this tag)
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To: vin-one
The only one I've seen that accurately portrays the real danger of marijuana is the one where the guys smoking a joint at a concert get arrested by an undercover narc. Circular Logic - the anti-Drug.
5 posted on 01/15/2003 7:39:09 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: Wolfie
in reality would those kids, be in the bathroom, or would they just light up at their seats.
Where everyone else is lighting up, including judges!!!!!
What kid would be that stupid to smoke in a bathroom anyway,
in a stall with the doors locked so you can't see who is coming in.
the failed logic is so funny.....
6 posted on 01/15/2003 7:44:56 AM PST by vin-one (I wish i had something clever to put in this tag)
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To: MrLeRoy
"There is even a pill form of the drug, called Marinol, available only by prescription."

Key sentence to one reason for marijuana's illegal status. Winners don't do drugs, they just deal them...

7 posted on 01/15/2003 7:46:12 AM PST by Frances_Marion
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To: MrLeRoy
The government lying to us. I'm just shocked.
8 posted on 01/15/2003 7:46:21 AM PST by Sparta (Statism is a mental illness)
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To: MrLeRoy
The fact that this child appears to be younger than 5 years old and riding a bike without parental supervision along a busy commercial fairway is never addressed. Again, the ad would better serve parents who let their children play in the street unattended. Anyone, regardless of age, who darts in front of a moving car is likely to get run over. Marijuana has nothing to do with it.

Holy crap! I made this exact point in a thread about a month or so ago, and got reemed by some drug warrior for my "insensitivity". LOL!!!

The article is completly correct. All these commercials are complete lies and "worse case scenario" scare tactics. Kids even see through them

9 posted on 01/15/2003 7:53:44 AM PST by FreeTally (If it is true that we are here to help others, then what exactly are the others here for?)
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To: FreeTally
got reemed by some drug warrior for my "insensitivity".

Quintessential 'bleeding heart' rhetoric---more proof that Drug Warriors are liberals.

10 posted on 01/15/2003 7:55:25 AM PST by MrLeRoy
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To: MrLeRoy
"There is even a pill form of the drug, called Marinol, available only by prescription."

I'm prescribed this for relief of post traumatic arthritis pain and pain associated with Hepatitis C, I contracted from a blood transfusion. It's damn expensive, $1200.00 a month. My HMO doesn't cover any of the costs. It would pay for 80% for the addictive, toxic pain meds. It's not nearly as effective as cannabis, due to the fact, cannabis contains over 40 additional theraputic properties Marinol doesn't contain

These ads are pure propaganda of the worst kind. Taxpayers should be furious about these ads. My State has one of the worst epidemics of meth, yet I see no ads condemning meth use funding terrorists or any of the lies used in the ads.

I believe these ads are aimed at the Canadian Parliament,(for daring to consider decriminalization of cannabis), and States that allow the compassionate use of cannabis by sick people. American government at its worst, in my opinion.

11 posted on 01/15/2003 8:01:37 AM PST by bigfootbob
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To: MrLeRoy
While I am no advocate of hard drugs(cocaine, crack, heroin), the illegality of marijuana has always baffled me.

Nobody commits crimes to support their reefer habit.

Children should not be allowed to smoke, like they are not allowed to drink. But if an adult wants to light up, who cares? The hypocrisy of legal alcohol and illegal pot is mind boggling.

BTW. It is virtually impossible to smoke yourself to death while, as a one-time bartender I know, drinking yourself to death is a regular occurence. Alcoholism and alcohol poisoning kills on a daily basis.
12 posted on 01/15/2003 8:05:36 AM PST by conservativemusician
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To: bigfootbob
I believe these ads are aimed at the Canadian Parliament,

Haven't you heard? Canada's pot laws are going the way of the buffalo, and their Parliament's got nothing to do with it.

Pot Case Tossed - Second Ontario Judge Says No Law Was Broken

13 posted on 01/15/2003 8:08:47 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: Wolfie
Have you seen the one where the two guys are dicussing the issue, the one gentlemans only rebuttle "because it's the truth".
No evidence. No linkage. No supporting statements.

Propaganda at its purest.

"The Big Lie" writ extremely large.

14 posted on 01/15/2003 8:09:59 AM PST by Dead Corpse (You think you own me? Come here... let's talk.)
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To: Dead Corpse
Sure, Nick and Norm.
15 posted on 01/15/2003 8:12:04 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: FreeTally
The article is completly correct. All these commercials are complete lies and "worse case scenario" scare tactics. Kids even see through them

What I find hilarious is that these ads are actually counterproductive to their stated purpose. Only a brain dead idiot can't see through them. They are a perfect example of the ONDCP's willingness to lie and manipulate to the public.

16 posted on 01/15/2003 8:12:27 AM PST by AUgrad
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To: Dead Corpse
or supporting terrorism just a little,
lol,
17 posted on 01/15/2003 8:16:26 AM PST by vin-one (I wish i had something clever to put in this tag)
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To: FreeTally
All these commercials are complete lies and "worse case scenario" scare tactics. Kids even see through them"

Buy do they ever. If anything, these psa's encourage drug use by bringing out the rebellious nature of teenagers.

"If those people are against it, it's gotta be just what we need!"

18 posted on 01/15/2003 8:16:31 AM PST by capt. norm
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To: Wolfie
I've heard but, the so-called U.S. drug warriors are dense about this issue and don't like what they're seeing going on up there. Consequentially, they're churning up the mindless rhetoric.

Pot users are easy targets, they are generally the laid back types that don't shoot back when the jackbooted thugs showup at the door.
19 posted on 01/15/2003 8:18:17 AM PST by bigfootbob
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To: conservativemusician
I agree with your post, but I just wanted to note this:

While I am no advocate of hard drugs(cocaine, crack, heroin)

Nobody on FR is an advocate of hard drugs; some of us recognize that 'cure' of anti-drug laws is worse than the disease of drug use.

20 posted on 01/15/2003 8:19:17 AM PST by MrLeRoy
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To: bigfootbob
Canadian pols have a way of letting the courts do what they themselves lack the spine to accomplish. At any rate, they have 6 months to make up their minds.
21 posted on 01/15/2003 8:27:15 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: Wolfie
"Canadian pols have a way of letting the courts do what they themselves lack the spine to accomplish"

Kinda of like socialist liberal democRATS in America?

22 posted on 01/15/2003 8:31:02 AM PST by bigfootbob
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To: bigfootbob
$1200.00 a month

I think that you could have all 40 additional therapeutic compounds, a pizza and a movie for that kind of money ;)

23 posted on 01/15/2003 8:44:56 AM PST by Sender
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To: MrLeRoy
These commercials would be laugh-a-minute material if it weren't for the fact that a surprising number of people take this garbage as fact. In reality these are nothing but adaptations of scenes from "Reefer Madness."

1. Kids run down little girl on bike = stoned youth in car peeling away from the curb and does a hit and run on old man crossing the street.

2. Girl raped at party = girl, nearly comatose on sofa after a couple of tokes being groped by stoned friend.

3. Friend, in stoned haze, shoots friend = stoned hallucinating guy kills girl that is the love of his life.

You would think the people creating these ads would show a little more creativity, but lo, they have to go back to a thoroughly discredited propaganda piece from the 20's (30's? Can't quite remember. Saw it in university and well, umm...). It's one thing when a government engages in stupid and ultimately destructive policies. It's another altogether when they have to resort to insulting the nation's intelligence (even though they probably believe this rot) to do so.

24 posted on 01/15/2003 8:51:48 AM PST by mitchbert (Facts are stubborn things)
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To: Sender
"I think that you could have all 40 additional therapeutic compounds, a pizza and a movie for that kind of money ;)"

That's the point. But, unlike a liberal, I'm not going to bi*ch about the evil drug companies. The problem lies with the Federal Government.

25 posted on 01/15/2003 8:55:57 AM PST by bigfootbob
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To: mitchbert
Good catch!
26 posted on 01/15/2003 8:57:25 AM PST by MrLeRoy
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To: MrLeRoy
Cannabis issue rehashed

A Freudian slip, I'm sure :o)

27 posted on 01/15/2003 8:58:08 AM PST by Poohbah (USMC, 1983-1991)
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To: mitchbert
1937. I've got the DVD with both RM and Cocaine Fever on it.

Hillarious. Be that as it may, it seems our Drug Czar is still taking all his cues from the Ghost of Anslinger. Next stop, blaming the plague on Jazz musicians. Or in todays paralance Pop/Rap/Rock stars.

28 posted on 01/15/2003 8:58:19 AM PST by Dead Corpse (You think you own me? Come here... let's talk.)
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To: bigfootbob
"Your Government Is Lying To You (Again) About Marijuana!"
NORML Charges In New Report Rebutting Drug Czar:

"Exaggerating marijuana's potential harm only undermines the government's
credibility and ability to effectively warn of the harms of truly dangerous drugs," Says NORML Head

Washington, DC: NORML unveiled a new Internet and media campaign today in response to a recent wave of federal anti-marijuana propaganda from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. NORML's new "Marijuana Truth" campaign seeks to counter this rhetoric with fact-based information and
scientific reports to stimulate an honest public discussion about the minimal risks presented by marijuana, and the disproportionate harms associated with criminal pot prohibition.

The first salvo in this campaign is the release of NORML's most comprehensive report to date, entitled, "Your Government Is Lying To You (Again) About Marijuana: A Refutation of the Drug Czar's 'Open Letter to America's Prosecutors.'" This report responds to a recent letter from the Drug Czar's office urging law enforcement officials to "aggressively prosecute" marijuana violators. The letter further advocates prosecutors "tell the truth" about marijuana, and then lists more than a dozen unsubstantiated, misleading, and fallacious statements regarding cannabis - including the allegation that "no drug matches the threat posed by marijuana," and the claim that marijuana is more addictive than "alcohol, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, ecstasy, and all other illegal drugs combined."

NORML's report offers a scientific, point-by-point rebuttal to the Drug Czar's claims. "We invite all who are interested in learning the truth about marijuana to read the Drug Czar's letter, and then read NORML's rebuttal, and decide for yourself who is lying about marijuana and why," NORML Executive
Director Keith Stroup said.

He added: "NORML believes there is nothing to be gained by exaggerating marijuana's harmfulness. On the contrary, by overstating marijuana's potential harm, our policy-makers and law enforcement community undermine their credibility, and their ability to effectively educate the public of the
legitimate harms associated with more dangerous drugs. We cannot any longer remain silent and permit this taxpayer-funded propaganda to occur without a challenge."

Stroup concluded: "It is time for us as a nation to allow the science, as opposed to the rhetoric, dictate our public policy regarding marijuana. Exaggerating the dangers associated with the responsible use of marijuana results in the needless arrest of hundreds for thousands of good, productive citizens in this country, and does nothing to promote public safety."

NORML's report (along with a copy of the Drug Czar's letter) is available online in both HTML and PDF formats at: http://www.norml.org/index.cfm?Group_ID=5513

29 posted on 01/15/2003 8:59:11 AM PST by Nick Thimmesch
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To: Dead Corpse
Shoot. 1938 under the title "Tell Your Children". Re-released in 1947 under the title "Reefer Madness".

Anyone got a copy of "Devil's Harvest"? I think I'll try and collect the whole set.

30 posted on 01/15/2003 9:01:52 AM PST by Dead Corpse (You think you own me? Come here... let's talk.)
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To: Nick Thimmesch
Thank you. I just joined NORML last week.
31 posted on 01/15/2003 9:08:10 AM PST by bigfootbob
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32 posted on 01/15/2003 9:09:39 AM PST by mitchbert (Facts are stubborn things)
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To: Nick Thimmesch
A footnote in NORML's excellent point-by-point refutation led me to the following info from the Institute of Medicine:

Drug Category | Proportion of Users That Ever Became Dependent (%)

Tobacco 32

Alcohol 15

Marijuana (including hashish) 9

Anxiolytics (including sedatives and hypnotic drugs) 9

Cocaine 17

Heroin 23
33 posted on 01/15/2003 9:10:36 AM PST by MrLeRoy
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To: vin-one
My first reaction to these PSAs is uncontrollable laughter because they look as though they came straight out of Reefer Madness, one of the funniest movies ever made.
34 posted on 01/15/2003 9:11:57 AM PST by Hemingway's Ghost
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To: Hemingway's Ghost
My first reaction to these PSAs is uncontrollable laughter because they look as though they came straight out of Reefer Madness, one of the funniest movies ever made.

See post 24.

35 posted on 01/15/2003 9:16:43 AM PST by MrLeRoy
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To: Hemingway's Ghost
one of these days, I am going to find that movie and watch it
the only problem is I have teenage kids, and the wifey is dead set against MJ.
what to do, what to do?
is it for rent anywhere?????????
36 posted on 01/15/2003 9:18:00 AM PST by vin-one (I wish i had something clever to put in this tag)
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To: MrLeRoy
See post 24.

I know---I was trying to map each commercial to each scene but this brother's already done it for me. I thought each scenario sounded familiar.

For a complete set, they've got to update the evil boogeyman black jazz pianist corrupting all the young, impressionable white women with his hot jazz. Maybe the jazz musician could translate to some thug rapper.

37 posted on 01/15/2003 9:19:56 AM PST by Hemingway's Ghost
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To: vin-one
one of these days, I am going to find that movie and watch it
the only problem is I have teenage kids, and the wifey is dead set against MJ.

I can see the problem---they'd have no trouble with the movie, but you'd have bitten a hole through your cheek trying not to laugh out loud.

38 posted on 01/15/2003 9:20:58 AM PST by MrLeRoy
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To: vin-one
what to do, what to do? is it for rent anywhere?????????

I bought the vid on the cheap from Newbury Comics, an alterno record store up here. I used it as a booby prize for a wine tasting party my wife and I threw, but the winner forgot to take it home, and now it's part of my personal stash.

39 posted on 01/15/2003 9:21:31 AM PST by Hemingway's Ghost
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To: mitchbert
Unfortunately, it is parents take these commercials at face value.
My parents were in their 20s in the 1930s and, because they blamed my occasional pot use in high school on everything from my having to have braces to having discovered the joys of self-abuse, I can only assume they fell for the propaganda hook line and sinker.
40 posted on 01/15/2003 9:23:32 AM PST by GSWarrior
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To: Nick Thimmesch
"Exaggerating marijuana's potential harm only undermines the government's credibility and ability to effectively warn of the harms of truly dangerous drugs," Says NORML Head"

Cannabis Linked to Depression, Schizophrenia

LONDON (Reuters) –

Smoking cannabis increases the odds of suffering from depression and schizophrenia, doctors said on Friday.

The occasional joint may not be harmful, but people who start using cannabis in their teens have a higher risk of later being diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder and the severity of the illness is linked to the length of exposure to the drug.

"Very young adolescents who use cannabis have an increased risk for developing schizoprehenia as adults and the most at risk are the youngest users," Dr Louise Arseneault, of Kings College in London, told Reuters.

Doctors do not understand how cannabis increases the risk of schizophrenia and depression but they suspect it affects the dopamine system in the brain which is associated with pleasure.

It is thought the drug can trigger the onset or relapse of schizophrenia in people predisposed to the illness and may also exacerbate the symptoms.

In a study of 1,037 people born in New Zealand between 1972-73, Arseneault found that those who began using cannabis as teens were four times more likely to suffer from psychiatric problems as adults than adolescents who did not use the drug.

"The earlier you start, the more vulnerable you are," she said.

Her findings, which are reported in The British Medical Journal, are supported by two other studies in the magazine which found similar results.

Researchers at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Victoria, Australia found that teenage girls who frequently used the drug were more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety than other adolescents.

Another study of more than 50,000 Swedish enlisted men showed the use of cannabis increased the risk of schizophrenia by 30 percent.

"These results indicate a potentially serious risk to the mental health of people who use cannabis, particularly in the presence of other risk factors for schizophrenia," Stanley Zammit of the University of Wales College of Medicine in Cardiff who worked on the Swedish study, said in the report.

Schizophrenia is the most common form of severe mental illness. The cause of the disorder, which is characterized by unusual behavior, delusions and hallucinations is unknown but scientists say it affects chemicals in the brain.

It usually begins in the late teens and early 20s.

"The link between cannabis and psychosis is well established, and recent studies have found a link between marijuana and depression," Joseph Rey and Christopher Tennant, of the University of Sydney in Australia, said in a commentary in the journal.

41 posted on 01/15/2003 9:25:54 AM PST by UKCajun
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To: Hemingway's Ghost
good Idea, I think I will start looking around for it...
42 posted on 01/15/2003 9:27:11 AM PST by vin-one (I wish i had something clever to put in this tag)
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To: MrLeRoy
Lies are the cement that holds each brick to its proper place in the wall.
43 posted on 01/15/2003 9:31:49 AM PST by headsonpikes
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To: UKCajun
"Cannabis Linked to Depression, Schizophrenia"

I already rebutted this in http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/821802/posts?page=57#57, to which you did not reply; rather dishonest of you to repost it.

44 posted on 01/15/2003 9:34:12 AM PST by MrLeRoy
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To: Poohbah
(USMC, 1983-1991)

You pulled two hitches in the crotch?

45 posted on 01/15/2003 9:42:13 AM PST by William Terrell (Advertise in this space - Low rates)
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To: William Terrell
Yup.
46 posted on 01/15/2003 9:44:43 AM PST by Poohbah (USMC, 1983-1991)
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To: UKCajun; MrLeRoy
Almost 50% of All Cigarettes Smoked by Mentally Ill Big Tobacco Appears to be Aware of the Link

by ROSIE MESTEL, Los Angeles Times [11/22/00]

Excerpts: MENTALLY ILL TWICE AS LIKELY TO BE SMOKERS, STUDY FINDS; TOBACCO: SPECIAL PROGRAMS MAY BE NEEDED TO ENCOURAGE PATIENTS TO QUIT, GIVEN THEIR ISOLATION AND TENDENCY TO USE NICOTINE TO FIGHT DEPRESSION, EXPERTS SAY.

Nearly half of all cigarettes purchased in the United States are smoked by people who suffer from mental illnesses, according to Harvard Medical School research.

Mentally ill people are roughly twice as likely to smoke cigarettes as those without mental illnesses, according to the research, published in today's Journal of the American Medical Assn. Not only does the habit put them at greater risk for serious ailments such as heart disease and lung cancer, but in some cases it can interfere with the effectiveness of medications to treat their disorders.

47 posted on 01/15/2003 9:47:36 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: Wolfie; UKCajun
"Mentally ill people are roughly twice as likely to smoke cigarettes as those without mental illnesses, according to the research"

Nice find, Wolfie! By UKCajun's logic, this proves that cigarettes cause mental illness.

48 posted on 01/15/2003 9:50:16 AM PST by MrLeRoy
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To: bigfootbob
Additionally, the ads opened the floodgates of stupidity, allowing the Huffington anti-SUV ads to be washed into the body politic.
49 posted on 01/15/2003 10:11:39 AM PST by steve-b
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To: Wolfie; vin-one; WindMinstrel; headsonpikes; philman_36; Beach_Babe; jenny65; AUgrad; Xenalyte; ...
WOD Ping
50 posted on 01/15/2003 10:15:41 AM PST by jmc813 (My tagline used to say "Go Jets!!!!", but I am now looking for a new one.)
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