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Friday, February 16, 2007

Let's Jump in the WABAC Machine Mr. Peabody!

From a opinion piece in the California paper Amador Ledger Dispatch [emphasis mine]
There is so much misinformation about marijuana out there, due to efforts by some to desensitize society to the harms and risks of this illegal substance. Marijuana is not only harmful, but addictive and potentially deadly.


Most adults were teenagers themselves during the 1970s, 80s and 90s, a time when drug experimentation could be dismissed as a rite of passage to adulthood. But times have changed. Marijuana today is 15 to 25 times more potent than the pot smoked 30 or 40 years ago.
Where to begin...where to begin. This is a fairly standard anti-marijuana propaganda piece, so for the sake of my sanity and your unnecessary scrolling (Baylen, how about a below the fold option?) I'm going to focus on the absurdity of her (the author is a Ms Diane M. Peebles...BAM!! BAM BAM!!) telling parents that marijuana from the 90's is significantly different from the plant in these the aught years.

Follow this. It was OK by her logic to smoke marijuana, or casually "experiment" with drugs as late as the 1990's; or rather she rationalizes the use to prompt today's parents to scare the shit out their kids with a pack of lies. Because she knows what we all know -- that parents have trouble feeding their kids the standard government talking points on pot if they have smoked marijuana in their past. Why? Because they understand the true consequences of its use, and they are much, much milder then the wild claims made by Drug Warriors and their allies.

When they claim the potency of marijuana has shot up over 30 or 40 years and carries with it an increase in the risk associated with use, I'll disagree and argue why that is a distorted stat and fairly meaningless. But when they start claiming the pot smoked 10 years ago is significantly different and less "dangerous" than pot from 2006, then I'll just roll my eyes and point you in the direction of the lunacy.

Via NORML. Full article here. If you have no culture at all and need the reference for the post title, see here.

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