Reefer Madness

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul Claims Marijuana Use 'Not Healthy', Causes 'Loss of IQ'

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Wanna-be libertarian Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is at it again. On Thursday, he repeated his personal opposition to marijuana use, but he went farther than that -- way farther. He also claimed pot use is "not healthy" and causes a "loss of IQ."

"Wait a minute," you may be thinking. "I thought libertarians favored letting people make their own decisions about such things." Well, if that's so, then maybe Sen. Paul isn't a libertarian. Maybe he's just some ignorant, conservative loudmouth who, unfortunately, also managed to get himself elected to the U.S. Senate.

"I personally think that marijuana use is not healthy," Sen. Paul told the Las Vegas Sun in an interview published on Wednesday. "People that use it chronically have a loss of IQ and a loss of ambition, but at the same time states have the right to make these decisions."

Would it be too much to ask to expect Sen. Paul to base his public pronouncements about pot on actual facts rather than 20th Century misinformation? Apparently so.

U.S.: Psychology Professor Calls Trayvon Martin Marijuana-Induced Aggression Claims 'Laughable'

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"Mr. Martin could not have been intoxicated with marijuana at the time of the shooting; the amount of THC found in his system was too low for it to have had any meaningful effect on him." ~ Dr. Carl Hart

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Claims that Trayvon Martin was aggressive and paranoid from smoking marijuana, and that that led him to attack George Zimmerman, are "laughable," according to Dr. Carl L. Hart, associate professor of psychology at Columbia University and author of the book High Price, who wrote a New York Times op/ed on the case.

The judge in the racially charged, nationally followed case decided earlier this week that the jury could be shown Martin's toxicology report, which shows that he had traces of marijuana in his system.

"As a neuropsychopharmacologist who has spent 15 years studying the neurophysiological, psychological and behavioral effects of marijuana, I find this line of reasoning laughable," Hart wrote in The New York Times.

The toxicology report, which was conducted the morning after Trayvon was killed, found just 1.5 nanograms per milliliter of THC in his body. "This strongly suggests he had not ingested marijuana for at least 24 hours," Hart wrote.

Illinois: Lawmakers Continue Reefer Madness, Punish Farmers

Over the past several years, sixteen states have passed pro-hemp farming legislation, so why are Illinois lawmakers working against the farmer?

By Michael, Hemp News Correspondent

Illinois Lawmakers Continue Reefer Madness, Punish Farmers Last month, because of years of festering propagandist lies, the Illinois House of Representatives voted against mid-west farmers and their right to grow a viable rotation crop (HB1383 - Illinois Industrial Hemp Act). The bill, which passed a House Agriculture and Conservation Committee by a vote of 11-2 earlier in the same week, would have licensed: individuals desiring to grow, process, cultivate, harvest, possess, sell, or purchase industrial hemp or industrial hemp related products. In many cases, an alternative rotation crop, such as hemp, could possibly save the multi-generational farms from foreclosure.

"The fiber from industrial hemp is one of the strongest natural fibers known, and it is present in bundles that surround the main stem. Industrial hemp fiber applications include uses in textiles, cordage, construction materials, paper products, and bio-composite plastics," according to Donald P. Briskin, Professor of Plant Biochemistry/Physiology, Department of Natural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois.

United States: Recycling Reefer Madness: Why It Still Doesn’t Work

By Steve Elliott, NEWS JUNKIE POST

There is a truth that must be heard! It happens with an all-too-familiar regularity: Another “scientific” study that attempts to draw some connection, however tenuous, between smoking pot and schizophrenia.

Just this week, the findings of a study allegedly indicating that smoking marijuana can “double the risk” of psychosis received heavy publicity. Of course there were the inevitable “sky is falling” reactions on the part of faux-horrified commentators who already decided, years ago, that they were against pot and are all too happy to trumpet what looks like confirmation of their prejudice.

Problem is, those findings are in conflict with previous reviews and ought to be interpreted with caution – but you won’t be reading that in mainstream news outlets.

Here’s something else you won’t see in the mainstream media. There is absolutely no empirical evidence – none – indicating that rising rates of cannabis use have resulted in parallel increases in rates of mental illness.

It would stand to reason, wouldn’t it? Considering modern rates of usage, if marijuana really produced psychosis, the streets would be choked with non-functional, burned out potheads. It doesn’t. They aren’t.

“I’ve said it for years now,” film director John Holowach, responsible for the documentary High: The True Tale of American Marijuana, told me. “If pot and mental illness were linked, the two should rise and fall with one another, but they don’t.”

United States: The Prohibition of Our Age

By Rick Steves, Seattle PI Blog

United States: The Prohibition of Our Age Studying how the Dutch retail marijuana (described in my last few blog entries) is fascinating. Learning how another society confronts a persistent problem differently than we do can help us envision how we might deal with the same problem better. I agree with my Dutch friends, who remind me that a society has to make a choice: tolerate alternative lifestyles...or build more prisons. The Netherlands has made its choice. We're still building more prisons. (My Dutch friends needle me with the fact that only the USA and Russia lock up more than one percent of their citizens, while the average per capita incarceration rate in Europe is only a tenth the US rate.)

Travel teaches us a respect for history. And when it comes to drug policy, I hope we can learn from our own prohibitionist past. Back in the 1920s, America's biggest drug problem was alcohol. To combat it, we made booze illegal and instituted Prohibition. By any sober assessment, all that Prohibition produced was grief. By criminalizing a soft drug that people refused to stop enjoying, Prohibition created the mob (Al Capone and company), filled our prisons, and cost our society a lot of money. It was big government at its worst.

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