Marijuana Myth #4: Marijuana is a Gateway Drug

Anti-cannabis proponents claim that if you use marijuana you will automatically start using and become addicted to more dangerous drugs. In the past, drug addiction commonly referred to street drugs like cocaine and heroin. The prevailing sentiment was that people got used to breaking the law by using marijuana so they had no further compunction against other illegal drugs. That having gotten used to the high from marijuana, users would automatically start looking for something stronger. Addicts who used marijuana along with other drugs were presented as evidence of cause and effect. What was missing from all this was a […]

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Marijuana Myth #3: Marijuana Users are Lazy

This myth grew more from racism than any observable fact. Americans were looking for a way to slow immigration from the south, because they believed that the manual labourers who worked for less money than local people demanded were a drain on society. They needed a way to sway public opinion to be more anti-Mexican, and marijuana was their tool of choice. In early anti-weed propaganda, governments promoted the image of a lazy, drunken Mexican as the typical cannabis user. The stereotype was that marijuana, not systemic racism, was the reason why Mexican immigrants were unable to become productive members […]

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Marijuana Myth #2: THC Tests can Indicate Impairment Level

Canada’s law enforcement agencies want a roadside THC test to assess impairment, similar to a breathalyzer. Even if such a thing existed, THC levels do not indicate impairment. The Roadside Sobriety Test is the only test we have that can take into account the complexity of THC’s effects on the body.

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Marijuana Myth #1: Marijuana has no medicinal value

Humans have been using marijuana for medicinal purposes for millennia. Noticing other mammals eating the green flowers from the leafy bushes, early humans tried it themselves. Liking the way it made them feel, they began to experiment with ways to use it. For centuries, shamans, herbalists, and medicine men used marijuana to treat ailments of all kinds. Without going into the political reasons for criminalization, I will just point out that they were strictly political. Governments began to propagate false information about marijuana to justify new legislation restricting the use of cannabis in any form. (Oddly enough, while trying to […]

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The Opioid and the Cannabinoid

The opioid was easy to get from an emergency room, family doctor, or pain specialist. The cannabinoid was only available by mail from a handful of licensed producers. The opioid promised me freedom and convenience. The cannabinoid promised me complicated social mores. The opioid broadcasted “Trust me, I’m safe!” The cannabinoid murmured “I work”. The opioid was synthesized in a lab into something that looks nothing like a red flower. The cannabinoid grows at my home and is still a green flower when I use it. The opioid caused jitters, made me drowsy, and interfered with my concentration. The cannabinoid […]

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