While there are indeed health and societal problems due to the use of alcohol and nicotine, these negative consequences would be amplified if consumption of either substance were prohibited. Marijuana is already the third most popular recreational drug in America, despite harsh laws against its use. Millions of Americans smoke it responsibly. Our public policies [...]
Substantial research exists regarding marijuana and addiction. While the scientific community has yet to achieve full consensus on this matter, the majority of epidemiological and animal data demonstrate that the reinforcing properties of marijuana in humans is low in comparison to other drugs of abuse, including alcohol and nicotine. According to the U.S. Institute of [...]
According to recent statistics provided by the federal government, nearly 77 million Americans admit having smoked marijuana. Of these, twenty million Americans smoked marijuana during the past year. Many successful business and professional leaders — including many state and elected federal officials such as former President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore, former House [...]
Lots of us can remember when no one had ever even heard of marijuana. In the 50′s hardly anyone smoked it aside from a few Mexican field hands, some dock workers from the Caribbean islands, some jazz musicians, and a few poets, though as a practical matter it was next to legal. Those few who [...]
Most users smoke just a few times. Marijuana is not even a gateway drug for itself.
What isn’t? Let’s define an “addict” as a user who says: “I’ve tried to cut back but don’t seem to be able to”. About 7%-9% of marijuana users agree with this statement, which should be compared with the 80% of smokers who agree. (You are asked to consult your personal experience for the number of [...]