Take a look at where all this crap started in the 30's. In this country
during the 1930's propaganda was used to brainwash Americans into believing
"marijuana" was dangerous. Please take a look at the "racist" IDIOT ADS OF the 30's:
"NJWEEDMAN", please answer
the following questions?
1 Q: What is marijuana?
A: "Marijuana" refers to dried flowers
and leaves of some strains of the cannabis hemp plant, which contains various
quantities of the non-narcotic chemical THC (tetrahydrocannibinol) in various
quantities. When smoked or eaten, it produces the feeling of being "high,"
which lasts a few hours. Different strains of this herb produce their own
sensual effects, ranging from sedative to stimulant.
2 Q: Who uses marijuana?
A: There is no simple profile of a typical
marijuana user. It's been used for thousands years for medical, social,
and religious reasons as well as for relaxation. Severa American Presidents
farmed hemp and cannabis, and some are believed to have smoked it. One
out of every five Americans in all walks of life say they have tried it,
and it is still very popular.
3. Q: How long have people been
A: Since Biblical times. This practice
was widely accepted in Canada and the US, as well, until the orchestrated
campaign of the 1930s led to disinformation, public hysteria, and the first
laws against using it.
4. Q: Is marijuana addictive?
A: No, it is not. Most users
are moderate consumers who only smoke it socially occasionally to relax.
We now know that 10% of our population have "addiction personalities,"
and they are no more nor less likely to abuse cannabis than anything else.
On a relative scale, marijuana is less habit-forming than either sugar
or chocolate. Sociologists report a general pattern of marijuana usage
that peaks in the early adult years, followed by a period of leveling off,
and finally a gradual reduction in use.
5. Q: Has anyone ever died from
A: No; not even once. American Judge
Francis Young studied all the evidence in 198 and ruled that "marijuana
is far safer than many foods we commonly consume." The federal agency NIDA
says that autopsies show 75 people per year are high on marijuana when
they die, but this does not mean marijuana is a factor in any of their
Deaths per year from:
Alcohol (not including accidents)=125,000+
Drug overdose (prescription)=14,000-27,000
Drug overdose (illegal)=3,800-5,200
6. Q: Does it lead to hard drugs?
A: No. Although people who abuse drugs
often smoke marijuana also, the National Academy of Science reports that
"legal drugs for adults, such as alcohol and tobacco, ...precede the use
of all illicit drugs." "Tobacco is known as the gateway drug."
7. Q: Does It Cause Violence?
A: No, just the opposite. The
only crime most marijuana users commit is using marijuana. The U. S. Shafer
Commission report was the most comprehensive study ever undertaken on the
subject. It found that marijuana smokers "tend to be under represented"
in violence and in crime, especially when compared to users of alcohol,
amphetamines and barbiturates. "The simple fact is that marijuana does
not change your basic personality." The American federal government reports
that over 70 million Americans have smoked it ... probably including some
of the nicest people you know.
8. Q: How Does Marijuana Affect
A: A Harvard university medical team
in 1987 found that "dangerous physical reactions to marijuana are almost
unknown." All smoke is unhealthy, but marijuana is safer than tobacco,
and people tend to smoke less of it. That risk can be eliminated by eating
the plant instead of smoking it, or it can be reduced by using water pipes
to smoke smaller amounts of more potent marijuana. Moreover, cannabis is
a proven medicinal herb with hundreds of modern therapeutic uses in treating
ailments from stress to arthritis to
glaucoma to asthma to cancer therapy, to AIDS, and more.
9. Q: What About All Those Scary
Stories and Reports?
A: Most sensational claims of health
risks cite no studies or sources at all. Others rely on a handful of inconclusive
or flawed reports. After 20 years of study, the California Attorney General's
panel, concluded in 1989 that "an objective consideration shows that marijuana
is responsible for less damage to the individual and society than alcohol
10. Q: What Should We Do?
A: American and Canadian
taxpayers have funded many studies on this very point, and every independent
government panel on marijuana has opposed the jailing of marijuana smokers.
The Canadian Police Chiefs Association are even fighting for Decriminalization.
Most have urged lawmakers to re-legalize and tax use of this herb by responsible
adults, with age limits and regulations like those on alcohol and tobacco.
Tell your elected leaders to free up our police and resources to combat
violent crime and to honor our national pledge and commitment to "liberty
and justice for all" by ending marijuana prohibition. The worst thing about
"marijuana Prohibition is what the Government does to you when your caught!