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Medical Marijuana Therapy 101 for Disbelievers: There's a Lot of Bull Here

How much of the government and media's information on marijuana is actually true?

Cheech and Chong
Cheech and Chong are a treasured act among marijuana users, but how much of what they convince people of, is true?

(MOLALLA, Ore.) - There is so much misinformation in the media about the medical use of marijuana, that getting to the real truth can sometimes be difficult. It should not be the case, but the laws in the United States outlawing this natural plant have created a very difficult atmosphere for research.

All the while millions and millions and millions of Americans and other world citizens have used it, regardless of the law, but they do so with limited guidance, and not much word from authorities other than, "that is illegal, off to jail with you!"

Then you have thousands of portrayals of marijuana use in media over the years, beginning with the ridiculous movie "Reefer Madness" that convinced an entire generation that marijuana transformed people into raving mad killers. Cheech and Chong made it it hilarious, but comedy fails to address the serious side of this plant that arises when police arrest people and courts yank their children, often the safest kids in the world, because they used a plant in some way that was illegal according to some law somewhere.

Last week Salem Police arrested a legal medical marijuana grower who reportedly sold some of the stuff to the wrong person. He was arrested and held on $240,000 bail. His biggest problem was living within a thousand feet of a school. Welcome to the land of the free. Right.

Anyway, this is a brief rundown that encompasses part of what we know about what is true and what is false in the informational wars regarding cannabis.

  1. Cannabis use is dangerous.
    A. No significant harm or deaths in approx. 5000 years of use.

  2. Cannabis is addicting.
    A. Slightly emotionally, not physically addictive, with minimal withdrawl

  3. Cannabis has NO legitimate medical use.
    A. Storm Crow’s list (search it) with medical references disproves this.

  4. The main effect of cannabis is euphoria.
    A. Euphoria is a stimulatory effect on the brain. Cannabis works well on almost ALL body systems.

  5. Cannabis is a depressant.
    A. For some body systems yes, this is called a beneficial modulating or moderating effect.

  6. Cannabis damages the brain.
    A. Cannabis helps with many brain diseases such as epilepsy.

  7. Cannabis causes breast growth in males.
    A. If it did in males it would do it in females. Any takers?

  8. Cannabis reduces I.Q. (Intelligence Quota = Brain Power).
    A. Cannabis in higher doses causes something like alcoholic drunkedness. Don’t use it and take an I.Q. test.

  9. Cannabis damages the fetus.
    A. Extensive tests and studies done in Jamaica conclude this is false.

  10. Cannabis is used mostly by degenerate races.
    A. Presidents Jefferson and Washington, et cetera had cannabis in their gardens!!! The Spanish did bring it to Mexico and the Caribbean Islands. They brought it to the U.S.

  11. Cannabis is used only by very few people.
    A. It is estimated that 400,000,000 people in the world use it. In America the U.S. Gov’t estimated 70,000,000 have used it at least once and 20,000,000 use it each month.

  12. Cannabis is as bad or worse than tobacco.
    A. Tobacco tars cause cancer and kill hundreds of thousands every year. Cannabis has never killed anyone.

  13. Cannabis causes crime.
    A. The biggest crime is being caught by scotch drinking cops. This is about 1,000,000 per year.

  14. Cannabis is as dangerous as alcohol.
    A. Cannabis can cause “drunkedness” and sleepiness but does not kill like alcohol does.

  15. Cannabis is illegal everywhere.
    A. Several Foreign Countries and several (14) U.S. States have made Medical Cannabis legal.

  16. Cannabis causes or promotes disease.
    A. Bad cannabis causes Bronchitis or headaches. Good cannabis helps many diseases. See #3.

  17. Cannabis is harmful in many ways.
    A. This is U.S. Gov’t propaganda. Almost none of their claims are true.

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Dr. Leveque July 22, 2010 12:46 pm (Pacific time)

To: Anonymous July 15, 2010 THE BIG LIE Hey, you have probably not read my articles, about 160 on salem-news.com. I've tried to cover EVERYTHING about Cannabis/Marijuana. I DID NOT MISS THE BIG LIE!!


Anonymous July 17, 2010 2:36 pm (Pacific time)

After reading marijuana 101, i came across a great link that might be the advanced course. Its not a quick read, just posting for those that may have further questions, and want to learn truth. http://www.tpuc.org/content/marijuana-conspiracy


hwy 420 July 16, 2010 2:55 am (Pacific time)

they never convinced any one of anything, what they did was showed life, showed a slice of life that exist. At no point any where in any film (yes even corsican bros) did they ever say this is how to live ur boring drab life b/c if u did u would b a world traveler

Tim King: OK but being super light about it downplays the severity of the legal repercussions.  I can go word for word on some of their movies, and I am a world traveler, so don't be offended, I'm not putting them down, I love those guys.  Tommy Chong's more recent story, about being tossed in jail over that stupid charge for selling water pipes to the DEA is something people need to see.  peace 


Anonymous July 15, 2010 4:44 pm (Pacific time)

They are all lies, and anyone who researches why it became illegal will understand. Mostly the textile industry. It wont be legal, beause the banks and wall street (who own DC), are making too much money laundering drug money. People did not believe me years ago, but now its mainstream news. Its a fact. But you missed the big lie Dr.Phil. The one that is being spread throughout the rehabs.. Marijuana is a gateway to harder drugs. This lie is the most ridiculous, but the one used most. The biggest lie of all tho, is covering up the hundreds of thousands of people dieing of FDA approved prescription drugs, and, if you research, you will find the killings you read in the newspaper were people on prescription drugs. Turn off your tv, and type in creative words in your search engine. Thanks for the article Dr Phil.

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