Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Monday, April 30, 2007

US marijuana even stronger than before - Stuff

US marijuana even stronger than before - New Zealand's source for World News on Stuff.co.nz:

"The marijuana being sold across the United States is stronger than ever, which could explain a growing number of medical emergencies that involve the drug, government drug experts said.

Rubbish: Prohibition arrests and associated dysfunction and inadequate health promotion accounts for 99.9% of this. Cannabis 'emergencies' - even the concept is laughable to most ER specialists.

Analysis of seized samples of marijuana and hashish showed that more of the cannabis on the market is of the strongest grade, the White House and National Institute for Drug Abuse said.

(I wish)

They cited data from the University of Mississippi's Marijuana Potency Project showing the average levels of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, in the products rose from 7 per cent in 2003 to 8.5 per cent in 2006.

And prohibition accounts for this too...

The level had risen steadily from 3.5 per cent in 1988.

Pure fantasy, the public have become more discerning at pot the price 'of gold'. Who wouldnt want more bang for the buck.

National Institute on Drug Abuse Director Dr Nora Volkow fears the problem is not being taken seriously because many adults remember the marijuana of their youth as harmless.

'It's really not the same type of marijuana,' Volkow said in a telephone interview.

It is exactly the same type of cannabis. (either that or they are crediting growers with accomplishing something that were it done with tomatoes it would have got a Nobel prize)

"This could explain why there has been an increase in the number of medical emergencies involving marijuana."

This ol'saw has been thrashed across the world, yet only the USA seems to experience the 'apparent consequences, me thinks they protest to much'

Dr Tom O'Connell (http://www.doctortom.org/) wrote a superb analysis on this - see table: "MildGreen Hypothesis - Green Light for Reform"
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