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"Thank you for spreading the truth. I was born and raised a Catholic and always taught the general public opinion that pot is bad. When I started to smoke pot my opinion was quickly changed. All the lies that I had been told by the adults in my life were revealed to me. Instead of destroying my relationship with god (like many adults had told me it would) it strengthened it and actually gave me the courage to express my beliefs and spread the good word. Keep up the work of God, free the weed we shall prevail."
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Dangers of Cannabis

The DEA's Administrative Law Judge, Francis Young concluded: "In strict medical terms marijuana is far safer than many foods we commonly consume. For example, eating 10 raw potatoes can result in a toxic response. By comparison, it is physically impossible to eat enough marijuana to induce death. Marijuana in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used within the supervised routine of medical care.:

Source: US Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Agency, "In the Matter of Marijuana Rescheduling Petition," [Docket #86-22], (September 6, 2022), p. 57.

Focusing on Focus on the Family's Myths and Facts Concerning Marijuana
by j. wallace

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3. Marijuana stays in the body, lodged in the fat cells, for three to five weeks.
4. Mental and physical performance is negatively affected during this entire period of time.
5. A person smoking marijuana on a regular basis suffers from the cumulative buildup and storage of THC, a toxic chemical, in the fat cells of the body, particularly in the brain.
6. It takes three to five months to effectively detoxify a regular user.

  • "Many active drugs enter the body's fat cells. What is different, (but not unique) about THC is that it exits fat cells slowly. As a result, traces of marijuana can be found in the body for days or weeks following ingestion. However, within a few hours of smoking marijuana, the amount of THC in the brain falls below the concentration required for the detectable psychoactivity. The fat cells in which THC lingers are not harmed by the drugs presence, nor is the brain or other organs. The most important consequence of marijuana's slow excretion is that it can be detected in blood, urine and tissue long after it is used, and long after its psychoactivity has ended."(6)

  • 7. The part of the brain that allows a person to focus, concentrated, create, learn, and conceptualize at an advanced level is still growing during the teenage years. Continuous use of marijuana over a period of time will retard the normal growth of these brain cells.

  • "None of the medical tests currently used to detect brain damage in humans have found harm from marijuana, even from long term high dose use. An early study reported brain damage in the rhesus monkey's after six month's exposure to high concentrations of marijuana smoke. In a recent, more carefully conducted study, researchers found no evidence of brain abnormality in monkeys that were forced to inhale the equivalent of four to five marijuana cigarettes every day for a year. The claim that marijuana kills brain cells is based on a speculative report dating back to a quarter of a century that has never been supported by any scientific study."(7)

  • 8. A study at Columbia University revealed that female marijuana smokers suffer a sharp increase in cells that damage DNA (the chemical that carries the genetic code). 9. It was also found that the female productive eggs are especially vulnerable to damage by marijuana.

  • "Studies of newborns, infants and children show no consistent physical, developmental, or cognitive defects related to prenatal marijuana exposure. Marijuana has no reliable impact on birth size, length of gestation, neurological development, or the occurrence of physical abnormalities. The administration of hundreds of tests to older children has revealed only minor differences between offspring of marijuana users and nonusers, and some are positive rather than negative. Two unconfirmed case-control studies identified prenatal marijuana exposure as one of the many factors statistically associated with childhood cancer. Given the other available evidence, it is highly unlikely that marijuana causes cancer in children."(8)

  • 10. A second University study found that a control group smoking a single marijuana cigarette every other day for a year had a white-blood-cell count that was 39 percent lower than normal, thus damaging the immune system and making the user far more susceptible to infection and sickness.

  • "There is no evidence that marijuana users are more susceptible to infections than nonusers. Nor is there evidence that marijuana lowers the user's resistance to sexually transmitted diseases. Early studies showed decreased immune function in cells taken from marijuana users have since been disproved. Animals given extremely high doses of THC and exposed to a virus have higher rates of infection. Such studies show little relevance to humans. Even among people with existing immune disorders, such as AIDS, marijuana use appears relatively safe. However, the recent finding of an association between tobacco smoking and lung infection in AIDS patients warrants further research into possible harm from marijuana smoking in immune-suppressed persons."(9)

  • 11. One marijuana cigarette causes a 41 percent decrease in driving skills. Two cigarettes a 63 percent decrease.

  • Headline from the Advertiser, Australian Newspaper on Wednesday, October 31st, 2023 read, "No Proof Cannabis Put's Drivers at Risk". Quoting Professor Jack Maclean of Adelaide University and Director of Road Accident Research "It has been impossible to prove marijuana affects driving adversely," he told the Australian Driver Fatigue Conference in Sydney. "There is no doubt marijuana affects performance but it may be it affects it in a favorable way by reducing risk taking. He went on to say that the lack of proof that marijuana was detrimental to driving was not because of a lack of effort by researches. "I can say that there are some quite distinguished researchers who are going through incredible contortions to try and prove that marijuana has to be a problem."(10)

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