This is a very good summary:
1 Q. What is Marijuana?
A. "Marijuana" refers to the dried leaves and flowers of the cannabis
plant , which contain the non-narcotic chemical THC at various
potencies. It is smoked or eaten to produce the feeling of being
"high." The different strains of this herb produce different sensual
effects, ranging from sedative to stimulant.
2 Q. Who Uses Marijuana?
A. There is no single profile of a typical marijuana user. It has been
used for 1000s of years for medical, social, and religious reasons
and for relaxation . Several of our Presidents are believed
to have smoked it. One out of every five Americans say they have
tried it. And it is still popular among artists, writers, musicians,
activists, lawyers, inventors, working people, etc.
3 Q. How Long Have People Been Using Marijuana?
A. Marijuana has been used since ancient times. While field hands
and working people have often smoked the raw plant, aristocrats
historically prefer hashish made from the cured flowers of the
4 Q. Is Marijuana Addictive?
A. No, it is not. Most users are moderate consumers who smoke it
socially to relax. On a relative scale, marijuana is less habit
forming than either sugar or chocolate but more so than anchovies.
Sociologists report a general pattern of marijuana use that peaks
in the early adult years, followed by a period of leveling off and then
a gradual reduction in use.
5 Q. Has Anyone Ever Died From Smoking Marijuana?
A. No; not one single case, not ever. THC is one of the few chemicals for
which there is no known toxic amount.
6 Q. Does Marijuana Lead to Crime and/or Hard Drugs?
A. No. The only crime most marijuana users commit is that they use
marijuana. And, while many people who abuse dangerous drugs also smoke
marijuana, the old "stepping stone" theory is now discredited, since
virtually all of them started out "using" legal drugs like sugar,
coffee, cigarettes, alcohol, etc.
7 Q. Does Marijuana Make People Violent?
A. No. In fact, it has been found to lead to non-violence and pacifism.
If this is the truth, then re-legalizing marijuana should be considered
as one way to curb violence in our cities. The simple fact is that marijuana
does not change your basic personality. The government says that over 20
million Americans still smoke it, probably including some of the
nicest people you know.
8 Q. How Does Marijuana Affect Your Health?
A. Smoking anything is not healthy, but marijuana is less dangerous than
tobacco and people smoke less of it at a time. This health risk can
be avoided by eating the plant instead of smoking it, or can be
reduced by smoking using water filtration pipes. There is
no proof that marijuana causes serious health or sexual problems
but, like alcohol, its use by children or adolescents is discouraged.
Cannabis is a medicinal herb that has hundreds of proven, valuable
theraputic uses - from stress reduction to glaucoma to asthma to
cancer therapy, etc..
9 Q. What Can I Do About Marijuana?
A. No independent government panel that has studied marijuana has ever recommended jail for users. Concerned persons should therefore
ask their legislators to re-legalize and tax this plant, subject to
age limits and regulations similar to those on alcohol and tobacco.
Thats the facts, all the D.A.R.E Programs, etc. are total BS!!!!!! compared to the facts which are stated above.
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