posted on May, 23 2007 @ 10:13 AM
I am unsure where to post this, but this does deal with economic/political conspiracy... I wrote an email to Michael Savage, talk radio host, but the
only email addy I could find was no longer valid. So I post it here:
I was listening to a rebroadcast of one of your shows with my four-year-old -- and as you might guess, with the four-year-old, I missed details
through distraction. What I heard you to say was that there was some study (missed who did it) that related marijuana to some mental disorder and
that it was a high probability that if I smoke it I will develop the problem. Along with having listened to what you have said in the past about
marijuana, I might suspect that you are not as well educated on the subject as you think you are.
No reputable study has linked marijuana to violent behavior (users tend to be less violent than “sober” people). And, in fact, in all the
thousands of studies that have been done over the last 50 years, none made note of issues with mental disorders in their marijuana-smoking test
subjects (there have been studies specifically looking for mental disorders that show a higher percentage of users with overall signs of depression
than in the population at large, but concluding that the drug is necessarily creating the problem, without considering the possibility that people
with depression are more likely to treat it, is poor statistical analysis). If marijuana is so likely to cause mental issues, you would think the
studies, some fair percentage of them, would note this issue somewhere in their observations.
So I have to think the report you are quoting is from the same faction that gave us Reefer Madness, which told the American public that smoking
marijuana turned one criminally insane. This is the faction that saw hemp as a threat to petro-oil investments (containing excellent hydrocarbons,
hemp oil can run cars (Henry Ford made a car that ran on hemp oil), make plastics, and all other functions that petro-oil fills), paper-forest
investments (W.R. Hearst was heavily invested in paper forests and made up stories of horrors in his effort to rid himself of the threat of hemp),
pharmaceutical investments, beer and spirit manufacturers, textile manufacturers (e.g., cotton), pesticide companies (hemp requires little or no
pesticide to grow unlike cotton), and more recently, prison-industrial complex investors. Conceivably even diet supplement and health food
manufacturers might fall into the faction (since hemp seed provides an optimal balance of Omega-3 and -6 oils, protein and other healthful
phytochemicals and could be seen to threaten their investments).
The faction also includes agencies of our government that use the black market created by the prohibitional laws to generate undocumented funds for
their Black Ops.
The laws, in their prohibitionary nature, also create sanctioned excuses for the government to initiate, at no citizen’s request, invasions of
privacy, and has suspended our right to hold our property until we have been proven in a court of law to have a debt owed (80% of people who have had
property seized, on suspicion of drug involvement alone, are never charged with a crime).
Given the above, I might suspect that a lot of money is going into keeping marijuana illegal, and would include the money to issue a “study”
engineered to misinform the public.
Meanwhile, reputable institutions worldwide are finding rather awesome benefits. Recently it has been discovered that, contrary to previous belief,
the human brain is capable of building new neurons. Getting smarter, one must presume. Out of the University of Saskatchewan:
Most so-called drugs of abuse -- such as alcohol or coc aine -- inhibit the growth of new neurons, according to Xia Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., of the
University of Saskatchewan.
"Only marijuana promotes neurogenesis," Dr. Zhang said. (Reported in the Journal of Clinical Investigation)
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