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"Although marijuana grown in the United States was once considered inferior because of a low concentration of THC, advancements in plant selection and cultivation have resulted in higher THC-containing domestic marijuana. In 1974, the average THC content of illicit marijuana was less than one percent. Today most commercial grade marijuana from Mexico/Columbia and domestic outdoor cultivated marijuana has an average THC content of about 4 to 6 percent. Between 1998 and 2002, NIDA-sponsored Marijuana Potency Monitoring System (MPMP) analyzed 4,603 domestic samples. Of those samples, 379 tested over 15 percent THC, 69 samples tested between 20 and 25 percent THC and four samples tested over 25 percent THC."
Source: US Drug Enforcement Administration, "Drugs of Abuse" (Washington, DC: US Dept. of Justice, 2005), from the web at http://www.dea.gov/pubs/abuse/7-pot.htm last accessed Jan. 27, 2005.
What_The_WhoMarijuana has no addictive properties. Period.
Many important functions of the brain, which dictate our behavior, involve dopamine. It is known that highly addictive drugs such as cocaine and heroin interfere with this dopamine and alter the individual. Hence, the abuse potentials of drugs are measured on the extent to which they interfere with dopamine regulation (i.e. production, release, or re-uptake). Dopamine is believed to be a neurotransmitter associated with the brain reward system, which is responsible for pleasure sensations. An integral part of this system is the mesolimbic pathway in which the nucleus accumbens of the limbic system produce dopamine.
The proponents of marijuana believed that cannabinoids did not act on the mesolimbic pathway. They believed that cannabinoids did not act on the dopaminergic synapses. Today we know that this is not the case. Experiments have shown that delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-9-THC), the major active chemical in cannabis (cannabidiol and cannabinol are also prominent ingredients of cannabis plant), does increase the extracellular concentrations of dopamine in the "shell" [the nucleus accumbens consists of a "shell" and a "core" which is distinct from one another anatomically and histochemically (Pontier et al. 1995)] of nucleus accumbens (Tanda et al. 1997; Diana et al. 1998). Tanda et al. found that delta-9-THC utilized the same pathway as that utilized by opioids, such as heroin which utilizes the opioid receptors. It was found that heroin and delta-9-THC utilized the same opioid receptor, mu-1, which eventually causes the increase in concentration of dopamine in the nucleus accumbens. Diana et al. also found similar results concerning the dopamine concentration increase in response to delta-9-THC. The administration of this chemical along with a synthetic cannabinoid agonist (WIN 55212,2) produced a dose-related increase in the firing rate in dopaminergic neurons. From such experiments, the claim that marijuana has no effect on dopamine concentration can be refuted.
The high school dropout rate in the United States is over 25 percent, and 50 percent in major cities. A recent study of 11th graders showed that over half of the drug users dropped out--twice the rate of those drug-free.
Marijuana use is much more dangerous that believed and hundreds of young people die each year in "accidents" caused by their prolonged use of the drug, according to Britain's most senior coroner.
Hamish Turner, the president of the Coroners' Society, told The Telegraph that the marijuana, often portrayed as harmless, has increasingly been the cause of deaths that have been reported as accidents or suicides.
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Posted 05 November 2005 - 10:44 PM
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Posted 05 November 2005 - 11:33 PM
Ok, just because Marijuana is legalized does not mean people are going to be stoned 24/7. There are some people that will be, but there are also people that try to be drunk 24/7.
I understand where you are coming from Acklan. And I agree that there does need to be a test to determine whether or not the person is under the influence of Marijuana at that precise moment. A Marijuana-breathalyzer, as it were.
I'd be willing to bet any amount of money it was the other drugs that impaired that person's judgement the most. Did you know that there has never been a death attributed soley to the use marijuana? Not once in recorded history.
In acuality, to overdose fom Marijuana, a person would have to smoke the equivilant of 900 joints in just about 15 minutes (Quoted from Time Magazine. I don't remember off hand what issue/date, but I could find out if you like.). While no doubt some have tried, it's statistically impossible to smoke that much that quick.
I don't mean to sound insulting, but you seem to be lumping marijuana in with all of the other illicit drugs. Coke, Crack, and Heroin are all psychologically and physically addictive and can kill you the first time they are used. Marijuana has no addictive properties. Period. People that let marijuana run their lives are just idiots, not addicts.
Everyone's entitled to their own opinion, just so long as they have the facts right.
Some good sites showing the non-government-propagnada facts about Marijuana;
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Marijuana Policy Project
Stop The Dug War
Drug War Facts
P.S. Alcohol kills more people each year than Marijuana, Coke, Crack, PCP, Opium, and Heroin combined. As I said above, Marijuana has never killed anyone. I know for a fact Marijuana isn't as bad as Alcohol.
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Posted 06 November 2005 - 02:46 PM
Posted 07 November 2005 - 10:19 AM
It makes me sick to hear of drunk drivers killing innocent people because they thought they could drive home.
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Posted 07 November 2005 - 02:06 PM
With all due respect, I'd be interested in your thoughts as to why you are for the legalization of marijuana. Besides getting a buzz, without any legal ramifications. Now I am being serious here. Please do not misunderstand. What would this country gain as a whole?
What_The_Who ~ So what does everyone else think? Are you for or against marijuana and why?
What_The_Who ~ Did you know that there has never been a death attributed soley to the use marijuana? Not once in recorded history.
acklan ~ You cannot backup that statement. I will do my best to run it down, but when I was a deputy I work a DUI case where a driver using marijuana (solely, according to blood toxi screen) crossed the center line after falling aslept behind the wheel and murdered 2 occupants of a vehicle he hit head on. He cross the center line and orphened two kids. Neither patrents were intoxicated. BAC 0.0%
Pandy ~ LOL yes sure legalize it. Hahaha Just one more thing for the government to regulate and control and tax those that partake of it.. then who supports terrorism. lol
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