Medical Marijuana Rhetoric Righted

marijuana-liesThose of us involved in the medical marijuana field are only too aware that there’s a load of misinformation out there; wherever you look, from movies to government propaganda, you’ll find portrayals of cannabis as the weed of the devil.

Last week, police in Salem arrested somebody who had been legally growing medical cannabis and held him on $240,000 bail. His crime? He lived too close to a school. It was with this in mind that Dr. Leveque of Salem published his hogwash list in the Salem News. With some minor changes, I offer you the Cannabis Catalog of Deception:

  • Cannabis is dangerous: in around 5,000 years of use, there have been no deaths reported. Neither has there been any significant harm
  • Cannabis is addictive: while marijuana can be a little emotionally addictive, it is not physically addictive. Withdrawal symptoms are minimal
  • Cannabis has no medicinal qualities: I refer you to the work of Granny Storm Crow
  • Cannabis causes undesired side effects, most notably euphoria: euphoria is caused by stimulation of the brain. In some medical conditions this is desirable
  • Cannabis is a depressant: Yes. And this can be beneficial in some medical conditions. See our work on cannabis strains
  • Cannabis damages the brain: there is no evidence of this; in fact marijuana positively helps some brain conditions, such as epilepsy
  • Cannabis reduces intelligence: in the same way as overindulgence in alcohol does, yes. You wouldn’t take an IQ test when intoxicated with alcohol, neither should you when you have used marijuana
  • Cannabis damages the fetus: studies undertaken in Jamaica have disproved this theory. However, tobacco is known to be injurious to impede fetal growth. If you are pregnant you should be wary of using any medications. Vaporizing your weed will remove the ill effects of tobacco
  • Cannabis is used mostly by degenerate races: now, how can we repudiate this without using bad words! Let’s just say that marijuana has been used, and in some cases grown, by:
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • James Madison
  • James Monroe
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Zachary Taylor
  • Franklin Pierce
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Bing Crosby
  • Baudelaire
  • Margot Fonteyn
  • David Cameron
  • Dr Francis Crick
  • Rabelais
  • Nietzsche
  • Cannabis is a minority use drug: an estimated 400 million people use marijuana worldwide. In the US it is estimated that 70 million people have used it at least once and 20 million people use it each month
  • Cannabis is as bad as tobacco for health: the tars from tobacco are responsible for many thousands of deaths each year. Cannabis has never been responsible for a single death
  • Cannabis is as bad as alcohol for health: marijuana may make you feel sleepy and drunk but it won’t kill you
  • Cannabis causes crime: prohibition of marijuana causes crime.


Author Dianne Morgan

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  • Granny Storm Crow says:

    The new July 2011 “Granny Storm Crow’s MMJ Reference List” is up at And it is vitally important to take Omega 3! The intro for the new List explains why! – Granny

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