For the Feds, telling lies about pot is a full-time job.
Not Enough Studies
Myth: The Feds claim there is insufficient research regarding marijuana, which prevents them from rescheduling it so that it can be used medicinally (as cocaine and oxycodone currently are).
Reality: It’s the most widely analyzed plant in human history, with over 20,000 studies and reviews published worldwide to date concerning its chemistry and pharmacology.
The Gateway Drug
Myth: Consuming cannabis, especially for children, is a conduit to abusing hard drugs like coke and heroin. Reality: Researchers since the 1980s have identified alcohol as the primary “gateway drug.” Also, an extensive study by researchers at the University of Florida in 2012 found that high-school seniors who drink are 16 times more likely to use illegal drugs.
Myth: Smoking pot presents many of the same dangers as smoking tobacco.
Reality: Studies have found that pot poses no significant risk of cancer for users, while other evidence points to weed actually helping to cure the Big C: THC has been shown to shrink tumors in rats, and famed med-pot patient Angel Raich’s oncologist attributed her brain-cancer suppression to cannabis.
Myth: Legal medical marijuana dispensaries escalate neighborhood crime. Reality: They actually cut down on black-market activity, as substantiated by a 2011 RAND study which found that crime actually increased (up to 114 percent) in LA ’hoods where dispensaries had closed.
LA City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, an avid pot foe, pressured RAND to retract the report one month later.
Harms Brain Function
Myth: Getting high regular ly causes cognitive impairment and kills brain cells. Reality: Even heavy pot use has no detrimental effect on cognition, according to a 2001 Harvard study. A 2009 Univ. of Saskatchewan report found that synthetic THC increased brain-cell formation by 40 percent. Recent (2013) research from the Univ. of Bonn shows pot strengthens crucial cellular subunits of the brain.