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The Myth of “Harmless” Pot

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A massive new study sponsored jointly by Duke University, the University of California at Davis and other research institutions shows that marijuana is hardly a harmless diversion.

The long-term focus on heavy users shows that those who smoke marijuana four times a week or more suffer serious consequences in terms of economic and career success. About a third of non-users improve their economic standing dramatically after twenty years, but only 7% of the pot smokers do. And a majority of the pot smokers slide down the career ladder, while only 15% of others do. These associations remain even when controlled for race, education level, family background and other factors.

This doesn’t prove that marijuana is more addictive or physiologically harmful than legal substances like tobacco and alcohol, but it does indicate that long-term, heavy use – especially when begun in adolescence – carries powerful risks.

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  1. Allen  •  Apr 11, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    During the early 70s I was associated with a group of highly talented auto machinists and mechanics who were then successfuly involved with building race vehicles and engines and was able to document how pot usage degraded the quality of the product and that resulted in the business bankruptcy.

  2. American  •  Apr 12, 2016 at 12:15 am

    Potheads are addicts who demonstrate all of the same drug seeking and emotional reactive behaviors that any other addict does when denied their drug of choice. Furthermore, they are deluded about their performance. And, over time the drug takes over their minds and becomes the most important thing in the world to them. I make it a point not to spend time around potheads for these and many other good reasons.

  3. TSTB  •  Apr 12, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    Seriously? We have to have a conversation where the question is; Is it harmful to inhale the smoke of burning material? There is a question about that? I don't have to ask what they are smoking. Isn't the answer obvious? Why DO you think they call it Dope?

    • Riverboat  •  Apr 21, 2016 at 1:23 pm

      Well, thank goodness someone has common sense! My wife had always said that if you're the kind of person who inhales smoke on purpose, you might as well stick your head over a pile of burning rubbish. No government warning label is necessary. Here's your sign.

      • jaydub  •  Apr 22, 2016 at 4:29 pm

        Thanks for the remarks about the stupidity of inhaling the products of burning material. Best argument I know for limiting the use of fossil fuels!

  4. reefer madness  •  Apr 25, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    wow okay. Correlation isn't causation. seems like a lot of people here take reefer madness at face value too. There isn't even a link to the study. alcohol is way more harmful than cannabis and the war on drugs has been a colossal failure in the united states and abroad.

    this is some embarrassing shit right here.

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