Marijuana lies

LETTER

We have just listened to an interview of Colorado author Ben Cort talking with Bob McCoskrie. This issue of legalising marijuana is full of lies — lies of ommision.

We are not being informed of the huge increases in the THC of plants today. In the 1960s the THC was roughly 3 percent — now, with breeding and GM, it is in the 20-35 percent range. This brings in a whole new set of problems, particularly with mental issues.

We are told the black market and gang influence will lesson, but the experience of Colorado has been a 400 percent increase in involvement.

This is more than a few old hippies trying to relive their youth, or a few youth trying to rebel. This is open theft of people’s potential and it is being pushed by corporates and by politicians who were voted into government for the health and wellbeing of our people.

Mary Ford

We have just listened to an interview of Colorado author Ben Cort talking with Bob McCoskrie. This issue of legalising marijuana is full of lies — lies of ommision.

We are not being informed of the huge increases in the THC of plants today. In the 1960s the THC was roughly 3 percent — now, with breeding and GM, it is in the 20-35 percent range. This brings in a whole new set of problems, particularly with mental issues.

We are told the black market and gang influence will lesson, but the experience of Colorado has been a 400 percent increase in involvement.

This is more than a few old hippies trying to relive their youth, or a few youth trying to rebel. This is open theft of people’s potential and it is being pushed by corporates and by politicians who were voted into government for the health and wellbeing of our people.

Mary Ford

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Smokey - 3 months ago
Drug barons and left wing, progressive liberals have engineered the debate around the benefits of "medicinal" marijuana - thus making this psychotic drug sound wonderful and highly desirable to the average voter. They are now in a position to legalise this drug and make themselves a fortune. The state will get a little revenue but the "pushers" will get fat on the back of human misery.

Manu Caddie - 3 months ago
Tips for correspondents on cannabis legislative reform sharing their opinions and masquerading them as facts:
1. Try to ensure your arguments have some internal coherence and logic.
2. If you want to use statistics, to be taken seriously it is always better to include a reference to independent, peer-reviewed published research that validates your claims - otherwise they are likely to be considered as the ridiculous scaremongering most of it actually is.
3. Using emotive hyperbole to appeal to those who rely on others to tell them what to think and how to vote may be an effective tactic, so keep doing that - unless you want to have some actual integrity in your efforts, in that case you need to start back at point 1.
Also, if you know of a source for 35 percent THC plants, please put us in touch - this would at the biological upper limits of the plant and worth commercialising immediately.
If you're worried about the potency of the plants, you might flip out in the knowledge that flowers for smoking are declining as a preferred form of consumption in favour of extracts and isolates that can reach 99 percent cannabinoid purity. Indeed the THC-based drug Dronabinol marketed by a number of pharmaceutical companies as Marinol (marinol.com) has been on the market since 1986. The drug contains pure THC and rare cases of a severe overdose presented lethargy, slurred speech, decreased co-ordination, and hypotension. So even 100 percent pure THC is hardly a dangerous drug compared to the plethora of opioids and other synthetics so easily accessible - perhaps they deserve a little more attention from yourself and Mr McCoskrie?
Let me know if you're seriously interested in the "health and wellbeing of our people" and we can compare evidence on how harmful cannabis prohibition is compared with properly regulated adult access that New Zealand will get from a Yes vote in the referendum next year. I also recommend you look at the information that the New Zealand Drug Foundation provides if you want actual facts rather than the bizarre scaremongering from Mr McCoskrie.
I also hope this newspaper starts applying some discipline to the letters it chooses to publish on these issues - similar to the responsible position it has taken on correspondence from climate deniers. The scientific evidence is clear cut on the benefits of legalisation over prohibition - anyone claiming otherwise needs to back up their claims with actual facts, not fantasy pretending to be evidence-based.

Kenneth, NZ - 3 months ago
Wrong, it's 80 years passed the point of debate. Just give up already.

Binary-trees - 3 months ago
As long as you don't arrest me for using cannabis, you can believe whatever you wish. But I feel my "potential" is more easily wasted in prison than by buying weed from the store.

Also, hash has existed for a very long time. Buy a $10 grinder or some alcohol and you can make that old 3% bud into 60% extract.

Ryan Williams - 3 months ago
Go back to school Mary and try again.

Joey, Denver - 3 months ago
No, actually we've all heard the fake horror stories of super duper strong weed. Fortunately it is all bs. The legalization of marijuana has been one of the best decisions Colorado has ever made. None of the asinine horror stories have materialized. Now the anti side is grasping at straws.

Tanya Henry - 3 months ago
Where's your supportive evidence of your claims? I think you need to look harder at the medicinal research that is coming to the fore and all the facts with an open heart and mind before telling your own lies.

Phil Hunt, Picton - 3 months ago
The one thing left out of this debate is road accidents caused by drivers who have been using cannabis!
As we have no road-side testing as they do (successfully) in several Australian states, we have no idea how big the problem is - until someone has an accident and is then tested. We know the problem with drink-driving and are doing something about it. What about drugged-driving?
I always like your well-argued comments, Manu, but on this one I cannot agree!
However, good open debate is healthy, so we should be able to find a solution with careful evaluation of the facts.

G R Webb - 3 months ago
Perhaps we should consider what harm is there from properly regulated adult access to alcohol that New Zealanders have under the sale of liquor legislation?

Manu Caddie - 3 months ago
Perhaps we should consider what harm is there from properly regulated adult access to alcohol that New Zealanders have under the sale of liquor legislation?

Research published in Scientific Reports (Scientific Reports volume 5, Article number: 8126 (2015)) rated recreational drugs according to their toxicity, and cannabis sitting at the very bottom of the list. The report awarded alcohol first place in the contest of "Who Can Wreak the Most Havoc on the Human Body".

In fact, researchers rated cannabis 114 times less deadly than alcohol when using the margin of exposure approach, a mode of measurement that looks at a substance's ratio of toxicological threshold and estimated human intake. Alcohol, along with heroin, tobacco, and cocaine, fell into the "high risk" category, while ecstasy and meth were rated "medium risk". These findings reinforce previous data that ranked recreational drugs similarly using different methods of measurement.

So yes, we need much stricter control of alcohol compared to cannabis.

Phil Hunt, Picton - 3 months ago
Under a previous government the sale of liquor legislation allowed children (yes at 18 you are still a child when it comes to alcohol) to drink. Apparently under supervision, but politicians always sweeten the pill!
Still, in many US States you have to be 21 to access alcohol. How well it is policed I am not sure. However, our present legislation is full of loopholes because politicians haven't the backbone to pass sensible laws based on knowledge of the problem!

G R Webb - 3 months ago
Yes, it's a bit like comparing the seriousness of murder, manslaughter or careless driving causing death. But they all end up with a dead body.

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