The case against marijuana. Who says Pot doesn't kill, maim or do damage?
It's strictly a medicinal drug. Getting high off of it doesn't limit your future!
Well, that's malarkey, there's plenty of proof to the contrary.
Here's something parents will just love!...
- Feb 2002, University of
Wisconsin- Pot is addictive for some.
- Feb 2002, Australia- Killer
was a chronic marijuana user. Started at age 14
- Tue, 20 Feb 2001, LATEST VICTIM OF GLOBALIZATION: JAMAICA'S MARIJUANA
- Fri, 02 Feb 2001,
UK: Cannabis 'Damages Mental Health,
Using cannabis can have a serious effect on mental health, warn scientists.
They say it can provoke negative mood changes, induce psychosis and have
a severe effect on mental illnesses.
- Fri, 02 Feb 2001,
US SC: Hunter Charged In Friends' Death After Positive Drug.
CHESTER - A Kershaw man could go to jail if he's convicted of charges that
he accidentally killed his first cousin while hunting
under the influence of marijuana, according to officials.
New Scientist special report on Marijuana. Its a very extensive website
from a scientific point of view.
- Tuesday, Nov 28, 2000 Cornelius NC Drug Bust Yields War Fare.
Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms
agents along with Cornelius police are investigating the biggest drug and
weapons case in the city's history. Officials say the undercover operation
was originally for drugs, but when officers descended on the home of 55-year-old
David Lee Pressley they found not only 200 marijuana plants but also weapons
and thousands of rounds of ammo. Police investigators say they also found
lots of books on how to make bombs. Officials are looking into connections
he may have with some supremist groups.
- Tue, 28 Nov 2000,
US: Teen's Pot Use Down Ecstasy Use Up,
Teen-age marijuana use has dropped for a thirdstraight year, but a jump in
the use of the ``club drug'' ecstasy raised new concerns for parents, according
to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America's annual report.
- Tue, 31 Oct 2000,
Australia: Cannabis No Soft Drug
He also emphasised that while most people knew of the cancer-causing effects
of tabacco, cannabis was 50-70% cent more carcinogenic.
- Tue, 31 Oct 2000,
US AK: LTE: Pot More Dangerous Than Ever
- Sun, 01 Oct 2000
US: Marijuana and Migraines
But Abdul-Jabbar maintains that his marijuana use is medicinal: to alleviate
the migraine headaches from which he has suffered for years.
- Mon, 21 Aug 2000
US CA: Teen Deaths Spotlight Youth Drug Culture
The vicious murders of three teen-agers from the San Fernando
Valley area in recent weeks has challenged the belief that good schools,
strong family ties and vibrant suburban communities will insulate children
from the scourge of drugs.
- Sun, 20 Aug 2000, US MO: Movies About Marijuana Are Sprouting Like
Weeds In almost every case, the drug is depicted in a positive light, or
at least as a deep-rooted reality that thrives in the tall shadow of unpopular laws.
- Fri, 30 Jun 2000
US CA: Marijuana Linked To Greater Risk Of Lung Cancer
Smoking marijuana puts you at greater risk of lung cancer than smoking tobacco,
according to a California study. That's because the same ingredient
that makes marijuana smokers high breaks down their body's ability to fight
- Sat, 06 May 2000, Ireland: Driver Jailed For Killing Woman After Smoking Joint
- Tue, 28 Mar 2000 US NV:
Driver Fails Test Under New Drug Law.
Blood test results for a young woman driver accused of running over and killing
six teens Sunday show she had more than twice the amount of marijuana in her
system needed to charge her under a new drug law.
Las Vegas artilce too
- Fri, 10 Mar 2000 US MA:
Marijuana, The Deceptive Drug
Very little of its active ingredient, THC, has reached the brain at the time
of the "high." Hence the drug appears to the user to be mild.
However, the user does not realize that it has an appreciable effect on his
body for over a month.
- Tue, 07 Mar 2000 UK:
Cannabis May Ease MS Symptoms.
But the scientists say their main result may be a move from cannabis to related
synthetic drug as that are even more effective.
- Tue, 07 Mar 2000
US: Marijuana Linked To Heart Attacks.
The research, to be presented today at an American Heart Association seminar
in San Diego, is believed to be the first to document the increased risk of
heart attacks in marijuana smokers.
- Mon, 06 Mar 2000 US WA: PUB LTE:
Pot Boosts Heart RisksTo Over 40s. (this guy doesn't beleive it)
- Tue, 29 Feb 2000
UK: Cannabis Destroys Tumours In Brain, Claims Scientists.
Scientists have found that the main active ingredient in marijuana halts
the growth of malignant gliomas - deadly
cancerous growths in the brain. (Gee! My
Dad died of a brain tumor in 1975).
- Sun, 23 Jan 2000 US
For decades, it has been been the retort of cannabis smokers: dope is
not as bad for you as cigarettes or alcohol. But after years of ambiguous
research, US scientists claim it is worse.
- Friday, January 14, 2000;
Toronto Star (CN ON) Current
and past smokers of marijuana face an increased risk of developing cancer
of the head and neck, including tumours of the mouth, throat and larynx,
a new study has found.
- Fri, 07 Jan 2000 US PA:
Two Edinboro Students Killed In Apparent Drug Deal Gone
Andrews said one of the victims brought to Pittsburgh about $1,000, enough
to buy a kilo of marijuana that could have been resold for $1,600. That victim
was probably supplying the drug in Erie, Andrews said, but he couldn't rule
out Edinboro University as a destination.
- Dec 28th Link between pot and neck and
head cancers NEW YORK, Dec 28 (Medical Tribune)
- Thu, 23 Dec 1999 US. WS A
Town of Eagle father whose son and other middle schoolers videotaped
themselves drinking, smoking pot and fondling each other warned other parents
Wednesday not to be deceived by their children.
- Tue, 14 Dec 1999
New Zealand: Cannabis Factor In Fatalities.
More than one in five drivers who died on the roads in a two-year period
had been smoking cannabis in the hours before they crashed, a new study has
- Mon, 06 Dec 1999
US: Wire: Marijuana Plugs Into Eye Cells, U.S. Study Finds.
Cannabis has been used for centuries to help relieve pain, and some research
suggests it can affect vision and also may
be able to help relieve symptoms of the eye disease glaucoma.
- Mon, 06 Dec 1999,
Column: Ann Landers: Former Pothead Thanks Ann.
You expressed concern that marijuana may have "taken a generation of doers
and turned them into a generation of dreamers." That single sentence was
my wake-up call.
- Thu, 11 Nov 1999 US CA: Column:
Failed Drug Test Rescued His Livelihood.
"I didn't realize how pot was affecting me," says Wilvorn, who was one of
the first to fail the drug testing that began in January 1998. "I fought
giving it up, but now I'm glad I did.
- Wed, 17 Nov 1999- Pot does kill because others will kill for it!
US CA: Victim Describes Terror in Home: Friend Killed by
- Canada Sat, 20 Nov 1999
MORE TEENS SMOKING POT Rise Here Mirrors Ontario
- Sun, 26 Sep 1999 Canada: LTE:
A Marijuana Addict For 25 Years-he can't quit and it's far more harmful
than most will admit to
- Sat, 09 Oct 1999;
US OK: Suicide Ruled In Fight With Bounty Hunter. Under arrest for marijuana..suspect
kills himself. But Guthrie bail bondsman
Don Dodson said Lewis contacted him to inquire whether Lewis could collect
a $400 bounty on Morava. Dodson agreed over the telephone but never met Lewis.
Seems like such a waste of human
- July 1999
pot smoking can impair driving
- Who says
you can drive safely after smoking pot? Here's five teens who died-8/99.
- good article
from the village voice- describes what happens mixing drugs-also
drug scene in new York and if you're going to do drugs-preventive measures
to take- 7/22/99
Pot Could Harm US Kids, Study Says 7-15-99
Two teens sentenced 40 years for murdering 15 year-old friend. All under
the influence of alcohol, pot, LSD while sniffing gas
16 year old killed over $4 pot debt. Who says pot doesn't kill?
- US NM kids
start early on pot.9/7/99
Here's something about pot that will help parents show kids its not the
cool thing to do. It's called www.ForReal.org
NEW YORK, Dec 28 (Medical Tribune) - Researchers
have found a link
between marijuana use and increased risk for head and neck cancers, further
dispelling the myth that marijuana is harmless.
Previous studies have suggested that marijuana use may be associated with
injury and even cancer of the respiratory tract. However, the report in the
December 17 issue of the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and
Prevention is the first epidemiological study to find a relationship between
marijuana use and carcinomas of the head and neck.
"Most people don't think about marijuana in relationship to cancer," said
Zuo-Feng Zhang, primary author of the study and director of the cancer
epidemiology training program at the University of California, Los Angeles.
"The carcinogens in marijuana are much stronger than those in tobacco. The
big message here is that marijuana, like tobacco, can cause cancer."
The researchers surveyed 173 patients diagnosed with carcinomas of the head
and neck and 176 cancer-free controls. The investigators found that people
who had previously used marijuana were more than twice as likely to develop
head and neck cancer than people who had never used the drug. The study
also found that the more marijuana used, the greater the risk of head and
In analyzing the data, the researchers were able to control for tobacco smoke
and alcohol use, which also increase the risk of certain cancers.
Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in the United States, with
estimated 31 percent of the U.S. population over 12 years of age having tried
marijuana. According to the study, marijuana smoke contains up to 50 percent
higher concentrations of carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and
deposits four times as much tar in the respiratory tract than does a single
"We don't have very direct evidence at the individual level," said Dr. Li
associate professor of medicine at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at the
University of Texas, Austin. "While there is not firm evidence to link head/neck
cancer and marijuana use, there is potential. We can't wait for firm evidence,
which may take decades. This is an important topic for the public to be aware
Zhang said that now is a particularly important time to be studying the harmful
effects of marijuana. "In the '60s we had very high numbers of people in their
20s smoking marijuana," said Zhang. These people are just now getting to the
ages at which they will get head and neck cancers." Head and neck cancers,
typically of the mouth, tongue, larynx and pharynx, often have latency periods
of 20 to 30 years.
Mao explained that it is very difficult to design an experiment to study the
potentially harmful effects of marijuana given the fact that it is an illegal
Both researchers agreed that a larger population based epidemiological study
Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention (1999; 8:1071-1078)