| Posted on Fri, August, 15th 2014 by THCFinder
There are quite a few industries that would suffer if marijuana was to become completely legal. This includes paper, gasoline, and cotton, among many others. But on industry that not many people think of (probably because most people don't see marijuana as addictive) is "Big Rehab". The groups that work to help "marijuana addicts" would suffer greatly if young kids didn't have to get sent through their rehabilitation programs and adults wouldn't have to tell everyone that they're in rehab for marijuana. If you're one of those people that constantly trolls Instagram, denying the low blows that anti-potters will throw, you should absolutely keep reading.
The spokesperson of the medieval marijuana movement? Doctor Stuart Gitlow, the head of the American Society for Addiction Medicine. Gitlow blasted his opinion over the CNN website, stating "but with marijuana, people can also experience long term psychiatric disease and those who use it heavily prior to age 25 are more likely than nonusers to experience a drop in IQ". Gitlow actually repeated that statement just in case we didn't understand it the first time. Basically, all he's saying is that marijuana makes you stupid, a myth that has long been thrown out of the door. Underage (18 and under) use of the plant is not recommended (and no one's really pushing for 16 year olds to start toking up anyway).
The credentials that Gitlow referred to weren't that solid either. He quoted a study from New Zealand that said teen pot smokers lose 8 IQ points in adulthood. But what he neglected to mention in his radical opinion piece is that the study was debunked later by a researcher who actually discovered that socioeconomic factors were the cause of the drop, not cannabis. Additionally, IQs have been on the rise since the 50s, along with the explosion of marijuana support. The only correlation that I see here is that weed is making people smarter, not more stupid.
"As with tobacco, a significant number of people who try marijuana will become addicted. Research says that one in six teens who start using marijuana will become addicted. Will you die young, as with tobacco? We'll have to wait a generation to find out, just as we did with tobacco. Our children will be the guinea pigs," Gitlow also babbled in his opinion piece.
Hold up... Marijuana smoking has been around for years and years. While celebrities like Amy Winehouse, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Peaches Geldof overdose on drugs like heroin and cocaine, people like Cheech and Chong are still toking... Hard. Those that have stuck to that green only diet have definitely showed that smoking weed won't kill you... In fact, Chong beat prostate cancer using the plant and where have been studies released saying that there are far more health benefits to cannabis then we know as of right now.
Gitlow also suggested that making no money from marijuana is better than making any money, making it seem like the taxed revenue is blood money. He suggests that as a society, we will ultimately lose money in order to regulate the sale of marijuana. He compares them to alcohol and tobacco but again, I think Gitlow forgets what substances are really harmful. Alcohol and tobacco cause liver damage, lung cancer, drunk driving, deadly fires, and many other problems within society. Seeing as how Colorado and Washington haven't collapsed under the weight of the marijuana industry (maybe a little bit but only because of all the money they're raking in), it would appear that it's safe to say that Gitlow and his buddies are just genuinely worried about not getting that new Cadillac