FACT: No prescription is required to obtain medical marijuana. A patient only needs a “physician certification” from a physician licensed to practice medicine. Physician certifications are not formal prescriptions accepted by reputable pharmacies; they are simply written recommendations that can be used to buy marijuana at storefront dispensaries.
FACT: MARIJUANA CAUSES MENTAL
Marijuana contributes to psychosis and schizophrenia.
Andréasson S, et al. (1987). Cannabis and Schizophrenia: A longitudinal study of Swedish conscripts. Lancet, 2(8574).
FACT: MARIJUANA IS ADDICTIVE.
1 in 6 kids who try marijuana will become addicted to it.
Anthony, J.C., Warner, L.A., & Kessler, R.C. (1994). Comparative epidemiology of dependence on tobacco, alcohol, controlled
substances, and inhalants: Basic findings from the National Comorbidity Survey. Experiential and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 2.
FACT: MARIJUANA IMPAIRS DRIVING ABILITY.
Marijuana use while driving makes you twice as likely to be involved
in a crash.
Rocky Mountain HIDTA. (2013). Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: The Impact. Retrieved from
FACT: MARIJUANA KEEPS REHAB CENTERS
Marijuana is the No. 1 reason adolescents are admitted for substance
abuse treatment in the U.S.
Adapted by CESAR from The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA), National Survey of
American Attitudes on Substance Abuse XVII: Teens, 2012.
Retrieved from http://www.casacolumbia.org/upload/2012/20120822teensurvey.pdf
FACT: TODAY’S MARIJUANA IS "CROSS-BRED"
FOR HIGHER POTENCY.
Today’s marijuana is 4-5 times stronger than that of the 1960-70s.
Mehmedic, Z., et al. (2010). Potency Trends of D9-THC and Other Cannabinoids in Confiscated Cannabis Preparations from 1993 to 2008.
The Journal of Forensic Sciences, 55(5).
FACT: MARIJUANA USE NEGATIVELY IMPACTS
THE DEVELOPING BRAIN.
Regular marijuana use can reduce IQ by as much as 8 points.
Meier, M.H. (2012). Persistent cannabis users show neuropsychological decline from childhood to midlife. Proceedings of the National
Academy of Sciences.
FACT: MEDICAL MARIJUANA IS MARKETED
Marijuana food and candy, with names such as “Krondike Bars” and
“Pot-Tarts,” are being marketed to children and are already responsible
for a growing number of marijuana-related ER visits.
Alface, I. (2013, May 27). Children Poisoned by Candy-looking Marijuana Products. Nature World News. Retrieved from
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/; Jaslow, R. (2013, 28 May). Laxer marijuana laws linked to increase in kids’ accidental
poisonings CBS News. Retrieved from
MYTH: Smoking marijuana is the only way to receive the medicinal properties of the plant.
FACT: Some components in marijuana have medicinal properties, but we shouldn’t smoke the plant in order to derive those benefits; just as we do not smoke opium to get the benefits of morphine. In states with medical marijuana laws, the average user is a male in his 30s with no terminal illness and a history of drug abuse (TJ O’Connel, Long term marijuana users seeking medical cannabis in California). Less than 5% of registered users in states allowing medical marijuana have cancer or AIDS (Who’s Really Smoking, Save Our Society From Drugs, April 2014 ). Residents of states with medical marijuana laws have abuse and dependence rates nearly twice as high as states with no such laws (M. Cerda, Medical marijuana laws in 50 states).
MYTH: Marijuana is harmless.
FACT: Today’s marijuana is far more potent than in decades past. In the 1960s and 70s, THC levels of marijuana smoked by baby boomers averaged around 1%, increasing to just under 4% in 1983, and almost tripling in the subsequent 30 years to around 11% in 2011. Regular marijuana use, started in adolescence and continued into adulthood, can result in a loss of up to 8 IQ points. (Meier, et al. Persistent cannabis users show neuropsychological decline from childhood to midlife.)
MYTH: Marijuana legalization will help the economy.
FACT: Marijuana legalization will increase public costs. For every $1 in alcohol and tobacco tax revenue, society loses $10 in social costs from accidents all the way to health damage (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism). States such as Colorado have projected tax revenue of $134 million for the fiscal year but have only produced 3.5 million in the first month, prompting the Governor to ratchet back his projection to $20 million.