Is Science Naturally Biased Against Marijuana? If so, how can we trust the results?
I recently came across this article on “The Hill,” entitled “To Protect Public Health, Let Science Guide Marijuana Legalization” by Dr. Richard S. Rosenthal was published.
In this article, the Good Doctor argues that “Science should be at the center of all cannabis policy decisions!” I actually agree with that.
But then, after further reading, my insides began to wince as the so-called “science” Rosenthal uses to solidify his point of view is inherently very capricious.
Claims like “cannabis can be almost as addicting as prescription opioids” are nonsense in the minds of teenagers! The study he cites is from NIDA, or the National Institution Against Drug Abuse, which funds 95% of their studies to examine the negative effects of cannabis.
This is not a biased science!
Still – now that I’ve seen this sucker posted on a website that is often read by the policymakers who vote on the bullshit laws YOU must live under … I thought I would the world Do a service and analyze the good doctor’s opinion – that’s all it is, a man’s opinion.
Like mine – an opinion … albeit an opinion with a lot more entertainment value, but an opinion nonetheless.
Children take drugs at the same rates as other drugs
One of Rosie’s arguments is that children supposedly try cannabis at the same rate as opioids.
Let me put it in Rosie’s words:
Young people are particularly at risk: The NIDA study in JAMA Pediatrics shows that almost 11 percent of children aged 12 to 17 met the addiction criteria just one year after the first attempt with marijuana. That’s roughly the same rate as those trying prescription opioids – the drug that fuels the opioid epidemic and tragic surge in overdoses. In other words, there’s growing compelling evidence that cannabis isn’t as harmless as legalization proponents claim. – Source
Basically, Rosie says weeds are bad because children try weeds with roughly the same prevalence that they try “other drugs” with.
Yes, it is difficult to follow that logic. Especially when he comes to the following conclusion: “Weeds are not as benign as we thought!”
To get the record straight, no advocate of legal cannabis has ever argued that children should smoke weed. The fact that kids experiment with cannabis at the same rate as they experiment with other drugs tells me a couple of things:
The same kids who smoke weed and test drugs are trying different heights
If the argument is, “Because weed testing is on par with opioid testing,” wouldn’t it just be a lot easier to ban opioids as much as cannabis?
I mean, if prohibition or “strict regulation” is the way to save the children, then we should use the same measure for all drugs, including alcohol and tobacco.
High Potency Pot is bad!
As I mentioned in previous articles, this is the new red herring in the world of cannabis. Legislators and prohibitionists will now start making efforts to limit THC levels in products.
Once again, “children” are the main motivator for the need to place a cap. But again – the cannabis market is not for kids.
It’s crazy to me that we can live in a society that is able to differentiate between activities for adults and activities for children – and yet have people like “Rosie” over here arguing that we are the kids need to protect!
An adult with a sane mind should have the right to decide the effectiveness of the weeds they consume. All you can do is put a warning label on it, like you do with almost 100 percent alcohol: “Don’t drink that shit!” or in general English “Not for human consumption!”
Kids who smoke blobs are never okay, and we already have rules to stop them. But you can’t control every single person, and no matter what you do, a motivated child will find a way to get EVERY drug.
Just like the example of an opioid prescription Rosie gave earlier. The fact that you “prohibit” or “limit” something only creates a vacuum that the black market will fill. And then you have the 2019 Vape Scare on a large scale!
Good job Rosie! SCIENCE CARRYING THE CHARGE!
But what about the drug addicts?
Once again, Rosie cites dubious claims about the harm of cannabis and the link to fatal traffic accidents.
That makes me wonder if Rosie is even a real doctor? I mean, if you can’t understand that the presence of THC is not indicative of impairment, what kind of doctor are you anyway?
The truth behind Rosie
Upon further investigation, you can find that Dr. Richard S. Rosenthal – or “Rosie” as his friends call him – makes his living with substance abuse.
Dr. Rosenthal is a nationally renowned psychiatrist and founder of Phoenix House, one of the leading substance abuse services organizations in the country.
Dr. From 1967 to 2007, Rosenthal was President and CEO of Phoenix House, an organization with more than 150 programs in ten states that serves 7,000 program participants daily. During those four decades, he built the Phoenix House by expanding government contract support, increasing third party revenue, building a robust fundraising capacity, and introducing new management systems. He continues to work on clinical programming and remains a key spokesperson for the organization. As the director of the Rosenthal Center for Clinical and Policy Studies, he is a leading advocate in the field. – Source
In other words, a man who literally makes money off of drug policy “encourages” us to let “science” guide the discussion about drug policy.
I have no problem making objective decisions when it comes to drug policy. Rosie – my problem comes when it comes to an ideology like yours, a science that fuels only one side of the argument, and politics that restrict individual adults and their freedom.
I agree we have to empower our children to be successful – but you can’t do that by stealing their freedoms when they grow up.
We can have both a robust treatment option for those genuinely affected by addiction and an industry aimed at those who have no problem with addiction.
It doesn’t have to be one or the other Rosie – we can have both.
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