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The U.S. Department of Justice is seriously undermining their ‘War on Drugs’ by including marijuana as a schedule 1 drug. The gov’t is in effect saying that marijuana is in the same risk category as heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, opium, and other seriously dangerous addictive drugs. The unintentional consequence of this is; it also implies that heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, opium, etc. are no more dangerous than marijuana.
There is such a vast difference between the factual information and the anti-marijuana propaganda disseminated by the feds that as soon as anyone is exposed to marijuana the reality is obvious. Once someone uses marijuana it’s very apparent that it’s in about the same category as alcohol.
Since the anti-marijuana propaganda is so obviously false, the logic carries forward that the scary information about cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, opium, etc. is probably a bunch of false propaganda as well. There’s actually much evidence disputing the claim that marijuana is a gateway drug, but for the small percentage of cases in which it might be, this could be the primary reason. After all, the feds have them all placed in the same category.
The problem for the user is those other drugs actually are far more dangerous. The other drugs in schedule 1 are very addictive, can cause violent behavior, and an overdose of the drugs can have dire consequences including death.
In contrast… Marijuana is not addictive. There have been many studies on this matter always concluding that marijuana has no physical addictive property. Of course some people with addictive personality types might develop a psychological addiction, but for those people the same thing is true of anything including food, sex, shopping, etc. When we talk about the physical addictive properties of substances like heroin, cocain, opium, etc. then we can argue that marijuana doesn’t have any addictive properties. In fact it’s well known that tobacco and caffeine are actually far more addictive than marijuana.
Marijuana is less likely to cause violent behavior than alcohol. In fact numerous studies have shown that rather than causing violent behavior, the reverse is actually true, marijuana has a calming effect on the user.
It’s virtually impossible to overdose on it. The quantity which would cause an overdose is so large it would be virtually impossible to consume it in a short enough amount of time. In 2001, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control(CDC)reported there were 331 alcohol overdose deaths and 0 marijuana overdose deaths. There are similar statistics for other years as well and there are no reported cases of marijuana overdose.
In spite of those facts, the U.S. Department of Justice continues to include marijuana in the same category as it does highly addictive, extremely dangerous drugs. Because of this ‘hard-line’ stance taken by the Department of Justice their policies are actually the biggest cause of more people using and becoming addicted to dangerous drugs every day.