Is marijuana addictive?

Written by: Adela Falk 3-2-2015

Q:  Is marijuana addictive?

~ According to the White House ~ Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Marijuana 

A: Yes.  We know that marijuana use, particularly long-term, chronic use or use starting at a young age, can lead to dependence and addiction.  Long-term marijuana use can lead to compulsive drug seeking and abuse despite the known harmful effects upon functioning in the context of family, school, work, and recreational activities.

Research finds that approximately 9 percent (1 in 11) of marijuana users become dependent.  Research also indicates that the earlier young people start using marijuana, the more likely they are to become dependent on marijuana or other drugs later in life.

In 2011, approximately 4.2 million people met the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) diagnostic criteria for marijuana abuse or dependence.  This is more than pain relievers, cocaine, tranquilizers, hallucinogens, and heroin combined.  In 2011, approximately 872,000 Americans 12 or older reported receiving treatment for marijuana use, more than any other illicit drug.

The research is clear.  Marijuana users can become addicted to the drug.  It can lead to abuse and dependence, and other serious consequences.

However, In 1951 the Narcotic Educational Foundation of America put out a movie called Subject: Narcotics - 1951. The film was produced with the purpose of acquainting law enforcement agencies with some of the problems of narcotic enforcement. At 4:23 in the movie it states Marijuana is non-addictive.  Meaning that the user of marijuana when deprived of the drug will not experience the agonies of withdrawal ~ it is habituating.  Then what is its danger? Marijuana produces unpredictable emotional results but its greatest danger lies in the fact that it is a gate way drug.

Just recently, Rand Corporation article Using Marijuana May Not Raise the Risk of Using Harder Drugs states 'marijuana has never been shown to have a gateway effect.'

The point is in 1951 we knew that marijuana was not addictive yet today 2015 The White House ~ our Pot smoking President Barack Obama continues to flood the main stream media with marijuana propaganda. Why? This is about money, major corporations, from private prisons for profits, phone, healthcare, personal items, companies that employ inmates for labor, the court system, the Judge, the attorneys, the court reporter, the jurors, the bail-bonds men,the police officers, they are all employed at the cost of people going to prison. 

According to Bureau of Prisons 48.7% of the federal prison population are locked up for drug offenses. The federal prison base pay is .09 cents an hour. We tax payers are paying $60-110 a day to house non-violent cannabis offenders. We are the new slave labor.

Cannabis propaganda is alive and it is vital for YOU to speak up about cannabis so, we can finally end cannabis prohibition.

Some companies that profit of of inmates:

GTL ~ Global Tel Link ~ Inmate Telephone System

Corizon ~ Correctional Health Care


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