In response to:

Mr. Prager, You are Wrong on Marijuana

Beau Toxx Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 3:33 AM
My dear Pro-Marijuana friends. If you think today's Marijuana is like the Marijuana of the 60's you've been "smoking something". First, the drug growers, like any profitable industry, over the last 50+ years have been constantly improving their product to capture market share. They've created a multitude of hybrid Marijuana versions with increasing potency. We are seeing, and social research studies verify, mental disorders on the rise in youths with a propensity to mental disorders like schizophrenia. This age group's preferred high is Marijuana which doesn't produce the side physical side effects of alcohol. If the initial data holds true, Colorado will need a much bigger psychiatric system in the very near future.
Dean197 Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 11:19 AM
They've been constantly making their product more potent to compress more high into less space. This is smuggler's behavior. It's why we became a nation of cocktail drinkers after Prohibition when we had been beer and wine drinkers before: straight gin is more profit when your goal is maximum alcohol in the least space. The longer we wait, the worse it will be. When cigarrettes are illegal, the exacty same thing will happen to the nicotine content of tobacco.
kevin_hunt Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 10:44 AM
“Although the onset of cannabis use disorder preceded the onset of illness in most patients, our findings suggest that age at onset of psychosis was not associated with cannabis use disorders.Previous studies implicating cannabis use disorders in schizophrenia may need to more comprehensively assess the relationship between cannabis use disorders and schizophrenia, and take into account the additional variables that we found associated with cannabis use disorders.”

Schizophr Res. 2010 Jul;120(1-3):101-7. doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2010.03.037. Epub 2010 May 14.
Are cannabis use disorders associated with an earlier age at onset of psychosis? A study in first episode schizophrenia.

malcolmkyle Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 4:55 AM
CONT:

The researchers found that, after the year and a half was over, kids who had drunk five or more alcoholic beverages twice a week had lost white brain matter. That means that they could have impaired memory, attention, and decision-making into adulthood. The teens that smoked marijuana on a regular basis had no such reduction.
malcolmkyle Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 4:54 AM
CONT:

Over the course of the 18 months, half of the teens, who already had an extensive track record with alcohol and marijuana, continued their vices as they had before. The other half continued to abstain or drink a minimal amount, like they too had done before the study.

In addition to the brain scans, the study also required a detailed toxicology report and substance use assessment. The teens also were interviewed every six months. Researchers did not check the teens' cognitive ability, but simply took brain scans.
malcolmkyle Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 4:52 AM
Health concerns regarding marijuana tend to come from a self-fueling group of discredited scientists funded by the pharmaceutical, prison, tobacco, and alcohol industries, pushing non-peer-reviewed papers while relying upon reports issued by others in their own group to further support their own grossly misleading research and clearly biased agendas.

Here's some real peer-reviewed science:

The researchers, from the University of California, San Diego and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, performed the study on 92 16- to 20-year-olds. The scientists scanned their brains both before and after an 18-month period. Over the course of the 18 months, half of the teens, who already had an extensive track record with alcohol and mar

In his column of March 12, 2013, my beloved friend wrote on the issue of legalized marijuana in the state of Colorado. On his radio show, he justifiably bemoaned readers of his column who had written comments questioning his sanity and their relationship over this one issue despite years of being Prager groupies. I will not do any of that. But for only the second time in our long relationship, Mr. Prager, you are dead wrong on a topic … but I still love you.

We Baby Boomers grew up in a generation where marijuana made the jump from the dark...