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THAT'S POWERFUL LOOKING POT, BUT IS IT AS DANGEROUS AS CRACK AND HEROIN? (courtesy pixabay common domain)

William J. Bennett’s new book — Going to Pot: Why the Rush to Legalize Marijuana Is Harming America — might have some interesting information. But I’ll never know because I won’t read a book by someone who talks out of both sides of his mouth.

Bennett was former director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy back in the George H. W. Bush era. Now Bennett is a conservative political pundit, author, and radio personality.

This recently posted Newsweek article, “The Problem With Pot,” quotes Bennett saying that science shows clear dangers of using cannabis, and that the American public has been misinformed by “organized and well-funded” legalization advocates.

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He then points out that marijuana is stronger today than it was in the 1970s, and it will lower your IQ and increase your chances of a heart attack.  “This isn’t your grandfather’s pot,” he told the magazine.

Bennett was Secretary of Education under President Ronald Reagan. He became the country’s drug czar during the Bush I presidency, back when most weed was Mexican-grown grandpa pot.

WILLIAM J. BENNETT (courtesy Wikipedia)

And what did Bennett do as drug czar?

Well, for one thing, he ignored obvious scientific and anecdotal evidence and perpetuated a lie.

The Controlled Substances Act listed marijuana as a Schedule I drug with no medical uses. Bennett saw no problem with categorizing that near-harmless grandpa pot on the same level as heroin, crack, methamphetamine, and various controlled substances, and saying it had no medical use despite hundreds of years of evidence to the contrary.

Now we’re supposed to care about what this guy has to say? About anything?

Sorry, Bennett, but your credibility went up in smoke years ago.

 

 

7 COMMENTS

  1. I’m a Scientist with a strong interest in Cancer research. The clinical evidence of the value of Marijuana as a life saving medicine is now so strong that the need to remove Marijuana from Schedule 1 has become a moral imperative. Google Medical Marijuana testimonials. Google Medical Marijuana Cancer Patient Testimonials.

    This weekend over 3,000 Americans died, in pain, of Cancer. Today, tomorrow and every day after that, 1,500 more Americans will die, after suffering horribly, from it. Every single minute another American dies of Cancer. Every American Cancer patient deserves the right to have safe, legal, and economical access to Medical Marijuana. Every single one.

    Americans who need Medical Marijuana shouldn’t be used as “Political Footballs” Please call the Whitehouse comment line at (202) 456-1111 and ask that the President take immediate action to remove Marijuana from Schedule 1 so American Physicians in all 50 states can prescribe it.

    Oncologists have know it for more than a quarter of a Century that Marijuana is a “wonder drug” for helping Cancer patients.

    The American Society of Clinical Oncologists wants Marijuana removed from Schedule 1. So does the American Medical Association, the professional society of all Physicians. A strong majority of Americans want Physicians in all 50 states to be able to prescribe Medical Marijuana. So do their Physicians., Cancer patients can’t wait.

    The need to immediately, completely, legalize Marijuana throughout the world is one of the most pressing moral issues of our time, because of its medical benefits and because of the damage prohibition causes to America and to the world.

    Complete legalization is critical — its vital that there aren’t “strings” or “hoops” that Cancer patients and others who need Medical Marijuana are forced to jump through.

    “Charlottes web” is NOT the solution. Cancer patients and people who suffer from chronic pain need THC, not just CBD. The “Berkeley study”, where 96% of stage 4 Cancer patients who had a wide variety of Cancers achieved remission, used high dose Medical Marijuana oil, 72% THC, 28% CBD, 1 gram/day (oral) over a 90 day course of treatment. It was a small study, and not placebo controlled, but those kinds of results are clearly remarkable, have been widely reported on in the press, and demand the need for immediate large scale clinical trials.

    More and more present and former members of law enforcement agree about the need to end prohibition, and have formed a rapidly expanding group of current and former undercover cops, FBI, DEA, prosecutors and Judges, from all over the world, called

    LEAP — Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

    because they’ve seen the damage prohibition causes to America and the world.

    See http://www.leap.cc/

    I’m a Scientist. Not a politician, not a cop.

    But as a Scientist with a strong interest in Cancer research, I feel even more strongly about the need to ensure that no Cancer patient is denied it, because I’m so impressed with its benefits for Cancer patients.

    I urge everyone reading this to PLEASE call and email the Attorney General, the press, Congress and the President today.

    Medical Marijuana helps with Alzheimer’s, Autism, Cancer, seizures, PTSD and chronic pain, and has helped many Americans, including many veterans, stop using Alcohol, and hard drugs, both legal and illegal ones.

    Every minute an American dies of Cancer.

    Every 19 minutes an American dies of a prescription drug overdose.

    Many vets become addicted to prescription opiates and die from them.

    NOBODY has ever died from smoking too much pot.

    Cancer patients are seeing remarkable results using high dose Medical Marijuana oil, in many cases achieving complete remission, even for stage 4 cancers — there are many excellent articles on the web, and videos on youtube with patient’s personal stories about their experiences with it — and every Cancer patient that uses Marijuana to ease their suffering benefits greatly from doing so.

    It is immoral to leave Marijuana illegal, for anyone, for even a second longer.

    For Cancer patients, its a matter of life and death.

    Cancer patients can’t wait.

    Medical Marijuana has an unmatched safety profile, and for people who suffer from so many diseases, of so many kinds, its a medical miracle — and the scientific evidence behind it is rock solid.

    For Cancer patients, Medical Marijuana encourages apoptosis and autophagy of Cancer cells, while leaving normal cells untouched, is anti-angigogenic, anti-proliferative, and is anti-angiogenic.

    Its also synergistic with chemotherapy and radiation therapy, making both more effective.

    For many Cancer patients its meant the difference between life and death.

    For everyone else, its a far safer alternative to Alcohol, and infinitely safer than Cigarettes.

    Either take them off the market too, or legalize Marijuana right now.

    2016 is too far away, Its too long to wait. Every year we lose more Americans to Cancer than died in WWII.

    Between now and the 2016 elections, roughly 1 MILLION Americans will die of Cancer.

    And Its a horrible way to die.

    • PHD: Starts off with a lie. There are NO studies that show this drug is life saving. It does help with pain. We will find out with time how legalized use of this drug works out. Until then we should just chill.

      • I really believe the gentleman speaking here is an on-the-square scientist, just like he says, don’t you? Did you read the testimonials? What are your qualifications? If I was sick, in pain, suffering, I am certain I would welcome relief… good grief! What’s wrong with you? Would you be kind enough to truthfully imform me if you might possibly be a hammer-head Republican, or a religious flake, or maybe just an ordinary household variety flake? Thanks kindly.,

  2. I smoked quite a bit of pot in the Seventies. There was a lot of Colombian and Mexican out there that wasn’t all that great, but there was also some very good sticky seedless bud back then too. We weren’t getting any less high back then. If you had Colombian you might have to smoke more than if you had some nice sensimilla, but you could still get ripped, and the less potent stuff was dirt cheap so you could smoke a lot more of it without going broke. There is some super strong pot today, but it’s ridiculously expensive and too often it’s nowhere near as potent as it should be for what you pay for it. It’s not much better than better Mexican even though it costs four or five times as much. We tend to smoke a lot less in a smoking session when it’s crazy expensive like so much of the product out there today, so it’s a wash. We aren’t consuming a lot more THC. We aren’t getting any higher.

  3. I smoked quite a bit of pot in the Seventies. There was a lot of Colombian and Mexican out there that wasn’t all that great, but there was also some very good sticky seedless bud back then too. We weren’t getting any less high back then. If you had Colombian you might have to smoke more than if you had some nice sensimilla, but you could still get ripped, and the less potent stuff was dirt cheap so you could smoke a lot more of it without going broke. There is some super strong pot today, but it’s ridiculously expensive and too often it’s nowhere near as potent as it should be for what you pay for it. It’s not much better than better Mexican even though it costs four or five times as much. We tend to smoke a lot less in a smoking session when it’s crazy expensive like so much of the product out there today, so it’s a wash. We aren’t consuming a lot more THC. We aren’t getting any higher.

  4. If its so dangerous why isnt willie nelson dead?This joker has never took a toke hes just a fear mongering narrow minded prohibitionist speaking from ignorance.

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