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Former Drug Czar Has Written A Book That Claims Marijuana Is Hurting America

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Ladies and gentlemen, meet Bill Bennett, the latest ant-marijuana advocate. He and Robert A. White have teamed up and written a book that attempts to explain why marijuana regulation will undoubtedly hurt America, in many ways. The book is called “Going To Pot: Why The Rush To Legalize Marijuana is Hurting America”.

According to Forbes, Bennett, a former drug czar and secretary of education and now a conservative pundit and talk radio host, and White, a New Jersey lawyer, argue that marijuana is “both more dangerous than it used to be, because it is more potent, and more dangerous than we used to think, because recent research has revealed ‘long-lasting and permanent serious health effects.’”

The book goes into detail about the increase in marijuana’s potency, comparing THC levels in today’s strongest strains with those in barely psychoactive samples from the 1970s that were not much stronger than ditch weed. The book states, “That is a growth of a psychoactive ingredient from 3 to 4 percent a few decades ago to close to 40 percent.”

Bennett and White go on to agree that “better pot is unambiguously worse.” The book reads, “You cannot consider it the same substance when you look at the dramatic increase in potency. It is like comparing a twelve-ounce glass of beer with a twelve-ounce glass of 80 proof vodka; both contain alcohol, but they have vastly different effects on the body when consumed.” Bennett and White also use the book to criticize evidence of marijuana’s benefits as merely “anecdotal”.

As expected, Bennett and White also go into the idea that “marijuana is at least as harmful as tobacco and alcohol,” even though they say it doesn’t matter whether that’s true. They write, “More than smoking tobacco or drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana can damage the heart, lungs, and brain. The argument that marijuana is not dangerous or deadly as alcohol is simply fallacious….It is simply untrue that tobacco is more harmful than marijuana.” By the way, they never go on to substantiate the.

Bennett and White go on to argue that “marijuana use is not safe or harmless”, writing, “marijuana is propagated as harmless (at worst) and therapeutic (at best), and the culture has convinced itself that marijuana is harmless.”

They conclude by saying that marijuana isn’t needed and shouldn’t be added to the list of harmful drugs in this country. Bennett and White wrote, “While there are dangerous substances that are legal in America (like tobacco and alcohol), we would be very ill-advised to add one more dangerous product (marijuana) to the list of things Americans should freely be able to obtain and use. We can add to the menu of dangerous substances available to our citizens, or we can draw a line and admit we are surfeited with the problems that already exist…What is the ultimate right being argued for?…At the end of the day the right is, simply put, a right to get and be stoned. This, it seems to us, is a rather ridiculous right upon which to charge a hill.”

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Richard Lowe

Richard Lowe is a 14-year veteran of the financial sector with licenses as a commodity broker (Series 3) and investment advisor representative (IAR Series 65). Along with a focus on raising capital for the firms he was employed with, he also wrote and edited much of the content published by them. He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts. He has been a longtime advocate for marijuana legalization due to the social injustices associated with marijuana prohibition and the strong potential for the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

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