Marijuana advocates lobbied for legalization with several arguments, which science and experience are proving to be untrue:
- “No One Gets Hurt.” In reality, 27 percent of seriously injured drivers nationwide test positive for pot. More than 333,000 people entered drug treatment programs for pot addiction in 2011 alone. This is before marijuana was legalized in Colorado, Oregon, Washington State, Alaska and the District of Columbia.
- “Marijuana Is Not Addictive.” Use of marijuana leads to physical addiction and when heavy users stop, they go through classic withdrawal symptoms. In 2011, nearly 4.2 million people had a marijuana addiction problem, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
- “Everyone Agrees On Its Medical Value.” The American Medical Association, the American Society of Addiction Medicines, the American Cancer Society, the American Glaucoma Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics all report finding no documented medical value in marijuana. The British Medical Association has gone so far to assert marijuana use actually increases health risks.
- “These Are Grassroots Efforts To Legalize Pot.” Most of the legalization has come with the backing of more than $120 million from several billionaires. According to several sources, George Soros has spent nearly $80 million on legalization efforts over the past two decades.
If you’d like to learn more about the problems and pitfalls of marijuana — especially in Colorado — please read, “The Marijuana Industry: Growing Like a Weed,” originally featured in the September 2014 issue of Citizen magazine.