Big Mike wrote an article in the Times of Israel on The Myths of Marijuana.
With marijuana use skyrocketing in Israel, the U.S. and the rest of the world, It’s time to talk about some of the myths surrounding marijuana use. In the past few years there has been a surge in marijuana consumption both medicinally and recreationally. What better demonstration of its widespread acceptance in mainstream culture than a recent article reporting the Orthodox Union’s approval of the first ever kosher certified edible medical marijuana products that are about to hit the market — and deeming their use a ‘mitzvah’ (religious virtue). Despite this, there are still so many myths and taboos surrounding the marijuana issue. Many people have been reaching out to me, to ask my thoughts, views and beliefs on this topic. As an addict in recovery — and an addiction counselor for the past 12 years, I’ve witnessed the full scope of marijuana use. In this post, I’ve decided to tackle four key myths as I see them — head on.
Myth Number One — Marijuana is a dangerous and illegal drug that should continue to be outlawed.
Most people are unaware of this, but marijuana has only been banned in the U.S. since the early 1920’s around the same time that The Prohibition came into effect. Up until that point, its use was widespread and common will little to no ill-effects. To draw parallels from the prohibition of alcohol, simply put it was a failed experiment. Not only didn’t it work, it increased organized crime and there is even evidence to suggest it increased alcohol use! My general approach is to accept and work with the reality. If you look at the current climate in the U.S. and the trends following worldwide, marijuana in one form or another is here to stay. Its part of our mainstream culture and this trend is unlikely going to reverse any time soon. Promoting a viewpoint that marijuana should continue to be outlawed is naive at best and outright foolish at worst. It’s ignoring the facts on the ground and causes people to be blinded to the marijuana related issues that are effecting our youth and adults alike.
Myth Number Two — Medical Marijuana is not real medicine, it’s just an excuse for people to get high.
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