This is a presentation given at Hillsdale College earlier this month. I read the transcript this week in Hillsdale’s magazine, Imprimus.
I realize that marijuana use has become acceptable to many people, and that it’s recreational use has become legal in many states, including my own after the last election.
I have always been skeptical about the claims of the medical uses for marijuana, and wondered why this substance, alone, isn’t regulated like every other drug even when medical marijuana is legal. I understand the appeal of a drug to get high without any danger to human beings, or very little danger. But is it really that safe?
As the author has pointed out, a shrewd and expensive lobbying campaign has pushed public opinion in this direction. He states that almost everything you think you know about the health effects of cannabis, almost everything advocates and the media have told you for a generation, is wrong.
His wife is a senior psychiatrist at the Mid-Hudson Forensic Psychiatrist Institute, which is one of three places in the state of New York where the criminally mentally ill are sent; defendants judged not guilty by reason of insanity. She told him that all of the inmates smoke marijuana and suggested to him that marijuana causes schizophrenia, and that he should read the big studies about it.
I recommend watching the video, but reading the article is even better, I think.