Alex Berenson | Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence

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.

Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence

 

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30 Responses to Alex Berenson | Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence

  1. rheavolans says:

    I used to get sick of seeing all the “diabetes can be controlled by marijuana” posts on Facebook. Insulin and diet are the only things that help diabetes but I haven’t heard of a disease yet that some moron wouldn’t claim would be helped by marijuana.

    They can go pick someone else’s chronic illness to use as an excuse for why we need to legalize marijuana.

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  2. michellc says:

    Our state passed medical marijuana and I get so sick of seeing even Conservatives talk about how great it is. I also get tired of hearing how God made it so that makes it good. God made lots of plants that will kill you if you ingest them.

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  3. czarowniczy says:

    CBD has helped with our Daisy’s arthritis allowing a sharp cutback in drugs that are bad for her liver and kidneys. he issue seems to rotate around the recreational cannabinoids that make you happy and hungry.
    I don’t think the marijuana research should be stopped because of its bad rep, big pharma spends millions researching natural plant-based substances around the world and how many of us take herbal supplements?
    It’s been shown that eating baked goods with poppy seeds will make blood/urine tests show an opioid positive but I ain’t givin’ up my poppy seed bread, dressing, chicken, rolls…

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    • stella says:

      If you watched the video, you know that CBD and marijuana (THC) are two entirely different things. The author said good things about CBD, and he didn’t advocate for either stopping legitimate research or even stopping the legalization of marijuana, although he believes in knowing ALL the facts and going slowly to see what the results are in the states where it is already legal.

      He does point out that the propaganda in favor of marijuana legalization has so far overshadowed real information about negative effects.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Same with alcohol but the MJ cat’s outta the bag, state governments are seeing increased revenue streams and it’s not going anywhere any time soon.

        I’m wondering if the new strains are the problem, the THC levels in the new stuff being sold are much, much higher than those when we were in college. That old ditch weed done growed up and you can bet it will be even stronger in the future.

        See the map: https://disa.com/map-of-marijuana-legality-by-state

        Like alcohol MJ is here to stay and the few voices crying in the wilderness won’t stop its spread. As we age and crap out you’ll see more Gen-X and Millennials pushing for legalization so we might as well get what we can medically out of it while the Big Box stores spin up to sell it next to jerky in the checkout line.

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        • stella says:

          He mentions the amount of THC today compared to the past. I think he said 24% (or more) now compared to single digits (4 to 6%?) way back when.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            It’s producers meeting market ‘wants’, we watched the THC content in seized baggies going up and up over the decades. This was done with the help of professional botanists and strains that produce different kinds of highs are in the mix too.

            We’ll see improved THC content and variety, just like with booze, as the market matures, it’s a growth industry. As for me I’m just going to make sure that any lawyer I use in a MJ-related tort suit has a stiff background in those areas.

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        • stella says:

          He also mentioned that in legal states, many users are going to the liquid THC which is distilled from the plants and is up to 90%.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            And I can get Everclear which is 95% alcohol. The genie’s out of the MJ bottle and ain’t going back in, time to control iot like we do alcohol…OK, maybe more better than alcohol.

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    • stella says:

      PS: The relative importance of an opioid positive result from poppy seeds, and possible schizophrenia from heavy marijuana use are quite dissimilar.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Operant word is ‘heavy’. Heavy legal alcohol use is detrimental to mental health too, but marijuana is showing medical benefits.

        Issue to me is when states, interested in increasing tax revenue, start increasing the questionable medical conditions that they allow marijuana – without medical backing – to be used for. Having doctors inside the store prescribing for the ‘patient’ as the patient browses is a bit much.

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        • stella says:

          That’s true czar about alcohol, and it is mentioned in both the video and the article. I don’t think alcohol causes schizophrenia, though. That isn’t the point anyway, which is that the negative possibilities should be known as well as any (true and actual) benefits. After all, medical use requires daily use, which is regular rather than occasional use, and heavy use for some …

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          • czarowniczy says:

            Alcohol destroys brain cells, so many of the nonfunctioning homeless we encountered were clinical alcoholics they outnumbered the junkies. We’d see homeless booze addicts combing trash cans and sills, especially around the quarter, for discarded drinks of any kind. During Mardi Gras you’ll find them begging change and drinks from the crowd.

            It’s a matter of responsible use. We have folks who’ll abuse booze, cars, guns, whatever and even if you criminalize their possession, sale or use folks will just pay more as they want them.

            We already have jails full of folks charged with possession and sale, so many that governments that have not legalized it have decriminalized its use. Let’s go back to criminalizing non-sanctioned sales and misuse just as we do alcohol – we’ll save money on the lowered incarceration rates alone.

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            • stella says:

              I only disagree on one point. Homeless clinical alcoholics are rarely violent schizophrenics.

              Again, back on point, it is important that people know the risks as well as any benefits before they make an informed decision. Yes, other things that are legal are sometimes dangerous. Does that mean that we shouldn’t talk about legitimate problems with use of marijuana?

              This reminds me of the fight against talking about the risks of smoking cigarettes back in the early 1960’s.

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              • czarowniczy says:

                Schizos usually go for stronger, longer and faster acting street drugs to ease their condition. Isn’t unusual to see them ignore their prescription meds as once they get on street drugs they lose their timing on dosing and just stop taking them. Or sell them for $$ to buy street drugs.

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        • stella says:

          I agree with you about the states and increasing tax revenue. The politicians and the manufacturers both are interested in lining their pockets.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            But the pols wouldn’t have done it had there not been so many people in favor of it – look at the ‘for grass’ votes.

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            • stella says:

              The latest:

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              • czarowniczy says:

                I predicted the legalization of hard drugs long ago, it’s an incremental process.

                I’m waiting for California to legalize cocaine, I see that as the next one, but I don’t see marijuana as being as dangerous as more badder drugs. We sell small fireworks but not 500 pound bombs.

                Governments want increased revenue streams and will be more than happy to allow heroin and fentanyl to be sold openly if they can blame it on the voter’s choice.

                There are different drug user groups that want different drugs legalized, look no further than Hollyork elites and their massive and long ongoing love with drugs – legal and illegal – to see who are some of the major movers behind the legalization. Ask cops who’ve worked ‘star’ venues about what they’ve been told regarding drug use on the site. Too many powerful forces are behind legalization of drugs period and too many people wanna get high.

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            • stella says:

              But that takes us back to the years-long propaganda campaign financed and supported by those who want legalized pot. Lot of lies there.

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              • czarowniczy says:

                Sure, they’re out to meet their needs and use the others as a vehicle. Problem is that getting high and happy’s in our genes, even monkeys get hooked on drugs. It’s a situation that’s only going to get worse as too many folks can’t control themselves.

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  4. Doc Moore says:

    After presenting confused accounts of a few inconclusive studies the author concludes: “We need equally unambiguous and well-funded advertising campaigns on the risks of cannabis.” Let me propose before we start plastering the bill boards with new crap, we need “equally unambiguous and well-funded” PROOF that there are clear, quantifiable risks, and exactly what they are.

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    • stella says:

      I disagree with you. Why shouldn’t we know about risks?

      Proponents aren’t shy about making outrageous claims about the benefits of marijuana, and they are allowed to stand as fact. Why aren’t you demanding proof of the positive powers of marijuana?

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        I am against the legalization of marijuana, but I am hopeful for the use of CBD even though I don’t know a lot about it. I know of one elderly woman who has been in severe pain for a year or two and the only thing that has helped is the CBD oil. She is now pain free. My brother said mj was the only thing that helped him through his cancer treatments…………..but, he had smoked it for years before, so who knows?

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