- The fact of the matter is that the federal ban on marijuana has discouraged the type and volume of research that will likely need to be done before any absolute conclusions can be made about weed. Until then, very little is certain -- except for the racial undertones of the war on pot.
- Not Much Has Changed.
- Don't Believe The (Marijuana) Hype
Nick Wing, Huffington Post
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01/14/2014 |As the nation's nearly 80-year history of pot prohibition slowly begins to crumble, starting with Colorado's recent implementation of taxed and legalized recreational marijuana, critics of the increasingly popular policy shift are jumping to denounce the move. A number of white pundits and newspaper columnists have been among the most vocal, claiming that marijuana must remain illegal, despite their own prior use of it, because it supposedly makes people dumber.
The columns themselves served as the most persuasive evidence of that point. And while such a correlation between pot use and intelligence has yet to be proven, one must be willing to ignore the racist roots of marijuana prohibition and the manner in which this unjust system of anti-drug enforcement still plays out today to make such a shallow argument in the first place.
Nick Wing is the Senior Viral Editor at the Huffington Post, Washington D.C. Metro Area
Don't Believe The (Marijuana) Hype, Maia Szalavitz, The Fix
What most people think they know about marijuana—especially media columnists—is just years of unscientific, paranoid, and even racist government propaganda.01/13/14 | Everyone thinks they know something about drugs—whether from personal experience or from 8th grade prevention classes or simply because the media presents so many stories about them. Unfortunately, most of what people think they know is inaccurate, and comes from years of government war-on-drugs propaganda, with little understanding of its medical and historical context.