This Isn’t Your Father’s Pot Propaganda…Or Is It?

That ol’ drug-warrior chestnut is back: Today’s marijuana is more potent than ever before!

The Drug Czar’s office issued a press release last week about a new study from the University of Mississippi’s Potency Monitoring Project that claims levels of THC “have reached the highest-ever levels since scientific analysis of the drug began in the late 1970s.”

CNN and other news channels picked up the story immediately.

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly wheeled out former Drug Czar and pathological liar John Walters to explain how new strains of marijuana are very similar to cocaine and heroin.

Drug war propagandists have been saying “this isn’t your father’s marijuana” since my father started smoking. It’s the same line they drag out every couple of years to try and explain why the last generation of pot smokers seemed to live normal lives and never suffered any negative effects from smoking regularly, but why the new stuff may be harmful to your children!

So is it true? Does today’s pot really contain 10%-30% THC?

I am extremely skeptical of how THC levels are ‘officially’ gauged – check out this great video by Marijuana Man called “THC percentages, do they add up?” to find out why.

But even if today’s pot does have significantly higher levels of THC, there is still no evidence that THC has a harmful effect on the body. And besides, I agree with Scott Morgan of who says increased marijuana potency is an argument for legalization, not against it.

Jeremiah Vandermeer
Jeremiah Vandermeer

Jeremiah Vandermeer is Cannabis Culture Chief of Operations and Editor of Cannabis Culture Magazine & Pot TV.