Beyond Prohibition Foundation: McGill Study shows no damage to adults from extreme marijuana use

Adults that use marijuana daily face no brain damage or neuro-chemical changes a study from McGill University suggests. Researchers at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre gave daily doses of an extremely potent and highly concentrated synthetic cannabinoid agonist. Cannabis is a weak semi-agonist, meaning the study used something dramatically more powerful than natural cannabis. Despite this, adult rats in the study showed no ill effects, even after 20 days of daily exposure to this extremely potent chemical.

“The extremely potent chemical these researchers used produces an effect that would be impossible with natural cannabis”, said Kirk Tousaw, Executive Director of the Beyond Prohibition Foundation, “yet, it produced no ill-effects. Worse, the study was reported as suggesting cannabis use by adolescent humans might be dangerous. That kind of extrapolation is unscientific and fuels anti-cannabis reefer madness. We see the effects of this hysteria in Parliament, with the Conservative government trying to jail Canadians for growing even 1 marijuana plant.”

The Conservative Government is currently engaged in an intense media campaign attacking it’s opponents on C-15. The bill proposes for the first time in Canadian history to apply mandatory minimum sentences to a wide range of drug offences, including relatively minor offences like growing 1 marijuana plant. The bill was recently amended in the Senate to remove some of the harshest sections, yet the Conservatives have attacked the Senate for even those minor changes.

“In order to appear ‘tough on crime’ the Conservative government is trying to jail people for growing 1 marijuana plant” said Jacob Hunter, Policy Director of the Beyond Prohibition Foundation, “The majority of Canadians want marijuana regulated and taxed for sale to adults only. It is clear from the evidence that this will decrease crime and access by youths. The Conservative government ignores the majority of Canadians and evidence, endangering our streets and ensuring easy access by our children”

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