June 15th, 2008 12:09 EST
Pot Potency at Record High
"Marijuana potency increased last year to the highest level in more than 30 years, posing greater health risks to people who may view the drug as harmless, according to a report released Thursday by the White House.
The latest analysis from the University of Mississippi`s Potency Monitoring Project tracked the average amount of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, in samples seized by law enforcement agencies from 1975 through 2007. It found that the average amount of THC reached 9.6 percent in 2007, compared with 8.75 percent the previous year."
Quotation from ABC.News
I bet that the University of Mississippi gets tons of requests from potheads to participate in their research program:
"Dudes, can I, like, participate in your study? I`d be stoked if I could smoke me some joints and determine how potent they are."
The increase in marijuana potency is good news for stoners, but should we be alarmed by this development?
We need to keep in mind that this dubious report was issued by the same Bush administration that relied on false intelligence information as a rationale for the invasion and occupation of Iraq.
I know some potheads who like to smoke weed while they watch "Reefer Madness"... "a 1936 exploitation film revolving around the tragic events that ensue when high school students are lured by pushers to try marijuana."
Description of Reefer Madness by Wikipedia.
My friends who enjoy pot should smoke reefers while they read the White House report. There is no proof that a higher potency leads to health risks or addiction. The only side-effect may be that fans of the magic herb may consume more Doritos and Ding Dongs.
Marijuana (regardless how potent it is) is less addictive than alcohol or even coffee, for that matter.
Why doesn`t the White House release a report on the danger posed by the Missing Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)?
"The dangers from the missing WMD increased last year to the highest level since the invasion of Iraq. They pose a grave health risk to Iraqis who may find them and view them as harmless."