By William Keevers
Imagine if, when Prohibition was repealed, instead of shielding children from harmful exposure to alcohol, state and federal governments had essentially abandoned them to the glamour drinking culture.
We might have seen documentaries about the social problems by 1938. Socially conservative elements in society might have lamented the situation, given the fact that such conditions couldn’t have prevailed if there were an effective government of laws, not of men.
Eventually, society would have decayed to a film noir alternate reality like that in Dashiell Hammett’s horribly cynical “Red Harvest”. The American “City on a Hill” would be well on its way to the complete dominance of brute force portrayed in Alessandro Manzoni’s “The Betrothed”.
This is essentially the situation today, with the news announcement that the US Justice Department will not prosecute any marijuana crimes unless there is indication of organized crime infiltration—as happened in the Netherlands when cannabis and hashish possession for personal use were decriminalized.
The core issue is that underage users are most seriously impacted. There are no public discussions about the effects upon minors of the marijuana gray market. The only group with an organized platform of political agitation is the “medical” marijuana industry, which has substantial incentives for current conditions to remain as they are, including essentially unregulated use by minors.
MARIJUANA’S HARMFUL EFFECTS ON CHILD AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH
Differential Cognitive Functioning In 9-12 Years Olds Relative To Prenatal Cigarette And Marijuana Exposure
Prenatal marijuana exposure … was negatively related to executive function tasks www.sacra-pizza-man.org/executive-function-a-new-lens-for-viewing-your-child/ that require impulse control and visual analysis/hypothesis testing, and with a number of the intelligence subtests requiring these same abilities. … In utero exposure to marijuana may have a negative impact on aspects of neurocognitive competence that fall under the domain of executive function.
Neurocognitive Function In Clinically Stable Men With Bipolar I Disorder Or Schizophrenia And Normal Control Subjects
Within the bipolar group there was … a subset with significant [executive functioning] impairment.
[Children are not arbitrarily exempt from mental health issues that afflict adults.]
Marijuana And Mental Health
The strongest evidence links marijuana use and schizophrenia and/or related disorders. High doses of marijuana can produce an acute psychotic reaction … the onset or relapse of schizophrenia in vulnerable individuals … distorted perceptions, impaired coordination, difficulty in thinking and problem solving, and problems with learning and memory … problems in daily life or make a person’s existing problems worse … drug impaired several important measures of life achievement including physical and mental health, cognitive abilities, social life, and career status.
Cannabis Link To Mental Illness Strengthened
Daily cannabis use was associated with a five-fold increased risk of depression at the age of 20. Weekly use was linked to a two-fold increase. The regular users were no more likely to have suffered from depression or anxiety at the start of the study.…The question about a direct pharmacological effect remains.
Pot Lowers I.Q. By 8 Points – PERMANENTLY
Teenagers who regularly smoke cannabis are putting themselves at risk of permanently damaging their intelligence, according to a landmark study. Starting smoking cannabis during one’s teens can have permanent effects on the brain, found researchers. An average person [suffering an 8 point loss] dropped far down the intelligence rankings, so that instead of 50 per cent of the population being more intelligent than them, 71 per cent were.
Longtime Marijuana Use Linked With Decreased Motivation
People who smoke marijuana regularly over long periods of time tend to produce less of the brain chemical dopamine which is linked to motivation.
Is It Worth Losing Your Manhood? Marijuana Use May Increase Risk Of Testicular Cancer.
Testicular cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in young men ages 15 to 45 years. The malignancy is becoming more common … men with a history of using marijuana were twice as likely to have subtypes of testicular cancer called non-seminoma and mixed germ cell tumors. These tumors usually occur in younger men and carry a somewhat worse prognosis than the seminoma subtype.
Does Smoking Pot Cause Man [Breasts]?
Gynecomastia, otherwise known as man [breasts] (or moobs for short), is caused by a hormone imbalance between testosterone and estrogen. When the ratio between testosterone and estrogen tips in favor of estrogen, the body responds by creating excessive breast tissue. Hence, man [breasts]. Animal studies have shown that exposure to the active ingredient in marijuana can result in a decrease in testosterone levels, a reduction of testicular size, and abnormalities in the form and function of sperm. Although the association between marijuana and gynecomastia hasn’t been conclusively proven, it appears very plausible. For this reason, the majority of plastic surgeons consulted routinely inquire with their gynecomastia patients about cannabis use and recommend they stop smoking pot immediately.