On this November’s ballot there is a very important prop, Prop 19: Control and Tax Cannabis. Before Californians cast their votes, it is important to reveal the myths about marijuana. I’ve chosen the top 3 myths that people seem to be the most worried about.
1. Marijuana is a gateway drug.
This is a common misconception about marijuana. Many supporters of marijuana prohibition will use this argument to reach out to parents and scare kids, but it is simply not true! An example of this is when Holland legalized marijuana in the 70s. Rather then seeing a rise in the use of hard drugs like cocaine and heroine, the Dutch saw a substantial DECREASE in the use of hard drugs. This goes to show that marijuana tends to be a substitute for the much more dangerous drugs like alcohol, cocaine, and heroine.
2. Marijuana is addictive
Marijuana is not highly addictive like hard drugs or tobacco, but it can cause dependence. Someone that is dependent on marijuana is similar to someone dependent on coffee in the morning. While it may be easier to get out of bed with a cup of coffee it is not absolutely necessary.
3. Like other drugs, you can overdose on marijuana
FALSE! There has never been a single case of marijuana overdose. In order for a human to overdose on marijuana you would need to consume nearly 40,000 times the amount of THC needed to intoxicate you. In contrast it only requires 5-10 times that amount of alcohol to intoxicate to be fatal. For example, if it requires 3 beers to intoxicate you, it only requires 15-30 beers to kill you. However, if it takes 3 hits of marijuana to intoxicate you, it would require 120,000 hits to kill you. You can’t consume the THC fast enough for this to be remotely possible.