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Marijuana Addiction and the Fraudulent Therapy Industry

The plans have a built in captive group and it works like a “cash cow”.

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(MOLALLA, Ore.) - Anybody who has read any of my medical marijuana articles in Salem-News.com, GOOGLE or several other websites knows that I am a strong advocate of this MIRACLE MEDICINE.

In the meantime the ridiculous propaganda movie Reefer Madness still seems to be believable to many people. In fact Marijuana Addiction Therapy is widely advertised on television and on many websites. For my own peace of mind I decided that I had better look into it.

First of all, if a person is arrested on any kind of marijuana charge the judge will say so many days, months or years in jail or go to a drug rehabilitation program.

THESE ARE VERY EXPENSIVE.

The plans have a built in captive group and it works like a “cash cow”. In checking out a couple of the program sites, I was astonished at the outright fraudulent come-ons which were outright lies. Here is one from my computer of bad effects of marijuana use/addiction (I will use MJ as an abbreviation):

(1) Depressed cell formation (False);

(2) Feelings of isolation and depersonalization (hard to believe);

(3) Shakes, decreased coordination and headaches (MJ treats these);

(4) makes mental and emotional problems worse (probably not, that’s why they use MJ);

(5) Increases heart rate (yes, MJ causes vasodilation and the heart tries to catch up);

(6) 50% more tar than tobacco (we recommend vaporizer – no tar);

(7) Decreases air flow and lung capacity (MJ treats these);

(8) Chronic windpipe irritation (not if using vaporizer);

(9) Pre-cancer lesions in lungs (NOT SO);

(10) Reduced sex drive (patients deny this);

(11) Impotence (patients deny this);

(12) Harms fetus (no such harm found);

(13) Increased still births, neonatal depression, low birth weight, abnormal reactions (none of these found);

(14) Decreased brain function and increased confusion (only with great overdose);

(15) Blackouts (only with very high doses???);

(16) Impaired driving (only if overdosed);

(17) Reduced energy, motivation and drive (MJ does act like a tranquilizer).

Other sites have similar lists but you get the nonsense. Right now, January 2010, about 500,000 patients have permits to use MJ and very few, if any, have any of the above problems. Most people who use MJ receive beneficial effects. The U.S. Government estimates about 50 million people use MJ. If they get arrested they can go to a “private retreat with fine dining, first class amenities, go for walks, ride horses and spend about $500 a day. Well it is better than jail.

If MJ did cause ANY of the above adverse effects, does anybody think 50 million people would be smoking it?

Marijuana Addiction Therapy can last from 4 weeks to 90 days. Who has that kind of money???

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Dr. Phillip Leveque has degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, toxicology and minors in physiology and biochemistry. He was a Professor of Pharmacology, employed by the University of London for 2 years, during which time he trained the first doctors in Tanzania. After training doctors, he became an Osteopathic Physician, as well as a Forensic Toxicologist.

Before any of that, Phil Leveque was a Combat Infantryman in the U.S. Army in WWII. He suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder more than 60 years after the war, and specialized in treating Veterans with PTSD during his years as a doctor in Molalla, Oregon. Do you have a question, comment or story to share with Dr. Leveque?
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roger January 30, 2010 9:36 am (Pacific time)

Fighting a 25 year-old addiction to nicotine, I have come to realize one thing it is up to you and you only to quit. Forcing someone to enter drug rehab doesn't work well, because it is up to the individual to make the call. I have had my wife try to get me to quite numerous times. When I did quit, it was on my own terms. With that said, Marijuana isn't addictive. Forcing people into drug courts and rehabs over Marijuana is idiotic and a waste of Money. I have had numerous friends forced into "Rehab." - They didn't have a problem to begin with. Guess what they did last week? Smoked a fattie. The problem is that the government makes zero distinction between use and abuse. This is a complete scam on taxpayers. Lets invest in alcohol rehab facilities, tell people that one beer after work equals addiction and then force them into rehab while we profit. Same thing. The people that have never used Marijuana and are against it are sheep. Sorry, but 95% of you are clueless and being taken advantage of for your money. Most of the people arrested for Marijuana are arrested for simple possession. 1 out of 18 users are arrested in their life time. - 5% success rate is pretty bad, especially when 50% is considered failing in schools. 75% of drug arrests involve Marijuana. Why not focus on the hard drugs? They just go after low hanging fruit. Oh yeah, btw - it costs me and you hundreds of dollars every year. The government could be regulating this 200 billion dollar industry. It could lower taxes by hundreds of dollar for all of us.


Jay January 30, 2010 3:28 am (Pacific time)

I am 20 years old and have an alcoholic mother and have grown up waching her abuse alcohal. Last year while I was a freshmen in college I got cought smoking a joint in my dorm room ( classic) the cop came in and gave me a ticket and a court date. I went to court and they told me either I pay 1000 dollars or do the " treatment program" so of corse like all people I chose the drug treatment the judge told me to go get an evaluation from a drug expert I went to the clinic and the first thing they ask me is if I'm thier for a DUI no I'm not here for a drunk driving violation and I wasn't putting peoples lives at risk I was smoking a joint in my dorm reading a book. Then the evaluator brings me to his office and makes me fill out a questionar I filled it out and then he asked for the 90 dollar payment . After he asked me how much I smoke and I told him on the weekends I don't like to drink to much cuz I see the effects it has on my mom after more questions we came to a conclusion that I was a marijuana addict lol ( no shit cuz it's a none addictive substance ) and he tells me well your moms an alcoholic so just as a precuation I want you to go to a 3 month drug clinic where they piss test you once a week. I'm going to the same place meth, heroin ,coke and DUIs go for smoking a joint. On top of that I still have to pay 400 dollars and a additional 150 for the clinic. Sad world


Frances January 30, 2010 1:06 am (Pacific time)

Guess that's what happens when a society worships a market system.


Ersun Warncke January 29, 2010 4:38 pm (Pacific time)

I don't have the reference and I can't find any data on it now, but a few years ago I found a government source that reported something like 50-70% of the mandatory drug treatment coming out of the judicial system is for "marijuana addiction." If someone knows where to find these stats, I would certainly be interested in locating them again.

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