Marijuana: more potent now and unquestionably addictive

by Sen. Doug Whitsett

As many as half of the marijuana smoking juveniles who run afoul of the law in Oregon report that they obtained their marijuana from a medical grower or cardholder

The facts regarding the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana have changed over the past several decades.

Marijuana contains two compounds that produce significant pharmacological effects. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)) is the component that produces an intoxicating high when inhaled or ingested. Cannabinoid (CBD) is the medicinal component that helps to reduce nausea, convulsive seizures, and the symptoms of schizophrenia. It also acts as a significant antagonist that acts to block the intoxicating effects of THC on the human brain.

Marijuana also contains many other organic compounds. Research has shown that marijuana smoke contains fifty to seventy percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco smoke.

Today’s marijuana is not the same product that was widely used in the 1960’s and 70’s. Growers have been tampering with the genetics of marijuana since the early 1980’s. Their goal has been to increase production capacity and THC concentration while maintaining low levels of CBD.

They have been exceedingly successful in increasing both the production and intoxicating capacity of marijuana while minimizing the medicinal effects. The modern, genetically altered, seedless marijuana plant produces much more of a finished product that has greater than double the intoxicating THC concentration of the unaltered natural plant.

For instance, in 1983 THC potency averaged less than four percent. In 2009, THC potency of marijuana seized in the United States averaged nearly ten percent. Product recently seized in Oregon and California has tested at well more than thirty percent THC. At the same time, the concentration of the intoxication blocking CBD has remained essentially constant.

The intoxicating effect of genetically altered marijuana is now several times more potent than the natural product. Some genetically altered strains on the streets today are eight to ten times more potent. In fact, modern marijuana users generally call naturally produced marijuana by disparaging names such as garbage, dirt-weed and crap because of its relative lack of potency.

The newer more potent forms of marijuana are unquestionably addictive. In 1992, about 93,000 people were admitted to treatment for marijuana addiction in the United States. Less than two decades later in 2009, more than 360,000 were admitted for marijuana dependency.

The adolescent brain appears to be especially susceptible to marijuana addiction. In fact, two thirds of admissions for drug dependency among U.S. teen agers are for the purpose of counteracting their use of marijuana.

More than one million Americans reported receiving either inpatient or outpatient treatment for marijuana dependency in 2010. Approximately four and a half million Americans meet the American Psychiatric Association’s criteria for marijuana abuse or dependence. Yet, nearly twenty million Americans, twelve years and older, continue to use this dangerous drug.

Oregon ranks about fourth in the nation in that troubling statistic. More troubling still, in 2011 more than one in ten of Oregon’s eighth graders, and nearly one fourth of its high school juniors, self-reported using marijuana during the past thirty days.

The National Survey of Drug Use and Health has reported that youths between the ages of twelve and seventeen, who reported that they had used marijuana during the past year, are more likely to sell drugs, steal, carry a handgun, and to participate in both individual and group violence. Most marijuana offenders are incarcerated for these and other illegal activities. In fact, less than one in a thousand of those currently incarcerated in Oregon prisons is being held for only the possession of marijuana.

The National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws (NORML) appeared to be on track in its stated efforts to remove all restrictions on the use of marijuana in Oregon. The long range plan included reclassifying marijuana as a medicine, decriminalizing possession of the drug, and then making it legal by 2016.

In 1998, Measure 67 allowed the medicinal use of marijuana when a physician writes a statement of the patient’s qualifying condition. Physicians cannot write an actual prescription for dosage, potency and frequency of use because marijuana is an illegal drug under federal law.

In 2006, the state legislature enacted the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act. That law expanded the legal right for medical marijuana cardholders to have as many as twenty four plants plus a pound and a half of prepared marijuana in their possession. The law also provided that caregivers could grow plants for as many as four cardholders allowing the caregivers to possess as many as twenty four mature plants and seventy two immature plants.

The production potential of marijuana plants has also been genetically altered. The modern marijuana plant generally produces several times more product than the natural unaltered plant. That increase in volume is in addition to its several fold increase in potency.

In October of 2012, Oregon had nearly fifty seven thousand medical marijuana cardholders. Less than three thousand of those cardholders have qualifying symptoms for the treatment of cancer. More than fifty one thousand have qualifying symptoms for the treatment of some form of undefined pain.

As many as half of the marijuana smoking juveniles who run afoul of the law in Oregon report that they obtained their marijuana from a medical grower or cardholder, according to juvenile justice and addiction staff.

Ballot Measure 80 that appeared on last Novembers ballot would have legalized the growth and possession of unlimited quantities of marijuana. It also would have allowed the licensed sale of marijuana to licensed state run marijuana stores. Smoking marijuana in public would have been legal in designated areas restricted to people twenty one years of age and older.

Oregon voters wisely rejected the proposal, but not by a very wide margin. Unlimited growth, possession and private use of marijuana would have been legal in Oregon today if only 57,000 people had changed their vote from no to yes. It is time for Oregonians to learn the facts about marijuana.

The people in the states of Washington and Colorado actually adopted marijuana legalization statutes last November. NORML is emboldened by their successes in Washington and Colorado as well as their near miss in Oregon. They will be back to try again.

Senator Doug Whitsett is the Republican state senator representing Senate District 28 – Klamath Falls

  • I wonder if Sen. Whitsett would say the same thing about alcohol, which is sold by potency. If his logic holds, we could expect him to opine that because liquor exists, beer does not. Anyone can see this is simply not the case.

    • Bongstar420

      I’m pretty addicted to coffee….it takes up 50% of my food budget.. would that be considered healthy if it were Adderall?

  • Krymsun

    Google’s WoT: (Web of Trust) rates this Oregon Catalyst’s article’s trustworthiness, vendor reliability, and privacy as ‘Very Poor’. After reading some of this article, I would tend to partially agree, given the two words completing the headline, “unquestionably addictive”.

    The federal government acknowledged the medical potential of cannabis in 1999, in the Institute of Medicine’s “Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base” report. That report said cannabis-based drugs held promise for treating pain, nausea from chemotherapy, and the “wasting syndrome” from AIDS and cancer, and that “there are patients with debilitating symptoms for whom smoked marijuana might provide relief.”
    It also said that marijuana had a very low addiction potential, comparable to that of caffeine.

    ‘Marijuana does not cause physiological dependence though in some, it can cause slight psychological dependence, but is not as addictive as coffee.’
    [“In fact, numerous polls of scientists and extensive research on humans and animals reveal that the plant’s addictive potential is less than that of caffeine.” –

    • Bongstar420

      Pleasure is unquestionably addictive…and?

  • Krymsun

    Cross-breeding and hybridization are not the same as genetic engineering. Scare-mongering by using terms such as “genetically altered” is only the tip of the iceberg in this piece of propaganda. The half-truths and outright lies contained in it shows Senator Whitsett adherence to the days of ‘Reefer Madness’.

    Examples: first half-truth is “Research has shown that marijuana smoke contains fifty to seventy percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco smoke.” The other half: A study published earlier this year in the Journal of the American Medical Association that found marijuana smoke to be not as damaging as cigarette smoke, and occasional marijuana use is actually associated with increases in lung capacity – a good thing.

    A bald-faced lie: “The newer more potent forms of marijuana are unquestionably addictive.”‘Marijuana does not cause physiological dependence though in some, it can cause slight psychological dependence, but is not as addictive as coffee.’
    [“In fact, numerous polls of scientists and extensive research on humans and animals reveal that the plant’s addictive potential is less than that of caffeine.” –

    • BCD4095

      “Cross-breeding and hybridization are not the same as genetic engineering.”
      Nice to see an intelligent person posting facts!
      Cross-breeding and hybridization gave us corn from maize, Monsanto gives (forces on) us “genetic engineering”. So why aren’t you against Monsanto Mr. Whitsett? There will be MUCH more harm from the real genetic “experimenters” than hybrid cannabis!
      Wow Monsanto marijuana… Sounds scary!

      • Bongstar420

        The only reason to be against it is the “big bad corporatocracy?”

        The patents only last for 20 years.

        You are welcome to do what pot growers will do in response to hemp. Grow in isolation and charge a premium for unnecessary perks. I say “unnecessary” the same way a gluten free food chain is “unnecessary.” We only need enough to supply to the people it actually matters too and its safe to say that ignoring the people who think it matters but in fact it does not is plenty moral. Like some people want to remove wheat from the food chain because of gluten intolerance- asinine

    • Bongstar420

      Not that different…Tomatoes have a disease which “naturally” does GE in the wild…its why scientists know about GE in the first place..when you go to a genetics class, tomatoes and Agrobacterium tumefaciens are introductory.

      Bacteria and viruses “swap” DNA constantly…humans are evolved in part due to viruses inserting code into our germ line. There are also “virus like” things which also influenced us (transposons for example).

  • What utter silliness.. I have not only the advantage of being older than the author, but also have been smoking grass since early 1962.

    I only WISH we had some of the incredible strains that were floating around back then.

    The Thai Stick, Panama Reds, Colombian Gold (that left an after taste of drinking thick whole whipping cream) would actually give you mild hallucinations (a few colors and trails) and keep you up for hours pondering god and the Universe..

    This mass produced crap under the lights, just makes you sleepy and want to hit the couch for a nap.

    Occasionally I still get my hands on some real east Asian imported stuff and it is like a treat from the past.

    The grass is more potent now? My goodness.. whoever came up with that genius lie was brilliant, because the uneducated sure latch onto it like it means something.

    the ONLY thing that has altered the landscape potency wise, is that the ‘good stuff’ is MORE READILY AVAILABLE (not to be confused with more potent) than ever.. back ‘in the day’ it might be a few months before a taste of good stuff wandered into your part of the country. These days ‘decent’ product is available in most every neighborhood and the days of daily stems and seeds are mostly long gone.

    And as far as addictions go.. being a musician and playing the country and some of the world over the decades, I have seen a lot of abuse of everything and I have lost a lot of friends and even family along the way to deadly substances (and I don’t mean silly silly grass). I know more people who have managed to control their dependencies on booze (Willie Nelson included) and drugs, buy using a few hits of grass as a crutch instead. It is non toxic, it wont kill them, it wont hurt their body. It is a legitimate crutch that way. It is totally common for this older generation to find Marijuana to be the least intrusive crutch to help them through the day. I mean comparatively speaking, give me a guy who smoked grass all day long on the soundboard, vs a guy who has been drinking lattes all day.. trust me on this one.. caffeine in the studio causes way more arguments and edginess than grass.

    • The Bill Post Radio Show

      Now I know where the term “dope” comes from…..1962 huh….1960’s GO BACKKKKKK……….you’re not wanted here anymore! Back, back with you…..take your dope and your weird little bead things and go back back back the 21st Century is not for you!

      • Seriously Bill?

        An adult conversation would be dandy.. if your able.

        My goodness.

        • kevin_hunt

          Don’t hold your breath for an adult conversation with a prohibitionist. When they run out of lies, they settle for ad hominem and nothing else.

          • Bongstar420

            Many protagonists are equally as asinine.

      • esotericknowledge

        I do not see how being afraid of a plant species and frightened by minority groups gives you the perspective to condescend to people about forward thought.

        • Bongstar420

          You mean like Cocaine and Morphine?

          What about Atropine?

      • kevin_hunt

        No, you don’t know where the term ‘dope’ comes from. It was used in the early 20th century as a slang term for opiates. If you can’t get your historical terminology correct, you don’t belong in the 21st century.

        The “hippie” legalizer sterotype has been out of date since the 1980’s when the hippies got jobs, put on suits and started to overturn these liberal nanny-state prohibition laws.

        Quoting Newt Gingrich: “On September 16, 1981,
        Representatives Stewart McKinney and I introduced legislation designed to end bureaucratic interference in the use of marijuana as a medicant. We believe licensed physicians are competent to employ marijuana, and patients have a right to obtain marijuana legally, under medical supervision, from a regulated source”.

        Source: The Journal of the American Medical Association, March 19, 1982;247(11)

        • Bongstar420

          They changed their cloths…not their culture

          Its still the same fundamentally religious BS

      • Bongstar420

        I’d prefer the author ignore you, and you take your own advice.

    • Rupert in Springfield

      Yeah, ok, first of all, it was Acapulco Gold, not Colombian, which was noted for being crap. Second of all, if you are going to try and argue even those premium “brands” were stronger than whats out there now you are likely basing your perception more on 60’s nostalgia than reality. It simply isn’t true. Marijuana now is vastly more potent than it was back then. There is a reason why they call it “Train Wreck”.

      • Bongstar420

        You speak of regions..not cultivars

        Correct…nothing in the past was fire like now..there might have been rare terpenes which had special psychotropic properties, but those exist now and are under different name with higher output.

    • Bongstar420

      They wouldn’t earn the same profits as modern strains..are you wiling to pay the same price for something that is less potent and less desirable in general?

      You simply don’t have access to the elite material yet. 25%THC stuff did not exist then.

      If all you want is “flavor” and “aroma,” then its not a matter of growing the “old types” but a matter of transferring the “aroma” and “flavor” characteristics to the new types which are otherwise empirically superior.

  • firetheliberals

    Doug, stop the propaganda bullsh$t. Pot is stronger than in the past because , in the past, general availability of swag was the norm. When weed is stronger, less is consumed.. As for addiction, you are really off base. You claim treatment program enrollment a are way up.. True but that is because simple possession court resolution are for attendance in the classes. Thy are not volunteering to go…the judge is ordering them to go or face jail time.

    Who the hell are you to dictate what constitutes pain. Do you see patients? Is cancer the only disease mmj has positive effects on. Have you done any research at all or do you like to make wild claims because you jut watched the movie reefer madness. Mmj works well for lots of inflammatory problems which over continued use reduces pain. Are you a shill for the pharmaceutical poison industry.

    Your claim about kids is also a scare tactic. Marijuana laws are designed for adults over 21, as are the industry rules. As a republican ans a conservative, i am embarrassed at your article and how far out of he mainstream your views are.

    • esotericknowledge

      I’m embarrassed for you, yours is the ideology that crashed the world economy and you still believe in it.

  • esotericknowledge

    Though the study which sites marijuana having more carcinogens is questionable in it’s method, people are not contracting cancer from smoking marijuana. Cancer is the reason you bring up carcinogens.

    Marijuana’s rise in THC levels is not a threat, as marijuana is benign in the first place. An argument of higher potency would matter in drugs like alcohol, cocaine or heroin, because even one use of these drugs can be lethal.

    I think there should be a distinction between addiction and bad habits, chemical addiction is when ceasing use of a drug drops dopamine levels down below normal–the drug punishes the body into more drug use–marijuana does not do this.

    Marijuana users–and drug users–being treated as criminals, which they are not, is a new invention and an error.

    Larger ethical problems are hidden, like the illegalization of a species of plant is a standing falsehood, as no individual or government has the authority to deny you a species of God’s world–unless they claim to be God, or above God, which is what they claim today. The core of conservative ideas is always control and denying others, this is what they hide behind their claims of righteousness.

    Illegalizing this species of plant is also a violation of the freedom of religion. Drug using shamanism is the oldest religion, and should be respected and protected like any other religion. And the reason it is not is because some people instinctively know that psychedelic drug use really does cause consciousness expansion.

  • valley person


    That is the sound of the societal clock ticking and leaving conservatives ever farther behind. No wonder you guys are so grumpy. Pot legalization is out of the bag. Gay marriage is out of the closet. Get used to it.

    • Grumpy Conservative

      Never. I retain my RIGHT to make people act and be like me.

  • So much to debunk, so little time…

    Half of pot smoking kids got their marijuana from someone who has some? Wow, what a shock. Next you’ll tell us half of beer drinking kids sneaked one from the fridge of a parent who drinks.

    CBD is “cannabidiol”. It is one of many “cannabinoids”.

    THC isn’t just for getting high. It has many medicinal properties as well… or else why would the government approve Marinol, a synthetic THC-only drug?

    Sure, marijuana smoke has more carcinogens, It also has THC, which acts as an anti-tumoral. What marijuana smoke doesn’t have is wards full of people who smoked it who now have lung cancer, like tobacco.

    If you’re concerned growers have maximized THC to the expense of CBD, you have only prohibition to blame for that. In the 1910’s we were a nation of beer and cider drinkers. By 1930, we were whiskey drinkers, because bootleggers trafficking a prohibited product needed to maximize revenue by smuggling the most “bang for the buck”. Similarly, when you’re selling pot on a black market, “bang for the buck” – especially when an ounce costs $300 – is essential.

    So marijuana is more potent and dangerous now than the 1980s? So why were we locking people up in the 80s, if what they were smoking was so less harmful than what is now legal in two states? Here’s the deal with today’s marijuana: you smoke less of it to achieve the same high. Your $300 weed buy lasts longer.

    People who blather on about “so much more intoxicating” weed have never smoked weed. They imagine schwag is beer and dank is tequila and ohmygod kids now are doing the equivalent of trading a six pack of beer for a six pack of tequila!!! And if that’s in your head, you’re going to be terrified for the kids.

    But here’s the reality. You get some schwag. You smoke and smoke and smoke and hack and cough and smoke some more and mmmm ok, now you’re feeling a little bit mellow. But when you have dank, you smoke some, you cough a little, and mmmm yeah now you’re feeling really mellow. That’s it., There is no overdose. There is no “oh god, I shouldn’t have smoked that last hit.” There’s no puking in the toilet, blacking out, and possibly never awakening again. Since marijuana is instantaneous, you rarely smoke more of it than the effect you’re seeking. And even if you do push yourself past your desired high, you just end up “baked” – lethargic and harmless, a nap away from 100% recovery.

    As for “addictiveness”, you can’t cite how many people are in treatment for marijuana when that is a sentence for getting caught with marijuana. Do you know how many “alcoholics” we’d have in treatment if the mere smell of beer was enough to conduct a police search and the discovery of a single gulp was enough to declare someone an alcoholic and force them to choose between jail and rehab?

    Sure, less than 0.1% of state prisoners are there only for marijuana possession. First of all, that’s 14 people rotting in prison for just marijuana possession. But second, that figure doesn’t count all the ways marijuana lands you in prison. Did you have your marijuana in two separate baggies? That’s “intent to deliver” and now you’re in prison for being a “drug dealer”. Did you own a hunting shotgun? Now it’s “using firearms in the commission of a drug felony” you’re in prison for. Are you a father? “Felony child endangerment.” Growing a plant, just for yourself, never for sale? “Felony cultivation.” Were you on probation for some other crime for which you already served your prison sentence? “Probation violation.” And these figures don’t consider people in a city or county jail for pot possession. There are on average 199 arrests for marijuana in Oregon every month. Prison is not the only negative outcome for those Oregonians. They get probation, lose driving privileges, must attend rehab they don’t need, take random pee tests, possibly lose their job, professional license, scholarship, security clearance, and child custody rights.

    Uh, for a guy in our state gov’t, your recall of relevant law is troubling. The people enacted the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act in 1998. The legislature modified it in 2006 with SB1085, allowing patients to have an incredible 24 plants, allowing growers to provide for 4 patients apiece, with plants that could produce well over 4 ounces (six mature times four ounces = 24 legal ounces to possess).

    This was the legislature’s grand solution to the problem of patient access. Patients were already getting ripped off and abused by growers looking to cover their black market crop because there was no “checks and balances” of a regulated dispensary with reliable supply and reasonable prices. When you’re in chronic pain and the only supplier of your medicine says “Hey, I’ll sell you an ounce a month for $200” while keeping and selling the rest illegally, you keep your mouth shut and accept what you can get. Especially when it now costs you an extra $50 to the state to change that grower.

    All this to avoid what the legislature and apparently the people think is the worst case scenario: dispensaries – the one solution that would reduce the power of growers, free patients from shady gray-market dealers, reduce kids’ access to medical pot, and make a bunch of tax revenue for the state. This is the kind of logical, reality-based thinking on marijuana you get from a body thinks any marijuana plant greater than a foot tall is “mature”.

    Oh, the dreaded 50,000 patients again. Imagine if it were any other drug and you could claim the government helped 50,000 sick people achieve better health though its use… we’d be working overtime to get that drug to more people! Here’s the fact all the “very few get medical marijuana for cancer / alomst everybody claims pain” people like to omit: you can qualify under more than one condition.

    Think cancer might cause some pain? Do people with multiple sclerosis feel much pain? I wonder if Crohn’s disease or HIV/AIDS causes some pain? Mathematically, the people claiming ONLY pain can’t be greater than 40,189 (pain # minus MS #) and could theoretically be as low as 25,320 (pain # minus sum of all other conditions). We don’t know because the law doesn’t authorize the OMMP to collect any but the most rudimentary statistics for that $200 the patients pay annually.

    You’re right that the voters narrowly rejected wide-open marijuana legalization. You’re right that Washington and Colorado legalized, and as we watch the flow of dollars and people north to Vancouver, perhaps you and your colleagues in the legislature will come up with a legalization you can live with before me and NORML, MPP, DPA, and about 200 incredibly dedicated Oregon marijuana activists show up with some real money and professional campaigning in 2014 and pass legalization with no input from you.

    (Tune in to Monday 3pm for my rant on this reefer madness.)

    • Rupert in Springfield

      > In the 1910’s we were a nation of beer and cider drinkers. By 1930,
      we were whiskey drinkers, because bootleggers trafficking a prohibited
      product needed to maximize revenue by smuggling the most “bang for the

      I agree with most of your post, however this is untrue.

      Whiskey was quite popular before the 30’s and indeed was responsible for the first insurrection, The Whiskey Rebellion.

      Whiskey was brought here largely by the Ulstermen who were cranky about their rents being jacked up after being put into Ireland by England in order to settle down the citizenry.

      Whiskey in this country flourished for one reason – those Ulstermen who settled here did so in PA and the South. They did so in mountainous regions and grew corn. The reason why they grew corn was it takes a minimum of equipment and effort. The problem was, you load up a horse with a couple of bushels of corn and by the time you make it through the mountains to market, you have fed the horsey more corn than it could carry.

      That’s why we got so much distillation. A horse could carry at least 16 gallons of corn whiskey which had far more value than two bushels of corn.

      The Whiskey Rebellion started because George Bush, woops, George Washington had started an unpaid for war, the American Revolution. We needed to pay our debt for that so a tax was levied on stills or whiskey produced. People got angry.

    • PhxRocker

      Hear Hear Russ!!
      Brilliant post!

  • Thus followed the attack of the potheads. All of these alarming statistics about Oregon are true. I had no idea when we moved here in 1979 that Oregon would move to nearly last place in anything worth mentioning.

    • esotericknowledge

      I see the persecution and social sabotage of a feared minority group.

    • kevin_hunt

      Attack of the potheads…you bet. We will not rest until the government treats us the same as beer drinkers. If you don’t like the thought of freedom, move to Oklahoma or Saudi Arabia.

  • Rupert in Springfield

    Frankly Id legalize heroin tomorrow. If you are against the nanny state then you should be against the nanny state telling you what drugs you can take. When I hit 25 I finally was old enough to admit I never liked smoking pot and really only liked the illicit thrill of buying something illegal. Do I drink? Sure. However I am a realist. I’m not insane enough to claim alcohol is a safer drug than pot. It isn’t. Alcohol is a far more dangerous drug and we all know it.

    That said, the biggest current idiocy going on now is medical marijuana. This is the most disingenuous scam and all tacitly know it. Medical marijuana is BS, most people who have cards do not have ailments where pot is the only cure. Believe me, with most of my friends being confirmed commie libs, I know plenty of people with cards.

    We need to get to the point where the left can be honest and just admit it. Government doesn’t need to be involved in every single aspect of your life and some choices, including drug use, should be left to the adult individual.

    The right should also get to the point where if you truly believe in dismantling our matriarchal government, then getting rid of ridiculous drug laws is a good first step.

    Regulations should be the same as for alcohol. I see no reason why I should not be able to walk in and by a fifth of JD and an ounce of pot with a few hits of acid as well. The first drug is by far the most dangerous and we all know it.

  • yo Einstein, if the pot is better I don’t hafta smoke as much.

  • Time for your type to fade away into the sunset. We’ve all heard your lies and dirty stories thousands of times. The people have spoken in 2 states, just wait till next election. You have lost. Get over it. The age of “reffer madness” is past. RIP

  • Open2Debate

    We are witnessing the death throes of prohibition while its advocates make a desperate and frantic last stand, their final frenzy. In years to come, the attitudes that now prevail towards people that choose cannabis will be as politically incorrect as racism, homophobia or denying women the vote.

  • kevin_hunt

    It looks like Russ and the rest of the good folks here have done a great job refuting this B.S. by Doug Whitsett. Hey Doug, you should know that endorsing prohibition is a losing proposition from the standpoint of getting votes. Old intolerant types like you are dying off every day and being replaced by younger voters that favor legalization at greater than 60%. It’s only a matter of time until your dream of fascist government domination comes crashing down. Enjoy what little time you have left!

  • Admirable Bleary-Marshallwipe

    Pro POTstirrers seem so wasted. Pithsome, at that!

  • BCD4095

    “More than one million Americans reported receiving either inpatient or outpatient treatment for marijuana dependency in 2010. ”
    Did the recipients report it or did the prohibitionist funded treatment companies report these stats?
    Did the majority or any of these people do treatment voluntarily?
    When I was 17 a friend was caught with a joint and sentenced by the judge to either go to jail or join the Army, my friend died in Viet Nam. So how should we list his stats? Or, maybe we should just chalk it up as “drugs kill”?

  • Tyschev

    Was this article supposed to be a joke? I was very disappointed to read this here. How does a web space promoting freedom and smarter government think this is any way a good piece to post? I don’t smoke but I don’t agree with trying to tell my neighbor what to do either. We should all know that Doug Whitsett would pay his staff (with our money) to come up with a bunch of bs propaganda but to see it posted on the catalyst was terrible. How can you be for any personal freedom if you are not for all personal freedom?

  • Choom Gang

    “It is time for Oregonians to learn the facts about marijuana.”

    If facts were dynamite Sen. Doug Whitsett wouldn’t have enough to blow his nose.

    [email protected]

  • Ben

    The senators letter was only published with the Oregon catalyst. Is this because this is a giant load of bs? Reefer madness? Senator Whitsett, please open your mind a little, not one thing in your letter was positive. I bet you could come up with a million reasons alcohol legalization is good. Economy, agriculture, wood products, food, clothing etc… Saving hundreds of millions on incarceration. OPEN YOUR EYES

  • Received today:

    I assure you this is not what I expected to be doing today but
    I must report a serious violation of your posting rules on
    the Oregon Catalyst.

    In this post [link below] the writer, Senator Whitsett is making
    a calculated harassing and demonizing series of accusations
    against the Cannabis Culture.

    Facts easily proven:

    Cannabis has never been genetically modified by those who cultivate
    the plant for the Cannabis Culture. We merely cross pollinate the
    plants to grow a plant with desired characteristics in the
    same exact way that we cultivate heirloom tomatoes of a certain
    taste and color or dogs of a certain disposition.

    It is no less offensive to us to be harassed in this way painted
    as using genetically modified organisms or GMO’s than it would
    be to attack the main breeders of champions dogs and accuse
    them of using GMO’s!!

    I demand that this offensive and attacking post be immediately retracted!

    Thank you,

    Michael Krawitz
    USA Patient Representative for the International Alliance of Cannabis Medicine
    Advisor Patients Out of Time
    Director Veterans For Medical Cannabis Access.
    Virginia USA 540-365-2141

  • Jillian Galloway

    So that’s a whole lot of drug dealers going out of business. Good, kids are FAR safer without them around!

  • Dee

    Any Senator with, “smoking juveniles who run afoul …” In their argument gets my vote!

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  • Bongstar420

    BBQ is coated with “carcinogens.” All fermented meats have them too…You breath car exhaust daily…so?

    Addictive like coffee or sugar….so?

    The production potential is changed like every other horticultural and agricultural crop….so?

    Pot is legal now..the only problem is the anti-government people who make money selling black market.

  • Bongstar420

    Actually, no..the guy is not a “minority.”

    …and yes, if you looked and acted identical, your drug use would not be of concern…it really is the culture which people are struggling with.

    Honestly, I don’t like most “lifestylers.” I really dislike the sort he refers to which is like 75% of the “lifestylers” population..College grads smoking on weekends is not “lifestyler.” I’m talking at least every day minimum.

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