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  • Study: Marijuana Does Not Lead to Hard Drugs

    Posted by reaper on 2002-12-06 at 11:06

    Study: Marijuana Does Not Lead to Hard Drugs
    Mon Dec 2, 4:54 PM ET

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Countering a basic principle of American
    anti-drug policies, an independent U.S. study concluded on Monday that
    marijuana use does not lead teenagers to experiment with hard drugs like
    heroin or cocaine.

    The study by the private, nonprofit RAND Drug Policy Research Center
    rebutted the theory that marijuana acts as a so-called gateway drug to
    more harmful narcotics, a key argument against legalizing pot in the
    United States.

    The researchers did not advocate easing restrictions in marijuana, but
    questioned the focus on this substance in drug control efforts.

    Using data from the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse between 1982
    and 1994, the study concluded teenagers who took hard drugs were
    predisposed to do so whether they tried marijuana first or not.

    “Kids get their first opportunity to use marijuana years before they get
    their first exposure to hard drugs,” said Andrew Morral, lead author of
    the RAND study.

    “Marijuana is not a gateway drug. It’s just the first thing kids often
    come across.”

    Morral said 50 percent of U.S. teenagers had access to marijuana by the
    age of 16, while the majority had no exposure to cocaine, heroin or
    hallucinogens until they were 20.

    The study, published in the British journal Addiction, does not advocate
    legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana, which has been linked to
    side-effects including short-term memory loss.

    But given limited resources, Morral said the U.S. government should
    reconsider the prominence of marijuana in its much-publicized “war on
    drugs.”

    “To a certain extent we are diverting resources away from hard drug
    problems,” he said. “Spending money on marijuana control may not be
    having downstream consequences on the use of hard drugs.”

    Researchers say predisposition to drug use has been linked to genetic
    factors and one’s environment, including family dynamics and the
    availability of drugs in the neighborhood.

    Ska bli intressant att läsa sen när den blir tillgänglig.. 😉

    replied 19 years, 11 months ago 1 Member · 3 Replies
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  • reaper

    Member
    2002-12-06 at 13:10

    Har du länken? Eller du kanske inte tog den från nätet?

  • reaper

    Member
    2002-12-06 at 13:11

    Med erfarenheter ifrån den indragna WHO-rapporten så kan vi nog räkna med att rapporten kommer att ogiltigförklaras på ett eller annat sätt.
    Skulle tippa på att dom kommer att peka på urvalet bland dom som ingåt i testet inte tillräckligt representerar befolkningen i stort och därför kan man inte lita på resultatet…

    Det finns alltför starka ekonomiska intressen i USA som vill att plantan ska utrotas helt. Framförallt oljeindustrin.
    Det är inte mycket som har förändrats sedan -30-talet.

  • reaper

    Member
    2002-12-07 at 19:34

    @Charles-Gunnar wrote:

    Har du länken? Eller du kanske inte tog den från nätet?

    N, jag fick artikeln som mail… men den kunde väl eventuellt finnas på Reuters website..? Själva rapporten finns inte tillgänglig än vad jag känner till, men ..tja. 🙄 😉