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Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives and 2 others

Tell Congress Cc President Obama Marijuana - Alcohol Facts.

03/19/12 UPDATE: This action is still HOT and is a great way to "educate" our mis-representatives and all those who have "bought" the "Reefer Madness" propaganda.

For those of you who would like to take the quiz, you need to do so BEFORE you read the petition below, which gives away the answers - otherwise skip directly to the petition.


This quiz is a project of the Marijuana Policy Project Foundation.

MPP's new Potentially Deadly Alcohol and Marijuana Quiz
http://www.marijuana-alcoholquiz.com/home/
will let you test how much you know about the relative harms of these two substances. If you get a question wrong, the quiz will have you "take a shot" of alcohol. At the end, the quiz calculates your blood alcohol content based on the number of shots you had to take in relation to your weight. Ace the quiz and you will be "stone cold sober." But if you flounder, you could wind up dead.
Of course these are imaginary "shots".      

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How much do you know about the relative harms of alcohol and marijuana?

Here is some info from MPP's new Potentially Deadly Alcohol and Marijuana Quiz ...
http://www.marijuana-alcoholquiz.com/home/  ...
from the Marijuana Policy Project Foundation.

It is info about alcohol and marijuana that is important to take into consideration with respect to the prohibitioin issue:

Open "LETTER" below for transcription of answers to the quiz.

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Letter to
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
President of the United States
Here is some info from MPP's new Potentially Deadly Alcohol and Marijuana Quiz ...
http://www.marijuana-alcoholquiz.com/home/ ...
from the Marijuana Policy Project Foundation.

It is info about alcohol and marijuana that is important to take into consideration with respect to the prohibitioin issue:

1) According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, approximately 35,000 Americans die each year from the health effects of consuming alcohol. According to the same agency, the health effects of marijuana cause approximately how many American deaths annually?

None

Deaths from the health effects of marijuana are extremely rare – and may not even exist. In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control does not even have a category for deaths caused by marijuana.

2) The results of the largest case-controlled study ever conducted to investigate the respiratory effects of marijuana smoking and cigarette smoking were released in 2006. Which of the following conclusions did it reach?

Marijuana smoking was not associated with an increased risk of lung cancer.

Not only was marijuana smoking not associated with an increased risk of lung cancer, but it was not found to be associated with lung-related cancers at all, even among subjects who had smoked up to 22,000 joints in their lifetimes. The study’s lead researcher, Dr. Donald Tashkin at the University of California at Los Angeles, offered, "We hypothesized that there would be a positive association between marijuana use and lung cancer … What we found instead was no association at all, and even a suggestion of some protective effect." What the latter part of that quote means is that people who smoked marijuana actually had *lower* incidences of cancer compared to non-users of the drug.

3) The ratio of fatal dose to "effective" dose for alcohol is about 10. In other words, if you were to consume 10 times the standard amount of alcohol used to produce an intoxicating effect (considered to be one alcoholic drink) in a short period of time, it would be potentially fatal. How many "standard doses" of marijuana would you need to consume to produce a fatal overdose?

More than 1,000

Researchers believe a person would need to consume approximately 40,000 times the amount of marijuana it takes to get high in order to produce a fatal overdose. Of course, this is just theoretical. There have been no recorded marijuana overdoses in more than 5,000 years of widespread use.

4) The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 25-30% of violent crimes in the United States are related to the use of alcohol. What percent of violent crimes in the U.S. are attributed to the use of marijuana?

Less than 5%

While we have conservatively included "less than 5%" as the answer, we could have easily said "less than 1%." In truth, the government does not even track violent acts related to marijuana use, as the use of marijuana is not associated with violence. (Of course, we should note that marijuana prohibition, by creating a widespread criminal market, is associated with acts of violence.)

5) Recent studies have examined the impact of marijuana and alcohol use on the brain. These studies have found…

Alcohol damages brains cells, while marijuana use may actually protect them.

Surprisingly, despite the myths spread throughout our lives about marijuana killing brain cells, it turns out that a growing number of studies seem to indicate that marijuana actually has neuroprotective properties. In other words, it works to protect brain cells from harm. For example, one recent study found that among teens who engaged in binge-drinking, those who also used marijuana suffered significantly less damage to the white matter in their brains, when compared to binge-drinkers who didn't use marijuana.

6) What is the impact of marijuana use and alcohol use on the likelihood of developing any kind of cancer?

Marijuana use is less likely to lead to cancer than alcohol use.

Alcohol use is associated with a wide variety of cancers, including cancers of the esophagus, stomach, colon, lungs, pancreas, liver, and prostate. Marijuana use has not been conclusively associated with any form of cancer. In fact, one study recently contradicted the long-time government claim that marijuana use is associated with head and neck cancers. It found that marijuana use actually reduced the likelihood of head and neck cancers.

7) Alcohol is...

The third leading cause of premature death among Americans

In 2004, investigators from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported that alcohol consumption was the third leading cause of death in America, trailing only tobacco smoking and poor diet.

8) According to the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, marijuana is…

Significantly less addictive than alcohol

Authors of the 1999 Institute of Medicine report wrote, "Millions of Americans have tried marijuana, but most are not regular users [and] few marijuana users become dependent on it … Although [some] marijuana users develop dependence, they appear to be less likely to do so than users of other drugs (including alcohol and nicotine), and marijuana dependence appears to be less severe than dependence on other drugs." In raw numbers, the report noted that fewer than 10% of those who try marijuana meet the clinical criteria for "drug dependence," compared to about 15% of those who try alcohol.

9) People attempting to end their addiction to alcohol can face extremely severe withdrawal symptoms, including delirium, convulsions, and, on rare occasions, even death. According to drug addiction experts, what are the most problematic withdrawal symptoms for people who stop using marijuana?

Irritability, insomnia, and loss of appetite

While addiction experts recognize that people may develop a psychological dependence on marijuana, the drug does not produce a significant physical dependence, even among long-term regular users. Physical withdrawal symptoms are generally quite mild.

10) Approximately how many students in the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape each year?

100,000

About 97,000 sexual assaults each year on U.S. campuses are alcohol-related, according to a study published in the Annual Review of Public Health in 2005. Moreover, researchers believe that a very large percentage of violent acts on campus are alcohol-related. According to one 1994 report by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA), as many as 95% of all campus assaults are alcohol-related, and 90% of all reported campus rapes involve a victim or an assailant who has been drinking alcohol. Marijuana, by contrast, is not considered to be a significant contributing factor in sexual assaults at colleges and universities.



These facts indicate that there is absolutely no sense in claiming that marijuana is prohibited for the our protection.




Cc: President Obama