Wednesday, 16 January 2013

The absence of facts

Over the weekend i submitted a 6,000 word article on cannabis and the law to Amazon Singles.  They take a couple of weeks to decide what they will accept for publication in this programme.

In an effort to be accurate I included in it the findings from a big cannabis research project in New Zealand carried out jointly (no pun) between Duke College, Carolina and King's College, London.  The results of this research were widely published in mid-summer 2012.   The two most prominent findings were that (a) cannabis is harmless to adults but (b) affects the IQ of youngsters under the age of 18.

All this seemed reasonable to me and so I quoted it.  Last night I read that the second claim was being queried by a research institution in Oslo (more of this on my website

This leaves us only with the first finding, that cannabis is harmless to adults.  As ever, more news as I hear about it, but, and this is a big BUT, you would think, wouldn't you, that governments that lock citizens up for 5, 10, 15 years for growing cannabis, would make some small effort to get the facts right. Eighty years after cannabis was made illegal in the UK, the experts still cannot agree on whether it is harmful, or if so, how harmful.

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