New Marijuana Research: Stoned People Aren't Stupid

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Having noted earlier this week that marijuana users sometimes do rather foolish things, I was pleased to find this today:

Experienced marijuana users perform tasks as accurately after having smoked cannabis as they do sober, according to clinical trial data published in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology.
Investigators at New York State’s Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University assessed the impact of acute cannabis intoxication on the decision-making abilities of 36 subjects, as assessed by the Iowa Gambling Task performance test. [NORML News]

It is an article of faith among those seeking to purge this precious plant from the planet that it shrinks your brain, figuratively if not literally. American tax dollars have paid for announcements that marijuana could cause you to shoot your best friend, run over a toddler on a tricycle, get pregnant at a party, get your hand stuck in your mouth, and on and on.

Of course, Joey Stoner needn't consult peer-reviewed research to confirm that he hasn’t accidentally killed anyone lately. Still, it's powerfully frustrating that marijuana consumers must defend their own competence against baseless and derogatory characterizations issued by sanctimonious bureaucrats who are, themselves, incompetent in every sense of the word.

Having already flunked math, science, history and social studies, it is those who wage endless war on this useful plant that are truly deserving of a scientific performance evaluation.

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I concur

As a marijuana patient and a martial artist I must concur. I have trained many and have competed while medicated. I have trained over 300 students and they always done well at tournements.

Employers are firing patients for marijuana based on the possibility of impairment. I used marijuana berore sleep and eleven hours before work. I was fired because my employer said I may be impaired.

I am a 32 year user, and Medical Marijuana patient in Oregon since 2001.

Iv'e heard all the lies before, but the truth always finds a way.
The days of zero tolerance and prohibition are numbered.

I can smoke a joint and break a stack of cement block caps.
If this impairment then I love being impaired.
Lorenzo Gonzales, Oregon resident

Sorry, but your are wrong.

Sorry, but your are wrong. Pot does not cause instant death and not usually mayhem either, but long term use can cause many of the same heart and lung problems associated with long term tobacco use. Inhaling too much of anything can kill you. It is a slower death than tobacco.

Maybe if you smoke it...

...but that's just one method of administration, which I'm sure users would gladly abandon in exchange for the freedom to consume without fear of having a frickin' narc vehicle crash into their house.  

Stoned people are only stupid if

they were stupid before they smoked.

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