|English | Español||January 18, 2018 | Issue #30|
"Therapeutic Justice," Made in USA
The Drug Treatment Lobby's Newest Industry: Marijuana Users
Texto de la Caricatura:
“Tienes dos opciones”, dice el Estado brasileño a los usuarios de
Texto do cartum:
“Você tem duas escolhas”, afirma o governo brasileiro aos usuários de
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U.S.-Funded “Expert” Brings Reefer Madness to Brazil
São Paulo Newspaper Claims that Marijuana Causes “Insomnia, Nausea, Muscular Pain,” and “Loss of Appetite”
By Al Giordano
Special to The Narco News Bulletin
Brazilian Psychologist Ronaldo Laranjeira claims that marijuana smokers suffer from “insomnia, nausea, muscular pain, anxiety,a nervousness, sweat, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and intense desire to use the drug.”
He recently invited professor Robert Stephens, who’s “Marijuana Treatment Project” has been financed by the U.S. government, to promote this new industry in Brazil. Stephens was co-author of a 2002 report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that was refuted by a JAMA editorial in the very same issue. Stephens has also invited some ridicule by extrapolating “data” from a cartoon TV show – The Simpsons – to establish wide generalities about marijuana smokers everywhere.
Does marijuana cause insomnia? Does it cause nausea and loss of appetite? Does pot smoking cause muscle pain? Does it cause anxiety and nervousness? Or is the fact that marijuana is illegal that brings anxiety and nervousness to some users?
And, if marijuana does cause insomnia, nausea, muscle pain, and anxiety, why do so many doctors and health care professionals in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere prescribe marijuana as a medicine to relieve those very same problems of insomnia, nausea, muscle pain, and anxiety?
Which doctors are lying? Which are telling the truth? And why are the dishonest ones spreading falsehoods?
And, are we making progress if governments impose medical or psychiatric ‘treatment’ on drug users instead of prison? Or is ‘therapeutic justice’ the same, or perhaps worse, than prison?
Kind readers – doctors and patients – please give us the true facts, and feel free to include a link or two to more information about the true effects of marijuana use in your comments.
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