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DOPE: Weed, Dain Bramage and Michael Brown

A great breakdown of the difference between alcohol and weed and it’s possible bearing on Brown’s bizarre behavior. See below from R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.:

With contemporary marijuana, the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) rate, that is to say, the psychoactive ingredient in the drug, is about 15 percent higher than it was in the 1960s or ‘70s. The increased level of THC makes the drug at least five times more powerful and brings with it increased medical problems. This little-known fact hints at how widespread our ignorance really is during the current debate about marijuana, or I should say the current non-debate?

Possibly, these findings might bear on Michael Brown’s erratic behavior in Ferguson, Mo., before his tragic death. We know that the 6-foot-4, 292-pound teenager was at least on marijuana. We know that 10 minutes before he was shot, he robbed a liquor store of cheap cigars. And at least some of us know that those Swisher Sweet cigars are used as a conduit for ingesting a mixture of PCP and marijuana. My guess is that Brown’s senseless death was brought on by what the psychiatrists mentioned above have referred to as psychosis and permanent brain injury.

Yet marijuana, despite these findings, is increasingly considered the civilized alternative to moderate use of alcohol. How can this be? How can a country that has recently driven out tobacco — whose problems most people were well aware of — suddenly legalize a drug found to be so dangerous by modern science? Lung disease is terrible, but mental health disorders are arguably worse, and they occur across a wide range of human behavior.

Read more: Washington Times

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