Alternet: “Five Things the Corporate Media Don’t Want You to Know About Cannabis”

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director September 28, 2009

    I’ve written previously about the mainstream media’s propensity to under report and distort stories that challenge marijuana prohibition.

    Apparently my latest missive has hit a nerve — as it has quickly risen to become the most read story on Alternet.

    5 Things the Corporate Media Don’t Want You to Know About Cannabis
    via Alternet.org

    1. Marijuana Use Is Not Associated With a Rise in Incidences of Schizophrenia

    2. Marijuana Smoke Doesn’t Damage the Lungs Like Tobacco

    3. Cannabis Use Potentially Protects, Rather Than Harms, the Brain

    4. Marijuana Is a Terminus, Not a ‘Gateway,’ to Hard Drug Use

    5. Government’s Anti-Pot Ads Encourage, Rather Than Discourage, Marijuana Use

    Read the full text of the story here.

    39 responses to “Alternet: “Five Things the Corporate Media Don’t Want You to Know About Cannabis””

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    2. Mike R says:

      Excellent coverage on these points! I particularly like the refutation on the gateway effect, which is still most drug warrior’s primary (if not only) argument.

      Now if we could get some coverage on how prohibition actually puts drugs in the hands of children as opposed to legalizing and regulating them. I’m so tired of hearing about the “wrong message” we’ll send to the children.

    3. Mike Stroup says:

      Perception matters much, truth often very little. Truth is very rarely so much as a fleeting consideration in the course of human circumstance, and is more commonly treated as a distracting nuissance to be manipulated. A significant number of sheeple have been brainwashed into thinking that cannabis (a.k.a., Marijuana) is the “Devil’s Weed.” They are likely to take that lie to their graves, out of stubborn laziness, more of the same stupidity that enabled them to be indoctrinated in the first place. I have no rub with people led by lies, and I acknowledge their God-given right to harbor any perceptions they are inclined, as long as they do not try and run my life or impose their stupidness on others.

    4. Gene Burns of KGO Radio in , San Francisco has a Saturday show devoted entirely to the consumption of Alcohol ( or wine ). This is sending the wrong message to our children since alcohol is one of the main contributors to death & murder on our highways , a creator of obesity and a host of other health related problems & unlike marijuana it creates aggression leading to violence . PLEASE ….let’s send this drug pusher & the Producers of KGO Radio a clear message… IT IS NOT OK TO PUSH A DRUG on your program especially to kids . Send them an email by going to ; KGO Radio . You’ll get their contact information there . Thankyou for your help .

    5. CKDK29 says:

      What doesnt the gov get about POTENTIALY PROTECTS THE BRAIN RATHER THAN HARM . What a screwd up country this is dispickable

    6. seedy says:

      Norml.the State of Florida is trying to collect 700,000 voters signatures so that medical marijuana could be places on the 2010 ballot this is being done by PEOPLE UNITED FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA this effort was started by one woman K.Russ …..tell me what if anything Norml is doing to help get the petitions out and signed ?To get this on the Florida ballot. like all you’ve done for other states cali,washington oregon but where are you at in Florida?know Norml has chapters here but we dont hear from them ,tell me what up with this ! Sure could use some help to get the petitions out and the word about this effort.

    7. Samson says:

      What about spreading foundless lies about Cannabis that promote prejudice?…Or what about allowing our environment/eco-systems to be ruined by “BIG” Business; instead of promoting the Hemp/Cannabis Industries( which, ARE Eco-friendly )?? That sounds more like the “WRONG MESSAGE” to send to America’s youth….but, what do I know? I’m just a “stoner”…right?! B. to the S. my fellow heads.

    8. Mike H says:

      News! Finally!

    9. Stompedonmyrights says:

      This is not new. Those of us who have been arrested for Cannabis know just how the media treats this issue. It has always been one sided in order to hide the Constructive Fraud placed upon the people. We can go over this most excellent information over and over again but it does not stop the arrest, this is why we should be pushing to get this unlawful act stopped. The President said he ways going to put a stop to unethical behavior by the federal government.

    10. Samson says:

      Can anyone connect these dots???

      President Obama said the other day(in an article on Yahoo! news) and I quote ” Our school calander is based upon the agrarian economy and not too many of our kids are working the fields today”. WELL, guess what….our nation’s rules and regulations regarding Cannabis and it’s prohibition are outdated, too. And not too many of our kids are jumping out of 10 story windows via “reefer madness” these days.