Marijuana legalization opponent Heidi Heilman says today’s marijuana is 300 percent to 800 percent stronger than in the past

By C. Eugene Emery Jr. on March 30th, 2014

Our ruling
Heidi Heilman said, “Today’s marijuana is 300 percent to 800 percent more potent than the pot of yesteryear.”
Long-term testing shows that, on average, today’s marijuana is three times more potent than pre-1993 marijuana and eight times more potent than grass seized in 1976 and earlier.

We rate her claim as True.

Marijuana legalization opponent Heidi Heilman says today’s marijuana is 300 percent to 800 percent stronger than in the past

Editors note: This item was revised on April 1, 2014 to reflect the fact that increases of 300 and 800 percent represent four- and nine-fold increases respectively. The ruling remains the same. In the debate over whether marijuana should be legalized, one issue is the question of potency.

 
 

“A new study by the Institute of Psychiatry suggests that 24% of new cases of psychosis are resulting from use of high potency ‘skunk-like’ cannabis.”

In response, Mark Winstanley, CEO of Rethink Mental Illness said:

“People often think of cannabis as a safe or harmless drug, but this study clearly shows that smoking ‘skunk’ greatly increases your chances of developing serious mental health problems.

“Reclassifying cannabis isn’t the answer. What we really need to see is more education about the risks of using the drug, especially for younger people, who are particularly vulnerable. Essentially, smoking cannabis is like playing a very real game of Russian roulette with your mental health.”

Rethink Mental Illness

A new study by the Institute of Psychiatry suggests that 24% of new cases of psychosis are resulting from use of high potency ‘skunk-like’ cannabis. In response, Mark Winstanley, CEO of Rethink Mental Illness said: “People often think of cannabis as a safe or harmless drug, but this study clearly shows that smoking ‘skunk’ greatly increases your chances of developing serious mental health problems. “Reclassifying cannabis isn’t the answer.

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