WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The marijuana being sold across the United States is stronger than ever, which could explain a growing number of medical emergencies that involve the drug, government drug experts on Wednesday.
Analysis of seized samples of marijuana and hashish showed that more of the cannabis on the market is of the strongest grade, the White House and National Institute for Drug Abuse said.
They cited data from the University of Mississippi's Marijuana Potency Project showing the average levels of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, in the products rose from 7 percent in 2003 to 8.5 percent in 2006.
National Institute on Drug Abuse Director Dr. Nora Volkow fears the problem is not being taken seriously because many adults remember the marijuana of their youth as harmless.
"It's really not the same type of marijuana," Volkow said in a telephone interview.
"This could explain why there has been an increase in the number of medical emergencies involving marijuana."
Just a sec, Tex. Medical emergencies involving marijuana? What could that possibly be? Emergency hospitalization for overconsumption of beer nuts, herb tea, and cold pizza? And how does one go to work for the UMiss Marijuana Potency Study?
Why do American politicans refuse to admit they've lost? They lost Vietnam, they lost Iraq, the war on drugs....its hearts and minds they ahve to win, and you dont do that by shooting people or prohibition. Cancer patients are forced to go to street dealers for medical marijuana, only compounding the problem. Even Canada jacks up the price of their medical pot by 155%!