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Appendix — Medicinal

Appendix: Medicinal

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How dangerous is marijuana in comparison to other substances?

    Number of American deaths per year that result directly or primarily from the following selected causes nationwide, according to World Almanacs, Life Insurance Actuarial (death) Rates, and the last 20 years of U.S. Surgeon Generals’ reports. (Figures are for 1994 from the federal governments Bureau of Mortality Statistics and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, et al. — the last complete year at the time of this writing.)

    TOBACCO .............................. 340,000 to 450,000

    ALCOHOL (Not including 50% of all highway deaths and 65% of all murders) ....... 150,000+

    ASPIRIN (Including deliberate overdose) ................................................................ 180 to 1,000+

    CAFFEINE (From stress, ulcers, and triggering irregular heartbeats, etc.) ...... 1,000 to 10,000

    ‘LEGAL’ DRUG OVERDOSE (Deliberate or accidental) from legal, prescribed or patent medicines and/or mixing with alcohol—e.g. Valium/alcohol ........................ 14,000 to 27,000

    ILLICIT DRUG OVERDOSE (Deliberate or accidental) from all illegal drugs ............................................................... 3,800 to 5,200

    THEOPHYLLINE (Pharmaceutical drug legally prescribed for asthma) ........................................ 50

        Theophylline is also responsible for 6,500 Emergency Room admits and 1,000 cases of permanent brain damage per year.

    MARIJUANA ................................................................. 0

    Marijuana users also have the same or lower incidence of murders and highway deaths and accidents than the general non-marijuana using population as a whole. Crancer Study, UCLA; U.S. Funded ($6 million), First & Second Jamaican Studies, 1968 to 1974; Costa Rican Studies, 1980 to 1982; et al.

LOWEST TOXICITY

    100% of the studies done at dozens of American universities and research facilities show pot toxicity does not exist. Medical history does not record anyone dying from an overdose of marijuana (UCLA, Harvard, Temple, etc.).

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