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Marijuana dumb stupid brain cells academics college studyingOne of my biggest pet peeves is when non-marijuana consumers assume that I am less intelligent than they are, simply because I consume marijuana and they don’t. It’s a stereotype that I have dealt with for more than half of my life. Do readers have to deal with this as often as I do? For what it’s worth to readers, I graduated from college, and was selected as ‘student of the year’ for my program, and I smoked marijuana everyday. Below is an article that deals with this very issue, and the debate over whether marijuana gets in the way of success in college:

By Amanda Reiman, Drug Policy Alliance

A recent article in USA Today about a report by the University of Maryland School of Public Health claims that marijuana use is the cause of academic downfall, including making students less likely to complete college and increasing the likelihood of unemployment after graduation.

However, a closer look at the actual study reveals a more complicated picture than USA Today would have you believe.

The USA Today article lacks face validity. Even from the title, “Study: Marijuana use increases risk of academic problems,” the public is going to be skeptical.  After all, we know that our last three presidents used marijuana, as have Steve Jobs, Carl Sagan and a host of others that we don’t buy as having “academic problems.”

Alcohol use has been mysteriously omitted from the USA Today article about the study. When looking at the original report, it can be seen that alcohol use is occurring at a higher rate than marijuana use (95% of fourth year college students have had a drink compared to 63% who have tried marijuana).

Furthermore, outcomes such as discontinued college education and the inability to find a job after college could very well have more to do with the illicit nature of marijuana and the collateral sanctions associated with its use, then the impact of the psychoactive properties of marijuana.

Requirements regarding the disclosure of a felony conviction to obtain employment are another barrier that has little to do with the psychoactive effects of marijuana.

In the actual report, the conclusions are more nuanced than those in USA Today. The authors of the study conclude that it is “excessive” drinking and substance use that put kids at risk for poor academic performance. The authors report that these issues often begin in high school and could be related to mental health issues.

The real take home messages from this study? First, adolescents who are drinking and/or using substances (including prescription drugs) excessively while in high school should be paid attention. They could be self-medicating for an undiagnosed mental health issue, or having a tough time socially or academically.

Secondly, using alcohol and marijuana seem to be a normative part of the college experience since they are so common, but, for some students, they can be part of a chain reaction that includes lower academic performance and adjustment. Services should be freely available to students who are struggling.

Finally, although not explicitly mentioned, policies that interrupt and prevent access to education because of substance use should be reconsidered. The report authors state that the more engaged the student is with their academic activities, the less likely they are to use alcohol and other substances excessively.

Is denying access to education and employment a way to make young people more engaged? Not likely.

In addition to providing services for students who find themselves using alcohol and/or other substances excessively, college campuses should actively speak out against the collateral sanctions of substance use that are standing in the way of educational obtainment.

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  1. the only scientifically important question is: does marijuana make you less intelligent than YOU could be, when compared WITH YOURSELF? the fact that you completely missed this point right off the bat, and furthermore apparently care about how others rate your intellect compared to theirs puts you at about an average intelligence or below. no offense intended. if marijuana risks further impairing that intelligence, well, that’s a risk you must be willing to take when balanced with your perceived benefits of use. i work with a lot of different people. some whom i know smoke, and others i know who don’t. i’ve noticed a pattern of memory problems in the mj smoking cohort. this is separate from intellect, obviously, but can be a big problem in my line of work, where memory is crucial. i have no problem with mj itself, and have smoked in the past. but it probably needs to be studied more carefully to truly determine what long term neurological effects it may have, particularly with daily use. you try to make a point, stating our last 3 presidents, carl sagan and steve jobs have used marijuana, noting that they were high-functioning, and very likely not impaired. yet you don’t even hint at their level of consumption, which is essentially dishonest. now, if you could prove to me that barack obama had gone through at least 1 extended period (a few months) of near-daily marijuana use recently (within 2-3 years of being elected to politics) without any effect on memory or cognition, well then you’re actually making a point. granted, this is very hard to prove, hence we need more studies. anyway, those kinds of points hold water when speaking to those who agree with you, but you’re only weakening your argument with those kinds of statements when you bring them to a debate.

  2. You got issues and made yourself seem stupid with all of this…pothead or not… stupid is as stupid says and does. read a few more up to date studies man. don’t follow the propaganda. we should all be free to choose stupid or not

  3. BETTER WITHOUT I N WORST WITH IT> THOSE BIG STARS WHO QUIT CLAIM GREATER SUCCESS WITH LESS EFFORT. SOUND SMART? CHUCK NORRIS KICKSTART PROVE GETTING OFF DOPE INCREASES GRADES N ATTENDANCE. MANY LIBERAL PROFFESORS CONNECTED TO COMMI PARTY USA BOOST YOUR KIND AHEAD, BUT IN REAL WORLD I WORKED POTHEADS OUT ON THE JOB.. NO OFFENSE:GET HELP BEFORE YOU STROKE OUT. PUPILS DILATE SAME AS STROKE, COMA OR HEAD INJURY:NATURES WARNING! I WISH YOU WELL.

  4. THATS CAUSE IT LOWERS TESTOSTERONE, STUDIES SHOW, N YOUD BE SMATER WITHOUT IT N DUMBER WITH IT. STARS QUIT N CLAIM GREATER SUCCESS, N WITH LESS EFFORT. OTHERS NEVER LIKED IT:. ANGUS YOUNG (HOWARD STERN INTERVIEW N 88 MTV INTERVIEW. ALSO MULTI -TALENTED HENRY ROLLINGETC>>>>>

  5. BETTER WITHOUT IT N WORST WITHIT : UNDERSTAND? CHUCK NORRIS KICKSTART PROGRAM SHOWS KIDS GETTING OFF DRUGS N GRADES GET BETTER N ATTENDANCE ALSO. CELEBRITIES WHO QUIT CLAIM LESS EFFORT NEEDED TO BE SUCCESSFULL, MANY TOP STARS NEVER LIKED IT LIKE HENRY ROLLING( OF PUNK BAND BLACK FLAG, HES AJOURNALIST< HES A WRITTER>>>>

  6. dominic fuc ya later on

    richard you dont know shit do you ? weed helps alot of people like people with cancers they have to take kemo therapy and that ruins their ability to be hungry and want to eat. weed helps them get there apetite back and alotta rich people use weed and they graduATED IT DEPENDS ON THE PERSON YOU should be sent to prison for being a dumb ass who likes to open his mouth

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