#4 Marta DiForti
Dr. Marta Di Forti, a professor of psychiatry at Kings College London, authored a study claiming that people who used strong marijuana -- or "skunk", as they now call it in Britain -- were at an elevated risk of developing psychiatric problems in comparison to people who did not smoke marijuana. At the same time, her research says that "The use of hash was not associated with increased risk of psychosis." What? How can a concentrated form of cannabis not have the same alleged effects? Makes you wonder what they're smoking over at Kings College...
#5 Joseph Califano
Joseph Califano -- a former heavyweight Washington lawyer, adviser to two presidents and founder of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse -- has been railing against marijuana for decades. Some of the most prominent myths concerning cannabis consumption are his rallying cries -- marijuana is a gateway to cocaine and heroin abuse, it is more harmful today than it was "back in the day", and all the rest. He specializes in 'shocktoids' — meaningless alarmist “statistics” (often false) with a purpose to shock the public into demanding even more drug war excesses. He has been described as "a very well-funded prohibitionist propagandist." We at VANORML sure wish we could be well funded to spread some TRUTH, but for now, we'll settle for calling out those with Reefer Madness for what they are -- a sad excuse to deny Americans personal freedom and natural medicine.
It's choosing time.