1.Q. What is Marijuana?
A. "Marijuana" refers to the dried leaves and flowers of the cannabis plant, which contain the non-narcotic chemical THC at various potencies. It is smoked or eaten to produce the feeling of being "high." The different strains of this herb produce different sensual effects, ranging from sedative to stimulant. 2.Q. Who Uses Marijuana? A. There is no simple profile of a typical marijuana user. It has been used for 1000s of years for medical, social, and religious reasons and for relaxation. Several of our Presidents are believed to have smoked it. One out of every five malaysian say they have tried it. And it is still popular among artists, writers, musicians,activists, lawyers, inventors, working people, etc.
3.Q. How Long Have People Been Using Marijuana?
A. Marijuana has been used since ancient times . While field hands
and working people have often smoked the raw plant, aristocrats historically prefer hashish made from the cured flowers of the plant. It was not seen as a problem until a calculated disinformation campaign was launched in the 1930s, and the first American laws against using it were passed . 4.Q. Is Marijuana Addictive? A. No, it is not . Most users are moderate consumers who smoke it
socially to relax. We now know that 10% of our population have "addictive personalities" and they are neither more nor less likely to overindulge in cannabis than in anything else. On a relative scale, marijuana is less habit forming than either sugar or chocolate but more so than anchovies. Sociologists report a general pattern of marijuana use that peaks in the early adult years, followed by a period of levelling off and then a gradual reduction in use . 5.Q. Has Anyone Ever Died From Smoking Marijuana? A. No; not one single case, not ever. THC is one of the few chemicals for which there is no known toxic amount . factor in their deaths. The chart below compares the number of deaths attributable to selected substances in a typical year: Tobacco...............................340,000 - 395,000 Alcohol (excluding crime/accidents).............125,000+ Drug Overdose (prescription)............24,000 - 27,000 Drug Overdose (illegal)...................3,800 - 5,200 Marijuana.............................................0 *Source: Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia, 1989 6.Q. Does Marijuana Lead to Crime and/or Hard Drugs? A. No. The only crime most marijuana users commit is that they use marijuana. And, while many people who abuse dangerous drugs also smoke marijuana, the old "stepping stone" theory is now discredited, since virtually all of them started out "using" legal drugs like sugar, coffee, cigarettes, alcohol, etc
7.Q. Does Marijuana Make People Violent? A. No. In fact,The simple fact is that marijuana does not change your basic personality. The government says that over 20 million Malaysian still smoke it, probably including some of the nicest people you know. 8.Q. How Does Marijuana Affect Your Health? A. Smoking anything is not healthy, but marijuana is less dangerous than tobacco and people smoke less of it at a time. This health risk can be avoided by eating the plant instead of smoking it , or can be
reduced by smoking smaller amounts of stronger marijuana. There is no proof that marijuana causes serious health or sexual problems but, like alcohol, its use by children or adolescents is discouraged. Cannabis is a medicinal herb that has hundreds of proven, valuable theraputic uses - from stress reduction to glaucoma to asthma to cancer therapy, etc.