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Drew Carey's Got the Right "Price" for Pot

11/3/2007 3:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Forget controlling the pet population, new "Price Is Right" host Drew Carey has his own cause -- medical marijuana. Come on down!


The funnyman teamed up with Reason.tv to take a look at the trendy area of Brentwood, Calif. to show how someone can find a place to buy an alcoholic or heavily-caffeinated beverage on nearly every corner -- while the federal government is cracking down on something that can treat the effects of cancer, glaucoma, HIV-AIDS, chronic pain and nausea. Let's see a mocha frappuccino do that!

Carey is hoping the government will reclassify medical marijuana so that those who need it can get it. Maybe he should just give an ounce away in the Showcase Showdown!

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61.

PenisforBrains    

Marijuana Smoking Tied
to Depression, Schizophrenia
Excerpt By Amy Norton, Reuter's Health


NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young people who frequently smoke marijuana may be more likely to later develop depression, anxiety and even schizophrenia, the results of three studies released Friday suggest.



The studies do not establish a definite cause-and-effect relationship. However, researchers say the argument that people prone to mental illness may simply be more likely to use marijuana does not appear to entirely explain the findings.


Whether marijuana is really the culprit behind these mental health problems has long been difficult to establish. In the case of schizophrenia, for example, it has been suggested that people who are in the early stages of developing the disorder may choose to "self-medicate" with drugs like marijuana.


All three reports are published in the November 23rd issue of the British Medical Journal.


One of the studies followed more than 50,000 Swedish men drafted for military service between 1969 and 1970. Researchers found that those who said they had used marijuana, and no other drugs, were more likely than non-drug users to be diagnosed with schizophrenia over the next 27 years.


And the greater the marijuana use, the higher the risk, the study's lead author, Dr. Stanley Zammit, told Reuters Health.


Zammit's team found that among men who reported marijuana as their sole drug of abuse, those who had used it at least 50 times at the start of the study had a nearly seven-times greater risk of schizophrenia. The link remained when the researchers factored in the men's mental health evaluations at the study's outset. They also considered factors such as the men's IQ scores and "personality" traits.


"We cannot be certain that this increase in risk is due to cannabis itself, although we tried to take into account other factors that we felt might explain the association," said Zammit, a researcher at the University of Wales College of Medicine in Cardiff, UK.


Still, he added, considering the fact that schizophrenia risk increased in tandem with marijuana use, "I think the most likely explanation for the increased risk is that of cannabis use."


Past research has suggested that heavy pot smoking may eventually impair memory and learning, as well as mental health. In the other two new studies, researchers found evidence that heavy marijuana use in adolescence may raise the odds of depression, anxiety or schizophrenia-like symptoms later on.


In one, Australian researchers found that among girls in 44 secondary schools, those who smoked pot every day were five times more likely to develop signs of depression or anxiety over the next 7 years. On the other hand, students with depression or anxiety to begin with were not more likely to start using pot.

The third study looked at 759 New Zealand teens followed from birth to age 26. Researchers found that those who had started using pot by age 15 or 18 were more likely than non-users to develop "schizophrenia symptoms" by the time they were 26--regardless of whether they had shown psychotic symptoms when they were evaluated at age 11.

In addition, earlier pot smoking--by age 15--was associated with a greater risk of schizophrenia symptoms, compared with relatively later use of the drug.

"Most young people use cannabis in adolescence without harm," write Dr. Louise Arseneault, of King's College in London, and her co-authors. Still, they conclude, their findings suggest that when it comes to "psychologically vulnerable" teens, marijuana use "should be strongly discouraged."

Zammit pointed out that there is a biological basis to believe that heavy marijuana use could promote mental disorders because the drug acts on receptors found throughout the central nervous system.

But he also noted that with schizophrenia, the underlying cause is complex and not fully understood. "We know that there is no single cause of schizophrenia," Zammit said, "but only lots of factors that increase someone's risk of developing this illness."

If marijuana use does in fact help promote schizophrenia, according to the researcher, the odds that any one user would develop the disorder would still be quite low.

However, Zammit said, "people who use cannabis should be made aware of this possible risk, especially if they use a lot."

SOURCE: British Medical Journal 2002;325:1183-1184, 1195-1198, 1199-1201, 1212-1213.

2492 days ago
62.

notaceleb    

Drew Carey is a fool for using, "PIR," as his political stage. I hope the pothead gets canned.

2492 days ago
63.

Barack    

For 52 Nancy, you almost had me at Amen -- WOW! $41.8 billion is a lot of money. Just think how much our government could save if we just legalized cocaine and murder: it could be in the trillion $ range.. This isn't just a monetary issue, as I know you're aware. Aside from Dr. Gettman, a lot more research is probably in order, especially for the "medicinal" aspect, not just recreational.

@Beefcakes and BFP -- she's baaaaaaaaaaaaaacccccccccccccccccck! Even I know the
new name is YAY or something (ha ha) Good luck, guys

2492 days ago
64.

Jim    

I'm suffering from Peripheral Neuropathy and I am in constant pain every day. Their is no treatment for PN except for my doctor to subscribe very powerful pain med's that don't work. All they end up doing is eating up my liver and cause other problems, not to mention the high chance of heart problems and even death (so it tells you on the label and Web MD) but one day I tried a couple hits of medical Marijuana that a friend of mine had while on a visit and it not only helped with my pain more then any drug I have tried in the past 6 years, it helped me with my depression, rest and I actually ate a regular meal for the first time in years. I'm 49 years old and 9 years of my life have been in pain. I don't buy Marijuana off the street (its very tempting) for a number of reasons. I have never committed a crime and I'm an ex law enforcement officer and I can just picture being busted and spending time, not to mention the fees.
Sure I got a little high off of it but hell I much rather put that in my body instead of the 16 pills I have to take every day that are doing nothing but killing me.

2492 days ago
65.

PenisforBrains    

and lets face it. Pot smell on clothing is just nasty,.........its worse that cig smoke.

2492 days ago
66.

PenisforBrains    

No one would argue that marijuana is as addictive as alcohol or cocaine. However, it's wrong to say that it is not at all addictive. More and more studies are finding that marijuana has addictive properties. Both animal and human studies show physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms from marijuana, including irritability, restlessness, insomnia, nausea and intense dreams. Tolerance to marijuana also builds up rapidly. Heavy users need 8 times higher doses to get the same effects as infrequent users.

For a small percentage of people who use it, marijuana can be highly addictive. It is estimated that 10% to 14% of users will become heavily dependent. More than 120,000 people in the US seek treatment for marijuana addiction every year. Because the consequences of marijuana use can be subtle and insidious, it is more difficult to recognize signs of addiction. Cultural and societal beliefs that marijuana cannot be addictive make it less likely for people to seek help or to get support for quitting.

2492 days ago
67.

Michelle    


Should Marijuana Be Legalized?
Excerpt from ABCNews.com

ABC News Downtown went to Holland to take a look at the nation's tolerant drug policy.

Some of America's biggest taboos thrive in the Netherlands, where prostitution is a legitimate and profitable industry, and same-sex marriage and euthanasia are legal.

And in 1976, the Netherlands decided to tolerate — meaning allow without legalizing — the sale and use of cannabis in some 1,200 licensed "coffee shops."

While Dutch officials believe their policy of tolerance is the antidote to the presence of harder drugs, Downtown's hidden cameras encountered a different reality. Dealers were on what seemed like every street corner, selling drugs like heroin and cocaine.

All drug use — not just marijuana — is decriminalized in Holland, but the growers who supply the drugs operate illegally and can face prosecution.

'Remarkably Benign Drug'

The age minimum to purchase marijuana or hashish (a drug made from hemp) is 18, and the daily limit is 5 grams (.2 ounces), which is the equivalent of about five joints.

"The customer base is everybody from 18 to 80," says Arjan Roskam, who operates the Greenhouse Coffee Shops in Amsterdam. "A lot of politicians. I have a lot of police officers. They're all allowed to smoke in Holland."

American psychologist Art Lecesse went to Holland to research drug use. He was so impressed by the policy that he moved there.

"Here, you don't have to go to jail if you're a marijuana smoker," says Lecesse. "The goal is to try to keep young people in particular away from the criminal drug environment that may get them involved with the harder drugs such as cocaine and heroin."

He adds: "Just like there are many people in the United States who think it's OK to have a beer with lunch, there are also many people here who feel it's OK to smoke a joint after lunch. … All Holland is doing is acting on pharmacological evidence that in terms of its acute and long-term affects, marijuana is a remarkably benign drug."

Dr. Els Borst, the Dutch minister of health, says cannabis does not have serious health risks. "People have died from tobacco and alcohol, from heroin, from cocaine. But never from cannabis," she says.

Steppingstone for Harder Drugs?

Borst also points to a study that shows among Dutch citizens who smoke cannabis, 75 percent abstain from all other drugs.

But retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey, the former U.S. "drug czar," believes marijuana is a steppingstone to harder drugs.

"We don't agree that marijuana is a benign drug. We think it leads to dysfunctional behavior, it requires effective drug treatment and we want to see high social disapproval of marijuana use," McCaffrey told Downtown .

He has called Dutch drug policy "an unmitigated disaster," and says that half the teenagers entering drug treatment programs in the United States are chronic abusers of marijuana.

Reference Source 104

2492 days ago
68.

happyman    

If penislover put some of his agrression towards something a little more positive other than copying and pasting lies off the internet. I can get just as much info for pro marijuana, as you did against it. stats dont lie. do some research on marijuana related deaths vs. alcohol related deaths. I say ban alcohol. beer, wine, hard liquor.....ban it all...
then we can all get high and bitc.h about how alcohol should be legalized.......lol

2492 days ago
69.

howie f.    

Good for Drew. Why is this even a big deal anymore ??? Yeah, it should be legal. Half the US population is addicted in some form or another to prescription drugs, doled out like candy by their friendly physician. Half the old broads you see driving erratically and acting strange at the gocery store are all wacked -out on their "meds." Now, the drug companies have moved toward addicting the younger members of society to their magic pills. I don't even smoke anymore, but this shouldn't even be an issue....

2492 days ago
70.

PenisforBrains    

when your adversaries result in foulmouthed name calling. You know youve won..............

2492 days ago
71.

Barack    

@64 I don't know who you are but you are NOT the original "PFB." Are you his mother? Nobody goes from barely able to write a sentence with typos, etc. to your recent post #63,
excluding your copying and pasting jobs as noted by "happyman." After reviewing the recent comments it actually started somewhere around 50.

What gives? Don't you believe your original argument anymore?

2492 days ago
72.

Marlb Man    

That big fat ugly pig is just trying to be "cool". What a retard! The thought of that ugly slob smoking pot should be enough to make everybody stop smoking it.

2492 days ago
73.

Michelle    

What did you win?....you are truly an idiot!

2492 days ago
74.

Rockers Its Dangeorus    

Time for HERB to be legalized.
Check out www.RockersItsDangerous.com

2492 days ago
75.

Philip    

Star, you don't have your facts, just opinions that sound like de facto. Every drug has side-effects, whether the side-effect(s) is known to the person or not. If a side-effect isn't seen, or otherwise bothersome to the person, that doesn't mean there isn't any negative consequences or drawbacks from using the drug. Now to move on a bit, marijuana has been show in research to affect the brain in negative ways. The chronic use of MJ and the physiogical changes to the brain has been established many times over the years. The pain recepter center in the brain is the most positive out of all this, and the perception of pain is altered. But not in any way different from narcotic pain meds. I'm like the other person who spoke already, most of the people responding are doing so because they see it as a recreation drug of pleasure more than pain medication...

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