Marijuana Costs IQ Points ... Still Want to Legalize It?
We all know the tropes about stoners - but now there's evidence that smoking weed actually does permanent damage to your brain. Indeed, it has now been officially noted that getting loaded on the Acapulco Gold causes this: “Persistent users” who started as teenagers suffered a drop of eight IQ points at the age of 38, compared to when they were 13."
While that might not seem like much, for most people this represents the difference between being average and being subnormal. So, if you grew up around spleef-jockies and got the strange impression that they were off by just a notch... you may have been right!
Having never touched a leaf of the bud in my life -- and being mocked by friends and associates as a "square," a "rube," or a "narc" -- I feel justified in my long-held position that I couldn't afford to give up any of the few brain cells that I had to rub together for the sake of Mary Jane.
If you're libertarian about this sort of thing on the premise that "it's no worse than booze," does your position change even slightly given the evidence that pot actually does permanent damage to your brain, especially if you use it when you're young?
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