Myth 1: Cannabis leads to harder drugs
There are no scientific studies linking cannabis use with adoption of hard drugs. Behavior in the 1980’s suggests an inverse relationship—while cannabis use declined, cocaine soared. Recent studies show a 33% decline in opioid overdoses in states where medical marijuana was legalized.
Sources: NORML; drugabuse.com
Myth 2: Cannabis is still far from mainstream
According to a 2017 Yahoo News/Marist College poll, 54% of adults have tried weed, and 22% are currently consuming. More than 4 out of 5 believe it should be legalized for medical purposes, and 49% for recreation. Far from demonizing it, 70% see it as less risky than alcohol, and 56% think its socially acceptable to consume.
Sources: Washington Post; Yahoo News/Marist College
Myth 3: Marijuana is much more potent today
That depends on your point of comparison. Marijuana potency did double from the sixties to the seventies, when domestic growers began to cultivate stronger strains, but average potency has not been climbing as rapidly since then. The idea of a massive increase in potency came from a government study comparing old, stale marijuana found in police lockers to recently harvested cannabis. That said, growers are producing specialized, ever-more potent strains, so if your last experience with cannabis was some low-quality weed in 1968, and you purchase some super strains today, you may be in for a surprise. Another good reason to grow your own—through choice of strains, you control potency.
Sources: Business Insider; NORML