Pubdate: Tue, 04 Oct 2011 Source: National Post (Canada) Copyright: 2011 Canwest Publishing Inc. Contact: http://drugsense.org/url/wEtbT4yU Website: http://www.nationalpost.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/286 Author: Dr. David Saul, Practising Clinical Cannabinology Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v11/n603/a03.html Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v11/n603/a04.html POT DANGERS (III) Re: Marijuana Has No Place In Society, letter to the editor, Sept. 30; A Misguided Sense Of Justice, letter to the editor, Sept. 28. I understand Dr. Henry T. Chuang's concerns of the potential mental health dysfunctions relating to cannabis. However, those concerns have been shown to be equal or substantially greater for other restricted, illicit drugs, plus well known for alcohol when abused. Many of the psychotropic medications in everyday use continue to pose serious side effect risk profiles. When debating schizophrenia risks with cannabis use, this condition affects about 1% of the population, yet worldwide rates have not increased, despite over 40% of North Americans have used or are using cannabis (and almost all illegally). To quote from The Pot Book, edited by Dr. Julie Holland, clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine: "In America, the most likely harm one might experience as a result of using cannabis is getting arrested." Dr. David Saul, practising clinical cannabinology Toronto. - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.