On The Narcosphere
Posted on Mon Jul 18th, 2005 at 03:50:03 PM EST
In today's Washington Post, Sam Coates reports that the U.S. and the Netherlands have reached an accord on dealing with "high potency marijuana." U.S. Drug Czar John Walters and Dutch Health Minister Hans Hoogervorst have announced plans to hold a summit on the topic, despite the lack of any scientific evidence that "high potency marijuana" presents any real public health threat. Its discouraging to see the Dutch government lend credence to one of the drug war's oldest and most ridiculous myths.
Coates' claims that:
"The administration drug chief and his new best friend had bonded over a new high-potency form of marijuana, known as THC, because of its psychoactive ingredient delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol."
Apparently neither Coates nor the fact-checking team at the Post delved into the issue deeply enough to realize that THC is the active ingredient in ALL marijuana, not some new chemical produced only by hyper-potent plants.