This premise tends to be based on the idea that marijuana is a relatively safe drug which doesn't drastically alter moods or produce serious side effects. But there is one individual who believes that this rationale is patently false.
Gavin McInnes is a writer, cofounder of Vice Magazine, and is known in some circles as "The Godfather of Hipsterdom" - so he's hardly a prude, pompously-moralizing voice in the blogosphere. But last month, McInnes penned a piece called "Has Pot Become A Hard Drug?" in which he chronicles his experience while under the influence of a strain of today's marijuana. It's a must-read for anyone who is convinced that pot is totally harmless.
McInnes reported a wide range of harsh mental and physical symptoms, and went on to compare the intensity of the episode to his younger days while doing heroin and MDMA. He also cites other sources who claim that many modern pot users dilute their weed with tobacco because it is too strong.
For those who remain steadfast in their belief that inappropriate behavior while on drugs should be punished but that drugs themselves shouldn't be outlawed, this article won't change any minds. But if you were convinced that today's marijuana is a drug that isn't very strong or serious, you may need to readjust your thinking. Because once this shift in potency becomes widely known, law enforcement efforts to ban the drug may just begin anew in Washington.
What are your thoughts on the potency of today's pot (especially as it compares to the weed of years gone by)? Feel free to post them in the comments.