Smoking pot makes you dumb — study

With the  loosening of anti-pot laws insome parts of the US) echoing loudly in the background comes the further news that researchers found “persistent users of the drug, who started smoking it at school, had lower IQ scores as adults.”

So says the Telegraph, going on: “They were also significantly more likely to have attention and memory problems in later life, than their peers who abstained”.

Not only but also, “those who started as teenagers and used it heavily, but quit as adults, did not regain their full mental powers, found academics at King’s College London and Duke University in the US,”  the story states, adding the researchers

“ looked at data from over 1,000 people from Dunedin in New Zealand, who have been followed through their lives since being born in 1972 or 1973.

 “Participants were asked about cannabis usage when they were 18, 21, 26, 32 and 38. Their IQ was tested at 13 and 38. In addition, each nominated a close friend or family member, who was asked about attention and memory problems.”

In another story, drug law reform campaigners who  “hired a standard commercial vending machine for their Auckland clubrooms have replaced the cans with one-gram bags of cannabis leaf,”  says the Telegraph.

A  “bag-full drops into the tray below when NZ$20 (£10) in banknotes is inserted in the machine’s slot,”  says, pointing out. cannabis use is illegal in New Zealand and can attract penalties of fines and imprisonment, with harsher sentences being imposed for dealing than for possession”.

By using the machine as a dispenser, members of NORML — the National Organisation for Reform of Marijuana Laws — maintain no one at their headquarters is actually ‘dealing’.