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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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1. Are people really being arrested for marijuana possession? What happens when someone is arrested?

2. Isn't there some sort of government program to provide sick people with marijuana?

3. Is marijuana really harmless, like everyone has been saying?

4. Many other substances have been touted as miracle cures which then turned out to be worthless or even dangerous, so how do we know that this will not be the case with marijuana?

5. Why would anyone want to smoke a medicine? Isn't smoking per se bad for you?

6. If marijuana has medical value, why isn't medically available in the Netherlands?

7. Isn't medical marijuana just the opening wedge to legalize marijuana generally?

8. Isn't legalizing marijuana just the opening wedge to legalizing all drugs?

9. Isn't legalizing marijuana just an elitist cop-out that disregards the impact that this would have on the poor in the inner cities?

10. Didn't the legalization of drugs in the Netherlands lead to a sharp increase in addiction and violent crime?


Frequently Unasked Questions (FUQs)

  1. If marijuana has no medical value, why would someone with a serious medical problem decline to use legal medicines that would be covered by their insurance and insist on something that could subject them to arrest?
  2. If marijuana has no medical value, what is the appropriate jail term for a sick, dying or disabled person who uses it?
  3. If marijuana has no medical value, what is the appropriate jail term for a doctor who prescribes it when he finds that no legal medication works as well?
  4. If marijuana has no medical value, why is it used in cancer and spinal cord injury wards through out the country?
  5. If marijuana has no medical value, why is the government providing it for free to eight people?
  6. If marijuana has no medical value, why is its principle active ingredient, THC, legally available by prescription?
  7. If marijuana has no medical value, why was it called "One of the safest therapeutically active substances known...." by the Drug Enforcement Administration's own Administrative Law Judge, Francis Young, in 1988.
  8. If marijuana is so dangerous, where are the actuarial statistics about its victims? Where are the bodies?
  9. How do you pronounce FUQs?

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