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“Opponents of medical marijuana are just being cautious” -- MYTH!

  • In reality, behind the anti-medical marijuana movement is a coordinated campaign funded largely by conservatives like Sheldon Adelson, and companies like Insys Therapeutics (who sells Fentanyl, a drug up to 50x stronger than heroine).
  • Pharmaceutical companies could lose a fortune due to medical marijuana, so they are spending millions to lobby against it and spread misleading (or outright false) information.

“Medical marijuana is dangerous” -- MYTH!

  • Though the average level of THC is higher today than before, since potency does not equal dose, users are able to ingest less of a product with higher levels of THC to achieve the same result. Regardless, this issue can largely be solved by regulating the levels of potency -- just as we do with alcohol.
  • Additionally, opponents of medical marijuana like to cite personal anecdotes and cherry-pick studies, but most of the time their evidence simply confuses correlation with causation.
  • The best way to determine whether you may benefit from the prescribed use of cannabis is to consult with your primary care physician.

“Medical marijuana is particularly dangerous for minors” -- MYTH!

  • As always, we support further research, but as of now, there is no conclusive evidence to suggest that the dangers of medical marijuana vary widely based upon age. To be clear, that does not mean medical marijuana is harmless for children, nor are we endorsing the usage of medical marijuana; except for qualified pediatric patients, based on the expertise and recommendations of their physician.
  • Specific fears about the harms of medical marijuana on children largely stem from one widely criticized study that found a causal link between marijuana-use by developing brains (i.e. children 18 or younger), and a loss of roughly six IQ points once developed later in life. However the study was debunked in the same scientific journal four months later due to concerns about omitted “third” variables, and a computer simulated re-analysis concluded that the study was indeed faulty.
  • In the end, there is no clear evidence that medical marijuana represents a serious threat to the health and well-being of children in the same way that alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs clearly do.

“Medical marijuana is addictive” -- MYTH!

  • Even researchers who insist that medical marijuana addiction exists will also readily admit that the estimated rate of addiction (9%) pales in comparison to alcohol (15%) or tobacco (24%), and that the severity of dependence is minuscule relative to other drugs (including alcohol).

“Medical marijuana is a gateway to other, more dangerous drugs” -- MYTH!

  • This myth has been around for decades, but it’s actually the criminalization of medical marijuana that forces users to engage with dealers, who usually peddle multiple drugs, which then provides access and an incentive to try other, more dangerous substances.

“Medical marijuana will increase usage by minors” -- MYTH!

  • This myth is based on the false assumption that the legalization of medical marijuana will lead to minors suddenly having far greater access than before. In reality, there is no relationship between the legalization of medical marijuana and the usage rates of minors.

“Medical marijuana will cause mayhem on the roads” -- MYTH!

  • Medical marijuana is not 100% safe, and can lead to impaired driving and potential harm if not used responsibly. But the same is true of alcohol and a variety of medications, which studies have proven cause far greater impairment than medical marijuana.
  • Additionally, fully autonomous vehicles will soon render this issue insignificant, which will be an amazing acheivement for public health!

“Medical marijuana will lead to more crime, particularly near dispensaries” -- MYTH!

  • While it is theoretically true that medical dispensaries can be targets for theft (because they often have a lot of cash, just like banks), but this can easily be solved by allowing medical dispensaries to work with banks and credit card processors - just like any other pharmacy.
  • Regardless, The Holistic Centre takes security and regulatory compliance very seriously. We will take every precaution necessary, and we will facilitate an ongoing relationship with the local police department to ensure the safety of our patients and the community at-large.

“Marijuana has no credible medicinal benefits” -- MYTH!

  • That is simply false! The best review of the research to date on medical marijuana, published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, looked at more than 10,000 studies to evaluate medical marijuana's potential benefits and harms. The review concluded that there’s “conclusive evidence” for medical marijuana as a treatment for chronic pain, as well as multiple sclerosis spasticity symptoms, and chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.
  • Medical marijuana may still have many further benefits that we don't even realize yet, which is why the majority of doctors favor legalization and further research.
  • The best way to determine whether you may benefit from the prescribed use of cannabis is to consult with your primary care physician.

“Medical marijuana use causes cancer” -- MYTH!

  • Nevertheless, while it would be understandable to assume that heavy medical marijuana use may increase your risk of cancer, experts have concluded that -- for reasons that are not yet fully understood -- there is " no [positive] association at all, and even a suggestion of some protective effect". In other words, something in medical marijuana may nullifiy the harm you might normally expect from ingesting carcinogens.
  • Though there is no evidence linking medical marijuana as a cause to cancer, there are many studies proving its value when treating cancer.

“Synthetic marijuana is a safe alternative” -- MYTH!

  • Synthetic marijuana is often poorly regulated and is definitely NOT safe. Please consult a doctor before trying synthetic marijuana!

“Medical marijuana will exacerbate the opioid epidemic” -- MYTH!

  • The available evidence clearly shows that states with medical marijuana have fewer opioid-caused deaths and hospitalizations.
  • In reality, medical marijuana can be an effective tool to treat chronic pain and combat the growing opioid epidemic! However, that does not make medical marijuana a silver bullet or panacea, and it can only be one part of a much broader and more comprehensive list of solutions to impact the opioid epidemic.

“Medical marijuana use will lower your IQ” -- MYTH!

  • This myth was the result of one widely criticized study that found a causal link between marijuana-use by developing brains (i.e. children 18 or younger) and a loss of roughly six IQ points once developed later in life.

“Medical marijuana needs more time and research” -- MYTH!

  • We are committed to transparency and intellectual honesty, and thus fully support further independent research into both the costs and benefits of medicinal marijuana.
  • Nevertheless, this talking point is habitually used by advocates of the status quo, and while more research is always welcome, there is already an enormous amount of evidence available to prove without any doubt that medical marijuana is safer than alcohol, tobacco, and most other drugs.
  • Similarly to climate change, though we should always support further good-faith research, we must not allow our perpetual lack of 100% understanding get in the way of making progress and providing qualified patients in New Jersey with the medicine they need to live a healthier and happier life.

"Alternative Treatment Centers will become recreational dispensaries" -- MYTH!

Medical marijuana is NOT a gateway to adult-use legalization. IF recreational marijuana is legalized in New Jersey, Alternative Treatment Centers (ATC's) DO NOT automatically become recreational marijuana dispensaries. Every town/community will have the opportunity to decide whether or not to allow recreational marijuana dispensaries to exist within their jurisdictions (including currently operating ATC's), and will have to change local zoning laws in order to allow recreational marijuana dispensaries (if they choose to do so). The Holistic Centre does NOT have an official position on recreational marijuana legalization. There are now over 50,000 medical marijuana patients in New Jersey, and we are laser-focused on serving the needs of our patients and providing them with the highest quality of life and service possible. We are a compassionate pharmacy for those with qualifying health needs, not just a store looking to make a profit.

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NOTE: We are committed to science, transparency, and intellectual honesty. You will notice that all of our sources are cited, and if you find ANY mistakes, please let us know and we will correct them immediately.

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