The government and various groups have inundated society with dishonest anti-cannabis propaganda for more than a century, and individuals with personal experience and educated research recognize the false alarm for what it is. Speak nonsense, such as President Nixon’s claim that cannabis was a Communist weapon sent to destroy America, and credibility takes a hit. The gateway theory similarly presents a featherweight argument that feeds public skepticism. When the government cries wolf over cannabis this many times, many people unfortunately tune out when it cries wolf about serious problems like prescription drugs and opiates. Per Time magazine in 2015, clinical researcher Yasmin Hurd explained, “[The] strategy of scaring people rather than provide knowledge has made people skeptical now when they hear anything negative.”
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