10 good examples of the ways bad logic leads to bad conclusions

Here’s another poor example of bad propaganda about cannabis. This author has an addicitive personality and she got addicted to marijuana. She could just as well become addicted to any other substance she took, including sugar and chocolate. Therefore everyone with an addictive personality is going to get addicted to cannabis, in her view. That’s the trouble with this article: it is her view only from her particular addiction.

I feel very badly for her. I wish that she had not suffered so. However, her reaction to the medicine was far outside the ordinary.

Cannabis may show up to be an addictive substance in the psychological sense. It makes us feel better, with fewer side effects, than most other pain relievers. Cannabis is not an addictive substance in the same way that opioids such as heroin and speed-drugs such as meth are addictive. There is no physical withdrawal, for most users. Most users can take it or leave it. Many of us discover lifesaving properties in the medicine. Then one might say that life is addictive.

People get addicted to all sorts of strange things. Yes, by that I mean such awful things as Rice Krispie Treats. Ewwww!

When people read a bad article like this they have one of two reactions: they compare it against other information they have and make a new decision, or they use it to justify an erroneously-held view.

Among the many examples of defective reasoning include:

If you take marijuana, you will end up wanting to wear a beard and an ugly stocking cap, like the guy in the masthead.

Another breathlessly dreadful passage:

The strength of pot varies, and it’s impossible to predict its effect. How you react to marijuana depends on your size, what you’ve eaten, the medications you take. As I tapered off, one hit from a pipe or bong could leave me reeling, as if I’d had five drinks.

Wrong. The effect of cannabis is within one statistical variation from the norm. In a modern innovation which will shock the non-scientific part of the audience, people are able to purchase cannibis based on not only visual and aroma cues, but also for Indica/Sativa level and THC and THCA quantities. These are tested in labs just like your drug company uses.

So for now, this is two of the ten bad examples. Stay tuned for more! It’s just me here, ya know, and it’s slow going.

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-shapiro-marijuana-danger-20150104-story.html

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