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MAPTalk-Digest Thursday, December 1 2005 Volume 05 : Number 143

001 Re: MAP: Quick read, good argument
    From: R Givens <>
002 Heavy Pot Smoking Might Raise Schizophrenia Risk
    From: Beth Wehrman <>


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Subj: 001 Re: MAP: Quick read, good argument
From: R Givens <>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2005 14:02:59 -0800

>I think it's called the "you can't hang a man twice" argument.
>
>http://agoraphilia.blogspot.com/2005/11/singapore-swing.html
>
>Josh

The same argument is used against the death penalty and really harsh 
punishments for child molesters (especially 1st time) because extreme 
punishments cause the perpetrators to KILL the kids they molest.

States with really tough child molesting laws have more kid killings 
because the perp has nothing to lose?

A drug law is quite different because ANY penalty for a victimless 
"drug crime" is a crime against humanity that surpasses the standard 
for retributive punishment established in the Bible-

Exodus 21:24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,

Leviticus 24:20 fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth; 
as he has disfigured a man, he shall be disfigured.

Deuteronomy 19:21 Your eye shall not pity; it shall be life for life, 
eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

Since a "drug crime" injures no one, ANY punishment is excessive. The 
ancient Hebrew priests were exceedingly careful never to go beyond 
the punishments prescribed in the scriptures because then THEY would 
have been subject to punishment.

Punishing "victimless crimes" is precisely what the Nazis did and we 
know history's judgement on those morally bankrupt creatures.
R Givens

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Subj: 002 Heavy Pot Smoking Might Raise Schizophrenia Risk
From: Beth Wehrman <>
Date: Thu, 01 Dec 2005 09:25:46 -0600

It's linked to abnormalities in the adolescent brain, researchers say

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30 (HealthDay News) -- Heavy marijuana use may 
increase the risk of 
<http://www.healthscout.com/ency/article/000928.htm>schizophrenia in 
adolescents predisposed to the brain disorder, according to a new U.S. study.

Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City 
used a brain imaging technique called diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) 
to study the brains of 12 younger and 12 older healthy male 
adolescents; 11 adolescents with schizophrenia and 17 matched 
controls; 15 adolescent schizophrenia patients who smoked marijuana 
and 17 matched controls; and 15 marijuana smokers and 15 non-drug users.

They found repeated marijuana use to be associated with abnormalities 
in the development of a specific language/auditory pathway in the brain.

"Because this language/auditory pathway continues to develop during 
adolescence, it is most susceptible to the neurotoxins introduced 
into the body through marijuana use," researcher Dr. Manzar Ashtari, 
an associate professor of radiology and psychiatry, said in a 
prepared statement.

The study found no abnormal developmental changes in this language 
pathway in the brains of the healthy adolescents, but the researchers 
did detect abnormalities in the brains of both marijuana users and 
schizophrenia patients.

"The finding suggest that in addition to interfering with normal 
brain development, heavy marijuana use in adolescents may also lead 
to an earlier onset of schizophrenia in individuals who are 
genetically predisposed to the disorder," co-principal investigator 
Dr. Sanjiv Kumra, an assistant professor of psychiatry, said in a 
prepared statement.

The study authors said more research is needed to determine whether 
these brain changes are temporary or permanent.

The findings were presented Wednesday at the Radiological Society of 
America annual meeting, in Chicago.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Mental Health has more about 
schizophrenia (www.nimh.nih.gov).  

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