Sunday, October 17, 2010

Marijuana IQ

The Christian Science Monitor posed the question, "How much do you know about marijuana?" on its front page this morning. I will admit, I didn't take the quiz and immediately skipped ahead to the answer sheet. Some consider this cheating, but I say if my motive is simply to expose myself to new information, I don't see the point in quizzing myself through it. That's simply withholding information, and I'm not patient enough for that. Regardless, if you are inclined to take the quiz yourself click here and don't read on! But for the rest of us, here are the highlights:

Meet Hop, Mary Jane's cousin (TreeHugger)
Q. Which of the following plants is most closely related to cannabis?
A. Hops
The common hop (Humulus lupulus) and the 3 species of cannabis (Cannabis sativa, indica, and ruderalis) are members of the Cannabaceae family.

Q. How was cannabis used by the Office of Strategic Services?
A. as a truth serum
The Office of Strategic Services was an intelligence agency formed during World War II. At their lab at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C., a concentrated form of marijuana was deemed the most effective "truth serum" available. In 1943, the drug was given via cigarettes to Augusto Del Gracio, an enforcer with New York mafia boss Lucky Luciano, who subsequently revealed details of the group's heroin-selling operation.
(Does this mean the opening scene of Pineapple Express was not a complete fabrication?)

Q. What percentage of teens between 12 age 17 used marijuana in 2009?
A. between 5 and 10 percent
According to the survey, from 2002 to 2007, past-month marijuana use among those ages 12 to 17 generally decreased from 2002 to 2005, remained constant between 2005 and 2007, and then increased from 2007 to 2009.

Friendly stranger? I want to meet this dealer! (Wiki)
Q. What year was marijuana made illegal in the United States?
A. 1937
Over the objections of the American Medical Association, the Marihuana Tax Act was signed into law on Aug. 2, 1937. It did not directly outlaw cannabis. Rather, it imposed a tax that effectively made it illegal to distribute it. The act was subsequently supplanted by other laws regulating the drug, and it was eventually ruled unconstitutional and repealed in 1970.

Q. Which country has the highest per capita lifetime cannabis use?
A. Canada

Q. Which state has the highest per capita marijuana use for people age 12 or older?
A. Rhode Island

Check out all of the questions, answers, and details here.

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