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Posted on 28 Jan 2015 11:22 am
As even a cursory examination of the scientific evidence will show, the link between cannabis and mental illness is tenuous.
In the UK, according to NHS data, the chances of mental illness correlating with alcohol use are six times greater than with cannabis use. Peanuts, sugar and hay fever remedies cause far more health harms than cannabis.
The only accurate use of the term 'skunk' is as the name of particular strain of cannabis produced from crossing Afghan, Mexican and Colombian varieties. Its average THC content when expertly grown is 9%. It is therefore far from the strongest strains available in the UK which range up to about 25% THC. It is also not widely available in the UK and has not been for more than 15 years.
Charles Walker MP is notorious for disseminating inaccurate and misleading information on cannabis. His use of the term 'skunk' and this mischievous question demonstrates, yet again, his dishonest and malevolent role in the debate around drugs policy.
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