I always love those studies, no doubt done with enormous sums of taxpayer money, that reveal the blindingly obvious, such results as:
“Study: Hitting oneself with a head in the hammer hurts!”
“Men tend to be more male than women, study proves.”
“Study: People that engage in risky behavior get hurt more often than people that don’t!”
“Groundbreaking study: Women with large breasts attract attention!”
And now, from The Daily Mail:
International research has revealed that the more cannabis you smoke, the more likely you are to be lower paid and have relationship difficulties.
The study followed children from birth up to the age of 38 and found people who smoked cannabis four or more days a week over many years ended up in a lower social class than their parents.
It also found that regular and persistent users ended up with lower-paying, less skilled and less prestigious jobs than those who were not regular cannabis smokers.
Financial, work-related and relationship difficulties were further experienced by those taking the drug, which worsened as the number of years of regular cannabis use progressed.
Uh, like wow, man! That’s really out there! Gimme another toke on that bong, man! Heeheeheeheeheehee!
During my police days, we used to laugh about druggies. Meth users were paranoid and dangerous, but generally highly motivated. Pot smokers were useless as informants; they were unreliable, stupid, unbelievably lazy and cared only about their next hit.
The study, conducted by a team of researchers led by Magdalena Cerda at the University of California and Avshalom Caspi and Terrie Moffitt at Duke University, appeared in the journal Clinical Psychological Science. [skip]
‘Our study found that regular cannabis users experienced downward social mobility and more financial problems such as troubles with debt and cash flow than those who did not report such persistent use.
You don’t say!
Regular long-term users also had more antisocial behaviors at work, such as stealing money or lying to get a job, and experienced more relationship problems, such as intimate partner violence and controlling abuse.
Who coulda thunk it?
Economic and social problems persisted in long-term, regular users of pot even after the authors accounted for other potential differences between regular cannabis users and other participants.
These factors included socioeconomic problems in childhood, lower IQ, antisocial behavior and depression in adolescence, higher levels of impulsivity, lower motivation to achieve, criminal conviction of cannabis users, and abuse of alcohol and hard drugs.
‘These findings did not arise because cannabis users were prosecuted and had a criminal record,’ said Caspi, a psychologist at Duke University and King’s College London.
‘Even among cannabis users who were never convicted for a cannabis offense, we found that persistent and regular cannabis use was linked to economic and social problems.’
While both heavy alcohol and cannabis use were similarly associated with declines, the authors found that those dependent on cannabis experienced more financial difficulties.
That reinforces my experiences with such people. Criminals were often drug users, but I never saw any evidence that drug use made anyone a criminal. Some people committed burglaries to get money for drugs, but they would have been burglars regardless.
I graduated from high school in 1972, and knew a great many drug users long before I became a police officer. I never used drugs or drank. Despite “common knowledge” about people from my generation, relatively few were druggies, and most of them eventually grew up. Some did not.
What’s the cause? Addictive personalities? A doper gene? Simply weak people? Stupidity?
What do you think, gentle readers?