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Dr. Hart has studied abuse and addiction for over 16 years. He’s realized that much of what’s widely accepted as fact regarding drugs is largely untrue, propagated to form a negative stigma. High Times interviewed Dr. Hart for the details; here are 10 quotes that shed some light on what the marijuana & drug landscape is (actually) like.

 10 Insightful Quotes from Dr. Carl Hart

10 Insightful Quotes from Dr. Carl Hart

By The Stoner's Cookbook

Dr. Hart has studied abuse & addiction for 16 years & has realized that what is accepted as fact regarding drugs is little more than propaganda. Here are 10 quotes from his interview with [High Times.](http://www.hightimes.com/read/dr-carl-hart-drug-myths-exposed)

  • Severity of Punishment

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    "We’re punishing people so severely for drug-related violations when, in fact, the crimes that they engage in are about the equivalent of traffic violations."

  • Power to the People

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    "We need to continuously put pressure on politicians to do more, because they are happy just to do nothing—it’s easier to do nothing."

  • Institutional Racism

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    "The problem with America as it relates to race and drugs is that we’re still looking for the Klansman with his white sheet on, and we’re still looking for people that use the “N-word.”

  • Building Tolerance

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    "Folks [who are] tolerant of marijuana-related effects, they could smoke a joint, be high, and perform cognitively at the same level as someone who was not high."

  • The Reality behind Withdrawals

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    "When we think about marijuana withdrawal, it’s certainly not life-threatening, but it can be irritating…We get withdrawal from caffeine; it’s not a big deal, but it’s real."

  • Current Criteria for Addiction

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    "Tolerance can be a criterion; withdrawal symptoms can be a criterion. So it’s no big deal whether a drug is “addictive” or not; it’s how your use of it compares to everything else."

  • On Legal Heroin

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    "You have to have a corresponding increase in education—proper education…when we think about heroin, people always talk about heroin overdoses. That’s so rare, it’s not even worth talking about"

  • Dosage

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    "People also need to understand something about dosage, like with alcohol. We know that we don’t go out and buy a fifth & drink the whole thing in one night…we know how to dose ourselves properly"

  • Stereotypes

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    "Because the [people] that don’t know [about drugs], they talk about drug use as being simply like a, b and c. What the f*ck? That’s like saying people are simply a, b and c."

  • The Bottom Line

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    "Why [are] we, as a field, so politically motivated and not data-driven?"

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