1. DENVER, CO. - DECEMBER 06: Tour members visited La Conte's grow facility during a marijuana tour hosted by My 420 Tours in Denver, CO on December 06, 2014. During the day tourists visited La Conte's grow facility, La Conte's Clone Bar & Dispensary, Native Roots dispensary  and Illuzions Glass Gallery.  (Photo By Craig F. Walker / The Denver Post)
    DENVER, CO. - DECEMBER 06: Tour members visited La Conte's grow facility during a marijuana tour hosted by My 420 Tours in Denver, CO on December 06, 2014. During the day tourists visited La Conte's grow facility, La Conte's Clone Bar & Dispensary, Native Roots dispensary and Illuzions Glass Gallery. (Photo By Craig F. Walker / The Denver Post)
  2. CBC readers are annoyed with a Health Canada anti-marijuana ad that makes a widely disputed claim that smoking a joint can decrease someone's IQ.

    The ad, which has been up on a government YouTube account since Oct. 20, provides a list of troubling side-effects from smoking marijuana.

    It claims marijuana can cause loss of memory, learning problems and decreased IQ, and "can damage a teen for life."
  3. Drug Prevention – Marijuana Use – TV Ad
  4. A CBC News article showed the "decreased IQ" allegation, which is displayed across the screen during the 30-second spot, is hotly contested by another study and other researchers. Despite knowing this, Health Canada still chose the ad after it received the strongest reaction from parental focus groups.
  5. Many people were annoyed that the government campaign used misinformation to lead parents to believe something that may not be true.

    "Health Canada should change its name to Stealth Canada for stealthily supressing medical facts," wrote Le Negle.
  6. Spreading misinformation is wrong. they are misleading people.
  7. "Why couldn't they just use an informational ad? People want to be educated," wrote Fact. "People need to be educated."
  8. I prefer truth in advertising. Lay the facts out on the table. The good and the bad. Not fear tactics.
  9. Some were annoyed that their tax dollars were used to pay for the campaign.
  10. It is a stupid waste of money...
  11. If it is misinformation, that taxpayers have paid for then it's got to stop.
  12. "I wish the government would stop wasting tax payer dollar on what is an ideological campaign with little basis in facts," wrote galium.
  13. Health Canada should spent their measly dollars elsewhere.
  14. But some readers felt the ad was justified in showing the potential harmful effects of marjiuana.

    "Never did I think I would see the day when there would be attacks on anti-drug campaigns," wrote Charlie500. "Look... recreational drugs are bad all around. Promote health, not drug use. Keep your brains."

    James44 said the negative health effects shouldn't sugar-coated.

    "I don't want my kids smoking junk grown in some punk's bedroom," they wrote. "Smoking tobacco or marijuana is bad for one's lungs. I don't care what adults do if they so choose, but don't try to rationalize this activity as 'harmless,' because the science says it is not."
  15. DENVER, CO. - DECEMBER 06: Tour members visited La Conte's grow facility during a marijuana tour hosted by My 420 Tours in Denver, CO on December 06, 2014. During the day tourists visited La Conte's grow facility, La Conte's Clone Bar & Dispensary, Native Roots dispensary  and Illuzions Glass Gallery.  (Photo By Craig F. Walker / The Denver Post)
    DENVER, CO. - DECEMBER 06: Tour members visited La Conte's grow facility during a marijuana tour hosted by My 420 Tours in Denver, CO on December 06, 2014. During the day tourists visited La Conte's grow facility, La Conte's Clone Bar & Dispensary, Native Roots dispensary and Illuzions Glass Gallery. (Photo By Craig F. Walker / The Denver Post)
  16. However, while it's OK for people to be concerned about their children taking up any kind of drugs, "this fear mongering isn't helpful," wrote Clear Enough.

    "Nobody said anything was harmless," wrote Scorpion_Saga. "Just let's use some perspective is all."

    "I don't think anyone is saying it's harmless. Marijuana (like alcohol and tobacco) has its own set of recognized health risks..." wrote The3WiseBubbies. "The point seems to be that the government is playing on the stereotypes regarding drugs in an effort to use 'science' in a dishonest way to discredit other parties."

    And, at least one reader pointed out, there is a danger to misinforming people about health issues:
  17. If you lie to Canadians, then don't expect them to heed legitimate warnings about health hazards.
  18. Thank you for following our political coverage and letting us know what you think.
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