Don't smoke marijuana, boys, or you'll develop breasts. That's the message that an officer for Canada's York Regional Police shared with high school boys last week during a drug-awareness talk in which the officer claimed that smoking marijuana would make boys develop breasts.
“There are studies that marijuana lowers your testosterone,” drug recognition officer Nigel Cole told students during a panel held at the York District School Board headquarters. “We call it ‘doobies make boobies,’ we are finding that 60 percent of 14-year-olds are developing ‘boobies.’”
Health experts quickly responded to dismiss the bogus claim.
“Smoking marijuana does not give you breasts,” said Dr. John Harrison, Chief Scientific Officer for the healthcare company TeamMD. “Marijuana does impact hormones but by no means does it give anyone breasts. That’s what you call knowledge going the wrong way. There’s no scientific basis that I know of.”
To verify that, you only have to take a walk around your neighborhood, Dr. Harrison added. "[M]illions of men smoke marijuana and you don’t see millions of men walking around with pronounced breast tissue. The comment defies common sense.”
The police agree. Yesterday, the official Twitter account for the York Regional Police released an apology for spreading misinformation.
"We’re no health experts," YPR wrote, "but we’re pretty sure getting high does not cause enhanced mammary growth in men. We are aware of the misinformation about cannabis that was unfortunately provided to the community by our officers. We’re working to address it."
We’re no health experts, but we’re pretty sure getting high does not cause enhanced mammary growth in men. We are aware of the misinformation about cannabis that was unfortunately provided to the community by our officers. We’re working to address it.— York Regional Police (@YRP) February 20, 2018
So there you have it: marijuana doesn't make boobs, but prohibition does turn people into jackasses.
h/t Toronto Star