Highland County coroner: Marijuana is ‘gateway to hell’
By Gary Abernathy
Dr. Jeff Beery doesn’t agree with those who think marijuana is a relatively harmless drug that carries medicinal qualities and should even be winked at for recreational purposes. But Beery doesn’t just think marijuana is a gateway to more dangerous drugs.
“It’s a gateway to hell,” he says flatly.
Dr. Jeff Beery doesn’t agree with those who think marijuana is a relatively harmless drug that carries medicinal qualities and should even be winked at for recreational purposes. But Beery doesn’t just think marijuana is a gateway to more dangerous drugs. “It’s a gateway to hell,” he says flatly.
THE HUFFINGTON POST HEALTHY LIVING 03/02/2017 01:12 pm ET
Pot Products Are Now So Potent They Can Trigger Psychosis
LONDON (Reuters) Kate Kelland
According to Murray and Amir Englund, who together published a paper in the Lancet Psychiatry journal entitled “Can cannabis be made safer?”, the potency of cannabis has on average doubled worldwide in the past 40 years.
There is also evidence of a greater number of people in Europe and the United States seeking help for cannabis use disorders such as dependence or addiction.
The main active compounds cannabis are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Skunk and other more potent forms of the drug are rich in THC, but have low or barely traceable levels of CBD.
Scientific evidence suggests that CBD partially neutralizes the potent effect of THC, including reducing paranoia or memory loss? and experts say this is why skunk and other high potency cannabis products are linked to a higher psychosis.
LONDON (Reuters) – Policymakers should regulate the potency of cannabis products such as skunk and oil, aiming for a chemical balance that reduces the risk of psychosis without losing the drug’s pleasurable effects, experts said on Thursday.
Is Colorado’s Homeless Surge Tied to Marijuana Legalization?
The Guardian 2-29-17 Josiah Hesse
(An 8% rise in homelessness has fueled speculation over whether legalization boosted the numbers of displaced in America’s unofficial legal cannabis capital)
In Colorado, prominent politicians have sounded a warning.
“There’s no question that marijuana and other drugs – in combination with mental illness or other disabling conditions – are essential contributors to chronic homelessness,” Governor John Hickenlooper recently said in his state of the state address. The governor has proposed that some marijuana revenues, which reached $200m in taxes and fees in 2016, should be directed toward homelessness programs. Some read this as a legislator’s way of saying that the problem should pay for itself.
He has the support of homelessness advocates such as Daniel Starrett, a divisional commander of the Salvation Army. “The marijuana industry needs to accept responsibility for unintended consequences of their impact on society,” he said.
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Annie Mae Noel has been on the streets since her Denver house, which had been in her family for more than a century, went into foreclosure in 2015. She also happens to smoke pot. “I use marijuana to treat my MS, it has nothing to do with me not having a home,” she said recently, standing outside the Denver Rescue Mission.
Mysterious Marijuana-Related Illness Popping Up In Emergency Rooms
The vomiting illness is increasing in states with legal pot
The Huffington Post 1-2-17 By Mary Papenfuss
The symptoms are severe abdominal pain and violent vomiting — and most doctors are initially stumped when they encounter patients with the problem.
Since 2009, when the federal government relaxed its stance on medical marijuana, emergency room diagnoses for CHS (cannabinoid-hyperemesis-syndrome) in two of Colorado’s hospitals nearly doubled, according to a study co-authored by Dr. Kennon Heard, a physician at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora. Now that cannabis is also legal for recreational use in the state, “we are seeing it quite frequently,” Heard told CBS News. “My colleagues are seeing this on a daily to weekly basis.”
A mysterious marijuana-related illness is popping up with increasing frequency in hospital emergency rooms, particularly in states where cannabis is now legal. The symptoms are severe abdominal pain and violent vomiting – and most doctors are initially stumped when they encounter patients with the problem.
A Blueprint for Countering Legal Marijuana
Hudson Institute: 2-27-17 David W. Murray, Brian Blake & John P. Walters
Countering the Threat of Legalized Marijuana: A Blueprint for Federal, Community, and Private Action
No society has ever gone where America is now headed, with the current and coming level of acceptable, even normative, drug use. The marijuana epidemic comes at a time when America has already absorbed shocks from a multitude of parallel behavioral disorders and challenges to mental health, driven not only by the burdens of alcohol and tobacco use as behavioral disorders, but as well by continued methamphetamine use and sharply rising opioid and cocaine use that together constitute, as a now chronic condition, a larger crisis of substance abuse.
A commercialized, aggressively-advertised drug market, flush with cash to deploy lobbyists and seek political protection in state and federal capitals, will hasten and institutionalize the capture of a new generation and thereby threaten new levels of abuse and mental disorder.
Recent reporting indicates that the Federal government will be taking a more serious approach to the marijuana threat and the enforcement of our nation’s drug laws. This is a welcome and long-overdue development, as the state-level legalization of marijuana is bringing with it significant and foreseeable costs.
How much grief can a father bear? When LORD MONSON’s son died in a Kenyan jail, his solace was his other boy, Rupert. Now he has gone, too, a victim of skunk
(Skunk in the U.K. refers to strong strains of THC-Marijuana)
By Sarah Rainey For The Daily Mail1 7:00 EST 10 Feb 2017, updated 05:28 EST 11 Feb 2017
Tragically, this bitter row was the last time he ever saw his son. On January 18, Rupert (age 21), who lived in Farnham, Surrey, with his mother and younger sister, took his own life after months of severe psychosis caused, his family believes, by an addiction to the drug known as ‘skunk’, a particularly potent strain of cannabis.
His parents — who are now reconciled after several years of estrangement — tried repeatedly to get his life back on track but his young brain was simply too ravaged to recover from the drug which made him hallucinate and hear demonic voices.
When Lord Monson’s son died in a Kenyan jail, his solace was his other boy, Rupert. Now he has gone too, a victim of skunk cannabis. Here, the peer talks of his loss and crusade to change drugs laws. The scene will be familiar to any parent whose children are in those fraught, volatile years between adolescence and adulthood.
Access to Cannabis Should Not Occur Prior to Age 21, according to a position statement by the Canadian Consortium for Early Intervention in Psychosis
HAMILTON, Ontario, Feb. 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)
In response to the recommendations of the Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation, the Canadian Consortium for Early Intervention in Psychosis (CCEIP) has released a position statement recommending that age of access to cannabis not be prior to the age of 21, while also restricting quantity and THC potency for those between 21-25 years of age.
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Source: Canadian Consortium for Early Intervention in Psychosis HAMILTON, Ontario, Feb. 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In response to the recommendations of the Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation, the Canadian Consortium for Early Intervention in Psychosis (CCEIP) has released a position statement recommending that age of access to cannabis not be prior to the age of 21, while also restricting quantity and THC potency for those between 21-25 years of age.
NEWS The National Academies of SCIENCES ENGINEERING MEDICINE
Jan. 12, 2017 | WASHINGTON: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nearly 100 Conclusions on the Health Effects of Marijuana and Cannabis-Derived Products Presented in New Report; One of the Most Comprehensive Studies of Recent Research on Health Effects of Recreational and Therapeutic Use of Cannabis and Cannabis-Derived Products. A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine offers a rigorous review of scientific research published since 1999 about what is known about the health impacts of cannabis and cannabis-derived products – such as marijuana and active chemical compounds known as cannabinoids – ranging from their therapeutic effects to their risks for causing certain cancers, diseases, mental health disorders, and injuries. The committee that carried out the study and wrote the report considered more than 10,000 scientific abstracts to reach its nearly 100 conclusions.
Currently, cannabis is the most popular illicit drug in the United States, in terms of past-month users. Based on a recent nationwide survey, 22.2 million Americans ages 12 and older reported using cannabis in the past 30 days. This survey also reports that 90 percent of adult cannabis users in the United States said their primary use was recreational, with about 10 percent reporting use solely for medical purposes. Around 36 percent reported mixed medical and recreational use. In addition, between 2002 and 2015, the percentage of past-month cannabis users in the U.S. population ages 12 and older has increased steadily from 6.2 percent to 8.3 percent.
The evidence reviewed by the committee suggests that cannabis use is likely to increase the risk of developing schizophrenia, other psychoses, and social anxiety disorders, and to a lesser extent depression. Alternatively, in individuals with schizophrenia and other psychoses, a history of cannabis use may be linked to better performance on learning and memory tasks. Heavy cannabis users are more likely to report thoughts of suicide than non-users, and in individuals with bipolar disorder, near-daily cannabis users show increased symptoms of the disorder than non-users.
A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine offers a rigorous review of scientific research published since 1999 about what is known about the health impacts of cannabis and cannabis-derived products – such as marijuana and active chemical compounds known as cannabinoids – ranging from their therapeutic effects to their risks for causing certain cancers, diseases, mental health disorders, and injuries.
WHY WE SHOULD HAVE VOTED NO ON CALIFORNIA’S PROPOSITION 64, LEGALIZING MARIJUANA – clickable link
The well-funded Marijuana Industry, with its endless supply of lawyers and lobbyists has put Prop 64 – The Recreational Use of Marijuana – on our ballot. Nothing about Prop 64 is written in the public’s best interest.
How much pot can be carried in California?
Here’s the shocking equivalent what one ounce of marijuana or 8 grams of cannabis concentrates which are now legal to carry in California because of the passage of Prop 64 (recreational legalized weed)
Proposition 64 establishes one ounce of marijuana, or 8 grams of cannabis concentrates, as the legal limit for recreational pot possession for adults over the age of 21. Here are examples of actual amounts of products someone could carry now that California voters approved the ballot measure on Tuesday, Nov.
Colorado Suicide Rates and the Connection to Marijuana See Graph by Clicking here: Colorado Suicide Rates & Cannabis.
What Child Is This?
By: Robert Charles | 12/10/2016, Townhall
“That would be leadership – and long overdue. So, pull the drug czar back to Cabinet rank, put Federal resources and smart people on enforcing the law, and educate the country.”
The Christmas carol is poignant – reminder of Christmas, and beyond. “What child is this, who, laid to rest …” the carol begins. “Whom angels greet with anthems sweet, while shepherds watch are keeping?” it continues. The stanza ends, “Haste, haste ….” Lovely, lilting, full of promise – like the birth of a child.
When the drug crisis hits home. The heartbreak of 50,000 dead is everywhere
By: Robert Charles, 1-4-17, Washington Times
Do not want to read further? It’s other people’s kids. It’s up to someone else. It’s not in my town. Beware the draw of denial. The latest numbers suggest Americans have grown indifferent, uncoupled from the reality of drug abuse at their elbows. The liberal, and frankly unconscionable, appeal to indulge in abuse of narcotics as “recreation” is where rational minds should part company. The result is a spike in emergency room incidents, fatal drug overdoses (which often involve opiates, but often start with marijuana), drugged driving (escalating nationwide), reported domestic abuse (always tied to substance abuse), and drug related crimes.
No one wants to read about drug addiction, abuse, overdose numbers and young death. Why should they? Why should anyone who is steady, healthy and cogent enough to be combing a newspaper, or scanning news on their iPhone care much about someone who – all the world assumes – lost their own future, made avoidable mistakes?
Marijuana Edibles: States Bite Off More Than They Can Chew
Colorado is not fully protecting its kids from pot, says experts
By: Carleen Wild | Updated Dec. 19 2016 at 8:34 p.m. HEALTHZETTE
Her biggest concerns for users are the negative mental health outcomes — including psychosis and suicidal intent. “We stand to lose a generation to this drug,” she said. “About 5 percent of the weekly to daily users [of the high-strength product] can expect to develop chronic psychosis, and again, you cannot predict who is going to be at risk. Lesser impacts that are often preludes to the more serious outcomes include anxiety, depression and panic,” said Miller.
Legalizing Marijuana: Pot Legalization is Revealing Unintended Consequence
By Markian Hawryluk, The Bulletin
“When have we ever as a society benefited from a sin tax?” Shemelya, with National Marijuana Initiative asked. “Look at the models for alcohol and tobacco and what they cost every year. They’re not even revenue neutral, and neither will this drug be. It’ll end up costing states more than they’ll ever take in, in tax receipts.”
S itting in her counselor’s office, the 41-year-old Bend mother of five fingered a plastic silver cross on a loop of clear beads. As the words became more difficult to form, she squeezed her eyes shut. Her mascara began to run.
A thumbs up to Governor Chris Christie for bravely standing up to the pot industry. His words are empowering!
Why any tax revenue resulting from selling marijuana is just “blood money”:
Governor Chris Christie says he will not buy into legalizing recreational marijuana, saying it’s a gateway drug and poison. Townsquare Media New Jersey’s NJ 101.5 presents “Ask the Governor,” an hour long call-in program with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hosted by Eric Scott starting at 7 p.m. EDT.
Prop 64: Warning from San Diego health experts about recreational pot
Posted: Oct 10, 2016 11:22 PM PDT Updated: Oct 10, 2016 11:22 PM PDT
CBS News 8 – San Diego, CA News Station – KFMB Channel 8
By Richard Allyn, Reporter
Shedding some light on dark money in Yes-on-64 campaign
Sacramento Bee | 10-8-16 | By: Dan Morain
In 2016, dark money continues to be the coin of the realm in initiative politics. Only this time, some of the nonprofit money is helping to fund an initiative promoted by good liberals led by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to legalize recreational use of marijuana.
The Drug Policy Action, a nonprofit with an Oakland address, has given $4.7 million to pass Proposition 64. Nearly $4 million of that came from an entity called Fund for Policy Reform based in Washington, D.C. Billionaire George Soros, it turns out, is the source of that money, though you wouldn’t know it from campaign finance reports.
Recall the stench that emanated from the secretive $11 million that flowed into California politics in the closing days of the 2012 election. Seizing on an issue he knew would resonate with voters, Gov. Jerry Brown declared: “They’re ashamed of themselves. That’s why they conceal their identity.”
PBS Special in CO: The State of High, 10-27-16
In the premiere of Rocky Mountain PBS’ investigative series, “Insight”, news anchor John Ferrugia explores what is unknown about the risks of high potency THC for those who “dab” so-called “wax”, “honey”, or “shatter” that can bathe the brain with hundreds of milligrams of the drug.
CBS 60 Minutes Report on Colorado Marijuana
As five states vote on whether to legalize recreational pot, Dr. Jon LaPook visits Pueblo, Colorado, a town that knows firsthand the impact of the legal weed business.
Marijuana Threat Assessment, Part One: Recent Evidence for Health Risks of Marijuana Use
David W. Murray, Brian Blake & John P. Walters
Nov 2, 2016 Hudson.org Hudson Institute
Where more than one of these factors is present, the risks escalate; where the developmentally young smoke high-potency cannabis frequently for an extended period – most markedly those with predisposing psychological deficits – the effects can be catastrophic in their lives, including dramatic “psychotic breaks.” These effects appear to be, in some cases, largely irreversible.
And it is this “worst-case scenario” that, perversely, is being fostered by state legalization and commercialization measures, thereby ensuring the greatest magnitude of damage.
These finding are warnings of grave danger, with the promise of yet more to be discovered. Not all is “proven,” and not all establishes independent causation, but the evidence is strong enough, and growing daily, to activate in public policy a “precautionary principle.” That is, the evidence is strong enough to warrant a clear directive not to proceed further. Simply put, the pathway of (marijuana) legalization must not be pursued.
Thanks to advances in science, we have never known so much about the effects marijuana use has on the human body, particularly, the fragile brain. Yet, in a political era when scientific research is regularly marshalled to end public policy debates, the powerful, growing scholarship on marijuana has largely been ignored or dismissed.
Bartecchi: Marijuana dangerous, especially for youths
The Pueblo Chieftain, 10-10-16, By: Carl Bartecchi
One wonders how long it will take us to recognize and do something about this drug. Studies already have shown that there is a five times increased risk of a heart attack in the 60 minutes after pot use.
Heavy pot smoking during ones teens has been related to a loss of IQ points that did not return after quitting as an adult. Long-term use also has been linked to mental disorders such as depression and psychoses, especially in those with a history or a tendency toward mental illness.
It’s hard to believe how long we waited and finally did do something about the problems related to tobacco. Right here in Pueblo, our study showed that eliminating secondhand smoke exposure significantly reduced the number of heart attacks admitted to our hospitals. Our study repeatedly was reproduced in other cities in the U.S.
More Study Needed on the Link Between Pot and Psychosis
The Province 11-9-16 By: Gordon Clark
While the Schizophrenia Society of Canada noted that more research is needed to better understand the link, why are we risking the health of children — and potentially future violent acts linked to psychosis, even if they are rare — by removing the prohibitions on marijuana? Surely we should be asking those questions before legalizing pot. Certainly those who like to get stoned or who make a lot of money off the sale of pot — the ones pushing the pro-marijuana agenda on society — are not.
Canadians, especially lawmakers, gleefully rushing headlong to legalize marijuana should pause to consider the horrifying, heartbreaking stabbing death of 13-year-old Letisha Reimer, as innocent a crime victim as one can imagine. Gabriel Brandon Klein, the 21-year-old homeless man from Alberta charged with second-degree murder in the death of the Abbotsford Senior Secondary School student, and aggravated assault in the non-fatal stabbing of a 14-year-old girl in the Nov.
Marijuana: a potent disruptor for young users, whose brains are still developing
LA Times, 9-2-16, By:Robin Abcarian
“We have a child/adolescent unit that treats kids to age 17, and an adult unit for 18 and older, and we see young people in both age groups who come to the emergency room with florid symptoms of psychosis that appear to be associated with heavy use of marijuana,” said Tom Strouse, medical director of UCLA’s Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital. “Sometimes they have a known, preexisting illness, but many do not.”
Marijuana, he said, can cause psychosis. For some, it will be fleeting. But for those with a genetic or biological risk for a chronic illness such as schizophrenia, Strouse said, “heavy marijuana use may hasten or intensify the manifestation, and lead to a worse course than if you never used marijuana at all.”
Devan Fuentes made it all the way through San Clemente High School without drinking or using drugs. He vividly remembers the first time he smoked pot. He was visiting a friend at Occidental College, and decided the moment had come.
Opinion: High-potency pot poses risks to the developing brain
By: Diane Macintosh, MD, 5/15/2016
In my psychiatric practice, I treat patients with psychotic illnesses including schizophrenia. Most were born with a genetic vulnerability to develop the disorder, but many share another important life experience: they smoked pot from an early age.