United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary

United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary

Stuart Gitlow MD, past president of the ASAM (Amer Society of Addiction Medicine) testified on Wed in the Senate hearing presided over by the pro pot Senators Cory Booker (NJ) and Kirsten Gillibrand (NY). There are testimonies by NIDA, the FDA, a pharmacologist from UC-Irvine but Dr Gitlow’s testimony is straightforward explaining how the current distribution of the psychoactive drug (marijuana) has enormous potential to harm our public health.

 

 

 

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Please listen to Principal Ron Castagno’s excellent description of what marijuana does to students. From someone who has dedicated his life to helping students achieve.

DANA Foundation 1st Interview with Sir Professor Robin Murray, M.D. 1-7-15
  
 “But we must be careful, since the evidence we have reviewed suggests that cannabis, like other psychotropic drugs, has negative as well as positive effects. When you consider that almost 200 million people worldwide use cannabis,59* the number of people who suffer cannabis-induced psychosis is likely to be in the millions, and the number at risk for developing serious mental health problems becomes a huge concern. “

cere_010715_fig1_contBeginning in the mid-1980s, European psychiatrists like me started seeing an increasing number of previously well-functioning teenagers who had developed hallucinations and delusions: the characteristic picture of

schizophrenia. These troubled patients puzzled us because most had been bright and sociable and had no ties to the usual risk factors such as a family history of the disorder or developmental insult to the brain.

Eventually the sheer volume of data convinced European and Australian psychiatrists of a link. Cannabis is now generally accepted as a cause of schizophrenia 23-24 (though less so in North America, where this topic has received little attention). Argument does continue over just how significant cannabis-associated psychosis is. In different countries, the proportion of schizophrenia attributed to cannabis use ranges from 8 to 24 percent, depending, in part, on the prevalence of cannabis use.25

Read the article on dana.org >

 

DANA Foundation  2nd Interview with Sir Professor Robin Murray, MD   2nd interview 1-15-15:

Sir Robin Murray, the author of this month’s Cerebrum article, “Appraising the Risks of Reefer Madness,” first began to wonder in the 1990s why more and more young people were seeking treatment for psychotic symptoms in the United Kingdom. Many had been excellent students and athletes and socially active when—with no apparent family history of psychosis or trauma— they had started to develop cognitive problems and then hallucinations and delusions. Common in many of their stories was one familiar refrain: they were known to have smoked huge amounts of marijuana. We asked Murray, M.D., professor of psychiatric research at the Institute of Psychiatry at Kings College in London and former president of the European Psychiatric Association, to embellish on some of the points he makes in his article.  

On Marijuana: Q&A with Sir Robin Murray, M.D.

Sir Robin Murray, the author of this month’s Cerebrum article, “Appraising the Risks of Reefer Madness,” first began to wonder in the 1990s why more and more young people were seeking treatment for psychotic symptoms in the United Kingdom.

 

 

(The results of a six-year study lead to calls for more public awareness about the effects of using a potent form of cannabis. Interview with Dr Robin Murray and Sarah Graham, Addiction Counselor- London)

Potent Cannabis Linked To Psychosis Cases

One in four cases of psychosis in Britain is associated with powerful strains of cannabis such as “skunk”, a study has found. Scientists found such potent forms of the drug increased the likelihood that a user would develop the condition.

 

Interview with Margaret Trudeau (wife of deceased former Prime Minister Trudeau and current mother of just elected Prime Minister,Justin Trudeau) Interview was at a press conference in Vancouver for the Canadian Mental Health Association, 2007. “Quitting cannabis has been an important part of my recovery from mental illness”. “Marijuana can trigger psychosis,” said Trudeau. “Every time I was hospitalized it was preceded by heavy use of marijuana.”

Margaret Trudeau says quitting marijuana helped mental health

Quitting cannabis has been an important part of her recovery from mental illness, Margaret Trudeau said Monday at a press conference in Vancouver for the Canadian Mental Health Association’s upcoming Bottom Line Conference. Trudeau, who suffers from bipolar disorder, spoke openly with reporters about her experience with depression and the effect of her long-term marijuana use.

 

 

Lawmakers not sold on pot House rallies opposition to legal marijuana ballot question

http://commonwealthmagazine.org/author/jack-sullivan/ Jack Sullivan Feb 10, 2016

 (Jim) Gerhardt (police sergeant in Thornton) relayed grisly stories of marijuana-intoxicated individuals committing gruesome suicides or even murders, dismissing claims by proponents that users tend to mellow out. Gerhardt ticked off a laundry list of negative impacts since legalization in his state, from an increase in marijuana-related suspensions and expulsions among school-aged children to a reported rise in veterinarians treating dogs for toxicosis caused by pets either inadvertently ingesting the pot or purposely being fed the drug by their owners.

Lawmakers not sold on pot – CommonWealth Magazine

MASSACHUSETTS LAWMAKERS OPPOSED to legalizing marijuana brought in an array of law enforcement officials as well as a buffet of kid-enticing pot products to try to scare the state straight before a ballot question to regulate the weed makes it before voters in November. “This entire Commonwealth has been affected by the opioid addiction crisis,” said(…)

 

 

Massachusetts law enforcement not ready for marijuana legalization, Walpole police chief John Carmichael says

WATCH: Mass. Law Enforcement Not Ready For Marijuana Legalization, Cop Says Walpole Police Chief John Carmichael says Mass. law enforcement officials are not ready if voters legalize marijuana in November.  (At 1:25 seconds Police Chief Carmichael  says “how many youth got psychosis because of high THC products?”

Massachusetts law enforcement not ready for marijuana legalization, Walpole police chief John Carmichael says

BOSTON – Law enforcement officials in Massachusetts are unprepared for the legalization of recreational marijuana if voters sign off on the idea in November, Walpole Police Chief John Carmichael said Wednesday. The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is seeking to place a question on the November statewide ballot legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

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