Don’t legalize recreational pot–Letter to Penn-Live Opinion

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is reporting that between 30,000 and 40,000 Americans are dying each year from opioid overdoses. Most of these are not suicides but, are the consequences of people using “stuff” which is profoundly more potent than they imagined. From our local communities, to the state, and federal government levels, we are alarmed and we should be.

Parallel to the “opioid epidemic” is the “cannabis epidemic” which is going unnoticed and unreported. We see weekly hype about so called “medical marijuana,” but, little about the tragic consequences of cannabis overdoses.

Why? One reason is that opioid overdoses kill and cannabis takes the lives of its victims in a less dramatic way. Cannabis induced psychosis robs the victims of their meaningful life.

The proverb says, “There are many ways to lose one’s life and dying is just one of them. (Read more by clicking on link, below)

‘This healthcare bill is wrong on so many levels’ The Top 5 Letters to the Editor of the week, ranked

The Senate GOP bill will hurt working people.


 
 

Opinion piece by a millenial: Vote NO on Prop 64 (legalizing marijuana in California)

11/03/2016: Guest column by Mara Hughes, freshman creative producing major

For any individual who chooses to smoke or consume marijuana for recreational purposes there are significant health risks, from chronic diseases to cancer to life-altering mental illness. Contrary to popular belief—or at least what those who profit off of the sale of marijuana for recreational use would like you to think—marijuana use does not pose a milder health risk than or even an equal health risk to smoking tobacco. Marijuana is arguably WORSE.

Vote no on legalizing marijuana in California – The Panther Online

Guest column by Mara Hughes, freshman creative producing major Why should you, like me, vote against Proposition 64, which would legalize recreational marijuana use in California if passed? For me, it comes down to the very real risks to individual and public health that legalization poses.


 
 

A Letter to Editor in a Small Town in Oregon: Marijuana Argument Makes No Sense

Marijuana argument doesn’t make sense

So someone on the city council thinks it’s a good idea to welcome the selling of a drug into our community by licensing retail outlets to do so? According to an article in the Herald and News on June 25, a council person apparently reasoned that, since the drug was already “in the community,” we aught to make some money from the sale of it.


 
 

Evidence Against Pot Legalization is Overwhelming

Evidence against pot legalization is overwhelming: Guest commentary

I am still rubbing my forehead at the jaw-dropping ignorance displayed in Tuesday’s editorial (“Would kids be all right if pot were legal?”) suggesting teen marijuana use is declining. Worse yet, the editorial writer implied that a flawed report from the Washington University School of Medicine in St.


 
 

So why should you care about CA legalization if you don’t smoke dope?
 
-If California’s drought is your concern, then you should realize that pot plants consume six gallons of water each day. AUMA will allow six plants to be grown in every house or apartment.
-And from Washington:
• In Seattle public schools, 77 percent of all drug and alcohol disciplinary violations in a five-month period in 2014 were related to marijuana.
 
 
• The state now has 200 more pot dispensaries than Starbucks outlets.
• Nearly 50 percent of adults ages 18-25 who used marijuana drove a car within three hours of getting high.
Here’s a short list from Colorado’s reality:
• Marijuana poisonings were up 148 percent (and 153 percent among children 5 and under).
• In 2015, drug crimes rose 12.5 percent in the city and county of Denver. (Homicides were up nearly 75 percent.)
• Illegal drug traffickers and cartels hide among the state’s flourishing legal marijuana industry.
The Southern California media are underplaying the dangers people from Colorado and Washington now face. Instead, we get thinly sourced stories and editorials that imply marijuana legalization would be harmless and beneficial to Californians.
In addition, the media are failing to ask the bigger questions about legalization. Namely, what exactly is the upside? Is it buying dope without fear of arrest? That’s not happening now.
 
 
 
 
These are not just rhetorical questions. They are questions reporters and editorial writers should be asking before November.

 

 

Misrepresenting Colorado Marijuana
By: David Murray Hudson Institute 7-2-16

There is no Colorado “survey;” and no capacity to “represent” Colorado youth.
The sample represents no more than the kids who participated.
Media reported youth use “flat,” but steep increases were nonetheless widespread.
Colorado youth marijuana use cannot be “below the national average.” They have the highest rate of marijuana use in the nation.
The survey response rate, only 46 percent, was inadequate; crucially, below the threshold set by the Centers for Disease Control.
The only “lesson” about legalization is a warning sign.

Misrepresenting Colorado Marijuana – by David W. Murray

There is no Colorado “survey;” and no capacity to “represent” Colorado youth. The sample represents no more than the kids who participated. Media reported youth use “flat,” but steep increases were nonetheless widespread. Colorado youth marijuana use cannot be “below the national average.” They have the highest rate of marijuana use in the nation.

Shadow Mother – They’d Bring Casseroles

When your child has mental illness, you are alone. You are starved to talk with other parents who have undergone a strange, self-imposed isolation. Why do we isolate ourselves? Because sharing with people who haven’t “been there” can expose your child to being stigmatized by people who just don’t understand. If my son had a physical ailment, cancer or some other terrible – yet familiar – disease, friends would circle the wagons. There’d be fundraisers. They’d bring casseroles. Instead, we suffer in silence wanting to protect our child from gossip and stigma. Every story of a kid dying from drugs or committing an incomprehensible act of violence is a shot to the heart. When my son experienced his psychotic break, my heart actually hurt. I understood fully what it means to have a “broken heart.” God and Jesus became my refuge. There, I could rage away, I could pray, I could beg. Well-meaning friends told me, “You just have to have hope. You have to believe. You have to think positively.” You nod and agree, but hope can be hard to find some days. How do you deal with overwhelming disappointment, grief at the loss of the child you gave birth to? Where is the child you knew and loved, the one you diapered, cooked for, helped with homework, took to guitar lessons, attended every soccer, baseball and football game, prepped for college, and thought you had “launched?” I want to stand in my child’s old bedroom and scream.

Submitted by a parent whose young adult son has once again become entangled with the neurotoxic marijuana plant.

 

 

 

Now is the time for Sweden to reciprocate for the leadership the US provided to Swedish alcohol policy at the end of the 19th century. Today it is “un-Swedish“ to use drugs.

“US needs to follow Sweden’s lead in Drug Policy” – Drugnews

After two U.S. states have legalized marijuana Sweden needs to take the leadership on drug policy in the world, writes Robert L. DuPont, MD, Bertha Madras, Ph.D. and Per Johansson, WFAD, in this article. Two states within the United States (Colorado and Washington State) have become the first governments in …

 

 

 

Roberts: Blowing Smoke to Legalize Pot
The Republic: 7-8-16

http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/laurieroberts/2016/07/08/roberts-blowing-smoke-legalize-pot/86826538/

 

 

 

Marijuana insert doesn’t tell the whole story

I have friends and acquaintances who live in grow areas and have heard their fears, complaints and issues with growers such as direct or indirect intimidation through the use of threats, vicious dogs or deadly weapons. They feel forced to turn a blind eye or deaf ears for fear of retaliation.
 
Imagine owning a home in our beautiful foothills and having to put up with this nonsense for six months every year. It’s not only unfair, it’s dangerous. Until the skunkweed farmers can police their own, they should not be supported. In June, vote against this initiative.
— Chris Nicodemus, Chico

Marijuana insert doesn’t tell the whole story

They’re back. The marijuana pushers are trying once again to hoodwink Butte County residents by painting a rosy picture for their product.I just read an eight-page insert in the E-R showing the smiling faces of growers and/or users of th

 

 

 

Just say NO to pot

By Tyler Rowland POSTED: 4/14/2016

Whether you know someone who smokes pot, have smelled its scent on a stranger or been exposed to it in other scenarios, marijuana has become ingrained in the American culture. According to a study conducted through the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, the number of children exposed to marijuana is increasing at an alarming rate. The study (found on drugfree.org), found that between 2006 and 2013, there was a 147.5 percent increase in children under the age of 6 being exposed to marijuana, and in 75 percent of those cases, the child was under 3 years old.
 
While I won’t bemoan any of my peers for choosing to use the drug for more legitimate reasons — for medical purposes or relief from stress and anxiety — an unnamed teacher interviewed for the popular man-on-the-street blog Humans of New York most clearly explains my take on teens using marijuana: “People say pot makes you more creative, but from what I’ve seen, it narrows my students’ minds until they only reference the world in relation to the drug.”
As humans, we can define ourselves however we please, but to allow oneself to be defined by a plant is simply insulting. And as an artist, here is one of my least favorite phrases in the English language: “How high were you when you made this?” That’s a loaded question that flat-out ignores any other source of inspiration for a creative piece. I recognize that choosing to partake or not is completely up to each and every individual, but speaking from the perspective of someone who has been in a classroom setting where marijuana was ingested openly: Please keep your drugs to yourself.

Two views on marijuana

Just say no to pot By Tyler Rowland Whether you know someone who smokes pot, have smelled its scent on a stranger or been exposed to it in other scenarios, marijuana has become ingrained in the American culture.

 
Letter: Don’t legalize pot for recreational use

 

More than 47,000 people died from a variety of drug overdoses last year, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported, but Massachusetts will have legalization of marijuana for recreational use on the referendum ballot in September!

Letter: Don’t legalize pot for recreational use

More than 47,000 people died from a variety of drug overdoses last year, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported, but Massachusetts will have legalization of marijuana for recreational use on the referendum ballot in September!

 

4-21-16 Blue Mass Group:  Posted by MA Senator Jason Lewis 

The scientific evidence is now absolutely clear that marijuana is unsafe for young people whose brains are still developing. Cognitive development, physical health, mental health and career prospects may all face serious impairment. Approximately one in six people who begin using as a minor will become addicted to marijuana. These young people and their families face a terrible struggle to overcome their dependence.

While some of the proponents of the ballot question are no doubt motivated by social justice concerns (notably Dick Evans), the money behind the campaign comes from the national Marijuana Policy Project which is motivated far more by making profits than fighting injustice.

 

 

 

OPINION | CHARLIE BAKER, MAURA HEALEY, AND MARTIN J. WALSH  (Charlie Baker is the governor of Massachusetts. Maura Healey is the state attorney general. Martin J. Walsh is the mayor of Boston)

Mass. should not legalize marijuana

March 4, 2016

THIS NOVEMBER, VOTERS in Massachusetts will be asked whether to legalize marijuana. Our state has already decriminalized the drug for personal use, and we’ve made it legally available for medical use. The question before us now is whether marijuana should be fully legal and widely available for commercial sale. We think the answer is “no.”

Mass. should not legalize marijuana – The Boston Globe

This November, voters in Massachusetts will be asked whether to legalize marijuana. Our state has already decriminalized the drug for personal use, and we’ve made it legally available for medical use. The question before us now is whether marijuana should be fully legal and widely available for commercial sale.

OPINION | Medical marijuana a bad idea in Pa. (letters)

March 27, 2016

The Pennsylvania House passed an amended so-called “medical” marijuana bill, which went back to the Senate. The Senate can kill this very deceptive, reckless and harmful legislation.

http://www.ydr.com/story/opinion/readers/2016/03/22/medical-marijuana-bad-idea-pa/82130064/


Letter to Editor: More on ‘Clearing The Haze’ marijuana series

Time society took note

Thank you for your series covering the problems w/legalizing marijuana. People forget this is still an experiment, and the need to look at the variables as they unfold is extremely important.

I am a K-12 school counselor and licensed therapist/LMFT in private practice. I’ve seen the ramifications of legalizing marijuana for both “medicinal” and recreational purposes. Our youths trust that if a substance is legalized, it is harmless to use.

No amount of telling young people to “wait until your 21” will work when the propaganda out there now largely states that marijuana is not only harmless, but actually medicinal when there has been no research done to prove this claim/provide guidelines and dosages.

As well, clients I see now in my private practice experience high levels of anxiety, paranoia and insomnia once habitual use sets in. Marijuana is presented as a harmless plant. The truth continues to be presented by medical and mental health experts; it is a substance that requires caution and regulation – not free range use. It is time society took note. 

Catherine Daniels

Roseville, Calif.

LETTERS: More on ‘Clearing The Haze’ marijuana series

Highly politicized issue Thank you for your objective questioning of the topic and your willingness to dive into a highly politicized issue with objective analysis. The industry seems to be populated with highly motivated promoters of pot. However, there is, I think, a large majority of quietly concerned people who know that there is a dark underbelly.

Op-Ed: Marijuana should not be legal here

By John Berry     POSTED: 02/03/16,

Unfortunately, too many people today maintain the notion that smoking pot is as harmless as it was portrayed in a Cheech and Chong movie. Pot destroys young brains. It also causes psychotic episodes, birth defects and traffic fatalities.

Op-Ed: Marijuana should not be legal here

Since Colorado voters legalized pot in 2012, the biggest fear among parents has come true. Teen use in Colorado is now the highest in the nation. In addition, teens and children are accessing “edibles.” Edibles are marijuana-laced and legally sold sodas, popcorns, candy, etc.

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