They say marijuana doesn't kill anyone. We wish that were true. These are our stories.

Cannabis Poses a Risk for Mental Health Problems and Suicide. These testimonials and the scientific research are convincing. Marijuana Kills.

Memorial Quilt --The Many Ways Marijuana Kills

Memorial Quilt --The Many Ways Marijuana Kills

We are grateful to the many parents and family members who participated in this project to memorialize those young people who have lost their lives because of marijuana (cannabis).

This is a patchwork quilt of the deadly consequences of marijuana use (and abuse) and the many ways cannabis kills. We hope this quilt will raise awareness and be a way to reach young people and other adults about the dangers of marijuana.

Mother's Day will not ever be the same for these families. This is important to remember. We hope this quilt will give solace to their profound loss on this day.

Shane's Story

Shane's Story

Shane was my first-born son who grew into a handsome 6’4” young man. He always seemed larger than life and he had a big heart, infectious smile, and zest for life. He excelled at sports, especially water sports, from a young age. Shane was a very normal, healthy teen and even weathered a back injury and surgery which made high school team sports no longer possible–so he transferred his athletic skills to wakeboarding !

When Shane moved away from home at age 19, he began using recreational marijuana (unbeknownst to his family). At age 22, Shane endured prolonged physical rehab to his knee following a serious boating accident. It was later realized Shane had increased his use of pot as he was intolerant of the prescription pain medications.
Shane was determined to proceed with his wedding to his long-term girlfriend...

Andy's Story

Andy's Story

This is the story of my son Andy Zorn…

Andy was born in 1982 and had a joyful life easily making and keeping friends. It was his mission to make friends and family laugh and have a good time and he was GOOD at it. He was class clown. He made parties come alive. When he grew older he helped good friends with their mental health and substance abuse issues.

But it all began to get harder for him to do as he became a teen and thought he had to participate in drinking and drugs to fit in. He was good at hiding the extent to which he indulged in these activities and surprised everyone with his statements in a suicide note:

“My soul is already dead. Marijuana killed my soul + ruined my brain.”

   

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Above the Influence Offers Excellent Drug Facts

Fact is that while you’re a teen (and even into your early 20’s!), you’re still growing and developing, and drug abuse during these years in particular can have a lasting impact. Another fact to consider: the brain is much more vulnerable to addiction during these years. 90% of Americans with a substance abuse problem started smoking, drinking or using other drugs before age 18.

Click Here for Fact Sheet: Drug Facts- Marijuana _Cannabis_

 

New Brain Imaging Study: Cannabis Abuse Causes Brain Aging

Largest Brain Study of 62,454 Scans Identifies Drivers of Brain Aging

Drivers of Brain Aging. Credit: Daniel G. Amen, IOS Press In the largest known brain imaging study, scientists from Amen Clinics (Costa Mesa, CA), Google, John’s Hopkins University, University of California, Los Angeles and the University of California, San Francisco evaluated 62,454 brain SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) scans of more than 30,000 individuals from 9 months old to 105 years of age to investigate factors that accelerate brain aging.

   

New HHS Report: Marijuana Use Skyrocketing and Higher than Ever Before

Smart Approaches to Marijuana- SAM

There are now twice as many daily or near daily marijuana users in the US than just a decade ago, according to the most comprehensive survey on drug use released today by the federal government.

   

Commentary: Aldous Huxley Predicted Governments Would Encourage Drug Use to Gain More Control

Jim Martin: Marijuana and a Brave New World

Posted: 04/12/2013 09:18:41 AM MDT Updated: 04/12/2013 09:20:35 AM MDT “Brave New World,” a novel written in 1931 by Aldous Huxley, projects the futuristic developments in reproductive technology, sleep-learning and psychological manipulation that combine to profoundly change society by the year 2540 AD. Huxley describes a utopian society based on the consumption of the drug “soma.”

   

America’s Invisible Pot Addicts

More and more Americans are reporting near-constant cannabis use, as legalization forges ahead. The proliferation of retail boutiques in California did not really bother him, Evan told me, but the billboards did. Advertisements for delivery, advertisements promoting the substance for relaxation, for fun, for health. “Shop. It’s legal.” “Hello marijuana, goodbye hangover.”

 

Cannabis and psychosis: what do we know and what should we do?

Abstract It is now incontrovertible that heavy use of cannabis increases the risk of psychosis. There is a dose-response relationship and high potency preparations and synthetic cannabinoids carry the greatest risk. It would be wise to await the outcome of the different models of legalisation that are being introduced in North America, before deciding whether or not to follow suit.

Cannabis and psychosis: what do we know and what should we do?

Cannabis is used by approximately 200 million people across the world. The current trend to popularise its medicinal properties, real and imagined, and to decriminalise or legalise it in many countries, is likely to be followed by greater use., However, cannabis is not as safe as was once thought., Just as longitudinal studies of tobacco smokers versus non-smokers nailed the link between cigarettes and lung cancer, so similar prospective studies have shown that heavy cannabis use carries with it an increased risk of psychosis.

Experts Speak Out on 4/20/2018

Rep. Patrick Kennedy Speaks About Marijuana Policy

Former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy marks April 20th, a holiday in cannabis culture commonly referred to as ‘4/20,’ by joining public health officials and others to talk about federal…

This study replicates exactly what Henquet et al. found back in 2005 for the amount of use where you begin to see a rise in risk – 5 times of use.

Teenage pot smokers are risking mental illnesses in later life

On an afternoon I occasionally walk with my granddaughter in a ­London park where teens gather after school, and the smell of pot is unescapable. It’s more pungent than I remember and I presume stronger, possibly super skunk , which is flooding the UK.

“They may be infrequent and thus not problematic for the adolescent, (but) when these experiences are reported continuously, year after year, then there’s an increased risk of a first psychotic episode or another psychiatric condition.”

Marijuana is thought to cause psychosis-like experiences by increasing a user’s risk of depression.

See Study Adolescent Cannabis Use and Risk of Psychosis

 

 

Doctors Dispute Notion that Marijuana Solves Opioid Crisis

Easing access to marijuana is not a way to solve the opioid epidemic

he take-home message from research published last week in JAMA Internal Medicine – let’s liberalize access to marijuana as a way to address the raging opioid epidemic – captured the public imagination. We disagree. Supporting medical or recreational marijuana as an alternative to opioids for conditions like chronic pain is a bad idea, especially for America’s youths.

 

There you go again, Dr. Gupta

In embracing medical cannabis, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta cultivates another ethical quagmire

In a promo for his upcoming report on the role of marijuana in alleviating the opioid crisis, CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, MD, beckons viewers: “Join us as we investigate a search for answers and meet potential pioneers and outspoken critics. Whether you struggle with opioids or know one of the millions who do, …

 

Marijuana Induced Psychosis Causes Man with No Criminal Record to Attack Strangers

Marijuana-induced psychosis behind Toronto lawyer’s bat attack, judge rules

As the federal government prepares to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, an Ontario judge has ruled that cannabis-induced psychosis led a man to a seemingly hate-filled attack on a family, in what appears to be the first case of its kind in Canadian criminal courts.

 

 

Two ER physicians from both CO and CA present marijuana harms at SAM Summit

Doctor Who Was Taught to Overprescribe Pills Now Works to Counter the Marijuana Epidemic Ronnet Lev, M.D. ( ER physician at Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego, CA)

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Karen Randall, ER physician in Pueblo, CO presents at the SAM Summit (Atlanta) 4-5-18 “join the fight against THC marijuana” Karen Randall, M.D. (ER physician at Parkland Medical Center, Pueblo, CO)

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Top Doctor Warns of a Psychosis, Paranoid Delusions and a Superskunk Schizophrenia Timebomb

Superskunk schizophrenia timebomb

Britain could set off a schizophrenia timebomb if it ignores the dangers of super-strength ‘skunk’ cannabis, one of the UK’s most eminent psychiatrists warns today. Strong evidence now shows that smoking potent forms of the Class B drug increases the chance of psychosis, paranoid delusions and schizophrenia.


Colorado Suicide Rates and the Connection to Marijuana See Graph by Clicking here: Colorado Suicide Rates & Cannabis.