Social Justice Dooms Legal Pot Shops to Failure
Reading about the enthusiastic ganja-preneurs who scored the New York’s first recreational marijuana sales licenses, I couldn’t help feeling sorry for them. They don’t know how much the deck is stacked against them. Appeals to social justice propelled legalization of recreational marijuana.
Mother Seeks Changes to Mental Health Laws After Son’s Death
OPINION AND COMMENTARY My son was a wonderful boy. He was bright, funny, kind and loving. I wish you could know him the way I did. Like many young people, Dajon started experiencing mental health issues in his teens. Diagnosed with schizophrenia and substance use disorder at 18, he spent six years in and out of mental health facilities.
We Need to Talk about Cannabis in Wake of Highland Park Shooting
In the wake of the horrifying shooting at a July 4 parade, Robert “Bobby” Crimo III was described by someone who knew him on Reddit as a “typical stoner kind of guy.” Another person who spoke of making music with Crimo several years earlier tweeted this: “He was an isolated stoner who completely lost touch with reality.”
Los Angeles Times Editorial Board Scolds State for Promoting Hi-Potency Pot
Cannabis is making its debut at the California State Fair in July, taking its place among chardonnays, craft brews, tomato salsas, pickled peppers and satsuma marmalades as a product of the state’s agricultural bounty. Don’t expect to see contest judges getting stoned in a booth between the popcorn and the piglets, though.
The Colorado Sun: Opinion<a href="https://coloradosun.com/2022/01/04/marijuana-colorado-medicine-politics-opinion/">https://coloradosun.com/2022/01/04/marijuana-colorado-medicine-politics-opinion/</a> ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Irish Times: Opinion
Why America will regret legalization
Beautiful Boy Movie Review by Dr. Robert DuPont
Dad Whose Son Died of Heroin Overdose Warns Marijuana is the Root CauseClick here to read his opinion: Dad of heroin overdose victim warns against marijuana’s legalization in New York
New York United Way Executive Warns Marijuana Legalization will Harm Youth
Colorado U.S. Attorney Says Cannabis Industry Likely Will Receive Criminal Charges
Opinion: High-potency pot poses risks to the developing brainBy: 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. Debate has raged across Canada about the impending legalization/decriminalization of marijuana. Canadian physicians, in their role as advocates for physical and mental health, have been conspicuously absent from the debate. This troubling void in leadership is apparent from the lack of informed discourse exhibited across all forms of media. Our failure to educate Canadians regarding the potential risks of street pot, particularly for a developing brain, has important social, physical and psychological implications.
Doctor Warns Vermont: You are Getting a One Sided Story
When the drug crisis hits home. The heartbreak of 50,000 dead is everywhereBy: 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.
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.”
Myths and money behind push for legal marijuana, says Donald Charles(Donald Charles, Ocean City resident and attorney, is the Ocean City municipal prosecutor and a former Cape May County prosecutor)
There you go again, Dr. Gupta
Astute Reader Notices Recreational Drug Use Plays a Role in Mass Shootings
Colorado Springs Editorial Slams Politicians Citing Negative Outcomes of Marijuana Commercialization
Santa Barbara City Councilman on Why He Voted No on Pot ShopsRandy Rowse, longtime councilman in California town explains his objection to recreational marijuana.
Opinion: Jeff Sessions, Barbara Bush, Roger Goodell and Me
Enough is enough–marijuana affects communities, families–Letter to NewsMiner
Don’t legalize recreational pot–Letter to Penn-Live OpinionThe 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)
Opinion piece by a millennial: Vote NO on Prop 64 (legalizing marijuana in California)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.
A Letter to Editor in a Small Town in Oregon: Marijuana Argument Makes No Sense<h/3>
Evidence Against Pot Legalization is Overwhelming
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.