Irish Times: Opinion
Why America will regret legalization
The Democrats have a new moral crusade. It’s youth-oriented and free of identity politics. It’s got nothing to do with Trump, or Russia. Today’s Democrats are fighting for your right to get baked. If you’re skeptical, please understand that this is not just a plunge into unfettered hedonism. Sen.
Beautiful Boy Movie Review by Dr. Robert DuPont
n the American mind, drug addiction happens only to people “born under a bad sign.” That’s just not true. Worse, it implies that success in life protects individuals from addiction. Throughout my 50-year career working on drug abuse prevention and treatment, I’ve often seen drug addiction befall every kind of person.
Dad Whose Son Died of Heroin Overdose Warns Marijuana is the Root Cause
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New York United Way Executive Warns Marijuana Legalization will Harm Youth
The recent state Department of Health report regarding legalization of marijuana for recreational use, if read closely, provides substantial evidence that doing so could have serious negative impacts on our youth.
Colorado U.S. Attorney Says Cannabis Industry Likely Will Receive Criminal Charges
In 2012 we were told Colorado would lead the nation on a grand experiment in commercialized marijuana. Six years later – with two major industry reports just released and the state legislature and Denver City Council about to consider more expansion measures – it’s a perfect time to pause and assess some results of that experiment.
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. 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.
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. In my psychiatric practice, I treat patients with psychotic illnesses including schizophrenia.
Doctor Warns Vermont: You are Getting a One Sided Story
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?
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
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, …
Astute Reader Notices Recreational Drug Use Plays a Role in Mass Shootings
Colorado Springs Editorial Slams Politicians Citing Negative Outcomes of Marijuana Commercialization
Gov. John Hickenlooper, D-Colo., and Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., don’t seem to care much about the toll recreational marijuana imposes on Colorado. Each reacted with righteous indignation to the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Obama administration’s lax pot policies.
Santa Barbara City Councilman on Why He Voted No on Pot Shops
Randy Rowse, longtime councilman in California town explains his objection to recreational marijuana.
Opinion: Jeff Sessions, Barbara Bush, Roger Goodell and Me
The most shocking opinion you can express in 2017 is not support for the death penalty or pre-publication censorship of books and television or even opposition to abortion; it is thinking that marijuana should be illegal.
Enough is enough–marijuana affects communities, families–Letter to NewsMiner
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
As you might imagine, we get more letters to the editor here at PennLive Opinion than we could ever hope to run. Some are turned down because they’re too long. Some don’t make the cut because they just don’t have that something that makes them worthy of publication.
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
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.
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.
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.
Roberts: Blowing Smoke to Legalize Pot
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 this product.
Just say NO to pot
By Tyler Rowland POSTED: 4/14/2016
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!
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4-21-16 Blue Mass Group: Posted by MA Senator Jason Lewis
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.”
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.
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.
Op-Ed: Marijuana should not be legal here
By John Berry, Posted: 2/3/16
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.