Marijuana Legalization Concerns

Missouri Roadways will become more dangerous if marijuana is legalized

Experts: Missouri roadways will become more dangerous and deadly if voters legalize recreational marijuana in the Nov. 8 election

More people will die and be injured on Missouri roads and highways if voters approve recreational marijuana in the Nov. 8 election on Tuesday, experts say and statistics show. Missouri voters will be asked in Amendment 3 whether to legalize recreational marijuana. The state’s voters approved medicinal marijuana in 2018.


How state marijuana legalization became a boon for corruption

“Mayor Correia has engaged in an outrageous brazen campaign of corruption, which turned his job into a personal ATM,” declared U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling during a press conference announcing the charges.


Time Magazine: Why Legalization Won’t Work


U.S. States Tried Decriminalizing Pot Before. Here’s Why It Didn’t Work

Marijuana legalization proponents believe they have the upper hand. But history tells another story.



New Study: Marijuana Legalization and Normalization is Reversing Decades of Declines in Youth Marijuana Use

A study recently released by the University of Washington finds that marijuana legalization and commercialization may have begun a reversal of previous downward trends in teen marijuana use. The study, which followed 230 teens and young adults, found that young people may be more likely to use marijuana after commercialization, due to normalization as a result of the over-saturation of stores, advertisements, and rapidly rising adult use of the drug.



Vermont Medical Society Resolution on CBD



U.S. Senate Hearing on Cannabis and Public Health


Marijuana and America's Health: Questions and Issues for Policy Makers

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Chairman, and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), co-Chairman, held a hearing of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control to examine public health questions and issues surrounding marijuana, the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States, as more states legalize it for the treatment of medical conditions and recreational use.



Report of the International Narcotics Control Board 2018


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Activists Block Concentrates Ban in Washington

Washington's well-publicized "10 percent concentrates bill" has been stopped in committee for the 2020 session. HB 2546, "Concerning the Potency of Marijuana Products, would have limited cannabis concentrates in the state at just 10 percent potency for THC. The bill had its first and only hearing la


Study Shows Car Crashes Rise in Pot Legal States

States with legal marijuana see rise in car crashes, studies find

Car crashes were up as much as 6 percent in states where the recreational use of marijuana has been legalized, said two studies. According to research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute, the frequency of collision claims filed to insurers were higher in four states where marijuana is legal: Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.


Highland County coroner: Marijuana is 'gateway to hell'

By Gary Abernathy. Dr. Jeff Beery doesn’t agree with those who think marijuana is a relatively harmless drug that carries medicinal qualities and should even be winked at for recreational purposes. But Beery doesn’t just think marijuana is a gateway to more dangerous drugs. “It’s a gateway to hell,” he says flatly.

Highland County coroner: Marijuana is 'gateway to hell' - Times Gazette

Dr. Jeff Beery doesn't agree with those who think marijuana is a relatively harmless drug that carries medicinal qualities and should even be winked at for recreational purposes. But Beery doesn't just think marijuana is a gateway to more dangerous drugs. "It's a gateway to hell," he says flatly.

Dangers of Marijuana Experienced Firsthand

By Brad Roberts, MD, May 15, 2017.  These (pot) stores are not selling the marijuana I had seen in high school. Multiple different types of patients are coming into the emergency department with a variety of unexpected problems such as marijuana-induced psychosis, dependence, burn injuries, increased abuse of other drugs, increased homelessness and its associated problems, and self-medication with marijuana to treat their medical problems instead of seeking appropriate medical care. If we are going to use this as a medication, then we should use it as we use other medications. It should have to undergo the same scrutiny, Food and Drug Administration approval, and regulation that any other medication does. Why are we allowing a pass on a medication that very likely would carry with it a black-box warning?

Opinion: Dangers of Marijuana Experienced Firsthand - ACEP Now

ACEP Now offers real-time clinical news, news from the American College of Emergency Physicians, and news on practice trends and health care reform for the emergency medicine physician. ACEP Now is an official publication of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Nevada Officials Cracking Down on Marijuana Testing Labs

Nevada officials cracking down on marijuana testing labs

Nevada regulators are cracking down on marijuana testing labs, as nearly half of the state's marijuana labs have had their license suspended in the past five months. Since the Nevada Tax Department took over the marijuana regulation on July 1, four of the state's nine cannabis testing facilities have had their license suspended - three since late-December.


Denver Closes 26 Pot Shops Over Illegal Sales

In one documented case, a budtender sold to the same detective nine times in the span of about two hours, sometimes completing his transactions a mere 15 minutes apart.

PD: Budtender sold ounce of pot to undercover cop 9 times in 2 hours

In one documented case, a budtender sold to the same detective nine times in the span of about two hours, sometimes completing his transactions a mere 15 minutes apart. Undercover Denver police detectives were able to purchase as many as 16 ounces of marijuana in one day from a popular local chain of marijuana stores, according to documents released Friday.


Are you Tired of that Stinking Marijuana Dealer or Grow Next Door?

New legal strategy may help, some affected parties are suing their neighbor for civil conspiracy and racketeering.

Civil 'conspiracy' lawsuits may be next legal threat for marijuana businesses

Another legal threat for marijuana businesses across the United States has emerged over the past few months: civil suits involving anti-racketeering laws. One such case - a nearly 3-year-old lawsuit in Colorado - is scheduled to go to trial in Denver in July. Two similar suits have been filed against licensed MJ companies and numerous [...]


Portugal Reports Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Use Increased Over Last Five Years

Alcohol, tobacco and drug consumption rise over last five years

"We have seen a rise in the prevalence of alcohol and tobacco consumption and of every illicit psychoactive substance (essentially affected by the weight of cannabis use in the population aged 15-74) between 2012 and 2016/17, according to the 4thNational Survey on the Use of Psychoactive Substances in the General Population, Portugal 2016/17.


UK NAMI equivalent says "reclassifying" [legalization] of cannabis is not the answer

Date Published: 15 February 2015 A new study by the Institute of Psychiatry suggests that 24% of new cases of psychosis are resulting from use of high potency ‘skunk-like’ cannabis. In response, Mark Winstanley, CEO of Rethink Mental Illness said: “People often think of cannabis as a safe or harmless drug, but this study clearly shows that smoking ‘skunk’ greatly increases your chances of developing serious mental health problems. “Reclassifying cannabis isn’t the answer. What we really need to see is more education about the risks of using the drug, especially for younger people, who are particularly vulnerable. Essentially, smoking cannabis is like playing a very real game of Russian roulette with your mental health.”

For more information, please contact Brian Semple, News and Media Manager for Rethink Mental Illness, on 0207 840 3043 or

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. The parallel to opioids is that the "weed" of today has been hybridized (genetically engineered) to be 5 – 6 times more potent than the weed of 20 years ago (4% THC compared to 19% THC). In addition, the contemporary delivery systems (example- vaping) increase the amount of THC getting to the brain. These unexpectedly high "doses" of today may include manic psychosis and schizophrenia like symptoms. The victim didn't understand what she/he was getting. What was expected to be a few hours of pleasure has become a life-changing psychosis. I predict that our fascination with "medical marijuana" will only accelerate this tragic epidemic of THC induced psychosis. If there is to be a place for "medical marijuana," give it to the FDA where it can be studied by legitimate scientists who are not funded by the producers, distributors and charlatan practitioners. Clearly, the profits are huge and the costs to human lives are huge. There may be a few serious conditions in which a small amount of cannabis helps to relieve suffering. Example: End stage cancer. Responsible physicians will use it wisely and compassionately just as they do with opioids. The tragic hidden problem is aided by a very small number of "charlatan physicians" who will sell their souls to the callous industry. For a fee and without being seen, cannabis users can receive a "certificate of need." This document allows the user to go into a retail cannabis dispensary and purchase whatever he/she wants from a large inventory of cannabis products. Said again, opioids kill by suppressing respiration. Cannabinoids ruin lives by inducing psychosis. Both are tragic. JOHN DOSSETT, MD, South Londonderry Township

'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.

SAM-Vermont member (Dean Whitlock) writes to Vermont Legislators

His views why legalizing H170 would endanger highway safety and make Vermont's mental health burden worse. Legalizing recreational marijuana in Vermont would not be a simple matter. Vermont has already decriminalized marijuana use. What we haven’t done is provide a mental health system that can deal with the thousands of cases of addiction, psychosis, and other mental illnesses that we already have in our state, nor have we done nearly enough to educate Vermonters about marijuana’s harms, in order to prevent such tragedies from happening. Legalizing marijuana – whether like alcohol or tobacco – will only make our mental health burden worse, while it makes our highways far less safe.

Dean Whitlock: Legalized marijuana imperils highway safety, increases mental health burden - VTDigger

Editor's note: This commentary is by Dean Whitlock, of Thetford, a freelance writer who has been researching the issues surrounding marijuana legalization for years. A former supporter of legalization, he is now opposed.


Where are 11th Graders in Oregon Getting Marijuana?

See Graph from Oregon Health Authority

Local Sheriffs and Police Oppose Legalization

The following is a letter from local law enforcement official (and one educator) in opposition to Proposition 64, the initiative on the November ballot that would legalize marijuana for recreational use. The letter is co-signed by the top brass of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, the Eureka Police Department and more. Full list of signatories at the bottom. Read more.  

Scientist who Discovered THC is not Favorable to Legalization

When Raphael Mechoulam first asked the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a grant to research cannabis back in 1963, the top U.S. public health agency was quick to show him the door. “They told me, ‘Come back to us when you choose another subject—marijuana is not an American problem,'” the 84-year-old Israeli professor recalls. Read more.

In Case You Missed It!

September 23, 2016 States that have legalized marijuana are contending with a new criminal tactic - smugglers who grow and process it for export to states where it's illegal and worth a lot more. Colorado is the epicenter of the phenomenon, although it's popping up in Oregon and Washington too.


NAMI Mass Opposes Recreational Marijuana Ballot Initiative

This fall, Massachusetts voters will likely have the opportunity to vote on whether the sale of marijuana for recreational use should be legalized in the Commonwealth. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Massachusetts states its strong opposition to this ballot question because the legalization of recreational marijuana will have detrimental effects for those with mental illness and for people predisposed to mental illness.


White House drug czar: Legalized pot not okay

By Peter Urban, GateHouse Media Washington Bureau, 3/25/2016

Michael Botticelli, the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, this week reiterated the administration’s opposition to state efforts to legalize marijuana. He testified before a House panel examining federal and state responses to the heroin and opioid crisis. “I do believe that when you look at the data in terms of the high levels of marijuana use that we have among youth in the country … that we are in for more significant problems in the United States,” he said.


Most Bay State Employers Oppose Legal Pot Sales

By Kara Bettis, March 28, 2016 BOSTON – Almost two-thirds of Bay State employers oppose legalizing retail marijuana sales, according to the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, one of the largest business advocacy groups in the region. “How will an employer respond to a worker operating heavy equipment on a job site under the influence of marijuana? Many jobs, particularly those in safety-sensitive fields like transportation or manufacturing, must adhere to federal regulations that still prohibit the use of any substance that creates impairment,” Regan wrote.The organization opposes legalization.

Most Bay State employers oppose legal pot sales

Printed from: Marijuana plant in the wild. (Photo courtesy of BOSTON - Almost two-thirds of Bay State employers oppose legalizing retail marijuana sales, according to the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, one of the largest business advocacy groups in the region.


U.S. Senate Held Bipartisan Hearing on Obama Administration's Failure to Monitor Impact of Marijuana Legalization

On April 5th, 2016  Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Diane Feinstein (D-CA) held a bipartisan hearing to explore the findings of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report documenting the Obama Administration's failure to monitor the impact of state marijuana legalization. The pro-marijuana lobby claims today’s hearing on the Justice Department’s enforcement priorities on marijuana lacked data and relied on anecdotes. But there was a lot of data. In Colorado, from 2012 to 2014, the number of hospitalizations related to marijuana increased 70%, the number of traffic deaths related to marijuana rose 20%, and interdiction seizures of Colorado marijuana destined for other states jumped 31%. This is all in just two years. Senator Grassley cited these data points in his statement and in charts he used to question witnesses.


Vermont pot legalization sees a slowdown

By DAVE GRAM  | April 8, 2016  Burlington Free Press MONTPELIER, Vt. - Efforts to legalize marijuana in Vermont this year may have gone up in smoke Friday, as a House committee passed a measure that calls for more study after it stripped out Senate-passed provisions that would tax and license pot growers and retailers. Measures left in the bill the House committee passed include enhancing education and prevention programs for young people; giving $350,000 to the Health Department for anti-drug education efforts; spending more than $650,000 on a new forensic laboratory, equipment and training for the Department of Public Safety; and raising the threshold between a misdemeanor and a felony for sale of pot from half an ounce to an ounce. It lowers the blood-alcohol content that triggers a drunken driving charge from 0.08 to 0.05 if the person has any of marijuana’s active ingredient in his or her body.


Links to an increase in schizophrenia alone could wipe out any revenues from legalized pot, new study says

Legalization of marijuana would lead to an increase in mental illness, including schizophrenia, and thereby increase the tax burden on Vermonters by an estimated $4.9 to $11.1 million dollars, according to a white paper issued today by Smart Approaches to Marijuana in Vermont (SAM-VT). The costs would offset the estimated $7.4 million in revenue to be generated by the sales, based on the recreational marijuana revenue seen by Colorado in 2014.

How Georgia has avoided commercial medical marijuana thus far

National Families in Action | Atlanta, Georgia 2016


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