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Commercialized Marijuana Doesn’t Pay

“The Colorado Department of Health found that 93% of cannabis in Colorado shops have dangerous high THC concentrations; the industry appears to clearly need potent pot to addict and profit. But this concentration is dangerous. Frequent use of 10%-15% THC is found in half of ER patients seen for psychosis in Amsterdam. These patients would be well but for their marijuana use, according to one of the world’s leading authorities on schizophrenia, professor Sir Robin Murray, and others.”




Catherine Antley & Spencer Smith: Commercializing cannabis will not pay – VTDigger

Editor’s note: This commentary is by Catherine Antley, MD, a community medical doctor, and Spencer Smith, a writer and retired Peace Corps volunteer. Both are from Burlington. After decades fighting Big Tobacco, will the Vermont Legislature really invite Big Cannabis into our state? This is not about decriminalization. We already have that.




A New Survey Links Vaping to Higher Covid-19 Risk


A Stanford University report shows that teens and young adults who use e-cigarettes are five to seven times more likely to test positive for the virus.


A New Survey Links Vaping to Higher Covid-19 Risk – WIRED

A Stanford University report shows that teens and young adults who use e-cigarettes are five to seven times more likely to test positive for the virus.



Heavy Pot Use Linked to Mental Health Problems


Heavy Pot Use Linked to Mental Problems Even After Quitting

Marijuana dependence goes hand in hand with poor mental health, and problems may persist long after stopping the drug, according to Canadian researchers. Nearly half of people who have been or are now dependent on pot have some form of mental illness or dependence on another substance, according to a report this month in the journal Advances in Preventative Medicine.



A Progressive Takes a Stand Against the “Green Rush” and Legal Cannabis




Stop the “green rush”

Colorado’s vote in 2012 to legalize marijuana united the progressive end of the liberal political spectrum with conservative libertarians. Progressives had long felt that the war on drugs was cruel and unfairly targeted minorities and, in many cases, agreed with libertarians that folks should be allowed to smoke a joint in peace without government interference.



Pennsylvania Newspaper Editors Take Anti-Legalization Stance


Legalizing recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania is a terrible idea [opinion]

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf announced his support last week for the legalization of recreational marijuana, and called on the Republican-controlled General Assembly to draft a bill that decriminalizes nonviolent and small cannabis-related offenses and offers a “path to restorative justice through the expungement of past convictions of nonviolent and small cannabis-related crimes.”



Depression/Anxiety Could Stem from Young People Using Cannabis






Cannabis use by young people may be tied to depression and anxiety, CAMH study finds

Cannabis use in young people may be linked to increases in depression, anxiety and other neurological disorders, a new study out of Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health suggests. In particular, the research found that subjects who regularly smoked pot had significantly higher levels of a protein in their brains that is elevated when there is inflammation within the organ.




Opinion: Who is Really in Jail for Marijuana?



by David G. Evans, Esq. Drug legalization advocates claim that prisons are overflowing with people convicted for only simple possession of marijuana. This claim is aggressively pushed by groups seeking to relax or abolish marijuana laws. A more accurate view is that the vast majority of inmates in prison for marijuana have been found guilty of more than simple possession.



FDA Warns CBD Company about Cancer Claims


FDA warns company marketing unapproved cannabidiol products with unsubstantiated claims to treat cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, opioid withdrawal, pain and pet anxiety

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it has issued a warning letter to Curaleaf Inc., of Wakefield, Massachusetts, for illegally selling unapproved products containing cannabidiol (CBD) online with unsubstantiated claims that the products treat cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, opioid withdrawal, pain and pet anxiety, among other conditions or diseases.



Acute Psychosis Leads to Death of Portland Man


PeaceHealth facing $3M lawsuit in death of Portland man hit by car

PeaceHealth University District Hospital is facing a $3 million lawsuit in the death of a 20-year-old Portland man.



FDA Enforcement Actions Plummet Under Trump


FDA enforcement actions plummet under Trump

From monitoring clinical trials and approving medicines and vaccines, to ensuring the safety of blood transfusions, medical devices, groceries, and more, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is one of the nation’s most vital watchdogs. By several measures, however, FDA’s compliance and enforcement actions have plummeted since President Donald Trump took office, Science has found.


National Families in Action Reports on the FDA Hearing on Cannabis and Cannabis Derived Products



Should FDA allow CBD in food & dietary supplements? FDA Acting Commissioner: Critical questions remain about safety; More

New York Times notes, the CBD industry is pushing FDA to loosen restrictions on CBD products. But FDA’s acting Commissioner, Norman Sharpless, MD, pointed out in his opening remarks to some 140 people waiting to testify, that FDA statutes prohibit active drug ingredients from being added to food or dietary supplements.



Buyer Beware: CBD Scare


The risk of contaminants and false labeling in the exploding CBD industry

WASHINGTON (ABC7/WJLA)- The cannabis derivative, CBD, is popping up everywhere- lip balm, body cream and even as a shot in your morning espresso. But not all CBD is created equal. The ABC7 I-Team has been given exclusive access to the largest set of test results and analysis on CBD products to date.



BOMBSHELL Study on Adolescent Marijuana Use: Anxiety, Depression, Suicide


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Why Social Justice Arguments for Marijuana Are Flawed


Misguided Cannabis “Social Equity Program” Will Harm the Communities It’s Intended to Help – The Marijuana Policy Initiative

Public health and addiction prevention professionals have been closely watching the development of regulations for, and roll-out of, a recreational marijuana industry in Massachusetts. Many concerning policies are being institutionalized with many public health and prevention professionals sounding the alarm regarding the “Social Equity Program” and all associated components included in the Cannabis Control Commission’s regulations, driven by industry representatives, both internal and external to the process.



Hemp Grower Mistakenly Grows High THC Pot


Plants provided to Pete’s Greens by dispensary were pot – VTDigger

The owner of a large Vermont organic vegetable farm said he’s been “sick to my stomach” since learning plants he thought were hemp had tested positive as high-grade marijuana.



Teen Vaping on the Rise


Vaping by high school students worries parents. What they’re vaping should worry them more.

As more teens vape, schools have struggled to keep the practice in check. Now, area schools are seeing a disturbing twist – students vaping marijuana. Just as with tobacco, students can vape right under a teacher’s nose and go undetected.



Important New Study: Meta Analysis of Research on Marijuana and Violence


Cannabis use and violence in patients with severe mental illnesses: A meta-analytical investigation

Findings showed a moderate cannabis-violence association in severe mental illness. * The association was higher for cannabis misuse in comparison to cannabis use. * Cannabis use should be considered in violence risk prevention and management. The relationship between cannabis and violence remains unclear, especially amid those with severe mental illnesses (SMI).



Philly Weed Doc May Lose Medical License


‘America’s Medical Marijuana Doctor’ suspended for ‘problematic pattern of cannabis use’

Roman, who runs Nature’s Way Medicine in Old City, was one of the first doctors to issue recommendations, similar to a prescription, for medical cannabis in the Keystone State. Since the launch of the medical marijuana program, Roman’s practice primarily has been limited to accepting $200 payments from a stream of patients seeking to access legal weed.



Chuck Norris Speaks Out about Marijuana Issue


Marijuana’s Pandora’s Box in the U.S.

Exclusive: Chuck Norris demands, ‘Are we listening, America?’ Whoopi Goldberg wrote in her opening 2014 epiphany column (“My Vape Pen and I, A Love Story”) in The Cannibist: “The vape pen has changed my life. No, I’m not exaggerating. In fact, her name is Sippy. Yes, she’s a she.



The Marijuana Delusion


The History Behind MJ Legalization & Its Destructive Path Across America


Our first news article is a well done piece with historical perspective along with current knowledge of marijuana dangers.


The Marijuana Delusion

After Colorado and Washington State voters gave a thumbs-up to recreational marijuana use in 2012, cannabis advocates needed another six years to win legalization battles in eight additional states. But in 2019 alone, at least eight more states seem ready to pass laws permitting recreational pot.



Scientific American: Link Between Adolescent Pot Smoking and Psychosis Strengthened


In an interview Murray said his research with users in London has shown that high-potency cannabis—approximately 16 percent THC(tetrahydrocannabinol)—was involved in 24 percent of all cases of a first episode of psychosis. (New laws permitting recreational pot use do not make it legal for teens to consume cannabis, but that has not impeded access.)


As physicians, we need to say clearly what is happening and what is not,” says Peter Falkai, a psychiatrist at the Munich Center for Neurosciences at Ludwig Maximilian University. “Looking into the data, clearly yes, the data show increasing risk of psychosis.”


Link between Adolescent Pot Smoking and Psychosis Strengthens

Society’s embrace of cannabis to treat nausea, pain and other conditions proceeds apace with the drive to legalize the plant for recreational use. Pot’s seemingly innocuous side effects have helped clear a path toward making it a legal cash crop, with all of the marketing glitz brought to other consumer products.



Canadian Mental Health Expert Predicts Rise in Cannabis Psychosis Cases After Legalization


Even before nationwide marijuana legalization in Canada, there was a concerning rise in psychosis cases amongst marijuana users.


Mental Health Experts Warns of ‘Significant Increase’ in Cannabis-Induced Psychosis



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

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


New HHS Survey: Heavy Marijuana Use Skyrocketing; Youth in Late Teens Using More Marijuana Now Than Any Time in Recent History

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

“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.


Experts Speak Out on 4/20/2018


Rep. Patrick Kennedy Speaks About Marijuana Policy

Former Representative Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) marked April 20th, a holiday in cannabis culture commonly referred to as “4/20,” by joining public health officials and others to talk about federal marijuana policy. A non-profit organization opposing the legalization of marijuana called “Smart Approaches to Marijuana” hosted this event.


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.