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IS MARIJUANA GOOD FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE?

It is popular to say that marijuana was made illegal because of racism. The truth is marijuana was first banned in a military hospital in Mexico City in 1882, where it was used to treat pain, in an effort to prevent violence and disorder. Mexico then banned all production, sales and recreational use in 1920, and export in 1927. This was a result of Egyptian officials asking the international community to join in a treaty to make it illegal around the globe in 1925. It wasn’t until 1985, some 60 years later, that a book by a U.S. author referred to marijuana laws as racist.

Any claims that marijuana is illegal in America because of racism are in conflict with history.

Will more pot shops in our neighborhoods and marijuana in our homes really reduce incarceration rates and improve the quality of life for minorities? We don’t think so. Every brain matters, and marijuana is an equal opportunity destroyer.


URGENT ACTION NEEDED!
Tomorrow Wednesday July 15, industry-funded, pro-marijuana forces are putting on a virtual legalization event attempting to co-opt current social justice protests as a reason to commercialize marijuana. They have convinced groups such as the NAACP and others to join them for this “conversation.” Call the NAACP and ask them to withdraw from the Marijuana Policy Project event: (410) 580-5777. Tell NAACP:

  • Don’t legitimize an organization that is all about money – not justice.
  • Don’t speak at this event
  • Marijuana commercialization won’t solve social injustice.

Thought Provoking Facts

The facts show that even under legalized marijuana, the poor and minority communities suffer the worst outcomes. For instance, after Colorado legalized recreational marijuana, minority teens were arrested in greater numbers for marijuanaviolations. Pot shops are disproportionately situated in impoverished communities, in Colorado, also. Clearly, making the residents more susceptible to high use rates and addiction. In Denver, as an example, pot shops are heavily concentrated in Hispanic communities. This sends the message to the youth that drugs are harmless, which we know is not the case. Combine struggling schools with drug abuse and student grades are sure to plummet. We know that amotivational syndrome, a harmful side effect of pot, will cause poor educational outcomes and lead to more school dropouts. More access to this psychoactive drug will increase violence, addiction and theft, all of which have high arrest rates.

The link between marijuana use and crime is also downplayed by those who promote legalization. Industry lobbyists also tell us the the black market will disappear when marijuana is legally available. However, in legalized states, we are seeing an increase in gang activity, crime and black market sales.

What Does the Evidence Show?

Contrary to the social justice claims of the legalization activists, prison populations are rising in states where marijuana is legal and sanctioned for recreational use. Project SAM depicts these trends very clearly in these illustrated graphs for Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and the District of Columbia.

William Jones III fought against legalization in his hometown of Washington, D.C. He writes a compelling opinion piece to the Philadelphia Inquirer about why marijuana legalization will harm our inner city communities. Calling marijuana toxic and addictive, he makes a strong case that pot shops will destablize communities already suffering from education and health disparities.

Other Voices on Marijuana and Social Justice

Abu Edwards, Director of State Affairs for Project SAM says state legalization will be a disaster for black communities. He clearly lays out how minorities are being used to further profit motives of big business rather than social justice. Of particular concern is how the children in his community are going to be led into a drug lifestyle by the aggressive advertising of this industry.

So, is it as the marijuana activists say, a choice between legal weed and social injustice? Dr. Kevin Sabet discusses the false dichotomy of legalization and criminalization in his TEDx PrincetonU talk. It is not a black and white issue, he advises there are many dimensions to consider, as this is an important social and public health discussion.

Take Action

You can equip yourself to debate the finer points of marijuana and social justice. We recommend taking the time to downloand and read these excellent materials.

First, take a look at this easy to navigate fact sheet, a downloadable one pager on Social Justice by Smart Approaches to Marijuana.

Read also this important PopPot perspective about the disingenuous social justice argument for pot, Social Justice, the Pretext Legalizers Use to Get Support.

Once again, we rely on the great work of Project SAM on this issue. Kevin Sabet and Will Jones, III co-authored this excellent article on Marijuana Legalization, The Social Injustice which debunks many of the racially based arguments for legalization.

Now that you know, take some time and help educate 5 people you think need to know.

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Meth, Money & Terrorism! The ‘victimless crime’ of ‘chemsex’ funding terrorism?

German and Islamic State link

In separate mafia raids, Italian police seized 84 million amphetamine pills with possible Islamic State origins that were hidden inside German-origin paper cylinders. Police found 14 tons of pills marked Captagon — a highly addictive amphetamine-based drug that has been widely trafficked by IS — that police said was of Syrian origin.

It is “well known” that Islamic State “finances its activities largely by trafficking synthetic drugs largely produced in Syria, which has become the leading world producer of amphetamines in recent years,” Italian police said.

The Guardia di Finanza customs and financial crimes police said they suspected the involvement of the Camorra, the mafia organization that operates in Naples area, of being involved in the drugs, which were intercepted at the port of Salerno.

The Guardia di Finanza said it was likely that European drug traffickers had turned to Syrian suppliers after amphetamine drug production in Europe was largely halted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

And in another bust, Italy’s anti-mafia police said on Tuesday they had disrupted a major international drug trafficking ring between Albania and Italy.

Two years of investigations revealed an alleged network of Italian and Albanian operators who smuggled drugs across the Adriatic to the southern Italian region of Puglia. Thirty-seven people were arrested in Tuesday’s sting.

For complete story https://www.dw.com/en/dozens-arrested-in-anti-mafia-raids-in-italy-germany/a-54015083

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UK: The ‘Terrorism’ of Psychotropic Toxins – REEFER Madness Key to the Fray!

Evil terrorists? No, they’re just solitary drug-crazed losers

By PETER HITCHENS FOR THE MAIL ON SUNDAY PUBLISHED: 28 June 2020

Drug clue: Khairi Saadallah with what appears to be a joint
If I ever feel the need to have several nice cold buckets of slime tipped over my head, I point out that most of the supposed terrorist attacks in this country are, in fact, the work of solitary drug-crazed losers.

The drug involved is most often marijuana, though steroids are also increasingly implicated, as are some prescription medications.

But it is mainly marijuana, which is just now the subject of a huge billionaire-backed campaign to allow it to be advertised on TV and sold in supermarkets. Yes, that is what legalisation means.

Within seconds one choir of morons will be yelling that I am ‘an apologist for Islamic terror’. No, I am not. I hate terrorism of all kinds and wish we did not give into it so often.
As I turn to deal with them, a second choir of morons will begin to howl that marijuana has no links with mental illness or crime, is a valuable medicine, and how dare I damage its chances of being legalised?

They have half a point. It should not be legalised, and I will do all in my power to prevent that happening. But that is because there are mountains of evidence of its connections with mental illness and with violence. This danger is getting harder to contest every day.
So here comes the slime, the dimwit screeches and the self-interested squawks. Because the official claim that the dreadful slayings in a Reading park last weekend were ‘terrorism’ is so absurd that it simply has to be countered.
This belief actually leaves us in more danger, not less, because it means we look in the wrong direction and take precautions against the wrong menace.
First is the obvious question. What conceivable cause could have been helped by this frightful crime? None.

The drug involved is most often marijuana, though steroids are also increasingly implicated, as are some prescription medications [File photo]
Anyone identified with it would have earned nothing but hate and fury. Terrorists have purposes, and all too often attain them. This had no purpose. It is not even very clear what religion the alleged culprit followed.
Next we must come to this suspect. Of course he may be innocent of the accusation and we must wait for a trial to establish that.
But I am interested in the way that a large part of the Establishment have dealt with the fact that this alleged culprit has been described by friends as a marijuana user. There’s no serious doubt about it.
Photographs have been published showing him holding what looks very much like a marijuana cigarette, which we all nowadays knowingly call a joint or a spliff, as we have become used to the utter failure of the police to control or suppress this crime
For complete story Killer Weed

 

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Vaping in Real Trouble in Australia – The Citizens Will Benefit From its Removal!

The end of vaping in Australia: Nearly all imports of e-cigarettes and refills will be BANNED from next week

  • Importing e-cigarettes and refills containing nicotine into Australia to be banned
  • From July 1 new regulations on vaporiser nicotine are to be brought into effect 
  • Many people bought the products from overseas after sale banned in Australia 
By BRETT LACKEY FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA  UPDATED: 22 June 2020

Vaping nicotine in Australia is set to end as the government moves to ban the importation of most e-cigarettes into the country.

From July 1, it will be illegal to import e-cigarettes and refills containing nicotine liquids or salts.

E-cigarette users and retailers had turned to buying the products from overseas after their sale in Australia was previously banned.

‘The Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, requested the Department of Health to work with the Australian Border Force on a new approach to regulating e-cigarettes containing vaporiser nicotine,’ the government’s Office of Drug Control said in a statement.

Under the new regulations, Individuals would need to visit a doctor and be issued a prescription to purchase their nicotine containing e-cigarettes or refills.

Even valid prescription holders would still be prohibited from purchasing the devices from overseas themselves.

Vaporisers and refills containing nicotine would have to be imported by doctors or medical suppliers via a courier or cargo service with express permission from the Department of Health.

Importing the equipment through international mail would not be allowed.

“Popcorn Lung” – all thanks to Vaping

The ban on importing nicotine e-cigarettes and refills would be in line with existing bans on their sale in each state and territory.

The prohibition would last for 12 months while the government conducts a public consultation on the regulation of nicotine products by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

The regulation would see nicotine products added to the Poisons Standard making them prohibited permanently with the exception of tobacco cigarettes and products used to quit smoking such as gums and patches.

For complete story go to Vaping Review

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USA: Children Not Protected From Marijuana Industry – But That’s the Whole Idea, Isn’t It? Youth Market is Key to Future of Business

New Report: California Regulations Fail to Protect Youth From Marijuana Industry

(Alexandria, VA) –  A new study compiled by the Public Health Institute, a California-based nonpartisan organization promoting strong public health policy, programs, systems, and best practices, found that regulations on the marijuana industry in California have fallen well short of protecting youths from the drug. The study also found several hypocrisies in marijuana regulations when compared to regulations and campaigns working to reduce youth tobacco use.

“This report is a damning indictment of the marijuana industry. It reveals how time and time again they have put profits ahead of public health,” said Dr. Kevin Sabet, president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) and a former senior drug policy advisor to the Obama Administration. “California is failing to properly protect young people, uniquely at risk for serious harms, from Big Pot’s predatory marketing tactics.”

The report focused on comparing regulations put in place to discourage youth tobacco use to those put in place by the state on the marijuana industry. It found numerous instances where tobacco use precautions were thrown by the wayside when it comes to marijuana. One notable exception has been the approval on on-site consumption. The report states that local onsite consumption, associated with smoke-filled lounges and outdoor marijuana events, such as legal sales at concerts, fairs, or park events, may threaten decades of progress in smoke-free workplaces and outdoor spaces.

Most residents of California are exposed to marijuana industry advertisements and there are only limited restrictions on advertising. This is significant, as a recent study found that living near a dispensary and viewing ads increased the likelihood of use and frequency of youth use. Furthermore, another recent study found roughly one in three youths (15-19) living in legalized states have engaged with marijuana ads on social media. Those who engaged with said promotions were five times more likely to report past-year use.

#AddictionForProfit #ChildrenandYouthFirst

The report also found several stark hypocrisies in regulation. While the state of California recently promoted a large-scale “Flavors Hook Kids” campaign, state laws and regulations over the marijuana industry failed to offer any restrictions on the production or sale of flavored marijuana products.

Additionally, the legal market has been allowed to produce products with more than 90% THC, while similar manipulation of nicotine content to increase addiction was a Big Tobacco tactic condemned in US. v. Phillip Morris. Higher THC content has been linked to greater risk of addiction, problematic use, and severe mental health issues—especially among younger users.

In its conclusion, the report’s authors state that “(a)s the legal marijuana industry consolidates and its power expands, communities may wish to consider precautionary incorporation of these policy lessons into marijuana regulation from the start, potentially reducing risk of failing in our responsibility to protect youths and health for decades to come.”

Finally, in order to put public health first, the report recommends California limit marijuana industry advertising, institute restrictions on potency, limit kid-friendly colors and flavors, end delivery services, and reduce the overall amount of marijuana storefronts.

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Media Contact: Colton Grace

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USA: Cannabis, Covid & the Casualty of Children!

Don’t let marijuana industry exploit pandemic at the expense of children

by Doug Robinson

The marijuana industry hasn’t let the COVID-19 pandemic distract it from its single-minded fixation on congressional approval of the so-called SAFE Banking Act. The proposal would spur billions of dollars of new investment in marijuana companies by granting them greater access to the banking system. It would also bring the marijuana industry a step closer to its ultimate goal: full-scale national marijuana legalization.

Last year, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, the marijuana industry spent $5.7 million lobbying Congress, and it’s maintaining an intensive full-court press in Washington this year.

On May 15, the House of Representatives narrowly passed a $3 trillion stimulus bill that included the SAFE Banking Act. Missing from the House legislation, however, were any provisions to protect children whose health and futures are threatened by mass marijuana commercialization.

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo, a Republican from Idaho, has said he’s uncomfortable moving the SAFE Banking Act forward without protections for youth, such as limits on marijuana marketing and potency, as well as other legal safeguards.

It’s a simple concept: If you want to be treated like a legitimate industry, agree to act like one. But the industry has resisted Crapo’s proposed protections.

The experience of Colorado, the first state to legalize recreational marijuana, demonstrates huge stakes for children, whose futures hang in the balance.

Colorado youth surveys show a significant increase in their access to and interest in marijuana. The most recent data show 10% of Colorado teens usually consume edible cannabis products, a dramatic increase from just 2% of teens two years prior. New ultra-potent pot products can easily hide nearly pure THC, marijuana’s main mood-altering chemical, in child-friendly offerings such as edibles with sweet flavors.

Trying to capitalize on the COVID-19 crisis, the marijuana industry has argued that moving from a cash-based business will reduce the risk of infection from paper bills.

But in Colorado, the marijuana industry already has access to debit cards. Not only did the Colorado government declare recreational (not just medical) marijuana businesses “essential” during the pandemic, but it also urged marijuana stores to only accept electronic payments during the stay-at-home order. So what’s the problem that needs to be solved?

The deadly vaping crisis taught us what can happen when companies that make products that are dangerous to children prioritize revenue growth to satisfy investors. In short, children become collateral damage.

A growing body of research shows that marijuana can harm developing brains, yet it’s increasingly described as a cure-all for a range of conditions with little recognition of the distinct chemicals in the marijuana plant. Mass marketing and widespread public use normalizes marijuana to youth who have grown up in this era of commercialization.

After all, children have just one chance to grow up. Congress should make sure it puts children first, before marijuana industry profits.

Doug Robinson is chairman of Smart Colorado, a nonprofit organization focused on protecting the health, safety, and well-being of the youth as marijuana becomes increasingly available and commercialized.

For complete article go to Washington Examiner – Marijuana Industry Exploit Pandemic at Children’s Expense

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UK: Skunk Continues to Wreak Havoc!

Users of high-potency cannabis four times more likely to report associated problems

Press release issued: 27 May 2020

Users of high-potency cannabis are four times more likely to report associated problems, and twice as likely to report anxiety disorder, than users of lower-potency strains, according to new research from the University of Bristol.

Published today [27 May] on JAMA Psychiatry the research uses data from Children of the 90s, a long-term health study that recruited more than 14,000 pregnant women and their babies born in and around Bristol in the early 1990s and has been following their health and development ever since.

This is the first research of its kind to look at data from a general population sample, with previous research into the links between cannabis potency and mental health only looking at clinical and self-selecting samples of people who use drugs. Added to this, the nature of the data available from the Children of the 90s health study enabled the research team to take into account whether mental health symptoms were present before the individual started using cannabis.

Dr Lindsey Hines, Senior Research Associate from Bristol Medical School: Population Health Sciences and lead author, explained: “We know that people who use cannabis are more likely to report mental health problems than those who don’t use cannabis, but we don’t fully understand how recent increases in the strength and potency of cannabis affects this. This study gives us an estimate of the increased likelihood of mental health problems from use of high-potency cannabis, compared to use of lower-potency cannabis, and we are able to account for the effect that people’s early adolescent mental health symptoms may have on this relationship.”

The research looked at data collected from participants aged 24 years who had reported using cannabis in the previous year, of which 13 per cent reported use of high-potency cannabis… Researchers were then able to compare this data to reported mental health symptoms at age 24 as well as early symptoms of mental health collected when participants were younger.

Dr Hines continued: “People who use cannabis are more likely to report mental health problems than those who don’t use cannabis, but reducing the potency and regularity of their cannabis use may be effective for lessening likelihood of harms from use.

For complete media release go to https://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2020/may/cannabis-potency-research.html

For Research go to JAMA Psychiatry

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GLOBAL: ‘Medicinal Weed’ – If not FDA approved – it’s just ‘Snake Oil’

MY DAUGHTER SUFFERED PARANOIA AND PSYCHOSIS FROM “MEDICAL” MARIJUANA

JUNE 4, 2020 MEDIA

My daughter is in her thirties.  A friend who was a recovering drug addict introduced her to marijuana. She started experimenting with pot after high school. I didn’t know about it at the time, only found out years later. She said it brought up memories and was sort of traumatic for her.

She started seeing a therapist.  And, eventually, she was recommended a medical marijuana card. I still don’t know the diagnosis. She was smoking marijuana occasionally before that, but once she got the card she started smoking large amounts of pot. She was telling me strange things, things that didn’t make sense. I thought ‘this is really odd.’ The next time we visited she was very secretive. She was dressed nicely and seemed to be taking care of herself, as normal. But it was our conversation that was unnerving.  She took me outside to the woods nearby to speak, because she suspected there were hidden cameras all over her home. “Mom, I am being spied upon.” She was convinced she was being observed from space.

She was depressed and confessed to smoking pot while she was pregnant. After the baby was born her mood was different, it seemed like post-partum depression.

Three years after she got her medi-pot card she was abusing “medical” marijuana (she was smoking up to 5 bowls, daily).  She suffered a severe psychotic break.

My next visit a few months later she was dressed in rags, neglecting her children.  I didn’t know how long it had been since she had taken a bath. The self-neglect was something I had never seen before. She screamed and yelled at her children, which she had also never done previously.

She began fantasizing about an extramarital affair.  Then she chopped off all her hair except for a long pony tail.  Convinced that people were out to get her and her children, she tried to explain to me “people are talking about me on Facebook.” She became violent toward her spouse, leaving him with cuts and bruises after her fits of rage. He never knew what would set her off, because she was like a time bomb.

One afternoon, she was pacing around the room, gesturing wildly and spouting off about “Q and The Plan.” She yelled at me, “I want to change the world.” It was very bizarre and scary behavior.

Her paranoia was incredible.  My daughter said repeatedly, “people are watching me.” She believed they were talking in code about her in Facebook. She was addicted to Facebook and wouldn’t stay off of it. It was an obsession. One time I found her hiding in a corner with the cell phone.

Her paranoia began to restrict her freedom of movement. She wouldn’t leave her property, then it got so bad she was afraid to leave her house, wouldn’t even step out the front door. She feared the people watching her, afraid that they might come kidnap her or take her children.

My daughter didn’t want to quit cannabis, but she no longer had access because she wouldn’t go into town to get it. Her husband helped by not getting the drug for her. Her paranoia got worse without the drug, but gradually she began to improve.

Fortunately, she is now distancing herself from the “Q conspiracy.” She no longer believes there is a child trafficking ring in her small town.  Her husband supports her recovery. Today, she spends time in the garden.  She is home schooling the children, and encouraging them in their interests. She tends to the family pets and a backyard flock of chickens. We are watching her being restored to being a wife and mom. Yet, she still struggles with leaving their property, so even after two years there is a lingering effect of the paranoia.

Submitted by a concerned mother to Parent Opposed to Pot.

 

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California: Cannabis as ‘Civil Right’? And this is ‘progress’?

Pot Use Declared A “Civil Right” by Gavin Newsom

Gov. Newsom Continues His Pot Pandering At the Expense of Public and Individual Health and Safety.

On Friday Gov. Gavin Newsom said at a press conference that he’s “very proud of this state” for going beyond issues such as implicit bias in policing and the “deadly use of force.” California’s leadership helped advance “a conversation about broader criminal justice reform to address the issues of the war on drugs” and “race-based sentencing,” he said.
“That’s why the state was one of the early adopters of a new approach as it relates to cannabis reform. Legalization around adult-use of marijuana,” he said. “It was a civil rights call from our perspective.”

The governor’s premise is wrong. There is no social justice issues related to marijuana arrests in California. A search of California jails and prisons prior to the Prop 64 vote of 2016 showed no one incarcerated for simple possession of marijuana. This was one of the lies foisted on California voters to get their vote – “to keep users out of jail.” And, for those who were in jail, they were in jail for marijuana offenses that are still illegal today including trafficking large amounts of the drug.

Gov. Newsom appears to be saying that minorities and the poor have not had an equal right to use and abuse illicit drugs but now they have that right. However, marijuana use and drug use have always disproportionately impacted individuals and communities of poverty and color. He is now more proud of that.

“‘Black Lives Matter’ but appear to matter less when it comes to encouraging and promoting drug dealing to minorities and monetizing addiction of blacks, minorities and the poor generally,” says, Carla Lowe, AALM President.

Those who use marijuana have higher rates of:
• Dropping out of high school and college and lower grades. 
• Poverty and lower income. 
• Arrests and arrests for marijuana offenses are actually increasing after “legalization” as there are still laws that can be broken related to marijuana. 
• Moving on to other drugs. 

Scott Chipman, Vice President AALM, suggests to governor Newsom, “The civil rights he should be protecting are those of being able to live in a safe and sane community, raise children free from drug dealers, drugs and addiction, and drive on streets without impaired drivers.”

Paraphrasing Charlie Rangel in the 1990’s, allowing drug dealers and promoting drug use is nothing less than genocide in minority communities. “We should not allow people to be able to distribute this poison without fear that they might be arrested and put in jail,” he said.

Media Contacts

Southern California, Scott Chipman 619 990 7480 [email protected]
Northern California, Carla Lowe 916 708 4111 [email protected]

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War for the Brains of Our Children #ChildrenandYouthFirst


Art by Tom Scott – Co-Author of The Great Brain Robbery

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