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Global: More Drug Use, More Grief, More Carnage -This is Not the Future our Children & Communities Deserve

There was no joy in putting together this program, “The Fight for the Soul of Seattle”.  I never wanted to do a follow up to “Seattle is Dying”. I’m not comfortable putting my opinion out into the open. I’m a news guy, and as such, bias is my enemy.

And yet… here we are.

“The Fight for the Soul of Seattle” is an essay, really. It’s a stark, frank look at a philosophy that has taken hold in Seattle, one that I believe is destroying not only our city, but countless lives that are left to languish in misery all around us.

My hope is that the show doesn’t become a political football. A blame game. An us-versus-them talking point that results in nothing but division.

Feeling safe and protected in a beautiful city that takes care of its most vulnerable isn’t the exclusive domain of either the left or the right. It’s what we all want and deserve.

I didn’t want to make “The Fight for the Soul of Seattle”. But look around. Look at the suffering. Look what has happened to our beautiful home. How could I not make it?

Eric Johnson – Journalist   

Prohibition is not ‘killing’ or ‘criminalizing’ or kids and communities. Let us be perfectly clear, it is PERMISSION models that are facilitating these tragedies.

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USA: Permit & Promote Pot – The Youth Will Come


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 15th, 2020

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Benchmark Youth Drug Use Survey Finds Ongoing Upward Trends in Daily Marijuana Use Over Time, While Other Use Remains Steady Versus 2019

COVID-19 likely mitigating use levels among teens when compared to last year

(Alexandria, VA) – New data released today from the University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future study has found stagnant levels of drug use among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders this year, as social disruption and more parental monitoring from the COVID-19 pandemic are likely partial reasons for this finding. But several statistics were nonetheless alarming.

Increases in daily marijuana use among 12th graders continue to trend upwards, at 6.9% in 2020, versus 5.8% in 2018. And daily use among 8th graders is still 50% higher than it was just two years ago, and 30% higher among 10th graders. When looking at even longer-term trends, the numbers get more disturbing.

Near-Daily Use of Marijuana by 12th Graders, 2018-2019


“It’s good to see youth drug use rates overall remain steady, probably at least partially as a result of the pandemic. But the daily marijuana use rates among students are still extremely concerning. Not only are 12th graders, for example, using at a 300% higher rate than when the survey started in 1991, the kind of marijuana used today is nothing like yesterday’s product.” said Dr. Kevin Sabet, president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) and a former senior drug policy advisor to the Obama Administration. “Additionally, rates of marijuana vaping among young people remain shockingly high, especially given the continued drop in rates of perceived harm. This report continues to make the case for the need for further investment in education as to the harms of high potency marijuana use and a moratorium on marijuana legalization efforts.”

The 2020 Monitoring the Future survey, compiled by researchers at the University of Michigan and funded by the National Institutes of Health, is the benchmark for student drug use in the country.

Versus 2019, marijuana vaping among 8th graders and 12th graders trended up non-significantly. Among 8th graders, 8.1% report annual use of pot vapes (a 15.7% increase over the previous year), 10.2% report lifetime use (a 13.3% increase over the previous year), and 4.2% report past-month use of marijuana vapes (a 7.7% increase over the previous year).

Furthermore, only 36% of 10th graders believe regular use of marijuana to be harmful, a 8.8% decline over the previous year, while 65% of 10th graders disapprove of regular use, a 3.1% decrease over the previous year.

While marijuana use rates overall held steady, it’s worth remembering that the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically altered the social interactions wherein youths commonly obtain marijuana. Researchers and policy makers should closely monitor these use rates once social interactions return to normal over the coming year, especially in states that have only recently liberalized their marijuana laws.

Finally, daily marijuana use among high school seniors continues a historic trend of far outpacing daily use of cigarettes and alcohol.

Today’s marijuana is especially harmful to adolescents and is known to have a whole host of damaging effects on developing brains. Adolescent marijuana use severely impacts the ability of our youth to learn, greatly increases the risk of serious mental illness, impairs memory, and can even result in a loss of up to eight IQ points.

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About SAM:
Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) is the nation’s leading nonpartisan, non-profit public health alliance of concerned citizens and professionals who oppose marijuana legalization and support science-backed marijuana policies. SAM and its 30+ state affiliates have successfully prevented marijuana legalization in dozens of state legislatures and at the ballot box.

For more information about marijuana use and its effects, visit www.learnaboutsam.org

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USA: Make it Legal and Kids Will Come! Permission Models are Killing Our Future

HHS DATA, MONITORING THE FUTURE DATA SHOW TROUBLING TRENDS

Youth drug use increases in legalized states

State-level data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the most authoritative study on drug use conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), found significant increases in youth marijuana use in several recently legalized marijuana states versus last year.  At the same time, mental illness indicators worsened across the country while alcohol, cocaine, and tobacco use dropped, especially among young people.

“Once again, marijuana is the stubborn outlier – the only drug significantly going up in several areas across the country,” said Dr. Kevin Sabet, president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) and a former senior drug policy advisor to the Obama Administration. “Weed normalization and commercialization has consequences, and unfortunately we are being hit hard while for-profit pot companies continue to enrich themselves.”

All graphs in this article come from Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM)

According to the data, adolescents aged 12-17 using marijuana in the past year significantly increased versus last year in the legalized states of Nevada, Oregon, and California. All other legal states showed increases as well, but versus last year they did not reach statistical levels of significance.

There were large increases not witnessed in non-legal states: Nevada experienced a 17.4% increase, while Oregon and California witnessed increases of 15.4 percent and 14.5 percent, respectively.   States should study the data before they legalize.

Data shows youth in California use more

The data additionally show a statistically significant, 25.5 percent increase in past-month use in California among those aged 12-17.  Marijuana billboard advertising on interstate highways in California leads to normalization and the false belief that pot is harmless.

The data also show us that youth use in states that have “legalized” marijuana far outstrips use in states that have not. Past-month marijuana use among young people aged 12-17 in “legal” states is 54.5 percent higher than past-month marijuana use among 12-17-year-olds in “non-legal” states (10% versus 6.47%). Past-year marijuana use among this age group in “legal” states is 41 percent higher than that of 12-17-year-olds in “non-legal” states (17.12% versus 12.14%).

And earlier this year the Colorado Healthy Kids Survey showed that teens were using the high-THC concentrates at record rates.

Washington, DC leads the way

Finally, the data also show that Washington D.C. has catapulted to the top of the list for youth first-time use, closely followed by Vermont. (We hope this fact deters the federal government from allowing pot shops in DC!) This is concerning given that Vermont’s legislature just recently passed a bill allowing for commercial sales. Maine and Nevada also witnessed statistically significant increases in this metric as well.

Versus ten years ago, legal Vermont, DC, and Maine show significant increases in past month adolescent use, while non-legal states levels are flat across the U.S. as a whole. Use among young adults aged 18-25 skyrocketed, especially in legal states. In non-legal Virginia and New York, adolescent past year marijuana use significantly fell, as it did in the non-legal Southern region of the United States.

At the same time, mental health indicators, including major depressive episodes, suicidal thoughts, and serious mental illness have worsened.

“Today’s data further cements the need to hit pause on the rush to expand the commercialization of marijuana,” said Sabet. “We call on state lawmakers across the nation to halt all efforts to legalize marijuana and we urge Congress to pass a bill to streamline the process for research on the potential health & safety impacts of marijuana. With the year over year increases in use, we cannot afford to continue this misguided approach to drug policy – an approach that puts profits over our youth.”

Vaping Trends upward, despite COVID and  harms

Versus 2019, marijuana vaping among 8th graders and 12th graders trended up non-significantly. Among 8th graders, 8.1% report annual use of pot vapes (a 15.7% increase over the previous year), 10.2% report lifetime use (a 13.3% increase over the previous year), and 4.2% report past-month use of marijuana vapes (a 7.7% increase over the previous year).
Furthermore, only 36% of 10th graders believe regular use of marijuana to be harmful, a 8.8% decline over the previous year, while 65% of 10th graders disapprove of regular use, a 3.1% decrease over the previous year.
While marijuana use rates overall held steady, it’s worth remembering that the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically altered youth marijuana use.  It’s also worth remembering that the CDC announced that 82% of those of reported vaping cases involved those who had been vaping THC.
Finally, daily marijuana use among high school seniors continues a historic trend of far outpacing daily use of cigarettes and alcohol.
Today’s marijuana is especially harmful to adolescents and is known to have a whole host of damaging effects on developing brains. Adolescent marijuana use severely impacts the ability of our youth to learn, greatly increases the risk of serious mental illness, impairs memory, and can even result in a loss of up to eight IQ points.

For complete story go to ‘Protect our Future – Protect our Young

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Global: Legalize More Drugs & More Children Will Suffer?

Legal Drugs Are Fashionable—and Treacherous for Children

When kids have to be put in foster care, parental substance abuse is usually the underlying reason.   By Naomi Schaefer Riley and John Walters

The U.S. election didn’t produce a blue wave or a red wave, but some are celebrating a green wave as voters in Arizona, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota approved the legalization of recreational marijuana. Meanwhile, Oregonians decriminalized the possession of small amounts of harder drugs, including cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines. “Drugs, once thought to be the scourge of a healthy society, are getting public recognition as a part of American life,” the New York Times gushed.

In reality, drugs are very much a scourge, particularly in the lives of young children. In 2019 parental substance abuse was listed as a cause for a child’s removal to foster care 38% of the time, a share that has risen steadily in the past decade. Experts suggest this is an underestimate and the real number may be up to 80%.

Ms. Riley’s interviews with foster parents suggest that there are very few cases of children in the system that don’t involve substance abuse. And that doesn’t include the hundreds of thousands of children who are in the care of a single parent or other guardian because of a mother or father’s drug use. In a recent paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research, three professors from Notre Dame estimated that “if drug abuse had remained at 1996 levels, 1.5 million fewer children aged 0-16 would have lived away from a parent in 2015.”

Decriminalization efforts will likely exacerbate these problems. Such measures lower the risk and the cost of doing business for drug dealers and increase the supply of these drugs on streets across the country. Drugs will be cheaper and easier to get for adults already suffering from untreated mental illness, poverty or abuse. And the effects will be felt most severely by children.

For complete article go to Wall Street Journal 

 

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California: MARIJUANA’S IMPACT on CALIFORNIA 2020

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Summary of a Few Key Findings from Throughout the Report

Section One: Potency and Price of Marijuana

  • Nationally, the average potency of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive found in marijuana, has risen in marijuana concentrates from 13.23%in 1995 to 60.95% in 2018.
  • Nationally, the average potency of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive found in marijuana, has risen in traditional marijuana from 3.96% in 1995 to 16.16% in 2018.
  • The price of a pound (lb.) of marijuana in California can vary from $100 to $2000 depending on THC potency level.

Section Two: Vaping

  • Nationally, lifetime (any) vaping use among middle and high school students has increased from 2017 to 2019: 8th grade increased from 1.6% to 3.9%, 10th grade increased from 4.3% to 12.6% and 12th grade increased from 5.0% to 14.0%.
  • Nationally in 2019, the daily use of nicotine vaping is higher than the daily use of smoking tobacco across all grade levels: 1.9% vs. 0.8% in 8th grade, 6.9% vs. 1.3% in 10th grade and 11.7% vs. 2.4% 12th grade.
  • Nationally, the 30-day prevalence of marijuana (non-vaping), vaping marijuana and cigarette use increased across 8th, 10th and 12th graders from 2017 to 2019, with the exception of cigarette use in 10th and 12th graders in 2019 which decreased from 5% to 3.4% and 9.7% to 5.7%.
  • From 2017 to 2018, national past month marijuana vaping use among college aged individuals more than doubled in those enrolled in college, while remaining relatively stable among those not in college.

Section Three: California Youth Marijuana Use Ages 12-17

  • California youth have consistently had a lower perception of risk of smoking marijuana once a month, compared to the national average (2010-2018).
  • California continues to have a higher rate of past month use of marijuana in individuals ages 12 and older (2011-2018).
  • Nationally in 2019, vaping (any substance) has surpassed alcohol and marijuana use for 8th and 10th graders.

Section Four: California Marijuana Use Ages 18-25

  • From 2017 to 2018, California’s marijuana use by 18 to 25 year olds continued to surpass their use of cigarettes, 25.16% vs. 14.52%.
  • In California, 36.3% of adults aged 18 to 25 reported using cigarettes, e-cigarettes or marijuana in 2018.

Section Five: California Marijuana Use Ages 26 and Older

  • From 2017 to 2018, California’s marijuana use for individuals 26 years and older continued to surpass the national average, 10.39% vs. 8.25%.

Section Six: California Arrests for Drug Sales, DUI and Possession of Cannabis While Driving

  • In California, (state) arrests for the sale of marijuana has decreased from 2015 (8,368) to 2018 (1,857).

Section Seven: Public Health

  • From 2016 (125,418) to 2019 (236,954), California Emergency Department visits and admissions for any related marijuana abuse has increased by 89%.
  • From 2005 (1,412) to 2019 (16,151) there was a 1044% increase in California emergency department visits and admissions for primary marijuana abuse, with a 56% increase from 2016 (10,361) to 2019 (16,151).
  • From 2005 (1,393) to 2019 (14,993) there was a 976% increase in California emergency department visits with marijuana as the primary reason for being seen.

Section Eight: Treatment

  • In California in 2019, 41% of marijuana treatment admissions were amongst those 12 to 17 years of age.

Section Nine: Diversion and Eradication

  • In 2019, 59% of illegal marijuana plant seizures occurred on private land (trespass grows/not by owner), which was a significant increase from 44% in 2018.
  • United States Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations (nationwide) marijuana seizures have increased by 176% from 59,396 lbs. in FY 2019 to 164,216 lbs. in 2020 (TD August).

Section Ten: THC Extraction Labs

  • There were 194 reported clandestine lab incidents in California in 2019. Out of the 194 reported labs, 72.6% were honey oil/THC extraction (141), followed by precursor chemicals 9.3% (18).

Section Eleven: Environmental Impacts of Marijuana Cultivation

  • Outdoor marijuana grow sites consume an estimated 29.4 million gallons of water per year.
  • Researchers estimate over 1.4 million pounds of fertilizers and toxicants are used annually at outdoor marijuana grows sites in California.

For complete Report go to California 2020 HIDTA CA MJ IMPACT REPORT

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Colorado: THE LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA: THE IMPACT Report 7 – 2020

THE LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA IN COLORADO: THE IMPACT

Volume 7 September 2020 Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area

Executive Summary: The Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA) program has published annual reports every year since 2013 tracking the impact of legalizing recreational marijuana in Colorado. The purpose is to provide data and information so that policy makers and citizens can make informed decisions on the issue of marijuana legalization.

Section I: Traffic Fatalities & Impaired Driving

  • Since recreational marijuana was legalized in 2013, traffic deaths in which drivers tested positive for marijuana increased 135% while all Colorado traffic deaths increased 24%.
  • Since recreational marijuana was legalized, traffic deaths involving drivers who tested positive for marijuana more than doubled from 55 in 2013 to 129 people killed in 2019.
  • This equates to one person killed every 3 1/2 days in 2019 compared to one person killed every 6 1/2 days in 2013.
  • Since recreational marijuana was legalized, the percentage of all Colorado traffic deaths that were marijuana related increased from 15% in 2013 to 25% in 2019.

Section II: Marijuana Use

Since recreational marijuana was legalized in 2013:

  • Past month marijuana use (ages 12 and older) increased 30% and is 76% higher than the national average, currently ranked 3rd in the nation.
  • Past month adult marijuana use (ages 18 and older) increased 19% and is 73% higher than the national average, currently ranked 3rd in the nation.
  • Past month college age marijuana (ages 18-25) use increased 6% and is 50% higher than the national average, currently ranked 3rd in the nation.
  • Past month youth marijuana (ages 12-17) use decreased 25%and is 43% higher than the national average, currently ranked 7th in the nation.

Section III: Public Health

  • Marijuana only exposures more than quadrupled in the seven-year average (2013-2019) since recreational marijuana was legalized compared to the seven-year average (2006-2012) prior to legalization.
  • Treatment for marijuana use for all ages decreased 21% from 2009 to 2019.
  • The percent of suicide incidents in which toxicology results were positive for marijuana has increased from 14% in 2013 to 23% in 2018.

Section IV: Black Market

  • RMHIDTA Colorado Drug Task Forces (10) conducted 278 investigations of black-market marijuana in Colorado resulting in:

237 felony arrests

49 tons of marijuana seized

68,600 marijuana plants seized

29 different states the marijuana was destined

  • Seizures of marijuana reported to the El Paso Intelligence Center in Colorado increased 17%from an average of 242 parcels (2009-2012) to an average of 283 parcels (2013-2019) during the time recreational marijuana has been commercialized.

Section V: Societal Impact

  • Marijuana tax revenue represent approximately 0.85% of Colorado’s FY 2019 budget.
  • 67% of local jurisdictions in Colorado have banned medical and recreational marijuana businesses.

For complete data go to… Volume 7: Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area – 2020 RMHIDTA-Marijuana-Report

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India: Drug addiction, depression and narco-terrorism

As goes the Youth, so goes the nation – This is a war for our children, or future – not a war against drugs!


steptowardstruth  December 7, 2020
The future and progress of any country rests on the youth of the country. If the young generation of the country goes the wrong way, then surely their life goes into darkness. The youth of the country have a desire to live every aspect of life and explore it on their own terms. The youth consider drugs to be their pride or coolness quotient. The youth today are intoxicated by alcohol, gutkha, tobacco, bidi, cigarettes. Their celebrations & parties are incomplete without intoxication.

The person with the drug addiction is financially strapped. Due to drug addiction, a person loots his financial wealth, gets intoxicated and acts on society and work place, which causes his honor to get hurt.

Drug addiction is an irony of Indian society. Low-income group of people often spend their daily work money drinking alcohol. If they use that money in their children’s education, then their future can be bright. Sadly, it never happens, for two moments of happiness and fun, a person loses everything. Young people and many other people get drowned in addiction when they are deceived in love affairs. Humanity in total has to bear its consequences.

The Indian government has established several de-addiction centers to get relief from de-addiction. There are several types of de-addiction centers that treat people suffering from addiction. Many people have come to these de-addiction centers and have given up the addiction, which is quite a good thing. Doctors advise the patient to stay away from intoxication such as alcohol and cigarettes.

Public awareness program like Quit Drug Abuse with meditation and selfless service, quitting drugs to save the country are being run by Dera Sacha Sauda time to time for this.
Drugs are an unholy weapon in the proxy war waged by terror outfits against the country. The youth are becoming physically unfit and unproductive because of drugs. When the children and youth are entrapped in intoxicants, the country will clearly spiral downwards. Also, it is well known that the trade in drugs is fuelling narco-terrorism. This is clearly a war that the whole world needs to win in order to defeat terrorism as well.

At last but not least we can say proudly that Dera Sacha Sauda playing a lead role for drug free society since last few years and the result also comes up for these types of campaigns. Millions of people say bye bye to different types of drugs and living a healthy drug free life and say thanks to Dr. MSG for this.

In future, we hope that Dera Sacha Sauda works in this field more rapidly with blessings of saint Dr. MSG.

Writing credits – Shafi Jindal For complete article go to  Step Towards Truth – Addiction, Depression and Narco-Terrorism 

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Road Toll Meets a BIG POT Hole!

THINK YA KNOW IS IT SAFE TO DRIVE ON MARIJUANA?

December is Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month.

* Reader discretion is advised, content describes details of violent crimes.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) helped wake up the country to the dangers of drunk driving. They succeeded in getting laws changed, nationwide in the United States. Now that four more states have legalized marijuana, what about stoned or high driving? Driving under the influence of a drug (DUID), is this something to be concerned about or, is it, as many stoners believe, people drive better while impaired?

A sobering video by PopPot.org

Download this meme to share and educate others!



“According to a study released today by the largest federation of auto clubs, the AAA, nearly 70% of Americans think it’s “unlikely” a motorist will be busted for driving while high on marijuana. The study also found that in the last 30 days almost 15 million drivers have gotten behind the wheel of a car within an hour of smoking, ingesting or covering themselves with a marijuana product. That can be as bad — or even worse — than driving while intoxicated or texting on a cellphone, because the drug’s effects usually last up to four hours.”

More drivers are driving under the influence of pot than ever before, and the reason is that most drivers assume they won’t get caught, according to this new study by the American Automobile Association.
Unlike with alcohol, a blood test does not determine marijuana impairment.  It can only prove there is THC is in the bloodstream.  There is a high correlation between blood alcohol content (BAC) and levels of alcohol-impairment, but THC is unlike alcohol chemically, biologically and metabolically.

Use the Right Terms

Driving under the influence of marijuana is driving impaired, not driving “high”. There is nothing positive about an impaired driver who causes fatal injury to others.

Traffic incidents caused by impaired driving should be referred to as crashes, rather than “accidents.”  Driving under the influence of a substance, and without your full mental capacity, is a choice.   During the sentencing of the driver who killed 9-year-old Carter Vo, Cook County Circuit Judge Lauren Gottainer Edidin said Carter’s death wasn’t accidental because the driver, Hanin Goma, smoked marijuana on the day the boy was killed.

“These are the most tragic cases we get as judges,” Edidin said. “I don’t see it as an accident. I see it as a traffic crash.”

Marijuana DUID in the News

Today, the press often reports of “driving under the influence” as if it must mean alcohol, not mentioning when an impaired driver was under the influence of marijuana, another drug or both alcohol and marijuana. The false reporting minimizes to readers the fact that there is a danger to driving after using marijuana. Combined with the pot users who brag of driving better while stoned, it’s clear why teens, who assume that stoned driving is safe, have been given the wrong impression.

Parents Opposed to Pot has tracked news reports of at least 140 fatal crashes in which only marijuana, and not other drugs, contributed to the impairment causing the crash. These cases are particularly notable for the many teens who died this way, making the mistake of riding in a car with friends who recently used marijuana.

Driver Education Needs to Teach about Drugged Driving

A recent survey of students found that they were much more aware that drinking alcohol and driving was hazardous than driving under the influence of marijuana. Although 88% of the students knew alcohol impaired driving to a dangerous degree, only 68% thought cannabis could do the same. This excellent government website, Just Think Twice has great information to educate young people. See Getting High and Driving.

Read article about University of Michigan Medical School Survey.

PopPot wrote an article in 2018 warning about mixing alcohol and cannabis and getting behind the wheel.The effects of using both drugs multiplies the mind-altering effects. Alcohol and Marijuana together Magnifies Driving Difficulties.

The Governors Highway Safety Administration offers some good educational graphs and other training materials. Although their aim is educating state policy makers, parents and teachers we need to do the grassroots education of our children and teens. We also need to make sure our state representatives see this valuable information.

Pilots Grounded for 28 Days After Marijuana Use

Canadian pilots are warned that because of the length of time it takes for cannabis (including CBD) to leave your system, they must not fly for 28 days if they consume the drug. See Transport Canada.

What the Science Reveals

A study authored by researchers from New York Medical College and Harvard University, found marijuana commercialization to be associated with an increase of 2.1 traffic fatalities per billion vehicle miles traveled (BVMT). Furthermore, the study finds that were marijuana to be legalized nationwide, it would be associated with 6,800 excess roadway deaths each year. See the study in JAMA, Change in Traffic Fatality Rates in the First 4 States to Legalize Recreational Marijuana by Russell S. Kamer, MD; Stephen Warshafsky, MD; Gordon C. Kamer.

Harvard researchers found that recreational cannabis use decreases driving performance, even when the person is no longer high. See this article in the Insurance Journal. The lead paragraph in CNN reporting on the same study said, “Running red lights. Driving at high speeds. Crossing center lines into the opposite lanes. Getting into accidents — even hitting pedestrians. A new study found these were some of the dangerous driving behaviors of regular, heavy users of recreational weed who began using before the age of 16.” See Weed Impairs Driving Long After the High is Gone.

Graph Courtesy of Denise A. Valenti

In this radio interview, Dr. Marilyn Heustis and Tom Marcotte discuss the fact that drivers high on marijuana are more impaired for longer periods that we realize.



DUID Crash is a Violent Crime
A Mother’s Story

Many people think that violence involves only guns, knives, fists and other such things.  But think for a minute about this, isn’t killing someone with your car a violent crime?  I think the person being hit would say it’s very violent.

Everyday, innocent people are walking and riding bikes on and around the streets, as well as other people in cars going to work, and some containing families; and all containing people that are loved by others.  People out and about partially depend on others, as well as themselves, to be sure they are  safe, sober and alert  as they go about their lives.

These are senseless tragedies involving cars that take precious lives each day. Statistics show that 29 people die each day from impaired driving, but in many cases the use of marijuana goes undetected.  Once law enforcement finds alcohol and charges the perpetrator, they stop looking for other intoxicants and no drug testing is administered.

We need to be aware of the great numbers of people driving impaired. The sad news is, it’s estimated that an impaired driver has driven impaired up to 80 times before they are ever caught. I fear that was the case when my most beautiful daughter was killed in a violent crash on July 24, 2012. The 26 year old man was driving high on medical marijuana, sanctioned via a medical marijuana card, granted to him by the State of Michigan. He said in a mumbling low voice when asked, “why were you driving so fast (82mph) and why did you go through the red light in the intersection”? “Gee, I don’t know”, he responded. Well, here’s another question, if he didn’t know, then who did? THC impairs the brain, causes tunnel vision, distorts the sense of movement and space perception. It delays the response time as the brain function is slowed.  This is why I say that this is a violent crime.

My daughter’s car took the full impact of that man’s Camero. He hit her broadside, careening her car across the intersection through the front of a Lube Stop building, taking out the building’s center beam.  Now that’s a violent crime and there is no disputing it. Granted, he didn’t know he would kill my daughter, but he had to know from all the warnings he received from previous DUIs, that what he was doing would lead to someone’s death in a violent way. So again, marijuana is a drug that leads to violence and you can’t say “unintended” as all drivers know, they shouldn’t be driving while impaired.

–Corinne Gasper, Ohio

Corinne and her daughter, Jennifer.
Introducing Jennifer’s Messengers, a new website by PopPot.org. Click on the Water Lily to visit it.
The Other DUID Victims Featured in our Video

Click on each name below photo to read their stories.

Brian Wood Rosemary Tempel Stephen Mager
Henry MacDougall Chase Rodgers

ACTIONS

You can take 4 very important easy steps to help increase awareness and education about marijuana-impaired driving.

1. Support Jennifer’s Messengers by buying a car care kit, jenniferscarkit .

2. Write a letter to your Senators to educate them on the dangers of the MORE Act.
Find your Senator Here

Dear Senator ,
It’s important to oppose the MORE Act HR 3884 S.2227 for the following reasons:

  • It gives tax breaks to businesses for promoting the use of drugs during an addiction crisis.
  • It fully legalizes every marijuana product available on the market, including high potency concentrates (up to 99% pure THC), edibles, and vapes.
  • It rewards companies who have been marketing THC vapes to TEENS over social media.
  • It allows the advertising of marijuana products on social media and television.
  • It allows members of the military and those with security clearances to be CURRENT marijuana users which can cause impairment, and the removal of marijuana from the list of substances that must be tested for in safety-sensitive jobs like truck drivers, airline pilots, and train engineers.
  • It gives cover to cartels and illicit market exporters.
  • It ignores the science that marijuana is addictive, a gateway drug, and can cause psychosis and schizophrenia. Out of all the drugs that induce psychosis, it has the highest conversation rate for schizophrenia thus increasing America’s addiction and mental health crisis.

Thank you for your time and service on this very important issue, Your name

3. Please Visit JennifersMessengers.org to stay abreast of our efforts to fight DUID on our streets, roads and highways.

4. December is an awareness month for drugged and drunk driving prevention. Watch for PopPot’s daily Facebook memes about DUID and traffic fatalities related to marijuana. Please share them on Facebook and Twitter to help us increase awareness of this important problem.

P.S. — For your educational efforts, Project SAM has an excellent downloadable fact sheet on marijuana-impaired driving, called Driving and Marijuana a Dangerous Mix.

Please familiarize yourself with the data presented in this excellent video by Phillip Drum, a pharmacist whose sister was killed by a marijuana-impaired driver. He is now a leading expert on marijuana DUID.

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Bud Bullying! What Else From a Psychotropic Toxin, Weaponized by Pot Propaganda!

TRIGGER WARNING ON SUICIDE AND SOCIAL PRESSURE TO DO POT

I can say that marijuana can make you very suicidal and sad!

My first time and only time I’ve smoked dabs and marijuana was the time I was pure pressured by my mother and brother.

Back story — I’m really against marijuana due to the fact of this product making people very lazy and not being able to hold a conversation with someone who is high. My mother and brother thought it would’ve been a good thing for me to do so I’m not so judging on someone getting high.

When I smoked marijuana for the first time I did it from a pipe and my mom was like you have to do it a couple times….. hmm?…. how can something be so “healthy” if it burns? Then my brother made me do a dab pen.  I could not breathe, I kept coughing, it burned my lungs so bad and they thought it was funny.

My husband was extremely mad at my family once this stuff kicked in.  I was so suicidal if someone told me to jump off the roof I would’ve done it in minutes. I could not hear people talking to me due to things zooming up on me.

First I don’t understand how someone can drive or do this every single day.

Second my mom told me that I didn’t feel that way because weed makes you happy.

My brother did the same thing to my 15-year-old sister locked her into the room with him when my parents were sleeping and made her smoke weed.  She got really sick and couldn’t go to work the next day and got fired.

My mother gave her guilt trip saying it wasn’t my brothers fault but hers because she didn’t scream.

Pot instigated violence, coercion and broader community harms

The MORE Act will cause more problems: Addiction for Profit Big POT want ‘more’. Not just decriminalization, but full weaponizing of this toxic substance through commercialization! #childrenandyouthfirst

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 Pot Promotion on Californian Highways – NO MORE!

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif. – A San Luis Obispo County Superior Court judge ruled on Friday that billboards advertising marijuana will no longer be allowed along California highways.

Judge Ginger Garrett ruled against the California Bureau of Cannabis Control striking down a 2019 regulation it had adopted that allowed for the advertising of cannabis on billboards on virtually all portions of California’s highways that cross its border.

The final ruling is the end of a public interest lawsuit filed in 2019 by San Luis Obispo resident Matthew Farmer, a father of two, who argued that the billboards were illegal under California Proposition 64 and wrongfully exposed his children and millions of others to cannabis advertising.

Business and Professions Code section 26152(d), enacted under Proposition 64, states that a licensee shall not advertise or market on a billboard or similar advertising device located on an Interstate Highway or on a State Highway which crosses the California border.

“This ruling is a major triumph on several fronts,” said one of Farmer’s attorneys Saro Rizzo. “First, it’s a victory for all Californians over the desires of unelected Sacramento bureaucrats who illegally tried to put corporate profits ahead of children’s health. Second, it’s a vindication of the doctrine of separation of powers in that an agency under the control of the Governor’s Office was basically told that it cannot subvert the voters will by adopting a regulation that clearly conflicted with a statute.”

Farmer’s second attorney Stew Jenkins added, “Besides endangering public health, the unlawful regulation issued by the Bureau of Cannabis Control put California in danger of losing 10% of its desperately needed Federal Highway Funding under the Lady Bird Johnson Highway Beautification Act. This ruling will prevent that loss.”

On Friday, Nov. 20, the Bureau of Cannabis Control announced that its Chief, Lori Ajax, is resigning effective Dec. 2, 2020.

For more go to https://keyt.com/news/2020/11/22/slo-county-judge-rules-to-ban-billboards-advertising-marijuana-along-ca-highways/

 

 

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