US: THE TRUTH OF DEATHS CAUSED BY MARIJUANA OVERDOSE

OCTOBER 18, 2017 This remains the most outrageous claim of the pro-legalization movement. It is not only dangerously misleading, it is a slap in the face to the families who have lost children, spouses and parents. Everyone admits that people are dying in traffic crashes because of stoned drivers, and that some people have died in butane hash oil explosions, but too many people are turning a blind eye to the other deaths caused by what can only be called an overdose.

Tachycardia – a racing heart – is a common, well-known side effect of using marijuana. So is increased blood pressure. A growing body of evidence, here and in other countries, is revealing that marijuana has caused previously overlooked deaths through heart attack and stroke. In Colorado last fall, an 11-month-old infant brought to the ER after being exposed to marijuana died from an inflamed heart muscle (myocarditis) caused by the exposure…Emergency rooms in Colorado reported a 44 percent increase in marijuana-related visits between 2012 and 2014. Many of these were cases of acute psychosis, particularly in young men, who had to be restrained to keep from harming themselves or others. For more  http://www.poppot.org/2017/10/18/truth-deaths-by-marijuana-overdose/

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Also There Goes The ‘Myth’ That Nobody Dies From Just Using Cannabis

 

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UK: Drug Drivers Escalation Grows

10,000 drug drivers are banned from Britain’s roads in less than three years including teenagers as young as 15

  • Twenty-three pensioners have also been disqualified after failing drug tests
  • The eldest caught person to be caught by police was a 76-year-old man
  • News comes after drug driver Christopher Blackhouse was released from jail
  • He was released after serving just 12 months following the death of his friend

By Rebecca Camber Crime Correspondent For The Daily Mail PUBLISHED: 14 October 2017 | Yet another impact of drug liberalisation/normalisation

 

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USA: Trump must clamp down on marijuana or America is doomed

Roger Morgan: Trump must clamp down on marijuana or America is doomed

Appointing Jeff Sessions as US Attorney General infused new life into those of us who know that marijuana is destroying our nation from within. But were we premature in believing that Donald Trump would put an end to what Barack Obama and George Soros inflicted on this nation in the last eight years? After eight months, we still don’t have federal drug policy flowing from the President.

The pattern of past presidents is familiar. Bill Clinton moved the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to a backwater, and reduced its size by about 75 per cent. In 1996, with help from Hillary Clinton and investor George Soros, Clinton allowed California to violate federal laws and become the first victim of the ‘medical marijuana’ hoax. Soros, Peter Lewis and John Sperling, all out-of-state billionaires, financed that campaign with close to $7million (£5.3million). For complete story

 

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Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area: Cannabis Report

From Executive Summary

Section 4 – Emergency Department and Hospital Marijuana-Related Admissions:

The yearly rate of emergency department visits related to marijuana increased 35 percent after the legalization of recreational marijuana (2011-2012 vs. 2013-2015).

Number of hospitalizations related to marijuana:

2011 – 6,305

2012 – 6,715

2013 – 8,272

2014 – 11,439

Jan-Sept 2015 – 10,901

The yearly number of marijuana-related hospitalizations increased 72 percent after the legalization of recreational marijuana (2009-2012 vs. 2013-2015).

For complete report http://www.rmhidta.org/html/FINAL%202017%20Legalization%20of%20Marijuana%20in%20Colorado%20The%20Impact.pdf

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California: Tainted Weed, but too ‘stoned’ to care?

80 Percent Of Medical Marijuana Tested At Recent NorCal Conference Is Tainted With Mold, Other Toxins

BY JAY BARMANN IN  2017
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Cannabis sold at Bay Area dispensaries is regularly referred to as “medicine,” however a lack of regulation and testing around the product has led to significant supply of marijuana on dispensary shelves being tainted and/or toxic to the people who consume it.

Following the recent HempCon at the Cow Palace in August, an array of medical marijuana products underwent testing by Hunters Point-based Anresco Laboratories. As San Francisco Magazine reports, some 80 percent of those tested from California-based growers and dispensaries, were tainted with mold, fungus, bacteria, pesticides, or harmful solvents — and the popular concentrates and oils used in vape pens and dabs can, because they’re concentrated, contain much higher amounts of these toxins.

Risk of infection from smoking mold-, fungus- or bacteria-laden marijuana buds has not been widely discussed or understood until recently. There was a report out of UC Davis earlier this year about a spate of rare fungal infections in cancer patients’ lungs that doctors traced to the patients’ use of medical marijuana. In one of those cases where the patient’s immune system was compromised by chemotherapy, the patient died from the infection.

“We sometimes see 20 or 30 percent of our samples coming through the lab significantly contaminated with molds,” said Dr. Donald Land of Steep Hill Laboratories in Berkeley. But after sampling from 20 dispensaries across California and analyzing the cannabis down to its DNA, Land told CBS 5 at the time that he was shocked to find “ninety percent of those samples had something on them. Some DNA of some pathogen.”

SF Mag goes further into Anresco’s results, finding that pesticides and fungicides can appear in cannabis extracts at 1,000 times the level of concentration typically found in foods. These chemicals include things like myclobutanil, which sold under the brand name Eagle 20, and which can cause cancer and has reportedly sickened cannabis consumers in Canada.

For more  http://sfist.com/2017/08/31/80_percent_of_medical_marijuana_tes.php

 

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USA: MARIJUANA GUMMY BEARS MAKE CHILDREN SICK THROUGHOUT COUNTRY

MARIJUANA GUMMY BEARS MAKE CHILDREN SICK THROUGHOUT COUNTRY

6th October 2017

As of this week, marijuana-infused gummy bears can no longer be sold in Colorado.  On October 1, a law banned marijuana treats in the shape of animal, people or otherwise designed to appeal to children. Smart Colorado, a non-profit group, worked diligently to pass child protection laws.

As Colorado tightens restrictions on the sale of marijuana edibles, the problems with pot candies have reached other states.   Children all around the country have accidentally eaten pot-infused sweets and turned up in hospital emergency rooms.

Other states have pot gummy bears, too

Family Council, a group in Arkansas, published this information.

  • August, 2017: A baby in Wisconsin ate part of a marijuana-infused cookie which allegedly belonged to the child’s babysitter and had to be hospitalized.
  • August, 2017: A 10-month-old baby in Indiana was hospitalized after eating a gummy bear laced with THC, the cannabinoid in marijuana which produces a high.
  • July, 2017:  Two children in Florida ate gummy candies laced with marijuana.  The 3-year-old and 5-year-old reportedly felt sick and faded in and out of consciousness.  A 20-year-old woman who lived in the same house left the candies open, within reach of the children.
  • June, 2017: A Rhode Island toddler nearly died from overdosing on “medical” marijuana edibles which allegedly belonged to her grandfather.
  • May, 2017: Two children in Utah were hospitalized after mistakenly eating a cookie laced with marijuana.
  • May, 2017: A ten-year-old in New York was reportedly hospitalized after accidentally eating candy infused with marijuana.  The boy’s father bought the candy as “medical marijuana.”
  • March, 2017:  A two-year-old suffering from lethargy was taken to the hospital in Nebraska, where she tested positive for THC.  The child’s daycare provider reportedly admitted to serving the child cookies that were baked in a pan previously used to bake marijuana brownies.
  • March, 2017: A five-year-old in Ohio ate a gummy bear laced with THC and later went to the hospital. The child reportedly found the gummy bear in a dresser drawer and mistook it for ordinary candy.

For complete article http://www.poppot.org/2017/10/06/marijuana-edibles-make-children-sick-country/

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PRINCETON PSYCHOLOGIST PUTS FOCUS ON LEGALIZED MARIJUANA OUTCOMES

PRINCETON PSYCHOLOGIST PUTS FOCUS ON LEGALIZED MARIJUANA OUTCOMES

Sponsored by a psychological society devoted to finding non-drug solutions to emotional and mental health problems, this upcoming event gives us a chance to hear the expert opinions of a psychologist who works amongst our troubled youth.

Dr. Dee Apple will share how legalization will affect children, adolescents and young people. He will explain how marijuana really affects the human body, especially the developing nervous system. He will explain its disruptive impact on the emotional functioning of adolescents and young people. The lecture will be recorded and we will make it available on PopPot.org after the event.

If you can make it to Princeton, New Jersey, please join us for this important lecture and discussion.  Meet and hear Dee Apple, Ph.D. share his presentation, “Legalized Pot: What are the Consequences?”  on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Aaron Burr Hall, Princeton University, Corner of Nassau Street and Washington Road, Princeton, NJ from 4:00PM to 6:00PM. For more http://www.poppot.org/2017/09/28/princeton-psychologist-puts-focus-legalized-marijuana-outcomes/

 

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Pot Users More Likely To Abuse Opioids!

Dear Friends –
This is breaking news you need to know about.
A big study just came out: Pot users are more likely to have abused opioids and have an opioid use disorder than non-marijuana users.
The marijuana industry is pushing the lie – that happens to coincide with more profits in their pockets – that access to pot could be a cure for the opioid epidemic.
The highly respected, peer-reviewed study released yesterday by the respected American Journal of Psychiatry says otherwise.
Our one pager on the link between marijuana and other drugs is here. Please share this far and wide–and consider supporting our efforts to get the truth about 21st century, dangerous, highly potent THC more publicized!
Sincerely,
Kevin
Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D.

 

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UK: Thinking is warped on cannabis legalisation

Long-term potheads display on average an eight-point decline in IQ over time, an elevated risk of psychosis and permanent brain damage.Long-term potheads display on average an eight-point decline in IQ over time, an elevated risk of psychosis and permanent brain damage.

  • MELANIE PHILLIP – The Times  – September 26, 2017

Four men had to be rescued last weekend from England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, after becoming “incapable of walking due to cannabis use”. Said Cumbria police: “Words fail us.”

Well, yes. Does everyone agree that these men placed an irresponsible burden on a public service? Apparently so. Does everyone agree that the use of cannabis should be discouraged to reduce its irresponsible burden on society? Well, no; quite the opposite.

Last week Prince William raised the “massive issue” of drug legalisation. Although he expressed no opinion, merely to raise it was inescapably to express one, since the only people for whom it is a “massive issue” are those who promote it.

At the Labour Party conference yesterday the comedian Russell Brand called for drugs to be decriminalised. At next week’s Conservative conference, the free-market Adam Smith Institute will be pushing for the legalisation of cannabis. Legalisation means more users. That means more harm, not just to individuals but to society. The institute, however, describes cannabis as “a low-harm consumer product that most users enjoy without major problems”. What? A huge amount of evidence shows that far from cannabis being less harmful than other illicit drugs, as befits its Class B classification, its effects are far more devastating.

Long-term potheads display on average an eight-point decline in IQ over time, an elevated risk of psychosis and permanent brain damage.

Cannabis is associated with a host of biological ill-effects including cirrhosis of the liver, strokes and heart attacks. People who use it are more likely than non-users to access other illegal drugs. And so on.

Ah, say the autonomy-loving free-marketeers, but it doesn’t harm anyone other than the user. Well, that’s not true either. It can destroy relationships with family, friends and employers. Users often display more antisocial behaviour, such as stealing money or lying to get a job, as well as a greater association with aggression, paranoia and violent death. According to Stuart Reece, an Australian professor of medicine, cannabis use in pregnancy has also been linked to an epidemic of gastroschisis, in which babies are born with intestines outside their abdomen, in at least 15 nations including the UK.

The legalisers’ argument is that keeping cannabis illegal does not control the harm it does. Yet wherever its supply has been liberalised, its use and therefore the harm it does have both gone up. In 2001 Portugal decriminalised illegal drugs including cocaine, heroin and cannabis. Sparked by a report by the American free-market Cato Institute, which claimed this policy was a “resounding success”, Portugal has been cited by legalisers everywhere as proof that liberalising drug laws is the magic bullet to erase the harm done by illegal drugs.

The truth is very different. In 2010 Manuel Pinto Coelho, of the Association for a Drug Free Portugal, wrote in the BMJ: “Drug decriminalisation in Portugal is a failure … There is a complete and absurd campaign of manipulation of facts and figures of Portuguese drug policy …”

According to the Portuguese Institute for Drugs and Drug Addiction, between 2001 and 2007 drug use increased by 4.2 per cent, while the number of people who had used drugs at least once rose from 7.8 per cent to 12 per cent. Cannabis use went up from 12.4 per cent to 17 per cent.

The latest evidence about Portugal, a study by the Intervention Service for Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies, shows “a rise in the prevalence of every illicit psychoactive substance from 8.3 per cent in 2012 to 10.2 per cent in 2016-17”, with most of that rise down to increased cannabis use. For complete article http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/thinking-is-warped-on-cannabis-legalisation/news-story/b557ae72f9e2d5959c259c38abf77e45

 

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Get Out Your Checkbook: What Legalized Marijuana is Going to Cost!

Many people fail to realize that alcohol, although legal, costs employers and taxpayers millions of dollars each year. In 2010, the cost of excessive alcohol use in the United States reached $249 billion, and two out of every five dollars of those costs were paid by federal, state, and local governments—all funded by the taxpayer. In fact, of this $249 billion drain on the American economy, $179 billion is directly associated to workplace productivity, and an additional $28 billion to health care costs. It is fair to assume that, as marijuana continues to be legalized, its costs will begin to equal or even surpass those of alcohol.1

Marijuana is not just impacting driving and positive drug tests. “Based on data from the Seattle Police Department, property crime rates within Seattle (e.g., burglary, motor vehicle theft, and larceny) have been rising at a precipitous pace since possessing an ounce or less of marijuana became legal on Dec. 6, 2012. In 2012, the number of property crimes documented by the Seattle Police Department was a little over 32,000. By 2013, the number of property crime reports rose to 36,815. Last year, property crimes in Seattle jumped once more to 40,666 incidents. All told, property crimes have increased by more than a quarter in the two years following the legalization of marijuana, with motor vehicle theft witnessing the biggest increase—up more than 50 percent in two years.”3

In 2012, Denver County documented 56,522 total crimes. In 2013, after the November 2012 legalization of recreational marijuana, the county reported a 29 percent increase in total crimes, to 72,644, and another jump of 15 percent—making the total crime incidents 83,730, in 2014. Crime is a complicated issue, but it is impossible to ignore these numbers.

In addition, marijuana has a yet-undefined impact on health care. We know that smoking one joint is as damaging as smoking five cigarettes and that marijuana smoke contains 50 to 70 percent more carcinogens than tobacco. We know that there is an impact on focus and learning and that smoking marijuana has an impact on short-term memory, links to depression, and impaired coordination. All of this adds up to higher health care costs that are, again, paid in large part by taxpayers and employers.

Even if marijuana is legalized solely for recreational purposes—and were to follow the model of the 21st Amendment that gives states the right to allow the manufacture and sale of alcohol, govern importing into and out of the state, control distribution, and monitor and enforce possession—it could not be legalized in its current form. The Federal Alcohol Administration Act sets labeling and advertising rules and prevents consumers from being deceived by misleading statements as to the quality and identity of a product. Following the alcohol standards, it would also require marijuana sold in individual states to indicate the content sold in each product. But, again, marijuana is not following those standards.

For employers, the costs are real: workers’ compensation claims, higher health care and liability insurance premiums, litigation expense. All of these will impact the bottom line, making drug testing and a sound drug policy even more critical. Drug testing, when consistently applied, will assist in protecting an employer from claims of negligent hiring. Failure of an employer to conduct a reasonable investigation of an employee who impacts the safety of co-workers, or the public at large, could result in the additional cost of negligent hiring claims.

Taxpayers and employers alike need to educate themselves, advocate on their own behalf, and protect themselves against the costs of marijuana legalization. They need to reconsider the idea that legalization is a harmless, personal decision For complete story https://ohsonline.com/Articles/2017/09/01/What-Legalized-Marijuana-is-Going-to-Cost.aspx

 

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