UK: Cannabis ‘Decriminalization’ by stealth – The price? A Nations Health!

Cannabis laws up in smoke: Campaigners fear drug is being unofficially legalised after it emerges up to NINE out of ten people caught in possession are not charged with crime

  • Across England, an average of just 22 per cent of possession offences led to a criminal charge last year – down from 27 per cent in 2017
  • In Cornwall and Devon only 14 per cent of cases of possession led to a charge
  • Anti-drugs campaigners say figures show drug is being ‘unofficially legalised’

By SOPHIE BORLAND and IAN DRURY FOR THE DAILY MAIL PUBLISHED: 17 June 2019

Nine in ten cannabis users and growers in some areas of England are being let off without a criminal charge, a Mail investigation reveals.

Despite a string of warnings over the drug’s harmful long-term effects, many are getting away with a simple telling-off.

Figures show the proportion of users who are charged for possession of cannabis has fallen sharply.

Across England, an average of just 22 per cent of possession offences led to a criminal charge last year – down from 27 per cent in 2017.

 

But in Devon and Cornwall, only 14 per cent of cases led to a charge, while in Leicestershire it was 13 per cent and in Surrey just 12 per cent.

The remainder either escaped with a caution or a fine, an official ‘warning’ or ‘community resolution’ such as attending an educational workshop, or they had their case dropped altogether.

Separate figures for cannabis cultivation – a more serious crime than possession – show that some forces are also charging as few as one in ten offenders.

Last night, anti-drug campaigners said the figures showed the drug was being ‘unofficially legalised’ by police chiefs, and branded the approach as an ‘encouragement to break the law’.

The news comes after Northamptonshire Police revealed on Friday that officers had found a cannabis factory in what used to be a Gala Bingo hall that could have produced drugs worth about £2.8 million each year.

Cannabis has been linked to depression, suicidal thoughts and psychosis, which causes hallucinations. Many fear it acts as a gateway to harder drugs, too.

Only last month the head of the NHS, Simon Stevens, said Britain risked making a ‘big mistake’ by relaxing the laws on cannabis.

Despite the warnings, some police chiefs are actively calling for the drug to be legalised, while others have urged officers to be even more lenient with offenders. Home Office figures on cannabis possession show that in Northamptonshire – where the cannabis factory was discovered – just 18 per cent of offences led to a formal charge in 2018. In North Yorkshire, the rate was just 14 per cent.

In Hampshire, Staffordshire and West Yorkshire, more than half of possession crimes in 2018 led to a ‘community resolution.’ Usually this involves officers confiscating the substance and giving individuals a telling-off. Avon and Somerset Police have half-day education workshops for first-time offenders.

In March, the Chief Constable of West Midlands Police, Dave Thompson, revealed how officers were even avoiding issuing ‘warnings’ for cannabis offences, so as not to ‘criminalise’ young people.

Additional data from 20 police forces in England, obtained using Freedom of Information laws, reveal that just 22 per cent of cannabis production crimes in 2018 led to a charge – down from 32 per cent the previous year.

West Yorkshire Police said only 10 per cent of cases led to a charge. In Durham, the rate is 11 per cent.

The dangers of ‘skunk’

Cannabis has been linked to depression, suicidal thoughts and psychosis, which causes hallucinations and delusional thoughts.

A major Lancet study in March found that use of ‘skunk’ – high-strength cannabis – increased the risk of psychosis by five-fold. Oxford University research the previous month showed that teenagers who smoked the substance were a third more likely to develop depression.

NHS figures obtained by the Mail revealed that nine-year-old children had been treated in hospital for harms caused by cannabis. They were among 3,400 under-19s admitted last year with mental and behavioural disorders directly related to the substance. Cannabis is also believed to be a gateway drug to heroin, cocaine and LSD.

David Green, director of the think-tank Civitas, said: ‘These figures provide even stronger evidence that the police have unofficially legalised cannabis in many parts of the country. Many police leaders want to legalise cannabis. Some are openly in favour of changing the law, while others turn a blind eye.

‘The tragedy is that they are doing so at a time when doctors are increasingly worried about the impact on the mental health of cannabis users, and especially our young people. Modern forms of cannabis, such as skunk, are at least twice as potent as varieties that were available in the 1970s.’

Mary Brett, of charity Cannabis Skunk Sense, said: ‘There’s a law there and it’s the police’s job to enforce it. It’s counter-productive and kids know they will be let off with a caution or a warning.’

David Raynes, of the National Drug Prevention Alliance, added: ‘It’s just stupid and irresponsible – an encouragement to break the law.’

For complete story https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7147651/Cannabis-laws-smoke-Campaigners-fear-drug-unofficially-legalised.html

 

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USA: Opioid Crisis or Mental Health Crisis

Suicides and drug overdose rates are at an all-time high. So much so that US life expectancy is declining.

A.A.L.M Media Contact
Southern California, Scott Chipman   619 990 7480[email protected]
Northern California, Carla Lowe         916 708 4111[email protected]
Our increased use of social media is fueling envy, comparison, anxiety, depression and, yes, suicide. Being bullied is a common affliction for children and teens. https://www.educationcorner.com/bullying-facts-statistics-and-prevention.html 

At the same time, the marijuana industry has been distributing false messages that marijuana is medicine, that it isn’t harmful, that it helps reduce anxiety and it makes people happy. These are the snake oil messages for the 21st century. Many adults and some legislatures have been buying the messages that the pot industry has been selling and our young people and their families are paying the price. The price includes addiction, loss of memory, mental and physical impairment, loss of motivation, depression, more anxiety (not less), car crashes, a loss of relationships, paranoia, psychosis, full-blown schizophrenia, and suicide. In short, using marijuana (and all psychoactive drugs) eliminates no problems in the lives of users but adds several or many more problems, some deadly.

President of AALM, Carla Lowe, warns,
“Very few people know the serious risks that come from using today’s high strength marijuana. We must get the kids, the parents and the general public to know the truth about today’s pot. When that was done in the 1980’s use was cut by more than half. It saves a lot of lives and grief.”

Opioid use is up in states that have “legalized” marijuana. States with medical marijuana laws had average rates of opioid overdose deaths that were nearly 23% higher than those without these laws. Since marijuana legalization, opioid-related deaths have risen 49% in Colorado. https://www.lohud.com/story/news/investigations/2019/06/10/new-york-marijuana-billboards/1371023001/ Teens indicate that when the pot runs out there is always someone with pills. Being high on pot makes a smart decision regarding taking pills very unlikely.

Scott Chipman Vice President of AALM,
“We will never control the flood that is the ‘opioid crisis’ unless we significantly close down one of the spigots which is marijuana use. Just as important, is addressing the underlying spiritual vacuum that drives people to escape real life and try to live in a fake altered mental state. The real solution to America’s mental illness drug use epidemic is personal connections, purpose in life, and self-worth”

As The First Lady Melania Trump recently said, “Love yourself more than you love drugs.”

 

 

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USA: S.A.M In Cross Hairs of MMP! Making a Difference for OUR KIDS

Unless you are on the Marijuana Policy Project’s (MPP) email list, you may have missed this. You know MPP – the national legalization group ran by the pot industry, known for calling legalization “inevitable,” and holding positions inconsistent with the National Academy of Sciences. They sent out a fundraising email trying to raise money off of the recent slew of victories WE have had across the country defeating legalization bills.

MPP resorted to distorting the facts and slandering SAM and SAM staff in the email. We’re not shocked, but this time we responded to their baseless claims in a twitter thread you can view by clicking here.

MPP states that SAM has “plenty of resources,” implying we are the deep pocketed group in the debate over marijuana commercialization. In reality, MPP and its fellow pot industry promoters are touting an industry actively racking in billions from vice industries such as Big Tobacco, Big Alcohol, and Big Pharma.

As you know, SAM’s funding comes mostly from small family foundations and concerned parents who have seen firsthand the result of legalization and want to save others from its negative impacts. We take no Pharma money.

https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=fI0aBwDRnU7JBJrKcf5suF8ePQKaN47Sm_5doVvVyR8GAjRGBEXihzZLIaSsxl_gqXwkl0&fromUL=true&country.x=US&locale.x=en_US

2019 has been a banner year for SAM. MPP’s email, in fact, proves it.

We will never stop working to put public health and safety above addiction-for-profit schemes. But we need supporters like you to help by chipping in today to help us combat the lies and slander of groups like MPP, the Drug Policy Alliance, and the National Cannabis Industry Association. These groups take the profits of the industry and put them towards expanding Big Marijuana and rolling back regulations.

If you can, please click here to chip in $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 to help us continue winning the fight for public health, safety, and commonsense.

Thank you for believing in us. Let’s continue putting people before profit.

Dr. Kevin Sabet,

Founder and President, Smart Approaches to Marijuana
About SAM: Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) is a nonpartisan, non-profit alliance of physicians, policy makers, prevention workers, treatment and recovery professionals, scientists, and other concerned citizens opposed to marijuana legalization who want health and scientific evidence to guide marijuana policies. SAM has affiliates in more than 30 states.

Evidence shows that marijuana – which has skyrocketed in average potency over the past decades –  is addictive and harmful to the human brain especially when used by adolescents. In states that have already legalized the drug, there has been an increase in drugged driving crashes, youth marijuana use, and costs that far outweigh pot revenues.These states have seen a black market that continues to thrive, a black market that continues to thrive, sustained disparities in marijuana arrest rates, and tobacco company investment in marijuana.

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

 

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S.A.M Weed News Roundup! What’s REALLY Going On!

SANews Roundup
July 2019
Here is a brief rundown of marijuana news as well as an update on what we have been up to over the last month.

Rejection of Commercial Weed Biggest Blow Yet to Big Marijuana

Despite massive spending and lobbying by Big Marijuana and its allies, the New York State Legislature rejected commercial marijuana. This is a massive victory for SAM as we spearheaded the opposition to the bill and led a massive grassroots coalition.
“New York legislators learned that commercializing marijuana brings along a host of significant health, safety and societal costs that result in no tax money and no social justice,” said SAM president Dr. Kevin Sabet. “The predatory pot industry wanted legislators to believe that this was simple. Like they did in New Jersey, they said it was inevitable. The industry told people it would rain money for a host of pet projects, that our young people wouldn’t be at risk and drugged driving concerns were overblown. Thankfully, New York’s parents, doctors, law enforcement, teachers and many lawmakers didn’t fall for the con.
“New Yorkers can be assured we will continue working to prevent the industry from making gains in further sessions, and we will redouble our efforts to protect young people and those in low income and minority communities who are subjected to relentless in targeting, exploitation and victimization by Big Marijuana. We will continue to work every day to put public health and safety over the profits of this addiction-for-profit industry.”
United Nations World Drug Report Castigates American Jurisdictions for Lax Marijuana Policies

SAM Chief of Staff joins C-SPAN’s Washington Journal

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released the latest edition of the annual World Drug Report, specifically calling out the United States, and jurisdictions like Colorado, for their lax marijuana policies. The report found fewer young people view the drug as having harmful health impacts, average potency of products has risen, and large corporations are beginning to infiltrate the industry.
“This report is a global wake-up call,” said SAM president Dr. Kevin Sabet. “Effective drug policy is one that discourages use and creates means for people to get help with substance use disorders. As this survey indicates, drug policy in the United States has instead encouraged use.”
SAM Chief of Staff and Senior Policy AdvisorLuke Niforatos joined C-SPAN’s Washington Journal recently to discuss SAM’s recent accomplishments and why we are so passionate about fighting to defend public health and safety from Big Marijuana.
“I have spoken with a number of people who advocated on the anti-tobacco fight for many years, and they are saying with this push to legalize marijuana, all of the gains we got against tobacco are being rolled back. It was all for nothing. Unfortunately, there is so much misinformation being put out right now. People do not think secondhand marijuana smoke is the same thing as secondhand tobacco smoke, and it is. The American Lung Association tells us it is just as carcinogenic as tobacco smoke is. Science must prevail. We must listen to our public health professionals and our scientists. The thing with any public health issue, we have got to let science rule the day.”

SAM Marks International Day Against Drug Abuse With Special Consultative Status Granted By the United Nations

On the occasion of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) was notified by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) that it received special consultative status to the United Nations. This status allows SAM to designate official representatives to the UN headquarters in New York, Geneva, and Vienna, and submit written and oral statements to the Council.

“We are immensely grateful for this honor,” said SAM president Dr. Kevin Sabet. “This decision speaks volumes to the drug policy work SAM’s volunteers and staff does at home and abroad. Though we don’t often tout our international work, we have been honored to be involved with several international organizations, including the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, and we look forward to further helping craft drug policy on the international level.”

House Adopts Amendment Blocking FDA from Protecting Children From Marijuana Industry

Congress Must Reject the Blumenauer/McClintock Amendment on Marijuana

The United States House of Representatives narrowly voted to approve the Blumenauer/McClintockamendment to the Fiscal Year 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill that will prohibit Department of Justice funding from being used to enforce federal law upon stores, facilities, and growers trafficking in so-called recreational marijuana. As a result of this amendment, the Food and Drug Administration – which uses the DOJ to take action against entities that fail to adhere to FDA guidelines – will be powerless to hold the industry accountable for marketing harmful, high potency marijuana products in kid-friendly forms.

“Though this vote has little chance of passing in the Senate and becoming law, it is unfortunate the members of the House who voted in support of this amendment have been duped by the pot industry into thinking this amendment is a good idea,” said Dr. Kevin Sabet. “This amendment, spearheaded by one of the largest recipients of marijuana industry donations in Congress, is a massive handout to Big Marijuana and effectively sends the message that no matter how many health and safety harms the industry causes, it is protected from federal oversight.”

Pot industry supporters in Congress snuck an amendment into a recent spending bill that would essentially prevent the FDA from taking enforcement action against bad actors in the marijuana industry that refuse to take heed of warnings from the public health watchdog. SAM president Dr. Kevin Sabet penned an oped outlining why this amendment must be defeated and its intentions exposed:
“The FDA relies on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to take enforcement action when a company refuses to comply with warnings from the FDA. Should this amendment pass into law, the FDA would be hamstrung as they would not be able to use the DOJ to bring about enforcement action against those who are actively taking advantage of the cover given by this amendment.

“It is time our policy makers listened to the science and put public health and safety above the profits of addiction industries. The playbook of Big Tobacco is being replicated by Big Marijuana. Don’t be duped, Congress. Reject addiction-for-profit and reject the Blumenauer/McClintock amendment.”

New Study Finds Pot Revenue Could Be Largely Wiped Out By Increased Costs to Law Enforcement

new study shows that a huge percentage of New York’s estimated revenue from legal pot sales would need to be directed toward costs associated with law enforcement and protecting public safety. Smart Approaches to Marijuana New York (SAM NY), in cooperation with theNew York State Sheriffs’ Association, has released a first-of-its-kind study analyzing costs of marijuana legalization on the state’s law enforcement and emergency services agencies and local governments.

“Big Marijuana has told legislators money will basically be falling from the sky if they approve commercial pot,” said Dr. Kevin Sabet. “What this study shows is by conservative estimates, just the law enforcement costs of legal pot will require either using much of the state revenue for public safety or local municipalities and property taxpayers getting stuck with a big bill.”

New National Poll: 62% of Registered Voters Disapprove of Marijuana Commercialization
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker Signs Marijuana Legalization Bill Into Law Putting Profits Above Health and Safety

According to a new national poll, 62% of registered voters do not support the legalization and commercialization of marijuana when given more options than prosecuting possession or full legalization. The false dichotomy of legalization versus incarceration is pervasive in national polling and is promoted by the marijuana industry and its supporters as it makes it seem more popular than it actually is.
“Big Marijuana pushes the false narrative that marijuana legalization is supported by the overwhelming majority of Americans,” said Dr. Kevin Sabet. “The more people learn the truth of what commercial pot looks like, and the more they hear of the negative impacts it has on health and safety, the more they oppose allowing Big Marijuana from setting foot in their state.”
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed a bill to legalize the use of marijuana and its commercial sale into law, over the advice of the overwhelming majority of medical associations, public safety organizations, and social justice advocates.
“With the stroke of his pen, Governor Pritzker has signed a check to his family – who are massively invested in Big Pot and laughing their way to their offshore tax shelters – and put the interests of Big Marijuana ahead of the health and safety of Illinois residents. While New York, New Jersey, New Mexico, Connecticut, Vermont, Hawaii, Minnesota and Rhode Island all rejected the commercialization of highly potency pot this year, Illinois chose to bend to the demands of this addiction-for-profit industry.”

SAM Releases Comprehensive Lessons Learned From Legalization Report

SAM released its third annual  Lessons Learned Report , a comprehensive study of the data outcomes in ‘legalized’ marijuana states. This study, validated by researchers from institutions such as Harvard and Johns Hopkins University and used as primary source material by international, federal, state, and local officials, as well as countless community organizations, finds that states that have legalized marijuana are witnessing rising use rates, thriving black markets, and harms among disadvantaged communities.
“As a handful of states are considering relaxing their marijuana laws, this  report will continue to serve as an eye-opener for lawmakers and slow the rush to legalize,” said Dr. Kevin Sabet, president of SAM. “The commercialization of marijuana has been profitable for the industries such as Big Tobacco, yet tax revenues are falling short and serious, costly consequences abound. It is time to admit that marijuana legalization is a failed policy.”
MARIJUANA: PREVENTING ANOTHER BIG TOBACCO MEDIA CAMPAIGN TOOLKIT NOW AVAILABLE

Big Marijuana is borrowing the playbook of Big Tobacco in search of the same deep profits at the expense of addicted users. It is time to combat their game with the facts! To help you do so, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) has partnered with Communities for Alcohol and Drug Free Youth (CADY) to offer a comprehensive media campaign prevention toolkit.

As always, thank you for being a SAM supporter. If you can, please chip-in with a small donation by clicking here.

If you can’t chip-in, then at the very least,  and help grow the SAM community.


 

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CANADA: Canadian Cannabis Chaos Continues!

Toronto is resorting to giant cement blocks to keep illegal pot shops from reopening

About a dozen illegal dispensaries still operating in Toronto, city official says

CBC News Jun 07, 2019

There’s a new weapon in the city’s battle against illegal pot dispensaries: giant cement blocks.

Two photos posted to Reddit show the blocks stacked up in front of alleged cannabis dispensaries, blocking entry.

It’s the latest move to put a stop to illegal dispensaries that have been able to operate thanks in part to a legal loophole in the province’s Cannabis Control Act.

That loophole has prevented authorities from barring access to, and removing people from, suspected dispensaries that were also being used as residences.

“This has proven to be a bit more of a substantial tactic,” said Mark Sraga, the city’s director of investigation services for municipal licensing and standards.

Illegal cannabis storefronts have persisted in Toronto despite raids and attempts to bar the stores’ entryways using other means, including steel doors. Sraga estimates about a dozen are still in operation despite enforcement measures.

Bill to close loophole passes at Queen’s Park

But on Thursday, a bill aiming to close the loophole — by removing the exception around dispensaries that might also serve as residences — received royal assent, despite objections from some MPPs.

NDP MPP Jeff Burch, for example, raised concerns that a family could be expelled from their home because another relative, or even a visitor, was selling cannabis.

“We have some concerns on what this will mean for families,” he said.

“Cannabis is currently legal, and while the illegal sale of cannabis should be prohibited, giving the ability for a family to be expelled from their home because a family member —or worse, a visitor — engages in an illegal activity is unthinkable.”

“Going forward, a residential property that’s being used to sell cannabis illegally, we will also be able to doing barring of entry at those places,” said Sraga.

for more go to https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/cement-blocks-toronto-illegal-potshops-1.5166676

 

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USA: Marijuana Madness Grows – OHS ‘out the window with weed’

Nevada Will Ban Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing On January 1, 2020

June  2019

Beginning on January 1, 2020, it will be illegal to conduct pre-employment drug testing for marijuana in the state of Nevada. Assembly Bill No. 132 was signed into law by the governor on June 5, 2019. This makes Nevada the first state to enact such a law (although New York City became the first city to enact such a law, as we discussed in previous blog posts).

The law provides that it “is unlawful for any employer in this State to fail or refuse to hire a prospective employee because the employee submitted to a screening test and the results of the screening test indicate the presence of marijuana.” A “screening test” is defined to mean a test of a person’s blood, urine, hair or saliva to detect the general presence of a controlled substance or any other drug. The law does not apply to applicants who apply for positions as firefighters, emergency medical technicans, operators of motor vehicles who are required to submit to drug tests, or other positions that “in the determination of the employer, could adversely affect the safety of others.”

For complete article https://www.natlawreview.com/article/nevada-will-ban-pre-employment-marijuana-testing-january-1-2020

 

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GLOBAL: Smart Approaches to Marijuana, Gains U.N Consulting Status!

SAM’S WORK BRINGS INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) designated Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) special consultative status to the United Nations. It happened on June 26, the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

This status allows SAM to designate official representatives to the UN headquarters in New York, Geneva, and Vienna, and submit written and oral statements to the Council. SAM representatives have already been discussing marijuana policy at UN meetings since its founding in 2013, but now the organization has become official.

“We are immensely grateful for this honor,” said Dr. Kevin Sabet, president of SAM and a former senior drug policy advisor to the Obama Administration, who has represented both the Bush and Obama Administration at international drug policy meetings in the past. “This decision speaks volumes to the drug policy work SAM’s volunteers and staff does at home and abroad. Though we don’t often tout our international work, we have been honored to be involved with several international organizations, including the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, and we look forward to further helping craft drug policy on the international level.”

SAM has international presence

While SAM’s primary focus is fighting marijuana commercialization in the United States, it has been extremely active at the international level in the past few years. Its side events at the annual Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna, for example, are among the most widely attended of the meeting. Additionally, SAM has testified in numerous countries, including Canada and in the Caribbean, and regularly consults with organizations and governments in virtually every continent. Just recently, SAM played a key role in preventing Norwegian oil pension funds from investing in marijuana companies.

“Our work knows no boundaries. It’s important other countries learn from both our mistakes and things we should be proud of in US drug policy,” Sabet said.

Recently, Sabet tweeted, “94.5% of the world population do *not* use drugs. ”  (The United States and Canada are exceptions, with 54% of the world’s drug users.)

Above photo is from the Global Drug Policy Summit held in Phoenix, Arizona, on June 26, 2019.   From left to right: Dr. Robert DuPont, President, Institute for Behavior and Health and first US Drug Czar, Dr. Kevin Sabet and Linda Nilsson, Secretary General, World Federation Against Drugs and Swedish National Association for a Drug-Free Society

https://poppot.org/2019/06/28/sams-work-brings-international-recognition/

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GLOBAL: Waking Up to Weed!

RIP THE POT VAN WINKLE WAKES UP

When I was 17 my BFF Lisa was in a single car accident.  She was prone to smoking bong hits and driving with her knees.  She was in a coma for a year and died.  I first smoked pot with her and her mom. Lisa was her only child.

I blamed a faulty car for her death, not pot.

In my 30s, I partied with a young 20s co-worker from UMass.  She had smoked strong pot, AK-47 for years.  I stopped hanging out once she became paranoid, delusional and agoraphobic.  She later was in a mental hospital for schizophrenia and has been on disability ever since.

I blamed her genes for her debilitating mental illness, not pot.

The rose colored glasses of denial.

I dated a patient,  also named Lisa, at the dispensary who had extreme psychotic episodes whenever she smoked high potency Sativa.  She would almost collapse, regress into a two-year-old state of mind, scream at the top of her lungs and then go into loud, joyous religious rapture singing.

The scariest experience was when in psychosis she uttered in a guttural deep voice so unlike her’s, “Choke her!”  It was an alarming Sybil Stephen King moment that sent chills down my spine. I didn’t know if her split personality was talking about choking herself or me.

Needless to say, it was very hard being with her, we were not a good match whatsoever and broke up.  I later learned that she committed suicide at 52.

I blamed her diagnosis of bipolar for her suicide, not pot.

Rip the Pot Van Winkle

Bong rips: “A noun that refers to the action of smoking from a bong. So named for the sound that air makes when it bubbles through the bong water.”

One time in college my friends had too much water in a bong – really dirty, unchanged, high potency bong water.  The too high water level caused me to unintentionally swallow a huge mouthful of bong water when I released the carburetor.

 

I immediately started to hallucinate, almost passed out.   Was lucky to stay conscious long enough to make it to the bathroom and vomit profusely.  Took a heck of a long time for my mind to clear and body to recover.  But I saw no problem with continuing to use pot.

For years I discounted all of those signposts showing that marijuana is dangerous  because I was so enmeshed in my pot denial.

When, finally, I experienced such terrible physical and mental effects myself, this Rip the Pot Van Winkle woke up out of a pot slumber.  The truth could no longer be denied. Horrible psychosis woke me up.  I am SO lucky I survived.

I had the epiphany that pot caused my BFF’s death via DUI; pot caused my friend to become schizophrenic, and pot caused psychosis and suicide with my ex-girlfriend.  Pot caused me to think violent thoughts like shooting people, and brought me to the brink of suicide.

Pot almost took me out.  I couldn’t perceive the damage because I was high on pot.

By Anne Hassel,  a new friend of Parents Opposed to Pot.

 

 

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GLOBAL: Waster Weed Wrecks Lives – The Vulnerable and Innocent Always Pay!

Mom put fatal dose of fentanyl in baby’s sippy cup so she could ‘relax and smoke marijuana’: prosecutor (The Monster that is Marijuana A-Motivation; and people what governments to endorse this psychotropic toxin through law??!!)

, AOL.COM June 2019

A woman found guilty of spiking her baby’s sippy cup with a fatal dose of fentanyl committed the crime in order to quiet the child so she could “sit back, relax and smoke marijuana,” a prosecutor said Monday.

Assistant district attorney Diana Page told a Pennsylvania jury that Jhenea Pratt, 23, drugged her 17-month-old daughter, Charlette Napper-Talley, in April 2018 with the “specific intent to kill,” according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“That baby was getting in the way of her enjoying her pastime,” Page claimed, referencing the mother’s drug use.

Pratt was convicted on Tuesday of involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child. She will be sentenced at a later date.

Police responded to a call at Pratt’s apartment on April 5 of last year about a baby who wasn’t breathing. First responders rushed Charlette to a nearby hospital where she later died.

Tests received by the Allegheny County medical examiner’s office revealed the presence of fentanyl in the toddler’s blood. Red liquid inside a pink sippy cup found on the toddler’s bed also tested positive for enough of the potent drug to “kill two horses,” Detective Michael Flynn said during an interrogation.

When asked how the incident may have unfolded, Pratt told investigators,”I have no knowledge as to how fentanyl got into my daughter’s sippy cup.”

For Full story https://www.aol.com/article/news/2019/06/05/mom-put-fatal-dose-of-fentanyl-in-babys-sippy-cup-relax-and-smoke-marijuana/23742430/

 

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USA: Marijuana Mess Starting to Migrate to Masses! NO HAPPY!

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 24, 2019 –

CONTACT: Colton Grace [email protected] (864)-492-6719

New National Poll: 62% of Registered Voters Disapprove of Marijuana Commercialization

(Alexandria, VA) – According to a new national poll, 62% of registered voters do not support the legalization and commercialization of marijuana when given more options than prosecuting possession or full legalization. The false dichotomy of legalization versus incarceration is pervasive in national polling, and is promoted by the marijuana industry and its supporters as it makes it seem more popular than it actually is.

The poll, conducted by Mason-Dixon, found that 62% of voters support either keeping current marijuana laws in place, decriminalizing the drug (making it like a traffic ticket), or want to see it legalized for medical use only. Only 38% supported the full commercialization of the drug.

“Big Marijuana pushes the false narrative that marijuana legalization is supported by the overwhelming majority of Americans,” said Dr. Kevin Sabet, president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) and a former drug policy advisor to the Obama Administration. “The more people learn the truth of what commercial pot looks like, and the more they hear of the negative impacts it has on health and safety, the more they oppose allowing Big Marijuana – who by the way is seeing massive investment from Big Tobacco and Big Alcohol – from setting foot in their state.”

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About SAM: Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) is a nonpartisan, non-profit alliance of physicians, policy makers, prevention workers, treatment and recovery professionals, scientists, and other concerned citizens opposed to marijuana legalization who want health and scientific evidence to guide marijuana policies. SAM has affiliates in more than 30 states.

Evidence shows that marijuana – which has skyrocketed in average potency over the past decades – is addictive and harmful to the human brain especially when used by adolescents. In states that have already legalized the drug, there has been an increase in drugged driving crashes, youth marijuana use, and costs that far outweigh pot revenues.These states have seen a black market that continues to thrive, sustained disparities in marijuana arrest rates, and tobacco company investment in marijuana.

 

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