USA: Arizona has good reason to be wary of Big Marijuana and the dangers today’s potent pot poses

Opinion: Big Marijuana is peddling a ballot measure in Arizona that’ll benefit their own and leave the state facing a host of health and societal ills. Beware.

Arizonans have expected a measure aimed at legalizing marijuana following a failed effort at legalization in 2016. The details of the proposal are now public for the first time. (Photo: Associated Press)

Ignoring important regulations, mislabeling products, illegally distributing extremely high potent marijuana — these are just a handful of the allegations recently brought against one of Arizona’s largest medical marijuana suppliers, Harvest.

Coincidentally, Harvest happens to be the single largest donor to the campaign aiming to legalize non-medical pot at the ballot box this November – and, predictably, will be one of the first in line to receive a license to peddle said pot to Arizonans.

Arizonans shouldn’t fall for this scheme.

The so-called “Smart and Safe Arizona Act” would commercialize today’s super strength pot and favors existing large corporations while leaving others on the outside looking in. Not to mention that it is almost solely funded by large marijuana corporations.

These same corporations are trying to convince us that this effort will represent a chance for local entrepreneurs, “mom & pop” stores, and social equity applicants to get in on the ground floor. But that’s not at all what will happen.

The big funders will be the first to benefit

Don’t expect the drug dealers to be sent packing. In the last month, a California woman with significant ties to the Sinaloa Cartel was convicted of using planes to move marijuana through a nationwide drug trafficking ring. Similar cartel activity has been uncovered in almost every state where pot has been legalized. Illicit markets are thriving.

Once legalized, industry will be hard to control

Regulating this industry isn’t a cake walk, either. Oregon regulators were forced to admit they have utterly failed to regulate its marijuana industry. Given its failure to test for mold and harmful pesticides, the state actually said it couldn’t ensure pot sold there was even safe for human consumption.

And because of pot lobby pressure, lawmakers in Nevada banned employers from refusing job applicants if they tested positive for marijuana. This is a nightmare for businesses.

We’ll be footing the costs of pot legalization

Legalizing marijuana in Arizona won’t generate social justice or equity, it won’t bring the state a windfall of tax revenue, and it will do nothing to stem the state’s existing issues with cartel activity. Instead, it will enrich existing corporations while leading to further harms to health, safety, and commonsense.

Don’t fall for this marijuana monopoly.

For complete article https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/2020/05/26/wary-big-marijuana-dangers-today-potent-pot-poses/5215773002/

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Global: Time to ‘Blow Away’ the Weed Smokescreen and See!


This remarkable and must see documentary goes a long way to ‘blowing away’ the seemingly blinding smokescreen of Pot Propaganda.

The pro-pot pundits produce spin and project profit as an attempt to pitch pot as relatively benign. The truth, however, is beyond concerning – it is distressing.

Anyone, not least law and policy makers – those charged with protecting the health, well-being and productivity of a nations citizens – must watch and re-watch this important primer.

The evidence-based research on the inherent physical, psychological, environmental, familial, economic and emotional harms of this recklessly purveyed malignant substance are staggering in breadth and overwhelming in condemnation…. However, the ‘smokescreen’ set in play by the addiction for profit industry, will keep most blind to the egregious realities of normalized and commercialized Weed use.

Watch it now and pass it on!

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Global: Weed & Anxiety – Long Term Harms

For Immediate Release: May 28th, 2020

New Study: Use of High Potency Marijuana Increases Risk of Anxiety Disorders

(Alexandria, Va) – Today’s highly potent marijuana drastically increases the risk of mental health issues according to a new study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. The study, conducted with 1,087 twenty-four-year olds who reported recent marijuana use, found that users of high potency marijuana were four times more likely to abuse the substance and twice as likely to develop anxiety disorders.

“Studies such as this continue to prove what we have been saying for some time: today’s pot is light years away from the weed of Woodstock,” said Dr. Kevin Sabet, president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana and a former senior drug policy advisor to the Obama Administration. “As we have routinely pointed out, the science behind today’s pot is sorely lacking. As it catches up, we are certain to see more studies such as this.”

In addition to increases in anxiety, the study also found that users of high potency marijuana were more likely to use the drug once a week, twice as likely to have used other substances in the past year, and more than three times as likely to be tobacco users.

Marijuana commonly used in the 60’s, 70’s, and even 90’s barely registered above 4% THC content. Today, following the commercialization of the drug, average THC content has exploded some 500%. Average marijuana “buds” can feature up to 30% THC while marijuana concentrates can contain upwards of 99% THC.

As the science struggles to catch up with the rising potency of today’s marijuana, we are only seeing the first signs that marijuana use has become much more harmful to the human brain. Last year, a ground-breaking study confirmed a link between the use of high potency marijuana and greater rates of psychosis at the population level. Daily users of high potency pot were more than 4x more likely to develop psychosis.

“When it comes to tobacco, we didn’t see truly drastic harms until big corporations saw the potential for massive revenues and started altering tobacco to make it more addictive,” continued Dr. Sabet. “We are beginning to see the same take place with marijuana. A massive industry, ironically featuring billions in investment from Big Tobacco, is working to expand marijuana commercialization while also driving up THC content. Meanwhile, warnings from public health researchers and experts are ignored. We cannot allow this to continue.

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Global: Cannabis & THC – The Battering of Body & Brain!

CANNABIS AND THC: HOW IT DAMAGES THE BRAIN AND BODY

By Mary Brett BSc (Hons) Chair of Cannabis Skunk Sense in Great Britain www.cannabisskunksense.co.uk

Damage is caused in several different ways.

Neuron — Courtesy of Mary Brett who provided the image

BRAIN: Messages are passed from cell to cell (neurons) in the brain by chemicals called neurotransmitters which fit by shape into their own receptor sites on specific cells.

The neurotransmitter, anandamide, an endo-cannabinoid (made in body) whose job is to control by suppression the levels of other neurotransmitters is mimicked and so replaced by a cannabinoid (not made in body) in cannabis called THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is very much stronger and damps down more forcefully the release of other neurotransmitters. Consequently the total activity of the brain decreases. Chaos ensues.

Neurotransmitters delivering messages to the hippocampus, the area for learning and memory don’t receive enough stimulation to reach it, so signals are lost for ever. Academic performance plummets and IQs fall by about 8 points. Neurons can be lost  permanently. This is brain damage. No child using cannabis even occasionally will achieve their full potential.

Because signalling is slowed down, reaction times increase. Driving becomes hazardous and fatal accidents are rising in legalised USA states. Alcohol plus cannabis in drivers is 16 times more dangerous.

Since THC is fat-soluble, it stays in cells for weeks, constantly ensuring this decrease in brain activity. In the sixties/seventies the THC content was around 1-3%, now in London only ‘skunk’ at 16-20% THC is available. Professor Sir Robin Murray has said that, ‘users will be in a state of low-grade intoxication most of the time’.

Synapses and receptor sights. Courtesy of Mary Brett

The Dopamine neurotransmitter has no receptor sites for anandamide and so THC doesn’t affect it. But the inhibitory Gaba neurotransmitter has. Gaba normally suppresses dopamine but since it is itself suppressed by THC, levels of dopamine quickly increase. Excess dopamine is found in the brains of psychotics, and even schizophrenics if they have a genetic vulnerability. Anyone taking enough THC at one sitting will suffer a psychotic episode which could become permanent.

Aggression, violence, even homicides, suicides and murders have resulted from cannabis-induced psychosis. The first research paper linking THC with psychosis was published in 1845. Cannabis-induced schizophrenia costs the country around £2 billion/year. Some of these mentally ill people will spend the rest of their lives in psychiatric units.

THC also depletes the levels of the ‘happiness’ neurotransmitter Serotonin. This can cause depression which may lead to suicide.

THC causes dependence. This will affect 1 in 6 using adolescents and 1 in 9 of the general population.  Since THC replaces anandamide, there is no need for its production which reduces and eventually stops so the receptor sites are left empty. Withdrawal then sets in with irritability, sleeplessness, anxiety, depression, even violence until anandamide production resumes. Rehab specialists have told us that adolescent pot addiction is the most challenging to treat.

Cannabis can also act as a gateway drug – it can ‘prime’ the brain for the use of other drugs. Professor David Fergusson (NZ) in longitudinal studies from birth found that ‘The use of cannabis in late adolescence and early adulthood emerged as the strongest risk factor for later involvement in other illicit drug use’.

THC inhibits the vomiting reflex. If a person has drunk too much alcohol, they are often sick and get rid of it. An overdose of alcohol can kill (respiratory muscles stop working) so using cannabis together with alcohol can be fatal.

The signalling of endo-cannabinoids is crucial in brain development. They guide the formation, survival, proliferation, motility and differentiation of new neurons. THC badly interferes with these essential processes.

Chaos ensues among the confused brain signals and a cannabis personality develops. Users can’t think logically. They have fixed opinions and answers, can’t find words, can’t take criticism – it’s always someone else’s fault, and can’t plan their day. Families suffer from their violent mood swings – houses get trashed. Anxiety, panic and paranoia may ensue. At the same time users are lonely, miserable and feel misunderstood.

Respiratory System:

Cannabis smoke has many of the same constituents as tobacco smoke but more of its carcinogens – in cancer terms a joint equals 4/5 cigarettes. More tar is deposited in the lungs and airways. Coughing, wheezing, emphysema, bronchitis and cancers have been seen in the lungs.

Heart:

Heart rates rise and stay high for 3-4 hours after a joint. Heart attacks and strokes have been recorded. Some teenagers had strokes and died after bingeing on cannabis.

Hypothalamus:

The hypothalamus is a region of the brain known to regulate appetite. Endo-cannabinoids in this area send ‘I’m hungry’ messages. When you take THC, that message is boosted. This is called ‘the munchies’. Nabilone, (synthetic THC) can be used to stimulate the appetite in AIDS patients.

DNA and Reproduction:

THC affects the DNA in any new cells being made in the body. It speeds up the programmed cell death (apoptosis) of our defence white blood cells, so our immune system is diminished. There are also fewer sperm. Infertility and impotence have been reported as far back as the 1990s.

An Australian paper published in July 2016 explains this phenomenon. THC can disrupt the actual process of normal cell division mitosis and meiosis (formation of sperm and eggs). In mitosis, the chromosomes replicate and gather together at the centre of the cell. Protein strands (microtubules) are formed from the ends of the cell to pull half of the chromosomes to each end to form the 2 new cells. Unfortunately THC disrupts microtubule formation. Chromosomes can become isolated, rejoin other bits of chromosome  and have other abnormalities. Some will actually be shattered into fragments (chromothripsis).

This DNA damage can also cause cancers. Oncogenes (cancer-causing genes) may be activated, and tumour suppressant genes silenced. Chromosome fragments and abnormal chromosomes are frequently seen in cancerous tissues. This would account for other cancers, leukaemia, brain, prostate, cervix, testes and bladder etc, reported in regions of the body not exposed to the smoke. Pregnant users see a 2-4 fold increase in the number of childhood cancers in their offspring.

The DNA damage has also been associated with foetal abnormalities – low birth weight, pre-term birth, spontaneous miscarriage, spina bifida, anencephaly (absence of brain parts), gastroschisis (babies born with intestines outside the body) cardiac defects and shorter limbs. All these defects bear in common an arrest of cell growth and cell migration at critical development stages consistent with the inhibition of mitosis noted with cannabis.

DNA damage at meiosis results in fewer sperm as we have seen. Increased errors in meiosis have the potential for transmission to subsequent generations. The zygote (fertilised egg) death rate rises by 50% after the first division.

In infants, birth weight is lower and they may be born addicted. Children may have problems with behaviour and cognitive functions as they grow. Childhood cancers are more common. Intensive care for newborns doubles. The younger they start using cannabis, the more likely they are to remain immature, become addicted, suffer from mental illnesses or progress to other drugs. Average age of first use is 13.

Regular cannabis users have worse jobs, less than average money, downward social mobility, relationship problems and antisocial behaviour.

References:

Cannabis Skunk Website www.cannabisskunksense.co.uk Cannabis: A survey of its harmful effects by Mary Brett is available on DOWNLOADS. It is a 300+ page report written in 2006 and kept up to date.

Chromothripsis and epigenomics complete causality criteria for cannabis- and addiction-connected carcinogenicity, congenital toxicity and heritable genotoxicity https://www.cannabisskunksense.co.uk/uploads/site-files/ty,Chromothripsis,CarcinogenicityandFetotoxicity,MR-FMMM.pdf

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UK: Community Lock-down and How Drug Markets Adapt

The adaptability of drug markets

Arecent report from Crest Advisory questions the received wisdom that the threat from county lines operated by organised crime groups (OCGs) and gangs would reduce because of the COVID-19 lockdown.

Crest argues that the picture appears to be far more complex. The gangs who operate county lines have always proven highly versatile and adaptable, and they are now embracing new tactics to protect a lucrative business.

Significant reductions in the number of children reported missing from home or care have been cited as evidence that exploitation through county lines has reduced due to the lockdown. On the surface this makes sense, as it seems obvious that exploitation of vulnerable children and in county lines drugs networks may be easier to disrupt during the COVID-19 lockdown due to increased visibility of young people in public spaces or on public transport.

However, there are several reasons that this should be treated with caution.

Some boroughs are reporting a noticeable increase in the length of missing episodes during lockdown, possibly because young people transported to trap houses are having to stay there for longer due to increased demand and lockdown restrictions.

  • The move towards local recruitment means that in assessing whether children are being exploited in county lines during lockdown, we should pay as much attention to vulnerable children in the ‘county bases’ as those going missing from the ‘home bases’.
  • Rescue Response also say that young people are also being provided with taxis via apps (such as Uber, Bolt and Kapten) in order to make longer journeys. Taxis continue to be used by dealers and networks for deliveries.
  • Given that there is still demand for Class A drugs – and that by retreating from the market, even temporarily, gangs risk ceding territory to rival groups – those who operate lucrative county lines will naturally seek to change the patterns of recruitment and exploitation and embrace new methods of transport, distribution and retail rather than putting their drugs lines on furlough.
  • The charity Missing People, who have been engaging with the police in different regions since the lockdown began, have told us that there is evidence of increased drug dealing in ‘liminal spaces’ such as railway land, car parks and abandoned industrial buildings. The decreased visibility of young people involved in drug dealing may not paint the full picture

For complete article go to Russell Webster – Adaptability of Drug Markets in Lockdown

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Marijuana ‘Manufacturing’ Method Mayhem! Your community at real risk!

‘Marijuana Manufacturing Method Mayhem! Your community at real risk!

In light of the recent butane caused fire in a marijuana company that injured many firefighters in Los Angles, you should prosecute butane companies who sell butane to make marijuana products. In 2017, the US Attorney for Southern California successfully prosecuted a butane company for supplying butane that was used to make marijuana products. Read how they did it.

https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdca/pr/company-owner-admits-supplying-butane-make-illegal-hash-oil

Many methods are utilized to convert or “manufacture” marijuana into marijuana concentrates. One method is the butane extraction process. This process is particularly dangerous because it uses highly flammable butane to extract the THC from the cannabis plant. In this process, shredded or ground up plant material is stuffed into a glass, metal, or plastic pipe, with a filter on one end and then the butane is forced in the open end of the pipe. As the butane goes through the pipe, the THC within the plant material is extracted and forced through the filter usually into a receptacle. The receptacle is then heated to burn off the remaining butane creating a butane gas. Given the extremely volatile nature of heating butane and creating a gas, this process has resulted in violent explosions. THC extraction labs are being reported nationwide, particularly in the western states and in states where local and state marijuana laws are more relaxed. https://www.dea.gov/sites/default/files/resource-center/Publications/marijuana-concentrates.pdf

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Los Angeles Times: Criminal inquiry begins in downtown L.A. explosion

Cause is unknown in blast that damaged several buildings and injured 12 firefighters.

A criminal investigation is underway after a massive explosion in a downtown Los Angeles warehouse on Saturday injured 12 firefighters and left several buildings damaged, law enforcement sources told The Times.

  • Downtown was rocked Saturday night by the blast, which broke out in an older business district off East 3rd Street, known for its various smoke shops. Authorities referred to it as Bong Row.

“We are in the early stages of an investigation. We are looking at every aspect at this stage. We haven’t determined a cause,” Los Angeles Police Department Assistant Chief Horace Frank said. “The explosion was massive and those firefighters are very lucky to be alive.”

An initial investigation identified the business that caught fire as Smoke Tokes, a warehouse distributor with supplies for butane hash oil, said Capt. Erik Scott, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Authorities said carbon dioxide and butane canisters were found inside the building, and investigators are trying to determine whether oil stores on site might have sparked the blast. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

The owner of Smoke Tokes could not be reached for comment.

The explosion damaged several storefronts, melted fire helmets and left one firetruck burned and covered in debris. Officials said firefighters had to pass through a fireball to escape.

“Firefighters were coming out with obvious damage and burns,” Scott said. They ran “straight through that ball of flame to get to safety across the street.”

Eleven firefighters received treatment for burn injuries at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, according to the LAFD. A 12th firefighter was treated and released at an emergency room Saturday night for “a minor extremity injury,” said Nicholas Prange, an LAFD spokesman.

For complete article https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-05-17/criminal-investigation-downtown-la-building-explosion

 

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Global: Increasing Harm, with Harm Reduction? Opioid Damage

Quantifying the social costs of pharmaceutical opioid misuse and illicit opioid use to Australia 

In recent decades the range and patterns of opioids used for extra-medical purposes have changed. The use of pharmaceutical opioids exceeds the use of heroin. In 2017, 63 percent of opioid deaths were attributed exclusively to pharmaceutical opioids, 28 percent to illicit opioids and 8 percent to both illicit and pharmaceutical opioids (aged 15-64 years).

The objective of this report was to estimate the social costs arising from extra-medical opioid use in Australia for the financial year 2015/16. Due to data limitations in most cases we only estimated the costs occurring in this 12-month period. For example, on-going care of chronic conditions was not included. The exceptions to this were for certain harms which occurred in 2015/16 but which had longer-term ramifications, for example premature deaths, where discounted streams of future costs (lost economic activity and lost contributions to household chores) and partially offsetting savings (future health expenditure ’avoided’ by premature deaths) were estimated. The authors also included the long-term costs of road traffic accidents, as were the expected future costs of opioid attributable imprisonment for those sentenced in 2015/16.

For complete report go to APO – Quantifying the social costs of pharmaceutical opioid misuse

Policy Reflection: The misuse of OST (Opioid Substitute Treatments) or MAT (Medically Assisted Treatments) or any other opioid pharmaceutical displacement mechanism that does not have a sunset clause to usage, will continue to be a major contributor to both morbidity and mortality. This can either occur over a longer time simply due to the toxic nature of persistent opioid use on the human biological unit; or short term, by direct  misuse of the legal opioid for ‘recreational’ or self-harming purposes, by either the client or their network.

This growing issue continues to be overlooked or deliberately discounted by certain sectors. Which means that this, arguably well-meaning, but poorly implemented ‘harm reduction’ mechanism, continues to add to the drug using cohort and the increasing harms this ‘pairing’ collectively bring.

The net result of a no-exit, perpetual use of opioids, whether licit or illicit, only causes harm, the very thing the policy pillar was supposed to reduce.

If sunset clauses and exit strategies are not harnessed to these chemical mechanisms, then we will only see these harms grow, along with an ever-burgeoning pressure and cost to the health-care system. This is not best practice health care, and no longer rates as a positive ‘net community benefit’ economic rationale either.

Reducing drug use is the primary objective of the National Drug Strategy, and in both its intent and specifics does not promote, or we would argue, condone this policy and people failing measure.

Drug use exiting recovery is not only possible, but consistently achieved when actively facilitated in its best practice format too.

We will leave you with a very provocative quote (now 14 years old) but perhaps even more relevant today? A statement that could have only been published then, but with the  ‘cancel culture outrage’ in play at present, may well be ignored now and for the very reasons it confronts.

“The medical profession and the addicted community have a complex, symbiotic, mutually dependent relationship that does none of us any good. Basically, they pretend to be ill and we pretend to treat them. And thousands of public employees make a good living out of it. Prescribing for opiate addicts is like throwing petrol on a fire; pointless, counterproductive, stupid, self-defeating. And yet we keep doing it.”    Dr Phil Peverley, PULSE, 22 June 2006

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Global: Let’s Not Let Facts Get in the Way of a Good Story!

THINK YA KNOW: IS MARIJUANA SAFER THAN ALCOHOL?

Is marijuana really safer than alcohol? Today, we tackle this common misconception with the following thought provoking facts. Check out our new video (please share!), and the below links to some relevant research, parent testimonials, and PopPot’s excellent blog posts on this important topic.

Think Ya Know: Is Marijuana Safer than Alcohol?

What Does the Science Say?

“Beyond the role of cognition in vulnerability to substance use, the concurrent and lasting effects of adolescent cannabis use can be observed on important cognitive functions and appear to be more pronounced than those observed for alcohol.”

See marijuana vs. alcohol research published by Psychiatry Online.


Cannabis does not replace alcohol or take away the harms of alcohol. Cannabis use is associated with increased risk of Alcohol Use Disorder.

See this research on Cannabis Use and Alcohol Use Disorders published on Science Direct.


“People who smoked cannabis four or more days of the week over many years ended up in a lower social class than their parents, with lower-paying, less skilled and less prestigious jobs than those who were not regular cannabis smokers,” said Magdalena Cerdá, an epidemiologist at the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program. “These regular and persistent users also experienced more financial, work-related and relationship difficulties, which worsened as the number of years of regular cannabis use progressed.”

Check out this U.C. Davis research on cannabis and negative outcomes.


Which is worse: pot or alcohol?

A  CBS News affiliate did a report in 2014: “There actually is quite a difference between pot and alcohol.”

WKTB of LaCrosse, Wisconsin aired this news report in 2014, as some U.S. states began to legalize marijuana.

Marijuana is as Dangerous as Alcohol Behind the Wheel

Two testimonies from the MomsStrong.org blog show that marijuana is just as deadly as alcohol when the driver is impaired.

Read of one mother’s tragic loss of her daughter in a marijuana DUI. Read Medical Marijuana and My Daughter’s Life Collided.

And, of a father’s loss, his son’s death from riding with a driver who had marijuana in her system. Read From Eagle Scout and Standout Athlete to Drugs and Early Death.

Public Health Official Statement

Poppot reported last year on the U.S. Surgeon General’s strong warnings that marijuana is not safe.

Read our article and follow the link to the Surgeon General’s “marijuana unsafe” press conference.

Other Resources for Parents

We highly recommend the Project SAM toolkit as a means of educating yourself and others about the marijuana issue.

Here is our recent blog post (a great one to send to others!), Marijuana Is Worse than Alcohol.

Here is our popular blog post Marijuana: What Parent’s Need to Know Today which contains a quick primer on risks and harms and the increased dangers of the highly potent forms of marijuana being sold today.

Take Action

Tell your representatives not to take marijuana money, Sign this petition by Project SAM.

You can build community with others who have been harmed by marijuana, and empower youth to not be pressured to use it.

Join us October 1-3 in Washington DC for our Voices of Truth rally
in support of those families dealing with tragedies caused by marijuana.

For more information, please visit voicesoftruthrally.com.

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Global: The NCD of Drug Use – the Young ‘infected’ by the Old!

Drug Use is Transmitted from Old to Young

May 15, 2020 (PittWire, May 13)

Does age play a role when it comes to the risk of fatal drug overdose? A recent study says yes.

The generation a person is born into (whether it is the Silent Generation, Baby Boomer, Generation X or Millennial) could let us know how likely he or she may be to die from a drug overdose, according to research from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

Researchers analyzed data from over 660,000 drug overdose deaths reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention between 1979 and 2017.

They found that overdoses increased sharply among Baby Boomers, and rose higher than ever among Millennials.

For complete study https://www.pittwire.pitt.edu/news/drug-use-transmitted-old-young

As a non-communicable disease, then the two medical imperatives are required in managing this disease

  • Reduce susceptibility and
  • Reduce exposure

The above article confirms what we have always known, it is the responsibility of the adult to create environments that don’t increase susceptibility and exposure to drug use, but reduce it.

The pro-drug, addiction for profit lobby/industry care nothing for the emerging generation, as the young are seen by them as purely a metric for profit. The hedonist cares nothing for community or child well-being as they are only clamoring for their faux ‘right’ to do with their body as they please and do not believe they are responsible, let alone accountable for the secondary harms caused by their capacity, agency and faculty reducing drug use.

Caring and responsible communities and governments should be setting up the emerging generation so be better, not worse.

The United States for the first time in its history has seen a reduction in life expectancy in the current generation for one reason only – Illicit Drug Use!

And they say this is ‘progress’?

[email protected] D.L.D. 

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USA: Appalling Charity for Carnage Continuing Cannabis Industry

For Immediate Release: May 13th, 2020

U.S. House Leadership Includes Blatant Giveaway to Big Pot in COVID-19 Aid Package

(Alexandria, Va) – Today, leadership of the United States House of Representatives unveiled the latest stimulus package as part of the continuing effort to deal with the economic fallout from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Baked into the package is language similar to the SAFE Banking Act, which would grant the federally-illegal marijuana industry access to the federal financial system and allow them to receive large institutional investments.

Dr. Kevin Sabet, president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) and a former three-time White House drug policy advisor, released the following statement in response:

“Pot companies are raking in major profits. They should not be given consideration in a bill designed to help people who are suffering in this country. And while it is encouraging to see Congressional leadership taking serious steps to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19, the inclusion of such a blatant giveaway to Big Marijuana – which would allow cartels and criminal syndicates to potentially access our financial system – should be a complete nonstarter as the discussions over this package continue.

“Millions of small business owners across the nation have seen their livelihoods dramatically affected by this pandemic. Numerous industries have been forced to completely shut down and have made great sacrifices to comply with shutdowns and limitations on their business operations. The marijuana industry has been a painfully obvious exception to this. This industry has used its lobbying arm to force state officials to keep their storefronts open, sued leaders who shut them down, and bragged incessantly about their revenues. The idea of including this industry in the relief package makes no sense.

“Furthermore, granting this industry access to banks will bring billions of dollars of institutional investment from the titans of addiction and vastly expand the harms we are already witnessing from marijuana commercialization and its highly potent products.

“Simply put, we cannot allow much-needed aid bills such as this to be loaded up with the wish lists of Big Pot. Thankfully, due to conversations with key members of Congress and continued advocacy by SAM’s supporters, it is unlikely these provisions will make it to the President’s desk.”

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