USA: The Existential Realities Behind the Opioid Crisis – Are we permitted to dig a little deeper?

The True Cause of the Opioid Epidemic

New research supports the idea that economic distress led to an increase in opioid abuse. But some say the origins of the epidemic are far more complicated.

The triplicate paper, in essence, makes it look like the opioid epidemic was mostly the fault of Big Pharma’s marketing, not the result of an economic shock. But David Powell, a senior economist at Rand and an author of the triplicate paper, thinks both could be true. To get the worst drug overdose epidemic in U.S. history, he says, “you need a huge rise in opioid access, in a way that misuse is easy, but you also need demand to misuse the product.”

The next step will be for researchers to see how the marketing of opioids interacted with economic conditions to increase the likelihood that a given place would succumb to addiction. In the meantime, researchers working on the ground say opioid addiction looks like the result of a perfect storm of poverty, trauma, availability, and pain.

When Silva, the Bucknell sociologist, asked her subjects about their painkiller addictions, they would often link their problems back to the decline of coal. When the coal jobs went away, they said, families fell apart. Some people started drinking heavily and abusing their children—who then went on to be traumatized themselves and sought the relief of OxyContin. Some grew bored and aimless without a job, and they started abusing drugs to fill the time or to ease their sense of purposelessness. Some had to switch to other manual jobs, and days of heavy lifting eventually took their painful toll. OxyContin was just a short doctor’s visit away—in one case, a doctor would simply refill opioid prescriptions by phone. “The men and women in this book suffer from physical pain—muscles torn and backs worn out by heavy lifting and repetitive tasks,” Silva writes. But they also “turn to food and Percocet, heroin and cigarettes, to manage the feelings of anxiety, disappointment, and trauma from their pasts.”

Her interviewees had easy access to opioids, yes, but they also felt betrayed by the world. When Silva presented her work recently, an economist told her, “This is, like, an everything problem.”

“I thought that was a really smart way of putting it,” she told me. Indeed, in one of their studies, the Princeton economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton, who coined the “deaths of despair” hypothesis, noted that opioid overdoses, suicides, and alcohol abuse are the results of “cumulative distress,” or the overall “failure of life to turn out as expected.”

The solutions to this “everything problem” are not clear.

For complete storyhttps://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/01/what-caused-opioid-epidemic/604330/

‘Not clear’? Maybe they are clearer than people want to admit? 

When you excise not only purpose, but sustainable meaning from the human context, psychological break-down begins. One can attempt to assuage it with distraction and consumption, but it is vacuous cavern that isn’t filled by such sociological pop-culture trinkets or maneuvers. 

One must go ‘beyond’ the superficial facades to find real solutions to the ‘everything problem’, but will we really look?

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USA: Weed Advocate & Law-maker Done for Fraud! Stoner Ethics!

Former Baltimore lawmaker and WEED Legalization Advocate scheduled to be arraigned on Fraud!  

January 22, 2020

BALTIMORE (AP) — A former state lawmaker who represented Baltimore and was a leading advocate for legalizing marijuana in Maryland is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on bribery and fraud charges.

Former state Del. Cheryl Diane Glenn is expected to appear in federal court in Baltimore. Prosecutors accused her last month of accepting more than $33,000 in bribes in exchange for various legislative actions, including work on measures relevant to the marijuana industry.

The veteran Democratic lawmaker abruptly resigned her job as a state delegate days before her charges were unsealed Dec. 23. Her attorney did not immediately return a voicemail seeking comment.

For more https://apnews.com/3d32f324f1b40afece316aeec211de3e

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Like we are shocked that pro-drug weed advocates are law-breakers!  In for a penny in for a pound!

Break the law to get the law changed so you can continue to use capacity and ethics/morality diminishing psychotropic toxins with impunity! 

Making it ‘legal’ only increases the permitted harms on many fronts.

When the drug pushers are controlling the judicial levers, we have serious problems. But for the sober majority, this is was already understood!

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USA: There is NO Justice with WEED, No Matter How You Spin it!

AOC AND SENATOR CRAPO HOLD KEY TO MARIJUANA BANKING

JANUARY 26, 2020

Social justice failure of legalizing weed

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez exposed the fact that marijuana legalization fails as a social justice issue. https://youtu.be/kW7fWM04Uyc   The Congresswoman spoke to the House Committee on Financial Services on February 13, 2019. She pointed out that 81% of dispensaries in Colorado are owned by whites, and that only 3% of dispensaries in Massachusetts are minority owned.  Representative Ocasio-Cortez spoke at a House committee meeting discussing access to banking services for the marijuana industry.

Senate considers SAFE Banking Act

Senator Mike Crapo and the Senate Banking Committee are now considering the SAFE Banking Act. According to a secret recording of April 2018, Ukrainian businessman Lev Parnas urged President Trump to support the SAFE Banking Act.  It is assumed that Parnas wanted to own or invest in American marijuana businesses.

Some people claim that allowing marijuana businesses access to national banks will reduce crime at pot shops. Like the social justice arguments, this claim is a false promise advocates use to promote a political agenda. James Graham in the Atlantic wrote about how and why it legalization increases crime: “People are getting shot over this plant. All legalization did here was create a safe haven for criminals,” (quoting a deputy sheriff of Humboldt County, California.) Another sheriff also commented on California’s 2016 ballot to legalize pot: “We haven’t seen any drop in crime whatsoever. In fact, we’ve seen a pretty steady increase.”

Access to banking will not reduce crime associated with commercialized marijuana, nor take away the dangers of using marijuana. Moms Strong urges its followers to sign the petition against marijuana banking.

Communities and businesses near or adjacent to marijuana dispensaries suffer needlessly with more crime.  Even child abuse increases with proximity to medical marijuana shops.

Drug use devastates

When the House passed the SAFE Banking Act, legislators wanted to encourage minority ownership. That outcome isn’t at all likely.

Drug use devastates communities, whether legal or illegal. It causes lasting harms to individuals. The United States and Canada have 54% of the world’s drug users. Drug use leads to crime — not because drugs are illegal — but because drugs affect the brain and trigger scores of mental health issues.  So far, Senator Crapo is only considering a bill that would allow banking for companies that limit the potency of cannabis to 2% THC.  (The marijuana products sold in Colorado and Washington pot shops average more than 20% THC, and can get up to 80 or 90% THC.)

None of the states with legalized marijuana markets give proportionate minority ownership to their state-regulated pot stores and businesses.  Representative Ocasio-Cortez suggested that the folks who profited off of the for-profit prison industry are the ones who have advantage in the marijuana industry.  “Are we compounding the racial wealth gap right now based on who is getting first mover advantage?” she asked in the House hearings last February. Ocasio-Cortez explained the “big picture” — the folks who profited off of incarceration are the first to reap the benefits of access to banking.  It would be delusional to think the SAFE Banking Act can change this outcome.  In fact, corrupt people want to use the SAFE Banking Act to cover their corruption.

When Illinois passed legalization in May, 2019, supporters claimed to have “social equity” provisions built into its legislation.  That promise proved to be hollow.

States claim social equity provisions, but lock out minorities

When Illinois opened stores on January 1, the state gave existing “medical” pot shops all the licenses.  Social-equity applicants for marijuana businesses were locked out the initial phase of pot commercialization, because Illinois marijuana growers spent $630,000 on political donations leading to the pot legalization vote.  More than $120,000 went to campaign and political funds tied to state Senator Don Harmon of Oak Park, a main sponsor of the 2018 bill expanding medical marijuana in the state.

An effort by Chicago’s minority alderman to delay opening for six months in Chicago failed.  The Black Caucus hoped that by waiting six months, social equity applicants would gain equal footing with existing dispensary owners.   Chicago city council rejected the Black Caucus bid to delay recreational marijuana sales by 6 months.

In Michigan, many minorities find themselves almost shut out of Michigan’s marijuana business.   Anqunette Sarfoh, co-owner of a medical marijuana dispensary said: “We found that so many out-of-state investors had come in and had bought up all the properties in Detroit’s green zone and were just sitting on them.”

Big marijuana is king

California and Massachusetts have social equity provisions in their marijuana programs, but they aren’t working. The large amount of capital requirements needed to own a dispensary are a big hindrance to minority ownership.  On the federal level, the MORE Act claims to address social justice issues in the marijuana industry.  If states can’t figure it out, even when the states directly pay all capitalization costs for minorities to get into the weed business, how would the federal government be able to fix it?

Capital requirements allow huge national and international marijuana businesses to buy up the market.  No amount of social equity laws and provisions will change the fact that BIG MARIJUANA will dominate the market. Access to banking would allow international cartels into the banking system and give access to foreigners, oligarchs and players such as Lev Parnas.

Please tell Senator Mike Crapo and the Senate Banking committee not to support the SAFE Act.  We encourage our readers to sign a petition to Senator Crapo, chair of the Senate Banking Committee. Neither the social justice arguments to legalize marijuana, nor the crime reduction arguments hold up to scrutiny. Don’t allow any more access to banking, the SAFE Banking Act and the MORE Act.

https://poppot.org/2020/01/26/aoc-and-senator-crapo-hold-key-to-marijuana-banking/

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UK: Life is Cheap, Especially When its Taken Away by Cannabis & Coke!

Lorry driver, 30, who got high on cannabis and cocaine before ploughing into a cyclist, 50, and killing him instantly is jailed for three-and-a-half years

  • Joseph Large, 30, ploughed his Volvo skip loader into Paul Thompson who died
  • Mr Thompson was cycling along Culwick Street, Wolverhampton, West Midlands
  • He told police he didn’t see Mr Thompson, 50, because he was dazzled by sun

By AMELIA WYNNE FOR MAILONLINE  PUBLISHED:, 27 January 2020

A lorry driver has been jailed after he killed a cyclist in his 32-tonne refuse truck while high on cocaine and cannabis.

Joseph Large, 30, ploughed his Volvo skip loader into Paul Thompson, 50, who was crushed to death in the horror crash.

Police arrested Large at the scene and tests revealed he had taken cannabis and had 158mcg of cocaine in his blood – three times the permitted level.

Mr Thompson was cycling along Culwick Street, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, at 2.30pm when Large collided with him, killing him instantly.

He initially told police he did not see Mr Thompson because he was dazzled by the sun when he pulled out of a junction.

But following a trial at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court, Large was found guilty of causing death by careless driving while under the influence of drugs.

On Friday, Large, from Coseley in the West Midlands, was jailed for three-and-a-half years and banned from driving for two years.

The judge told him: ‘You had a duty of care whilst driving a vehicle of that size, especially to vulnerable road users.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7931697/Lorry-driver-30-got-high-cannabis-cocaine-kills-cyclist.html

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USA: Vaping Continuing To Wreak Havoc!

Vape Devices Like Juul ‘Reversing’ Efforts to Keep Youth From Tobacco: Study

The research, published Jan. 21 in JAMA Pediatrics, was conducted by the anti-tobacco advocacy group Truth Initiative.

“Youth tobacco use is at its highest in nearly 20 years, primarily driven by e-cigarettes resulting in over 5 million youth now vaping across America,” Robin Koval, CEO and president of Truth Initiative, said in a news release.

“Years of progress in the fight against youth tobacco [use] have been reversed,” Koval added, “with millions of teens, most of whom were not smokers, now using a high-nicotine tobacco product.”

For complete article Another Harm Reduction method failing – Legalizing Cannabis & Promoting e-cigarettes is increasing tobacco use and creating more harms

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USA: State Governments Need to Wake UP to WEED Risks

States need to wake up to public health risks from cannabis

By ROSALIE LICCARDO PACULA     JANUARY 21, 2020

Cannabis is on the march. Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana. Eleven states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational use of cannabis for adults over 21, and others are considering it. More than 37 million Americans use cannabis each year in one form or another: flowers, concentrates, edibles, and the like.

The Food and Drug Administration ensures the safety of only a handful of cannabis products, mostly those available by prescription. It does not oversee any of the plants, foods, oils, or tinctures sold in cannabis dispensaries throughout the U.S. This is a problem because the agency with the most expertise for monitoring food and medicals products in terms of their contents and consumer safety is not doing so, leaving the job to state agencies that lack experience and technical expertise.

Colorado, Oregon, California, and Nevada have had to use public health advisories and recall cannabis products after harmful pesticides were found in them, due to improper behavior of growers, producers, or testing labs. Emergency departments in states where cannabis use is legal are seeing a growing number of visits involving cannabis, including cases of “cannabinoid hyperemesis,” — nonstop vomiting related to cannabis use, even among experienced users.

State authorities urgently need to start pairing their desire for a new era of legal cannabis use with stronger regulations that inform and protect users.

I have seen the impact of unrestrained cannabis marketing firsthand in my work as president of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy, a health economist at the University of Southern California, and former co-director of the RAND Corporation’s Drug Policy Research Center. The evidence for public health risks is clear, including increases in impaired driving, increases in adverse effects among pregnant and/or nursing women who use cannabis, increases in acute psychosis and emergency department visits, increases in cannabis use disorder and dependence, and increases in vaping-related lung injuries.

The notion that cannabis is not harmful — which is strongly promoted by the expanding cannabis industry — has taken particular root among the young, who are vaping nicotine and cannabis in record numbers. Even though use of cannabis among non-adults is illegal, a new study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that 21% of 12th graders had vaped cannabis in the past year, as had 19% of 10th graders and 7% of 8th graders.

States can step up their regulatory game in a number of ways. For starters, here are three trends that deserve high-priority attention.

Frequent users

In every year from 2000 to 2016, daily and near-daily users of cannabis represented at least 75% of all use, as measured in days of use. So as cannabis use in general is rising, cannabis use days among frequent users is also climbing, up from 1.4 billion days of use in 2000 to more than 3.5 billion days of use in 2016.

In the world of commerce, frequent customers sustain for-profit businesses. That is certainly true for cannabis, where sellers have clear incentives to develop more daily and near-daily users. To counter that trend, state legislatures that are contemplating legalization should consider alternative market models, including sole-source or government monopolies, nonprofits, social clubs, or public benefit corporations. These models reduce competition — which in turn reduces marketing and promotion — raise prices and, for some models, force companies to consider the community impacts of selling their product while making a safe product available to consumers.

Hospitalizations and emergency department visits

Cannabis-related emergency department visits have increased substantially, especially in states with more liberal policies. In Colorado, hospitalizations among cannabis users doubled after legalization of medical marijuana, and emergency visits doubled after legalization of recreational marijuana, notably for pediatric ingestion, acute intoxication, uncontrolled vomiting, acute psychosis, and burns from butane hash oil.

Most state regulatory agencies haven’t paid enough attention to the development of cannabis products that can be mistaken for non-cannabis merchandise or that target younger users. Edibles and extracts — cannabis oils, vape cartridges, and concentrates — are surging in recreational markets and deliver substantially more concentrated tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) (60% to 80% THC) than dried flowers (20% to 30% THC).

Pregnancy and nursing

Cannabis components easily cross the placenta and the blood-brain barrier. Newborns can also receive them through breast milk. Physicians agree that women who are pregnant or who are nursing infants should avoid using cannabis, but the trend line is going in the wrong direction. Increasing numbers of pregnant women report using cannabis to self-treat nausea, anxiety, depression and vomiting.

One study found that more than two-thirds of cannabis stores called at random in Colorado recommended cannabis products for easing morning sickness. Dispensaries should not be the place where people get their information on the potential benefits or harms of cannabis.

To help protect pregnant women, their babies, and everyone else who uses cannabis, all states should do these three things:

  • Train board-certified pharmacists who are knowledgeable about cannabis products and require that they be on staff at dispensaries, as is the model now in Minnesota, Connecticut, and New York.
  • Require health departments to proactively engage in community education of physicians, parents, and patients about the known health benefits and risks of cannabis, providing a strong counter to the false information being provided by some cannabis dispensaries.
  • Impose significant financial penalties on producers and/or retailers — as well as their employees — who communicate inaccurate health information to consumers.

For complete article go to. https://www.statnews.com/2020/01/21/states-public-health-risks-cannabis/

 

 

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USA: Marijuana Industry to Blame for More Illness Than Thought.

Dear Concerned Citizen

We have released an opinion piece I wrote this week for the Wall Street Journal laying out how the marijuana industry is to blame for more cases of this debilitating illness than was initially thought, using recent data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

As you know, the marijuana industry has been working non-stop to push the fact that its “regulated” products are not involved in the ongoing marijuana vaping crisis. But as more data are released, and the picture becomes clearer, it becomes clearer that our efforts have never been more crucial.

Please share this far and wide to help combat Big Marijuana’s spin.

You can read the Wall Street piece here .

Please consider chipping in a tax-deductible gift to SAM today to help keep us on the front lines in this fight for public health, safety, and commonsense.

Together, we can help save lives,

Dr K Sabet (Co-Founder SAM)

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USA: : Life Expectancy in Falls for Third Straight Year – AOD Issues at Core

The role of alcohol, drugs, and despair in falling U.S. life expectancy

January 16, 2020 By Mark Gold, MD

After 2014, U.S. life expectancy fell for 3 straight years. This striking trend is not associated with other wealthy countries in the world and has given rise to a cottage industry of speculation on causes, with varied social, cultural, and political actors making use of the findings for preferred narratives. Some of this speculation arose after Princeton economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton coined the term “deaths of despair,” an easily misunderstood phrase. Case and Deaton used the term to refer to fatal drug overdoses, alcohol-related diseases, and suicides. “We think of all these deaths as suicides, by a very broad definition,” these economists have written,“and we attribute them to a broad deterioration in the lives of Americans without a college degree who entered adulthood after 1970.”

What did this study find about U.S. life expectancy?

This study found that U.S. life expectancy, between 1959 and 2016, rose to 78.9 years from 69.9 years. But, following 2014, life expectancy began declining. “A major contributor,” this study’s authors write, “has been an increase in mortality from specific causes (eg, drug overdoses, suicides, organ system diseases) among young and middle-aged adults of all racial groups, with an onset as early as the 1990s and with the largest relative increases occurring in the Ohio Valley and New England.”

This study also finds that:

  • Mortality increases are concentrated among Americans at “midlife”, or those between 25-64 years of age. The all-cause mortality rate rose by 6% between 2010-2017 for Americans between these ages.
  • Rising mortality between 2010-2017 led to 33,307 excess deaths.
  • More than 32 percent of these deaths happened in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, and West Virginia—or the Ohio Valley states. The upper New England states also had some of the largest mortality increases, though they account for a lower share of the overall total.
  • These rising mortality figures are found among all racial groups in the U.S.

These trends do not reflect significant changes in violent crime. The U.S. is much less violent than it used to be, and although it still has higher violent crime rates than other rich countries, things have gotten much better in the last 30 years. Other medical conditions, such as infectious diseases and cancers, were also not behind these changes, as outcomes for certain medical problems actually improved.

What’s going on?

It’s a tough question. The authors write, “The largest relative increases in midlife mortality occurred among adults with less education and in rural areas or other settings with evidence of economic distress or diminished social capital.” But these observations aren’t necessarily explanatory factors in our life expectancy decline. This review considers different explanations and evidence in their favor. Isn’t it really just our drug epidemics — the rising death toll from heroin in the sixties and seventies, cocaine in the eighties, and then the three-stage opioid epidemic of prescriptions, heroin, and synthetics? Well, the authors say, this is a significant part of the story, but far from complete. Suicides and alcohol-related liver diseases have also contributed substantially and the timing is off because our life expectancy divergence started in the eighties, “and involved multiple diseases and nondrug injuries.” They also point to 2 studies suggesting that only 15 percent of our life expectancy divergence can be explained by fatal overdoses.

What about smoking? Americans smoke less than we used to, but smoking more decades ago could still kill more people today. And Americans are often more obese than their peer country counterparts, so could that account for the differences? This review points to research on other countries, like Australia, that resemble the U.S. in smoking and obesity but haven’t followed our marked life expectancy divergence. Health care? The U.S. famously spends more to cover fewer people than its peers, and Americans also face higher costs of care, but the authors note that this wouldn’t account for why we have more deaths from some diseases and not others, and from suicides or obesity-related deaths “which originate outside the clinic.” Might the problem be “deaths of despair” after all, then, or a large increase in psychological distress? There’s “inconclusive evidence” that depression and anxiety, which can also harm physical health, rose over the relevant time period, and, the authors say, it’s also hard to figure out the link between conditions like depression and all the rising specific causes of death.

The authors say these various possible causes “are not independent and collectively shape mortality patterns.” They call for the accumulation of more rigorous evidence, gathered from machine learning, migration research, and cohort studies, and interdisciplinary research, given how many different areas may contribute, and attempts to answer comparative questions about why some states and regions have worse life expectancy than others, and why other rich countries do better. These are sensibly modest conclusions but gravely important — they affect our view of the most important challenge we face.

Many death certificates tell a different story. Around 75,000 people died in the U.S. in 2017 from liver disease and alcohol-related conditions, a steep rise from 1999, when 36,000 died from those causes. Women used to die at lower rates from these conditions, but that gap has closed.2 As reported first by Case and Deaton and reiterated in their upcoming book, rising morbidity and mortality among whites due to accidents, drug overdoses, alcoholism, liver disease, and suicides means reduced overall longevity. These deaths are alarming businesses, too, as there are more suicides in the workplace than in the past.3 I expect that suicides, as well as overdose deaths, are undercounted. The most recent Florida data suggests that 1 out of 3 opioid overdose deaths, and an even greater share of cocaine deaths, are not reported.

For complete article go to Addiction Policy Forum

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USA: Focus on Demand Reduction & Drug Use Exiting Recovery – WORKING!

Trump drug policy director touts first decline in overdose-related deaths in 30 years

1/18/2020

Jim Carroll, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, said Friday that the United States has seen a drop in drug overdose deaths for the first time in nearly three decades.

“[For the] first time in almost 30 years, we’ve seen a decline in the number of Americans dying from an overdose — it’s a 5 percent reduction,” Carroll, who was appointed by President Trump in 2018, told Hill.TV.

“It’s a result of everything — it’s working on the supply of drugs that are coming in but it’s also working on demand. It’s getting more people into treatment and it’s spreading the message on prevention,” he added.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that 70,237 people died of a drug overdose in 2017, with synthetic opioids such as fentanyl being the main driver behind those deaths. On average, the CDC estimates that 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.

The states with the highest rates of drug overdoses in 2017 were West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia and Kentucky.

In response to the opioid epidemic, some states that have been particularly ravaged have started programs to address the issue head-on…

Trump has made combating the opioid crisis one of his signature issues. After declaring the nation’s opioid crisis a public health emergency, the president signed the Substance Use–Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act. The bipartisan legislation directs funding to federal agencies and states to help expand access to addiction treatment.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection statistics, 89,207 pounds of cocaine were seized along the border along with 5,427 pounds of heroin, 68,585 pounds of methamphetamine and 2,545 of fentanyl.

Carroll said the U.S. needs to better secure its southern border, predicting that the number of seizures will go up even more.

“Border patrol has been able to focus in on what they’re supposed to do — it says on their patch, ‘border patrol’ that’s what they need to do, now that they’re back doing that, that the humanitarian part of that is over, we’re seeing seizures come up,” he said.

Last summer, border patrol authorities faced a record influx of undocumented immigrants at the southern border, topping 144,000 at one point.

For complete article https://thehill.com/hilltv/rising/478768-trump-drug-policy-director-touts-decline-in-overdose-related-deaths-in-30-years

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USA: Powerful Pot and the Prolific Problems!

WASHINGTON LEGISLATORS PROPOSE CURB ON HIGH POTENCY MARIJUANA CONCENTRATES

A bipartisan group of 22 Washington state legislators introduced a bill to curb the potency of marijuana concentrates.

Citing concerns about the connection between cannabis and psychosis, the lawmakers want to slash the potency of cannabis products, limiting THC levels to no more than 10%.    The ban would be limited, because it  doesn’t cover products sold as “medical.”

House Bill 2546, would outlaw the vast majority of state-licensed vape cartridges, dabs, wax, extracts and other concentrates. These products account for nearly 40% of state-regulated marijuana sales in 2019.

In Washington, as in Colorado, typical strains of raw cannabis flower average around 20% THC. However, this bill only applies to extracts, and it would still allow the high-potency raw marijuana.

Hamza Warsame, a Seattle teen, jumped 6 stories to his death after smoking pot for the first time.  An older friend purchased the high-potency marijuana at a legal pot shop.  Investigators on the case called the 16-year-old’s death an accident, not a crime.

In 2016, Colorado citizens introduced a ballot to cap the THC at 16%.   The industry objected and used hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy off the petitioners of this sensible public safety suggestion.

Alex Berenson’s concerns about marijuana and psychosis

A year ago, writer Alex Berenson published Tell Your Children the Truth about Marijuana, Mental Illness and Violence.   The book will become available in paperback on February 18, 2020.

USA Today has published a provocative series on the links between marijuana and psychosis, as well as the problems related to vaping THC.   Although Washington did not ban vaping products, this bill would affect marijuana vapes.

For more go to Stop the Pot Rot

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