USA: Michigan & North Dakota – getting SMART ABOUT Marijuana!

Dear Friend,
Today, President Trump signed the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act into law. This is an important step in curbing our Nation’s addiction epidemic, but we know addiction does not start with opioids. All too often, it starts with marijuana. So we’re not surprised by recent research finding, once again, a strong link between marijuana and opioids. (See SAM’s new marijuana and opioid one pager here.)
On this note, we are double downing on our support in the fight against marijuana commercialization in Michigan and North Dakota. Indeed, in just a couple of short weeks, voters will be heading to the ballot box.
We have seen polls turn to our favor in two battleground states: North Dakota and Michigan. There, our efforts have paid off thanks to our grassroots coalitions and partnerships on the ground.
In a historic move, the largest NAACP chapter in the world stood with us yesterday in support of our campaign, along with faith and other social justice leaders.
Kamilia K. Landrum, Deputy Director, Detroit Branch NAACP said:
“If passed, this ballot measure adds another layer of the systematic racism that has held our communities of color, particularly African-Americans, in bondage for hundreds of years.”
And in North Dakota today, after our mass communications and billboard campaign in the state was implemented, a new poll found that a whopping 65% of North Dakotans oppose Measure 3. The efforts of Healthy and Productive North Dakotain putting up billboards, hosting press conferences, sending out mailers, and blasting the airwaves have really begun to move the needle.
Check out the latest billboards that are popping up all over the state:
Back in Michigan, we have a team of dedicated volunteers hard at work making phone calls and knocking on doors getting the word out that legalization is the wrong move for the state.
Healthy and Productive Michigan’s Detroit volunteer canvassers
SAM Action President Dr. Kevin Sabet speaking with phone bankers in Detroit
On top of that, the president of the Detroit Branch NAACP, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony recorded a video urging Michigan voters to join him in voting NO on the ballot initiative.  Check out that  video  here:
Finally, SAM Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor Luke Niforatos joined Cheddar TV for a live interview on SAM’s efforts in the Midterm Elections, and beyond :

Read some highlights of the coverage of the inspiring Detroit press conference:
-The Detroit News
Friend, our message is being heard, despite the best efforts of Big Marijuana. Each time we have released a ground breaking  achievement  or inspiring endorsement, the marijuana industry puppets try desperately to bury it.
But they can’t stop the momentum we are creating across the country and they can’t stop us from changing hearts and minds every single day in these battleground states.
Thank you for all that you are doing to spread our message and expose the harms of this greedy industry. We absolutely could not do this without all of you. Could you click here to chip in with a donation to help push back against the greedy pot profiteers? Our future is counting on it!
Thank you for all you do,
Dr. Kevin Sabet
Founder and President
Smart Approaches to Marijuana

About SAM

SAM Action is a non-profit, 501(c)(4) social welfare organization dedicated to promoting healthy marijuana policies that do not involve legalizing drugs. SAM Action engages in high-impact political campaigns to oppose marijuana legalization and commercialization.


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Texas: THC Contributed to Killer Truck Wreck!


Thirteen Died Because of Young Drug Abuser

The driver who rammed into a Texas church tour bus last year had  marijuana and Clonazepam in his system. He drove his pickup truck erratically and killed 13 passengers in the bus. The National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB) report said that both marijuana and the prescription medication are depressants, and could magnify the effects when taken together.

See NTSB Investigation: Pick up Driver was Drug Impaired Leading up to Fatal Church Bus Crash

Jack Young, the driver was only 20 years old when he took 13 lives of the members of the First Baptist Church of New Braunfels. He plead no contest last May and now awaits sentencing this November.

Marijuana triggers mental health issues, such as anxiety.  This is why it often leads to users being prescribed pharma drugs to combat anxiety.  PopPot has reported before on the widespread use of medications combined with marijuana. See Teens, College Students Add Xanax to Marijuana.

This story also points out the difficulty of beating marijuana addiction.  A year after the crash, Young was found to have THC in his system , a violation of his pre-trial release. Read: Pickup Truck Driver Violates Pre-Trial Release

Will Marijuana Be Found in Toxicology of the NY Limo Driver?

We are still awaiting the toxicology report on the limo driver who died along with his 17 passengers in upstate New York. Two bystanders also died.  While mechanical failure is suspected, the driver had a history of marijuana use.  If the driver was impaired by THC, cannabis will be implicated in the two largest auto fatality incidents in our nation’s history.

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Canada: Weed and the Workplace – NO SAFE place??

In the workplace, treat cannabis like you would alcohol, employers say

Employers prefer workers to be straight-laced Published Friday, October 19, 2018

Even though cannabis is now legal, many companies are reminding employees they won’t tolerate pot-smoking on duty. Kate Walker reports.

Cannabis is now legal, but that doesn’t mean anything goes.

Many employers are making it plain that they won’t accept cannabis use by employees during the work day.

So, here’s some words of advice for those who might be tempted to try: treat cannabis the same as you would treat alcohol.

“We haven’t hit Shangri-la with the legalization of marijuana,” said lawyer Michael Murphy. “There are still responsibilities that you have that are no different than if you drink and drive or show up intoxicated by alcohol at work.”

“We haven’t hit Shangri-la with the legalization of marijuana,” said lawyer Michael Murphy. “There are still responsibilities that you have that are no different than if you drink and drive or show up intoxicated by alcohol at work.”

There’s a misconception among some that with the legalization comes a less harsh penalty.

But employers say an easy fix for that is, first and foremost, a policy in place.

“If an employee did receive the policy and notwithstanding that came to work high, breaking the trust relationship, the employer may have grounds to fire them,” said lawyer Jack Haller.

Murphy, who was once New Brunswick’s health minister, says it’s about understanding the difference between recreational and work time.

“Some people seem to think that the old rules don’t apply and that we’re in a new generation. If it feels good do it, and if you show up reeking of marijuana with red eyes, that it’s OK; it’s not,” Murphy said.

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China: Not Crazy over Cannabis Culture

China warns its citizens against marijuana after Canada legalises it

  • Diplomats in Toronto warn students that drug could prove harmful to physical and mental health after law changes to allow recreational use
  • Warning does not go as far as South Korea, which threatened to prosecute people who consume the drug in Canada when they return home

Monday, 29 October, 2018,

Chinese diplomats in Canada have issued a public letter to Chinese citizens calling people, especially students, to avoid contact with marijuana, after Canada legalised the recreational use of the drug this month.

The legalisation has become a hot-button topic among the Chinese population, splitting it along generational lines.

The letter, published on the official website of the consulate-general in Toronto, includes explanations from legal experts on what Canada’s marijuana legalisation means.

Although the change in the law means the recreational use of marijuana is now legal: “The consulate would like to remind the Chinese citizens in the consular district, especially international students, in order to protect your own physical and mental health, please avoid contact or using marijuana.”

Last week South Korea went further than the Chinese authorities by threatening to prosecute any citizens that consumed the drug in Canada on their return.

The Chinese consulate’s letter did not go as far as that, but lists the specific terms under which it is legal to use marijuana Canada, and reminded people that selling or giving the drug to anyone under 18 years old or trying to carry it through customs remained illegal.

For complete article go to ChinaSmartOnCannabis


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USA: Drug Prevention is Best Practice: Reduce Demand – Save Lives



Drug Prevention Speaker Touching Hearts and Changing Lives

New York father, Jeffrey Veatch is taking the pain of loss from his son’s tragic drug overdose death, and turning it into a positive force for good.  His son Justin was a talented musician with big dreams. Dreams that his father refuses to let die.

After his son Justin’s sudden death from a heroin overdose, Jeffrey started The Justin Veatch Fund which offers scholarships to music students to give his son a lasting legacy.   In a recent op-ed column, he warned against marijuana’s legalization in New York.

“To ignore the role that marijuana plays in opiate overdose deaths is like ignoring the role of tobacco in lung cancer.”

Jeffrey speaks to thousands of students annually about the dangers of drug use, a talk which he calls “A Message from Justin.”

A drawing of Justin Veatch by Andrew Kaminski.

Turning Grief into Drug Prevention Education

He is available to give two other talks. The first, “From Marijuana to Heroin”  he presented last year to  drug prevention professionals at the SAM conference. The second is a new talk for teens focused on teen use of marijuana.

More information about Jeffrey’s educational campaign can be found on his website:

Jeffrey Veatch delivering his Message from Justin to a high school audience.

To book one of Jeffrey’s talks,  send a message to [email protected].

Powerful Drug Prevention Film

An inspiring 27 minute film, which would be great to show your teens.

A short 27 minute  documentary is now available online which powerfully relates the story of how drugs led to  an early death for Justin.  And it tells the inspiring story of how this father is carrying his son’s dreams forward.

This short drug prevention film gives parents a wonderful opportunity to educate their child at home. It can also be shown in a school classroom.

Whispering Spirits tells the story of Justin Veatch, a talented musician who tragically died of a drug overdose at the age of seventeen. The film follows Jeffrey, Justin’s father, as his family grapples with their devastating loss while reconnecting with him through the music he left behind.

Watch the film here:

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USA: Battle For Brains continues in Weed Commercialization

November 7, 2018
CONTACT:Pat Brogan [email protected]

North Dakota Rejects Legalization; Michigan Passes It, But Opposition Vows Local and Legal Battles
(Alexandria, VA) – Today,  after a hotly contested year of campaigning, Smart Approaches to Marijuana Action (SAM Action) and its affiliates went one for one in ballot initiatives. In North Dakota, voters overwhelmingly defeated legalization, while in Michigan, a late surge of funds from Big Marijuana helped bring that state to vote in favor of marijuana commercialization. SAM Action vowed to take the Michigan race to the local level by supporting marijuana store bans and threatening legal action against the pot industry. Also, several key pro-pot house members lost, while some anti-legalization members won or retained their seat. Overall, three pro-marijuana initiatives passed and three failed.
“Legalization is far from inevitable. The results of the election in North Dakota are a huge win for public health, safety, and frankly, common sense,” said Dr. Kevin Sabet, president of SAM Action. “Measure 3 was an effort by Big Pot to pass one of the most wide-open legalization initiatives in history.  The defeat is an immense victory for us and our grassroots partner, Healthy and Productive North Dakota.”
“In Michigan, we will take the fight local and stand with citizens who don’t want to see pot shops in their neighborhoods. We are also talking to legal counsel about how to ensure the rights of non-users are upheld; we are looking at liability and other legal action right now,” said Sabet. “Finally, we will continue to work with federal lawmakers to ensure they understand the harm this marijuana industry brings.”
Former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, a co-founder of SAM Action, said:
“We are proud of the work done by everyone who stood in opposition to the marijuana industry. North Dakota voters saw this for what it was – an attempt by Big Tobacco and Big Marijuana to threaten public health, and the voters slammed the door in their face.”
“This is a great day not only for North Dakota but also the rest of America. We have stopped Big Marijuana from using our state as it has others in its constant attempts to become the next Big Tobacco,” said Kristie Spooner, president of Healthy and Productive North Dakota. “We are indebted to our volunteers for showing voters why allowing marijuana in would have forever changed what we have built. We serve as a model for opponents in other states considering legalizing marijuana by showing how this grassroots effort revealed the true nature of the marijuana industry.”
Voters in Michigan sided with the empty promises of Big Marijuana and approved Proposal 18-1.
“While this is not the outcome we wanted, it is the beginning of our fight in Michigan, not the end. We are going to continue our campaign on the local level and stop pot shops, as we have in other legal states,” said Dr. Kevin Sabet. “Our  staff and volunteers in Michigan did an incredible job getting folks engaged on this issue. I cannot thank them enough for their hard work and dedication to public health and safety.”
“A hearty thanks goes out to the many doctors, faith leaders, law enforcement groups, and social justice champions who publicly came out in opposition to legalization,” said Patrick Kennedy. “We’re not going away, though, and history will not look upon this vote kindly.”
“It is unfortunate that my fellow Michiganders have chosen to put the commercialization of potent pot candies and lollipops over the future of our young people, the safety of our roads, and the very real issues of mental health and addiction we are suffering from,” said Scott Greenlee, president of Healthy and Productive Michigan. “I am proud of the work done by our volunteers and staff to share with voters how unleashing this industry on our state will harm us. This is just the beginng of our effort.”

“Moving forward, SAM Action and our affiliates will identify communities and work with them to ‘opt-out’ of legalization by banning pot shops and growing facilities like we have done in Colorado, California, and Massachusetts, continued Sabet. “Moreover, we will continue to expose the harms this predatory industry will bring upon the people of Michigan in the form of targeting disadvantaged communities, exposure to minors, arrest disparities, increased drugged driving, and the black market.”



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USA: Weed and Road Toll

Legalized marijuana linked to a sharp rise in car crashes

About 14 percent of drivers under the influence of pot had a child in their vehicle.

by Paul A. Eisenstein / Oct. 18, 2018 / NBCNews

California Highway Patrol officers investigate the scene of a multi-car crash on Interstate 880 in Fremont, Calif. Several people were killed in a multi-car crash that closed several lanes of a major San Francisco Bay highway and officials say the driver suspected of causing it was under the influence of marijuana.

There has been an increase by up to 6 percent in the number of highway crashes in four of the states where the recreational use of marijuana has been legalized, according to a pair of new studies.

“It’s certainly early in the game,” Harkey told NBC News. But, he warned, “We’re seeing a trend in the wrong direction.”

Since the legalization wave began, safety and health experts have been trying to measure the potential influence on highway safety, though the results so far have been inconsistent and, in some cases, contradictory.

But this is the second year in a row where the IIHS found a troubling trend. A year ago, the non-profit group looked at three states, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington. This year, it added Nevada to the list. Harkey said the IIHS also looked at highway crash data in surrounding states to try to control for factors like weather and the economy.

The IIHS also conducted a street-side study of marijuana use and found something Harkey said he saw as particularly concerning. While those under the influence of alcohol tend to either be driving alone or with other adults, about 14 percent of those confirmed to be using pot had a child in their vehicle. That reflects the fact, he added, that marijuana use isn’t confined to evenings and other times when adults are more likely to drink — and abuse — alcohol.

What is unclear is whether that reflects the increasing use of recreational pot or the consumption of medical marijuana to deal with issues like pain or glaucoma, something a patient may time to need.

Police have a particularly difficult challenge because of the way marijuana works in the body. Blood alcohol levels provide a direct correlation showing how much a motorist has had to drink, with those levels dropping rapidly as someone sobers up. But while THC levels spike after smoking weed or eating a consumable, the psychoactive ingredient remains in the body for weeks, long after it has stopped having any impact.

With so many more states set to permit the use of the drug, Harkey said regulators, law enforcement, and medical authorities need to address “the challenge” and come up with better ways of determining when a driver might be operating under the influence of marijuana.


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USA: First REAL Medicine from Marijuana Approved by FDA in Decades – NOT Snake OIL!

First FDA-Approved Cannabis Drug Now Available in U.S.

Epidiolex is a twice-daily oral solution for use in patients with two types of epileptic syndromes

What is also very important to remember, if the product you are using is not Fully vetted, tested and trialled to FDA (Food & Drug Administration) and/or TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) and/or MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency) standards and registered as a pharmaceutical, it is NOT medicine, it is Snake Oil!

The first cannabis-based medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now available by prescription nationwide.

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The first cannabis-based medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now available by prescription nationwide.

Epidiolex is a twice-daily oral solution approved for use in patients age 2 years and older with two types of epileptic syndromes, Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, CNN reported. The FDA approved the drug, made by GW Pharmaceuticals, in June.

“Because these patients have historically not responded well to available seizure medications, there has been a dire need for new therapies that aim to reduce the frequency and impact of seizures,” company CEO Justin Gover said in a written statement, CNN reported.

“Adequate and well-controlled clinical studies supported Epidiolex’s approval, so prescribers can have confidence in the drug’s uniform strength and consistent delivery that support appropriate dosing needed for treating patients with these complex and serious epilepsy syndromes,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., said in a written statement.

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Global: Placebo’s Work Just As Well as Weed???

I Tried CBD to Help Manage My Anxiety, and Here’s What Happened

Men’s Health October 18, 2018

Instead of endlessly ruminating on these hypothetical scenarios, I tested whether CBD supplements could help me relax and take my stress level down a notch. CBD, or Cannabidiol, is one of roughly 100 chemical compounds called cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant — and unlike its brother THC, it doesn’t get you high. Among its many purported health benefits, researchers are studying whether CBD could be a viable treatment for a variety of ailments including anxiety.

The bottom line

Although the CBD tablets didn’t work wonders for me, that’s not to say that they can’t help with anxiety. Anecdotally, many people on Reddit report feeling more relaxed and less anxious after taking CBD supplements.

But Dr. Margaret Haney, professor of neurobiology at the Columbia University Medical Center, warns that science doesn’t yet support these claims.

“We’re in the infancy of cannabis science,” she told When it comes to claims that CBD can help with pain, sleep, or anxiety, Haney warns that we’re still waiting on the hard science. “As a society we’ve jumped very far ahead of our use of CBD. We don’t have any of the data, and we really struggle to understand where and how it’s doing anything.”

But don’t get her wrong — she’s hopeful that future studies show the hype around CBD’s alleged benefits is legitimate.

“I actually am very excited about CBD,” Haney added. “I think there’s tremendous potential.”

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USA: Addiction-For-Profit Pot Propagandists Peddle Weed to Windy City!


Chicago is the most corrupt city in the country and Illinois is a pay-to-play state.  Billionaire JB Pritzker hopes to become the next governor of Illinois. When he talked to young voters at Northwestern University, he highlighted a plan to legalize marijuana.  But do these students know the true dangers of the drug? Do they know that the marijuana industry is Big Tobacco 2?

Illinois has budget woes, but legalization of marijuana will bankrupt the state even more.  The relatives of billionaire Pritzker invest in marijuana companies and donate nationwide to legalization campaigns.  Their companies contribute to the politicians in California with its burgeoning marijuana industry.  (See chart below from

Imagine how the legalization of marijuana will add to the crime in crime-ridden as Chicago, while auto insurance rates rise 27% as they did in other states. In Washington State, marijuana figures strongly in the crimes the teens commit against each other.   Amazingly, Pritzker said that marijuana is part of his crime-fighting plan. “We don’t need more studies on this. We need to act.”

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Marijuana has Made Illinois Less Safe

Pritzker wants the youth vote, but he hasn’t noticed how frequently drivers high on THC cause fatal crashes in Illinois.  Amanda Matthiessen, 24, of Huntley, died recently, a victim of her boyfriend driving high on THC.

Amando Chavez, father of 4 from Schaumburg, died in a crash on August  16, 2018.  The driver who killed him allegedly smoked marijuana all day before getting in the car.

For complete article  Addiction-For-Profit Mercenaries


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