Global: Weed Creativity Killer – Ed Sheeran Finally Got It!

Ed Sheeran has quit smoking marijuana

January 15, 2019

Ed Sheeran has quit smoking marijuana because he prefers to be “alert”. The singer, who wrote song Sweet Mary Jane about his love of the drug in 2015, has now told reporters at The Daily Star that he has given up his smoking sessions as he found that the psychoactive substance clouded his creativity.

“I’ve stopped smoking weed,” he said. “I found myself just sitting at home watching films. I only ever create (when I’m) sober – I like to be alert. I find most ideas happen when you have a cup of tea. For me, anyway.”

Ed went on to explain that he has also decided to ditch alcohol until his live concerts are over.

For complete Story Ed Sheeran Quits Weed

 

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GLOBAL: JOURNALISTS WHO CARE TO LOOK, CAN WEED!

This reporter took a deep look into the science of smoking pot. What he found is scary.

Alex Berenson’s new book delves into research linking heavy use with violent crime and mental illness. by Stephanie Mencimer Mother Jones (San Francisco), January 5, 2019.

It’s been a few years since Alex Berenson has “committed journalism,” as he likes to say. As a New York Times reporter, Berenson did two tours covering the Iraq War, an experience that inspired him to write his first of nearly a dozen spy novels. Starting with the 2006 Edgar Award-winning The Faithful Spy, his books were so successful that he left the Times in 2010 to write fiction full time. But his latest book, out January 8, strays far from the halls of Langley and the jihadis of Afghanistan. Tell Your Children is nonfiction that takes a sledgehammer to the promised benefits of marijuana legalization, and cannabis enthusiasts are not going to like it one bit.

The book was seeded one night a few years ago when Berenson’s wife, a psychiatrist who evaluates mentally ill criminal defendants in New York, started talking about a horrific case she was handling. It was “the usual horror story, somebody who’d cut up his grandmother or set fire to his apartment – typical bedtime chat in the Berenson house,” he writes. But then, his wife added, “Of course he was high, been smoking pot his whole life.”

Berenson, who smoked a bit in college, didn’t have strong feelings about marijuana one way or another, but he was skeptical that it could bring about violent crime. Like most Americans, he thought stoners ate pizza and played video games – they didn’t hack up family members. Yet his Harvard-trained wife insisted that all the horrible cases she was seeing involved people who were heavy into weed. She directed him to the science on the subject.

We look back and laugh at Reefer Madness, which was pretty over-the-top, after all, but Berenson found himself immersed in some pretty sobering evidence: Cannabis has been associated with legitimate reports of psychotic behavior and violence dating at least to the 19th century, when a Punjabi lawyer in India noted that 20 to 30 percent of patients in mental hospitals were committed for cannabis-related insanity. The lawyer, like Berenson’s wife, described horrific crimes – including at least one beheading – and attributed far more cases of mental illness to cannabis than to alcohol or opium. The Mexican government reached similar conclusions, banning cannabis sales in 1920 – nearly 20 years before the United States did – after years of reports of cannabis-induced madness and violent crime.

For complete article URL: www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/01/new-york-times-journalist-alex-berenson-tell-your-children-marijuana-crime-mental-illness-1/

Tell Your Children:
The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence
by Alex Berenson (New York: Free Press, 2019) Hardcover: 272 pages ISBN: 978-1982103668 RRP: US$26.00
Book description An eye-opening report from an award-winning author and former New York Times reporter reveals the link between teenage marijuana use and mental illness, and a hidden epidemic of violence caused by the drug – facts the media have ignored as the United States rushes to legalize cannabis. For complete article : www.simonandschuster.com/books/Tell-Your-Children/Alex-Berenson/9781982103668

 

 

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USA: Author Against Weed Gets Death Threats! But hey man! Weed is Chill???

Author of book claiming to ‘prove’ a link between the legislation of cannabis and a rise in violent crime receives death threats

  • Alex Berenson said there is ‘conclusively’ a link which he sets out in his book
  • ‘ I’ve been stunned by the backlash,’ the author said following the controversy
  • The murder rate rose more than 44 per cent in Washington over four years
  • He has branded the legislation of cannabis as ‘a catastrophic mistake’
  • But critics of his book have branded it ‘reefer madness’

By CAROLINE GRAHAM FOR THE MAIL ON SUNDAY IN LOS ANGELES

PUBLISHED: 11:56 AEDT, 27 January 2019

The author of a controversial new book that claims to ‘conclusively prove’ a link between the legalisation of marijuana and a rise in violent crime has received a torrent of death threats.

Alex Berenson, 46, analysed dozens of studies comparing murders and violent assaults in US states where marijuana is legal for his book Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness And Violence.

But the married father of two said he was ‘unprepared’ for the backlash, including death threats on social media and people ringing his home to threaten his children.

‘You can never be prepared for death threats but I’ve been stunned by the backlash,’ he said.

Reflecting on the lessons from his research, he warned that the rush to legalise marijuana in the UK is a ‘catastrophic’ mistake, adding: ‘Those in the UK who are pushing to legalise cannabis should look at the US.

For more https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6636297/Author-faces-death-threats-cannabis-legislation-link-violence-claim.html

 

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USA: VETERAN GRIEVES HIS MISTAKE — USING MARIJUANA FOR PTSD

VETERAN GRIEVES HIS MISTAKE — USING MARIJUANA FOR PTSD

JANUARY 14, 2019 EDITOR

Disabled Marine Says Marijuana is Not Preferable to Pharma Drugs By Andrew ,  a veteran’s testimony from Oregon

I wish there were better warnings and awareness on marijuana (there aren’t, currently, under Oregon regulations), especially in regards to mental health.

I am a 100% disabled combat veteran who served in the U.S. Marines during the Iraq War in 2003-2005. I never made any progress in my post-traumatic stress disorder when I was self-medicating under the elusive medical marijuana card.

When enlisted, I was 19-20 years old and had never used marijuana. I earned an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps so I had to be clean cut and sober from marijuana.  I finished my enlistment and only experimented with cannabis one time, getting the “munchies” which I thought a “cool experience.”

After my service, in 2006, I landed a bartender job and began to smoke marijuana with co-workers. Recreational use wasn’t legal at the time in Oregon, but I was discreet and avoided trouble with the law from it.  I also was a heavy drinker back then, being in my early twenties.

Struggling with health issues after the war, I went to a medical marijuana dispensary to meet with a doctor and got my medical marijuana card.  In Oregon this amounts to a discount card, since recreational marijuana is now legal for those 21 years of age and up.

 

Twenty -two veterans commit suicide a day. Marijuana is not safe for veterans with PTSD.

“Medical” marijuana doc failed to warn of side effects

I was never told the negative or possible side effects of it. My divorce from the mother of my children was a direct result of my marijuana-induced psychosis.  I feel good now that I’m taking prescriptions for my symptoms. While I self-medicated with marijuana, it was difficult to see how harmful marijuana can be. It took a doctor telling me some of the side effects to finally quit smoking it. I used to think it a good thing, but now I know better.

Even as someone who suffers post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), I will not get on my high horse.  I won’t claim war trauma is the worst trauma out there. I understand people suffer rape or violence, and post-traumatic stress comes from many life experiences. Mine was a result of battle fatigue or shell shock similar to other military veterans throughout history.

I would regularly smoke marijuana to help with depression and anxiety, thinking “hey cool – it helps me to forget my traumatic experiences.”  In the beginning, I didn’t use very much, but I did consume a little daily. I hadn’t been given the full truth about marijuana even when I applied and received my “medical marijuana card.”

It is heartbreaking to me, because I believe my divorce is a direct result of my marijuana drug use. I can’t predict if marijuana will impact others like it impacted me.

I can confirm that without marijuana and taking the Veterans Affairs doctor’s prescriptions, I am doing well. These are the ones the marijuana culture claims they fight as “Big Pharmaceutical.”

Relationships suffer because of marijuana

It is embarrassing to admit, but while using marijuana, I was delusional and was a space case and didn’t know it.   I suffered a divorce and haven’t seen my kids in almost two years and got a ticket for driving under the influence.

Once under the care of a new doctor, I was politely fully advised of how marijuana can trigger psychosis. Nobody wants to hear that and nobody wants to struggle with mental illness. If you are a habitual pot smoker maybe it is time to see if you can put the weed away for a few months and get back to what the doctor I trust refers to as “clear thinking.”

If you want to live alone the rest of your life or somehow can get by without family and friends, then by all means indulge in marijuana. For the rest of us, who want good relationships, I would say consider my story before you choose marijuana. I was out of touch with reality and also emotionally unavailable.  As I struggled with marijuana-related mental illness, I committed my biggest crime by not being there for my loved ones.

I now abstain from alcohol as well and know that it has social ills related to it. I never made any progress in my post-traumatic stress disorder when was self-medicating under the elusive medical marijuana card.

And yet, politicians debate legalization to help veterans, and they seem to be unaware of the risks.

For complete article http://www.poppot.org/2019/01/14/veteran-grieves-his-mistake-using-marijuana-for-ptsd/

 

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High risks: cannabis and psychosis Quentin Dempster

Both the Mental Health Review Tribunal in NSW and the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre have said publicly that if cannabis was removed from the chemistry of young brains, the incidence of schizophrenia in this country would be dramatically reduced. Adolescents who start to use cannabis at any time are considered particularly vulnerable because the human brain does not complete its development until the early to mid 20s

High risks: cannabis and psychosis

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-05-24/high-risks-cannabis-and-psychosis/2729178

 

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Australia: Cannabis Chaos Created, when you Negate the Therapeutic Watch Dog!

Medicinal cannabis a honey pot for crooks

The documents offer unprecedented insight into the challenges of establishing and regulating an industry where the product is traditionally ­illegal. Picture: AFP

SEAN PARNELL 12:00AM JANUARY 7, 2019

High demand for a stake in Australia’s medicinal cannabis industry — including from people with links to organised crime — has caught the regulator unprepared and under-resourced, an internal audit has found.

Documents obtained under Freedom of Information laws show independent auditors hired by the Department of Health found the level of resourcing for the Medicinal Cannabis Section in the Office of Drug Control was “unsustainable”.

The federal government anticipated there would be between one and 20 cultivators under the scheme, but in the first two years more than 30 licences have been granted and many more appli­cations have been considered.

The MCS spent much of its time over the first 18 months ­assessing applications. The documents reveal this was not only a regulatory function but also crime prevention, with “several cases where assessments have uncovered connections to ­organised crime”.

Amid a backlog of appli­cations, the auditors were not convinced that the MCS had enough resources to perform its current or future roles effectively.

“It is likely there will be further pressure on the limited resources in the future with the commencement of compliance inspections, permit application processing, regulatory adjustments, and a forecast reduction in staff as a result of department-wide funding allocations,” the auditors warned.

“MCS may not be able to effectively implement all of its roles in managing the scheme in the ­future within current resource ­restraints.”

The auditors did not comment on any risk of organised crime connections not being detected in the application process, or of drugs otherwise being diverted to the illicit market.

The department only partly accepted the auditors’ recommendation that the MCS have more clarity over its future resourcing: “Given the present fin­ancial situation of the department, it is unlikely that the effort in closely mapping the resourcing required would lead to an increase in resources for the medicinal cannabis program.”

Last month, however, the government quietly allocated a further $4.4 million over two years for “assessment and compliance activities”. It also flagged changes to cost recovery arrangements.

The department had grappled with the auditor’s suggestion that the MCS divert effort from applications assessment to other areas: “Given the end result that the number of compliance inspections, and/or the level of rigour put into application assessments, must necessarily fall under any rebalancing, there is a heightened risk of criminal diversion and criminal infiltration of the medicinal cannabis scheme.”

The documents offer unprecedented insight into the challenges of establishing and regulating an industry where the product is traditionally ­illegal.

Separate concerns that pat­ients faced unreasonable delays obtaining products prompted the Council of Australian Governments’ Health Council to agree to streamline processes.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has approved 2339 applications under a special access scheme for medicinal cann­abis. Patients have cancer pain, chemotherapy-induced sickness, neuropathic pain, spasticity, paediatric epilepsy or terminal illnesses, conditions for which there is evidence medicinal cannabis might be of benefit.

For Article https://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/medicinal-cannabis-a-honey-pot-for-crooks/news-story/65df53e94711178a3618a74cf6acab7c

 

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USA: RESOLUTION MONTH S.A.M.

JANUARY THEME:
RESOLUTION MONTH!
It’s a brand new year! This month, we are calling on you to reject Big Marijuana and resolve to educate others of its harms.
SAM is proud to release this toolkit to help in your work.
Some one-liners to share on social media:
  • Big Marijuana continues its profits-over-people business model to hook new users from the young to the elderly. For example, The National Survey on Drug Use and Health found monthly marijuana use for those 12 and older is up 42% in Nevada while the same study found more and more older Americans are using marijuana than ever before.
  • Education is the best line of defense- Knowing the facts about marijuana and its harms will shield people from addiction.
  • Addiction is real and treatable- Cannabis Use Disorder is linked to psychotic and depressive symptoms, but the National Institutes of Health has several options to kick the habit.
  • The Marlboro Man is investing in marijuana vaping- Altria is spending big bucks to grab a piece of Big Marijuana, investing 1.8 billion dollars in Canadian marijuana company Cronos Group, and there’s word the e-cigarette company Juul could be next. There’s good reason. According to the 2018 Monitoring the Future survey, vaping marijuana is up 63 percent for eighth and tenth graders across America.
Videos to help end addiction and educate others:


Sample tweets:
Sample Facebook post:
  • Make 2019 your best year yet! If that means stopping your marijuana addiction, then start now. Kick Big Marijuana out the door by learning the facts about recreational marijuana, not the lies from this profits-over-people industry. It’s time to put your life back in your hands.
2019 is here, and with the new year ahead, many people are making resolutions for the next 365 days. Make one of them educating others on the hazards of commercialized marijuana, or if you are using, make it your goal to kick the habit.
Look to the future of a world without Big Marijuana and what it brings to society, including skyrocketing drugged driving, the targeting of  children and the  low-income communities as well as  arrest disparities.
Moreover, if you do know someone with a  Cannabis Use Disorder, use this information to inform them and give them hope from the hopeless brought by Big Marijuana.

 

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UK: Smart University – But Why Media backing Drug Users/Pushers?

University won’t turn a blind eye to drugs

Nicola Woolcock The Times Dec 2018

Students will have to sign a form confirming that they are aware the Buckingham University campus is drugs-freeCHRISTOPHER KATSAROV/AP

Buckingham University aims to become Britain’s first drugs-free campus, as part of its vice-chancellor’s plans to tackle the mental health epidemic in higher education.

But Sir Anthony Seldon has far bigger plans: he wants students to adopt healthy eating, cut out heavy drinking and embrace the benefits of exercise so that they are at peak mental fitness. Buckingham announced last year that it would become Europe’s first “positive university” to address the crisis in student mental health.

The university’s drugs-free policy is explained to students at matriculation. Policies included in its handbook state that the campus is expected to be drugs-free, and students have to sign to confirm that they have read it.

For complete article https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/university-wont-turn-a-blind-eye-todrugs-s0n9n89d8

 

 

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Europe: Weed aint Weed Anymore!

Study points to increased risk of harm from cannabis across Europe

by University of Bath

cannabisCredit: CC0 Public Domain

Cannabis resin and herbal cannabis have significantly increased in potency and in price, according to the first study to investigate changes in cannabis across Europe.

The study, published today in the journal Addiction by researchers from the University of Bath and King’s College London, draws on data collected from across 28 EU Member states, as well as Norway and Turkey by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction.

The findings show that for , concentrations of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (‘THC’ – the main psychoactive constituent of cannabis) increased by a similar amount each year, from 5% in 2006 to 10% in 2016.

For cannabis resin (or hash), THC concentrations were relatively stable from 2006 to 2011 (from 8% to 10%) but then increased rapidly from 2011 to 2016 (from 10% to 17%). The price of cannabis resin also increased, but to a lesser extent than for herbal cannabis.

Lead author Dr. Tom Freeman from the Addiction and Mental Health Group within the Department of Psychology at the University of Bath, said: “These findings show that cannabis resin has changed rapidly across Europe, resulting in a more potent and better value product.” For complete article https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-01-cannabis-europe.html

 

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USA: Monitoring ‘Medical Marijuana’ a Monumental Mess – but wasn’t that always the agenda?

INVESTIGATING AND REPORTING SHADY SIDE OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA

By Cannabis Activist

Read Part 1- A Budtender is BornPart 2- Burn Thru It and Part 3- A Little Dab will Do You of Journey of a Budtender.

Part 4: I followed my gut and began investigating.  I went up to my co-worker and we started to talk.  We discussed how the marijuana’s appearance was getting worse, downright unnatural looking.  Patients and co-workers described worsening physical and mental effects. She told me about chemicals used to decrease marijuana plant growth time and increase yield.

I decided the flowers from my Corporation needed to be tested or I couldn’t continue working for the Corporation.

Third Party Testing

So I bought flower from my dispensary and drove it to a third party lab. The lab sent email saying that it passed, but that did not allay my fears.  I called and spoke with the lab owner.  I told him that this was expensive, high quality “medical” marijuana from a caregiver who said that it does not have any harmful contaminants. Was that assertion was really true, I asked.

He explained that Massachusetts only tests for 19 contaminants, while Nevada tests for 200. He told me that the dispensaries ordered him to not test for more toxins, or they won’t give him business.  It sounded like he was being bullied. I told him that, and he agreed.

It was undeniable that my Corporation’s products were toxic. I had seen the mold on the flower in the cultivation center and in the dispensary.  Multiple co-workers had seen flower stalks being dunked in barrels of hydrogen peroxide at the cultivation center.  The Corporation told us budtenders that the application of hydrogen peroxide to flower was an “industry standard.” I observed the escalating ill effects in patients and co-workers and experienced them myself.

Department of Public Health proves worthless

I resigned as a budtender for I could no longer be complicit with an unethical corporation pedaling toxic, harmful marijuana “medicine.”

Communicating with an ex-cultivator and ex-harvest manager from my Corporation, I found out both of them had been contacting state agencies about moldy flower rooms and plants without response. It was clear to me that the state lab testing was far from “stringent.”

 

Realizing the sham, the magnitude of the harm and deception, I vowed never to set foot in that “medical” marijuana dispensary again.  As a caring health care professional with the mantra “Do no harm,” I was horrified that I had pedaled poison to thousands, harming vulnerable patients.  I wanted to alert the state authorities, to stop the harm to patients.

Scared for myself, I immediately ceased consuming marijuana. It was a painful detoxification process, but my physical and mental health began to improve.  My first attempt to quit, though, didn’t last and I lapsed back into using marijuana a few times.

I wrote an email to the state Medical Marijuana Program informing them about toxic marijuana production, but received no response.  I started to ponder the litany of physical symptoms I observed in myself and other patients. These problems included GI and neurological issues, and mental symptoms of worsening mood and instability.

Heavy Metals Poisoning

I feared heavy metals most due to their adverse effects and their propensity to stay in the body long time.  Heavy metal poisoning often results in serious debilitating diseases such as cancer.

The results of my test revealed heavy metal poisoning: 3x the norm for lead, high in cadmium, nickel and elevated in thallium.  Marijuana grown using cheap low-grade hydroponic nutrients, fertilizers and pesticides increases the amount of heavy metals present when made into BHO concentrates.  It was a bad decision on my part to switch from flower to dabs.  When I was dabbing, I ingested 10x more toxicity than I did when I only was ingesting flower.

Before I could be tested for heavy metals, I found relief by taking hot showers multiple times a day.  Had I not received the diagnosis of heavy metal poisoning, medical professionals would have diagnosed me with CHS (Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome) due my mental and physical symptoms.  The only treatment for CHS is cessation of marijuana and hot baths and showers.  Once I received the diagnosis of heavy metal poisoning, I emailed the Department of Public Health’s Medical Marijuana Program.  They did not respond.

State authorities, other officials and OSHA

My Corporation asked the Department of Public Health for an extension to a granted waiver from pesticides and heavy metals in finished marijuana products.  Despite research showing that “medical” marijuana often contains heavy metals and pesticides which are dangerous to ingest, the health department granted their wish.

The CCC (Cannabis Control Commission) heard testimony about practices of moldy plants being dunked in caustic hydrogen peroxide and inadequate testing regulations at a “listening” session. Despite what they heard, they did not make any changes at all to testing regulations for recreational marijuana.

The Corporation even sold to pregnant women.  After I quit the dispensary I saw young, 20-ish parents dabbing repeatedly in a small room with their 8-week old non-responsive baby present.  When I asked if her baby was OK, she said, “He’s fine.  I dabbed during my entire pregnancy.”

At first, I still thought the problems with “medical” marijuana were only with my dispensary.  However, I found a Smithsonian Magazine article explaining the toxins and contaminants in today’s marijuana, heavy metals and fungus.

Over the next year and a half, I phoned, wrote letters  and emailed the following:  MA Department of Public Health, the Cannabis Control Commission, my senator, my state representative, President of the Senate, the Governor, the DEA, the MA Attorney General, the US MA District Attorney and US Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  I received no response whatsoever, or was referred back to the Medical Marijuana Program.

When I contacted state authorities, I also wrote to the Boston Globe and other mainstream press. They chose not to write about it.  Only one pro-cannabis journalist published an online article about my experience.

For complete Article go to The ‘cannabis circus continues’

 

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