UK: You Keep Promoting ‘safer drug use’ and you’ll always get this!

Spice vape: Warning as nine collapse in Greater Manchester

16 July 2019

Image copyright GREATER MANCHESTER DRUG ALERTS PANEL Image caption Chemicals tested in the liquids were found to contain the same chemicals found in Spice

Nine young people have collapsed after unwittingly using a vaping liquid containing the synthetic drug Spice, it has emerged.

Health agencies have warned people to avoid products sold as “THC vape juice”, “THC vape pens” or “THC oil”.

Greater Manchester Drug Alerts Panel said it knew of six incidents since February where people had been taken to hospital after inhaling the drug.

Greater Manchester Police is investigating.

The vaping liquid, marketed as a “natural cannabis”, has also been sold as “cannabis oil” or “cannabis vape juice”, the panel said.

It was sold as both a 10ml bottle and a ready-filled cartridge.

Two incidents in the Oldham area led to five school-age children collapsing and being rushed to hospital.

Michael Linnell, who coordinates Greater Manchester Drug Alerts Panel, said the liquids contained the same chemicals as found in Spice.

The panel, which brings together police, NHS, local authorities and drug user support agencies, said incidents occurred in Rochdale, Oldham and Bury between February and June.

Manchester has faced problems with the widespread use of the drug in recent years, with one MP describing the situation as a “crisis” and asking for government help.

Also known as Mamba, Spice was formerly referred to as a “legal high”, before it was outlawed in 2016.

For More https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-49001669

 

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USA: And Now There Are Three Weed Markets! Black – White – Grey!

You can’t regulate criminal activity.

As was predicted by anti-marijuana groups, prop 64 resulted in a growth of marijuana black market —which now operates in plain sight and sometimes in concert with the legal market.

New Frontier Data, a Denver-based company that studies cannabis trends, estimates there are $70 billion in illegal sales nationally — seven times the size of the legal market. This means the legal market is “capturing only a fraction of total demand.”

A review of Weedmaps listings in mid-June found 229 illegal dispensaries in LA. The Los Angeles Police Department estimates the number is closer to 259, but no one knows exactly how many are in business. There are 186 licensed dispensaries in LA.

Law enforcement is trying and failing to enforce the law against these illegal dispensaries and the black market in general with little success.

The Los Angeles Police Department has accompanied city officials on operations in which they shut off utilities at illegal stores. Nevertheless, about 55% of the stores reopen within a week, said Detective Vito Ceccia.

“When we go out and conduct any type of enforcement effort, when we leave that location it is shut down,” Ceccia said. “It doesn’t mean it’s going to be shut down the next day. It doesn’t mean it’s going to be shut down in a week.”

“You can’t regulate a criminal activity. You can only enforce against it. The marijuana industry has always been criminal and having regulations will do nothing to convince criminals to abide by the law.”
-Scott Chipman, Vice President of AALM

“Let what is happening in California be a warning to every other state. We urge every city and county in California and every state in the country that has not already allowed commercial marijuana businesses to keep fighting against this drug dealing. Regulation does not and will not work.”
-Carla Lowe, President of AALM

Media Contact
Southern California, Scott Chipman   619 990 7480 scott@chipman.info
Northern California, Carla Lowe         916 708 4111 carladlowe@aol.com

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USA: Big Marijuana – Not Getting It All Their Way!

ALEX BERENSON EDITORIAL SUGGESTS PARENTS STEP UP TO THE PLATE

This was supposed to be the year full cannabis legalization in the U.S. moved much closer to being a reality.  Instead it has been a disaster for advocates.  Although Illinois legalized recreational use on the final day of its legislative schedule, a half-dozen other deep-blue states that were expected to legalize failed to follow — including New York.

Advocates want to believe legalization on their terms, with few restrictions on marketing and limits potentially as low as 18, remains inevitable.  Polls show that between 62% and 66%of Americans support legalization.  But cannabis supporters are wrong, and the pushback against marijuana has only begun.

Why?  Because teen use is on the rise.  And the experience of the 1970s — the last time cannabis advocates believed they might win full national acceptance — shows that the strongest voices against cannabis use aren’t police officers or even physicians.  They’re parents. …As teenage use of cannabis exploded during the 1970s, many parents became deeply concerned. The drug seemed to damage their children’s motivation, memory and grades. …

Not coincidentally, in states where legalization failed this year, wealthier suburban lawmakers proved a crucial political stumbling block.  Because of the cost of vaping, the habit seems to be more attractive to upper-middle class kids, and their parents are nw seeing marijuana’s real risks up close.  As that knowledge spreads, the media is likely to take a more skeptical stance, and national support for legalization will shrink.

Alex Berenson, The Wall Street Journal As published in the Chicago Tribune, July 3, 2019

Alex Berenson is the author of Tell Your Children the Truth about Marijuana, Mental Health and Violence and 12 other books.

 

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USA: Pro-Weed Research Flawed!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 8, 2019
CONTACT: Colton Grace Colton@learnaboutsam.org (864)-492-6719

New Data By Koch-Funded Researchers Claiming Legalization Discourages Teen Use Is Deeply Flawed

(Alexandria, VA) – Today, a study published in JAMA Pediatrics purports to show the legalization of marijuana leads to a reduction in teen use of the substance. This study, funded in part by the pro-drug legalization Charles Koch Foundation, is flawed for several reasons:
“To put it simply, this study is awash with problems,” said Dr. Kevin Sabet, founder of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) and a former senior drug policy advisor to the Obama Administration. “The data here runs counter to what we see from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health: youth use is on the rise in ‘legal’ states while declining elsewhere. If you truly think that the legalization, commercialization, and normalization of marijuana has led to less young people using it, I have a bridge to sell you.”
According to NSDUH data, the percentage of youth aged 12-17 using marijuana is declining faster in states where marijuana is not “legal,” and overall use is high in legal states while declining in non-legal states. Further, the percentage of youth in this age range using the drug in “legal” states was 7.7% versus 6.2% in non-legal states.
“More research will be needed on this front,” continued Sabet. “A perfect example of the need for additional research comes from this very same publication. In 2014, JAMA   published an article purporting that states that have legalized marijuana saw a reduction in opioid overdoses over states that did not. In the years since, this study has been among the key talking points of the marijuana industry and its supporters. Then just last month, a  study using the same methods and published in the same journal showed the completely opposite result. When it comes to drug policy, we simply cannot put all of our eggs in one basket.”
To note, the same researchers authoring this study have also previously claimed marijuana legalization reduces traffic fatalities (although the overwhelming majority of state data shows otherwise) and reduces suicide (although numerous studies show use of high potency marijuana is  linked with suicide ideation ).
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About SAM:
Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) is a nonpartisan, non-profit alliance of physicians, policy makers, prevention workers, treatment and recovery professionals, scientists, and other concerned citizens opposed to marijuana legalization who want health and scientific evidence to guide marijuana policies. SAM has affiliates in more than 30 states.
Evidence shows that marijuana – which has skyrocketed in average potency over the past decades – is addictive and harmful to the human brain especially when used by adolescents. In states that have already legalized the drug, there has been an increase in drugged driving crashes, youth marijuana use, and costs that far outweigh pot revenues.These states have seen  a black market that continues to thrive, sustained disparities in marijuana arrest rates, and tobacco company investment in marijuana.
Marijuana is not a harmless drug. View the stories of its victims here.

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

 

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GLOBAL – Parents PLEASE Tell Your Kids About Pot!

ALEX BERENSON EDITORIAL SUGGESTS PARENTS STEP UP TO THE PLATE

This was supposed to be the year full cannabis legalization in the U.S. moved much closer to being a reality.  Instead it has been a disaster for advocates.  Although Illinois legalized recreational use on the final day of its legislative schedule, a half-dozen other deep-blue states that were expected to legalize failed to follow — including New York.

Advocates want to believe legalization on their terms, with few restrictions on marketing and limits potentially as low as 18, remains inevitable.  Polls show that between 62% and 66%of Americans support legalization.  But cannabis supporters are wrong, and the pushback against marijuana has only begun.

Why?  Because teen use is on the rise.  And the experience of the 1970s — the last time cannabis advocates believed they might win full national acceptance — shows that the strongest voices against cannabis use aren’t police officers or even physicians.  They’re parents. …As teenage use of cannabis exploded during the 1970s, many parents became deeply concerned. The drug seemed to damage their children’s motivation, memory and grades. …

Not coincidentally, in states where legalization failed this year, wealthier suburban lawmakers proved a crucial political stumbling block.  Because of the cost of vaping, the habit seems to be more attractive to upper-middle class kids, and their parents are nw seeing marijuana’s real risks up close.  As that knowledge spreads, the media is likely to take a more skeptical stance, and national support for legalization will shrink.

Alex Berenson, The Wall Street Journal As published in the Chicago Tribune, July 3, 2019

Alex Berenson is the author of Tell Your Children the Truth about Marijuana, Mental Health and Violence and 12 other books.

For more https://poppot.org/2019/07/05/alex-berenson-editorial-suggests-parents-step-up-to-the-plate/

 

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USA: Meth Booming in Washington State! The Permission Model Promotes ALL Drug Use!

Meth is back in King County, bigger than it’s been for decades

June 18, 2019

In recent years, more meth than ever has been smuggled into Washington in secret compartments. This meth was found in a tire seized in the greater Tacoma, Washington, area “within… (DEA) More

By  Scott Greenstone Seattle Times Project Homeless engagement editor

Jay walked into the emergency room at Swedish on First Hill in April and said he was trying to quit meth. The 45-year-old Seattle resident and returning student had been off the drug only a few days. His esophagus, chest and stomach were a river of pain, and he didn’t know why.

“I just wanted somebody to tell me what was wrong with me. I didn’t know and I was so sick,” said Jay, who asked that his last not be used. “I sat in the emergency room for hours, and I got nothing.”

Jay left, and went back to the drug.

The era of the American meth lab is over a decade gone, yet pure, cheap meth is back and bigger than ever in Western Washington. When Seattle residents point to needles proliferating on sidewalks, they usually say heroin’s to blame; however, a bigger proportion of those needles in recent years is actually from people injecting meth, according to King County syringe exchange surveys.

Now, more people are dying in Washington from methamphetamine than during the height of the last meth wave in the early 2000s. Rates of death from meth were four times higher in 2017 than in 2005, right before Congress passed regulations to stop its production. The increase has almost entirely taken place in the last seven years.

In recent years, more meth has been smuggled into Washington in secret compartments, such as the one hidden in this tire, seized in the Tacoma area. (DEA)

“A lot of people have thought of methamphetamine as something that just went away and had been overtaken by the opioid problem,” said Sterling McPherson, head of the Analytics and Psychopharmacology Laboratory at Washington State University. “I didn’t really hear people talking about methamphetamine until relatively recently.”

But while heroin has dominated the drug conversation in King County, meth has crept up and quietly surpassed it. Last year, for the first time, more people in King County died with meth in their systems than heroin — 164 versus 156. (That doesn’t include illicit fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, which was found in another 65 dead people last year.)

“There’s a lot more meth, it’s incredibly pure, and it’s cheap,” said Caleb Banta-Green, director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute at the University of Washington. “In our interviews, we’re hearing people say, ‘I don’t even really want to use meth, but when I go buy my heroin, they just give it to me.’ It’s that cheap and available.”

Opioid-related fatalities in King County have started to level off with the proliferation of the rescue drug NarCan and treatment medications, but unlike heroin, meth addiction can’t be treated with replacement drugs such as buprenorphine.

 

Even more distressing: As the meth epidemic has risen to stand alongside the heroin epidemic, more people shaking heroin addiction find themselves still hooked on meth. Meth use among people who were getting treatment — like methadone — for opioid use virtually doubled, from 19% in 2011 to 34% in 2017.

To many, meth will seem like a drug of the past. The state logged reports of nearly 9,500 clandestine meth labs from 1999 to 2005, the peak years of the home-cooked-meth epidemic. That year,  Congress passed laws limiting retail over-the-counter sales of drugs like pseudoephedrine, which “mom and pop” meth labs used to make meth. Since 2011, there have been just 212 meth-lab sites reported statewide, according to the state Department of Ecology.

But drug cartels south of the American border stepped in to fill demand, making more and more meth in “superlabs” in Mexico and shipping it, along with heroin and fentanyl, up Interstate 5 — hidden away in tires, paint cans and hidden compartments in semi-trucks — according to Keith Weis, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Pacific Northwest division.

In one four-week period this spring, the DEA seized 400 pounds of meth in the Pacific Northwest.

For complete article https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/homeless/meth-is-back-its-bigger-than-ever-in-king-county-and-theres-no-treatment/?utm_source=marketingcloud&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Morning+Brief+6-18-19_6_18_2019&utm_term=

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USA: Big Pot – What Price for the People?

What Big Pot doesn’t want you to know about costs of legalizing marijuana

June 13, 2019

Lobbyists and lawmakers everywhere like to make bold-but-reality-challenged claims to advance legislation. But in its push to legalize commercial weed, the marijuana industry has taken legislative myth-peddling to brazen new lows.

New York’s lawmakers have a few days left to show the nation they won’t be duped. Here are some of the tallest of the tales that have swirled around Albany, thanks to the pot industry:

First, the industry claims high-potency commercial weed will provide social justice and economic opportunity for minority communities.

African American legislators in New Jersey didn’t fall for that, and their New York counterparts shouldn’t, either. The pot industry — backed by Big Tobacco and wealthy, mostly white Wall Street investors — is looking to line its own pockets. These multinational forces aren’t getting into pot to help minority entrepreneurs.

Remember when liquor stores and smoke shops were clustered in largely low-income and minority neighborhoods? Pot shops selling high-potency drugs engineered to create regular customers won’t lead to any more empowerment and opportunity for urban populations than clustered vice stores did.

There has been no quantifiable positive economic impact for such communities in legalized states. In fact, taxpayers and communities have had to shoulder an estimated $4.50 in social costs for every $1 in revenue, according to researchers at the Centennial Institute.

Second, the pot industry wants people to think that marijuana laws are the cause of gross racial disparities in arrest and incarceration rates. The argument: Legalize pot to reduce minority arrests.

That’s another canard. No state that passed legalization has seen a drop in prison populations. Studies out of Colorado and Washington show African Americans and Hispanics are still twice as likely to be arrested for marijuana. In Washington, DC, marijuana arrests nearly tripled after legalization.

A study funded by the National Institutes of Health showed that the density of marijuana dispensaries was linked to increased property crimes. Researchers found that in Denver, neighborhoods adjacent to marijuana businesses saw more property crimes each year than neighborhoods without a marijuana shop. Of course, crime and other social pathologies related to pot hit lower-income areas first and hardest.

People shouldn’t get locked up for having a joint in their pocket. Legislators can look to advance criminal justice reforms concerning possession of small amounts of marijuana without throwing the doors open to a predatory industry that will have significant and irreconcilable impact on public health. That’s real social justice.

Third, the industry is peddling the message that pot revenue will do everything from fix the subways to help schools in minority neighborhoods.

Jack-pot! Colorado surpasses $1B in marijuana tax revenue

But former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said it best when he called pot revenue “a drop in the bucket.” Former California Gov. Jerry Brown agreed, noting that “we knew there wasn’t going to be any money.” Revenues aren’t going to swell in New York, either. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s best estimate for pot revenue is $300 million annually, paltry for a state with annual expenditures of $175 billion.

The industry never talks about costs. Law enforcement costs to handle public safety concerns are estimated to range from $820.3 million to more than $1 billion over the first five years for new training and equipment, according to a report from my group, Smart Approaches to Marijuana, and the New York State Sheriffs’ Association. That’s to say nothing of the price of mental-health and other social-services at the local level.

A Washington state traffic study of 2,355 drivers found that only six months after introducing commercial pot, daytime drivers testing positive for THC almost tripled. Traffic fatalities that involved drivers intoxicated with marijuana in Colorado rose by 86% between 2013 and 2017, with roughly one-fifth of all traffic fatalities involving a driver testing positive for marijuana by 2017.

Finally, pro-pot activists want lawmakers to think that this is about smoking some harmless joints. They ignore the fact that the industry is investing billions in high-potency edible and vaping products that are up to 99% THC. There is a growing body of medical and scientific research that demonstrates prolonged exposure to THC is leading to drops in IQ, psychosis, suicide, depression, schizophrenia and other disorders.

Immediately following commercialization in Colorado, calls to poison centers skyrocketed 80%, because high-potency THC is a dangerous drug.

New York’s leaders shouldn’t buy the spin or allow themselves to be pawns in a corporate-funded social experiment for profit. They need to get this right.

For complete story https://nypost.com/2019/06/13/what-big-pot-doesnt-want-you-to-know-about-costs-of-legalizing-marijuana/

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The dangers of ‘skunk’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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USA: Opioid Crisis or Mental Health Crisis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Kevin Sabet,

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

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

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

 

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