S.A.M. ISSUES REPORT ON THE ‘COLE MEMO’ — ALL FS

 

On the four year anniversary of the “Cole Memorandum” – the Obama-era guidelines allowing marijuana legalization in some U.S. states – Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to advancing evidence-based marijuana laws and led by a former Obama-appointed official released a new report demonstrating that states with legal marijuana have failed to meet U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) rules designed to keep federal officials from enforcing the Controlled Substances Act in states with legal marijuana. The report, entitled “The Cole Memo: 4 Years Later” is the first comprehensive census of open source information measuring state compliance of the eight rules designed to keep federal officials from interfering in state markets.
According to the report, the three states with the most established retail marijuana markets – Colorado, Oregon, and Washington – have failed to meet at least 7 of the 8 compliance guidelines in the Cole Memo. Most notably, states with legal sales have failed to prevent distribution of marijuana to minors, the trafficking of marijuana to other states, and the production of marijuana on public lands. Additionally, drugged driving is increasing and criminal enterprises are continuing to exploit the legal market as a cover for a wide array of criminal activity. DOJ’s “hands off” enforcement posture is contingent on states meeting these requirements “on paper and in practice.” For more http://www.poppot.org/2017/09/01/sam-issues-report-on-the-cole-memo-all-fs/

 

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New Opioid Tool Kit introduced to address U.S. Drug Epidemic

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For information contact:  John Pastuovic  312-925-9092  john@jpcpr.com

New Opioid Tool Kit introduced to address U.S. Drug Epidemic

Unveiled on International Overdose Awareness Day

For Immediate Release

St. Petersburg, FL – Thursday, August 31, 2017 – Drug Free America Foundation today introduced a first-of-its-kind Opioid Tool Kit in an effort to help address the opioid epidemic gripping the United States.  The Opioid Tool Kit was unveiled in conjunction with International Overdose Awareness Day, a global event held on August 31st each year that aims to raise the awareness of the problem of drug overdose-related deaths.

“With more than 142 people dying each day, drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50,” according to Calvina Fay, Executive Director of Drug Free America Foundation. “Moreover, deaths from drug overdose are an equal opportunity killer, with no regard to race, religion or economic class,” she said.

“While alcohol and marijuana still remain the most common drugs of abuse, the nonmedical use of prescription painkillers and other opioids has resulted in a crisis-level spike in drug overdose deaths,” said Fay.

The Opioid Tool Kit has been designed to educate people about the opioid epidemic and offer strategies that can be used to address this crisis. “The Tool Kit is also intended to encourage collaboration with different community sectors and stakeholders to make successful and lasting change,” Fay continued.

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The Opioid Tool Kit is a comprehensive guide that defines what an opioid is, examines the scope of the problem, and addresses why opioids are a continuing health problem.  The Tool Kit also provides strategies for the prevention of prescription drug misuse and overdose deaths and includes a community advocacy and action plan, as well as additional resources.

Fay emphasized that the best way to prevent opioid and other drug addiction is not to abuse drugs in the first place.  “The chilling reality is that the long-term use and abuse of opioids and other addictive drugs rewire the brain, making recovery a difficult and often a life-long struggle,” she concluded.

The Opioid Tool Kit can be found on Drug Free America Foundation’s website at https://dfaf.org/Opioid%20Toolkit.pdf.

 

 

 

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What’s the Cost of Drug Use in USA?

Costs of Substance Abuse – USA

Abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs is costly to our Nation, exacting more than $740 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity and health care.**

Health Care Overall Year Estimate Based On
Tobacco1,2 $168 billion $300 billion 2010
Alcohol3 $27 billion $249 billion 2010
Illicit Drugs4,5 $11 billion $193 billion 2007
Prescription
Opioids6
$26 billion $78.5 billion 2013

For full report https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics

Let’s do the ‘MATH’!  So, based on this current data, the LEGAL drugs combined cost to the American economy is, $627.5 Billion!

The cost to the nation for illicit drug use is $193 Billion.

Clearly legalising and regulating drugs escalates use and misuse, so why would you add another ‘substance’ to that framework and unleash another ‘right to use’ model for the already ‘over drugged’ community?

The ‘Permission’ model and not prohibition drives demand faster and further!  Check out https://dalgarnoinstitute.org.au/images/resources/pdf/aod/aod-ploicy-documents/TheMostEffectiveDrugPusherUpdated2014.pdf

“Accessibility, Availability and Acceptability – All increase consumption!” Dalgarno Institute

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BREAKING: New Report Demonstrates States with Legal Marijuana Inviting Trump Administration Crackdown

BREAKING: New Report Demonstrates States with Legal Marijuana Inviting Trump Administration Crackdown
Colorado, Oregon, and Washington In Violation of Most Department of Justice Guidelines Designed to Keep Federal Enforcement At Bay;
Marijuana Policy Group Delivers Report to Attorney General Jeff Sessions Urging Smart Response to Any Enforcement Policy Change Currently Under Review
(Alexandria, VA) – On the four year anniversary of the “Cole Memorandum” – the Obama-era guidelines allowing marijuana legalization in some U.S. states – Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to advancing evidence-based marijuana laws and led by a former Obama-appointed official released a new report demonstrating that states with legal marijuana have failed to meet U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) rules designed to keep federal officials from enforcing the Controlled Substances Act in states with legal marijuana. The report, entitled “The Cole Memo: 4 Years Later” is the first comprehensive census of open source information measuring state compliance of the eight rules designed to keep federal officials from interfering in state markets.
According to the report, the three states with the most established retail marijuana markets – Colorado, Oregon, and Washington - have failed to meet at least 7 of the 8 compliance guidelines in the Cole Memo. Most notably, states with legal sales have failed to prevent distribution of marijuana to minors, the trafficking of marijuana to other states, and the production of marijuana on public lands. Additionally, drugged driving is increasing and criminal enterprises are continuing to exploit the legal market as a cover for a wide array of criminal activity. DOJ’s “hands off” enforcement posture is contingent on states meeting these requirements “on paper and in practice.”
“This report reveals that states are failing miserably to hold up their end of the bargain when it comes to controlling their legal market for marijuana,” said Kevin Sabet, President of SAM. “Unfortunately for states, the red line tripping increased federal enforcement doesn’t factor in favorable public polling or increased tax revenue – it relies on state’s promises to protect public health and safety as enumerated the 8 guidelines in the memorandum. And by these measures, states have demonstrably failed keep their promise. As Attorney General Sessions considers what actions to take on marijuana enforcement, we urge him to be smart on crime, not just tough on crime, and to continue to focus any federal resources wisely. Individual, non-violent drug users shouldn’t be targeted for enforcement, but clearly DOJ can play an important role in weighing in to make sure profits and revenue don’t trump public health and safety when it comes to marijuana. It’s time for states to stop playing politics and start fessing up to the real challenges they face.”
Below are some key findings from the report demonstrating violations of Federal rules:
DOJ Guideline 1: “Preventing distribution of marijuana to minors”

●     According to data from the State of Washington, there have been over 240 violations of legal marijuana sales to minors and of minors frequenting restricted marijuana sales areas as of July 2017. Additionally, research shows youth marijuana use in the state increased between 2010-2012 and 2013-2015. In Colorado, past-month use of marijuana among 12-17 year olds increased significantly – from 9.82% to 12.56% after marijuana retail sales began. The same study notes that teens and adults in Colorado now use marijuana at a higher rate than the rest of the country.

DOJ Guideline 2: “Preventing revenue of the sale of marijuana from going to criminal enterprises, gangs, and cartels”

●     In March, 2017, a leaked report from the Oregon State Police uncovered evidence from state officials that the black market for marijuana continues to thrive in the state. In June 2017, a massive illegal marijuana trafficking ringwas discovered by law enforcement officials, stretching into Kansas, Texas, Nebraska, Ohio and Oklahoma.

DOJ Guideline 3: “Preventing the diversion of marijuana from states where it is legal under state law in some form to other states”

●     Law enforcement officials in Nebraska and Oklahoma have reported a substantial increase in marijuana flow across state borders into neighboring states. According to data from law enforcement officials, since legalization in 2012 Washington State marijuana has been found to be destined for 38 different states throughout the United States.

DOJ Guideline 4: “Preventing state-authorized marijuana activity from being used as a cover or pretext for the trafficking of other illegal drugs or other illegal activity”

●     According to Jorge Duque from the Colorado Department of Law, cartels operating in Colorado are now “trading drugs like heroin for marijuana,” and the trade has since opened the door to drug and human trafficking. In Oregon, State Police officials report that criminals are exploiting Oregon’s legal cannabis industry for financial crimes and fraud.

DOJ Guideline 5: “Preventing violence and the use of firearms in the cultivation and distribution of marijuana”

●     While crime rates dropped or remained stable in many of the nation’s largest cities, Colorado crime increased – driven by a rise in rape, murder, robbery and auto thefts. In Oregon, state police report that, “Cannabis is a lucrative target for robbery.”

DOJ Guideline 6: “Preventing drugged driving and the exacerbation of other public health consequences associated with marijuana use”

●     According to a study published by the American Automobile Association, fatal drugged driving crashes doubled in Washington after the state legalized marijuana. A 2017 study from the University of Colorado found that marijuana-related emergency room visits and visits to its satellite urgent care centers by teens in Colorado more than quadrupled after the state legalized marijuana. In Washington State, poison control calls for marijuana rose between 2012 and 2016.

DOJ Guideline 7: “Preventing the growing of marijuana on public lands and the attendant public safety and environmental dangers posed by marijuana on public lands

●     In Washington State, 373,778 marijuana plants were found growing illegally on public and private lands between 2012 and 2016. Of the illegal marijuana plants eradicated in 2016, 60% were being cultivated on state land. In June 2017, Colorado officials found more than 7,000 illegal plants on federal land in the state’s San Isabel National Forest. This was the fifth illegal grow found in that area alone since the year marijuana legalization passed, demonstrating legalization has not curbed the problem of grows exploiting public lands. In Oregon, the legalization of marijuana in the state has failed to eliminate illegal growing operations and public lands continue to be exploited despite a legal market.

DOJ Guideline 8: “Preventing marijuana possession or use on federal property”

●     Advocates for legal marijuana frequently flout federal laws by possessing and using marijuana on federal properties purportedly in acts of civil disobedience. In January 2017, one group gave away free marijuana in Washington, D.C. to smoke on the National Mall during the inauguration of President Trump. On April 24th, four activists were arrested after purposely flouting federal law and publicly using marijuana on U.S. Capitol grounds.

In response to continued violations of federal guidance, SAM is recommending that Attorney General Sessions take measured action to successfully protect public health and safety. Limited Federal resources should used to target the big players in the marijuana industry who are circumventing DOJ guidance and state regulations. That means that individual marijuana users should not be targeted or arrested. But it does mean that large-scale marijuana businesses, several of which now boast of having raised over $100 million in capital, and their financial backers should be a priority. SAM also recommends that the federal government create a national, evidence-based prevention campaign to educate Americans on the harms of today’s highly potent marijuana.
For the full report, click here. A summary “report card” graphic is also availablehere.

 

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MYTHBUSTERS: SEPARATING FACT FROM FICTION IN THE ACMD AND THE MEDIA

When Professor David Nutt was sacked by the Home Secretary for arguing against government policy on drug classification, he stated that his proposals were based on scientific evidence. Professor Andy Parrott goes mythbusting.

Fotolia_460279_Stephen CoburnIt has been highly publicised across the national media – but how ‘scientific’ was Professor David Nutt’s proposal to downgrade cannabis and Ecstasy/MDMA ?

Nutt was sacked by the Home Secretary last November as chair of the UK Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, or ACMD, for arguing against government policy on drug classification. He defended himself by saying that his proposal to downgrade cannabis and ecstasy reflected scientific evidence. In this article, I list published statements made by Nutt about cannabis and Ecstasy/MDMA; after each statement are comments and quotations from scientific papers written by academic researchers in this field.  For more

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Oregon Mental Health & Law Conference 2017

LIBBY STUYT AT OREGON MENTAL HEALTH AND LAW CONFERENCE

(An advisor to Parents Opposed to Pot, Dr. Libby Stuyt an addictions psychiatrist in Colorado, spoke at the Oregon Mental Health and the Law Conference in Portland.  The Mental Health Association of Portland published a blog about it on August 13.) Here it is:

Libby Stuyt, MD spoke at the Oregon Health Forum with Drs. Esther Choo of OHSU and Katrina Hedberg who is the State Epidemiologist and State Health Officer at the Oregon Public Health Division, and at the Oregon Law & Mental Health Conference in June 2017 on the unintended consequences of marijuana legalization.

Stuyt is an addictions psychiatrist and medical director at the Colorado State Hospital in Pueblo. She is also the president of the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association.

Stuyt has a unique and expert view on the effect of increased marijuana availability and use, and as Colorado is about two years ahead of Oregon in the process of legalization and regulation of marijuana.

Major points of Libby Stuyt’s speech

Stuyt’s data is from information collected by the state of Colorado and from her experience as a clinician and researcher.

  • Colorado has had significant increase in marijuana use by people under 18 years old. All use by under-age persons is illicit use. Most Colorado youth get marijuana from adults they know – not from retail stores.
  • Pueblo Colorado, with a population of 106,000 has over 7000 homeless people (Portland with a population of 583,000 has about 4500); many are people who arrived seeking employment in the marijuana industry.
  • 13% of children given CBD for seizure disorders have had “really bad” reactions; the CBD made seizures worse.
  • Estimates of marijuana addiction at 9-10% is from research on low-potency THC; this data should no longer be used. Scientists don’t know addiction rate to high potency THC, but use by youth is increasing, for daily users addiction rate is about 50%, withdrawal is harder, and violence associated with high potency THC is higher.
  • Stuyt calls marijuana addiction a “learning disorder.”
  • Marijuana use significantly reduces neurogenesis in the brain.
  • Doctors are seeing more psychosis related to high-potency THC marijuana.
  • 75% of Stuyt’s patients have PTSD. 83% of her patients are seeking treatment for marijuana addiction. Marijuana masks symptoms of marijuana, it does not treat or cure PTSD. PTSD is treatable and curable – but not with active marijuana use.
  • Increased correlation – not causation – of suicide in adolescents who use marijuana.

You can hear the entire talk in a recording on the original blog.   (We have published articles and videos of our other professional advisors, such as  Ken Finn, MD of Colorado Springs and Christine Miller, PhD)

Taken from Parents Opposed to Pot, which is totally funded by private donations, rather than industry or government. If you have an article to submit, or want to support us, please go to Contact or Donate page. (Used with Permission)

 

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Youth Drug Prevention Efforts Save Society $315 Million Per Year

Youth Drug Prevention Efforts Save Society $315 Million Per Year According to a New Study by McGill University and Drug Free Kids Canada Aug. 1, 2017,

The study found that the cost per youth can be quantified at $450,000, resulting in a $315 million social return on investment based on the approximately 700 youth that benefit from the prevention efforts of Drug Free Kids Canada each year. The study developed by the McGill School of Business Not-for-Profit Consulting Group was commissioned earlier this year.  It evaluated the measurable cost to society of youth addiction which includes health care, law enforcement and the loss of productivity. The study further analyzed the impact of drug education prevention messages created and disseminated by DFK Canada over the past six years.  It concluded that each year by targeting parents and encouraging them to talk to their kids about drugs, the total reduction in drug abuse by teens attributable to DFK was ~700 kids…says Drug Free Kids’ Executive Director Marc Paris.  “That’s why this study is so important as it clearly shows that it is better to invest in prevention strategies up-front rather than deal with the heavy cost of addiction later.”…”I was very impressed by the organization which has such an impressive national impact with very limited resources –  $700 in the hands of DFK can save a teenager from a life of addiction. For complete article http://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/Youth-Drug-Prevention-Efforts-Save-Society-$315-Million-Per-Year-According-to-a-New-Study-by-McGill-University-and-Drug-Free-Kids-Canada-480014

 

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Opioid Crisis – Whose fault? Where will fingers point if ‘illicit drugs’ are legalized?

Don’t blame addicts for America’s opioid crisis. Here are the real culprits

America’s opioid crisis was caused by rapacious pharma companies, politicians who colluded with them and regulators who approved one opioid pill after another

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‘Opioids killed more than 33,000 Americans in 2015 and the toll was almost certainly higher last year.’ Photograph: Matt Rourke/AP

Sunday 13 August 2017 20.00 AESTLast modified on Sunday 13 August 2017 20.01 AEST

Of all the people Donald Trump could blame for the opioid epidemic, he chose the victims. After his own commission on the opioid crisis issued an interim report this week, Trump said young people should be told drugs are “No good, really bad for you in every way.”

The president’s exhortation to follow Nancy Reagan’s miserably inadequate advice and Just Say No to drugs is far from useful. The then first lady made not a jot of difference to the crack epidemic in the 1980s. But Trump’s characterisation of the source of the opioid crisis was more disturbing. “The best way to prevent drug addiction and overdose is to prevent people from abusing drugs in the first place,” he said.

That is straight out of the opioid manufacturers’ playbook. Facing a raft of lawsuits and a threat to their profits, pharmaceutical companies are pushing the line that the epidemic stems not from the wholesale prescribing of powerful painkillers – essentially heroin in pill form – but their misuse by some of those who then become addicted. For complete article https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/13/dont-blame-addicts-for-americas-opioid-crisis-real-culprits

 

 

 

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Marijuana Use Holds Three-Fold Blood Pressure Death Risk

The risk grows with every year of use.

Kate Kelland

LONDON (Reuters) – People who smoke marijuana have a three times greater risk of dying from hypertension, or high blood pressure, than those who have never used the drug, scientists said on Wednesday.

The risk grows with every year of use, they said.

The findings, from a study of some 1,200 people, could have implications in the United States among other countries. Several states have legalized marijuana and others are moving toward it. It is decriminalized in a number of other countries.

“Support for liberal marijuana use is partly due to claims that it is beneficial and possibly not harmful to health,” said Barbara Yankey, who co-led the research at the school of public health at Georgia State University in the United States.

The results showed marijuana users had a 3.42-times higher risk of death from hypertension than non-users, and a 1.04 greater risk for each year of use.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/marijuana-use-holds-three-fold-blood-pressure-death-risk_us_598b4b2be4b0d793738c2917

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Legalise drugs, Mr Dimbleby? Kids will always pay the price!!!!

Try telling that to the children neglected by junkie parents

By Ross Clark

Next time Jonathan Dimbleby feels like mooting the idea of decriminalising hard drugs, perhaps he should take a walk beneath the stairwells of some of our inner-city housing estates.

There, he won’t find the junkies gently sneezing — as he tells us he did when he snorted a line of cocaine in the U.S. in the late Sixties.

He is more likely to find that they set on him with a knife in a state of psychotic rage.

The connection between cocaine, mental illness and violence is indisputable.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2040265/Legalise-drugs-Jonathan-Dimbleby-Tell-children-neglected-junkie-parents.html#ixzz4plsTLgQd
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