USA: DO NOT LET THEM DO THIS!!

Dear Friend,

It has been reported that the House of Representatives could vote on allowing the marijuana industry access to banks as soon as Tuesday.

The time to take action is now.

The fact is, opening up the industry to billions of dollars in institutional investment and granting legitimacy while hundreds of people are getting sick, and some even dying, as a possible result of marijuana vaping, is potentially disastrous.

We cannot sit idly by and let our elected officials think this is fine.

Will you join countless other Americans in taking action today by sending a letter to your members of Congress?

Plese click here to write your representatives in Washington and let them know that allowing the pot industry access to banks will put the pedal to the metal on establishing the next Big Tobacco.

Thank you for all that you do. Together, we can help save lives.

Dr. Kevin Sabet
President and Founder,
Smart Approaches to Marijuana Action

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UK: Scientists Recommend STOP Vaping!

E-cigarettes may damage the heart, scientists say, as they ask Public Health England to stop recommending vaping 

90 per cent of studies which had no conflict of interest showed impact on the heart   CREDIT: ALAMY

E-cigarettes may damage the heart, scientists have concluded, and have called for Public Health England (PHE) to stop recommending vaping.

Researchers looked at 38 studies into the cardiovascular impact of vaping and found worrying signs of damage in nearly three quarters of tests.

When they discounted trials which had been funded by the tobacco industry – or where the scientists involved had conflicts of interest – the number of studies showing harm rose to 90 per cent.

Asked whether PHE should now change its advice, Martin McKee, Professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who co-authored the new analysis said: “The simple answer is yes.”

for complete article https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2019/09/08/e-cigarettes-may-damage-heart-scientists-say-ask-public-health/

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The cardiovascular effects of electronic cigarettes: A systematic review of experimental studies.

Faculty of Public Health and Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK.

Center for Clinical Research and Prevention, Bispebjerg-Frederiksberg University Hospital, Capital Region of Denmark, Denmark; Danish Heart Foundation, Copenhagen, Denmark; University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Health and Medical Science, Denmark. Electronic address: [email protected]

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Smoking is responsible for substantial cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Electronic cigarettes have been advocated as a means to reduce this disease burden; by reducing exposure to harmful substances in smokers who are unable to quit. Concerns have been raised however, about cardiovascular effects of their use, with inhalants containing carbonyls and fine particulate matter. We systematically reviewed experimental studies of in vitro, animal, and human cardiovascular effects associated with electronic cigarette use.

DISCUSSION: Most studies suggest potential for cardiovascular harm from electronic cigarette use, through mechanisms that increase risk of thrombosis and atherosclerosis. Notably, studies with conflicts of interest are significantly less likely to identify concerning cardiovascular effects. Included studies examine healthy, adult participants, limiting generalisation to potential high-risk groups including individuals with established cardiovascular disease or young, non-smokers.

Copyright © 2019 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

PMID: 31344384         DOI:10.1016/j.ypmed.2019.105770

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GLOBAL: Must Enact Moratorium on THC Vape Products

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 11th, 2019

In Wake of Recent Vaping Crisis, Trump Administration Must Enact National Moratorium on THC Vape Products

Vaping of High-Potency THC Products Carries Significant Physical, Mental Health Risks for Users

(Alexandria, VA) – In response to a growing national crisis over the tragic deaths and hospitalizations of hundreds of people from lung infections associated with e-cigarette products, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) President Dr. Kevin Sabet, a former senior drug policy advisor to President Obama, is calling on the Trump Administration, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to enact an immediate, national moratorium on the sale of all THC vape products.

“We are calling on the Trump Administration and the new HHS advisory committee to recognize that THC vaping poses a significant threat to public health and include these dangerous products in their forthcoming recommendations. The sale of THC vaping oils and other products must be halted before more Americans are put at risk,” stated Dr. Kevin Sabet.

The U.S. Surgeon General has already issued a public health advisory that acknowledged the serious physical and mental health consequences associated with today’s commercially produced marijuana products, which include vapes, dabs and waxes. Multiple reports have indicated that the ongoing public health crisis is likely linked to vaped THC products. Even the American Vaping Association’s President Gregory Conley, issued a statement warning Americans, to stop vaping THC oils to avoid hospitalization or death from the products.

“The marijuana vaping crisis is real and poses a significant threat to both physical and mental health. For years, companies like Altria and other major tobacco and e-cigarette brands have demonstrated a willingness to lie to the public about the safety of these products, aggressively marketing these devices as safe, healthy alternatives to traditional smoking,” stated Dr. Sabet.

“If this crisis does not convince lawmakers at a state and federal level that today’s high-potency, industrialized marijuana is dangerous, I don’t know what will. Pot profiteers, both newly legal and on the black market are flooding our communities with new, dangerous drugs and ways to use them. It must stop now before more lives are lost,” he concluded.

Earlier this year, the Secretary of State in Oregon, issued a shocking report about that state’s failure to ensure the safety of marijuana being sold in that state. The report acknowledged that pot products being sold through even ‘legal’ marketplaces included mold, pesticides and other harmful chemicals.

The Surgeon General’s recent public health advisory clearly stated that there are significant physical and mental health risks associated with using marijuana including lower IQ, psychosis, depression and risk of suicide. Those risks, along with the growing body of evidence about e-cigarette’s dangers, must result in strong action by our nation’s leading health and safety agencies to put a stop to the sale of these dangerous products.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: SAM President Dr. Kevin Sabet and SAM Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor Luke Niforatos will be available for on-the-record print, radio, and TV broadcast interviews to provide further comment and commentary on the dangers associated with THC vape products and large scale commercial pot production. Niforatos, a resident of Denver, Colorado, oversees the organization’s federal, state, and educational initiatives, having previously worked in nonprofit community healthcare.

About SAM

Co-founded in 2013 by former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy and Dr. Kevin A. Sabet, a former senior drug policy advisor to the Obama Administration, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) is the nation’s premier non-profit, non-partisan marijuana policy organization. Advised by a blue ribbon scientific advisory board, SAM envisions a society where marijuana policies are aligned with the scientific understanding of marijuana’s harms, and the commercialization and normalization of marijuana are no more. Its mission is to educate citizens on the science of marijuana and to promote health-first, smart policies and attitudes that decrease marijuana use and its consequences.

SAM has advised almost every state government in the U.S., Pope Francis, Queen Silvia of Sweden, and several other governments, dignitaries, and international organizations. It has Special Consultative Status with the United Nations, and SAM team members have testified before Congress numerous times, as well as have appeared in almost every media outlet in the country.

Media Contact:
Colton Grace
(864) 492-6719
[email protected]

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USA: Politicians for Pot – Paying Policy Makers to Promote Addiction For Profit!


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –  September 13th, 2019

CONTACT:  Colton Grace [email protected] (864)-492-6719

Leading Marijuana Policy Group Unveils Latest Data on Marijuana Industry Donations

Now featuring donations from K-Street lobbying organizations

(Alexandria, VA) – Today, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), the nation’s leading, non-partisan non-profit dedicated to opposing marijuana commercialization and holding Big Marijuana accountable, released a thoroughly renovated database with the most up-to-date information available on political contributions made by the marijuana industry to federal elected officials.

The database now includes donations from K Street lobbying firms that work for the marijuana industry, like Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck (for the Cannabis Trade Federation) and Squire Patton Boggs (for John Boehner’s National Cannabis Roundtable).

“The flow of political donations from the marijuana industry to elected officials has grown exponentially over the last few years as massive investment from the titans of addiction has increased,” said Dr. Kevin Sabet, president of SAM and a former senior drug policy advisor to the Obama Administration. “Big Marijuana is dutifully following the playbook of Big Tobacco and part of that strategy was greasing the wheels on public policy with donations. Another key aspect was keeping those donations under the radar, we aren’t going to let that happen.”

This initiative seeks to expose elected officials who pocket money from the marijuana industry and then support policies that would benefit the pot profiteers, such as granting the industry investor access or tying the hands of the FDA from being able to have even basic oversight of the industry.

The Top Five Recipients of Marijuana Industry Donations in Congress

Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) – $103,500
Representative Kathleen Rice (D-NY) – $76,800
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) – $50,300
Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) – $32,600
Representative Dave Joyce (R-OH) – $29,700

A 2018 IPSOS poll found 44% of Americans are less likely to support elected officials who take Big Marijuana’s money, yet more and more politicians are on the receiving end of substantial contributions.

“We will continue to expose those who take pot money,” continued Dr. Sabet. “Elected officials should realize taking federally illegal money from an addiction-for-profit industry is dramatically unpopular. With the Surgeon General raising the alarm on the dangers of marijuana commercialization and normalization, and Big Tobacco and Big Pharma stepping in, we can only expect this to become even more unpopular.”
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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.

www.learnaboutsam.org

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GLOBAL: Mental Health + WEED =

THE MARIJUANA OF THE 1960S SENT ME DOWN A PATH OF MENTAL ILLNESS

As far as I’m concerned, those who claim that marijuana is harmless don’t know what they’re talking about.   Also there’s a misconception that only the stronger pot of today is dangerous.

What you don’t know is that I became addicted to marijuana in my early 20s, and suffered a psychotic breakdown shortly after my 25th birthday. Ever since then I’ve struggled with mental illness, especially depression with frequent thoughts of suicide. I’ve survived these decades by determination, a loving wife, years of therapy, and maximum doses daily of two separate antidepressants.

I had this fiery sphere in my head and couldn’t bear to look at brightly colored paintings or psychedelic album covers, because it felt like they were reaching out. I was so agitated that I was lucky to get four hours of sleep at night. Out in public, I controlled all this by force of will, and extreme concentration, which rendered me practically catatonic, and the effort left me in a state of constant exhaustion.

What saved me?

The only good that came out of this was that six months after the breakdown, I became obsessed with jazz. The focus diverted my attention away from the agony in my mind. And that is why I am here. Every gig, especially when I perform original work, is a victory and gets me closer to the person I could have been.

I hung on through this period by telling myself over and over, “Things will get better.” I also had a tolerant, supportive wife, Jane Lamar-Spicka (1947-2005). It took ten years, but this initial distress gradually ebbed, particularly the agitation and paranoia.

Sunrise of Eternity by George Spicka. Above: Ko, by George Spicka. To view more of George’s interesting works of art, check out his website.

For decades now, I have struggled with mental illness, depression, paranoia, and daily thoughts of suicide. With therapy, I slowly improved over time, but the big breakthrough occurred when I began antidepressants in the late 1990s, two actually, one at full dosage and the other even higher than the recommended dosage. Even so, it’s a daily struggle, but at least I’m free of the enveloping darkness.

That’s why I support these organizations

I belong to three national organizations whose mission is to make people,

especially parents, aware of marijuana’s dangers.

Smart Approaches to Marijuana” is headed by Kevin Sabet, who formerly worked in President Obama’s office of drug policy. SAM makes sure doctors, victims like myself, AAA, and law enforcement are present to testify as to what is occurring nationwide.

MomsStrong” has personal stories from parents, siblings, and sometimes the victims themselves, about marijuana’s negative effects of loved ones lives. It was co-founded by Lori Robinson, after her marijuana addicted son killed himself. Just like me, he developed severe depression, as do many others.

For complete story Weed & Good Mental Health DON’T MIX!

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Colorado: Power Brokers Hide Harms of Marijuana Mayhem

Colorado Doctor Sounds Alarm on Marijuana Legalization

High hopes dashed  –  September 6, 2019

Colorado’s experiment with marijuana legalization has been an epic disaster, according to one doctor seeing its effects on the front lines.

Dr. Karen Randall, an emergency room physician certified in “cannabis science and medicine,” said the legalization of marijuana has damaged, rather than helped, her home state. Randall, who spoke alongside former White House drug czar John Walters at the right-leaning Hudson Institute on Friday, said the public is being misled about the effects of recreational marijuana.

“I think the public needs to know that we are not okay,” Randall said. “The grand experiment is not going so well. I don’t think the public is hearing about this as they should be.”

Randall has seen a “marked increase in medical problems” at the emergency room she works at in Pueblo, Colo. She’s experienced increased admissions for cannabis-related nausea and cardiac issues. Dr. Randall is likely not alone. One recent study found a three-fold increase in marijuana-related admissions in the aftermath of legalization.

At the same time many patients use legal marijuana heavily under the misguided impression that it has medical benefits, according to Dr. Randall. She cited one patient who used marijuana to treat his brain cancer—unsurprisingly, without success.

“Patients routinely use a gram a day, five grams a day,” she said. “Why? It’s okay, it’s legal, it’s healthy, the industry has said it will cure all kinds of diseases.”

The Colorado state government is also working to perpetuate this belief. Randall cited the state’s recent decision to add Autism Spectrum Disorder to the list of conditions eligible for treatment with medical marijuana, which specifically permits the drug’s use by minors. The Autism Science Foundation says there is “limited research, and no evidence, on the potential short-term, long-term or neurodevelopmental risks and benefits of medical marijuana or its related compounds in ASD.”

There is, however, evidence that marijuana adversely affects developing brains. The U.S. surgeon general warned that chronic teen marijuana use negatively affects IQ, school performance, and is even linked to psychotic disorders including schizophrenia.

Randall said the state government has not only ignored scientific findings about marijuana’s effects to push sales, but failed in the regulatory responsibility it promised would accompany legalization. The surgeon general’s report noted that marijuana use during pregnancy is linked to “adverse outcomes, including lower birth weight.” A recent study of Colorado dispensaries found that 69 percent recommended women use marijuana anyway, with some actually discouraging mothers from telling their doctors about their drug use.

Randall pointed to other commonly cited effects of legalization, including a historic increase in homelessness and a growing population of chronic, marijuana-dependent users. All of these, she suggested, have gone unreported in spite of the toll they are taking on her community.

The glittering image of post-legalization Colorado—with billions in tax revenue and a happy populace—runs up against the uncomfortable reality of poor regulation and patients dangerously misguided about the risks and benefits of marijuana use.

“There are a whole host of us who are speaking out about it, and people need to start listening and looking to the future,” Randall said. “This is going to be a crisis with potential long-term consequences that will far outpace the opioid crisis, with lasting damages and lasting injuries, as well as a significant cost to the public.”

For complete story https://freebeacon.com/issues/colorado-doctor-sounds-alarm-on-marijuana-legalization/

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Global: Vaping – NOT Your Health Friend!

Vaping’s Plausible Deniability Is Going Up in Smoke

Ongoing FDA investigations and a spate of hospitalizations show that “safer than cigarettes” does not mean safe.

To market a product as less harmful than cigarettes is to damn it with faint praise.

America has known about the catastrophic harm smoking does to the human body for decades, so when e-cigarettes became widely available in the early 2010s, they were greeted with some optimism. The devices deliver nicotine or cannabinoids via vapor instead of smoke, which avoids some of the nasty by-products of combustion. There’s no way they could be as bad as cigarettes, right?

That rationale has helped nicotine-vaping rates explode since 2015, especially among teens. The same technology has become popular among cannabis users both legal and non-. But the question of vaping’s relative danger has recently taken on a much more desperate tone. While vaping is still so new that broad, long-term data on inhaling the often mysterious chemicals found in both nicotine and cannabis “vape juice” won’t be available for years, Americans are beginning to see the effects that heavy or extended use of the vaping market’s vast array of products might have.

The early evidence is alarming. A report today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found 450 cases in 33 states of a mysterious “vaping illness” that affects the lungs of otherwise healthy people, most of them under the age of 30. So far, three people have died, and the CDC is investigating a fourth.

As stories pile up of sicknesses, side effects, and the potential for long-term consequences, it’s clear that “safe” and “safer than smoking cigarettes” are vastly different things.

When the regulation of most tobacco products came under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s control in 2009, the agency was involved in a lawsuit with an e-cigarette manufacturer over efforts to classify vapes as drug-delivery devices, which would have put placed them under a much higher level of regulatory scrutiny than other tobacco products. That bid failed in 2010, and the consumer tobacco market quickly filled with clever marketing tactics for equally clever—and in many cases addictive—vaping products. E-cigarettes devices themselves didn’t officially come under FDA tobacco oversight until 2016.

Now government agencies such as the FDA and the CDC have to play catch-up. The most immediate concern is the illness that has landed hundreds of people in the hospital this summer. Its laundry list of potential symptoms includes fatigue, nausea, dizziness, and extreme shortness of breath. Vape juice can contain dozens of different chemicals, so reverse-engineering what hundreds of sick people across the country have in common is tricky. Some of the problematic substances might be long gone by now, or they could be part of black-market cannabis products that patients are reticent to turn over to federal authorities.

The FDA has emphasized that it is too early to know for sure what’s causing the worst health problems, but testing so far points to cannabis products as the likeliest source of the most dire symptoms. Most patients have reported using vape products with tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. No common chemical has been found yet across all the samples the FDA has tested, but public health authorities in New York have suggested vitamin E acetate is a possible culprit. Vitamin E acetate is sometimes found in the oil base for vape juice and can be harmful when inhaled in high concentrations.

In much of the country, cannabis’s cultural acceptance far outpaces its legal availability, which means that its users rely on products with unknown origins and ingredients, manufactured with no regulatory oversight. Marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, so even states that have legalized it are left on their own when regulating its manufacture and sale. One of the deaths has been linked to a cannabis vape purchased from an Oregon dispensary.

Advocates for the nicotine-vaping industry have been quick to point to black-market cannabis products as the real source of health problems, which they claim are being used misleadingly by anti-tobacco advocates to fuel their own crusades. But that argument belies the fundamental lack of information available when evaluating nicotine vaping’s impacts on health and its potential interactions with other drugs. Many of the people who are known to have fallen sick this summer use nicotine vapes in addition to cannabis, and it’s possible that lung irritation caused by frequent use of nicotine e-cigarettes could hasten or worsen the impacts of chemicals found in black-market cannabis products.

That argument also ignores the small but growing body of evidence that nicotine vaping could harm long-term users by itself, and especially those who start young. The FDA is investigating more than 120 reports of seizures and other neurological symptoms linked to vapes between 2010 and 2019. At least some of those cases have been linked to devices from Juul, the brand that commands more than 70 percent of the nicotine-vaping market in the United States and that has found particularly wide favor among teens and young adults. (In response to mounting health concerns, Juul CEO Kevin Burns has publicly urged people who aren’t already cigarette smokers to avoid vaping, including with products made by his company.) For complete story Vaping Up IN SMOKE!

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USA: Big Marijuana Latest ‘Innovation’ Turns Fatal!

Dear Friend,

As I am sure you have heard by now, the latest innovation of Big Marijuana has turned fatal.

Unfortunately, there are now hundreds of cases of severe respiratory illnesses with six deaths linked to the vaping of high potency marijuana.

In response, the Trump Administration is poised to ban non-tobacco flavored vaping products from the market, but as of yet there has been no mention of any action to be taken against the actual culprit responsible for these deaths: marijuana vapes.

It is vital that we take every action to urge elected officials at every level to immediately pull all marijuana vaping products off the shelves.

And despite what you may hear from the industry’s spin doctors, the DOJ and FDA can put an end to pot vaping without having to legalize and “regulate” the drug.

Click here now to call your Member of Congress and urge them to take action against Big Marijuana and stop turning a blind eye to the reality of the harms it is perpetrating on our country.

In order to prevent more loss of life at the hands of the addiction-for-profit industry, we must call on our federal representatives to ENFORCE FEDERAL LAW AND PUT AN END TO THE PRODUCTION AND SALE OF MARIJUANA VAPING PRODUCTS.

If you have social media, please be sure to use the hashtag #PotVapingCrisis  when sharing information related to this development.

Here is a sample tweet for you to use:

We can’t forget: marijuana vaping is the root cause of the recent slew of illness and deaths from vaping. Dear @realDonaldTrump, @HHSGov, @TheJusticeDept, @FDACommissioner, it’s time to hold Big Marijuana accountable for the #PotVapingCrisis

Nicotine vaping is indeed a scourge, but we cannot allow the fact that marijuana vaping is the root cause of this new rash of illnesses and deaths escape unnoticed. Please, do everything in your power to hold Big Pot accountable.

Together, we can help save lives,

Dr. Kevin Sabet
President and Founder,
Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM)

About SAM

Co-founded in 2013 by former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy and Dr. Kevin A. Sabet, a former senior drug policy advisor to the Obama Administration, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) is the nation’s premier non-profit, non-partisan marijuana policy organization. Advised by a blue ribbon scientific advisory board, SAM envisions a society where marijuana policies are aligned with the scientific understanding of marijuana’s harms, and the commercialization and normalization of marijuana are no more. Its mission is to educate citizens on the science of marijuana and to promote health-first, smart policies and attitudes that decrease marijuana use and its consequences.

SAM has advised almost every state government in the U.S., Pope Francis, Queen Silvia of Sweden, and several other governments, dignitaries, and international organizations. It has Special Consultative Status with the United Nations, and SAM team members have testified before Congress numerous times, as well as have appeared in almost every media outlet in the country.

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Australia: Meth Madness Blamed for Monster Crime Wave

‘I can’t wait to get out of valley’: Inside the sleepy Queensland town that has seen a 350 per cent rise in crime – and locals say the ice epidemic is to blame

  • Finch Hatton – the sleepy town in the Mackay Region – has seen crime rate rise
  • Residents are on edge after a number of businesses were targeted by thieves 
  • Business owner Chris Pollard claims rampant drug use is to blame for the spike

By KELSEY WILKIE FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA  4 September 2019

A once quiet town in rural Queensland has become a haven for criminals – and local residents claim a devastating ice epidemic is to blame.

Finch Hatton General Store was targeted by thieves last month, they managed to take off with $15,000 worth of cigarettes

Her store was ransacked one night in August. The thugs managed to take off with $15,000 worth of cigarettes.

‘They are all on edge. They want to feel safe but they can’t.

‘The fear is we might get targeted again.’

Ms Jones said she had never seen crime rates this bad in the six years she’s lived there.

The break-in was similar to what happened to the service station, which was hit by thieves just a few weeks earlier, Ms Jones said.

Valley Rural Services owner Chris Pollard told the Courier Mail ice was to blame for the spike in crime.

‘I can’t wait to get out of the Valley, and I never thought I would say that.

Business owners have been forced to install extra security after a string of break-ins

‘We never used to lock our doors or cars (but) people don’t feel safe here.’

There has been an increase in the number of drug-related arrests in the Finch Hatton division since 2003, Queensland Crime Statistics show.

For complete story go to  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7424545/Inside-Queensland-town-seen-350-cent-rise-crime.html?ico=pushly-notifcation-small

 

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California: Another Stunt to Sanitize ‘medicinal pot’

California: SB-223 Is A Marijuana Media Stunt
Kids Allowed to Take “Medi Pot” at K-12 Schools

Governor Gavin Newsom signs SB-223, California students will be allowed to take marijuana at K-12 schools, but only under certain conditions and only in districts that decide not to opt-out.

No cannabis of any sort is allowed within 1,000 feet of a school, so parents of pupils who consume pot during the school day, must take children 1,000 feet away from campus to administer the, and then return them to school.

These are the conditions under which the marijuana is administered under the new law:

  • The student is a “qualified” patient with a valid written medical recommendation for medicinal cannabis
  • The student’s parent or guardian provide a copy of the recommendation to the school to keep on file.
  • The medicinal cannabis is not stored on campus, and can’t be smoked or vaped.  So, the pot would be an edible, oil, capsules, tinctures, liquids.
  • The parent or guardian sign in when coming on campus to administer it to a student. They must not disrupt the educational environment or expose other students to medi- pot.

Any FDA approved drug can already be administered to a student on campus. If the drug being administered is not FDA approved it is dangerous and possibly child abuse to administer a substance that is not properly identified as to its content, not tested, and not pure. Anti-seizure drugs that have been double-blind tested and approved as effective such as Epidiolex are typically dosed in the morning and evening. There is no reason for a mid-day treatment but if there is even a school nurse could administer it.

This bill is a stunt because it is being proposed just to get a news headline:
“Pot Can Now Be Given By Parents to Their Children At School”

The goal is to continue to mislead the public and the rues that is “medical” marijuana.

“The entire ‘medical’ marijuana recommendation protocol has been a sham from the beginning. Even the pot industry admits that the designation of marijuana as a medicine was just to help get it approved for just getting high. I know personally as I received 3 ‘recommendations’ myself without ever seeing a doctor.”
-Scott Chipman 

“In light of the recent Surgeon General warning against marijuana use by young people we urge Governor Newsom to follow former Governor Jerry Brown’s lead and not to sign this bill. If he signs we urge school boards to opt-out, and we urge parents to contact their local school boards and expose this sham and to educate their children on the dangers of marijuana use.”
-Carla Lowe

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