USA: Colorado – SMART CO – Calling the Crap on Cannabis Creep!


SMART CO! Update – April 24, 2018

When Colorado voters legalized marijuana, they may not have envisioned the ways the products and its marketing would evolve. Today’s marijuana products come in various forms and their potency is far higher than the weed of past eras. Meanwhile, youth are exposed to unprecedentedly aggressive marketing of these new products.

In a column in the Colorado Politics newsletter, Smart Colorado Executive Director Henny Lasley chronicled how the marijuana industry has continually tried to expand marijuana commercialization through the legislative process since the 2012 passage of Amendment 64, which legalized recreational marijuana in Colorado.

“Marijuana commercialization in Colorado is linked to higher rates of youth use,” Lasley wrote. “Denver and Pueblo, the epicenters of commercialization, have significantly higher rates of youth marijuana consumption than the state as a whole, according to state data.”

Yet the effort by some in the industry to push the boundaries of what’s allowed is unrelenting, as illustrated by two bills that Smart Colorado has opposed this session.

The first proposal, which would created a pilot program for marijuana delivery, was defeated in a Senate Committee hearing last week.  Smart Colorado highlighted how 18-20 year olds are able to buy medical marijuana and then share it with youth. The proponents had refused to consider an amendment to carve out delivery to 18-20 year olds. We thank Senators Fields, Cooke and Gardner for their leadership by voting against the bill.

The second measure that concerns Smart Colorado is House Bill 1258, which is pending in the state Senate.

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HB 1258 would allow recreational marijuana stores to open facilities where customers could use marijuana, including highly potent concentrates, on site. Smart Colorado has raised several concerns about it:

  • In communities that opt in, pot shops could double the number of storefronts by adding these new facilities, vastly increasing commercialization.
  • The bill could lead to more impaired drivers on our roads. The number of Coloradans killed in marijuana-involved car accidents has steadily increased since 2013, reaching 77 in in 2016, the most recent year reported by the state.
  • Amendment 64 states: “[N]othing in this section shall permit consumption that is conducted openly and publicly or in a manner that endangers others.” The laws governing alcohol allow for public consumption in licensed premises – this constitutional language governing marijuana specifically prohibits it.

We urge you to share these concerns with your state senator and tell her or him to vote against HB 1258. This convenient state service allows you to identify your state legislators and find their contact info.  Please email or call your state senator today. Your voice matters!

Educating parents on risks of increasing marijuana potency

The potency of Colorado’s marijuana products have increased hand in hand with commercialization, with unprecedented levels of THC, marijuana’s main mood-altering ingredient.

Smart Colorado’s new education campaign in Colorado Springs, supported by local funders, warns parents that today’s marijuana products are “deceptively different” from the marijuana they may have experienced decades ago.

High-impact billboards on I-25 point to NotTheSamePot.org, a new informational source on the risks of high-potency marijuana products to developing brains. The billboards were covered by the local NBC affiliate, KOAA, and we’re promoting the campaign on Smart Colorado’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

We hope this educational resource prompts parents to have productive discussions with their children. If you find it useful, please share it with parents you know.

Please support Smart Colorado’s advocacy for kids

If you believe in Smart Colorado’s mission, please donate today to support our work. As a nonprofit, we depend on the generosity of people like you. Thousands also have liked Smart Colorado on Facebook to get the latest news about our efforts to protect youth.  You can also engage with us on Twitter. And please spread the word to your friends, family and neighbors. Thank you.

 

About Smart Colorado

Smart Colorado is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting the health, safety, and well-being of Colorado youth as marijuana becomes increasingly available and commercialized. Smart Colorado is a project of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center. To learn more about Smart Colorado, please visit:

smartcolorado.org

 

 

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DRUG FREE AMERICA: Celebrating a True Community Champion – Calvina Fay!

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

Calvina Fay Announces her retirement from Drug Free America Foundation

For Immediate Release

St. Petersburg, FL – Thursday, April 26, 2018- Calvina Fay, Executive Director of Drug Free America Foundation announced at Wednesday night’s Annual Lifetime Achievement Awards Gala that she will be retiring at the end of the month. Fay has been executive director of the organization for twenty years and a drug prevention advocate for over thirty-five years.

As Calvina Fay steps down as executive director, she does so after a distinguished career in drug prevention that few can match. “Under Calvina Fay’s leadership, Drug Free America has had a profound impact in Florida, in the United States and throughout the world,” according to Betty Sembler, founder of Drug Free America Foundation.

In her remarks, Fay thanked everyone for their support throughout the years and encouraged them to continue the fight. “Drug Free America Foundation has left an enormous footprint on the effort to combat substance abuse, and I know through our shared commitment this organization will continue to lead the way,” Fay said. “Without the efforts of this organization, I am convinced that schedule one drugs like heroin, LSD, PCP and marijuana would be legal, and the number of young people using these illicit drugs would be far greater,” she added.

In addition to her work with Drug Free America Foundation, Fay was a founding board member of Save Our Society from Drugs (S.O.S.) and was president of Drug Watch International, a network engaged in combating the drug legalization movement globally. She has served as an advisor to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy as well as several political leaders, including President George W. Bush, on drug policy issues.

Fay is considered a pioneering expert on workplace drug abuse prevention programs. She has authored several books, including The Supervisor’s Handbook for Preventing Drug Abuse in the Workplace and Starting a Drug Free Business Initiative, as well as numerous newsletters and publications in the field on regional and national levels. She was the managing editor and co-author of A Report on Employer Attitudes and the Impact of Drug Control Strategies on Workplace Productivity. She also served as the managing editor of a monograph titled Drug Abuse in the Decade of the Brain.

Fay also holds a master’s degree in business administration and has built and sold two successful businesses. She has taught at a number of universities including Argentina’s Universidad del Salvador, where she was named an honorary professor.

Fay expressed her optimism that the momentum will continue and increase under new leadership. “Amy Ronshausen, the incoming executive director, shares my passion for this mission. I have been privileged to have her by my side for the past 10 years, and this organization is fortunate to have her as its next leader,” Fay concluded.

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“We here at ‘DONT LEGALIZE DRUGS’ are very sorry to see a wonderful champion for best practice drug policy advocacy, step back.

Calvina’s commitment and contribution to the health and well-being of our society has been stellar and rarely equaled. We want to thank her and her family for their superlative dedication and remarkable impact and legacy!

She will be missed – But not forgotten!”

 

 

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USA: Chinese Criminals Cultivating Cannabis Crime Chaos in California!

US seizes pot-growing houses tied to China-based criminals

  • By DON THOMPSON, ASSOCIATED PRESS SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Apr 2018

McGregor Scott, the U.S. Attorney For the Eastern District of California, discusses the months-long investigation that led to the law enforcement raids on illegal pot grows in roughly 100 Northern California homes, during an interview the Associated Press, April 4, 2018, in Sacramento,

Hundreds of federal and local law enforcement agents have seized roughly 100 Northern California houses purchased with money wired to the United States by a Chinese-based crime organization and used to grow massive amounts of marijuanaillegally, authorities said Wednesday.

The raids culminated a monthslong investigation focusing on dozens of Chinese nationals who bought homes in seven counties. Most of the buyers were in the country legally and were not arrested as authorities investigate if they were indebted to the gang and forced into the work, U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott said.

Much of the pot was shipped to Georgia, Illinois, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania through Atlanta, Chicago and New York City, he said. The drug is legal in California but requires permits to grow and can’t be sent across state lines. It is still banned by the U.S. government.

Black-market pot-growing houses have proliferated in the inland California region where authorities carried out the raids, and many of them were traced to Chinese criminal organizations from the San Francisco Bay Area in the mid-2000s, Scott said. The high number of grow houses in the area may be because of low property prices compared with the Bay Area and the state’s large Chinese population, the prosecutor said.

Scott called the recent crackdown “a game-changer” that may have cost the criminal organization “hundreds of millions of dollars” in lost drug profits and the money it spent on the homes.

“It hits the criminals right where it counts — in the pocketbook,” he said.

Authorities tracked at least 125 wire transfers totaling $6.3 million from Fujian Province in China, all just below the $50,000 limit imposed by the Chinese government.

For complete story http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/us-seizes-pot-growing-houses-tied-china-based-54237083

 

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USA: Boehner Back-flip for Bucks!

The Disgusting Hypocrisy of John Boehner

By James McClure |  Apr 14, 2018

In a disgusting display of hypocrisy, former House Speaker John Boehner joined the marijuana legalization movement earlier this week after opposing cannabis reform for decades. Boehner claims that his position on marijuana has “evolved” in recent years, but the move is depressingly consistent with his stance toward cashing in on his political influence.

Boehner declared his new position on marijuana at the same time as announcing his decision to join the cannabis investment group Acreage Holdings as a member of its board of advisors (likely a euphemism for unregistered lobbyists).

That coincidence might seem innocent until you consider Boehner’s track record of selling out to to special-interest groups.

Back in 1995, then Congressman Boehner handed out checks from tobacco lobbyists to his colleagues on the floor of the House of Representatives while the chamber was deliberating whether or not to support government subsidies for tobacco farmers. That’s right: he was acting as Big Tobacco’s messenger boy by brazenly handing out checks in plain sight.

So it’s no surprise that after leaving Congress in 2015, Boehner immediately took a position as a lobbyist for Reynolds America – the distributors of Camels, which just so happen to be Boehner’s favorite cigarettes. It was the perfect job for the politician that NPR dubbed “the nation’s highest-ranking smoker” during his tenure as House Speaker. But that title is actually a misnomer because Boehner only approved of puffing one specific plant.

While shilling for Big Tobacco, Boehner spoke out against marijuana – a significantly less harmful substance than cigarettes. But that didn’t stop Boehner from becoming one of the biggest proponents of the debunked ‘gateway drug‘ theory while serving as House Speaker.

“I am unalterably opposed to the legalization of marijuana or any other FDA Schedule I drug,” he told Bloombergback in 2011. “I remain concerned that legalization will result in increased abuse of all varieties of drugs, including alcohol.”

That bit about alcohol is particularly galling since Boehner cozied up to liquor lobbyists during his time on Capital Hill. Between 1991 and 2004, Boehner’s political action committee took in $110,000 from the Wine and Sprits Wholesalers of America – one of many alcohol lobbies that invested in Boehner to represent their interests in Congress.

While speaking up for tobacco and liquor lobbyists, Boehner tried to silence the will of voters in Washington, DC by voting against implementing a successful ballot initiative to let patients in the District use medical marijuana. Of course, that was back in 1999 – when there wasn’t much money to be made in the marijuana industry. Now that state-legalized markets are making billions in sales every year, it’s no surprise that Boehner has suddenly “evolved” on the issue. For complete story Backflipping Boehner

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USA: New Jersey Governor – Let’s not let facts get in the way of a Stoner Agenda!

NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR MURPHY FIGHTS FOR MARIJUANA INDUSTRY

March 2018

Yesterday, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy vowed to fight for the legalization of marijuana, despite opposition in his own party, the Democratic Party of New Jersey.  New Jersey’s Black Caucus and many Democratic representative support decriminalization as a better alternative. Governor Murphy seems to be acting recklessly.

New Jersey’s new governor should know that Colorado has a $500 -700 million budget deficit this year, and that Colorado Governor Hickenlooper advised other governors not to legalize.   All drugs become more available via legalization of marijuana.

Ties to Cannabis Industry and Lobby

However, the governor’s chief of staff, Peter Cammarano, founded the New Jersey Cannabis Industry Association.   Cammarano did not disclose who is on the trade group’s board, but one wonders how much its members donated to Murphy’s gubernatorial campaign.

If the industry donated to Murphy’s campaign, one can consider this money “blood money.”   Legalization usually leads to more people using all drugs, and more DUI driving deaths.  In the midst of an opioid crisis, this policy normalizes pot use rather than offering people an alternative of recovery, hope, and success.

SAM and RAMP oppose Legalization

Do you want a New Jersey with more or fewer people using drugs? Do you want a state with more impaired drivers on the road or fewer of them? In the midst of an opioid crisis, do you want to further drug normalization?

We all know who will pay for this policy – vulnerable communities (where do YOU think pot shops will end up?), our youth (what parent can honestly say that using pot is GOOD for their kids?), and Garden State taxpayers (today’s highly potent THC is linked to a host of problems, including mental illness). And we know drug dealers will thrive under legalization by evading taxes, undercutting the legal price, and selling to kids. If we have an age limit as the Governor proposes, who do we think will keep selling pot to a 12-year-old? Just ask Colorado, where a major newspaper just labeled the state “marijuana’s black market hub.”

For complete story http://www.poppot.org/2018/03/14/new-jersey-governor-murphy-fights-marijuana-industry/

 

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USA: SAM Press Conference

WATCH: SAM Press Conference To Be Broadcast Live on C-SPAN2 at 12:00pm on 4/20

Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, Nation’s First African-American Magistrate Judge & Experts from NIH, AAA, and representatives from other sectors will be at the National Press Club t o Highlight Marijuana Harms 

[Washington, DC] – At noon on 4/20,  Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) is hosting a press event with former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, AAA Representatives, and other experts on April 20th – the unofficial “marijuana holiday,” to highlight the harms of marijuana to society.
This event will highlight the damage of marijuana and the explosion of high potency THC on the market, and attendees will hear from ER doctors, roadway specialists, researchers, members of the clergy, elected officials, and others.

WHO:
Dr. Kevin A. Sabet, President, Smart Approaches to Marijuana
Hon. Patrick J. Kennedy, Former United States Representative, Honorary Board Member, Smart Approaches to Marijuana
Hon. Arthur Burnett, Sr., The Nation’s First African American Magistrate Judge
Jake Nelson, Director, Traffic Safety Advocacy & Research, AAA
Dr. Roneet Lev, Chief of Scripps Mercy Emergency Department San Diego
Dr. Christine Miller, Neuroscientist, Advisory Board Member, Smart Approaches to Marijuana
Senator Ron Rice, New Jersey State Senator, Chair, Legislative Black Caucus
Bishop Jethro James, Senior Pastor, Paradise Baptist Church
Bishop Ronald Demery Jr., Pastor, Bible Way Church, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Susan Weiss, Director, Division of Extramural Research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse
WHAT: SAM 4/20 event with former Congressman Patrick Kennedy and others to highlight the harms of marijuana.
WHEN:
Friday April 20th, 2018
Press Arrival: 11:50AM
Start of Press Conference: 12:00PM
WHERE: Bloomberg Room, National Press Club, 529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20045
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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. For more information about marijuana use and its effects, visit http://www.learnaboutsam.org.

 

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GLOBAL: Cannabis Cramps No Joke

Marijuana linked to ‘unbearable’ sickness across US as use grows following legalisation

‘The pain was unbearable, like somebody was wringing out my stomach like a washcloth’

By the time Thomas Hodorowski made the connection between his marijuana habit and the bouts of pain and vomiting that left him incapacitated every few weeks, he had been to the emergency room dozens of times, tried anti-nausea drugs, anti-anxiety medications and antidepressants, endured an upper endoscopy procedure and two colonoscopies, seen a psychiatrist and had his appendix and gallbladder removed.

The only way to get relief for the nausea and pain was to take a hot shower.

He often stayed in the shower for hours at a time. When the hot water ran out, “the pain was unbearable, like somebody was wringing my stomach out like a washcloth”, said Hodorowski, 28, a production and shipping assistant who lives outside Chicago.

It was nearly 10 years before a doctor finally convinced him that the diagnosis was cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, a condition that causes cyclic vomiting in heavy marijuana users and can be cured by quitting marijuana.

Until recently the syndrome was thought to be uncommon or even rare. But as marijuana use has increased, emergency room physicians say they have seen a steady flow of patients with the telltale symptoms, especially in states where marijuana has been decriminalised and patients are more likely to divulge their drug use to physicians.

After marijuana was legalised in Colorado, we had a doubling in the number of cases of cyclic vomiting syndrome we saw,” many probably related to marijuana use, said Dr Cecilia J Sorensen, an emergency room doctor at University of Colorado Hospital at the Anschutz medical campus in Aurora, who has studied the syndrome.

Dr Eric Lavonas, director of emergency medicine at Denver Health and a spokesman for the American College of Emergency Physicians, said, “CHS went from being something we didn’t know about and never talked about to a very common problem over the last five years.”

Now a new study, based on interviews with 2,127 adult emergency room patients under 50 at Bellevue, a large public hospital in New York City, found that of the 155 patients who said they smoked marijuana at least 20 days a month, 51 heavy users said they had during the past six months experienced nausea and vomiting that were specifically relieved by hot showers.

Extrapolating from those findings, the authors estimated that up to 2.7 million of the 8.3 million Americans known to smoke marijuana daily or near daily may suffer from at least occasional bouts of CHS.

For complete article https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/marijuana-us-sickness-nausea-stomach-pain-symptoms-hot-shower-colorado-chicago-medicine-health-a8295491.html

 

 

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CANADA: POT POLICY too complicated, or only for Stoners?

WATCH: Trudeau officials can’t answer simple question on his pot law

April 4, 2018 Brian Lilley Canadian Politcs

So how many pot plants can you have when the new law legalizing marijuana, sorry cannabis, takes effect?

Can you have two plants, four plants, more plants? Does it matter if the plants are budding or flowering?

That last part is a question that Senator Denise Batters wanted to know the answer to. Batters, a lawyer and former top aide to a provincial justice minister had read the legislation and found it didn’t quite make sense.

So at the Senate Legal Affairs Committee, Senator Batters asked the representatives from Public Safety and the RCMP about some confusion in the law which at Section 8.1 (e) states that it is illegal, “for an individual to possess more than four cannabis plants that are not budding or flowering.”

Batters had a simple question, “Does that mean that you could potentially possess more than four plants if they are budding or flowering?”

After a long pause, officials say they can’t answer the question

For complete article http://brianlilley.com/watch-trudeau-officials-cant-answer-simple-question-on-his-pot-law/

 

 

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USA: Weed to Manage Smack – Not an Answer!!

 

We wanted to make sure you had seen this excellent article in STAT News by Dr. Nicholas Chadi and SAM Science Advisory Board Member Dr. Sharon Levy on whether recent medical studies show that marijuana legalization reduces opioid deaths:
Easing access to marijuana is not a way to solve the opioid epidemic
By  NICHOLAS CHADI and  SHARON LEVY
APRIL 12, 2018
T he take-home message from research published last week in  JAMA Internal Medicine – let’s liberalize  access to marijuana as a way to address the raging opioid epidemic – captured the public imagination. We disagree. Supporting medical or recreational marijuana as an alternative to opioids for conditions like chronic pain is a bad idea, especially for America’s youths.
Using state-level data, the authors of the JAMA study evaluated opioid-prescribing trends to Medicaid patients between 2011 and 2016 in states that started to implement medical and adult-use marijuana laws and compared them to rates in the remaining states. Opioid prescribing was about 6 percent lower in states with medical marijuana laws than those without.
Though the results are intriguing, the study had several limitations, which the authors point out: The cross-sectional design of the study makes it impossible to say that medical marijuana use caused the reduction in opioid prescribing. There wasn’t information to account for the strength or dosage of marijuana prescriptions, and there was no change in opioid prescribing in Connecticut and Maryland, which both have medical marijuana programs.
Public health efforts inevitably involve trade-offs, but interventions that are broadly disseminated must have minimal harms. For example, while vaccine reactions can be serious and even lethal, they are exceedingly rare. Not so for harms associated with marijuana use. There is ample evidence that individuals – especially adolescents – who use marijuana have much higher rates of  mood,  anxiety, and psychotic disorders than their peers. The loss of motivation that we see in so many of our patients who use marijuana, its negative impact on functioning at school or at work, and its likely connection with  cognitive decline are other serious and common harms.
Adolescents who use marijuana are also more likely to misuse  prescription opioid medications. In our experience, nearly all of our patients with opioid addiction first used marijuana heavily.
Controlling access to addictive psychoactive substances is challenging. Electronic cigarettes offer an instructive example. In 2013, former Surgeon General Richard Carmona promoted electronic cigarettes as having  “very meaningful harm reduction potential” for adult smokers. Unfortunately, access to electronic cigarettes was not confined to adult smokers, and today they are the bane of junior high schools around the country, even though it is illegal for children to purchase them.
Children and teens from demographic groups that had long ago rejected tobacco are now  “vaping” in large numbers. Electronic cigarettes have  known toxicities and other  real safety risks. Teens who vape are much more likely  to start smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes. As pediatric addiction medicine specialists, we have noticed large upticks in patients using electronic cigarettes, and we get calls from schools around the country asking for help in managing the problem. While some adults who smoked tobacco cigarettes may benefit from electronic cigarettes, they are addicting legions of children to nicotine. Far from being a knockout punch to tobacco, electronic cigarettes have backfired as a public health strategy.
Easing access to medical marijuana could cause the same problems.
It also risks taking attention away from the development of evidence-based treatments for individuals who have chronic medical conditions and could potentially benefit from cannabinoids, the active ingredient in marijuana.
Dispensing cannabinoids in the form of marijuana was mentioned in a 1982 Institute of Medicine report. It noted that these molecules were likely to have therapeutic value, although no pharmaceutical products were then available. The report cautioned against an “uncontrolled program” and supported the development of research infrastructure that would allow us to obtain valid scientific evidence on the effectiveness and side effects of pharmaceutical-grade cannabinoid products. Thirty-five years later, that infrastructure is still nearly entirely lacking and the science behind medical marijuana is trailing far behind marketing efforts to commercialize products for which very little evidence of effectiveness exists.
As with tobacco, many of the most serious harms from marijuana use accrue over time, making it more difficult for patients and physicians alike to identify marijuana as a cause of health problems. For example, millions of Americans have experienced episodes of  intractable vomiting secondary to heavy cannabis use, and there is increasing evidence that even short exposures to secondhand marijuana smoke can  harm blood vessels throughout the body, though these harms are not thoughtfully considered in marijuana policy.
Despite the problems with greater access to marijuana, a strong pro-marijuana movement has seized the opportunity to medicalize its mission and thus change public perception of the drug. The campaign has been met with tremendous success and has even altered our language, such that the word “marijuana” can now be used to refer to any product that contains cannabinoids – from the original stems and leaves of the Cannabis sativa plant to concentrated oils and cannabis-infused gummy bears and chocolate bars.
This sloppiness has consequences. Many so-called medical marijuana studies test pharmaceutical-grade cannabinoids that bear little resemblance to the products available in marijuana dispensaries. Standardized production protocols that insure delivery of reliably formulated and evidence-based products are needed to protect patients but are practically absent for medical marijuana. Patients with chronic pain conditions deserve better from the medical profession, but current medical marijuana policies that allow medical marijuana to be sold for profit without the rigorous steps that are required for the development of all other medications serve as a disincentive to research.
Aggressive solutions to stop the  opioid epidemic, one of the deadliest public health crises of our generation, are sorely needed. We don’t believe that increasing access to marijuana for controlling conditions like chronic pain is one of them. Marijuana, medical or otherwise, creates high risks for healthy people – especially young people – who make up the majority of Americans. At the same time, it is a disservice to the minority who could potentially benefit from cannabinoid therapy. We need to make sure that our solutions to the opioid crisis don’t create new and even greater problems.
Nicholas Chadi, M.D., a pediatrician who specializes in adolescent medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, is the first pediatric addiction medicine fellow to train in North America. Sharon Levy, M.D., is the director of the Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and an associate professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.
Additional Resources on Link Between Marijuana and Opioids
This article follows other warnings from medical professionals: the recent editorialpublished in the Journal of the Society for the Study of Addiction, which cautions against drawing erroneous conclusions from population studies, and the editorial comment from the American Society of Addiction Medicine on February 20, 2018. And don’t forget NIDA’s  rigorous study showing pot users are twice as likely to have abused opioids and have an opioid use disorder than non-marijuana users.
SAM has published a one-pager describing the overwhelming link between marijuana and opioid abuse. While not every marijuana user will go on to use heroin, nearly all heroin users previously abused marijuana. We need smart policies that discourage use, get people back on their feet, and restore people to participate in and contribute to society. States that have legalized marijuana, by contrast, see increased drugged driving, increased arrests of minority youth, and increased emergency room visits. Colorado’s opioid deaths have doubled between 2011-15. Legalization is a failed experiment.
Please visit learnaboutsam.org to learn about a smarter approach.
Sincerely,
Kevin Sabet
President, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM)

Affiliated Fellow, Yale University

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USA: Busting Cannabis Croppers Corrupting Community Land

COURT OF APPEALS RULES DOJ CAN ENFORCE LAW ON FEDERAL LAND

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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Department of Justice can go after pot growers on federal lands.  The ruling says a congressional budgetary restriction preventing the enforcement of federal laws in medical pot states does not apply to the growing and manufacturing of marijuana on federal land.

Under the court’s ruling, pot growers can now be investigated by DEA and prosecuted by United States Attorneys if their pot operations occurred on federal lands managed by the Forest Service and other federal agencies, even in states where “medical” marijuana is allowed.

Instead of changing laws, Congress has passed budget measures that prevent the Department of Justice from going after pot growers.  In this regard, Congress shamelessly joined many states in selectively choosing which laws should be enforced.

Court of Appeals leads the way

However, this new ruling is a victory for federal law which  could put a damper on the burgeoning marijuana industry.  Many people consider the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals which rules California and other Western states the most liberal circuit court in the country.

A Silent Poison details how growers in Northern California are destroying the environment and public lands.  Some pot growers use and abuse federal lands under the guise of producing “medicine.”  Two California counties have called a “state of  emergency” and asked for help in dealing with the illegal growers.

Evidence of Pot Industry Lies to Justify Legalization

Two of the biggest lies used by the pot industry uses to justify legalization are:  1) legalizing will keep marijuana out of the hands of children, and 2) legalization will destroy the black market.   We have never had more powerful evidence to the contrary.

According to the latest National Survey for Drug Use and Health, NSDUH, states that have legalized marijuana in some form have the highest youth use rates in the nation. A chart from the NSDUH summarizes the 2015-2016 survey. This information is one of the most powerful documents expose the lies of the pot industry.

For complete article http://www.poppot.org/2018/04/10/court-rules-doj-can-enforce-law-federal-land/

 

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