Marijuana ‘Manufacturing’ Method Mayhem! Your community at real risk!

‘Marijuana Manufacturing Method Mayhem! Your community at real risk!

In light of the recent butane caused fire in a marijuana company that injured many firefighters in Los Angles, you should prosecute butane companies who sell butane to make marijuana products. In 2017, the US Attorney for Southern California successfully prosecuted a butane company for supplying butane that was used to make marijuana products. Read how they did it.

https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdca/pr/company-owner-admits-supplying-butane-make-illegal-hash-oil

Many methods are utilized to convert or “manufacture” marijuana into marijuana concentrates. One method is the butane extraction process. This process is particularly dangerous because it uses highly flammable butane to extract the THC from the cannabis plant. In this process, shredded or ground up plant material is stuffed into a glass, metal, or plastic pipe, with a filter on one end and then the butane is forced in the open end of the pipe. As the butane goes through the pipe, the THC within the plant material is extracted and forced through the filter usually into a receptacle. The receptacle is then heated to burn off the remaining butane creating a butane gas. Given the extremely volatile nature of heating butane and creating a gas, this process has resulted in violent explosions. THC extraction labs are being reported nationwide, particularly in the western states and in states where local and state marijuana laws are more relaxed. https://www.dea.gov/sites/default/files/resource-center/Publications/marijuana-concentrates.pdf

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Los Angeles Times: Criminal inquiry begins in downtown L.A. explosion

Cause is unknown in blast that damaged several buildings and injured 12 firefighters.

A criminal investigation is underway after a massive explosion in a downtown Los Angeles warehouse on Saturday injured 12 firefighters and left several buildings damaged, law enforcement sources told The Times.

  • Downtown was rocked Saturday night by the blast, which broke out in an older business district off East 3rd Street, known for its various smoke shops. Authorities referred to it as Bong Row.

“We are in the early stages of an investigation. We are looking at every aspect at this stage. We haven’t determined a cause,” Los Angeles Police Department Assistant Chief Horace Frank said. “The explosion was massive and those firefighters are very lucky to be alive.”

An initial investigation identified the business that caught fire as Smoke Tokes, a warehouse distributor with supplies for butane hash oil, said Capt. Erik Scott, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Authorities said carbon dioxide and butane canisters were found inside the building, and investigators are trying to determine whether oil stores on site might have sparked the blast. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

The owner of Smoke Tokes could not be reached for comment.

The explosion damaged several storefronts, melted fire helmets and left one firetruck burned and covered in debris. Officials said firefighters had to pass through a fireball to escape.

“Firefighters were coming out with obvious damage and burns,” Scott said. They ran “straight through that ball of flame to get to safety across the street.”

Eleven firefighters received treatment for burn injuries at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, according to the LAFD. A 12th firefighter was treated and released at an emergency room Saturday night for “a minor extremity injury,” said Nicholas Prange, an LAFD spokesman.

For complete article https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-05-17/criminal-investigation-downtown-la-building-explosion

 

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Global: Increasing Harm, with Harm Reduction? Opioid Damage

Quantifying the social costs of pharmaceutical opioid misuse and illicit opioid use to Australia 

In recent decades the range and patterns of opioids used for extra-medical purposes have changed. The use of pharmaceutical opioids exceeds the use of heroin. In 2017, 63 percent of opioid deaths were attributed exclusively to pharmaceutical opioids, 28 percent to illicit opioids and 8 percent to both illicit and pharmaceutical opioids (aged 15-64 years).

The objective of this report was to estimate the social costs arising from extra-medical opioid use in Australia for the financial year 2015/16. Due to data limitations in most cases we only estimated the costs occurring in this 12-month period. For example, on-going care of chronic conditions was not included. The exceptions to this were for certain harms which occurred in 2015/16 but which had longer-term ramifications, for example premature deaths, where discounted streams of future costs (lost economic activity and lost contributions to household chores) and partially offsetting savings (future health expenditure ’avoided’ by premature deaths) were estimated. The authors also included the long-term costs of road traffic accidents, as were the expected future costs of opioid attributable imprisonment for those sentenced in 2015/16.

For complete report go to APO – Quantifying the social costs of pharmaceutical opioid misuse

Policy Reflection: The misuse of OST (Opioid Substitute Treatments) or MAT (Medically Assisted Treatments) or any other opioid pharmaceutical displacement mechanism that does not have a sunset clause to usage, will continue to be a major contributor to both morbidity and mortality. This can either occur over a longer time simply due to the toxic nature of persistent opioid use on the human biological unit; or short term, by direct  misuse of the legal opioid for ‘recreational’ or self-harming purposes, by either the client or their network.

This growing issue continues to be overlooked or deliberately discounted by certain sectors. Which means that this, arguably well-meaning, but poorly implemented ‘harm reduction’ mechanism, continues to add to the drug using cohort and the increasing harms this ‘pairing’ collectively bring.

The net result of a no-exit, perpetual use of opioids, whether licit or illicit, only causes harm, the very thing the policy pillar was supposed to reduce.

If sunset clauses and exit strategies are not harnessed to these chemical mechanisms, then we will only see these harms grow, along with an ever-burgeoning pressure and cost to the health-care system. This is not best practice health care, and no longer rates as a positive ‘net community benefit’ economic rationale either.

Reducing drug use is the primary objective of the National Drug Strategy, and in both its intent and specifics does not promote, or we would argue, condone this policy and people failing measure.

Drug use exiting recovery is not only possible, but consistently achieved when actively facilitated in its best practice format too.

We will leave you with a very provocative quote (now 14 years old) but perhaps even more relevant today? A statement that could have only been published then, but with the  ‘cancel culture outrage’ in play at present, may well be ignored now and for the very reasons it confronts.

“The medical profession and the addicted community have a complex, symbiotic, mutually dependent relationship that does none of us any good. Basically, they pretend to be ill and we pretend to treat them. And thousands of public employees make a good living out of it. Prescribing for opiate addicts is like throwing petrol on a fire; pointless, counterproductive, stupid, self-defeating. And yet we keep doing it.”    Dr Phil Peverley, PULSE, 22 June 2006

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Global: Let’s Not Let Facts Get in the Way of a Good Story!

THINK YA KNOW: IS MARIJUANA SAFER THAN ALCOHOL?

Is marijuana really safer than alcohol? Today, we tackle this common misconception with the following thought provoking facts. Check out our new video (please share!), and the below links to some relevant research, parent testimonials, and PopPot’s excellent blog posts on this important topic.

Think Ya Know: Is Marijuana Safer than Alcohol?

What Does the Science Say?

“Beyond the role of cognition in vulnerability to substance use, the concurrent and lasting effects of adolescent cannabis use can be observed on important cognitive functions and appear to be more pronounced than those observed for alcohol.”

See marijuana vs. alcohol research published by Psychiatry Online.


Cannabis does not replace alcohol or take away the harms of alcohol. Cannabis use is associated with increased risk of Alcohol Use Disorder.

See this research on Cannabis Use and Alcohol Use Disorders published on Science Direct.


“People who smoked cannabis four or more days of the week over many years ended up in a lower social class than their parents, with lower-paying, less skilled and less prestigious jobs than those who were not regular cannabis smokers,” said Magdalena Cerdá, an epidemiologist at the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program. “These regular and persistent users also experienced more financial, work-related and relationship difficulties, which worsened as the number of years of regular cannabis use progressed.”

Check out this U.C. Davis research on cannabis and negative outcomes.


Which is worse: pot or alcohol?

A  CBS News affiliate did a report in 2014: “There actually is quite a difference between pot and alcohol.”

WKTB of LaCrosse, Wisconsin aired this news report in 2014, as some U.S. states began to legalize marijuana.

Marijuana is as Dangerous as Alcohol Behind the Wheel

Two testimonies from the MomsStrong.org blog show that marijuana is just as deadly as alcohol when the driver is impaired.

Read of one mother’s tragic loss of her daughter in a marijuana DUI. Read Medical Marijuana and My Daughter’s Life Collided.

And, of a father’s loss, his son’s death from riding with a driver who had marijuana in her system. Read From Eagle Scout and Standout Athlete to Drugs and Early Death.

Public Health Official Statement

Poppot reported last year on the U.S. Surgeon General’s strong warnings that marijuana is not safe.

Read our article and follow the link to the Surgeon General’s “marijuana unsafe” press conference.

Other Resources for Parents

We highly recommend the Project SAM toolkit as a means of educating yourself and others about the marijuana issue.

Here is our recent blog post (a great one to send to others!), Marijuana Is Worse than Alcohol.

Here is our popular blog post Marijuana: What Parent’s Need to Know Today which contains a quick primer on risks and harms and the increased dangers of the highly potent forms of marijuana being sold today.

Take Action

Tell your representatives not to take marijuana money, Sign this petition by Project SAM.

You can build community with others who have been harmed by marijuana, and empower youth to not be pressured to use it.

Join us October 1-3 in Washington DC for our Voices of Truth rally
in support of those families dealing with tragedies caused by marijuana.

For more information, please visit voicesoftruthrally.com.

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Global: The NCD of Drug Use – the Young ‘infected’ by the Old!

Drug Use is Transmitted from Old to Young

May 15, 2020 (PittWire, May 13)

Does age play a role when it comes to the risk of fatal drug overdose? A recent study says yes.

The generation a person is born into (whether it is the Silent Generation, Baby Boomer, Generation X or Millennial) could let us know how likely he or she may be to die from a drug overdose, according to research from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

Researchers analyzed data from over 660,000 drug overdose deaths reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention between 1979 and 2017.

They found that overdoses increased sharply among Baby Boomers, and rose higher than ever among Millennials.

For complete study https://www.pittwire.pitt.edu/news/drug-use-transmitted-old-young

As a non-communicable disease, then the two medical imperatives are required in managing this disease

  • Reduce susceptibility and
  • Reduce exposure

The above article confirms what we have always known, it is the responsibility of the adult to create environments that don’t increase susceptibility and exposure to drug use, but reduce it.

The pro-drug, addiction for profit lobby/industry care nothing for the emerging generation, as the young are seen by them as purely a metric for profit. The hedonist cares nothing for community or child well-being as they are only clamoring for their faux ‘right’ to do with their body as they please and do not believe they are responsible, let alone accountable for the secondary harms caused by their capacity, agency and faculty reducing drug use.

Caring and responsible communities and governments should be setting up the emerging generation so be better, not worse.

The United States for the first time in its history has seen a reduction in life expectancy in the current generation for one reason only – Illicit Drug Use!

And they say this is ‘progress’?

[email protected] D.L.D. 

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USA: Appalling Charity for Carnage Continuing Cannabis Industry

For Immediate Release: May 13th, 2020

U.S. House Leadership Includes Blatant Giveaway to Big Pot in COVID-19 Aid Package

(Alexandria, Va) – Today, leadership of the United States House of Representatives unveiled the latest stimulus package as part of the continuing effort to deal with the economic fallout from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Baked into the package is language similar to the SAFE Banking Act, which would grant the federally-illegal marijuana industry access to the federal financial system and allow them to receive large institutional investments.

Dr. Kevin Sabet, president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) and a former three-time White House drug policy advisor, released the following statement in response:

“Pot companies are raking in major profits. They should not be given consideration in a bill designed to help people who are suffering in this country. And while it is encouraging to see Congressional leadership taking serious steps to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19, the inclusion of such a blatant giveaway to Big Marijuana – which would allow cartels and criminal syndicates to potentially access our financial system – should be a complete nonstarter as the discussions over this package continue.

“Millions of small business owners across the nation have seen their livelihoods dramatically affected by this pandemic. Numerous industries have been forced to completely shut down and have made great sacrifices to comply with shutdowns and limitations on their business operations. The marijuana industry has been a painfully obvious exception to this. This industry has used its lobbying arm to force state officials to keep their storefronts open, sued leaders who shut them down, and bragged incessantly about their revenues. The idea of including this industry in the relief package makes no sense.

“Furthermore, granting this industry access to banks will bring billions of dollars of institutional investment from the titans of addiction and vastly expand the harms we are already witnessing from marijuana commercialization and its highly potent products.

“Simply put, we cannot allow much-needed aid bills such as this to be loaded up with the wish lists of Big Pot. Thankfully, due to conversations with key members of Congress and continued advocacy by SAM’s supporters, it is unlikely these provisions will make it to the President’s desk.”

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Media Contact:  Luke Niforatos P: (303) 335-7584

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USA: Marijuana and Mental Health Month!

As you may already know, May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

Given the myriad risks marijuana use presents to mental health, such as schizophrenia, psychosis, anxiety, depression, future substance abuse, and suicide, we always ensure we present these risks prominently in all of our materials.
To help you spread the message on marijuana use’s harms to mental health, we have created the graphic below for you to share on your social media channels.
The graphic includes a link to one of our most comprehensive resources, our webpage dedicated to Marijuana and Mental Health.
The site has plenty of facts and links to further research that you could share to help raise awareness.
Furthermore, this week is also National Prevention Week, as sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
On Wednesday, May 14th, the focus will be on Preventing Illicit Drug Use and Youth Marijuana Use. As such, please feel free to use some of our materials to lead discussions on the harms of youth marijuana use and how marijuana commercialization and normalization has led to a concerning rise in use of the drug among our young people.
Here is our latest one-pager discussing the recent rise in youth use:
Speaking of SAMHSA, we recently sat down and interviewed Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Abuse and director of SAMHSA, as a part of our 2020 SAM Summit.
Click here to register today so you will be able to virtually view all of our presentations and speakers as soon as they are made available.
Once again, all of our efforts would be impossible without your support. Please consider chipping in to the fight against Big Pot with a tax-deductible gift today by clicking the link below.
Thank you for all that you do,

Dr. Kevin Sabet,

Founder & President

Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM)

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USA: Just the Starting COST of Substance Use! Taxpayer Funded Benders!

24 million Americans using stimulus check to buy pot, alcohol or tobacco, survey finds


24 million Americans using stimulus check to buy pot, alcohol or tobacco, survey finds (KOMO)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KOMO) – As millions of Americas receive their economic stimulus checks from the government, many are turning around and deciding to use them on stimulating the alcohol or tobacco industry.

Some 24 million Americans have spent some of their stimulus money on alcohol, tobacco or drugs, according to a survey by WalletHub.

But on the other hand, about a third of Americans say they will donate some or all of their stimulus checks to charity.

You can see the juxtapose right here!  The Substance user expends a welfare gift on either an addiction or an unhealthy coping mechanism; either way dysfunction grows and in the majority of the cases only adds to the burden on charities, which the non-drug using demographic use their government gift to support! 

This is beyond ridiculous and the pro-drug lobby want to unleash this ‘wasting’ model even more! it is time to act in the best interest of all, not least the hapless drug user!

Source: WalletHub

for more https://kutv.com/news/coronavirus/24-million-americans-using-stimulus-check-to-buy-pot-alcohol-or-tobacco-survey-finds

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GLOBAL: How Do You Know if Your Child is Using Weed? The New Marijuana Modes are Malicious!

THINK YA KNOW IF YOUR CHILD IS USING MARIJUANA?

Today, PopPot is launching our new Think Ya Know? campaign with the question, is your child using marijuana? Below and on our blog, are videos, testimonies and a helpful list of ‘warning signs’ to look for if you suspect your child, teen or loved one may be using pot.

An Oregon mother describes the shock of realizing her son was using marijuana, and tells of some of the negative consequences.

A California mom lamented to Poppot.org that she was blind to her teen girl’s cannabis use. This is such a common problem. We know that early intervention to keep your child away from drugs is crucial. So here are the resources parents need now.

Learn the Warning Signs of Child Drug Use

Click Here for the Downloadable Handout:

PopPot Warning Signs of Child Drug Use

What Teens Think

Other Resources for Parents

The new Parent Movement 2.0 toolkit also offers helpful resources for parents grappling with a child’s drug use.

Parents who lost a child to Fentanyl started an opioid charity and share their story.

Hidden in Plain Sight (below) is a long video about the warning signs of teen drug use.


Join us October 1-3 in Washington DC for our Voices of Truth rally
in support of those harmed by marijuana.
For more information, please visit our sites, poppot.org and voicesoftruthrally.com.

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USA: Action Needed – NOW!

Action Needed

May 2020
After taking in at least $120,000 in pot industry donations, Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon and Rep. Ed Perlmutter of Colorado introduced a bill that would give a taxpayer-funded bailout to pot businesses in the midst of a pandemic.
Click the link below to tell your Representatives in Congress to reject this outrageous proposal:

  

Latest Developments

Victory in New York As Lawmakers Advance Budget Bills With No Legalization Language
In a tremendous victory for the second year in a row, New York State legislative leaders advanced a budget containing only essential line items pertaining to the operations of the state in response the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Notably, state lawmakers refrained from including marijuana legalization as a part of the budget.
“Lawmakers in Albany have responded swiftly to the ongoing issue related to the COVID-19 outbreak and have wisely chosen to focus on the betterment of New Yorkers and the protection of public health and safety. As we have said previously, the consideration of marijuana legalization and commercialization during this outbreak is unconscionable and extremely shortsighted. While at this time this may be the least of their concern, it is encouraging for all of us New Yorkers that there is one less threat to public health for the time being.”

ACLU Admits Marijuana Legalization Has Not Resulted in Social Justice
A  study conducted by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) , a group that has endorsed marijuana legalization and commercialization, finds that liberalizing marijuana policies has not delivered on one of its key promises: social justice.
The study states that while marijuana decriminalization and legalization may reduce the overall amount of people arrested for possession of the drug, African Americans are still far more likely to be arrested than whites. Furthermore, the study found that arrest disparities increased in Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, and Oregon following legalization.

“We commend the ACLU for issuing this report. Ironically, this shows, on the so-called ‘marijuana holiday’ of 4/20, that legalization has failed to deliver on one of its key promises,” said Dr. Kevin Sabet . “This study confirms other previous reports and it should serve as a reference for those supporting legalization to look deeper into empty promises of this movement.”

SAM Launches New Resource Exposing Addiction Investments in Big Marijuana
A s a part of its ongoing effort to expose the Big Tobacco and other predatory industries rushing to take over the commercial marijuana industry,  SAM  released a new webpage focused on laying out the many investments made into Big Marijuana from addiction-for-profit conglomerates, as well as highlighting the former federal lawmakers who are now on the marijuana industry’s payroll.
“The corporate marijuana industry that is developing in our country and in Canada wants to paint an image of a small, mom and pop movement, but this is far from the truth,” said Dr. Kevin Sabet. ” Big Alcohol, Big Tobacco, and Big Pharma are in the process of taking over marijuana. This resource is just one more part of our effort to expose the concerning truth to the public-do we really want another predatory industry?”

SAM Announces Local Control Resource Center to Aid Nationwide Opt-Out Movement
 

SAM announced the rollout its Local Control Resource Center, the second wave of its initiative aiding communities looking to exert local control by banning commercial marijuana operations.
“Our ‘ Towns and Cities Initiative‘ arms local communities with the resources they need to keep their neighborhoods free of marijuana shops and large scale growing operations that normalize this addiction-for-profit industry,” said Dr. Kevin Sabet, president of SAM and a former senior drug policy advisor to the Obama Administration. “People living in a state that has either ‘legalized’ pot or is considering it should know they have the power to organize against Big Pot. Our  Local Control Resource Center provides all the information needed to successfully accomplish this.”
Resources available on SAM’s Local Control Resource Center include:
  • SAM’s Local Control Toolkit: “Using Local Control to Push Back on the Marijuana Industry”
  • The comprehensive marijuana legalization impact report: “Lessons Learned from State Marijuana Legalization”
  • Five comprehensive and easy to digest one-pager factsheets covering the effects of legalization in Colorado, the failures of the grand promises of sky-high marijuana revenues, the intersection of marijuana use and opioid abuse, and marijuana legalization’s social justice failures.
  • Sample newspaper ads, mailers, and posters used from recent opt-out campaigns

FDA Takes Action on Marijuana Business COVID-19 Claims; SAM Urges Further Action Against Unsubstantiated Claims
Connecticut Legislature to Adjourn; Marijuana Legalization Likely Defeated in 2020
The FDA recently took enforcement action against several marijuana companies for making unsubstantiated claims, including that their products had the power to cure and prevent the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
“While this FDA action is most welcome, it only  scratches the surface when it comes to the marijuana industry making wildly unsubstantiated health claims. We can agree there are a handful of derivatives from the marijuana plant that hold medicinal value for specific disorders, but we have a process in this country for delivering safe, effective medicines to those who would benefit from it.
“By legitimizing the marijuana industry, select state governments have allowed this industry to run fast and loose with health claims. At one point, many of these same governments openly welcomed Big Tobacco. We must learn from the past and do everything in our power to curb Big Marijuana’s outsized influence.”
The Connecticut Legislature have agreed to adjourn the 2020 legislative session and will meet later in the year only to consider top legislative priorities. This means the effort to legalize marijuana in the state will not move forward in 2020.
“We are certainly in unprecedented times with statehouses nationwide being forced to prematurely end their sessions. We commend Connecticut’s legislative leaders for taking this action in the best interest of the health of its members. We were active over the last year in the state and made many in-roads with lawmakers who had many concerns with the prospect of marijuana legalization.
“Moving forward this year, it is our hope that when the legislature should choose to reconvene, the top priority of lawmakers will be focused on mitigating the impact from this pandemic, and not on opening the doors to a predatory, commercial marijuana industry.

SAM Launches First-Of-Its-Kind Marijuana State Laws Map
For too long, the lack of an objective, fact-based resource on state marijuana laws has been used by Big Marijuana to advance a narrative that allowing them to push their super potent marijuana products on our young people is inevitable.
We are dispensing of these myths by releasing the first-of-its-kind marijuana state laws map to show that the majority of America does not allow marijuana use.
Click the map above to check it out and let us know what you think.

Latest Studies Round-Up

Two New Studies Add to Body of Evidence of Marijuana Commercialization’s Harms
 
The first, a  review and meta-analysis with over 23,000 participants conducted by researchers from Queen’s University in Ontario and the University of Calgary and published in the   JAMA Network Open  , found that 47 percent of regular marijuana users experience symptoms of Cannabis Withdrawal Syndrome (CWS) when they cease use of the drug. The study’s authors posited that because “many CWS criteria are depression or anxiety symptoms, regular users may seek cannabis to obtain short-term symptom relief, unaware that this use could perpetuate a longer-term withdrawal problem.”
The second, a  review of recent research  published in the preeminent journal  JAMA Psychiatry , states that in the states that have “legalized” marijuana, prices for the drug have decreased while use and dependence has increased among adults. Furthermore, the review states that the risk of dependence has risen from around 9 percent in the early 1990s, to nearly 30 percent today.
Majority of “Medical” Marijuana Too Potent to Be Useful for Pain
 
A  new study  published in  PLOS One , a peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the Public Library of Science, finds that THC concentrations in marijuana products sold in marijuana storefronts in the United States are not effective for neuropathic pain relief because they contain too much THC-two to three times higher than the amount shown in studies may provide neuropathic pain relief.
The study also showed there are no clinical differences between “medical” and recreational marijuana. The study concluded that these high levels of THC are counterproductive to treating neuropathic pain. Other studies have shown that THC has no efficacy in reducing other kinds of chronic pain.


Op-Ed Corner

MARIJUANA: PREVENTING ANOTHER BIG TOBACCO MEDIA CAMPAIGN TOOLKIT NOW AVAILABLE  

Big Marijuana is borrowing the playbook of Big Tobacco in search of the same deep profits at the expense of addicted users. It is time to combat their game with the facts! To help you do so, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) has partnered with Communities for Alcohol and Drug Free Youth (CADY) to offer a comprehensive media campaign prevention toolkit.

 
 
As always, thank you for being a SAM supporter. If you can, please chip-in with a small donation by clicking here.
If you can’t chip-in, then at the very least,  and help grow the SAM community.
All the best,
Colton Grace
Communications Associate
Smart Approaches to Marijuana
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USA: NO Government Bail Out for Pot Pushers

Dear People,

As you know, the pot industry is engaging in a full-court-press effort to get a taxpayer-funded bailout from Congress under the next round of COVID-19 stimulus aid.

It has mostly been industry organizations calling for this. But now, some of the industry’s biggest supporters in Congress have introduced a bill to make it happen.

Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon and Representative Ed Perlmutter of Colorado introduced HR. 6602, the so-called “Emergency Cannabis Small Business Health and Safety Act”, that would take the unprecedented step of subsidizing federally illegal pot businesses in the midst of a health crisis.

The bill would allow pot shops access to loans, incentives, and other taxpayer-funded benefits. All while the industry has been openly celebrating record profits as its lobbyists have strong-armed state leaders into declaring pot shops “essential.”

These two members of Congress have taken at least $118,000 from Big Pot, so it comes as no surprise that they are now blatantly doing the bidding of the industry.

It is absolutely galling that when so many businesses are sacrificing to protect the health and safety of the American public, pot shops would simultaneously demand to stay open and then request a federal bailout.

We cannot let this fly under the radar.

Click here to send your representatives in Congress an urgent message telling them to oppose this outrageous bill and any other similar language the pot industry tries to sneak into any stimulus bill.

Once you’ve sent your letter, please consider chipping in to help us continue this fight by clicking here.

As you know, Big Marijuana has practically unlimited resources as it is dead set to become the next Big Tobacco.

It is up to supporters such as yourself to help prevent this.

Dr Kevin Sabet

Co-Founder and President

Smart Approaches to Marijuana

 

 

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