1.Marijuana Legalization is an anti-science Public Health disaster.
It increases hospitalizations from psychosis, vomiting and vaping lung disease traced to vapes from state-regulated stores!
No State Has Been Successful In Regulating Marijuana. It’s failed in Every Metric
- Cases of cannabis-induced psychosis increase during COVID-19 pandemic
- St. Peter hospital reports rise in number of patients linked to dabbing
- Legalized Cannabis in Colorado Emergency Departments: A Cautionary Review of Negative Health and Safety Effects
- 19-year-old suffered from extreme stomach pain and constant vomiting for almost a year due to cannabis use
- Cyclic Vomiting Presentations Following Marijuana Liberalization in Colorado
- Cannabinoid Hyperemesis
- The CDC says that 82% of vaping illnesses linked to THC, one sixth of them were bought at state-regulated marijuana stores.
- Marijuana is the #1 substance involved in deaths from child abuse and neglect in the states that track the substances linked to child abuse.
- Arizona Child Fatality Review Program
- Marijuana Legalization is an anti science Environmental Policy which increases fires, pesticides use, water shortages, and climate change harms. The logging industry was shut down in Northern California to save the sequoia trees which are necessary to sequester carbon and prevent global warming. Unfortunately, the marijuana industry moved in and cuts down sequoia trees indiscriminately. The result, as we have seen this year, is massive fires in the west and more destruction. Marijuana growers use 5 gallons of water per plant, per day and contribute to California’s water shortages and droughts.
- Forests Going to Pot
- The Landscape-Scarring, Energy-Sucking, Wildlife-Killing Reality of Illegal Pot Farming
- Illegal Pot Farms Are Poisoning California’s Forests
- You thought your pot came from environmentally conscious hippies? Think again
- Data shows that Marijuana Legalization is an Anti-Science assault on public safety.
In the first two states to legalize, crime rose significantly, and traffic fatalities involving THC-impaired drivers increased 50-100%.
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- Washington Impact Report See pp. 88-96
- Crime rate in Colorado increases much faster than rest of country
- Crime rate in Colorado sees 18.6% increase in violent crime for 2017, retrieved 2019
- Marijuana Legalization increases the black market for all drugs, and overdose deaths.
- California’s black market for pot is stifling legal sales. Now the governor wants to step up enforcement
- California’s legal marijuana businesses struggle with financial woes as they battle illicit market
- Overdose deaths rise after legalization in Colorado. See p. 38.
- Youth and Marijuana, the problems with legalization
In 2019, the daily use of marijuana among 10th graders rose more than 41% from 2018 and rose almost 86% for 8th graders—to the highest rates in many years. In 2019, 6.4% of 12th graders used marijuana every day. By comparison, only 2.4% used cigarettes every day and 1.7% of 12th graders drank alcohol every day in 2019.
In 2019, 3.6% of teens vaped marijuana daily.
- Colorado had the highest rate of teen vaping. (first state with legal pot sales)
- Problematic youth use rises after legalization, according to research from Columbia University.
- In states that have legal pot, teens are using mainly the most potent varieties available in marijuana stores, such as “vapes.” “dabs,” “wax” or “shatter.”
- Once you allow marijuana in a state, the industry fights all sensible regulations such as caps on THC potency.
- Tax revenue disappoints.
Legalization doesn’t get rid of black markets. In states with recreational pot, tax income from pot sales stays significantly below one percent of state revenue
Where there’s “medical” pot, too, big loopholes prevent states from getting the promised tax revenue on “recreational.”
- More People Apply for Medical Marijuana To Avoid Paying High Taxes
- Getting a Medical Marijuana Card is Easier than you think
- Legalization has not fulfilled the social and racial justice outcomes that were promised, in any states that legalized pot. Legalization unfairly causes more harm in low-income neighborhoods; discrepancies in arrest rates don’t go down after legalization.
One article calls it the Marijuana Industry’s War on the Poor