When I was using medicinal grade marijuana from dispensaries, I defended the drug vigorously–even though I knew it was negatively impacting my quality of life. Though I could still function, and my productivity was not significantly impacted, my ability to fluidly process information and communicate slowed.
I developed rings under my eyes, my eyes were always dry, my heart frequently palpitated out of sync, and most importantly I showed signs of pre-psychosis such as mania (getting over-the-top hyped about various ideas), paranoia (I feared a home invasion and went crazy with security measures), and my mind was often saturated with morbid thoughts (which I fixated on and couldn’t shake for days at a time). What kind of thoughts? Dark thoughts that became so frequent that I actually begin to think I might be going crazy.
While this was happening I was on social media defending the drug against critics, sharing its many medicinal benefits, and downplaying its dangers by comparing it to alcohol and tobacco.
I was rolling along in that state of dishonesty and hypocrisy when suddenly my cousin, a lifelong marijuana user, shot himself to death, leaving behind a beautiful family, a successful business, and a trail of pain and sorrow. I quit cold turkey when I learned that a psychologist had previously told him to stop using marijuana because it was causing psychosis.
After I quit, my health and outlook improved dramatically within days. I then began researching the relationship between marijuana and psychotic episodes and was astounded by what I found. I am now standing firmly against marijuana and doing everything I can to make people aware of its dangers. Thanks for reading. Feel free to share my story. It might save someone’s life.
A neighbor’s marijuana prompts this person to warn our readers. A number of our readers share their testimonies about the impact of marijuana on quality of life. This blog about a neighbor is our third testimony about the marijuana lifestyle and how it affects others. Read My Hopes for a Peaceful Retirement and Living the Pot Lifestyle.
I live right next door to a marijuana grow and even though the county has a law banning the grow of marijuana for any reason, law enforcement won’t enforce it for several reasons. Money/lack of resources isn’t one of them.I cannot allow my grandchildren to come over anymore. I’ve reported the issue to the irrigation district, the sheriff and the Board of Supervisors.
It’s been almost two months and nothing has been done. The plants are at least two feet above the 10-foot fence they installed that we share. I am literally 30 feet away from the outside plants. Because there’s a loud electrical buzzing, there’s probably an indoor grow as well.
Law Enforcement’s Hands are Tied
Here’s what law enforcement wrote back to me about my neighbor’s marijuana:
“It’s not about money…We can’t get the Feds to prosecute because the Obama Administration has told the US Attorneys not to prosecute MJ cases. No local prosecution because of Prop 215 and our Attorney General who has added mud to water over prosecution. Yes, the Board of Supervisors has taken a position based upon land use, not criminality and that is handled administratively through the county. What you describe is not a land use issue. Bottom line, we’re quickly getting out of the eradication business and we’ll see what happens with Proposition 64 on November the 8th.”
Because no one is enforcing the law, marijuana grows are allowed to continue unchecked.
Pesticide Risks from a Neighbor’s Marijuana
It exposes those living around them to toxic chemicals including pesticides linked to autism and other serious irreversible neurological damage. Common pesticides used on marijuana are Avid, Phosmat, Diazinon, Organophosphate –pesticides which were used to make Agent Orange during Vietnam.
Pesticide drift is a serious problem, even when pesticides are used responsibly. We all know the goal of marijuana growers is not the responsible use of pesticides. Pesticides can drift for miles in residential areas. I have watched my organic tomatoes die and my potted flowers wither. I can smell the chemicals from the grow and the fumes come through my air conditioner. I’m very concerned that my entire yard and my house could be contaminated with pesticides that cause nerve damage.
Think about what your neighbor can get away with if this is legal in the entire state. The only way to stop your neighbor’s marijuana is to Vote No on 64.
I was just talking to my friend who lost her son last year. She told me a man she knows who has smoked pot for decades came by and said he had just gotten out of the hospital from pneumonia. She said this, “My son argued and argued with me until he was blue in the face about how wonderful marijuana was and how much it did for his life. I could never get him to listen to me when I would tell him it was bad for him. Now he is dead and it is too late to try and tell him anything.” Silence.
My sad testimony about my friend’s son is that we all went to high school together. His parents were my parents’ best friends and we adored their entire family. Mike was a great kid all the way up until he started smoking pot when he was 21. He never got married, never had a relationship lasting more than a short time, never had children, never settled in to a rewarding career or owned a home, and never rented a home he didn’t leave trashed and owing large amounts of money. He had cancer 4 times. He was his parents’ only child, so that meant when he died that was the end of their family.
His parents took care of him for 9 years before he died, at age 62, of cancer. He never brought his mother a birthday card, a gift, a Christmas card, a Mother’s Day card. He did nothing, really, except rip them off as best he could, until his parents had to pretty much ban him. So his entire adult life he did nothing for his mom and dad, his grandparents died knowing he was the end of their family. Yet when he got sick his parents still took care of him until the day he died, gave him an apartment, bought him a truck, and drove him to all of his appointments, paying all of his bills during the 9 years of his 4 different cancers. His mother spent copious amounts of time trying to figure out anything she could to keep him alive, in spite of the fact that he had never shown her an ounce of care.
In April his father died, which now leaves his mother alone. Utterly alone. No daughter-in-law, no grandchildren, and very few good memories of a son who lived the pot lifestyle.
Editor’s Comment: Marijuana is tooted as this miracle treatment for cancer, but he got cancer anyways. What a scam. It doesn’t pay to be so kind and tolerant. The mother was selfless.
“Medical” marijuana brings over-pungent smell, increased crime to Southern CA
I had a beautiful two-acre parcel — with views to die for — in the mountains of Southern California. I was hoping to build a home and retire there. Then “medical” marijuana happened, and my neighbors have turned their land into a pot farm. It’s a two-bedroom mobile home, that claims to have five different residents, all with Medical Marijuana Cards.
The police claim there is nothing they can do.
These people grow their “medical” marijuana outside. The smell is so pungent it makes it impossible for me to enjoy what used to be fresh mountain air. I planted lilacs all along my fence line, to mitigate the odor but it didn’t help. The traffic coming and going from their property during the harvest is insane, stirring up dust on the dirt road. The crime rate has increased as well. Now that the neighborhood kids know where to go to get some free marijuana, they just hop the fence, and steal what they want to get high.
My right to the enjoyment of my property is being violated, and no one seems to care. I put my property up for sale, and because of disclosure laws, I was forced to reveal the existence of the pot farm next door.
I ended up selling, but taking a loss on the property and gave up my dreams of a quiet home in a rural residential area. I moved to a retirement community, with neighbors all around. So all my years of hard work and dreams of a peaceful retirement are gone.
The legalization of “medical” marijuana has stripped all rights away from the people who have chosen not to partake.” I urge you to vote against any measure to legalize marijuana, and ask you to endorse legislation that would strictly limit the growing of “medical” marijuana.