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Caulkins Gives Keynote Address before United Nations Summit

Jonathan-Caulkins

In 25 years, the public health community and public in general will look back on legalization and say, ‘What were you thinking?’ said Carnegie Mellon Professor Jonathan Caulkins during his keynote speech April 17 at the 2016 Cannabis‬ Science and Policy Summit preceding this week’s general assembly of the United Nations‬.

Caulkins is an internationally respected ‪‎drug‬ policy researcher whose career stops have included serving as co-director of the RAND Corporation’s Drug Policy Research Center in Santa Monica (see his bio on Wikipedia for a broad overview of his work). He did not mince words at ‪‎the summit‬ about the harms of marijuana — current and projected. He presented a graphic to remind the room that half of marijuana‬ use is problematic and that contrary to popular belief, most users of the addictive drug are not college grads‬.

Legalization‬ advocates overstate weed’s role in criminal convictions, prison sentencing and violence related to drug trafficking in ‪‎Mexico‬, he said, further adding marijuana is “not a performance-enhancing drug, it’s a performance-degrading drug.” He ended his talk with this: “People will end up being harmed by this corporate cannabis model we are cresting.”

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Youth Marijuana Use High and Colorado Leads Nation

Californians, please think.  Our children can’t afford the explosive  growth in marijuana use that comes with legitimizing and legalizing the powerful drug.   We will not support the marijuana legalization proposition advocated by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, and paid for by east coast billionaire Sean Parker.

The most comprehensive federal government drug use survey conducted in all 50 states (and the District of Columbia) shows that Colorado now leads the country in past-month youth marijuana use, after legalizing marijuana in 2012. The state claims this dubious distinction after being in third place in the 2012-2013 report, and in fourth place in the 2011-2012 study.

“Now that Colorado has legalized and widely commercialized marijuana, their children use marijuana regularly more than children in any other state,” according to Dr. Kevin Sabet, President of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) a former White House drug adviser who grew up in California.   Project SAM will work actively against the proposition in California next year.

“In Colorado especially, Big Marijuana has been allowed to run wild, and it appears that kids are paying the price more than in any other state in the country.”

Other states that have legalized marijuana finished in the top six:  the District of Columbia (4th), Oregon (5th), and Washington state (6th).  Vermont and Rhode Island are also in the mix.

Youth Pot Users Includes 6 Percent of 12th Graders who are Daily Users

“This year’s survey shows how, in an era of falling overall drug,
cigarette, and alcohol use — an achievement made possible by years of effort and millions of dollars of public funding — marijuana use among kids remains strong,” remarked Dr. Sabet.

“It may also be why daily marijuana use is at near-record levels.
And this doesn’t even include teens not going to school.” Moreover, this year’s survey may underestimate minors’ marijuana use. Of most concern is its exclusive focus on use of “marijuana/hashish.” The term is not well-defined given the explosion of novel marijuana products. The survey showed that kids in “medical marijuana” states use far more edible products than kids not in those states.

That narrow focus may also exclude highly concentrated products such as butane hash oil (BHO), waxes, and resins (“shatter”), which have also gained in popularity. It therefore remains unclear whether survey respondents identified use of all of the above products as
“marijuana/hashish” use.  These products are very popular in California.

The survey also excludes high school dropouts, who are more likely to use marijuana than their peers.   Teens who smoke pot daily are much more likely to drop out of high school and/or college.

 

California Tries to Regulate “Medical” Marijuana

AB 266 Passes Legislature, Ask Governor to Veto It. Medical Marijuana is NOT medicine.

By Roger Morgan, Founder, Take Back America Campaign

It’s tough to regulate a criminal activity.  First of all, “medical marijuana” isn’t medicine. The term was coined to give pot a good name as a first step toward full legalization.  Since federal law was a barrier to the hoax, the pro-pot lobby, financed by Soros and others, hoodwinked California voters into approving marijuana for the chronically ill in 1996.

The marijuana industry has crafted the latest bill.  We urge the governor to veto it. Here is what is missing: Continue reading California Tries to Regulate “Medical” Marijuana

Colorado Has Buyers’ Remorse for Legal Weed

According to a poll by SmithJohnson Research, 51 percent of 600 likely voters in Colorado said they would vote against marijuana legalization if it came up today.

The survey results show a change in mood in less than three years. Amendment 64 was on the ballot in 2012 and almost 55 percent of Colorado voters supported legalizing recreational marijuana.  However, based on current observations, 45 percent said they would strongly oppose the measure. Only 36% said they would be strongly for the measure if it were on a ballot now.

“Voters seem to be having some buyer’s remorse,” Continue reading Colorado Has Buyers’ Remorse for Legal Weed