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The Over-promising of the CBD Miracle

What You Should Know about the Politics Behind the CBD Miracle Claims

The CBD miracle may be a mirage. The push for legalization has been greatly aided by the unfortunate cases of young children with seizure disorders. No one wants to see a child suffer.  Especially the child’s parents. Desperate for  pain relief for  their beloved child, these parents are easily convinced that a yet untested drug may offer hope.

Opportunistic groups like Marijuana Policy Project, Americans for Safe Access, Drug Policy Alliance and NORML make lobbying visits to state legislators and other parents of extremely sick children. They argue that refusal to legalize marijuana is to deny these parents and their child hope. This is one of the most effective strategies they have found to open the minds and prey on the sympathies of our legislators. This is a critical step to advance their drug policy agenda.

Another claim these legalization advocates often make, is that marijuana is a victim-less drug and that it has killed no one.

Yet, a deeper look at both of the above arguments finds that marijuana doesn’t necessarily help the extreme cases of childhood illness and that child patients who have tried medical marijuana have indeed died. See Marijuana Oils Misleading Promises.

Unfortunately, the lawyers and lobbyists for the marijuana industry don’t want the facts to get in their way of opening up more markets and creating more customers.

Parents need the whole truth, though. They have a right to know about the limits of our scientific knowledge about CBD oil and the limits of its effectiveness. They also need to be informed of the possibility it will not save the life of their child. Or even improve it. See Right to Know about CBD.

A Look at the History of this Campaign

In the late 70’s NORML activists joked about their need of the ‘medical’ benefits of marijuana. In this video, you will hear them plotting to push for marijuana as a medicine which they believed (quite rightly) would eventually lead to the right to get full legal access.

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You see, these drug users don’t care a whit about sick children. They are not truly seeking a cure. By the time science catches up to the scam, they plan to have full legalization accomplished. They just want the right to do their drug of choice without the guilt of drug dealers going to jail on their behalf. Or, the stigma of being illicit drug users. Or the danger of having to do a back alley deal with an unsavory character to get their ‘high.’

Pro-Drug Activists Push for Rescheduling

Marijuana is considered a Schedule I drug by the U.S. Government because it has no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. The courts have consistently upheld this designation. See Does the ‘Medical’ in Marijuana Qualify it for Rescheduling?

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CBD is being used as a wedge to drive the  legal recreational marijuana agenda forward.

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) recently refused to reschedule marijuana.

The drug legalizers know that calling “pot” medical is nothing more than a political gambit. They have always known it. They also are well aware of the negative outcomes of marijuana use but they keep those quiet. Read more: Medical the Strategic Plan for Legalization.

Under its influence, this drug makes people extremely political, according to Dr. Ed Gogek, an addiction expert and author of Marijuana Debunked. He says, “Pot users are relentlessly political. It’s an effect of the drug, not a rational decision.”

Parents of drug abusing children will hear their child rattle off all the arguments of the Pro-pot lobbyists, “But mom, its only marijuana, it’s not addictive, it’s just an herb, it’s harmless, it’s never killed anyone” etc.

Are they parroting the drug dealers or is it the drug itself talking?

CBD Miracle Cure Often Fails to Deliver

True medicine goes through rigorous scientific testing and approval processes. It is packaged in carefully controlled doses, and packaged with labels and package inserts which specify contraindications, side effects, warnings and dosing instructions.

None of the marijuana products being currently sold by state approved dispensaries can say the same. This leaves care giving parents buying ‘snake oil,’ taking chances and performing their own medical experiments on their own child. This should not be. A recent article on Buzz Feed, The Dark Side of Medical Marijuana’s Miracle Drug, tells several such stories and about the disillusionment that follows.

Medical Marijuana in Practice

The Many Deceptions of Medical Marijuana

Irresponsible and unethical doctors in California are making medical marijuana available to all comers not just the chronically ill.  Any health excuse will do, pain, headaches, ebola, you name it.  Your self diagnosis is all that is required to get a medi-pot card.  So, medical marijuana in California creates de facto legalization for those who just want to get high.

As other states legalize the drug, we see medical ‘practices’ springing up just to issue marijuana cards. No appointment necessary says one such practice operating in several states. The company’s website says their doctors do not prescribe marijuana. “Our doctors are trained to evaluate patients and authorize a certification which verifies that a patient may benefit from the use of medical marijuana.”

Slick Marketing Causes Consumer Confusion

Consumers think medical marijuana is a real thing, but are often confused about what is marijuana for medicinal purposes. It is the CBD oil only? Or is it marijuana in all forms? In theory, medical marijuana should not get you high. In practice, all forms of marijuana, smoked, psychoactive, hallucinogenic, high THC, high CBD, edibles in the form of candy, pizza, sodas are ALL being touted for their healing power and often portrayed as being  for any and all ailments. See the website of a typical California marijuana dispensary.

If the hype were to be believed, cannabis cures cancer, keeps epilepsy at bay, and makes PTSD go away. One stop shopping for all sick people. Very convenient indeed for these profiteers.

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Medical Marijuana is not a shot of green. Instead it is a scam.

Aggressive Marketing & Druggies on Staff

Dispensaries are giving free samples to promote new products, to encourage larger orders or as a thank you for referring a new ‘customer.’ Payment is taken in the form of cash because banking laws prevent these businesses from depositing their proceeds. Some dispensaries are even operating as nonprofits, and the product is traded for “donations.”

An undercover activist visited 20 pot shops in the Western U.S. (otherwise known as dispensaries, a more ‘medical’ sounding term) and was shocked to discover drug users behind the counter selling the drugs. The only requirement is that the staff be 21 years of age or older. These stores require no medical training of their staff, they apparently give no warnings about addiction or side effects of these drugs. Well known side effects of marijuana include but are not limited to: risk of addiction/dependence, paranoia, depression, psychosis, hallucinations. Read Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Investigated.

Higher Potency and Higher Highs

Marijuana effects do plateau after long term use. For those who use medical need as their excuse to get high (or ostensibly for the super ill), the industry sells concentrates, which go by the names of kief, hash and hash oil, BHO, wax, budder, shatter. These can be upwards of 70- 90% THC. So this is potent medicine, where the patient is choosing their own dosage with no medical supervision. This is all available in the typical dispensary or online retailer as over the counter ‘meds’.

Does this Sound Like Medicine?

Catchy names for smoking marijuana, like “Gorilla Glue,” “Super Lemon Haze,” “White Widow,” “SinMint Cookies,” “3X Crazy,” “Madman OG,” are among the medical marijuana product offerings.

Edible marijuana sports names like: “Cheeba Chews,” “Kurupt’s Moonwalk Syrup,” “WeEdibles’ Medicated Teas,.  Other edible offerings look like the classic candy shop treats which tempt small children. They are on the medical cannabis “menus” with generic candy names like sour drops, rainbow worms, sour apple drops and lemon drops.

In Ohio last weekend, someone threw bags of edible marijuana candy to concert goers. Two dozen people were sickened. Here is a cautionary story in USA Today, Edible Marijuana Packs a Wallop.

Abuses of Medi-pot are Going Unchecked

Other edible products include popcorn, pizza, brownies, even the common honey bear shaped bottle containing honey laced with cannabis. All of which appeal to very young children and adolescents.

Vaporizers or vape pens sold by dispensaries are a way to consume marijuana unbeknownst to employers, parents or the general public, because the concentrated THC oils used to fill them are odorless and undetectable by smell. One can only imagine the aid to the student who wants to smoke on the playground and return to class zoned out or the construction worker trying to maintain his high on the job. God forbid an airline pilot decides to avail himself of this sneaky form of ‘medicine!’

Cannabis Scofflaws Skirting the Law

From one online website: “Medical Marijuana shipped to your door, no medical card needed, it doesn’t matter if medical marijuana is legal in your state or not…Stealth double vacuum sealed shipping… We make packages that blend in with the rest of the mail… A number of different anonymous cash payments offered.”

Sounds a little sketchy, doesn’t it? Other websites warn of online scams that look like marijuana stores, and caution against ever buying pot through online classifieds.

What Do the Doctors Say?

Physicians associations are firmly on the side of prevention activists when it comes to marijuana as medicine. First, the American College of Pediatricians issued a position statement in September 2015, Marijuana Use Detrimental to Youth.

“Marijuana is addicting, has adverse effects upon the adolescent brain, is a risk for both cardio-respiratory disease and testicular cancer, and is associated with both psychiatric illness and negative social outcomes. Evidence indicates limited legalization of marijuana has already raised rates of unintended marijuana exposure among young children, and may increase adolescent use.”—American College of Pediatricians

The American Medical Association (AMA) takes a similar stand. In an article, Problems with the Medicalization of Marijuana the AMA says “the current system for dispensing marijuana does not safeguard adequately against the potential for diversion and abuse.” The article also says “Evidence supporting its efficacy varies substantially and in general falls short of the standards required for approval of other drugs by the US Food and Drug Administration.”

My Hope for Peaceful Retirement Thwarted by Pot Farming

“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.

by DC

The Hoax Behind A Medical Marijuana Card

Testimony #2: “Our State Created My Son’s Addiction”

(Read our first medical marijuana testimony) 

As soon as my son turned 18, he got his own medical marijuana card. I am not sure what the condition, but that “is between the patients and their doctors.” Since he was an adult we couldn’t stop it. Who are these doctors who prescribe it for $35, sometimes on the phone, without even seeing the patients?

My son is an addict. My son says he started using weed at 11.  To our surprise he was already using before we ever had that first talk about drugs. I never caught him until age 15. He was an expert at hiding it. Until then, I thought we were dealing with alcohol, but he used pot before he ever used alcohol.

He got the pot from the mom of a friend at school who had medical marijuana card.   This parent shared the marijuana with her children.  Oh right, they tell us medical marijuana is a  privacy issue between the patient and the doctor. Oh, it would be more accurate to say it’s outright fraud.

He also used alcohol, but only on weekends. He used pot daily and during school. At first we had no idea what was happening and why he was so difficult. His grades were still ok.

kidssmoking potBy the time he got his medical marijuana card, he was already addicted. He couldn’t attend college classes and had to drop out after one quarter. He began making butane hash oil, and tried the pot edibles. He even began to use other drugs. He became psychotic and manic and unstable. He still insisted on having his medical marijuana, and it was the only way he would agree to come with us, if we let him have it. Even during psychosis, the dispensary gave him the marijuana. He smoked a ton of this pot on the way home and the next day he was full blown psychotic.

He ended up in the psych ward where the doctor told us he needed to stop using drugs before we could figure out if he had a mental illness or it was just drug-induced. He went into rehab, but that didn’t really work.

Every song he listened to glorified weed. He sold weed, wanted to grow weed, write about weed, lost girlfriends and sports, lost college. Yet he still believed that pot was not addictive. No counseling or treatment that we tried dislodged this weed addiction from his mind–until the heroin addiction. That’s what worked to get him to stop weed–heroin.

Finally after cycles of escalating drug use he has been sober for almost a year.  It appears that his mental problems were entirely because of his drug addiction. But our son lost so much in the process. He is now 23 and has a job. I don’t know if he will ever get his mind back fully.

I have seen countless news articles about kids getting arrested for large and small crimes with one common factor–they are high on a some drug or another, usually marijuana. Medical marijuana was extremely easy for kids to get in California as is alcohol. But marijuana is easier to hide than alcohol. It is also decriminalized and no one gets arrested unless pulled over for a traffic violation, stealing or using in school. It is virtually legal and rampant. Given that medical marijuana is available to anyone over 18 in CA, including addicts and the mentally ill, it’s clear the problems will only get worse if pot is legalized.

We know others from his school who had manic and psychotic episodes. They ‘re either in recovery struggling with addiction or mental illness, or, even worse, some of them are already dead.

Parents, get this: Once your kids are into to drugs, all control is gone. It’s lost. The whole family is at the mercy of the drug, and at the mercy of the addiction. You may be thinking–my kid would never use drugs–but I thought that too. I hope your kid does not do weed, but chances are he or she will. Will our younger son be lost too? We ignored him and spent too much time dealing with the other son. Let’s hope he learned a lesson from his brother.

A California mother shares heartbreaking testimony about her son’s drug addiction –thanks to the easy accessibility of a medical marijuana card leads to more drug abuse by teenagers. Classifying marijuana as “medical” is the entryway to get marijuana into younger hands. Marijuana is a  mind-altering drug, but the danger is greatest for those under 25 and it begins earlier where there are medical pot programs.