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Mass Murders: Is Marijuana a Cause or Just Correlated?

  Correlation or Causation?

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Pot smokers like to say “correlation does not mean causation.” They are mostly incapable of objectivity, but in their idle moments, perhaps they can explain the correlation between marijuana use and the on-going mass murders caused by those whose brains appear to have been maligned by marijuana. The following are 12 examples of marijuana murders written by Roger Morgan that illustrate our point.

1. On January 2014 Darion Aguilar killed 2 and then himself in the Mall in Columbia, Maryland.

2. In the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, both Tsarnaev brothers were heavy marijuana users.

3. The July 2012 Aurora, Colorado theater shooter, James Holmes, was reported by the NY Post and UK Telegraph to be a marijuana user. Continue reading Mass Murders: Is Marijuana a Cause or Just Correlated?

Big Marijuana and Monsanto Fail in Latest Spending Bill

Provisions for Big Marijuana and Monsanto left out of final Spending Bill

The Omnibus spending bill passed early this morning in Congress did not include some key provisions pushed by Big Marijuana.

It should also be noted that a Monsanto provision that would have banned states from enacting right-to-know labels for foods using GMO ingredients also did not pass.   The bill was a major victory for drug prevention advocates–and for those who want less corporate influence over Congress.   (Will Bernie Sanders understand?  And does he understand that today’s marijuana is also genetically altered and different from the weaker pot of the ’60s?)

The bill omitted four out of six provisions heavily lobbied for by marijuana lobbyists and the cannabis industry forces.
“Despite the rhetoric, legalization is not inevitable, and it’s clear this Congress doesn’t have an appetite for it. Our hard work this session has paid off,” said Dr. Kevin A. Sabet, a former White House drug policy adviser who now serves as President of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM).   Provisions allowing the marijuana industry to leverage the U.S. financial and banking system.   This move cuts into the marijuana industry’s ability to to harness the mass marketing of pot like the mass marketing of Big Tobacco.

A provision that would have prevented the Department of Justice from enforcing federal marijuana laws with respect to “recreational” marijuana did not pass.
Also, a provision allowing the Veterans’ Administration to recommend marijuana to treat PTSD also failed, a major victory for science.  Earlier this month, Yale University researchers found that “marijuana is not associated with improvement in PTSD and that initiating marijuana was associated with worsening outcomes in a number of measures.”
The omnibus bill also includes language that prevents the District of Columbia from continuing with its legalization “experiment,” a well-intentioned but misguided attempt to address disparities in arrests and incarcerations through legalizing drug use.  “The District of Columbia can resolve these very real and worrisome disparities through criminal law and sentencing reform without exposing District residents, especially children, to the addictive and harmful effects of marijuana,” commented Dr. Sabet.  “And ironically, legalized marijuana is likely to harm disadvantaged communities disproportionately just as liquor stores are far more prevalent in African-American neighborhoods.”

Two Riders Pushed by the Marijuana Industry Pass

Two riders did pass, as expected –one disallowing the Department of Justice to enforce medical marijuana laws and one allowing hemp for research purposes.  Both of these also passed last year.
All of this news come on the heels of this weeks national school survey release, finding declines in use of almost every drug except marijuana.   The survey also demonstrated that states that have legalized marijuana have the highest youth marijuana usage.
Six percent high school seniors use marijuana daily. That means that 1 in 17 high school seniors use marijuana daily, a near a historic high.  According to statements from the American Medical Association, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Society of Addiction Medicine, and the American Psychiatric Association, marijuana use, especially among youth, should be avoided, and legalization efforts opposed.

 

The powerful marijuana industry lobby that has emerged is certainly not indestructible,” commented Jeffrey Zinsmeister, SAM’s Executive Vice President. “Like Big Tobacco, marijuana companies put their bottom line before public health.  But common sense can still prevail.”   For more information about marijuana use and its effects, see http://www.learnaboutsam.org

(Many of us who are against marijuana legalization notice the irony that anti-GMO activists often are  pro-marijuana legalization. )

Marijuana is Bad, Worsens Symptoms of PTSD

Veterans deserve quality care. Today, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) plans to offer an amendment to the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, in an effort to make it easier for veterans to access medical marijuana.The Blumenauer Amendment to allow the Veterans Administration to prescribe “medical marijuana” for veterans suffering from PTSD will cause the death and/or destruction of many veterans, and many others at their mercy.

All credible scientific studies indicate that marijuana use makes mental illnesses worse, not better.  Furthermore, Judge Kimberly Mueller recently upheld the Schedule I status of marijuana, meaning  no medical application and potential for abuse.  There are numerous studies showing that today’s highly potent pot causes psychotic breaks leading to violent acts and suicides. Continue reading Marijuana is Bad, Worsens Symptoms of PTSD

Cannabidiol is not Medical Marijuana

The Gupta/CNN special Weed 3 was not an accurate, balanced portrayal of marijuana. The intent to proliferate the perception of marijuana as a wonder drug was obvious, but unfortunate.

Cannabidiol (CBD), a component of the plant has helped some, like little 5- year old Charlotte, but it hasn’t been 100% effective and it’s not “medical marijuana,” implying it is the whole plant and medicinal. Constantly portraying it inaccurately speaks volumes for the true intent of the show.

We can all rejoice that some parents found relief for their child when conventional medicines failed. But surely these same parents would not wish their good fortune to be manipulated Continue reading Cannabidiol is not Medical Marijuana