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Please Support Grassroots Anti-Pot Groups

Billionaires have created the marijuana ballots, and marijuana businesses are donating money to create  a nationwide addiction industry.  This campaign of moneyed interests will be a nightmare for mental health. There are many other groups in California, Colorado, and around the nation, fighting against big marijuana. Check them out, “like” and follow to help spread the word!  We are the building the grassroots community of opposition.   We have provided links for the most important ones.   Smart Approaches to Marijuana  and Parents Opposed to Pot are national and concentrate on marijuana.   The Marijuana Report has a newsletter delivered each Wednesday with up-to-date news about marijuana.

Other California Grassroots Anti-Pot Groups:

Ban Commercial Cultivation                                                                                    Citizens Against Legalizing Marijuana
CalmCA Yucca Valley                                                                                            Moms Strong
No on Prop 64 – They Got it Wrong Again
RAM – Rethinking Access to Marijuana
STOP Commercial Pot (California)

 State Groups Where Marijuana is on the Ballot
(Please suggest these websites to friends and family in these states)

Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, AZ PAC

Be Smarter Massachusetts
Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts

No on 2

Not on Maine Street

Vote No on 2 Nevada

Keep Arkansas Safe Campaign

Safe Montana

Emphasis on Youth Prevention for Parents:

Mothers Opposed 2 Marijuana
Parents of Colorado Against the Normalization of Dope
Parents for a Healthy Colorado
Parents Opposed to Pot
Smart Colorado
Keeping Missouri Kids Safe
Mainers Protecting Our Youth and Communities

Auntie Cannabis in Anti-Pot                                                                             Citizens for a Healthy Pueblo
CLEAR Alliance
Don’t Roll Up Roll Out
Drug Free America Foundation
Grass is Not Greener
I Hate Marijuana
LegalLies
Marijuana Harms Families
Marijuana Issues in Tennessee
MarijuanaX
National Families in Action
No2Pot
No on 2   (Florida)                                                                                                          The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
People Against Retail Marijuana in Manitou Springs (PARMMS)
Prevention Council of Roanoke County
Pueblo for Positive Impact                                                                                     Safe Montana                                                                                                                SAM Taskforce
Smart Approaches to Marijuana Canada                                                   Smart Approaches to Marijuana, Maine                                                            Stop the Legalization of Marijuana                                                                            Take Back America Campaign
TEXAS Alarm

We are sorry to have left out some groups, but time is limited.  We all depend on each other to get out the message.   Please write to have your name added by writing media@stoppot2016.org.

There are many other community, county and groups affiliated with CADCA.  This list emphasizes groups that concentrate on marijuana prevention.

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. )

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