In 2016, the marijuana industry and a couple of billionaires spent $36 million to legalize marijuana in California. Opponents to Proposition 64 were outspent 18 to 1. At least a third of the money spent on legalizing — $12.5 million –came from the marijuana industry. The problems and corruption surrounding unregulated medical marijuana cannot be solved by legalizing marijuana. They have the money but we have the truth about this very dangerous and environmentally hazardous drug.
Californians voted on Prop 215 in 1996 to provide marijuana to people with chronic illnesses for whom conventional medicines were not working satisfactorily. It has not been used that way 98% of the time, and any 18-year-old can get a card for dubious reasons. Since 1996, and particularly since 2009, every community in the state of California has been plagued with the curse of local dispensaries and cultivation sites which have led to increased youth usage of marijuana and all drugs.
There was no consideration for the social consequences, and legalization was always the game plan. The plan is to legalize marijuana throughout the country.
If people are never given the facts, they have no basis for making informed decisions. Marijuana is not safer than alcohol. Its risks are somewhat different. The US has never been good at regulating underage drinking, so how can we be expected to regulate marijuana? Evidence shows that legalization in Colorado and Washington have been disastrous for those states, bringing in much money but with astronomical social costs. It has led to an increase in psychosis, mental illness and mental health care treatment which the states have not been able to treat.
Parents, kids and the general public are largely unaware of the harms of today’s highly potent marijuana, and that it can cause permanent brain damage and loss of IQ, psychotic outbreaks, schizophrenia and paranoia, addiction, suicidal depression, etc. Recent evidence shows that, prior to full brain development, even smoking one or two joints a week can permanently alter a young person’s brain, with lifelong consequences.
In spite of a preponderance of scientific information of the adverse physical and mental impacts of marijuana, particularly on young people whose brains haven’t reached maturity, there are a few cases (i.e. estimated 2%) for whom the benefits may outweigh the harms.
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