All posts by editor

Marijuana cannot be left to the states – No to STATEs Act

This article states that the White House Drug Czar’s top people are saying that pot should be left up to the states.

https://www.marijuanamoment.net/white-house-drug-officials-say-legal-marijuana-is-up-to-states/
They are wrong. The marijuana industry promotes the myth that marijuana regulation is a “states’ rights” issue and should be left up to the states. This is not true.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled twice that federal marijuana law preempts state marijuana laws and that marijuana control is a federal matter and not a states’ rights matter. United States v. Oakland Cannabis Buyers’ Cooperative, 532 US 483 (2001); Gonzales v. Raich, 545 U.S. 1 (2005)
For example, it is indisputable that state medical-marijuana laws do not, and cannot, supersede federal laws that criminalize the possession of marijuana. United States v. Hicks, 722 F.Supp.2d 829 (E.D. Mich. 2010)

No one wants or can live with the mess that is in California. Please write your Senator and Representatives and tell them to oppose the STATES Act.

California’s legalization is a total failure. Colorado’s legalization affects the surrounding states. Seattle, Denver, Los Angeles and San Francisco have experienced rises in homelessness and crime.

Cannabis means more crazy people

By Peter Hitchens As the sickly-sweet stench of marijuana spreads ever further across the once-civilised Western world, there is one universal result. There are more crazy people. Some of them are dangerous.

Many of them are crazy because they have fried their brains with skunk. Some are crazier still because baffled doctors have added to the cocktail with various poorly understood prescription drugs.

But the chances that you will meet such a person grow daily, as our leaders refuse to enforce the laws against marijuana possession. They will grow still more if they are stupid enough to bow to the billionaire campaign to legalise this poison. Continue reading Cannabis means more crazy people

THE NEW JIM CROW?

A false argument by the drug lobby

by David G. Evans, Esq.

The pro-drug lobby claims that the “war on drugs” is a new form of the infamous “Jim Crow” laws that repressed African Americans after the Civil War. Jim Crow laws provided for segregation of public schools, public places, and public transportation and voter suppression.

The pro-drug lobby claims that drug laws unfairly target African Americans and other minorities.

Here are some points to consider:

Continue reading THE NEW JIM CROW?

Newsweek Touts Fake Science on Cannabis

Have to LOVE how Newsweek NOW promotes a survey result – as if it were real science … pathetic!

The media promoting pot …. again …. with reports from a survey of addicts …. yeah, that is science …

Here is that survey report:
https://www.newsweek.com/cannabis-help-opioid-epidemic-pain-treatment-1446810
 
Too bad Newsweek does not tell their readers the REAL scientific evidence – that pot use ACTUALLY INCREASES opiate use and pain reports …. but that is NOT “the agenda” ….
 
… but do NOT let science get in the way of “good propaganda” ….
 

Here is the Real Science!

 
THE LANCET JOURNAL, 2018
Bleyer, A. and Barnes, B. (2018). Opioid Death Rate Acceleration in Jurisdictions Legalizing Marijuana Use, JAMA Intern Med. 2018;178(9):1280-1281. And Campbell, G., Hall, W. D., Peacock, A., Lintzeris, N., Bruno, R., Larance, B., … & Blyth, F. (2018). Effect of cannabis use in people with chronic non-cancer pain prescribed opioids: findings from a 4-year prospective cohort study. The Lancet Public Health, 3(7), e341-e350.
A 4-year prospective study followed medical marijuana patients with a dual opioid prescription and found that marijuana use had no positive impact on opioid use or reduced prescribing. Further, even though they found that marijuana users were more likely to rate the drug as means of effective pain relief, other self-reported pain measures indicated the opposite. Users reported greater pain severity and more day-to-day interference than those that did not use marijuana.
 
 
THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY, 2017 AND JOURNAL OF ADDICTION MEDICINE, 2018
 
Olfson, M., Wall, M. M., Liu, S. M., & Blanco, C. (2017). Cannabis use and risk of prescription opioid use disorder in the United States. American Journal of Psychiatry, 175(1), 47-53.
 
Caputi, T. & Humphreys, K. (2018). Medical marijuana users are more likely to use prescription drugs medically and nonmedically.
Journal of Addiction Medicine, 12(4):295–299.
 
Over 30,000 American adults were sampled and researchers found that marijuana users were more than twice as likely to move on to abuse prescription opioids – even when controlling for age, sex, race/ethnicity, other substance use disorders, and a variety of psychiatric disorders and family history. In another study, medical marijuana users were significantly more likely to report the use of prescription drugs in the past 12 months.
 
 
PATIENT SAFETY IN SURGERY, 2018
 
Salottolo, K., Peck, L., Tanner II, A., Carrick, M. M., Madayag, R., McGuire, E., & Bar-Or, D. (2018).
 
The grass is not always greener: a multi-institutional pilot study of marijuana use and acute pain management following traumatic injury. Patient Safety in Surgery, 12(1), 16.
 
Researchers found that patients reporting marijuana use actually experienced more pain on average when admitted to the hospital following a traumatic injury than those that did not. Compared to non-users, they required more opioid medication to cope with the pain and consistently rated their pain higher during the duration of their stay.
 
 
 
THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY, 2016
 
Hasin, D. S., Kerridge, B. T., Saha, T. D., Huang, B., Pickering, R., Smith, S. M., … & Grant, B. F. (2016). Prevalence and correlates of DSM-5 cannabis use disorder, 2012-2013: findings from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions–III. American Journal of Psychiatry, 173(6), 588-599.
 
Regular use of marijuana is linked with increased risk of developing cannabis use disorder, higher rates of mental illness and higher rates of co-substance abuse with alcohol, among other drugs.
 
Thanks to LearnAboutSAM.org for the real science!