The Girl Scouts of California are taking on the marijuana industry. In a typical outrageous fashion the marijuana dispensaries are treading on other brands by knocking off their brand names for their marijuana products. See this drug ad that is trading on the Girl Scout Cookie brand.
Phillip Drum, PharmD who lost his sister to a marijuana impaired driver says, “They need to be told this is completely unacceptable behavior – the POT industry does not care that they break laws. How wrong is this that they claim MEDICAL purposes and then hide under the name of the Girl Scouts – despicable.”
How long are sensible Californians willing to look the other way while this scandalous industry continues to gain power and go rogue over our federal drug laws?!
Magnolia, a California pot dispensary has already removed the ‘Girl Scout’ labeled products off their shelves in response to a cease and desist letter sent to them by the Girl Scouts of America. One cannabis media publication reports that many such trademark infringements are common in the industry, and that others may soon come under scrutiny. The article mentions the illicit use of brand identities of Gorilla Glue, Star Trek, and Star Wars, even children’s cereals. And, it is well known that popular candies, cookies and pizza, all childhood favorites, are also infused with this powerful hallucinogen.
The California Girl Scouts and their lawyers will likely be successful in putting a stop to the California marijuana dealers capitalizing on their good name. We hope other states will follow suit. Let’s just hope the Girl Scout Troop Leaders also teach the young girls they mentor about the dangers of drug use and how to “just say no” to drug use.
Dr. Lynn Fox, an author of 11 books on drug education and prevention presents the facts about marijuana in this two part TV show.
C. Lynn Fox, Ph.D. is an expert in the areas of drug awareness & prevention, adolescent development, classroom management, self-esteem enhancement, and Special Education. She has trained over 200,000 K-12 teachers in the past 30 years. June 7th, 2016 her 1/2 TV SPECIAL, Marijuana and Adolescents, will air in the Bay Area and available on YOUTUBE now.
Dr. Fox has authored & coauthored 11 books, including a TEXTBOOK with Dr. Shirley Forbing for HarperCollins entitled: Creating Drug Free Schools and Communities: A Comprehensive Approach.
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The gap in academic achievement between different ethnicities and family income levels is worse than previously reported, based on a Los Angeles Times analysis of results from new state tests given this year in California. The troubling pattern emerged when the scores are compared with those from the prior tests, which were last given to public school students two years ago.
While fewer students in all ethnic groups hit academic targets on the new test, black and Latinos dropped more than Asians and Whites did. Under the previous test, the gap separating Asian and black students was 35 percentile points. The gap increased to 44 percentile point under the new test.
While fewer students in all ethnic groups hit academic targets on the new test, blacks and Latinos dropped more than Asians and whites did. Under the previous test, the gap separating Asian and black students was 35 percentile points. The gap increased to 44 percentile points under the new test.
In that subject, 69% of Asian students achieved the state targets compared with 49% of whites, 21% of Latinos and 16% of blacks. Asian students’ results dropped the least on the new tests, which widened the gap between them and those who are white, black or Latino, the analysis showed. This pattern doesn’t bode well for California’s future, as the dominant ethnic community is Latino (39%), and growing.
White students maintained higher relative scores than their black and Latino peers. For years, educators and state officials have been struggling to improve the academic achievement of students from ethnic groups who have performed poorly. A similar pattern occurred with students from low-income families. Their scores declined at a steeper rate than students from more affluent backgrounds.
Marijuana’s Influence in the Classroom
The Times article didn’t state this, but a little investigation will reveal a direct correlation between the levels of marijuana use and the gaps in ethnic groups. Marijuana stifles motivation, maturation, memory and learning. Particularly during adolescence, it can cause permanent physical and chemical problems in the brain leading to loss of IQ by as much as 8 points. It is also a cause of psychotic breaks leading to violence, mental illness and suicide. In low income communities, the lure of easy money and high profits leads more young people into dealing drugs. More dealing leads to more drug use.
Those concerned about racial disparity and discrimination against blacks, such as the NAACP which is calling for legalization of marijuana, should take note of the correlation of low academic achievement in low income communities and higher use rates of marijuana and other drugs. Making marijuana more readily available exacerbates the problem.
Drugs and poverty leads to lack of academic achievement, higher dropout rates, more crime, mental illness, public health costs and welfare. 90% of jobs are unavailable to high school dropouts, so lack of academic achievement leads to low income employment, or no employment which leads to crime and welfare. In a lifetime, dropouts earn $260,000 less than high school graduates, and $1 million less than college graduates. 75% of dropouts have been arrested; and 80% of those incarcerated are high school dropouts.
The solution to “Black Lives Matter,” and/or to enhance the future for Latinos, must be to keep them in school, and to prevent and control the causes that would inhibit their ability to succeed. That would include stronger measures to prevent or at least defer the onset of marijuana and other drugs. Parents and other adults must be held accountable for providing drugs to minors. In California, that would include 18 year old “adults” who can buy a doctor’s recommendation for $20, then buy marijuana and distribute to younger kids.
California law provides a penalty of $2,500 plus one year in jail for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. If it were enforced, many more young people would have a bright future. Collectively, so would California and the nation.
Roger Morgan is the Founder of Take Back America Campaign, a drug prevention advocacy group based in California.
SAFE AND DRUG FREE COMMUNITY ACT COMPARED TO NEWSOM’S MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION INITIATIVE
Since Prop 215 (The Compassionate Use Act) was enacted in 1996, California has devolved into de facto legalization. Over 50,000 cultivation sites grow marijuana under the guise of medicine, then illegally sell it to 60% of the United States market for recreational use. In the meantime, massive quantities of our precious water is being used for marijuana cultivation, resulting in destruction of our natural resources and ruining the quality of life in once fine communities.
Currently, a whopping 19.5% of the California budget is directed towards dealing with issues related to substance abuse. However, surprisingly only 1% of this 19.5% is spent on prevention. Most of it is used for shoveling up the damage and treating the wounded, horrible economic policy. Furthermore, out of the 129 Americans who die every day of drug overdose, almost all started their drug journey with marijuana, and 59% of people arrested (Sacramento) test positive for marijuana.
Against this background, two contrasting ballot initiatives will be introduced to the California voters in the 2016 elections: The Safe and Drug-Free Community Act and Newsom’s Adult Use of Marijuana Act. The former seeks to prevent our California communities from transforming into drug production and consumption havens, and preserve our natural resources for our future generations; the latter seeks to make marijuana, universally known as the “gateway drug” widely available, without considering the social, economic and environmental cost of the drug.
SAFE AND DRUG-FREE COMMUNITY ACT
The Safe and Drug-Free Community Act which which seeks to prevent marijuana use will save lives, cut crime, improve academic achievement, save taxpayers billions of dollars and help regain and retain all that made California and this nation great.
The Safe and Drug-Free Community Act addresses the marijuana related issues faced by California communities as follows:
Keeps marijuana illegal. Today’s high potency marijuana is known to cause brain damage, mental illness, psychotic breaks, suicidal depression, harms to a fetus, and increased traffic deaths.
Would prevent privately owned cultivation sites which are destroying our natural resources, sucking up mass quantities of water (6 gallons/day/plan) and causing irreparable ecological damage.One cultivation site will remain, owned and controlled by the government to fulfill the intent of Prop 215.
Privately owned dispensaries will be banned to stop the enormous abuse that has and continues to take place. State owned dispensaries will be allowed where local communities choose to allow them and “medical marijuana” will be more tightly controlled with lab testing, packaging, potency and consists.
The legal age of “medical marijuana” will be raised from 18 to 21. The American Society of Addictive Medicine recommends no one under age 25 use marijuana based on scientific evidence that the human brain isn’t fully developed until then.Ages 18, 19 and 20 are critical years for brain development, and at least closer to brain maturity, where the vulnerability to harm is far less.
Imposes strict standards on doctors who recommend marijuana, something currently lacking.
Requires dispensaries to report marijuana as part of CURES Act so pharmacists can safe guard against adverse interactions with conflicting medicines that could cause harm.
Sets a standard for marijuana impaired driving.Currently 12.6% of drivers (one-in-eight) are driving impaired to some degree by marijuana.Traffic deaths owing to marijuana have doubled in California.Stoned drivers are even killing people on sidewalks.
Mandates a statewide educational program for parents, teachers, students and the general public so people can make an informed decision about using marijuana, allowing their children to use it, or what and whom to vote for.
NEWSOM’S ADULT USE OF MARIJUANA ACT THREATENS OUR FUTURE
As with Prop 215, this ballot initiative is once again financed by drug money that flows from and through out-of-state billionaires who are putting millions into their campaign to persuade California citizens to overlook the harmful effects of the drug. New York billionaire Sean Parker has been recruited to augment money that will flow from George Soros and the DPA. Despite openly stating that he doesn’t want marijuana near his own children, Lt Governor Gavin Newsom, is leading the legalization effort full force. Their stated benefits of legalization and arguments for it are frankly an affront to one’s intellect:
They Say It Will Protect Our Kids – They want to tax and regulate marijuana so we have money to teach our kids not to use it.Brilliant!Expanding the availability and access will increase adolescent use as it has in Colorado, Washington and all places in the world where it has been decriminalized.
They Say It Is For Adult Use Only – Today’s highly potent pot can cause permanent physical and chemical changes in the brains of anyone under 25 years old.Marijuana use peaks at age 20 and tapers off rather rapidly after age 25, so the focus from a marketing standpoint is on young people, just like Big Tobacco. Governor Brown has stated, “…How many people can be stoned and still enable us to have a great state and nation?”Actually it’s worse than just getting stoned. Diminished intellect, mental illness, psychotic breaks, depression, suicidal tendencies and addiction are life-long chronic conditions. You can’t just sleep it off.
They Say It Can Be Regulated– If the government was capable of, or cared about regulation, God knows they would have demonstrated it by now. California has over 50,000 mostly illegal cultivation sites producing pot under the guise of medicine, then illegally selling to 60% of the US market. In the meantime, the pot plantations are inflicting irreparable harm on our precious ecosystems.
They Say It Will Benefit The State Economically – The social costs of marijuana, like alcohol and tobacco, are 10 times greater than tax revenues. Expanding the use of marijuana for the sake of the 8% who want to get high, or make money on those who do, will cost the other 92% more. Nor will the black market go away. Cartels don’t pay taxes so they have a price advantage.
They Say They Want Local Government Control – Over 83% of California communities currently have bans or moratoriums on marijuana because they don’t want this junk in their communities. Under the Newsom initiative local communities would lose that control unless the people, through a ballot initiative, decide they don’t want it. How’s that for “slipping it to you?”
It Would Retain “Medical Marijuana” – The existing program which allows anyone over 18, for any purported illness, to access all of the pot they want for personal consumption or to sell, doesn’t go away. We already have de facto legalization, producing more pot than Californians can consume.
Marijuana is a dangerous drug, with proven ability to destroy the brains of our youth, inflict irreparable harm on our natural resources and pose a public health and safety problem for everyone.Anyone that aspires to be Governor of this fine state needs to demonstrate that protecting people, the planet and our tax dollars are of higher priority than pandering for drug money for his or her personal campaign.
In the interest of public safety and environmental protection, just defeating full legalization isn’t adequate.We need to roll back what exists.