Category Archives: Drug Policy

Stop saying “life-saving” medicine; start the federal crackdown

Advocates call it life-saving medicine, but medical marijuana has killed people in numerous instances. California hasn’t figured out how to regulate “medical” marijuana, or how to test for stoned drivers, but dispensaries will open on January 1, 2018. Residents would welcome a federal crackdown on medical marijuana which is practiced fraudulently in this state.

Californians should suspect that all miraculous claims about medical marijuana are false.  As researchers at UC Davis have found, large amounts of lethal bacteria, mold and fungi are in California’s medical marijuana.   A young cancer patient in California died from contaminated marijuana. Continue reading Stop saying “life-saving” medicine; start the federal crackdown

SAM Issues Report on the Cole Memo — All Fs

On the four year anniversary of the “Cole Memorandum” – the Obama-era guidelines allowing marijuana legalization in some U.S. states – Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to advancing evidence-based marijuana laws and led by a former Obama-appointed official released a new report demonstrating that states with legal marijuana have failed to meet U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) rules designed to keep federal officials from enforcing the Controlled Substances Act in states with legal marijuana. The report, entitled “The Cole Memo: 4 Years Later” is the first comprehensive census of open source information measuring state compliance of the eight rules designed to keep federal officials from interfering in state markets.

California Residents Petition Federal Government to Enforce the Law

CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS’ PETITION TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ENFORCE FEDERAL LAWS AGAINST MARIJUANA

The citizens of California herewith call on the federal government to take whatever measures necessary to enforce federal marijuana laws now!  Today’s highly potent marijuana is inflicting mental illness, addiction and even death on our citizens*.  California boasts* having over 50,000 illegal outdoor marijuana cultivation sites that supply Californians with drugs as well as 60% of the United States with black market marijuana.   These grows are devastating our natural resources and pristine ecosystems, contributing to the 100% increase in traffic deaths due to marijuana, bolstering the fact that over 50% of all arrestees in our state test positive for marijuana and creating unhealthy communities for raising families*.

Marijuana for recreational use should be strictly prohibited.  Local pot dispensaries are magnets for crime and traffic accidents, and provide easy access to marijuana for young people who are most vulnerable to its neurological harms. Private cultivation and dispensaries should be banned.  The outcomes from “medical marijuana” in California are negative* – more crime, homelessness, addiction, academic failure as well as traffic deaths.  We want safe and healthy communities, and we urge the federal government to take action now by enforcing federal laws against marijuana!

Federal Petition to Act – sponsors, purpose and sources

Here is a copy of the petition.  PLEASE SIGN it.

 Petition sponsored by anti-drug groups based in California:  Take Back America Campaign www.tbac.us, Roger Morgan (916) 434-5629, Citizens Against Legalizing Marijuana (CALM) www.calmca.org, Carla Lowe (916) 708-4111

Purpose:  The federal government hears from the marijuana industry all the time.  They are well-funded and politically active.  Federal officials say they “never” hear from people on the anti-side of marijuana.  Now you can let your anti-drug voice be heard.  In fact, a majority of Californian’s would rather not see marijuana use increase in their communities.  Nor do they want to see advertising or other commercial activities that encourage the purchase and use of marijuana while decrease public safety and health.

Because we don’t have millions in legislative funds to use to lobby congress, the Executive branch or important government agencies like the FDA and DEA, those of us against the increase of marijuana in our communities have to work extra hard to be heard – let your voice be heard now!

* Sources:   California Senator Mark McGuire cultivation claim 2015, Crancer traffic studies 2010 & 2016, ADAM II Report, Dr. B Madras, California Fish & Game Assoc. 2010, NIDA – Monitoring the Future 2010, UC Davis/Duke Study 2016 Persistent Cannabis Dependence- Longitudinal Study, Dr. Forest Tennent

Maryland’s Senators Introduce Marijuana Legislation

The Proliferating Pot Problem in Maryland

On March 3rd, 2017 Senators in Annapolis gathered to introduce two new bills that would call for the legalization of marijuana in Maryland.  The two new bills are being introduced by Democratic Senator Brian Feldman as well as Democratic Senator Richard Madaleno Jr, both from Montgomery County.

Feldman’s bill calls for the citizens of Maryland 21 and over to be able to purchase legal cannabis,  possess up to two ounces of marijuana at one time, and cultivate up to six plants at one time with three of those plants being mature each cycle.

Madaleno’s bill calls for the legalization of marijuana where users will be able to possess up to one ounce or less of dried cannabis, 5 grams of hash oil and 72 ounces of cannabis creams or oils, or any combination of the above.

An experienced marijuana grower can yield up to 5.0 oz per plant when subjected to the right conditions which is absolutely absurd. How many plants do people really need to be growing in their houses?

Marijuana was decriminalized in Maryland back in 2014 and now Senators and delegates are revisiting the issue of making it legal for all citizens over the age of 21.

During the committee hearing many different people showed up to voice their opinion to the proposed legislation. One such person was Aubree Adams, who traveled all the way from Pueblo, Colorado to share her heartbreaking story.

As she got up on the stand to present her testimony she asked for more than the two allocated minutes to speak to which her appeal was rejected, so she began to speak very fast in order to get through her pitch. The committee realized that this was going to get them nowhere so they granted her additional time.

She began talking about  the negative adaptations Pueblo has had to make over years since marijuana has been legal, hitting on the fact that the homeless rate has skyrocketed as well as the crime rate since Amendment 64’s inception in 2012.

Adams’s story turns a corner when she begins talking about her own son and how his addiction to marijuana edibles had triggered psychotic episodes and an attempt at suicide. His addiction developed after proposition 64 passed and access to edible marijuana became extremely easy in Pueblo.

One night while suffering from a marijuana induced psychosis episode Adams’ son attacked his younger brother and put a gun to his own head, but did not pull the trigger. Instead he decided to overdose on 250 ibuprofen pills. “He vomited all night in his sleep,” Adams said. Her oldest son is now part of a treatment community and resides in Houston, Texas.

Other testimonies came from Dr. Amelia Arria, who is the Director of the Center on Young Adult Health and Development and the Office of Planning and Evaluation at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, and Dr. Peter Musser who is a clinical psychologist who received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Dr. Arria, who has researched marijuana for over 25 years concludes that, “Cannabis use is linked with decreased productivity and decreased cognitive function.”

Dr. Musser similarly has seen in his research that the more normalized marijuana becomes in the communities, the amount of people who go to the ER for psychosis had increased. Dr. Musser also mentions that treatment centers in Colorado have been adding more beds and expanding in order to keep up with the influx of new patients. Shouldn’t our government be trying to stop the problem, not try to avoid the issue by just putting up with it? These two bills would also cost Maryland taxpayers around $2.1 million to implement. These two issues will be on the ballot for voters to decide later on in 2018.

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