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Wildfires in West Fueled, Made Worse by Marijuana

By July 13, the Spring Creek Fire had burned 108,045 acres and destroyed at least 145 homes, making it the third-largest wildfire in Colorado history.  Ever since Colorado legalized marijuana in 2012 state officials have shown that they cannot regulate marijuana, harming the freedom, safety and property of non-users. Take Jesper Joergensen, the man responsible for starting this fire which spanned Costilla and Huerfano counties in southern Colorado. Joergensen’s Facebook posts were anarchist and pro-cannabis. We know pot can cause brain damage and mental illness leading to crime and violence. And with the potency of the most active chemical, delta 9 tetrahyracannabinol (THC), now 10-20 times stronger than 30 years ago. Continue reading Wildfires in West Fueled, Made Worse by Marijuana

Opinion: Sadistic Murders and Marijuana

Slaughtered Innocents: Marijuana’s Vicious Legacy

by Deforest Rathbone

The recent stabbing slaughter of the 3-year-old birthday girl at her birthday party in Boise Idaho is the latest horrific example of soaring rates of the murder of innocents by vicious drug-enraged psychopathic maniacs.

News of that blood-soaked tragedy came on the same day as toxicology reports were published documenting marijuana use by the Travis County Texas Church shooter who slaughtered innocent children and other church-goers there last year.

A major contributor to the growing frequency of such massacres of innocents is the failure of most government and health officials to conduct and publish the results of forensic drug testing of all such suspects to disclose the ”Unknown Cause” often cited in most other massacres.

That verification of marijuana use by the mass murderer in the Texas Church massacre adds to the growing evidence that marijuana is a major driving force behind other sadistic mass murder of innocents.

Others follow:

The mass shooter who blew Rep. Gabby Giffords’ brains out was found to be a big pot user.

A teenager ambushed a police station in Fairfax County, Virginia, and shot and killed two police officers before he could taken down.  The teen’s father smoked marijuana with him and his high school friends and allowed access to the guns used in the crime.

Another sadistic child slaughter and the murderer’s connection to marijuana is documented in news accounts of the knife slaughter of an innocent 8-year-old child at play in Alexandria, Virginia.

The involvement of marijuana in senseless violence has been documented in thousands of other mass murders. But in their commitment to deification of pot, nearly all journalists fail to ask for drug test results in reporting these otherwise unexplainable horrific incidents. With many scientific studies now documenting the connection between marijuana use and irrational violent behavior, legislation will be needed to force the truth to be publicized.

But with massive amounts of drug money influencing lawmakers to continue enabling the marijuana traffickers to expand their poison markets throughout this nation, such legislation will not happen without endangered and terrorized citizens rising up and throwing out of office all drug-money-corrupted public officials and hug-a-thug politicians. They are the ultimate driving force behind such tragedies as the huge Las Vegas mass shooting, the Boston Marathon bombing, soaring school shootings, the recent Annapolis newsroom murders and now this horrific defenseless child’s birthday party stabbing death.

Only then will we be able to elect and appoint statesmen and women who will expose the truth about marijuana to free our people from the slavery of drug addiction and its resulting death and destruction.

Growing mass murders, soaring drug-related depression, suicide and overdose deaths all due to an “Unknown Cause?” This trend will spiral upward unless this nation wakes up from its denial.

IT’S MARIJUANA, STUPID!

We need to begin punishing those responsible commensurate with the horror, tragedy and grief currently destroying children, families and communities throughout this nation.

 

DeForest Rathbone is Chairman, National Institute of Citizen Anti-drug Policy (NICAP).  Dee is long term associate of the Nancy Reagan parents drug prevention movement. See his recent letter to the Washington Post urging drug testing of irrational crime perpetrators. He can be reached in Leonardtown, MD, 301-994-2733, DZR@prodigy.net

New Discreet Cannabis Test Kit Helps Parents

Fighting the Good Fight Against Teen Drug Use

There’s no doubt that parents are the most powerful force in protecting and preparing children for the future.  But these days, that job has become exponentially more confusing with the legalization of marijuana in many states and the subsequent arrival of a much more allusive, potent and dangerous variety that’s already flooding across state boarders.  One thing has become clear: there’s no such thing as a harmless habit.

Marijuana is no stranger to most parents, but many are unaware of the way it’s being ingested these days and that it has 5x more THC than it did in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.  Recent studies have concluded that it can even cause a permanent lowering of I.Q. for adolescents, along with a host of other problems which decrease the chances of having and enjoying a prosperous future.

Ironically, this mounting evidence about pot’s adverse affects on teens comes at a time when public attitudes toward marijuana are relaxing at a phenomenal pace, and public information is being consistently and deceptively spun and politicized.

This misinformation, coupled with the difficulty in spotting or identifying pot in its new and dizzying array of forms are inspiring many concerned parents to broaden their perspective and learn more about educating their kids on the dangers, all while looking for tools to identify a problem that could be hiding in plain sight.

After all, today’s pot is being disguised in edibles like brownies, cookies and candies, along with vape pipes and a litany of other clandestine forms. And to make it worse, most are completely invisible to the eye and odorless.

Fortunately, the scientists at S2 Threat Technologies, a company outside of Denver, Colorado has just come out with a revolutionary new way to address the problem by going directly to the source.  Unlike urinalysis tests which can be invasive and put an unnecessary strain on the parent-child trust bond –  at a time when crucial – this test is discreet and can be performed without being noticed.

It can detect the presence of pot on or in just about anything in less than twenty seconds. One quick swab on the suspect material, compare it to a color card and the results are there.  It’s the only test of its kind and it’s pretty ground-breaking stuff.

MTK Cannabis Test Kit

The test is being sold under S2 Threat Detection’s new offshoot: Parents & Pot.  It’s the same test being used by law enforcement, the TSA and over 600 international airports, and it’s just become available to the consumer market.

Parents & Pot’s ambitious next focus will be to get their kits into every school across the country.  “In the years to come,” says Michael Callahan, President of S2 Threat Detection’s Parents and Pot “these kits could be as important as EpiPens in protecting our kids.”  A sobering commentary from a group of scientists at the forefront of threat and abuse detection.

But as great as these tests are, if you’re curious or concerned that your teen could be using pot, it’s probably best to first put your energy into creating a healthy relationship and encouraging non-judgmental conversations that allow your teen to be honest with you.  If that doesn’t dispel concerns, you now have the option of discreetly testing any suspicious items like those candies, baked items, waxes or vape pipes.

It’s truly a novel way to get to the root of a modern-day problem without causing unnecessary friction within the household. And a great new way to arm parents who are at the front lines, fighting the good fight.

You can get a Parents & Pot test kit or learn more at their website: www.ParentsandPot.com

Marijuana and Deadly Car Crashes

Marijuana use confessed by driver in Times Square incident

A man in Times Square drove his car for three blocks on the sidewalk killing one young adult and injuring 22 others. The driver was Richard Rojas, a Navy veteran who lived in the Bronx. Rojas confessed to smoking marijuana laced with PCP just prior to the incident.

Richard Rojas-Times Square- Marijuana

When he was arrested there was suspicion of either DUI or DWI given his arrest history which is rather extensive. He was arrested just over a week ago for a menacing charge as well as criminal possession of a weapon which consisted of him pulling a holding a knife to the throat of a 45 year old man on May 11.

He was also arrested on 4/23/15 for DWI to which he pleaded guilty to “Operating Motor Vehicle While Impaired by Alcohol.” In 2012 he was arrested for suspicion of battery after he attacked a cab driver, refusing to pay the $44 fare. Rojas was also arrested 8/26/08 for another DWI in Queens.

In 2014 he was, “Other than honorably discharged” from the navy due to his actions.After the crash yesterday he was taken to check for drugs and alcohol in his system and it was reported that PCP, K2 (synthetic marijuana), and marijuana were all found in his system.

Out of the 22 people who were injured, four of those were labeled as “critical” one of those being the deceased’s younger sister.  Rojas has been charged with murder, 20 additional counts of attempted murder, along with aggravated vehicular homicide. See CNN article, New York Times Square Driver Charged.

Woman drives car into Las Vegas Strip

Unfortunately this scene is all too familiar as last year in Nevada a homeless woman drove her car into countless people on the strip while her three year old daughter was in the back seat. The suspect, Lakeisha Holloway, “went up and off these streets, two or possibly three times.

Lakeisha Holloway- Las Vegas Strip- Marijuana intoxication

The subject then allegedly drove off before being apprehended outside the Tuscany Casino. She left her child in the car, approached a valet and told him, ‘she ran over some individuals on Las Vegas Boulevard’.” She is accused of killing one person, 32 year old Jessica Valenzuela, and injuring an additional 37 people.

She picked up 71 different charges, most of them being for attempted murder and battery with a deadly weapon.  After a toxicology report was performed, it was determined that marijuana was in her system but prosecutors said it was unlikely that she would be charged with driving under the influence.

According to Prosecutor Marc DiGiacomo, “The amount of marijuana and marijuana metabolite does not appear to be enough to affect her mental state at the time of the crime, she intentionally drove into the crowd.”  The 3.5 nanogram per milliliter of marijuana in her blood were above the 2-nanogram limit in Nevada and the 23.6 nanograms per milliliter of marijuana metabolites in her system were above the 5-nanogram state limit.

Needless to say it is rather clear that this woman was seriously impaired and she should not have been driving. During an examination after her arrest it was also reported that, “she appeared to be under the influence of a stimulant.”

Driving stoned is never a good idea as these two stories suggest. It does not matter if you think you are able to drive, the drugs can always have a weird effect on your impulse control and decision making.

Neither of the two drivers were injured in the crashes which just reinforces that regardless of whether you are behind the wheel or not you should always be careful when you are out and about. Marijuana should not be used at all, especially now that we are seeing that its use can cause death. Our thoughts go out to the victims and their families.

Marijuana Drivers Deliberately Aim to Kill?

Above are just a couple of examples that have happened recently.

Another eerily similar incident in Oregon is featured in a recent blog on Poppot.org.  A man in Salem Oregon smoked pot and then deliberately mowed down a man in his car, killing him.  See the Poppot.org article, Legalization Prioritizes Profits Over Human Life.

Here is a story on Momsstrong.org which describes a marijuana impaired driver deliberately trying to run over a squirrel. Instead, he lost control of the car and killed his best friend. Read The Deadly Consequences of Marijuana Use.