Health and safety violations abound in medical marijuana dispensaries. We recently reported about the tainted products sold in California. Colorado marijuana is often recalled because of the use banned pesticides, but now Massachusetts pot also has a big problem.
A news story about medical marijuana in Massachusetts reported of moldy cannabis sold at one medical marijuana dispensary. The report also alleged that employees in this dispensary dipped the product hydrogen peroxide to clean affected cannabis. Continue reading Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Full of Safety Violations
A teen in Massachusetts smoked pot with another teen and then killed him. Also last week, details emerged about a teen in Alaska who killed another teen over weed. When there’s marijuana, crime happens
At the same time news came out about a man in West Virginia who sexually assaulted and killing the his girlfriend’s baby girl. The couple smoked pot the evening before it happened.
Beginning Thursday, Massachusetts is poised to allow home grows of twelve plants which will service the black market for marijuana. The state needs to prepare people and warn people of increase in this type of violence.
Certain people become highly delusional under the influence of marijuana, and have strange visions. On November 25, a stoned driver had intense fear of a construction worker and ran over him with his vehicle.
If marijuana didn’t affect the brain, people would not hallucinate and kill so frequently under its influence.. Certain people stay in the state marijuana-induced psychosis for a very long time.
If the psychosis turns into schizophrenia, marijuana makes the condition worse. A 19-year-old fraternity boy in Florida, who killed a couple in Florida, also started eating them. THC was the only drug in his system and his father says there is schizophrenia in the family.
Also in Florida, the day after Thanksgiving, a babysitter got stoned and let the child drown.
Legalization Does Not Free the Police
We wonder why marijuana legalization advocates say: “Legalize to free police for more serious crimes.” There are far too many stories showing that marijuana increases crime.
In Colorado, prosecutors have noticed an increase in murders motivated by marijuana, since legalization.
Humboldt County, California, principle pot-growing region of the USA, has a murder rate that far exceeds national averages.
On the first day of legalization in Washington state in 2012, two people were murdered when they tried to steal a marijuana grow.
Earlier this year, murderers killed eight family members in southern Ohio, revealing a massive marijuana growing business.
Since Massachusetts allows huge home grows, it probably won’t be long before police will be investigating such murders. Obviously voters didn’t understand Question 4. The marijuana advocates in Massachusetts are laughing right now.
Marijuana Industry To Come Clean About Reliance on Highly Potent Products In Massachusetts
Tomorrow the Supreme Judicial Court in Massachusetts will hear a case to dismiss the petition to legalize commercial marijuana. Hensley vs. Attorney General was filed about five weeks ago. The suit alleges voters have not been told that high concentrations of THC could be added to food or beverages, such as candy, cookies or soda, under this proposal. Nor were voters told that the question would allow for the sale of genetically modified forms of marijuana with THC concentrations of 60 percent or higher. The Bellotti Law Group filed the suit on behalf of 59 voters.l
The Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts is not a party to the suit, but the campaign believes that legal challenge raises important issues, especially the high THC levels of today’s marijuana products. The Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts reiterated its call on the marijuana industry to discuss the fact that it will rely on highly potent products in Massachusetts.
One Marijuana Industry representative in Colorado admitted that efforts to cap THC levels at a rate above what the Dutch government has moved to classify as a prohibited hard drug would “gut the industry” in that state.
Statement from Nick Bayer, campaign manager for a Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts:
“As this case is heard before the SJC, we believe the Marijuana Industry should acknowledge what we all know, that it will need to rely on highly potent products in Massachusetts to make a profit. This ballot question would open the door to the selling of a drug that is 400% more potent than the marijuana of even a generation ago, and edible products that have no restrictions placed on THC levels. People deserve to know what they are voting on, and this more powerful drug will have a great impact on families and young people.”
Some additional facts include:
Today’s commercial marijuana industry is producing and pushing products with average THC (the psychoactive element which creates the high) levels multiple times higher than found in the 1970s—frequently at or above the 15% THC level that the Dutch government has moved to classify as a prohibited “hard drug.”
Edible products, which the ballot measure specifically authorizes, make up about half the marijuana market in Colorado and would likely do the same here. Edibles use extracts with THC content that can rise as high as 90%.
In a recent interview, the head of Colorado’s marijuana trade association told a news outlet that an effort in his state to cap THC levels at 16% “literally would gut” his industry. Marijuana Business Daily quoted Mike Elliot, executive director of The Marijuana Industry Group, as saying the proposed THC cap would “would probably ban all the concentrates and most of the edibles and most of the flowers that people grow, too. Most of the flower that our industry is growing is above 16% THC.”
A bi-partisan group of politicians is leading the charge against legalization in Massachusetts, including Governor Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, and Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo. An impressive group of school superintendents and other civic organizations have already spoken out against legalization. It’s time that similar leadership form in California.