The United States has been taken over by a tsunami of marijuana legalization efforts–even though drug overdoses and drug-related deaths are the country’s biggest problem at this time. We began in 2015 to help push back on marijuana in California. We are still focused more on California than elsewhere, but we’re extending our reach to other states.
All states that legalize marijuana have a grow problem. If you want to organize to keep marijuana growers and businesses out of your community, we highly recommend you reach out to Calmusa.org. (Citizens Against the Legalization of Marijuana). They have experience organizing and winning against the marijuana drug industry.
At this time, 8 states and Washington, DC have voted to legalize recreational marijuana, even though it is against federal law. With young adults ages 25-34 dying at an alarming rate from drugs, life expectancy in the United States went down for the first time in 2015.
America is on the brink of the abyss, threatened by a domestic disease that kills, destroys and inflicts more social and economic harm on America than all acts of terror or war in modern history. Drugs! Each day, approximately 150 Americans die of a drug overdose, most of who began their drug use with marijuana. That is more every 8 weeks than all Americans lost in Afghanistan and Iraq in 14 years, and tragically, overdose is only about 1/4th the total of all drug-related deaths. Almost all of the young people who died of drug overdose — those below age 40 — started their drug journey with pot. Also it can happen by starting with opiate pain pills, the pain pills are not driving this current overdose epidemic.
But overdose isn’t the only cause of death, nor the only adverse outcome of marijuana.
The potency of today’s marijuana is off the chart. In the 60s and 70s, the THC (psychoactive ingredient) was ½ to 2%. Today, marijuana averages about 15%. Smoked forms of marijuana in Washington and Colorado measure 22-28%, and as high as 38% THC. In the form of Marijuana “Hash” or “Honey ” Oil (also called “BHO,” “wax,” “dabs” and other nicknames), it can be as high as 90% THC. The British, reacting to the surge in psychotic episodes leading to violence, murders, suicides and traffic fatalities, named pot with 15% THC or better as Skunk, because of its rank odor and harmful effects on the human brain. The Dutch outlawed it, and in 2016, when Coloradans tried to put a ballot to cap the THC in marijuana sold in dispensaries at 16%, the marijuana industry bought off the ballot. HIGH -THC marijuana is here to stay, because it’s a competition among sellers to create the most potent pot. Thus the brain damage from pot is exponentially higher than it was 30 years ago.
A longitudinal study in New Zealand, tracking marijuana users from adolescence to age 38, showed a drop in IQ of 8 points. Numerous studies have shown marijuana can cause structural, irreversible brain damage before the brain is fully developed at roughly age 25, especially during adolescence. America has already declined to 24th in the world academically, with a 1/3rd dropout rate. Skunk diminishes the capacity of young people to learn, remember what they have learned, produce at their full potential or lead a long, healthy and productive life. America cannot retain a position of leadership and competitiveness in this dangerous, global society if 1/4th to 1/3rd of our people are stoned or mentally incompetent, dependent on the government for their livelihood … and that is the direction we are headed.
Stop Pot where we will bring you factual information on the harms of marijuana, information you won’t hear from the press. We are closely aligned with Californians Against Legalizing Marijuana or CALMusa.org and Parents Opposed To Pot or poppot.org, both good resources as well. Moms Strong and the Other Side of Cannabis are excellent resources, too. MomsStrong.org has the stories of youth, mainly from California, who have lost their lives from marijuana.
If you are already part of the 8-12 % of Americans who smoke pot, or sell it for money or power, having a rational discussion with you on the issue may be difficult. If you are part of the ~ 90% who don’t use pot, you are encouraged to follow us and help fight this battle to save our youth. If we continue to allow people to self-destruct, they have no future … nor do we as a nation.
Reminder: If you need help keeping marijuana out of your community, we highly recommend you reach out to CALMusa.org. They have experience organizing and winning against the marijuana drug industry.