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  • Michael Bloomberg on marijuana: Legalizing 'another addictive narcotic' is perhaps 'stupidest thing anybody has ever done'

    02/09/2020 7:15:56 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 209 replies
    Newsweek ^ | January 23, 2020 | Tim Marcin
    Former New York City Mayor—and potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate—Michael Bloomberg called efforts to legalize marijuana "perhaps the stupidest thing anybody has ever done." Speaking at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on Tuesday, Bloomberg said on the subject, according to WBNG-TV: "We have a different kind of problem in America, for example. Last year, in 2017, 72,000 Americans [overdosed] on drugs. In 2018, more people than that are OD-ing on drugs, have OD'd on drugs. And today, incidentally, we are trying to legalize another addictive narcotic, which is perhaps the stupidest thing anybody has ever done. We've got...
  • Psychosis, addiction, ER visits: For young users, marijuana can be a dangerous game

    12/26/2019 5:08:08 PM PST · by LouieFisk · 125 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | December 23, 2019 | Rita Giordano
    “A few years ago, it was rare to see a young person enter Caron with marijuana-induced psychosis,” said Garbely. “Now we see it on a regular basis. Older teens and young adults — approximately ages 18 to 26 — are the most impacted. We see a significant misperception about the safety and efficacy of marijuana among our teen and young-adult patient population.”
  • House committee passes landmark bill to decriminalize [sic] marijuana

    11/25/2019 11:39:34 AM PST · by NobleFree · 114 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 20 Nov 2019 | UPI
    The House Judiciary Committee passed a landmark bill Wednesday to federally decriminalize marijuana by removing it as a Schedule 1 drug of the Controlled Substances Act and to pave the way for the expungement of marijuana convictions from criminal records. The bill, known by its acronym the MORE Act, passed 24 to 10 and will now be forwarded on to the full House for consideration. […] The bill, if enacted, will give the Attorney General 180 days to remove marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug and federal districts a year to expunge prior federal cannabis offenses. It also includes a...
  • America’s Invisible Pot Addicts

    11/25/2019 5:13:25 AM PST · by urtax$@work · 123 replies
    The Atlantic , ( getpocket.com -reprinted ) ^ | August 20, 2018 | Annie Lowrey
    This is an excerpt for discussion purposes, see article for full story. More and more Americans are reporting near-constant cannabis use, as legalization forges ahead. The proliferation of retail boutiques in California did not really bother him, Evan told me, but the billboards did. Advertisements for delivery, advertisements promoting the substance for relaxation, for fun, for health. “Shop. It’s legal.” “Hello marijuana, goodbye hangover.” “It’s not a trigger,” he told me. “But it is in your face.” When we spoke, he had been sober for a hard-fought seven weeks: seven weeks of sleepless nights, intermittent nausea, irritability, trouble focusing, and...
  • Recreational marijuana in Colorado: What the numbers say about health, safety and tax dollars

    06/11/2019 9:08:58 AM PDT · by fwdude · 89 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 30, 2019 | Robert McCoppin
    A bill to legalize recreational marijauna in Illinois needs only the signature of Gov. J.B. Pritzker to become law. Colorado has had legal recreational marijuana since 2014. The Colorado Division of Criminal Justice last year came out with an analysis of the effects of the state's legalization of retail sales of marijuana since it went into effect in 2014. It found teen use had not increased, but hospital visits and fatal accidents associated with marijuana use increased. The authors cautioned that many factors can influence the statistics in the report, including people's willingness to admit marijuana use now that it's...
  • Marijuana and psychosis: Real data, real bad

    04/04/2019 1:01:56 PM PDT · by kaehurowing · 187 replies
    Christian Post ^ | April 4, 2019 | John Stonestreet and Roberto Rivera
    Both groups were surveyed on a host of factors, including their use of marijuana and other drugs. The study’s authors concluded that “people who smoked marijuana on a daily basis were three times more likely to be diagnosed with psychosis compared with people who never used the drug. For those who used high-potency marijuana daily, the risk jumped to nearly five times."
  • Marijuana and violence: A correlation?(relative article)

    02/13/2019 9:02:02 AM PST · by rktman · 63 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 2/13/2019 | Walter Williams
    Ten states and Washington, D.C., have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. Twenty-two other states, along with U.S. territories Puerto Rico and Guam, allow marijuana to be used for medical purposes. Let’s examine some hidden issues about marijuana use. Before we start, permit me to state my values about medical or recreational use of any drug. We each own ourselves. If we choose to take chances with substances that can ruin our health, lead to death and otherwise destroy our own lives, that’s our right. But we do not have a right to harm others in the process of harming...
  • Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence

    02/13/2019 8:55:29 AM PST · by fishtank · 52 replies
    Imprimis ^ | Jan. 2019 | Alex Berenson
    Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence January 2019 • Volume 48, Number 1 • Alex Berenson Alex Berenson "Seventy miles northwest of New York City is a hospital that looks like a prison, its drab brick buildings wrapped in layers of fencing and barbed wire. This grim facility is called the Mid-Hudson Forensic Psychiatric Institute. It’s one of three places the state of New York sends the criminally mentally ill—defendants judged not guilty by reason of insanity. Until recently, my wife Jackie­—Dr. Jacqueline Berenson—was a senior psychiatrist there. Many of Mid-Hudson’s 300 patients are killers and arsonists. At least one is...
  • Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence

    02/02/2019 8:52:12 AM PST · by yoe · 198 replies
    Imprims ^ | January 2019 | Alex Berenson
    [snip] So I did. The big studies, the little ones, and all the rest. I read everything I could find. I talked to every psychiatrist and brain scientist who would talk to me. And I soon realized that in all my years as a journalist I had never seen a story where the gap between insider and outsider knowledge was so great, or the stakes so high. I began to wonder why—with the stocks of cannabis companies soaring and politicians promoting legalization as a low-risk way to raise tax revenue and reduce crime—I had never heard the truth about marijuana,...
  • The mature stoner: why are so many seniors smoking weed?

    01/15/2019 8:57:26 AM PST · by Mariner · 220 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | January 15th, 2019 | Alex Halperin
    Older people are the fastest-growing group of cannabis users, as stigma fades and some seek an alternative to prescription drugs As attitudes towards cannabis shift, the fastest-growing group of users is over 50 – and marijuana’s popularity among seniors is beginning to change the American experience of old age. Why are more seniors getting high? It might make more sense to ask: “Why not?” As adults reach retirement, they age out of drug tests and have far more time on their hands. Some feel liberated to abandon long-held proprieties. Elegant vape pens and other attractive, discreet products have helped de...
  • Legal Weed

    01/09/2019 10:03:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 129 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 9, 2019 | John Stossel
    Ten states and Washington, D.C., have now legalized adult use of marijuana.Supporters of America's long war on drugs said legalization would create disaster. Has it? No.Colorado and Washington offer the longest points of comparison because weed has been legal in those states now for five years.More people in Colorado tried marijuana after legalization, but that's not a surprise.Colorado's crime rate did rise a bit. But many things influence crime rates. Washington state's violent crime rate rose a little but slightly less than the national average.In California, people I interviewed said legalization made the streets safer. "It's cleaned up the corner,"...
  • Marijuana is a Thing Now – So Why Should I Still Test For It?

    01/04/2019 10:48:24 AM PST · by nikos1121 · 101 replies
    Current compliance ^ | Jan 2, 2019 | Katherine Miller
    A 2018 survey of employers across the U.S. found that 5% are considering removing marijuana from their workplace drug testing panel in the next 12 months[1]. Perhaps more frightening is the number of employers who are on the fence about the removal of marijuana from their panels – a shocking 23% of employers from the same survey. At first glance, removing marijuana from the panel may seem like a good idea – but is it really? Aren’t There Pros to Removing Marijuana From my Testing Panel? Undoubtedly, an employer could identify pros in deciding to stop testing for marijuana in...
  • Marijuana Is More Dangerous Than You Think

    01/03/2019 8:36:53 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 228 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 3, 2019 | Alex Berenson
    ... The most obvious way that cannabis fuels violence in psychotic people is through its tendency to cause paranoia. Even marijuana advocates acknowledge that the drug can cause paranoia; the risk is so obvious that users joke about it, and dispensaries advertise certain strains as less likely to do so. But for people with psychotic disorders, paranoia can fuel extreme violence. A 2007 paper in the Medical Journal of Australia looked at 88 defendants who had committed homicide during psychotic episodes. It found that most of the killers believed they were in danger from the victim, and almost two-thirds reported...
  • Results of Colorado Marijuana Legalization 4 Years Later

    11/30/2018 2:21:41 PM PST · by fwdude · 237 replies
    Barbwire ^ | November 30, 2018 | David Jolly
    On January 1, 2014, Colorado legalized the medical and recreational use of Marijuana. They claimed that it would add millions of dollars to the state’s revenue via state taxes which includes a 2.9% sales tax, 10% special sales tax and 15% excise tax, meaning the state would collect $27.90 for every $100 of recreational marijuana sold in the Rocky Mountain state. In April 2014, 19 year old foreign exchange student Levy Thamba plunged off a hotel balcony and died after eating legally purchased marijuana laced cookies. After eating just one cookie, Thamba became agitated and ran out onto the balcony...
  • Pro-Pot Folks Take Note: New Study Provides Further Evidence that Marijuana Is a Gateway Drug

    11/30/2018 7:03:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 153 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11/28/2018 | John Ellis
    A new study looking at alcohol, cigarette, and marijuana use among adolescents gives some interesting and helpful conclusions. Well, helpful conclusions if people will be willing to remove their cultural blinders concerning marijuana. Since the politically and culturally popular thing to do is to extol the virtues of the recreational use of marijuana, the study's sharp gateway-drug implications will most likely be a warning that is derided and unheeded.Frankly, I don't really care if people smoke weed or not. To be clear, if asked, I'll warn against it. What bugs me, though, is that many who do choose to...
  • Chuck Schumer introduces bill to decriminalize marijuana

    04/20/2018 9:12:02 AM PDT · by NobleFree · 129 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 20, 2018 | Susan Ferrechio
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer introduced legislation Friday that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level and establish “dedicated funding streams” for women and minority businesses to grow and distribute the drug. “The time has come to decriminalize marijuana,” Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement. “My thinking, as well as the general population’s views on the issue has evolved, and so I believe there’s no better time than the present to get this done. It’s simply the right thing to do.” Schumer’s legislation would maintain laws that prevent trafficking of marijuana across state lines in cases where the drug is...