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Reefer Madness in Massachusetts and New York

Jared Ravizza’s knife attack on four girls, ages 9-17, in a Massachusetts movie theater shocked the nation last weekend.  Three of the girls were sisters and their mother spoke out in an interview.  Another attack occurred an hour later at McDonalds in Plymouth, MA, about 30 miles from the movie theater in Braintree.  (Fortunately, no one died, but these incidents are shocking and scary for the victims.)

As our social media watch dogs found out, Jared Ravizza filled his social media with photos related to smoking and drug paraphernalia. In April, he attacked his father, who claimed his son had a mental break.

Ravizza, 26, is also suspected of a murder in a small Connecticut town earlier that day. More details will emerge after a thorough investigation.  The Boston Globe reported on his colorful past and his more recent mental health episodes. 

Recent knife attacks suggest an increase in violence brought on legalizing pot in many states.  Maybe it’s time for an American to publish about suicides and violent assaults in our country, the same way Ross Grainger did it for Great Britain and Ireland.

Attacker Smoked Cannabis is available on Amazon


What is happening in New York?

A 70-year-old Australian woman was attacked last Thursday, May 30, at a New York subway station. A complete stranger whacked her in the head and yelled profanities. He made a gun gesture and allegedly said he would kill her. Fortunately, the cops came to her rescue and caught the attacker, Ryan Smalls, according to the New York Post.

“He was lighting up a joint in their face while they were arresting him,.” according to the woman’s daughter.  (See the photo in the Post)

Since New York legalized cannabis in 2020, violent incidents have occurred in the subways, some suggestive of cannabis-induced psychosis.  Below is a sampling of some of these incidences:

A man riding the subway with his daughter was threatened with a knife for asking a passenger to stop smoking pot. In fact others have been assaulted for merely asking the perpetrators to stop smoking pot.  A Brooklyn subway rider was assaulted by teen girls waved a boxcutter at a Brooklyn subway rider when he asked them to stop smoking marijuana on the train. There was another scuffle on November 14, 2023.

Government has the duty to protect its citizens, and states that legalize pot aren’t doing it. Cannabis is very idiosyncratic drug. Legalization states should post highly visible warning signs about psychosis. Stores sell high-potency THC products that didn’t exist before legalization.  Cannabis-induced psychosis may come on suddenly, or it may develop over time.   

We’ve written two recent articles on today’s reefer madness, because victims have not survived in Florida or Illinois.  (Read our article on why pot does not need be laced to cause extreme violence.)

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House Agriculture Committee passes bill to close the hemp loophole

One week ago today, the House Agriculture Committee passed an amendment to ban hemp intoxicants like Delta-8 THC, effectively closing the Delta-8 loophole. These dangerous products have flooded America’s gas stations, convenience stores, and smoke shops since 2019. The 2018 Farm Bill inadvertently legalized Delta-8 THC and other THC analogs. Manufacturers sell these products in drinks, vapes and food products appealing to small children.

We thank Reps. Mary Miller of Illinois, Doug LaMalfa of California, and Committee Chair RT Thompson of Pennsylvania for pushing the bill.  A warning issued by the FDA in fall 2021 did little to stop the sale of these products. Continue reading House Agriculture Committee passes bill to close the hemp loophole

National Press Club Event Challenges Current Drug Policy

TAKE BACK AMERICA CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCES 
CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS NATIONAL DRUG POLICY
Monday, May 20, 2024 from 0800 to 1100

Between 700 and 1,100 people die every day on American soil owing to drug-related causes.  No war or acts of terror in history even compares to the human or economic cost, which is estimated to be $3.73 trillion.  While the government has the responsibility to protect the people, they have failed to do so.

During the biggest drug epidemic in our history, the government proposes moving marijuana to a Schedule III status which is counterintuitive.

For the last 15 years “Harm Reduction” has been the national drug strategy, with catastrophic results.  This strategy encourages drug use by downplaying the harms, legalizing some drugs and elimina-ting penalties for criminal activity.  The result has been a 300% increase in overdose deaths, a crisis of mental health and addiction, record levels of suicide, a huge homeless problem, mass shootings and homicides, elevated traffic fatalities and rampant crime. America has become a narco-nation, no longer safe, according to organizer Roger Morgan.  If there is any hope for the future, national drug policy must change, and those responsible to protect this nation must do so.

As a country, we must switch back to a strategy of drug prevention over harm reduction. Between 1979 and 1992, the parents movement provided a prevention framework. As a result, teen drug use went from 39% down to 14%.

Panel of experts

A panel of experts on drugs and policy will candidly discuss the problem, and refute the Administration’s unfounded call to reschedule marijuana.  They will discuss what must be done to return America to the rule of law. 

 The panel consists of Roger Morgan, 30-year drug prevention activist; David Evans, Senior Attorney regarding Cannabis Industry Victims; Robert Charles, Attorney Asst Secretary of State for Colin Powell, White House staff, Naval Intelligence officer and expert on narcotics. 

Special guests and speakers are coming from around the country, including California. These include Heidi Swan and Bryn Spejcher, both of whom have experienced cannabis-induced psychosis from marijuana. In Bryn’s case the results were tragic.  She stabbed her date 108 times, stabbed her dog, and was trying to kill herself when the police arrived.  She was convicted of involuntary manslaughter as she was unaware of her actions and received 100 hours of community service. Spejcher and Swan will be available after the conference for interviews. Spejcher’s case is not unique, as many other violent crimes have been committed under cannabis-induced psychosis.

The conference room holds forty people. To secure a seat and receive a security code required to enter, please email [email protected]

Our Reaction to Rescheduling: It’s Politics, not Science

Our initial reaction to the announcement that the Biden Administration may reschedule marijuana is that it is a political move intended to get young voters. We have not seen a Press Release.  If true, this move is not based on science, or it’s based on bad science.  We support whatever Smart Approaches to Marijuana decides to do in terms of legal options or other avenues to stop rescheduling

More than 100 individuals who are victims of marijuana or have family members who are victims wrote to the DEA and the DOJ and pleaded with the DEA not to reschedule marijuana.  We’ve written about the differences between decriminalization, rescheduling and legalization with commercialization.
Continue reading Our Reaction to Rescheduling: It’s Politics, not Science