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Cannabis during pregnancy may cause mental health issues in children

Mental health is the buzzword of today. Children whose mothers used cannabis during pregnancy may develop attention and behavioral problems around ages 11 and 12. The findings come from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study, also called the ABCD Study.  Scientists at Washington University analyzed data and published their findings in JAMA Pediatrics last month.

Considering that prenatal cannabis use increased from 3 % to 7 % between 2002 and 2017, the warnings against pot use for pregnant women need to get stronger.  (The first two states voted to legalize pot in 2012, and now that number stands at 19 states.)  While mental health problems in youth are growing, it’s shocking that states follow policies that increase mental health risks. Continue reading Cannabis during pregnancy may cause mental health issues in children

Marijuana Opponents Debate on Dr. Phil

Dr. Phil will feature our allies, Dr. Kevin Sabet of SAM and Laura Stack,  tomorrow,  Friday, October 21, 2022. James and Charmaine Hays, activists from Compton, CA, who kept the marijuana industry out of Compton will be on TV, too.  Check your local listings for the time and station.  

Dr. Phil leads with the question:  Is America too High on Marijuana? https://www.drphil.com/shows/is-america-too-high-on-marijuana/

Laura, founder of Johnny’s Ambassadors, will give testimony that is quite personal.  Her son, Johnny Stack, died by suicide after marijuana-induced psychosis in Colorado.  Laura, a professional speaker, is the author of The Dangerous Truth about Today’s Marijuana. 

Dr. Roneet Lev, host of High Truths podcast and Vice President of IASIC, is a San Diego emergency room doctor, will give insight on how the medical field has been impacted by California’s Prop 64.  

These panelists for our side, Kevin, Laura and Roneet, will go up against a pro-pot contingent.   

Kevin Sabet, James and Charmaine Hays

Our friends Heidi Anderson-Swan, co-author, A Night in Jail, and Scott Chipman, Vice President of AALM will be in the audience.  Expect them to offer insights, too.

The October 12th episode of Dr. Phil featured Michael Shellenberger debating Senator Scott Wiener about safe consumption sites.  Shellenberger held his ground against Wiener and Maia Szalavitz, a famous harm reductionist and Soros fellow. 

(Left to right) Dr. Roneet Lev, Kevin Sabet PhD, Heidi Anderson-Swan and Laura Stack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raising Lazarus Describes Continuing Overdose Crisis

Beth Macy’s Raising Lazarus is the latest book on the overdose crisis.  Unfortunately, this insightful journalist who wrote Dopesick, made into a series on Hulu, is a harm reductionist who doesn’t put too much stock in primary drug prevention.    

Drug policy should have three prongs: Prevention, Recovery and Harm Reduction.

Instead of tirelessly stating “Let’s stop stigmatizing addiction,” why can’t we say, “Let’s celebrate recovery”?  

We need to incentivize recovery.  

The drug epidemic has been running for more than 20 years now, and today the primary driver is fentanyl, an opioid sold on the black market. An estimated 107,000 died of overdose last year.  Why is it only getting worse? Perhaps it’s because we’re addressing the problem with harm reduction only and not spending much money on drug prevention. In the case of fentanyl, youths are going right from marijuana use to buying pills that are laced with fentanyl and dying immediately.  In pot legalization states out west, it currently is happening to those as young as 13 and 14.

Macy’s view of marijuana is a blindspot

Macy scorns Nancy Reagan and her “cabal of marijuana-hating moms” on p. 77.  But does she realize that the parents movement of 1979-1992 brought down drugs use from 39% of all teens to 14%?   The parent movement, which included black activists, was an exceptional achievement.  We could do the same now, if only  harm reduction were not the primary leg of drug policy. Continue reading Raising Lazarus Describes Continuing Overdose Crisis

Colorado non-profit, Once Chance to Grow Up, warns about THC

Once Chance to Grow Up warns about THC in a new video.  Because of a law passed last year, Colorado now requires dispensaries to provide a resource to people buying concentrates, including dabs and vapes.  The state has identified that 93% of all products sold in dispensaries are considered to be high-potency marijuana products.  The warning is applicable to products of 10 percent or more THC, products considered to be high-potency marijuana.  Continue reading Colorado non-profit, Once Chance to Grow Up, warns about THC