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Jennifer’s Messengers sounds alarm, supports drugged driving victims

We introduce a new website, Jennifer’s Messengers,  to honor Jennifer, and to bring to light marijuana driving dangers.  A recent study estimated 6800 more deaths per year on our roads if marijuana is federally legalized.

Jennifer’s Messengers takes its name from Jennifer Hrobuchak, who was killed by a driver high on medical marijuana.  It happened on July 24, 2012, and nine years later, the pain is still strong. 

When people say legalizing marijuana is freedom, think of Jennifer and her family. Where’s her freedom? Where’s her mother’s freedom?  Is she free to call her daughter on the phone? Is she free to see that daughter who would be 31 now?  No, that freedom was taken away by a man who was stoned. He violently killed Jennifer and only got a slap on the wrist, spending less than 2 years in jail. Continue reading Jennifer’s Messengers sounds alarm, supports drugged driving victims

Who is to blame for vaping illnesses and addiction?

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Who is to blame for addicting kids to nicotine and causing the vaping illnesses that sickened and even killed so many people?  Juul and its backers piggybacked onto marijuana legalization and used similar marketing schemes.  Read Part 1.

With fits and starts, Adam Bowen and James Monsees worked diligently over several years to come up with a product that would replace traditional cigarettes. They enlisted the help of venture capitalists from Silicon Valley, including some of the Pritzkers who fund marijuana companies, too. They never imagined getting involved with Big Tobacco.

Continue reading Who is to blame for vaping illnesses and addiction?

E-cigarettes, marijuana and Juul, crossovers between the products

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As the Surgeon General warned In 2016, vaping by teens had begun to rise dramatically that year.  This rise in vaping e-cigarettes played a role in reversing a long-term decline of teen smoking. In the coming weeks, the FDA will be making a decision whether or not to ban flavored vapes.  Flavors like mango and mint enticed so many teens who got hooked on nicotine through vaping.

Just as the rise of vaping — and lax regulation — paved the way for teen smoking, marijuana legalization — without the federal government doing its job to stop it — paved the way for more teen marijuana use. Addiction-for-profit industries work in similar ways. Continue reading E-cigarettes, marijuana and Juul, crossovers between the products

Donations needed so we can continue this important work

Please help us continue our important work by making a donation to Parents Opposed to Pot.  

With many stories in the news recently, it’s an opportune time to get out the truth about marijuana in America,  We must tell the public, especially parents, what legal pot is doing to our kids. Parents Opposed to Pot will be starting a podcast soon, and your donations will help our cause.

On Sunday night, NBC Nightly News reported about the teens hospitalized in Colorado for psychosis and vomiting illnesses. 

Colorado was forced to reckon with its problem due to the large number of teens using marijuana concentrates, particularly those concentrates used for “dabbing” and “vaping.”   Laura Stack, a Colorado resident, published her important book, The Dangerous Truth about Today’s Marijuana, on July 10.  The book about Johnny Stack, who died by suicide at age 19, is getting extraordinary reviews.  

A marijuana regulatory bill, HB 1317 passed in the Colorado House and then passed in the Senate by 37-0.  The provisions of the bill, which go into effect next year, include the creation of a registry system and closing loopholes for teens buying medical marijuana. We hope it can put a dent in Colorado’s pot problems, although cannabis proves to be a regulation-resistant drug.

Where do your donations go

Parents Opposed to Pot supports three other projects: Moms Strong, Every Brain Matters (a recovery community) and Jennifers’ Messengers.  

Your donation will help us continue our important work, such as distributing information about testimony in the Colorado State legislature in May.   At that time, some of the legislators’ children and relatives spoke about how pot legalization in 2014 affected their families. Their speeches were powerful and very moving.  

Parents Opposed to Pot and our three sub-groups travel to drug prevention conferences. We need donations to continue our work.