Over the last decade, there has been a national push to legalize marijuana. Pop stars, athletes, actors, and politicians have created a culture celebrating Pot as a wonderfully benign narcotic. So far, twenty-one states and Washington, D.C., have legalized weed, with several others laying the groundwork to do so. However, as more data becomes readily available from studying the impact of legalization, it is becoming clear that making weed legal has had one devastating effect – endangering the lives of children.
The time has come, and Oklahomans will vote next month on Question 820, a marijuana legalization and commercialization bill. The State Supreme Court ruled that the ballot could not be included in the 2022 midterm election. Governor Kevin Stitt set the date for March 7.
THC-enhanced snacks found in gas stations and convenience stores have been sending teens to emergency rooms in the Shenandoah Valley.
On close examination, the wrappers say 500 mg of THC. They mimic popular cereal products, including Fruity Pebbles, Cinnamon Crunch, Apple Jacks, Fruit Loops and Lucky Charms. Makers of these products know that sugary cereals and cartoon figures appeal to children.
Vote carefully for candidates who care about children’s exposure to drugs
When the Virginia state legislature fast-tracked marijuana legalization earlier this year, no one expected the marijuana edibles to be selling a few months later. When Virginians vote for a new governor and state legislature in November, they need to be mindful of candidates’ attitudes for protecting kids from drugs.
No one knows how the products ended up in stores. The pictures here come from in and around Roanoke, Virginia.
In advance of Halloween, warnings of these products should go out to all parents and to law enforcement.