State has teen violence problem, or is it just legalization of pot?
On December 7, in Everett, Washington, 5 teens killed a boy’s mother when she tried to defend her son. The violent 16- and 17-year-olds who were trying to steal the son’s marijuana and meth. In Alaska, another state where pot is legal for adults, 5 teens murdered another teen over marijuana. Allegedly, it was because the victim smoked his friend’s joint.
What other substance makes people so greedy and barbarous that they often kill for it? Only meth can inspire so much, but meth use has gone way down. Marijuana, or cannabis, inspires a cult-like following, with some advocates worshiping the plant as a god. Several recent incidents back up the scholarly research on marijuana’s deleterious effects on the teen brain, promoting violent behavior and even murder. Continue reading Washington State Teens Murder over Marijuana
Monitoring the Future,* the nation’s annual survey of students, reported today marijuana use in 8th, 10th and 12th grades was higher than last year. The survey also found that students in medical marijuana law states vaped marijuana at higher rates than students in other states, and consumed pot edibles (that can come in candies, sodas, or ice-creams) at double the rate than in non-medical marijuana law states. The survey does not include youth who drop out of school.
Misuse of prescription opioids continued its 10-year decline. Virtually all other substances are at their lowest point in the history of the survey. The contrast is very significant, because many people think the overprescribing of opioids is the only reason our youth die of drug abuse. They fail to reflect on the fact that early marijuana use is a predictor of other substance abuse. Continue reading Annual Survey Shows Marijuana Use Up Among Grades 8, 10, & 12
Blind to the ravages of marijuana addiction
I wanted to share my story about what my family has been through with a child addicted to marijuana. Yes, addicted. I get very, very angry when these self-righteous people claim that we are the uneducated ones, that it is not addictive and that more people die from prescription drugs than have ever been harmed by marijuana.
My daughter is 19 years old. At the age of 12 she started smoking weed because of the group she hung out with, and because she felt it helped to ease her anxiety. At first, her dad and I had no idea. Continue reading We were blind, and our daughter is blinded by the weed
A letter to the editor, Erie Times- News (PA) , found on Go.Erie. com, August 18, 2017 retyped by Nancy Starr :
I disagree with letter writer Larry Havard’s view that legalizing recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania would be a “win-win” solution to the financial problems of Erie’s schools.
I am a former Erieite now living in a state that has legalized both medical and so-called recreational marijuana. I have peacefully protested at two downtown pot shops in Spokane.
While protesting, I have seen young people who appear to be minors waiting outside the pot shop or going around the corner while a companion with the required ID goes in and buys marijuana. When I informed a pot shop owner about this, she told me that once their product leaves the store, it’s out of their hands.
The fact is that pot shops are unable to keep their products out of the hands, bodies and brains of minors, who are most vulnerable to marijuana’s harmful effects. This, in my opinion, is reason enough to overturn the legalization of so-called recreational marijuana where legalization has been approved. Young minds and lives matter.
I do not want a continuation of the war on drugs that has targeted and imprisoned the poor and especially people of color. Alternatives to arrest and jail for nonviolent drug crimes exist and should be expanded.
— KH, Spokane, Washington (we are leaving out his full name to protect his identity)