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Our Lives Were Changed Forever

On March 27, 2019 our lives were forever changed.  We were devastated by the reckless and untimely death of our second child, Aaron Reddy, at the age of 18.  Considering that marijuana is the drug that killed my child directly,  the drug that was in his blood when he died, I am furious that our state just voted to legalize marijuana, without understanding its dangers. But now there is a growing group of parents whose children died from marijuana.  We need to stand together, just like those whose kids died of opioids stand together.  We will also make ourselves heard.

When cannabis becomes legal, its dangers intensify, as the experiences of Colorado and California prove. When medical marijuana becomes legal, its dangers intensified in Maryland, as the story of  my son Aaron proves.  Here is Aaron’s story. Continue reading Our Lives Were Changed Forever

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Does Marijuana Cause Mental illness?

The THC in cannabis can destroy critical neuronal pathways in the developing brain, which can result in permanent brain changes. The worst case scenario is psychosis that becomes permanent and is then considered schizophrenia, a life-long, debilitating disease. No one can predict in advance who will be susceptible, as some can experience symptoms after a few times of use.

The mental health harms of cannabis are well known to scientific researchers. Professionals say the evidence found in peer-reviewed studies is undeniable: THC in cannabis, even in low concentrations, can cause psychosis. And out of the drugs that can cause a temporary episode of psychosis, marijuana/cannabis has the highest conversion rate to chronic psychotic disorders like bipolar and schizophrenia.

 
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Symptoms of psychosis are: paranoia, feelings of doom, irrational thoughts or behaviors, delusions, confusion, hearing voices or seeing people who are not there, and inability to communicate coherently.

Cannabis Induced Psychosis (CIP)  is listed in the DSM-5, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, a manual used by medical professionals for assessment and diagnosis. 

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IASIC, International doctors’ group formed to educate on marijuana

A doctors’ group is taking on cannabis education.  On May 20, 2021, the International Academy on the Science and Impact of Cannabis (IASIC) officially launched with a press conference held in San Diego and live streamed across the country.  

President of the newly-launched group IASIC, Dr. Eric Voth, is no stranger to addiction and drug policy work.  In his forty years involved in the fields of Internal Medicine, Pain Medicine and Addiction Medicine, he confidently asserts, “…We’ve seen marijuana become a serious public health problem…Today, as a direct result of rigorous efforts to legalize and normalize marijauna, it is responsible for a host of medical problems.”

IASIC has been founded to fill the serious void Continue reading IASIC, International doctors’ group formed to educate on marijuana