Efforts by Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) and SAM’s allies defeated marijuana legalization and commercialization in 9 state legislatures: New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont and Hawaii. When legislators listen to experts, as well as doctors, they reject marijuana legalization, a failure in every other state.
This year, only the Illinois rejected experts’ opinions and positioned itself as an outlier. Continue reading SAM Defeats marijuana in nine states →
As of this week, marijuana-infused gummy bears can no longer be sold in Colorado. On October 1, a law banned marijuana treats in the shape of animal, people or otherwise designed to appeal to children. Smart Colorado, a non-profit group, worked diligently to pass child protection laws.
As Colorado tightens restrictions on the sale of marijuana edibles, the problems with pot candies have reached other states. Children all around the country have accidentally eaten pot-infused sweets and turned up in hospital emergency rooms. Continue reading Marijuana gummy bears make children sick throughout country →
A man who brutally chased a woman with fire tongs and broke her jaw in Prescott, AZ, was a medical marijuana cardholder. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that marijuana legalization will increase domestic violence and violence against women and children. We have written on this subject previously.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. While we acknowledge the problem, let’s also acknowledge that substance abuse is connected to nearly all domestic violence.* Heavy marijuana users were the perpetrators in three domestic violence stories in the news over the past two weeks.
Near Portland, Oregon, a mother shot her 17-year-old son on Sept. 24. Diane Davidoff’s paranoia and other mental illness, certainly made worse by frequent marijuana usage, probably led to the killing of her son. She worried that others were out to get her. Continue reading Get Real — Marijuana Use Fuels Crime and Domestic Violence →