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.
Video on cannabis candies
With Halloween coming soon, parents need to be aware of marijuana candies and the signs of marijuana ingestion. We’ve made a video on how to recognize the signs of cannabis toxicity in children.
Recently the problem of marijuana edibles has shown up in multiple states, not just the states that have legalized marijuana. Check your children’s candy and snacks. Be careful purchasing anything at small retail chains.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the most dangerous of marijuana legalization models possible last week. Meanwhile, Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia signaled his support to push up marijuana legalization to July 1. Both governors allow themselves to be pushed around and manipulated by activist groups like the Drug Policy Alliance, NORML, and the ACLU.
A version of this letter ran in the Richmond Times Dispatch
In Kathy Glazer of the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation’s recent column, she mentions that the Virginia General Assembly is going to devote 40% of tax revenues from marijuana sales to fund pre-school services for “at risk” toddlers.
Parental drug use is one of the lifestyle choices that puts children at risk to begin with. Marijuana triggers mood disorders which impair parenting ability and often leads to child abuse. The drug is widely known for causing Amotivational syndrome which can lead to unemployability or job loss.
Marijuana is an addictive drug which is totally incompatible with child rearing responsibilities.
What if the parents of the children are buying the marijuana and not properly caring for the children because of it? Parents Opposed to Pot is tracking news reports of marijuana-related cases of child abuse and neglect leading to death of a child. Just since Colorado legalized recreational pot we have found 250 such tragedies, around the nation.
Emergency rooms in pot legal states are reporting dramatic increases of child poisoning cases due to parents leaving marijuana edibles out and accessible to their young.
Marijuana in the home is encouraging more youth use. Kids are falling prey to early addiction both because of their adult role models and easy access. We need to stop trying to justify legalization for the tax revenues, especially in the case where the funds are directed toward at-risk youth. Instead, Virginia citizens and our political leaders need to closely examine the unintended consequences in the states that have already made the mistake of commercializing a mind-altering drug.
Marijuana legalization is a sure way to fracture more families and put more children at risk.
Warns Virginia Legislators Not to Ignore the True Costs and Harms
Merrifield, VA—February 8, 2021–Opponents to the Virginia bills which will permit 400 retail marijuana shops and home grows in neighborhoods around the state, are hearing some alarming arguments in favor of the idea. Parents Opposed to Pot (PopPot), a drug prevention campaign, responds to the erroneous information currently being accepted by some legislators.
The reasons constituents are being given for supporting the legislation (SB 1406 and HB 2312) are in bold. What follows are the PopPot rebuttals:
There has not been an increase in the use of marijuana in states with legalization.
The recently released SAMHSA National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH 2018-2019) shows that drug use doubles when a state legalizes. MomsStrong.org recently published a helpful chart of this data. In the state of Colorado about 20% of teens use marijuana regularly, and half of those teens have progressed to the more dangerous high THC concentrates. These psychoactive drug products manufactured and sold by the marijuana industry include vapes and edibles. In jurisdictions where there is a high density of marijuana shops the rate is even higher. In Pueblo, Colorado, known as the Napa Valley of marijuana, the youth rate is 35%, and in Denver the rate is 25% for teens. Teens were not using these products before legalization.