Marijuana Addiction: Rates & Usage Statistics (National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics, 11/17/2020).

Study:  Marijuana ads and store location influence youth marijuana use (Washington State University 10/8/2020).

Study: Marijuana use increases pain after surgery, requires more anesthesia (CNN, 10/5/2020).

Study:  Marijuana use during pregnancy linked to autism in babies (CNN, 8/10/2020).

Study: Teens more likely to use marijuana following legalization (University of Washington, 7/20/2020).

Users of high-potency cannabis four times more likely to report associated problems (Science Daily 5/28/2020).

Heavy Pot Use Linked to Mental Problems, Even After Quitting (US News 4/30/2020).

Study Shows Legal Marijuana Products Too Strong for Pain Relief (Newsroom, 3/26/2020).

STUDY:  Parents marijuana use can impact health of children (DukeHealth 2/18/2020).

Are There Potential Heart Risks From Marijuana Use? (American College of Cardiology 1/20/2020).

Cannabis edibles may present unanticipated dangers (Reuters, 1/7/2020)

10 Myths Marijuana Advocates Want You to Believe (Parents Opposed to Pot, July 18, 2018)

Sally Schindel, mother of Andy Zorn, writes how her son lost his battle with addiction and mental illness and the role that marijuana played in his death.  Andy, just 31 at the time of his death, was an Army veteran and knew marijuana was destroying his mind.  Sally writes that her marijuana industry doesn’t like to acknowledge people like her son, dismissing his case as an aberration (Herald Mail Media April 28, 2019).  However, a recent study by a peer-reviewed medical journal found that people who use high-potency marijuana daily are five times more likely to develop psychosis than those who never partake.  Currently, potency of marijuana is unregulated.   Read the Lancet study (AP, March 19, 2019).

Simultaneous use of alcohol and marijuana is riskier than using either substance alone, because their effects can interact and cause excessive depression of the central nervous system.  This short article highlights the need for prevention on college campuses and role of perception: how college students perceive the risk of using both substances and their perceptions  of substance abuse among their peers.  Research Society on Alcoholism (5/26/2019).

Smoking cannabis ages the brain by an average of nearly three years, according to new research.  Read the entire New York Post article (8/23/18).  The complete findings were published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease (8/21/18).

For states that have chosen legalization of marijuana, a slew of problems have ensued: increases in addiction rates, increases in homelessness, more difficulty finding qualified workers, and increased crime, specifically violent crime.  At the same time, revenues from the legal sale of marijuana have been disappointing, in part because the illegal market still exists.  And, even if revenues did reach their predicted heights, the social costs translated into social services to troubled individuals and families would likely eclipse revenue. Read The Marijuana Delusion published in the City Journal (3/22/2019).

Selling Weed to the Public from the Illinois Family Institute is a great resource to educate yourself and be prepared to talk to others about the dangers of marijuana (1/29/2019).

Marijuana is NOT a harmless drug. Feel free to print and share this brochure (PDF format, double sided) (2018).

Is smoking pot while pregnant safe for the baby? – Nationally, there’s been a sharp jump in pot use among pregnant women, especially younger mothers, despite the dangers.  Studies show that marijuana increases the risk of stillbirth and adversely affects how a baby’s drain develops ( 1/29/18).

Study finds signs of brain changes in pot smokers – A small study of casual marijuana smokers has turned up evidence of changes in the brain, a possible sign of trouble ahead, researchers say.  The young adults who volunteered for the study were not dependent on pot, nor did they show any marijuana-related problems.  “What we think we are seeing here is a very early indication of what becomes a problem later on with prolonged use,” things like lack of focus and impaired judgment, said Dr. Hans Breiter, a study author (Denver Post, April 27, 2016).

The Hudson Institute released this comprehensive yet readable analysis on the threat that marijuana use poses for our nation.  Part 1 explains the physical and mental health risks of marijuana use, while Part 2 explores the connections between the opioid epidemic, fentanyl deaths, and marijuana (November 2016).

Watch: Cannabis and Psychosis – Scientific evidence (YouTube 9/19/2015).

Regret is growing among Colorado voters who legalized recreational use of marijuana in 2012.  Consequences of legalization are now seen in many aspects of Colorado life: education, business, health care and law enforcement.  Many Colorado municipalities are passing referendums to block growing, distribution, and retail marijuana facilities within city limits.  Read the article here (Focus on the Family 8/17/2015).

Rauner uses veto to amend decriminalization bill, allowing those caught with up to 10 grams to be fined $100- $200 (State Journal-Register 8/15/2015).

Colorado rejects PTSD as ailment eligible for medical pot, at least for now (July 2015).  Colorado has provided about $3.4 million for two medical studies regarding the use of pot for treatment of PSTD.  Those studies are just getting underway.

Fact sheet on Marijuana Edibles.

Marijuana and Mental Illness Fact Sheet.  The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) briefly explains how marijuana use complicates treatment of medical and mental illness.

18 Effects of Marijuana Use.  Read the article by Illinois Review, August 31, 2014

Adverse health effects of marijuana are becoming better understood.  Fact Sheet: Marijuana Effects is an easy -to-read summary of known short-term and long-term health effects of marijuana.  The fact sheet is a summary of the scholarly article Adverse Health Effects of Marijuana Use (New England Journal of Medicine, June 2014).

1 minute video on how marijuana kills.  A former adviser on drug policy to three presidents—Clinton, Bush and Obama—says, despite popular fiction, marijuana does kill. “Saying marijuana has never contributed to death or never killed anyone is like saying tobacco hasn’t killed anyone,” Kevin Sabet, president of Project SAM, after speaking at a Heritage Foundation event today on marijuana policy. “In that same way, marijuana does kill people in the form of mental illness, suicide and car crashes.”

Chicago Investors offer up to 1 Million for school programs if marijuana project approved.  Read how Chicago investors are pledging big bucks to Effingham schools if they are allowed to grow marijuana in Effingham.    City leaders liken the offer to a thinly disguised bribe in this article from the Effingham Daily News.

Research at Massachusetts General Hospital – Harvard Center for Addition Medicine shows that marijuana is particularly harmful to college students. Read the New York Times article, October 2014

Researchers at Northwestern University, working with Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard Medical School, tie marijuana use to brain change.  Read the article from Illinois Issues, June 2014

24 Mind-Blowing Facts About Marijuana Production in America.  Read the article from Mother Jones by Josh Harkinson, Brett Brownell, and Julia Lurie, March/April 2014.

Everything You Need to Know About CBD (CBD is a component of the marijuana plant and is a Schedule I substance under the federal Controlled Substances Act.  Download the facts published by SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana).

10 Things Medical Marijuana Biz Won’t Say.  Read the article by Jen Wieczner, August 9, 2013, MarketWatch,

Medical Marijuana’s Immediate Impact on Illinois.  Read the factsheet prepared by Educating Voices, Inc., for Partners Providing Marijuana Education, June 2013.

New research in mice provides further evidence that marijuana harms the developing brain.  Read the article posted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, July 2013.

Want a marijuana prescription?  Get in line.  Read the article by Jen Wieczner, MarketWatch, The Wall Street Journal, July 31, 2013.

Patients seeking medical marijuana recommendations from Doctors have long wait.  Read the article by Join Together Staff, The Partnership at Drugfree.Org, August 1, 2013.

Watch the CNN interview with Patrick Kennedy as he talks about changing his view on medical marijuana

New Pot Bill Puts Business in the Weeds. Read the article from Crain’s Chicago Business

Read article from and view video regarding marijuana’s all-cash business and secret banking

Marijuana Pill May be Better – read the full article from The Partnership @ Drugfree.Org

8 doctors backing the medical marijuana bill have been disciplined by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation  View list of 8 doctors

Why We Should Not Legalize Marijuana – read the full article by Dr. Robert L. DuPont, Partner, Bensinger and Associates, Ex-President, Institute for Behavor and Health, Ex Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse.

You Can Be Fired for Using Medical Marijuana – read the full article by J. B. Wogan, Seattle Times staff reporter.

Marijuana use linked to cyclic nausea/vomiting.  Read the article on Health, Oct. 22, 2012.

Testimony on Medical Marijuana

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