Marijuana

  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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 (Transforminghealth.org 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).
  • 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).
  • 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, said.al 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.”
  • 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).
  • 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.

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