Who Said No One Ever Died from Marijuana?

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By Sally Schindel, Treasurer,  Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy

You always seem to hear people say that marijuana is a safe drug because no one has ever died from using it. I’m here to tell you that is simply not true. My 31 year old son Andy died by suicide one year ago this month in Peoria, leaving a note that ended with these words:   “My soul is already dead. Marijuana Killed my soul + ruined my brain.”

Listen to Sally’s recent interview here.

I have resolved to carry Andy’s message to every young person and parent I can find to let them know about the real risks and harms of today’s marijuana. You see marijuana has changed a lot over the years. It now comes in cookies, candy and sodas. The THC content which is the ingredient that gets a person high has sky rocketed making it much more dangerous for our children. There has never been a time when science has been more clear that marijuana harms brain development in youth. These studies come from the leading scientists in the nation. They come from Harvard and Northwestern. I find it disturbing that the public is up in arms with regard to cigarette smokers, but allows the marijuana industry to follow the same playbook as big tobacco. Those plays include lying about what’s in the product, hooking new, young users to make a profit and marketing to children.

Marijuana abuse is horrific for the user and the family and friends of the user.  My son hung himself after several attempts at suicide by other methods.  The police did not allow me to see my son the night he died but the image of him hanging in a tree in a hard rain and being cut down into a puddle of mud haunts me and has driven me to learn more about marijuana and its use and abuse.  I am on a mission to Help Andy Help Others and a part of that is to try to help rein in this reckless race to legalize marijuana for “recreational” use. I hope the rest of the moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, sisters and brothers join me. I need your help and so do many others who struggle with marijuana addiction like my beautiful son Andy.

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6 thoughts on “Who Said No One Ever Died from Marijuana?”

  1. Thank you Sherry. You are a blessing. I am so happy for you and your long term recovery. Stories like yours help me heal as a Mom because I know your sobriety and sharing saves others which is what I am now all about. Helping Andy Help Others. I know his story needs to be told and somewhere, sometime someone will hear Andy’s words and begin living their life in reality as you now do. Keep it up Sherry! Thanks for the work you do!

  2. Sally, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. I can’t imagine how hard that must have been for you. I was a pot addict and got sober 28 years ago. Thank God I was spared, because I would have killed myself if it hadn’t been for getting into a 12 step program and staying 100% sober. Like you, I am spending the rest of my life spreading the good news that living your life in reality is a wonderful thing.

    We have a nation to rebuild and it can’t be done by a bunch of zonked out zombies. I am with you, Sally! We are getting the word out that marijuana is not good for the majority of the people who are using it today and that the consequences of smoking pot can be dire.

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