Two Butane Hash Oil (BHO) explosions ignited in Michigan last weekend, when amateurs were attempting to extract THC from marijuana to make “dabs.” Michigan’s BHO problem will grow into a bigger problem, because legalizers succeeded in getting marijuana on the ballot in November. (Read this article to understand the difference between decriminalization and legalization.)
On Saturday, January 20 in Orion Township, a tenant was making BHO when he suddenly tried to light a cigarette, and everything exploded. The “victim”/maker of the substance was badly burned on his arms and face. He’s been hospitalized, but the other four roommates made it out of the house unharmed. Continue reading →
The man’s daughter and four other students had a reaction to marijuana laced gummy bears on January 2, the first day after winter break. All five students reported feeling ill, and they were taken to the hospital in Leonardtown. All children survived and went home to their parents or guardians, but not without a lot of drama. The event triggered a police investigation, and a father has been charged.
In the affidavit filed, the father claims that “the edible gummy candies were given to him by an associate who came to his house for a party.” This man left his candies in a plastic bag in his bedroom, knowing they were easily accessible to the daughter.
Maryland’s “medical” marijuana program opened its dispensaries about two months ago. Southern Maryland Relief, LLC, is the only dispensary in southern Maryland.
Marijuana gummy incident in New Mexico
Also in January, a fifth grader in New Mexico brought gummy bears to school, perhaps unaware that they were tainted with THC. The girl shared the candy with fourth graders at Albuquerque School of Excellence’s cafeteria. Three students ate a single gummy, and the girl who brought the THC-laced gummies ate three or four pieces. A local TV station reported the incident on January 18.
The school suspended the girl for one week, although the administration believes it was an accidental mistake. The girl’s parents said the candies were medicinal. But it shouldn’t be so hard to keep medicine away from children without getting other people’s children sick, too.
Judicial overreach in Illinois leads to judge’s flawed decision
Medical marijuana advocates want and need chronic patients. There’s no evidence that marijuana cures pain. It only lessens pain for a brief period of time. Anyone who uses marijuana for pain will have to come back for more. Americans for Safe Access, a stepchild of Drug Policy Alliance and Marijuana Policy Project, has at least two staff members working full-time to lobby for Big Marijuana, suggesting that it’s as an alternative to pain pills.
Last week Judge Mitchell of Cook County declared that the state of Illinois must expand qualifying conditions for medical marijuana to include pain. The ruling came after a lawsuit filed by Ann Mednick, 58, who says she needs it for osteoarthritis. Ann uses pain pills, but wants a treatment with fewer side effects.
Since when are judges allowed to decide on science and medicine? Never, but the case was litigated in a very corrupt county, Cook County, Illinois. (Is corruption the reason why media reports are not reporting that the tainted candy in Humboldt Park had THC?)
The ruling came at the same time when two other big stories to contradict the judge’s decision are also in the news.
Charles Johnston, a man from Illinois was recently arrested in Iowa for shooting at trucks indiscriminately, due to a grudge. When police searched his car, they found prescription pill bottles full of marijuana, a marijuana pipe and a cigarette box with a marijuana joint. Obviously, Mr. Johnston’s use of marijuana for pain triggered a violent eruption, possibly with psychosis. Johnston teaches Psychology at Harper Community College, which also happens to be in Cook County.
Medical Marijuana Fraud in Canada
It would be interesting to know if Judge Mitchell and Ann Mednick heard about what happened to another woman who took “medical” marijuana for her arthritis pain.
Dawn Rae Downton, 60, took marijuana for inflammatory arthritis and developed constant vomiting, according to reports from Canada. Downton, 60, is suing a dispensary in Nova Scotia for giving her eight months of sickness from their tainted product. Massachusetts and California, as well as Canada, have had widespread problems with tainted marijuana products, especially those claiming to be “medical.”
As New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned in 2014, medical marijuana is slippery slope. It poisons people while creating addiction, including children who will always be attracted to gummy bears. Big Marijuana pushes its agenda quickly in order to avoid exposure of their medical scam.
A new peer-reviewed study about to be published in the January 2018 issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs found that marijuana use at exit from a 3-year case management intervention program for pregnant and parenting women increased significantly after marijuana legalization in Washington state.
“This study adds to the data we have about legalization driving up use and negatively impacting society,” said SAM President Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D. “States should slow down and realize that their actions have real consequences, especially among populations highlighted in this study — parents and children.”
The researchers divided the study sample into two cohorts based on whether participants had completed the program before or after legalization.
Researchers reported the following results:
“Most study participants reported complete abstinence from alcohol and nonprescription drugs at program exit. Among those who were still using substances, women who completed the intervention after marijuana legalization were significantly more likely to report marijuana use at program exit compared with women who completed the intervention before marijuana legalization. Across both cohorts (pre- and post-legalization), we found a positive association of exit marijuana use with alcohol, illegal methadone, other opioids, amphetamines, and cocaine use; even when we controlled for historical period, the association with some of these substances with marijuana use remained evident. Independent of marijuana use, we saw increased use during the post-legalization period of alcohol, illicit methadone, and other opioids.”
The study concluded that “Women who were not abstinent from marijuana at program exit were likely to report use of other substances as well. Our study design demonstrates an association but does not allow us to conclude that marijuana use leads to other substance use among this sample of women with a history of polysubstance use.”
Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) is a nonpartisan, non-profit alliance of physicians, policy makers, prevention workers, treatment and recovery professionals, scientists, and other concerned citizens opposed to marijuana legalization who want health and scientific evidence to guide marijuana policies. SAM has affiliates in more than 30 states.
It’s that time of year when high school seniors apply to college and make decisions about their future. By all means, they need to avoid colleges in Colorado, based on all reports we’re hearing from that state. It’s not the educational program, it’s the culture. In Colorado, it’s even hard for high schools to educate their students.
Any state that legalizes marijuana creates a culture that normalizes drug use, which includes use of all drugs. For example, in Pueblo, Colorado, 12 percent of the high school seniors have tried heroin. Continue reading →