My son suffers from schizophrenia and marijuana addiction. He has become severely depressed and psychotic smoking marijuana, and talks of ending his life. He has been hospitalized 6 times since Colorado legalized recreational marijuana. He was not hospitalized the year before the legalization of marijuana.
How could Colorado legalize marijuana without any consideration for the mental heath community? Amendment 64 is a travesty. I need help. I am so afraid for my son who just leaves his home and is in a state of confusion. He gets so paranoid and believes everyone is out to kill him. It has only been two weeks since his last hospital stay, in which he refused substance abuse treatment. He wants to drive high while being psychotic and talking to his voices.
He is a veteran and receives his treatment through the Veterans Administration. He has a case manager and I have been trying to have his psych doctor sign a paper from the department of motor vehicles that would pull his license to drive. I don’t want him to kill himself or someone else. He has already had several accidents and now has a careless driving ticket. The police have even told me not to let him drive, but how can I do that when he is actively psychotic?
My neighbors wrote a letter for the doctor who’s had this paperwork from the DMV for two months and still refuses to sign the papers. My son almost hit our neighbor’s car head on. as he was driving down the wrong side of the road, and he almost backed into them. Does he have to kill himself or someone before this doctor will take any action? He keeps telling me the VA has to call their legal team. They don’t make the call, and its so frustrating.
He won’t listen to his doctor’s advice or to anyone. Every day is so very challenging and stressful, and it has been very devastating to my family. (The author lives in Adams County, Colorado)
The Seattle Times calls on raising the age to buy tobacco products from 18 to age 21, but it’s more urgent that “medical” marijuana be added to the substances with age limits. Teen admissions to substance abuse treatment have skyrocketed, and marijuana is the most common substance for which they are seeking treatment. The advent of e-cigarettes and vape pens has made this consideration very urgent.
Niwot, a town on the outskirts of Boulder, Colorado, is yet another jurisdiction fighting to keep big marijuana businesses out of the community. Entrepreneurs Ernie and Callie Craumer, of Connecticut, invested in Colorado real estate with the intent of renting the building to a pot grower. They’re seeking a land use permit for the vacant building at 6924 N. 79th St., a few blocks south of the community’s downtown area. The permit, if granted would allow both a grow facility and retail sales of the drug. The owners originally thought of living in the area, but decided against it after feeling out the opposition.
Dick Piland, head of the Niwot Community Association (NCA), explains that the family-oriented community of only 4,000 residents Continue reading →
by David Evans I worked in the New Jersey criminal justice system for years, setting up programs for addicts and alcoholics. Prison programs for addiction do not work as well as programs outside prison. There’s too much game playing to get out sooner. Instead, we set up a program so that inmates would be released and had their parole date but had to spend the last month or so in a residential treatment program. It worked better. You never know what will work with somebody.
Drug legalization advocates claim that prisons are overflowing with people convicted for only simple possession of marijuana. This claim is aggressively pushed by groups seeking to relax or abolish marijuana laws. Continue reading →