For teens and college students, it’s a trend to add Xanax to their marijuana. Xanax is an anti-anxiety medication classified as a benzodiazapine. Some who use Xanax have real anxiety. Because “medical” marijuana activists advertise marijuana as a treatment for anxiety, some people use marijuana to deal with anxiety. Continue reading
Marijuana Industry Taking Advantage of Opiate Problem to Entrap More People
Medical marijuana proponents have a nationwide effort to add opiate addiction to the list of conditions for medical marijuana. They aren’t just saying medical marijuana is a replacement for opiates; they are now pitching it as a medical treatment for opiate addiction. The marijuana industry’s savvy marketing campaign is bigger, trickier and even more devious than Big Tobacco and Big Pharma ever dreamed. Yet people who get addicted to opiates were already addicted to drugs via marijuana.
Mixing marijuana with other drugs is becoming so routine that “drugged and stoned” is a new normal. When Pennsylvania college student Garet Schenker of Bloomsburg University recently died, it was the combination of marijuana wax and Xanax that killed him. References to his death and the toxicology report have been removed from the Internet. Just because another person didn’t die from doing “dabs” and mixing it with Xanax doesn’t mean we shouldn’t warn our children of this dangerous practice.
Justin Bondi, one of the young men who died in Colorado last year, was a hiker and adventurer who also mixed marijuana with Xanax and other drugs. In fact, marijuana users have such an affinity for Xanax that doctors should be questioning patients about marijuana use and wonder if marijuana is the primary cause of the anxiety.
The addiction-for-profit industry, i.e., the marijuana industry, is trying every tactic imaginable to promote drug usage. The current propaganda that pretends marijuana is treatment to opiate abuse is EVIL. We condemn those shameless promoters who encourage people to use marijuana based on the theory that it doesn’t cause toxic overdose deaths. Recent deaths have put a dent into that theory, however. In Seattle, Hamza Warsame jumped six stories to his death, after he the first time he tried marijuana in December, 2015.
Drugged and Stoned
Many marijuana driving fatalities are caused by drivers on a cocktail of drugs in addition to pot. The driver that killed two and injured several others in Santa Cruz had marijuana and an unnamed prescription drug. The driver responsible for a 3-car crash in Indiana had marijuana, Xanax and drug paraphernalia on him.
A crane operator in Philadelphia killed 6 people while high on marijuana and a codeine painkiller pill, in July 2013. This accident highlights the inability to see accurate perception of depth when stoned. The crane operator hit the wall of the Salvation Army thrift store next to the building he was demolishing. He had no intention to harm people. Operating any type of heavy machinery under the influence of drugs puts all of us in danger.
The worst car accident by a driver in recent memory was caused by a driver who used both marijuana and alcohol. Driver Diane Schuler killed 8, including 5 children, in the Taconic State Parkway crash in New York on July 26, 2009. It appears that the driver was in pain. Schuler, three of her nieces, her 2-year old daughter and three men in the oncoming minivan died. Schuler used marijuana regularly to deal with insomnia. (Insomnia is a condition promoted by medi-pot advocates.)
Marijuana lobbyists try to portray marijuana customers as single drug users. This is an entirely false characterization. Mult-substance addiction is the norm today. STOP THE LIES!
There are echoes of Levy Thamba’s death in the story of a 16-year-old student in Seattle who jumped to his death after trying marijuana for the first time. The Seattle Police Department ruled that the death of Hamza Warsame was an accident. He had gone to the 6th floor apartment of an older classmate to work on a project. After having marijuana, he became “frantic,” went out on the balcony and fell off the building.
Each of these deaths occurred after marijuana was legalized with commercial marijuana sales in Washington or Colorado. Warsame was not old enough to legally purchase marijuana, but his classmate was 21 and had purchased it legally. Last year CBS News Denver did a report on marijuana intoxication deaths which occurred before marijuana became legal in Colorado.
THC, not Anti-Islamic Hate Crime
The Seattle Police Department announced on May 10 that the death of Warsame was the result of a fall that followed his first use of marijuana. His death on Dec. 5 drew national attention and sparked speculation that he might have been the victim of an anti-Muslim hate crime.
The Seattle Police Department report has details of their investigation, which came to the same conclusion as the King County Medical Examiner’s Office did in January. The toxicology screen found “relatively high levels” of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive element of marijuana, in Warsame’s system. In Washington, smoked forms of marijuana average more than 20% THC.
A native of Somalia, Warsame was an advanced high school student who was taking a college class at Seattle Central College. Levy Thamba was an exchange student from the Republic of Congo going to college in Wyoming. In 2014, he jumped four stories after eating a marijuana cookie for the first time. He was only 19, under the legal age for purchasing marijuana.
In the case of Warsame and Thamba, the reactions to marijuana were quick. Bondi fell 150 feet to his death last year, and had used other drugs in addition to marijuana. Goodman committed suicide a few days after ingesting marijuana edibles.
Wrongful Death Suit Against Marijuana Businesses
The parents and sister of Kristine Kirk (above photo, right) — whose husband shot her after eating marijuana candy — recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the the Kirk’s three children. Kirk’s husband, Richard Kirk, killed his wife on April 14, 2014, after becoming psychotic from marijuana candy.
The lawsuit claims that the company that made the marijuana edible and the store that sold the candy to Richard Kirk recklessly and purposefully failed to warn him about the bite-sized candy’s potency and side effects — including hallucinations and other psychotic behaviors. Kristine Kirk had called 911 for help, but it was too late.
(The pictures of Levy Thamba and Kristine Kirk are from CBS News.)