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Tragedy comes to teens who risk riding with stoned drivers

Driving with friends when they’re stoned

Read Part 1 and Part 2.   Many teens have heard “stoned is safer than drunk.” In the social media, the pot advocates claim to drive more carefully when high on pot.  Long-time pot users say ridiculous things which make young people think they’re immune to tragedy.  Smoking pot and driving is not safe, and it’s foolish to guess which risky behavior is more dangerous than another.

Too many teens take a risk by getting into the cars of friends or classmates who have been smoking pot.  Marijuana was a factor in the crash that killed Darion Wheeler, 18, Destinee Wheeler, 15, and Paul McEwan, 20.  It shocked a small Wyoming town when they died last March. Continue reading

Idaho Case Forces us to Reconsider Pharmaceutical Drugs

Did the Marijuana Industry Set Up the State’s Conflict with Kelsey Osborne?

Kelsey Osborne gave her daughter a marijuana smoothie.   She said the girls was having seizures, suffering  withdrawal symptoms from Risperdal.  Later, Child Protective Services gave custody of her children, Madyson and Ryker, ages 3 and 2, to their father.

This story from Idaho shocks for several reasons.  It’s very disturbing that a parent would give a three-year-old Risperdal in the first place.  Furthermore, cannabis oil poses big risks for changes to a toddler’s brain; it shouldn’t be done without medical supervision.

Risperdal is allowed for children five and over, but it comes with huge risks as a treatment for autism.  The powerful drug is also used to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.  Interviews with the mom do not explain why the daughter, Madyson, took Risperdal.

Did a doctor prescribe this medicine to Madyson?   Or is the Risperdal claim an outright falsehood?  If it is true, two wrongs do not make a right.

The legal battle underscores our inability to address root causes.  Why isn’t the United States searching for reasons behind the increase of  autism and seizures in children today?

There’s no information about how much conflict with the father may have contributed to the battle.  If Kelsey’s mistake was an honest one, it’s disturbing that the children would be taken from their mother.  Is it possible that Kelsey Osborne’s actions were a deliberate attempt to set up legal conflict?  Could the marijuana industry be instigating this legal battle?

In Idaho, cannabidiol from marijuana is allowed through a special program for children with seizures. The Osbornes were not in this program.   If seizures were an on-going problem for the girl, why did she not enroll in the program?

The marijuana lobbyists deliberately manipulate public sympathy when they want to change laws.

The case of Shona Banda in Kansas is another case with a lot of missing information.  She lived in Colorado before moving back to Kansas.   Banda has Crohn’s Disease, a very painful condition which people often treat by diets and probiotics.  While some people can do well keeping this disorder under control by following strict, individualistic diets, some need Rxs to minimize flare-ups.  It’s not clear whether or not Banda tried the natural diet cures, and if the Rx medicines failed to work for her.

Those who are against marijuana can expect the marijuana industry and lobbyists to actively promote these battles.  We need to push credible evidence of marijuana’s negative side effects and the risks to brain health.

Legal battles with the marijuana industry should force anti-pot activists to admit the many problems with pharmaceutical drugs.  Americans need to stop expecting panacea medicines.  Otherwise the marijuana industry will continue to promote pot as the miracle cure all for any medical condition.   Why do we continue to be so gullible?    Above picture is from KBOI TV and from Twitter.

Hot Cars, Pools, Pot, More Victims of Child Neglect: Part 3

(Part 1 shows child justice failures in Court. Part 2 of this series is about neglected children who died in fires. Part 3 covers children who die in hot cars and in drownings. Part 4 explains parents who are addicted or psychotic from marijuana. Part 5 shows how children die through violence related to potPart 6 presents a solution. Read a previous article,Three Children Die in Colorado.)

The marijuana lobby tells us they advocate for “responsible use of marijuana.” The impairment and forgetfulness of these parents proves that “responsible use” doesn’t work with parenting.  See our updated fact sheet about 53 children who have died from parents’ pot use since November 2012.

Deaths in Hot Cars

The death of Tyler and William Jensen, two years  and four years, was particularly sad. The boys died from being left in a hot car while their mom smoked pot. They were Colorado’s first child neglect victims of a parent’s pot use after the successful vote to legalize in 2012. It’s interesting that Heather Jensen’s lawyer defended her by claiming low IQ accounted for her lack of judgment. A long-term study indicates that frequent, early pot use leads to a significant drop in IQ over time. She was 24 at the time. Heather Jensen’s activity suggests addiction, coming from chronic use at a young age. Continue reading

Sheriffs, Attorneys in 3 States Claim Federal Law Preempts 64

Today Sheriffs and Prosecutors from Colorado, Nebraska, and Kansas challenged Colorado’s Amendment 64 in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. Adopted by Colorado voters in November 2012, Amendment 64 has created troubling challenges for law-enforcement officers and prosecutors in both Colorado and in its neighboring states. The plaintiffs’ lawsuit cited a “crisis of conscience,” conflicts between federal and state laws governing marijuana, and a substantial diversion of resources and additional economic burden to taxpayers in neighboring states. Continue reading