Saturday, May 03, 2014

Is the Legalization of Marijuana a Good Idea?


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Colombians Move Into Colorado Marijuana Business
By Cliff Kincaid
May 2, 2014
NewsWithViews.com
http://www.newswithviews.com/Kincaid/cliff823.htm
When Obama said he would "fundamentally transform" the United States, few anticipated that the plan involved destroying the minds of young people through addictive substances. But after the expenditure of $250 million by Obama backer George Soros on behalf of the marijuana legalization movement, we are seeing the results, especially in Colorado. The new website www.legalizationviolations.org is documenting the fallout and the damage.
In addition to what is reported on this site, such as kids using, and even selling, marijuana, we have some other sensational cases in Colorado, such as a husband and father, Richard Kirk, who began hallucinating after eating a marijuana cookie, and shot and killed his wife.
In another case, a 19-year-old student jumped off a Denver hotel balcony to his death after eating a marijuana cookie. USA Today reported that Levi Thamba Pongi, a native of the Republic of Congo, ate the cookie and "exhibited hostile behavior" that included pulling things off walls and speaking erratically.
In addition to these deaths, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Denver has filed an indictment "alleging money laundering related to marijuana cultivation and distribution" in Colorado. The case involves money transfers from a Colombian bank, as well as violations of federal firearms laws.
In the face of the human deaths and destruction being wrought by marijuana legalization in Colorado, and the movement of the Colombian groups into the state, the Heritage Foundation took a stand this week in favor of "Reefer Sanity," the name of a new book by drug policy expert Kevin A. Sabet.
Heritage featured Sabet giving a speech exposing the "seven great myths about marijuana" that have driven this unfolding disaster. Sabetco-founded SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) with former Democratic Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy (RI), in order to focus public attention on the harmful consequences of marijuana use and counteract the impact of the drug-friendly media. Writer David Frum is a member of the board.
One of Sabet’s slides advised people to "Follow the Money," and named George Soros as the key money bags behind the growing number of states accepting legal marijuana. Sabet’s website included the figure of $250 million invested by Soros in the drug legalization movement. In addition, Peter Lewis gave $50 to $70 million to this movement, and John Sperling gave over $50 million.
As far back as 2004, in our article, "The Hidden Soros Agenda: Drugs, Money, the Media, and Political Power," we noted the billionaire hedge-fund operator’s investment in a Colombian bank accused of drug-money laundering.
Calvina Fay of the Drug Free America Foundation described Soros as an "extremely evil person" because of his campaign to legalize dangerous mind-altering drugs.
Over a year ago, in our column, "A Kennedy Shocks the Pro-Dope Liberal Media," we noted the potential impact that SAM could have on the "debate" over marijuana, such as it is in the liberal media.
Sabet, in his Heritage Foundation speech, did not directly address President Obama’s personal role in the unfolding debacle confronting our youth, except to say that using marijuana is clearly not a solution to a deteriorating economy that produces few jobs for young people.
Yet, the facts are that Obama was a member of the "Choom Gang," a group of heavy marijuana smokers, when he was growing up in Hawaii. His childhood mentor, Communist Party operative Frank Marshall Davis, was also a pothead.
Although Sabetis pursuing a non-partisan approach to the disaster in order to appeal to Democrats, in an attempt to stop the deadly and dangerous drug legalization experiment, he is nevertheless giving the Soros-funded activists a case of nerves. His book features a quote from Ryan Grimm of the far-left Huffington Post, saying that backers of pot legalization should find Sabet "dangerous" because of his effectiveness.
The new website www.legalizationviolations.org is also a SAM project and is performing a useful function in publicizing cases in Colorado that are not getting national media attention.
Some headlines on the site from Colorado include:
Denver emergency room doctor seeing more patients for marijuana edibles
4th Grader Tries To Sell Pot On Playground
Kids caught distributing pot in school
Colorado kids getting into parents’ pot-laced goodies
4 With Ties To Colorado Pot Accused Of Laundering
In regard to the latter, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has released its own statement
on the case involving money being wired from bank accounts in Colombia to bank accounts in Colorado for the purchase of a "marijuana grow" facility.
The charges are big news in Colorado (see "Feds: Four men diverted Colombian cash to Colorado marijuana business" in the Denver Post). But it is truly a national story, showing that the Colombian drug traffickers are moving into Colorado to take advantage of the "legal" side of the marijuana business.
One of the myths Sabet addressed in his Heritage speech was the idea that marijuana is harmless. He noted its link to lower IQ and mental illness.
In a case out of Tennessee that did make some national news, a woman named Stephanie Hamman smoked the drug and drove her car into a church, where she stabbed her husband because he liked NASCAR. "I love to smoke it," she said of marijuana. "Sometimes when I do, I start seeing things that others don’t. Isn’t God good? He told me this would happen, and just look, I am okay."
"In court," the local TV station reported, "guards walked Hamman in, her eyes were closed and she appeared to be talking to herself." She is charged with attempted first-degree murder and felony vandalism.
© 2014 Cliff Kincaid - All Rights Reserved
Cliff Kincaid, a veteran journalist and media critic, Cliff concentrated in journalism and communications at the University of Toledo, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Cliff has written or co-authored nine books on media and cultural affairs and foreign policy issues. One of Cliff's books, "Global Bondage: The UN Plan to Rule the World" is still awailable.
Cliff has appeared on Hannity & Colmes, The O’Reilly Factor, Crossfire and has been published in the Washington Post, Washington Times, Chronicles, Human Events and Insight.
Cliff Kincaid is president of America’s Survival, Inc. E-Mail: cliff.kincaid@aim.org
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Media Continue Cover-up of Marijuana-induced Mental Illness
March 27, 2014
NewsWithViews.com
When The Baltimore Sun ran an editorial about the Maryland mall shooter, who killed two people and then himself, the newspaper said that mental health problems need to be identified sooner. But it failed to breathe a word about killer Darion Aguilar’s admitted marijuana use. Dr. Christine Miller, a semi-retired molecular neuroscientist living in Maryland, was not too surprised by the omission. She says the liberal media tend to ignore the relationship between marijuana and mental illness.
"I know that the editors are aware of the marijuana-psychosis connection because I have corresponded in the past with one of their journalists who was unable to get them interested in a story on the topic," she told Accuracy in Media. "They did publish one letter I wrote to their local Towson Times affiliate."
Miller has researched the cause of schizophrenia for many years, and is working to stave off marijuana legalization in Maryland. "Though none of my work involved the study of marijuana use, I became aware of the growing body of literature showing its association with the onset of schizophrenia, and I now regard those numerous reports as the most well-replicated finding in schizophrenia research," she says.
In a case in Colorado, where marijuana has been legalized, the national news media recently aired a video of a man stealing an SUV with a 4-year-old boy inside, but did not emphasize his history of drug abuse, including marijuana. The Denver Post reported that a pickup truck he had stolen earlier was found with drug paraphernalia, including empty syringes, five pipes containing residues believed to be of methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as 2.1 grams of pot.
In another sensational case, in Tennessee, a woman who said she smoked marijuana all day and all night drove her car into a church and stabbed her husband. Church Hill Police Department Chief Mark Johnson told The Kingsport Times News that the woman stated that God had told her to stab her husband for "worshipping" NASCAR. The woman said, "I smoke a bunch of weed. I love to smoke it. Sometimes when I do, I start seeing things that others don’t. Isn’t God good? He told me that this would happen, and just look, I am okay."
In the Washington, D.C. area, The Baltimore Sun isn’t the only paper reluctant to examine the marijuana link to mental illnesses, including schizophrenia and psychosis. After Dr. Miller testified to the Maryland House Judiciary Committee about the marijuana-psychosis connection, she was contacted by Frederick Krunkel of The Washington Post, asking for a phone interview. She said, "I replied, along with my phone number and a time to call, but they never called."
"It turns out that 15 percent of marijuana users experience psychosis, half of whom will go on to become schizophrenic if they don’t stop using," she told AIM. "Fortunately, many do stop if they aren’t addicted already, because paranoia is no fun." She says some people are under the misimpression that if someone is psychotic due to marijuana, it comes from what the marijuana is laced with. "In fact," she says, "the converse is true—a large study out of Finland last year shows that in acute substance-induced psychosis cases, the cannabis users convert to schizophrenia spectrum disorder at the highest rate."
Incredibly, however, the Maryland House of Delegates passed Del. Cheryl Glenn and Del. Dan Morhaim’s medical marijuana bill in a 127-9 vote. The dope lobby, known as the Marijuana Policy Project, is saying, "Maryland may finally become the 21st state with an effective medical marijuana law!"
In attempting to explain the media’s failure to cover both sides of this debate, Miller said, "I think we are losing our journalistic standards." She believes that papers like the Post no longer have the "depth of talent" from reporters who understand how to cover scientific evidence in controversies like this.
Another factor, she said, is that there’s a "giddy rush" by the media to jump on the "progressive bandwagon," which views the marijuana movement as fashionable. In this regard, she singled out CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who has been promoting "medical marijuana" without taking into account the serious mental health problems associated with its use. She said liberal reporters are also influenced by the perception that too many members of minority groups are being punished for drug use.
Despite the rush to legalize marijuana for various purposes, Miller said the media will eventually be forced to cover the link between marijuana use and mental illness because of the growing number and severity of violent incidents involving schizophrenic individuals using the drug. Those whose schizophrenia manifests in the context of drug use are much more likely to be violent. She also says that in the wake of its legalization in Colorado, data is coming out of that state about impaired driving associated with the increasing use of marijuana.
© 2014 Cliff Kincaid - All Rights Reserved
Cliff Kincaid, a veteran journalist and media critic, Cliff concentrated in journalism and communications at the University of Toledo, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Cliff has written or co-authored nine books on media and cultural affairs and foreign policy issues. One of Cliff's books, "Global Bondage: The UN Plan to Rule the World" is still awailable.
Cliff has appeared on Hannity & Colmes, The O’Reilly Factor, Crossfire and has been published in the Washington Post, Washington Times, Chronicles, Human Events and Insight.
Cliff Kincaid is president of America’s Survival, Inc.
E-Mail:
cliff.kincaid@aim.org
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http://arcticcompass.blogspot.ca/2012/09/does-marijuana-have-health-benefits.html
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