Law­mak­ers cor­rupted by drug money ig­nore mar­i­juana harms

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

More than 16 news ar­ti­cles from Aug. 16, 2016, through Oct. 23, 2016, re­veal a vir­tual feed­ing frenzy among Mary­land state leg­is­la­tors, mar­i­juana bureau­crats and would-be pot con­trac­tors, all squab­bling over ac­cess to prof­its from the fed­er­ally-il­le­gal ad­dic­tive dan­ger­ous child brain poi­son, mar­i­juana be­ing falsely pro­moted as “medicine” un­der drug-traf­ficker-friendly Mary­land State laws.

Ex­am­ples of such cor­rupt pro-drug leg­isla­tive ac­tiv­i­ties are il­lus­trated in the Wash­ing­ton Post’s Sept. 23, 2016, ar­ti­cle ti­tled: “Del­e­gate’s med­i­cal pot roles re­viewed.”

But two re­cent of­fi­cial fed­eral gov­ern­ment re­ports cat­e­gor­i­cally con­firm from nu­mer­ous sci­en­tific stud­ies that smoked mar­i­juana is not medicine but in­stead is a dan­ger­ous Sched­ule 1 drug that en­dan­gers the health and safety of users, es­pe­cially youths. And is a ma­jor gate­way drug lead­ing to ad­dic­tion to other deadly drugs.

The new FDA and DEA re­port of Aug. 11, 2016, reaf­firmed the many pre­vi­ous sci­en­tific stud­ies stat­ing that “there is no med­i­cal use for smoked mar­i­juana.”

And the new Novem­ber 2016 U.S. Sur­geon Gen­eral’s Re­port on Ad­dic­tion stated cat­e­gor­i­cally “None of the per­mit­ted uses un­der state laws al­ters the sta­tus of mar­i­juana and its con­stituent com­pounds as il­licit drugs un­der Sched­ule I of the fed­eral Con­trolled Sub­stances Act.”

Ad­di­tion­ally, that Sur­geon Gen­eral’s re­port stated, “Mar­i­juana use, in ado­les­cents in par­tic­u­lar, can cause neg­a­tive neu­ro­log­i­cal ef­fects. Longterm, reg­u­lar use start­ing in the young adult years may im­pair brain de­vel­op­ment and func­tion­ing… And mar­i­juana use — par­tic­u­larly long-term, chronic use or use start­ing at a young age — can also lead to de­pen­dence and ad­dic­tion.” Thus also con­firm­ing mar­i­juana as a gate­way drug.

Fur­ther, an­nual na­tional drug over­dose death rates cur­rently re­ported by the CDC, are sky­rock­et­ing at all-time high lev­els and in­creas­ing rapidly. To il­lus­trate the enor­mity of this U.S. drug death plague, if cas­kets of the 500 vic­tims of drug-re­lated deaths that oc­cur daily in the U.S. were stacked up along­side the Wash­ing­ton Mon­u­ment, they would ex­tend to nearly twice the height of that mon­u­ment. Ev­ery day, 24/7.

Many of us par­ents have wit­nessed two gen­er­a­tions of fam­i­lies be­ing de­stroyed by sub­stance abuse. From our di­rect ex­pe­ri­ence with this drug holo­caust among our chil­dren typ­i­cally be­gin­ning with mar­i­juana, we par­ents pub­lished a full page ad in the Jan. 23, 2017, Wash­ing­ton Times of­fer­ing spe­cific sug­ges­tions for fed­eral leg­is­la­tion to fix that ur­gent and grow­ing na­tional pub­lic health cri­sis. See ad at link: http:// amer­i­c­a­s­ur­­tent/up­loads/2017/01/NICAPA11-WTPO0123.pdf

There­fore, we Mary­land par­ents hereby pe­ti­tion our gov­er­nor and state leg­is­la­tors to im­me­di­ately rec­og­nize the im­mi­nent dan­ger to all Mary­land cit­i­zens from this un­prece­dented drug over­dose death pub­lic health cri­sis. We urge them to end the drug-money fu­eled at­tempts to cre­ate and pro­mote a dan­ger­ous mar­i­juana in­dus­try in Mary­land. In­stead we im­plore you to adopt pro­tec­tive laws such as those sug­gested in our Wash­ing­ton Times ad.

Oth­er­wise, those who con­tinue to support the cur­rent head­long rush to en­able and pro­mote a fed­er­ally-il­le­gal mar­i­juana in­dus­try in Mary­land, will be shame­fully re­spon­si­ble for con­tin­u­ing the dope-money-fu­eled de­struc­tion of our chil­dren, fam­i­lies, schools and com­mu­ni­ties through­out our state.

DeFor­est Rath­bone, Leonard­town

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