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Marijuana mental health and safety risks ignored by media
Examiner ^ | April 20, 2014 | Martha

Posted on 04/23/2014 10:42:00 AM PDT by usalady

While Americans of all ages in Colorado happily celebrate the legalization of marijuana in various forms on April 20, 2014 as a “smoking holiday” the mental health and safety risks are being ignored by the media.

(Excerpt) Read more at examiner.com ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Politics; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: blogpimp; braindamage; drugwarriors; junkscience; marijuana; mentalhealth; pot; wod; wosd
Mental health dangers and marijuana use As the national media spent a lot of time hyping the legislation passed in Colorado it spent little time in talking about recent studies that indicate pot damages the developing brain and may be one reason for the increase of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in the aging population, particularly those using it while in college. Scientific research continues to connect even casual marijuana use with severe mental illness such as schizophrenia.

Read more: http://www.examiner.com/article/marijuana-mental-health-and-safety-risks-ignored-by-media

1 posted on 04/23/2014 10:42:00 AM PDT by usalady
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To: usalady

No wonder leftists are so obviously mentally ill...


2 posted on 04/23/2014 10:45:29 AM PDT by afsnco
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To: usalady

Colorado is the pothole of the nation.


3 posted on 04/23/2014 10:45:32 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: usalady
Denver man ate pot candy before killing wife
4 posted on 04/23/2014 10:46:24 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: usalady

Maybe the media finally recognizes junk science and bullshit.

Google “marijuana” and “alzheimer’s” and you’ll see evidence that is prevents or delays the disease.


5 posted on 04/23/2014 10:51:44 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: usalady

“mental health and safety risks are being ignored by the media”

And many Freepers.


6 posted on 04/23/2014 10:52:48 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: demshateGod

We’ve learned to ignore the mental health and safety risks of alcohol, so I guess it’s an easy leap.


7 posted on 04/23/2014 10:55:22 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: Wolfie

I grew up with leaded gasoline and PCBs. Why should I worry about pot and booze?


8 posted on 04/23/2014 10:57:58 AM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: TigersEye

Because it’s Conservative Dogma that the government must protect you from yourself. Apparently.


9 posted on 04/23/2014 10:59:42 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: usalady

Those potheads looked out of it and stupid when Water’s World did the interview with them on Fox. None seemed to be ambitious. They just wanted to be in an alternate reality. Sad.


10 posted on 04/23/2014 11:02:06 AM PDT by RginTN
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To: Wolfie

Unfortunately (or not) my karma just ran over their dogma! ;-)


11 posted on 04/23/2014 11:04:00 AM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: usalady

Since “Refer Madness”, people have said M&I, pot, refer, whatever is going to kill everyone....it hasn’t.
MJ makes people, lazy, hungry, sleepy laughers.
THC has many pain control aspects, especially arthritis.
(Don’t tell me it’s already on the market, useless you include doctors names who will prescribe it, because I haven’t found a single doctor who knows anything about it.)


12 posted on 04/23/2014 11:05:09 AM PDT by svcw (Not 'hope and change' but 'dopes in chains')
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To: Wolfie

To many freepers still are watching Refer Madness.


13 posted on 04/23/2014 11:06:27 AM PDT by svcw (Not 'hope and change' but 'dopes in chains')
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To: usalady

How about posting real scientific studies.


14 posted on 04/23/2014 11:07:24 AM PDT by svcw (Not 'hope and change' but 'dopes in chains')
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To: usalady
People are going to do what they want and no law is going to stop it. The New York mayor tried to stop people from drinking large sugar drinks. Government would like to take control of your entire life - BAN E-CIGARETTES, TAKE PEOPLE'S LAND, TAKE PEOPLE'S WEAPONS, ETC., ETC.

Of course marijuana is not good for you just as alcohol is not good for you, hamburgers/French fries every day, etc.. Colorado can do what they want and so can the people. Every person I saw interviewed on the marijuana smoking day were already smoking it anyway.

Stop eating fat because it's going to give you a fatal heart attack. I know, outlaw fat. s/s/s

15 posted on 04/23/2014 11:11:35 AM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: Wolfie

too stoned to notice the alzhiemers


16 posted on 04/23/2014 11:12:26 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: usalady

For every doctor warning about the dangers, there are 10,000 pushers/users claiming it’s safer than alcohol.


17 posted on 04/23/2014 11:15:14 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Wolfie

Google ‘X’ and Google ‘Y’ and you’ll see plenty of evidence of how marijuana solves all the world’s problems, ...

... especially if you’ve been smoking it.


18 posted on 04/23/2014 11:20:42 AM PDT by Hostage (ARTICLE V)
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To: MeshugeMikey
too stoned to notice the alzhiemers

If only there were a drug that could do that it would be an incredible blessing for Alzheimer's patients.

19 posted on 04/23/2014 11:23:39 AM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Hostage

Like I said, Conservative Dogma. Followed by bitching and moaning when they come for cigarettes and junk food.


20 posted on 04/23/2014 11:31:54 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: Wolfie

Because it’s Conservative Dogma that the government must protect you from yourself. Apparently.

I agree. I won’t say that allowing the widespread use of another intoxicant is beneficial for the country and it’s considered a leftist position to be in favor of legalized pot. However, the idea that possession of a plant can land you in prison smacks of the nanny state that so many on this site are against.


21 posted on 04/23/2014 11:38:58 AM PDT by hdbc (FUBO)
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To: Wolfie

The most dangerous side effect of marijuana use is prison rape.


22 posted on 04/23/2014 11:41:29 AM PDT by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: usalady

Hardly need a study. A gander at the footage from that 420 festival is all that’s needed... degenerate human trash.


23 posted on 04/23/2014 11:45:25 AM PDT by greene66
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To: usalady
Reefer Madness is hysterical propaganda, not objective reality.

Whatever its negatives may be, marijuana is demonstrably magnitudes less dangerous and damaging to society than, say, alcohol. Alcohol (the worst drug on the face of the earth) causes more violent crime, domestic abuse, health problems, vehicular homicides, etc., etc., than all illegal drugs combined.

Thus, the Prohibitionist mind, to be consistent, would have to advocate that alcohol be banned as well. Anything less is abject hypocrisy.

And yet society tolerates alcohol. Why? Because we are supposed to be a Free People, that's why, and we accept such evils rather than embrace overtly unjust alternatives.

As we all know, alcohol Prohibition was tried (thanks primarily to women getting the vote, IMHO) and it failed dismally for a myriad of logical reasons. And for the same reasons, the War on Drugs is an utter failure.

No amount of hand-wringing will ever change the fact that Prohibition is Tyrannical, having been used to justify blatant violations of Fourth Amendment rights, among others. And it necessarily requires Big Government in order to succeed in its deterrent goals. Practically speaking, contraband law cannot be enforced without trampling Natural Rights.

Of course drug use causes problems in society! That is a logical corollary of the big, scary, challenging concept known as Freedom. Education, not incarceration, is the only just way to mitigate such ills.

In America, authoritarian solutions to society's problems are not legitimate. When someone violates another's rights via the use of force or fraud, or demonstrates palpable negligence, then and only then has a crime been committed, and then and only then should such a person be subject to imprisonment.

Contraband law invariably leads to no-knock warrants, asset forfeiture, unjust imprisonment, black markets, involvement of organized crime, expansive and intrusive government, and general disdain for the rule of law. That's why almost everybody ended up being a criminal during alcohol Prohibition. Sound familiar?

Some among us apparently think that possessing the wrong plant, medicine, or recreational chemical should make criminals out of otherwise peaceable American citizens. This is nanny-state mentality at it worst, and such un-American attitudes are obviously not limited to Michael Bloomberg and his ilk.

Sometimes it seems to me like the classical Left and Right simply disagree over whose version of Tyranny should be imposed!

No thanks! I'll take Freedom instead, warts and all...

24 posted on 04/23/2014 12:02:51 PM PDT by sargon
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To: sargon

Very well said.


25 posted on 04/23/2014 12:12:34 PM PDT by hdbc (FUBO)
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To: usalady
Inhaling burning things is not healthy at all.

On the other hand, tens of millions of Americans have used marijuana over the years with no or little health effects. But the reefer madness crowd keeps trying, bless their hearts.

26 posted on 04/23/2014 12:16:01 PM PDT by gdani (Every day, your Govt surveils you more than the day before)
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To: hdbc
However, the idea that possession of a plant can land you in prison smacks of the nanny state that so many on this site are against.

In my experience, the majority of people on FR who say they are against Big Government are really not. They just want the Govt controlling different things than the left.

27 posted on 04/23/2014 12:19:02 PM PDT by gdani (Every day, your Govt surveils you more than the day before)
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To: Wolfie
This ought to chap the hides of our resident nannies =>


28 posted on 04/23/2014 12:25:27 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: usalady
Because all of the studies released are based on correlation and do not prove any direct connection. For example, we have plenty of studies that prove schizophrenics smoke more tobacco but it does not prove tobacco caused it.

They need to do studies with twin animals to truly prove it- one with pot and one without. They haven't released any results of even a SINGLE such test because it probably shows pot didn't cause anything at any dose.

29 posted on 04/23/2014 1:47:16 PM PDT by varyouga
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To: Berlin_Freeper

People get killed in SWAT raids and going to jail too. At rates higher than from consuming pot. If you think prohibition results in an overall reduction of harm, you are mistaken, even granting that that woman would be alive today if the man hadn’t consumed pot. There was a first automobile fatality, after automobiles were invented, absolutely unquestionably due to the vehicle. Nevertheless, the correct response wasn’t to ban automobiles.


30 posted on 04/23/2014 1:48:19 PM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: usalady

What an awesomely informative sentence you posted.

Too bad the rest is hidden at that scumbag Examiner blog.


31 posted on 04/23/2014 2:54:15 PM PDT by humblegunner
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