This video, in just 3 minutes, looks carefully at the proposed medical marijuana law and its implications for public health and youth health in Massachusetts.
The title of the bill is “Humanitarian Medical Use of Marijuana” but don’t be fooled, there’s a lot more to it than that. The 6-page bill is vague and full of loopholes.
Please take 3 minutes to watch this video before deciding how to vote.Read More
Community Chaos, Increased Crime, Increased Truancy, Overall Increase in Other Drug Abuse
Rev. Scott Imler, who co-wrote California’s medical marijuana ballot question and advocates for the limited use of medical marijuana, put it best recently when he said, “We created [the ballot proposition] so that patients would not have to deal with black market profiteers. But today it is all about the money. Most of the dispensaries operating in California are little more than dope dealers with store fronts.”
Retail pot shops, increased street supply, growing rates of teen use and addiction, crime, community decay and violation of federal law have created costly legal and public health and safety problems. Teen drug violations, suspensions and expulsions are up in Colorado. Californians aren’t buying it. Massachusetts is smarter than this.
Illegally diverted “medical” marijuana is sold to our kids
In Denver, of kids in drug rehab, 74% had received illegally diverted marijuana from a medical marijuana cardholder and had reported using diverted marijuana an average of 50 times. Massachusetts has already opened FOUR Rehab High Schools for drug-addicted teens and a fifth will open in Worcester next year.
- 35 pot retail stores would open the first year with the promise of more in subsequent years
- People could carry a 60-day supply — the equivalent of hundreds of joints — around with them at all times
- People could grow marijuana in their home
- There is no expiration date on a doctor’s marijuana recommendation, and doctors with restrictions on their medical licenses would be able to recommend the drug. The loopholes and opportunities for an exploited, abused system are enormous.
Under this ballot question, anyone 21 years or older can sell marijuana as long as they don’t have a felony drug offense conviction. Anyone 21 years or older can grow marijuana, even if they have a felony drug offense conviction.
Here’s how it’s playing out in Oregon: “Shaune C. “Shorty” Hull, 31, was a felon with eight drug, weapons and parole violation convictions. Hull also was a marijuana cardholder. Police began investigating him in 2010 on suspicion of selling meth and marijuana out of his Beaverton home. “Shorty also had a marijuana grow,” one of Hull’s customers told police. The customer said the grow “was legal because he is licensed under the Oregon medical marijuana program.” More…Read More
Here’s how Dr. Alan Feiger, a Colorado physician, documented his trip to a medical marijuana dispensary in Venice Beach, Calif., on March 12, 2012:
I finally reached the desk, the “doctor” never looked at me — much less looked me in the eye. He never read my questionnaire. He provided no patient confidentiality. He didn’t take a patient history. He didn’t give me a physical exam. He gave no warnings about the side effects of marijuana use.
Contrary to what popular culture and champions of drug legalization say, marijuana is not harmless. The drug’s potency has dramatically increased, making it even more important for people to understand how its use affects public health and safety.Read More
Scientists and physicians, including the Massachusetts Medical Society, overwhelmingly agree: smoking marijuana isn’t medicine.Read More