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Local opinions on the cannabis debate from Waccobb.net , the West County blog, let’s keep talking….
(I haven’t read the whole text of the piece Dorothy posted) I think it’s important to point out that state-level
“legalization” and the incumbent “regulation” such as California’s – which requires all those expensive permits that not everyone has a trust fund or extensive network to crowdfund from – is not the same as federal decriminalization, which would lead to solutions such as lowered prices=less incentive to steal or commit other crimes against growers, and more importantly, more funding and approval of studies that would address a lot of different components to cannabis and their effects. This piece seems to focus on few studies that are only about THC. Sure, some people can’t handle THC and that’s terrible, but there are many benefits to cannabidiol that I don’t see mentioned, and CBD consumption is a huge part of the cannabis/hemp markets.
The stats about hospitalizations due to mental health crises allegedly brought on by cannabis use are ridiculous because nothing is mentioned about all the health, mental health, and social problems caused by alcohol users. Those problems affect millions. I volunteered as a medical interpreter at a hospital and interpreted for a guy who had alcohol poisoning. It was so gross. It’s pretty rare for someone to OD on cannabis, and for some it can lead to psychosis (including in people who have had that condition previously).
I didn’t see any clear stats about the violent crime in the Emerald Triangle being linked to cannabis. I have seen articles about how crime decreased in Colorado in the years after legalization there.
This quote is ridiculous because it does not address the decreases in opioid use that have been observed in states that have legalized cannabis (you can google “decreased opioid use and cannabis” for some article about that) : ” As Americans consider making marijuana a legal drug , it would be wise to remember the choices that fueled the devastating opioid epidemic. Decades ago, many of the same people pressing for marijuana legalization argued that the risks of opioid addiction could be easily managed.”
There’s also no citation of the advocacy by the pro-cannabis people for opioid use. One must be aware that there are groups that advocate decriminalization of all drugs, but that’s not what we’re talking about here.
Start a cohousing community in a more rural area if you’re so worried about your neighborhood.
Dorothy F. Thread: Huge industrial cannabis proposal near Graton
Today’s New York Times has an editorial by Alex Berenson with the caption “Don’t ignore the Risks of Pot”. (‘What advocates of legalizing marijuana don’t want you to know’) This article sheds light on previous studies and medical research into effects of causing and/or increasing risk of psychosis and schizophrenia, which studies were done by respected medical researchers. Further in his article, Berenson states “before recreational legalization began in 2014, advocates promised that it would reduce violent crime. But the first four states to legalize -Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington – have seen sharp increases in murders and aggravated assaults since 2014, according to reports from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Police reports and news articles show a clear link to cannabis in many cases.” These are important considerations for our neighborhoods