Gabrielle Cintorino, CNSNews.com, May 21, 2015
The state is finding the residents of Colorado to be ignorant of the dangers of smoking pot and are having to develop public health campaigns to educate them.
The Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) has a campaign that warns of the serious consequences of driving under the influence.
“CDOT’s website lists a significant increase in drug-related accidents since 2008. In 2008, 10.1 percent of drivers involved in accidents were found to be drug-impaired. By 2013, that figure had risen to 14.2 percent.”
A Good To Know Campaign forewarns of the health risks marijuana poses to young people.
“An animated video featured on the ‘Good to Know Colorado’ website uses quips such as ‘For those underage, it’s just not okay. Their brains are still growing, so keep it away’ to relay the warning message that marijuana poses health risks to youngsters, particularly teenagers.”
Office of the Governor of the State of Illinois,
Program Update - May 6, 2015
Approximately 20,800 Illinois citizens have checked out the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program website for the patient registry application information. The Department of Public Health began accepting applications for medical cannabis cards on September 2, 2014. To date about 3,000 have submitted applications and approximately 2,300 have been approved.
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Jason Law and Pat LaFleur, abcactionnews.com, March 17, 2015
Police charge College Hill woman with murder for beheading her 3-month-old infant. The woman was said to be high on marijuana and “speaking in tongues,” according to a police report.
The woman had said that she had started “speaking with demons…”
Wesh.com, March 16, 2015
At least four Spruce Creek High School students were hospitalized after eating hash oil laced brownies. Deputies arrested a 17-year old boy and charged him
with four counts of sale and delivery of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and seven counts of culpable negligence.
“At least 10 students ate the laced brownies, which were sold to them by another student, investigators said.”
Daily Mail Reporter, Daily Mail, February 15, 2015
Those using “super strength” marijuana every day are three times more likely to have a psychotic episode than others who had never tried “super strength”
marijuana. The THC can be four-times stronger than what older generations smoked.
“Psychosis is defined as a form of mental illness where people experience delusions, hallucinations, or both at the same time. Associated with conditions
such as schizophrenia and bipolar, some victims are so badly affected that they end up committing suicide or seriously harming others because they believe
they are being ordered to do so by voices in their heads.”
“As many as a quarter of new cases of psychotic mental illness can be blamed on super-strength strains of cannabis, scientists will warn …”
Madlen Davies, Daily Mail, February 11, 2015
Dr. Steven Marwaha, of Warwick University in the UK, studied over 2,000 people and found a ‘significant link’ between cannabis use and manic behavior:
depression, anger, aggression, hyperactivity, difficulty sleeping, being delusional and hearing voices.
The research found that marijuana use “tended to precede or coincide with episodes of mania.”
The study, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, raises particular concerns about adolescents and the problems cannabis use can have on their
Brandon Klein, Vindy.com, February 9, 2015
A pro marijuana group in Ohio is attempting to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot to legalize marijuana for recreational use. If the amendment gets placed on the ballot and should it pass, employers fear that with more people using marijuana the pool of drug-free employees will decline and safety in the workplace will be compromised.
“’I’m absolutely opposed to [legalizing marijuana],’ said Don Crane, president of Western Reserve Building Trades, which represents more than 6,000 workers in the skilled trades.” Many trade jobs have dangerous components.
John Walters & David Murray, Real Clear Politics, February 8, 2015
The unintended consequences of marijuana use go unabated.
Marijuana infused edibles are marketed to youth. The edibles account for nearly half of Colorado’s sales.
Daily use of marijuana is 35 percent higher than the national average.
Selling marijuana on the black market continues because there are no taxes.
Marijuana potency has climbed sharply.
Keith Coffman, Reuters Denver, August 8, 2014
A man ends up in the hospital after overdosing on THC from a marijuana chocolate candy bar given to him by a County Fair vendor promoting the drug. The
Denver County Fair had a “Pot Pavilion” where Jordan Coombs was offered the marijuana food product.
Jessica Durando, USA TODAY Network
June 4, 2014
Maureen Dowd, a columnist for the New York Times, told a terrifying story of eating a marijuana-infused candy bar. She was in Denver, Colorado reporting on
Jamie Chambers, Fox5KSWB, San Diego, CA
April 25, 2014
On April 19, 2014, Frances McQueen, found her daughter stumbling and unresponsive; she rushed the toddler to Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego, CA. The
toddler was moved to the pediatric intensive care unit where doctors were preparing to do a spinal tap when the results of a toxicology report came back
showing THC in her system. THC is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.
Posted: April 16, 2014 Updated: April 17, 2014
Las Vegas, NV
By Joe Bartels
Eighteen-year-old, Jesse Hill, was killed while walking with his girlfriend by a driver, Christian Diaz, who had 7 times the legal amount of marijuana in
ABC & News Denver, April 18, 2014
Kristine Kirk told a 911 operator that her husband, Richard Kirk, had “taken some marijuana” and was “hallucinating” and frightening their three children.
Minutes later Richard shot and killed his wife. Richard was charged with first-degree murder.
Denver CBS 4, April 16, 2014
Levi Pongi, a college student, jumped to his death from a hotel balcony after eating one whole marijuana cookie that was intended to serve six people. It
produced a type of psychosis.