The legalized cannibis industry has lots of money and is using it to buy politicians and favorable laws. When I was young it was pretty rebel to get some dope and have a few tokes. But today’s marijuana is far different, it has been bred for far higher potency. Every study now shows that contrary to the myths spread by the industry, cannibis is highly addictive and is clearly linked to mental health issues, including schizophrenia, particularly in young men. the use of edibles has led to a large number of poisoning incidents in young children. Just one more danger we are piling on our young people.
But all those campaign contributions have Minnesota Dems frothing at the mouth to pass their usual extremist version of legislation, with no limits on potency, no real safeguards against poisoning of children, and no provisions that would limit the access of teenagers. They really don’t give a shit about anything but campaign contributions and more taxes that they can redistribute to teachers and state workers to be recycled into more campaign contributions. The medical profession in the state clearly warned about the dangers of passing this legislation, but the science only matters when money for politicians isn’t at stake.
Here is yet another study demonstrating the danger. A large piece of research from Denmark showing that, depending on age and sex, as many as 30% of cases of schizophrenia in young people are linked to cannibis use. The risk of developing schizophrenia is far higher for regular cannibis users, and is generally higher the younger the user is. Cannibis is very detrimental to developing brains. But that won’t stop Minnesota’s Dems from finding yet another way to run children’s lives. (Denmark Study)
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The medical and political establishments are completely oblivious to public health. It’s terribly sad and the legacy media stays silent about it. Other than “fringe” voices like yours, most do not advocate. It’s disheartening
This is an issue that I have a hard time with. I’ve never smoked (or eaten) marijuana and have no intention of doing so. But I’ve known many people over the years who use it regularly with what appear to be no effects. But I also know a few people who I have a feeling it’s done great damage too. One could say the same about using alcohol. I drink alcohol and 75% or more people I know also drink alcohol in some form. It’s fine for most people. However, it shatters the lives of many others. None of us living today were around, but we saw how well prohibition worked the first time. For better or worse, there is a demand for marijuana out there. Is it worth spending law enforcement resources to prohibit people using it? I’m not sure what the answer is.
One could say what good can come from smoking marijuana? The answer is basically nothing, but the same can be said of alcohol. And why stop at alcohol? One could say pornography is even more harmful than either and absolutely nothing good can come from it. But there is a demand for it and there always will be and it would be impossible to restrict. There’s a big rabbit hole one can go down once we start restricting products that’s there’s a demand for.
So the question that needs to be asked is whether there’s enough public support to use law enforcement resources to restrict use vs how much demand there is for the product. Not an easy question, but it’s one we need to be able to answer coherently before making any decisions.