Cross-posted from The NORML Daily Stash Blog
It's end-of-year retrospective time! While my colleagues on the NORML Blog (go check out the new look that matches the new site) are going to bring you the biggest marijuana news stories of 2011, here at The NORML Daily Stash Blog we're going to bring you stories that may have fallen through the cracks of other drug policy 2011 remembrances.
Today we bring you the Top Ten "Reefer Madness" Stories of 2011. "Reefer Madness", of course, is the 1936 anti-pot propaganda film showing young people becoming crazed and violent on the effects of "reefer". Today, we use "Reefer Madness" as shorthand to describe the hysterical warnings by the anti-drug zealots as reported unchallenged by a complacent media.
Tomorrow we'll look at the Top Ten Cannabis Science Stories of 2011. Thursday we'll cover the Top Ten "Stupid Stoner Stories" of 2011. Friday we'll cover the Top Ten People in Marijuana of 2011.
(The Oregonian - "Seeing through the smoke" editorial) It's about time someone took action on the increasing number of medical marijuana dispensaries. ... Right now, anyone, including teenagers, can apply [for a medical marijuana card]. A study done by Oregon Partnership found, for example, that 35 percent of students at Wilson High School and 46 percent at Marshall High School knew someone with a card.
But besides all the methodological issues arising from trusting the polling data of high school kids talking to their friends, it's important to note what their survey actually said:
PERCEPTION: Students surveyed believed that 8 out of 10 students smoke marijuana
REALITY: 7 out of 10 students DO NOT smoke marijuana
(9News) The man was smoking medical marijuana just before the pizza arrived on Friday evening. The delivery driver smelled the marijuana and called the cops. The Papa John's employee, who was not identified, was concerned because the customer's 9-year-old daughter was in the house.
L.A. County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Glen Walsh said parents should definitely inspect the candy their children bring home after trick-or-treating.
Walsh said a pungent smell or an odd taste can serve as indicators on whether the food contains marijuana. As for the potency of the marijuana-laced prodcuts, Walsh said the level of THC, the chemical found in marijuana, can vary from zero to over 90 percent.
How stupid is this? First off, if there is a person out there who would intentionally hand THC-laden treats to children, they are a criminal. They'd be just as likely to poison Halloween treats or put pins or razor blades in them.. which is an urban legend with no truth to it whatsoever.
Second, if you are a person who uses THC-laden treats for medical or recreational purposes, why are you handing out a $20 "Buddafinger" when you could pass out a 20-cent "Butterfinger"? You want to be so sure some kid you don't know and won't see gets high that you'll spend 10 times more on Halloween candy?
[Oregon Sheriff's Association President] Tom Bergin said at the rate Oregon is going, he believes Oregon is three times sicker than California. Why? Well, more than 90 percent of cardholders say they're using pot to treat pain -- not glaucoma or cancer -- as the bill was initially marketed.
What Canzano distorts lies in the word "not". Under Oregon law, a registry cardholder can qualify under more than one condition. The state even puts "A patient may have more than one diagnosed qualifying medical condition" right there on the website where you got the numbers to crunch. Are we to believe people with cancer and glaucoma don't suffer chronic pain as well?
Her lawsuit says that she was arrested before the test was performed. Her arrest was ordered by the Assistant State Attorney, Mark Horn, in June of 2009. She was arrested at her place of business, Massage Envy in Weston. She said that she was arrested in front of co-workers and her customers and subjected to a full body cavity search during her overnight stay in jail. When her lawyer discovered the herbs had not been tested a second time, he used the courts to force the tests which determined what Ms. Brown was contending all along, her sage was completely marijuana free.
The boy smoked the fake marijuana out of a plastic PEZ candy dispenser. The chemicals in the drugs caused extensive damage to his lungs. Brandon was put on a respirator in June and had a double lung transplant in September.
Tonya Rice told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review newspaper Brandon was put on a respirator in June after smoking Spice fake cannabis, which is said to be ten times more dangerous than cocaine.
I haven't seen press reports or talking heads discuss their concern about how easy it has been for this mentally ill young man to get marijuana. And there has been no mention of the potential of marijuana to spark latent psychosis and exacerbate schizophrenia and other mental illnesses.
So as we continue to think about this killer and his deranged mind, we should be asking this question: Is Jared Loughner an individual whose psychosis was prompted or exacerbated by the use of marijuana?
The facts are that 1% of the population exhibits schizophrenia, whether it is 1979 and 60% of high school seniors have tried marijuana or it is 1992 and 33% have tried it. A study of 186 UK mental hospitals found no increase in schizophrenia or psychosis admissions, despite use rates of cannabis increasing greatly during that decade.
Cannabis 'kills 30,000 a year'
More than 30,000 cannabis smokers could die every year, doctors warn today.
Professor John Henry, a leading authority on the drug, said the change - due to take place this summer - had undermined doctors' efforts to highlight the risks.
He said: "Cannabis is as dangerous as cigarette smoking - in fact, it may be even worse - and downgrading its legal status has simply confused people."
Although it is rare, severe shutdown of blood circulation to the arms or legs has been reported in young people who smoked marijuana. In some cases, it was so severe that amputation was required.
(KPHO) [School Resource Officer Chris] Thomas spends his days patrolling the halls of a Valley high school. He's heard first hand how kids are getting tipsy.
"What we're hearing about is teenagers utilizing tampons, soak them in vodka first before using them," Thomas said.
"This is definitely not just girls," Thomas said. "Guys will also use it and they'll insert it into their rectums."
Rather than the traditional beer bong you'd find at a college party, kids are sticking the tube elsewhere to get wasted.
They're calling it "butt chugging."
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