Who’s Minding the Kids?
by Judith La Montagne, 11/8/2020
During the election brouhaha, there is excitement and concern over who will win the 2020 races. Certainly these contests are of extreme importance as we suffer through the kaleidoscope of states changing from red to blue and blue to red and back again. As we obsess over who the next president will be, other important election issues have been buried at the bottom or the garbage heap.
A very important vote in Oregon concerned the mental and physical health of our youth–and it may soon be coming to a state near you. I refer to the passage of extreme laws condoning the use of so-called recreational drugs. You know, “harmless” marijuana, methamphetamines, heroin, and cocaine. Oregon just voted to decriminalize all these deadly drugs. According to the Washington Post, four other states, New Jersey, Arizona, Montana, and South Dakota also voted Tuesday on whether to legalize recreational marijuana. Nearly a third of the states have now eased the criminal consequences of maijuana use, although federal law still prohibits it. The long fight has finally convinced the populace that marijuana is generally harmless. When used medicinally, it may be, but not when used “recreationally.” Marijuana may be many things, but it is not “recreational”.
We already have extreme abortion laws in this nation that kill our children before they are even born. But there are also evil men who seek similar blood money by enslaving and killing our young people. For these men profit is paramount. They care nothing about desperately hooked children, heartbroken parents, ruined lives, or teen suicides. As their addiction/s becomes less and less manageable, too many young people will lose their lives–one smoke, needle or “hit” at a time until they finally overdose or take their own lives to end the misery. The lucky ones will have a “come-to-Jesus” moment and come to their senses before it is too late. Many cannot–even if they desperately want to–because they are completely hooked.
Dr. Christian Thurstone, an expert on drugs, has stated, “Many people are unaware that the brain does not reach its full development until the age of 25, which of course includes the vulnerable teenage years. He further states “We know that there are strong associations between adolescent marijuana use and psychosis.”
There are legislators in many states who would change criminalization laws for current illegal drugs and open the doors wide to vulnerable youth. Why would they do that? You can bet your life money is involved. The state profits. Hard drugs, including cocaine, heroin, oxycodone and methamphetamines are now available in Oregon. Oh, but don’t worry. Oregon’s Measure 10 also applies marijuana sales taxes toward payment for drug addiction treatment–with plenty left over for profit. So the legislators have created a problem, but the citizens will pay for the damages later? This is abject hypocrisy.
Marijuana is the most widespread of any drug, so it must be okay, right? Definitely not, especially for youth. There are many delivery systems for marijuana. It can be dried and smoked or refined into extracts containing higher concentrations of THC, making the drug more potent. The extracts may be smoked through a water pipe or e-cigarette.
While used similarly, these two forms of drugs can have vastly different effects on the brain and body. Marijuana and some other drugs contain much higher concentrations today than when they were first introduced on the drug scene. In 1995, the average potency THC level of marijuana was around 4%. Now even regular marijuana buds sold at a dispensary can have 25% potency.
More dangerous than smoking marijuana, eating the plant can be more dangerous because it takes longer for the body to react, making an overdose more possible.
Unfortunately, edibles are often sold in bright colored packaging and have sugar added.
The Epoch Times tells the heart-breaking story of Johnny Stack, who began smoking marijuana after the state of Colorado legalized the drug. He later began using “dabs,” that can contain more than 80% THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in the marijuana plant. Though Johnny made multiple attempts to quit the drug after episodes of psychosis and short stays in mental hospitals, he could not permanently stop his addiction. The psychotic events came more often and finally settled into permanent schizophrenia. In the meantime, his parents offered continual help and encouragement. Their task was made much more difficult because they could not access his medical records due to HIPAA laws. Because of Johnny’s psychosis he was convinced that his thinking was normal and there was nothing wrong with his brain.
On one visit home Johnny Stack told his parents, ”I want you to know you were right. You told me that marijuana would hurt my brain. And it’s ruined my mind and my life, and I want you to know that I’m very sorry.” Three days later Johnny jumped off a six-story building and ended his life.
“Although Johnny didn’t have marijuana in his system when he died, his journals show he was still delusional. The psychosis never went away. In too many instances, even after marijuana is withdrawn, it has flipped the switch and the mental illness is permanent.” And that is happening to a lot of our children.”