Put our kids first, Mr. Holder, and enforce federal law against marijuana

Christian Science Monitor



Anyone who is cultivating, selling, or distributing marijuana is violating the federal Controlled Substances Act, regardless of state law. Obama must enforce federal law and begin prosecutions to stop the proliferation of ‘medical’ and recreational marijuana that is harming our kids.

By David G. Evans, Op-ed contributor / June 18, 2013

To: Hon. Eric Holder, US Attorney General

and Michele M. Leonhart, Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration

From: David G. Evans, Executive Director of the Drug Free Schools Coalition

Dear Mr. Holder and Ms. Leonhart:

Parents across America are waiting for you to enforce the federal Controlled Substances Act in the states of Colorado and Washington, which have legalized recreational marijuana, as well as in the 19 states where “medical” marijuana is legal. These laws were passed as the result of a well-funded lobbying campaign by the marijuana industry. The public has been misled by this campaign to see marijuana as harmless, natural, and medicinal, just as we were misled years ago by the tobacco industry, which claimed that tobacco was not addictive and that smoking had no ill effects.

Anyone who is in the business of cultivating, selling, or distributing marijuana, including “medical” marijuana, is in violation of the federal Controlled Substances Act, which preempts state law. You must enforce federal law and begin prosecutions to stop the proliferation of “medical” marijuana stores and widespread recreational use of marijuana. I also urge you and President Obama to use the “bully pulpit” to make parents aware of the dangers of these pro-marijuana laws to our kids.

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The damage of marijuana – and these laws – is clear. Legalization of marijuana for “medical” use and recreational use in those states has resulted in more marijuana use, particularly among young people, which can permanently impair brain development. Teens who use marijuana are more likely to engage in delinquent and dangerous behavior and experience increased risk of schizophrenia and depression. Despite arguments by the drug culture to the contrary, multiple studies show that marijuana is addictive. Marijuana is the number one drug causing young people to enter treatment and there has been a substantial increase in the people in treatment for marijuana dependence.

Marijuana use also damages the American economy. Employees who test positive for marijuana had 55 percent more industrial accidents and 85 percent more injuries, and they had absenteeism rates 75 percent higher than those who tested negative.                                                          

Medical marijuana

Science and experience say that passing “medical” marijuana legislation is bad medicine and poor policy. A past evaluation by several federal Department of Health and Human Services agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the National Institute for Drug Abuse, concluded that “no sound scientific studies supported medical use of marijuana for treatment in the United States, and no animal or human data supported the safety or efficacy of marijuana for general medical use.”

A major study, “Early Findings in Controlled Studies of Herbal Cannabis: A Review,” concluded that despite the widespread public interest in the therapeutic potential of herbal cannabis, “the data alone fails to make the case that crude, smoked cannabis should be made available to patients.” Numerous other studies have replicated those findings.

If marijuana is going to be considered a medicine, it should be treated as such and be subject to the Food and Drug Administration approval process that includes clinical trials to determine its efficacy as a medication.

Who is really using “medical” marijuana?

“Medical” marijuana is generally a ruse for recreational use of marijuana. Let’s look at two states with medical marijuana dispensaries – Colorado and California. Who is really getting “medical” marijuana in Colorado? As of December 31, 2012, there were 108,526 people getting “medical” marijuana. Of those, 94 percent are treating “pain,” and 16 percent are treating “muscle spasms.” These are very subjective determinations. Very few are getting it for serious conditions such as cancer (3 percent), glaucoma (1 percent), and HIV/AIDS (1 percent). The average age of cardholders is 41, and 68 percent are male; 37 “patients” are under the age of 18.

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One thought on “Put our kids first, Mr. Holder, and enforce federal law against marijuana

  1. First off let me say that I have been a Christian all of my life and have read the bible front to back 10 times now. How many have you? Did he not tell us in first in Gen. 1:29 that he created every herb that bears it’s own seed for us it shall be as food. (GOOD) Ok, So David are you STILL judging a plant that our gracious Father created for us as food. Or can I stop here, NO I will keep going.

    This whole thing started with the “Reefer Madness” horse yeah that pile. And implemented with Ronald Reagan. His whole term was about one thing sales of cocaine, meth, and heroin yeah and we see where that got us. Big Gangs and murder in the streets.

    His big thing was Just say no. His whole campaign was based on lies and misinformation of “Cannabis “suffocated” monkeys that they pumped the EQ. of 50 ‘HIGH’ pun intended; quality columbian joints in 10 minutes, 5 times a day for 2 weeks and the bodies of people lying in the streets and under bridges from the use of what! Cannabis? Never going to happen GOD made it all you have to do is grow it. Then you will have all that you need to handle anything that ills you. (Other than ignorance, sorry WWW READ!!!) Knowledge and Information is what?? Come on you know the answer right? Do you read your bible or go to a fashion show and listen to someone tell you what they got from a passage to give you a message.

    Be Careful how you answer that now David, its a trick question. Think about it, you are saying that just because, “a ADULT medicine, (you say tomato i say tamato) that GOD created (that should be controlled by someone more professional than a thug with a gun) a natural plant that is and has been cultivated for 10’s of thousands of years, that even grows in many countries in this world on the side of the street. (ST) That our creator thought enough about this particular plant ‘an herb’– ‘Cannabis’– to put receptors throughout our bodies for us to absorb, distribute and brake down the chemicals that are in the plant as the saying goes “Can’t Fix Stupid” the WWW consortium gave us. GOD’s last big show it’s about to happen you need to figure what side you are really on and shut your mouth about something you have no idea about.
    y message is simple GOD TOLD US THIS DAY WOULD COME. The day when I could say a name from our BIBLE but its better to just read your BASIC INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE LEAVING ((THIS is always left out b/c your choice is what makes this one) EARTH) BECAUSE YOU WILL BE QUESTIONED FURTHER AND THIS DAY WILL MAKE YOUR SEAT BESIDE OUR FATHER…

    God’s favorite color is green why do you think he set it as his backdrop to watch us. Lets give him his favorite color and make this whole world green. Hell I’ll invest in strains on the moon. Just incase someone is in search of some new genetics. Freeze dried buds that our predecessors can find when we’re gone.

    Now a question to you David there is anger in that name for me sorry for giving you such a blessing but you had it coming… HOW LONG DID MOSES LIVE? and the last thing I will ask is How? I will tell you the secret when we talk.

    Love and Cannabis, Surry


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