Some in the marijuana lobby have pushed for adoption of the word “cannabis” rather than “marijuana” on the grounds that the word marijuana is pejorative or racist. Politicians have been early adopters of this to avoid being labeled a racist. The infamous MORE Act passed by the Democrats in the House of Representatives Dec 4 2020 mandated that cannabis be used in all US laws and regulations, replacing either marijuana or marihuana. At its December … READ MORE
The House of Representatives passed the MORE Act December 4, 2020. Properly characterized as a marijuana legalization act by USA Today, Bloomberg, Yahoo and many others, CNN called it a marijuana decriminalization act in deference to its sponsors Kamala Harris and Jerry Nadler. NBC went further, calling it a cannabis decriminalization act, since the act requires us to call marijuana by its currently politically correct name, cannabis.
Republican sponsor Matt Graetz of Florida commented, ““The … READ MORE
A favorite citation used by the marijuana lobby to promote the idea that marijuana doesn’t impair driving is one published in 2015 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (www.nhtsa.gov/behavioral-research/drug-and-alcohol-crash-risk-study). And when the study is cited, the results are usually badly misquoted.
Los Angeles Times: “Good news (?): marijuana doesn’t increase the likelihood of car crashes.”
USA Today: “New study shows no link between marijuana use and car accidents.”
Reason: “Landmark study finds marijuana … READ MORE
Two articles on the effect of recreational marijuana commercialization on traffic fatalities reached opposite conclusions in the June 22nd 2020 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine. Readers should understand the effect of study design differences before concluding that marijuana can be commercialized without an increase in traffic fatalities.
Kamer (doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.1769) reported that traffic fatalities increased in both Colorado and Washington after commercializing recreational marijuana. But Santaella-Tenorio (doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.1757) found traffic fatality increased in Colorado but not in … READ MORE
Colorado politician Representative Ed Perlmutter introduced H.R. 1595 to the US House of Representatives on March 7, 2019.
“The purpose of this Act is to increase public safety by expanding financial services to cannabis-related legitimate businesses and service providers and reducing the amount of cash at such businesses.”
Cloaking his aim of expanding marijuana commercialization as a “public safety” issue demonstrates the myopia infecting so many politicians today. Promoting a popular drug may be good … READ MORE