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Colorado Medical Marijuana Grow Operations Under Fire After Children Injured

An eleven year-old boy in Thornton accidentally shot himself in the foot with a 22-caliber handgun. The North Metro Task Force, a Denver-area drug task force, believes that the boy was left alone at the house with a loaded gun to protect the family’s grow operation. The boy’s father will likely be arrested.

In one case, authorities believe a 10-month-old boy in Commerce City overdosed on THC after he grabbed and ate a handful of marijuana edibles from a bin in his parents’ shed. The boy is expected to fully recover. [Fox 31]

A couple questions come to mind when I read this. First, what exactly does it mean to overdose on THC? I did a cursory search on the interwebs, looking through peer-reviewed articles and web sites. When I did find any responses that said it was possible to OD on THC, there wasn’t any information to back the claim up. So, I’m not saying that it’s impossible, just that it doesn’t seem that likely.

Secondly, if these families were actually selling medicinal marijuana, why wouldn’t they have their paperwork in order? This sounds to me like the families were just selling the drugs, and trying to play it off like they were state-sanctioned. In which case, these two cases are giving a bloody eye to a cause that they’re not involved in. Unfair, it sounds to me.

Oh, and what kind of asinine individual leaves their child with a loaded weapon to guard anything: I don’t care if it’s the property, the drugs or even to guard himself while you’re gone. That doesn’t make sense to me. The man sounds criminally stupid, and with that type of stupid going on, I can’t imagine with or without marijuana in the picture that this man would make wise choices.

Oh and one other thing that was quoted in the article, information about them using pesticides and how unsafe it is. What? Really. Let’s make a comparison between the pesticides used on the marijuana and the ones used on the majority of food that people buy. I’m going to venture to say that the differences are negligible.

Here’s a quote from another story that I was reading on the subject:

Drug counselors said they thought for-profit stores were making it easier for teens to get marijuana.

Chris Thurstone, a psychiatrist who treats teens addicted to drugs at Denver Health Medical Center, said most of his patients say they can easily get marijuana through friends or relatives who are registered medical marijuana users.


Umm…it’s easy for teens to get weed. Period. This news segment is about the regulation of pot dispensaries in Colorado. Such not being allowed to have it within 1000 feet of a school, which would prevent those who live near schools from using their ‘script. And not being able to use it in dispensaries.

This issue is such a touchy one, since there hasn’t been a federal mandate to legalize medicinal marijuana…even if the dispensary is doing things by the book, they can still be completely shut down. So, if that’s the case, then how is it legally different than being a drug dealer, if you can still face the same consequences? Or are there different consequences? Educate me reader.


Pot Makes Mental Illness?

As posted on Indyposted

Long-term use of marijuana can lead to increased risk of developing hallucinations, delusions and psychosis, a new study shows.

Australian researchers asked nearly 3,100 young adults averaging about 20 years of age about marijuana use.  Among the participants, 65 had been diagnosed with a “non-affective psychosis” such as schizophrenia, and 233 had at least one positive item for hallucination on a diagnostic interview conducted for the study. The researchers found there was an association between length of marijuana use and mental health.

“Compared with those who had never used cannabis, young adults who had six or more years since first use of cannabis [i.e., who commenced use when around 15 years or younger] were twice as likely to develop a non-affective psychosis and were four times as likely to have high scores on the Peters et al Delusions Inventory [a measure of delusion],” wrote Dr. John McGrath, of the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research, Park Centre for Mental Health in Wacol, and colleagues. “There was a ‘dose-response’ relationship between the variables of interest: the longer the duration since the first cannabis use, the higher the risk of psychosis-related outcomes.”

[Yahoo News]


I think there’s a few dangers here. Saying marijuana is directly the cause of the mental illness seems faulty. It could be a case of the kids self-medicating, because they realized there was an issue there before adults did. Also where is the mention of amounts in this article? Are you telling me that a kid who smoked a bowl at 14 and a kid who smoked ounces from 14 until yesterday have the same risk of damage to the brain? A kid who smoked a joint at 13 is likely to develop schizophrenia? In the world of mental health, where all things considered, the science is fluid at best, it seems to me using one solitary study as an indicator of Truth seems faulty at best.

Btw, just to be clear, I am not endorsing that teenagers should all start ripping bong hits and smoking big doobies.