According to a study published earlier this year, marijuana tourism in Colorado–that is, people travelling to Colorado to use marijuana–is leading to more emergency room visits in the state.
The study’s authors write in the New England Journal of Medicine,
At our institution, the rate of ED [Emergency Department] visits possibly related to cannabis use among out-of-state residents doubled from 85 per 10,000 visits in 2013 to 168 per 10,000 visits in 2014, which was the first year of retail marijuana sales (rate ratio, 1.98; P=0.001).
The study’s findings correspond with other reports related to marijuana use. For example:
- In Colorado, one in six children hospitalized with lung inflammation test positive for marijuana exposure;
- Even major news outlets now acknowledge marijuana edibles are sending kids to the ER;
- Hospitals in Colorado report a spike in the number of newborns born with marijuana in their systems.
As we keep saying, marijuana may be many things, but “harmless” simply is not one of them.
The following is a press release from our friends at Arkansas Right to Life and Black Americans for Life.
June is “Abortion Awareness Month” in the African-American community and is being observed by the Arkansas chapter of Black Americans for Life, an outreach of Arkansas Right to Life. The group is sponsoring a billboard campaign that celebrates fatherhood and Abortion Awareness Month with the positive message that “Fatherhood Begins in the Womb.” The artwork was produced by Ryan Bomberger of the Radiance Foundation and creator of TooManyAborted.com.
The billboard campaign will feature two digital boards in Little Rock, located at 12th and University Avenue and Baseline Road at I-30, and posters on E. Harding in Pine Bluff and on E. Broadway in North Little Rock.
“Abortion disproportionately affects black women more than any other group. In 2014 approximately the same number of white and black unborn babies were killed by legal abortion every month in Arkansas, even though Blacks account for 15% of the population compared to 77% white. Most blacks should find this shocking. Unfortunately, many of us still do not even know,” stated Princella Smith, member of BAL. “It is disturbing that while the total number of abortions decline, the number of black abortions are increasing.”
The Arkansas chapter of Black Americans for Life works to expose the history of racism and eugenics that defined the birth control movement and legalized abortion, which resulted in the organization now known as Planned Parenthood. TooManyAborted.com educates the public about abortion’s impact on the black community via accurate and documented statistics, historical perspectives, thought-provoking videos, and personal testimonies.
The “Fatherhood Begins in the Womb” campaign strongly encourages all fathers to support the mothers of their children by welcoming and embracing the rewarding role of fatherhood when faced with unplanned pregnancy. For more visit: www.toomanyaborted.com/fatherhood-begins-in-the-womb/ Arkansas Right to Life is a non-profit public service organization. Our primary purpose is to educate through the presentation of detailed and factual information about fetal development, abortion, alternatives to abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, and related issues upon which individuals and the general public may make informed decisions.
Arkansas Right to Life is the oldest and largest pro-life organization in Arkansas and the state affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee.
News outlets in Arizona say police believe the woman who caused a deadly crash earlier this month was driving under the influence of marijuana.
Court documents reveal the woman was driving at least 75 MPH in a 40 MPH zone when she crossed the center line, plowing into an oncoming vehicle and killing a man and his daughter.
According to news sources, court documents also reveal the driver admitted to smoking marijuana that day, and police found marijuana paraphernalia in her vehicle.
Unfortunately this is not an isolated incident. Marijuana has caused and contributed to harm and death nationwide. For example:
- May, 2016: Several churchgoers were sent to the ER after accidentally eating marijuana-infused cookies following church services.
- May, 2016: A 7-year-old boy in Washington was paralyzed by a car accident involving a teen believed to be driving under the influence of Marijuana.
- April, 2016: A Utah man was charged with driving under the influence of marijuana following a fatal car crash.
- April, 2016: A Georgia woman was arrested after her five year old said he ate a marijuana cake for breakfast. The child was taken to the hospital for treatment following the incident; according to officials, his pulse was measured at over 200 beats per minute. According to the child’s mother, the cake laced with marijuana was given to her by another person.
- February, 2016: An eight-year-old Oregon boy was taken to the hospital after eating a marijuana-infused cookie he found. The cookie was sealed and labeled that it contained approximately 50 milligrams of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.
- October, 2015: A 27-year-old Oregon man admitted to using marijuana shortly before he struck and killed a female pedestrian.
- March, 2015: Four high school students were hospitalized after eating brownies laced with marijuana hash oil. One student was actually found unresponsive in a school bathroom after eating a marijuana-laced brownie.
- February, 2015: A 20-month-old Canadian toddler overdosed after eating a marijuana-laced cookie authorities say his father baked. The child survived, but suffered seizures and had to be admitted to a hospital.
- January, 2015: News outlets in Oregon reported a woman overdosed after she ate three gummy candies laced with marijuana.
- December, 2014: A high school teacher in Maryland was hospitalized after a student gave her a brownie containing marijuana.
- December, 2014: Two middle school students in Oklahoma were rushed to the hospital after one of them reportedly passed out following marijuana-use at school.
- November, 2014: A Connecticut teen was taken to the hospital from school after she started having difficulty breathing following ingestion of a marijuana-laced gummy bear.
- June, 2014: According to The Aspen Times, a seven-year-old girl was taken to the hospital after eating marijuana-laced candy her mother brought home from work at an area hotel. The candy was left by a hotel guest–presumably as a tip.
- March, 2014: A 19-year-old college student jumped to his death after eating a marijuana-laced cookie purchased at a licensed marijuana store in Colorado. Reports indicate the man began shaking, screaming, and throwing objects in his hotel room after eating the marijuana “edible.” He ultimately jumped over the fourth-floor railing, into the lobby of the hotel at which he was staying. According to CBS News, the autopsy report listed marijuana as a “significant contributing factor” to his death.
- December, 2013: A two-year-old in Colorado overdosed and was hospitalized after eating a cookie laced with marijuana. News outlet indicate the girl found the cookie in the yard of an apartment complex.