Yesterday we shared a commentary from our friends at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview highlighting a New York Times op-ed about the growing public health threat posed by marijuana.
This week a bill was filed at the Arkansas Legislature making it easier for Arkansans to use marijuana under the state’s so-called “medical marijuana” amendment.
Currently, Amendment 98 to the Arkansas Constitution lets Arkansans use marijuana if they have any one of a long list of qualifying conditions.
H.B. 1150 by Rep. Doug House (R – North Little Rock) expands the list of qualifying conditions to add the following:
- adiposis dolorosa or Dercum’s Disease
- Arnold-Chiari malformation,
- attention deficit disorder,
- attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
- bipolar disorder
- chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
- chronic insomnia
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- complex regional pain syndrome Type I and Type II
- fibrous dysplasia
- general anxiety disorder
- interstitial cystitis
- myasthenia gravis
- nail-patella syndrome
- Parkinson’s Disease
- posterior lateral sclerosis
- post concussion syndrome
- reflex sympathetic dystrophy
- residual limb and phantom pain
- restless leg syndrome,
- Sjogren’s syndrome,
- spinocerebellar ataxia
- spinal cord injury or disease including without limitation arachnoiditis
- Tarlov cysts
- traumatic brain injury
If passed, H.B. 1150 would let people with COPD or emphysema smoke marijuana.
It would let parents give marijuana to their child if the child tests positive for ADD or ADHD.
It would let people with traumatic brain injuries use marijuana.
Of course, research does not show that marijuana is effective treating these conditions. However, research has shown that marijuana smoke contains more tar and carcinogens than tobacco, and marijuana-use is linked to a host of mental problems, including permanent loss in IQ and increased risk of schizophrenia.
In other words, it probably isn’t a good idea to let people with lung disease smoke marijuana, and it probably isn’t a good idea to give marijuana to people with learning disabilities or brain injuries.
Arkansas’ marijuana amendment already makes it very easy for people to use marijuana, but H.B. 1150 arguably makes it even easier.
You can contact your state representative about H.B. 1150 by calling the Arkansas House of Representatives at (501) 682-6211.
Our friends at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview published a brief commentary today identifying some of the public health threats posed by legalization of marijuana.
This is stone-cold crazy.
According to Alex Berenson, in a lead op-ed in the New York Times, the legalization of marijuana is a serious and growing threat to public health and public safety.
The article is entitled “What Advocates of Legalizing Pot Don’t Want You to Know.” In it, Berenson lays out the evidence for that claim, and it’s sobering. Maybe frightening.
Not only are cannabis users more likely to start using opioids, but the National Academy of Medicine reports that using pot “is likely to increase the risk of schizophrenia and other psychoses; the higher the use, the greater the risk.” Between 2006 and 2014, emergency room visits for marijuana-induced psychosis tripled to 90,000. And all of the first four states to legalize marijuana have seen “sharp increases in murders and aggravated assaults since 2014.”
And yet, more and more states are rushing headlong toward legalization. Folks, come to BreakPoint.org, we’ll link you to the Times piece. Share it with your state legislators.
If Christians are really for human flourishing and loving our neighbors, it’s time to speak out against legalizing marijuana.
As we have said time and time again, marijuana may be many things, but “harmless” simply is not one of them.
Study finds taxpayers in Colorado are spending nearly $5 to solve problems created by marijuana for every $1 the state gets back in tax revenue.