7-Year-Old Paralyzed in Washington DUI Crash

May 26, 2016 | Posted in Marijuana | By

Purple_KushAccording to news sources, police in Washington State report a 15-year-old girl in a BMW crashed into a pickup truck carrying a man and his 7-year-old son earlier this week.

Police say the BMW was traveling at “incredibly high speed,” and they have reason to believe the driver may have been operating under the influence of marijuana. The father was critically injured as a result of the crash, and his son was paralyzed.

In Colorado, news reports indicate a teen driver charged in a fatal crash earlier this month is suspected of using marijuana. The Associated Press writes,

Police say the teen rear-ended two cars stopped at a red light on May 7 and that there was “minimal breaking” before the crash.

Two people in one of the cars, 39-year-old Joe Ramas and 30-year-old Stacey Reynolds, both died after being taken to the hospital.

Sadly, these stories continue to demonstrate what we have been saying for years: Marijuana may be many things, but “harmless” simply is not one of them.

Major News Outlet: Marijuana Edibles “Sending Kids to the ER”

May 25, 2016 | Posted in Marijuana | By

Marijuana-Cannabis-Weed-Bud-GramWe have written repeatedly about how hospitals and emergency rooms are seeing more and more cases of accidental marijuana ingestion by children.

Because marijuana edibles often look like normal snack food, children mistake them as harmless. And because marijuana edibles often contain high concentrations of marijuana’s active ingredients, the effects of the marijuana are much more dangerous–particularly in small children, who seem to be most at risk.

NBC’s “Today” writes,

Marijuana is now legal for either recreational or medical use in 24 states and the District of Columbia. But “edibles” containing marijuana are spreading everywhere, and kids are getting hurt from California to New York. Last year alone, poison control facilities across the country reported 4,000 kids and teens exposed to marijuana.

Another issue we have highlighted before is the dangerous method many marijuana users employ to extract marijuana’s active ingredients.

Volatile chemicals–like butane–are used to extract hash oil from marijuana. Earlier this month police say a New Mexico man caused an explosion when he lit a pipe to smoke marijuana, but accidentally ignited the butane gas police say he was using to extract hash oil.

Situations like this one are particularly dangerous for apartment dwellers; in November of 2013 Seattle news outlets reported an elderly Washington resident was killed after a neighbor’s apartment exploded as a result of a hash oil operation.

These stories underscore what we continue to say: Marijuana may be many things, but “harmless” simply is not one of them.

Family Council Signs Letter Urging Congress to Block Obama Admin. Overreach

May 25, 2016 | Posted in Transgender | By

Joint Session of the United States Congress

We have written several times about the Obama Administration’s “guidelines” advising schools to let biological males who claim to be female use the girls’ restrooms, locker rooms, and similar facilities, and about the new Obamacare directive instructing doctors and hospitals to offer “gender transition” services (e.g. sex-reassignment surgery) despite the professional and conscientious objections many healthcare professionals have to such procedures.

This week Family Council joined pro-family organizations around the country in urging Congress to take decisive action against this federal overreach.

Family Council has signed a letter to Reps. Paul Ryan, Kevin McCarthy, and Nancy Pelosi and Sens. Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid asking them to:

  • Introduce and pass legislation curtailing the Obama Administration’s actions; protecting students’ privacy and parents’ rights; and reassuring schools they will not lose federal funding if they ignore these federal “guidelines;”
  • Hold hearings to investigate the Obama Administration’s actions in promulgating these overreaching “guidelines;”
  • Withhold funding from any attempts by the federal Departments of Justice and Education to force these “guidelines” on schools.

You can read the letter–and the list of organization’s who have signed it with us–here.

Below is contact information you can use to encourage your congressman and Sens. Boozman and Cotton to take action on this issue as well.

U.S. SENATOR JOHN BOOZMAN (R – AR)

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Little Rock Office:
1401 W. Capitol Ave., Plaza F
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: (501) 372-7153
Fax: (501) 372-7163

D.C. Office:
141 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-4843
Fax: (202) 228-1371

Click Here to Email U.S. Senator Boozman

U.S. SENATOR TOM COTTON (R – AR)

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Little Rock Office:
11809 Hinson Road
Suite 100
Little Rock, AR 72212

Mailing Address:
PO Box 25216
Little Rock, AR 72221
Phone: (501) 223-9081
Fax: (501) 223-9105

D.C. Office:
124 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2353

Click Here to Email U.S. Senator Cotton

U.S. CONGRESSMAN RICK CRAWFORD (AR DISTRICT 1)

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Jonesboro Office:
2400 Highland Drive, Suite 300
Jonesboro, AR 72401
Phone: (870) 203-0540
Fax: (870) 203-0542

D.C. Office:
1711 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4076
Fax: (202) 225-5602

Click Here to Email Congressman Crawford

U.S. CONGRESSMAN FRENCH HILL (AR DISTRICT 2)

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Little Rock Office:
1501 N. University Ave.
Suite 150
Little Rock, AR 72207
Phone: (501) 324-5941
Fax: (501) 324-6029

D.C. Office:
1229 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2506
Fax: (202) 225-5903

Click Here to Email U.S. Congressman Hill

U.S. CONGRESSMAN STEVE WOMACK (AR DISTRICT 3)

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Rogers Office:
3333 Pinnacle Hills, Suite 120
Rogers, Arkansas 72758
Phone: (479) 464-0446
Fax: (479) 464-0063

D.C. Office:
1119 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4301
Fax: (202) 225-5713

Click Here to Email U.S. Congressman Womack

U.S. CONGRESSMAN BRUCE WESTERMAN (AR DISTRICT 4)

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Hot Springs Office:
101 Reserve St.
Suite 200
Hot Springs, AR 71901
Phone: (501) 609-9796
Fax: (501) 609-9887

D.C. Office:
130 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3772
Fax: (202) 225-1314

Click Here to Email U.S. Congressman Westerman