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Research out of Great Britain suggests that incidents of psychosis were anywhere from three to five times higher among regular consumers of THC than in the general population. That study came with a few caveats, suggesting that more research would be required to nail down precisely what was going on. But now that pot has been legal in Colorado and Washington state for a few years, additional troubling statistics are cropping up. It’s particularly problematic with teens, who are not supposed to be able to buy THC products but seem to be getting their hands on them easily. Mental health professionals are seeing more medical issues arising and they blame it on the high concentrations of THC in edibles and vaping compounds. (Washington Post)

With some marijuana products averaging 68 percent THC — exponentially greater than the pot baby boomers once smoked — calls to poison control centers and visits to emergency rooms have risen. In the Denver area, visits to Children’s Hospital Colorado facilities for treatment of cyclic vomiting, paranoia, psychosis and other acute cannabis-related symptoms jumped to 777 in 2015, from 161 in 2005.

The increase was most notable in the years following legalization of medical sales in 2009 and retail use in 2014, according to a study in the Journal of Adolescent Health published in 2018.

“Horrible things are happening to kids,” said psychiatrist Libby Stuyt, who treats teens in southwestern Colorado and has studied the health impacts of high-potency marijuana. “I see increased problems with psychosis, with addiction, with suicide, with depression and anxiety.”

Instead we have the idiot greens going into our schools saying it’s safe and not to worry.


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  1. Have you ever heard a marijuana user speak clearly and at a normal speed?
    Its time we stopped all this “medical marajuana” rubbish.
    And put Chloe Swarbrick in jail for damaging our children.
    And started a real war on drugs.
    (we never had one)

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    • Two separate issues there.
      For the life of me I don’t see why marijuana can’t be part of the medical toolbox , but considering the side effects it should be used with expert oversight.
      And given the known side effects I have no idea why anyone would self-medicate with it. And I’m totally with you on Swarbrick’s mis-information campaign.

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    • Is there a counter-narrative going into the schools? Hard if national isn’t against it as a party and it is really an argument about the terms of the referendum.

      Interesting that John Key would have made a Captain’s call on the flag and not a referendum if he was to do it again.

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  2. Here’s Labour wanting smoke free NZ, Yet the want this?
    Do they want a compliant NZ, so they can control them easier, paticuly with no guns. Make peace hippies
    What means are they introducing to test for use?
    Now they are talking about controls on vaping!

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  3. If they make pot legal, (i don’t think it will be, at least this time around) then what excuse do Shane’s nephs have when they get the dole for not being able to pass a drug test? Now it won’t matter- dope is legal, so get a f*ckin job losers!

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      • It’s a mindset I suppose. I’m not a good example of typical pothead. It does make some people dysfunctional. Me? Puts me in the right frame of mind to take care of responsibilities. I know that sounds totally ironic to many! When i was a carpenter I would not even consider starting the day without a joint first. Then I’d kick serious ass on the job site…crutch? Yes. Guilty.

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  4. So if a 50yr old bloke that has no children lives alone in his own house gave up booze and the many pitfalls that come with excessive indulging some time ago but enjoys a puff at night yet never indulges during the day including driving and is also quite successful in life is he a bad person even though he disagrees vehemently with Swarbrick visiting schools to promote illegal drug use
    Asking for a friend of course

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    • I personally think the penalty for consuming/inhaling wacky backy is self-fulfilling. It doesn’t need an outside agent to add extra penalties.

      Apart from informing the public about the consequences the State should butt out…except we have a public health service which as a taxpayer I’m forced to fund. Which, unfortunately, means what goes into your gob directly affects me by way of government force. Which, therefore, means that I’m also forced to limit your past-times due to that government intevention, which as a freedom loving individual I oppose.

      It’s a position I detest. We threw away our freedoms in this area a long time ago.

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    • I’m hip Garbageman! Pot has been part of my life since the age of 13, but I don’t necessarily condone its use and certainly don’t encourage it. I grew up around a lot of drug use and for better or worse I fell into the trap too.

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    • You know the history of why marijuana became illegal I assume? Something to do with American blacks having access to demon drugs that were going to corrupt innocent white girls.

      http://www.drugpolicy.org/blog/how-did-marijuana-become-illegal-first-place

      During hearings on marijuana law in the 1930’s, claims were made about marijuana’s ability to cause men of color to become violent and solicit sex from white women. This imagery became the backdrop for the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 which effectively banned its use and sales.

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      • Not quite right Rachael. The current law owes its existence to a scare about the effects of hashish on a group of Egyptians back in the 1920′s. Anecdotally the labourers employed digging the Suez Canal were getting stoned & not working hard enough & for some reason the matter was brought to the attention of the League of Nations. This august body in their infinite wisdom decided at a convention held in Geneva that marijuanas should be controlled & they put the pressure on member nations. NZ politicians being good little suckholes readily agreed.

        As is the wont of governmental control freaks everywhere, when laws regarding use of opiates were altered or introduced the opportunity was taken to slip marijuana use in under the radar. The legislation was the NZ Dangerous Drugs Bill of 1927 passed to ratify the 1925 Geneva Convention on Traffic in Opium and Other Drugs.

        Worth noting is that the Geneva initiative did not require individual nations to make possession or use an imprisonable offence….this came about because it was tacked on to a bill regulating sale & use of opiates.

        ….”For more than thirty years the cannabis prohibitions remained unchanged
        and apparently unenforced: throughout that period there seem to have been no
        reported cannabis offences2o and use of the drug was virtually unknown.”…..
        Ref:http://www.austlii.edu.au/nz/journals/OtaLawRw/2001/3.pdf

        In the 60′s as a response to US Government hysteria, (again anecdotally linked to a desire by the authorities for a club to bash the Bohemians, forerunners of the hippies) control was toughened to include the growing of Indian Hemp, an activity not previously banned.

        NZ laws were tightened in the early 60s when the police took a case against an Auckland truck driver involving use & possession but charges were thrown out of court.

        The issue is not one of health nor addiction but social control.

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    • Undecided. At age 47 I have smoked weed pretty much every day since October of 1984. It’s just part of who I am and I can’t imagine life without it. Do i recommend a lifetime of slavery, addiction, and “jonesing” when you run out and your dealer is dry? NO WAY! I hope my kids avoid the shit altogether when they reach their teens. My wife married me a dope-smoker, and has put up with it for 26 years! She doesn’t partake. Hey- at least I’m honest about the whole subject!

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      • I don’t care what you do in your own home ducklin. It just scares me to have stoners out on the road. There are enough bad drivers without encouraging more of the population to be stoned and getting behind the wheel.

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        • I agree it would make the roads even more deadly than they already are. I think I’ll vote “no” for the common good, as I don’t encourage its use regardless of my own love affair with the stuff.

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    • Against i think i dont trust this lot to implement a sound policy around this issue and it pisses me off the loons think kids need further indoctrination on top of climate change etc but here’s the thing it is so easy to get there are probably more well known places available to buy it in your local area than booze or if you have a trusted source as ‘my friend’ has they will deliver and trust me when i say the gangs involvement in distribution is only the tip of the iceberg most are just average people looking to make a quick buck, on top of that i have had to fire a new employee this year for drugs admittedly it was a combination with meth so i can hardly say lets legalise it but if you are caught with it in your system you are sacked thats not going to go down to well with the cops lawyers and assorted other professional people i know that smoke regularly, actually the numbers might astound you, while it might sound as though i am fence sitting i believe against is the best way forward for now just way to many pitfalls and we have enough unmotivated losers out there as it is + stoned drivers are as scary as fk those stoned car crash adds on a while ago were extremely accurate

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    • I’ve only smoked dope once and I didn’t enjoy it. I’d like to vote for, since I believe in maximising freedom to the individual. However, the devil is in the details. As in, funding the problems. They could slap on the exorbitant tobacco taxes for example. That would mean, like tobacco, there will be a thriving blackmarket as a consequence (or continued one to be more accurate).

      As I stated above, I’m currently forced to fund people’s lifestyles: what you put in your gob affects my wallet. If wacky backy was self-funding, I will definitely be voted for.

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  5. …..”With some marijuana products averaging 68 percent THC — exponentially greater than the pot baby boomers once smoked”…..

    Shame on our host! He has fallen into the trap of taking as gospel anything & everything the Godaddled freaks who want to oversee every facet of our lives spew up.

    The “68% THC” immediately activated my bullshit antennae. The highest THC content of any marijuana plant I’ve ever heard of is the reported 25% of a strain called “Jack Herer”. Average NZ “head” would be in the range of 15 to 22%. Marijuana grown under artificial light is slightly stronger than its outdoor counterpart.

    The source of the “article” is https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/MED%20Demand%20and%20Market%20%20Study%20%20082018.pdf The 68% referred to is found in products manufactured from raw cannabis leaf. (the heads are normally smoked whereas any leaf is processed for the THC/CBD it contains) Who remembers the shitheads who used boil up “cabbage” in paint thinners & spot the resultant oil off knives?

    Take spirits & fortified wines for a comparison. Depending upon the yeast used fermentation stops at about 15% alcohol but what is produced can be separated from the resultant liquid by freezing or distillation yet no-one claims that they can produce vodka by fermenting potatoes.

    The entire article is click bait for fuckwits & control freaks!

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  6. Hey Nasska
    I was going to support Decriminalisation- Used to quite enjoy the occasional smoke back in my Varsity days…
    But now Chloe Swarbrick is your champion I hope you stoners get your fucking arses kicked!
    She is travelling round Schools on the taxpayer’s dime telling kids that Cannabis is some kind of ‘magical wonder drug’ and ‘completely harmless’ etc etc..
    That’s fucking bullshit (and you know it mate!) and it’s disgusting that this lunatic Government supports her campaign!
    Shame- If you stoners had picked someone balanced and sensible to front your campaign you might have stood a chance…

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    • Leave me out of your fantasy. I support the repeal of laws against use, possession & growing of marijuana but you’d be hard pressed to find any instance of me supporting the Greens or their batshit mad MPs including their spokeswoman.

      My stance is that of a libertarian. ie. Act not Greens. I want the fucking government out of our lives & out of our pockets!

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