My Faith Votes | Why is recreational marijuana more dangerous than you think?


Why is recreational marijuana more dangerous than you think?

When we talk about recreational marijuana, we are not talking about medicinal marijuana that helps those suffering from seizures and PTSD. We are addressing the kind of marijuana that “pot pushers” are trying to legalize through ballot measures and state legislative actions for commercial purposes. When this kind of high-potency marijuana is made legal for sale, possession, and consumption, all kinds of dangerous consequences follow.

Recreational marijuana, sometimes called by its psychoactive drug name - cannabis, has erratic THC levels that cause the “high” when the weed is ingested through smoking, edibles, oils, and such. Voters who voted for legalization in almost half of the states in the nation likely thought they were voting for marijuana from the 1960s to 1980s when the THC content was less than 2%. The problem is, today’s THC is not like that of the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Today’s pot has psychoactive concentration levels of THC upwards of 95%.

The high potency levels in recreational marijuana are nothing to play around with. They are not just causing personal harm to those imbibing, they are turning entire communities upside down with high crime rates, increased death due to vehicle accidents and suicide, psychiatric issues including violent psychotic episodes, and easy access for youth consumption. 

And to top it off, legalization has ushered in an environment rife with violent drug cartels setting up shops in small communities to capitalize on the easy cash flow and lack of drug enforcement.

Pot pushers do not want the American public to know the truth about the consequences of legalization, so they spend millions on ads promising increased tax revenue for cash-strapped cities and local schools, and spew misinformation about the long-term impact of legalizing a drug that the Controlled Substance Act declares has a high potential for abuse and no currently accepted medical use.

The truth is, no community or local law enforcement is ready for the long-term consequences of legalized marijuana. California, Washington, Oregon, and Colorado bear witness to that.

Doctors are expressing alarm over the increasing potency and the health risks: 

  • Psychosis and brain development issues in youth 
  • Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS) - whose symptoms are similar to someone who has Crohn’s disease or disease of the gallbladder or pancreas. 
  • Emphysema in smokers.
  • Learning delays in adolescents. 

Since Colorado legalized recreational marijuana for people 21 and over, use among children as young as 12 has tripled, deadly traffic deaths have increased by a third, and 29% of suicide victims now test positive for marijuana in their system.  

Pediatric edible poisonings in the U.S. have grown from 207 in 2017 to 3,054 in 2021, according to federal data, and states legalizing cannabis like Colorado have seen a large increase in hospitalizations and poison control visits than other states.”

As taxpayers and Christians, we should be alarmed and work together to wake America up to what is going on. Together we can stop this madness.

Please do not assume that your pastor and church friends have all the information they need to stand against the BIG marijuana movement. Reach out to your church, friends, and family to make sure they are fully informed. 


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