Don’t Ignore the Victims of Legalized Marijuana…
Who was it that really pushed for legalized marijuana in places like Colorado and California?
It wasn’t families or churches.
On the contrary, it was young, progressive, single people who promised that legalizing marijuana use would bring in tax money for education and wouldn’t have any harmful effects.
That’s only true if you don’t consider growing addiction, widespread public drug use, changing neighborhoods, and societal fallout to be negatives.
Just a few years into Colorado’s experiment with legalized marijuana, residents are already saying that the law (pushed through with the help of a campaign funded in part by George Soros) has helped transform the state’s dominant culture into a drug culture. One father of five said:
“There has been nothing good for Colorado, except for maybe the increased tax revenue. But even then, it is a mixed bag. Many people have moved to Colorado to exploit legalized marijuana — so housing prices have increased. There is more traffic downtown. You can find marijuana dispensaries all over the place, especially in the poorer parts of town. It is becoming part of the state’s subculture.”
A local police chief said:
“Every statistical study has seen an increase in marijuana use. There has been an increase in youths going to rehab for addiction to marijuana. There have been increases in car accidents. There has been an increase in fatalities related to marijuana. There has been an increase in workplace incidences related to marijuana and a decrease in productivity. And there has been an increase in robberies.”
It’s bad enough that the state has to worry about crime and people driving while high. But even worse, the number of young people who have become marijuana users has skyrocketed – to 34% higher than the national average.
Marijuana is anything but harmless. The addiction rate for marijuana hovers around 10% (and even higher for teens and daily users) and a 2014 study of marijuana use in the New England Journal of Medicine linked the drug to cognitive impairment and lower IQs. It’s also associated with higher levels of depression, suicide, anxiety, and psychosis.
There’s a reason Attorney General Jeff Sessions has indicated that he plans to start enforcing federal law when it conflicts with state drug laws. Not only have states like California and Colorado created legal confusion, but they’re encouraging a widespread disrespect for the law.
And the biggest victim is the family.
Addiction tears apart families. And the increase in marijuana use is even being seen among pregnant women and parents – many of whom don’t realize the long-term damage it can do, and the lonely life led by children whose parents are constantly high.
We must be aware of the damage drugs do to families, children, and communities. Proponents of legal marijuana say that it has no victims. They couldn’t be more wrong.
Think of your weaker brother before you support any scheme to legalize drugs. We are called on to have compassion for the ill (including the addicted), but we don’t help them by encouraging drug use and removing barriers that prevent easy access to drugs. If we want to protect the family, we cannot condone policies that pull it apart.
When it comes to drug legalization, don’t believe the propaganda that comes from the Soros machine. This is a policy that separates people from God and destroys lives.
For faith, family and freedom,
Bill and Deborah Owens
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