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Blame It On The Cancer Patients
Posted by CN Staff on December 15, 2010 at 09:22:52 PT
By Nina Shapiro
Source: Seattle Weekly
Washington State -- Former Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske, now the nation's drug czar, thinks he knows why pot use among teens is higher than it's been in decades. And his old stomping ground, Washington state, is apparently part of the problem.Kerlikowske blames the acceptance of medical marijuana in states like this one, where it's legal, for the uptick in teen drug use revealed by a new federal survey of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders.
"We have been telling young people, particularly for the past couple years, that marijuana is medicine," Kerlikowske said in an interview with ABC News this week. "So it shouldn't be a great surprise to us that young people are now misperceiving the dangers or the risks around marijuana."In a separate statement, the drug czar urged parents to counteract "mixed messages" about pot.Of course, you might say that the administration he's part of is sending mixed messages. On one hand, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has announced that the feds will de-emphasize prosecuting medical-marijuana cases. On the other, Kerlikowske has continued to sound the alarm about any kind of pot, medical or otherwise. He and his staff can't even bring themselves to use the phrase medical marijuana without putting the word "medical" in quotation marks.The survey that prompted this tsk-tsking from the drug czar was conducted by the University of Michigan and funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse. Approximately 21 percent of the high-school seniors surveyed had used marijuana in the previous 30 days—slightly more than the number of seniors who'd smoked cigarettes in that period. Source: Seattle Weekly (WA)Author: Nina ShapiroPublished: December 15, 2010Copyright: 2010 Seattle WeeklyContact: letters seattleweekly.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #10 posted by The GCW on December 15, 2010 at 20:15:03 PT
Kerlikowske doesn't get it
U.S. Drug Czar Learns Wrong Lesson From Teen Drug Use Survey makes it clear that clear that education and regulatory restrictions are more effective than prohibition and criminalization, but the drug czar draws the wrong conclusions.The 2010 Monitoring the Future Survey of teen drug use is out, and, once again, it is clear that education and regulatory restrictions are more effective than prohibition and criminalization. While teen marijuana use is up slightly, teen tobacco use remains at record lows (although it did show statistically insignificant increases over last year). Instead of asking what can we learn from historically low tobacco use rates that might improve U.S. marijuana policy, White House Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske points a finger at state medical marijuana laws, the national debate on marijuana legalization, and, well, anything but the failed, counterproductive marijuana policies of the last 40 years.According to the 2010 Survey, teen marijuana use rose for all prevalence periods (lifetime, past year, past 30 days, and daily in the past 30 days). Daily marijuana use among high school seniors is now at 6.1%, the highest rate since the early 1980s. Overall, 21.4% of high school seniors used marijuana at least once last month, an increase of 0.8% over the past year. "Though this upward shift is not yet very large, its duration and pervasiveness leave no doubt in our minds that it is real," said Lloyd Johnston, the principal investigator of the study.cont.(Kerlikowske must have received low comprehension test scores in school.)
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Comment #9 posted by The GCW on December 15, 2010 at 17:04:06 PT
Kerlikowske's single problem: TRUTH
Nothing is any different than when I was in high school in the 1970's. Kids used and sold pot then and still do it now.The ignoids have been trying to stop if for decades and have made ZERO progress. They've spent the money and got nothin'.
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Comment #8 posted by runruff on December 15, 2010 at 15:29:27 PT
Why they call it "bureaucrap"!
Because some soulless, empty, useful idiot like this wannabe somebody, is willing to blame people who are dying and find relief, or me who is seeing without glasses and my eyesight is stable because I use cannabis to save my sight!I should go blind so that teenagers will not use a substance that will not even hurt them in the first place?Cosopt eye drops cost $750.00 per ounce and does not work as well as cannabis and has steroids in it.You know what, drug czar can go to the back of the unemployment line for all I care about him. If I were a spiritual travel booking agent, guess where I would book him a one way ticket? At least he would be able to see where he was going, which is more than he is willing to allow some?
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Comment #7 posted by dongenero on December 15, 2010 at 14:55:06 PT
Jefferson - more interesting tidbits
Here are more quotes. Some interesting passages about his design for a hemp-break for his thresher, to answer complaints of the difficulty of working hemp due to the toughness of it, relative to cotton.
Also statements about blending cotton and hemp to clothe the slave children.
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Comment #6 posted by dongenero on December 15, 2010 at 14:37:55 PT
Thomas Jefferson quotation
Quotation: "Some of my finest hours have been spent on my back veranda, smoking hemp and observing as far as my eye can see."From Washington's diary :
"Began to separate the Male from the Female hemp at Do.&—rather too late." is fun.
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Comment #5 posted by observer on December 15, 2010 at 13:27:49 PT
Same old game.When an administration like an "I didn't inhale" Clinton or an Obama comes alone, there is hope (however slim and misbegotten) that, finally, things will change. So, when the nice man from the government calls, and wants to know if you've used any illegal drugs in the past little while, people are slightly more likely to be truthful when an Obama is in office than when a Nixon, Reagan or Bush is in office. Prohibitionists, eager to justify their legal lying, their legalized thefts, their legal killings seize upon these statistical flukes, and blame them on the current soft-on-drugs administration.  "We need to get tougher on drugs," they say (meaning: adult grandparents need to be jailed more for pot), "because looky, our kids here are smoking more pot now, than when we had a tough-on-drugs Fuhrer!" We've all seen this cycle play out many times. Posturing prohibitionist prevaricators. Perfectly predictable.
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Comment #4 posted by rastaman on December 15, 2010 at 12:35:28 PT
Increase in teen use
Is not because of medical marijuana, high school kids are selling it to each other in class, after school and so on. I don't know why people don't understand this or maybe they choose to ignore it. Kids are getting pot from OTHER KIDS. To this day high school kids still offer me a bag even though i graduated a few years ago. Jah bless
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Comment #3 posted by potpal on December 15, 2010 at 10:35:04 PT
the truth
We have been telling young people, particularly for the past couple years, that marijuana is medicine...'nuff said.
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Comment #2 posted by dongenero on December 15, 2010 at 10:32:41 PT
It's easy Sam
It's easy to be the fattest and unhealthiest nation. It's the corporate profits mindset applied to our nation's food.You simply industrialize the food supply and base the nutritional content on highest profitability for the corporate "food" producers.You get high fructose corn syrup...oops "corn sugar" I mean.
And hydrogenated oils. That pretty much does it. Oh, and "fortified" foods, where they strip all the nutrients out in processing and then add a few back in.Sorry for another OT from dg. 
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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on December 15, 2010 at 10:00:24 PT
oh yes my federal friends, we have to keep the CHILDREN healthy so we can have them ride around in SUVs getting blown to bits halfway around the world.I can see that health is very important to our govt. friends. And they're doing SUCH a great job. It's not easy to be the fattest, unhealthiest country in the world.
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