Vote NO on 64

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Doing the garden, digging the weeds,
Who could ask for more?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I’m 64?

I find it interesting that Paul McCartney wrote the music for this when he was about 15, and used to play it when The Beatles were still known as The Quarrymen. He put lyrics to it later in honor of his father’s 64th birthday.

Numbers are funny that way… My son, Harry is 15 years old right now. Same age as Paul McCartney when he wrote that song. Same age I started smoking pot for years on a daily, recreational, “non-addicted” basis.

And as for the number 64, today those digits have come to be known as code for Colorado’s proposed ammendment that would legalize marijuana in ways my stoner buddies and I could only have dreamed about…

Amendment 64 would:

* Make Colorado the first state to try to profit from the legalization of marijuana at the expense of its children.
* Make Colorado the only state where it is legal to grow, transport and sell marijuana for recreational use. NOTHING MEDICAL ABOUT IT.
* Make it legal for anyone twenty-one years or older to possess and consume up to one ounce of marijuana (the equivalent of 60 joints or eight pans of pot brownies).
* Permit opening marijuana retail stores, growing facilities, manufacturing facilities and testing facilities in your community.

Problem is that we know too much these days as a society – and that takes all the fun out of Amendment 64. For instance, we know that it’s unsafe for infants to ride in an automobile without an infant seat, even though there was no such device when Paul McCartney or I were 15 years old…

We have outlawed secondhand smoke in airplanes and office buildings because today we know it’s bad for people to inhale it – especially children who have no choice in the matter. Kids today wear seat belts in cars, and helmets to ski and bike and skateboard. Today, we live in a world where we make common sense health and safety decisions based on information we didn’t have a generation or two ago.

So, what do we really know today about Amendment 64 and its impact on our kids?

Marijuana is an addictive drug. Sorry… As a drug addict and the owner of a rehab, I get to know this for a fact.  For teens and young adults, smoking marijuana permanently affects brain development, impairs learning ability and contributes to depression.  Adolescents are more likely than adults to develop problems with marijuana abuse and addiction.  Marijuana abuse accounts for 67 percent of the adolescents in substance-abuse treatment programs in the United States.

Legalizing weed promotes smoking weed.  The more available a drug is, the more likely young people are to use the drug.  Marijuana use among students already is on the rise. Suspensions for drug violations at Colorado’s public schools increased 45 percent over the past four years, expulsions for drug violations increased 35 percent, and referrals to police increased 17 percent. Among the most vulnerable group, ages 12 to 25, it is projected that the number of regular marijuana users will double.

And finally, there’s this: The “harder drugs” argument. Say what you will about pot being a gateway to harder stuff… The pro-pot lobby loves to debate this one – but I don’t have the time or nearly enough Doritos to get into it with those guys. What I can tell you is this about the link between marijuana and crack and heroin and all that nasty stuff: Not everyone who smokes pot at a young age will wind up at a place like Jaywalker Lodge. But everyone at Jaywalker Lodge for damn sure smoked them some pot at a young age… Okay?

But there is an answer. Learn the facts. Use the same common sense that has our kids strapped to infant seats and has outlawed secondhand smoke. Vote no on Amendment 64.

And when you receive that phone call from the well-monied pro marijuana lobby (doesn’t THAT strike you as an odd notion?) just tell those guys what we tell them here at Jaywalker Lodge:

“Dave’s not here, man…”

5 People have left comments on this post



» Addiction Counselling Toronto said: { Jul 10, 2012 - 09:07:43 }

Drug addiction is more common among the younger generation. Todays younger generation has more access to drugs due to the growing influence of drug mafia.

» Christine Tatum said: { Jul 11, 2012 - 11:07:43 }

Bravo! Thanks for your honesty, candor and leadership on this matter. My husband, Dr. Christian Thurstone, is medical director of one of Colorado’s largest youth substance-abuse-treatment clinics, and we both applaud your stance on this issue and will join you in voting No on 64. “Dr. T.,” as he’s called, is boarded in general, child and adolescent and addictions psychiatry, and is a world-recognized researcher in addiction medicine. We write frequently about child mental health and adolescent addiction at http://www.drthurstone.com. We welcome questions and try to connect people to credible, reputable healthcare information and resources.

» Cry Me A River said: { Jul 12, 2012 - 06:07:30 }

According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and NIDA; “marijuana” is less addictive than caffeine, plus you own a REHAB CENTER, this is called a “vested interest”….court ordered treatment = MONEY perhaps?
So, you don’t have time to “debate” the gateway effect? Why? If you have INDEPENDENT, PEER-REVIEWED SCIENCE, you would only need one chip, like this:
Pay careful attention to the wording and direction: most people that use heroin started with “marijuana” or “marijuana” was the first illicit drug most heroin users started with. Let’s remove the fact the black market exposes people to a myriad of substances and let’s use the fact most heroin users started with “marijuana”, but let’s go even further back and remove the legal/illegal label and just look at drugs in general; akin to the prohibitionist language. Fill in the blank: most heroin users started with __________; therefore _________ is a gateway drug.
A. alcohol
B. nicotine (in tobacco form)
C. caffeine
D. synthetic opiates
The direction issue is one only looks at the heroin user and never the other way; so how many “marijuana” users go on to use hard drugs?

Lynn Zimmer, PhD, Professor Emeritus at Queens College at the City University of New York, stated in his 1997 book Marijuana Myths – Marijuana Facts:

“In the end, the gateway theory is not a theory at all. It is a description of the typical sequence in which multiple-drug users initiate the use of high-prevalence and low-prevalence drugs.”

A similar statistical relationship exists between other kinds of common and uncommon related activities. For example, most people who ride a motorcycle (a fairly rare activity) have ridden a bicycle (a fairly common activity). Indeed, the prevalence of motorcycle riding among people who have never ridden a bicycle is probably extremely low. “However, bicycle riding does not cause motorcycle riding, and increases in the former will not lead automatically to increases in the latter.

“Nor will increases in marijuana use lead automatically to increases in the use of cocaine or heroin.”

I have many independent, peer-reviewed studies; just ask…….

» Cry Me A River said: { Jul 12, 2012 - 07:07:49 }

Uh-oh, another war profiteer may lose their gravy train; without court ordered rehab, the well dries up ;) Anyway, this just in: it appears alcohol is the true gateway drug. And yes the Journal and the other particulars are listed in the link. http://www.isciencetimes.com/articles/3400/20120711/alcohol-marijuana-gateway-drug.htm

Holla!

» Bob said: { Jul 12, 2012 - 10:07:11 }

Hey Cry, don’t Bogart that comment box, pass it over to me…

For the record, Jaywalker Lodge doesn’t work with court-mandated clients, just guys with a desire to be free from their dependence on marijuana and other drugs.

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