Thursday, August 5, 2010

Pot is strong, bad

Posted on Thu, Aug 5, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Although I live in Maryland and not Montana, I feel a strong connection to the state because one of my sons spent two summers there playing minor league baseball, and because Montana, like Maryland, experienced the same trauma of having to fight the drug legalization movement.

We discovered drug paraphernalia being sold in 31 outlets in our county just outside Washington, D.C. Another young mother who was a stay-at-home attorney and I co-sponsored a bill to close the shops in Maryland. We won a unanimous vote to pass the bill in 1980.

Because the shops were providing funds to the drug legalizers to pay for their pro-drug work, they literally came out of the woodwork when they started to see us speak at PTA meetings, on radio and TV, at Elks’ meetings and county council meetings. These outlets also sold books and magazines that claimed “marijuana was a harmless drug” that “helped you drive more safely,” made colors brighter, etc. In many of the shops, paraphernalia was sold out the front door and drugs out the back!

The founder of the pro-legalization movement under the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), Keith Stroup, wrote a letter to the editor of High Times magazine that stated: “There is no particular evidence that even those few young people who smoked a great deal of marijuana hurt themselves, academically or otherwise.” NORML has little regard for the truth.

Robert L. DuPont, first director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, has said marijuana harms every major system of the body, including the brain, lungs, reproductive and immune systems. Make no mistake, the legalization movement is using the “medical” marijuana movement to achieve full legalization.

Just this last year, we documented 18 nations, including our own, that link marijuana use to depression, psychosis and schizophrenia.

Today’s marijuana is so potent, even the kids have nicknamed it “skunk”! In 1960, marijuana contained 4 to 6 percent of the ingredient that produces the “high.” Today, it goes as high as 47.5 percent.

To bring attention to the strength of marijuana and the need for legislators to help stop the so-called “medical” marijuana industry, we developed a Skunk Award that is given to any legislator who introduces, supports or signs a “medical” marijuana bill.

I urge the citizens of Montana to stand tall and motivate your friends, neighbors and relatives to say “no” to so-called “medical” pot.

We did get to know a lot of Montana folks because our son lived with a “host” family during the season. In fact, his host was a radio broadcaster and he became our guide around the area. I hope he sees this and helps spread the word throughout your beautiful state.

Joyce Nalepka

President

Drug-Free Kids: America’s Challenge

Silver Spring, Md.

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