Thursday, February 20, 2014

don't let the weed babysit your seed...,


mainstreet |  A Libertarian pot advocate turned opponent, Dr. Christian Thurstone, is at ground zero in the marijuana legalization battle. The medical director of a large Colorado youth drug treatment clinic; an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado, Denver; and one of a small number of doctors board certified in general, child and adolescent and addictions psychiatry, he has unique insight into the marijuana momentum sweeping the nation.

Thurstone believes that marijuana legalization is a disaster in the making. He is not shy about saying so. His experience with Colorado toe-in-the-water legalization of marijuana for medical purposes was his epiphany.

He noticed back in 2009, when Colorado began providing "medical" marijuana for its residents, that his clinic's clientele tripled: 95% of his patients came for marijuana addiction. He learned from his teenage clients that "medical" marijuana was easy to score on the streets. But the potency was increasing from medical grade. Soon his young clients would tell him how marijuana was their preferred medicine for relieving stress and anxiety.

Eventually, these young addicts came in with "medical" marijuana licenses. It was at this point Thurstone felt he needed to act. He wrote a piece for the Denver Post criticizing medical marijuana laws in January 2010 titled "Smoke and Mirrors: Colorado Teenagers and Marijuana."

Thurstone made some fighting points. "What Colorado has created is a backdoor way to legalize marijuana, and it has done so in a manner that makes a mockery of responsible medicine," he wrote.

He elaborated on this point by writing: "Let's stop talking in terms of smoked marijuana's medicinal value because we're not even close to knowing what that is. Let's instead answer the question that's truly at the heart of all of this political wrangling: Is smoking marijuana a civil right? Before answering that question, Colorado should carefully study the social costs of accidents, aggression, school dropouts, STDs and teen pregnancy that will inevitably be the result of increased marijuana use."

Five years later Thurstone continues his crusade. During an interview on Denver's KUSA television station in January, Thurstone was quoted as saying, "We're seeing a lot more patients, a lot more youth coming to treatment for marijuana addiction....If somebody tries marijuana before the age of 18, one in six develops an addiction to the drug. If someone waits until after 18, the number is more like one in nine."

"We have good reason to believe from both animal and human studies that exposure to marijuana during this important time of brain development can permanently change the way the brain develops," he added. "We have good evidence showing that marijuana exposure in adolescents confers up to an eight-point drop in IQ from age 13 to 38. We know that youth who use marijuana are two times more likely to develop psychosis as young adults."

24 comments:

Nakajima Kikka said...

Hey, the swashbuckler style looks good on women...so long as weight and height are in proper proportion...and they most certainly are for the young woman in the picture. ;)

BigDonOne said...

"It eases nausea from chemotherapy, treats sleep apnea, raises bone density for osteoporosis and protects the GI tract. Itprevents heart attacks and lessens the neurotoxicity of strokes " It also provides for 4-hour erections and increases IQ-75 to IQ-65.... And, oh yes, it makes for more exciting driving http://seattle.cbslocal.com/2014/02/04/study-fatal-car-crashes-involving-marijuana-have-tripled/

Dale Asberry said...

I figured you'd tag this one "you used to be the man" :-)

John Kurman said...

http://articles.latimes.com/2013/nov/21/science/la-sci-marijuana-ibuprofen-alzheimers-buzzkill-20131121

John Kurman said...

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/governor-colorado-pot-market-exceeds-tax-hopes-22588081 The crooks in the Illinois legislature should take note. The dummies could restore the pensions they stole from cops, firefighters, teachers, and nurses, and still have plenty of revenue left over to pocket.

CNu said...

Fixed, thanks!

CNu said...

a WHOLE LOT of faux authoritarian and oppositional defiant garbage would be disposed of over a relatively short period of time with the broad reinstatement of the manly arts.

CNu said...

They nekkid, you nasssstiddy. That said, I'm glad I'm not the only one thoroughly enjoying this fleeting renaissance of women in tights. I do mercilessly tease about the absence of swords and dirks, questioning whether that's something they do only in secret with one another, as well as, going in hard on the friar tucks plainly not qualified to be running around pretending to be robin hoods....,

Vic78 said...

Who's the guy that's not enjoying it?

CNu said...

I avoid that ibuprofen like the plague, it's about the only thing the allopathic sports medicine quacks tout anymore for joint pain and it makes me nauseous and makes my liver hurt. As for the rest, what Peter Tosh says http://youtu.be/KLjPqV1aZ30?t=1m2s

CNu said...

Not to mention, refocusing the police back on legitimate law enforcement challenges and issues instead of on destroying lives waging this cockamamie "war on drugs"..., full-employment for useless eaters at its finest.

CNu said...

lol, why can't the social conservatives EVER seem to get one qualified scientistic intellectual to bat for their team? Just one!?!?!?!

Vic78 said...

I'd rather it not get that bad but if it does, I'm glad I picked the right hobbies. I might be in demand if things get that bad.

CNu said...

lol, adolescence in the 70's messed every single one of us up wholly and completely beyond acceptable "modern" thresholds...,

Constructive_Feedback said...

WHO set up the original estimates that were pulled out of the air and WHAT interest/benefit did this person have in marketing this "ringing success"?


When corporate MBAs get into the game and apply their scientific marketing skills to increase the appeal of weed even more - will those people who typically attack "corporatization of free speech" begin to turn on this escapade that is motivating the masses to get high instead of doing other more productive things?

Vic78 said...

I say get in the game early and build your customer base now.

http://amsterdammarijuanaseeds.com

John Kurman said...

Or combine hobbies: http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/shortorder/2012/11/cannabis_beer_brewed_by_colora.php

Vic78 said...

That's acceptable as well. I'm all for creativity.

Vic78 said...

The qualified scientific intellectuals want to get high and enjoy their sexy time. Social conservatives are anti fun and they're kind of weird.

http://wonkette.com/277270/diaperman-david-vitter-likes-his-diapers

CNu said...

You know you use Everclear in the last round of extraction when making shatter. http://youtu.be/0SHxMD2D0K4?t=9m33s

CNu said...

When corporate MBAs get into the game and apply their scientific marketing skills to increase the appeal of weed even moreROTFLMBAO...., https://www.google.com/search?q=marijuana+foods,+beverages,+and+candies&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=PFgGU9TJEKPmyQHH7oDIDQ&ved=0CEwQsAQ&biw=1600&bih=728

Vic78 said...

People that never ingested are really missing out.

CNu said...

lol, the psychic aether is on and poppin this afternoon!!!

Vic78 said...

I just want to see people take advantage of these new developments. It's going to be wide open soon so one should get in now.

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