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OTHER CONSEQUENCES OF MARIJUANA USE

analysis of U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration Demand Reduction Section May 2014 The Dangers and Consequences of Marijuana Abuse



analysis of OTHER CONSEQUENCES OF MARIJUANA USE: (3.055578 secs.)



OTHER CONSEQUENCES OF MARIJUANA USE

o In Massachusetts in 2009 the possession of one ounce of marijuana went from a criminal charge to a civil fine. Police and District Attorneys want residents to know that smoking marijuana is not a victimless crime. Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone Jr. says that he fears that "decriminalization has created a booming 'cottage industry' for dope dealers to target youths no longer fearing the stigma of arrest or how getting high could affect their already dicey driving. What we're seeing now is an unfortunate and predictable outcome. It's a cash and carry business. With more small-time dealers operating turf encroachment is inevitable. This tends to make drug dealers angry." Wellesley Deputy Police Chief William Brooks III, speaking on behalf of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association said "the whole thing is a mess. The perception out there among a lot of people is it's ok to do it now, so there's an uptick in the number of people wanting to do it...Most of the drug-related violence you see now ' the shootings, murders ' is about weed." Several 2010 high-profile killings have been linked by law enforcement to the increased market:

o The May fatal shooting of a 21-year-old inside a Harvard University dorm, allegedly in a bid to rob him of his pot and cash.

o The June murder of a 17-year-old in Callahan State Park, where he was lured by two men seeking revenge in a fight over marijuana.

o The September massacre of four people in Mattapan, including a 21-year-old woman and her 2-year-old son, over an alleged pot-dealing turf dispute. o The September fatal shooting of a 29-year-old man, by four men, one a high school senior, in connection with robbery and murder of a drug dealer.162

o Children often bear the consequences of actions engaged in by parents or guardians involved with marijuana. o In Bradenton, Florida a Highway Patrol officer tried to stop a man speeding on I- 75. The driver did not stop until he ran up on the median and crashed into a construction barrel. In the car the troopers found three small children, forty pounds of marijuana and several thousand dollars in cash.163

o A Hamilton, Montana man put his three toddlers in the back seat of his one ton Chevy pickup and then partied with a friend as he drove along the highway. At 50 29

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miles an hour he swerved into another car killing the owner. While partying with his friend in the vehicle he had smoked two bowls of pot.164

o An Ohio mother is accused of teaching her two-year-old daughter to smoke pot and recording the incident on her cell phone.165

o A Virginia mother and her roommate were charged with reckless child endangerment after her two-year-old daughter ingested an unknown amount of marijuana in a motel room.166

o A California couple was arrested after a video surfaced of them allowing their 23- month-old son to use a marijuana pipe. The video showed the child smoking the pipe. The pipe was tested and found to have marijuana residue in it. Both parents said they had medical marijuana cards, but could not explain why they would give it to their child and then videotape the incident.167 o Cincinnati, Ohio police arrested a woman for allegedly giving her three children, ages seven, four, and one, marijuana. The seven-year-old told the school counselor that she had been forced to smoke marijuana. All three children tested positive for marijuana..168

o In Stockton, California a two-year-old girl was in critical condition after ingesting marijuana resin. Although four adults were home at the time, none were supervising the child when she found a jar lid containing resin.169

o Two toddlers in Louisiana were hospitalized after ingesting marijuana and amphetamines. A search warrant of the home found several unsecured bottles of prescription medication and a hand-rolled cigar containing marijuana.170

With the legalizing of marijuana for recreational use in Colorado, there has been an increase in the sale of edibles laced with marijuana. Although the state has regulations for edibles, including tamper proof packaging, problems will still persist. There is no guarantee of the quality of the product; no consistent dosaging; and edibles take longer to take effect than smoked marijuana, often causing people to eat too much and overdose themselves.171 o An African college exchange student on spring break plummeted to his death from a hotel balcony in Denver after eating a marijuana-infused cookie. Eating more than the recommended amount at one time, he began shaking, screaming and throwing things around the hotel room before jumping to his death. Although the cause of death was injuries from the fall, marijuana intoxication was listed as a significant contributing factor by the Denver Medical Examiner's Office. The autopsy revealed no other medical problems or medications in his system.172

o A Denver man is accused of killing his wife after eating marijuana-infused candy. Kristine Kirk called 911 and told the dispatcher her husband ate marijuana candy and was hallucinating. She asked the dispatcher to hurry and send the police because her husband asked her to get a gun and shoot him. She was scared of what he might do.173 30

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o The rate of poison center calls for unintentional pediatric marijuana exposures in children ages 9 and under more than tripled in states that decriminalized marijuana before 2005. The call rate in transitional states (those that enacted legislation between 2005'2011) also increased over that period. States that had not passed marijuana decriminalization showed no change in call rates.174

o Children see the edible brownies or candy and want some. According to Denver Children's Hospital Emergency Room physician and toxicology expert Dr. George "Sam" Wang, they are treating one or two kids a month for accidental ingestion. Before 2009, when edibles became popular, none were treated.175

o In Westminster, Colorado's Shaw Heights Middle School, when teachers noticed a few students acting strangely during class, it was discovered that marijuana-laced candies were passed around and eaten by 15 students. Some of the students were unaware that the candy had marijuana in it. Several students were arrested and others have been expelled.176

Pets are also at risk. More dogs are being poisoned by marijuana.

o A Los Angeles Times article on dog poisonings noted that: a Colorado study on the poisoning of dogs living in the state quadrupled after voters legalized "medical" marijuana in 2000; reports from the Oregonian newspaper in April 2013 related that cases are on the rise in the Pacific Northwest; and veterinarians in Los Angeles say that they frequently see ingestion cases.177

o Eagle Rock Clinic Emergency veterinarian technician Bruce Castillo says he treats two to three stoner dogs a night. "I see a lot of cases where dogs have been walking in the park and then become lethargic, shaky and disoriented," Castillo said. Most dogs recover, but some do not.178

o Veterinarian Leia Castaneda at the San Gabriel Valley Emergency Pet Clinic in El Monte noted that there was an uptick in her clinic beginning in about 2007. Dogs pick up discarded joints, blunts or buds, gulp down marijuana brownies, or even lick resin off pipes.179

o "It's a really bad trip for dogs," veterinarian Paige Lorimer told Steamboat Today. Dogs can become very depressed, cry out, or have trouble walking. Their eyes get dilated and red. Their heart rate may slow and they can even become comatose. They may become anxious. Intoxication of animals is abnormal and uncomfortable. There is no antidote for marijuana ingestion in pets and no tests to diagnose it.180

In recent years there have been an increased number of people using the marijuana plant to make "wax" or "honey oil," a liquid form of THC that can be used with electronic cigarettes and other vaporizing devices. Making this extract is extremely dangerous as butane (a colorless, flammable gas) is often used.

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o According to the Los Angeles Times in a February 2014 article, in the past 14 months at least 17 cooks and bystanders have landed in the Southern California burn centers with catastrophic injuries, much worse than from meth lab explosions. In Northern California the UC Davis System's Burn Unit treated 27 victims last year with similar injuries. Many of these are deep flash burns that require skin grafts and reconstructive surgery.181 Similar stories have been appearing in the media from all over the U.S.

o A smoky explosion rocked a hotel near Sea World in San Diego in January 2014 that sent guests fleeing. A 22- year-old man, whose skin was hanging off him, was fighting for his life while two others were also injured. The scene was described as a war zone.182

o Inside a West Hollywood apartment windows shattered and walls bowed from a hash oil explosion. The 39-year-old man, who was charged with four felony counts, was badly injured.183 o A ceiling in Monrovia was blasted off the house and three men were burned over 80 percent of their bodies when their hash oil erupted.184 o In a San Francisco apartment building a hash oil explosion injured a woman and her 12 year old son, who needed skin grafts on his face and body.185 o In Santa Clara, California, in one week in December, four dispensaries and one marijuana grower were hit by vandals, burglars, or armed robbers. At one location four suspects robbed the victim by throwing him to the floor, holding a piece of metal to his throat, and demanding marijuana and money. At one dispensary, the owner, who is paralyzed and in a wheelchair, was closing up the shop when armed robbers knocked him over and barged in. The robbers tied him up and took marijuana and cash.186

o The Los Angeles Police Department investigated a series of robberies and shootings at marijuana dispensaries. Over a one week period in June 2010 a Northridge dispensary robbery left one employee in critical condition after being shot in the face; the shooting was the second at that business that year and the third dispensary to be targeted in three days. Two people were fatally shot in pot shop robberies in Echo Park and Hollywood, and a third person was wounded.187

o On March 4, 2010, a California man was killed after opening fire on two Pentagon Police Officers. In a story on MSNBC, the Friday before the incident, John Patrick Bedell's parents had warned local authorities that his behavior had become erratic and that he was unstable and had a gun. Bedell was diagnosed as bipolar and had been in and out of treatment programs for years. His psychiatrist, J. Michael Nelson, said "Bedell tried to self-medicate with marijuana, inadvertently making his symptoms more pronounced."188 Bedell had been given a recommendation for medical use of marijuana in 2006 for chronic insomnia. According to long-time friend Reb Monaco "he was not a person who should have been issued a medical clearance to use marijuana, but he was."189 32

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o A marijuana dealer kidnapped and murdered a 15 year-old boy after he got angry at the teen's half-brother for owing him a $2,500 drug debt.190

o Grant Everson and three friends armed with box cutters and a shot-gun slipped into Everson's parents' Chaska, Minnesota home demanding money to open a coffeehouse in the marijuana-friendly City of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Although Grant lost his nerve, his friends proceeded to shoot and kill his mother. All four were arrested. Their alibi was that they had been sleeping in the same Burnsville apartment after a night of smoking marijuana and playing video games.191

o The National Transportation Safety Board investigation of a small plane crash near Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, killing a passenger and the pilot, determined it was a result of pilot error. Pilot Jason Heard failed to fly high enough and maintain enough airspeed to avoid a stall. The report notes that Pilot Jason Heard had enough marijuana in his system to have contributed to the accident.192


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analysis of article text


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incarceration/prison mentioned? NO - the issue of prison or incarceration was NOT mentioned in this article .

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drug related
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drugwar propaganda
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propaganda theme1 propaganda theme2 propaganda theme5 propaganda theme7 propaganda theme4 Why Are Americans So Easy to Manipulate? (Bruce E Levine, 2012)
Classic Modern Drug Propaganda
Themes in Chemical Prohibition
Drug War Propaganda (kindle edition)
propaganda_theme1 : drug war propaganda theme: hated groupshated group

propaganda theme1
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"drug dealers" "drug dealer" "stoner" "dealers" "dealer"8Hated Groups (propaganda theme 1)
drugwarfacts.org/druguse.htm
drugwarfacts.org/racepris.htm
America's Racist Drug laws
narcoterror.org/
Labeling theory
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[news] [concept]

"violence" "overdose" "kidnapped" "murders" "murder" "murdered" "crime" "criminal" "dangerous" "injuries" "fatal" "fatally" "heart rate" "death" "intoxication" "poison" "poisoned" "poisonings" "poisoning" "problems" "abnormal" "perception" "accidental" "accident" "fears" "fearing"35Madness Crime Violence Illness (propaganda theme 2)
drugwarfacts.org/crime.htm
drugwarfacts.org/causes.htm
Distortion 18: Cannabis and Mental Illness
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drugwarfacts.org/adolesce.htm
Think of the children
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"Police Chief"1A Drug War Carol, page 18
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Vested Interests of Prohibition: The Police
Police Are the Prohibitionist Lobby
this is what a police state looks like
Pot Threatens Booze Profits
A Center for Statistics Abuse?
columbia.edu/cu/norml/cproject.html
Califano's CASA
Drugfree.org - Pharmaceutical Corporation Lobby
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amphetamines  
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[news] [concept]
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rxlist.com/desoxyn-drug.htm
mapinc.org/meth.htm
drugwarfacts.org/methamph.htm
Amphetamines: The Swedish experience
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drugwarfacts.org/medicalm.htm
mapinc.org/mmj.htm
mapinc.org/find?253
The Flower (video cartoon)
amphetamines : various amphetaminesamphetamines
[news] [concept]
"amphetamines" "speeding" methamphetamine2The amphetamines - Consumers Union Report
Officially Approved US Military Speed/Amphetamine Use
cannabis : cannabis (marijuana) product or usecannabis
[news] [concept]
"MARIJUANA" "marijuana-infused" "marijuana-laced" "marijuana-friendly" "pot" "pot-dealing" "THC" "smoke pot" "weed" "blunts" medical cannabis hashish53Cannabis: Religious and Spiritual Uses
Cannabis-Driving Studies
MAPInc.org Cannabis Link DB
medicalmarijuanaprocon.org
cannabisnews.com/
cannabisculture.com
Schaffer Library: Marijuana
drugwarfacts.org/marijuan.htm
mapinc.org/pot.htm
U.S. Prisons Thriving on Jim Crow Marijuana Arrests (2013)
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Hashish
Charas
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drugwarfacts.org
DEA's Drugs of Abuse booklet
drugwarfacts.org/drugtest.htm
 youth 75%
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mapinc.org/youth.htm
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 aggrandizing government

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"expert" "authorities"2What is Statism?
Conservapedia: Statism
Wikipedia: Statolatry
Bought Priesthood
Worship of the U. S. Government (2011)
Bureaucratic Thrust
Tyranny of Experts
The Threat of Authority (2012)
The Media As Enablers of Government Lies
The Statist Mindset (Jacob Hornberger, 2011)
Thinking Critically about Experts and Authority
'Scientific' evidence for FDA-approved drugs isn't so scientific, it turns out (2014)
Statism, Stalinism, and Satanism - What are the Limits?

Sentence-By-Sentence Analysis

(1) OTHER CONSEQUENCES OF MARIJUANA USE o In Massachusetts in 2009 the possession of one ounce of marijuana went from a criminal charge to a civil fine .

re: "criminal" - Prohibitionists claim use of currently illegal drugs causes crime, death, illness, lunacy, mania, melancholy, and all means of sin and degradation. (Madness Crime Violence Illness (propaganda theme 2) ) re: "MARIJUANA USE" - Prohibitionists try to hammer in the idea that 'all use is abuse.' The rhetoric of prohibition needs to deny that many people can use currently illegal drugs without abusing them. (Use is Abuse (propaganda theme 4) )

(2) Police and District Attorneys want residents to know that smoking marijuana is not a victimless crime .

re: "crime" - Prohibition propaganda rarely misses an opportunity to link crime, violence, and insanity with "drugs". The propagandist insinuates that prohibited drugs cause evil, and if it weren't for "drugs" bad things would not exist. (Madness Crime Violence Illness (propaganda theme 2) )

(4) Leone Jr. says that he fears that "decriminalization has created a booming 'cottage industry' for dope dealers to target youths no longer fearing the stigma of arrest or how getting high could affect their already dicey driving .

re: "dealers" - Drugs are linked with groups of people who are already seen as deviant or shameful. (Hated Groups (propaganda theme 1) ) re: "youths" - Drug war propaganda plays on parental fears for the well being of their kids. If drug users are not jailed, says the prohibitionist, then your children will surely suffer. (Children Corrupted (propaganda theme 5) )

(7) With more small-time dealers operating turf encroachment is inevitable .

re: "dealers" - Prohibition rhetoric often attempts to associate hated groups with targeted drugs. (Hated Groups (propaganda theme 1) )

(8) This tends to make drug dealers angry."

re: "drug dealers", "dealers" - Drug users are "those people" - they are linked with groups that everyone agrees are bad. (Hated Groups (propaganda theme 1) )

(10) The perception out there among a lot of people is it's ok to do it now, so there's an uptick in the number of people wanting to do it...Most of the drug-related violence you see now ' the shootings, murders ' is about weed."

re: "violence", "murders", "perception" - Drugs, the prohibitionist explains, are a wicked bane on modern man. If not for the noble drug war (i.e. jailing drug users), exclaims the propagandist, then people will run amok, and violence, death, psychosis, and plague shall cover the land. (Madness Crime Violence Illness (propaganda theme 2) )

(13) In the car the troopers found three small children, forty pounds of marijuana and several thousand dollars in cash.163 o A Hamilton, Montana man put his three toddlers in the back seat of his one ton Chevy pickup and then partied with a friend as he drove along the highway .

re: "children", "toddlers" - Prohibitionists are champions of "the child", "kids", "children", etc. Only continued or increased punishments of all adults caught using "drugs" will send the correct "message" to children. (Children Corrupted (propaganda theme 5) )

(16) The video showed the child smoking the pipe .

re: "child" - "The inflaming of this fear about the fate of our own children [makes] it difficult if not impossible for most Americans to take a careful and reasoned look at our drug policies."[W.White,1979] (Children Corrupted (propaganda theme 5) )

(18) Both parents said they had medical marijuana cards, but could not explain why they would give it to their child and then videotape the incident.167 o Cincinnati, Ohio police arrested a woman for allegedly giving her three children, ages seven, four, and one, marijuana .

re: "child", "children", "parents" - Being a prohibitionist means you can never shed too many crocodile tears for the "children". (As you lustily jail or kill their parents for using drugs.) (Children Corrupted (propaganda theme 5) )

(20) All three children tested positive for marijuana..168 o In Stockton, California a two-year-old girl was in critical condition after ingesting marijuana resin .

re: "children" - Prohibitionists forever claim that children are corrupted by drugs, and this is why adult users must be punished harshly. (Children Corrupted (propaganda theme 5) )

(21) Although four adults were home at the time, none were supervising the child when she found a jar lid containing resin.169 o Two toddlers in Louisiana were hospitalized after ingesting marijuana and amphetamines .

re: "child", "toddlers" - Prohibitionists play on parental fears by exaggerating the dangers to children of drugs. Adults must be jailed (reason prohibitionists), because kids might be corrupted with drugs. (Children Corrupted (propaganda theme 5) )

(22) A search warrant of the home found several unsecured bottles of prescription medication and a hand-rolled cigar containing marijuana.170 With the legalizing of marijuana for recreational use in Colorado, there has been an increase in the sale of edibles laced with marijuana .

re: "legalizing", "legalizing of marijuana", "marijuana.170 With the legalizing" - The ancient and first commandment (Mat 22:38, Mark 12:28) is, "Thou shall not legalize the herb." (Gen 1:29-30) To be seen of men (Mat 23:5), thou shalt make thy righteousness (Isa 64:6) of thine holy rulers (1Chron 21:1, Mat 4:8, Luke 4:5, 1Jn 2:18) shine forth over the wickedness of marijuana! Pharmakeia evil-doers (that is to say, marijuana users - sorcerers and witches all; Gal 5:20,Rev 21:8,22:15), shall be arrested (Luke 12:11), scourged (Mark 15:15, John 19:1), imprisoned (Mat 25:36), and enslaved (1Tim 1:10, Rev 18:13), for ever and ever (Rev 19:3). For to punish marijuana users is like unto the Righteousness of the Saints. (Rev 19:8) Amen! (Total Prohibition or Access (propaganda theme 7) )

(24) There is no guarantee of the quality of the product; no consistent dosaging; and edibles take longer to take effect than smoked marijuana, often causing people to eat too much and overdose themselves.171 o An African college exchange student on spring break plummeted to his death from a hotel balcony in Denver after eating a marijuana-infused cookie .

re: "overdose", "death" - It is prohibition, claim prohibitionists, that saves people from drug crazed, whacked out, high flying drug users. (Madness Crime Violence Illness (propaganda theme 2) )

(25) Eating more than the recommended amount at one time, he began shaking, screaming and throwing things around the hotel room before jumping to his death .

re: "death" - Drugs, scream prohibitionists, cause all bad things in life: crime, violence, insanity, etc. If not for prohibition (i.e., jailing drug users), then criminality, violence and psychotic behavior would explode upon the land, the prohibitionist assures us. (Madness Crime Violence Illness (propaganda theme 2) )

(26) Although the cause of death was injuries from the fall, marijuana intoxication was listed as a significant contributing factor by the Denver Medical Examiner's Office .

re: "injuries", "death", "intoxication" - Drugs, claim the prohibitionist, cause insanity, violence, and terrible sickness. (Madness Crime Violence Illness (propaganda theme 2) )

(30) She was scared of what he might do.173 30 ....... o The rate of poison center calls for unintentional pediatric marijuana exposures in children ages 9 and under more than tripled in states that decriminalized marijuana before 2005 .

re: "children" - Prohibitionist propaganda continually whips up parental fear, invoking lurid images of children corrupted by drugs. (Children Corrupted (propaganda theme 5) )

(32) States that had not passed marijuana decriminalization showed no change in call rates.174 o Children see the edible brownies or candy and want some .

re: "Children" - "Nothing can so excite an adult population as can anything which appears to threaten their own children." [W.White,1979] (Children Corrupted (propaganda theme 5) )

(33) According to Denver Children's Hospital Emergency Room physician and toxicology expert Dr .

re: "Children" - "Since the Harrison Act of 1914, the user and the seller of illicit drugs have both been characterized as evil, criminal, insane, and always in search of new victims, the victims are characterized as young children." [W.White,1979] (Children Corrupted (propaganda theme 5) ) re: "expert" - Whenever an incident happens, the government will come out with the "official story", right? Well, that's properly named because the reason it's called the "official story" - this is my definition - is 'cause it's generally there to protect officials - that's their "story". -- Jesse Ventura (Oct 25, 2013)

(34) George "Sam" Wang, they are treating one or two kids a month for accidental ingestion .

re: "accidental" - Prohibitionist propaganda claims that horrible dangers are caused by "drugs." (Madness Crime Violence Illness (propaganda theme 2) ) re: "kids" - "Chemicals have long been inextricably linked in prohibitionist literature with the ... corruption of young people." [W.White,1979] (Children Corrupted (propaganda theme 5) )

(44) Their heart rate may slow and they can even become comatose .

re: "heart rate" - The rhetoric of prohibition asserts that insanity, crime, and violence are caused by drugs, or are controlled by prohibition. (Madness Crime Violence Illness (propaganda theme 2) )

(46) Intoxication of animals is abnormal and uncomfortable .

re: "Intoxication", "abnormal" - drug war rhetoric transforms drugs users into scapegoats -- (Richard L Miller, Drug Warriors and their Prey) (Madness Crime Violence Illness (propaganda theme 2) )

(48) Making this extract is extremely dangerous as butane (a colorless, flammable gas) is often used. 31 ....... o According to the Los Angeles Times in a February 2014 article, in the past 14 months at least 17 cooks and bystanders have landed in the Southern California burn centers with catastrophic injuries, much worse than from meth lab explosions .

re: "dangerous", "injuries" - Prohibitionist propaganda claims that horrible dangers are caused by "drugs." (Madness Crime Violence Illness (propaganda theme 2) )

(49) In Northern California the UC Davis System's Burn Unit treated 27 victims last year with similar injuries .

re: "injuries" - The rhetoric of prohibition asserts that insanity, crime, and violence are caused by drugs, or are controlled by prohibition. (Madness Crime Violence Illness (propaganda theme 2) )

(58) Two people were fatally shot in pot shop robberies in Echo Park and Hollywood, and a third person was wounded.187 o On March 4, 2010, a California man was killed after opening fire on two Pentagon Police Officers .

re: "fatally" - drug war rhetoric transforms drugs users into scapegoats -- (Richard L Miller, Drug Warriors and their Prey) (Madness Crime Violence Illness (propaganda theme 2) )

(59) In a story on MSNBC, the Friday before the incident, John Patrick Bedell's parents had warned local authorities that his behavior had become erratic and that he was unstable and had a gun .

re: "parents" - Stealthy as a socialist, it slithers up our shores, / Turning all our children into hooligans and whores! / This smoking bowl of evil bears the choking stench of sin! / It burrows like a weevil under tender Christian skin! -- Reefer Madness! the musical (Children Corrupted (propaganda theme 5) ) re: "authorities" - There it is finally decided in each phase of a discussion which authorities and which sources of information are admissible, and which not. (Walter Lippmann, Public Opinion, 1921)


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