The latest marijuana news indicates that marijuana prohibitionists are once again trying to ban marijuana edibles. My surmise is that many of our elected officials have no idea of the concept of “prioritizing”. Otherwise they would focus their efforts and “concern” for the publics health by first focusing on dangerous, toxic drugs such as concentrated forms of alcohol & highly addictive and deadly opiate painkillers.
Whiskey, bourbon, everclear and even beer and wine with high levels of alcohol pose a much larger threat to the health of the general population than marijuana brownies; and the thousands of yearly deaths attributed to alcohol overdoses only seem to confirm this fact.
According to which source you believe the toxic level for marijuana consumption is anywhere from 30 lbs (14 kilos) to 1800 lbs (816 kilos) for a 150 lb (68 kilos) man. The THC content for commercially available marijuana averages 5-15%. And the THC content for Hash Oil (the most common form of marijuana concentrate) can be 40-90%.
On the other hand the lethal dosage of hillbilly heroin (aka oxycontin) for a 25 lb child could be as little as 1 tiny little pill the size of a saccharin tab. Naturally the LD50 number of this deadly chemical relating to humans is non existent and the numbers given for rodents is ridiculously high. And anyone whos ever used this for the first time knows better. A single 30 mg tablet could easily kill a small child. While an 80mg tablet could kill a full grown adult. See ABC News story “One Pill Can Kill A Toddler” for more details.
Prescription painkiller abuse and overdoses have become epidemic and literally thousands of people overdose every year on prescription painkillers. There was an article sponsored on ABC News website last year appropriately titled “One Pill Can Kill A Toddler” and none of those pills were marijuana.
Recent reports indicate that opiate overdoses in Colorado have decreased substantially since marijuana was re-legalized there. The reports further state that as more time passes, the number of opiate related overdoses is expected to decrease even further. So what we see occurring in Colorado is exactly what the anti prohibitionists predicted years ago. The reasoning is that as easy as marijuana is to obtain (and always has been), much more powerful and deadly prescription opiates are even easier to acquire, and they.re completely legal and in that was much less risky to use. But now that people have access to much safer alternatives to relieve stress and pain, and without the risk of being subjected to violent home invasions, more folks are steering clear of deadly big pharma concoctions and are moving towards safer alternative’s. The end result of course is a healthier population and lot less people dying.
Substances such as big pharmas “hillbilly heroin”, aka Oxycontin are some of the most addictive and dangerous drugs on the planet. Even the withdrawal complications can lead to death. These same painkillers come conveniently packaged as tiny tablets that are small enough for a child to pick up and swallow with little effort. If the tablets weren’t so small and included more filler then they wouldn’t be as easily abused by drug addicts since it would make injecting or snorting them more difficult.
So considering that alcohol and prescription opiates combined are the cause of literally tens of thousands of annual overdoses, it makes you wonder why big pharma and our concerned health officials haven’t taken the initiative to limit access to these types of highly toxic substances.
Maybe the publics health isn’t the main concern after all? Maybe it has something to with protecting the pill barons and big brewers obscene profit margins. Otherwise why focus so much efforts on a substance that hasn’t killed anyone while completely ignoring others that kill tens of thousands annually?.