Dont have the link, but I recall a report from a couple of years ago where 2 guys had cardiac events and the conclusion was the MJ was a contributing factor.
I remember a while back reading a story about a college football player who had tried cocaine for the first time and died from a heart attack. Now I'm not advocating for people to use coke, but about a year later I read a follow up story after the autopsy came back showing that he had an undiagnosed congenital heart defect.
When there are underlying undiagnosed abnormalities, especially with the heart, red bull will give a person a cardiac event. Had a friend who had a mild heart attack after drinking a large red bull for the first time. They discovered that he had a previously unknown issue with his heart.
But finding stories about marijuana causing deaths or significant health events due to use is far more difficult than finding people addicted to opioids, had alcohol poisoning, etc.
Just doing an apples to apples comparison of marijuana and alcohol.....what would one expect to find when looking at the negative issues surrounding the use of both? I'll go ahead and state the obvious, but one will find lives ruined due to alcohol abuse, alcohol poisonings, traffic fatalities including unintended victims, and women being raped while passed out drunk. I still can't believe that the reefer madness propaganda campaign close to 100 years later is still effective. It's legal in Colorado and has been for just over one year now. I've still yet to read any stories of "blood in the streets" aside from what you'd expect when something that was illegal for a long time suddenly is legalized. It would be like DC when their handgun ban was lifted and seeing a slight uptick in accidental discharges.
Portugal has legalized all drugs. While comparing other countries to ours isn't something that I like doing because of different family values, customs, etc....but if one were to look at the data, and how they've made it work, one would find that it's something that can be adapted to our country. All that money that we spend incarcerating users, small time dealers, etc. could go towards treatment programs, education on drugs, and focusing efforts on the big fish or importers of bulk drugs. Portugal saw a significant drop in new users, and more effective treatment has seen users who were addicts, slowly start becoming clean. Our method of incarcerating people who are only harming themselves because they want to do drugs causes far more harm to the individual than treating them, and is far more costly.
Here is what I believe would happen if we completely ended the war on drugs and everything was legalized and we followed the Portugal framework, which means that drugs aren't MORE readily available, they just focus on the importers versus the street level dealers instead. I believe that initially we'd see some negative effects in the first few years, but that would plateau and we'd see use across the board plummet. We have to pick and choose what we're spending money on, and continuing our war on drugs is just wasting money at this point and gives the government more power over us as individuals to make our own decisions. The cost of treatment would be far less than our current "war".
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