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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

POTUS on Pot

Today I shall be brief as I have my wits about me! When I see the President of the United States of America stating:

“As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.”

My parental head explodes! Firstly, allow me to establish that this posting is not an invitation to debate the legalization of pot rendered to every leftist Liberal and or Libertarian plying their trade across the Internet. I am not interested in your opinion on the subject in the least—I have heard the arguments!

This is I, as a parent, expressing my contempt for a President who would disembowel all the efforts made to keep our children away from drug experimentation. I do not want my children smoking pot!

When you say: I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol. You are half right, you in fact don’t think! As for the actual science regarding marijuana use, your website as recently as the 27th of this month featured an article submitted by the US government’s Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) in support of the National Association of School Nurses' Position on the Legalization of Marijuana which states without equivocation:

Given research indications that marijuana is harmful to the developing brain, [1] we are especially concerned about the repercussions of use on the health, safety, and education of adolescents. On January 27, 2014, based on overwhelming scientific evidence, the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) Board of Directors adopted an official position statement [2] outlining the negative impact of marijuana legalization on the health of students. ONDCP supports NASN in bringing attention to this issue.

1.  Meier MH, Caspi A, Ambler A, Harrington H, Houts R, Keefe RS, McDonald K, Ward A, Poulton R, Moffitt TE.  Persistent cannabis users show neuropsychological decline from childhood to midlife. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012, Aug 27.

2. It is the opinion of the NASN that marijuana is properly categorized by the DEA under Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substance Act. NASN recognizes the overwhelming evidence that “any change in the legal status of marijuana, even if limited to adults, could affect the prevalence of use among adolescents.”

This article has now been wrongheadedly removed because the White House is now more concerned with backing the ill-informed statements of the President than its charge to render sound, useful information on the truth about substance abuse to the American public.

The NASN’s position is bolstered when you consider the Democrat Governor of Vermont’s State of the State Address was almost entirely focused on the increase in opiate use in his state. This is the same Governor who signed the law last June decriminalizing pot use in Vermont. Lets just ignore the whole gateway drug argument though right? Even though the good Governor stated:

• In 2013, there were twice as many federal indictments against heroin dealers than in the prior two years, and over five times as many as had been obtained in 2010.

• Last year, we had nearly double the number of deaths in Vermont from heroin overdose as the prior year.

So when you, the so-called “Coolest President Ever” says regarding legalization in Colorado and elsewhere: “it’s important for it to go forward because it’s important for society not to have a situation in which a large portion of people have at one time or another broken the law and only a select few get punished."

And that pot is no more dangerous than alcohol, what kids hear is the President saying pot is no big deal effectively throwing parental warnings against a harmful substance given in concern for their children under the bus.

As for the POTUS on pot, well I for one will thank you to think before making statements unsupported by actual facts on an issue as important as drug use Mr. Obama. Educate yourself so you can serve the people and not your ideology—Until then, please keep your benighted, adolescent choom addled opinions to yourself President Toke!

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Isaiah 5:20,21

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