Colorado’s treatment centers have seen a trend toward heavier marijuana use among patients in the years after the state legalized the drug, according to a new report from the Colorado Department of Public Safety.
The 143-page report released Monday is the state’s first comprehensive attempt at measuring and tracking the consequences of legalization. […]
The report documents a sharp rise in emergency room visits related to marijuana, though it does not specify whether edible pot products are to blame.
Feel free to read the whole prompting article: Landmark cannabis report explores trends in Colorado (the Cannabist)
My comment there…
Prohibitionists counted (and may still count) an emergency room visit as pertaining to cannabis, if the patient merely mentioned occasional cannabis use outside of that emergency (i.e. cannabis had nothing to do with the emergency, but was unethically counted anyway).
Statistical (and in general, science) abuse is a much more serious concern here, because of its publicly broad scope of negative impact, so more serious of a concern then literally all illicit drug abuse combined (such abuse statistically consistently only affecting much less than 1% of our national citizenry — according to our government’s stats found credible by prohibitionists).
Fact: There’s no experimental science concluding any harm from cannabis use.
Therefore, an increase in use is meaningless in negative terms, based upon the best application of conclusive (not weakly suggestive at best) science. I’ll spare detailing the health benefits of cannabis use for brevity here, but sum it up as a powerfully positive stress management tool upon use, so an increase in use (not abuse) is a good thing.
Entertainment is needed for learning interest, so is a critical part of education.
Responsible entertainers need to help teach the public how to use cannabis properly to avoid abuse. Such use is a skill, and cannabis possibilities are (without exaggeration) oceanic in scope — e.g. very dynamic range of possible intake volumes, virtually unlimited number of strains and “saladed” combinations of them with dramatically differing psychological effects, and different intake methods.
The Information Age logically gives way to the Education/Entertainment Age, and that’s the missing ingredient in terms of helping prevent abuse.
I’m not proposing more lame public service announcements. I’m talking about all successful entertainers understanding they have a responsibility to leverage their entertainment style to reach their audience to help keep them safe (e.g. a form of “product placement” that fits the entertainer’s style, so isn’t lame). It could just be an occasional social network post showing care for the safety of the entertainer’s audience by saying to never be reckless with any psychedelic (e.g. cannabis) experience, and offering a link to well-established usage parameters.
That’s why I chose the name Respect Cannabis for our uniquely innovative campaign. Respecting cannabis is necessary for use to avoid abuse — e.g. drug abuse, but also law abuse from reason abuse.
Education on this cannabis front instead is pure chaos, so wildly unreliable.
Instead of cannabis being a skill taught in a reasonably orderly fashion, it becomes a gamble that undeniably results in too many losers — and fuels the statistical abusers against liberty.
I'm an honest freak (or reasonably responsibly balanced "misfit", if you prefer) of an artist working and resting to best carefully contribute towards helping society. Too many people abuse reasoning (e.g. 'partial truth = whole truth' scam), while I exercise reason to explore and express whole truth without any conflict-of-interest.