Cannabis advocates have been gung-ho for a century or more over the potential financial boon that could line the coffers of both government and private businesses if marijuana is legal. They’ve been getting their wish as several states in the U.S. and several nations have legalized it after they successfully campaigned on highlighting the failures of the “War on Drugs.” Of course, they omit the part of the War on Drugs where agents of the Deep State worked with cartels and other criminals to make money on the black market from drugs while simultaneously giving the appearance they were fighting the drug trade. This weakened anti-drug efforts a little. Nevertheless, pot legalization has presented some drawbacks that cannabis backers were warned about, yet chose to ignore in their love for financial gain. One such drawback is the negative effect on minors.
Colorado and New Mexico are two states who have recently witnessed the subsequent negative effects on kids that their culture of legalization has brought. Last week, the Colorado House of Representatives by a sweeping majority (56-8) passed a new bill to place new restrictions on the wide-open sale of marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes. After years of legalization, they found that to their surprise there were still people who were selling or distributing the drug in illegal ways. They were seeing a sharp rise in mental illness or poisonings tied to minors using marijuana. Many of the poisonings were happening because of irresponsible adults who left cannabis edibles laying around for kids to get their hands on. More teens were beginning to commit suicide after abusing the drug, assuming that marijuana was harmless since adults around them were okay with it. I guess the lawmakers thought everyone would be good citizens by being honest, responsible, and obedient to the laws and regulations. As if cannabis users always use their best judgment, are trustworthy and reliable. The Colorado bill is now under consideration by their state Senate.
In New Mexico, the numbers of marijuana poisonings have more than doubled from 2017 to 2020 as the state began to phase out marijuana criminalization to embrace marijuana legalization. It was finally legalized earlier this year. The dramatic increase in poisonings is much like Colorado’s in that marijuana use is so widespread, kids are easily getting their hands on it. Especially little kids who aren’t aware that the gummies, brownies, or cookies that adults in their environment left laying around aren’t the kind kids would usually eat. The New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center has recently seen a handful of young kids under age 5 who had to be put on ventilators in the hospital because of accidental cannabis consumption. Many other poisonings happened when adults on prescription meds found out the hard way that pot negatively interacts with their meds.
Such is life in a fallen world where societies who advance, thanks to God’s blessings, then turn around and repay him by turning their backs on him and his word. Search Barnes and Noble or Amazon’s websites and you will find a host of books encouraging pot use instead of warning of its dangers. Author Alex Berenson in his 2020 book, Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence, is about the only voice out there sounding the alarm. Indifference toward or promotion of weed use conveniently dismisses the fact that widespread drug abuse (called witchcraft in the Bible) has never helped any civilization, but instead makes them go backward. It plays right into the hands of the devil himself since all civilizations that accepted it eventually became overrun with the occult. It contributed to their ruin.
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft [pharmakeia], hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5
Joy Wang, Marijuana poisoning on the rise in New Mexico, KOB 4 News, May 28, 2021.
Hilal Bahcetepe, Proposed Marijuana Restrictions Pass House, Move to Colorado Senate, Westword, May 28, 2021.