Check out each of the “Fox News” guests cutting out the “news” anchor’s entrails and feeding it to them on a silver platter. Bet they didn’t feel good afterwards!
(Photo: Fernando Belaunzaran/Facebook)
Mexican Congressman Fernando Belaunzarán, in his formal suit and proper tie, doesn’t strike people as the kind of person who supports marijuana legalization. The truth is, he doesn’t just support it, he’s a hardcore champion of it.
On Thursday Belaunzaran will present Mexico’s Congress with a bill that would legalize the sale of marijuana - for recreational and health purposes - through distributors that obtain government permits. The proposal would also allow each Mexican citizen to grow up to five plants for personal consumption.
“The context has never been as favorable to rethink our drug strategy,” Balaunzaran told ABC/Univision. “We really should bet on a responsible use of private liberty instead of going on with repression.”
I almost closed the article with a big sigh of ‘fat chance’, but the last paragraph caught my eye:
Congressman Belaunzarán is well aware that his bill might not make it through parliamentary debate. However, he still thinks the problem should be put to discussion again and again in Mexico and in Latin America. “Mexico must be part of this change of paradigm, with serious arguments, based on science” he said.
Emphasis added, because I believe that policy should be based on science all the time. Being anti-abortion ignores the science of conception and contraception, for instance. Climate change is the most obvious example of science being needed in policy decisions.
We have a newly elected US Congressman who also believes marijuana should be legalized, Beto O’Rourke of El Paso Texas. He beat an incumbent Democrat in the primary, and handily beat the Republican in the general. He co-wrote a short and excellent book that advocates for legalization: Dealing Death and Drugs: The Big Business of Dope in the U.S. and Mexico.
I wish both men all the best.
Does Approving the Use of Medical Marijuana Cause Teens to See the Drug as Safe for Recreational Use?
When Sion Kim Harris, a Harvard Medical School substance abuse researcher, visits high school classes to talk about marijuana and other drugs, she does not hang up a “Just Say No” banner or talk about how a drug charge can stain a student’s criminal record.
Harris instead talks about cannabinoid receptors and brain development, about how regular marijuana use may affect performance on a test now, or 10 years from now. As states loosen their laws around limited marijuana use, raising concerns that it could cause an increase in use by teenagers, recent studies have found that marijuana dependency among teens can change their brains for the long term.
Voters in November will consider a ballot question that would make Massachusetts the 18th state to allow medical use of marijuana. Advocates of such laws say marijuana offers patients with chronic conditions like cancer and Crohn’s disease relief from pain and nausea, and research has begun to show such benefits. But experts in drug policy and public health say they worry the change could shift teens’ perspective, making them see the drug as curative and safe for recreational use.
“I think we’re going to be sacrificing the mental health of our young people if we pass this law,” said Dr. John Knight, director of the Boston Children’s Hospital Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research, where Harris also works.
Recent studies have found that marijuana use may cause or worsen mental health problems in long-term and regular users. Two 2010 reviews of the medical literature related to schizophrenia and psychosis said the research suggests marijuana may bring on the disorders or worsen symptoms, particularly in young people already genetically predisposed to the conditions. Both reviews noted gaps in the science and said more study is needed.