The Virginia Legislature is considering two bills to legalize marijuana possession (SB 1406) and marijuana cultivation (SB 1243/ HB 1815).
Data and the experiences of other states clearly show that legalizing marijuana leads to more addiction, mental illness, suicide, and traffic deaths – dangerously harming many children, breaking up families, and even ending lives.
The Weston A. Price Foundation encourages the use of natural, non-toxic remedies and whole foods. Marijuana and CBD are unwisely promoted by the addiction-for-profit industry as both medicine and recreation. There are no warnings about potential side effects or dangers to pregnant mothers and their child.
Current science is showing that cannabis can trigger mood disorders, psychosis, and schizophrenia. It also impairs cognitive function and can cause space and time disorientation. According to drug treatment experts, for the 10% of users who become addicted, it is one of the toughest addictions to beat.
Please tell your State Senator and Assembly Member that you do not want marijuana legalized in the Commonwealth.
You can find your Virginia state legislators at this link.
https://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/ Be sure to contact your State Senator and Assembly Member, not your federal legislators.
Calls have the most impact, followed by personalized emails. Your message can be short, just a few sentences long. Here is a sample script for you to personalize:
“Hi, my name is ____ and I live in _______ [town]. I am calling to urge my Senator (or Assembly Member) to oppose SB 1243/HB 1815 and SB 1406, which legalize marijuana possession and cultivation.
[Add a sentence or two abut why you oppose these bills. You can use the talking points below for ideas. If you have a personal story, be sure to share it!]
- Pot impairs parenting and caregiving: Parents Opposed to Pot has tracked baby, toddler, and child deaths since Colorado legalized in 2012. At least 250 child abuse and neglect deaths have occurred at the hands of a marijuana-impaired adult around the U.S.
- Marijuana is a toxic “medicine”: Some people using marijuana as medicine have suffered from cannabis use disorder, cannabis hyperemesis (uncontrolled vomiting), anxiety, and depression (even committing suicide).
- Emergency room visits will increase: accidental marijuana poisonings, hash oil explosions, cannabis hyperemesis, and victims of violent drug crimes will increase the workload of our already burdened hospitals.
- Marijuana industry targets youth and minorities: The social justice argument for marijuana legalization is not holding up to scrutiny. In states like Colorado, which have legalized marijuana, more pot shops are located in low-income communities, and more minorities are being arrested for drug related crimes. Parents are reporting that schools are now flooded with marijuana products, even though they are illegal for school age children.
- The Marijuana industry is creating food, candy, alcohol and sodas laced with THC concentrates. Because there is a delayed psychoactive reaction when ingesting MJ edibles, there are many cases of overdose and injuries. Adults and children have been poisoned from accidental consumption of these products. Teens are very attracted to candy and sodas so they promote youth use.
TAKE ACTION #2:
If you have a personal story about the results of using marijuana, and wish to share it, contact Parents Opposed to Pot at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read SB 1243: https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?211+sum+SB1243
Read HB 1815: https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?211+sum+HB1815
Read SB 1406: https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?211+sum+SB1406🖨️ Print post
This is absolutely not true. I use marijuana every day and have for about 20 years. I have 2 amazingly brilliant children (not that I care about standardized tests, but they both are testing at the 95th percentile). I attribute their brilliance to us following WAPF principles. Being an herbalist, marijuana falls nicely into my holistic self care practices, keeps my mind focused and actually makes me a more attentive parent. On days that I do not use marijuana, I have no urge or cravings and no side effects from abstaining.
That being said, I only use organic flower – nothing processed for me.
Valerie Schnibbe Smith says
It’s always very interesting to see who is not affected by marijuana. Unfortunately, there are still those who are, unfortunately, affected. You just don’t know. I’ve watched a friend of mine smoke with no problem but her sons developed schizophrenia and opioid addiction. But she’s fine! The studies, which are numerous, but have been buried, have shown rates as high as 25% developing a mental illness. Read Alex Bereson’s Tell Your Children. The intro itself is convincing enough!
Don’t do this – stop letting the government ban what you consume. Don’t want them banning raw dairy, don’t want them banning pesticide-free hemp, don’t want them banning farmer’s markets
Why do some feel so inclined to control the lives of others through the force of the state?
Advocate through education, not force.
Eileen Murphy says
I Support this Bill ! And Raw Milk. Health Freedom assumes responsibility. If you don’t want hemp, don’t have it. Don’t assume the gov can control your kids. Your quoted research is cherry picked. CBD gets addicts off Rx opioids. Def no suicides. Focus on Raw milk Education and legislation not moral judgement.
“If you don’t want hemp, don’t have it.”
We have no choice if you’re spreading your concentrated smoked/vaped dope chemicals everywhere around you; particularly in enclosed environments and multi-family housing units.
We also have no choice if you run us off the road and kill us while impaired with this long half-life fat soluble neurotoxin in your brain tissues.
Take your liberal/libertarian trash elsewhere…
I’m disappointed to see the foundation advocating the use of government force to prevent individuals from engaging in activities by their own free will. From a foundation who I thought advocated only education and voluntaryism, and not the heavy handed and unconstitutional force of the state, this is somewhat of a blow to my confidence in the foundation.
I have been very impressed with their response to the events of the last year, and them always being a staunch advocate for medical freedom and not caving to the tyrannical pressures of big pharma and government. So for them to officially stand opposed to another type of freedom of choice that would affect an individual’s health seems hypocritical at best to me. Also, for an organization that supports the legalization of unpasteurized milk because it’s an individual’s choice to make, this also stinks of hypocrisy to me. It may seem silly to compare marijuana to unpasteurized milk, but to the authoritarians out there in government who are arresting innocent farmers for selling to a neighbor, it really isn’t all that different to them.
In this day and age, we seem to have forgotten the difference between supporting and advocating an idea, not taking a stance (live and let live), and outright opposing it. There can be middle ground. The foundation is capable of not taking a stance on the issue, and letting individual’s continue to live their lives as they see fit, while still advocating the dietary and wellness principles that we all so firmly believe in.
While I have witnessed the destructive tendencies that marijuana can lead to in a few select individuals, this has not been my personal experience in most cases. While I don’t recommend frequent use or even use at all myself, I still believe this is for each adult individual to decide. Let’s give liberty a try again?
I think NJ nailed it with his comment “I’m disappointed to see the foundation advocating the use of government force to prevent individuals from engaging in activities by their own free will. From a foundation who I thought advocated only education and voluntaryism, and not the heavy handed and unconstitutional force of the state, this is somewhat of a blow to my confidence in the foundation.”
This article is the opposite of WAPF principles as it’s advocating for a government agency to ban a god given plant. I can hardly believe what I am reading, this is disheartening, The food principles remain some of the best but this author is out of touch with their audience.
Everything in this article is literal propaganda, as well as being irrelevant in every possible way to whether or not cannabis “should be legal”. When I buy “plum juice” from the grocery store, it should contain plums, and absolutely zero else. Zero glyphosate, zero dioxin, zero grape juice concentrate, zero aspartame, because none of these things are components of plum juice, which any company who adds them has falsely claimed that they are selling. There are zero people who claim to be growing and using organic cannabis who are not growing and using organic cannabis (unless they are directly lying about the organic-ness or have not tested the soil to ensure that the soil is not contaminated). Therefore, everything in the above article is obviously extremely irrelevant to whether or not it “should be legal” to eat or use a plant that grows in the ground.
Additionally, literally everything in the above “article” is literally propaganda. Teenagers are in fact NOT toddlers. People who have died “because of an explosion” that is caused by the use of FIRE has NOTHING to do with whether or not cannabis is healthy, poisonous, or otherwise. Whether or not some people use cannabis every day obviously has nothing to do with whether or not cannabis is medicinal. Whether or not a tiny amount of neglectful parents also happen to be cannabis smokers has, yet again, and extremely obviously, NOTHING to do with whether or not cannabis is medicinal and/or safe and/or good. Most egregiously, ABSOLUTELY FUCKING ASTOUNDINGLY, what in the FLYING FUCK does LABRATORY-MADE, HEXANE-TAINTED, ISOLATED SUBSTANCES ADDED TO A LARGE CHEMICAL CONCOCTION OF OTHER TOXIC SUBSTANCES SUCH AS “THC SODA” have to do in ANY REMOTE WAY with whether or not cannabis is safe and/or medicinal, considering that those products are LITERALLY NOT EVEN CANNABIS?????
I’m very surprised and sad to see an article like this on this website. It’s not only rife with false information, strawman/false equivalency/slippery slope arguments, as well as citing freak accidents as evidence (hash oil explosions? Really?) It actively promotes engaging in the same legislation based on twisted, fear-mongering misinformation the foundation has fought so hard to overturn. As someone who has been following and recommending this diet and lifestyle to loved ones, I am deeply disappointed. A well-researched article detailing the dangers associated with cannabis use and unregulated CBD products is one thing(and honestly, what I HAD come to expect of this website). But this is blatant hypocrisy. I hope whoever wrote this takes a good, long look at themselves and their biases, and how it’s affecting the cause they support. Men who fight monsters often become them, and I believe that’s exactly what we’re seeing here.
I am a big supporter of the Weston A. Price foundation. I am also a medical cannabis user and business owner. Cannabis saved my life and got me off of over a dozen prescription drugs. This article is full of falsehoods and that makes me sad and question where else there might be things that aren’t true on the website.