In Denver, Marijuana is a ‘Gateway’ to Harder Drugs

Since the 1960s progressives have been telling us that marijuana is harmless fun and that there are no serious repercussions to marijuana use.

This is flat-out false. Marijuana not only has had devastating effects on millions of Americans but it indeed is a ‘gateway’ drug that leads to harder drugs like cocaine and heroin and hallucinogens like LSD. knows all about this. Having grown up in the 1960s and 1970s I witnessed drug use and abuse for decades. And many times I saw people using marijuana and then moving on to harder drugs.

There are myriad studies that show that marijuana is dangerous in its own right. Fox News reports about the negative effects of marijuana in this disturbing column by former federal ‘drug czars’ Bill Bennett and John Walters:

Obviously, decriminalizing the sale and possession of marijuana will make the drug more available and increase use.

… First and foremost, marijuana is already associated with more abuse and dependency (now called substance abuse disorder) than all other illegal drugs combined. Roughly four out of seven problem users of illegal drugs are using marijuana. This is a dangerous blind spot exploited by many legalization advocates (although some of them are now warning about the growing risk of heavy marijuana use under legalization).

If you doubt legalization brings a rapid increase in marijuana use and addiction, consider the situation in Colorado. This is the test case; the experiment in legalization created by the Obama Administration. Colorado permitted the so-called “medical” sale of marijuana in 2009 and “recreational” sale in (2014). Some seem to believe, falsely, that marijuana use in Colorado has been accompanied by a decline in other drug use. This is emphatically not true. Last year more Coloradans died from drug overdoses than at any time in the state’s history. The cruel “Colorado experiment” has failed. Nonetheless, legalizers want to repeat it from sea to shining sea.

Second, marijuana use is not safe. Legalization advocates frequently play on the fact that many Americans have used the drug without recognizable harm as proof that most marijuana use is benign.

… As the American Academy of Pediatrics notes: “The adverse effects of marijuana have been well documented” and include “impaired short-term memory, decreased concentration, attention span, and problem solving” which “interfere[s] with learning.” Researchers have also reported: “Regular cannabis use in adolescence approximately doubles the risks of early school-leaving and of cognitive impairment and psychoses in adulthood.” And other researchers have warned that States that have legalized “medical” marijuana find an association with higher 12th grade drop-out rates and lessened college attainment.

But the most troubling research has found: “Persistent adolescent-onset cannabis users” showed “an average 8-point IQ decline from childhood to adulthood.” Marijuana use can permanently lower intelligence and worsen, perhaps cause, serious mental illness. As the Journal of the American Medical Association has reported: “There is little doubt about the existence of an association between substance use and psychotic illness…studies suggest that the association between cannabis use and later psychosis might be causal, a conclusion supported by studies showing that cannabis use is associated with an earlier age at onset of psychotic disorders, particularly schizophrenia.”

Marijuana has been promoted heavily by progressives since the 1960s. But no widely-publicized studies have been reported that show how much damage that marijuana really has done compared to the endless studies of cigarettes. Yet cigarettes do not impair the brain like marijuana does.

These marijuana studies are never reported since the Fake News media are pro-marijuana and left-wing. Many media people are also drug and alcohol abusers.

Marijuana kills. was acquainted for decades with a gentleman who became successful despite a lifelong marijuana addiction. He thought that he ‘had it all’ but then he fell off of his boat into shallow water when he was “high” and broke his neck and died instantly.

This gentleman mocked for opposing marijuana. So who is laughing now?

It gets worse. Colorado was one of the first states to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012. And lo and behold the state capital of Denver now is moving to decriminalize a mind-altering drug called ‘magic mushrooms’. The Denver Post reported:

Denver is poised to become the first city in the nation to effectively decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms.

… Denver’s vote has attracted national attention. While efforts are afoot to get psilocybin-related measures on the ballot in Oregon and California in 2020, Denver hosted the first-ever U.S. popular vote on the matter, according to organizers. An earlier effort in California last year failed to qualify for the ballot.

Though Initiative 301 attracted no organized opposition, critics of Colorado’s legalization of marijuana lamented the prospect of Denver blazing yet another trail they see as misguided and potentially harmful.

The measure essentially tells police to look the other way on adult psilocybin use.

Jeff Hunt, director of the Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University … said “We’ll continue to fight the growing drug culture. Denver’s becoming the illicit drug capital of the world. The larger issue here is not good for our city.”

Hunt is correct, and yes Denver is becoming known as a drug capital. This is shocking for a state that was relatively conservative just a few decades ago. This coincides with Colorado becoming increasingly liberal as more people move in from the East Coast and from California. calls Colorado “the new California”.

Notice that Oregon and California are considering decriminalizing or possibly legalizing psilocybin, which is another psychedelic hallucinogen. Psilocybin is a very bad drug. This is part of a trend following on the heels of marijuana legalization in six liberal states.

And the more that drugs are de-criminalized and then legalized then the more that drugs will be accepted and abused, including by younger and younger people. Thus when marijuana becomes legal young people say that they are going to use it when they get older so they start using it at younger ages. This is having a negative effect on their mental development.

Today’s marijuana is extremely potent. One single puff makes users very “high”. Now the druggies are moving to de-criminalize and legalize more powerful drugs even including LSD, which is a destructive substance that alters the brain radically. Untold numbers of people have “lost their minds” on LSD including an acquaintance of from decades ago.

But then again, this is what liberals want. Why? Two reasons:

*liberals are by nature unhappy, angry, confused and insecure people and thus they are always looking for an artificial stimulant to make their lives more bearable and meaningful like drugs, sex, money, pornography, political power over others, etc.

*liberals want as many people “high” as possible so that these people accept everything that liberals say without question, i.e., the world is ending in ‘global warming’, illegal aliens are all wonderful people, the Welfare State is a good thing, everyone should get ‘free’ college, etc. reports about the increasing acceptance of hard drugs in another Democrat stronghold:

Despite threats of a lawsuit from the new U.S. attorney for Western Washington, at least two members of the Seattle City Council say the city should not abandon its pursuit of a so-called safe consumption site, where people can use illegal drugs under observation.

“We need to meaningfully work toward opening these sites,” Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda said Thursday.

Councilmember Lorena González echoed her colleague. “The reality is we often times at the city of Seattle push on innovative, progressive, cutting-edge policies, and I don’t think this one is an exception,” she said.

U.S. Attorney Brian Moran — who was nominated last year by President Donald Trump and sworn into office in January — told KUOW on Wednesday that his Seattle-bassed office would not support the city opening a safe consumption site. He drew a parallel to Philadelphia, where the Department of Justice recently sued to stop a nonprofit organization from opening a site.

…In the United States, establishing a space for people to use illicit substances, such as heroin, methamphetamine, crack cocaine or even alcohol is the most controversial response to a rising number of drug overdose deaths across the country. In Seattle, those deaths are driven in large part by opioid and methamphetamine use. Last year, there were 398 such deaths in King County.

Although there are more than 100 consumption sites in Europe and Canada, none has been opened in the United States. In 2016, executives from Seattle and King County were the first representatives of a major U.S. metropolitan area to formally recommend opening safe consumption sites. Seattle so far has budgeted $1.5 million to open a site. A specific location hasn’t been proposed.

This comes as report after report shows increasing mayhem, homelessness and drug abuse in Seattle. The same is happening in San Francisco which has the largest number of billionaires per-capita in the whole world. Meanwhile SF also has some of the most filthy streets in America and huge numbers of drug abusers and bums living on those streets.

This, friends, is socialism writ large where the ultra-rich live in luxury while the people suffer, as in Venezuela.

We all have seen illicit drug use being increasingly accepted across Europe and the US. Fox News reported recently about the German capital:

Drug dealers in Berlin now have a pretty pink spray-painted area of a public park to buy and sell their narcotics.

Cengiz Demirci – manager of the popular Goerlitzer Partk in the city’s trendy Kreuzberg district – believes the designated drug zones will encourage families and joggers who had been intimated by shady gangs and dangerous dealings to come back to the park.

Police have tried – and failed – for years to push drug dealers out of the park. They’ve even implemented a zero tolerance policy but nothing seems to work.

“This method has purely practical reasoning behind it,” Demirci told radio station BBB. “It’s not that we’re legalizing the selling of drugs.”

Demirci hopes that by cordoning off a section of the park for dealers, they won’t loiter around the park’s entrance and turn people away.

This is all the result of more and more permissive Euro socialism. Yet if you want to reduce drug dealing you should stop tolerating it and start issuing long and harsh jail sentences to dealers. Period. Crime thrives under laxity and shrinks under harsh treatment. Here is more from Fox News about Berlin:

(Demirci) added that many of the drug dealers are migrants who cannot work and believes the problem might be solved if Germany gave then work permits instead.

Yeah, right… Many of these migrants will never work because they are lazy and they know that they can rip off the German welfare state and peddle drugs on the side.

So how about keeping the migrants out of Germany in the first place? That would stop their drug dealing 100%. Guaranteed.

Meanwhile here is a shocking column from Ann Coulter about marijuana:

Contrary to the image of potheads as peaceful stoners, “cannabis-dependent psychotic patients were four times as likely to be violent,” Alex Berenson writes in his magnificent new book, Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness and Violence. “No other factor was nearly as important. Alcohol use, which was common among the patients, made no difference.”

So where are all the marijuana-induced murders?

As Berenson says, they’re hiding in plain sight. But until you’re told about the cannabis-psychosis link, you don’t even notice. Crime reporters don’t want to look uncool by asking about the perp’s marijuana use, and, inasmuch as being high isn’t a legal defense, neither prosecutors nor defense lawyers have an incentive to request that suspects be tested for pot.

At the end of his book, Berenson runs through a slew of depraved murders, inexplicably gruesome — until you find out the perpetrators were high on marijuana. None of these were reported as cannabis-induced homicides.

In 2016, 35-year-old comic book artist and screenwriter Blake Leibel scalped his girlfriend, stripping her skull to the bone, drained her body of blood, then hid out in their West Hollywood condo with her desiccated corpse for more than a week. Only after the girlfriend’s mother tricked the police into knocking down the door did they discover the grisly scene.

The girlfriend had complained to her mother that Blake smoked “huge” amounts of marijuana.

In 2017, Dean Lowe, a 32-year-old cannabis dealer in Cornwall, England, beat his girlfriend to death, chopped her body into tiny pieces and made a necklace of her teeth. Like Leibel, Lowe lived with her remains in their apartment for eight days, disposing of her body parts, bit by bit, by flushing them down the toilet and leaving the rest for the garbage collector.

The murder was discovered months later, after Lowe texted a cousin, saying, “Either I’m getting set up or I’ve murdered (my girlfriend). I had a blackout, hazy memory and woke up with a body on the floor. I am scared so I just got rid.”

Lowe had long boasted that he was “the biggest stoner in the world.”

In December 2017, William T. Jones Jr. walked up to a complete stranger, 21-year-old Jared Plesec, a Salvation Army volunteer in Cleveland, and shot him in the head. Jones then hysterically raged for a solid four minutes — captured on Facebook Live by a passerby — screaming “F*ck Trump!” and “They’re going to kill us all!”

Over the next hour, he rampaged through Cleveland, shooting at people and committing several carjackings before finally being captured by the police.

Jones had never been diagnosed with any mental illness. Blood samples taken after his arrest showed the presence of only one drug: marijuana.

After reading Berenson’s book, you’ll suddenly start noticing pot-induced murders all over.

Just last week in Ventura County, California, a preliminary hearing was held in the case of Bryn Spejcher, an employed, well-educated 28-year-old with no criminal record or history of mental illness. She stands accused of stabbing her boyfriend to death — after smoking pot for the first time.

On May 28, 2018, police arrived at Chad O’Melia’s apartment around 1 a.m. to find Bryn kneeling over his lifeless body. As soon as Bryn saw the deputies, she took the 8-inch serrated knife she was holding and stabbed herself in the neck.

The coroner testified that Chad had been stabbed 108 times, from his head to his knees, cutting his trachea, jugular vein and carotid artery and perforating his heart twice. Bryn’s Siberian husky had also been stabbed.

Bryn told police she’d never smoked pot before and wanted to try it, but when she felt nothing, Chad said he’d give her something more “intense.” After one puff from the bong, she said she felt like she was dying, ran to the bathroom, then back to Chad and began frantically stabbing him because voices were telling her to keep fighting to stay alive.

A forensic scientist from the crime lab confirmed that no drug other than THC was present in Bryn’s blood and no drug other than THC was found in the bong.

The Los Angeles Times has yet to mention this case.

Last Sunday’s New York Times magazine featured a story by Wil Hylton about how his cousin tried to murder him for absolutely no reason a few years ago. Hylton blamed toxic masculinity: “the conventions of male identity were toxic … Masculinity is a religion.”

There was a rather more obvious explanation screaming out from his story:

— Hylton’s repeated mentions of his cousin’s pot smoking, e.g.: “He always wanted to smoke a bowl”;
— The cousin was apparently thrown out of the military for selling hashish; and
— The reason his cousin beat Hylton to a bloody pulp in the middle of a child’s birthday party was that … he was hearing voices no one else could hear.

Times readers filled the “Comments” page with indignation at toxic masculinity, but one, a Toronto psychiatrist, wrote: “The article doesn’t mention that his cousin’s regular marijuana use could be one possible cause of his paranoid hallucinations.”

Finally, you may have seen the story about a quintuple-homicide near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, earlier this year. Around 8 a.m. on a Saturday in January, 21-year-old Dakota Theriot is accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend, his girlfriend’s father and brother, then driving to his parents’ house, where he killed them, too. (His father lived long enough to identify his son as the killer.)

Perhaps Theriot is just a run-of-the-mill schizophrenic. But I happened to notice that his only prior arrests were for: possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

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