I am wondering if I truly am old fashioned, behind the times, and/or a product of a law-enforcement family? I am still surprised when I learn of open and liberal use of marijuana by young adults and their parents…even though it is still illegal here in Connecticut.
In an early version of this blog I listed a few examples I learned of folks who were allegedly indulging in marijuana with their young adult children and/or knew their kids were using and OK with it. (Think stocking stuffer, think baked in Yuletide treats.) Although I didn’t use names, I fear I have created some hardships, so I have edited here. I apologize.
The point remains that prolific use of pot has infiltrated even the holidays. It does seem so main stream, nowadays. So why am I still so hesitant to embrace it?
I guess there are a few things I still grapple with.
First, it’s still illegal. I am the wife of a police officer who stands by her man who took an oath 26 years ago to uphold the current law.
Second, I still believe, for some, it is a gateway drug leading to hard, life ruining addictions. I’ve experienced first hand what it does to family. For what it was worth, I’ve served as a co-chair of a youth and family community Prevention Council Board. I’ve been a proponent of the D.A.R.E. program and have fought to keep kids off of drugs.
Finally, I’m clinging to one last concern–for the health of those I know and care about inhaling and ingesting crappy chemicals of unregulated marijuana that may cause them serious bodily harm. The article here, “3 Dangerous Chemicals Marijuana Actually Contains” underscores my concerns, whether marijuana is for recreational or medical use.
“3 Dangerous Chemicals Marijuana Actually Contains” “…Heather Miller Coyle is a botanist and associate professor at the University of New Haven in Connecticut. For half a decade, Miller Coyle’s research has been funded by grants from the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area’s program. Her team has developed a bar-coding system to identity the genetic foundation of various forms of marijuana. This system detects contaminants that may be found in the drug. It turns out that marijuana might have byproducts such as fungi, mildew, and bacterial contaminants (like e-coli and salmonella). In the production of marijuana, various other things can be found in the drug, like insects, pesticides, and mold. Coyle’s team discovered that many of the items can be seen with a naked eye if one would just observe. With this new information, Coyle turned to public health. Her request was simple: for those states who choose to allow use of marijuana, control and test the products to ensure their safety. In an interview with ABCnews.com, Coyle spoke about how marijuana compares with other drugs administered for medicinal purposes.
“Every other medicine out there is controlled and monitored for quality and not administered in a smokable format,” said Heather Miller Coyle is a botanist and associate professor at the University of New Haven in Connecticut. “There’s a lot of concern about the way these forms of medical marijuana are grown. A lot of the time, they are grown in a noncertified fashion…”
I still have a lot of concerns, but am at the point where I think marijuana probably needs to be made legal, regulated (to know what you are inhaling…pesticides, fungi, etc.) and taxed like liquor.
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