Sunday, June 8, 2014

Liberals vs science on weed

TV comedians and editorial writers for the nation’s most respected newspapers enjoy making fun of conservatives for flouting science.
In the past week the crown jewel has been opposition to vaccinations, which doctors say could lead major outbreaks.
Don’t even mention climate change/global warning.
As one doctor put it on the Jon Stewart’s Daily Show, these amateur scientists think they can learn more from an hour on Google than professionals have spent centuries studying.
And yet the flagships of these same venerated news institutions, including the New York Times and Associated Press, say “pot legalization has unleased a wave of crime, drugged driving and stoned psychopaths,” the Washington Post reports.
The city of Denver television stations rush to report any time a child appears in an emergency room apparently after eating a parent’s medical marijuana. No one was harmed. And more importantly, no one asked how many kids were in the ERs for toking their parents Jack Daniels.
Yet annually many thousands, even millions of children are admitted to emergency rooms for consuming their parents’ alcohol. Police in Britain have found children eight-years-old binging.
The stories in the Denver area died down as it became obvious how insignificant the number was. A husband who shot his wife to death after eating edible marijuana also had consumed prescription drugs.
Reports from outside media ignored the details.
A young man who became a poster boy for stoned drivers turned out to have a blood alcohol level of .238.
Jack Healy of the New York Times made it seems like Denver had become a crime zone. He quoted doctors and others about how crime use was spreading, providing no details of any kind. In fact, Healy was told crime had declined.
A few days later Times’ columnist decided to try edible marijuana because of reports users, particularly new users, had suffered paranoid and found it a very unpleasant experience.
Her narrative raises more questions than it answers. Did she seek advice, which is freely given. Clerks selling weed in dispensaries warn users not to eat an entire cook. Then there is always Google.
Here are excerpts from her horror story:
“I figured if I was reporting on the social revolution rocking Colorado in January, the giddy culmination of pot Prohibition, I should try a taste of legal, edible pot from a local shop.
What could go wrong with a bite or two?
… For an hour, I felt nothing. I figured I’d order dinner from room service and return to my more mundane drugs of choice, chardonnay and mediocre-movies-on-demand.
But then I felt a scary shudder go through my body and brain. I barely made it from the desk to the bed, where I lay curled up in a hallucinatory state for the next eight hours. I was thirsty but couldn’t move to get water. Or even turn off the lights. I was panting and paranoid, sure that when the room-service waiter knocked and I didn’t answer, he’d call the police and have me arrested for being unable to handle my candy.”
It was never explained what happened to the room service.
One hopes this is not the start of CIS New York Times.
After their experience identifying non-existent stashes of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq caution might be order.
During this period a headline said there were “no fingerprints” of Russians at work in Ukraine. That begs the question of the 100 dead Russians sent home to Mother Russia. Did they not have fingerprints.

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