The Gazette Op/Ed — Sunday, July 12, 2015
For every military veteran appearing in a Colorado public meeting to advocate for the right to use marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, mental health professionals throughout Colorado estimate they’ve worked with thousands whose pot use made their PTSD — and their lives in general — much worse.
“I have seen marijuana use create so many more problems than it solves,” said Brian Lanier, a licensed clinical social worker and Army reservist in Colorado Springs who has worked more than 15 years with veterans and active-duty service members. “If nothing else, these people are just numbing themselves, which is definitely not appropriate treatment for PTSD. Telling someone to use marijuana for PTSD or any mental health problem is like telling them to go get drunk.”
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Celebrating the medical benefits, if any, of marijuana has been an effective ruse to win social acceptance for getting high. This was thoroughly predictable, and now it’s clear that the organized pot heads have been blowing smoke at us.
This is the preliminary conclusion of a new wide-ranging study of the effects of medical pot. The rush toward legalization, like most whoring after new things, is likely doing considerably more harm than minuscule good.
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JULY 31, 2015 9:00 TO 11:00
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CLOSED: Registration is still open for our second Marijuana Summit in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Please join us for an informative day about the reality of marijuana legalization.
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The Northern Virginia Marijuana Prevention Taskforce is offering this informational forum in Spanish on October 1, 2014. More information is here: Marijuana Harmless? Flyer Oct 1 14
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