H.R.3884, sponsored by U.S. Representative Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and S.2227, sponsored by U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), will decriminalize high potency marijuana by removing it from the Controlled Substance Act plus expunge criminal histories related to marijuana. The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act is expected to be called for a vote during the week of Sept. 21st.
One hundred twelve (112) elected officials in Congress have co-sponsored H.R.3884 and the numbers are steadily increasing. Among those include Illinois Representatives Jan Schakowsky, Bobby Rush, Chuy Garcia, Danny Davis, Robin Kelly, and Bill Foster.
Marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 drug. This means that it has a high potential for abuse and it lacks accepted safety for use even under medical supervision. The goal of the Controlled Substance Act is to limit addiction, abuse, physical and mental harm, and trafficking by illegal means.
Some things we know about marijuana:
The higher the potency, the higher the harm.
In the 60s-90s, a joint contained roughly 1-3 mg of THC, the component that makes a person high. Today’s hybrid contains upwards of 20 mg.
Concentrates and edibles vary in potency. Some products contain 500 mg of THC. That’s a lot of THC. A “serving size” is considered 10 mg.
Emergency Rooms in legal states are seeing an increase in patients with acute psychotic symptoms because of the high potency of THC.
Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome, otherwise known as scromitting – a combination of screaming and vomiting from heavy use of marijuana – is becoming commonplace in ER’s in legal states.
Adolescents regularly using high potency marijuana can lose up to 8 IQ points.
Side effects can include: hallucinations, delusions, impaired motor skills, decreased memory and cognition, lethargy, tachycardia, anxiety, schizophrenic symptoms.
States with legal marijuana are seeing marijuana-related traffic fatalities increase.
States with legal marijuana are seeing an increased in black market criminality.
For every dollar gained in tax revenue, Coloradans spend approximately $4.50 to mitigate the effects of legalization.
Take ACTION – Click HERE to email your U.S. Representative today and urge him/her to oppose H.R.3884, the MORE Act. Increasing the flow of drugs into our communities will only bring negative consequences.
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