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Jeff Sessions Says Opioid Addiction
Starts With Marijuana. Here Are
6 Studies That Say Otherwise

Reason, by C.J. Ciaramella

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Posted By:zoidberg, 2/8/2018 8:20:08 AM

Attorney General Jeff Sessions thinks marijuana may be a gateway to prescription opioid and heroin addiction. In fact, a number of academic studies show lower rates of opioid abuse and overdoses in states that have legalized medical marijuana. Speaking at a Heritage Foundation event last night in honor of the late Ronald Reagan´s birthday, Sessions lamented the "permissive rhetoric" and media coverage surrounding marijuana and other drugs. "We don´t think illegal drug use is ´recreation.´ Lax enforcement, permissive rhetoric and the media have undermined the essential need to say no to drug use. Don´t start," Sessions said. "That´s what President Trump

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Toledo, 2/8/2018 8:24:26 AM     (No. 11537226)

Sessions is right. Author must be a pot smoker.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Justavoter, 2/8/2018 8:26:36 AM     (No. 11537230)

The guy is standing in a cesspool of curation and this is what he comes out of the dark to talk about?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: redgrains, 2/8/2018 8:27:23 AM     (No. 11537231)

So very disappointing--Jeff Sessions failure to take firm, complete charge in the face of a treasonous plot to overthrow the election of the President of the United States .

Glad(sarc) Jeff found useful work investigating weed and pills.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Justavoter, 2/8/2018 8:28:11 AM     (No. 11537232)

That´s curption.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: MainelySane, 2/8/2018 8:33:48 AM     (No. 11537235)

My brilliant 68 year old best friend from childhood has wasted his life being wasted on dope/hashish.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Jethro bo, 2/8/2018 8:36:23 AM     (No. 11537236)

Oh nice cherry picking of studies to compare apples to oranges. Most of the stories listed compare the use of ´medical´ marijuana to some opiod related death. Now medical marijuana is a misnomer as it is really a prescribe drung with very specific indications under a doctors supervise and it is n[t really marijuana. Its a synthetic derivative of THC. So its different form pot. Also, the out comes are not cause and outcome specific. They are noted outcomes related to some chery picked variable. People using medical marijuana had fewer car realted deaths with opiods invovled. That dosen´tmean theat the medical marijuana produced less car wrecks. It doesn´tcontrol the ogther variables like whethter the pwerson using medical marijuana is unable to drive. As in terminal disease.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: thebeez, 2/8/2018 8:49:53 AM     (No. 11537250)

100% of the addicts I know (and as a retired healthcare provider I knew many) have had a beer. Let´s prohibit beer!!! Wait --did we try that already?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Ribald1, 2/8/2018 8:54:31 AM     (No. 11537253)

Every society that embraced pot ended up changing course within a generation.
The crime, sloth, and mental illness it brings, especially to the young, takes an unbearable toll.


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Reply 9 - Posted by: planetgeo, 2/8/2018 8:54:53 AM     (No. 11537254)

Sessions is like the guard dog who ignores the burglars stealing everything in the house because he´s fixated on the pussycat outside the window. When the heck are we going to get a real guard dog?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: citizen, 2/8/2018 9:01:20 AM     (No. 11537259)

Sorry Mr. Sessions, but the true gateway of drugs is alcohol and more people get addicted to opiates through their doctors or a friend doin you a "favor". DEA put pot in the same category as heroin because they reap big money from doing so. Besides, has AG Sessions even heard of the attempted and maybe still going on coup in America?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: ida lou pino, 2/8/2018 9:07:07 AM     (No. 11537264)

Time for the Consessions apologists to face the real world.

Your boy is a either a hopeless, clueless loser - - or a Black Hat mixed in among the White Hats. Or even worse - - he is both.

I have been relentlessly ridiculing Consessions and his sock puppet, Fey Wray - - and real world events have unfortunately proven me correct.



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Reply 12 - Posted by: strike3, 2/8/2018 9:25:17 AM     (No. 11537290)

The writer speaks bull pies. The drug of choice does not matter, the problem is the addictive personality. It may begin with cigarettes and alcohol because those are legal and easier to reach but usually, whatever is handy will do. Those who have marijuana would lose the incentive and ambition to procure anything else, thus the lower opioid use.

Just like blaming shootings on guns, the drugs themselves are not the culprit, willing addicts are.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: mc squared, 2/8/2018 9:28:11 AM     (No. 11537298)

Mr Sessions, your other phones are ringing and your inbox is piling up. You can play with the Mary Jane problem after you do your homework.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Muguy, 2/8/2018 9:35:38 AM     (No. 11537313)

Sure, most people doing illicit drugs go straight for the hard stuff---

Right!

HEAVY SARCASM



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Reply 15 - Posted by: coldoc, 2/8/2018 10:01:24 AM     (No. 11537346)

This has been argued for 50 years getting to where we are now-nowhere. We are a coddling cradle to grave no worries man society. That gives people the wherewithall to get stoned, be unproductive, and still have a roof and an income. Until that ends, #12 is right. A certain % of the population will flake out on something. It doesnt matter what. Chasing potheads is a colossal waste of time.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: D S Craft, 2/8/2018 10:02:52 AM     (No. 11537354)

I like Jeff Sessions but this is an utterly ignorant thing to say. This man is completely clueless on the subject of marijuana. The ONLY link between weed and opiates is the fact that they´re purchased through similar channels, hence the exposure to other types of drugs. Remove the link and that problem disappears. It baffles me how a person can be intelligent enough to make it to Attorney General of the United States and still be so uninformed as to make such a blatantly ridiculous statement.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: kono, 2/8/2018 10:03:06 AM     (No. 11537355)

Is anybody´s position on this authentically forward-reasoned from credible facts? Heavily-rationalized opinions driven by ideology or emotion seem to pervade on every side.

I´d say "get the popcorn and enjoy the spectacle" if the argument had any entertainment value; but after putting up for 40-plus years with arguments masquerading as debate I see it as more of a tedious time-killer than anything else (both the argument and the drug).

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Reply 18 - Posted by: fayebeck, 2/8/2018 10:15:49 AM     (No. 11537376)

For the zillionth time. Mention Pot as a gateway drug and ALCOHOL is the culprit.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Smart11344, 2/8/2018 10:32:16 AM     (No. 11537401)

For starters, I have never smoked pot in my life or have used any other kind of street drugs. My doctor has prescribed lose dose vicodin, which has been helpful. I don´t have a craving for it, He has added gabapentin to the mix. Jeff Sessions, if you are not a doctor, then shut your mouth. My quality of life has improved, but not perfect. I am 74. My guess is opiod problems are mostly caused by illegal street sales.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Robinhood, 2/8/2018 10:37:59 AM     (No. 11537416)

#1 and associated posters how about backing up your statements with some real study´s done by unaffiliated real scientific research to support your notion or theory´s that marijuana is a gateway drug.
Its interesting that the main lobbies that are always in the background fighting legalization is the alcohol and opioid pushing pharmaceutical companies. If it was a gateway you would think the opposite would be true.
What about all the well documented studies of real medical benefits for epilepsy patients, glaucoma,cancer etc.... ?


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Reply 21 - Posted by: 3XALADY, 2/8/2018 10:38:54 AM     (No. 11537421)

I don´t know for sure, but I think a large part of the populations probably smokes pot. Not a large part of the population is involved in trying to unseat a duly elected president. I wonder, as AG, which one he should be more worried about. Is he afraid of something?

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Robinhood, 2/8/2018 10:44:03 AM     (No. 11537434)

Sorry for the second post but I have to ask.
#5 I get that you think your brilliant friend has wasted his life but he may feel differently and be perfectly happy with his life and never hurt anyone.
Were does his right to decide his life end and yours begin?
Thanks in advance....

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Seething Citizen, 2/8/2018 11:00:25 AM     (No. 11537472)

Is Sessions for real? WTH about the unparalleled corruption in your own DOJ and FBI? Are you aware of anything that´s happening around you, what´s happening in your own "Justice" Department? What an absolute loser, about as useful as John Kerry. Session´s is the cause of 85% of all of Trump´s problems.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: rochow, 2/8/2018 11:13:51 AM     (No. 11537502)

Little elf Sessions, can we perhaps chew gum and go after more than just Opioid addiction? How about going after the BIG crimes in government? Start with that crook Rosenschwein, his office is right next to yours....then trundle down to the other corrupt members in the DOJ! You did mention months ago you were going to investigate the Uranium deal? What happened? Did dirty Rosenschwein shut it down again? But then, Rosenschwein and Mueller have their fingerprints on that one!
Wake up Sessions, or are they giving you pills???

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Reply 25 - Posted by: columba, 2/8/2018 11:22:52 AM     (No. 11537521)

An 11-year old will always pick out a possible flaw in a parent´s correction statement.

How old is the writer of this article?

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Reply 26 - Posted by: CharlyG, 2/8/2018 11:41:12 AM     (No. 11537554)

All I ask for is the truth, and what Sessions is peddling is not truth. First, get it out of the classification of a Class One drug, then we can talk about the dangers. As long as it is miscast, there can be no mindful debate.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: enemyofthestate, 2/8/2018 11:42:48 AM     (No. 11537558)

Why is it that smoking marijuana is OK in our society and smoking tobacco is definitely not OK? Why is that? Hmmmmmmm?

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Reply 28 - Posted by: CharlyG, 2/8/2018 11:46:09 AM     (No. 11537571)

Part of that reason is, folks don´t smoke 20 joints a day as in cigarettes
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Reply 29 - Posted by: Hazymac, 2/8/2018 11:47:57 AM     (No. 11537575)

No. AG Jeff Sessions is wrong. As a person of no experience but strong opinions on this issue, what could he possibly know besides his prejudice against the longhairs he encountered in college? The real gateway drugs are the legal ones: alcohol and cigarettes, and alcohol is the worst drug of all, the most debilitating, especially on the highway.

Like Dr. Carroll in Reefer Madness (1936), Sessions is fixated and will not be deterred. Harpoon that Green Whale!

From Reefer Madness: Bureau Official: Here is an example: A fifteen-year-old lad apprehended in the act of staging a holdup - fifteen years old and a marijuana addict. Here is a most tragic case.

Dr. Carroll: Yes. I remember. Just a young boy... under the influence of drugs... who killed his entire family with an axe.


Some very sick or injured people legitimately need opioids; doctors´ prescribing to this class is blameless. Are we going to complicate the availability of painkillers to them? My old house cleaner and her next door neighbor getting 300 Oxycontin pills per month--that´s drug abuse. Florida´s legislature moved against pill mills in 2010.

Predictably, heroin usage is up. Since heroin, a black market drug, comes in all different strengths when mixed with fentanyl and the like, there will be lethal overdoses that wouldn´t happen with a product that is pure, available, and of predictable strength. Addicts are going to get their fixes no matter what we do. As a libertarian on this issue, I say end the War on Drugs, which is petering out as Prohibition did.

Most of the population have no desire to take hard drugs and ruin their lives. That includes me and most everyone here.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: stablemoney, 2/8/2018 12:08:07 PM     (No. 11537625)

I have seen the effects of pot and will NEVER support its legalization.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 2/8/2018 2:58:14 PM     (No. 11537794)

My neighbors on both sides, both mid age managers in larger companies, smoked pot just about every weekend and sometimes in the evening. As an old Prison Guard, I am tuned to the smell of it. Both neighbors never once raised hell, went to the heavy stuff or robbed banks to feed their "habit". I smoked the stuff for a few years from in Vietnam and here in the states and never felt compelled to go to harder drugs. I don´t think I ever felt "out of control" or crazy. Just relaxed and mellow. I quit messing with it because I had a job that I could have lost if they knew I smoke it- I just didn´t smoke it anymore. No habit withdrawal at all. Stopping tobacco- now that was a fight.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: conradca, 2/8/2018 3:20:18 PM     (No. 11537805)

It’s amazing what drug dealers will pay to stop the cops from busting them.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: doctorfixit, 2/8/2018 4:37:34 PM     (No. 11537872)

AG Lawn Gnome is such an embarrassment. Going after pot is the refuge of people who don´t intend to do anything about real problems. Do we really have to revisit Nancy Reagan? We have a weaponized DOJ/FBI/CIA/NSA/DHS/EPA/IRS that AG Lawn Gnome is trying to paper over with leaves of Zig Zag. What a maroon

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Reply 34 - Posted by: watashiyo, 2/8/2018 4:40:58 PM     (No. 11537875)

You´d guess one would have better things to do.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: xcenturion, 2/8/2018 7:57:19 PM     (No. 11538025)

The guy that wrote this article obviously is biased, and most likely stoned. Good old CJ is a writer for High Tims Magazine!

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Reply 36 - Posted by: cheeflo, 2/9/2018 12:47:21 PM     (No. 11538678)

Good point, #16.

Weed has been classified for decades as a Schedule I drug, defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Schedule I drugs include heroin, LSD, marijuana, ecstasy, methaqualone, and peyote.

It´s absurd to list weed in the same category as heroin. Research into its therapeutic potential has been prohibited by federal law, so I don´t know how it can be stated that it has no medical value.

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Laude´ on graduation cake

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Washington Post, by Amver Ferguson    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 5/22/2018 6:01:19 PM     Post Reply
Saturday was Jacob Kosinski´s big day. His whole family, many from out of town, saw the Charleston, South Carolina, student graduate from his Christian-based homeschool program with a 4.79 grade point average and the coveted honor of summa cum laude. His mother, Cara Koscinski organized a graduation party for her 18-year-old son. For the occasion, she ordered a cake online from her nearest grocery store, Publix, which lets customers build their own cakes complete with a customized inscription, which they enter into a little message box. Carefully, she typed in the message she wanted on the cake: "Congrats Jacob!

NFL is ´considering 15-yard penalties for
teams who kneel during the national anthem´

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Agence France-Presse*, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 5/23/2018 2:34:08 AM     Post Reply
NFL club owners are considering potential 15-yard penalties for kneeling during the national anthem among ways of coping with a backlash over player protests, Sports Illustrated reported Tuesday. According to a story on the magazine´s website, owners set aside three hours to talk about the anthem issue, which President Donald Trump elevated into a major controversy last year. Ideas to handle players kneeling during the anthem included allowing home teams to decide if players should be out of the locker room during the pre-game playing of The Star-Spangled Banner or not.If players are on the sideline, then 15-yard

Trump ordered to stop
blocking people on Twitter

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New York Post, by Kaja Whitehouse    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 5/23/2018 2:17:15 PM     Post Reply
President Trump cannot block people from his @realDonaldTrump account just because he doesn’t like their political views, a Manhattan federal judge ruled on Wednesday. Doing so violates their First Amendment right to free speech because Twitter is a “public forum,” Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald wrote in a landmark ruling that could change how public officials use Twitter. “We reject the defendants’ contentions that the First Amendment does not apply in this case and that the President’s personal First Amendment interests supersede those of plaintiffs,” the judge wrote in her 75-page ?decision. The judge stopped short,

Clint Walker Dies: TV’s ‘Cheyenne’ Star &
One Of The Dirty Dozen Was 90

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Deadline Hollywood, by Erik Pedersen    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 5/22/2018 6:33:43 PM     Post Reply
Clint Walker, the hulking star of TV’s Cheyenne who also appeared in such classic films as The Ten Commandment and The Dirty Dozen, died Monday. He was 90. Walker’s daughter Valerie told TMZ that the family believes he died from a heart problem. Walker was best known for playing Cheyenne Bodie, the strapping, brooding, mean title drifter in the 1955-63 ABC Western Cheyenne. Roaming from town to town and job to job in the post-Civil War West. The series did a slow build, breaking into the year-end Primetime Top 25 at No. 12 in its third season, where it peaked

Boy Scouts to provide condoms
at upcoming World Jamboree

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Washington Times, by Bradford Richardson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 5/23/2018 11:17:34 AM     Post Reply
The Boy Scouts will reportedly provide condoms at the upcoming World Scout Jamboree. The World Organization of Scouting Movement handbook requires the host organization to “ensure that condoms are readily and easily accessible for all participants and [International Service Team staff] at a number of locations on the site.” The 2019 World Scout Jamboree will be held in West Virginia from July 21 to Aug. 1. The theme is “Unlock a New World.” The World Jamboree is an official World Organization of the Scout Movement event. The Boy Scouts are co-hosting this year’s program with two other scouting organizations, Scouts

NFL Players´ Association
criticizes new league policy on
kneeling during national anthem

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The Hill [Washington, DC], by Avery Anapol    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 5/23/2018 1:20:07 PM     Post Reply
The NFL Players’ Association (NFLPA) on Wednesday criticized the league for its new national anthem policy. In a statement, the union said it would review the new policy and “challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement.” The union accused the league of contradicting its previous statements, and of ignoring players’ wishes in developing the new policy, which instructs that all team and league personnel should stand for the national anthem. “The NFL chose to not consult the union in the development of this new ‘policy,’” the union said in a statement. “NFL players have

Obama explains why he signed a
deal with Netflix and how he thinks
it will help solve our political divide

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Business Insider, by Julie Bort    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 5/24/2018 12:19:35 PM     Post Reply
On Monday, Netflix announced that it had signed a multimillion deal with former president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama, and on Wednesday, Obama spoke publicly about the deal for the first time. (Snip) He recounted his first job out of college as a community organizer, helping bring various factions together to solve local problems from crime to underfunded schools. An older, experienced community organizer told the young Obama at the time that before he started to suggest solutions to problems, he should spend a month talking to people and hearing their stories. "Everyone has a story that is


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