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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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indicate a new level of acceptance of homosexuality

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Los Angeles Times, by Tom Kington    Original Article
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Pope Francis has reportedly told a gay man that "God made you that way and loves you as you are," apparently pushing the pontiff´s acceptance of homosexuality to a new level. Francis made the comments to Juan Carlos Cruz, a Chilean victim of priestly sexual abuse who recently spent days with the pope at the Vatican to discuss his ordeal as the pontiff moves to tackle decades of coverups and ostracism of victims in the Chilean church, according to the Spanish newspaper El Pais. Cruz was quoted as having discussed his homosexuality with Francis. "He told me: ´Juan Carlos, I

John Kerry Spits In Trump’s Face—
We Will Not Go ‘America First’

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Daily Caller, by Robert Donachie    Original Article
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Former Secretary of State John Kerry warned President Donald Trump Sunday that Democrats are not afraid to go against his “America First” policies. “We won’t win, any of us, ultimately, by retreating within our borders, by focusing on our own nations only, or by going it alone,” Kerry told those gathered at New York University’s Abu Dhabi’s commencement ceremony Sunday — a direct reference to the president’s “America First” trade and immigration policies. Kerry served as the secretary of state for former President Barack Obama. He also, notably, was one of the key negotiators for the administration when it was

Obama education secretary: No
children should go to school
until gun laws are changed

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Washington Examiner [DC], by Laura Barrón-López    Original Article
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Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan said parents should pull their children out of school until Congress passes gun control legislation. "What if no children went to school until gun laws changed to keep them safe?" Duncan tweeted Saturday. Duncan, who served as secretary under President Obama, called the step "tragically necessary." "My family is all in if we can do this at scale. Parents, will you please join us?" he said. Duncan´s plea comes one day after 10 people were killed in a mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas.

New Jersey principal apologizes for
´insensitive´ prom tickets that tell
students to ´party like it´s 1776´

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Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
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A New Jersey high school is under fire after it released prom tickets that encouraged students to ´party like it´s 1776´. Cherry Hill High School East designed the prom tickets to commemorate that the dance was being held at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. But the ´insensitive´ language offended members of the student body, prompting an immediate apology from principal Dennis Perry. ´I am writing to apologize for the hurt feelings this reference caused for members of our school family,´ Perry wrote in a letter posted to Twitter on Friday. (Snip) ´I especially apologize to our African American students, who I have

What Obama and his political Choom
Gang did is far worse than Watergate

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Washington Times, by Charles Hurt    Original Article
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At the end of all the scandal and drama, all of the breathlessly reported lies and false accusations, at the end of all the money wasted on some zany kabuki swamp dance choreographed to the thrumming of giant bullfrogs and yipping of excited coyotes — at the end of all of this — it comes down to precisely what we said it was a year and a half ago. The Obama administration — with or without the knowledge and direction of President Obama himself — perverted one of the most powerful, clandestine spying operations in the world and used it at the very height of a presidential campaign to spy on political opponents,

Cambridge professor outed as FBI
informant inside Trump campaign

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New York Post, by Mary Kay Linge    Original Article
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A Cambridge professor with deep ties to American and British intelligence has been outed as an agent who snooped on the Trump presidential campaign for the FBI. Multiple media outlets have named Stefan Halper, 73, as the secret informant who met with Trump campaign advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos starting in the summer of 2016. The American-born academic previously served in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations. The revelation, stemming from recent reports in which FBI sources admitted sending an agent to snoop on the Trump camp, heightens suspicions that the FBI was seeking to entrap

NRA boss Oliver North blames Ritalin,
‘culture of violence’ for school shootings

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New York Daily News, by TERENCE CULLEN    Original Article
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Incoming NRA President Oliver North tried to blame the rash of school shootings across the U.S., including the massacre at a Texas high school Friday, on video games and ADHD medication instead of access to firearms.The gun lobby´s newest spokesman said the wave of killings were carried out by "young boys" who "have been on Ritalin since they were in kindergarten."


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