Narcotization of the US Population Through the Legalization of Marijuana
NEW YORK – April 2, 2019
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Bulletin (UNODC) for 2016, the upward trend in marijuana use in the world remains stable. The most rapid increase in the consumption is registered in North America and in Europe.
In 2018, all bans on the use of marijuana were lifted in Canada, and non-medical use of this drug was allowed by adults in Michigan. Altogether, unlimited use is permitted in 11 US states, and medical use is permitted in 29.
There is no awareness-raising on the dangers of marijuana use. The negative experience of the Netherlands, which legalized marijuana as early as 1976, is ignored in the media, and objective data on the results of this legalization can only be found in specialized publications. Holland launched its own production of marijuana. Dutch breeders have grown their own variety - Nederwiet, stronger than other varieties. If the concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC - the substance responsible for narcotic intoxication) in standard joints was no more than 5%, then with the advent of the Nederwiet it increased to 20, even to 35%. Such marijuana is no light drug.
And the Netherlands has become a transit point for the distribution of hard drugs. According to law enforcement agencies in France and the UK, about 80% of the heroin shipped to their countries comes from the Kingdom of the Netherlands. There was also a sharp jump in the consumption of illicit synthetic drugs.
However, the thesis about the "harmlessness" of marijuana is refuted by the scientific community. The long-term effects of marijuana use are well studied, but they prefer not to talk about the results of these studies. According to a recent survey, more than half of American adults have tried marijuana at least once in their lives, and 55 million, or 22%, use it regularly. Of these, 35 million do it at least twice a month. Carnegie University professor Jonathan Caulkins believes that many of those who admit to using marijuana underestimate the frequency with which they use it.
Addiction to marijuana is the same as addiction to other drugs, but is more prolonged in time. Smoking usually starts at several times a year, then becomes more frequent. After three or four years of regular use, memory begins to weaken. Then signs of depression appear. The person tries to overcome depression with the help of marijuana, which leads to greater dependence. The will to live and work decreases and social activity falls off.
The National Institute on Addiction Problems estimates that about 30% of regular users of marijuana have mental disorders. They develop irritability, fatigue, insomnia, decreased appetite, and causeless anxiety. The Canadian Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry writes about a serious increase in mental disorders during adolescence. Studies show that marijuana is worse for the brain than alcohol.
Nevertheless, certain US circles continue to make efforts to fully legalize marijuana. In 2018, Senators Corey Gardner and Elizabeth Warren drafted a law repealing the federal ban on marijuana and protecting states that have already legalized its sale. Although, for example, in Colorado, where marijuana was liberalized in 2016, emergency calls for marijuana overdose tripled. The Gardner / Warren bill does not say whether it pursues a goal, like in the Netherlands, to create competition for heroin and cocaine and thereby allegedly distract the population from the most severe forms of dependence. However, the European experience clearly shows that the legalization of marijuana leads to the narcotization of the population taking on the features of a mass social phenomenon.
Don’t our wise senators and other authorities understand what they are doing? They understand. And they do it very well. But they do it because it is profitable for them. Thus, the elite solves several problems at once. More precisely, one task divided into several subtasks. The most important task can be defined as the transition to a new world. The elites are trying to figure out how to facilitate the transition to a new world while holding onto the power and riches. The problem of increasing the controllability of large human masses at the same time occupies one of the leading places. In this context, the development of the system of propaganda and distribution of drugs, together with measures to reduce the population (large masses are more difficult to control and manage) and a significant reduction in the educational level of the population are the most obvious and well-tried mechanisms for solving this super-task.