Originally Published: March 11, 2015 3 a.m.
Thank you for publishing the article regarding the harmful, in this case fatal effects of using illicit drugs, including marijuana. My sympathies are with the family of the young man who took his life.
Many people believe that cannabis, (marijuana, pot) is safe. I have just completed the Arizona Dept. of Education sponsored Drug Impairment Training for Educational Professionals (DITEP) offered by the Tucson Police Department, and learned that cannabis grown in 2015 has a concentration of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC-the chemical that gets people "high.") of 20 percent. In comparison, in 1960 the concentration of THC was just 3 percent.
Drug dealers are savvy business people, and have also concocted "Wax" which is 99 percent THC concentrated. Other names for synthetic cannabis are "Wild Dagga" "Meta Milk" "Spice" "K2" "Herbal Incense" and "Budder" (a yellow sticky substance is 82-100 percent THC).
These drugs are being sold freely on the internet.
The U.S. Dept. of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration reports, "The number and the type of synthetic cannabinoids have increased exponentially since 2008 as evidenced by the number of reports submitted to the National Forensic Laboratory Information System (NFLIS). According to NFLIS, there were 29,467 synthetic cannabinoid drug reports in 2012. There were 5,200 calls to poison control centers about exposures to synthetic cannabinoids in 2012..."
The attempt to legalize marijuana/cannabis, by making it available first through mock "pharmacies" in Arizona, is a dangerous first step to legalization of the drug. Colorado has statistics of increased auto accidents, and underage student use, related to legalization in their state.
I hope everyone educates themselves, family and community about the potency of marijuana.