U.S. Surgeon General Launches Propaganda Campaign
by Veterans Cannabis Coalition
In case you missed it, the U.S. Surgeon General and Department of Health and Human Services kicked off a campaign last Thursday warning about the use of the #cannabis in #pregnant women and children.
In the midst of an opioid and polysubstance overdose crisis that has claimed more than 70,000 lives, in a country where more 650,000 people die every year from causes associated with #alcohol and #tobacco, this is where your tax dollars dedicated to public health are being spent.
Why is this propaganda? Because it relies on cherry-picked and misrepresented evidence-- federal government data shows a DECREASE in youth use in states after #legalization. It rests on unproven statements--there is ZERO evidence to support the idea that cannabis is a unique gateway to ‘harder’ drug use; alcohol and tobacco use are far better predictors.
Finally, look at the focus on cannabis compared to substances that are legally prescribed to women during pregnancy and children--including antidepressants (e.g. Zoloft), benzodiazepines (e.g. Xanax), and stimulants like amphetamine (Adderall). Each of those drugs are known to be toxic, potentially addictive, and can introduce life-threatening side-effects and complications. Cannabinoids like THC and CBD, while their efficacy has not been fully established, carry minimal side-effects and are effectively non-toxic.
The Surgeon General knows--or should know--all of this. He should know that the government has spent decades researching the harms of cannabis and have come up with weak links and correlations and almost no money or effort on the potential benefits. Reverting to this Reefer Madness ‘what about the children?!” framing shows how little respect for the scientific community or the millions of patients who benefit from cannabis this administration has. It is part and parcel of our big picture fight for affordable, accessible, and effective healthcare for #veterans and every American. Putting an end to cannabis prohibition will better serve us all.