An article in the Oswego Shopper (38th year. No.14. April 6, 2012), explains why the state Health Department halted the sale and distribution of synthetic marijuana.
According to the state Health Department, the product can cause tachycardia (increased heart rate), paranoid behavior, agitation and irritation, nausea and vomiting, confusion, drowsiness, headaches, hypertension, electrolyte abnormalities, seizures, syncope (loss of consciousness).
Yet again my research shows that alcohol and cigarettes have twice as many side effects and are twice as dangerous than synthetic marijuana.
Alcohol can cause increased tolerance to alcohol, depression and anxiety, electrolyte abnormalities, memory loss, tremors and shaking, sexual impotence or loss of sex drive, excessive sweating, nausea and vomiting, insomnia and fatigue, blindness, malnutrition due to loss of appetite, long-term brain damage, liver and gastrointestinal problems, higher risk of diabetes, cancer and heart disease (http://www.alcoholtreatment.org/alcohol-side-effects), along with my own personal experiences of addiction, aggressive behavior, alcohol poisoning, headaches, diarrhea, syncope (loss of consciousness), confusion, drowsiness, paranoid behavior, agitation and irritation.
Cigarettes may not have any immediate emergency life threatening side effects, but other than bad breath, smoking causes the following cancers: Acute myeloid leukemia, bladder, cervix, esophagus, kidney, larynx (voice box), lung, oral cavity (mouth), pancreatic, cancer (throat), stomach cancer. We also know that cigarette companies target children for the use of their product.
My main point is, how can the government keep telling us that these new type of drugs are dangerous and ban the use of them, when we know that the drugs that are legal are just as dangerous or more so and have been proven so for many decades?
They target for the use of our children, but the government does nothing to ban the use of them.
Our officials are lying and deceiving us and we need to stop them.
They are the reason the economy is the way it is, not us.
Synthetic marijuana is still legal in other states and will find its way to New York.
Only now taxpayers will spend thousands of dollars fighting another drug that can not be beat.
The way to beat the problem of drugs is by treating the decease of addiction, not by banning the drug.
I know for a fact that synthetic marijuana has medical benefits, and I will address this in my next article “Marijuana and Colon Cancer.”
Wayne L. Johnson