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‘I Was Wrong and Not Informed’: The Week in Cannabis Quotes

March 30, 2018
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From self-reflective rock gods to hemp-friendly senate majority leaders, here are the week’s most notable cannabis quotables.

“If you show up at the sheriff’s office with drugs, you shouldn’t be surprised when you get arrested.”

—Sheriff Jason Mosher of the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, speaking to Missouri’s FOX4KC about the woman arrested after allegedly attempting to smuggle a Bible filled will cannabis and methamphetamine into a county jail

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“I was wrong and I was not informed. I’ve been dismissive of cannabis. And I didn’t know much about it. I just dismissed it out of hand. I have to man up and admit in the past, I used to dismiss lots of things because of ignorance and arrogance. About three years ago when I did my own research, I found out astonishingly new information that doctors and researchers were talking about with regards to cannabis.”

—Gene Simmons, longtime KISS bassist and brand-new Chief Evangelical Officer for the Canadian cannabis company Invictus, to Toronto Sun

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“While marijuana may also have some negative consequences [on the brain], it definitely is nowhere near the negative consequences of alcohol.”

—Kent Hutchison, professor of behavioral neuroscience at CU Boulder and co-director of the CU Change Lab, whose comparative study of the effects of cannabis and alcohol on the brain was published in the journal Addiction

“Despite the perception that synthetic cannabinoids are safe and a legal alternative to marijuana, many are illegal and can cause severe illness. The recent cases of severe bleeding are evidence of the harm synthetic cannabinoids can cause.”

—Nirav D. Shah, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, discussing the state’s 30-plus cases of severe bleeding brought on by synthetic cannabis, to Patch.com

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“We can begin by immediately removing one area of racial injustice in our criminal justice system. Let’s legalize, tax and regulate marijuana.”

—JB Pritzker, who this week won the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Illinois (via Forbes)

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“We all are so optimistic that industrial hemp can become sometime in the future what tobacco was in Kentucky’s past.”

—US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), announcing his plans to introduce legislation to legalize hemp as an “agricultural commodity”

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“We found no evidence that poverty has either increased or decreased in Pueblo as a result of cannabis legalization. … Apart from anecdotal reports, we did not find definitive evidence that links increased homelessness to legal cannabis.”

 —From the “Pueblo County Impact Study,” conducted by Colorado’s Institute of Cannabis Research

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  • Jeffrey

    Well at least Gene is taking the time to learn, as an adult should.

    • Barbara Baldwin

      I’ve always admired Simmons..

    • ALAN GANN

      NO NOW THAT HE CAN MAKE A PROFIT HE ONLY CARES TO SAY IT IS FINE WITH HIM NOW!! HE IS A PIECE OF SHIT, BECAUSE OF ASSHOLES LIKE HIM MANY NEEDLESSLY SUFFER!! LIKE ME A DISABLED VETERAN WITH CRPS/RSD!! #MakeCannabisLawful #ResistHisGreedAndCorruption

  • 360dunk

    “While marijuana may also have some negative consequences on the brain….”

    Horse manure, ‘Professor’ Kent Hutchison. Full disclosure, your foolish generalization was spotted in a publication called ‘Society For the Study of Addiction’…..the same rag that claims marijuana use will NOT reduce opiate dependency. Any professor who claims marijuana leads to brain damage and/or heroin addiction, should be discounted because there IS no evidence to support that. Professors, like expert witnesses in a courtroom, don’t always have the correct answers. I wonder if he knows that animal lab tests have shown that it takes a whopping 200 times the normal adult dosage of cannabis before the brain begins to be compromised. Nobody smokes or ingests 200 times the norm and certainly not on a regular basis….that’s just not realistic. Until people like Hutchison can prove that a fully developed adult brain is damaged by a reasonable use of cannabis, his words are empty and speculative. What would the know-it-all say to some of us who have smoked for half a century and still have our full mental capacities? Or to the vast majority of us who have or had absolutely no desire whatsoever to try heroin? Never take for gospel someone’s odd stance just because they have a label in front of their name. Doctors and professors often bark up the wrong tree, just like everyone else.

    • mas_smarba

      I want to back up what 360dunk wrote. From age 15 until ended I up in this nursing home a year ago, I smoked marijuana daily and I had what I can describe without boasting as a distinguished career. I retired as a full professor at a research university, published well-reviewed books, won awards and honors. The great Louis Armstrong, a life long pot head, said, “It’s a thousand times better than whiskey, it’s a helper, a friend.”

      Sam Abrams mas.smarba@gmail,com

  • RevJack

    The woman arrested attempting to smuggle drugs into a county jail should have known better. You are supposed to do that through the guards so they get their cut.