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Posted: Monday, July 27, 2009 10:00 pm

The greatest threat to the security of our nation is drug use.

It carries with it the misery of addiction, intoxicated people in the workplace and schools, broken homes, horrific violence, carnage on our highways and ruined health.

The public frustration is being exploited by a small but growing group of drug legalizers, who over the years have adopted a strategy of working toward complete drug legalization by first approaching the medical marijuana issue.

There currently exists controversy concerning smoking marijuana as a medicine. Many well-intentioned leaders and members of the public have been misled by the well-financed and organized pro-drug legalization lobby into believing there is merit to their argument, that smoking marijuana is a safe and effective medicine. A review of scientific research, expert medical testimony and findings show this to be erroneous.

Marijuana is not a medicine. Marijuana could never pass the Food and Drug Administration's pure drug standards. It contains 400 crude chemicals, some of which are carcinogens stronger than those found in cigarettes.

Researchers at the University of California, Davis have identified a strong link between smoking marijuana and throat cancer. Persons under the influence of marijuana are 10 times more likely to be involved in fatal traffic collisions than a person driving under the influence of alcohol.

The pro-drug lobby has bombarded the American public with the theory of harm reduction and the responsible use of marijuana and other drugs. We have only to look to our nation's history of drug use or social ills caused by our two legal drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Why would we want to make another, more powerful and addicting drug cheap, legal and readily available?

There are compounds in the marijuana plant that have potential medical value. THC has been approved for treating nausea, as well as for treatment of anorexia associated with weight loss in patients with AIDS. These medications are a far cry from burning the crude weed and gulping down the smoke.

The overarching charge to any physician is "first do no harm." That is the test smoked marijuana cannot pass.

Gary Armstrong

Past President

California Narcotic Officers Association

Lodi

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40 comments:

  • posted at 12:07 pm on Sun, Aug 9, 2009.

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    Here's my favorite quote, "There are compounds in the marijuana plant that have potential medical value. THC has been approved for treating nausea, as well as for treatment of anorexia associated with weight loss in patients with AIDSThere are compounds in the marijuana plant that have potential medical value. THC has been approved for treating nausea, as well as for treatment of anorexia associated with weight loss in patients with AIDS" Gary ArmstrongPast PresidentCalifornia Narcotic Officers AssociationLodi Gary ArmstrongPast PresidentCalifornia Narcotic Officers AssociationLodi. It warrents repeating.

     
  • posted at 11:05 am on Mon, Aug 3, 2009.

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    dyan: You did heavy drugs in your youth, didn't ya?

     
  • posted at 9:36 am on Fri, Jul 31, 2009.

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    The '60s crowd.

     
  • posted at 8:34 am on Fri, Jul 31, 2009.

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    dyan: Which is "your" generation?

     
  • posted at 3:57 pm on Thu, Jul 30, 2009.

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    Sven, you're right. It was the liberals in my generation. As a matter of fact, I'm a recovering one myself. I'm ashamed of my generation and what we stupidly did to this country.

     
  • posted at 6:47 am on Thu, Jul 30, 2009.

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    Hmm. Me and stantaves in partial agreement. I just offered the tax suggestion as a way for the government to get some more money. I will say that it seems to work well for tobacco.Legalize it? We seem to spend a lot of money on trying to suppress it without much success. That doesn't mean that you shouldn't try and suppress everything, but we should look at how much we're spending versus what we get out of it

     
  • posted at 6:30 am on Thu, Jul 30, 2009.

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    This is so funny. After 8 years, conservatives are concerned with how much money we are spending. It's so easy to blame the guy who has the checkbook now. Where was the hue and cry from '01-'09 when W only vetoed 1 bill?And what is really, really funny is that Dyan's generation is probably the generation that challenged all the rules of the establishment takes pride in changes that they brought. But now, it's liberalism's fault.I guess it's easier to sit and pontificate and complain and bitch and moan rather than actually doing something good. It relieves a good deal of stress and the responsibilty that goes along with it.

     
  • posted at 5:51 am on Thu, Jul 30, 2009.

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    OK, so you want legalize weed, then what? Tax it? Dream on, it's too easy to grow. Yes, weed is probably safer than booze, so...? I know, everyone is clamoring for a way to pay for govt, but the solution lies in less govt; and not in another revenue raising scheme that can't possibly work. You want to burn refer, and I don't want to stop you. Pretty simple -- just don't ask me to pay for your weed, too.

     
  • posted at 5:44 am on Thu, Jul 30, 2009.

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    When I think about the millions of drug abusers over the last 40 years,because liberals have destroyed our values, our religions our culture, along with liberal permissive judges and lying lawyers -and all you guys can do is bring up Rush Limbaugh? It's pathetic!

     
  • posted at 2:53 am on Thu, Jul 30, 2009.

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    sven: Liberalism is great until other peoples' money runs out. CA and MA are perfect examples. In case you didn't know, Hawaii tried health care for all children. They broke the state in seven months! Of course, it was never reported in the government run alphabet press. Now do you "get it?"

     
  • posted at 2:44 am on Thu, Jul 30, 2009.

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    Len: You sure you didn't pray for libs? You know, all that hypocritical stuff about affirmatvie action - seeing black people as something less them themselves? And running the national debt to the point of no return where our children will be living in an Argentinian-type inflation nation? Oh, I know. Blame Bush LOL!

     
  • posted at 1:43 pm on Wed, Jul 29, 2009.

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    Cogito:I's bet than almost no AIDS patient was high, or if through sex transmission, that their partner was high. I'd like to see where you got the data for this.dyan as usually taking anything she can to blame on "liberals". What is a "street drug"? Are they worse than the dozens of bottles of OC Limbaugh was taking before (and probably back on now)?In the upper crust, the more affluent, well to do, parts of society who are probably conservatives since republicans are always ranting about taxing the rich, are probably taking far more drugs (legal Rx drugs) illegally aquirred through doctor shopping, friends, relatives, co-workers. etc.Dyan's problem is that everything she says "bad" about liberals can be turned around and would be far more true about conservatives. Reference Foley, Lott, and the like. Was it something that a liberal did to you that makes you so angry and incoherent most of the time?

     
  • posted at 12:31 pm on Wed, Jul 29, 2009.

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    dyan wrote on Jul 29, 2009 1:30 PM:" Len: Put a comment on the "prayer does not work" blog. I'd like your opinion on this. Prayer works absolutely.I prayed for years that the conservative movement would be revealed as the hypocritical frauds that they are and my prayers have been answered beyond my wildest dreams!

     
  • posted at 12:30 pm on Wed, Jul 29, 2009.

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    dyan wrote on Jul 29, 2009 1:29 PM:" Is this the compassion that liberals treat recovering prescription addicts with? Ummm.... the last time I looked it was you cons who were waving around the flag of "compassion".As far as I am concerned, Rush Limbaugh can burn in Hell.Heck, all the fat they will render off of his 500 pound corpse will keep the fires down under burning for 1,000 years.

     
  • posted at 8:30 am on Wed, Jul 29, 2009.

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    Len: Put a comment on the "prayer does not work" blog. I'd like your opinion on this.

     
  • posted at 8:29 am on Wed, Jul 29, 2009.

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    Is this the compassion that liberals treat recovering prescription addicts with?

     
  • posted at 7:00 am on Wed, Jul 29, 2009.

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    dyan wrote on Jul 29, 2009 11:39 AM:" Libs love their street drugs. That's probably why they have lost their ability for logical thinking.Is that what happened to Limbaugh?

     
  • posted at 6:39 am on Wed, Jul 29, 2009.

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    Libs love their street drugs. That's probably why they have lost their ability for logical thinking.

     
  • posted at 11:33 pm on Tue, Jul 28, 2009.

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    Gary Armstrong: how about international bankers? Why Don't you think these might be worse than drugs?

     
  • posted at 3:48 pm on Tue, Jul 28, 2009.

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    Cogito wrote on Jul 28, 2009 8:17 PM:" How ironic, most AIDS victims were probably high, therefore lacked the discipline to be cautious, when they contracted the disease. You think? Based solely on anecdotal evidence, I would guess that most instances of unsafe sex are brought on by good old legal, mass produced and mass marketed alcohol.

     
  • posted at 3:17 pm on Tue, Jul 28, 2009.

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    How ironic, most AIDS victims were probably high, therefore lacked the discipline to be cautious, when they contracted the disease.

     
  • posted at 1:31 pm on Tue, Jul 28, 2009.

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    dogs4you wrote on Jul 28, 2009 1:45 PM: With all of your wisdom perhaps you can tell me what kind of doctor perscribes weed, a proctologist?No Dogs, its usually oncologists (cancer doctors) and doctors involved in treating AIDS patients.

     
  • posted at 1:24 pm on Tue, Jul 28, 2009.

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    Dogs, Rhodie, Excellent pun after pun. Very funny.These types of alert are like someone out of the "reefer madness". "you'll go mad, 'you'll have deformed kids, 'you'll wig out and wake up with syphillis" or worse!CA should just legalize the whole thing and tax the crap out of it.

     
  • posted at 12:45 pm on Tue, Jul 28, 2009.

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    Rhodie, you just had to "sqeeze in" another Proctology crack. OK, enough and I`m sorry I brought the subject up.

     
  • posted at 11:23 am on Tue, Jul 28, 2009.

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    Hey Cogito, no more "cracks" about Proctology.

     
  • posted at 11:20 am on Tue, Jul 28, 2009.

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    Cogito, very good `ol boy. I thought about going to college to become an Ob/gyn doctor. My pratice would be open only to woman in the 21-35 years of age and under a size 4, and by appoitment only.My second choise would be in general medicne, I`m good at writing R/x for coughs, colds, tight azz holes and barnacles on your penis. Got any of these, seem my partner.Now back to Free Cell.

     
  • posted at 10:50 am on Tue, Jul 28, 2009.

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    Dogs, what else am I supposed to do? I get tired of playing free cel all the time. Plus, I don't have a Proctologist, maybe that's why I can't get medical weed. Proctology.....what an interesting career choice. I've always wondered, is that what one sought to be upon entering medical school? Or, was it what your instructors steered you toward because you had a "gift". Maybe it was because when specialties were being chosen, you were at the "bottom" of your class, and it was the only "opening" left. Makes one ponder....

     
  • posted at 8:45 am on Tue, Jul 28, 2009.

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    Leonard, you and Cogito seem to have a lock on most of the posts concerning WEED. You started at 4:45 and are still going strong at 12:07. If I were a realitive of yours I would be concerned that you life consists of sitting in front of that computer screen and firing off one liners all day, not that they are bad mind you, but Leonard you got to get a life away from that damn computer of yours. With all of your wisdom perhaps you can tell me what kind of doctor perscribes weed, a proctologist? To do no harm, evidently it is not in the oath they took. And now some dolt in SF wants to tax the state out of debt by taxing weed. For the serious roller, that little baggie of R/x weed would last a couple of hours, then it`s back to the streets where he used to buy it in the first place. And remember, stay drug free, you never can tell when the man that would test your pee will be on the job. And 31, the 6 pack affect will be gone soon.

     
  • posted at 8:26 am on Tue, Jul 28, 2009.

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    But Leonard, considering terrorist supporting poppy growers in Afghanistan are supplying the heroin, it does seem a little over the top he's concentrating so much on marijuana. Which is grown right here in Nor Cal.

     
  • posted at 7:21 am on Tue, Jul 28, 2009.

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    Geez Leonard, I could've sworn that the letter writer brought it up.

     
  • posted at 7:07 am on Tue, Jul 28, 2009.

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    That said, if a herbicide salesman came around your house and told you that dandelions were the single biggest threat to national security, wouldn't you be just a little bit suspicious?

     
  • posted at 6:56 am on Tue, Jul 28, 2009.

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    Cogito wrote on Jul 28, 2009 11:42 AM:" I couldn't agree more Leonard. But what does that have to do with legalizing marijuana? Gee, Cog.... I don't know. You brought it up.Tough day???

     
  • posted at 6:42 am on Tue, Jul 28, 2009.

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    I couldn't agree more Leonard. But what does that have to do with legalizing marijuana?

     
  • posted at 6:01 am on Tue, Jul 28, 2009.

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    Cogito wrote on Jul 28, 2009 9:14 AM: Also, do you really believe that the movement to legalize is free from special interest? Every political movement has some special interests attached somewhere. That said, the role of the prisoner guard unions and other political prostitute collectives in trying to inflate California's prison industry is well documented.

     
  • posted at 5:58 am on Tue, Jul 28, 2009.

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    Cogito wrote on Jul 28, 2009 9:14 AM:" Uhhh Leonard, bankrupt California also happens to BE one of those states where medical marijuana is legal. So much for taxes collected helping to balance the books.Gee Cog, you seem to be a bit befuddled. No one proposed taxing medical marijuana or any other prescription drug, for that matter.

     
  • posted at 4:14 am on Tue, Jul 28, 2009.

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    Uhhh Leonard, bankrupt California also happens to BE one of those states where medical marijuana is legal. So much for taxes collected helping to balance the books. Also, do you really believe that the movement to legalize is free from special interest?

     
  • posted at 2:48 am on Tue, Jul 28, 2009.

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    Special interests like the one Mr. Armstrong represents screamed to high heaven that the legalization of medical marijuana would bring about the end of life as we know it.Now, medical marijuana has been legal in a number of states for several years and, while the uncontrolled growth of the prison system (that Mr Armstrong's association lobbied for) has come close to bringing California to bankruptcy, cats and dogs are not breeding together, the sky is not falling and life continues much as it did before.

     
  • posted at 2:17 am on Tue, Jul 28, 2009.

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    Stats from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services from 1999-2006, overall, in states that legalized medial marijuana, teen use of marijuana declined.I do agree THC drugs ARE a far cry from directly smoking marijuana as it has been proven not to be as effective in pain or nausea relief in patients because in pill form it is filtered through the liver. How is society threatened if cancer, MS, or Crohns' patients get relief by smoking it? According to the FDA: from 1997-2005: PRIMARY cause of death from 17 FDA approved drugs (including Ritalin, Wellbutrin, and Viagra): 10,687. From marijuana: 0. As far as "Do No Harm" then virtually NO OTC or prescription drug could be used. Tylenol is linked to serious liver problems. NSAIDs and aspirin to serious chronic stomach and GI problems. Hormone replacement therapy is linked to cardiovascular problems. Just watch or read any drug advertisement.The fastest growing drug use among teens: PRESCRIPTION drugs. And meth continues to be an epidemic. So we could direct our tax-paying efforts there?

     
  • posted at 12:25 am on Tue, Jul 28, 2009.

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    Where or how do you get a statistic like this: "10 times more likely to be involved in fatal traffic collisions than a person driving under the influence of alcohol"?Does the author feel the same about eating red meat and smoking cigarettes or is he only concerned with the hippies in our society who have found a way to unwind?Would you rather deal with someone who just smoked a joint or drank a six-pack of Bud?

     
  • posted at 11:45 pm on Mon, Jul 27, 2009.

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    California Narcotic Officer's AssociationTalk about your special interests! I am surprised he didn't get the head of the prison guard union to cosign the letter with him.

     

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