EDITORIAL: “Marijuana is Evil and it Makes You Crazy!”
Editorial by Tom Lemons,
Did my “Click Bait” headline grab your attention? I hope it did because after the vicious attacks I received this afternoon, regarding marijuana being a factor in a child’s death, I would like to provide my opinion and a few scientific facts on the subject.
Two-month old Miles Luke Anchondo Jr. died at the hands of his father, Miles Sr. earlier this year, due injuries received from several acts of violence. The Sheriff’s Office stated in their media release that, “Upon arrival, patrol deputies located a naked infant on the living room floor, but the infant was dry, conflicting with Anchondo’s statement to the 9-1-1 operator. Deputies also observed what they believed to be marijuana in plain view, in the living room.” Officials further stated, “During the interview Kraft noted other discrepancies in what Anchondo was stating to him and what he stated during the 9-1-1 call. Also during the interview, Anchondo admitted to smoking marijuana the day before, and stated he knocked over a small bong while he was trying to help the infant. He told Kraft he kicked the broken pieces of the bong under the sofa.” And lastly Officials stated, “It was concluded that the incident described by the father was not consistent with the injuries the infant suffered. The infant suffered ongoing physical abuse which resulted in his death.”
As a result of the investigation, Anchondo was charged with Murder While Engaged in Certain Felony Offenses and Aggravated Child Abuse.
When I posted my article on the RNRF Facebook page, the vast majority of responses were people outraged over my headline that stated, “Marijuana Use Possible Factor.” (ORIGINAL ARTICLE)
Here are a few samples responses:
Jennifer Gill – “Omg marijuana did not make him hurt that baby his own decisions did. Don’t blame the weed on his poor decisions and lack of patience with his own child. He’s a horrible human being and deserves every horrible thing to happen to him but let’s not start with the usual propaganda of marijuana being a bad drug!”
Tony Alden – “What A Stupid Headline To Actually Insinuate Marijuana Was An Excuse To Abuse Then Murder Your Child……SHAME ON YOU…..!!!”
Jessica Lindsay Crisson – “I’ve been a huge supporter of you Mr. Lemons but this is a complete and utter BULLSHIT headline and I will no longer be following you or supporting what you stand for. Cannabis had nothing to do with this. That father is a POS and should rot in prison.”
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What has actually happened is that a large segment of society has become so hypersensitive over key words like, “Marijuana,” “Black,” “Pit Bull,” or various other unacceptable politically incorrect terms that they are “triggered” anytime they see or hear something that might conflict with their social or political beliefs. I think “intolerance” is the correct term.
Marijuana, Alcohol, Prescription Narcotics, Illegal Narcotics and even Caffeine and Nicotine can have physical, behavioral, and emotional effects on your body. Marijuana is an intoxicant and that’s why it’s illegal to smoke, drink, or use any intoxicant before getting behind the wheel of a car.
Regardless of those commenters who believe marijuana should be legalized for recreational use – it is not, and it remains illegal. Your opinion has no bearing on whether you get arrested for being in possession of, driving under the influence of, or, like in this case, being a factor in the murder of an infant child.
Marijuana effects people differently and when you’re stoned and in the care of an infant, do you think you are prepared the make the best judgement calls in the event of an emergency? What if you are completely passed out from just smoking marijuana and because your child is screaming, you snap and shake the child to death? Is that not a plausible hypothesis?
But let’s talk about my opinion on Marijuana, since that seems to be why I was viscously attacked for using the word in an article. I believe marijuana is an excellent alternative to chemical treatments for certain medical conditions. Do I believe marijuana is the cure all for every ailment? No. And I do believe there are negative attributes contributed to marijuana use, just like any intoxicant.
I want to reiterate, I am not anti-marijuana! I completely agree with it being used for medical purposes.
If marijuana becomes legal, as it has in several states, it will not change the fact that it is an intoxicant and it will still lead to car accidents, injuries and deaths, just like other intoxicants.
Do you want your surgeons smoking pot before you go under the knife? Do you want your police officers smoking pot before making a decision on whether or not to shoot a suspect? Do you want your taxi driver, bus driver or airline pilot smoking pot before taking your life into their hands? Do you want your child’s school bus driver taking your children’s lives into their hands while under the influence of marijuana? If you said no to those questions, then why is it okay for a parent to care for an infant child, not only under the influence of marijuana but smoking it in front of them?
But let’s discuss what experts have discovered after a 50-year study was conducted on the use of marijuana and the prevalence of violent behavior.
According to a 2016 article in Psychology Today, “…individuals who are involved in violence or who commit criminal offenses may also be people who are more open to using marijuana. After all, marijuana is an illegal substance in most places, so people with antisocial personality traits and those with tendencies toward lawlessness may be the type of individuals inclined to be more open to obtaining and using the illegal substance.” Experts also stated, “Continued use of cannabis over the life-time of the study was the strongest predictor of violent convictions, even when the other factors that contribute to violent behavior were considered in the statistical analysis.” And in conclusion scientists say, “The results show that continued cannabis use is associated with a 7-fold greater odds for subsequent commission of violent crimes. This level of risk is similar to the increased risk of lung cancer from smoking cigarettes over a similar duration (40 years). The authors suggest that impairments in neurological circuits controlling behavior may underlie impulsive, violent behavior, as a result of cannabis altering the normal neural functioning in the ventrolateral prefrontal cortex.”And here’s a huge revelation (Drum roll) I, Tom Lemons smoked marijuana in my late teens. So, I know exactly what the effects of marijuana are on a person, and it absolutely affects judgement.
I’m sure some of you will still go ballistic over this article, despite my efforts to provide scientific evidence and a personal explanation of my opinion, but as they say – Que sera, sera!
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