Letter to the War Street Journal and the dictatorship and conservative supporter

Dear Editor,

In “Cannabis and the Violent Crime Surge” Allysia Finley does an excellent job of alerting us to the dangers associated with marijuana.

She then joins gun control advocates in her opinion of what to do about it. Isn’t 80 years of failed supply control enough? Apparently it has been enough to create a society where personal responsibility is becoming extinct through a shift to obedience to the blessed state and an embrace of ignorance.

In all aspects of our lives we have become accustomed to obeying such intrusions as seat belt warning chimes instead of putting knowledge to use for safety.

With all the great information in this article and then a conclusion supporting more big government, Ms. Finley treats us as what we have become because of the meddling state.

Fritz Groszkruger

Cannabis and the Violent Crime Surge

Heavy marijuana use among youths is leading to more addiction and antisocial behavior.

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June 6, 2022 7:02 pm ET

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The stigma once attached to marijuana has vanished. Nineteen states have legalized cannabis for recreational use, and politicians of both parties increasingly treat it as harmless. Asked during the 2020 presidential campaign about her pot use in college, Kamala Harris giggled and said marijuana “gives a lot of people joy” and “we need more joy in the world.” But the public needs an honest discussion of its social and public-health risks, which include violence and mental illness.

Alex Berenson, author of “Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness and Violence,” pointed out that the New York Times had curiously removed from an article about the Uvalde school shooter a former co-worker’s recollection that he complained about his grandmother not letting him smoke weed. The Times didn’t append a correction to the story as it might be expected to do when fixing a factual inaccuracy.

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Assuming the elided detail was accurate, it would fit a pattern. Mass shooters at Rep. Gibby Giffords’s constituent meeting in Tucson, Ariz. (2011), a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. (2012), the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla. (2016), the First Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas (2017), and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. (2018), were reported to be marijuana users. It could be a coincidence, but increasing evidence suggests a connection.

Isn’t pot supposed to make you mellow? Maybe if you smoke only a joint on occasion. But youth nowadays are consuming marijuana more frequently and in higher doses than their elders did when they were young. This is leading to increased addiction and antisocial behavior.


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THC, the chemical that causes a euphoric high, interacts with the brain’s neuron receptors involved with pleasure. Marijuana nowadays on average is about four times as potent as in 1995. But dabs—portions of concentrated cannabis—can include 20 times as much THC as joints did in the 1960s. It’s much easier for young people to get hooked. One in 6 people who start using pot while under 18 will develop an addiction, which doctors call “cannabis use disorder.” As they use the drug more frequently to satisfy cravings, they develop psychological and social problems.

That’s what happened to Colorado teenager Johnny Stack. His mother, Laura, wrote a harrowing book chronicling his descent into cannabis addiction. He started smoking weed at 14, after Colorado legalized it, and progressed to using more-potent products such as dabs. He gradually withdrew from social activities and developed psychosis. Substance-abuse treatment and a stay at a mental hospital failed to cure him because chronic marijuana use permanently rewired his brain. Delusional, he jumped off a six-story building and killed himself. Alas, he’s not an anomaly. “People who have taken large doses of the drug may experience an acute psychosis, which includes hallucinations, delusions, and a loss of the sense of personal identity,” the National Institutes of Health notes.

Roneet Lev, an addiction specialist who previously led the Emergency Department at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, said in a recent interview with the American Council on Science and Health that California cannabis emergency-room visits climbed 53% in the three years after the state legalized recreational marijuana in 2016. Daily marijuana emergency-room visits in San Diego nearly quadrupled between 2014 and 2019.

Cannabis-induced psychosis, she said, is fairly common. Some patients she treated experienced cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome from long-term use, which causes “scromiting”—screaming and vomiting. There’s no antidote. Some patients spend weeks in the emergency room waiting for placement in mental-health clinics.

Countless studies have also linked chronic cannabis use to schizophrenia. A meta-analysis in January examining 591 studies concluded that early marijuana use among adolescents was associated with a significant increase in the risk of developing schizophrenia. Researchers have yet to prove a causal relationship, but the weight of evidence is hard to dismiss.

Some legalization proponents claim that other countries where marijuana is widely available have fewer mental-health problems than the U.S. But a study from Denmark last summer found that schizophrenia cases associated with pot addiction have increased three- to fourfold over the past 20 years as marijuana potency rose 200%.

Young people are especially vulnerable to cannabis’s effects because their brains are still developing. Scientists in a recent study reviewed scans of teenagers’ brains before and after they started using pot. They found that parts of the brain involved in decision making and morality judgments were altered in pot users compared to nonusers.

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But can pot make people violent? A study last year found that young people with such mood disorders as depression who were also addicted to pot were 3.2 times more likely to commit self-harm and die of homicide—often after initiating violence—than those who weren’t. A meta-analysis found the risk of perpetrating violence was more than twice as high for young adults who used marijuana. It’s possible that pot can trigger dangerous behavior in youths who may be predisposed to it for other reasons such as prenatal exposure to drugs.

Also worrisome, legalization seems to be leading to more pregnant women using pot. About 20% of pregnant young women in California tested positive for marijuana in 2016. THC crosses the placenta and can impair neurological development. Prenatal exposure to marijuana has been linked to behavioral problems, mental illness and lower academic achievement in children and adolescents.

Maybe it’s time that lawmakers and voters rethink their pot-legalization experiment before more young lives are damaged.

Ms. Finley is a member of the Journal’s editorial board.

Trying to Make Sense of the Mass Shooting

That character who shot those teachers and children in Uvalde, Texas turned out to be only half of the story.

Apparently the police neglected their duty to stop the attack. Again, I wonder why. Is it because nobody told them to do so?

In a country founded on INDIVIDUAL rights and responsibilities we have now devolved into a country where we depend on AUTHORITY over ethics or morals. We look toward legality rather than what is morally right, the basis of that being The Golden Rule.

The welfare state is based on a philosophy of authority negating individual rights. It’s obviously wrong to steal, yet we justify it for the nobility of the end result.

The policemen who stood outside and did nothing to stop the maniac are a product of this society where authority rules over common decency. If they had not been indoctrinated into blindly following orders they would have seen the need and done anything to save an innocent life.

We have drone pilots bombing weddings, politicians keeping drugs illegal (which keeps them outside of a safer regulated market), and people who knowingly accept a mistake in their favor at the cash register and are proud of it. Where have our morals gone?

Our country has changed over the years as Jefferson predicted. Government has grown and the rights fought for in the Revolutionary War have diminished. Government and individual rights fight for the same place. One is the opposite of the other. As we see deficiencies, we seek to ameliorate them and the simple way is legislation. Legislation, like language, has to be generalized. That process leads to a loss of the concept of the individual.

As prevention becomes a more accepted way to deal with bad situations, individuals become blameless. I vividly remember the day of the Columbine shooting. I thought to myself, “They acted like the government.”

I think Eisenhower’s warning to beware of the military industrial complex has much wider meaning than just the Pentagon draining the economy. Our government’s macho attitude is infecting troubled people who then… act like the government. We are shocked!

Then the police show up and they can’t act without authoritarian approval.

Nearly every one of us has gone to school funded by coercion. We are coerced into attending school. Don’t misunderstand me to be saying our schools are evil. But a lifelong precedent is set accepting coercion as normal. We shouldn’t be surprised.

Letter to several Iowa Newspapers

Dear Editor,

Let’s do some math regarding the performance of our elected representatives in Washington.

131,000 schools in the U.S.

$54 billion sent to Ukraine and defense contractors.

$54 billion divided by 131,000 =

$412,000 per school that could have been available to the states to help secure the safety of students and teachers.

I suggest that Charles Grassley, Joni Ernst, and my representative in the house, Randy Feenstra, should sell their assets and donate it to Ukraine and the defense industry as a sign of honesty.

Fritz Groszkruger

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Not Just Fantasy

“The main mark of modern governments is that we do not know who governs, de facto any more than de jure. We see the politician and not his backer; still less the backer of the backer; or, what is most important of all, the banker of the backer.”

J.R.R. Tolkien

Is This The Best We Can Do?

We are united in a desire to avoid conflict but divided on how to do it. I can’t find anything in the news about what would drive that kid in Texas to murder. It just is so devastating and unimaginable in our world. That is partly because of lost potential, loss of hope. We old folks have less of that, and what there is of it is not wide open like the future of a child.

On the world stage I’m frustrated with this war thing, Uvalde, Texas writ large. Our country was founded partly by Thomas Jefferson who said, “Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.” That always seemed like a good way to relate whether as a country or a person; so simple, so peaceful. Mutually beneficial.

The tragedy in Uvalde, has taken over the headlines as we are so curious as to why. But in the big picture Jefferson’s idea needs to be considered. I wrote to our two senators and our congressman pleading with them to follow the Constitution they swore to uphold, to let Americans keep their $40 billion instead of choosing a side in somebody else’s war… again, to prove how much they care. They care so much that they are willing to send $54 billion so far, getting pretty close to Russia’s $56 billion total military budget. To make war without a congressional declaration is plainly dishonest.

The replies I received were form letters (encouraging, as maybe I was not alone) extolling the virtues of their caring hearts defending Ukraine from the devil Putin. They seemed confident that word had not gotten out as to the lack of purity on the Ukrainian side.

The patriotic thing to do is to call them out on this. It may be too late, but we need to reconsider Jefferson’s plea. Look at the world we’ve been living in. Countries all around us have been producing valuable goods that we get at bargain prices. What do we produce? Very little that raises living standards; mostly military hardware. Our relationship with the rest of the world is mostly threats and sanctions, and freezing assets as we puff out our chests claiming to be morally superior. Who would invest in a country that steals the investments when they are seen as contrary to our values. And… look at what “our” values have become.

Europe had a good and growing peaceful relationship with Russia and China. But this nonsense of U.S. superiority wouldn’t let that growth continue. Now Europe will be facing a winter of frozen pipes because infrastructure can never be built fast enough to export gas there from our once sustainable supplies.

The us versus them mindset will destroy us. Like the welfare state, where its biggest proponents are blatantly advocating theft disguised as their own compassion; the source of all this funding is assumed to come from some magical place. But the need is so dire it doesn’t matter to our betters in DC.

But it does matter. Europe will go broke without raw materials to fuel its industry. Hungry people will get desperate. Multiples of lawlessness. It will spread to the U.S. as all confidence will be lost in the dollar. The value of the Russian ruble has rebounded to levels higher than before the war. India is buying oil with rubles. Previously international trade was in dollars.

I realize our representatives need to stay in the conversation in Washington. I understand they will be dismissed as traitors if they tell the truth and act with virtue regarding their representation of our interests. But out of the thousands of possibilities are they really the best we can do? They are insulting our intelligence telling us money grows on trees and bad people are good. They must know better.