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Richard Valdemar

Sgt. Richard Valdemar retired from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after spending most of his 33 years on the job combating gangs.
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Carcinogenic Cannabis

Don't believe the media hype. Marijuana corrupts our body, mind, and soul.

September 30, 2013  |  by Richard Valdemar - Also by this author

Marijuana grow photo courtesy of DEA.
Marijuana grow photo courtesy of DEA.
"It is not just a battle against marijuana; it is a battle for the minds of our children."—Dr. Bertha Madras, Harvard Medical School

Every thoughtful American should recognize that Mexico's entire national system has been corrupted. The remaining uncompromised institutions courageously battle to save the government and restore the culture to health, but Mexico's corrupting cancer could be fatal.

Less recognized is the fact that this country is not immune to this illness. In fact, the U.S. has manifested many of the symptoms of this lethal nation-destroying cancer. After years of exposure to the infectious carrier of Mexico's cancer, marijuana, our own nation's vital systems have been compromised.

Earlier this month, I attended the Marijuana Policy and Strategy Conference in southern California. The conference had many cosponsors including the Coalition for a Drug Free California and the California Narcotic Officers' Association.

Pro-pot advocates demonstrated at the venue to tell us that marijuana is natural medicine and should be legalized. The conference even made the pages of High Times Magazine. Inside the conference, knowledgeable experts countered these media-reinforced myths with scientific facts. Marijuana use is toxic, not only physically, but also to the mental and moral health of our nation. It is especially toxic to our youth.

Like tobacco, marijuana is a carcinogen. Both cause cancer. Like the poison DDT, cannabis' THC persists in the fat tissues of the body. Like alcohol, pot is an intoxicant that interferes with the ability to drive a car. Any purported medical benefit that might be derived from pot can also be obtained from safer pharmaceuticals.

Think about it. Who would drink scotch or bourbon if the intoxicating alcohol was removed? Exactly! In truth, the great majority of the pro-pot people want pot over the equivalent pharmaceuticals because they actually want the intoxicating affects of the cannabis plant rather than the supposed medical benefits.

Harvard Medical School's Dr. Bertha Madras, who spoke at the conference, presented fascinating information backed by the most recent studies that shredded popular urban legends about "harmless" marijuana use and the claims of medical marijuana purveyors.

Not counting the chemicals added to increase growth and kill insects, marijuana plants contain more than 400 known compounds. More than 60 cannabinoids have been isolated with THC being the most important. Recent studies show a 200 percent increase in the THC potency of street pot compared to just a few years ago.

These cannabinoids are attracted to the frontal lobes and other important centers of the human brain. This is especially dangerous to youngsters whose brains are still developing (up to 25 years old). And the average age of first use of pot is dropping to as low as 8 or 9.

According to published studies by Dr. Susan Dalterio, "exposure to cannabinoids can result in long-term alterations in … pituitary-gonadal function and sexual behavior." It can alter male reproduction and endocrine function. It can suppress stimulating hormones in women.

Recent studies also link heavy prolonged marijuana use with damage to the brain, including the hippocampus, which is involved in the functions of memory and recall. It is also linked to the onset of schizophrenia in some subjects who were studied.

Without question, pot is the usual gateway drug to abuse of other street drugs. Like tobacco, marijuana should come with a Surgeon General's warning about its long-term harmful effects.

By far the most potentially lethal and dangerous aspect of the cancer of marijuana is its corrupting and institution-rotting affects on our society. Our hypocritical attitude of winking at illegal pot use corrupts our morals and ethics, as well as the sacred rule of law. The conflicting and confusing treatment of government regulations concerning both medical marijuana and recreational reefer use sends a mixed message to young people.

Among the purveyors of pot we also find the corrupting influences of big money from drug cartels and progressive billionaires such as George Soros, Peter Lewis and George Zimmer. Their money and power have influenced the media and many politicians who parrot the lie that the legalization of marijuana can be a good thing.

Federal, state and local police as well as other government officials have succumbed to the money involved in the cannabis cancer. Whether it's the legal medical marijuana trade or illegal drug-trafficking gangs, it originates from the same criminal sources. Marijuana can be toxic whether prescribed by a physician and taxed by the government or slung freelance at the local grammar school.

The recent arrests of the mayor, a City Council member and the code enforcement officer in the city of Cudahy, Calif., shows the public corruption associated with the sanctioning of medical Marijuana dispensaries in the city. Allegedly the informant who was being shaken down for bribes to open his pot clinic was upset because Cudahy wanted a bigger "bite" than he was paying for his clinics in Los Angeles.

And then we come to the case of former Columbus (N.M.) Police Chief Angelo Vega, who was getting paid more than $40,000 a year from the small village and at the same time collecting $2,000 a month plus bonuses in $100 bills from local Juárez Cartel representatives. Unfortunately this isn't the first, nor will it be the last, police chief, sheriff, mayor, congressman or other government official who will succumb to the cannabis cancer.

Tags: Legalizing Drugs, Medical Marijuana, Mexican Drug Cartels, Drug Trafficking, Police Corruption


Comments (29)

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Cuyvers Marc @ 10/2/2013 12:59 AM

What a bunch of lies !!

phil S @ 10/2/2013 1:06 AM

I don't think I have read so much lies and mis information in all my life please quote some of these studies your getting your information from

Troop @ 10/2/2013 1:07 AM

Weed is a political football that greedy federal, state and local governments can't wait to get their hands on the tax money and will sell out their morals and principles for a politically correct lie.
The politicians know weed is a cancer but can't resist the overwhelming power of greed and the desire to be a "modern" and " hip" politician to enhance their chances to be reelected.

Josh @ 10/2/2013 1:50 AM

WEED IS ANTI-CANCER, YOU DUMMIES!

Tenchi Ohki @ 10/2/2013 1:56 AM

This is satire...right? ... RIGHT? Nobody can really be this wilfully ignorant.

P.S. The "Helen Lovejoy" defence doesn't wash anymore.

Jimmy @ 10/2/2013 2:53 AM

"Like tobacco, marijuana should come with a Surgeon General's warning about its long-term harmful effects."

How do you propose to make Cannabis come with these false warnings, if you refuse to legalise it?

JReb @ 10/2/2013 3:28 AM

Not only do I agree with every line in this article, I will go further. I also, from personal observation, soundly reject the myth that pot users are always mellow and just want to sit on the couch eating Doritos. Pot users are just as likely to be aggressive and do stupid $h*t (vandalism, reckless driving, fights, etc.) as alcohol users.

Those posters here calling the author ignorant and dummies are the ones that need to do their research…and I don’t mean articles in High Times magazine!

matt @ 10/2/2013 4:00 AM

Please tell me this article has been written in 1935 by Alsinger - Thank you - It would be the only logical explanation to the amount of untruth published in this article

Leo @ 10/2/2013 4:03 AM

I remember the days when the Police were civil protectors instead of a militarized government malitia.

For almost 80 years the police have willfully terrorised the very people they were duty bound to protect in order to shaw up their political masters new world order. History dictates that all such attempts of social control through fear and misinformation are doomed to fail as the public become more aware of the greed, corruption and injustice that are at the heat of such policies.

Cannabis prohibition is perhaps the most toxic of all prohibitive policy for it is certainly one of the most useful and therapeutic plants on Earth, perhaps even the most effective of all plants. To prohibit it was always a crime. To criminalise it is inhuman, illogical, ignorant and irrational. It is a direct consequence of the police support of prohibition that these days there is so little respect for them within society. When one creates meaningless, unjust and Ill-founded laws the law itself becomes meaningless.

Prohibition is in her death-throws so say a sad goodbye to the good 'ol days and the rush of terrorising the innocent.

iain @ 10/2/2013 4:39 AM

I have never read so much nonsense on my life. Yo actually try blame tye corruption of politics on an in animate object is laughable. I wont argue with this woman on the negative health aspects because she is right it does effect your memory and hormones. This is not new information. I have smoked from the age of 12 constantly day in and out with very few breaks and I can see the affects oj my memory and behaviour. Nothing like the effect what ov-er a -decade of alcohol abuse would have. The main argument in my mind anyway is choice. If I am harming my body its might decision to make. Peace.

Freddie @ 10/2/2013 5:15 AM

Tobacco is carcinogenic. why is that legal? this whole article is misinformed and pure propaganda. my favourite quote has to be, "Don't believe the media hype."... don't worry, that's the exact reason why everyone still smokes weed.

Freddie @ 10/2/2013 5:22 AM

Realise that people don't believe the lies anymore! The reason cannabis is a so-called 'gateway drug' is that you tell the people all drugs are terrible. They try weed (more people have tried it than haven't) and they realise it's propaganda. They assume the same is true of drugs that ARE actually harmful and addictive so they try those too. The sole illegality of cannabis is the very thing that puts it in the hands of kids. They have it right in the netherlands, admit that alcohol and hard drugs are the real problem and let people choose whether they want to smoke weed or not. THEY WILL ANYWAY. The war on drugs is lost and has been for some time.

Freddie @ 10/2/2013 5:41 AM

"And the average age of first use of pot is dropping to as low as 8 or 9." - Can you post the study this information is from, or are you just making it up?

Freddie @ 10/2/2013 5:48 AM

"Think about it. Who would drink scotch or bourbon if the intoxicating alcohol was removed?" thus making it clear that they are interested in the medical benefits...

Mark law @ 10/2/2013 6:46 AM

You yanks need to sort out shooting each other,cannabis is a small problem compered to you lot shooting kids and stuff.

Billy @ 10/2/2013 7:24 AM

This is so much bullshit, go smoke another one

Piet @ 10/2/2013 8:58 AM

This article is condescending and is actually an insult to all police officers, That they would be ignorant enough and that you assume that they are stupid enough to believe this false information. This shows that you have no respect for them and that you think that you can dupe the men and women on the front line.
That this has been published in a magazine for the police only causes more friction between the people that protect us and the general public.

Jordan @ 10/2/2013 2:39 PM

First of all, there appears to be a complete lack of viable research in this article. Also, currently as it stands. Law enforcement pose more risk to the average citizen than most Cannabis users. You don't get shot by a Cannabis shooter raiding your house on a bad warrant... No you get shot by a task force that many family homes with machine guns and other weapons. A cannabis user also doesn't plant anything on an unsuspecting victim just to gain a conviction against an innocent person, once again I'm going to have to give that away to the police. Reassess the problems, weigh up the pros and cons and see if you actually do anything good for people...

pigypig @ 10/2/2013 6:14 PM

...and these morons get given guns!!! Is it any surprise at all that there is no respect left for the boys formally in blue but now dressed head to toe in black complete with terrorist balaclavas?

Matthew @ 10/3/2013 2:52 PM

You'd think in this day and age with all of the evidence, you'd stop lying about Cannabis. Cannabis is a legitimate source of recreation, spiritual enlightenment and Medication. If it was so bad, 20+ States wouldn't have compassionate/medical/decriminalisation of the use of Cannabis.

Also, the term "Carcinogenic" is true to a degree. Yes, if you use combustion as your primary intake method, you're going to inhale carcinogens, however, you can Eat, Drink, Spray, Vaporise and use as a rubbing ointment. This article is a disgrace and I personally find it amazing how people still think they can get away with running smear campaigns with ridiculous propaganda.

Andy @ 10/4/2013 12:14 AM

Have you gone mad? This article is pure tripe.

bert @ 10/4/2013 3:10 AM

Clearly a load of RUBBISH, by CORRUPT police. And if they were really worried about our children, then BAN TOBACCO, ALCOHOL, MOST pharmaceutical drugs (IF NOT ALL). it's clear that the police are taking back-handers to spread Propaganda still about Cannabis, A plant that can help MILLIONS world wide. The Public must be SICK of the Lies when Studies and History are telling us different. NO ONE has ever died from using Cannabis but MILLIONS DIE every year from pharmaceutical drugs, Tobacco & Alcohol. It's time the police stopped the LIES along with Governments. Finally, Cannabis is SAFER and is a GREAT MEDICINE. PEACE

clwrthgtn @ 10/4/2013 11:08 PM

Research the writer of this article, and you will get your answer. He is a big time propaganda agent of the whole drug war, prison industrial complex, and basic police state.

Don't want to say too much on here, but just check him out.

Bradford Hutchingson @ 10/6/2013 1:38 PM

I'm using my REAL NAME. I "surfed" here at random, and when I read the GARBAGE above, by "Richard Valdemort", I had to comment...First, I googled him. He's a Viet Nam veteran, so thank-you for your service, and Welcome Home, Sir! Having gotten over the formalities, this "article" is the biggest load of unscientific garbage I've seen recently. Valdemort insists on the discredited falsehood of cannabis being a "gateway" drug, but fails to see that it is far more often a GATE-KEEPER drug. Most cannabis users rarely if ever go on to harder drugs. That most hard drug users also use cannabis is barely relevant. Anybody can go from "straight" to heroin addict in a straight line, without ANY other intervening drug use. Also, Valdemorts' repeated use of "cancer" to refer to cannabis is typical "big lie" technique, right out of the Hitler-Goebbels playbook. Bottom line, Valdemort, is that cannabis is nowhere near the "wonder drug" it's users claim that it is, nor is it anywhere near as dangerous

pctrojan @ 10/9/2013 5:55 PM

Outstanding article! Thank you . We need to help spread the truth about the dangers of pot. Too often the pot heads use google alert to tell them when an anti-pot report is on the website, and then they go to it and post negative comments. It's for one primary reason. These pot heads have nothing else better to do.

Dr.GFrias @ 10/10/2013 6:22 PM

As an educator who had many of his students killed by drugs and drug-related violence, I commend the author for taking a stand against the harmful effects of Marijuana and illegal drugs. Based on these tragic experiences, I agree that Marijuana is a gateway drug that can lead to the use of other more lethal drugs, which ultimately can contribute to deadly conclusions.

John @ 10/17/2013 4:41 AM

Whats the chances all the positive feedback for this article originate from the same two or three IP addresses? Its likely given an article this pathetically stupid wouldn't generate people smart enough to use a proxy.

Take this pathetic propaganda back to the 1940s where it belongs. The first sign of a sycophant and fraud is claiming irrefutable facts and not citing a single academic article. I'm saving this page for prosperity and the laughs it will provide the next generation when this pathetically sickening propagandist is dead in the ground.

John @ 10/17/2013 4:57 AM

Whats the chances all the positive feedback for this article originate from the same two or three IP addresses? Its likely given an article this pathetically stupid wouldn't generate people smart enough to use a proxy.

Take this pathetic propaganda back to the 1940s where it belongs. The first sign of a sycophant and fraud is claiming irrefutable facts and not citing a single academic article. I'm saving this page for prosperity and the laughs it will provide the next generation when this pathetically sickening propagandist is dead in the ground.

locke @ 10/18/2013 10:42 PM

The cops won't respond back with anything that makes sense. This is normal on this site. The guy who writes most of the propaganda in the gang section is not that intelligent, but he has all the other cops convinced that he's an expert.

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