• November 26, 2020

No, Cannabis Gummies Aren’t ‘Ruining Families’ and ‘Killing’ Americans

 No, Cannabis Gummies Aren’t ‘Ruining Families’ and ‘Killing’ Americans

Oh, Fox & Friends. What will you come up with next?

During a recent segment, Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade claimed, “THC is addicting I know so many people, they say they were told one thing and they end up getting addicted to it. That is an addicting substance. There is a price to pay for pot.”

A subject being interviewed, Florida Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, then piled on, claiming, “It is ruining families and killing people every day across the United States and we stand here in denial…”

Sorry to disappoint those still carrying the torch for a failed drug war, but in reality, no one has ever died from marijuana. Ever. Period. So, this one gets filed under — Fake News!

The story the Fox News hosts and Sheriff Judd was referencing involved a handful of Florida teens who consumed cannabis gummies and became sick. Minors should never be consuming marijuana, and the cannabis industry has taken the lead on the subject by pushing for child-resistant packaging and educational campaigns that keep marijuana out of reach to minors. In fact, the cannabis industry funds these campaigns.

Even on the topic of whether cannabis is addictive, Fox News oversteps. There have been reports of about 11 percent of cannabis consumers reporting problems with quitting. But those studies are inconclusive, given the small population impacted. Also, daily consumption of marijuana is regularly proven to be less harmful than more addictive substances, like opioids and alcohol.

Read this smart fact check by Vox on the latest cannabis Fake News piece out of Fox and Friends.

Peter Marcus

Peter Marcus

Peter Marcus served as the Senior Statehouse Reporter for the Colorado Springs Gazette where he co-launched ColoradoPolitics.com, covering politics, the governor’s office, the Colorado Legislature, Congress, and federal, state and local governments. He joined in November 2016 from The Durango Herald. The Washington Post twice named Marcus one of the top state-based political and legislative reporters in the nation. He also has won over a dozen awards from the Colorado Press Association. In prior positions, Marcus worked for the Colorado Statesman, a Denver-based political weekly, and The Denver Daily News, a former free daily newspaper in Denver, where he covered City Hall, politics, and had an entertainment column. Before that, Marcus worked for the Longmont Times-Call. An Ithaca College graduate, Marcus studied journalism and creative writing, before moving to Colorado from New York in 2004.

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