NEW: Comprehensive 2020 Report on Results of Legalisation of Cannabis Overseas

first_imgThe Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) NZ Coalition which is leading the NO vote against cannabis legalisation in the upcoming referendum has released a new report “Lessons From Cannabis Legalisation 2020”, a comprehensive study of the data outcomes in ‘legalised’ marijuana states in the U.S., and recent developments since legalisation in Canada and Uruguay, the only two countries in the world who have legalised recreational cannabis use.This study, validated by researchers from institutions such as Harvard and Johns Hopkins University, and using governmental data and the latest peer-reviewed studies, finds that the U.S. states that have legalised marijuana are witnessing rising use rates, thriving black markets, and harms among disadvantaged communities. This is also the early evidence from Canada and Uruguay.This report which has almost 250 references will serve as an eye-opener for the New Zealand public and gives very persuasive evidence for voting no in the referendum. The legalisation of marijuana has had significant costs both fiscally and in terms of social and health harms. It is clearly evident that cannabis legalisation is a failed policy.The report highlights research showing that cannabis – which has skyrocketed in average potency over the past decades – is addictive and harmful to the human brain, especially when used by adolescents. In U.S. states that have already legalised the drug, there has been an increase in drugged driving crashes, youth marijuana use, costs that far outweigh tax revenues from cannabis, and sustained marijuana arrest rates. These states and also Uruguay and Canada have seen a black market that continues to thrive, and tobacco company investment in cannabis.This report moves past the spin from cannabis industry proponents who want to normalise and profit from drug use in our communities. At a time when New Zealand’s mental health system is bursting at the seams, why would we go and legitimise a mind-altering product which will simply add to social harm?The report is produced by the SAM-NZ Coalition, in conjunction with research from Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) in the U.S.Smart Approaches To Marijuana NZ (SAM-NZ) is an alliance of community organisations and leaders in New Zealand (including ex-addicts, educators, ex-police, addiction counsellors, health professionals and community workers) who oppose any attempt to legalise cannabis, based on reputable science and sound principles of public health and safety.DOWNLOAD THE REPORTlast_img read more

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Mr. Garry Wayne Forwood

first_imgMr. Garry Wayne Forwood, age 72, of Rising Sun, Indiana, formerly of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on October 25, 1947, in Madison, Indiana. He was the loving son of the late, Harold Edwin and Leo Margaret (Osborn) Forwood. He was raised in Switzerland County, Indiana where he was a 1965 graduate of the Vevay High School and graduated in 1975 from the police academy. Garry was united in marriage on August 21, 1984, in Pensacola, Florida, to Janet Sue Adam. Garry was employed as a police officer for the Town of Vevay from 1969 – 1974. He was employed as a Deputy Sheriff for Switzerland County from 1974 – 1977 and was later employed as Sheriff from 1977 – 1983. Garry was the community manager for the Sun Community Manufactured Homes in Merritt Island, Florida. He was a former member of the Long Run Baptist Church near Moorefield, Indiana. Garry enjoyed farming and helping his son, Tim on the farm and driving tractors. Garry passed away at 12:14 p.m., Friday, November 15, 2019, at his residence in Rising Sun, Indiana.Garry will be missed by his wife over 35 years, Janet Sue (Adam) Forwood of Rising Sun, IN; his daughter, Debra Weir and her husband, Jeff of Commiskey, IN; his son, Charles Timothy “Tim” White and his wife, Teresa of Aurora, IN; his grandchildren, Trenton Weir, James Weir; Heather Cook and her husband, Brad and Timothy Adam White and his wife, Samantha; his great-grandchildren, Harper, Dean, Aiden and Aubree; his brother, Jerold E. Forwood and his wife, Dorothy of Madison, AL; his nephew, Michael Todd Forwood; his niece, Tamera Tubell; his great-nephew, Riley Forwood and his great-niece, Alexandria Tubell.He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold Edwin Forwood, died September 5, 1991 and Leo Margaret (Osborn) Forwood, died December 19, 1999.Friends may call 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at 1:00 p.m., by Rev. Mike Jones at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be made to the Vevay High School Class of 1965 Reunion Fund c/o Judy Ellegood. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more

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