WTF Are They Smoking at the New York Post?
The New York Post is hardly regarded as any sort of pinnacle of hard news. In fact, it’s little more than a colorful shitrag most often found resting somewhere between the National Enquirer and an Alex Jones fart on the Scale of Journalistic Integrity. I mean, who can forget this award-worthy cover?
Or this one?
So really it should come as no surprise that when this glorified birdcage liner of a “news” outlet decided to take a swing at legal weed, they missed so badly that even they should be ashamed, if they had any shame…
In an article published yesterday, August 7th, written by Miranda Devine, the paper and the author use a rickety stack of misleading claims and outright lies to build a case that cannabis legalization is leading to a rise in psychosis in the general population and that is the reason for the mass shootings that we are suffering through as a society. Seriously. That is her take. Let’s break it down.
In just the second paragraph (or technically the first one, since the intro is just a boring and unrelated whine of a one-liner) Devine compares New York to other “greedy states scrambling to legalize this deceptively dangerous drug” by which she means weed. Anal-retentive alliteration aside, Devine makes no attempt to disguise her Conservative ties and offers a clear and immediate reminder that if you love weed, Republicans are not your friends. Her entire screed is a regurgitation of GOP talking points that “mental health” is the cause for violence on our society and cannabis, she claims, is at the root of the problem.
Among American teenagers, the drug’s “daily use has become as, or more, popular than daily cigarette smoking” according to the National Institute of Health’s 2017 Monitoring the Future study.
We’ve successfully demonized cigarettes while new laws send kids the message that marijuana is harmless.
The fact of the matter is that anywhere that you see new cannabis reform laws being passed, you will also see an extensive web of provisions attached to ensure that the newly formed industry does nothing that can in any way, shape, or form be construed as advertising to minors. Everything from print ad design to child-proof packaging is in place to make legal weed as unappealing to kids as possible. The ironic part is, that is already a natural side effect of legalization! Once something is legal, it becomes infinitely less cool to rebellious youths and we are seeing this bear out in the statistics. Yes, cigarette smoking is down with teens – great! But further research has proven time and again that when you regulate cannabis and replace dealers with dispensaries, adolescent use does not go up. It’s harder to get and not as cool to have – pretty simple logic, but it escapes the even more simple mind of Ms. Devine.
After citing a boring list of easily-debunked links to half-baked studies trying to tie cannabis use with psychosis or other mental health disorders without considering essential confounding factors like family history, personal history, and genetics, Devine ends with this gem:
13 percent of cases of schizophrenia could be averted if all cannabis use were prevented. That’s more than 400,000 Americans who could be saved from a fate worse than death.
“Worse than death”…
What a dumbass thing to say, even before you do the math.
To stigmatize millions of Americans in that way is petty, clickbait bullshit, which also happens to be a perfect summary of Devine’s writing career thus far.
As my friends at Veterans Cannabis Coalition reported on the matter, “Cannabis has not been proven to cause mental health disorders, and mental health disorders are nowhere near proven to be causes of mass violence. Racism and misogyny are not mental health disorders. Easy access to firearms is not a mental health disorder.”
This article in the Post is bankrupt on facts, so here’s one for you. The fact is that millions of people in the U.S. and abroad have found cannabis to be a safe, effective, and all-natural solution to help them manage their mental health for their own benefit. Devine couldn’t tell Blue Dream from Tangie if her morally bankrupt life depended on it. She is playing a game. A game to distract society from the pressing issue of gun control. Wherever you happen to stand in that debate is up to you, but the debate needs to be had and harpies like Miranda Devine need to be treated like the fake news that they are and get shut off completely.
The link between Miranda Devine’s nose and her own ass is undeniable.