LETTERS: Where were the concerns about marijuana?

LETTERS: Where were the concerns about marijuana?



Where were the concerns?

Editor:

Vaping among our youth is a serious health problem. I am concerned about a CTMirror article (republished in the RJ on 01/03/2020) regarding comments from CT Department of Public Health (CTDPH) officials that the vaping ban does not go far enough.

Where were those concerns regarding medical marijuana or legislation to lower the age for medical marijuana use? 

Where were the health concerns when our pro-marijuana legislators attempted to legalize marijuana?

The CTDPH officials did not say anything to the CDC investigation of vaping ER admissions, which found that: 80% reported using TCH (marijuana)-containing products; 35% reported exclusive use of THC (marijuana)-containing products. Only 5% reported no THC, nicotine, or CBD products. 

The CDC reports, as of December 27, 2019, that there were a total of 2,561 cases of hospitalizations involving e-cigarettes, or vaping, and 55 deaths in 27 states and District of Columbia. 

THC (marijuana) was present in most of the samples tested by FDA to date, and most patients report a history of using THC (marijuana)-containing products.

The CDC reports a sharp rise in ER visits related to e-cigarette use (updated 12/31/19).  https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/severe-lung-disease.html

The common denominators are marijuana and Vitamin E acetate, an additive used most notably in THC (marijuana)-containing e-cigarette or vaping products.

Furthermore, a survey by an organization called Monitoring the Future has revealed that marijuana vaping by youth has tripled since 2007.

The outright ignorant statements and public speeches from our pro-marijuana legislators regarding vaping do not point out the overwhelming fact that THC (marijuana) was involved in 80% of the cases. 

This is incomprehensible — and dangerous disregard for public health. 

When those legislators pushed for legalizing recreational marijuana in Connecticut, what was the position of the CTDPH — the agency charged with protecting public health and welfare? All I heard was dead silence. 

William E. Butka, Wallingford


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