Accuracy in Media

When The Baltimore Sun ran an editorial about the Maryland mall shooter, who killed two people and then himself, the newspaper said that mental health problems need to be identified sooner. But it failed to breathe a word about killer Darion Aguilar’s admitted marijuana use. Dr. Christine Miller, a semi-retired molecular neuroscientist living in Maryland, was not too surprised by the omission. She says the liberal media tend to ignore the relationship between marijuana and mental illness.

“I know that the editors are aware of the marijuana-psychosis connection because I have corresponded in the past with one of their journalists who was unable to get them interested in a story on the topic,” she told Accuracy in Media. “They did publish one letter I wrote to their local Towson Times affiliate.”

Miller has researched the cause of schizophrenia for many years, and is working to stave off marijuana legalization in Maryland. “Though none of my work involved the study of marijuana use, I became aware of the growing body of literature showing its association with the onset of schizophrenia, and I now regard those numerous reports as the most well-replicated finding in schizophrenia research,” she says.

In a case in Colorado, where marijuana has been legalized, the national news media recently aired a video of a man stealing an SUV with a 4-year-old boy inside, but did not emphasize his history of drug abuse, including marijuana. The Denver Post reported that a pickup truck he had stolen earlier was found with drug paraphernalia, including empty syringes, five pipes containing residues believed to be of methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as 2.1 grams of pot.

In another sensational case, in Tennessee, a woman who said she smoked marijuana all day and all night drove her car into a church and stabbed her husband. Church Hill Police Department Chief Mark Johnson told The Kingsport Times News that the woman stated that God had told her to stab her husband for “worshipping” NASCAR. The woman said, “I smoke a bunch of weed. I love to smoke it. Sometimes when I do, I start seeing things that others don’t. Isn’t God good? He told me that this would happen, and just look, I am okay.”

In the Washington, D.C. area, The Baltimore Sun isn’t the only paper reluctant to examine the marijuana link to mental illnesses, including schizophrenia and psychosis. After Dr. Miller testified to the Maryland House Judiciary Committee about the marijuana-psychosis connection, she was contacted by Frederick Krunkel of The Washington Post, asking for a phone interview. She said, “I replied, along with my phone number and a time to call, but they never called.”

“It turns out that 15 percent of marijuana users experience psychosis, half of whom will go on to become schizophrenic if they don’t stop using,” she told AIM. “Fortunately, many do stop if they aren’t addicted already, because paranoia is no fun.” She says some people are under the misimpression that if someone is psychotic due to marijuana, it comes from what the marijuana is laced with. “In fact,” she says, “the converse is true—a large study out of Finland last year shows that in acute substance-induced psychosis cases, the cannabis users convert to schizophrenia spectrum disorder at the highest rate.”

Incredibly, however, the Maryland House of Delegates passed Del. Cheryl Glenn and Del. Dan Morhaim’s medical marijuana bill in a 127-9 vote. The dope lobby, known as the Marijuana Policy Project, is saying, “Maryland may finally become the 21st state with an effective medical marijuana law!”

In attempting to explain the media’s failure to cover both sides of this debate, Miller said, “I think we are losing our journalistic standards.” She believes that papers like the Post no longer have the “depth of talent” from reporters who understand how to cover scientific evidence in controversies like this.

Another factor, she said, is that there’s a “giddy rush” by the media to jump on the “progressive bandwagon,” which views the marijuana movement as fashionable. In this regard, she singled out CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who has been promoting “medical marijuana” without taking into account the serious mental health problems associated with its use. She said liberal reporters are also influenced by the perception that too many members of minority groups are being punished for drug use.

Despite the rush to legalize marijuana for various purposes, Miller said the media will eventually be forced to cover the link between marijuana use and mental illness because of the growing number and severity of violent incidents involving schizophrenic individuals using the drug. Those whose schizophrenia manifests in the context of drug use are much more likely to be violent. She also says that in the wake of its legalization in Colorado, data is coming out of that state about impaired driving associated with the increasing use of marijuana.

 



Comments

  • Bubbles

    ” with drug paraphernalia, including empty syringes, five pipes
    containing residues believed to be of methamphetamine and marijuana, as
    well as 2.1 grams of pot”

    But naturally, it was the cannabis that caused this?

    This drivel is obvious scare tactic prohibitionist propaganda trash.

    You people should be ashamed of yourselves.

  • Aircrew

    There’s the Maryland molecular neuroscientist who has researched the
    connection between cannabis and schizophrenia for years, the large study
    from Finland which demostrates that in acute
    substance-induced psychosis cases,the cannabis users convert to
    schizophrenia spectrum disorder at the highest rate, reports from
    Colorado and Tennessee of violent crimes where the mainstream media has
    supressed important information about drug use…and you tiptoe through
    this minefield of evidence to grasp at “syringes, pipes and residue
    believed to be of methamphetamine and marijuana” to disprove any
    connection?

    Not contented with making a fool of yourself by
    ignoring these facts, you hurl invectives like “drivel” “scare tactic”
    and “prohibitionist propaganda trash” and suggest “you people” should be
    ashamed? Your inability to process reality reveals that you may be one
    of the subjects of the article. Step away from the bong and nobody
    gets hurt.

  • Bubbles

    So Doc. What would you prescribe me for my cannabis psychosis?

    Maybe you can show me where the instances of schizophrenia have risen and fallen in correlation with rising and declining usage rates?

    I suspect your reality relies greatly on the number of pills you push.

  • Aircrew

    Not going down this rabbit hole with you. Impossible to conduct a rational conversation with an irrational person. Like most stoner libs, you’re not really interested in facts, just in assuring you have unfettered access to psychotropic drugs. That stuff you’re inhaling crosses the blood/brain barrier and acts on the central nervous system. Sustained use will make you dependent. Another potentially valuable life lost. Don’t be a statistic. Open your mind to the possibility that you might be mistaken.

  • Bubbles

    “Like most stoner libs, you’re not really interested in facts, just in assuring you have unfettered access to psychotropic drugs”

    No see I like cannabis. You can keep all of your helpful prescribed pharmaceutical death.

    Aaaand where was the evidence of rise and decline? Oh, you mean it doesn’t exist. Gotcha.

    How was that last pharmaceutical paid vacation?

  • chris9465

    lies lies and more lies…….these doctors had any real idea how many people used cannabis they would stop with the fear mongering BS……

    the truth it doesnt cause mental illness

    From Harvard
    http://psychcentral.com/news/2013/12/10/harvard-marijuana-doesnt-cause-schizophrenia/63148.html

    wonder why cliff kincaid didnt do any investigative journalism before printing this fear mongering manifesto

  • chris9465

    there not facts there straight up lies it does not cause mental illness

    from Harvard Medical

    http://psychcentral.com/news/2013/12/10/harvard-marijuana-doesnt-cause-schizophrenia/63148.html

    the only one who has a problem with reality is you……she is lying stop being a sheeple

  • chris9465

    am a true conservative….. your the one acting like an uneducated know everything liberal…..your not conservative…..your just another “I know whats best you and society authoritarian” try being a limited government personal responsibility conservative instead of a fear mongering uneducated liberal authoritarian…….nothing in the above article is factual on any level……authoritarians can never self educate…..nothing you have posted is a “fact” where did dig up that lie about central nervous system wow…….the only one not looking at facts is you……

    read this i know you wont but……..

    http://psychcentral.com/news/2013/12/10/harvard-marijuana-doesnt-cause-schizophrenia/63148.html

  • chris9465

    and a direct rebuttal to DR millers lies

    http://m.stardem.com/opinion/editors_inbox/article_77585549-4738-51c1-8903-29e2cb67e24d.html?mode=jqm

    dont think you’ll read it but others will know the truth

  • disqus_KH0F5xMG8U

    Hmmmm, in the novel, “1984”, the populace were encouraged to use “soma”, which mellowed out the subjects & thus prevented an uprising against the regime…

  • ljm4

    Well, for me, it’s been just fine for the last 40+ years. My lungs are just fine. I can out work other women my age and quite a few men. Maybe it’s also because I don’t eat junk food. Don’t drink, Don’t use microwaves or cell phones or take anything from big pharma. But then I’m just a natural gal…

  • morgan765

    The “perception” that people of color are vastly overrepresented in prisons for drug crimes –relative to their percentage of the total population– is actually FACT. Look it up.

  • Lyle Boggs

    Another “conservative” argument by Mr. Kincaid, where the solution to the problem is more government intervention into the personal habits of American citizens. This guy is such a tool for the national security/mass incarceration state that he makes a mockery of the word “conservative”.

  • Duncan20903

    You should be aware that you’re having trouble differentiating between fiction and reality. What in the world makes you confuse our kicking, screaming, and utter refusal to be bullied by the government and the prohibitionist para sites with complacent acceptance of government fiat? Have you been using drinking alcohol to excess?

  • Duncan20903

    Quoting William F. Buckley:

    Conservatives pride themselves on resisting change, which is as
    it should be. But intelligent deference to tradition and stability can
    evolve into intellectual sloth and moral fanaticism, as when
    conservatives simply decline to look up from dogma because the effort to
    raise their heads and reconsider is too great.

    The laws concerning marijuana aren’t exactly indefensible, because
    practically nothing is, and the thunderers who tell us to stay the
    course can always find one man or woman who, having taken marijuana,
    moved on to severe mental disorder.

    But that argument, to quote myself, is on the order of saying that every rapist began by masturbating.

    General rules based on individual victims are unwise.

    And although there is a perfectly respectable case against using
    marijuana, the penalties imposed on those who reject that case, or who
    give way to weakness of resolution, are very difficult to defend.

    “Free Weeds” in National Review (29 June 2004)

  • yaniv chenski

    Making up random studies pulled rectally from your lard riddled behind is not enough.

    You really sound like a self involved hipster jerkwad. i bet you you’re a real charmer on dates.

  • CheshireCat

    The big push as well as the financial backing for the legalization of marijuana is another aspect of the agenda to break down the United States of America. With individuals like Soros giving millions in support of weed legalization, it become evident that liberalization of the pot laws is truly done for the public interest. Americans, take back you country!

  • Rebecca

    I know how many people use marijuana and the doctors are not fear mongering. I used to be a nurse. If you go to a medical facility where they don’t do drug testing….you get what you get. Like crime in your neighborhood? You have teenagers and even adults doing weed. Have you ever had workmen who have no clue as to haw to do the job, their work is third class….weed.

  • KAG505

    Harmless. pot is harmless. Just ask the fellow who went to Denver to “sample” marijuana, just to see what all the hullabaloo was about. He consumed several marijuana cookies, became violent and jumped out a four story window. Never mind. He’s dead. Denver Coroner officially lists marijuana intoxication as a significant condition as the cause of this mans death.

  • annon

    If this “fellow” tried marijuana cookies for the first time before experiencing marijuana by itself then of course expect this “fellow” to go on a wild trip but it wont make him violent rather it would make him very calm and spaced out.

  • Boo

    Oh FFS, the association exists because schizophrenics commonly use marijuana to self medicate their schizophrenia. Geez people, its a basic correlation/causation mistake.

  • 1mom

    I can tell you, as a mother of a 20 year old that has recently been in a psychosis, that my son has absolutely NO family history of mental illness and no medical issues. The only thing he DID have was a history of smoking marijuana since he was age 15. He had NO other substances in his system, but marijuana, when doctors checked his blood before admitting him to a psychiatric hospital. He has no past history of any other drug use, nor has he ever experimented with any other drug. No, there is no absolute proof of his psychosis being linked to his marijuana use, your right. He has used it again a couple of times since coming out of a psychosis. He says he heard voices worse than he ever has. I don’t believe everyone is affected the same way when using marijuana, so why not take a risk? I mean, it’s only your life your messing around with. If you need to escape life that badly that it”s worth risking your mental stability for and changing your life forever, than by all means, you may want to seek therapy.

  • Ricky

    “He has no past history of any other drug use, nor has he ever experimented with any other drug.”

    Bullfloppies.

    If, and that’s a big IF, you are sincere, it had to have been fake pot. Not the real stuff that caused this. It is that simple.

    And I think it’s you that needs therapy. What are your voices telling you?

  • Tracey

    The cannabis issue is neither black or white my friends. I grew up in the 70s in Calif when marijuana laws were relatively lax and dabbled with it, had a bit of illicit fun, but found it really wasn’t for me. I will agree more harm could and did come from a drunken binge, but to say there is no harm with maryjane is pretty stupid.

    Sadly, my daughter, who has no history of cannabis use, has a severe mental illness and has been hospitalized for psychotic episodes twice. Once at 18 and once at 19. The thing the psychiatrists and other health care professionals have been keen to make clear coming out of hospital, is that she must take care not to use cannabis.

    The shitter is, while in the psych unit she got to be “friends” with people also in for alcohol, heroin, and heavy cannabis abuse. It’s mind-boggling, but at least she can see how other people have fucked themselves up. My daughter receives benefit because she cannot work. Dealers are quick to home in on vulnerable people. It’s the truth, don’t be naive, people!

    Most people take for granted that the odd toke young people have at concerts will be okay. You will return to school or work after the weekend. Unfortunately, for some people it might be enough to set things in motion for depression and mental health decline.

    Unless you have a loved one dependent on you because of severe mental health issues, you just aren’t going to get this.

    Love to you all and may you never ever experience a parent, sibling or child affected by these issues.

  • Schizophrenia is a genetic disorder. It ruins in families. This article is inaccurate. CDB, the second most prevalent substance in marijuana has shown to TREAT schizophrenia more effective than conventional medicines (http://healthland.time.com/2012/05/30/marijuana-compound-treats-schizophrenia-with-few-side-effects-clinical-trial/ ).
    Also, studies contradict the assertion that marijuana causes this disease (http://psychcentral.com/news/2013/12/10/harvard-marijuana-doesnt-cause-schizophrenia/63148.html).
    Cannabis has shown to increase brain “noise,” which is also found among schizophrenics. However, this “noise” is also found to be at the same levels among some non-schizophrenics, who lack focus, and have bad organizational skills. They are not “hearing voices” or seeing people who are not there–and neither are marijuana users. Anyone who thinks this is the case, has never tried the drug, and it has become a “boogy man” to them. Furthermore, this “brain noise” is linked to creativity (http://www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/stories/2015/03/creative-genius-driven-by-distraction.html), which marijuana users all say occurs during the “high.”
    And lastly, there is a dramatic increase between ALCOHOL users and schizophrenia (http://www.dualdiagnosis.org/schizophrenia-alcoholism/). however, to be intellectually honest, this article clearly states that schizophrenics might use alcohol at a higher rate in order to treat their condiction. The same is true with marijuana u

  • Schizophrenia is a genetic disorder. It ruins in families. This article is inaccurate. CDB, the second most prevalent substance in marijuana has shown to TREAT schizophrenia more effective than conventional medicines (http://healthland.time.com/2012/05/30/marijuana-compound-treats-schizophrenia-with-few-side-effects-clinical-trial/ ).
    Also, studies contradict the assertion that marijuana causes this disease (http://psychcentral.com/news/2013/12/10/harvard-marijuana-doesnt-cause-schizophrenia/63148.html).
    Cannabis has shown to increase brain “noise,” which is also found among schizophrenics. However, this “noise” is also found to be at the same levels among some non-schizophrenics, who lack focus, and have bad organizational skills. They are not “hearing voices” or seeing people who are not there–and neither are marijuana users. Anyone who thinks this is the case, has never tried the drug, and it has become a “boogy man” to them. Furthermore, this “brain noise” is linked to creativity (http://www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/stories/2015/03/creative-genius-driven-by-distraction.html), which marijuana users all say occurs during the “high.”
    And lastly, there is a dramatic increase between ALCOHOL users and schizophrenia (http://www.dualdiagnosis.org/schizophrenia-alcoholism/). however, to be intellectually honest, this article clearly states that schizophrenics might use alcohol at a higher rate in order to treat their condition. The same is true with marijuana.
    CBD has shown to be an anti-cancer, anti-epileptic, and anti-psychotic on numerous studies posted on PUBMED, a website of NIH. Misplaced fear will cause these medications made from this plant to be put off for more years, and more people will suffer.