Accuracy in Media

DeForest Rathbone, chairman of the National Institute of Citizen Anti-drug Policy (NICAP), says one of the most notorious examples of “fake news” in the media is the notion that marijuana is medicine. He is so alarmed by the misinformation being spread by the media about marijuana and other aspects of the growing drug problem that he sponsored a full-page advertisement in Monday’s Washington Times, urging President Donald Trump to personally follow through on his promise to address “the growing national public health crisis of soaring drug addiction and overdose deaths.”

“There is virtually no one in America today who does not personally know of a drug-related tragedy among his family, neighbors or friends,” the ad says.

However, Rathbone says the media have played down the serious nature of the crisis. “We have become intimately aware that the nation’s current drug crisis is far greater than is being reported in the mainstream news media,” the ad goes on to say.

The ad expresses support for the President’s commitment to stop the proliferation of drugs across the southern border and throughout the nation.

In his inaugural address, Trump declared that drugs “have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.” On the campaign trail, he repeatedly condemned the illegal drug trade, noting the amount of heroin flowing across the southern border and the rising number of overdose deaths.

The current reporting of annual overdose deaths at 50,000 “represents only about a third of the actual 150,000 total drug-related deaths,” the ad says. “That total includes additional deaths from drug-related illnesses, accident and crime.”

The problem goes beyond heroin and overdose deaths, Rathbone said. The ad notes the growing acceptance by some “Stoner States” of marijuana and its alleged “medical” benefits. However, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently reaffirmed the scientific evidence that there is no medical use for smoked marijuana. “Marijuana is dope, not medicine,” the ad states.

In this case, it’s the far-left marijuana lobby that is truly “anti-science.”

Rathbone told Accuracy in Media that his ad, endorsed by many anti-drug organizations, is part of his effort to counter media propaganda in favor of the drug culture. However, despite his telephone number and email address being featured at the top of the ad, he has yet to receive any calls from the media about the ad and what parents believe needs to be done about the growing drug crisis.

“In the last eight years, owing to a lack of enforcement of federal narcotics laws, marijuana use has escalated from 7 to 13% of the U.S. population,” the ad states. “Fueled by the insatiable demand for all illicit drugs, there are now roughly twice as many gang members in the U.S. as law enforcement personnel, breeding violent crime and civil unrest, mostly focused on our youth.”

This information “needs to be exposed,” Rathbone told AIM. He said the Trump Administration has to be informed and educated about “how bad the carnage is” throughout the country. “This is far worse than anybody is talking about,” he said.

The ad cites the following examples of the damage that is being inflicted on the American people:

  • A huge number of parents are suffering enslavement to the drug-related mental incapacitation of children who are unable to function independently. Many of these children bully their parents into housing, feeding and supporting them, and sometimes even paying for their drugs. Such incapacitated kids often end up as street people blighting communities.
  • Today there is a soaring demand for foster parents for abused and neglected children of drug-addicted young parents. One community saw a 400% increase in such tragic cases just in the past year alone. Millions of grandparents are raising these kids.
  • The nation’s schools are awash in drugs, as cited in periodic youth surveys documenting schoolchild drug use, drug-related violence, bullying, fear and depression, resulting in soaring rates of teen suicide, youth addiction and overdose deaths.
  • The nation’s cities are suffering a virtual holocaust of murders and other violence caused by the massive proliferation of nuclear strength, psychosis-producing marijuana and other drugs. In Washington, D.C. the entire Metro train system is dysfunctional and racked with violent crime resulting from too many of its employees smoking “medicine” that is being allowed and encouraged by the city’s continuing pro-marijuana political leadership.

The growing drug crisis can be traced, at least in part, to the policies of President Barack Obama, a member of the “Choom Gang” of heavy marijuana users as he was growing up in Hawaii. He brought his soft policies on drugs to the Oval Office. For example, Obama ordered his Department of Justice to stop enforcing federal marijuana laws. As a result, the ad states, a massive marijuana trafficking industry has emerged in states that have legalized the drug, affecting the nation as a whole.

The ad expresses the hope that new Attorney General Jeff Sessions will declare the pre-eminence of federal over state laws and “restore prosecution of violations of federal drug laws.”

Rathbone told AIM that he also believes the Trump administration must declare that the nation’s current drug problems “constitute a national and growing urgent public health crisis.”

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  • Patricia Berry

    Obama’s goal was to tear apart families in anyway possible. Unless the new admin gets a grip on the anti-family policy, it will continue to adversely affect our nation.
    People who are in need of medical assistance, for example pain management, are turned away or overly limited on choices due to the drastic rules and regulations imposed by the former admin. Fix this and one might find that there is less of a problem and families can/will heal. The outrageous will/can be snuffed out.

  • Wow this is an article with ALARMING words like “holocaust” and “enslavement”. YIKES! However, this blurb is just trying to be outrageous, although I dont know what because there is no money in being anti-dope. And he’s 100% wrong on pot not being medicinal: my nurse friend says it helps chemo patients he personally knows, and he knows of no pot drug overdoses. I personally hate drug use, even pot, but anything can be abused. I can say one thing about it; my younger brother has terrible sleep apnea. We hear him choke and gasp all night long, until he smokes some pot. For some reason it totally relieves his sleep apnea and we no longer worry about him dying in the night. Nuf said.

  • jaimelmanzano

    Marijuana is what you believe it is, how it is defined by law. and how the force of law is called on to intercede in its use. What was it before that? A plant which some individuals used, and others produced, to respond to a consumption pattern of individuals and society. I suspect it became a problem when that choice of individuals, and producers, was viewed as a problem, and its availability, and use, became a crime in the eyes of the politically empowered. A result was that denied access suppressed its availability, increased its price from illegal sources, and triggered the expansion of “morality” police services and expenditures. It became a mainstay product of the black market, and underground economy. Making it legal makes it now necessary for the market to adjust to a “new normal.” The market will define its shape. Prices will likely drop, consumption will respond to individual tastes, and expenditures for law enforcement should drop.

    Now, think what would/could have have happened if, say, refined sugar had become a more legally controlled substance? Its impact on obesity, tooth decay, diabetes, alcohol production, etc., would likely suppress individual freedoms substantially. The suggestion is that we need to be more careful of what you wish to impose through the force of law.

  • BG

    Hardly a day goes by that I don’t read or hear of a crime or tragedy involving drugs (either legal or illegal). Just last night, I saw a documentary about so many babies being born to mothers who were addicted. The babies suffer horribly from withdrawal. Many end up in foster care because the mothers or not able or capable of caring for them! Other reports are that people who go to the doctor for pain or an operation and end up addicted to drugs. As far as Marijuana is concerned it is becoming a tragedy created by the promoters. Isn’t it odd that just after finally making so much progress in stopping cigarette smoking people are being encouraged to smoke Marijuana? While I don’t know that government is the answer, something must be done! Children need to be trained early that their brains are precious and must not be abused. A documentary about a study in New Zealand begun in 1972 to try to find out why some people have happy successful lives and others don’t. Over one thousand babies were followed beginning at birth up to today. The final conclusion was the best outcome was with people who had “Self-Control”. Drugs rob people of self control.

  • jg collins

    Why is it that Leftists, all rabid anti-smokers, have a fit about the alleged dangers of “second hand smoke,” but are okay with putting marijuana smoke in their lungs? This seems bizarre at a time when the EPA has established draconian PM2.5 limits for power plants to try to keep any trace particulates out of our lungs (and hobble the power industry while they’re at it).

  • jg collins

    “…I don’t know what…”


  • Dream Wolf

    If pot isnt medicine, why did the FDA just approve a synthetic Cannabis medication for treating epilepsy? That costs the same to produce as growing natural Cannabis, yet will be sold to people in need for nearly 400x the price? Literally, the new medication is based on the LEAST EFFECTIVE CBD, The company that has ‘patented’ this ‘miracle compound’ is owned by a man who endorsed several republican candidates, and the company itself donated nearly 20million to Bush during his two campaigns.

    They plan to sell the drug for ‘around 20 dollars a nanogram’ which, to be effective would mean a single dose, just ONE of these capsules, would cost someone like me around 700 dollars. for a single dose, of a medication that should be taken 2-3 times a day.

    I work in the medical field. i am a nurse. I have gotten so sick of seeing little kids with epilepsy (and i too have it) who are on high doses of dangerous chemicals, that make them gain 20 pounds a month, cause skin sores, non cancerous tumors, hormone deficiencies, ulcers, EVEN WORSE SEIZURES, and even suicidal ideations, all while the medication does exactly JACKSHIT to stop their episodes.

    Show me the studies. Show me peer reviews that dont cite one another. Explain to me why death from epilepsy realted complications is almost non existent in European countries with medicinal marijuana laws, while here in the US 1 in 3 children with epilepsy will die before age ten from complications.

    Because of CBD oil i had to give up my nursing license, but i also get to play with my children, go on walks, and drive a car without fearing that i might launch into a seizure and break my bones. You took away the only pharmaceutical drug that worked, because a few idiots decided to make meth with it. What options do i have? Do you know that 40% of people with my type epilepsy die before age 50 from ruptured brain anyuerisms caused by my specific type of seizures? I’m 27. And the odds are, without CBD oils or tablets, i will live maybe MAYBE another 12 years. my twins are 6 this year. i have a son on the way. chances are, my unborn son will lose his daddy by the time he turns 12.

    But i know, its more important that Big Pharma gets their money. If i die, I’m just collateral damage right? All part of the War that is Profit and Loss?

    I’m probably going to never see my baby girl get married, or have kids of her own. But as long CEOs can hire ‘escorts’ to bang while snorting coke and laughing with the DEA investigator who gave it to them, it all balances out right?

    As long politicians get to say ‘well, im in office, you can all go fornicate with sharp objects, i get paid either way’, that makes it ok?

    Yeah alright, but when people like me are all gone, who is going to stop you from bleeding to death when you over dose on heart meds, because the doctor got his degree from a google search?