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New Age Propaganda: Marijuana Blamed for “Zombie” Attack

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News of a Miami man tearing apart and consuming the flesh of a homeless man has made national news for weeks now.  Initially, the attack was believed to be a catastrophic side effect of “bath salts,” which are hallucinogens viewed very much in the same light as synthetic cannabis products.  The increased availability of black market home made drugs has been on the rise over the past several years.  Emergency room visits linked to “K2” and hallucinogenic “bath salts” have been skyrocketing.

An extremely harsh policy toward marijuana seems to have created a black market that will likely be difficult or even impossible to control.  Marijuana.net previously posted a lighthearted article linking marijuana prohibition to zombie attacks.  Those who do not understand cannabis and its benefits were rewarded with a new tidbit of info prompting new propaganda and false claims.  The “zombie” man, Rudy Eugene, only had marijuana in his system according to toxicology reports with no evidence of MDPV (the active psychedelic ingredient in “bath salts”).

Those who are at war against a plant have already come out in force with silly jokes about marijuana having made Rudy Eugene so hungry he attacked a human.  Of course these are the same detractors that say marijuana makes people lazy.  A zombie attack does not seem to be a lazy action so the new agents of propaganda may have to consider coordinating their empty statements with more precision. Their view against marijuana is elastic and will contort and bend into whatever shape they see fit.  Overall, America’s view on marijuana has changed drastically and not everyone will be fooled by such reactive comments.  Dr. Bruce Goldberger, professor and director of toxicology at the University of Florida mocked those who blame marijuana for the attack and said ‘Well, it must have been the marijuana that triggered Eugene’s behavior.  That, in my opinion, is outrageous, and out of the question. Marijuana will not cause this type of behavior.”  Dr. Goldberger also went on to express his doubts about labs being able to detect every type of “bath salts”, especially as black market home drug makers are always trying out new compounds in an attempt to circumvent testing and laws.  Dr. Goldberger  also said “I don’t believe the laboratory could confidently screen against all bath salt-type drugs.”

Marijuana propaganda is as American as apple pie so it is not surprising that many detractors would jump on this story in order to promote the idea that marijuana creates killers.  Today’s propaganda may be less ridiculous on the surface than it was decades ago, but it still based on a foundation of falsehoods and misleading statements.  Current marijuana propaganda is far more subtle as opponents are losing the battle in the laboratory.  Even as the opponents continue to devalue scientific data, the public is not so easily fooled.  Scientific evidence and patient testimonies are revealed every day and have pushed marijuana propaganda into dark corners.

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