Oh, Fox & Friends. What will you come up with next?
During a recent segment, Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade claimed, “THC is addicting I know so many people, they say they were told one thing and they end up getting addicted to it. That is an addicting substance. There is a price to pay for pot.”
Fox & Friends goes full Reefer Madness, claiming that cannabis is:
-“not a minor, non-violent felony”
-“killing people every day across the United States”
-“a gateway drug”
-used by meth addicts to help “kill themselves, or overdose, or kill someone else” pic.twitter.com/euvjB4h3Dr
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) December 3, 2018
A subject being interviewed, Florida Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, then piled on, claiming, “It is ruining families and killing people every day across the United States and we stand here in denial…”
Sorry to disappoint those still carrying the torch for a failed drug war, but in reality, no one has ever died from marijuana. Ever. Period. So, this one gets filed under — Fake News!
The story the Fox News hosts and Sheriff Judd was referencing involved a handful of Florida teens who consumed cannabis and became sick. Minors should never be consuming marijuana, and the cannabis industry has taken the lead on the subject by pushing for child-resistant packaging and educational campaigns that keep marijuana out of reach to minors. In fact, the cannabis industry funds these campaigns.
Even on the topic of whether cannabis is addictive, Fox News oversteps. There have been reports of about 11 percent of cannabis consumers reporting problems with quitting. But those studies are inconclusive, given the small population impacted. Also, daily consumption of marijuana is regularly proven to be less harmful than more addictive substances, like opioids and alcohol.