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Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence Hardcover – 7 Feb 2019
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"[Alex Berenson] has a reporter's tenacity, a novelist's imagination, and an outsider's knack for asking intemperate questions. The result is disturbing." (―Malcom Gladwell The New Yorker)
“Takes a sledgehammer to the promised benefits of marijuana legalization, and cannabis enthusiasts are not going to like it one bit.” (―Mother Jones)
“A brilliant antidote to all the…false narratives about pot out there.” (―American Thinker)
“An intensively researched and passionate dissent from the now prevailing view that marijuana is relatively harmless.” (―The Marshall Project)
"Berenson has done an important public service...[Tell Your Children] could save a few lives." (―The Guardian)
"The stakes are high...aren't we better off listening to Berenson than to some marijuana magnate?" (―The Spectator)
"An interesting book that should be read by all concerned." (―The Washington Times)
"Filled with statistics that shock." (―The Times of London)
About the Author
Alex Berenson is a former New York Times reporter and award-winning novelist. He attended Yale University and joined the Times in 1999, where he covered everything from the drug industry to Hurricane Katerina and served as a correspondent in Iraq. In 2006, The Faithful Spy, his debut novel, won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best First Novel. He has since written eleven more novels. Currently, he lives in the Hudson Valley with his wife and children. Tell Your Children is his second nonfiction book.
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But so what? The pro pot side is digging its own grave with how vehement it's being that pot is GREAT, that there are NO risks or problems with it at ALL, in fact all problems are NOT problems and anyway, it's all the fault of prohibiting it rather than the drug itself. They are gleefully skipping past the civil liberties arguments on to no restrictions whatsoever, not even on issues like drug driving or its use by minors.
This book is a very necessary corrective. The fact that it's being grasped with such relief by people who felt unable to articulate their concerns before this should be a wake up call for people who want weed this become and stay legal. (I will never know why these people didn't simultaneously campaign against driving while high, or against advertising to children, if only to reassure people. And, no, it's not that they lack the money, considering the money in the pot lobby.)
The reaction hasn't been encouraging. It has ranged from mockery to fury to blindly stating he's trolling. The fact remains that people throughout the ages have noticed marijuana use having negative effects, at least for some people, and almost none of the medical claims for The drug have been substantiated. Blindly snarling at anyone who expresses concern at this, to be frank, makes pot supporters look like junkies and leeches off the wider community.
This is a very necessary reaction to that.
But it's still a vital piece
A "must" read for everyone that can read or listen...I highly recommend the audio version
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I am an educated woman who has been on this journey with my son, now in his late 20’s, for more than 5 years. Some background on my son - he was a standout student/athlete in high school who went on to a top college where he became an All American distance runner his senior year. He had a passion "to make a difference in the world" and wrote his senior thesis on the inequities of our country's education system with plans to pursue his PHD, which his thesis advisor implored him to do. He joined Ameri-Corps and moved out west with his college girlfriend to teach economically disadvantaged children. Everything went well for the first year but sometime during the second year, things started to fall apart. We had no idea he had started smoking marijuana, which he had never used during HS or college. We asked him to come home to see if we could help him and shortly after that, he had his first psychotic break. That was when we found out about his marijuana use. This journey has now been ongoing for over 5 years. Our son has had over 17 hospitalizations, been in long term treatment programs, been committed to two different state mental institutions, been in jail and homeless on the streets. We have had to call 911 more times than we can count. And every time he is released, he resumes his pot use as he cannot fight his addiction, and the descent into delusional psychosis and then full psychotic break ensues. As one doctor so eloquently stated at one point, "pot will always trump everything."
I have educated myself through research, attending conferences, speaking to doctor after doctor and meeting family after family on the psych wards. I have met some of the top doctors and psychiatrists in the field of psychosis and marijuana induced psychosis. They all know it; the hospitals, the medical providers, doctors and psychiatrists, and the families affected. But, as Mr. Berenson writes, the reasons this information is not being released in this country are convoluted, complex and driven by profit. I am familiar with many of the research findings Mr. Berenson states in his book. Other countries are light years ahead of us - Finland, Australia, the U.K. - in understanding the connection between marijuana use and psychosis/schizophrenia. The connection between the "predisposed brain" is still not completely understood and more research needs to be done. Mr. Berenson does an outstanding job writing about the history of the plant, the medical protocols surrounding THC and CBD plus the high potency THC of today and what a powerful psychoactive drug it is. His statistics on the relationship with violence is horrifying and well documented.
Please everyone wake up, pay attention ... this is REAL! Mr. Berenson has taken a courageous step in exposing hidden truths with the aim to inform, not condemn. As a seasoned reporter who knows how to dig for truth and facts, he has meticulously researched and presented his findings - the history behind marijuana, proven scientific data and personal stories which speak to the truth. The claims by the nay-sayers on the whole "correlation-causation" with no cause-and-effect relationship is like the beginning years of tobacco saying the warnings of nicotine and lung cancer were anecdotal and unfounded. Again, this has nothing to do with anything beyond wanting to expose the truth around marijuana and the brain. I am an open-minded individual who leans primarily liberal on most things. But I am also a mother who has watched her son's life be destroyed and that of her family. The marijuana industry is a multi-billion dollar industry which is being driven by profit over the safety and well-being of human lives. The truth needs to be told.
Perhaps even more importantly, we are ignoring the negative societal effects of pot use, particularly in vulnerable people and communities. People from solid backgrounds can often smoke pot and still function as productive citizens. These people often don't see the negative effects it has on people and communities without resources and privilege. I went to high school in a rural, lower income town in the 1970's, and 40 years later, everyone I knew who smoked pot in high school is either dead or in a very bad place. You can say "correlation doesn't prove causation" all you want, but you do so at the risk of ignoring the huge amount of evidence and red flags out there.
Thank you to the author for being willing to withstand the blowback from cannabis advocates and profiteers who vilify and intimidate anyone who dares to explore the downside of marijuana commercialization. The public needs to know all the facts and more research needs to be done.