WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP SUBMISSION Inquiry into Drugs of Dependence (Personal Cannabis Use) Amendment Bill 2018. Closes 20 March 2019
Our Submission has been published on the ACT Legislative Assembly’s website.
Cannabis is an illicit hallucinatory drug with the smoke being involuntarily forced into the lungs of babies, children, non smokers, the animal kingdom, etc causing hallucinations etc and serious health issues.
It is strongly recommended that cannabis only be allowed to be developed in oil form and to be only used for medicinal purposes.
These oils are already readily available in the ACT for patients.
- loss of inhibition
- spontaneous laughter
- quiet and reflective mood
- affected perception including sound, colour and other sensations
- altered thinking and memory
- mild paranoia
- altered vision
- reddened/bloodshot eyes
- reduced coordination and balance
- increased heart rate
- low blood pressure
- increased appetite.
Low to moderate doses
Low to moderate doses of cannabis can produce effects that last 2 to 4 hours after smoking. The effects of ingested (eaten) cannabis usually start within 1 hour. Some of the effects include:
- anxiety or panic
- detachment from reality
- decreased reaction time
Long-term cannabis use can have many effects on an individual:
Brain: Impaired concentration, memory and learning ability.
Lungs: Smoking cannabis can result in a sore throat, asthma and bronchitis.
Hormones: Cannabis can affect hormone production. Research shows that some cannabis users have a lowered sex drive. Irregular menstrual cycles and lowered sperm counts have also been reported.
Immune system: There is some concern that cannabis smoking may impair the functioning of the immune system.
Mental health: Cannabis use, especially heavy and regular use, may be linked to a condition known as a “drug-induced psychosis”, or “cannabis psychosis”….’
2018 update ‘….Marijuana Extracts
Smoking THC-rich resins extracted from the marijuana plant is on the rise. People call this practice dabbing. These extracts come in various forms, such as:
Toxic Carcinogenic emissions: Cigarettes/tobacco: BAN TOBACCO.
The no smoking laws legislation was drawn up by a smoker who was just covering up for himself and his smoking colleagues which has therefore always been inadequate to deter the smokers from illegal smoking, yet alone to stop smoking altogether.
October 1999 – Phillip Morris admits evidence shows smoking causes cancer: Philip Morris Admits Evidence Shows Smoking Causes Cancer
The public, including children and babies are forced to involuntarily smoke as they inhale the toxic carcinogenic tobacco smoke committed by smokers in the privacy of their own no smoking property in their back and front yards and their front and back doors that fill the homes with toxic carcinogenic tobacco smoke.
There wouldn’t be any legal issues by banning tobacco in the ACT, instead a trend would be set where other states will follow. In fact other states are already way ahead of the ACT and have stated that they are going to ban tobacco in their states altogether.
Urge to ban tobacco with hefty fines and a criminal conviction that fits the equivalent crimes to heroin and illicit drugs.
Lit cigarettes are a lethal weapon.Impact smoke has on the environment and smokers, including non smoker’s health:
The Government has a duty of care to all non smokers, including vulnerable children and babies, by displaying large, clear, permanent fixtures, (nailed in) no smoking signs outside buildings at all the entrances to all buildings, and on every pillar, in all public places that also shows the hefty penalty, along with security’s phone numbers, when non smokers lives are threatened by violent smokers who have no respect for the no smoking laws, and the non smokers lives.
It is not a matter of IF the smokers are going to kill the non smokers, it is a matter of WHEN the smokers are going to kill the non smokers.
Legally, this term is known as premeditated homicide.
Irresponsible cigarette smokers that flick their live cigarettes into the environment are the cause of the majority of fires. Smokers are costing taxpayers trillions of dollars in the fire emergency scheme, with the fire brigade having to run around putting out extra fires. Smokers fall asleep with lit cigarettes and burn down their homes.
Cigarette smoking is a drug addiction, that is also forced on the innocent non smoking victims, which includes vulnerable babies and children.
Every time a smoker lights up a cigarette, they release toxic, some known carcinogens into the atmosphere, that is dangerous to the passive smokers. Smokers are costing taxpayers trillions of dollars in the health scheme, and are forcing extra pressure on hospital beds by slowly killing passive smokers, or 2nd hand smokers with the same smoke related diseases.
Radioactive cigarette smoke- lead-210 (Pb-210) and polonium-210 (Po-210) are poisonous, radioactive heavy metals that research has shown to be present in cigarette/tobacco smoke.
Lead-210 and Polonium-210 come from uranium, an ore that occurs in small amounts in nature, breaks down, that releases radium as radon gas into the atmosphere. Once that occurs, radon gas decays quickly, producing lead-210 (PB-210) and polonium-210 (Po-210), highly radioactive metals known as radon decay products. Radium is also present in phosphate fertilisers that are often used in tobacco farming.
As the radium in soil around tobacco plants releases radon gas, and ultimately the tiny lead and polonium particles float free, they attach to bits of dust and are carried to the surface of tobacco leaves. Because tobacco leaves are covered with thousands of fine hairs, these radioactive chemicals grab hold and remain, that is then inhaled by the smokers and passive smokers, that enters their lungs, causing lung cancer, a decline in health, organ removal, prolonged suffering, unable to breathe, oxygen won’t help you either, because your whole immune system has shut down, your nose is running, bleeding, clotting, it feels blocked, you can’t breathe, you can’t eat, you slowly suffocate to death, releasing the toxic emissions into the atmosphere, and contributing to climate change.
Lead-210 and polonium-210 are insoluble in water, so they are not removed during the cleaning and cigarette manufacturing process.
This is only scratching the surface in the diseases that smoking causes.
Chemicals in cigarettes and cigarette smoke contain poisons, carcinogens and heavy toxic metals.
Cigarettes contain ammonia, (great to clean your toilet with, but not great for your immune system) acetone, (great to remove your nail polish, but not great for your vital organs), hydrogen cyanide, arsenic (great to kill your unwanted rats and mice, however, smokers are also killing themselves and innocent non smokers through passive smoking.)
Carcinogens in cigarettes – a carcinogen is defined as any substance that can cause or aggravate cancer. Approximately 60 of the chemicals in cigarettes are known to cause cancer.
TSNAs – tobacco-specific N-nitrosamines, are known to be some of the most potent carcinogens present in smokeless tobacco, snuff and tobacco smoke.
Benzene can be found in pesticides and gasoline. It is present in high levels in cigarette smoke and accounts for half of all human exposure to this hazardous chemical.
Pesticides are used on lawns and gardens, and inhaled into our lungs via cigarette smoke.
Formaldehyde is a chemical used to preserve dead bodies, and is responsible for some of the nose, throat and eye irritation smokers experience when breathing in cigarette smoke.
Toxic Metals in cigarettes – toxic/heavy metals are metals and metal compounds that have the potential to harm our health when absorbed or inhaled. In very small amounts, some of these metals support life, but when taken in large amounts, can become toxic.
Arsenic is commonly used in rat poison, arsenic finds its way into cigarette smoke through some of the pesticides that are used in tobacco farming.
Cadmium is a toxic heavy metal that is used in batteries.
Poisons in cigarettes – poison is defined as any substance that, when introduced to a living organism, causes severe physical distress or death. Science has discovered approximately 200 poisonous gases in cigarette smoke.
Ammonia compounds are commonly used in cleaning products and fertilisers. Ammonia is also used to boost the impact of nicotine in manufactured cigarettes.
Carbon Monoxide is present in car exhaust and is lethal in very large amounts. Cigarette smoke can contain high levels of carbon monoxide.
Hydrogen cyanide was used to kill people in the gas chambers in Nazi germany during world war 2. It can be found in cigarette smoke.
Nicotine is a poison used in pesticides and is the addictive element in cigarettes.
Passive smoking/environmental tobacco smoke – smoke produced by a smouldering cigarette is known to contain at least 250 toxic chemicals, including 50 cancer-causing chemicals. The smell of cigarette smoke is harming your health, and the environment.
Health diseases from cigarette/tobacco smoke – heart, emphysema, lung cancer, mouth cancer, kidney cancer, cervix cancer and bone marrow, gangrene, blood pressure, cataracts, contributes to the development of osteoporosis, increasing the risk for fracture in the elderly, abdominal aortic aneurysm, acute myeloid leukaemia, pancreatic cancer, pneumonia, periodontitis and stomach cancer. These are in addition to diseases previously known to be caused by smoking, including bladder, esophageal, laryngeal, lung, oral, and throat cancers, chronic lung diseases, coronary heart and cardiovascular diseases, as well as reproductive effects and sudden infant death syndrome.
During 1995-1999, smoking caused approximately 440,000 premature deaths in the US annually, leading to 13.2 years of potential life lost for male smokers, and 14.5 years lost for female smokers.
Ref: Harmful chemicals in cigarettes and health consequences of smoking, the 2004 report of the surgeon general, by terry martin, About.com guide, updated september 08, 2009, and 2004.
Tobacco is responsible for contributing to harmful carbon emissions and accelerating climate change.
“CRUEL ANIMAL TESTING BY TOBACCO COMPANIES.
Most people are fully aware that smoking cigarettes is dangerous to one’s health. With the ever-present Surgeon General Warnings printed on every single tobacco product on the market, you would be hard pressed to have missed it.
It doesn’t necessarily take a doctor or scientist though to realize that breathing in carcinogens on a daily basis is a potentially lethal habit. Common sense tells us that breathing smoke of any kind is bad for our lungs, yet for tens of thousands of dogs in research laboratories around the world — who are forced to ingest cigarette smoke for upwards of ten hours a day — this apparently obvious fact is ignored.
In the tobacco industry’s vain attempt to prove that their product doesn’t actually kill people, they have invested literally millions of dollars into animal testing facilities of their own.
Despite the fact all scientific evidence points to the same conclusion — using cigarettes and other tobacco products leads to cancers, emphysema, birth defects and a host of other physical ailments in humans — tobacco companies and research laboratories continue on with what appears to be not only a complete disregard of scientific findings, but a lack of concern for the lives of other beings.
Inside laboratories built by the tobacco industry, or in contract laboratories, beagle puppies are attached to gas mask-like devices and forced to breath in cigarette smoke for hours on end. After enduring months, if not years, of this torture, the poor, helpless dogs are killed so their lungs and other organs can be examined to study the impact the smoke had on them.
Since all conclusive evidence points to the fact that smoking is harmful for human beings, what could the possible motivation be for torturing and killing non-human animals, such as these dogs? And this horrific treatment is not limited to dogs. Pregnant Rhesus monkeys in these laboratories are forced to breathe in cigarette smoke during the duration of their pregnancy and, shortly before giving birth, the mother and her unborn child will be killed so her body may be dissected and her baby removed to observe the side effects of smoking on pregnancy and fetal development.
The same is true for a host of other species such as mice and rats.
It is hard for me to fathom the consciousness of a person who attaches a gas mask to a puppy’s or pregnant monkey’s face each day. What must go through their minds to enable them to justify such injustice? Unlike other forms of vivisection where a lab technician can delude themselves into believing that sacrificing another species benefits the greater good, those working inside tobacco research laboratories must be all too aware that their “research” will benefit no one other than the tobacco industry’s pockets. “Ref: Care2.Rationale-Intent or Outcome:Ban Tobacco: hefty fines and convictions equivalent to illicit drugs etc. Rehabilitation required for the drug addiction causing withdrawal symptoms.Arguments for:Toxic carcinogenic cigarettes smoke is not only killing smokers, it is also killing non smokers with the same smoke related diseases through secondhand smoke/passive smoking.Arguments against: N/A
LADY NORA PRESTON – Independent Volunteer, began rehabilitating wildlife in the early 1980’s
Founding President – since 2004
Honorary Member – since 2004
Animal Welfare Inspector – since 2004, advice given began in the 1970’s
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