Fox News Claims Weed Is Leading To Overdose Deaths In The United States - International Highlife

Fox News Claims Weed Is Leading To Overdose Deaths In The United States

Monday’s edition of Fox & Friends featured a discussion of cannabis during which hosts and a Florida law enforcement official used superheated, evidence-free rhetoric straight out of the failed “war on drugs” era.

The reason for the segment was a story out of Mulberry, Florida, involving a 12-year-old who handed out THC gummies in a gym class at Mulberry Middle School last Thursday, sending at least five of them to the hospital with symptoms like stomach pain, dizziness, and nausea. According to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, the student who passed out the gummies faces seven felony charges for possessing and distributing marijuana.

During the segment on Monday, Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade pivoted from the Florida story to fearmongering about cannabis in general:

No one talks about this — 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.

Sheriff Judd expressed his wholehearted agreement.

There absolutely is a price to pay for pot. You know, I spent my entire life in law enforcement, and a lot of it investigating traffickers of drugs, and it is not a minor, nonviolent felony. It is ruining families and killing people every day across the United States and we stand here in denial thinking it is not a gateway drug.

You don’t start on cocaine — you probably start with marijuana and it leads to other things, right?

asked host Ainsley Earhardt.

That is absolutely right. And still today we have a meth problem across this state and country. If someone is in possession of meth, they’re in possession of marijuana because it kinda cuts the edge of the meth. And then they use the marijuana and the meth and they go out and kill themselves or overdose or kill someone else.

Judd replied.

Let’s take a look at the video footage:

31 responses to “Fox News Claims Weed Is Leading To Overdose Deaths In The United States”

  1. Mo says:

    So say nothing about the Millions who has lost their lives to drunk drivers!! Also it’s more repeat offenders who repeatedly cause harm and break up families, kids, and etc. Let’s not mind the fact that legal beer/wine has killed far more than marijuana. Marijuana has more pros than cons and yet beer is still legal. Marijuana has brought whole states out of debt. It created jobs and more attractions which bring extra revenue to towns cities. Not to mention the crime rate. We have thousands of drug(marijuana) cases behind bars than you could imagine. Teens killing innocent children drivers, bystanders, because of alcohol/beer they got from a party. Marijuana does not give that effect…. but ok

    • Matt mothafuckr says:

      Tell it how it is!!! Continue to truth !
      Seems ironic to keep alcohol legal still but put marijuana on full blast .

  2. John says:

    You guys are completely stupid, name one person that has died of marijuana and marijuana alone? No one has. Each person has there right to say no, bit sometimes they don’t. And marijuana is not addictive if you would do research. That cop maybe on the force but he dont know what the hell he is talking about either, its not a gateway drug. Just because a person has meth and marijuana on them doesn’t mean its a gateway drug. Stop putting words in peoples mouths.

    • Becki says:

      You are so right!

    • Mike says:

      You can’t over dose smoking mariuana!!! Living Proof!! Do your research…lived it!! I don’t eat processed food!! And I don’t want processed weed!!!! Only somebody that doesn’t have a clue, or doesn’t care about themselves would in jest the other chemicals mentioned!! Educate the truth!!!! We will all be better off!!😁😁 As far as that sheriff…you still do an awesome job and have my utmost respect!!😁😁

  3. Kell says:

    Cannabis is NOT the gateway. Alcohol is. Get your facts straight and stop with the reefer madness already. The only reason cannabis is a scheduled 1 “drug” is because Henry Anslinger was a HUGE prohibition supporter and once that wa an over he needed something else to control ergo, reefer madness. There is not ONE DEATH from marijuana use yet thousands die from alcohol and alcohol related incidents EVERYDAY. I cant stand these false claims. That cop should be ashamed of himself for lying. He can take his played out D.A.R.E. campaign and shove it where the sun dont shine.

  4. Boris says:

    I wonder how many cases of “kids” sneaking alcohol into school are discovered everyday in the U.S.A. I also wonder why they don’t make a whole news segment on it. They would be talking about a new case everyday, but oh no.

    I’m guessing it has something to do with the fact that there are no billion dollar marijuana companies to take bribes from.

  5. Dom says:

    Wow. Might as well ask the opinion of someone who has smoked weed for 10+ years at least. Yea, u might try some coke, or what have u, but weed isnt the reason u try em. It’s the alcohol and being drunk that makes u say fuck it at the party when the guy puts a key of coke in your nose u sniff. Then carry on. But not because of weed. Alcohol is the gateway drug. Let’s publish the real story for once.

  6. Mike says:


  7. gg myrna says:

    stupid is as stupid says. fox & friends should check there facts before opening their mouths. so feed up with comments that don’t make sense. that is what fox is wrong information.

  8. Chris says:

    I don’t understand why everyone thinks that marijuana is a gateway drug. Are use marijuana it helps my depression so much, I lost my wife two years ago to cancer and instead of taking antidepressants which have a greater and more harmful side effects than marijuana. I have no desire to move to cocaine or math, or heroin in anyway.

  9. Kimmie says:

    All these folks that r head strong against pot , read the bible and go to church needs to re-read their shit. God gave all the seed bearing plants in earth for us to use as medicine and food. Everyone here so far is so right about the alcohol being the gateway drug. Do some REAL research before u go saying some shit u don’t have a clue about. And as for the cops y’all don’t want it legal because u make to much money on us potheads huh.

  10. MarioAGuyWhoKnowHisShitInFact says:

    The gateway drug is alcohol but it’s legal so you care shit, stop trying to scare, no one believe the media anymore you weak ass bitches!!

  11. Pam says:

    FAKE NEWS!!!

  12. Chuck Harden says:


  13. Numya says:

    Weed is not addictive and had been a proven fact for years and nobody has ever died from smoking weed and furthermore nobody mixes weed with meth that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard

  14. Laurel says:

    This is just stupid. Maybe if our government didn’t label marijuana a drug to begin with then people wouldn’t have an impression that weed is a gateway drug. First of all marijuana is non addictive and you can not overdose on it. It is a natural herb that heals. Not a chemically controlled substance made by man. Second, if your kid is looking to do drugs then obviously they are either curious about them or are trying to self medicate so the underlying problem is parents are not communicating effectively with their own child. If you have proper communication and an open and honest relationship with your child then you would know if your child was interested in or using drugs. You would be able to correctly educate your child about drugs (which “just say no” and Dare are good drug educational programs) but parents rely on those programs to keep the child from trying drugs which is the downside to the program. Parents need to take a more active role in teaching their kids about drugs, sex, addiction, mental health, bullying and all the other “real life subjects” that could potentially cause your child the want to escape reality and potentially loose their life. Third, more then half of the population will try drugs at least once in their lives and do not become addicted to drugs. Forth obviously this child was around the “so called drug” and had access to it in order to take it to school so this falls back on the parent. Why was the child around drugs and obtain them in the first place? People need to stop focusing on the out come of problems and start figuring out the root of the problem. Stop classifying marijuana as a drug and putting all the blam on to the drug for overdose deaths. Most people who get to the point where they are addicted too or overdose on drugs are not healthy mentally. More the 80% of drug addiction stems from some sort of abuse or trauma (mental, physical, emotional and sex abuse) and more then half of that abuse happens in their family home. Just saying!

  15. Dude LeFreak says:

    there is ZERO scientific evidence that anyone has ever died from cannabis. Period. It has been used both recreationally and medicinally for many millennia until some big businessman decided he wants dot make money from wood pulp instead of the hemp that was being used to make paper. The news papers ran the smear campaigns, politicians were bought and paid for and thus began the 100 year period of hemp and cannabis prohibition. The ONLY reason cannabis and hemp was illegal is because it will hurt the control and profits of Big pharmaceutical companies, Big oil, Forestry, textiles, etc. There’s hardly anything you cannot make from hemp. So let;s continue to be controlled by big pharma and big oil. Let’s keep giving our children Fentanyl lollypops and prozac. Let’s not make biodegradable plastics from hemp and continue to let these criminal industries destroy our ground water and environment. Note: If everyone in America [planted hemp, it would go a long way in taking the CO2 out of the atmosphere. One acre of Hemp/Cannabis cleans the air and soil that would take 4.3 acres of trees to do the same. But let’s not listen to the truth and blatantly lie and claim cannabis kills people. Stupid fucks

  16. Vic says:

    You non smokers are full of it. Give me just 1 name of someone dying on a overdose of weed. I’ve heard of alchohol poisoning.meth od, heroin od, all kinds of pills od but never weed od. I’ve been smoking weed since I was 23 and I’m 46 now. So for you to tell me it’s a gateway to other drugs is a lie. I’ve never even thought about trying anything else. Stop lying to the people because you choose not to smoke. That’s your choice. O smoke because I enjoy it. I smoke because I’m grown. Dont need a mf dictating me on my smoking habits. It’s not affecting me in a negative way so dont try to tell me it is. Hell I’m a master carpenter and I must admit my best work happens when I smoke a joint.

  17. J Daniel White says:

    There is never been anything recorded by the FDA or the Department of Health walk under any medical journals that can prove that there is an addiction attached to marijuana I myself have been smoking this from the age of 16 and I am now 66 it’s either if it’s there it’s there if not oh well but never any addiction nor has he been reported any deaths from overdoses of marijuana it’s almost impossible I never thought a news agency like Fox news which tube this Love well too bad looks like they lost about $5,000 and probably a whole lot more but this is what you get when you have a Christian agenda hiding behind a news banner more Bible Thumpers just with the US doesn’t need 😡⛓️💥🚬

  18. Will says:

    Fox news, everyone knows that media corps are liars & are always fabricating stories, creating false flags etc. Enough already.

  19. Michelle says:

    I totally Agree that alcohol is the gateway drug. When I was a teen the first thing we ever tried was alcohol…then pot and then other things. Alcohol was the gateway not marijuanai…now I’m 44yrs old and have just started smoking marijuana 3mons ago to help me with my mood disorder and depression. It has helped me Tremendously….I’ve never been this close to “inner peace” before. Is it perfect? No. Nothing is… but it brings out the Best in me. I used alcohol for 10yrs to self medicate (I didn’t know I had depression)… But I knew I needed to take the edge off and somehow feel Better… So again I chose Alcohol. And it brought out the Worst in me…and made me more sick (depressed)…Today I rarely drink alcohol… Mainly at social events and even so not a lot. I rather stick to pot again I’ve never had any negative experience with it. People who talk like Fox obviously have never tried it and know very little of it… But yet they sip their martinis and claim that is not a drug. It’s definitely is a drug. I’ve seen people who are alcoholics change into from Jekell to Hyde on it. I was getting there myself. BUT I have never seen a stoner become anything but chilled, relaxed, sometimes silly and peaceful…If they’re going to pick on Marijuana then they also have to talk about alcohol. And the more they do…the more they won’t be able to avoid that Alcohol is Worse and yet it is a “legal drug”… Evidently there is a Double Standard here. Again people who don’t use Marijuana don’t know about it to make such claims.

  20. ANDREI says:

    As always part of the press are payed by big pharma companies who start to lose they’r market and see the revenue going abruptly down.The only argument is cannabis is a drug.! case in 10 millions but they do not see alcohol and cigarettes from tobacco damage .10 types of cancer and others problems created by consume.

  21. Adrian says:

    Cant blame the workd for it his the dumb ass that didnt know how to handle them if anything was abusing them come on now find something better to diss like donald trumps bullshit! I dare yall from fox to try atleast onve and then tell me if u died!

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  23. Terry says:

    In the future, perhaps 20 years from now, cannabis-based medicines will have a prominent place in the worldwide pharmacopeia again. Indeed, we might have even gotten there much faster if it hadn’t been for the draconian interference of the U.S. government. To this day, they are still blocking researchers from accessing cannabis to study. Countless thousands have died suffering and millions more continue to be denied access to plant-based medications that could not only mitigate their misery, but also possibly even cure them.
    Cannabis medications work so efficiently because of the endocannabinoid (EC) system, present in all humans and many animals as well. This system consists of a series of receptors that are configured only to accept cannabinoids, especially tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Not enough research has been done on the other ones, cannabinol (CBN) and cannabigerol (CBG) plus others, to know much about their mechanisms of effect.
    This system, an integral part of our physiologies, was discovered in the mid-1990s by Israeli researcher Dr. Ralph Mechoulam who also identified THC as the main active ingredient in cannabis in the early 1960s. Israel has been one of the most progressive nations for cannabis research and currently has one of the most advanced medical marijuana programs in the world. They are international leaders in advanced greenhouse technology, routinely producing flowers with 20 percent or greater THC.
    Dr. Mechoulam’s world-changing research discovered two main receptors, cannabinoid 1 (CB1) and cannabinoid 2 (CB2), that are keyed to both the endocannabinoids that our body naturally produces and phytocannabinoids (plant-based) like THC and CBD. Our bodies actually produce the ECs similar to how our body produces narcotic-like endorphins. Synthetic cannabinoids, like the ones found in Marinol, also fit the receptor sites but don’t work as efficiently as the natural ones.
    This research barely created a stir when first published as the whole world was still wrapped up in drug war madness. A prominent scientist discovers that our bodies not only have receptor sites cued just for cannabinoids but that our bodies actually produce them internally. The next step was to figure out how this affects our body’s functioning.
    CB1 receptors are primarily found in the brain, although they are also both present in the male and female reproductive organs. Current research shows that THC is specifically keyed to the CB1 site. Therefore it is responsible for the feeling of intoxication that is the most familiar aspect of cannabis. From a therapeutic standpoint, it’s most important effect is to modulate and moderate the perception of pain. For example, touching a finger to a hot stove sends an electrical impulse that goes from the finger to the brain. The brain replies, “ouch, hot” and the finger is pulled away.
    THC moderates pain; this doesn’t mean we leave our finger on the stove, but that the intensity of the painful feeling is reduced when THC is present in the CB1 site. This mechanism of action is why THC-rich medicines are so prized by people with intense pain issues. Cannabis and narcotics are also co-agonists, which means that each of them magnifies the effect of the other. This allows people to take lower doses and still have it be effective. Additionally, CB1 receptors are not present in the part of the brain that regulates heart rate and respiration, so unlike narcotics, there is no lethal dosage threshold for THC, allowing someone to consume as much is needed for its palliative effects.
    CB2 receptors are primarily found in the immune system with the highest concentration located in the spleen. There is some evidence that the receptors might also be in the micro parts of the brain’s basal ganglia, or nerve bundles. Again, a lack of comprehensive research has left many without the knowledge that should be widely available.
    The CB2 receptors are keyed to CBD and works as an anti-inflammatory agent. The immune-boosting functions of CB2 are far less understood as research into CBD is just really beginning. It’s only been about five years since CBD re-emerged in the medical cannabis scene and was identified through Steephill Labs. The benefits of CBD-rich medicine, with its anti-spasmodic qualities, is one the most exciting and promising areas of cannabis medical research currently happening. One of the other effects of CBD is that it moderates the effects of THC. It actually knocks THC off the CB1 receptor, so if someone is experiencing THC intoxication, a strong dose of CBD can counteract those effects. The future of CBD-rich medicines is almost limitless. Indeed, we have just barely scratched the surface of planet cannabis.
    THC and CBD are the two main cannabinoids that are focused on, however there are dozens and possibly hundreds more. Some of the ones that have been identified and studied include CBG, which binds to both CB1 as well as CB2 and is an antagonist to CB1, meaning that it moderates the effects of THC. Cannabichromene (CBC) is non-psychoactive and has both anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. CBN occurs when THC degrades. For this reason, it is rarely seen in fresh cannabis and is only mildly psychoactive, having a mostly sleepy effect. Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) is another cannabinoid usually found in central Asian and southern African strains that also acts as a THC antagonist. There are more cannabinoids than can be listed here and they all have the potential to be as life changing as CBD is turning out to be.
    The fact that there is a system in our body that produces cannabinoids, and is specifically designed to accept just them, should be overwhelming proof of cannabis’ efficacy as a medicine. From the pain-killing effects of THC to the anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties of CBD, we have just scratched the surface of a world of possibilities. People are waking up to the benefits of these medicines as more researchers are exploring the infinite possibilities inherent in this seemingly simple plant. Future generations will look back and wonder why it took so long to figure this out.

  24. Daniel Parker says:

    What a joke. How in the hell can this be considered “news” when they deliver absolute lies? No one has ever died from an “overdose” of marijuana. Not one person. So, if a 12 year old shows up at school with thc edible gummies, either their parents need to keep.their stash locked up a little better or they have some older friends that thought it was a good idea to give them pot gummies. When I was 12 I had experimented with pot a little. I didn’t bring it to school, but I checked it out. I didn’t really get into it until later in life, but it was never a reason for me to experiment with anything else. Any time inever tried other substances, I had been drinking alcohol not smoking pot. I mean, is Fox News gonna start airing Reefer Madness and all those super truthful, fact filled films like that? What a joke.

  25. Mike says:

    I stoned on legal cannabis oil and he Caint do shit about it…he can even have my address….im baked..fuck him

  26. Pot brownie says:

    If you don’t want your family members or friends to reap the benefits of legal marijuana or otherwise medical marijuana and keep your family members and friends safe. Stand out on the street with the drug dealers and talk them out of selling marijuana. You’ve got to be the stupidest And most and logical human being on the face of this earth are you fucking piece of shit

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