LTRP Note: In 2017, Lighthouse Trails released a booklet titled The Cross and the Marijuana Leaf written by Richard and Linda Nathan (both formerly involved in the counter-culture hippie movement of the 60s). The Nathans wrote this booklet to warn about the dangers of marijuana. As the recreational use of this drug becomes increasingly accepted throughout the United States, more stories like the one below will surface. We have also posted a letter below written by one of our readers.
By Charlotte Cuthbertson
The Epoch Times
DENVER—It’s a grief that’s unimaginable. Deep, raw, and ever present. Laura and John Stack are still reeling over the loss of their son to suicide less than a year ago.
Johnny was 19 and addicted to high-potency marijuana.
“I just can’t believe that he had to grow up in Colorado—the first one to legalize it—and my son has to be the victim,” Laura told The Epoch Times on Oct. 1.
Johnny started smoking marijuana in 2014 after the state legalized its commercial use. He was 14, and “everyone was doing it,” Laura said.
But the real problems started in 2016, when Johnny started taking “dabs” that could contain more than 80 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive ingredient in the cannabis plant. Click here to continue reading.
Letter From a LT Reader:
Dear Linda Nathan,
I heard you and your husband on the AALM conference call on Monday. I had not heard of you or your husband before this and was heartened to learn about your efforts and your publications.
Your account of coming of age during the drug acceptance of the 1960s reminded me of my experience during the 1980s.
I thought marijuana was harmless until I went to work in the marijuana industry as a budtender. I wrote about my experience and insights in a series posted online on the Parents Opposed to Pot website.
I quit pot and joined the preventionists. I consider myself very blessed to have woken up to the harm and survived the extremely deleterious effects of high potency THC upon my body, brain, and spirit.
I look forward to receiving my copies of The Cross and the Marijuana Leaf and will be giving copies to mothers I know, who sadly have psychotic sons due to marijuana.
Thanks for all your good works.