‘It’s changed my home’ – US anti-cannabis lobbyist’s warning to NZ

NewsHub 11 March 2019
Family First Comment: Ben Cort – “People don’t understand that we’re not talking about a joint. People are smoking vapourisers that come in the form of functional pens that you can write and then hit… it’s not weed, it’s a concentrate. An 80 percent THC concentrate.”
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A US anti-cannabis campaigner has warned New Zealand against legalising recreational cannabis after seeing the effects of the drug in his home state of Colorado.

Marijuana was legalised for recreational use in Colorado in 2012, meaning anyone 21 years or older can use, carry and grow the drug there.

Ben Cort joined The AM Show today to tell his story of addiction to marijuana and how legalisation in some US states has led to increases in addiction and mental health issues.

“I spent five years at the University of Colorado hospital when we legalised and we went from seeing paranoia associated with it every now and again to multiple times in a day.”

He said legalisation brings with it forms of the drug that have much higher THC levels.

“People don’t understand that we’re not talking about a joint.

“People are smoking vapourisers that come in the form of functional pens that you can write and then hit… it’s not weed, it’s a concentrate. An 80 percent THC concentrate.”
WATCH & READ MORE: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2019/03/it-s-changed-my-home-us-anti-cannabis-lobbyist-s-warning-to-nz.html

Leighton Smith Podcast

This week Leighton speaks to Addiction Treatment Specialist Ben Cort. Leighton learns much more of Ben’s past and his concerns re legalising marijuana. It is really quite chilling. Don’t miss it.

https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/podcasts/the-leighton-smith-podcast/leighton-smith-podcast-episode-7-13-march-2019/

Ben Cort warns against legal cannabis in New Zealand
Radio NZ News 11 March 2019
A man who helped lead an unsuccessful campaign to stop a commercial cannabis industry being set up in Colorado is visiting the country to warn New Zealanders not to repeat what he calls a big mistake. A referendum on whether to change the law to allow personal use of cannabis will be held during the general elections next year. Ben Cort has been brought to New Zealand by the Family First organisation, is in our Auckland studio.

https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2018685971/ben-cort-warns-against-legal-cannabis-in-new-zealand

Ben Court on Magic Talk
Magic Talk 11 March 2019
Ben Court, author of Weed, Inc.: The Truth About the Pot Lobby, THC, and the Commercial Marijuana Industry with Sean Plunket on Magic Talk.

https://omny.fm/shows/magic/ben-court-on-magic-talk

Marijuana debate
Rhema 11 March 2019
Ben Cort is an expert in marijuana with a passion for recovery, prevention and harm reduction that comes from his own struggle with substance abuse.  With the debate around the legalisation of marijuana happening in New Zealand Ben joined Andrew in studio to talk about his own journey and the impacts of the commercialisation of the drug. Andrew kicked off the interview with asking Ben about his own struggles wih drug addiction.
https://www.rhema.co.nz/shows-djs/days/item/10959-marijuana-debate

Larry Williams Newstalk ZB interviews Ben Cort

Starts at 9’17”

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