Marijuana advocates are used to misinformation being spread by the anti-cannabis crowd. They lie and say that weed is addicting, that it’s a gateway drug, that it has no medical benefits, etc. But recently a handful of politicians are making up a new claim about marijuana: that it’s killing people.
A series of politicians and law enforcement officials have recently pushed the narrative that drug dealers are lacing marijuana with the opioid “fentanyl,” which is 50 times more powerful than heroin. They said that dealers were doing so in order to hook their users on marijuana and cause them to develop an addiction. But then it spread to politicians blaming overdose deaths on this fentanyl-laced marijuana.
The rumors seemed to begin when a coroner in Ohio blamed a string of overdose deaths on fentanyl-laced cocaine and marijuana. It then began to spread when Ohio Senator Rob Portman publicized the coroner’s findings. This led to other politicians and law enforcement officials spreading the fentanyl rumors, including police officers in Ontario, various law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and a Tennessee