How can everyone be so mad about menthol cigarettes, but want to embrace marijuana? 

January 17 – When it comes to contrary messages, the reactions between flavored cigarettes and marijuana sure feels like a contradiction in terms. 

Yesterday, a number of Attorneys General asked the Biden administration to consider prohibiting the sale of menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. 

Maryland was one of the states in the coalition that sent the letter. 

Maryland is also one of the states that legalized marijuana last July. 

So we’re worried about flavored cigarettes and cigars, but not the effects of marijuana? How does that make sense? 

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM “Where’s your concern about this high test pot? If you’re that concerned about it, why don’t you start back where you started? Because you’re going to take care of your own purses in Pennsylvania and Maryland.”

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “The latest studies are absolutely pointing out this is causing psychotic episodes and even permanent psychotic issues like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. They’re seeing upticks in the younger population who are using marijuana sometimes combined with other things, but marijuana is there as part of the problem. We’re seeing all kinds of problems with that. We haven’t studied that product enough, despite the fact that some studies are pointing to some really dangerous consequences. Then the other thing you can say is we’re allowing experimentation with young people and hormones and removing perfectly healthy body parts, and we’re not looking at the long term consequences, negative far more maybe then even the cigarettes, but it’s so ridiculous. It doesn’t make any sense.”

Attorney Clint Barkdoll added, “This marijuana today is not the marijuana from the 60s and the 70s. There was a lot of reporting last week about this increased psychosis that doctors are seeing in communities, young people that are using marijuana on a regular basis.”

There could be a lot more in the marijuana today than what has been in cannabis in the past. 

Barkdoll continued, “It kind of ties into this menthol ban proposal. It’s a very slippery slope because where does it end? I mean, how about the chocolate flavored vodka that you can get now in your State liquor store? I mean, should that be banned because it’s too attractive to younger people because it has a chocolate flavor? We know a year or so ago, the FDA did implement bans on these candy flavored vapes. The theory was that it was appealing to young people and kids. So they got that off the market. This menthol ban, this is actually not new. This has been kicked around for a few years now. There have been fits and starts. There are arguments that the menthol cigarettes are more appealing to certain demographics that they think are being exploited by this flavoring. There may be an argument for that, but again, my concern would be is this the proverbial slippery slope? Where does it end once you start getting into these things?”