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Ingraham: NYT Silent After Deleting Uvalde Shooter’s Pot Rage From Article

By Janey Olohan | June 2, 2022 | 3:17pm EDT
Laura Ingraham hosts "The Ingraham Angle." (Photo credit: Fox News)
Laura Ingraham hosts "The Ingraham Angle." (Photo credit: Fox News)

Studies have revealed a “connection between regular pot use and an increased risk for serious mental illness and even violent psychotic episodes,” Fox News host Laura Ingraham stated Wednesday on “The Ingraham Angle.”  

Ingraham remarked that The New York Times originally quoted a friend of the Uvalde school shooter, Salvador Ramos, who discussed the shooter's background as a pot smoker. But the paper subsequently deleted the reference, refusing to explain why. 

"We contacted the New York Times for an explanation -- was it a bad source?" asked Ingraham. "What happened? But they didn't respond. We tried again, called them again today. Nothing."

“There’s still much to learn about the Uvalde shooter. We haven’t gotten his toxicology report yet, but it is worth exploring -- is it not? -- given what we’ve already learned. The Daily Mail reports his father spent time in jail for multiple assaults and possession of marijuana. The Washington Post reports multiple people told them about his mother’s drug use and a neighbor even reported she was about to be evicted over it....Ramos’ grandfather served time in prison for drug trafficking. So, given his family history, it stands to reason that someone surrounded by illicit drugs could have potentially had access to them, as well."

Below is a transcript of this segment of "The Ingraham Angle":

Laura Ingraham: "Now last week, the New York Times had initially quoted a friend of Uvalde killer Salvador Ramos, who described the 18-year-old as a pot smoker who got enraged when his family expressed their displeasure about it. But mysteriously, the reference to his alleged drug use was deleted from future online additions. So we contacted the New York Times for an explanation -- was it a bad source? What happened? But they didn't respond. We tried again, called them again today. Nothing.

"Now several studies have explored the connection between regular pot use and an increased risk for serious mental illness and even violent psychotic episodes, in some cases. In March 2019, the prestigious journal, The Lancet, conducted a case control study from eleven sites across Europe and Brazil. It found that with daily cannabis use, there were increased odds of a psychotic disorder, compared to those who never use it. And when it comes to high potency weed, the psychotic disorder went up five-fold.   

"Today Ron Kessler tackled the subject, as well, writing, ‘Virtually everyone ignores the obvious reason for the dramatic increase in these tragedies: Democrats push legalizing marijuana, which has become three to four times more potent than it was only a few years ago…newer products can have levels of THC as high as 85% to 90%....The marijuana level in a typical joint 20 years ago was closer to 5%.’ 

"And a paper published in 2020 by one of my next guests analyzed past cases of violence in marijuana use, looking specifically at the deadly attacks. So in researching the Parkland and Southerland Springs mass shootings, the Times Square Attack in 2017, and the Boston Marathon Bombing, his study found recurring consequences of marijuana-induced paranoia and marijuana-induced psychosis. It also found that more potent marijuana resulted in a greater risk for psychosis. So the reaction to our Angle last night about this was so massive, that this follow-up was in order. 

"There’s still much to learn about the Uvalde shooter. We haven’t gotten his toxicology report yet, but it is worth exploring -- is it not? -- given what we’ve already learned. The Daily Mail reports his father spent time in jail for multiple assaults and possession of marijuana. The Washington Post reports multiple people told them about his mother’s drug use and a neighbor even reported she was about to be evicted over it. 

"Independent journalist Ali Bradley told 'The Ingraham Angle' that Ramos’ grandfather served time in prison for drug trafficking. So, given his family history, it stands to reason that someone surrounded by illicit drugs could have potentially had access to them, as well. Though considering the horrific carnage here from other tragedies we already know about where high-potency cannabis may have played a role, it’s important that Americans have more answers. We deserve to know the truth about this multi-billion dollar and growing industry, how it's affecting our young people, our working-age population, and even our military readiness. 

"Joining me now is Dr. Norman Miller, addiction psychiatrist, and Dr. Eric Voth, physician resident of the International Academy on the Science and Impact of Cannabis. 

"Now, Dr. Miller, your response tonight, please, to those who casually dismiss what studies, including your paper which you know, was an aggregator of many of these found between violent, psychotic behavior and sustained, high-potency marijuana use.” 

Dr. Norman Miller: “Well, it’s exactly what you said; it’s hidden. I'm interested in the association in marijuana and violence and when I hear these unfortunate incidences, the unthinkable mass shooting in Texas, I look to see if marijuana was involved. And I find often that the newspapers, the media hide it when it really is a major factor.”  

Janey Olohan is a rising junior at the University of Notre Dame where she is studying political science with a minor in digital marketing. 

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