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Kellyanne Conway Connects Weed With ‘Overdose Deaths’ in Pennsylvania Race Discussion

On the biased cable news channel this week, absurdity, balderdash and general fuckery were all a part of the show. Don’t joke about or mention weed because of the doubling of “overdose deaths,” former White House advisor Kellyanne Conway said in so many words on Fox News Monday.

Democratic Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman faces off against Republican celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania’s hot-button U.S. Senate race this fall. Fetterman is known for his strong pro-marijuana views from the start.

However, Dr. Oz is less clear as he both condemns adult-use law in Pennsylvania and acknowledges that marijuana is safer then prescription drugs. The current stance doesn’t exactly align with previous episodes on The Dr. Oz Show, when he was called a medical marijuana “advocate” a few years ago. Now Dr. Oz falsely claims that legalization will lead to higher unemployment rates. 

Also Fox NewsConway was asked by Conway to provide commentary about the race. Conway didn’t disappoint her base.

“He put the marijuana flag up. He found that funny. He’s trolling his opponent. He thinks that’s funny,” Conway said of Fetterman’s recent comments. “Here’s what’s not funny: that there’s been a doubling of overdose deaths in Pennsylvania while he’s been in office from 2015 to 2021. Fentanyl is rankling every corner of this state.”

What fentanyl has to do with marijuana is anyone’s best guess. Multiple government agencies have disproved the notion that marijuana can be conflated with excessive amounts of it.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), admits that there has not been one fatal overdose from cannabis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also says an overdose from cannabis is “unlikely.”

Fentanyl, however is quite a different story. Fentanyl is a completely different story. In 2021 there were 107.622 deaths from drug overdoses. 66% of these deaths are due to synthetic opioids such as fentanyl.

Pennsylvania, in particular, is plagued by people suffering from opioid addiction. It was demonstrated last month in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood. But SalonAccording to reports, central Philadelphia’s gentrification is increasing and its drug problem is less severe than ever before. Focusing only on the state’s troubled areas doesn’t provide an accurate picture.

Conway was, unsurprisingly, brutally dragged both online and offline.InThe media Newsweek reports. Yahoo! News called Conway’s comments a “brazen marijuana lie,” gaining over 3,000 shares, while the U.K.-based Independent wrote that she was “mocked for blaming overdose deaths on marijuana.” HuffPost AOL News reported that she was “gaslighting everyone.”

Steve Schmidt was a former GOP strategist and has since renounced membership in the Republican Party. tweeted on Tuesday, “I thought John Fetterman put it up to protest the abject stupidity of the US Govt spending $50 billion in taxpayer money on a marijuana crusade that is riddled with hypocrisy. Who goes to prison? Blacks. Marijuana and Fentanyl have as much to do with each other as Coors.”

“It’s all nonsense,” Schmidt continued. “Cannabis is legal in many states and has never killed anyone. [Kellyanne Conway]Trump is less credible than her and she may be his only true peer when it comes to lying. For fame and power, she sold America. Not credible.”

Political commentator Cheri Jacobus actually did the math and figured that if you multiply zero times two, the number is still zero: “If marijuana deaths were doubled, the number would still be zero, you gaslighting cartoon.”

Jorge Caballero did also the math but it was in line graph format. He said that a model for marijuana overdoses would appear like a perfectly level line of zero.

“If you look really closely you can almost see the imaginary line of marijuana overdose deaths on this chart of U.S. government data from the last 22 years,” Caballero tweeted.

Although Dr. Oz currently trails Fetterman, the Pennsylvania race is still close in polls.