Students Part of Anti-Marijuana Group MMYV

Support for marijuana in the U.S. is at an all-time high, so to speak. Eighteen states permit smoking it for medicinal purposes, while fifteen states have decriminalization laws. It’s legal to smoke a joint in the comfort of your own home in both Colorado and Washington. A majority of Americans favor legalizing marijuana for the first time ever.

Employing two Penn State students, one mysterious organization is seeking to stop the spread of the controversial plant — Marijuana MAKES You Violent, sometimes abbreviated MMYV. The group asserts not only that cannabis causes cancer, muscular dystrophy, influenza, diabetes, diarrhea, brain death, spinal collapse (among many other horrifying ailments), but also kills millions annually. Oh, and it makes you raving mad and violent, too.

In an interview with Onward State, “Youth Correspondent Media Outreach Representative”/junior Zach Rhoads explained what led him to join MMYV.

“Both of my parents were slaughtered by marijuana maniacs, and I just want to see the madness stop,” Rhoads admitted. ” [Marijuana] is responsible for 100 percent of violence throughout the entire course of human history.”

MMYV has fully committed to spreading anti-marijuana propaganda on Facebook (+7,000 likes), Twitter, and YouTube. Many commenters support the message on MMYV’s Facebook wall, writing “Ganja free for eternity” and “Tokers are LOSERS.” Others are simply bewildered. Here’s an example of a typical post:

MMYV

Notice the bizarre slang, liberal use of the stock image and questionable claims. These are hallmarks of MMYV’s identity, backed up by 45 employees including scientists and statisticians, according to the group’s website. Onward State unsuccessfully attempted to reach these other employees and find the location of a reportedly vast headquarters, founded in late 2012. But, Rhoads did say that MMYV has already raised $2 million from donations, grants and merchandise sales.

MMYV is by no means anti-drug in its covert operations. In fact, some posts declare that both tobacco and alcohol have never caused a death, fighting back against the public relations of “big marijuana corporations,” Rhoads said.

So, how to reconcile MMYV’s version of the truth and other, more widely accepted versions in the mainstream media? This is a difficult question. But, if the conspiracy theories touted by MMYV are true, too many people are falling under the spell of a huge threat to public health.

Here’s video of fellow MMYV Youth Correspondent Media Outreach Representative Pete Miller demonstrating 10 ways to just say no to marijuana. At number eight, a classic response: “No way! Ask me again in 10,000 years, OK? I am not sucking on that reefer stick.”

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