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Discussion in 'Cannabis News and Activism' started by vtac, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. Baron23

    Baron23 Well-Known Member

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    14 of the biggest questions researchers have about marijuana

    Marijuana is now more accessible — legally — than it has been since it was first banned in the "Reefer Madness" era of the 1930s, but that doesn't mean researchers think we fully understand the plant or how its use affects people.

    Far from it.

    We know enough to say that marijuana has some legitimate medical uses and to say that in many ways, it's less likely to harm users than substances like alcohol or opioids, but researchers still have a long list of questions.

    Government regulations make the plant extremely difficult to study, which is one of the main reasons there are still so many things to learn about marijuana.

    Business Insider recently spoke to several prominent researchers to see what they think the most important questions are — and what's being done to answer them.

    Here's what they hope to find out. (cont)

    Federal Agency Stops Asking If Medical Marijuana Is Real

    Earlier this month, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) updated its web page on medical marijuana. The change is subtle, but significant.

    For several years, NIDA’s primer on medical cannabis started with a fundamental question: “Is marijuana medicine?” before diving into the ensuing discussion. The conclusion one could draw, without reading a word further, was that nobody was really sure one way or the other; the question was an open one.

    Since then, a majority of states across the country have gone ahead and answered with a resounding “Yes.”

    This was before the National Academy of Sciences published its landmark review in January, in which it found “conclusive” evidence of cannabis’s efficacy as a medicine for certain medical conditions—with some very suggestive evidence, unproven for lack of research, for its value in other ailments.

    Whether it was red states like Arkansas and North Dakota embracing cannabis or a massive gang of scientists too large to ignore, NIDA has stopped asking the question—at least on its official web resource.

    Instead of asking “Is Marijuana Medicine?,” as it has since the last revision in July 2015, the official DrugFacts page on cannabis, updated in March 2017, now leads with the declaration “Marijuana as Medicine.” (cont)
     
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  2. Baron23

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    Home Grows in Colorado Receive a New 16-Plant Limit

    The Colorado House voted 55-10 in favor of House Bill 1220, a bill that seeks to eradicate the state’s black market. The bill strives to subdue drug trafficking in Colorado and reduce the state’s current 99-plant limit for medical marijuana patients with extended plant counts.

    To quiet the black market, Colorado’s home-growers and medical marijuana caregivers will now be allowed to grow up to 16 plants per home. Should these growers wish to grow over 16 plants, they must live in “areas zoned for large-scale, commercial grows.”

    House Majority Leader KC Becker, the bill’s sponsor, told The Cannabist that,

    “I can think of no quicker way to jeopardize Colorado’s billion dollar industry than to allow our state to become a significant source of marijuana in other states where it isn’t legal.”

    Citing concerns with federal enforcement on recreational marijuana, the bill’s proponents believe these efforts will prevent any federal intervention.

    Thus, in a related effort to subdue the state’s illegal cannabis market, House Bill 1221 also passed a House vote; this bill would give the state a grant of $6 million per year to aid local police officers in tightening the clamps on non-compliant grow houses.

    Meanwhile, medical marijuana patients throughout Colorado have reportedly been vocally protesting this law with the belief that this new law will raise the price of their medicine.

    House Bill 1220 was introduced on March 2 and approved by a House committee on March 6. The bill now heads to a Senate vote and then the governor’s desk before becoming law.
     
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  3. C No Ego

    C No Ego Well-Known Member

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    this part explains it all! ( "The practical use and legalization of these things is happening faster than the science can keep up." ) Ahhh science
     
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    BabyFacedFinster Capo di tutt'i capi

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  5. Baron23

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    Massachusetts opens hearings on recreational marijuana regulation

    The Legislature has already has moved to postpone the opening of retail pot shops in the state until mid-2018 at the earliest


    By Bob Salsberg, The Associated Press

    BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers are vowing to respect the will of the voters, but aren’t ruling out changes to the state’s recreational marijuana law.

    A special legislative committee that’s considering revisions to the law opens hearings at the Statehouse on Monday.


    Among those expected to testify are members of “Yes on 4,” the group that led the ballot initiative that made Massachusetts one of eight states where recreational marijuana use by adults is now legal. The group is demanding that lawmakers leave the measure alone and give it time to work.

    State treasurer Deb Goldberg, whose office will oversee regulation of marijuana sales, also is scheduled to appear before the panel.

    The Legislature already has moved to postpone the opening of retail pot shops in the state until mid-2018 at the earliest.

    MA residents....go to these hearings and kick your politicians collective asses for resisting the democratically established will of the people of that state with respect to MJ.

    These assholes think MA citizens are fracking idiots and that they can get way with 'just small common sense' changes and saying things like "just a reasonable delay" when we all know that they are just dragging their feet in opposition to the will of the people.

    I actually agree with the WoPo's new slogan of "Democracy dies in Darkness" so get to these hearing and make it known to your representatives that the light has been shined on their recalcitrant behavior and that it will NOT be tolerated.

    Throw those fucking bums out!


    Thousands of Colorado medical marijuana patients caught in registry backlog
    Patients are waiting up to two months: The Medical Marijuana Registry has been inundated with inquiries as state switches to online application system


    Colorado’s Medical Marijuana Registry is in the thick of a six- to eight-week backlog for mailed applications for medical cannabis cards, affecting thousands of patients.

    As of Thursday, the office was processing applications received by mail on Jan. 31, 2017. More than 6,000 pieces of mail remain in the hopper – including the 4,178 pieces of mail that arrived in February.

    As the state switches over to an online application system, what amounts to a heavy workload for the registry’s limited processing crew is causing frustration among some within the state’s medical marijuana community.

    “They can’t seem to get their act together in renewing people’s statuses,” said Rob Cagen, 70, of Fort Collins, whose medical marijuana card expired this week. “It seems crazy.” (cont)
     
  6. Baron23

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    Marijuana raids are more deadly than the drug itself

    Since 2010, At least 20 SWAT raids involving suspected marijuana dealers have turned deadly, according to data compiled by the New York Times.

    The list of fatalities includes small-time dealers and people who sold the occasional joint to a friend, as well as people suspected of dealing in more serious drugs like crack or meth, but who were found to be in possession of only marijuana after the fact. It also includes four police officers who were killed during the raids, intentionally or otherwise.

    The deadly raids are a reminder that an activity that's legal and celebrated in some states -- selling weed -- can get you killed in others.

    The dead include:

    • 29-year-old Jason Westcott of Tampa, who was shot and killed by police who stormed his home and observed him with a firearm. Westcott never fired his gun. The police uncovered a total of .2 grams of marijuana at Westcott's residence, not enough to fill a typical joint.
    • Trevon Cole of Las Vegas, who was targeted for a raid after undercover officers purchased 1.8 ounces of the drug from him. Cole was unarmed, and was shot and killed by an officer as he was trying to flush marijuana down a toilet. His family eventually received a $1.7 million settlement from police.
    • Levonia Riggins, also of Tampa, who became the subject of a raid after undercover agents purchased marijuana from him on three occasions. Riggins was in bed at the time of the raid. He didn't respond to officers' demands, and when the officers moved toward him Riggins made a quick movement. He was shot and killed. The raid turned out no firearms and a small amount of marijuana.
    Marijuana itself is not a deadly substance. "No death from overdose of marijuana has been reported," according to the DEA. But the deadly raids on suspected marijuana dealers underscore how drug enforcement can become a greater threat to life and safety than drug use itself. (cont)
     
  7. Baron23

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    A big thing marijuana opponents warned you about is definitely not happening

    A state-run survey of 37,000 middle and high school students in Washington state finds that marijuana legalization there has had no effect on youngsters' propensity to use the drug.

    The Washington State Healthy Youth Survey found that the 2016 rate of marijuana use was basically unchanged since 2012, when the state voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use. In the survey, researchers used the measure of “monthly use,” asking students across all grade levels whether they'd used the drug within the past month.

    The survey's numbers show that neither the vote for legalization nor the opening of pot shops in 2014 have had any measurable effect on the rate of marijuana use among teenagers in the state. (cont)
     
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  8. Baron23

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    Australian Lawmaker Rips Medical Cannabis Law: ‘Reality Doesn’t Match the Rhetoric’
    More than a year after the Australian government legalized medical cannabis, patients in South Australia are still waiting for a scheme to effectively access medicine.

    One lawmaker, Greens MP Tammy Franks, has criticized the government’s handling of the access issue as “offensive” and “a joke”—and she’s now leading the charge for reform.

    Franks, one of two Greens members in South Australia’s Legislative Council, has been involved in the campaign for access to medical cannabis for the past three years. For the past two, she’s been conducting forums for other members of Parliament and their staff in order to educate them about medical cannabis. Earlier this month, she held a special forum on the extreme difficulties South Australian patients face trying to access medical cannabis.

    The problem is that the reality doesn’t match the rhetoric, and the federal piece of legislation is not progressing the way it should,” Franks said. “Well over a year since that bill passed, we still don’t actually have people able to go to their doctor and get a prescription for medical cannabis in South Australia.”

    To some, it almost feels like they’re losing ground. Earlier this year, a police raid and the arrest of a medical cannabis oil producer in South Australia were met with a public outcry. (cont)

    Dramatic Changes to New Mexico’s MMJ Program Need One Signature
    Passed by the New Mexico legislature last Friday, a new bill could make dramatic changes to the state’s medical marijuana law. Allowing for the inclusion of opioid addiction as a qualifying condition for NM’s MMJ program, Gov. Susan Martinez might soon make history with one simple signature.

    In addition to adding reciprocity and opioid addiction to the list of qualifying conditions, HB 527 would protect New Mexico’s lawful MMJ participants from interference by Child Protective Services. Also high on the list of positive changes, the bill would mandate “employer or insurer payment for the reasonable use of medical marijuana pursuant to the Worker’s Compensation Act.”

    If signed into law by Gov. Martinez, HB 527 would position New Mexico on the frontline of America’s ongoing struggle with opioid addiction. Becoming the first state in the country to allow qualifying individuals to legally treat their opioid dependency with medical marijuana, the bill would also add a number of other qualifying conditions and safeguards.

    Authored by Rep. Nate Gentry (R) and passed by the House and Senate, HB 527 would include Huntington’s disease, PTSD, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy and Crohn’s disease to New Mexico’s growing list of qualifying conditions.

    Administered by New Mexico’s Department of Health, the new legislation also would mandate regulators establish reciprocity guidelines for patients from other medical marijuana states.

    Historically, an outspoken opponent of legalization and the marijuana reform movement, Gov. Martinez recently vetoed a pair of measures that sought to establish a hemp research program through New Mexico’s Department of Agriculture
     
  9. cybrguy

    cybrguy Patience Rewards

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    Given this bit of insanity, does anyone really think her signature on HB 527 is at all likely? Is someone who vetoes hemp research really gonna liberalize access to and cooperate with MMJ expansion? I'm thinking probably not, but I will watch and hope for a surprise...
     
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  10. Baron23

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    Yeah, perhaps a remote possibility that she would sign. More likely, a veto override or something to help show her the door out in the next election. We will see.

    http://www.dailylobo.com/article/2016/12/5-pot-legalization-possibility
     
  11. Krazy

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    Thanks Baron23. I'm a medical NM user.
     
  12. C No Ego

    C No Ego Well-Known Member

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    earthship and cannabis equals = New Mexico... Grow your own cannabis indoors while providing oxygen to the indoor space and cleaning air pollutants providing food and sustenance later... guess the people do not get it ?
     
  13. Baron23

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    A pharma company that spent $500,000 trying to keep pot illegal just got DEA approval for synthetic marijuana

    Insys Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical company that was one of the chief financial backers of the opposition to marijuana legalization in Arizona last year, received preliminary approval from the Drug Enforcement Administration this week for Syndros, a synthetic marijuana drug.

    Insys gave $500,000 last summer to Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, the group opposing marijuana legalization in Arizona. The donation amounted to roughly 10 percent of all money raised by the group in an ultimately successful campaign against legalization. Insys was the only pharmaceutical company known to be giving money to oppose legalization last year, according to a Washington Post analysis of campaign finance records.

    Syndros is a synthetic formulation of THC, the main psychoactive component in the cannabis plant. It was approved by the FDA last summer to treat nausea, vomiting and weight loss in cancer and AIDS patients. The DEA approval places Syndros and its generic formulations in Schedule II of the Controlled Substances Act, indicating a “high potential for abuse.” Other Schedule II drugs include cocaine, morphine and many prescription painkillers.

    Whole-plant marijuana remains in Schedule I of the CSA, an even stricter regulatory category that designates a lack of medically accepted use in addition to a high abuse potential.

    Insys has been active in marijuana policy for several years. In 2011 it wrote to the DEA to express opposition to loosening restrictions on naturally derived THC, citing “the abuse potential in terms of the need to grow and cultivate substantial crops of marijuana in the United States.” (cont).

    These c*ck suckers will all burn in hell (well....don't really believe in hell but you get my meaning, right? LOL). They truly are scum.
     
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  14. C No Ego

    C No Ego Well-Known Member

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    ^^ it's all business as usual... profits over heart beats.. profits matter more :(
     
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  15. CarolKing

    CarolKing Singer of songs and a vapor connoisseur

    Can you imagine all the folks in public office that are getting money to keep cannabis on the list with heroin? It happens all the time. Also $500,000.00 is a drop in the bucket for a pharmaceutical company, chump change.

    Hopefully this administration will be embroiled in turmoil and won't have time to destroy the legal cannabis in the states that voted for it. Seems like the Trump Administration has a lot on their plates right now - ha ha ha.:leaf::2c:
     
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  16. C No Ego

    C No Ego Well-Known Member

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    people seeing the similarities of thc made in a lab and thc grown in perfect conditions= evolved nature is a start to wake the F up... it will be ok to pay one thousand $ a drop for pharma synth thc while nature keeps pumping billions of drops for free!
     
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  17. CuckFumbustion

    CuckFumbustion Lo and Behold! The transformative power of Vapor.

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    Cannabis works best as Chinese medicine. Getting ALL of the essence. To get the Ying and Yang of the plant. The Entourage effect" Whenever thc is isolated and administered, it often produces a negative experience.

    One mainstream piece on the topic.->Medical marijuana and 'the entourage effect' - CNN.com


    INTERVIEW: The Asian American Parents Leading the Cannabis Revolution (Part 1/3) featuring Floyd Huen, Doctor - Resonate

    Nevil Schoenmakers Joins Plant Extract Company StemCell United | Marijuana

    King of Cannabis Nevil Schoenmakers sends new pot Stemcell United stock up 8300% in less than 48 hours
     
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  18. CuckFumbustion

    CuckFumbustion Lo and Behold! The transformative power of Vapor.

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    CuckFumbustion Lo and Behold! The transformative power of Vapor.

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  20. GetLeft

    GetLeft Well-Known Member

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    psychonaut High as fuck

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  23. Silat

    Silat When the Facts Change, I Change My Mind.

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    Sessions is not to be trusted.
     
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  24. CarolKing

    CarolKing Singer of songs and a vapor connoisseur

    As Americans fail drug tests, employers hire refugees - CNN.com
    CNN.com › us › refugees-jobs-drug-testing
    3 days ago - The percentage of American workers testing positive for illegal drugs is at its highest level in a decade. Some employers are turning to refugees.

    i hate that cannabis is lumped in with all the drug testing. It's too bad that it's tested so often even in office jobs. I understand if you are operating a huge machine and making sure folks haven't used that day but as we know cannabis stays in some bodies for a couple months.

    Too many Americans addicted to hard drugs.
     
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  25. yogoshio

    yogoshio Annoying Libertarian

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    The only accurate test for THC would be the same as alcohol, on the spot for active components in the bloodstream. I would be willing to get behind that as a requirement, but looking for traces is absurd and has no bearing on the individual's performance.

    If said individual has the inability to be sober while working, I can see from a business perspective why they wouldn't want an employee who can't be sober at the workplace. Medical issues aside, obviously.
     

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