What Science Says About Cannabis Legalization

Among the roaring marijuana debate between liberal leftists and the reserved right wing, the science world has remained considerably mute on the issue of cannabis. Despite holding vast quantities of information on the plant, scientists and doctors lie in the shadows behind overt politicians, new-age musos and enraged soccer moms.

A plethora of statements encircle pot politics, where the touted pain-relieving properties of medicinal marijuana are stacked against the feared health hazards of cannabis use. Do clinical evidence and scientific studies reveal a truth more akin to flowers and space cake or insomnia and drug addiction?

Marijuana contains the substance THC which is known by the majority of people yet assumed without a chemical clue, to be toxic or addictive. THC, short for some long nerdy name you’ll never remember anyway, has been administered in various molecular forms to cancer, HIV and multiple sclerosis sufferers for years with evident success. A recent publication in the British Journal of Anaesthesia 2008 supported the notion of cannabis as an effective way to manage various types of pain, however, codeine and other pain-relieving substances showed similar success.

Before you light your bong in celebration, a 2007 systematic review of the effects of marijuana and psychotic illnesses revealed a dose-related correlation between spliffs and psychosis. The people who lit up more frequently, for a longer number of years and with more potent pot suffered from more mental health issues than non users. It is important to maintain perspective on the fact that excessive abuse of marijuana correlates with mental health complications. Most substances consumed in excess, from candy to cocaine, may have multiple horrifying results including obesity and Keith Richards.

Regarding the effects of marijuana on lungs, more research is required to produce a conclusive result, however, various trials have produced some interesting findings. A publication in the 2010 European Respiratory Journal found cannabis and tobacco had different effects on the lungs, the latter producing severe obstruction of air flow and poor oxygen transfer. Marijuana did not produce these effects, however a 2009 article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal showed links between marijuana, tobacco and COPD (medical jargon for what you know as emphysema). However, tobacco shows consistently more severe effects on lung function and to date, is the only proven preventable cause of lung cancer.

As for the positive benefits, clear the smoke from your eyes and take a look at The Netherlands. A country which legalized marijuana in 1976, is one of the wealthiest, economically stable and prospering countries in the European Union. Interestingly, it is juvenile travellers loading up on their right to get high who are the greatest inconvenience among Dutch society. While alcohol and cigarettes continue to top the death polls in most countries, there is not one recorded reefer-related death in The Netherlands. On the other hand, prescription drug overdose accounted for 20, 950 deaths in the US in 2004.

It seems the highly infectious symptoms of marijuana, including intense fits of laughter, imbecilic smiling and cookie-crumbed couches are hardly reason enough to outlaw the substance when a host of more toxic agents are not only legal, but advertised across the United States and other Western countries. While the debate may continue to rage in the media, research is constantly being released online by less-verbal scientists and medical foundations. Like most relationships, intimate moments with maryjane may mess with your mind. Yet amongst our precarious love affair with fast food, cigarettes and booze, this relationship is unlikely to be fatal.

The FDA Wants to Hear From You About Marijuana Scheduling

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The FDA Wants to Hear From You About Marijuana Scheduling | NORML

This year, the United Nations World Health Organization is due to review the current international classification of marijuana, THC, cannabidiol, and other related compounds and preparations this year. In the lead-up, the WHO is asking member nations submit feedback, of which no nation is more influential than the United States. Between now and April 23rd, the U.S. […]

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The National District Attorneys Association is Lying About Marijuana

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The National District Attorneys Association is Lying About Marijuana | Paul Armentano

A recently released white paper published by the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) is calling for the federal government to strictly enforce anti-cannabis laws in states that have regulated its production and distribution for either medical or recreational purposes. The working group, which consists of D.A.s and prosecutors from more than a dozen states (including representatives […]

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75,000 Demand DEA Stop Disseminating Blatantly False Information About Medical Marijuana

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75,000 Demand DEA Stop Disseminating Blatantly False Information About Medical Marijuana | Anna Zuccaro

In a new petition from Americans for Safe Access and Change.org, over 75,000 people are calling on the Drug Enforcement Administration to stop disseminating false information about medical cannabis immediately and ensure that any future information about medical cannabis treatment reflects medically-accurate and up-to-date facts. The petition, which calls on President Obama to take immediate […]

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Poll Finds Most Coloradans Upbeat About Legal Marijuana, Few Would Support Repeal

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Poll Finds Most Coloradans Upbeat About Legal Marijuana, Few Would Support Repeal | Marijuana Policy Project

DENVER, CO — A new poll finds Colorado voters are still upbeat about their decision to regulate and tax marijuana for adult use, and few would support repealing Amendment 64, the legalization initiative approved in November 2012. The results of the statewide survey, which was conducted earlier this month by Public Policy Polling, contradict claims […]

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Public forum about marijuana legalization to take place in Providence

Public forum about marijuana legalization to take place in Providence
PROVIDENCE R.I. (WPRI) — An open forum has been arranged to discuss Rhode Island's marijuana's policy and to learn from leaders in states that have already legalized medical and recreational marijuana. The forum is scheduled for April 5 from 9 a.m. to …
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Explaining SB 3 PKG
Fifty dispensaries would be allowed to have up to three separate locations, meaning potentially 150 places where patients could obtain medical marijuana. There are local zoning implications for dispensaries and dispensaries cannot be located within …
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Dubious Stock Pitched As California Marijuana Legalization 'Campaign Donation
Legalization supporters who buy a new penny stock are not directly supporting legalization, but rather a shady corner of legal marijuana market — unregulated, often fraudulent world of pink sheet securities, experts warn. This Tuesday, a new Nevada …
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Darren White: I was wrong about medical cannabis

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Darren White: I was wrong about medical cannabis
After a stint as a reporter with News 13, White was elected Bernalillo County Sheriff. In 2007, he spoke out specifically against medical cannabis while Governor Bill Richardson pushed to implement the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act. “I've never …
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Bob Marley-Branded Marijuana Adds to Growing Weed Market
Backed by Privateer Holdings, a Seattle-based private equity firm focused on the cannabis indsutry, the Marley Natural brand is clearly designed to appeal to a wider customer base than college kids with a Bob Marley "Legend" poster on their dorm room wall.
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Legalizing Weed: Facts About Kentucky's Legalization of Industrial Hemp Farming

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Legalizing Weed: Facts About Kentucky's Legalization of Industrial Hemp Farming
In the U.S., 22 states have enacted laws legalizing industrial hemp farming. After a 70-year absence, the Bluegrass State is one of 13 states to establish a commercial industrial hemp program, but production is limited to pilot projects. In 2014, the …
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Mormon Idaho Resident Starts Hemp Farm in Oregon
TWIN FALLS, Idaho, Jan. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Before today, it would be highly improbable that you would hear the following terms in a single story: Idaho resident, Mormon, conservative, father of five, hemp farmer, cannabis advocate. However, these …
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Farming is all about aeration

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There would be no overstatement if we say that farming is actually all about aeration. It does not matter whether you have a small tract of land or a large one. It also does not matter whether you are farming for commercial purposes or for pasture land. Aeration is required every day for your land whether you are growing grains or grass. It is aeration that will ultimately change the entire structure of your land in three different planes. Firstly, the physical structure of the soil is changed along with the texture. Compaction and hardpan conditions are removed and porosity is introduced. On the chemical plane, you add fertilizer and lime, pesticides and other products and change the pH value of your land in order to make it more productive. Finally, on the biological plane also you use various products so that the bacteria and fungi or algae are all kept under control while earthworms flourish. The pasture aerator is required for the discharge of all these roles in your attempt to change the structure of the soil in the three different planes on your pasture land.

Aeration is basically the process of introducing air into your pasture land. Without air no microbial activity is possible and since air needs a carrier in order to be introduced right down to the roots this carrier has to be water. Pasture aerators are, therefore, always challenged with water management since it is by managing water that you are actually ensuring that your pasture roots get aerated. The main fight that aerators need to fight is against compaction. For achieving complete success in this fight the aerators need to have tines that are designed scientifically. These specially designed tines are the shatter tines that have well designed angles and offsets that can break the compacted layers right down to a depth of even more than 7”. While Sportstine and Finetine are needed for greens and approaches the row crop cultivators are needed to keep a good control over the weeds that tend to grow between two adjacent rows. These cultivators have gauge wheels that control the depth while the three point linkage raises and lowers the cultivators.

 

For further information on Pasture aerators and Row crop cultivators please visit http://www.daveheath.com/

Former Bronco, Medical Experts Come Out About Pot and Why the NFL Should Lift the Ban at Sports, Meds and Money

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Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) February 21, 2015

(Denver, CO) – Sunday night was a big night for Denver Bronco Quarterback Peyton Manning. Included among the legions of stars during the Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special, Manning was cool, calm – and truthful.

 

While meant to be funny, his joke that he “gets hit in the head a lot,” reminded viewers of the scores of NFL players who get knocked around quite a bit on the field, many times resulting in Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes (and others) with a history of repetitive brain trauma.

These types of brain injuries, and the NFL’s ban on the use of medicinal marijuana to alleviate or reverse them, will be a highlight of the Cannabis Business Executive Breakfast and Three-Day Conference – “Sports, Meds and Money,” March 4 – 6, 2015, at Casselman’s Bar and Venue in Denver (http://www.CannabisBusinessConference.org).

In particular, former Denver Bronco and Super Bowl XXXIII Champion Marvin Washington will come forward on of the conference about the role cannabis can and should play in professional sports, particularly those fraught with frequent head and body injuries. 

Additional topics will include medical marijuana use for injuries, marijuana as a sports enhancer, medical professionals will weigh in, and much more.

Other speakers will include Glendale Mayor Mike Dunafon, MSNBC’s Pot Barons of Colorado, People Magazine’s “Marijuana Millionaires” and various experts in the cannabis industry. 

Hosted by Clover Leaf Consulting, the conference will also pair serious investors with Colorado’s rapidly growing number of cannabis business owners. More than 200 are expected to attend with at least a quarter million dollars in business deals expected over the course the event. 

The conference will feature two days of expert presentations, an exhibit vendor hall, and the opportunity to earn approved cannabis business education certifications from Clover Leaf University (CLU) on the third day of the conference. CLU is the first and only cannabis university approved, regulated and licensed by the Colorado Department of Higher Education’s private occupational school board. There will also be a four-hour (2 – 6 p.m.) open house for attendees to network and discuss investment and partnership opportunities.

For those looking to make their mark in this industry, attendees will be learn about:

National Business and Brand Expansion

State-by-state Business Opportunities

Mergers and Acquisitions

Business Set-up

Financing Options

Setting Best Practices and Corporate Standards, and more

 

“Sports, Meds and Money” is a private event and will not be open to the general public. Press passes are required in advance and can be obtained at http://www.cannabisbusinessconference.org.

To register as a vendor, please visit https://cannabisbusinessinfo.formstack.com/forms/cbexecutive_breakfast_sponsorship.

To register as an attendee, please visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/cannabis-business-executive-breakfast-3-day-conference-march-4th-5th-6th-2015-tickets-15537960458

Sponsors include The Cannabis Business Association, Incredibles, Cannabis Global Initiative, Cannabis Science, Simply Pure and Viola Extracts.

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