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.

Colorado Youth Marijuana Use Unchanged Post-Legalization, State Survey Data Says

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Colorado Youth Marijuana Use Unchanged Post-Legalization, State Survey Data Says | NORML

DENVER, CO — Marijuana use by young people remains largely unchanged since the enactment of a voter-initiated law legalizing the plant’s possession and retail sale to adults, according to data released by the Department of Public Health and Environment. State survey data finds that the percentage of teens acknowledging using cannabis in 2017 was 19 percent, down one […]

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Pennsylvania Auditor’s Report Says Marijuana Legalization Would Yield Over $500 Million in New Annual Revenue

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Pennsylvania Auditor’s Report Says Marijuana Legalization Would Yield Over $ 500 Million in New Annual Revenue | NORML

HARRISBURG, PA — A fiscal report issued by the state’s Auditor General estimates that taxing Pennsylvania’s existing retail cannabis market would yield $ 581 million in new annual revenue. The report estimates that just under 800,000 Pennsylvanians are currently using cannabis. Statewide polling finds that a majority of voters endorse legalizing and regulating its use by adults. “The benefits of regulating […]

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Trump Says He Wants to Execute All Drug Dealers

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Trump Says He Wants to Execute All Drug Dealers | Phillip Smith

WASHINGTON, DC — President Trump has been making some disturbing authoritarian and bloodthirsty private remarks about what he’d like to do to drug dealers, according to a new report from Axios. Worse yet, his dark fulminations may foreshadow some repressive policy prescriptions not too far down the road. The president is apparently a big fan of […]

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Oregon’s Legal Marijuana Economy is Generating Millions, Report Says

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Oregon’s Legal Marijuana Economy is Generating Millions, Report Says | NORML

SALEM, OR — Oregon’s state licensed cannabis industry has created over 12,500 new jobs and is generating over $ 300 million in annual wages, according to a preliminary economic report provided to the legislature’s House Committee on Economic Development and Trade. The report, authored by Whitney Economics, identified over 900 cannabis-related businesses (as of February 21, 2007), with another 1,225 businesses […]

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Carnival Cruise Line Just Says No to Marijuana Use On Board

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Carnival Cruise Line Just Says No to Marijuana Use On Board | HWN

Carnival Cruise Lines wants you to know that you can not smoke marijuana on their cruise ships, or even bring it on board. Replying to a tweet Monday, the cruise line said “You cannot smoke Marijuana [sic] or bring it on board.” @ayeeyoo_cfo You cannot smoke Marijuana or bring it on board. — Carnival Cruise Line […]

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President Obama Says Marijuana Should Be Treated Like Alcohol

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President Obama Says Marijuana Should Be Treated Like Alcohol | NORML

In a just published “exit interview” with Rolling Stone Magazine, President Barack Obama opined that marijuana use should be treated as a public-health issue, not a criminal matter, and called the current patchwork of state and federal laws regarding the drug “untenable.” “Look, I’ve been very clear about my belief that we should try to discourage […]

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License Plate from a Marijuana State? That’s No Reason to Stop and Search, Fed Court Says

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License Plate from a Marijuana State? That’s No Reason to Stop and Search, Fed Court Says | Phillip Smith

DENVER, CO — Drivers from pot-friendly West Coast states have long complained of “license plate profiling,” claiming state troopers more interested in drug interdiction than traffic safety perch like vultures along the nation’s east-west interstate highways pull them over on pretextual traffic stops—going 71 in a 70 mph zone, failing to wait two full seconds […]

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US, Unlike China, Faces Drought of Common Sense on Hemp, Says Publius

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Chicago, IL (PRWEB) September 30, 2012

As the devastating consequences of drought throughout the US become more apparent, authors of The Cannabis Papers: A Citizen’s Guide to Cannabinoids (2011), note the drought of common sense regarding hemp economics in the US – though not in China.

“Hempseed provides a perfect balance of fatty omega acids, as well as protein and other benefits,” said Steve Young, who worked on The Cannabis Papers as well as produced Government Grown: How Polo Illinois Helped Win The War (2009), a documentary on US hemp production during World War II. “Unfortunately, the federal government has been unwavering in its commitment to keep American hemp away from American consumers for several decades.”

Known throughout history as a source of rope, textiles and medicine, hemp also offers great nutritional value for humans and animals alike. The cultivation of hemp is banned throughout the United States.

Added Young: “Hemp prohibition is utterly insane and shows how out of step we are with the rest of the world. Many people know American farmers cannot grow hemp; hardly anyone knows China leads the world in hemp industries – and it’s a growing industry.”

Notably, a 2012 investor’s report was optimistic regarding investment in China’s hemp economies: “No one in America makes the argument that China – and not the US – should lead the way in developing hemp industries; yet the investor’s report is clear – China is developing something new – call it “Hemponomics” – that’s what the report suggests.”

Young noted allowing investors to put their money into US hemp farms would be beneficial for the American economy.

“During this year’s drought, we could have been growing hemp in places where other crops couldn’t grow. The time to pretend there is anything good from hemp prohibition has ended; maintaining that delusion is creating an economic windfall for China, and a reciprocal economic loss for America.”

As Colorado Faces Regional Shortages, Cannabis CEO Says Marijuana Will Eventually Be Traded like Any Other Commodity

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Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) May 06, 2015

Is Colorado’s legal cannabis industry the victim of its own success?

Next month the Centennial State will mark the 18-month milestone of its historic experiment with legal, recreational cannabis sales to adults. And while Colorado’s legal marijuana industry has been successful and has seen rapid growth during that time, it’s also facing some new challenges.

For example, many marijuana retailers in the state are currently facing shortages, especially in the wake of last month’s “420” cannabis celebrations. And part of the problem, according to Ryan Fox, is that much of the industry still isn’t thinking of itself as a legitimate, long-term venture.

“Some day cannabis will be traded just like every other commodity,” he says. “Just as orange crops and the futures on frozen OJ can be influenced by severe weather, the price of cannabis is susceptible to many variables as well.”

Fox is the founder and CEO of Kindman cannabis, one of the oldest and largest recreational marijuana growers and distributors in Colorado. Over the past year, he says, his organization produced nearly 20 percent of the recreational cannabis purchased in the state.

With a statewide shortage of cannabis to sale at local dispensaries, Fox has positioned Kindman to be the go-to wholesaler for resupplying the empty shelves.

“I predicted there would be a healthy demand for our more than 20 premium strains when we rolled out our wholesale operations last year,” he says, “but I’m happy to say I overestimated the number of growers that would follow our lead into the wholesale vertical.”

Fox is now in the process of doubling his grow facilities, to keep pace with the growing demand for his Kindman strains.

One major issue the industry struggles with, he believes, is the over-emphasis by dispensary owners on expanding their retail operations; and that coming up with a sustainable, long-term production and supply chain solution has been a costly oversight for some.

But Fox has avoided that issue. “We sat down to strategize and rework our business model a few years ago, in preparation of the upcoming changes we would see here in Colorado for 2014,” he recalls, “and it didn’t take long for us to identify what end of the supply chain we wanted to be on.”

Fox acknowledges that the legal marijuana industry is still in its infancy, and its once-outlaw culture hasn’t yet fully evolved and adapted to current business norms. And he says Colorado, with its well-planned, state-established regulations, is handling that transition better than any other state where recreational marijuana is currently legal.

But he also expects California, where the cannabis culture is strong and where medical marijuana is legal, will have an uphill battle if and when voters there legalize recreational cannabis.

“California is probably going to have the hardest conversion to recreational cannabis of any single state,” observes Fox.

“They have thousands of dispensaries that will most likely be out of compliance the moment those regulatory guidelines are established – and that will likely create additional economic growth due to the large number of ancillary companies formed, just to assist in solving those problems.”

About Kindman

Established in 2009, Kindman provides customers with an unmatched cannabis product – grown in Colorado state-regulated facilities at indoor locations, using a customized process that combines food-grade nutrients and a unique soil mix that brings out the plant’s best features. Close attention is paid to product cleanliness, quality, curing and processing.

Since the January 1, 2014 start of legalized sales of recreational cannabis to adults in Colorado, Kindman has provided high-quality marijuana flowers to tens of thousands of customers from over 100 countries.

For more information, visit: http://www.mykindman.com/

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