A recent study in the journal Cerebral Cortex showed that in mice, marijuana lessened the bruising of the brain and helped with healing mechanisms after a traumatic injury. Harvard professor emeritus of psychiatry and marijuana advocate Lester Grinspoon recently wrote an open letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, saying the NFL should stop testing players for marijuana, and that the league should start funding research into the plant’s ability to protect the brain.
“Already, many doctors and researchers believe that marijuana has incredibly powerful neuroprotective properties, an understanding based on both laboratory and clinical data,” he writes. Goodell recently said that he’d consider permitting athletes to use marijuana if medical research shows that it’s an effective neuroprotective agent. It can help eliminate nightmares. AP This is a complicated one, because it involves effects that can be both positive and negative.
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To Makris, it’s all about the medicinal benefits. “There are people who really need it,” he said. “There are so many prescription drugs and so forth that people sue that really are so dangerous and cause so many side effects that if they can do something that’s less harmful and less addictive than that’s a good option.”
To Kadel, it’s all about the dangers of marijuana. “Basically what this amendment is doing is legalizing pot. Really it’s a facade to say it’s medical marijuana. That’s not the end game of this movement,” he said. “Marijuana use is harmful, addictive and is a gateway drug.”
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According to the Associated Press, regulators working on the final draft for the program have removed such language. The original program draft contained the following section that prohibited gun possession by those who would legally use medical cannabis in Illinois: That the applicant understands that a qualifying patient or designated caregiver with a current Firearm Owners Identification Card (FOID) or a Concealed Carry Weapons Permit (CCW) who is approved for a registry identification card shall be in violation of and may not possess firearms under relevant state and federal law.
As such, registered qualifying patients and designated caregivers are not eligible for a Firearm Owners Identification Card or a Firearm Concealed Carry License and may be subject to administrative proceedings by the Illinois State Police if they do not voluntarily surrender such card or license. By requiring that the FOID card be turned over, for which it is illegal to possess a modern firearm in Illinois without, it would have placed participants and their caregivers in violation of the law to have a gun along with their prescription cannabis.
As such, the program created the dilemma: one could either turn in ones gun to receive legal treatment, opt to keep an illegal gun while and participate in the program or keep ones legal gun and self-medicate with illegal marijuana. The move to drop the gun requirements in the final version of the program was championed by proponents of medical cannabis. Anything that makes it less burdensome for the patients is always a good thing, said Julie Falco of Chicago, who speaks openly about how she has used cannabis to control her pain from multiple sclerosis.
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Esquibel says she almost fainted when she tried her first hit. Those high THC levels worry Allen St. Pierre , executive director of the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws, a nonprofit lobbying group working to broadly legalize marijuana use. Marijuana May Hurt The Developing Teen Brain “Between the fact that you can potentially pass out with a single inhalation, or you can have such property damage and potential bodily harm just producing it … these [issues of the vape pen] definitely need to be addressed,” he says. “This is a screaming call for regulation if there ever was one.”
Most states, such as California, that allow the sale and use of medical marijuana don’t have rules on the books about marijuana concentrates or about vaping the substance. California is considering a ban on concentrates, while Colorado and Washington allow them. The sale and use of vape pens is legal in every state.
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“This kind of testing has been approved in California”, Dan Lauwers, a Republican from Brockway Township near Port Huron, said. The saliva tests have not been approved throughout California but are being used in field trials by Los Angeles police to see if results can qualify as court-admissible evidence, said Don Targowski, a Santa Monica defense attorney who is active in marijuana cases.
Targowski has offices in both suburban Los Angeles and Grand Rapids. Under the Michigan proposal, motorists would not be arrested simply for failing the saliva test but only after being pulled over for erratic driving. Then the saliva test would add confirming evidence, just as portable breath testers do in cases of drunken drivers to justify an arrest, Lauwers said. What were really after is repeat offenders, he said.
The spur for the bill was a double-fatal crash last year in St. Clair County in which a repeat offender drove under the influence of pain killers not marijuana, he said.
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More than 160 police officers, from Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, Kalamazoo, Grand Traverse and Oceana counties, were involved in the investigation. Police in October arrested 27 on federal charges but prosecutors soon dropped charges to continue with the investigation. Another 10 defendants were added this week. As to the how they filed it and then dismissed it, I am a little disappointed that the defendants that were not obviously involved with the alleged conspiracy were not left out of the new prosecution. Instead, they added more defendants, Grow said. Court documents said Shawn Taylor led the Medical Marijuana Team, or MMT, with a goal of harvesting $3 million in marijuana.
He and his wife, Molly, operated In Do Grow, a store in Muskegon that sold indoor hydroponic growing and other supplies to grow marijuana, police said in court records. The conspirators were not attempting to alleviate the suffering of patients assigned to them; rather, they were attempting to profit from the sale of the marijuana they produced, Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Courtade wrote in a 44-page indictment unsealed on Wednesday, April 16.
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“Colorado is seeing legal and public safety issues with driving under the influence,” Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said this week in an interview. “There is no reason to believe those problems won’t follow here in Florida.” It’s much harder to prosecute marijuana-impaired drivers than drunken drivers, Nocco said. Roadside breath tests can detect alcohol’s levels in the body and the law sets standards for when a driver is presumed to be impaired. Detecting marijuana takes a blood test, which usually requires an arrest and transport to jail.
There are no bright-line impairment standards to aid prosecution. Nocco expressed sympathy for sick people but sees the marijuana vote mainly as a tool for recreational use. “I think the amendment is just pulling on people’s heartstrings,” he said. The Colorado crash report is deceptive, Pollara said in an interview. Most of the drivers who had marijuana in their system also had alcohol, he said. Traces of marijuana can stay in the body for weeks after use. Finding more drivers with pot in their system does not mean they were impaired or caused the crash, he said.
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Earlier this week, Blake Griffin spoke to Rolling Stone on a whole range of subjects, including his Creationism beliefs, his link to model Kate Upton and the Los Angeles Clipper ‘s deadpan sense of humor. But the 25-year-old All Star, whose 16th technical foul kept him out of the Clippers’ last game of the regular season, spoke seriously when asked about marijuana use in professional sports leagues.
Griffin said he would endorse the drug medicinally in the NBA as a painkiller alternative: “It doesn’t really affect me, but so many guys would probably benefit from it and not take as many painkillers, which have worse long-term effects. So I would vote “yes”. I just think it makes sense.” This comes amid news that the NFL would consider the use of marijuana for medical purposes. The substance remains banned in the NBA, and Milwaukee Bucks and outspoken supporter Larry Sanders was suspended for its use earlier this month.
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“So I would vote ‘yes’. I just think it makes sense.” Griffin’s comments followed remarks made earlier this month by Bucks center Larry Sanders , who advocated for marijuana’s legalization just after it was announced he would be suspended five games by the NBA for using the drug. “It’s a banned substance in my league. But I believe in marijuana and the medical side of it. I know what it is if I’m going to use it,” Sanders told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel at the time. He said he has studied marijuana and knows the benefits. “In a lot of ways we’ve been deprived,” Sanders said.
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“We applaud the efforts of the NCIA and their mission to ensure that responsible and legitimate cannabis-related businesses are treated fairly,” states Charles Vest, VP of Communications for HempMeds (TM). “As the title sponsor of the NCIA’s Educational Series conference during the historic ‘420 week,’ HempMeds (TM) is showing support for all cannabis businesses in this rapidly growing and changing industry.”
NCIA member businesses receive two admission tickets. Non-members who wish to attend can register online. Admission is a $75 donation per ticket. All ticket and sponsorship proceeds support the work of the National Cannabis Industry Association . ” HempMeds (TM) is one of many legitimate cannabis-related businesses nationwide,” Vest continues. “We are actively creating awareness about our unique CBD-rich hemp oil products so that other legitimate cannabis businesses have an opportunity to add variety to their product offerings, regardless of where they are located in the country. And we are thrilled to support an inclusive organization like the NCIA that understands and supports responsible companies invested in cannabis, whether hemp or marijuana.”
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