Senate Bill Would Allow Vets Medical Marijuana

Senate Bill Would Allow Vets Medical Marijuana

Surviving combat is difficult enough, but for many veterans, returning to everyday life can be a minefield.

For physical pain, doctors at the Veterans Administration have historically been far from shy about handing out powerful drugs like Vicodin, Percocet and Oxycodone, which has lead to soaring rates of addiction among men and women in uniform.

“The 2017 Military Construction Appropriations Bill would shield doctors and patients from being punished for prescribing or using marijuana as part of a course of treatment, and it’s a great first step toward changing the federal government’s stance on medical marijuana.”

But for some veterans—like those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder—the wounds suffered overseas aren’t to the body, but their peace of mind.

Fortunately, some PTSD suffers have found marijuana can alleviate the residual effects of combat, which often manifests itself in an inability to wind down, irritability and insomnia. But while 24 states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation legalizing medical marijuana, using cannabis is still illegal under federal law. That ties the hands of V.A. doctors from prescribing it—even if they think their patients would benefit.

To insure that doesn’t continue to happen, Senator Steve Daines (R) Montana and Senator Jeff Merkley (D) Oregon have introduced the 2017 Military Construction Appropriations Bill, which would shield doctors and patients from being punished for prescribing or using marijuana as part of a course of treatment.

According to Weed Weekly, the Senate Appropriations Committee has already approved the bill, but it still needs to clear the full Senate and be approved by Congress before it would impact any patients. And while the bi-partisan nature of the bill might make supporters optimistic, a similar effort failed last year—so passage is far from guaranteed.

Passage would be a huge step forward for advocates of wide-scale marijuana reform, as it would be an admission from the federal government that marijuana has medical uses. It also would provide a shot in the arm to the campaign to remove marijuana’s status as a Schedule I drug, a move that the Drug Enforcement Agency is currently considering.

[ via Weed Weekly photo Collective Evolution ]

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Happy 420 Everyone!

The real story behind the origin of why the number 420 is synonymous with weed is actually pretty simple and well-documented.

For a journalism-styled breakdown of the long, not-sordid-at-all tale about the herbal significance of the three digits, it’s hard to find a better version that the one The Huffington Post ran a few years back.

But for the TLDR–too long, didn’t read–crowd, it’s easy enough to still down the essentials into a few sentences.

Basically, back in the ’70s, a group of high school  students–who called themselves the Waldos–in San Rafael, California used to get together after school to smoke. 4 :20 was the customary time to meet up, so they started using 420 as slang for weed. After some of the kids became friends with members of the Grateful Dead, they brought them in on the lingo, and Deadheads spread 420 round the world. It’s not anything more complex than that.

Check out the video to see the Waldos, or at least dudes who claim to be the Waldos, tell their story. And watch the Funny or Die version for a less accurate, but far more funny explanation.

Happy 420!

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Pennsylvania Legalizes Medical Marijuana

Pennsylvania Legalizes Medical Marijuana

Pennsylvania has become the latest state in the union to legalize medical marijuana. With the Keystone State in the green column, that means nearly half of U.S. states now permit marijuana to be used as a treatment option.

According to Penn Live, a record number of supporters—including prominent Republican advocate Senator Mike Folmer—turned out the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg to watch Democratic Governor Tom Wolf sign the bill into law.

“Pennsylvania state lawmakers were hailing the passage of the bill as a model of bi-partisanship, but it remains a fairly restrictive take on medicinal marijuana usage.”

It was estimated that it will be nearly two years before the infrastructure exists to start serving patients.

And while state lawmakers were hailing the passage of the bill as a model of bi-partisanship, it remains a restrictive take on the medicinal usage.

Doctors will only be able to to prescribe marijuana for 17 conditions, including  cancer, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and Crohn’s Disease. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and  autism will also be among the covered.

Initially, the amount of dispensaries allowed in the state has been capped at 50, and all the marijuana products sold will come from crops grown in-state. Currently, the law does not permit patients to smoke marijuana, or buy pre-made edibles.

Dispensaries will only sell pills, topical creams and oils, but since menstrual pain isn’t on the list of approved conditions, that means Whoppi Goldberg’s line of ladies cannabis products still won’t be welcome on state shelves.

While the new law might not be broad enough to satisfy many medical marijuana advocates, for anyone familiar with the byzantine laws which govern the sale of alcohol in Pennsylvania, they’ll come as no surprise.

But it’s a great first step for the state, and gets us closer to a country where a majority of the states agree that marijuana is a viable treatment option, and not, as the Drug Enforcement Agency still contents, a drug with no medicinal value.

[ via Penn Live ]

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Why Marijuana, Cocaine and Heroin are Illegal

Why Marijuana, Cocaine and Heroin are Illegal

You don’t have to have a medical degree to know that drugs like heroin and cocaine are highly addictive, and can have devastating consequences for people who abuse them.

“Heroin and cocaine—along with marijuana—were ultimately regulated out of a sinister urge to demonize and prosecute immigrants and minorities. Not concerns about public health.”

It might come as a surprise, however, to learn the reason those drugs were eventually ruled illegal wasn’t out of a humanitarian desire to protect the public. Rather, heroin and cocaine—along with marijuana—were ultimately regulated out of a more sinister urge to demonize and prosecute immigrants and minorities.

Now, the War on Drugs wouldn’t enter popular parlance until the Nixon Administration, when it was launched, as Domestic Policy Adviser John Ehrlichman now admits, to lock up blacks and hippies. Or basically anyone who was declared an enemy of the president’s conservative government.

But that was far from the first time that legislators used their power to demonize drugs to go after specific groups. As an recent piece on Salon details, those efforts go back to the turn of the 20th century.

Heroin, cocaine and marijuana were used in a variety of over-the-counter tonics at that time. Coca-Cola, for example, wouldn’t actually see an entirely cocaine-free formula until 1929. And it was by associating the drugs with minorities—and preying on their constituents xenophobic fears—authorities managed to push through proposals which ultimately saw them banned.

It’s another entry into the history of America’s sad attempt at prohibition, and as the marijuana legalization movement makes great strides, it’s important to remember that it’s as much about righting a century of wrongs as it is about the right to get high. Check out the whole piece here.

[ via Salon ]

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Exercising with Edibles! Ft. Cannabis Quenchers

 

Mango Cannabis Quenchers

Edibles are not my favorite way to get high.

It’s hard for me to find something both effective and delicious, that doesn’t promote any uncomfortable side effects.

In this video, discover Cannabis Quenchers with me as I hike, work, and play!

These should be called Cannabliss Quenchers, because that was state I found myself in at the height of my effects.

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