Posts Tagged ‘legalize cannabis’
In some very awesome news, on Friday, President Obama gave the green light to banks, allowing them to finally do business with legal marijuana sellers. This is a huge step in legitimizing the burgeoning cannabis industry as well as helping to re-legalize the healing plant.
Until now, most dispensaries and collectives throughout the country have had difficulty trying to find banks to work with them, because of law enforcement issues and conflicts between federal and state law. Here’s a report from CNN (thanks to Newsthatmatters1 @ YouTube for posting) – where they briefly discuss the new rules for these businesses.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta reacts to the Justice Department’s announcement that it won’t block laws that have legalized marijuana in states like Washington and Colorado. The primary concern is that the US Government has failed to speak upon rescheduling cannabis or changing laws to allow for easier access to begin studies, as well as provide safe access for patients.
If you have not yet seen CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s documentary about cannabis, please check it out on my page – just a few videos down 🙂
I thought I’d do something a little different and just speak on some issues regarding cannabis. Warning, I am totally rambling!
The first issue is re: Fairness in re: to access to meds and how cannabis is portrayed. A lot of patients have issues dealing with money-grubbing cannabis dispensaries, as well as fraudulent review sites that mislead patients into purchasing from some of these sketchy dispensaries, when they otherwise wouldn’t. I then go into a more specific issue of balance of usage and make a note that cannabis, although we love it, does have some negative side effects if you “over use” it. I support cannabis wholeheartedly, but I also realize that there are some negatives that really need to be explained and discussed. I touch on a few things that I haven’t really heard any other activists talk about. Tell me what you think!
I am in love with this beautiful HBG inline bong! So easy to clean, and packs a real punch! This is made of thick, high quality glass (I want to say Schott Duran like the other great pieces) – made in America – “CALI CERTIFIED”! 😀 I paid less for this piece as I got a deal, but you can find similar inlines of this brand at local headshops or online for probably around $250. I take a few big puffs with this, but must say I love using this mostly with my KO Titanium Domeless nail. Either way, it’s a great piece that is easy to clean and very sturdy and will last you a long time! That is, if you’re not a bong murderer 😉
Here is part one of “The Science and Politics of Marijuana” – part of a series of talks from the MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) 25th Anniversary conference back in 2011. All 7 parts can be found on YouTube through the video below. Videos feature Donald Abrams MD, Lyle Craker PhD, Sue Sisley MD, Martin Lee, Clint Werner, Fred Gardner, Amanda Reiman PhD MSW, Dale Gieringer PhD, Debby Goldsberry, & Steph Sherer and is moderated by Allen Hopper JD (ACLU of Northern California).
The discussions you’ll hear in the videos go into detail on the topic of the science and politics of marijuana – what has been researched and discovered, and how politics is affecting the information from being released or used properly. Over 10 years ago, an important government study was released regarding a few specific patients’ use of marijuana as recommended by their doctors. The Institute of Medicine, a branch of the National Academy of Sciences, issued what was then the most comprehensive analysis of the scientific and medical literature about cannabis, and it stated, “The accumulated data indicate a potential therapeutic value for cannabinoid drugs, particularly for symptoms such as pain relief, control of nausea and vomiting, and appetite stimulation.” A vast number of doctors and other medical professionals continue to caution about harms that may result from smoking marijuana, though these need to be weighed against the other harms that patients could be facing. In the political realm, the debate over the legal status of medical marijuana continues on. The videos run about 339 minutes in total – check them out at your leisure!
Hey, it’s Linda here! I know I have been slow on getting reviews done, mostly as I have been slow in acquiring new pieces. I wanted to at least make a video to say hello and give you all an update as to what’s been going on here lately.
I believe I mentioned the Cannabis Cup but forgot to mention the Medical Cannabis Cup here in the Bay Area in June – if you’re around, you should make plans to attend!
Either way, check out the video and don’t forget to head over to my Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/itsweedandbombs) for my most updated posts 🙂
Marylanders caught with marijuana may soon face a small fine instead of time behind bars.
The Maryland Senate voted in favor of a bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana on Tuesday.
On a bipartisan vote of 30-16, the Senate approved legislation that makes possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana a civil offense, subject to the maximum penalty of a $100 fine, according to the Capital Gazette. Laws currently on the books for a such a possession invokes a maximum penalty of $500 and 90 days in prison.
If the bill becomes law, Maryland would join a growing number of states that are enacting more lax marijuana laws, including Colorado and Washington state, where voters chose to legalize marijuana on ballot referendums in 2012.
The sponsor of the bill, State Sen. Robert A. Zirkin (D-Baltimore County), said that the law was needed in order to avoid overspending on charging individuals with possession of small amounts of marijuana.
“It is a tremendous waste of resources,” Zirkin said, according to the Baltimore Sun.
According to State Sen. Allan Kittleman (R-Howard and Carroll), a co-sponsor of the bill, police made around “47,000 arrests” related to marijuana possession in the state last year.
(Thanks to BREAKINGNEWSALLDAY on YouTube for the link)
I’m not sure if I’ve posted this before, but here is a great BBC segment titled “Cannabis – What’s the Harm?” From the video description: “In the first of two programmes, James looks at the effects of the drug on the streets of Britain, meeting a 17-year-old who smokes weed with his parents and a mum-of-three who uses cannabis to keep her emotions in check. He meets people who are growing cannabis illegally for themselves and goes out on patrol with a police drug squad as they clamp down on large-scale cannabis growers. He also travels to California, the first state in America to license cannabis for medicinal use.”
Check out this news clip from earlier this year. A former heart surgeon speaks on the benefits of cannabis to prevent strokes.
Though the description of the original video mentions “eating a bud a day”, we all know eating straight cannabis is pretty gross, and if anything, you’d have to at least bake it into something 🙂
Check out this great episode of TYT’s “The Point” —
From the video description: “What is behind the war on cannabis (both medicinal and recreational) and will marijuana ever be legalized? What are the effects of smoking weed? Where does President Obama stand? John Fugelsang (Political Comedian) leads this week’s panel on ‘The Point’ to discuss these issues and more with Cornell Reid (Comedian), Dave Brian (Editor – The 420 Times), and Sam Humeid (Owner – Perennial Holistic Wellness Center). Special thanks to Steve Elliott (Author – “The Little Black Book of Marijuana”), and Dr. Igor Grant (Professor of Psychiatry – UC San Diego) for sending in points.
Thanks to townsquare for posting the video.