The call to legalise marijuana for medical use
WELCOME to Newport, South Wales, You’ll never bother to leave. There’s free marijuana.
Council officials in Newport have yet to speak to the tourism division in their investigation into how cannabis came to feature in the town’s flower pots brightening up the city centre.
Local shopkeeper Dean Beddis, spotted the weed among the petunias:
“I had never seen cannabis growing in the wild before so it was crazy to see it. It’s actually rather a beautiful plant and stood out wonderfully. But they have gone now. I don’t know who took them. Either the council spotted them or some young type has spotted them and put them in his garden.”
CAN smoking marijuana make you thin?
The study looked at more than 4,600 people, 12 percent of whom said they were current marijuana users and 42 percent of whom said they had used in the past. Previous research had shown that marijuana users had a lower prevalence for diabetes and obesity, but this was the first study where scientists tried to determine if there was a link between insulin and glucose levels and marijuana usage, Yahoo Shine reported…
The study concludes: “with the recent trends in legalization of marijuana in the United States, it is likely that physicians will increasingly encounter patients who use marijuana and should therefore be aware of the effects it can have on common disease processes, such as diabetes mellitus. We found that current marijuana use is associated with lower levels of fasting insulin, lower HOMA-IR and smaller waist circumference.”
Some research finds that highly religious people are less likely to take drugs, but more likely to be obese — perhaps because they’re substituting one compulsive behavior (overeating) for the other (smoking marijuana). So, some of the obese people in the national surveys may be religious folk, who might otherwise be heavy marijuana smokers, but are eating too much instead. That could make it look like marijuana is slimming.Also consider that one of the most popular uses of medical marijuana is to stimulate appetite in people with cancer, AIDS or other diseases. Such patients are significantly less likely to be obese than the general population — so in this case, weight loss would precede or prompt the marijuana smoking.
Is smoking weed a compulsive behaviour?
Dr. Stuart Weiss, a professor and endocrinologist at the NYU School Of Medicine said, “We’d have to assume that there’s some compound that is involved with this marijuana smoke that causes an improvement in metabolism.”
New research from the University of California, Irvine — detailed in the March issue of Cell Metabolism — found that certain brain chemicals with characteristics similar to marijuana might play a key factor in helping you shed pounds without any exercise. A dream come true? Here’s a brief look at the promising discovery…
It’s an endocannabinoid compound called 2-AG. Endocannabinoids, as the name might suggest, share a similar molecular structure to the active ingredients in cannabis. Typically, high levels of 2-AG are found in the brains of mammals, and previous studies suggested that these compounds may make the body crave fat. Scientists think endocannabinoids play a key role in regulating the body’s metabolism, or the energy it makes from food.
Interesting stuff. More studies are needed…
MARIJUANA has gone mainstream. We’ve yet to see weed adverts on the side of F1 vehicles, as we have for cigarettes and booze, but NASCAR fans heading to the 2013 Brickyard 400 races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will get to see a TV advert hailing cannabis.
CHECK out this 1960s Narcotics & Dangerous Drugs Identification Kit. Created not by cool art students looking to id the good stuff, but by Winston Products for Education. This was used in schools to teach students about drugs and their many dangers. How many children go their first look at these drugs in class? “So,” they nodded. “That’s whar the blueys do…”
MARIJUANA. Let’s just legalise it. Not glamourise it.
A nameless cannabis delivery guy delivers his much needed medication to stressed-out New Yorkers in this character-driven web series. High Maintenance was created by husband and wife team Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld. They produce the series with their BFF Russell Gregory as Janky Clown Productions.
A study claiming that pot use in youth has long-term cognitive effects is being challenged. The originalstudy, published last year in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), found that smoking marijuana as a teenager may be associated with IQ declines by middle age. The new study, published in the same journal on Monday (January 14), said that IQ declines were likely a product of socioeconomic status, Nature reported.
“Although it would be too strong to say that the results have been discredited, the methodology is flawed and the causal inference drawn from the results premature,” Ole Røgeberg, the sole author of the new study and an economist at The Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research in Oslo, wrote in the paper.
SO. What do you American kids think about cannabis?
As states increasingly adopt laws allowing medical marijuana, fewer teens see occasional marijuana use as harmful, the largest national survey of youth drug use has found. Nearly 80% of high school seniors don’t consider occasional marijuana use harmful — the highest rate since 1983 — and one in 15 smoke nearly every day, according to the annual survey of eighth-, 10th- and 12th-graders made public Wednesday.
More than one in five high school seniors said they smoked marijuana in the month before the survey, and 36% smoked marijuana during the previous year, according to Monitoring the Future survey of 45,449 students from 395 public and private schools. After four straight years of increasing marijuana use among teens, annual use among 10th and 12th graders stabilized and use by eighth graders declined slightly since 2010.
YAYYY! It is now legal to smoke (eat and drink ) marijuana in Washington State. It’s not legal to buy it:
Today, for the first time in 89 years (Washington lawmakers initially outlawed cannabis in 1923, 14 years ahead of the enactment of federal prohibition.), an adult may possess up to one ounce cannabis (and/or up to 16 ounces of marijuana-infused product in solid form, and 72 ounces of marijuana-infused product in liquid form) for their own personal use in private — and they may do without being in violation of state law.
During his first term the key member of the Choom Gang did nothing. And then on the day of his re-election to a second and final term – the time when legacies are written – Colorado passed Amendment 64 to legalise marijuana for recreational use.
MARIJUANA is now legal on Colorado. How does the market work? Tony Dokoupil explains:
After Eric Holder and the Obama administration suggested that they weren’t going to crack down on medical marijuana, everybody and their brother grabbed a trash bag full of weed out of their backyard and were like, ‘All right, medical marijuana here for sale!’ … Then Colorado was really interesting … because there’s a core of young, educated, politically connected and well-financed guys who said, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa. We can’t have former black market drug dealers and bikini girls as the face of our industry, because the community’s not going to accept it.
“So they partnered with law enforcement. They partnered with state legislators. They hired incredibly high-level political consultants and lobbyists who have worked nationally. And they are the inside force that led to the creation of Colorado’s regulated medical marijuana industry, which is unlike any in the country and which will be the basis for the legalized, regulated market. And so in response to the craziness that we saw in 2009 … a movement toward controlled, regulated, not-in-your-face, nonconfrontational pot culture has begun.”
Naples police officers pulled over the car Golac was riding in with two friends. A search produced a stash of marijuana in the back of the car near, next to Gloac. She said the weed wasn’t hers. She said it belonged to her two other passengers. They denied it and left.
THIS is Hannah’s Field “Puff Puff Give” music video. It is just awful. It has everything. Highlight: 1min 27 seconds in:
FLASHBACK to 1954: Marijuana is the dreaded weed. In SWEETHEARTS “I Was a Musician’s Girl”, the perils of dating a drummer become apparent. The young woman may start to think for herself:
FACE of the day: Some of Rocque’s pot-stained prints are being sold for $2,500 each. A show featuring the work opened last week at a small alternative gallery in the stylish Ipanema neighbourhood. It takes him a week to complete a single print blowing about five joints’ worth of smoke onto a paper daily. Bill Clinton missed his calling…
Some pieces of art by the Brazilian artist Fernando de la Rocque are exhibited at the La Cucharacha, a small alternative gallery in the stylish, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday Aug. 20, 2012. Some of Rocque's pot-stained prints are being sold for $2,500 each. It takes him a week to complete a single print blowing about five joints' worth of smoke onto a paper daily. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
MARIJUANA is not legal. Still. Face of the Day features Matt Galanti, 17, of Bothell, Washington, smoking marijuana from a glass bong at the opening day of the pro-marijuana rally Seattle Hempfest. To his side are Zach Casselman, 18, of Bothell, and Clay Graeber, 20. The three-day event comes as citizens in Washington state prepare to vote on an initiative that would legalize and tax the sale of up to an ounce of cannabis at state-licensed stores.
Mayor Mike McGinn, a keen supporter of Initiative 502 to legalise marijuana, says:
“Here’s what we know: Prohibition has not worked,” told supporters who lazed in the grass a cloud of cannabis haze. It’s fueled criminal violence. Right now in this city, people are murdering each other over pot…. It’s time to stop. It’s time to tax it, regulate it, legalize it.”
So. Will every stoner and medical marijuana user vote for Initiative 502? There will be rules:
The proposed law limits possession of smokable marijuana to one ounce. It has a blood-THC standard for driving a car, and no such standard exists now. It has heavy taxes. It doesn’t allow private growing of marijuana plants except by medical patients.
PLANS are afoot for Uruguay to control marijuana. President Jose Mujica tells Colombia’s RCN radio that the government will take over the country’s buoyant marijuana markets. This will enable it to do down the criminals and monitor usage.
Uruguay – where possession of small amounts of weed is not a criminal offence – would become the world’s first nation to sell marijuana directly to the consumer.
ZOMBIE CANNIBALS are about to run legal in Barack Obama’s Chicago. The city has voted to decriminalise minor marijuana possession. Possessing cannabis is illegal. Now, however, owner will get a fine. Chicago joins Seattle, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia is approaching sense.
We’re still not there yet, though. The decision to fine and by how much will be left to the Chicago police service. Get caught holding less than 15g of weed and expect a fine ranging from $250 to $500.
The move was brought by Barack Obama’s old Chief of Staff mayor Rahm Emanuel. He was aided by Chicago police superintendent, Gary McCarthy, who said most of the 20,000 yearly arrests of marijuana possession create criminal cases that are dropped. This new way frees up police time to chase actual criminals and count all that money from fines, an estimated $7m.
So. As Chicago finds a legal way to tax illegal marijuana, we look at President Obama. Did he inhale?
MARIJUANA pipe of the day is the Chewbacca smocca, as made by Creep. Al that wonderful smoking paraphernalia that make the habit so seductive in the 20th Century still exists. You just need to break the law to experience it…
ROD Dreher looks at marijuana and homosexuality:
“I’m wondering if the erosion of the strict taboo against drug use, at least in one’s youth, has to do with the fact that so many of us have known, or at least been around, marijuana users for a long time. We know that most people can use the stuff without ruining their lives, or disqualifying themselves from public service. If so, then it tracks with the erosion of the taboo against homosexuality among younger Americans, who have had more direct experience of being around gay people.”
COMMON SENSE ALERT! Common sense alert!! Well, partial. To help alleviate the symptoms of his wife Nina’s acute arthritis, Malcolm Taylor, 66, grew cannabis in the garden shed at his home in Springfield Road, Middleton. He then mixed the cannabis resin with butter and administered the herbal medicine. And it helped.
And then the idiot police found his cannabis “farm” of 42 plants. They were investigating a break-in at Mr Taylor’s home when they spotted the weed. Would the coppers turn a blind eye, pretend they hadn’t seen it and walk on? No. They nicked him. Then they nicked his wife.
CANNABIS farms are big news. Sadly, the stuff remains illegal even to ill people it could help. TV home makeover shows looking to stay relevant in a recession will not feature the Marijuana Mezzanine.
But weed is being grown in homes. And we should be worried. Former policeman Phil Butler says cannabis farmers are stealing around £200m worth of electricity across the UK every year.
The Association of Chief Police Officer says police uncover more than 21 cannabis farms every day. Since, 2010, the coppers have seized 1.1 million plants. They estimate the crops’ value at £207m. Maybe the stuff could be sold as medical marijuana and the money used to pay for the criminals’ court cases and incarceration? Or they could just burn it, or give it away.
The police figures tells us that at least 15,330 cannabis farms have been in the past two years. That means each farm, on average, holds about 72 plants. But some farms are much larger. In 2010, one farm uncovered in Essex housed 8,000 plants.
MEDICAL marijuana needs supporting. But Barack Obama says he can’t ask the Department of Justice to “Ignore completely a federal law that’s on the books”. OK. Some on cannabis prescriptions sell their drugs on illegally. But so do people on prescriptions for all manner of uppers and downers.
Greenwald wonders about Obama’s moral compass:
The same person who directed the DOJ to shield torturers and illegal government eavesdroppers from criminal investigation, and who voted to retroactively immunize the nation’s largest telecom giants when they got caught enabling criminal spying on Americans, and whose DOJ has failed to indict a single Wall Street executive in connection with the 2008 financial crisis or mortgage fraud scandal, suddenly discovers the imperatives of The Rule of Law when it comes to those, in accordance with state law, providing medical marijuana to sick people with a prescription.
America’s attitude to weed is strange. On April 2, 2012, U.S. marshals raid Oaksterdam University in Oakland, Calif, which teaches people how to grow marijuana.
Back in March, we went to see WeGrow founder Dhar Mann pose inside the WeGrow store in northeast Washington DC – the “Walmart of Weed”.