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Legalization of Medical Marijuana Is Girl’s Only Hope

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We already know the tremendous treatment capabilities of medical marijuana and though a lot of states are legalizing this “herb”, a few others can’t seem to make up their mind whether to adopt it or not. Of course, with the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington, the whole weed debate has been turned over its head with major focus being on the negative effects of this herb.

A sad case that comes to mind is that of Sophia Nazzarine. This 5 year old girl has already had 3 brain surgeries and a device put in her chest but nothing has quite provided a solution to her epilepsy yet. Scott Nazzarine – Sophia’s father tells that Sophia has at least 10 seizures a day and their attempts at trying to reduce this with medication have proven futile.

Their only hope is for Ohio to legalize medical marijuana to help save little Sophia’s life. Sophia’s parents Scott and Nicole have opted for this alternative because “This CBD (cannabidiol) component of the marijuana plant has the same type of affect on the brain that many seizure medications do. It has a calming effect,”

You are probably wondering why the Nazzarine’s can’t just move to another state where medical marijuana  has been legalized. Well, here is what Scott had to say about that when responding to a comment:

“Al, it is my daughter and I agree with your point but unfortunately it’s not that simple. Sophia’s mother and I both have jobs and families here. We have a support system and doctors we’ve been working with. My mother recently passed away, and my father is in somewhat poor health and I would like to be around for him. But even with all that, I would move if I knew it would help my little girl. But the only place to get this particular strain of medical marijuana right now is in Colorado and there is a long waiting list to get it. So basically, we’d have to move two families there, wait for doctors to check her out and prescribe it, wait to get the medicine and then hope it works. If it does, great, I’ll gladly start our lives over again in Colorado. But if it doesn’t, then we’ve given up everything. We have no jobs, no insurance (the surgeries to date have cost in the millions–luckily we have good insurance), no family support system, etc. Believe me, we’ve considered it, and are still considering it. But it’s not as simple. I wish it were.”

Probably what really struck me the most was the lengths to which these parents were willing to go to give their daughter a better life. Scott captured it best when he said:

“As of right now we’ve tried everything, and I feel like there’s no reason we shouldn’t be allowed to try this one final step,”

Don’t you think its time our government seriously thought about the whole marijuana issue? If it were your child, what would you do? I would love to hear your thoughts on this. Feel free to share them below.

 

Support To Legalize Marijuana Increases

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A Quinnipiac poll done Monday on New York residents, revealed that more than 50% of illegible voters favored legalization of recreational marijuana in small amounts compared to 39% who were against it.

“Medical marijuana is a no-brainer for New York state voters, and they also would follow Colorado in legalizing marijuana for fun,” Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute said.

This information comes just days after treasury issued new guidance for medical marijuana legalization. What’s interesting is the fact that in similar polls conducted across the nation, massive support for the decriminalization of this is evident. In Minnesota, 51% of those polled were in favor of marijuana being used for medical purposes while 63% per cent were against the move to legalize it for recreational use.

Of course, the Minnesota Sheriff department think otherwise.

“Making it legalized, it’s just going to be that much more out there and that much more we as law enforcement are going to be working on,” Bill Bergquist sheriff of Clay County  said.

As the numbers of those in favor of the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana increase, I ask, do you think America should come to terms with the inevitable and accept the legalization process? Thinking about your future and that of your children, would you want them to grow up in a culture where smoking and vaporizing marijuana is a normal thing.

The truth is, until we begin to look at the whole marijuana debate objectively, the more the misconceptions about this herb and its benefits will prevail. Of course, here at Marijuana Vaporizers, we will continue to update you on the latest marijuana news and reviews on the best vaporizing products to help you make better informed buying and health decisions.

Think about the questions I asked above and feel free to share your true views on this issue. Stay tuned for more hot vaporizer reviews and news .

 

Treasury Issues Guidance For Marijuana Industry

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In what is probably another big move forward in the fight for the legalization of marijuana, the federal government last Friday made a serious announcement that I am sure will be music to the ears of many marijuana business owners. The federal government announced new guidelines that would allow banks to provide services to marijuana businesses.

So what does this mean? Well, for starters, it means that marijuana business owners are slowly starting to get social acceptance. The stigma toward the herb is slowly dying out as more and more people get more knowledgeable on how beneficial it really can be. This announcement which was made by the division of the U.S. Treasury the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) said the move will “promote greater financial transparency in the marijuana industry and mitigate the dangers associated with conducting an all-cash business.”

This memo which is an official acknowledgement of the legitimacy of marijuana retailers will no doubt help to increase the availability of banking options for pot business owners. That said, if you are a marijuana retailer, you will still need to pass a number of checks before you can get access to the services you need.

In particular, the banks will still have to verify and review your marijuana license to operate, do background checks to see if your business might be involved in any illegal activities and consistently monitor public resource information on your business for detailed specifics of the business and its related activities.

That said, not everyone thinks the move was good. Frank Keating President and CEO of the American Bankers Association was quoted as saying the new guidelines were not a solution.

“While we appreciate the efforts by the Department of Justice and FinCEN, guidance or regulation doesn’t alter the underlying challenge for banks,”

“As it stands, possession or distribution of marijuana violates federal law, and banks that provide support for those activities face the risk of prosecution and assorted sanctions.”

So I ask you. Was treasury through FinCep right to issue these guidelines or was this the wrong move? Personally, for the industry I think it was the right move and the ripple effect could well spill into other sectors of the economy, however it will take a lot of convincing on the mainstream public.

 

Marijuana For NFL USE?

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is the latest public personality to add his voice to the ongoing cannabis legalization debate. Ever since the controversial cannabis law allowing the recreational use of the herb came into effect on January 1st in the state of Colorado, a lot of hype has surrounded the topic with many people the world over still coming to terms with the shocking news and now marijuana for NFL use is looking more like a reality.

Though it is legal to buy cannabis in some states, smoking marijuana is illegal under the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement. Wanting to get Goodell’s take on the whole matter, ESPN asked whether a time will come when players will be allowed to use medical marijuana is states where it is legal. This is what he said:

“I don’t know what’s going to develop as far as the next opportunity for medicine to evolve and to help either deal with pain or help deal with injuries, but we will continue to support the evolution of medicine”.

His remarks come in the wake of more and more states laying the ground for legalizing the use of medical marijuana. So far, two states Colorado and Washington allow recreational use of marijuana with Alaska close to becoming the third. Twenty one other states including: Arizona, New Mexico, California, Oregon, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, Delaware and New York allow the use of medical marijuana,

The question is, “Will the sports world embrace medical marijuana?” The truth is, the benefits for medical marijuana are enormous especially for sports like football and soccer where breaking bones is part of the game. In these sports the pain that is endured by players is unimaginable. Former Denver Broncos tight end Nate Jackson knows the pain all too well and his vivid description can be reason enough for the sport to start using medical marijuana.

“You never live pain-free in the [National Football League],” Jackson was once quoted as saying. “You don’t discuss it. But you manage pain on a daily basis. Every morning there’s this moment – especially when you wake up in training camp — when you’re like, what the f— am I doing? How am I going to make it through this practice? Even getting out of bed is hard. How you deal with it is your own personal thing.”

With Goodell’s recent comments it seems like pain will be a thing of the past for most players – at least in states where the use of medical marijuana is legal. That said, do you think marijuana for NFL use is okay and more importantly, where do you draw the line between medical marijuana use and recreational use?