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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.

 

Marijuana Industry Creating Opportunities

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Seems like the pot boom that took the nation by storm is actually doing more good than harm. So far the state of Colorado has collected $2 million in taxes for the month of January. As you know, Colorado was the first state in the US to legalize the commercial sale of cannabis in 2012.

In  the  first of January this year, retails stores opened for business and they were able to file tax returns in for $14 million. Of course, these figures only represent taxes collected on recreational marijuana if medical marijuana is included, the figure rises to $3.5 million.

Ironically, the money raised from the industry has been earmarked for youth drug prevention, substance abuse treatment and public health. But it doesn’t stop here. In New York, two friends are making a killing with their marijuana delivery business. Though what they do is illegal, “Abe” and “Brian” still hold that they are morally sound people.

According to the pair, they try to do right by people.

“Even though what we do is illegal, we’re both morally sound people,” Abe said in a recent interview,

“We try to do right by people. That’s what I always tell my mom, anyway.”

Abe and Brian run Secret Fleet and though their company is relatively new, they are building a large clientele rapidly. The pair attest to Just to having made 55 deliveries in one nigh. This translates to approximately $1100 with each delivery they make earning them $20.

You might be wondering how the pair run an illegal business. Brian the other half of the company puts everything in perspective:

“I tell my family I’m just a regular bike courier trying to make it as an actor,” this former pharmaceutical researcher says.

“I don’t like having to hide what I do. But my family is made up of very traditional, conservative people. And I don’t know how they’d react to it.” Abe’s mom on the other hand knows what he does and fears for his son.

By now you should have an idea of where I am going with this post. The marijuana industry is proving to be very lucrative and the nation can generate a lot of funds from the industry if they approach the whole matter objectively. From these two stories do you think marijuana should be legalized?

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Should Marijuana Be Decriminalized?

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Democratic candidate for Texas governor Wendy Davis on Tuesday pledged her support for medical marijuana and said that she would consider decriminalizing possession of “small amounts of the substance”. Now, I don’t what these small amounts would be, however, what i do know is that this will do a lot to decongest prisons.

Speaking to the Dallas Morning News, Davis said she would be taking a cautious approach to the whole issue.

“I want to wait and see what happens in Colorado,” she said. “Do I have any objections to the fact that citizens might want to legalize marijuana? No, I don’t. But I think watching to see how this experiment plays out in other states is probably advisable before I could tell you for sure.”

Current governor Rick Perry was also of the same idea that decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana would benefit the state immensely, however, he  is against the idea of legalizing marijuana.

“I personally believe that medical marijuana should be allowed for,” she said. “Certainly as governor I think it’s important to be deferential to whether the state of Texas feels that it’s ready for that.” he said.

From the above text we have seen that decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana will help to decongest prisons, however, do you think this is enough to make marijuana legal? Personally, I think the it will be a couple of months may be even a few years before marijuana is no longer considered an illegal substance let alone being allowed for recreational use. Of course the benefits of medical marijuana are clearly self evident. Here is an article we did we did on the benefits of medical marijuana.

Medical marijuana is know for its healing properties and is now clinically proven to treat and in some instances cure terminal diseases once thought of as incurable. Cancer, leukemia and seizures are just a few of these diseases. So what’s you take? When you look at the big picture, do you think America is ready for the decriminalizing of marijuana? I would love to hear you thoughts on the whole matter. Share them in the comments below.

 

Can Cannabis Cure Cancer?

can-cannabis-cure cancerThe evidence so far suggest that “the non-hallucinogenic parts of cannabis are potentially highly effective cancer drugs.”  This is according to a study by the Anticancer Research Institute. So if you thought that doctors and nurses were pulling your leg on this, you are wrong cannabis can cure cancer.

For some time now researchers have been studying the effects of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) on the brain and they are in agreement that this psychoactive ingredient in the cannabis plant contains healing elements that can treat and in some cases cure diseases and conditions once thought incurable.

Dr. Wai Lui of the department of Oncology, Division of Clinical Sciences at the St. George’s University of London explains:

“The cannabinoids examined have minimal, if any, hallucinogenic side effects, and their properties as anti-cancer agents are promising.”

“These agents are able to interfere with the development of cancerous cells, stopping them in their tracks and preventing them from growing. In some cases, by using specific dosage patterns, they can destroy cancer cells on their own.”

Dr. Wai Lui was one of the participating scientists in the study and his remarks are very encouraging. Of course, though THC acts against cancerous cells and kills them, the disadvantage of this psychoactive element is that it is a powerful hallucinogen. With a lot more funds being poured into research of cannabis and society becoming more open to the thought of this herb being used as a healing agent,  Dr Wai Lui and his team have been able to further their research and test a variety of non-hallucinogenic cannabis derived compounds with very positive results especially against blood cancer/leukemia.

This statement from Dr. Lui on the treatment of leukemia with cannabis on St George’s website reads:

“Of six cannabinoids studied, each demonstrated anti-cancer properties as effective as those seen in THC. Importantly, they had an increased effect on cancer cells when combined with each other.”

“This study is a critical step in unpicking the mysteries of cannabis as a source of medicine. The cannabinoids examined have minimal, if any, hallucinogenic side effects, and their properties as anti-cancer agents are promising.”

Now that is it very clear that cannabis can cure cancer, it remains to be seen whether more and more nations around the world will become more open to the legalization of marijuana.

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DEA Agent Joins Lucrative Legal Marijuana Industry

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Ever since Colorado legalized marijuana for recreational use, there has been a lot of interesting stories making the rounds. Everyone from the president to the average Joe on the street have been quick to give their two cents on the whole issue.

With the pot industry exploding,  a lot of people are looking at cashing in on the windfall. Believe it or not, the marijuana industry has now snared the very people who were strongly against it. Just this week word broke out that former DEA agent Patrick Moen who quit his post last year has now been recruited by a private equity firm that specializes in acquiring businesses in the marijuana industry. Surprisingly, Moen not only has a law degree, but also a strong background in law enforcement. He was once a police office in New York City

Moen becomes the second DEA agent after Paul Schmidt one of the highest ranking DEA agents in Oregon did the unthinkable by joining the marijuana industry. Of course,  a lot of people especially Moen’s colleagues are not happy with his switch. He however, maintains that his move was basically due to the fact that he was seeking a new challenge.

“There was no Aha moment,” Moen said when interviewed by the Seattle Times. “I had been contemplating career moves, looking for new challenges. It was partly a reflection of the general dysfunction of the federal government. Gridlock in D.C. has trickled down to affect every employee. It hurts morale. I’ll leave it at that.”

When asked why he left the DEA an agency he had at one time in his career characterized as the cream of the crop, Moen said that he realized that targeting marijuana was not an effective use of federal resources. How about that.

Schimdt on the other hand said that he saw marijuana as the least of the evils when compared to other drugs like heroin, meth and cocaine.

In fact in an interview with the Oregonian, he revealed the irony behind his move. “A lot of people say, “How could you be so against it on Monday then on Tuesday, you are all for it ?” he said. The truth is, as more and more information becomes readily available concerning the uses of marijuana, a lot of people’s resistance to the herb will start to decrease.

So far, we have seen the President speak on marijuana and the NFL Commissioner positively comment on the whole cannabis debate. The question, is the world ready to legalize marijuana?

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?

 

Legalization of Marijuana In Colorado – Good Or Bad Decision?

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A debate that won’t end anytime soon is the recent legalization of marijuana in Colorado and whether it was a good decision. Cannabis has long been considered a harmful substance and has been associated with unruly people until recent discoveries proved that this ‘herb’ has very essential healing properties in it.

It’s almost two weeks since the cannabis law came into being and already recreational marijuana sales have exceed $5 million!. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg, state authorities foresee a $600 million wholesale and retail turnover by the end of the year.

So just why is there a lot of hullabaloo surrounding Colorado’s move? Well, like with anything in life, there will always be proponents and opponents. In this case, opponents of this move have actually put up a very strong defense against why they think this is not only a wrong move for the state but for the entire nation.

First of all, marijuana or cannabis as most people know it is the most accessible street drug in America. 48% of  Americans surveyed said they have experimented with drug and 6.5% of high school seniors admit to using it daily. Medical Marijuana on the other hand is known to help in the cure of diseases like cancer, glaucoma even menstrual cramps, however their according to major bone of contention is that both short and long term use of cannabis will result in harming the body and the mind.

Proponents of the legalization of marijuana on the other hand think otherwise. Most agree that the medicals benefits far outweigh the negatives and that the move was long overdue. When it comes to the treatment of symptoms of AIDS, cancer and glaucoma, proponents are all in agreement that cannabis helps greatly with with this.

Bottom line: You have full responsibility over your health. In rare cases like this, some drugs have benefits which outweigh their risk. Cannabis just happens to be one of them. Do you agree We would like to hear your thoughts on this.

 

High Quality Vaporizers

Investing in a High Quality Vaporizers

There is a lot going on in the world of medical marijuana. Weed vaporizers have emerged on the scene with the promise of providing pure thc with each hit. In recent times, the number of vaporizer types has increased dramatically.

A high quality vaporizer will give you everything that is good, the psychoactive effects (active cannabinoids) without the harmful toxins typically found in smoke. There are now portable vaporizers such as the Vapir vaporizer or iolite portable vaporizer, desktop vaporizers such as the tower extreme vaporizer or volcano digital vaporizer.

The cheaper vapes are not so hot, such as analog vaporizers without the digital display. One thing about marijuana vaporizers is that you must heat the medical marijuana up to optimum temperatures. Typically this ranges between 300f-400f degrees, hotter if you want all the pure thc you can get.

Cannabis Cup Goers Love Weed Vaporizers

Cannabis Cup has been showing a peak in interest over the weed vaporizer. Medical marijuana laws are able to keep patients with their meds, but many U.S. citizens want to see marijuana legalized across the country. Cannabis Cup winners from all over the United States are now starting medical marijuana clinics. Colorado medical marijuana clinics are popping up faster than Starbucks.

Conclusion

If you have a medical marijuana recommendation and would like to try a vaporizer, there are many different options. I wrote about the best vaporizers here.

Want to hear my advice? Stay away from harmful toxins and get yourself a vaporizer.