Two years ago I thought medical marijuana was a joke too. I figured it offered no real medical benefits, and that it was just a way to get high legally. My (re)education started in my work as a palliative care physician.
While I understand that drug use for some people is unwise (and best avoided) either because of their age, pre-existing health conditions or other vulnerabilities, the decision to use drugs is one that must always be treated with respect.
As cannabis regulatory change wafts through major American states and budding entrepreneurs hungry for profit high jack everything green I thought it was time to share the results of the biggest study of Butane Hash Oil (BHO, cannabis concentrates) ever conducted.
This week's talking points are all, essentially, rebuttals to the biggest nonsense espoused on the stage of the fourth Republican debate. It was hard to pick only seven, as there was a bumper crop of nonsense in this particular debate, so forgive us if your favorite didn't make the cut.
Can we just stop for a minute and marvel at how our suffering as humans is decreasing by the minute? In Oregon, cannabis is now available for adult use with no illness or explanation necessary.
If your Thanksgiving dinner table is anything like mine, you will probably spend some time arguing over turkey and wine with relatives who watch Fox News all day, but that could pose a unique opportunity on this issue, if nothing else.
It's important to remember that Issue 3's failure does not necessarily mean that Ohio voters will not pass a cannabis law. It just means that Ohio voters aren't so supportive that they will pass any cannabis law that is put in front of them.
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However there is something profoundly revolutionary about this -- by providing a way for Marijuana's non-intoxicating cousin Hemp to be a legal product for its various uses, from paper, to clothes, biofuel, food and especially reducing our carbon by CO2 absorption.
In less than a week, Ohioans casting their ballots will be faced with a difficult decision: how to vote on Issue 3, which would legalize marijuana for both medical and personal use while putting the Initiative's funders in complete control of cultivating the highly lucrative plant.
Cannabis legalization has, in an historic turn of events, become a notable topic in the 2016 race for president of the United States. But how much will the stance on cannabis of the chief executive matter going forward?
Ohio's upcoming Issue 3 would put all commercial growing rights in the hands of a small group of wealthy funders -- call it an oligopoly, or a cartel. It turns out that Ohio's proposed 2015 deal is even grabbier than Oregon's failed 2012 deal.
This debate in Mexico's Supreme Court is extraordinary for two reasons: because it is being argued on human rights grounds, and because it is taking place in one of the countries that has suffered the most from the war on drugs.
Recently, I had my attitude checked in a marijuana dispensary. You read that right: a weed shop. If you know me personally, and are judging me right now, save it 'til the end; you may be checking your attitude too. If you don't know me, then read on, but this may be checkmate.
It remains to be seen if these continuing changes, like the drug policies currently in American existence, will help some and hurt others, or if all citizens will benefit as communities across the country stop waging a war against those who've used drugs.
Brookings report will help open the national dialogue on this issue. It certainly gets high marks for re-focusing the issue back to where it belongs, the federal government's intractable cannabis policy.