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Cannabis and Pain: Soothing a Soft Society

Posted on  November 14, 2012 by  News Admin

  Knee surgery this past week has me thinking about pain, true tolerance, and why so many Americans are bent on being anesthetized.  The Institute of Medicine states, 100 million Americans suffer from some kind of pain at a cost of $635 billion a year. ABC News reported in January of 2012, 80 percent of the world's pain meds are consumed in the good old U.S. of A. Experts site our increased life expectancy, cancers, and a soft, sedentary lifestyle as the cause, but what of the rest of the world? Why are Americans suffering so? Or are we? Got Pain? Virginia Woolf, who suffered from mental illness that eventually caused her to end her life, said that people in pain are "forced to coin words himself, and, taking his pain in one hand, and a lump of pure sound in the other (as perhaps the inhabitants of Babel did in the beginning), so to crush them together that a brand new word in the end drops out." In other words, a person's pain is their own and relative to their experience, and putting a meter on it is illusive at best.  Growing up in the 1960s and 70s, I only remember simple aspirin as a remedy for everything from headaches to fevers. And really, even aspirin wasn't always the answer, as a headache could be quelled with a glass of water and nap - it still can, but most today run to the medicine cabinet for a pill. Medicine...

Lawmakers To Announce Introduction of Marijuana Legalization

Posted on  November 14, 2012 by  News Admin

  At least four state legislatures will consider replacing marijuana prohibition with regulation   On Election Day, voters in the states of Colorado and Washington approved ballot initiatives to remove criminal penalties for adult marijuana use and regulate the substance in a manner similar to alcohol. State legislators from Rhode Island and Maine on Thursday will join the Marijuana Policy Project on a teleconference press call to announce that they are introducing similar bills to tax and regulate marijuana in their state legislatures. Joining on the call will be Rhode Island Rep. Edith Ajello (D-District 3, Providence) and Maine Rep. Diane Russell (D-District 120, Portland). Both of these lawmakers have supported marijuana reform legislation in previous sessions. The Rhode Island Legislature passed medical marijuana legislation earlier this year. Robert Capecchi, legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, will be introducing the representatives and moderating the call. In addition to Rhode Island and Maine, similar proposals will be submitted in at least two other states -- Vermont and Massachusetts. "Last week, Washington and Colorado replaced their states' prohibitions on marijuana with a system of regulation and taxation," Capecchi said. "Both measures passed with roughly 55 percent voting in favor. "Gallup found 50 percent support for making marijuana legal last year, and that support has risen over the years," Capecchi said. "We are passing the tipping point when it comes to this issue. "Unfortunately, lawmakers have traditionally been behind public opinion when it comes to marijuana policy reform," Capecchi said. "With these...

Growing Without A Medical Marijuana Card Legal and/or Cheaper Than Being Licensed?

Posted on  November 13, 2012 by  News Admin

 OK, so im just curious about this... my friend is growing right now with no mmj card and about 57 plants in so cal. I'm concerned about the consequences if hes caught. he claims ( and also a few other people i know that grow a nice amount) its pretty much a slap on the wrist for a first time offender if you have the money to pay the fines and hire a good attorney and that basically, its about 5-6k in fines and a good lawyer will get it reduced to a possession charge in most cases and you would maybe get 6-8 months of probation or maybe house arrest. he's even told me that he knows several cops that buy weed from him who say they don't care about small ops like that and that he even knows a DEA agent(a family member of his) that told him its basically not a very big deal if your under 99 plants and that they don't wanna waste their time with petty shit like that. like they wanna go after big ops that have 3, 4, 600 plants and looks good in the media and their phony "war on drugs" my question is, 1) if you are caught by LEO with that amount( around 30-60 plants), can a good attorney really bail you out and get your charges reduced at all if your a first time offender. 2)does it make a difference if you DO have your mmj card and...

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