Would You Purchase Medical Marijuana From A Pharmacy?
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, November, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
The medical marijuana community traditionally has been skeptical of the pharmaceutical industry. After all, many patients are quick to point out the benefits of using medical marijuana versus pharmaceutical drugs. Pharmaceutical drugs are often highly addictive, expensive, don’t always work, and can wreak havoc on a patient’s body. Compare that to marijuana, which has virtually no side effects, and is a much safer alternative.
Under Michigan Senate Bill 660, Michigan medical marijuana patients would eventually be able to purchase medical marijuana products from pharmacies. Michigan’s Senate approved the bill Wednesday. The bill would not replace the current system in Michigan – it would operate alongside the current system.
If the Senate bill is eventually passed in the Michigan House and signed by the Governor, it still wouldn’t be implemented until the federal government reclassifies marijuana. Below is more about the Senate Bill via MLive.Com:
Under the proposal, the Michigan Department of Community Health would be tasked with licensing, registering and inspecting specialized marijuana manufacturing facilities. Those wishing to distribute would have to obtain a license from the Michigan Board of Pharmacy, as already required for other controlled substances.
Former state House Speaker Chuck Perricone, now working for Prairie Plant Systems Inc. of Canada, testified in support of the bill during a committee hearing last week. The bio-pharmaceutical company has been Canada’s primary medical marijuana provider for more than a decade and already owns an underground facility in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Would you purchase marijuana from a pharmacy? I personally would prefer homegrown flower over any pharmaceutical product, marijuana or otherwise.
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Marijuana is by far the No. 1 cause of student expulsions from Colorado public schools
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, November, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
DENVER - New state numbers show marijuana is the number one reason students are being kicked out of Colorado public schools -- and pot expulsions dwarf all other causes, like alcohol, disobedience and weapons violations.
In 2012-2013, 230 public school students were expelled for marijuana -- or 32 percent of the 720 total kids removed from schools that year, according the Colorado Department of Education. It was the first year that schools officials separated marijuana from other drugs in statistics quantifying the types of violations leading to expulsion.
Marijuana expulsions were more than double the figure for the second highest cause for expulsion -- detrimental behavior. And pot expulsions were more than triple the numbers for disobedience, weapons, alcohol and all other drug violations.
Educators worry that if more students are being kicked out of school for marijuana, more teens are likely using the drug.
This raises another question: Is legalization of marijuana in Colorado -- for both medical and recreational uses -- making pot more accessible to teens?
"We definitely see it a lot more at school," said 15-year-old Briana Major, a sophomore at East High School in Denver.
Where do students find marijuana?
"Just about everywhere," said Brennan Link, a 16-year-old junior at East High.
There's no denying pot has and always will be available to teens.
But has it become more accessible to minors since the 2010 state regulation of medical marijuana dispensaries and the 2012 vote to legalize recreational marijuana?
"I don't think most parents are handing it to their kids. I think it's more a case of it's available, so kids are taking it," said Christine Harms, director of the Colorado School Safety Resource Center.
Recreational marijuana remains illegal for people under age 21 in Colorado.
But here's what teens we spoke with say their peers think about the whole marijuana issue.
"They think that since it is legal, that even if they're not of the age that it's legal. They can still do it," Major said.
That's what has educators concerned.
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