New York Has Had Medical Marijuana For How Long??
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, December, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
We're constantly fighting for marijuana to be even medically allowed, as long as people can get the right medicine for their illness. New York is one of the tougher states in regards to marijuana crimes but yet has had a medical marijuana law in place for cancer patients for the past thirty three years! The law was approved by the state Legislature as well as then-Governor Hugh Carey in the year 1980, after a brain cancer patient by the name of Antonio Olivieri, a former state Assembly member as well as a city council member, made an emotional request from his hospital bed.
The law, which was named after Olivieri, gives hospitals the right to prescribe medical marijuana to cancer and glaucoma patients, after their condition has been evaluated. State Police would be responsible for distributing the cannabis to patients. Can you imagine having a cop drop off a bag of bud to your door? Talk about a serious curveball. But this would allow patients like Olivieri to get the medicine that they need, as the chemo doesn't always work and can sometimes make the health of the sick person worse by pumping their bodies full of radiation.
Olivieri died shortly after the law passed but not before getting a key quote in, as the patients themselves are the ones we should be listening to. "In my personal experience, marijuana was really the only thing during one course of chemo that allowed me to combat the nausea and keep eating", he said. Even people who don't believe that cannabis is a 100% cure for cancer, they cannot deny the fact that it makes chemo slightly more bearable. Not only that but glaucoma patients benefit from cannabis use too, as the plant lessens pressure in the eyes, leaving the afflicted a little more comfortable.
The Olivieri Law has recently been rediscovered and activists are using it to show that even in the 80s, people recognized the benefit of medical cannabis for patients. People are saying that the bill should be expanded and put to more use in order to reach more patients with multiple different illnesses. The more people that have access to cannabis, the less pain for the patients. If cannabis can help a chemo patient to eat a meal like normal, who is the government to say that that's wrong? I'm sure that if any member of an elected officials' family fell ill with cancer, they would do anything they could to make that person feel better. Am I right?
MPP Challenges Drug Czar To Justify Self- Contradicting Statement
Category: News | Posted on Sat, December, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
The Office of National Drug Control Policy released an email invitation this past Friday for the first White House Drug Policy Reform Conference in history. The email contained a graphic with a quote from U.S. Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske that read, Drug policy reform should be rooted in NEUROSCIENCE – NOT POLITICAL SCIENCE. Now, MPP is asking the office to explain the meaning behind their contradictory statement, since actual neuroscience has shown that marijuana harms the human brain far less than alcohol does.
For example, in 2005, Researchers at Harvard University reported in the American Journal on Addictions that marijuana use was not associated with structural changes within the brain.
When compared to control subjects, [marijuana] smokers displayed no significant adjusted differences in volumes of gray matter, white matter, cerebrospinal fluid, or left and right hippocampus. … These findings are consistent with recent literature suggesting that cannabis use is not associated with structural changes within the brain as a whole or the hippocampus in particular.
Furthermore, according to a 2004 report from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism:
Heavy drinking may have extensive and far-reaching effects on the brain, ranging from simple ‘slips’ in memory to permanent and debilitating conditions that require lifetime custodial care.
Studies that compare the effects of marijuana and alcohol side by side also find that alcohol is more damaging than marijuana. A 2009 study published in the journal Clinical EEG and Neuroscience found:
Abnormalities have been seen in brain structure volume, white matter quality, and activation to cognitive tasks, even in youth with as little as 1-2 years of heavy drinking and consumption levels of 20 drinks per month, especially if >4-5 drinks are consumed on a single occasion. Heavy marijuana users show some subtle anomalies too, but generally not the same degree of divergence from demographically similar non-using adolescents.
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Five Great Stoner Movies
Category: Fun | Posted on Sat, December, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
Movies are a large part of pothead culture. Let's face it, getting baked and watching movie sounds like a good time, especially if you're stocked up on munchies. There are some classic films out there that every stoner loves. The following is a list of five of some of the best ones. If you have a suggestion for a further film, feel free to share it with me by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll start making up a second part!
1. Grandma's Boy
This film was fantastic. Hilariously funny, it follows the hazy story of a pothead video game designer who's constantly battling his nemesis JT, a dude who thinks that he's a robot. With an epic cast, if you haven't seen this one yet, you should probably get to it!
2. Half Baked
Dave Chapelle makes this one perfect with his loud humor. When one of the members of a group of friends murders a diabetic police horse, the other three members start stealing medical marijuana to sell and help bail their friend out. While at the same time, Chapelle falls in love with a girl who hates marijuana... Ironically named Mary Jane.
3. Cheech & Chong's Up In Smoke
The most famous stoner duo obviously needs a mention on this list! Up In Smoke is about the adventure that Cheech and Chong take in the marijuana van (It's actually made of marijuana!). The two are trying to get from Mexico to LA with the ever annoying Sgt Stedenko on their trail.
4. Evil Bong
While it's not the most convincing movie ever made, it is pretty amusing to watch. This film is about a bong that traps the soul of the user in a crazy strip club fantasy where the strippers are killers, among other strange things. This movie also features Chong as the voice of the haunted piece.
5. Fast Times At Ridgemont High
A favorite of stoners of all ages! This movie follows a few different stories of teens in their high school years. The ups, downs, and everything else. Everyone's favorite is Spicoli, the super pothead orders pizza while in class. Definitely a stoner classic, watch this movie if you haven't already.
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