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Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Are Saving Lives, But Could Save More

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, August, 5th 2015 by THCFinder

dispensary michigan medical marijuana legalize regulateA new working paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research reveals states with active medical marijuana dispensary systems are cutting 7% of illegal opioid deaths annually- but states with legalized dispensaries cut that rate by 20%.

The working paper titled, ‘DO MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAWS REDUCE ADDICTIONS AND DEATHS RELATED TO PAIN KILLERS?’ was written by David Powell, Rosalie Liccardo Pacula, Mireille Jacobson. It was published on the NBER website in July of 2015.

Powell and Pacula work for the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California; Jacobson works at the University of California – Irvine. All three are credited as being with the NBER. The Working Paper was funded by the RAND Corporation via a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

“If marijuana is used as a substitute for powerful and addictive pain relievers in medical marijuana states, a potential overlooked positive impact of medical marijuana laws may be a reduction in harms associated with opioid pain relievers, a far more addictive and potentially deadly substance,” the Abstract begins.

After a detail on methodology, the Abstract concludes: “we find that states permitting medical marijuana dispensaries experience a relative decrease in both opioid addictions and opioid overdose deaths compared to states that do not. We find no impact of medical marijuana laws more broadly; the mitigating effect of medical marijuana laws is specific to states that permit dispensaries.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/michigans-medical-marijuana-dispensaries-saving-lives-could-save-more/


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Strawberry Cough (Hybrid)

Category: Nugs | Posted on Wed, August, 5th 2015 by THCFinder

 

Strawberry Cough (Hybrid)


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Pot-Eating Cops Caught on Video Have Filed Lawsuit Claiming Violation of Privacy

Category: News | Posted on Wed, August, 5th 2015 by THCFinder

Last month, HIGH TIMES brought you a report on a vile group of Santa Ana police officers that got caught on surveillance cameras eating marijuana edibles as well as making inappropriate comments about a disabled patient during a raid at a local dispensary. Well, it seems some of the officers who have been suspended from duty as the result of the viral video have since filed a lawsuit in an attempt to prevent the footage from being used against them in an internal investigation.

According to the Orange County Register, three unidentified police officers in conjunction with the Santa Ana Police Officers Association seek to prevent internal affairs investigators with the Santa Ana Police Department from using the security footage from their May 26 raid at the Sky High Collective because they claim their privacy rights were violated. 

Attorneys for these despicable human beings argue that since the officers were under the impression that they had disabled all of the surveillance cameras in the dispensary, the video that has surfaced, and been published around the world, should not be admissible in the internal affairs investigation because none of the officers were aware they were being recorded. Essentially, the cops are suggesting that since the dispensary never obtained their permission to document their activities, the use of the video violates California state law.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/pot-eating-cops-caught-video-have-filed-lawsuit-claiming-violation-privacy


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The Dank Side of The Force

Category: Fun | Posted on Tue, August, 4th 2015 by THCFinder


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Survey: 79% Of U.S. Mayors Support Marijuana Decriminalization

Category: News | Posted on Tue, August, 4th 2015 by THCFinder

 

Marijuana reform is a very popular political topic these days. I remember as recently as the beginning of this decade when supporting marijuana reform was considered to be political suicide. But more and more elected officials are getting on the right side of history every day it seems. Many local elected officials are particularly supportive of marijuana reform. A recent survey of mayors in the United States by Politico magazine found the following results;

The mayors are enthusiastic supporters of the federal government taking a larger role in issues of police and criminal justice reform. One much desired area of reform: The surveyed mayors, themselves uniquely positioned to feel the brunt of the federal drug policies, overwhelmingly encouraged the decriminalization of marijuana, with 79 percent of the mayors suggesting that the federal government follow the lead of an increasing number of cities like Washington, D.C., and even whole states like Colorado.

Of course, it’s worth pointing out that cities like ‘D.C., and even whole states like Colorado’ have done more than decriminalize marijuana – they have legalized it altogether, although D.C. decriminalized prior to legalizing. But I get what the authors are saying. They should have offered up cities like Philadelphia as an example to make it more clear I think. Philadelphia decriminalized marijuana and saved roughly one million dollars in the first year.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/survey-79-of-u-s-mayors-support-marijuana-decriminalization/


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