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Legolize It!

Category: Fun | Posted on Mon, March, 21st 2016 by THCFinder


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Nick Offerman Sings "Pu**y & Weed"

Category: Videos | Posted on Mon, March, 21st 2016 by THCFinder


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Uruguay’s Half-Baked Marijuana Experiment

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, March, 21st 2016 by THCFinder

PUNTA DEL ESTE, Uruguay — In December 2013, Uruguay offered itself as the world’s leading laboratory for marijuana policy. That month, the Latin American nation of some 3.5 million people became the first country to legalize and regulate the cultivation, sale, and consumption of the drug, turning itself into an outlier in a region where failed prohibition policies had been the norm. Marijuana legalization advocates from around the world eagerly waited to see how the case study would play out.

More than two years later, they’re still waiting. That’s because the government has yet to implement a plan for mainstream cannabis commercialization, arguing the task is too complicated to be rushed. Now, what was heralded as the world’s first controlled experiment of a bustling, nationwide legal weed economy is, instead, stuck in limbo. Rather than serving as a model for other countries contemplating cannabis legalization, Uruguay has become a cautionary tale about the difficulties of creating a marijuana market.

Read More:http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/03/21/uruguay-marijuana-legalization/


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DC Tells Doctors To Stop Urine Testing Patients For THC

Category: News | Posted on Mon, March, 21st 2016 by THCFinder
 

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The National Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published their “Guideline for Prescribing Opioids For Chronic Pain, United States 2016″ on March 18. In it was a statement of discouragement of urine testing for THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana, and a warning against terminating treatment of patients for having positive results on urine drug tests.

Although the CDC’s Guideleines and Factsheet advises physicians involved in opioid therapies to continue using urine testing for “to identify prescribed substances and undisclosed use,” the document itself advises a cautious approach to urine testing from both a reliability and a financial standpoint.

Patients are sometimes removed from pain management because of a positive drug test for THC, and that is a problem recognized by the CDC in the 2016 publication. “Urine drug testing results can be subject to misinterpretation and might sometimes be associated with practices that might harm patients (e.g., stigmatization, inappropriate termination from care).”

This screening process is big business. Per the CDC report: ” Limited information was found on costs of strategies to decrease risks associated with opioid therapy; however, urine drug testing, including screening and confirmatory tests, has been estimated to cost $211-$363 per test.”


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