Suspensions and bans for athletes using pot should change, activist says
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, July, 24th 2013 by THCFinder
Broncos all-pro Von Miller is appealing a four-game suspension, reportedly after testing positive for marijuana (and possibly Molly).
When it comes to pot use, however, a number of major sports organizations are amending their policies related to positive tests -- and Marijuana Policy Project spokesman and Amendment 64 proponent Mason Tvert believes the NFL and other leagues would be well-advised to do the same.
"As more and more agencies and officials begin to recognize that marijuana is objectively less harmful than alcohol, they are reconsidering how they treat athletes who use marijuana off the field," Tvert says.
"Obviously, we don't see professional athletes being punished simply for having a beer or a glass of wine on a weekend during the off-season," he continues. "So there's absolutely no reason they should be punished for using a less harmful substance."
This isn't a new issue for Tvert. In 2007, when the Miami Dolphins' Ricky Williams applied for reinstatement to the NFL after a marijuana-related suspension, the activist and founder of SAFER (Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation) helped coordinate the placement of a billboard near Mile High Stadium encouraging the running back to sign with Denver.
Read more: http://blogs.westword.com
U2 OG Medical Marijuana nug
Category: Nugs | Posted on Wed, July, 24th 2013 by THCFinder
New Hampshire Legalizes Medical Marijuana
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, July, 24th 2013 by THCFinder
New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan signed a bill Tuesday legalizing marijuana for approved medical use. New Hampshire became the 19th state to legalize medical marijuana, and the final New England state to do so.
The new law, HB 573, provides for as many as four nonprofit dispensaries and allows qualified patients to possess up to two ounces of marijuana. To qualify, patients must have at least one of a limited range of conditions like cancer, Crohn’s disease or multiple sclerosis. Doctors must treat patients for at least 90 days and try other remedies before making medical marijuana recommendations.
Unlike in several other states, New Hampshire patients must purchase their medical marijuana from state-sanctioned dispensaries. They’re forbidden from growing their own or buying from other sources, leaving currently sick patients to wait as long as two years for the first dispensary to open.
New Hampshire’s House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow home cultivation of marijuana for approved patients, but that provision was stripped from the legislation by the state Senate at Hassan’s request. The Senate also struck post-traumatic stress disorder from the list of approved medical conditions and included a provision requiring patients to obtain written permission before using medical marijuana on anyone else’s private property.
“Allowing doctors to provide relief to patients through the use of appropriately regulated and dispensed medical marijuana is the compassionate and right policy for the State of New Hampshire, and this legislation ensures that we approach this policy in the right way with measures to prevent abuse,” said Gov. Hassan in a statement.
Read more: http://blogs.lawyers.com
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