How much education do doctors need before recommending medical marijuana to patients?
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, November, 9th 2012 by THCFinder
After Massachusetts voters passed a ballot initiative on Tuesday legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes, I’m wondering how the law will be implemented, as my colleague Chelsea Conaboy details the challenges in today’s Globe.
The state’s Department of Public Health will follow the lead of other states and require patients to get a physician’s approval to apply for a medical marijuana identification card. This card will enable them to obtain and possess a certain amount of the drug from a state dispensary if they have a debilitating condition.
How easy it will be to obtain such a card and how many dispensaries the state will allow to open, however, remain unknown. And whether the state will ensure quality control and standardization of products sold in these dispensaries also is uncertain. State health officials also need to define which conditions are debilitating enough to constitute pot use.
In Colorado, college students have no trouble getting a card and getting as much pot as they need at one of the more than 1,000 dispensaries scattered throughout the state. (They’ll probably have an even easier time now that Colorado along with Washington passed a ballot measure on election day to legalize the drug for all adults over age 21.)
Dr. Lauren Smith, interim commissioner for the Department of Public Health, said in a statement on Wednesday that “the Department will work closely with health care and public safety officials to develop smart and balanced policies and procedures over the coming months. We will work carefully, learn from other states’ experiences and put a system in place that is right for Massachusetts.”
In other words, they haven’t figured out exactly how the system is going to work.
NFL Still Bans Denver Broncos From Marijuana Use Even When It's Legal
Category: News | Posted on Fri, November, 9th 2012 by THCFinder
The states of Colorado and Washington have voted to make recreational marijuana legal to 21-year-old residents as long as they only posses one ounce at a time. However, the NFL has told its players that live in these states they are not allowed to use marijuana despite the new laws. Is it right or wrong for the NFL to still make it a banned substance when it is legal in some players’ home states?
What does this mean for Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks players?
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has made it clear that these states legalizing marijuana will not change anything with the way the league handles drug testing and suspensions. Marijuana has always been on the NFL’s substance abuse list and if tested positive for marijuana, a player faces up to a four-game suspension. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello says that’s not about the change.
“The NFL’s policy is collectively bargained and will continue to apply in the same manner it has for decades. Marijuana remains prohibited under the NFL substance abuse program.”
Can the NFL tell its players that they cannot do something that is legal? They sure can. It’s like any other job—if you’re a school teacher and you place photos of yourself drinking with some students out partying, you’re going to get fired even if those students were not drinking and were old enough to be at the club.
It could even be as simple as not following the dress code. At any job, if you are not wearing the style of clothes that the employer has asked you to wear then you could be fired or reprimanded.
It’s simple: If an employer has rules to follow to work for them, then their employees have to follow those rules or face consequences.
Afghan Kush - Indica
Category: Nugs | Posted on Fri, November, 9th 2012 by THCFinder
Colo., Wash. await federal marijuana response
Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, November, 9th 2012 by THCFinder
DENVER (AP) — Two states that approved recreational use of marijuana are waiting to hear how the federal government intends respond to the measures.
The governor of Colorado said he planned to talk by phone with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder about the measures that contradict federal law banning the use of pot.
Seventeen states and Washington, D.C., already allow marijuana use by people with certain medical conditions. Still, federal drug law outlaws use of the drug in all circumstances.
Voters in Colorado and Washington pushed the limits even further when they approved ballot measures Tuesday allowing adults over 21 to possess small amounts of marijuana under state regulation and taxation.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has said Colorado will respect the will of voters but added that he was awaiting word from the U.S. Department of Justice on how to proceed.
"In a situation like this, where our law is at loggerheads with federal law, my primary job is to listen first," the governor said.
Hickenlooper opposed the ballot measure and has downplayed the likelihood of a commercial marijuana market materializing in Colorado.
"Based on federal law, if it's still illegal under federal law, I can't imagine that 7-Eleven is ever going to sell it," he said.
Marijuana advocates hope the federal government maintains its current posture of mostly ignoring states that flout federal law by allowing medical use under certain circumstances.
The U.S. government has cracked down during the past two years on more than 500 marijuana dispensaries in several states, but no one has faced federal prosecution for personal use.
"It would certainly be a travesty if the Obama administration used its power to impose marijuana prohibition upon a state whose people have declared, through the democratic process, that they want it to end," said Brian Vicente, co-author of Colorado's marijuana measure.
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