Colorado Woman Speaks of Benefits of Medical Marijuana
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, October, 31st 2012 by THCFinder
Dispensaries offering medical marijuana in different forms, like edible puppy chow, have cropped up all over Colorado.
"I've tried all different kinds of therapies and drugs."
After dealing with chronic pain from fibromyalgia for a quarter of a century, Terri Robnett has finally found the closest thing to a cure yet.
"I'm working and function and without pain," she says. "I never could have done that before without cannabis, I couldn't. I enjoy life"
But she has to be discreet about how and when she uses.
"When you tell people you use medical marijuana there's always this kind of look, like 'Do you really or are you just using it to get high?'"
Of the roughly 100,000 people on Colorado's medical marijuana registry, the average patient age is 41 and severe pain is the most common reason for a red card certification.
"Sure, there are people who might not be legitimate, but I think the vast majority are," she says.
Terri hopes eventually the stoner stereotype will cease to be an issue.
"I can have a life now," she says. "I'm not walking around stoned or lethargic."
And because she recalls what her days were like before she could rely on cannabis, she's stepping out from the smoke shrouded shadows and encouraging Arkansans to look at the big picture beyond pot.
"It makes me sad to think of that there are people in Arkansas, you kow they're all over and they need this -- they need this help," she says.
Patients like Terri often say they opt for edibles because they can be more discreet.
Colorado is also working toward legalizing all marijuana, which could make a difference on how open people can be about their treatment options.
Dutch Weed Pass Snuffed, the 2012 Cannabis Cup is on in Amsterdam
Category: News | Posted on Wed, October, 31st 2012 by THCFinder
The new government of The Netherlands has snuffed out plans to ban foreigners from visiting Dutch coffee shops where they can purchase quasi-legal cannabis. That means the High Times 2012 Cannabis Cup is on!
The Independent reports today that: “The new government has scrapped plans for a national “weed pass” that would have been available only to residents, and would have effectively banned tourists from Amsterdam’s marijuana cafés. However, under a pact unveiled this week, cities can bar foreigners from weed shops if they choose. Amsterdam opposes a ban, saying it would hurt tourism.”
Pot is technically illegal in The Netherlands, but a policy of tolerance to personal possession and sale of small amounts of cannabis has made Amsterdam synonymous with weed tourism. According to research by UC Berkeley professor Robert J. MacCoun, the policy has succeeded in its goal of separating the “soft drug” market for marijuana and the “hard drug” market. Dutch teens have lower rates of marijuana use than American teens, and report less access to the drug.
An older, more conservative government had floated plans to ban pot tourists from The Netherlands with a locals-only ‘weed pass’, but new elections have now ended that idea. What’ll likely happen is small, conservative towns in the south of The Netherlands like Maastricht will ban foreigners in coffee shops, while Amsterdam won’t.
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