Marijuana Legalization in Missouri: Rep. Rory Ellinger Plans Bill to Regulate Pot Like Colorado
Category: News | Posted on Tue, July, 30th 2013 by THCFinder
Missouri is one step closer to legalizing marijuana.
State Rep. Rory Ellinger, a Democrat from University City, plans to introduce legislation next session to legalize pot in the state, modeled after the successful reform effort in Colorado. It will definitely be a long shot here, but this will be the first time a lawmaker in Missouri has introduced a proposal of this nature.
"I expect there will be a lot of good people that feel marijuana is wrong, that it leads down a path of worse drugs and trouble and so on," he tells Daily RFT. "I respect their opinion, but I think that it can all be disputed."
He continues, "I don't know anyone who has ever died of a marijuana overdose."
Ellinger was behind the proposal this past legislative session to decriminalize marijuana, which simply meant reducing the punishments for low-level pot possession charges. Pot, under that initiative, would still be illegal. That bill advanced further than it ever has in the past with a formal hearing in the House of Representatives on the very last day of the session in May.
Ellinger says he plans to reintroduce this decriminalization proposal again and also a separate bill to legalize pot altogether.
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The NFL's drug testing double standard - marijuana vs. HGH
Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, July, 29th 2013 by THCFinder
ANDERSON, IND. — This is a column about two drugs, one recreational, one that’s a performance enhancer.
And it’s a column about the strange double standard that exists in the National Football League and all of sports.
On the one hand, you have LaVon Brazill, who tested positive twice for marijuana and will be suspended the first four games of the season.
On the other hand, you have human growth hormone (HGH), a drug that’s more prevalent in sports than anybody wants to admit. The NFL Players Association has been taken kicking and screaming into the first round of tests this training camp.
To his credit, Brazill came clean (in a matter of speaking) Monday morning at Colts camp, laying out the simple calculation in front of him.
“It’s either money or marijuana,” Brazill said after the team’s training-camp walk-through. “I know any one of you would choose money any day. That’s gone. I’ll choose money any day.”
It’s really that simple, isn’t it?
Regardless of your world view on marijuana decriminalization or legalization, the fact is, it’s still illegal, it’s still tested for and it’s still a strike against you in the eyes of the NFL. One more positive and he’s done for a season, and maybe for his career.
Money or marijuana?
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Vet recommends medical marijuana for pets in pain
Category: News | Posted on Mon, July, 29th 2013 by THCFinder
LOS ANGELES — Until she introduced “magic cheese” to her sick and aging bulldog, Laura Bugni-Daniel watched him suffer for two years. He’d spend his days lying down or throwing up.
Today, at age 12, he plays like a puppy through the day, his fur is soft and he sleeps at night, soothed not by magic, but by the dose of marijuana in that cheese.
Bugni-Daniel is part of a growing movement to give medical marijuana to pets in pain. Many urge caution until there’s better science behind it. But stories abound about changes in sick and dying pets after they’ve been given cannabis — even though it isn’t a proven pain killer for man or mutt, and it’s an illicit drug under federal law despite being legal for people in 19 states and the District of Columbia.
Leading the charge is Los Angeles veterinarian Doug Kramer, 36, known as the “Vet Guru,” who felt it was his duty to speak out while he has no family that would feel a verbal or financial backlash.
“I grew tired of euthanizing pets when I wasn’t doing everything I could to make their lives better,” he said. “I felt like I was letting them down.”
Pot eased his Siberian husky’s pain during her final weeks, after she had surgery to remove tumors. Not only did Nikita stop whimpering while using cannabis, but she started eating, gaining weight and meeting him at the door again.
It gave him six extra weeks with his dog before he had to euthanize her, he says. It wasn’t a cure, but he thinks it freed her of pain and improved her last days.
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