The N.F.L.s Absurd Marijuana Policy
Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, September, 9th 2014 by THCFinder
LOS ANGELES — VIRTUALLY every single player in the N.F.L. has a certifiable need for medical marijuana.
The game we celebrate creates a life of daily pain for those who play it. Some players choose marijuana to manage this pain, which allows them to perform at a high level without sacrificing their bodies or their minds.
I medicated with marijuana for most of my career as a tight end from 2003 through 2008. And I needed the medication. I broke my tibia, dislocated my shoulder, separated both shoulders, tore my groin off the bone once and my hamstring off the bone twice, broke fingers and ribs, tore my medial collateral ligament, suffered brain trauma, etc. Most players have similar medical charts. And every one of them needs the medicine.
Standard pain management in the N.F.L. is pain pills and pregame injections. But not all players favor the pill and needle approach. In my experience, many prefer marijuana. The attitude toward weed in the locker room mirrors the attitude in America at large. It’s not a big deal. Players have been familiar with it since adolescence, and those who use it do so to offset the brutality of the game. The fact that they made it to the N.F.L. at all means that their marijuana use is under control.
Had marijuana become a problem for me, it would have been reflected in my job performance, and I would have been cut. I took my job seriously and would not have allowed that to happen. The point is, marijuana and excellence on the playing field are not mutually exclusive.
A good example is Josh Gordon, the Cleveland Browns wide receiver who led the league last year with 1,646 receiving yards, despite missing two games for testing positive for codeine (for a strep throat, he said). He was suspended again late last month for the entire season after testing positive for marijuana. (At least five others were also suspended last year and this year for marijuana, according to the magazine Mother Jones.)
Most players are tested once a year under the N.F.L.’s substance abuse policy, between April 20 and Aug. 9. But players who test positive for a banned drug are placed in the league’s substance abuse program, where the testing is more frequent. It is in this probationary program that players tend to falter.
Gordon had marijuana in his system. He broke the rules. I understand that. But this is a rule that absurdly equates marijuana with opiates, opioids and PCP. The N.F.L.’s threshold for disciplinary action for marijuana is 10 times higher than the one used by the International Olympic Committee.
Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/
Life In Prison For Pot And Other Travesties Of Marijuana Prohibition
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, September, 5th 2014 by THCFinder
Now that growing and selling marijuana are legitimate businesses in Colorado and Washington, the injustice of sending people to prison for engaging in those activities is starker than ever before. This week at Reason.com, for example, Aaron Malin highlighted the case of Jeff Mizanskey, a Missouri man who has served 21 years of a life sentence he received for a series of marijuana offenses.
In 1984 Mizanksey sold an ounce of pot to a police informant, which led to a search of his home that turned up eight more ounces. Seven years later, acting on a tip that Mizanskey was selling pot, police obtained a search warrant and found less than three ounces in his home. In 1993 Mizanskey went to a motel room with a friend who planned to buy a few pounds of marijuana. The supplier turned out to be another informant cooperating with police in a sting operation.
Under Missouri’s “three strikes” law, those three felonies triggered a mandatory life sentence. As Malin observes, Mizanskey “never hurt anyone, never brandished a weapon, and never sold to children.” Yet he was punished more severely than many rapists and murderers. His only hope of freedom lies with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, who has the power to commute his sentence.
Mizanskey’s case is unusual but not unique. In a 2013 report on thousands of nonviolent offenders serving sentences of life without parole, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) describes 14 other cases where people received that penalty for marijuana offenses. The ACLU’s list is not exhaustive, because it includes data for only nine states, plus the federal prison system. It also does not include de facto life sentences imposed as terms of years.
Like Mizanskey, the marijuana lifers in the ACLU report are all victims of laws aimed at “habitual offenders.” Terrance Mosley, for instance, is serving a life sentence in Louisiana because police found two pounds of marijuana in a car in which he was sitting. Mosley, who says he was just getting a ride, insists the pot was not his. The driver received probation, but Mosley got life because of two prior offenses he committed as a teenager, both involving small amounts of cocaine.
Read more: http://www.forbes.com
Washington entrepreneur creates, bottles marijuana-infused soda, coffee
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, August, 27th 2014 by THCFinder
Call it pop, call it soda — it’s all made with weed.
A new line of cannabis carbonated beverages brewed by a Washington state entrepreneur promises a different kind of buzz to go along with your sugar rush.
“Legal” sparkling sodas infused with marijuana hit shelves at legal weed dispensaries around the state Monday, as did bottles of cold brewed coffee meant for pot aficionados looking for a different kind of edible.
It could even replace the traditional bottle of wine presented at dinner parties.
"It's much more approachable, as opposed to 'Hey, mom and dad, do you want a joint?'" drink creator Adam Stites told KGW-TV.
The drinks provide a pot kick, along with natural ingredients.
Stites’ company, called Mirth Provisions, provides the first marijuana drinkables to hit the market nearly two months after pot became legal in Washington on July 8. The cold brew coffees will allow you to “take on the day with a smooth buzz and a grin a mile wide,” the company’s website promises of the drink, which contains 20 milligrams of THC, the ingredient in marijuana that gets you stoned.
Cherry, Lemon Ginger or Pomegranate provide 10 milligrams each of locally grown cannabis extract with all natural ingredients and are created specifically for different activities, be it “couch, meet butt,” or “riding through the clouds on the back of a mythological beast.”
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com
Marijuana Party Buses Not Allowed In Washington State
Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, August, 26th 2014 by THCFinder
Party buses are becoming more and more popular. Almost every weekend I see one or more of my friends take a party bus to or from an event, or just ride around in the party bus getting drunk and partying. The buses have dance lights and often have stripper poles. You can consume all the alcohol you want in the back portion of the bus. People in Washington tried to modify that idea and do it with a marijuana twist. Essentially, the bus takes you to the best marijuana stores around, and customers can then consume it on the party bus in a similar fashion as people do with alcohol on party buses. I think it’s a great idea, however, the idea was short lived, as the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission said that business model is illegal. Per the Seattle Times:
“You may not permit consumption or use of marijuana products on state-permitted charter and excursion vehicles, nor permit a driver to be exposed to marijuana smoke or vapor.”
What’s the logic?
“The commission believes activity in your vehicles is ‘in view of the general public,’ ” said the notice to operators. ”Your vehicles are ‘a public place’ or a ‘place of employment.’ “
This is yet another example of the hypocrisy that surrounds the rules of alcohol compared to marijuana. People can get completely inebriated in the back of a bus, but if people want to vaporize marijuana in the back of a bus, with a divider between the bus driver and the marijuana consumers, that’s not OK. Washington voters voted to regulate marijuana like alcohol. Either both substances should be allowed on party buses, or neither, but certainly not one over the other.
Marijuana Use Lowers Risk Of Domestic Violence In Married Couples
Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, August, 26th 2014 by THCFinder
Past research has indicated that couples who abuse substances are at a greater risk for divorce, in part because substance abuse often leads to an increase in domestic violence.
However, new research has found that when it comes to marijuana use, the opposite effect occurs: couples who frequently use marijuana are actually at a lower risk of partner violence.
Researchers from Yale University, University of Buffalo and Rutgers recruited 634 couples from 1996 to 1999 while they were applying for a marriage license in New York State. After an initial interview, the researchers followed the couples over the course of nine years using mail-in surveys to measure the effects of marijuana use on intimate partner violence (IPV).
The study defines IPV as acts of physical aggression, such as slapping, hitting, beating and choking, and it was measured by asking couples to report violence committed by them or toward them in the last year.
At the end of the first year, 37.1 percent of husbands had committed acts of domestic violence.
Marijuana use was measured by asking participants how often they used marijuana or hashish (defined as pot, weed, reefer, hash, hash oil or grass) in the last year. Participants were also asked about other drug use including alcohol, because, as the researchers explain the study, marijuana and alcohol are often used in conjunction.
What the researchers found surprised them: due to the fact that alcohol and other substances are known to increase domestic violence, they hypothesized that marijuana use would have the same effect. But that was not the case.
"More frequent marijuana use generally predicted less frequent IPV for both men and women over the first 9 years of marriage," the researchers wrote. Not only that, couples who both used marijuana frequently -- compared to one spouse using it more than the other -- had the lowest risk for partner violence.
Why would marijuana be different than other substances? Researchers hypothesize that the positive side effects of using marijuana may actually reduce conflict and aggression. They note that previous research has found chronic marijuana use to blunt emotional reactions, which could in turn decrease violent or aggressive behavior between spouses.
Cigarettes Proven to Be More Dangerous Than Marijuana
Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, August, 25th 2014 by THCFinder
Cigarettes have been proven to be more dangerous than marijuana. Marijuana may also be an alleged safer substitute for cigarette smoking because effects of marijuana are slim in detrimental use versus smoking cigarettes states an influx of studies. Cigarettes contain 40,000 chemicals, 43 of the additive chemicals are proven to cause cancer, they are carcinogenics.
Formaldehyde, tar, the highly addictive nicotine and arsenic can be traced in one cigarette. Cigarettes are also inflammatory to the lungs, teeth, gums and heart. Gum disease anywhere from gingivitis to severe periodontal disease leading to tooth loss are correlated to prolonged cigarette use with or without moderation.
Marijuana, on the other hand, contains natural additives such as THC, assorted cannabanoids and 100 terpenoids found in other plants such as pine trees. Terpenoids are aromatic and flavinoids are also a natural ingredient in various types of marijuana. Flavinoids have been linked to being antioxidant and anti inflammatory. Adverse chemicals to the body in marijuana have not yet been discovered.
Medical marijuana helps suppress glaucoma, may boost the immune system, eases epileptic seizures, hinders cancer cells and causes many other beneficial effects. Certain concentrations of the flavinoids, cannabinoids and THC exclusively in the plant can be beneficial given the disease at hand.
However downsides to marijuana have not yet been proven solid. Most of the downsides are implying association versus a definitive cause and a concrete correlation. Marijuana studies have suggested that gray matter density in the amygdala and the nucleus accumbens of the brain maybe a chain reaction to avid smokers. This means that the sensory in those areas creates a dependency on marijuana.
This was a subset study with only 20 users, aged 18 to 25 years, at different levels of usage and then non smokers within the same age range. The study may prevail due to MRI scanning the physical properties of the brain. Given such a tiny group, it is purely anecdotal.
Main stipulations of recreational marijuana is the perceptive effects. Hallucinations depending on the amount taken vary from person to person. Body weight can also determine the individuals’ adverse hallucinations.
Conclusive studies to the overall positive and negative effects of marijuana have yet to become beyond anecdotal. However, cigarettes tell a different tale of objective harm to the body. Proving that marijuana if legal in the state can be a better, less dangerous alternative to cigarettes.
Chances of lung cancer and cigarette smoking are in the 80 to 90 percent range for both men and women. Non smokers have a 20 to30 percent chance of getting lung cancer in their lifetime solely due to being around secondhand smokers. Almost 160,000 people die from smoking in a year.
Cigarette smoking can also lessen the chances of gum and bone loss repair surgeries and even preventive periodontal gum disease treatment. The chemicals in cigarettes serve as an inflammatory on gum tissue. Also, heart disease and the weakness of the lungs hinders efficient physical exercise.
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