Colorado Funds Study For Marijuana For PTSD
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, January, 23rd 2015 by THCFinder
Finally, the veterans are beginning to see some green in their future. The state of Colorado recently awarded a $2 million grant that will go towards the research of marijuana on treating PTSD. The Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment decided on December 17th that they would give out $7.6 million for eight different medical marijuana studies, including one on veterans with combat related PTSD, sponsored by the California based nonprofit Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies.
This research was federally approved last March from Health and Human Services and was supposed to undergo at the University of Arizona but in July, the university fired the primary researcher, Dr. Sue Sisley. Now, the Colorado grant will help to support research involving 76 veterans at two sites. One will be in Arizona, under the supervision of Dr. Sisley and another at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland under director Ryan Vandrey. Marcel Bonn-Miller with the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and Dr. Paula Riggs from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, will oversee the coordination and scientific integrity of the study.
“As the very first public funding that MAPS has ever received in our 28.5 year history, the award clearly shows that attitudes are improving about the research in to therapeutic benefits of Schedule 1 drugs,” says MAPS founder and director, Rick Doblin. He also called the award a “big step forward for cannabis science and medicine”. Seeing as how the only treatments for PTSD sufferers is heavy sedation and anxiety medicine, using a more natural and effective treatment will hopefully help these patients deal with what they’re suffering from and to help wean them from more harmful treatments.
The study will divide the PTSD patients in to groups and give them up to two joints a day, totaling at less than a gram, to be smoked or vaped. Each participant will then submit to a weekly study that include observations and to confirm that the protocols are being followed.
More Teens In Florida Smoking Weed
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, January, 22nd 2015 by THCFinder
Last Monday, a story hit the Palm Beach Post’s pages, in which the director of the Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition credited his own organization for a small drop in the county’s teen alcohol use rates in a recent survey. Director Jeff Kadel wasn’t just there to pat himself on the back however and went on to say that the teen marijuana use in PCB between 2012 and 2014 (an increase of 1.4%) was a direct result of the campaigning last year to push forward a statewide referendum that would legalize medical marijuana. But while the referendum failed last November, Kadel is convinced that the marijuana use has increased because of the campaign.
“All of a sudden, the legalization issue came out, giving teens the idea that marijuana has medicinal value,” Kadel told The Post’s Lulu Ramadan. “It reduced the perception of harm.” But with such harsh claims against the campaign in Florida, the Director had no evidence to back up his claims. In fact, teen use of marijuana has gone down in states like Colorado and Washington, leading most to believe the complete opposite of what Kadel is saying.
What is most likely contributing to the teen’s increased use of marijuana is the explosion of popularity of the plant in pop culture. Most celebrities are smoking weed, singing about weed, making movies featuring weed. Teens are impressionable by the media and if anything is to be blamed, it would be pop culture. By legalizing the plant and implementing educational programs to teach people how to properly handle the plant and how to use it, the amount of teen use would probably decrease. But as always, the forbidden is more appealing especially in the eyes of teenage kids that are hellbent on pissing off their parents.
Ben Pollera, the campaign manager for United For Care, which pushed for the passing of the medical marijuana referendum, stated, “There’s no evidence to back what Kadel is saying. Most of the ads we’re addressing were those attacking our campaign.” United For Care spent more than $2 million in advertising for the referendum in 2014, the Post reported.
How Marijuana Is Changing Fashion
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, January, 22nd 2015 by THCFinder
With the explosion of marijuana support in the world, the fashion industry has to change to adapt to the new culture of potheads that aren’t ashamed to brandish how much they love marijuana. The Cannabist, a brand of the Denver Post, recently introduced the nation’s first weed style writer, Katie Shapiro. Her job is to report on the happenings in the cannabis fashion world, from everything to socks to hoodies.
Shapiro said, “My goal with what I cover is to try and elevate the often negative stereotype of “stoner” culture, whether it’s a designer that’s putting a beautiful spin on the pot leaf, luxury smoking accessories, or profiling successful creative types that are proud pot smokers.” She illustrates the connections between pot and fashion, including things like a Q&A section, Shop Sesh, and builders or designers that use marijuana to help their creative standpoints.
Marijuana fashion has exploded with things like Huf socks, leggings that are covered in pot leaves like the style from Black Milk Clothing, and the plethora of marijuana companies that blew up on social media when the plant started to gain immense amounts of attention. Since the plant is said to fuel creativity, people that smoke marijuana tend to be involved in designing or fashion. There is a large potential to make money with the merging of marijuana and fashion.
“I think most of the basic comparison between the two is that fashion is fueled by creativity,” Shapiro says. “Marijuana has always had its place in culture - especially in art, music, fashion. But now that it’s legal, it will be interesting to see how the fashion industry will embrace it - there’s a huge opportunity to blend the two.”
Colorado Harvests $60 Million In 2014
Even though there still stands a large amount of controversy over whether or not cannabis is good for the people of the world, there is strong evidence that stands saying it has a lot of potential to be an extremely positive asset. The main attention grabbing effect of marijuana legalization in Colorado is the amount of money that the state has made from the taxes on the plant that is sold in the retail setting. Over the course of 2014, Colorado reportedly made $60 million in marijuana taxes and licensing fees. Not to mention the $145 million that the Harvard report estimated that the state saved by not having to prevent marijuana use.
Since Colorado implemented a 2.9% tax on marijuana (both medical and recreational) plus a 10% retail marijuana special sales tax and a 15% marijuana excise tax, plus application and license fees for the shops, the state make bank off of the marijuana market. In records for the state, it shows that a portion of this money was distributed to local governments where the stores are located, like Denver and the towns of Breckenridge and Telluride. The city of Denver received $128,586.
The first $40 million of the excise tax money, however, was dispersed to a statewide school construction fund, administered by the Department of Education. So far, this fund contains $10 million. The rest of the money goes in to a state general fund, to be spent on whatever the state might need, whether that be snow removal, natural disaster relief, etc.
While some of the numbers may not include things such as costs of administrative expenses and societal costs, the amount of money that Colorado made over the course of the year from marijuana is outstanding. The amount of money made from taxes has increased drastically too, starting at $3.5 million in January and climbing to $7.6 million in October. Colorado holds much potential for the marijuana market in 2015.
Could Medical Marijuana Curb The Heroin Epidemic?
Medical marijuana has been shown to be an effective substitute for treating things such as opioid addiction and even preventing overdoses. With more and more of this incidents happening every day, looking in to medical marijuana for a preventative measure is important. In Massachusetts, heroin overdoses have soared and the state is basically going to serve as a testing ground for the medical marijuana treatment.
Before it was declared illegal, marijuana was used to treat a number of mental health illnesses, including depression. There are numerous studies saying that the plant is therapeutic and benefits those that are suffering. Since the plant also helps to treat nausea, prevent weight loss, alleviate chronic pain symptoms, and assist in preventing symptoms of neurological diseases, some scientists think that the medical possibilities of cannabis are endless, including the treatment and cure of cancer.
In Massachusetts, the leading cause of death among the homeless has shifted from AIDs complications to drug overdoses, with opiates involved in 81% of the deaths recorded. This is a hugely alarming rate, as the city recently expanded clinical services for the homeless. As of right now, the only way to fight this issue is to prescribe Methadone, which has an extremely narrow therapeutic index. What this means is that there’s only a small margin between what is safe to consume and what will kill the person taking it. Marijuana, on the other hand, has one of the widest therapeutic ratios of all drugs.
A recent study released compared states with legalization and those without. The study found a substantial decrease in opioid overdose in the states that enacted medical marijuana laws. The conclusion of the study state that the researchers though that medical marijuana should be part of a policy aimed at preventing opioid overdose. Research also shows that cannabis is a form of self treatment, where people will choose to use cannabis instead of alcohol, opiates, and other illegal substances. This is another reason that researchers are calling for marijuana to be tested as a substitute for other, more harmful substances.
Studies in the Netherlands also found that using marijuana in the Amsterdam coffee houses encouraged people to stop using harder drugs. Additionally, the studies found that when young people used marijuana in a more controlled coffeehouse rather than a poly drug using environment, they learned to use the plant more responsibly without feeling like combining it with other drugs. In short, people learned to use the plant like adults, rather than having to sneak around with it.
D.C. Police Chief: Marijuana Decriminalization Makes Jobs Easier
Last year Washington D.C. decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana. People are no longer being arrested for possessing personal amounts of marijuana in Washington D.C.. Instead, they are given a $25 ticket. Washington D.C. has one of the best decriminalization laws in the country. This has freed up law enforcement to go after real criminals, which is something that D.C.’s Police Chief says makes cops’ jobs easier. Per Marijuana.Com:
Despite raising concerns with the decriminalization of marijuana in Washington, D.C. before it was enacted, the top cop in the nation’s capital now says the policy makes police officers’ jobs easier.
Cathy Lanier, chief of the Metropolitan Police Department, told NewsChannel 8 on Tuesday that decriminalization “saves us from having to charge someone for small amounts of marijuana now, because it really never was productive to begin with.”
Now that officers don’t have to spend time making arrests, “it’s a little bit easier for us,” she said.
I wish all members of law enforcement realized the fact that marijuana reform is good for law enforcement. Law enforcement should be going after real criminals, and shouldn’t be tied up enforcing failed prohibition. Jail beds should be reserved for members of society that are not fit to be in public, and should never be occupied by someone who was caught with a substance that is safer than alcohol or tobacco.
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