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?
Read more: http://www.indystar.com
Study Finds Marijuana Grow Operations Do Not Significantly Affect Child Development
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, July, 26th 2013 by THCFinder
A new study found that the health of children is not significantly affected by living in houses where marijuana is grown, a conclusion that challenges current child care policies.
The University of British Columbia study examined the effects of living in cannabis grow operations on about 180 children and did not find significant differences between the children living with marijuana and the children in a controlled setting, according to The Weed Blog.
The study aimed to analyze the merit of the laws that enable child protection services to strip parents of their children, founded in the belief that the presence of marijuana can harm a child’s health, according to the International Journal of Drug Policy.
Parents have lost custody of their children — both temporarily and permanently — because of contemporary marijuana laws relating to child care, according to the Daily Mail.
Some parents and marijuana rights advocates have claimed that even the possession of small quantities of weed have allowed law enforcement officials to move children to foster care and to entangle parents into child-neglect cases, according to the New York Times.
Advocates have said parents who lose their children to foster care for different time periods sometimes face no criminal charges for possession, just those for child neglect.
Read more: http://www.opposingviews.com
Recreational-Marijuana Merchants Rattled by Raids
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, July, 26th 2013 by THCFinder
Federal raids of Washington state medical-marijuana dispensaries this week are raising concerns among state officials and entrepreneurs that recreational-marijuana may be similarly targeted when the market opens in the state early next year.
Drug Enforcement Administration spokeswoman Jodie Underwood said agents executed several search warrants involving "marijuana storefronts" Wednesday, but she declined to comment on why they were targeted or whether recreational pot shops might get the same treatment.
A person familiar with the raids said agents went after four medical-marijuana dispensaries related to a 2011 investigation into allegations of money laundering and illicit marijuana sales.
Residents in Colorado and Washington voted to legalize recreational marijuana last year. But federal authorities haven't said how they will address these new state-regulated markets for marijuana, which remains illegal under federal law. Washington and other states allow medical marijuana, but this is also illegal under federal law, and federal authorities have raided dispensaries around the country.
Washington officials said this week after the raids that they were pushing forward with plans to permit recreational-marijuana production facilities and retail shops. But in light of the raids, coming months before the state rules on recreational marijuana take effect, state officials reiterated the need for guidance from the U.S. Department of Justice.
"We would welcome clarity from the federal government on how they expect to address Washington state's emerging recreational system," said Brian Smith, a spokesman for the Washington State Liquor Control Board, which has been charged with regulating legal pot. "With a lack of clarity, you're always operating in an area of risk."
Read more: http://online.wsj.com
In Utah, it's your marijuana prescription or your concealed gun
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, July, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
Medical marijuana and concealed firearms are gaining in popularity, but in Utah, they’re in conflict.
Utah, complying with the federal Gun Control Act, denies or revokes concealed-carry firearms permits for anyone with a prescription for marijuana. While Utah doesn’t allow marijuana to treat ailments, eight of the 31 states that recognize Utah’s concealed firearms permit do.
Jason Chapman, firearms supervisor for the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification, said he can only recall seeing one or two such conflicts, though he added that not every case comes across his desk. In those cases, Chapman said, BCI denied permits to applicants who sent their marijuana prescription card along with their other identification.
BCI does not keep records of how many applicants or holders are denied for medical marijuana. BCI, in its regular report on concealed-carry permit violations, lumps those cases into a category labeled "controlled substance."
But with Utah’s concealed firearms permit popular among non-Utahns because so many states honor it and medical marijuana gaining acceptance, the issue seems headed for more conflict.
There’s no database of people who have a marijuana license to check against and the concealed carry-permit application. But when law enforcement does learn about a marijuana prescription, it’s treated differently than prescription opiates.
Utahns with a prescription for other opiates, such as Oxycodone, are not barred from a concealed firearm permit unless they are suspected of abusing the drugs.
Salt Lake City defense attorney Chris Salcido, who represents defendants in drug cases, wrote in his firm’s blog earlier this year that marijuana prescriptions should be treated the same as other prescriptions. Salcido did not write specifically about concealed guns.
Read more: http://www.sltrib.com
Should NFL care if Broncos star Von Miller smokes marijuana?
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, July, 24th 2013 by THCFinder
OK, call Broncos linebacker Von Miller a knucklehead. If he indeed is suspended four games for use of recreational drugs, Miller has let down his teammates and fans who pay hefty ticket prices to watch Denver play football. The Post has received documentation that Miller had multiple positive tests for marijuana dating back to his rookie season in 2011.
But nobody counts marijuana as a performance-enhancing drug. If the NFL has cared so little for so long about the long-term damage caused by concussions, why should the league care how Miller chooses to relax? So long as it doesn’t adversely affect Miller’s performance on the field, I don’t think it should be any of the NFL’s business. Peter Burns of Mile High Sports Radio isn’t so lenient.
From the DUI arrest of front-office executive Matt Russell to Miller’s suspension, pending appeal, is this a serious football issue for the Broncos, or merely an image problem?
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