Medical Marijuana Laws Result in Fewer Suicides
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, February, 22nd 2012 by THCFinder
The enactment of statewide laws allowing for the limited use of cannabis therapeutically is associated with reduced instances of suicide, according to a discussion paper published recently by the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn, Germany.
Researchers at Montana State University, the University of Colorado, and San Diego State University assessed rates of suicide in the years before and after the passage of statewide medical marijuana laws.
Authors found, “The total suicide rate falls smoothly during the pre-legalization period in both MML (medical marijuana law) and non-MML states. However, beginning in year zero, the trends diverge: the suicide rate in MML states continues to fall, while the suicide rate in states that never legalized medical marijuana begins to climb gradually.”
They reported that this downward trend in suicides in states post-legalization was especially pronounced in males. “Our results suggest that the passage of a medical marijuana law is associated with an almost 5 percent reduction in the total suicide rate, an 11 percent reduction in the suicide rate of 20- through 29-year-old males, and a 9 percent reduction in the suicide rate of 30- through 39-year-old males,” they determined.
Authors theorized that the limited legalization of cannabis may “lead to an improvement in the psychological well-being of young adult males, an improvement that is reflected in fewer suicides.” They further speculated, “The strong association between alcohol consumption and suicide-related outcomes found by previous researchers raises the possibility that medical marijuana laws reduce the risk of suicide by decreasing alcohol consumption.”
They concluded: “Policymakers weighing the pros and cons of legalization should consider the possibility that medical marijuana laws may lead to fewer suicides among young adult males.”
Pot helps the brain fight Alzheimer's
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, February, 21st 2012 by THCFinder
Yes, pot helps the brain fight Alzheimer's, according to journalist Clint Werner's Marijuana: A Gateway to Health.
The notion that pot fights Alzheimer's is nothing new: A study published in 2006 by The Scripps Institute said that THC -- described as "the active ingredient" in marijuana, a notion since exploded by the discovery of other active cannabinoids like CBD, with hundreds others yet to examine -- worked better at stopping the spread of amyloid plaque in the brain than pharmaceutical drugs prescribed for the purpose.
THC blocks the enzyme which creates the plague that inhibits brain function, which means that marijuana can inhibit or halt entirely the spread of Alzheimer's in an older brain, researchers said. Stopping the enzyme's attack on brain cells is one thing, but marijuana use has also been linked to the creation of healthy, new brain cells, according to Werner's book, which was released last year (and is available on Amazon.com, we should mention).
McCartney and the rest of the Beatles first used marijuana in the early 1960s at the behest of Bob Dylan -- and who were the Fab Four to turn Zimmy down? The habit apparently took, as McCartney wrote "Got To Get You Into My Life" about reefer, according to reports, and spoke in favor of drug legalization in interviews well into the 1990s.
If Rolling Stone asked him about legalization, Sir Paul was demure; the interview doesn't mention it one way or the other, nor does he say exactly when he decided he'd smoked a lifetime's worth of cannabis.
"I smoked my share," he said, adding: "When you're bringing up a youngster, your sense of responsibility does kick in, if you're lucky, at some point." He ended with: "Enough's enough -- you just don't seem to think it's necessary," according to the interview (which you can't read online, sorry; go buy a magazine, freeloader).
So did marijuana use contribute to McCartney's longevity? Possibly, but since he and the other Beatles admitted to using that as well as LSD in order to create "Sergeant Pepper" and other records regarded as indispensable classics, seems as if it's immaterial at this point.
Cannabis and Pregnancy
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, February, 17th 2012 by THCFinder
Vermont Voters Support Decriminalizing Marijuana
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, February, 16th 2012 by THCFinder
(MONTPELIER, Vt.) - According to a Public Policy Polling survey released today, a majority of Vermont voters are in favor of removing criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana. Under current Vermont law, the penalty for possession of marijuana is up to six months in jail and up to a $500 fine.
Of those polled, 63% supported replacing criminal penalties for possession of an ounce or less of marijuana with a civil infraction and a fine of up to $150, with no threat of arrest or jail.
The poll also reported that a majority of Vermonters would support politicians who also supported making this change. When asked if they would be more likely to vote for a legislator that voted to replace criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana, 52% reported that they would be more likely to support such a lawmaker. This is particularly relevant in light of a bill currently being considered in the Vermont House, HB 427, which closely mirrors the reform described to respondents in the poll.
Part of the reason behind support for this bill is the perception of danger associated with marijuana as compared to alcohol. Of those polled, 74% responded that marijuana is as safe or safer than alcohol. This perception, which is supported by many scientific studies, only serves to highlight the discrepancy between marijuana and alcohol penalties.
“Vermont voters overwhelmingly believe marijuana is no more harmful than alcohol and that people who possess a small amount should not face up to six months in jail and a criminal conviction,” said Karen O’Keefe, director of state policies for the Marijuana Policy Project. “It’s time for legislative leadership to bring this sensible proposal to a vote, so that Vermont can focus its limited criminal justice resources on crime with actual victims.”
Hawaii Senate Bill Would Add Medical Marijuana to the Pain Bill of Rights
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, February, 14th 2012 by THCFinder
A new Hawaii Senate bill would acknowledge that Cannabis (“marijuana”) is a pain medication.
A hearing for SB2262 has been scheduled for Wednesday, February 15 at 2:45pm. (The new 24-hour rule means that testimony for the bill must be received by Tuesday, February 14 at 2:45pm.)
Sandy and Charlie Webb, MD, of the MUM Clinic wrote the legislation, and describe it below:
In 2008 the Hawai’i Pain Patient’s Bill of Rights passed, in which acute and chronic pain patients are guaranteed the “right to request or reject all treatment modalities.” By specifically including the medical use of marijuana in the Patient’s Pain Bill of Rights, it confirms a patient’s right to choose what works best for them and will help strengthen the medical marijuana program.
Reasons to support SB 2262
Chronic pain patients deserve the right to avoid addicting and highly dangerous opioids (like Oxycontin and methadone)that constipate and sedate patients and are responsible for15,000 accidental deaths every year.
Chronic pain patients deserve the right to avoid pharmaceutical NSAID’s (Non Steroidal Anti Inflamitory Drugs). Many patients are allergic to NSAID’s (aspirin, advil, alleve, etc) which can also cause kidney failure and are responsible for 100,000 hospitalizations a year (including 6,000 deaths, mainly from bleeding ulcers).
Chronic pain patients who need medical cannabis deserve the same job protection as those patients who are prescribed other controlled substances for their pain.
Chronic pain patients who need medical cannabis deserve the same right as patients using other controlled substances to travel within the state with their medication.
Chronic pain patients deserve the right to use the safest pain medication known to science: Cannabis.
You can read the bill here.
Arizona Legislator Wants To Ban The Term 'Medical Marijuana'
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, February, 13th 2012 by THCFinder
GOP state Rep. Bob Robson has come to the conclusion that Medical Marijuana does not exist becuase "he hasn't personally seen any studies that prove marijuana has medical properties." Well if that is the case then why the hell is this guy a state rep? If his eyes are that closed on such huge issues that have dozens and dozens of studies backing the claims then I don't think that Rep. Bob Robson is the man we want for any government position.
Do as I say, not as I doobie ... Despite voter approval of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, there is no such thing as medical marijuana. So says Rep. Bob Robson, who wants his fellow lawmakers to stop using that term.
"We're already tacitly committing this body to recognizing something that doesn't really exist," Robson, R-Chandler, said, as he urged the term be struck from bills that reference (dare we say it?) medical marijuana. Robson argued that he's seen no studies that codify marijuana as having medical properties.
Never mind that voters in 2010 added the term to the state's legal lexicon, or that voters did the same thing in 1996 and 1998, only to have the laws bollixed up with legal challenges.
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