WA judges decide 8 to 1, you can lose your job for smoking
The Washington state supreme court decides 8 to 1 that medical marijuana patients can lose their job for failing a drug test.
While Justice Tom Chambers said it was unfortunate that the law does not take into account medical marijuana patients but at rules are rules at this point and you have to follow them. Chambers mentioned in his ruling that he would urge the law makers to reevaluate these laws.
This ruling partially stemmed from a 2007 law suit where a woman known as 'Jane Roe' was fired from her job at TeleTech Customer Service Management for testing positive at her pre-employment screening. The laws have not yet been changed to accommodate patients usage outside of the workplace. To read more about the Washington State Supreme Court Ruling click here.
Smoking Marijuana and Getting Skinny
According to information released at the meeting of the Society for Nuclear Medicine (SNM) a new study may prove that the smoking of marijuana will help you lose weight. Through PET scan imaging scientist were able to examin the brains of hibitual marijuana users.
Through the use of marijuana over an extended period of time the THC begins to suppress the level of CB1 receptor activity within the brain. 'The decrease of CB1 activity is known as “downregulation.” And while no specific adverse effects of this occurrence in marijuana users has been identified by researchers, there is a presumption among them that the decrease is not good.'
'[In that study], suppression of CB1 activity in obese subjects resulted in reduced waist size, improved blood levels of HDL-cholesterol and triglycerides, and improved insulin activity and overall reduction of symptoms of metabolic syndrome.'
The munchies aren't quite a thing of the past but this does show that there is hope for anyone that is a little on the heavy side.
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THC analysis of 2,700-year-old-Marijuana Shows Similarities to Pot of Today
A recent excavation in the Gobi Desert has uncovered a man and his stash of marijuana, dating back over 2,700 years. The man was believed to have died in his mid-40's. Scientists found more than 2 pounds of marijuana buried with him, still in excellent condition.
Many characteristics of the marijuana found are consistent with that of a cultivated strain. A recent scientific analysis revealed that the THC content of the marijuana found is “quite similar” to the cannabis of today. Scientists believe the man buried was a shaman, a spiritual leader and healer. He was buried with several rare items consistent with that of a spiritual guide. Though hemp was grown and used in rope making around this time, scientists believe these people used reed fibers for rope.
It is still unclear whether the cannabis was for medical or spiritual reasons, but facts show that it was in fact used psychoactive reasosn
Oregons MMJ Patients Increase While Workplace Injuries Decrease
The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Affairs released the 2009 summary of workplace injuries and illnesses at the beginning of the year. The report shows a continuing trend of decline from from 1999 to 2009, despite the exponential growth of the medical cannabis program.
In 2009, members of the business lobby for Associated Oregon Industries fought against a bill to give medical marijuana patients rights in the work place. They argued it was irresponsible to allow employed medical marijuana patients to have it in their systems because it would put the safety of everyone around them in jeopardy. According to the information just released, this argument is unfounded.
"While correlation does not equal causation - we can't say medical marijuana laws made the workplaces safer - we certainly do not see any correlation between Oregon workplace safety statistics and Associated Oregon Industries' scaremongering about the threat of patients in the workplace,” said NORML Outreach Coordinator Russ Belville.
Below is a graph by NORML illustrating Oregon's Workplace Safety and Medical Marijuana
Marijuana Dispensary Gives Back To Community
A Colorado Dispensary has been taking the time to do small projects to give back to the city of Palisade. Alternative Health Care has been planting flowers in the city park as well as painting buildings to make their town more welcoming and pleasant.
A petition is circling around the area in an effort to close the dispensary doors. If it gets enough signatures, it will be placed on the city ballot. "We shouldn't be judged on what our business doe. We should be judged on the fact that we are a business that helps out the community,” says co-owner of CAHC Desa Loughman.
California Works On Marijuana Tax
Legislators are studying the sale of marijuana from start to finish in an attempt to narrow down where taxes should be applied, and exactly who should be taxed. The first rough draft of the bill favored a tax-stamp system similar to that of tobacco, which received little backing by NORML and American's for Safe Access.
Many feared the Stamp-Tax Model will raise issues with discretion in the medical marijuana industry. People who complied with the state laws would be making themselves easy targets for federal prosecution. Also, the Stamp-Tax Model could place the tax burden on the end users. Serious re-shaping of the bill has occurred since the original draft, and since has received backing from both groups.
San Jose has already started excising a city level tax on medical marijuana. They received over $300,000 in tax money from the cities collectives, and predicts the tax could bring in over $3 million a year from now.
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