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Survey: Doctors’ Political Views May Affect Patient Care

Category: News | Posted on Wed, October, 5th 2016 by THCFinder

WASHINGTON (AP) — Politics in the exam room? A new study suggests patient care may vary depending on whether the doctor is a Democrat or a Republican – at least when it comes to some hot-button health issues like firearm safety.

Health care has long drawn partisan political fights, like state laws surrounding abortion, or Florida’s law restricting doctors from discussing guns with patients. But there’s been little research on the doctor-patient side of those controversies. Can physicians leave their own political ideology at the door during something as simple as a checkup?

So Yale University researchers took an initial step, looking up voter registration records and linking more than 20,000 primary care physicians to their party affiliations. Then they surveyed more than 200 of those doctors about how they’d react to different scenarios – health issues that might come up when a new patient outlines his or her medical history during a routine physical.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/survey-doctors-political-views-may-affect-patient-care/


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California Nurses Association Endorses “Carefully Crafted” Proposition 64

Category: News | Posted on Tue, October, 4th 2016 by THCFinder

SACRAMENTO—Today, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, the nation’s largest state organization of nurses, announced that it has endorsed Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, which will be on the statewide ballot in November.

“California Nurses believe strongly that the prohibition and criminalization of marijuana has ruined generations of lives, wasted hundreds of millions of taxpayer of dollars and failed to protect the public health and safety,” said Deborah Burger, President, California Nurses Association/NNU.

“California needs a new approach and Proposition 64 is carefully crafted to strictly regulate adult-use marijuana while funding critical youth programs and safeguarding children, workers and local communities,” Burger said. “On balance, Proposition 64 is significantly better for public health and safety than the broken status quo, and we are pleased to endorse it.”

Read More:https://www.theweedblog.com/california-nurses-association-proposition-64/


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Matanuska Thunderf**k, Anti-Pot Politics, and Nordhoff’s Ghost. A Sordid Tale From Alaska

Category: News | Posted on Tue, October, 4th 2016 by THCFinder

Way back in 1975, shortly after a fluke court decision legalized marijuana in Alaska for the first time, HIGH TIMES sent a writer north to the Last Frontier. In Fairbanks, the writer met a guy who went by the name of Nordhoff.

Nordhoff made a claim that piqued the interest of pot fans across the Lower 48:

“Nordhoff carefully cleans out the bowl of a fossilized walrus tusk pipe and fills it with green leaf. The buds are huge, the size of a Malemute’s paw. He carefully picks one apart and crumbles it. ’Matanuska Thunderfuck’ he declares, firing it up. ‘The finest pot grown in the 50 states.”

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/matanuska-thunderfk-anti-pot-politics-and-nordhoffs-ghost-a-sordid-tale-from-alaska/


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Jamaica, Long Opposed to Marijuana, Now Wants to Cash In on It

Category: News | Posted on Mon, October, 3rd 2016 by THCFinder

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica — Jamaica has long bemoaned its reputation as the land of ganja.

It has enforced draconian drug laws and spent millions on public education to stem its distinction as a pot mecca. But its role as a major supplier of illicit marijuana to the United States and its international image — led by the likes of Bob Marley, whose Rastafarian faith considers smoking up a religious act — have been too strong to overcome.

Now, its leaders smell something else: opportunity.

Read More:http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/02/world/americas/jamaica-marijuana.html


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Surplus Cannabis Taxes to be Used to Combat School Bullying

Category: News | Posted on Mon, October, 3rd 2016 by THCFinder

Colorado has a surplus of cannabis tax revenue that totals around $65 million. Due to the passage of Proposition BB last year, the state gets to keep these taxes and decide how they’re used. The Colorado Department of Revenue has announced that roughly $3 million of this will be used for bullying prevention programs in public schools.

The funding will be used to distribute 50 bullying prevention grants to schools across the state for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Each school will receive a grant of up to $40,000 per year.

“It’s a lot of money,” Dr. Adam Collins, bullying prevention and education grant coordinator for the CDE, told Denver7. “It’s a great opportunity for schools to apply and make sure the social and emotional wellness of their students is taken care of.”

Read More:https://www.theweedblog.com/surplus-cannabis-taxes-used-combat-school-bullying/


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Election 2016: Can Marijuana Sweep in All Nine States?

Category: News | Posted on Mon, October, 3rd 2016 by THCFinder

Marijuana prohibition in the United States could be dealt a major blow in November, with five states voting on legalizing the adult recreational use of cannabis.

If current polling trends are any indication, voters in all five states — Arizona, California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada — are likely to approve their respective legalization measures. that would double the number of jurisdictions in the United States that have ended prohibition.  

Voters in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington have all approved measures to legalize, tax and regulate adult cannabis sales, while voters in the District of Columbia have passed a law that allows adults to grow and possess (but not purchase) marijuana.  

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/election-2016-can-marijuana-sweep-in-all-nine-states/


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