How Cannabis Cleans Up Nuclear Radiation And Toxic Soil
Europe’s largest steel mill is in the city of Taranto in southern Italy. In its heyday, the ILVA steel plant produced more than 10 million tons of steel every year—about 40 percent of all the steel made in Italy—and it currently employs about 12,000 people.
This is no small deal in an area where unemployment is north of 20 percent; indeed, the local economy of Taranto, population 200,000, is almost entirely dependent on the steel mill—which is also one of the biggest and most deadly polluters of anywhere in the Mediterranean.
The plant is a notorious source of dioxin, and dust from the plant is believed to be the reason why Taranto has a lung cancer rate 30 percent higher than the national average. It’s so toxic that farmers have been forbidden from raising livestock within a 20-kilometer radius of the plant; in 2008, the government ordered the slaughter of thousands of sheep and other animals that were found to have excessively high levels of dioxin.
Colorado Moves to Limit Plant Count for Medical Grows from 99 to 16
World's first marijuana gym is in (where else?) California
A San Francisco gym slated to open this fall will encourage clients to use cannabis as part of their fitness routine.
Power Plant Fitness clients will have the option to bring their own cannabis or order edibles, the gym’s preferred form of cannabis, while they are at the gym. A delivery service will bring desired edibles to the gym within 15 minutes after clients place orders, owner Jim McAlpine told USA TODAY. Adult-use, recreational marijuana is legal in California, but only dispensaries can sell it. Using marijuana in public is banned. The gym will have a designated space for those inhaling marijuana.
The gym, which advertises itself as the world's first cannabis gym, touts using the drug for pain, focus and meditation.
Federal Agency Stops Asking If Medical Marijuana Is Real
Earlier this month, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) updated its web page on medical marijuana. The change is subtle, but significant.
For several years, NIDA’s primer on medical cannabis started with a fundamental question: “Is marijuana medicine?” before diving into the ensuing discussion. The conclusion one could draw, without reading a word further, was that nobody was really sure one way or the other; the question was an open one.
Since then, a majority of states across the country have gone ahead and answered with a resounding “Yes.”
Are Smartphones Keeping Kids Away From Drugs?
Ever since a federal study was published last year showing that teenage drug use is on the decline across the country, researchers have been on a mission to find out exactly what has caused America’s youth to lose interest in the feel good effects of illicit substances.
According to a recent report from the New York Times, some of those scientific minds have formulated a theory, one that suggests that teens may not be doing as many drugs these days because they are too preoccupied with their smartphones and other electronic devices.
Indeed, while it may sound utterly ridiculous to consider that smartphones are what is keeping a growing number of teenagers on a sober path, it is a concept that Nora Volkow, the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, does not believe is too far fetched.
Latest Data on the Feds’ War on Drugs Released
One of the outstanding findings for 2016 is that 77 percent of people sentenced in federal marijuana cases are Hispanic.
Another disturbing piece of data: At least 122 people were sentenced in federal court on simple marijuana possession charges last year.
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