Minnesota hospitals will soon have more treatment options for patients
Hospitals in Minnesota will soon be allowed to dispense marijuana:
The Legislature has taken steps to expand the availability of medical marijuana to Minnesota hospitals when it becomes legal in July.
When state lawmakers approved the original law authorizing health care providers to dispense the drug, they didn't include hospitals where terminally ill patients could end up.
This week, the legislature corrected the impending law:
The Legislature has added hospitals to the list of facilities that can control, dispense and manage the use of cannabis inside their systems, said Manny Munson-Regala, an assistant state health commissioner. Gov. Mark Dayton signed off on the change, he said.
"Those hospitals that are willing to continue the care regimen of those patients in their hospital setting, they said the state law needs to give us the same abilities and immunities that are afforded nursing homes," Munson-Regala said.
An important change for patients suffering from chronic or fatal illness. If you've ever been to a hospice facility, most of the patients receive a steady stream of Lorazepam (Ativan), an anti-anxiety medication that keeps them sedated. There is no reason they shouldn't be afforded the opportunity to take medical marijuana instead, if desired and/or prescribed by their physician.
Essentially, the police raided - actually raid is too strong: they executed a search warrant with no report of theatrics - this man's house and found this and posted it. It was considered quite funny. People asked if it was real: police said the have no sense of humor. It's real.
As Oregon prepares for the advent of legal marijuana beginning July 1, there are already some clear losers. Among them are the state's drug sniffing dogs, for whom the pink slips are in the mail.
Like technicians in a horsewhip factory in the days of yore, Oregon's drug dogs are workers with a skill set made obsolete by changing times. The dogs are trained to detect any number of illegal substances, including marijuana, but now that weed is about to become legal in Oregon, that pot-sniffing skill becomes not an asset, but a liability.
The reason, police said, is that drug-sniffing dogs are often used to alert authorities about the presence of drugs, providing them with the probable cause necessary to initiate a search. If,
Both doctors support the legislation that flew through the state Senate and now sits before the House Health and Human Services Committee. Folmer is optimistic that the bill will pass the House if it makes it to the floor. The committee needs to pass it first, and that's where a similar bill died last session.
Springettsbury Township's Angela Ferro, whose son Michael suffers from Lennox-Gastaut syndrome — a disorder that causes him to have multiple and different kinds of seizures — hopes cases like her son's will help the House members support for the bill. After all, she herself doubted the medical benefits of cannabis until she really looked into it after hearing how it worked for others.
"I think personal stories are very important to share," she said after the roundtable. "I think for all of us there's been that journey."
Butane lighters are not meant to be used with a fine, light, easy to combust smoke-able like cannabis. You're sucking in a ton of butane gas, by lighting up with it. Use Matches! (Whether your using, a pipe or joint and even some vaporizer pens).
Burning tobacco generates a smoke that is a toxic cocktail of chemicals that affect not only the smoker, but others as well.
Chemicals in tobacco cigarette smoke
Acetaldehyde: suspected carcinogen.
Acetone: irritant: can cause kidney and liver damage.
Acrolein: extremely toxic.
Acrylonitrile: suspected human carcinogen.
1-aminonaphthalene: causes cancer.
2-aminonaphthalene: causes bladder cancer.
Ammonia: raises blood pressure.
Benzo[a]pyrene: mutagenic and highly carcinogenic
1,3-Butadiene: suspected carcinogen.
Butyraldehyde: damages the lining of nose and lungs.
Cadmium: a heavy metal and highly toxic
Carbon Monoxide: decreases heart and muscle function.
Catechol: causes respiratory tract irritation and dermatitis.
Chromium: heavy metal and carcinogen.
Cresol: causes upper respiratory, nasal and throat irritation.
Crotonaldehyde: thought to interfere with immune function.
Hydrogen Cyanide: lethal poison
Hydroquinone: affects central nervous system effects.
Isoprene: irritates skin,eyes and mucous membranes.
Lead: causes brain damage
Methyl Ethyl Ketone: depresses the central nervous system.
Nickel: causes bronchial asthma and is a known carcinogen.
Nicotine: increases in heart rate and blood pressure, addictive element
Nitric Oxide: linked to Asthma,Huntington’s, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
NNN, NNK, and NAT: known or possible carcinogens
Polonium - radioactive*
Propionaldehyde: skin, eye and respiratory system irritant
Pyridine: causes eye and upper respiratory tract irritation
Quinoline: causes genetic damage and is a possible carcinogen
Resorcinol: skin and eye irritant
Toluene: linked to permanent brain damage.
Just to make sure you’re on the same page with me, let’s try an exercise. Picture yourself sailing a small boat way out at sea. It’s a beautiful day, light wind, sunny, and (most importantly) you are a very good sailor and navigator. Suddenly a large meteor smashes a hole in your boat and it sinks in seconds. You are now hanging on to some flotsam (that’s floating nautical junk for those with no sailing experience), but it’s not going to float for long… and you see shark fins circling.
Suddenly you hear an engine! You see a speedboat making a beeline for your location! “I’m saved”, you think. Up comes a sporty speedboat with the music blaring. It’s full of what looks like the worst kind of right-wing fraternity turds… but it’s the most beautiful sight none the less. But instead of rescue, you are taunted, laughed at, and called names. A few beer cans are launched at your head and then, with some muttered excuse to your pleas for rescue “You’re wet, it’ll ruin the leather”, they speed off. That’s rage.
Now… picture that the one person that you love more than anything in the world is the one in this hypothetical situation… and all you can do is watch it all unfold. That’s blind rage.
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - We been following the story of 8-year old Savannah Talley whose family has been trying to get cannabis oil to treat her extreme seizure disorder. According to the family's Facebook page, little Savannah developed a brain hemorrhage late Wednesday night and was declared brain dead. She later died.
She was able to get two doses of the cannabis oil, but the treatment was too late.
She would have sometimes more than 100 seizures a day.
Georgia had made a stab at legalizing one strain of cannabis for oil purposes ()because they heard it 'wouldn't get you high") but they shelved it.
Earlier this year, Governor Nathan Deal did sign the bill, apparently after becoming concerned that families were leaving Georgia for Colorado where they can legally get this life-changing medical preparation.
In a surprise move that supporters hailed as a historic victory, the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee approved legislation Wednesdaythat would make it legal to buy and sell marijuana in the state.
Two Republicans joined with the panel's three Democrats in support, giving House Bill 2165 a decisive 5-2 victory.
It is extremely unlikely to come to a full house vote this year, but hey—this is serious progress. Even more surprising is who exactly is making the case to end marijuana prohibition in Texas:
Republican state Rep. David Simpson of Longview argues marijuana comes from God and therefore shouldn't be banned by government. The tea party stalwart has repeatedly championed what he calls the "Christian case" for legalization.
Of course, support for legalizing or decriminalizing in Texas mirrors the rest of the nation, with a 2013 poll showing 61% support ending all criminal penalties. As trends go, that number is likely even higher today.
D.A.R.E., the infamous anti-drug organization that seemingly hasn’t progressed beyond Reefer Madness, recently published a satirical anti-pot story thinking it was real. The piece, “Edible Marijuana Candies Kill 9 in Colorado, 12 at Coachella,” appeared on the fake news site topekasnews.com.
One would have to be ideologically pure in order to believe this satirical story and, dammit, that is exactly what D.A.R.E. is: an ideological program run by reefer mad dimwits of the worst sort.
Puerto Rico’s Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla has authorized the use of marijuana for medicinal use, in a surprise move after the US possession’s legislature failed to act on the issue
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The governor provided few details of the plan, but smoking marijuana will continue to be banned.
Rius Armendariz said regulations must now be drawn up governing how cannabis will be dispensed, who will have the right to produce it and what diagnoses will be required for treatment with marijuana-derived products.
The folks at D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) fell for a fake news story about a shocking number of deaths and pregnancies from the devil weed. They then republished it at their own website:
After I called to inquire about it, D.A.R.E. removed the story immediately without commenting. But it's been preserved at the Internet Archive, and I've screenshotted it in full below. "It is sad that in a country as developed as America, such third world drugs such as marijuana are allowed to exist," the story's anonymous author wrote. "Children are being addicted to marijuana. I knew this day would come, when a liberal president allowed a state to legally sell Marijuana Flintstone Vitamins to children."
"Marijuana. It is one of the most dangerous drugs on Earth," the author concludes ominously. "For every one joint of marijuana, four teenagers become burdened with pregnancy."
Seriously....who's the dope here? And for what it's worth, a 10-year study of D.A.R.E showed that it makes little to no difference:
According to the study, after the 10-year period no measurable effects were noted. The researchers compared levels of alcohol, cigarette, marijuana and the use of illegal substances before the DARE program (when the students were in sixth grade) with the post-DARE levels (when they were 20 years old).
Although there were some measured effects shortly after the program on the attitudes of the students toward drug use, these effects did not seem to carry on long-term.