Also, this happened.
In a broad study on the ramifications of legalizing recreational marijuana about to be published in The Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, two economics professors said a survey of evidence showed a correlation between increased marijuana use and less alcohol use for people ages 18 to 29.
The researchers…said that based on their study, they expected younger people in Colorado and Washington to use marijuana more and alcohol less.
“These states will experience a reduction in the social harms resulting from alcohol use: Reducing traffic injuries and fatalities is potentially one of the most important,” the professors said."
Marijuana: the gateway drug…to prosperity.
"Research from the American Journal of Medicine shows that active pot smokers have a lower BMI, lower insulin levels, lower insulin resistance, and smaller waistlines than former hippies and squares.”
LTMC: The demon weed strkes again.
From the article:
A stockbroker with a crippling bone disease who has smoked more than 130,000 joints in his lifetime credits the relaxing drug for his long life.
Irvin Rosenfeld, 60, says he would not be alive if he hadn’t been issued with 12 daily government-supplied marijuana cigarettes for more than 30 years, for the treatment of the rare bone disorder, multiple congenital cartilaginous exostosis.
Mr Rosenfeld, from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is the longest surviving patient to be assigned to the federal medical cannabis program, which began during the HIV epidemic in the 1970s, and is sharing his experience with lawmakers in a push to get it legalised.
He said he was diagnosed with the rare disease, which causes lumpy bone formations to grow along lengths of existing bone causing significant pain, at age 10.
After numerous operations and unsuccessful treatments, he discovered in 1971 that smoking a joint helped relieve his pain.
Mr Rosenfeld was one of a small number of lucky patients to be signed up to be studied as part of a ‘Compassionate Investigational New Drug’ program with marijuana.
The Florida resident is now one of only four remaining survivors on the program and he is taking his story to law-makers in Kentucky in a the latest drive to get the treatment legalised.
Seriously, Marijuana is a wonder-drug. There are so many stories of patients with painful conditions who went through multiple operations, medications, treatments, therapies, etc. Only to find out that smoking a joint provided them with relief. In some cases, like the one above, this relief helps people that would otherwise be disabled and living as wards of the state to live healthy, active lives. Legalization would not only save money by reducing enforcement budgets and raising tax revenues on legal sales, but also by helping pain patients avoid disability, allowing them to provide for themselves instead of being crippled and and forced to live on disability benefits.
This photo has been making the rounds (h/t NORML). For those unfamiliar, Seattle PD distributed bags of Doritos to people at Hempfest in Washington with these stickers affixed to them. Good on them.
This is another example of the benefits of legalization. It encourages more healthy relationships between law enforcement and the community. Seeing police engage in this sort of good-natured community networking will undoubtedly generate some good will. Drug prohibition encourages people to view police with suspicion and contempt, because it requires police to arrest people for a non-violent consensual activity. The humor on this label also suggests that the police know how ridiculous arresting people for smoking marijuana is.
When the clenched fist of prohibition is relaxed even just a little, good things happen. For everybody.
It looks like Dr. Sanjay Gupta recently got religion with respect to marijuana. From CNN:
“I mistakenly believed the Drug Enforcement Agency listed marijuana as a schedule 1 substance because of sound scientific proof. Surely, they must have quality reasoning as to why marijuana is in the category of the most dangerous drugs that have “no accepted medicinal use and a high potential for abuse.” They didn’t have the science to support that claim, and I now know that when it comes to marijuana neither of those things are true. It doesn’t have a high potential for abuse, and there are very legitimate medical applications. In fact, sometimes marijuana is the only thing that works. … We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that.”
Great news. But it’s hard to hear this and not think of Orwell’s phrase,"To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle:"
There’s hundreds more links like this on the internet. Even more in print books. Marijuana is one of the safest, most effective drugs on the planet. That doesn’t mean it’s right for everybody, or that it has absolutely zero health repercussions. But compared to the harsh artificial prescription drugs that are currently used to treat many of the conditions above, it is a healthier and more effective alternative that improves quality of life of countless patients without the avalanche of harsh side effects or addictiveness of prescription drugs. The fact that Dr. Gupta missed this based solely on his trust in a DEA classification seems a little strange.
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