OP-ED from the NY Times about reductions in opiate deaths and medical marijuana states. Click for the article.
CANNABIS CULTURE – Today marks the 50th anniversary of an important event in marijuana and musical history. It was the date, in 1964, when Bob Dylan reportedly turned the Beatles on to weed at the Delmonico hotel in New York City.
In their early days in Hamburg, the Beatles were expected to play four and a half hours each night, and six hours on the weekend. Club owners freely dispensed Preludin, an amphetamine marketed legally as a diet pill, to their musicians. George wrote to a friend of “eating Prellie sandwiches” and John washed copious amounts down with alcohol. Paul was cautious about them and only then-drummer Pete Best abstained altogether.
The Beatles came to America in 1964, and New York Post columnist Al Aronowitz took Dylan to meet them at the Delmonico. When offered Drinamyls and Preludins,… Continue reading
By Daniel J. Chacón
Santa Fe made history Wednesday by becoming the first city in New Mexico to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Hoping to avoid the costs of taking the issue before voters and the uncertainty of the question even making the November general election ballot, the City Council voted 5-4 to adopt a citizen initiative outright.
“I don’t think that by supporting this there’s going to be many more potheads,” said City Councilor Carmichael Dominguez. He voted in favor of adopting the ordinance, which calls for making possession of an ounce or less of marijuana and marijuana-associated paraphernalia civil infractions punishable by a fine of no more than $25.
Dominguez said he was leaning toward putting the question before voters, calling the ability to vote the most democratic process. But he said he’s had the “unpleasant experience” of working in corrections and seeing the negative… Continue reading
There’s a new group out there working on MMJ in Tennessee. Tennesseans United will be working hard to bring change in the 2015 Tennessee Legislation sessions starting in early January.
Please give them your support. Please go to their petition and sign up.
Looks like there are several groups in Tennessee this year standing up for changing the laws so our friends and family can get the medication they need to ease their suffering and pain.
More news coming every day!
This is an Arizona case but Civil Asset Forfeiture happens in Tennessee all the time.
Though it’s not totally clear why
FDA Approves New Pain Pill Designed To Be Hard to Abuse
States with medical marijuana laws have fewer deaths from opioid overdoses compared to states that do not allow medical marijuana, according to new research.
Opioids for chronic pain, like OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin, are meant to suppress pain. Recent data shows that not only are prescriptions for these drugs up, but rates of overdose and death are increasing as well. New research published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine shows that states with medical marijuana laws have rates of anticipated opioid-related deaths 25% lower than states that don’t allow it.
The researchers looked at death rates from opioids between 1999 and 2010 and found that the 13 states that allowed medical marijuana at the time had lower opioid mortality rates-the hypothesis being… Continue reading
Peachtree NORML leading the fight for recreational and medical cannabis in Georgia
WHAT: Joint Study Committee Prescription of Medical Cannabis for Serious Medical Conditions Meeting
WHEN: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE: Georgia State Capitol Room 341 206 Washington St SW Atlanta, GA 30334
Parking: $5 – Pete Hackney Parking Deck 162 Jesse Hill Jr., Drive, Atlanta, GA – Or take MARTA to the Georgia State Station. One block to capitol.
Hospitality Room: Hosted by Peachtree NORML
Purpose: Medical Marijuana Committee Hearing staging room for patients / guests
Where: Georgia State Capitol Room 230
When: 8:45 am-4:30 pm on August 27th
The signage will read: MMJ Group/Representative Michael Smith
-Study Committee on Prescription Medical Cannabis for Serious Medical Conditions-
Co-Chairs: Sen. Renee Unterman, 45th & Rep. Alan Peake, 141st
Sen. Dean Burke, 11th
Sen. Butch Miller, 49th
Sen. Curt Thompson, 5th
Rep.… Continue reading