For the more than 400,000 Americans suffering from multiple sclerosis ― an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord ― the currently available treatments often fall woefully short.
There’s no cure for MS, and frequently prescribed immunosuppressant drugs such as corticosteroids aren’t always effective in addressing common symptoms like weakness, tingling, numbness, blurred vision and cognitive difficulties. They can come with significant side effects such as increased risk of infection, weight gain, emotional changes and high blood pressure.
Increasingly, many people with MS are turning to medical marijuana to ease their symptoms. A growing number of anecdotal reports describe the drug’s benefits for treating common symptoms like fatigue, muscle weakness, anxiety and sleep deprivation, according to Dr. Thorsten Rudroff, a Colorado State University neurophysiologist who has conducted research on the effects of marijuana on multiple sclerosis symptoms. One patient even called cannabis a… Continue reading
While it could legitimately be argued that reefer madness has long been in Nashville (apparently firmly ensconced at Legislative Plaza) today our headline is referring to Tennessee’s theater rather than its politics.
This Reefer Madness is a theatrical musical comedy satire of the 1936 cult film classic of the same name. However, it is more than just a satirical musical theatre romp, it’s a mirror into the not so distant past, a past we seem to be reliving in our current fear-based political climate.
The production is a highly stylized and satirical political commentary. It contains adult humor, religious parody and drug use, as well as suggested violence and sexual explicitness. It may be inappropriate for younger audiences. The book and lyrics were written by Kevin Murphy and the music by Dan Studney. Directed by Andy Fickman, it was initially shown at the Hudson Theater on Santa Monica… Continue reading
More cannabis consumers in the United States smoke a joint within an hour of waking up than cannabis consumers in any other country, according to a new report released Wednesday, May 24, by the Global Drug Survey.
The 2017 survey of global drug habits and trends, described as the “world’s largest drug survey,” includes data from more than 115,000 people in over 50 countries.
According to survey findings, 21.9 percent of U.S. cannabis consumers smoke a joint within one hour of waking up in the morning, the highest percentage among participants in all countries surveyed.
Fifty-two percent of Americans over 18 admitted to trying marijuana at some point in their lives, according to an April 2017 Marist Poll. And considering 44 percent of those folks still use the drug, it’s safe to say a healthy chunk of Americans are waking up to smell the cannabis.… Continue reading
“Thank you for contacting me in regards to the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017, H.R. 975. As your Representative, it is important for me to understand your ideas and concerns so I may better represent you and the 8th Congressional District of Tennessee. I truly value your views and input, and welcome this opportunity to respond.
As you know, H.R. 975 was introduced by Congressman Dana Rohrbacher (CA-48) on February 7, 2017. This piece of legislation would amend the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) to ensure that the Act’s regulatory controls as well as civil and criminal penalties do not apply to a person who produces, possesses, distributes, or administers marijuana in compliance with state laws. Ultimately, this bill would prevent… Continue reading
Colorado is set to use a half-million dollars of its marijuana sales money each year for at least the next two years to implement an opioid addiction treatment program for two of the state’s counties hit hardest by the surging opioid crisis.
Senate Bill 74 still awaits Gov. John Hickenlooper’s signature, but if approved, it would send the $500,000 each year to the University of Colorado Board of Regents for it to give to the CU-Anschutz School of Nursing to implement the pilot program.
Since the program will help treat people with substance abuse disorders, the state is allowed to use marijuana sales money for the program.
Colorado Revised Statutes 39-28.8-501 (2)(b)(IV)(C) allows for the Legislature to appropriate money “[t]o treat and provide related services to people with any type of substance use disorder, including those with co-occurring disorders, or to evaluate the… Continue reading
The success of the cannabis industry, as well as the touching stories of children and adults improving their quality of life through cannabis consumption, is breaking down the plant’s long-standing stigma. Medical studies are beginning to reveal the countless benefits that cannabis can offer. And now, cannabis is being considered as a way to treat drug addiction.
A rehab facility in West Los Angeles called High Sobriety recently announced that it will help its patients treat drug addiction through the use of cannabis. This “cannabis inclusive treatment” is a fresh new take on traditional treatment for addicts. It’s common to find that rehab centers assist their patients by enforcing complete abstinence of all drugs and alcohol. However, High Sobriety believes that allowing its patients to use cannabis to help is more helpful:
At High Sobriety, our first and foremost goal is to eliminate the risk of death from… Continue reading
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott vetoed legislation Wednesday that would have legalized consumption and home cultivation of recreational marijuana, dashing hopes the state would be the first in the nation to approve adult-use cannabis through the Legislature.
But Scott, a Republican, left the door open for compromise legislation that lawmakers could stitch together over the summer.
The vetoed bill, approved earlier this month by lawmakers, could have paved the way for a regulated commercial market in Vermont.
By rejecting the legislation, Scott set back efforts to make Vermont the third New England state to approve recreational marijuana, after Maine and Massachusetts.
In his veto message, the governor said the “Libertarian” in him supported the measure because it respects personal freedom. But that wasn’t enough to override Scott’s concerns that the bill did not sufficiently address testing for and punishing MJ-impaired drivers as well as keeping cannabis out of… Continue reading