Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Eugene Monroe won’t be on the next roster, and it may be for his advocacy for medical marijuana. Monroe’s January recovery from a shoulder injury inspired him to write about marijuana versus opioids, and donate $80,000 to medical marijuana researchers at both Johns Hopkins University and the University of Pennsylvania. His work, he tweeted, was all for his “brothers… the players that make up the team… our future health and wellness.”
Unfortunately, his offseason, offtopic efforts failed to impress the Ravens officials. In the days leading up to his release, attitudes from the organization led Monroe to wonder if his marijuana advocacy was to blame. Interestingly, his original questions were less about the drug, and more about overall NFL healthcare.
It is arguable that reviewing old drug testing policies is going to be a big trend in U.S. companies in the nearest future. If the weed is legal, and the job can be done safely under cannabis influence, why would an employer be concerned about marijuana consumption enough to spend money on drug testing?
Current situation is creating a whole lot of consequences, like people easily cheating on drug tests by adding water to their urine, or other people making money on ‘weed detox sets’ that claim to free your system of cannabis traces in just three days. More than 93% test negative, but employers continue testing. In most cases, we just avoid working for companies that drug test employees.
The Number 1 pick in the NFL was Laremy Tunsil. He had millions of dollars coming his way from several different teams. But all that changed when a old video of him smoking weed throw a gas mask went viral.
The University of Mississippi offensive tackle went from top pick to 13th pick when the pot video was released.The clip was posted on Tunsil's Twitter account, which he closed shortly afterward. But by then, the video had already gone viral. Tunsil said his account was hacked. After the Miami Dolphins choose Tunsil. He told Deion Sanders That “ it was a mistake. It happened years ago," and “someone had my Twitter account and that's how it got on there."
A group has formed consisting of over 50 physicians, a former surgeon general, and faculty members of the nation’s top medical schools, which is the first to call on states and the federal government to legalize and regulate the use of cannabis for adult use medically.
The name of this group is Doctors for Cannabis Regulation (DFCR) and they will be announcing its formation Monday. The group argues that the prohibition and criminalization of cannabis only does more harm to the public with the number of arrests being in the hundreds of thousands, as well as keeping the the business in the hands of violent drug dealers.
Research found in the JAMA Internal Medicines journal give new benefits that can help toward the denouement of marijuana prohibition in the U.S. The research reveals that states where medical cannabis use is no longer a criminal offense are reporting a great drop in deaths associated with pharmaceutical painkiller use. This indicates that in the legalized states people are using marijuana to relieve their pain more than the painkiller pill which has more damaging properties.
The study compared the number of pharmaceutical-related deaths in the 13 states where medical marijuana was legal prior to 2010 to states where medical marijuana is still prohibited. Turns out that the legal cannabis states have a 25 percent lower rate of opioid mortality. This means that painkiller deaths were lessened by at least 1,729 in the states where medical patients have access to the cannabis herb as a pharmaceutical alternative.
Since the year 2000 the number of opioid overdoses has increased by 200%, according to information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bringing the totals for the year 2014 to 47,055. It’s not just heroin attributing to this large number of overdoses, but prescription drugs as well are a massive problem. Even more so because they are legal and tend to be over-prescribed. Another problem is that people are using the prescription drugs as a “fix” for heroin or vice versa since heroin tends to be cheaper.
One of the many arguments surrounding the decriminalization or legalization of marijuana has been how dangerous it could be to drive while under the influence. Many studies have come out over the years comparing drivers who have recently smoked and those who are intoxicated with alcohol.
The newest study to come out however, says that the previous ones got it wrong. The study was published in the journal Addiction, and attempted to gauge how likely drivers were to have an accident while high. According to the study, smokers were 1.2 to 1.4 times more likely to crash versus alcohol’s multiplying factor of four.
In states where edibles are available for the public to consume in terms of either legal recreational or medicinal marijuana, a labeling issue has been causing some headaches. Many edibles do not have accurate information listed on the label in terms of THC content. Edible companies have stated they have concerns because when they send the products off to be tested, often varying results are obtained by different labs doing the testing. Because of this, a new testing method has been developed.
Commonly edibles have been tested with high performance liquid chromatography, but the machines that do this test were not developed with edible marijuana products in mind as the input. A special process has been developed where edibles are ground up with dry ice or liquid Nitrogen, then diatomaceous earth is added. Using flash chromatography then allows certain products to be pulled out. After that, the high performance liquid chromatography can then be used to derive accurate results.
A Lack of Weed - the Solution Is: Legalize It! In the 80’s it was “Just Say No”, the campaign created in tandem with the War on Drugs. Since then, evidence has shown that the War has been an abject failure, and in fact may have been directly responsible for the rise in the Mexican drug cartels. Luckily there seems to be a new solution: Legal marijuana.
According to 2015 data released by the US Border Patrol, the marijuana confiscations has dropped to the lowest point in a decade, as reported by the Washington Post. Due to California, Colorado, and Washington having legal means of cultivating and distributing the plant, prices have fallen for Mexican growers.
There are numerous countries throughout the world with a stagnant or failing economy. The people living in such countries, Latin America, Southern Europe, Asian and Pacific regions, need a new industry. An industry with growth, job creation and tax revenues. The next big thing, the export of marijuana products and various extracts derived from the plant.
Most governments have stringent laws concerning the cannabis industry, due to various international treaties. As of last year 185 countries have signed a document declaring weed as a class one narcotic. There have been other treaties over the course of time that have reinforced that marijuana is a narcotic and should remain illegal.