MARIJUANA - ON THE BALLOT
A WONDER DRUG OR LOWERED IQ AND NO GUNS!
By Skye Huntington
If you have some cash, an ID, and a qualifying medical condition, or just lie—you can get weed.
The vote to legalize marijuana is a hot, hot topic in the 2016 election. Nine states will have it on their ballots. Arkansas, Florida, Montana and North Dakota have medicinal marijuana to decide on, and Arizona, California, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts must make the choice whether to allow ‘recreational’ to be added to their already legal medical use. The choice to use marijuana has grown, like the weed that it is, and 25 states now allow Medical Marijuana Cards. So the big question is: Should you vote for or against medical or recreational marijuana?
The U.S. has been fighting the drug war for years, and legalizing marijuana is a positive step in getting the drug cartel out of the marijuana business. Cannabis grown legally in the U.S. is a more pristine and safer product to use. There are almost twenty medical marijuana dispensaries in Las Vegas, alone. Anyone with an ailment can basically get a Medical Marijuana Card, and the dispensaries are very helpful in answering your questions and assisting you through your paperwork.
Nevada is the only state that recognizes Medical Marijuana Cards from other states, but even if you bought it legally in Nevada, you are at risk of being prosecuted on drug charges if you travel outside of the state. Marijuana is also illegal at McCarran International Airport, because it is a federal facility and is considered illegal under federal law. To purchase weed, you can go to a dispensary for pickup, or if you are a Nevada resident, you can also have an order delivered to your home. You need your valid Nevada ID, your Nevada Medical Marijuana Card, and you can call in your order between 10:00 am – 6:30 pm Monday through Saturday, and your order will arrive before 8:00 pm that same day.
Medical marijuana is usually less taxed than recreational marijuana. In Nevada, an excise tax of 2% of the sales price on medical cannabis is added. On the Nevada upcoming ballot this November, Question 2 would legalize recreational marijuana. If it passes, there will be a 15% tax, plus the state sales tax. This revenue is to be dedicated to K-12 education. In comparison, Oregon has a 25% tax, Washington a 37% tax, and Colorado 29% tax.
Let me give you the newest research results and then you can make up your own mind. The results are good, bad, and some ugly.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a medical correspondent for CNN says: “There is now promising research into the use of marijuana that could impact tens of thousands of children and adults, including treatment for cancer, epilepsy, and Alzheimer’s, to name a few. Marijuana is a medicine that should be studied and treated like any other medicine.”
Marijuana does treat symptoms—pain, nausea, and more—that are caused by a wide range of illnesses. It is showing promise in treating autism. Some parents are now having it prescribed to help manage violent mood swings in their autistic children. Using cannabis is also showing immense promise in helping regulate seizures for people with epilepsy. CBD, or cannabidiol, reacts chemically with collagen, promoting the healing of broken bones. Cannabis is a safer and more effective treatment than Ritalin or Adderall for children suffering from ADD or ADHD. For many people, cannabis helps alleviate anxiety disorders, but in others conversely, it can create anxiety. It has been shown that it can help regulate anxiety in people who experience OCD, or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, and CBD help people dealing with the pain of arthritis, especially when using the cannabidiol creams and balms.
New studies show that cannabis can stop or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s, and with all the baby boomers, that’s very promising. Surprise: Cannabis can help Asthma attacks. Science says cannabinoid receptors can help control coughing fits much like a bronchodilator. Smoking is obviously not the delivery method here, because that will only make it worse. It’s an alternative treatment for headaches, instead of acetaminophen or ibuprofen, both which take a toll on your body, leading to ulcers and liver damage. Cannabis has also proven helpful for the treatment for PTSD. So for many veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan needing effective treatments, this is fantastic news! PTSD is known by all the VA hospitals, but marijuana has not yet been put on the list of acceptable medications. If used irresponsibly, cannabis can be harmful, but it is not nearly as destructive as alcohol, tobacco, or hardcore drugs like heroin, opiates and cocaine. It can also be used as a therapy treatment to help addicts of these harder drugs, oddly enough, rid themselves of their addiction.
A new study done at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver supports the theory that cannabis can improve the sexual experience for women. By applying topical oils containing medical marijuana to the female genitalia, it can increase arousal and responses to sexual stimulation. High levels of THC can cause lower levels of testosterone in men, and therefore marijuana can cause some men to suffer libido loss when it comes to sex drive and sexual satisfaction. Different studies show that marijuana’s sexual effects are very unpredictable. “Although cannabis has been smoked widely in Western countries for more than four decades, there have been no reported cases of lung cancer or emphysema attributed to marijuana”, Dr. Lester Grinspoon claims. He is a professor at Harvard Medical School and wrote an article for the Los Angeles Times: “Puffing is the Best Medicine”. He preaches pot’s safety and claims: “Marijuana is not only non-toxic—but remarkably non-toxic. I couldn’t find evidence of a single death, and the most toxic thing is death.”
Dr. Donald Abrams, who claims “Marijuana is a Wonder Drug When It Comes to the Horrors of Chemo,” says: “A day doesn’t go by where I don’t see a cancer patient who has nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, pain, depression and insomnia. Marijuana is the only anti-nausea medicine that increases appetite.”
Research has improved over the last few years, but controversy still continues over the use of marijuana. As its use rises in the United States, the percentage of adult users has risen, from 21.9 million to 31.9 million between 2002 and 2014. Some people still consider it a gateway drug to harder drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin. “Marijuana users are three times more likely to become addicted to heroin than non-weed smokers,” claims First Director, National Institute of Drug Abuse and Former White House Drug Chief, Dr. Robert L. DuPont.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse takes the position: “Marijuana smoke, like tobacco smoke, is an irritant to the throat and lungs and can cause a heavy cough during use. It also contains toxic gases and particles that can damage the lungs. Regular marijuana smokers report more symptoms of chronic bronchitis than nonsmokers, and frequent smokers used more sick days than other people because of respiratory illnesses.”
Street pot—as well as pot sold in dispensaries—is just getting more potent. Dr. ElSohly and his team at Ole Miss track the THC content in confiscated marijuana in this country. “In the 1970s, the THC content was around 1 or 2 percent. Today it’s more like 11 or 12 percent. Taking in too much THC can make you become irritable, even psychotic,” explains Dr. ElSohly. “There are more emergency room admissions today than ever because of marijuana use, and that’s simply because the psychoactive side effect of the high THC content that the public uses,” he continues. THC has been shown to have a negative effect on memory, and chronic abuse of marijuana will cause permanent impairment.
If you smoke marijuana, you may be setting yourself up to be a loser. A British study found that smoking a single joint made people less willing to work for money. “Although cannabis is commonly thought to reduce motivation, this is the first time it has been reliably tested using an appropriate sample size and methodology,” said lead author, Dr. Will Lawn. It is the first study to demonstrate the short-term effects of marijuana in humans. A study published in the Medical Journal Human Reproduction, states: “Smoking marijuana may affect the shape, size and quality of men’s sperm. Abnormal sperm (sperm morphology), are thought to swim less well, making it harder to reach a woman’s egg and fertilize it. This might account for the rise in infertility in recent years. Apparently the thing that affects fertility is how big your testicles are. If you have big testicles, you’ll produce more sperm. But don’t smoke so much that you make large amounts of abnormal sperm! Also, a new study shows that young men who start smoking weed before age 18 will have a higher risk for getting testicular cancer. Smoking marijuana once a week was said to increase your chances of getting cancer of the testis by twofold. Doctors have long reported a correlation between frequent cannabis consumption and the overdevelopment of male breast tissue, commonly called “moobs”. This phenomenon is linked to cannabis’ effect on testosterone.
“Marijuana plants have more than 500 chemical compounds. A large amount of these compounds are cannabinoids, which bind to receptors in your body and then affect your immune system and brain,” reports Men’s Health. They continue: “The high temperature of a burning joint can produce hundreds or thousands of byproducts—many thought to be carcinogens.” While no substance is without side effects, a 2012 study by the National Academy of Sciences found that people who started smoking before age 18 showed a decline in IQ. Users of four or more times a week—who continued to smoke as adults, experienced an 8-point IQ drop.
An appeals court ruled last week that a federal law prohibiting medical marijuana cardholders from purchasing guns does not violate their Second Amendment rights, because marijuana has been linked to “irrational or unpredictable behavior.” This story was published on the WashingtonPost.com and words from the 4th Circuit Court state: “Almost 50% of all state and federal prisoners who had committed violent felonies were drug abusers or addicts in the year before their arrest, as compared to only 2% of the general population. Individuals who used marijuana or marijuana and cocaine, in addition to alcohol, were significantly more likely to engage in violent crime than individuals who only used alcohol.”
Caution: Remember that although your state may make it legal, it is still not legal with the Federal Government.