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Marijuana is going the way of the tobacco industry

Monday, December 1st, 2014

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Still, it was a successful Thanksgiving, as measured in your editor’s favourite currency. He had planned to try to rescue an old tobacco barn from its quiet decay, using the strong backs of his own sons, and two of their friends.

Our old friend, Tommy, who has made his living for the last 60 years in farming and earth-moving, stopped by too, just to offer advice and encouragement.

“You puttin’ the hurtin’ on ‘em now…”, he said, watching the young men with their shovels and post-hole diggers.

When the holes were prepared, we toted 300-pound treated poles and planted them around the inside perimeter. The idea was simple; we were transforming a frame barn into a pole barn, supplanting the regular foundation with stout poles. The old upright oak posts had rotted at the sill; we bolted the new poles to them.

The project was a challenge. First, because management didn’t know what it was doing. Second, because labour had even less experience with labour. And third, because we were all lost in polyglot jargon of the building trades.

We barely know the difference between a joist, a sill, and a stud in English. Trying to communicate in three languages added an extra complication. All considered, we would have been flattered by anyone who called our crew ‘unskilled labour’.

Nevertheless, by the time we settled into our chairs for Thanksgiving dinner we were already feeling confident. The plan seemed to be working. Tobacco barns may be falling down faster than WWII veterans. But ours will not be among them.

By: Bill Bonner, Moneyweek.com

Marijuana Use and Sclerosis Symptoms

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

best quality gauloises cigaretteThe advocates of proposition 19, the law that tried to legalize marijuana in California, must be turning cartwheels at the recent news of University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. It’s especially ironic coming just a few weeks after the Federal attacked and even shutdown of Oaksterdam University, the secretly run school in Oakland, California that teaches students how to grow and crop the much derided cannabis herb.

A clinic investigation of 30 adults suffering from Multiple Sclerosis appears to have demonstrated its new ability to reduce it and the pain, when in comparison to a placebo.

Multiple Sclerosis is a worse disease that affects the nerve fibers and also can reduces their ability to transmit correctly, a little like an electrical cable with worn isolation. It can also cause ulceration on the human brain. Like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s it’s a slow and degenerative disease, without a treatment, thus the best aim for doctors is to find treatments that reduce symptoms and ease the progression.

The findings of principal investigator Jody Corey-Bloom, MD, PhD, professor of neurosciences and director of the Multiple Sclerosis Center at UC San Diego, and her colleagues will be published in Canadian Medical Association Journal in the end of this month.

 

Teenagers Brain Involved in Drug Use

Monday, May 7th, 2012

cheap dunhill cigaretteScientists have found a number of previously unknown networks in the human brain, which go a long way towards explaining why some teens are more capable to trying and even to start using drugs and alcohol, but others don’t. The largest imaging investigation of the teenagers brain involved 1,896 14-year-olds. Robert Whelan and Hugh Garavan of the University of Vermont, along with a large group of international colleagues, reported that the differences in these networks had strong signed that some teens are at higher risk for drug and alcohol experimentation only because their brains work in a different way, making them more nervous.

This new discovery helps to give an answer a long-standing chicken-or-egg question about whether brain exemplar come before drug use-or are caused by it.

“The distinction in these networks seem to introduce drug use,” declared Garavan, Whelan’s colleague in UVM’s psychiatry department, who also served as the main investigator of the Irish component of a large European study project, named IMAGEN, that gathered the facts about the teens in the new research.

In a key finding, decreased activity in a network containing the “orbito frontal cortex” is linked with experimentation with alcohol, cigs and even illicit drugs in early of their adolescence.

The scientists were also observed that other recently discovered networks are connected with the symptoms of attention-lack hyperactivity disorder. These ADHD networks are different from those associated with early drug use.

 

Marijuana Smoker – James Belushi

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

cheap colts cigarillosJames Belushi got into trouble for flying with a marijuana cig at the week-end. The ‘Cougars, Inc’ actor landed on the island of Martha’s Vineyard off the coast of Massachusetts on Friday (06.04.12) but Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials observed the drug on him. James tried to smoke his California medical marijuana card for to validate having the joint with him, but was told it was worthless in the state. The local West Tisbury Police declared, but it decided not to take serious action as the amount of marijuana found was small and marijuana possession law has been removed in Massachusetts.

The cigarettes were confiscated by the state authorities and James was let off just with a small warning. The 57-year-old famous actor isn’t the only star which have smoked marijuana. For example, Brad Pitt recently also reported that he quit smoking marijuana in the years 90s when because the smoking habit started affecting his career.

He explained: ‘I would smoked a lot of pot. I was professional at it. I wasn’t participating in life. I was smoking myself into a selfish. I got disgusted with it.’

Nevertheless, other actors hug and celebrate using the drug recreational, with ’50/50′ actor Seth Rogen not long ago voted Stoner of the Year for the second time by High Times journal. Speaking about his use of marijuana, he noted: ‘I’ll confess to smoking pot all the time but I’ll never say to being drunk.’

Other famous pot smokers are Snoop Dogg and Willie Nelson, who recently collaborated on the song ‘Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die’.

Smoking Weed Drivers End With Car Crash

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

cheap lm cigarettesDrivers who smoke marijuana within three hours of getting behind the wheel are much more likely to get into a serious vehicle crash than drivers who are not under the influence of either drugs or alcohol. A study of almost 50,000 vehicular collisions found that smoking weed is almost as dangerous as driving with an blood alcohol concentration of 0.08.

The findings were the result of reviewing ten separate research studies on the effects of marijuana in 49,411 auto collisions.

In a study published on BMJ.com, researchers at Dalhousie University found that drivers who smoked marijuana were twice as likely to cause an auto crash that causes serious injury or death than those not under the influence.

The increase risk of marijuana use was found in the driving of cars, vans, SUVs, trucks, buses and motorcycles. The study also found that the risk of a collision is substantially higher if the driver is under age 35.

The researchers were not able to determine the impact of smoking marijuana on the risk of minor (fender bender) type crashes, from the studies they reviewed, but the increased risk was most evident in studies of fatal crashes, they said.

They also found that drivers in fatal auto crashes had a higher level of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in their system than those in non-fatal crashes, but that might be due to the fact that the fatal drivers’ blood was tested at death while some time elapsed before drivers in non-fatal crashes were tested.

Although the research found that marijuana smokers were twice as likely to be involved in collisions, their study did confirm that alcohol consumption is still the No. 1 cause of vehicular crashes with drivers with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 being 2.69 times more likely to be involved in a serious crash than those not under the influence.

Just because drinking and driving is more dangerous than smoking weed and driving, does not mean marijuana use and driving is safe, the researchers said. Pot smokers are significantly more likely to get into a collision than non-smokers.

The February 2010 BMJ study seems to confirm a previous British report by Coroner’s Society president Hamish Turner which said “Marijuana Causes Many Deaths Reported as ‘Accidents’,” in which he said that, although smoking marijuana did not directly cause fatalities, that it was a factor in many fatal accidents that were fatal.

Smoking Cigarettes and Cocaine Abuse

Friday, January 27th, 2012

ritm cigarettes onlineA recently published study by researchers at Columbia University gives insight into why tobacco products and tax free Ritm cigarettes might increase the chance of abusing cocaine — and possibly other drugs.

In the study reported in the journal Science Translational Medicine, mice exposed to nicotine-laced drinking water for at least a week were more responsive to cocaine, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

“Nicotine primed the response to cocaine,” according to an abstract of the study.

The priming was tied to a previously unrecognized effect of nicotine on gene expression, involving the FosB gene related to addiction, according to the institute.

The researchers also analyzed statistics from a 2003 national epidemiological study and found that the rate of cocaine dependence was higher among cocaine users who smoked before their drug use started, according to the institute.

The analysis of epidemiological data “indicated that most cocaine users initiate cocaine use after the onset of smoking and while actively still smoking, and that initiating cocaine use after smoking increases the risk of becoming dependent on cocaine, consistent with our data from mice,” the researchers noted. “If our findings in mice apply in humans, a decrease in smoking rates in young people would be expected to lead to a decrease in cocaine addiction.”

Prohibition on Marijuana Sale is Like Cigarettes

Friday, January 6th, 2012

tax free pall mall cigarettesIt has been one of the most debated issues in the country and this past week the legalize marijuana movement got some added support with the Health Officers’ Council (HOC) of B.C. saying now is the time for legalization.

As an organization made up of public health physicians, the HOC’s endorsement of a new report by the community health and wellness group, Stop the Violence B.C., adds an educated voice to the side of marijuana legalization proponents. One of those voices is Paul Martiquet, medical health officer of the Sea to Sky region for Vancouver Coastal Health.

“I’m a supporter of this,” said Martiquet, who noted that the prohibition on marijuana is similar to the one placed on alcohol during the early 1900s.

The Stop the Violence B.C. report claims that anti-marijuana law enforcement in Canada has failed in its most basic objectives, which was to curb usage and production. In fact, the report makes the claim that current government’s style of enforcement has actually contributed to other consequences associated with the drug, including gang violence.

The report concludes that only by legalizing the substance in a controlled situation can the government truly end the crime associated with the production and sale of pot.

According to Martiquet, the current stigma currently surrounding marijuana usage is entirely blown out of proportion, and he hopes that Canada never ends up with an enforcement strategy similar to what’s currently going on in the U.S., where punishment for small amounts of marijuana possession can include jail time.

“I think that giving people a criminal record for possession for moderate amounts of marijuana is wrong,” he said. “It criminalizes people and alters their lives in ways that can’t be undone.”

Martiquet also said that he agrees with the idea that the current enforcement method has created the criminal element associated with marijuana production and selling.

“I think that when you’re talking about a $6 billion industry that’s illegal, the only way to resolve disputes is by violence and we’ve seen that escalating over the last many years,” he said. “So, essentially speaking, the prohibition of marijuana is fuelling organized crime and violence.”

According to the report, the National Anti-Drug Strategy has received at least $260 million in government funding since 2007 — most of which was allocated for drug law enforcement.

However, as funding for drug enforcement has increased over the years, so has the number of youth trying marijuana. The report says 27 per cent of youth aged 15 to 24 admitted to having tried the drug in the previous year. In Ontario, marijuana use has almost doubled since the early 1990s amongst high school students, with over 20 per cent admitting to it in 2009 compared with under 10 per cent in 1991.

And along with an increase in use by young people, the additional enforcement funding over the years has also led to an increase in drug-related charges in Canada. There was a 160 per cent increase in cannabis-related arrests and a 420 per cent increase in cannabis-related seizures between 1990 and 2009, according to the report.

“The unmistakable interpretation of government surveillance data is that increased funding for anti-cannabis law enforcement does increase cannabis seizures and arrests,” concludes the report. “But the assumption that this approach reduces cannabis potency, increase price or meaningfully reduces cannabis availability and use is inconsistent with virtually all available data.”

Instead, the report urges lawmakers to look at a regulating the substance similar to alcohol and tobacco and create a safe and controlled environment around marijuana use.

“The idea of strictly regulating the sale and use of marijuana as we do liquor and tax free Pall Mall cigarettes make perfect sense to me and it’s something that our local, provincial and federal governments should get in to,” said Martiquet.