Thursday, January 04, 2018

Legal Marijuana And Other Recent News On Cannibis! (Part 1)

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Why California Pot Legalization Will Sweep Across The Nation

The Young Turks
Published on Jan 2, 2018
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California marijuana laws kick in Jan 1, 2018

FOX 11 Los Angeles
Published on Jan 1, 2018
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Legal Recreational Weed In California Starts Today

Secular Talk
Published on Jan 1, 2018
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San Diegans Line Up to Buy Legal Recreational Pot

ABC 10 News
Published on Jan 1, 2018
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California prepares for legal recreational marijuana

CNN
Published on Dec 30, 2017
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Recreational marijuana is legal in California but you still can't smoke it at work or in your car
By Samantha Masunaga
Jan 04, 2018
Legal sales of recreational marijuana may have begun Monday, but don't expect big changes in the workplace or in public.
Michelle Lee Flores, partner at national law firm Cozen O'Connor who specializes in labor and employment law, said that while employees may think the new law could give them a pass, that's not necessarily the case.
"I think there are a lot of employees that think that now it's a get out of jail free card or 'Now I have a right and therefore you cannot hinder that in any way' and that's just not true," she said. "You have a right to buy alcohol, but we all understand we don't come to work drunk."
But can you bring marijuana on a plane? Or to sporting events? Read on to find out more about how the new law will affect workplaces and other spaces.
Does the legalization of recreational marijuana sales change drug testing policies for job applicants?
The new law "specifically does not change the legal status between employers and employees when it comes to drug testing and employment," said Tamar Todd, legal affairs director for Drug Policy Alliance, a national drug law reform group that supported the 2016 passage of Proposition 64, which legalized the sale of recreational marijuana in California.
"You can still be drug tested, and you could still be fired by your employer," she said.
What should employers do now in terms of employee handbooks and company rules?
Flores said employers can still enforce so-called zero-tolerance drug policies.
"Those zero tolerance policies are about safety in the workplace," she said. "That's a real issue, so we want to remember that simply because California law says it's legal for recreational purposes doesn't mean that safety goes out the window."
However, she said employers should be mindful of employees who use medical marijuana.
"For some, they may be using cannabis for medicinal purposes and if so, then we need to be mindful of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the California component of that," Flores said. "My first thought in that regard is to say, 'Are you taking this for a medical reason and is there a legal alternative under the federal regime?'"
"With the exception of the medicinal use, think of it as you would with alcohol," she said. "'We don't want you to come to work impaired.'"
Could any legal issues arise by asking employees if they’re using marijuana for medical purposes?
In California, Flores said employers should preface that question with a disclaimer — "Do not tell me what your condition is."
"You don't want to get into a situation where you ring the bell and then someone feels that they've been discriminated against because you know what their condition is," she said. "You're only going to ask that question if someone has a hit for cannabis on a post-offer, pre-employment, and you're going to make it clear that you don't want to know what that condition is."
Are there certain industries that are more likely to enforce zero-tolerance policies for marijuana?
Safety-sensitive industries that work with heavy machinery, such as construction or manufacturing, may be more likely to uphold these policies, Flores said.
Are many companies changing company policies?
Flores said many of the employers she knows are keeping their status quo on marijuana usage.
"The bigger concern is managing the either lack of knowledge or misconception or impression that now it's a free-for-all," she said.
Can you transport marijuana in your car?
Drivers can have marijuana in their vehicles, but it must be in a container in the trunk. Driving under the influence is still illegal and consumption in the vehicle is not allowed.
Can you bring marijuana to sporting events at venues that have explicitly prohibited illegal drugs in the past?
Todd of Drug Policy Alliance said the answer will likely depend on the venue itself. Prop. 64 prohibits public consumption of marijuana, which would include sporting events, though businesses can get a license for on-site consumption, she said. Businesses that allow on-site marijuana consumption could not also allow the consumption of alcohol or tobacco. That means you can't smoke it in a bar.
Private arenas can prohibit possession of marijuana in their own rules. For example, a Staples Center spokeswoman said cannabis and use of the drug is prohibited inside the venue. A spokeswoman for the Honda Center said the venue was nonsmoking and that marijuana was not permitted at the arena.
The Transportation Security Administration focuses on detecting security threats to aircraft and passengers, TSA spokeswoman Lorie Dankers said in an email. However, if a TSA agent came across marijuana — or any item that might violate the law — during a security bag check, the agency contacts the airport's police and they handle the case.
If a passenger at Los Angeles International Airport has less than an ounce of marijuana or less than eight grams of concentrated cannabis, it is treated "just as cigarettes" or "any tobacco product would be treated,"said Rob Pedregon, public information officer for the airport police at LAX.
But he noted that this is just within the state of California. Once passengers go into federal airspace, they are subject to federal laws, he said. And in a statement, the Federal Aviation Administration said that "while a number of states have legalized marijuana for medicinal or personal use, federal law still prohibits transporting the drug on aircraft."
Does the Justice Department’s decision change anything?
Not really, says Robert Mikos, a professor at Vanderbilt University Law School who studies federal, state and local marijuana laws and enforcement policies. The Justice Department on Thursday rescinded Obama-era rules that prevented federal prosecutors from targeting marijuana businesses operating legally under state laws.
"By rescinding these, it looks like the attorney general is changing course, but it's important to note they didn't say that he wanted local U.S. attorneys to go out and crack down on the industry," he said. "He's left it up to the discretion of local U.S. attorneys, and there are some reasons to think they'll just stay the course."
Mikos said the federal government has limited resources for this kind of enforcement and that going after the recreational marijuana industry would require pulling resources away from other tasks, such as fighting the opioid epidemic.
However, Todd of Drug Policy Alliance said removing this policy "creates a lot of uncertainty" and represents a "direct threat to access."
Twitter: @smasunaga
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CNN “journalists” broadcast themselves lighting bongs live on air as Russia collusion hoax goes UP IN SMOKE
by: Ethan Huff           
Thursday, January 04, 2018
(Natural News) The internet is in an uproar over a CNN broadcast on New Years Eve in which reporter Randi Kaye was seen at a “Pot & Paint” party in Denver, Colorado, wearing cannabis leaf earrings and demonstrating how to use a “gas mask” bong and other marijuana smoking devices.
has burned into a smoldering heap of fake news, CNN is apparently jumping on all of the legal marijuana fanfare for apparent shock value.
As California readied to legalize recreational sales of cannabis the next morning, the segment with Randi Kaye got the party started by showing CNN‘s Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen how to light a bong and inhale smoke from it. While she didn’t smoke the bong herself – she simply held it up to her face unlit as a demonstration – Kaye was seen lighting it for someone else at the party, which CNN broadcast to its viewers.
On several occasions during the segment, Kaye was also seen holding up a lit marijuana joint, including on a party bus where another smoking device known as the “Incredible” was also featured. All of this was broadcast during the pre-show leading up to the much anticipated ball drop in Times Square, which occurs every New Years Eve at midnight Eastern Standard Time before rolling into the new year.
While Kaye was never actually seen on the screen inhaling any cannabis smoke or vapor, she was seen holding lit joints and lighting bongs for other people. To many, it was a great way to break the status quo and normalize the use of cannabis in this increasingly post-prohibition era. But to others, it definitely struck a “Reefer Madness” nerve.
CNN jokes about prohibitionist Jeff Sessions while critics blast network for lack of ‘morals’
A number of Twitter users took to blasting CNN in the aftermath of the segment’s airing, as they accused the Atlanta-based network of lacking morals – while in the very same tweets using vulgarity to try to make this point.
One Twitter user expressed his own personal outrage over CNN‘s depiction of the cannabis plant in use on television, stating: “are you f*&$ing kidding.” He added, ironically, “There are children watching. WTF!!!???”
Neither Rosner nor fellow Twitter user “Megan Paasch” apparently see anything wrong with using curse words on social media, which is also accessed by children. Paasch tweeted that she was similarly outraged that her children had to see cannabis being used while watching CNN. She concluded her reprimanding tweet with the ever classy “Wtf CNN?”
Meanwhile, CNN‘s Andy Cohen tweeted his own message to diehard prohibitionist Jeff Sessions, the Trump Administration attorney general who is alleged to have stated that he at one time had no problem with the KKK (Ku Klux Klan) until he “found out that they smoked pot.” Cohen joked:
“I really hope Jeff Sessions isn’t watching the broadcast tonight. Greetings from the Denver pot bus,” along with a photo of the event.
Sessions has repeatedly made erroneous statements about the cannabis plant and his desire to “crack down” on it, even though President Trump clearly stated while on the campaign trail that he was “committed to honoring states’ rights when it comes to marijuana legalization.”
Sessions’ cannabis policy advisor, Dr. Robert DuPont, is hardly any better. A prominent prohibitionist and anti-cannabis crusader, Dr. DuPont, who served as the first Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, as well as the second White House Drug Chief, wrote a blog post several years back in which he hilariously described marijuana as “the most dangerous drug.”
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Pot is A Dangerous ‘Recreation’
The DUI arrests, increase in college users, youth consumption, marijuana-related hospitalizations, and increasing emergency room visits of Washington and Colorado will only be amplified in California.
January 3, 2018
Voters legalized pot several years ago in Colorado and Washington State.  They were promised increased tax revenue increases and better-educated children for their vote. For the love of money and claims of liberty, disasters are now unfolding in both states.
Now California is embarking on likely the same disastrous path, if not worse, despite copious amounts of destructive evidence.
A Taxing Problem
California voters approved Proposition 64, the “California Marijuana Legalization Initiative,” in November of 2016.  It legalized recreational marijuana for Californians aged 21 years or older.  It also created two new excise taxes on marijuana:
  • A cultivation tax of $9.25 per ounce for flowers and $2.75 per ounce for leaves, with exceptions for certain medical marijuana sales and cultivation
  • A 15 percent tax on the retail price of marijuana.
The taxes alone are problematic.  After all, why would any pot users over pay for taxed pot when the tax-free pot black market is so strong and pot is available everywhere and for a long time to come?
Keep in mind that “buying legal marijuana in California could be pricey enough to keep the black market healthy,” CNN reported. “Between customers, retailers and growers, taxes on cannabis may reach as high as 45% in parts of the state, according to a Fitch Ratings report.”
Sounds just like the California cigarette tax problem doesn’t it? California’s tobacco taxes are among the highest in the nation—which historically serves only to strengthen the cigarette black market.
Rising Health, Safety & Cost Issues
The numbers are striking.
The average strength of marijuana in 2017 is five to six times what it was in the 1960s and 1970s when today’s aging hippies were getting high. Yet, those aging hippies and local and state governments have been the biggest pushers of pot legalization—albeit for different reasons.
Governments want to tax the &%$! of marijuana, which can only be done if it is legalized and controlled in retail settings—like alcohol and cigarettes. Pothead hippies, on the other hand,  just want to be able to smoke it whenever they want—without acknowledgment of the new realities of the drug.
What are those new realities?
Pot-positive traffic fatalities have gone up 100 percent since voters legalized pot in Colorado.  The same appears true in Washington state, where recreational marijuana was also legalized—and it’s only getting worse, according to Charles “Cully” Stimson, an expert in national security, homeland security, crime control, drug policy & immigration.
The number of drivers involved in fatal crashes in Colorado who tested positive for marijuana has risen sharply each year since 2013.  The Denver Post 
reported that federal and state data show fatal crashes have more than doubled in that time. The Denver Post analysis  was based on the data and coroner reports, which found increasingly potent levels of marijuana in positive-testing drivers who died in crashes.
Stimson’s studies cited a report by a federal grant-funded agency in Colorado which found seven specific negative side effects that pot legalization has caused in Colorado:
  • The majority of DUI drug arrests involve marijuana;
  • Youth consumption of marijuana has increased;
  • Drug-related suspensions/expulsions increased 32 percent over a 5-year period and a majority was for marijuana;
  • An increase in college users;
  • Almost 50 percent of Denver arrestees tested positive for marijuana;
  • Marijuana-related emergency room visits increased 57 percent from 2011-2013; and
  • Marijuana-related hospitalizations has increased 82 percent since 2008.
In the name of liberty and tax revenues, exactly who is paying for those increased medical and safety costs?
For Kids, Pot Effects are Dangerous and Permanent
I have my own anecdotal evidence of the potential destructiveness of pot use. My younger brother started smoking pot as a middle schooler in the mid-1970s, and continued through high school. This once bright boy struggled and barely graduated high school. He was arrested so many times for reckless driving, he eventually had his license suspended. He wrecked his cars. He stole my father’s car and wrecked it. It wasn’t pretty.
My son grew up with a group of boys in our neighborhood. They played soccer together for years. One of the brightest of the boys started smoking pot in 9th grade. He stopped playing soccer, and distanced himself from the group. This handsome boy started looking shabby, and unkempt—like a pot head. By the end of high school, he barely graduated.
There are many stories like these, and I have more. But none of this appears to matter to pot-pushing politicians, or adult pot users—nor are my stories unusual.
The The Lancet Psychiatry health journal found in a 2014 study that teens who smoke marijuana are “also 60 percent less likely to graduate college and seven times more likely to attempt suicide.” The researchers found “clear and consistent associations between frequency of cannabis use during adolescence and most young adult outcomes investigated, even after controlling for 53 potential confounding factors including age, sex, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, use of other drugs, and mental illness,” according to the summary of their report, the Daily Signal reported.
The argument by pot supporters is that alcohol is also a drug, and its use is just as bad. But that’s just disingenuous. “Unlike alcohol, THC can remain detectable in the blood stream for days or weeks, when any impairment wears off in a matter of hours,” said Taylor West, former deputy director of the 
National Cannabis Industry Association. “So all those numbers really tell us is that, since legal adult-use sales began, a larger number of people are consuming cannabis and then, at some point….(are) driving a car.”
Hypocritical Politicians Wanted Pot Legal
Do you know who supported the legalization of marijuana, a mind-altering substance known to be addictive? The same lawmakers who have declared tobacco and cigarettes deadly and supported a tax increase on cigarettes to stop smoking on that same November 2016 ballot.
The political hypocrisy doesn’t stop there.
The Sanctuary City by the Bay has a long list of sanctioned banned items: trans fats, the circus, sugary sodas, the Happy Meal and free toy, plastic bags, plastic water bottles, goldfish, baby chickens and ducklings, chewing tobacco, hollow-point bullets, firearms in advertising, wood burning stoves, drones, the Segway, hoverboards, and they tried to ban circumcision.
The list of banned items, of course, allegedly is in the name of public health. I guess marijuana presents less of a danger than Happy Meal toys.
Then again, those same San Francisco Nanny-Supervisors support public urination, needle exchanges, public nudity, free condoms, abortion clinics, and public sex acts in addition to pot smoking.
What about doctors? The now-radicalized California Medical Association endorsed Proposition 64, the state’s initiative to legalize marijuana.  Oddly, the Association has yet to say much of anything about marijuana smoke. Their silence stands in contrast to the fact that pot smoke contains three times as much tar and one and a half times as much carcinogen as tobacco smoke—and, don’t forget, Pot smokers hold the smoke in their lungs longer than cigarette smokers.
In California, liberal politicians say tobacco is bad; getting stoned daily is good—especially in a state of 38 million people. In California, more than a quarter of the 38 million were not even born in the United States, and more than 4.4 million Californians received welfare food benefits each month.
The DUI arrests,increase in college users, youth consumption, marijuana-related hospitalizations, and increasing emergency room visits of Washington and Colorado will only be amplified in California.
Katy Grimes is an investigative journalist, Senior Correspondent with the Flash Report, ReaganBabe, and Senior Media Fellow with Energy and Environmental Institute. A longtime political analyst, she has written for The Sacramento Union, The Washington Examiner, Watchdog.org, The Pacific Research Institute’s CalWatchdog, The San Francisco Examiner, The Business Journal, E&E Legal, The Sacramento Bee, Legal Insurrection, Canada Free Press, and Laura Ingraham’s LifeZette, and can be heard regularly on many talk radio shows each week.
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Cannabis more effective than prescriptions: Seventy-year-old grandmother threw out all her pills, says smoking cannabis manages her ailments
by: Russel Davis
Wednesday, January 03, 2018
(Natural News) Vancouver resident Carol Francey, 70, attributed cannabis use of more than five decades to her excellent health today. According to Francey, she smoked cannabis to alleviate various conditions such as arthritis, sciatica, and insomnia. Francey added that her previous medications used to affect her balance and slurred her speech. However, the use of various forms of cannabis proved helpful in relieving her conditions without the unwanted side effects from her medications.
“I threw away all my pills. They had slurred my speech and affected my balance. Now [I have] a little concentrated oil which relaxes, soothes, repairs, and prevents illnesses. A hot coffee with a toasty cannabis tincture works well for arthritis, pain, and sleep. [I’ll inhale] a dab for sciatica and I’m after that I can walk…We need to help older people have a better quality of life. Cannabis helps you to overcome anxiety about day-to-day life and stop sweating the small stuff,” Francey said in Daily Mail article.
Francey first started using cannabis at the age of 17, but did not disclose it publicly for fears of social stigma, and how the activity would affect her reputation as a former drugs and alcohol counselor. The grandmother campaigned for cannabis legislation in the country with the group Grannies for Grass International, and is encouraging other cannabis users to come out in the open.
Francey’s and the group’s efforts did not land on deaf ears as Canada plans to legalize recreational cannabis use in July this year. So far, 29 U.S. states have legalized marijuana for medical use. Seven of these states also allowed recreational cannabis use.
Analysis demonstrates that cannabis relieves anxiety, depression
A vast number of studies have demonstrated the many beneficial effects of cannabis use. For instance, a comprehensive meta-analysis published in the journal Clinical Psychology Review revealed that taking medical cannabis is beneficial for the treatment of symptoms linked to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety, and depression. (Related: Medical cannabis use found to dramatically decrease reliance on addictive prescription medications)
A team of researchers examined 31 studies as part of the review and found that the cannabidiol compound in cannabis contained potent antidepressant and anti-anxiety effects. Likewise, the compound helped inhibit continuous retrieval of a traumatic event in patients with PTSD. The compound was also known to relieve stress and anxiety in PTSD patients. Moreover, cannabidiol was found to outperform opiates in keeping alcohol- and opioid-dependent patients off their addictions.
“We are really excited about the potential substitution effect. If people use cannabis as a replacement for opioid medications, or to get off of opioids or cut back, we could see some pretty dramatic public health benefits. The level of opioid overdoses is so high right now. I think people will derive more benefits if they can speak more openly with providers about whether they are using cannabis and why,” lead researcher Zach Walsh told Medical Marijuana, Inc. News online.
Another study proves cannabis helps alleviate chronic pain
A study published last year revealed that medical cannabis use effectively eases inflammation, swelling, tension, and sore muscles. A team of Canadian health experts have examined 215 adult chronic pain patients as part of the study. The patients were given flowers, concentrates, or edible cannabis during the study’s duration. The results were then compared with a control cohort of 216 healthy patients.
Patients who took medicinal cannabis exhibited significant declines in pain and increased quality of life, the researchers reported. Likewise, patients in the cannabis group attained mark reductions in anxiety, depression, and fatigue. The research team concluded that cannabis not only alleviates physical pain, but also relieves pain of psychological nature.
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The POT-Boom
Considering the vast increase of drug related accidents and fatalities in the recent past, it is difficult to NOT consider a widespread and uncontrolled use of POT as a potential detriment to society
January 3, 2018
As more, higher, bigger, etc. must be is the envisaged goal of every sane soul on the planet (my understanding of “economics”); just having one craze suffices no longer. By now, the world needs a minimum of two concurring manias and, as I surmise, even that will soon be “bettered.” The current #2 boom is POT, i.e. the new wonder-drug that soothes the pain and, supposedly, cures all kinds of other problems, commonly known as POT, also known as marijuana and products obtained from the plant, scientifically known as Cannabis sp.
POT Legalisation
It has widely been predicted that complete legalization of marijuana (i.e., POT) consumption, for any reason or use, as early as on Jan. 1, 2018. Until recently, most jurisdictions allowed its distribution for medicinal use only. Indeed, such restrictions are now widely being eliminated and the Golden State is among them. On New Year’s Day, 2018, California has lifted most restrictions on the use of POT, period. As GlobalNews reports, there are already lineups for it in the shops.
Some POT-derivatives, like Cannabis extracts are already available in “cookies” and other consumables, deliverable by some speedy delivery system to your door. I can only wish the regular mail would come that fast. However, you may be surprised when the highway patrol officer wants to take your blood pressure—to check up on your body’s level of the stuff, if that’s true.
Your Blood Pressure
No visit to the good doctor would be complete without a new measurement of your Blood Pressure (BP). As Daniel Otis, CBCNews reports, apparently, that’s what is permitted (asked for, or required, ??) by the new government regulations on POT use in Canada that are still forthcoming. That’s great news, I guess, as it will save you a trip to the doctor’s practice. Apart from that, perhaps a road-side “physical” is in the offing as well (?). If BG (Big Government) has a desire to partake in the “influence,” the sky is the limit. Laws and regulations can be enacted, modified, or withdrawn at any time, without need for an explanation and reasoning.
At this moment, a few days from the beginning of the year 2018, at least California appears to be bent on permission to use POT whenever and for any reason, come hell or high water, though there may be possession limits of some sort In Canada, the list of what is legal or not (in terms of POT level in your blood) varies by region, age of user, and other conditions. In the U.S., the situation is much the same, except for the overriding federal statute that still makes it illegal anywhere in the country for recreational use. As it appears though, the enforcement of that law is spotty, non-existing, or viewed as outside federal jurisdiction.
Other jurisdictions appear to be less concerned about any “driving under the [POT] influence.” For example,
California is leading the way, sort of. The article says “Some rules that go into effect on January 1 (2018) are likely to change but for now, here’s what you need to know.”
So, let’s forget about all the “Legalese” and look at the claims, pro and con.
POT Benefits
POT is said to reduce the effects of all kinds of ailments and conditions. Some folks even think that it will increase longevity. Is POT the anti-aging Holy Grail? A recent study at Michigan State University finds THC, the euphoria-inducing ingredient in cannabis, has significant anti-inflammatory properties useful to treat many health conditions—including the overall aging process (Agora 5-Min.-Forecast, Dec. 19, 2017).
No doubt in my mind, all sedatives, hallucinogens and related substances will make you feel less pain from whatever. Whether it’s a toothache or other ailment, ANY painkiller will make it less painful. After all, that’s what they are consumed for, namely to reduce pain. Prior to the prohibition of alcohol, opiates, too, were legal in the U.S. and hemp was home grown all over. When prohibition was repealed, however, only alcohol ended up legal as medicine had come up with too many “controlled substances” that couldn’t really compete against the opiates and pot. The 1937 Marijuana Tax Act was repealed in 1970 and replaced by the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970.
As it so happens, many levels of governments see in the POT legalisation a large, new revenue stream. With a proposed excise tax of $1 per gram (in Canada), an investment in “tax collectors” might be good. Not to mention the POT industry itself. There are numerous claims of the investment opportunities to instantly become a “POT Stock Millionaire.” Who would have thunk that?
POT Drawbacks
Marijuana and other “soft” hallucinogens are often called “gateway” drugs. What that means is that, sooner or later, addicts will experiment with more powerful and more addictive substances. When looking at the statistics one cannot come to a different conclusion. In the U.S., in 2017 alone, some 60,000 deaths have been ascribed to all kinds of drug overdoses. On a per capita basis, a similar death toll exists in Canada. By and large they involve young people, the group of less than 30 years of age. As regrettable as (willful) violent crimes (mostly shootings and stabbings) may be, this death toll from drugs is much higher than from those and traffic accidents.
The view of POT being a gateway drug is vehemently being opposed to by some recreational POT users. Pot is claimed NOT to be addictive, at least by many users. Most opiates are highly addictive but POT only in rare cases. This may well be so for anyone that does not succumb to the allure of other more potent drugs. However, that allure persists and the number of drug addicts and fatalities therefrom keeps rising. One of the biggest killers in that regard is the 
So, the statistics appear to show otherwise, i.e., opioids are a major health issue But, for argument’s sake, let’s assume that there is no correlation whatsoever between the two. Then, other questions arise, like at what level of Cannabis sp. material in the body can one adequately perform one’s job?
Would you think it to be OK if the driver in the car on the opposite lane of the road was having a “little drug hangover?” What about the airliner pilot that is in charge of the plane scheduled to take you and your loved ones to a holiday resort?
My Conclusion
Considering the vast increase of drug related accidents and fatalities in the recent past, it is difficult to NOT consider a widespread and uncontrolled use of POT as a potential detriment to society, if for no other reason than the allure for “more bang for the buck.”
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As California legalizes pot, few smokers realize cannabis is often contaminated with pesticides, mold, heavy metals and chemical toxins
by: Mike Adams        
Monday, January 01, 2018
(Natural News) As of yesterday, it’s now legal for adults in California to purchase recreational marijuana. This is being hailed as a breakthrough against marijuana prohibition, but the masses of would-be pot smokers in California seem to carry a popular delusion that rests on the false idea that marijuana is safe to smoke in unlimited quantities because it’s “natural.”
As much as I disdain prohibition against any medicinal plant — and I’m convinced the “War on Drugs” was a miserable failure — I have news for all those who smoke pot: Smoking anything is a health risk because you’re inhaling a toxic stew of carcinogens produced in the smoke itself. Whether you’re smoking pot or tobacco, you’re still poisoning yourself with the very kind of carcinogens that promote lung cancer, heart disease, accelerated aging and cognitive decline.
Just because cannabis is now legal to smoke in California doesn’t mean it’s a wise habit to embrace. (There’s also a much better way to consume cannabis: Liquid form for oral consumption, as explained below…)
California, which increasingly seems to be operating in a delusional fairy tale bubble on every issue from immigration to transgenderism, believes the legalization of recreational marijuana is a breakthrough worth celebrating. “The dispensary staff cheered as hundreds stood in line outside the club, waiting to shop and celebrate,” reports SF Gate. “At some shops, the coming-out party was expected to feature live music, coffee and doughnuts, prizes for those first in line and speeches from supportive local politicians…”
Because, y’know, in a state that’s being overrun by illegal aliens, the junk science of “infinite genders” and university mobs of climate change cultists, what’s really needed is a whole new wave of lung cancer victims to add even more burden to the state’s health care costs. Genius! Gov. Brown should run for President or something…
Inhale some more pesticides and see how “natural” you feel
Sadly, many pro-cannabis consumers in California have convinced themselves that Big Tobacco is evil, but smoking pot is safe and natural… even “green.” Yet the cold hard truth of the matter it that marijuana in California is often produced with a toxic cocktail of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. Yep, the very same people who buy “organic” at the grocery store are now smoking and inhaling cancer-causing weed grown with conventional pesticides. These are the same people who are concerned about 1 ppb of glyphosate in their Cheerios while simultaneously smoking 1,000 ppb of Atrazine in their weed. But science be damned, there’s a bong and a gas mask handy. Smoke up!
California pot has already been scientifically proven to be shockingly contaminated. A whopping “…93 percent of samples collected by KNBC-TV from 15 dispensaries in four Southern California counties tested positive for pesticides,” reports the UK Daily Mail, which also reports:
That may come as a surprise for consumers who tend to trust what’s on store shelves because of federal regulations by the US Agriculture Department or the US Food and Drug Administration. ‘Unfortunately, that’s not true of cannabis,’ Land said. ‘They wrongly assume it’s been tested for safety.’
I suppose all the science in the world is irrelevant when you have a mob of people who just want to get high. These are the same people who will March Against Monsanto, but they won’t even buy pesticide-free weed that they’re inhaling.
Edible cannabis products often contain toxic solvents, too
It’s not just the pesticides in weed that are a major concern: Edible pot products also frequently contain traces of toxic solvents such as hexane. Because of the shocking lack of regulation of cannabis product production in places like Colorado, many small-scale producers are using insanely dangerous solvents to extract CBD, THC and other molecules from raw cannabis plants. Those solvents include:
  • Hexane (a highly explosive solvent also used by the soy industry to extract soy protein)
  • IPA (isopropyl alcohol, which causes permanent nerve damage if you drink it)
  • Gasoline (also used to extract heroin in Third World countries)
Anyone who thinks consuming these solvents is somehow “healthy” may have already suffered extensive brain damage from consuming those solvents. Yet edible cannabis products are almost universally looked upon as health-enhancing products, often with no thought given whatsoever to the pesticides, solvents or other toxins they may contain. (Some shops do conduct lab testing of their products, so if you’re going to consume these products, make sure you get lab-tested cannabis products.)
In essence, the very same state where “progressives” have now come to believe there are an infinite number of genders — and that global warming causes extremely cold weather — have now embraced a delusional fairy tale about the imagined safety of consuming cannabis. All the news about the health benefits of cannabis only seems to have made the delusion worse: Some people now perceive smoking weed as a form of nutritional supplementation. They’ve even made it part of their holistic lifestyles, in a twisted kind of way.
But what California has actually unleashed with all this is a whole new wave of:
  • Heart disease
  • Lung cancer
  • Cognitive decline
  • Accelerated aging
  • Increased health care costs state-wide
Check with your friends in California and you’ll find that they have little to no awareness of the devastating health consequences of long-term pot smoking. It’s not going to turn you into a raging lunatic as depicted in Refer Madness, but it is going to expose your lungs, bloodstream and brain to a shockingly toxic stew of cell-damaging carcinogens. That gives pot smoke many of the same health risks as cigarette smoke.
So what’s the right answer on all this? If you want to stay healthy, stop smoking cannabis. Take it in liquid form instead.
The safer option: Liquid cannabis extracts
Liquid cannabis extracts are not only far safer to consume (because they don’t contain toxic carcinogens found in smoke); they also contain a far more diverse composition of cannabinoids.
CBD-A, for example, the carboxylic acid form of cannabidiol, is destroyed by heat. This means that when you smoke cannabis, you’re not getting any CBD-A, even if it’s naturally present in the plant. The heat of the incineration destroys it before you inhale.
The same is true with THC-A and other carboxylic acid forms of cannabinoids. In fact, cannabis extracts that are heated to destroy those components are called “decarboxylated” or just “de-carbed” for short. Lighting up a joint and burning the cannabis as you inhale actually destroys many of the more medicinal components of cannabis.
Taking cannabis extracts orally, on the other hand, gives you the full complement of all the cannabinoids, terpenes and other constituents… without the health risks associated with inhaling smoke.
The cannabis extract brand that we test and certify in our lab to meet or exceed label claims is called Native Hemp Solutions. It’s a whole-plant extract that maintains the natural cannabinoids and other constituents found in the living plant. Because it’s not an isolate, its molecules work synergistically to provide a more profound effect.
Liquid forms of cannabis are vastly superior to cannabis smoke in terms of their synergistic phytonutrients (chemical constituents). While smoking marijuana provides a more rapid assimilation of THC into your bloodstream, the oral form of cannabis extracts actually provide a vastly more diverse array of nutrients, many of which are being studied for therapeutic use.
That’s why I don’t smoke cannabis. In fact, the only cannabis I consume is high-CBD, near-zero-THC liquid forms. That’s because I don’t want to give myself lung cancer or heart disease as a side effect of consuming a cannabis product.
Smoking pot isn’t harmless: Think rationally about the way to ingest cannabis molecules
The bottom line here is that I want to encourage you to think carefully about the vectors through which you introduce cannabis molecules into your body. Smoking pot is rapid but carries long-term health risks due to carcinogenic smoke that you’re inhaling. I’m thrilled that California finally decriminalized this healing plant, but the fanfare surrounding the change in the law almost seems to be a celebration of smoking, which is a truly hazardous habit no matter what you’re smoking.
Oral forms are vastly superior in terms of ingesting the full array of nutrients, and some people on the extreme end of the spectrum actually use cannabis suppositories for a rapid effect that doesn’t involve damaging the lungs. Personally, I’m happy with taking CBD oils as a dietary supplement for the simple reason that I don’t ingest cannabis to get high; I ingest it for its health supporting effects.
Now, let us hope Jeff Sessions and the feds can finally get around to ending marijuana prohibition, too. It’s time to end the senseless war on this promising natural herb, but we must also think carefully about the ways we ingest it.
Read more news on medical cannabis at 
MedicalMarijuanaUpdate.com.
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Also See:

Canada To Legalize Marijuana By 01 July 2018!

01 December 2017
https://arcticcompass.blogspot.ca/2017/12/canada-to-legalize-marijuana-by-01-july.html
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Illegal Grow-ops May Be Hazardous To Your Health!

25 November 2017
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CBD Oil Benefits: Cancer, Epileptic Seizures, and More!

18 September 2017
and

Benefits of Medical Marijuana!

21 January 2017
and

Is the Legalization of Marijuana a Good Idea?

03 May 2014
and

Does Marijuana Have Health Benefits?

05 September 2012
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