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Mexico Legalizes Medical Marijuana

The President of Mexico, Enrique Peña on Monday had made a decree stating that cannabis is now legal to use for medical purposes in the country.  It’s surprising, and this seems to be the opposite approach to what he has had in the past.  This comes after a landslide victory for the same bill in April of this year in the lower house in parliament and this momentum seems to have something to do with the president taking action.

Products made and sold will have to contain less than 1% THC or lower currently. However cannabis cultivation of the whole plant for scientific or medical purposes will not be a punishable crime.  Which is very important language luckily that was added to the proposal.  I hope in the future both raw cannabis and extracts with high percentages of THC and CBD are available by purchase like we have in the states so they also can have safe reliable access.  Within the next couple weeks the Health Ministry will be establishing guidelines and regulations for this brand new medical marijuana movement.

Like anywhere Mexico has plenty of people suffering from a number of severe and minor aliments that could be treated by this plant.  Many of these conditions need all the chemicals that the entire natural plant produces and this most definitely includes THC. To try and reduce the amount of this important chemical is almost defeating the point of using the medicine in the first place.  Yet, this is still an important move because it is a clear signal from the government that the people and legislature can’t be ignored for long.  As we hear more about exactly what patients are allowed to possess and their rights, we’ll get a better idea on how Mexico plans to treat the thousands of suffering people who are looking for a natural alternative to harmful medications.

Trump Administration Warns of Federal Interference with Recreational Cannabis Laws.

I was shocked to hear late this afternoon about Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer and his remarks about the tightening enforcement to be expected when it comes to marijuana for recreational use.  At this point in time, 8 states have legalized the consumption and possession of some amount as well as already set up retail outlets in many of these states.  It’s crazy to think all of a sudden they are just going to go against the will of the people who played by all the political rules for these initiatives to succeed. Right away I think this will obviously be received very negatively by the public, and they will hear tons of criticism from all sorts of people.

The other thing however is that this conference was very brief and very vague as to what this meant exactly.  It could mean a whole variety of things from the extreme of no more legal marijuana in 8 states that have been reaping in the countless benefits of reduced crime rates, violence, and the list goes on.  Or it could mean they are tightening the rules and making more hoops to jump through in order for there to be regulation.  Either way it is not good. There was definitely a clear negative connotation associated with “recreational” use of the drug during this press conference.  This is a medicine that is also something that improves the quality of life for a lot of healthy adults.  Everyone has something that marijuana could help with whether thats stress, sleeping issues, depression, improving quality of life. and none of these are terminal diseases they are parts of every day life for many people.  No one needs to explain their reason for use of this natural substance to anyone, even if it did have the harmful effects that society claimed it did.  That’s clearly a personal choice that no one has a right to interfere with.

In some sort of effort to establish reasoning for this uncalled for intervention, he cited the rising opiate problem in the country as a reason not to legalize another substance.  This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard in a while.  The american people don’t want to hear the non factual opinions anymore.  Especially after the evidence has been piling up that states with marijuana laws in effect have far lower opiod overdose and use levels.  It’s a far safer alternative, not another harmful drug to “throw into the mix”.  It will definitely be interesting seeing how this all unfolds and if the president will rethink this kind of approach and get on the right side of history. The truth has come out with Colorado and all the things that they claimed would go wrong never did.  Now that people have seen that they are not gonna fall for the same nonsense that kept it illegal this long.

Alzheimer’s Disease and Cannabis

Years of propaganda have tried to form a connection between dumb/forgetful people and the use of marijuana.  What is ironic about this completely inaccurate stereotype is science is now proving it can help your brain fight off the worst memory disease imaginable also known as Alzheimer’s.  The same plant that has been criticized for its reputation to make the average person more lazy and stupid, could save you from a devastating fate that leaves  your family members  feeling strong emotional pain.  The mainstream media as well as common knowledge will tell you that there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease.  However there have been many new studies connecting marijuana and THC to the prevention of protein buildup known to cause the symptoms of the disease.  When there is protein buildup there is also inflammation of the neurons which cannabis has proven over and over again to reduce any type of cell inflammation.

I find all this information very fascinating even already knowing all the different medical conditions this plant can treat.  This may be one of the biggest finds for the plant yet as 5.4 million Americans suffer from Alzheimers with no real light at the end of the tunnel.  There are families connected to each one of these individuals so there’s even more lives that can also be positively impacted through effective cannabis treatment. Investigators at The Scripps Research Institute in California in 2006 reported that THC inhibits the enzyme responsible for the aggregation of amyloid plaque — the primary marker for Alzheimer’s disease. (Norml.org)  They also found that it can be used not only to slow the progression of someone who is already been diagnosed, but for those who do not have any symptoms of the disease at all.  It’s preventative and responsive treatment all in one drug.  From what I have researched on forums and from people who have tried different strains as treatment the general consensus seems to be sativa works better for stimulating the mind and having conversation.  It also appears people have had a lot of relief from indica as well, so I think it’s all helpful and more of a patient preference then anything.

For me, the only person in my family that suffered from this disease was my great grandmother.  She passed away when I was very young and I hardly remember her, but I do remember her forgetting who the family was when we visited her in the hospital.. I can’t imagine the pain had it been someone in my immediate family or close friend.  If any of my readers knows someone suffering from this disease and have had a positive experience using cannabis I would love to hear about it.  I’m sure there’s tons of helpful information held by people who have actually used it as a treatment first hand.  If you didn’t have any idea about cannabis potential as a natural treatment option, spread the word!  This type of information should be available to everyone and we should be able to do more in depth research without any government interference.  Something tells me this health information will help erase the stigma that continues to restrain this medicine.

Massachusetts Cannabis Prohibition is Over

Although it was November 8th of this year when Massachusetts voted to eliminate penalties for personal consumption and cultivation of marijuana, the law officially takes effect today.  For legal sales, the soonest we’ll see stores opening is not until January of 2018 however.  This is huge as Massachusetts is the first state on the east coast to implement a law like this.  Maine also passed the ballot measure to legalize marijuana but it hasn’t taken effect yet.  Keep in mind, these two states are very far away from the next closest recreational state of Colorado.  This is definitely a victory worth celebrating and is the best example of an effective drug policy outside the western coastal area.

So what can the people of Massachusetts do exactly without going to prison or facing fines?  What they should have always been able to do, cultivate and bring up to an oz of buds with them on their person.  At home, the rule is 6 plants per person and total of 12 per household.  You can also have up to 10 ounces kept at home.  Prices at the recreational shops are sure to be ridiculously high when first starting out, so make sure to start your grow now and save some serious cash come 2018.  Tax rates in the state are supposed to be low in comparison to other states like Colorado, Washington, and Oregon but the law of supply and demand the first opening months will guarantee some pricey buds.

For those of us that can’t grow because they don’t have the resources, knowledge, or time to put into an operation, there are no new options for obtaining cannabis.  It’s illegal for people to sell and advertise on Craigslist and other sites so still go to your connection that you used before it became legal.  There is no real legal way to purchase weed it’s suppose to just appear from nothing.(wouldn’t be so bad)  Sticking to this method will not put the consumer at any additional risk instead of going to someone new who is openly advertising illegally.  There have been plenty of cases on the news of police operations based on this idea in other states.  This is a huge moment in history for personal freedom and I am just smiling thinking about the real crime that will be stopped, and the innocent lives that will be saved from the permanent damage of a criminal record.  As long as you remember not to use in public or surpass the limits allowed, you can sleep at night knowing you’re no longer considered a criminal.

November’s Election- How Much Momentum will be Gained?

There is one thing to look out for in this November elections other than our great presidential candidates.  Cannabis initiatives will appear before voters in 9 different states.  This includes recreational and medical marijuana measures, all individually important in each jurisdiction. The initiatives for recreational use include California, Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada.  If all were to pass it would be the most recreational cannabis initiatives passed in a single election year and bring the serious momentum we need for long awaited federal change.  While going state by state is likely the only way to do this, it’s a painfully slow process to wait for a beneficial regulatory system to be put in place countrywide.  Three other states: Florida, Arkansas, and North Dakota will decide whether or not to allow suffering patients legal access to the plant.  Minnesota also will  be voting on whether or not to ease their strict restrictions when it comes to their medical marijuana program.

So starting with California it is probably the most important and crucial win for this election cycle.  This is mainly because of the large population of Americans that live in the state of California.  A large number of people are going to experience two different worlds when they visit other parts of the country after an initiative.like this.  The polar opposites of being thrown in jail and purchasing it from a store is going to apply pressure on law makers to do something sooner then later.  From what I’ve read it has a good chance of passing compared to other states like Arizona.  A similar proposal failed to pass back in 2010 but also was not during an election year where voter turnout will be increased.

Like mentioned earlier, it appears that voter support for recreational cannabis is lower in the state of Arizona.  This does not mean that it will not pass by any measure.  Estimates will always just be estimates.  The law allows for possession of one ounce and six plants at home.  Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada would be the first move for legal weed out east.  All these states already have medical marijuana programs in place.  My prediction is 4 out of 5 or greater of these measures pass and we start to see great change in the perception of the effects these businesses and laws have on the community and economy.  It’s already very clear in states like Colorado that has had similar laws in place for years how positive these changes are but they will become evident to many more while the movement continues to spread.  Get out and vote if you’re in these states and let’s stop this important change from being delayed any longer.

Will Canada Reach Legalization Before the U.S.?

The Liberal government in Canada has announced that 1 year from now, some time during next spring in 2017 they will introduce a law to legalize recreational use of the plant. Details on limits and who can produce and distribute the drug have not been released yet. However, this obviously would be a nationwide law that would take effect in all 10 Canadian provinces.  This would be a huge step in the right direction and would also mean that the United States is way behind with their slow state by state progress.  The approach in Canada seems to be much better and will have more of a positive impact on the amount of people being arrested anywhere across the northern country.

One of the main reasons for this breaking news is the election of Justin Trudeau as the new Prime Minister.  Legalizing marijuana was a huge campaign focus and ultimately helped lead him to a political victory.  Before him, the previous Prime Minister had zero intentions of changing the draconian laws on marijuana.  One change in leadership and there appears to be a very bright future for the economy and criminal justice system coming.

So where does the United States stand?  Well currently for recreational legalization, there are only 4 states out of 50 that allow personal possession/consumption to an extent without legal ramifications.  If you are unable to obtain a medical marijuana license due to the lack of an “acceptable” medical condition in the 24 states that offer medical marijuana programs, you’re shit out of luck and looking at a dim future if caught.  Clearly, the lawmakers and voters are not on the same page and policy is way behind the will of the voters.  There hasn’t been any announcement of nationwide legalization even though most people think that it is inevitable.  My personal opinion is that Canada will beat us by a mile because the DEA and other industries have to much profit to lose from freeing the weed and all the people serving nonsense sentences for it.  There is just simply to much lobbying and misinformation going around and it will continue to take time to undo the damage from this.

I plan on seeing it legal nationwide within the next five years.  I also said that 5 years ago, so who knows how long they can drag it out.  The U.S. started making medical marijuana and recreational reform first, but it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish!

2016 the Year of Rescheduling?

Within the past week there has been a lot of buzz about the possibility of this year finally being the year of at least a federal rescheduling of the drug.  Following a recent smoke out Saturday at the White House supporting the veteran movement, there was also news that the DEA sent a lengthy memo to lawmakers claiming it hopes to decide whether to change the scheduling of the drug by this July.  The only result for this is has to be the enormous pressure they are now feeling as more and more people are educated on how messed up the war on drugs has been.  It’s been dragged out longer than anyone thought possible.

I think that it’s something to definitely look out for but this is far from the first time there has been talk of rescheduling with no action being taken.  The data and information has been out there that it has medical purposes, but this agency has been able to deny science in the name of enormous profits and police budgets that they have become so dependent on.  The time will come when a large majority of people will catch on to the profitable and devastating effects the prohibition of this plant has been.  There is definitely some of that going on this year, thanks to the legalization of marijuana in 4 states already and people are taking notice.  Those states are seeing lower crime rates and most importantly, no ones going to jail for a personal harmless choice.  The possibility that 2016 is the year it is at least acknowledged officially for its medical uses and taken off the list of dangerous drugs is definitely there.  The DEA will have to listen to other associations like the AMA who are even recommending a rescheduling now.  This would be a huge victory for proponents of medical marijuana and give protections immediately to thousands of patients from federal prosecution.  The current scheduling is the only reason for the federal raids and pretty much justifies everything they do to enforce it.  Sick people need their medicine and they may finally be left alone and treated like the legitimate patients  that they are.

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