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"I don't think you could say just because one drug is legal something else should be legal. If it does become legalized though, there should at least be an age limit."
Volkow also questions the use of the term "medical marijuana," because the medicinal use of the drug or its chemical contents has yet to be assessed or approved by the Food and Drug Administration, which is required for all medicines used in the USA.
Though Gupta's comments may be well-meant, she says, he may be jumping the gun.
"The evidence is not there and if we look at what has happened in the past with coc aine and even methamphetamine, doctors also believed these drugs would be beneficial, until they realized the (negative) effects."
This is good news for those who struggle to cope using psychotropic prescription medications. While trying to manage anxiety and depression, many of these pharmaceutical drugs actually lead users to dependency and even suicide, as listed as one of many harmful side effects of these drugs.
The roles are being reversed as the majority now realizes that marijuana isn't the the gateway drug or the big bad wolf that it had been made out to be. Many now see that psychotropics are the real drugs that should be eradicated, as they are responsible for causing violent and suicidal behavior.
Economists Dr. Mark Anderson, PhD; Daniel I. Rees, PhD; and Joseph J. Sabia, PhD, worked together to obtain state-level suicide data from the National Vital Statistics System's Mortality Detail Files between 1990 and 2007. Applying regression analysis, the team examined associations between a state's medical marijuana legalization status and suicides per 100,000 people.
There has been a recent change of heart from some of the more conservative states in the past few years, as we’ve watched Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, North and South Carolinas, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin all legalize the limited use of cannabis oils for certain patients, usually those suffering from seizure disorders.
These laws are passed with the best of intentions, as many of the seizure disorders targeted by the legislation are suffered by children. However, as these are often conservative states with little to no background on the ins and outs of legalizing cannabis in any form, these laws are nothing more than words on a page.
Yes, the laws were passed, but they offer no means of access for patients. States have no infrastructure for the production, processing, and manufacturing of cannabis oils, and the laws do not allow for personal cultivation. The only way for a patient to acquire cannabis oil is to travel to a legal state (such as Colorado or Washington) and risk federal prosecution to bring the product back to their home state.
Once they run out? The cycle begins again.
If the CARERS Act is passed, patients will no longer have to break federal laws to acquire their medicine. Not only that, but states will no longer have their hands tied when it comes to providing this medicine.
Removing CBD oil completely from the definition of “marijuana” as it is defined by the U.S. government means that even states without medical marijuana laws could allow access for patients who so desperately need it.
Perhaps at no time in human history has it been more crucial to get involved and battle corrupt corporate interests -- the catalysts of our own self-annihilation.
Contaminated soil, undrinkable water, birth defects in both animals and humans: This is what the people of Japan can expect from their inexplicable use of nuclear power -- “inexplicable” in that Japan is the only country to have ever been subjected to uranium’s use as a weapon of mass destruction.
Despite changing claims by corporate scientists and governments, Japan is now experiencing uncontrolled radioactive discharges at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant following the events of March 11, 2011. Chernobyl was a picnic compared to what’s happening there.
Chernobyl had one reactor, and it didn’t sit on a beach 2,500 feet from the largest body of water on earth. Fukushima involves four reactors, three of which have melted down into the bedrock.
Experts from two Japanese universities have tested the radiation levels and found that the plant, with its 4,400 tons of nuclear fuel rods, “greatly dwarfs the total size of radiation sources at Chernobyl.”
Obviously, the intentional and unintentional release of highly contaminated water from Fukushima’s core into the Pacific Ocean is a wide-open, man-made door to the “process of global radioactive contamination,” says Michel Chossudovsky, the founder of Canada’s Center for Research on Globalization.
As early as 2011, only weeks after the disaster, fish caught off the California coast contained elements of nasty radioactive materials -- and though the test sample wasn’t large, every one of the fish tested was dosed with contaminants.
Interestingly, the tested fish were all born before the disaster, meaning their exposure was limited. One of the study’s experts stated that fish swimming across the Pacific Ocean ever since will have “considerably more radioactivity” and could result in a serious “public health hazard.”
He’s only discussing the present. Imagine 10, 15 or 20 years from now: These doses of alpha-, beta- and gamma-radiation emitters easily set up shop in algae, fish, grass, cattle and -- oh, yeah -- human beings.
Then there’s contamination from the nuclear cloud.
For months now, “steam” has been observed erupting from the top of one of the reactors. Tepco, the corporation most directly responsible for this catastrophe, can’t explain this steam or what it contains.
(Why? Because the company’s crane is malfunctioning!) But recent reports indicate that a wealth of new radioactive materials has been spewed into the atmosphere from Fukushima, spreading globally.
Indigenous peoples around the world have always been on the front lines of environmental disasters.
Indigenous lands are the last ones containing significant untouched concentrations of the most prized resources on earth -- and corporations and governments will do anything to get at them.
"Repeatedly, indigenous leaders have warned that the planet is not a resource for exploitation. Arvol Looking Horse is the 19th-generation pipe carrier of all the bands of the Lakota, Nakota and Dakota nations in North America."