Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Marijuana is safest



A recent episode of Saturday Night Live had a report on how marijuana is the safest drug there is.

The reporter had an interesting reaction.

You can see the video here:





Thursday, February 26, 2015

Study Proves Marijuana is Safer than previously thought

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/02/23/marijuana-may-be-even-safer-than-previously-thought-researchers-say/?tid=rssfeed


I was reading Washington Post recently and I saw that they were looking at the Journal Scientific Reports.

One piece from the Washington Post article went like this:

Compared with other recreational drugs — including alcohol — marijuana may be even safer than previously thought. And researchers may be systematically underestimating risks associated with alcohol use.

It looks like marijuana is safer than we previously thought.

I guess we need a new safer shirt.




http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/02/23/marijuana-may-be-even-safer-than-previously-thought-researchers-say/?tid=rssfeed





The Washington Post article went on to say

They found that at the level of individual use, alcohol was the deadliest substance, followed by heroin and cocaine.

The article even said this:

And all the way at the bottom of the list? Weed — roughly 114 times less deadly than booze, according to the authors, who ran calculations that compared lethal doses of a given substance with the amount that a typical person uses.




I know a lot of people say "No Duh!" when they see a headline like "studies prove marijuana is safer" but they should look a little deeper and see that in the article:

These findings reinforce drug-safety rankings developed 10 years ago under a slightly different methodology. So in that respect, the study is more of a reaffirmation of previous findings than anything else.


So the article authors know this is a No-Duh! moment, and they point it out on the middle of their writing.

I really like the way the article ends but you'll have to go read it over on the Washington Post.





Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Washington State SB 5052

I was trying to find some information about 5052 in Washington state, and I found this over at Leafly.



Cultivation rights:

  • Previously: 15 plants per medical patient
  • Under SB 5052: 6 plants per medical patient (unless recommended more by a qualifying physician)
 This is going to cause problems. We need growers to be able to grow 15 plants, this was already a compromise from a 60 day supply. The 15 plants was helpful in a patient to patient system.

I I assume they are pushing patients toward 502 stores thinking that patients will not need to grow as much. They are trying to get rid of the system that depends heavily on interaction between patients who are allowed to grow cannabis. Not all who are allowed to grow are able to grow. So if someone is currently growing 15 plants and it is enough for him/herself plus the other patient, that 15 plants is important. You can designate a provider, and now you can grow 30 plants, if the person you designate is a patient. If they reduce that to 6 plants, then when you designate another as a patient, they will only be able to grow 12.

This is going to cause problems. The current system brought us relatively affordable price. Some low-income patients need cannabis to be affordable, it is life or death in some situations.


http://www.leafly.com/news/headlines/how-washington-states-new-medical-bill-may-affect-you


Possession limits:

  • Previously: 24 ounces of dried cannabis flower, no specifications for other cannabis products
  • Under SB 5052: 3 ounces of flower, 48 ounces of cannabis-infused edibles, 21 ounces of liquid, 21 grams of concentrate (or exactly three times the limit allowed for recreational consumers)

Who’s running the show?

  • Previously: The Washington State Liquor Control Board (retail), no one (medical)
  • Under SB 5052: The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (renamed to combine medical and retail)

Collective gardens?

  • Previously: Collective gardens service patients directly with no limit on the number of plants
  • Under SB 5052: Collective gardens may contain no more than 45 plants (or 15 plants per patient) before requiring a business license to operate
Requiring some of these current cannabis access points to get licenses could mean they are required to get them through a 502 system that is only issuing a limited number of licenses.

There is talk of expanding the number of licenses available.


more from Leafly:  

Number of licenses available:

  • Previously: 334 licenses for retail locations only
  • Under SB 5052: expanded number of licenses for both medical and retail (number unspecified) awarded on a merit-based system for state law-abiding, sales tax-paying dispensary operators

Taxes:

  • Previously: Retail is taxed at three tiers for 25% each – producers, manufacturers, retailers (no taxing of medical)
  • Under SB 5052: Retail tax will continue to be a three-tiered 25%, but the bill contains a tax exemption for specific medical marijuana products, as well as to all qualifying patients.
 The talk of expanding the number of licenses and the merit based system could be good or bad.

I don't know if I really believe them when they say they will expand the number of licenses available.

Anyway, call your representatives and tell them how SB 5052 will affect you.

Find Your Washington State Representative Here

Thank you.

















Sunday, February 22, 2015

Newsweek Weed Nation

Check out this recent cover of Newsweek.

A Giant marijuana leaf that looks like the American Flag.

Marijuana is becoming more and more main stream.

If you think it is okay for marijuana to be illegal anywhere, you are on the wrong side of history.

Here I am embedding the Tweet from Newsweek's Twitter feed.





Thursday, February 19, 2015

Safer Than Soda Pop

I was reading an article on PBS.org recently that was talking about Soda Pop.

Specifically The Caramel Color in soda pop and a study that was conducted recently linking consumption of this color to increased risk of cancer.

It was actually a specific component of caramel color called 4-methylimidazole.

A quote from the article on PBS.org below reveals more:

Center for a Livable Future at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Consumer Reports found that every day, “more than half of Americans between the ages of 6 and 64 typically drink soda in amounts that could expose them to enough 4-MEI to increase their cancer risk.”



The article said that a study found that soda pop can contain up to 352.4 micrograms per 12-ounce soda.

In California anything containing more than 29 micrograms of 4-methylimidazole must have a label with a cancer warning on it.

One of the most startling quotes from the article was the number of cancer cases we may see over the next 70 years:

"in the next 70 years, there could potentially be between 76 and 5,000 cases of cancer in the U.S. caused by 4-MEI exposure alone."



Here is a link to the actual article 

Link to article here

Of course we all know marijuana does not cause cancer. 
In fact, in some cases the active compounds in marijuana have been found to cure cancer. 

here are a couple of articles on marijuana curing cancer. 

Active Ingredient in Marijuana Kills Brain Cancer Cells



"Miracle" Cannabis Oil: May Treat Cancer, But Money and the Law Stand in the Way of Finding Out

Sunday, February 15, 2015

118 Thousand Likes Safer Chong

You've already seen the picture of Tommy Chong holding his safer shirt up.
Thanks to +Xesia Anaya .

I heard Xesia was going to be meeting with Tommy Chong so I had her deliver a Safer Shirt to him.

Recently Cheech and Chong on Facebook accessed the photo (taken with Xesia's cell phone) through a page called "Weed Are The World". It received about 60,000 likes when it was shared from Weed Are The World through the Cheech and Chong Facebook Fan Page.


Then the Cheech and Chong Facebook page must have downloaded the photo then re-uploaded it.

When Cheech and Chong did this it it did quite a bit better in terms of likes and shares.

As of this writing the Safer Chong picture is at 118 thousand likes and 10,000 shares.

I'm embedding the Cheech and Chong Facebook Fan Page post here:





When you see 118 thousand likes you know at least 118 thousand people saw the Safer Message.


I'm so happy that Chong agreed to take a picture with this shirt, I'm so happy that Xesia delivered the shirt and took the picure. I'm so glad the admins over at the Cheech and Chong Facebook fan page decided to download the photo then re-upload it!

Thank you Xesia, Weed Are The World, and Cheech and Chong!

118 Thousand Likes 10 Thousand Shares!







Saturday, February 14, 2015

Marijuana Debate Olympic View Elementary Feb 19 2015

There will be a marijuana debate Feb 19, 2015.
Starting at 7:00 pm at Olympic View Elementary

Panel members include one Medical Marijuana Access Point operator, one recreational marijuana store operator, and Pete Holmes

http://www.shorelineareanews.com/2015/02/46th-dems-take-on-medical-marijuana.html


Please tell your friends who live in the 46th to attend. It should be very informative and offer a clearer perspective of what Cannabis advocates have to go through as we try to make sense of the 502 system.

Check out the Safer Calendar on the Facebook page and click the button to add it to your schedule.

http://bit.ly/1pAokIx




Thank you to Shoreline Area News for posting this information on your blog!

Here is a map to the event: