Wednesday, March 25, 2015

MJBA Women's Alliance

Here is a picture of some folks at the MJBA Women's Alliance.







Let me know if you can find the Safer Shirt!


Thanks Dawn!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Marijuana is Safer for Elvis Presley

I was reading an article on Salon recently about how Elvis Presley overdosed on drugs.

The article described the way in which the ambulance drivers pulled up to his mansion after being called.

Elvis's assistants were trained to avoid the word "drug" when talking about Elvis. They were supposed to use the word "medication".

There was one assistant who kept telling the Ambulance operators that Elvis might have overdosed.







Some of the other assistants at the house were kind of shocked that someone would talk about "overdose" considering their training.

The title of the Article is The Elvis Presley coverup: What America didn’t hear about the death of the king. It was written by Joel Williamson.

I think some of the most interesting details can be found a ways down the article after the story about the Ambulance pulling up.

The part where they talk about the number of prescriptions that were given to Elvis by his doctor George Nichopoulos.

The article talks of an investigation into the 7 months leading up to Elvis's death. 

investigators who visited 153 pharmacies and spent 1,090 hours going through 6,570,175 prescriptions and then, with the aid of two secretaries, spent another 1,120 hours organizing the evidence. The drugs included uppers, downers, and powerful painkillers such as Dilaudid, Quaalude, Percodan, Demerol, and cocaine hydrochloride in quantities more appropriate for those terminally ill with cancer.


It was discovered that Elvis's doctor
had written prescriptions for him for at least 8,805 pills, tablets, vials, and injectables. Going back to January 1975, the count was 19,012. The numbers defied belief, but they came from an experienced team


The article said that at 2 a.m. the morning of Elvis's death, his doctor was ready to prescribe for him again. 

He responded to a telephone call from Elvis by prescribing six doses of Dilaudid, an opiate that was Elvis’s favorite drug.


How much was Elvis's decision to use pharmaceutical drugs recreationally stemmed from public perception of street drugs? 

If marijuana was more accepted in society would Elvis be more willing to try it? 

If Elvis could have used marijuana he may have found that he could reduce the amount of Opiates in his life. 

Opiates have a nasty way of causing humans to stop breathing. 

Marijuana does not cause breathing to stop. Marijuana actually allows opiate users to reduce the opiates needed to achieve desired effect, helping to maintain a buffer zone between the amount of opiates in ones system, and the amount that would cause death. 

While wealthy pharmaceutical execs, and rich hospital administrators and doctors use their money to cover up the degree to which Elvis could easily acquire permission from a doctor to use "socially acceptable" drugs average Americans are arrested for growing, getting, or sharing a safer herb from "the streets". 

Marijuana is safer, and if pro-cannabis folks had the kind of money that doctors, pharma execs, and hospital administrators had maybe an ad campaign could be launched to change public perception and public policy. 

Until then, I guess average people who make the smarter, safer choice to use marijuana instead of pharmaceuticals will be arrested, and will have a mark placed on their permanent record making them unemployable, and another average American is even farther from building the capital necessary to mount a pro pot ad campaign. 

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Safer Dave in Argument in Arizona

Safer Dave from Safer Arizona was being an activist recently when approached by someone who wanted to argue with him.

Dave did the right thing. When someone wanted to try to tell Dave they doubt that marijuana is a healthy alternative Dave just told them what is what:










Pediatrician determines marijuana safer than alcohol

The New York Times recently came out with an article written by a pediatrician pondering whether he would rather have kids get into the alcohol cabinet, or the marijuana drawer.

He compared the different problems associated with getting caught by police when one is in possession of marijuana, or alcohol.

He pointed out how many would ignore the way consuming alcohol increases the likelihood that one will be involved in crime:

"But ignoring the relationship between alcohol and crime is a big mistake. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence reports that alcohol use is a factor in 40 percent of all violent crimes in the United States, including 37 percent of rapes and 27 percent of aggravated assaults.

No such association has been found among marijuana users."


Here you can see the conversation happening on The New York Times Facebook:







This is one of my favorite parts of the article:

"Marijuana, on the other hand, kills almost no one. The number of deaths attributed to marijuana use is pretty much zero."

That is the main point I try to emphasize, while some people think the way marijuana causes laziness is an extreme evil that must be eliminated but prohibition doesn't make things go away, and steering people toward one over the other, when the one toward which we steer causes death, this "anti-laziness" attitude can turn humans into monsters. People would rather have their kid die before they have their kid become lazy.

If you look at the real truth, alcohol causes death, marijuana can not cause death, those who fail to express opposition to laws that steer folks away from marijuana and toward alcohol actually consider dead people better than lazy people.

And marijuana doesn't even cause laziness. Some of the largest contributions ever made to society were from very intelligent people who occasionally consumed cannabis.


Friday, March 13, 2015

Retail Marijuana Stores with Medical Endorsement Washington state


You're going to want to contact lawmakers after you read this.

Figure out who represents you with the Find Your Legislator button on leg.wa.gov.

Then call them and email them.

You may send a brief message to your district legislators through the in-state toll-free Hotline number: 800.562.6000.
You may send an e-mail message to your legislator by using the legislator e-mail services at http://app.leg.wa.gov/memberemail/.
The Hearing Impaired can send a brief message to their district legislators through the in-state toll-free TTY Hotline number: 800.635-9993.

SB 5052 is moving along in Olympia and some are concerned that it may complicate the way Washington patients access affordable cannabis.

This is directly from Leg.WA.Gov

Sponsors:Senators RiversHatfieldConway
2015 REGULAR SESSION
Jan 8 Prefiled for introduction.
Jan 12 First reading, referred to Health Care. (View Original Bill)
Jan 22 Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Health Care at 10:00 AM. (Committee Materials)
Jan 29 Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Health Care at 10:00 AM. (Committee Materials)
HLTH - Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass. (View 1st Substitute) (Majority Report)
And refer to Ways & Means.
Minority; without recommendation. (Minority Report)
Referred to Ways & Means.
Feb 3 Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means at 3:30 PM. (Committee Materials)
Feb 9 Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means at 3:30 PM. (Committee Materials)
Feb 10 WM - Majority; 2nd substitute bill be substituted, do pass. (View 2nd Substitute) (Majority Report)
Minority; do not pass. (Minority Report)
Minority; without recommendation. (Minority Report)
Passed to Rules Committee for second reading.
Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.
Feb 13 2nd substitute bill substituted (WM 15). (View 2nd Substitute)
Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading.
Third reading, passed; yeas, 36; nays, 11; absent, 0; excused, 2. (View Roll Calls)
IN THE HOUSE
Feb 17 First reading, referred to Health Care & Wellness (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).
Mar 5 Public hearing in the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness at 8:00 AM. (Committee Materials)
Mar 13 Executive action taken in the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness at 10:00 AM. (Committee Materials)



Some of the things I don't like about 5052 are the way they are trying to suggest medical marijuana should be grown by Large Warehouses instead of by patients who share with patients.
Here is a piece directly from 5052:

(a) Application forms for marijuana producers must request the applicant to state whether the applicant intends to produce marijuana for sale by marijuana retailers holding medical marijuana endorsements and the amount of or percentage of canopy the applicant intends to commit to growing plants determined by the department 6 under section 10 of this act to be of a THC concentration, CBD concentration, or THC to CBD ratio appropriate for marijuana 8 concentrates, useable marijuana, or marijuana-infused products sold to qualifying patients.

I don't like this section because it talks about determining appropriate THC and CBD concentrations, that is up to patient discretion.

I don't like the idea of 502 growers expanding their grows to include medical. There are already plenty of medical growers around Washington, we don't need 502 growers to grow medical.

(b) The state liquor and cannabis board must reconsider limits on the amount of square feet permitted to be in production on the effective date of this section and increase the percentage of production space for those marijuana producers who intend to grow plants for marijuana retailers holding medical marijuana endorsements if the marijuana producer designates the increased production space to plants determined by the department under section 10 of this act to be of a THC concentration, CBD concentration, or THC to CBD ratio appropriate for products to be sold to qualifying patients.

^^^^^^^This is talking about expanding the amount of grow space in Washington so medical marijuana can be grown. This does not need to happen. The exact amount of medical marijuana being grown in Washington does not need to be known, a limit does not need to be set.


If current marijuana producers do not use all the increased production space, the state liquor and cannabis board may reopen the license period for new marijuana producer license applicants but only to those marijuana producers who agree to grow plants for marijuana retailers holding medical marijuana endorsements. Priority in licensing must be given to marijuana producer license applicants who have an application pending on the effective date of this section but who are not yet licensed and then to new marijuana producer license applicants.

^^^^^^^This is talking about 502 growers who fail to use their expanded space to grow medical and how the space can be re-allocated among other willing growers.


(d) The number of retail outlets holding medical marijuana endorsements necessary to meet the medical needs of qualifying patients. The state liquor and cannabis board must reconsider the maximum number of retail outlets it established before the effective p. 19 2SSB 5052


SECTION 21 (1) The department must contract with an entity to create, administer, and maintain a secure and confidential medical marijuana authorization database that, beginning July 1, 2016, allows: ... (d) Appropriate local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement or prosecutorial officials who are engaged in a bona fide specific investigation of suspected marijuana-related activity that may be illegal under Washington state law to confirm the validity of the authorization card of a qualifying patient or designated provider

^^^^^^^"Bona fide specific investigation" is a bullshit phrase that is not defined in law. It does not necessarily mean "probable cause" is required, especially considering the language, "may be illegal under WA ST law". So a federal agent can use your cooperation of showing you are on the registry as evidence of a federal crime being committed, then seize your property, arrest you and get a federal prosecutor to prosecute...and you have to cooperate. You being on the database gives them the probable cause they need for federal charges.









Here is Jedidiah Haney talking about lawmakers in Olympia Today Friday, March 13, 2015

















Thursday, March 12, 2015

Cannabis is safer than PTSD

Washington state Senators recently passed a bill that would add Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana.

This reminds me of the shirts I've seen Patrick from Rainier Express making down in Olympia.

I saw the article with video over on the King 5 website:


http://www.king5.com/story/news/politics/2015/03/11/senate-passes-ptsd-marijuana-bill/70146316/

You can see the picture of Patrick from Rainier Express holding up some of the Safer Than PTSD shirts that he had at the Americans for Safe Access Washington meeting recently.







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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: