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If you are a legal medical marijuana patient on the East Coast, getting your hands on your medicine could be a matter of life or death.
In most states the legalization of marijuana is not even on the horizon. In some cases, there is a long history of conservative thinking or politicians are vehemently opposed to drug use. Call it cannabis non gratis.
Medical marijuana dispensary owner Sierra Neblina knows about a pain. She's had more than enough of her own. Now the former soldier and contractor is trying to ease the pain of others along with her own.
You may associate marijuana culture with snowboarders, surfers, artists, musicians and college students, but it also suits some suits on Wall Street looking for an antidote to the high-octane workplace.
When Jack Cary and his partners set about opening their medical marijuana dispensary Greenwerkz they had a business plan and a list of potential investors. Now, $100,000 later, they have two outlets and seven employees.
David Nugent and Linda Lensing, who own and operate the Herban Wellness medical marijuana dispensary, moved to Denver a year ago. They have two employees and 500 patients.
Employers who operate in the 14 states where pot is now legal as a prescription painkiller are struggling to reconcile zero-tolerance drug policies with a patient’s right to get high.
Arguments for and against legalization of marijuana aside, how much money is at stake, if you compare it to alcohol and tobacco use? The answer takes some extrapolation and estimating, but it's still probably more than you think.
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William Flowers is a one-of-a-kind journalist. He's totally involved in what he covers. He has a license to smoke pot to ease his own medical condition, but it's also his job for the local weekly newspaper.
The pro-pot lobby is basically like any other: PACs and big-name contributors, and meetings at The Capitol, even the White House. It's the new Norml, so to speak. And the new message? It's the economy, dude.
The war on drugs has always been expensive and its effectiveness debatable, but in the current budget-crunch environment, it's more of a target than ever. Proponents of legalization say billions of dollars could be saved in law enforcement costs. Opponents say the fight is working and worth it.
We learned a valuable lesson with alcohol prohibition in this country. Prohibition created black markets and violence as gangs fought to control the market. The same thing is true today.
Marijuana laws differ drastically state-to-state. Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico and Oregon are the most lenient, but Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island are catching up.
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My feelings concerning the use of marijuana as a recreational drug have gone back and forth over the years. We should examine the question of legalization with a new national commission.
Portugal and Spain provide as good as an example as The Netherlands. In both countries, the drug is illegal, but you'd never know it based on some quirky technicalities. The general trend is about prevention, not punishment.
My decades in addiction medicine have taught me that keeping marijuana illegal has not decreased access to youth but in fact increased it. It is easier for under-age youth to get marijuana for that it is alcohol and cigarettes where at least you have to show an ID.
Is marijuana a harmless giggle, as John Lennon once called it, or a dangerous and illicit addiction? The debate has once again been pushed to the forefront, thanks to a couple of timely factors.
It’s a myth that cops, supposedly reflecting the will of an increasingly enlightened society, are no longer enforcing pot laws, or doing so only half-heartedly. Legalization will free police officers to concentrate on crimes that inflict the deepest fear, pain and loss.