We All Use Drugs, So Treat Drug Users as You Would Want to Be Treated

We are all drug users. Coffee, alcohol, cigarettes, weed, Viagra, ecstasy, antidepressants, anti-anxiety pills and more: people are using these drugs on a weekly or even daily basis. Why do we all use drugs? Because drugs work. We all have our personal reasons for using, whether for pleasure, or treating pain or otherwise. And of course many people face challenges …

California’s Looming Cannabis Cultivator Crisis: Where Are the Licensed Pot Farmers?

The vast majority of California’s marijuana growers have yet to move into the state’s new legal regulatory framework, leaving big questions looming around whether they can survive in the brave new world of legal weed, whether a substantial illicit market will remain, and whether that anticipated tax revenue windfall will actually materialize. According to a report released Monday by the …

Third White House official resigns after being told he wouldn’t qualify for full clearance

National Economic Council official George David Banks departed amid increasing scrutiny of the Trump administration’s decision to let multiple staffers work on interim clearances. A senior official on the National Economic Council says he resigned on Tuesday after being informed that he would not receive a permanent security clearance, as the White House faces increasing scrutiny over the number of …

Unfounded Pot Hysteria Spreads on the Internet

A local Colorado NBC-affiliated news station recently ran a misleading story with the headline, “Colorado doctors claim first marijuana overdose death.” In reality, experts have drawn no scientific link or otherwise solid correlation between cannabis and the death in question. The story is based on a recent case report on the death of an 11-month-old who experienced a seizure and …

So, Is CBD Legal Or What?

A series of police raids in North Dakota has set the stage for a courtroom showdown regarding the legal status of cannabidiol (CBD), the non-intoxicating cannabis component with significant medical properties. Thus far, it’s not going well for purveyors of the claim that hemp-derived CBD is legal in all 50 U.S. states. In October 2017, Northwest District Judge Robin Schmidt …

Trump’s Budget Doubles Down on the Drug War

The Trump administration released its proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget Monday, and it looks like a return to last century’s failed law-and-order drug war policies. While paying lip service to the nation’s opioid crisis, the administration shows its priorities by asking for more money for Trump’s quixotic border wall than to actually address opioids. In contrast with the Obama administration, …

A Doctor’s Tips for Marijuana Dosing So You Don’t Get Too High

Marijuana dosing, what is the trick? Here’s a story that newcomers can understand. Years ago I drank large amounts of coffee. This improved my ability to work long hours and to keep up with my studies and work. Over time I found that I needed increasing amounts for the same energetic buzz. I also noted with larger amounts I experienced …

Unfounded Pot Hysteria Spreads on the Internet

A local Colorado NBC-affiliated news station recently ran a misleading story with the headline, “Colorado doctors claim first marijuana overdose death.” In reality, experts have drawn no scientific link or otherwise solid correlation between cannabis and the death in question. The story is based on a recent case report on the death of an 11-month-old who experienced a seizure and …

Medical Marijuana Patients Are Being Told to Give Up Their Guns

Twenty-nine states and Washington D.C. now allow patients to have access to medical marijuana, but some of these patients are bumping up against a federal law that prohibits the sale of guns to people who use marijuana. Authorities in Pennsylvania and Hawaii have spoken out last week, declaring that people who have medical marijuana licenses in those states will need …

6 States That Could Pass Marijuana Initiatives This Year

While marijuana reform efforts continue at an excruciatingly slow pace in state legislatures (Vermont became the first state to free the weed at the statehouse just last month), the initiative and referendum process continues to serve as a direct popular vote alternative to the crapshoot that is trying to get a pot bill through two houses and signed by a …