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article imageOp-Ed: Marijuana train picking up speed despite federal laws

By Robert Weller     Feb 18, 2014 in Health
New York - With Congress resisting marijuana reform, courts ignoring several government reports, and President Obama giving it lukewarm support, the marijuana train keeps chugging along.
For some it could be compared to three blind mice.
To paraphrase a Grateful Dead song, there certainly has been trouble behind and trouble ahead.
But once again, states are moving forward in the absence of definitive reform.
New York voters are ready to approve medical marijuana by 88 percent and 57 percent support recreational weed, according to a poll by Quinnipiac University reported by Newsday.
“Medical marijuana is a no-brainer for New York State voters and they also would follow Colorado in legalizing marijuana for fun,” said Quinnipiac poll director Maurice Carroll.
A growing majority support marijuana decriminalization in national polls.
Even the Sochi Winter Olympics has taken note. Last year four Olympians were suspended for tracing positive for traces of marijuana in their blood. This year the World Anti Doping Agency raised the threshold for marijuana traces before athletes are suspended, recognizing the inevitability of use by athletes, wrote Marijuana.com.
In Colorado, free speech supporters initially lost an attempt by Westword and High Times to force the state to lift the ban on marijuana advertising. However, a federal judge did not dismiss a lawsuit, and gave lawyers another chance, according to Westword.
Driving through Denver, with Washington one of two states to legalize recreational marijuana, people see as many marijuana stores as Starbucks.
They usually have names emphasizing the claims that marijuana helps improve health.
Ever week seemingly there is a new study claiming marijuana treatments can provide relief not supplied by conventional drugs, and without the dangers.
It already is claimed to help children with epilepsy, people suffering extreme pain, PTSD, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma and cancer.
High Times reports researchers from Spain’s University of Alicante claim marijuana can help fight a series eye disease, pigmentosa.
Unlike most other claims, this one says THC, the marijuana plant ingredient that gets people high, is the wonder drug. Of late most treatment claims have focused on CBD, also from the marijuana plant. It is not psychoactive, and forms of it can be bought online in the US.
Their research suggests “cannabinoids are potentially useful to delay retinal degeneration in retinitis pigmentosa patients,” said researcher Dr. Nicolás Cuenca.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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