Posts Tagged ‘Debate’
Can Marijuana Ease PTSD? A Debate Brews
Scientists say there needs to be more research to prove marijuana can ease PTSD symptoms. Activists counter that the federal government has blocked research and won’t let the VA prescribe it. Veteran Paul Culkin, who grows marijuana in his garage in New Mexico, says small doses relieve his anxiety.
Read more on NPR
Tuesday, the American Medical Association, the nation’s largest organization of physicians, called for a review of the US government’s classification of marijuana as a dangerous drug with no medical uses. Without endorsing clinical use of the drug, the group called for more research into its possible benefits. Fourteen US states allow the use of marijuana for medical reasons. It remains illegal under federal law, but the Obama administration recently said it will not prosecute marijuana dispensaries that follow state laws. Mike O’Sullivan reports on the changing attitudes, the ongoing debate, and the thriving industry in medical marijuana in California.
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First of all, my disclaimer here is that I’m just reporting the news, and I’m not taking sides by reporting this story. That being said, The Govenator (California Governor Arnold Swarzenegger) just announced that he feels there should be a debate on whether or not marijuana, and possibly other drugs, should be legalized. While the pot heads celebrate, they should be aware that if the government gets involved, who knows how much the taxes would be, or what kind of regulations will be imposed. It’s a sticky subject. Could taxing marijuana sales get California out of the budget crunch? What about employers? If it was legal, would they object to you having THC in your system 24/7, if the substance was legal? There are many issues that should be considered in this debate. While continuing with the “drug war” could have some unintended consequences, such as full jails, would legalization of must marijuana, along with government regulation, be a good deal for the average pot head? There is a lot to think about!
Robinson appears alone at City Hall after call for debate
No mayoral candidate debate happened in front of Grand Island City Hall Friday afternoon, but candidate Frank Robinson did provide a campaign monologue and political theater for a small group of interested citizens and about an equal number of reporters and photographers armed with notebooks and cameras to record the event.
Read more on Grand Island Independent