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Weedtuber Cannabis News: The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine issued a groundbreaking, 400-page report on the potential benefits and detriments posed by cannabis.
The study found, among other things, that cannabinoids are potent pain relievers, especially for chronic pain. It also found that while cannabis smoke does not appear to cause cancer of the mouth, throat or lungs, toking up while pregnant can lead to reduced birth weights.
And though the study found that regular use may increase the risk of developing psychological disorders like schizophrenia, the biggest danger lies in weeds ability to temporarily stunt your cognitive abilities immediately after consumption.
There is little evidence that it makes you dumber over the long-term. Eh! Personally, since I started smoking again I’ve stopped doing brain surgeries. Not just because of the weed but the board of health suggested I stop too on account that I don’t have a license.
Similarly, there is scant evidence that cannabis can be linked to strokes and heart attacks or act as a gateway drug for users. It is however a gateway drug to order Dominoes or going to Taco Bell at 2 in the morning.
As we all know it’s hard to conduct research on marijuana right now. Because of regulatory barriers, including marijuana’s Schedule I classification by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the fact that researchers often can’t access the same sorts of marijuana that people actually use. Even in states where it’s legal to buy marijuana, federal regulations prevent researchers from using that same product.
A panel of physicians in Connecticut are urging the state to add four more conditions to the list of ailments that will qualify patients to receive medical cannabis.
If the State Board of Physicians’ recommendations are accepted by the Department of Consumer Protection, and after that a committee of state lawmakers, then shingles, rheumatoid arthritis, muscular dystrophy and fibromyalgia will be added to the MMJ qualifying condition list.
It could, take up to a year for the latest additions to go fully into effect.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state should eliminate penalties currently handed down to individuals caught possessing small amounts of marijuana.
Cuomo said quote: “The illegal sale of marijuana cannot and will not be tolerated in New York State, but data consistently shows that recreational users of marijuana pose little to no threat to public safety,”
Specifically, Governor Cuomo said New York state should remove the criminal penalties that too often result in the over-prosecution and jailing of nonviolent individuals. People caught with small amounts of marijuana wouldn’t be prosecuted under Mr. Cuomo’s plan, but dealing weed would still be a criminal offense.
Nearly 90% of pot violations recorded during 2016 were for possession and not sale, according to the governor’s report.
Hey Stoners If you’re in the New York City area this Thursday January 19th you’ll definitely want to attend the HighNY Meetup!! The event takes place at Lair East 424 Broadway #602 from 7-9pm. Dinner, Drinks (21+), & Giveaways
Tickets are $25: http://www.highny.com/11917/ But if you use the code “Johno” at checkout you’ll save $5.
HighNY will feature Michael Gorenstein from The Cronos Group, a publicly traded cannabis company in Canada. They do everything from growing, manufacturing, distribution, branding, financing and more.
NYC CANNABIS FILM FESTIVAL
Are you a filmmaker that has a movie dealing in one way or another with cannabis culture? The NYC Cannabis Film Festival is in it’s third year and they’re currently open for Feature and Short Film submissions. This year the festival will be held in Manhattan and is going to be even bigger than last year. Do you want your cannabis movie to be seen in one of the biggest cities in the world? Submit your Feature or Short Film today via Film Freeway! And I’ve got that link in the description below.
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