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101 bills that passed and failed: A digest of what you missed in the 2018 Colorado legislative session, from taxes to crime to transportation

Colorado lawmakers introduced more than 700 bills in the 2018 legislative session covering a wide range of topics. If you’re wondering what you missed, one line about 101 bills that passed or failed in the 120-day term.

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Veterans group ratchets up pressure on White House and Congress to support medical marijuana research

Top officials at of The American Legion stepped up their calls for the federal government to legitimize and invest in medical marijuana research.

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Life off-grid in San Luis Valley’s high desert takes skills that few arrive with

Rodney Cook’s high desert property is littered with the stripped carcasses of worn machines, the scoured parts powering devices that sustain the lives of a dozen family members in a harsh desert environment. Many other people haven’t made it there.

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Psychedelic drug may be approved for PTSD therapy

For Jon Lubecky, the scars on his wrists are a reminder of the years he spent in mental purgatory.

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These 6 groups help vets get access to medical marijuana

There—s increasing demand among U.S. military veterans for safe access to legal marijuana for the treatment of their physical and mental ailments.

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VIDEO Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Military Veterans & Marijuana Cannabis as a Treatment. A positive message to ALL Veterans.

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People with PTSD have particular difficulty stopping their use of marijuana and responding to treatment for marijuana addiction. They have greater craving and withdrawal than those without PTSD (21), and greater likelihood of marijuana use during the six months following a quit attempt (17). However, these individuals can benefit from the many evidence-based treatments for […]

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FREE UNIQUE CANNABIS NEWSLETTER

 The National Weed Legalization Fund was established by an Army veteran as a non-profit corporation dedicated to spreading the message of the countless health benefits of medical-marijuana, especially for PTSD afflicted veterans and cancer and MS patients. The ultimate goal is to see marijuana, the “Wonder Weed”, regulated and taxed nationally, regulated by the states […]

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Veterans May Catch a Break in Oregon

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As the 2012 presidential election nears, we will hear two men in suits talking quite a bit about our soldiers.  They will congratulate and praise them, but they will also ignore their basic needs.  Returning home after enduring the daily struggles of a foreign military conflict is not an envious position.  Our government has a responsibility to help who protect our country.  Integrating back into civilian life has proven difficult for many soldiers and with cuts to veteran hospitals and benefits the future does not appear to hold an easier path.

Of course there is an affordable and accessible plan by many to help our soldiers.  Instead of addicting prescription pills that ultimately prove less effective, medical marijuana has been crucial to many returning soldiers.  If we are unwilling to tax, regulate, and stimulate the economy with our antiquated marijuana laws, then of course we would be willing to make an exception for those who ensure our own comfortable lives.  That assumption could not be further from the truth as many states, and The White House have ignored the pleas of veteran organizations.

Recently we did learn there was hope for those soldiers living in Oregon.  Oregonlive.com published an article that describes the efforts of veteran groups and activists seeking to add PTSD to list of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana use.  The article describes the situations of several struggling veterans including Jared Townsend.  Mr. Townsend is an Iraq war veteran and recently said that cannabis use can “balance life out a little bit better.”  He also went on to say “If I get racing thoughts and real worked up, it can break a panic attack pretty quick.”  While there is considerable momentum for attempting to change the law, precedent is not encouraging.  In the 14 years of Oregon’s medical marijuana program only new condition (agitation associated with Alzheimer’s disease) has been added to the list of permissible uses.   In order to get the law changed, a petition will have to be submitted.  Then the Oregon Health Authority will select who sits on a panel to review the submission.  Veteran and marijuana advocates claim that past panels have included many anti marijuana members.

Research is still not conclusive on just how effective cannabis is toward treating complications associated with PTSD.  Dr. John J. Halpern, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School said there is an “overabundance of case reports” that suggest that marijuana helps PTSD sufferers.  However he cited political reasons for a lack of research.  Cannabis is the only schedule 1 substance that requires additional review by National Institute on Drug Abuse in order to conduct research.  Many are incensed that the least destructive substance in the schedule 1 category requires so much additional red tape navigation.  Many analysts have noted that a lack of research seems to be a convenient answer as that line can be used over and over by the same lawmakers who simultaneously block the research.  Although research is needed to determine the future of PTSD treatment, we at marijuana.net trusts the tens of thousands of soldiers who have no reason to coordinate a large scale conspiracy.  Our heroes need relief and we cannot arm them to fight foreign wars but simply take away any tools that would help with reintegration.

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Arizona Gives Cold Shoulder to Returning Veterans

arizonaWhile it is usually a difficult time to be a veteran integrating back into civilian life, last week was especially difficult.  First the White House denied a petition to allow PTSD to be legally treated with marijuana.  The petition was signed by thousands of war veterans though the White House maintains there is not enough …continue reading

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A New Year’s Resolution

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A New Year’s Resolution from the Medical Marijuana community

This year we resolve to be more responsible members of the medical marijuana community.  For many of us, our pro-MMJ stance has been all-talk and no-walk.  We’re in favor of legalizing it to treat the millions of people who it can help, but are we doing enough?  2012 is the year for action!  There are so many ways to get involved on both local and federal levels. 
Some states, like California, already have programs underway and they need our support to continue and to progress forward.  Americans for Safe Access is one of the leading advocacy groups and they offer so many ways to get involved that it is ludicrous for us to sit on the sidelines.  They even have an iphone app so we can help out while sitting in traffic.  Don’t want to join a group?  Then let your voice be heard individually.  Call, write or email your local government officials.  Start with your state senators since this movement has to come from the states.  Tell them you support changing marijuana from a schedule 1 to a schedule 2 substance.  Tell them you want growers held accountable for the medication they provide.  Let people know about labs that can help grower’s ensure safety.

The Federal government has proved to us that it is static and unwilling to move on it’s own.  The Marijuana Policy Project is yet another resource for us to work with and provides clear directions to contact your representatives.  Our nation is supposed to have a “government of the people, by the people, for the people” yet it seems to be slipping away from us. This year we can reclaim it!  First with medical marijuana, but it doesn’t stop there! We can move on to so many other important issues.  We can because we have to.  Our country should, and will change.  It’s a part of the Constitution; we need to be active to do it.  2012 is an election year; take the time to follow those politicians like Barney Frank, Ron Paul, Dennis Kucinich and Jared Polis, who believe that marijuana is something that can help people.

As the clock counts down to midnight and a new year begins, We must set aside our champagne and say together, “This year I resolve to make the US government listen to the people who need help in our country.  This year I resolve to make my country a better place for people who are sick and suffering.  This year I will not be a spaced-out couch potato staring at girls with pot-leaf pasties selling me the next great herb grinder.  I’m going to get involved with groups like The Drug Policy Alliance and change these laws for a healthier tomorrow.”

Happy New Year!

All of us at Marijuana.net

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