Police Chiefs in Massachusetts are worried. Now that Question 4 has passed, legalizing marijuana possession and growing for all adults 21 years of age and older, they are afraid that stoned drivers are going to clog the roadways, waiting for stop signs to turn green and bringing general death and destruction to MA’s highways and byways.
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A new report published in the journal Clinical Psychology Review suggests that there is evidence that cannabis use can be beneficial to people suffering from anxiety, depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Of course, this is not news to the millions of people who find that their cannabis use does indeed benefit their mental health. How many of you use cannabis to relieve stress or calm yourself down or pull yourself up when you’re feeling sad? These people don’t need a study to tell them how much help cannabis is.
Sometimes it’s easy to forget that many people who hold authority in the United States have some rather bizarre views when it comes to marijuana. Many politicians and military brass will tell you that marijuana is a dangerous drug and they are worried about veterans using it to treat their ailments, and they’ll tell you this with a straight face.
The issue of medical marijuana and gun rights has been in the news a lot lately, especially since a federal appeals court upheld a ban on gun sales to those who legally use medical cannabis late last summer.
Since marijuana is a banned substance under the federal Controlled Substances Act, it was ruled that anyone with a medical marijuana card was admitting to the use of cannabis for medical reasons and therefore breaking federal law and therefore lost their right to purchase a firearm.
Of the roughly 16,000 doctors who treat patients in Maryland only 172 of them have registered to be able to recommend medical marijuana to their patients under Maryland’s medical cannabis law.
As can be imagined, if that number stays the same it will mean that many patients who need medical marijuana in Maryland will not be able to get access to it.
Last week an interview Bill Maher did recently with President Obama was released. They covered many topics, but eventually the conversation got around to marijuana law reform.
“Let me ask you about a question that I know the people who watch our show are interested in, which is marijuana reform,” Maher asked.
“Is that something that you care about?” Obama joked.