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Have you ever smoked Weed before??? Do you still?  

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  1. 1. Have you ever smoked weed before???

    • Yes, and I liked it
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34 minutes ago, Captain Wiggles said:

In my mind the interns what read the legislation for the republican state representatives were just cool enough not to say anything. 😎



Why are you bringing Tracy into this?  :ols:  Do you watch soaps?

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How California's legal cannabis dream became a public health nightmare: It's a class B drug in the UK - but in the US state it's led to spiralling addiction, psychotic illnesses and hospitals facing a deluge of poisonings


I'm in upmarket Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, California, in one of the area's many so-called 'wellness' shops, just a stone's throw from designer boutiques such as Gucci and Saint Laurent. It's a far cry from Holland & Barrett, not least because all the products here at the Serra boutique contain high-grade, genetically engineered cannabis.


There are balms and lotions, things to eat and, of course, to smoke. One display cabinet showcases dozens of dried cannabis flowers, each bud sitting in its own pretty porcelain dish, labelled according to its supposed benefit: happiness, creativity, relaxation.


Recreational use of cannabis, which is classified as a class B drug in the UK, possession of which could land you with up to five years in prison, has been legal in California since 2016. Two decades earlier it was made available to buy, via a doctor's prescription, to treat a variety of minor ailments from back pain to anxiety.


Today, about one in five people in California use cannabis regularly, and it has become something of a health trend – not simply legal and above board but, judging by the stylish throng at Serra when I visited, practically de rigueur.


The sales assistants – who all look like Hollywood star turned health guru Gwyneth Paltrow – tell me of the variety of uses: aching muscles, headaches, anxiety, insomnia, arthritic pain and many more.


'I take a very small dose every day, just to calm any nerves I might be feeling,' one willowy, tanned brunette tells me. 'It's definitely changed my life for the better.'


And I must admit, the way it's all sold, as some kind of divine health-giving elixir, certainly makes the idea of dabbling more palatable. But I am not here to partake. Because behind the shiny pots and serenely smiling assistants, a far more disturbing picture is emerging.


Over the past few years, doctors in California have begun to voice concerns about the repercussions of increasing cannabis use. In particular, how the laissez-faire approach is fuelling a surge in addiction and mental illness.


Many are particularly concerned about Los Angeles, where teenagers use the drug more often than in any other Californian city.


Perhaps Khan would benefit from a chat with Dr Roneet Lev, an emergency doctor at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, who tells me: 'We've been seeing the problems for a while now: depressive breakdowns, psychosis, suicidal thoughts, all related to cannabis. The patients are regular people, not down-and-outs.


In California, hospital admissions for cannabis-related complications have shot up – from 1,400 in 2005 to 16,000 by 2019. In California, and the other 18 states that have legalised cannabis, rates of addiction are nearly 40 per cent higher than states without legal cannabis, according to research by Columbia University.


A study published on Thursday suggested recreational marijuana users were 25 per cent more likely to end up needing emergency hospital treatment. And, according to data from the US Fatality Analysis Reporting System, the risk of being involved in a cannabis-related accident is significantly higher in states where the drug is legal.


Studies have shown that frequent ingestion of cannabis can increase the risk of serious mental illness like psychosis and schizophrenia, as well as insomnia, social anxiety disorder and suicidal thoughts.


Experts say another serious consequence of legalisation is the increasing potency of cannabis. 


Regular use of quantities above ten per cent are linked to a higher risk of addiction, violent behaviour and a newly recognised condition called cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, or 'scromiting'.


'It means screaming and violent vomiting,' says Dr Lev. 'I call it the audible cannabis condition, because I hear the violent screams down the hall before I see the patient.'


Before 2016, Dr Lev rarely saw patients with this problem. Now she sees at least one per shift. Symptoms can continue for days, or weeks, and there is no effective treatment. 


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Mayor Eric Adams looking for a smokes person to manage NYC’s weed habit


The city is looking for a self-starter who is ready to roll.


Mayor Eric Adams is quietly conducting a job search for a first-ever “Cannabis NYC Founding Director” to rep the city’s marijuana interests once the state officially gets legal pot sales going.


The city is looking for a “senior level professional” with experience working either with government, regulatory entities — or the cannabis industry.


Adams’ new pot promoter can be either a lawyer, an architect, an engineer or an accountant, according to the job listing posted last week by the Department of Small Business Services. 

City Hall told The Post they are already interviewing candidates for the position.


The city’s pot czar will be a “liaison” between City Hall and the state Office of Cannabis Management, according to the job description – but the Big Apple will be answering to the state, which has been charged with regulating the industry according to the Marihuana Regulation & Taxation Act signed into law last March.


One source close to Adams said the mayor is looking for someone to fill the role who has had “lived experiences, understands the industry and has been unfairly targeted in the past by law enforcement to give them an opportunity to be part of the growing cannabis economy.”


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Long-awaited bill to end federal ban on marijuana introduced in U.S. Senate


Long-awaited U.S. Senate cannabis legislation that would end the federal ban on marijuana while encouraging research and taking steps to help minority communities hardest hit by the war on drugs was introduced Thursday.


The Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act would leave it to the states to decide whether to legalize the drug. Many, including New Jersey, already have, putting them in conflict with federal law. Those state-legal businesses would be able to obtain checking accounts, credit cards and other financial services now denied to them.


The bill would expunge federal cannabis convictions and encourage states to follow suit; require the Food and Drug Administration to set strong cannabis health, safety and labeling standards; encourage research into the drug; impose a federal excise tax of 5% to 12.5% for smaller businesses and 10% to 25% for larger concerns; and direct the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to address drugged driving, requiring a standard for cannabis-impaired driving within three years.


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Virginia needs to hurry up with the recreational dispensaries. I'm only 45 minutes away from the border dammit.


My buddy says the medicinal cannabis in NoVa is shwag. Says a guy at his work grows pretty h3tty stuff tho fortunately. I told him to get an internship n learns. 🤓

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8 minutes ago, Renegade7 said:

States look to regulate weed alternatives like delta-8 as sales explode https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2022/07/30/1114246987/states-regulate-delta-8?sc=18&f=1114246987

Best sleep assist.  I'm also fond of CBD gummies...it's not so much a "high" as it is a "relaxer", almost like half of a clon.  (Hubby took clon because he hated crowds, he'd take half before we'd go to the gigantic farmer's market and spend half an hour looking at cheeses...it would always turn into a 2-hour, very expensive expedition. :ols:)  


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So, last night after some 710-age (I was in CT reuniting with a friend for the first time since 2018, he broke out the 710), I came to a realization. 

weed is a gateway drug to how the world is supposed to be, and the world the government wants us to view is the world without weed. 


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Study Shows Cannabis Users 55% Less Likely to Develop Common Liver Cancer


Cannabis is already being used as a medicinal treatment for symptoms of cancer and cancer treatments, like radiation and chemotherapy. However, a recent study has found that cannabis use could actually curb the chances of developing hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), one of the most common malignancies worldwide.


The association between HCC and cannabis has previously been identified in mice, though, to the knowledge of researchers, not yet in humans, which prompted the investigation.

HCC accounts for the majority of primary liver cancers. The study notes that the World Health Organization expects the incidence of HCC to increase until 2030, with overestimates in excess of 1 million deaths from liver cancer. The United States has seen a 43% increase in death rates from liver cancer between 2000 and 2016.


Researchers from Georgetown University Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic used data from the National Inpatient Sample (NIS) database between 2002 to 2014, identifying patients with HCC and cannabis use diagnosis. The researchers then identified patients without cannabis use as a control group, adjusting for multiple potential confounders and performing a multivariable logistic regression analysis to determine the potential association between cannabis use and HCC.


To the knowledge of researchers, it was the largest study evaluating the relationship between cannabis use and HCC.


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Largest study, or only study, evaluating the relationship between cannabis us and HCC?

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