• Lil Wayne storms off stage during Marijuana Festival Show in California

    July 26, 2016

    Rapper Lil Wayne on Saturday stormed off the stage in the halfway of his concert at the Medical Cannabis Concentrates Cup, a three-day marijuana festival hosted by High Times magazine in San Bernardino, California. He dropped the microphone and marched off the stage after the marijuana festival went up in smoke.

    The 33-year-old hip hop star performed four songs, including his verses from French Montana's "Pop That" and Gucci Mane's "We Be Steady Mobbin'," before the rapper looked at the side of the stage and sang, "Don't you ever call me to do this again. Don't you, ever, ever, ever, ask me to do this again." Midway through the next song, Wayne left the stage and didn't return.

    The "Lollipop" hitmaker, a known marijuana advocate, was contractually committed to perform for an hour for the fans. However, it is not clear what angered Wayne and prompted him to leave the gig early. Rumors suggest he was upset at the audience's lack of energy as the attendees battled dehydration and soaring temperatures inside the venue.

    Organisers at High Times have also been left stunned by Wayne's behavior and have since issued a statement addressing the incident.  "We are truly baffled by why Lil Wayne would do this in front of thousands of Cannabis Cup attendees - in total disregard for his fans - and are awaiting an explanation from his team."

    The Cannabis Concentrates event also featured a series of informational seminars and performances by flat-earther rapper B.o.B and Latin hip-hop and funk group Ozomatli. The event also exhibited examining the different products and services that use marijuana. Attendees were required to have California medical marijuana cards.

  • Medical Marijuana States see drop in Drug Prescriptions & Medicare Spending: Study

    July 26, 2016

    A recent study found that states in the USA that legalized medical marijuana saw declines in the number of Medicare prescriptions for drugs used to treat various medical conditions and a dip in spending by Medicare Part D, which covers the cost on prescription medications.

    Researchers at the University of Georgia found that the District of Columbia and the states with a medical marijuana law in place by 2013, prescriptions for chronic pain, anxiety, glaucoma, nausea, , psychosis, seizures, sleep disorders or depression dropped significantly compared to states that did not legalize medical marijuana. 

    These medical marijuana approved states also had a significant effect on Medicare spending. According to the study, Medicare saved approximately $165.2 million in 2013 because of lower prescription drug use. W. David Bradford, a health economist and co-author of the study, says that about $52 million of the $165.2 million in Medicare savings came from California in 2013

    The declines they discovered in prescription-use were significant. The study says in medical marijuana-approved states, the average doctor prescribed fewer doses of antidepressants, seizure and anti-nausea medication. They also found that doctors prescribed fewer doses of anti-anxiety medication — and a particularly notable reduction of painkillers prescriptions too.

    The researchers estimated that, if medical marijuana were available nationwide, Medicare Part D spending would have declined in the same year by about $470 million.

    Since the federal government classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug, doctors can't technically prescribe it. In states that have legalized medical marijuana, they can only write patients a note sending them to a dispensary.

    It is to be noted that decreasing Americans’ use of prescription drugs may not just be of monetary benefit, but depending on the type of drug, could help fight their addiction to prescription painkillers as well.

    In the USA, as many as 25 states and Washington, D.C., have some form of legalized medical marijuana.

  • Florida’s first Medical Marijuana Dispensary to open in Tallahassee

    July 25, 2016

    Two years after the state lawmakers and Gov. Rick Scott approved the sale of medical marijuana, Florida’s first medical marijuana dispensary is scheduled to open at 800 Capital Circle SE, Tallahassee next Tuesday.

    The Florida Department of Health on Wednesday provided final permission to a company called Trulieve, one of Florida’s six medical cannabis licensees, to process and dispense the non-euphoric marijuana low in THC across the state.

    "We are happy to announce that we have passed all inspections --- from growing and processing to dispensing --- and are the very first medical cannabis provider in the state to receive these formal authorizations. And we are most excited to get this much anticipated medicine to the patients of Florida," Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers said in a statement.

    The low-THC medical marijuana was approved in 2014 by the Florida Legislature under the "Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act" for patients with cancer or a medical condition that causes chronic seizures or muscle spasms.

    As many as 15 doctors have already signed up to order the low-THC products, but no patients are registered yet on the statewide database of Floridians who are eligible for the treatment.

    To access the drug legally, patients must be approved by a doctor who has passed a medical marijuana course. Then, they can place an order with any of the licensed dispensaries in the state.

    Voters will decide on the November ballot whether Florida should legalize full-strength marijuana for a variety of medical ailments, including Parkinson's disease, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS and post-traumatic stress disorder.

    In the USA, 25 states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation to legalize the possession and distribution of medical marijuana, while four states — Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Colorado  have legalized recreational marijuana for adults.

  • Colorado Town's water contaminated by Marijuana Ingredients, Authorities say

    July 23, 2016

    Residents of Hugo, a small town of Colorado, have been warned not to drink, cook or shower in the water because of the evidence of THC in the water coursing through public pipes. THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the main intoxicating ingredient of marijuana.

     The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday wrote in Twitter, “A public works employee in Hugo, a town of about 800 people 90 miles southeast of Denver, detected the chemical and health officials believe it is “marijuana THC-related”.

    Lincoln County Health Officer John Fox warned locals about symptoms of “marijuana excess,” including hallucinations, vomiting, elevated heart rate and paranoia, among other ill effects.

    Drinking water containing THC would be similar to eating marijuana-infused food, meaning the effect would depend entirely on how much was consumed and the strength of the tainted water.

    However, the County’s Public Health Director Susan Kelly said there were no reports of anyone falling ill or otherwise being affected by the tainted water. Meanwhile, officials sealed the well in question and provided bottled water to residents.

    According to the Colorado Department of Revenue, which regulates the state’s cannabis industry, it was unclear how THC got into the water in the county.

    Colorado allows both medical and recreational marijuana use. But, Hugo, a community of about 730 people, prohibits marijuana cultivation, product manufacturing, testing facilities, and state’s retail marijuana stores.

  • Medical Marijuana Advocate Eugene Monroe retires from NFL

    July 23, 2016

    Offensive tackle Eugene Monroe, first active player to advocate the use of medical marijuana, announced his retirement from the NFL (National Football League) on Thursday.

    Twenty-nine year old Monroe made his decision out of concern for his own health, as he fears that the game may have already taken a toll on his body, and brain in specific.

    "After 18 years, I am retiring from the game I love," Monroe said in a statement. "This was not an easy decision to make, but I know it's the right one for me, my health and my family. Thank you to my fans for your continued support, and to my friends and family for always standing by me. I'm excited about what's to come." Monroe’s written announcement published in the Players’ Tribune.

    Monroe has had shoulder injuries, ankle sprains, concussions and all the usual wear and tear that comes from hitting defenders dozens of times a game. To deal with such injuries, he had earlier appealed the NFL to stop testing players for marijuana so he and other players could take the medical marijuana to treat their chronic pain.

    Retired football players like Kyle Turley and Ricky Williams have promoted the benefits of marijuana and called for the league to acknowledge those benefits. However, Monroe’s vocal advocacy for marijuana eventually pressured the Baltimore Ravens to release the starting lineman this off-season.

    Although Monroe is leaving the game early, he intends to continue his support for medical marijuana. “Even though my football career is over, I plan to continue to be a vocal advocate for medical marijuana research, particularly as it relates to CTE,” Monroe wrote. “More steps need to be taken to curb the overuse of opioids in NFL locker rooms, and I won’t rest until something is done.”

    Born on April 18, 1987, Monroe played seven seasons in the NFL. Drafted in the first round in 2009 by the Jacksonville Jaguars, Monroe played regularly for most of his career. After he was traded to the Ravens for two draft picks in 2013, his injuries mounted. Last season, he missed four games because of a severe concussion.

  • Pennsylvania man steals human brain to smoke Marijuana

    July 21, 2016

    In a shocking incident, Police charged a Central Pennsylvania man with of a corpse and conspiracy as he hid a human brain under a trailer porch and used its embalming fluid to get high. His aunt called the police after finding the brain in a Wal-Mart bag at a friend’s home.

    Twenty-six year old Joshua Lee Long of Carlisle in Pennsylvania, who is already in Cumberland County Prison on multiple burglary charges, confessed in a phone call with his aunt that he had the brain and was using the formaldehyde to get high. He even gave the brain a nickname--Freddy.

    The home where the brain was found belongs to Zoller and his girlfriend Angela Micklo - both of whom are wanted on multiple burglary charges and are currently on the run, the police revealed.

    “The defendant related that he knew it was illegal to have the brain and that he and another man would spray the embalming fluid on ‘weed’ to get high,” wrote Trooper John Boardman, the investigator.

    According to the police, Long and his friend Robby Lee Zoller soaked marijuana in the embalming fluid coating the brain and then smoked it. While authorities may have encountered formaldehyde-laced marijuana, using a dead person’s brain for drug purposes shocked some investigators.

    Freddy’s real owner has not been discovered - nor has the body it once belonged to. Police think the brain was also stolen, most likely a medical specimen.

    It is to be mentioned that embalming fluid usually contains formaldehyde, methanol, ethanol and other substances. When smoked, it produces a strong, hallucinatory high and can be dangerous. It is becoming more popular with teenagers and young adults, according to a recent report.

  • Key elected officials oppose recreational marijuana in Massachusetts

    July 12, 2016

    In an unusual show of political strength, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker , Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and House Speaker Robert DeLeo on Friday attended “The Safe and Healthy Massachusetts Campaign” opposing a proposed ballot question seeking to legalize small amounts of recreational marijuana.

    The event took place at the William Ostiguy Recovery High School in Boston, where large scale of people from Boston’s health care, law enforcement, nonprofit sectors participated.  More importantly, the campaign, which opposes marijuana legalization, is a bipartisan effort. While Walsh, DeLeo and Tompkins are Democrats, Baker and Polito are Republicans.

    In a statement, the key officials predicted that if voters legalize it, marijuana and edible candy versions of the drug would seep into younger people's hands and serve as a gateway to usage of deadly narcotics such as heroin.

    The officials at the anti-legalization event also framed the measure as a grave negative for the state’s young people, and underscored the potential that, like Big Tobacco has for decades, Big Marijuana would target the state’s most vulnerable populations.

    DeLeo revealed that he would have been a hypocrite to support marijuana legalization as he works to fight the opioid abuse epidemic.

    Walsh, a recovering alcoholic and longtime advocate for people struggling with addiction, said when he mulls the ballot question, he thinks about the many wakes and funerals he has attended for people who died of overdoses and how their addictions started.

    Others officials also outlined the reasons they oppose the proposed measure for legalizing recreational use of marijuana.

    Notably, Massachusetts voters voted to legalize medical marijuana in 2012. If the proposed measure passed on the November ballot, people aged 21 or above could possess up to one ounce of marijuana for recreational use.