Hey buddies! It’s that time of the month again. When I, Jake Green, sift through all the news surrounding sweet, sweet Mary Jane, and bring you the most relevant, up-to-date, and down-right cool info. The news is all over the place this month. Some of it laughable, some concerning, and some that makes no sense at all. So, let’s jump right in with a real ethical head-scratcher.
Kids on Weed
A recent study by the Canadian Pediatric Surveillance Program (and you know they must be serious with a name like that) discovered that half of all the pediatricians they surveyed have patients who use weed for medicinal purposes. Wait! That doesn’t mean that half of all the kids in the hospital are lighting up. No. What it does mean is that half of pediatric doctors have encountered at least one of their patients using cannabis for medical reasons. Still, one third of the doctors surveyed said they have had multiple parents and adolescents ask to have a medicinal marijuana subscription.
Younger patients tend to use or request medicinals for issues related to epilepsy, or other seizure-inducing conditions, while older adolescents tend to request the prescription for anxiety and sleep issues. And before you go saying that those teens are faking anxiety to get their hands on some high quality bud, remember that teen anxiety and depression rates have spiked dramatically recently.
This rise in cannabis prescription requests has not really affected actual prescriptions received though. The doctors surveyed maintain that they would only ever prescribe cannabis to a child in the most extreme cases. But people are asking, and if they are asking enough, they are probably finding. What does this mean? Well, there are many problems with the study, but at the end of the day, weed education is severely lacking, especially regarding medical benefits. At least someone is putting the time in to study what’s going on. Kudos to the CPSP.
This one is close to my heart. While Walter keeps only the finest edibles and ganja on hand, I’ve got to admit that not everyone does. Canada is almost there with legal weed, and 61% of Americans think that it’s a great idea as well, but we aren’t super close to figuring out how to monitor the quality, or potency, of the products we’re about to buy. Actually, we definitely have the ability to test these things, the government just doesn’t know what the strength of the product should be, or have a decent grading system for buyers to follow.
The article linked above brings up the best point concerning this. The people who actually know weed, can explain potency, can monitor quality, and can secure trustworthy production sources, are the same people that are currently being prosecuted by the government for being a part of the industry when it was illegal (which it still technically is). The stupidity of this decision can’t really be overstated. In the states, even where weed is legal, there are many laws preventing people with a past criminal weed conviction from owning a business. So, the people who know weed, can’t sell it. In Canada, most provincial governments are still trying to find ways to loop weed sales in with alcohol sales.
I won’t comment too much on U.S. policies, since I am Canadian, but our government is dropping the ball super hard here. We have the exact same issue. The government has no plans to pardon people who have already been arrested for marijuana distribution, sales, or use. So, who are the experts that we can turn to? Well, who knows?
Seriously? Busted on Suspicion
One of the big problems facing the government with legalization is how they will apprehend high drivers. Well, the police now have a plan. An evil, no good, ripe for lawsuit, plan. Read the full article here to get all the details, but I will try to explain as much as I can without breaking down in an exasperated rage.
The main problem with current road side testing for weed is accuracy. These accuracy problems don’t just refer to timing (there is no way currently to tell if cannabis in the system is from minutes or weeks ago) but also to “did they” or “didn’t they” problems. People who have never smoked a day in their life can be flagged using the current methods and technology.
The entire process is twelve steps long, and could take an hour or more to get through. This test doesn’t even confirm if the suspect is high, only gives enough reasonable doubt that the police officer can lay charges. What?!?! Oh, and it gets better. The first step of the process involves things like standing on one foot, walking a straight line, and looking in your eyes. After this, if the officer is still suspicious, it’s off to the police station to complete the process. Then it gets just weird. Not only are there a bunch of chemical tests, they also check blood pressure, multitasking ability, counting, and muscle tone. Yep. Muscle tone.
If at any point the officer feels like you might be high, that is enough for them to demand a blood or urine sample. Both of these do little to determine if you are high at the time, and some of these tests can contradict each other. So, not only do these tests fail to prove how high you might be, they also might prove you’re high when you’re not. Good stuff.
City Pot Growers
OK, let’s get a little happy here. The city of Powell, Wyoming, recently came down with a little case of the giggles. City workers had been watering decorative planters for almost a month when they noticed an extra plant had made its way into the mix. A block from the town’s police station, two planters had been laced with marijuana seeds. Two days later, another plant popped up in a planter in a different part of town. City officials aren’t sure, but they believe more plants may pop up around town. At least someone is spreading some good-natured cheer these days.
Grow Your Own, You Lazy…
Want to grow your own weed at home, but also never ever move or do anything at all? Well, GroBox has got your laziness covered. All you do is add the seeds, water, nutrients, select the strain, and you’re on your way. Give it three weeks, and you have six plants ready to dry. Oh, too lazy to dry you say? No worries. The box does that for you.
But, don’t go putting your bong down just yet to rush and buy one of these things. They are huge. There is no way you can hide that in your bedroom closet. Also, the product is so new, there are very few reviews to see if it actually does what it says.
Alright friends, that’s all the news you need to know this month. Keep smoking, keep reading, keep informed.