Written by Christopher Meyer | 6:07 pm on December 3, 2011
We trust our health to doctors. They have a position of stature and respect. Unfortunately that trust is manipulated by a healthcare system which focuses more on profit than on well being, and the repercussions of this neglect manifest themselves in public policy, politics, and in our own bodies.
Data from a study conducted between 1999-2004 by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) indicated that accidental poisoning was second only to automobile accidents as the listed cause of death. What’s shocking is the amount of increase for prescribed drugs.
‘Rates for drug poisoning deaths increased 68.3%, and mortality rates for poisonings by other substances increased 1.3%. The largest increases were in the “other and unspecified,” psychotherapeutic, and narcotic drug categories.’
How is this allowed to happen? It is a common misconception that the FDA actually tests the drugs that it is charged with approving. In fact, clinical trials are performed by pharmaceutical companies themselves and the data is passed onto the FDA for approval. This situation is the epitome of a potentially lethal conflict of interest. (more…)
Written by Christopher Meyer | 6:10 pm on September 6, 2011
It is a cruel irony that the de-prohibition of the cannabis plant used as a medicine could occur before legal hemp production comes to fruition in the United States.
The oldest know human artifact is an 8000 year old piece of hemp cloth found in the Mesopotamia (modern-day Turkey) where western human civilization began.
It suffices to say that the cannabis plant has accompanied humanity throughout our history for its usefulness as a fiber, as a food, and as medicine. (more…)
Written by Christopher Meyer | 1:45 pm on April 27, 2011
The following was provided by the Cannabis Therapy Institute:
The news program HDNet World Report has asked CTI to help round up some
volunteers for a study they are doing of how cannabis affects the driving
of medical patients. The study will require volunteers to take a driving
simulation test before and after ingesting or smoking cannabis. The news
show will compare the results of the simulation tests and also interview
patients as to how they believe cannabis affects their driving.
The tests will be done this Thursday or Friday in Denver. The tests and the
interviews will take about 2 hours per person. You must be a medical
marijuana patient with a valid Registry ID card and a valid Drivers License
to participate. The show will provide free transportation and snacks to
test participants. This will not require you to have a blood draw, this is
just a driving simulator test.
If you are interested in helping with this study, please contact the
producer as soon as possible. They are on a tight deadline.
David Pelcyger, Producer
HDNet World Report
Phone: (303) 542-5597
Provided as a Public Service by the:
Cannabis Therapy Institute
P.O. Box 19084, Boulder, CO 80308
Written by Christopher Meyer | 2:10 pm on April 14, 2011
A bill that would set a blood content limit for THC has already passed the Colorado House of Representatives. HB 1261 goes before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, April 18th at 1:30pm in the Old Supreme Court Chambers of the State Capitol on the 2nd Floor.
This is one of the final opportunities for the public to offer comment on the bill. Denver Relief will be there to express our ardent disapproval.
The bill sets a ”per se” limit which means that if someone were to test over the limit, they would have no defense regarding impairment. They would be charged with a DUI equivalent to that of drunk driving without any mitigation for being a medical patient with a higher tolerance to cannabis. (more…)
Written by Christopher Meyer | 2:52 pm on April 6, 2011
If you had the opportunity to visit the High Times Cannabis Cup this last weekend, you saw a wide variety of businesses that are participating in the marijuana movement; not just from Denver, but from around the country. The volume of people standing in lines on Saturday was a testament to how many are eager to see marijuana culture up close.
If you are legal Colorado medical marijuana patient, you had the opportunity to visit a restricted area where Colorado medical marijuana centers and vendors of infused products had booths to represent their young businesses.
While I am sure there were many who enjoyed their visit to this room, I had the awful feeling that it wasn’t a very good reflection of what a legitimate and professional industry should look like or sound like (there were at least three competing PA systems). (more…)
Written by Christopher Meyer | 11:06 am on March 24, 2011
HB11-1261, the THC DUI bill has passed through the House of Representatives and now faces several readings in the Senate before being put to a vote.
It is imperative that you contact your representative and let them know that the per se limit should be removed from the bill or the bill should be voted down.
The per se limit would, if charged with DUI for having more than 5ng of THC per ml of blood, would leave the defendant with no defense regarding impairment.
If you are over the limit the law would consider you impaired though many patients have high tolerances due to edibles regimen and could have a blood content level higher than the limit without being impaired.
Cannabis Therapy Institute has provided a spreadsheet to find your representative: