The NCAA and Marijuana


The NCAA no longer categorizes marijuana in the same category as steroids.

Marijuana is no longer the Devil's Weed when it comes to the NCAA.

The association will never say that. But its language in de-mystifying pot -- not decriminalizing it -- was significant on Tuesday.

The penalty for a positive marijuana test was reduced from a full season to half a season. The Legislative Council forwarded the measure. It is expected to breeze through approval, meaning each positive after Aug. 1 will, in the words, of the University of Texas make it more likely violators will be subject to "campus intervention."

Commenting on the legislation, USC went a step further in supporting the measure. It said "these issues can be treated the same as academic fraud."

We've come a long way since simple possession of pot meant a multiple-year jail term. In considering the lessened ban, the NCAA used some significant language. "Street drugs are not performance-enhancing in nature, and this change will encourage schools to provide student-athletes the necessary rehabilitation."

Rehab instead of suspension. That's a reflection of the nation's changing mores. Marijuana is still illegal in the majority of states but decriminalization is coming. That doesn't mean you have to agree with it. It means that placing pot in the same category as a steroid doesn't make sense.

One makes you bigger, the other makes you want to attack a bag of Cheetos.

Besides, you aren't going to win many national championships with Cheech and Chong.

It's still up to individual schools and conferences to do what they will with athletes who test positive. Former top-rated recruit Dorial Green-Beckham was kicked off Missouri last week. Two previous marijuana-related run-ins with police at least had something to do with it.

Florida State's Jimbo Fisher in 2012 dismissed star Greg Reid three weeks after the player was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession.

There aren't many coaches who believe that pot is a mere distraction.

But the groupthink started to move the other way in 2010. The NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and the Medical Aspects of Sports concluded a positive marijuana test was not "considered 'cheating' the same way as performance enhancing drugs."

Last year, the NCAA lowered the threshold for a positive. That made it easier to detect pot in a urine test. But it also made it more likely to distinguish whether smoke was inhaled second-hand at, say, a party. That was progress.

The NCAA began drug testing in 1986. Since 1999, it has contracted with the National Center For Drug Free Sport in Kansas City to do its testing. The rate of positives has hovered around 1 percent according to this 2013 New York Times story.

In the 3 1/2 years it took to get Tuesday's legislation this far, we can logically conclude that society's view of pot has changed. Me? I don't spark up but I do consider marijuana this college generation's beer.

It just isn't that big a deal. You may disagree. But at the same time use of marijuana seems to be going up, and so does the public's acceptance of lighting up.

Without saying it out loud, the NCAA's relaxed standards seem to be reflecting society.

Read More: CBS Sports

MMJ RECIPE Magic Cookie Bars


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cannabutter, melted
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Pour melted cannabutter into bottom of glass 9×13 baking dish. Sprinkle graham crumbs and press lightly to form a crust
  3. Sprinkle coconut and chocolate chips over graham crust
  4. Pour condensed milk over everything
  5. Bake for about 25 minutes or until golden on the edges.
Cool, cut, serve! The beauty of this dish is that a) it doesn’t really matter what order the layers go in, so long as you start with the graham crust, and b) you can substitute chocolate cookie crumbs for graham crumbs, butterscotch chips for chocolate, add peanuts, or Craisins…the list is endless, really.

Great Recipe from: Good and Baked

Legalized Marijuana vs Organized Crime


Lawmakers around the globe are warming to the idea of marijuana legalization, but not everyone is excited about the growing tolerance of cannabis.

 
“I wish the Americans would stop with this legalization,” Mexican marijuana grower Rodrigo Silla tells The Washington Post.

The U.S. marijuana trade has long been supplied by drug cartels south of the border, particularly in Mexico’s Sinaloa state, known as the “Golden Triangle”. But despite a recent soar in demand, relaxation of marijuana laws has caused wholesale pot prices to drop from $100 to less than $25 per kilogram in the past five years.

“It’s not worth it anymore,” says Silla, who is 50 and has grown cannabis illegally his entire life. This year will be the first that the farmer gives up on marijuana as a source of income.

In Canada, British Columbia lawyer John Conroy echoes this sentiment. The country has seen so much marijuana from growers with government-issued licenses that black market dealers have been struggling to stay afloat.

“The market has collapsed. There is such an oversupply as a result of illegal cannabis grows and legal grows… that all kinds of people are out of business. The price has gone down and they can’t sell,” he explains.

“Why would organized crime rip off a medical marijuana grow if they can’t sell their own product? The threat to public safety is fast diminishing. So then you say, okay, this [sort of free market] has been more effective then what the police have done in the last 100 years.”

Police seem to agree that prohibition is what makes the marijuana trade so lucrative and appealing.

“There is absolutely no way we will deal with our drug problems with our current policies, simply because there is too much money to be made selling illicit drugs in this world,” says Const. Kash Heed, a chief constable in West Vancouver, BC, one of Canada’s most affluent cities.

“The prohibition of drugs, just like the prohibition of alcohol, is what provides the tremendous profits to the criminal organizations that provide the drugs on our streets,” adds Major Neill Franklin, a 34-year veteran of Maryland State Police and Baltimore Police Department.

Read More: Leaf Science

MMJ Rick Simpson Oil vs COPD


COPD is the often used term for "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease," a rather clumsy and vague description for most of us. It includes a few different lung issues, such as emphysema, bronchiectasis and chronic bronchitis. The scary part is that it's a mystery to our pharmaceutical-dependent medical system. And it gets progressively worse, often leading to death.

It's third in disease death rates, behind only heart disease and cancer. COPD creates constricted airways in one's lungs or renders small lung sacks inelastic and unable to fully accommodate breathing cycles; thus, there is obstruction.

COPD symptoms include some or all of the following: losing one's breath with minor activity, chronic coughing, increased sputum, chest tightness or pain with difficulty breathing, increased lung infections and fatigue. It has been observed to have four stages. Many of those lugging oxygen canisters around are in the last two stages.

The pharmaceuticals prescribed for treating symptoms often have side effects that cause more problems. Big Pharma is still fishing for cures, while COPD diagnoses rates continue rising in our toxic environment.

Medical marijuana to the rescue once again

The treatment situation is so bleak and harmful with mainstream medicine that those desperate to breathe normally and cough up less mucus have desperately turned to medical marijuana for at least some relief without negative side effects.

Smoking marijuana cigarettes is shunned for obvious reasons, but many claim that vaping, or using a vaporizer to inhale cannabis, is useful for COPD without exacerbating the lungs' inflammatory condition.

But better results have been achieved by ingesting cannabis, especially the potent, highly condensed oil extract that Rick Simpson pioneered in Canada and now in Eastern Europe. Many medical marijuana advocates, especially those in medical-cannabis-friendly states, have learned to make the oil and provide it to those in need.


Making Rick Simpson's Oil

Most of the cannabis treatment publicity has gone toward cancer, Crohn's disease, chronic epileptic seizures and glaucoma. Even Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis victims have experienced positive results from various cannabis products with THC applications.

Pharmaceutical-dependent mainstream medicine hasn't been able to cure any of these diseases or even alleviate symptoms without creating complications, some fatal.

More COPD patients have hopped on the cannabis cure bandwagon with positive results lately. These results include folks with late-stage COPD and severe emphysema.


Learn More: Natural News

Read This Before Mailing Your Marijuana


The U.S. Postal Inspection Service ended fiscal year 2013 on a high, intercepting 20 percent more pot-packed parcels and tallying 14 percent more arrests and indictments for mailing controlled substances than in the preceding year.

During the fiscal year, which ended in September, inspectors confiscated 45,000 pounds of cannabis concealed within 9,100 parcels, according to Paul Krenn, an assistant inspector in charge at the U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s Washington, D.C., headquarters.

In fiscal year 2012 inspectors found 42,000 pounds of marijuana stashed in about 7,600 parcels.

Marijuana is far and away the most common drug intercepted by inspectors. In fiscal year 2013 marijuana intercepts comprised 68 percent of 13,389 drug-related seizures, up from 67 percent of 11,322 seizures the year before. The overall figures include trafficking proceeds.

Postal inspectors, often in cooperation with local and other national law enforcement agencies, secured 2,622 arrests and indictments for mailing controlled substances in fiscal year 2013, up from 2,299 arrests and indictments the preceding year.

The inspectors recently began tabulating arrests and indictments together. In previous years only arrests were recorded in year-end reports. The number of arrests in fiscal year 2012 – 1,760 – was 33 percent higher than the preceding year and up 200 percent from 2006.

It’s unclear if the increase in intercepts reflects an increase in shipments or merely better detection methods.

Read More: US News
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