TBC: Morning Musing 4.20.15 Pass the Blunt Edition

Happy 420! I’ve got a few smoky things for ya! Then maybe go grab the chips!

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta: It’s time for a medical marijuana revolution

I see a revolution that is burning white hot among young people, but also shows up among the parents and grandparents in my kids’ school. A police officer I met in Michigan is part of the revolution, as are the editors of the medical journal, Neurosurgery. I see it in the faces of good parents, uprooting their lives to get medicine for their children — and in the children themselves, such as Charlotte, who went from having 300 seizures a week to just one or two a month. We know it won’t consistently have such dramatic results (or any impact at all) in others, but what medicine does?

I see this medical marijuana revolution in surprising places.

Some history:

How ‘420’ Became the Big Day for Weed Smokers Across America

The origin of the term 420, celebrated around the world by pot smokers every April 20, has long been obscured by the clouded memories of the folks who made it a phenomenon.

An exhaustive search chased the term back to its roots, where it was found in a lost patch of cannabis in a Point Reyes, Calif., forest.  Just as interesting as its origin, it turns out, is how it spread.

Some bad news:

President Obama Crushes the Marijuana Movement With 15 Words

Right now, that is not federal policy, and I do not foresee, any time soon, Congress changing the law at a national basis. But I do think that if there are states that show that they are not suddenly a magnet for additional crime, that they have a strong enough public health infrastructure to push against the potential for increased addiction, then it’s conceivable that it will spur on a national debate. But that is going to be some time off.


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1 comment

    • TMC on April 20, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Saturday’s Summer like weather was a tease. We are back to April with lots of rain and strong winds here in the Apple. Unfortunately, I was out in the worst of it this AM. It made the ferry trip rough and traffic maddening in Manhattan. Fortunately, the trip home will be a bit less wet.

    I thought the Bill Maher piece was quite funny but sad in the reality that his little revision of “The Night Before Christmas” would have ended quite differently and most likely violently. Thank you, W and Barry, for militarizing the police and turning our cities into militarized zones. Not exactly what the Founding Fathers envisioned.

    I have a busy week ahead. Traveling Tuesday evening and returning home Saturday morning. So far the weather forecast isn’t too bad. I hate driving in the rain.

    Everyone have a great week

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