Reminder: Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Appear to Lower Crime Rates

Studies over the past few years have been clear in their conclusion that medical marijuana dispensaries aren’t linked to an increase in crimes, and may very well lower the crime rate in the surrounding area. story-legal-potgood2-165145

In 2011 the RAND Corporation released the results of a new study which revealed that crime was 60% greater within a three-block radius, and 25% greater within a six-block radius, in areas where medical marijuana dispensaries had been shutdown – compared  to areas where dispensaries were allowed to stay open. This study came after a Los Angeles ordinance shut down roughly 7 out of every 10 dispensaries in the city.

In 2012, a government funded study, conducted by the National Institute of Health, and published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, concluded that dispensaries weren’t linked to neighborhood crime.

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Wake Up Democratic Leaders, Your Constituency Isn’t Happy

Besides a few champion reformists on both sides of the aisle, neither the Democrats Sept_14_fs_dem_donkey_gop_elephant_Fox_Gfxor Republicans, especially on the national level, are known for being friendly to cannabis law reform. But with our nation’s Senate minority leader, a Republican, co-sponsoring legislation to end hemp prohibition, while the majority leader and president, both Democrats, remain mum, we obviously have a problem.

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Reminder: Marijuana May Help Fight Breast Cancer

In 2007 ABC News reported on a study which found that marijuana may be helpful in fighting breast cancer. Little research has been published since on the matter, but the results were encouraging, to say the least. breast-cancer-ribbon1

The study was conducted by researchers at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, and was funded by the California Breast Cancer Research Program. According to ABC News, researchers “have found at the cellular level, a compound in cannabis inhibits the gene that controls the spread of cancer.”

“The problem is not the cancer itself, the problem is the spread of the cancer,” said cancer researcher Yvez Desprez, Ph.D, who points to the gene ID-1 as the trigger. “When this type of gene is expressed, the cells basically go crazy and they’re very aggressive and they metastasize everywhere in the body,” said Desprez.

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Educating MADD

In 2010, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) was one of the most vocal and powerful voices opposed to Proposition 19, the failed ballot effort in California which would have legalized cannabis.DUI-Colorado-MADD

In 2011, MADD furthered this misplaced opposition by partnering with the ONDCP (Office of National Drug Control Policy, headed by our nation’s Drug Czar) in a nationally coordinated effort to combat “drugged driving.” In other words; joining forces to oppose common sense cannabis policies, and continuing to spread the same misinformation the ONDCP has become famous for.

In taking this approach, MADD is counteracting their own agenda. By working to defeat the legalization of cannabis, they’re directly responsible for fatalities that could have otherwise been avoided.

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Reminder: States That Have Legalized Medical Marijuana Have Seen Fewer Traffic Fatalities

Legalizing medical marijuana decreases the consumption rates of alcohol, which reduces traffic fatalities. This is according to a study released at the end of 2011. Although the study didn’t spread near as much as it deserves, it was picked up by multiple national outlets such as Time Magazine and The Huffington Post.joint

The study was conducted by Montana State University economics professor Mark Anderson, and Daniel Rees, a professor at the University of Colorado, and was published by IZA, the Institute for the Study of Labor. Their research method included the pair using an analysis of data from the National Household Survey on Drug Use and Health and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Using the data, the study compared traffic fatalities over time in states with and without medical marijuana laws, accounting for changes in each state’s law. The researchers found that fatal car crashes dropped by 9% in states that legalized medical marijuana. A pretty drastic drop.

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Reminder: Legalized Medical Marijuana Reduces Suicides, Says Study

Research released last year revealed what might be one of the biggest benefits of a state legalizing medical cannabis; their residents commit suicide at a lower rate.jilly-bean-medical-marijuana-weed-strain-thcf-jillybeanweed

The research, which used comprehensive statistical analysis to come to its conclusion, found that states in the U.S. which have legalized medical cannabis saw a drastically significant reduction in suicides. Unsurprisingly, this was under-publicized in the media.

Overall, medical cannabis states saw a suicide reduction of roughly 5%. Those aged 20-29 saw a reduction of 11%, while those aged 30-39, saw a 9% decrease.

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Reminder: There’s No Such Thing as a Marijuana Overdose

You can’t die from marijuana consumption alone. It’s worth being repeated; no matter how much you consume, regardless of how fast and through what method of inhalation or ingestion, you can’t die from marijuana consumption. It’s non-lethal. 333

This is an anomaly among substances that we as humans can consume. Everything else has a fatal dose, even water. Water, for example, has an easily detectable LD-50; the amount at which consumption will kill half of those who consume that particular amount.

Scientists have yet to discover – and in all reality never will – the LD-50 for marijuana. This infuriates prohibitionists.

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10 Reasons to End the Insanity and Legalize Marijuana

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  • Cannabis prohibition has led to a brutal black market.

Sometimes this market benefits an average Joe just looking to get by, and to us that’s fine, but behind the curtains it vastly benefits criminal organizations, handing them a method of financial empowerment. This fuels violent crime throughout the country, and world. Many of the most dangerous criminal syndicates get a majority of their profit from the illegal cannabis market.

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12 Things You Might Not Know About Cannabis

 

  • The majority of America has either decriminalized cannabis, or legalized it for medicinal purposes

It’s almost hard to believe when you consider how strong prohibition continues in most parts of the country, but 27 states in the U.S. have either decriminalized cannabis possession, legalized possession and state-licensed retail sales, legalized cannabis for medicinal purposes, or a combination of the three.

A breakdown of states that have decriminalized cannabis or legalized it for medical purposes.
A breakdown of states that have decriminalized cannabis or legalized it for medical purposes.

 

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Is Washington State America’s Cannabis Mecca?

Washington State has long been considered on the forefront of cannabis law reform, and over the past several months, things have escalated. Washington voters approved Initiative 502 with a resounding, double-digit victory. Possession of an ounce of cannabis is no longer a criminal offense. Smoking in clear public display is simply a ticket. Hundreds are filling meetings ran by the Liquor Control Board to discuss how legal cannabis retail outlets are going to be regulated. The state’s largest city, Seattle, has well over 100 access points for medical cannabis. Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH

For all intents and purposes, cannabis is the new state flower for Washington.

Even better, voters aren’t the only advocates for change; their legislature is filled with champion reformists. And it shows.

Washington State lawmakers are currently discussing three cannabis-related bills, all of which passed through their respective committees, two unanimously.

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