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Aug 05 2012

The Scheduling of Marijuana

Checkout this informative infographic from Rehab Today, titled, “The Scheduling of Marijuana”. The infographic opens with the following intro statement:

Bunched together with the likes of heroin and MDMA, marijuana is currently classified as a Schedule I Controlled Substance in the United States. But as the research supporting te benefits and safety of marijuana continues to amass  and public opinion mounts for decriminalization – the pressure on the federal government to reclassify marijuana grows. Take a look at marijuana’s current classification, the evidence supporting both its medical benefits and safety and what states have already implemented a medical marijuana program.

It proceeds to point out some very useful facts to share with family and friends leading up to November’s critical election for Colorado:

  • Estimated tax revenue and law enforcement savings that reclassification could generate: $20 Billion
  • In the 70′s, The Schafer Commission concluded it’s studies, recommending the complete decriminalization of marijuana. President Nixon went against all scientific evidence and rejected their recommendation –according to him, marijuana is more dangerous than meth, a schedule II substance!
  • An individual would have to consume 1,500 pounds of cannabis within 15 minutes to reach fatal levels.
  • 80% of Americans support medical marijuana.
  • Diseases and conditions that benefit from medical marijuana: Alzheimer’s Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Chronic Pain, Cancer, Depression, Dystonia, Fibromyalgia, Gastrointestinal Disorders, Hepatitis C, HIV, Hypertension, Incontinence, Multiple Sclerosis, Osteoporosis, Sleep Apnea, Tourette’s Syndrome
  • Annual Recreational Substance Deaths:
    • Tobacco: 440,000
    • Alcohol: 46,000
    • Marijuana: 0

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  • Erin McDaugm

    If I was not living through this time of prohibition, I would find it far fetched that a society as sophisticated as ours would be susceptible to the notion that certain people posses the power to determine laws based solely on personal opinion. I cannot speak for those that decided these laws years ago but I can talk about what I have seen in my home state. Colorado medicinal marijuana has helped ten of thousands of patients with little to point at in regards to draw backs. One of the only major conflicts in the community is the onslaught of advertisements and sign-twirlers flashing messages such as: “Cheap Weed!” “$20 eights” “New Weed Store” so on and so forth. With communication increasing and public stigma decreasing the regulations that are in place have been examples of true compromise. I have personally been a patient for a number of years and feel the experience has been nothing but positive. The positivity of the experience has been in no small part due to the attention given by my care givers at Rino Supply Co. (http://www.rinosupplycompany.com/).