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  • Embrace Our Herbal Remedy Heritage: Legalize Medicinal Marijuana in West Virginia!

    Fri Mar 23, 2012 11:14 am

     No more Pill Billies in our West Virginian hills. Heal the state by supporting Marijuana Bills!

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     My home state of West Virginia is frequently in the media for its multiple health, environmental, and economic disparities. Many people around the nation are starting to agree that cannabis could alleviate many of these problems in these difficult times.  I especially agree that West Virginia could benefit immensely with the vast help of this therapeutic plant. Did you know according to the recent Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index West Virginia was acknowledged this year as the most miserable state with the lowest wellness score in the nation!?[1]  If this statistic wasn’t enough to prove that there are many fundamental problems with the well being of the populace here I know these next figures should really illustrate our urgent need for a medical and economical transformation. Our state has always been particularly poor. In fact it has the second-lowest median household income in the country. Our residents also face numerous health issues such as the highest rate of heart attacks, third-highest rate of cancer, diabetes, and the lowest life expectancy in the country[2]. We also boast the highest rate per capita of overdose deaths in the nation! And 90% of those overdose deaths have prescription drugs as a sole or contributing cause of death. And it’s not only just a public health problem it is the number one crime problem in the Southern District and a significant financial burden to our state.

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    Another poignant and very realistic statistic is that we have the highest rating of disabled people per capita.[3] Many of these impoverished people are paying between $700-1,000 a month for prescription medicines that leave their bodies ravaged, addicted, and easy targets for the drug hungry abusers[4]. This doesn’t sound reminiscent of an effective method of treatment to me. That is why our state is perfect for the candidacy of Re-Legalizing Marijuana. There is a plethora of other reasons why marijuana & hemp should be legal, but here are four great ones.

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    REASON 1. Medicinal use: Cannabis can be used as medicine because it helps to stimulate appetite, relieve nausea, and suppress pain in all kinds of patients.  Who needs antidepressants, addictive painkillers, and dangerous anxiety medication with their terrible side effects when you already have a plant that does it all? I believe we are only beginning to scratch the surface of what cannabis and endocannibanoids can do for people of all walks of life mentally and physically. In England they are using Sativex to help with MS and Cancer.[5]  Since we have the highest rate of disabled people per capita in the nation, yes the nation![6] Why wouldn’t we try anything (especially any possible natural substances) to help these people. And if people want to poo-poo cannabis because you have to smoke it, then they really aren’t schooled on the benefits of cannabis. Medicinal effects of Marijuana can also be attained by edibles, vaporizing, capsules, and in a spray such as Sativex. However, most importantly a recent study shows that smoking a joint a day doesn't seem to decrease lung function, published in Jan. 11 edition of Journal of the American Medical Association.[7] In fact, occasional marijuana use was associated with slight increases in lung airflow rates and volume! *See my next blog that will discuss this amazing research even more! Again I can’t reiterate enough how important it is that we support anything we can do to help facilitate getting more people off harsh addictive pills with their terrible side effects and on to more natural and in fact safer medications. Not only are prescription drug addicts costing valuable taxpayer money but they are also clogging up our already poorly operating healthcare and penile systems.

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    REASON 2. Industrial Hemp: The hemp plant is an extremely valuable natural resource that was once the backbone of America’s agricultural heritage. Legalizing marijuana would eliminate the confusion surrounding hemp and allow us to take full advantage of its amazing agricultural and industrial uses, which are plentiful! We have actually legalized industrial hemp here in West Virginia. I feel this is a step in the right direction. I’d much rather see our ancient mountains alive with plants than being blown apart by mountain top removal (the most destructive & permanent form of coal mining).  Of course the Appalachian mountainsides are a great place to farm and produce hemp and hemp products. The industrial hemp industry it’s self (if allowed to truly thrive) could really aid our states much needed economic recovery.

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    That brings us to….. 

    REASON 3. Economical: Obviously there is money to be made in the reemergence of this industry. The production would require a massive increase in jobs within the state. The industry would create numerous jobs for, landholders, growers, distributers, laborers, all kinds of medical professionals, industrialists, and even educators to make cannabis effective in the community. I thought it would be a wonderful replacement for the many of those who lost mining jobs. Also being able to produce our own fabric, food, bio-diesel fuel, paper, plastics, rope, building material, molded panels, car components, wallpaper, and even barn bedding for farm animals. This opportunity would be really rewarding instead of importing these products we could actually get ahead by exporting these items to others like we do with coal. WOW, sounds like a booming industry! Plus If the government really believed the mendacity they advocate about marijuana, such as it makes people slackish, unemployable, and scholastic underachievers then of course the state with extremely high unemployment rates and extremely low educational graduates should be one of the first candidates for legalization of this plant.[8] You would think they would want this population to be under achievers so we are not discouraged by our intellectual and economic surroundings?!  But of course the government doesn’t believe the lies they have perpetuated about this plant. And a large portion of the country doesn’t either, because there are just so many examples of intelligent and creative people in our society whose lives have been enriched by cannabis.

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    Yes And Even…..

           REASON 4. Religious Use: Some religions instruct their followers to use marijuana. Just like         Christianity and Judaism instruct their followers to drink wine on certain occasions, some                Hindus, Buddhists, Rastafarians, and members of other religions use marijuana as part of            their spiritual and religious ceremonies. These people deserve the freedom to practice their          religion as they see fit. In fact the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution demands it!                    Surprisingly we have a wide variety of religions here in West Virginia in fact the New                      Vrindaban palace of gold is located in Moundsville. Plus if religious people believe God                made everything for a purpose and gave us all of the seed bearing plants to use how could          they not support this magical plant and respect its religious affiliations? If they do judge then        they probably don’t practice the religion they preach.

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    Obviously since there is something so fundamentally wrong with the wellness of West Virginia why not try to alleviate some of the stress on the economical and healthcare system with Cannabis? Cannabis is known to reduce stress. I truly believe our health trends WILL change if we are able to medicate naturally with this incredible substance. In the end our state wastes millions of dollars to support golf games, like the PGA, if that money was put into the state we probably wouldn’t have some of the worst economic & health trends in the nation now. I say if our government wants to spend money frivolously then let the people be able to economically heal and reasonably medicate themselves by harnessing the NATURAL medicinal powers of cannabis! It’s time we revolutionize, and re-legalize marijuana. This is a human rights movement!

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    In exciting news, on February 10, Del. Mike Manypenny introduced effective medical marijuana legislation in West Virginia for the second consecutive year. Unfortunately members of the West Virginia House of Representatives failed to act on legislation, HB 4498. This was the second year in a row that Democrat Delegate Mike Manypenny had sponsored medical marijuana legalization legislation. Lawmakers in 2012 failed to hold even a single hearing on the measure. Please sign this quick petition I started asking to give the compassionate medical marijuana bill consideration to help improve the people of West Virginia’s lives. It’s especially important for our government officials to hear from people outside of West Virginia to know that others DO CARE about us, and that we all want to improve our standards of living allover America with RE-LEGALIZING CANNABIS.

    http://www.change.org/petitions/medicinal-marijuana-in-west-virginia-embrace-our-herbal-remedy-heritage

     References 

    [1] http://247wallst.com/2012/03/02/americas-most-miserable-states/

    [2] America’s Most Miserable States - 24/7 Wall St. http://247wallst.com/2012/03/02/americas-most-miserable-states/#ixzz1oc9KaCwn

    [3] http://www.socialsecuritydisabilityfacts.com/Article/West-Virginia-Has-Nation-s-Highest-Disability-Rate.shtml

    [4] http://www.wowktv.com/story/16927799/wva-lawmaker-wants-to-legalize-medical-marijuana

    [5] http://www.gwpharm.com/multiple-sclerosis.aspx

    [6] http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/archive/index.php/t-9558.html

    [7] http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=casual-marijuana-smoking

    [8] https://www.ncjrs.gov/ondcppubs/publications/pdf/marijuana_myths_facts.pdf

    Thanks for reading & remember education is power!

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    Keep the Dream Growing!

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  • Weedbuz.com Ganja Girl Calendar Miss January Nuggs and Juggs

    Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:02 pm

     Weeeee I made the http:www.weedbuz.com calendar of ganja gals I’m Miss January so go

    check it out if you like. The proceeds go to benefit cancer patients and of course promote

    relegalization of this important herb. Of course I’m thrilled to be part of any marijuana promotion!

    Mary Jane keeps you Sane.

    Thanks everyone for all of your support and keep voting for me as Miss High Times 2012.

    Happy New Year Ganja Guys & Gals wishing everyone a Healthy, Happy, Green 2012.

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     Blazing one for all my high times friends

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     Now time to party down like a psychopathic cartoon character and hit my favorite bong!

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  • Spark it up cause I just time traveled back to the 1990's......BEAVIS & BUTTHEAD IS BACK!

    Mon Nov 07, 2011 7:30 pm

     Did you see it! Did you think you time traveled too? BEAVIS AND BUTTHEAD was just on my tv, MTV. Just thought I'd say how much I loved the High Times w/ Beavis and Butthead in April of 1994.  I totally had to sneak into the local head shop and buy one. Those were the golden years for me just discovering marijuana and huh-huh other transcendental things. So this bong load and blog is for Mike Judge. From Spike and Mike quickie cartoons to the long running series King Of The Hill..........Long live Senior Judge and his awesome cartoon creations. Thank you for not changing a thing!

    ~Nuggs 

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    Woooo Long Live Cartoons & Cannabis huh-huh-huh this is going to be cool.........

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    Beavis did you you just cut one, Smells like some stinky cheeeeeeeeeese.........huh huh huh

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    Rolled several fattys for this special television occasion

    Photobucket huh huh huh cool smokey goodness for my awesome 2-D braindead metal heads. Huh-huh-huh take care High Times Friends! Stay Hazy & enjoy Harvest Time!

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    Also Happy Halloween again everyone!

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  • Thanks High Times for your years of articles on human rights!

    Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:19 am

     Thanks High TImes for this amazing article (on Leonard Peltier) & all of the great articles you published on human rights, discrimination, and revolutionaries. You as an media entity help break through the oppressive prison of stereotyping marijuana users and show that we are much more than stoners on a couch. We are your elders, children, doctors, lawyers, students, and revolutionaries!

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  • Just hit over a 1,000 Comments thanks Miss High Times

    Tue Aug 09, 2011 11:15 am

     Thanks Ganja People for all of the kind words, interesting stories, and support. Celebrating my 1,000 + comments by hitting some delicious Sour Diesel for all my weedy webby friends!

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    I Love Miss High TImes Competition 

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