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Lady Gaga Comes Clean About Her Marijuana Addiction

Lady Gaga Comes Clean About Her Marijuana Addiction

It’s not every day that a mega-celebrity, in this case Lady Gaga, speaks candidly about her personal battle with marijuana. But she told all about her tenure as queen of sexy-crazy and now, high. “I have been addicted to it and it’s ultimately related to anxiety coping and it’s a form of self-medication,” Gaga told a radio talk show host in New York City. There are those within the drug and alcohol recovery community who do … Read entire article »

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CA Supreme Court allows Cities, Counties to Ban Marijuana Dispensaries

  The supreme court of the state of California has ruled that the state’s cities and counties rightfully have the power to ban medical marijuana dispensaries within their respective territories. The state’s highest court made this ruling in a unanimous fashion less than two decades after California first adopted the bill permitting medical marijuana. The court said neither that bill, Proposition 215, nor any “companion measure” prevents local governments from passing their own legislation to outlaw storefront dispensaries. Justice Martin Baxter explained why the court made its ruling, saying, “While some counties and cities might consider themselves well-suited to accommodating medical marijuana dispensaries, conditions in other communities might lead to the reasonable decision that such facilities within their borders, even if carefully sited, well managed, and closely monitored, would present unacceptable local … Read entire article »

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Reefer Madness: the Growing Acceptance of Marijuana in the United States

  On January 15th, 1936, the anti-marijuana motion picture Reefer Madness was released in theaters. The film, directed by Louis Gasnier and starring a cast of unknown actors, begins with two high school students who are cajoled into smoking a joint and highlights the chaos and insanity they experience as a result. After smoking weed, the two teens’ lives descend into evil and sin; the melodramatic events include a hit-and-run accident, manslaughter, suicide, and attempted rape as the characters act with drug-crazed abandon. Though the film was originally bankrolled by a church group to educate parents on the dangers of cannabis use, it was marketed as an exploitation film and infused with more sensationalized scenes when it was released to the public. The core idea of Reefer Madness, though perhaps obscured by … Read entire article »

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Coming to Terms with My Marijuana Addiction

  I am a recovering marijuana addict. I smoked heavily through a period of about seven years from my senior year in high school to a year or so after college when, finally, I surrendered and decided to go to rehab in 2007. By 2010, after going through a few rehabs and treatment centers and a year of living on my own, I relapsed and got back into smoking weed heavily for a few months, and my parents and I decided that I should go to rehab again, this time in California. Part of my motive for moving to California was that I thought I could get medical marijuana, but this was highly dissuaded by everyone on my treatment team. That didn’t keep me from trying it out. About six months after having … Read entire article »

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Ex-DEA Officials Insist for the Federal Government to Fight Pot Laws

Ex-DEA Officials Insist for the Federal Government to Fight Pot Laws

After votes last fall, Colorado and Washington became the first two states to legalize marijuana’s recreational use, putting federal authorities in a dilemma over how, or whether, to respond. Nevertheless, as recently reported in the news, former DEA chiefs Bensinger, John Bartels, Robert Bonner, Thomas Constantine, Asa Hutchinson, John Lawn, Donnie Marshall, and Francis Mullen, of whom served for both Republican and Democratic administrations, insisted that our federal government and the Obama administration have been sluggish … Read entire article »

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Serene With Serenity

Serene With Serenity

  One of my favorite lines concerning serenity is in Step Three, page 41, of the 12&12 that states, “In all times of emotional disturbance or indecision, we can pause, ask for quiet, and in the stillness simply say: ‘God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. Thy will, not mine, be done.’” Before becoming a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, … Read entire article »

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Bad Move: Colorado Opens Itself to Marijuana Tourism

  With the uproar fresh over the recent legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Colorado and Washington states, one would doubt anything more shocking surrounding this issue would emerge so soon. Turns out that was wrong, as an assembly of lawmakers, law enforcement authorities, and weed activists in Colorado signed off on Amendment 64, which says that anyone—regardless of residency—can purchase and smoke marijuana recreationally in the state.  They can not transport it across state lines. While activists and stoners everywhere are overjoyed, and claim legalization is responsible for the supposed reduction of the drug cartel controlled black market, the reality remains that opening this door creates bigger, far worse problems. By signing off on this concept, problems—federally, socially, and individually—will grow boundlessly. For one, the federal government considers marijuana a schedule one narcotic; which … Read entire article »

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Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa “Educate” Kids About Marijuana….The Right Way to Smoke It

  Snoop Dogg, who nowadays goes by Snoop Lion, and Wiz Khalifa are a couple of celebrity examples of parents who seemingly encourage marijuana use in their homes. Snoop Dogg has had pictures surface of him and his eldest son smoking a bong, and Wiz Khalifa has publicly stated that he doesn’t plan on quitting weed after his child is born – only on informing his kid that it is an adult activity, much like alcohol. There are numerous problems with this approach, as marijuana is federally classified as an illegal drug, and a drug known to have a disabling effect on interpersonal relationships. So, amidst the heated debate surrounded smoking marijuana, why have these two limelight musicians decided on this approach regarding drugs and their children? Wiz Khalifa insists that it’s about … Read entire article »

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Marijuana Linked to Stroke in Young People

  While marijuana has long been promoted as one of the more benign recreational drugs, evidence is mounting that this conception may be fallacious. A recent study from the University of Auckland in New Zealand has been presented in Honolulu at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2013 linking marijuana use to stroke in young people. The researchers involved in the study reviewed the urine samples of 160 ischemic stroke/TIA patients between the ages of 18 and 55 (average age: 45) and found that they were more than twice as likely to have smoked marijuana in the recent past as the control group subjects. Ischemic strokes occur when there is an obstruction in a blood vessel supplying oxygen to the brain, while TIAs (transient ischemic attacks), often called “mini strokes,” involve a … Read entire article »

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Beer, Liquor, Heroin, and Weed: It’s All The Same Don’t Kid Yourself

Beer, Liquor, Heroin, and Weed: It’s All The Same Don’t Kid Yourself

In the Big Book it reads on page 142, “If he temporizes and still thinks he can ever drink again, even beer, he might as well be discharged after the next bender which, if an alcoholic, he is almost certain to have.”  Many problem drinkers who I have recently come across have explained to me that they had a difficult time with alcohol in the past but have now turned to just drinking beer instead … Read entire article »

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