Nov 262014
 November 26, 2014

marijuana science research cannabisSomething you hear marijuana opponents say over and over is that ‘there needs to be more marijuana research conducted’ before they support reform. That of course is usually only a delay tactic, proven by the fact that these same marijuana opponents fight marijuana research efforts as much as possible. I think deep down they know that research will be favorable to the marijuana movement. Fortunately for marijuana supporters, Colorado health officials have announced their recommendations for 8 marijuana research grants. Per the Denver Post:

Colorado health officials have recommended funding two studies on childhood epilepsy, two studies on post-traumatic stress disorder and four other studies as part of the largest-ever state research program on medical marijuana.

The studies — totaling about $7.5 million in cost — would be paid for by a surplus of registration fees paid by medical marijuana patients. The grants need final approval by the state Board of Health in December. Research could begin early next year.

“We hope the studies will contribute to the scientific research available about the use of marijuana in effectively treating various medical conditions,” Larry Wolk, the executive director of the state health department, said in a statement.

Marijuana is medicine. It sounds like such a simple statement, but it’s a statement that marijuana opponents seem to try to refute as much as they can. I can’t wait until these studies are concluded and the results are released. The results will be added to the mountain of evidence that backs up the claim that ‘marijuana is medicine.’ Future generations will look back on the marijuana opponents of this generation and wonder why there was so much fuss, and why anyone ever believed them in the first place.

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  6 Responses to “Colorado Health Officials Recommend Grants For Marijuana Research”

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    What’s that? Medical marijuana is already funding its own research? Look for incoming government intervention “encouraged” by the pharmaceutical industry.

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      it’s stolen money from patients–collected under the guise of registry fee’s and should be returned to the patients who were over charged 11 million.

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    I truly wish I could agree this is a good thing but since I know the facts of where the money came from and why they have it, I cannot.

    Let’s call it what it is, –STOLEN MONEY from sick people under the guise of cost in registering for a card, a voluntary/optional thing for legal protections but required to buy MMJ from a “center”.

    There is a state statute that makes keeping more than 2 months surplus per department illegal. The CDPHE can make the registry free and have enough money to run the registry for 4 years, so says the audit. And the state just produced all the state departments over collection and the CDPHE had over $11 million ‘illegally’ and the next worst over-collected dept. has an extra $260,000 some. So this CDPHE extortion of SICK PEOPLE is 43 times as bad as the second worst inthe state. Amazing.

    Yes the illegally over collected 11 million in patient registry fee’s that should be RETURNED to patients who were overcharged but instead is stolen and put into studies that benefit other peoples ailments–not theirs.

    Over 261,000 plus people have voluntarily registered with the intentionally breached patient registry,the average age is 41-42 and a total of 470 some are minors. So .0018 voluntarily registered are minors yet 50% of the money will go to research ailments of minors.

    I’m sure IF patients could afford financing research on cannabis they would want it on their individual ailment. I know I can’t afford the research but IF I could I would of course try to help myself so then I could help others.

    A lawsuit will be filed to prevent this theft from happening. I promise.

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    “Let’s call it what it is, –STOLEN MONEY. There is a state statute that makes keeping more than 2 months surplus per department illegal. The CDPHE can make the registry free and have enough money to run the registry for 4 years, so says the audit. And the state just produced all the state departments over collection and the CDPHE had over $11 million ‘illegally’ and the next worst over-collected dept. hasan extra $260,000 some. So this CDPHE extortion of SICK PEOPLE is 43 times as bad as the second worst in the state. Amazing.

    Yes the illegally over collected 11 million in patient registry fee’s that should be RETURNED to patients who were overcharged but instead is stolen and put into studies that benefit other peoples ailments–not theirs.

    Over 261,000 plus people have voluntarily registered with the intentionally breached patient registry, the average age is 41-42 and a total of 470 some are minors. So .0018 voluntarily registered areminors yet 50% of the money will go to research ailments of minors.

    I’m sure IF patients could afford financing research on cannabis they wouldwant it on their individual ailment. I know I can’t afford the research but IF I could I would of course try to help myself so then I could help others.

    A lawsuit will be filed to prevent this theft from happening. I promise.

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    Pffft, even the research will prove a fraudulent waste soon as everyone realizes what this plant really is about. Try studying it from the perspective of a nutrient before and a medicine only after the fact disease or disorder has developed on account of its absence. Not only the 48 accepted official essential nutrients, rather also upwards 482 other compounds ALSO responsible for our health, well being and longevity. The Doctors Courtney in California are nearly 100% correct in calling them “Conditional Essential Nutrients” …in essence. What needs to be considered is that their absence is showing another vicious side to it: Generational health degradation, now in its 4th or 5th generation, visiting auto-immune diseases on our children that 40 years ago never even existed. It’s no coincidence nearly every disease and disorder shows tremendous benefit from cannabis as a medicine. It also shows its nutritive benefits if you look closer, such as in Bama Yao, China, where they live to well into over 100, 110 and even 120(the oldest recorded, female, lived to be 126 years), and with virtually ZERO disease factors, just from the seeds!

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    In the eyes of the naysayers, government run studies will create a sense of scientific structure, and legitimacy, that cannot be achieved by the privately funded, counter culture, scientific community, regardless of how precise, unbiased, and analytical they have been whilst studying this magnificent plant.
    The grants for childhood epilepsy, PTSD, and the rest will provide the building blocks for our side to stage a whole new argument that cannot be denied by dissenters.
    Is it theft to utilize moneys, that were acquired by over charging patients via heightened registration fees, to fund these grants? Yes. However, in light of what the grants represent, are the government issued grants important enough to forgive those transgressions? I say yes, but I can understand there being some residual angst about that amount of money being taken from patients pockets.
    The truth is, as we continue this quest to thrust marijuana back into the social conscientiousness, and lime light, proving time and time again that it is useful, and is in desperate need of being federally rescheduled, there are going to be some casualties regarding funding, prioritization of rights, etc etc.
    To quote a modern day philosopher, “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.” If folks attempt to come from this perspective, I believe they will see the glaring need for the grants.

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