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Breen Fronar posted a blog entry in Breen Fronar reverieMarijuana is a type of drug that's often made up of flowers, buds, and leaves of the hemp plant called “Cannabis sativa.” For those who are not aware, aside from being an illegal drug (in some countries), marijuana is also considered to be a medicinal herb that has the ability of treating symptoms related to pain, lack of appetite, and even nausea. Though, that's not all; medical marijuana can also be used by people who were diagnosed with Aids, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and even glaucoma. Legality In the U.S., possessing, selling, giving away, or growing marijuana for any purpose is deemed to be illegal by the federal law. Likewise, it's also against the law for medical doctors to prescribe this drug-- no matter what the health condition may be. However, several states in the U.S. have passed laws, allowing people with certain health conditions to purchase marijuana from dispensaries or grow marijuana for their own personal use. Similarly, some states also license and allow people to give away medical marijuana for anyone who needs it. It has been said that if you're going to use medical marijuana to treat a certain medical condition, there's a possibility that the federal government would not prosecute you-- but it's debatable. Medical Marijuana Laws Likewise, the laws concerning the use of medical marijuana also vary from state to state. For those who are thinking of trying this drug, it's advisable to consult a medical practitioner first. Additionally, it's also important to call the state department of health in order to learn more about the laws governing with the use of medical marijuana. Experts' Opinion The medical use of marijuana has been studied for a number of decades. Though, a lot of experts are still skeptic in regard to its efficiency and safety. Some medical experts don't even recommend the use of medical marijuana, because of the following reasons: - The FDA hasn't approved this drug yet. - Despite its so-called efficiency, the use of medical marijuana could trigger adverse side effects, such as impairing one's memory, coordination, and judgment. Likewise, it could also increase the risks of being involved in an accident. - Smoking marijuana could harm your lungs. - It has been discovered that there are a number of legal drugs that work just as well, such as the drugs made for pain relief, and nausea. However, some medical experts do believe that medical marijuana could be beneficial for some, because: - It's capable of providing pain relief, especially when normal pain relievers won't even work or is not safe for use, because of an allergic reaction. - It has the ability of improving one's appetite and relieve nausea, especially to those who are suffering from cancer and AIDS. - It works as an analgesic, that it could also lessen the pain, especially to those who are suffering from chronic pain and neuropathic pain that's commonly caused by amputation, alcoholism, spine surgery, and HIV. Thus, for those who are aware, they turn to marijuana for instant relief. - Medical marijuana has the ability to relax tensed muscles and reduce muscle spasms, as well as shaking.
Mark Piazzalunga posted a topic in Green Talk"Global warming is melting Artctic ices? Who cares? It doesn't affect me directly and it doesn't change my life." Well, ignorant person, here's a nasty consequence of climate change that will revolutionize your life (especially in Summer): humidity. A nightmare for young people, a risk for old people, a good thing for a little minority of lucky ones. Will people finally believe in climate change when humidity will conquer the world? I think so. Humidity can be nasty for some one but it can be dangerous for business especially if it's rising. That’s one of the findings in a report published today called “Risky Business,” commissioned by some of America’s top business leaders to put price tags on climate threats. For example, by the end of the century, between $238 billion and $507 billion of existing coastal property in the U.S. will likely be subsumed by rising seas, and crop yields in some breadbasket states may decline as much 70 percent. If this doesn't scare you... By 2050, the average American is likely to see between two and more than three times as many 95 degree days as we're used to. By the end of this century, Americans will experience, on average, as many as 96 days of such extreme heat each year. The report says a child bron in the past 20 years can feel the heat over a lifetime. What to do when it's hot? Air conditioner. It has a cost: according to the report in the next 25 years we'll need $12 billion and the average of 200 power plants. "Heat is nasty, so? It isn't letal." Oh, yes it is. By the end of the century, the Southeast will see an additional 11,000 to 36,000 people die each year from heat-related conditions as the region swelters under as many as 130 more days of extreme heat, according to the report. In the milder Northeast, where the thermometer hits 95 degrees just 2.6 days a year today, the number will rise by between 17 and 59 days. "The risks are much more perverse and cruel than we saw with the financial crisis, because they accumulate over time,” Hank Paulson (Treasure Secretary under George W. Bush) said in New York today. Business leaders are sometimes accustomed to moving slowly on long-term risks. In the case of global warming, he said, “a business-as-usual approach is actually radical risk-taking.” And if it's a Republican to say it...
Mark Piazzalunga posted a topic in Climate ChangeAmericans are willing to bear the costs of combating climate change, and most are more likely to support a candidate seeking to address the issue in these midterm elections. By an almost two-to-one margin, 62 percent to 33 percent, Americans say they would pay more for energy if it would mean a reduction in pollution from carbon emissions, according to the Bloomberg National Poll. While Republicans were split, with 46 percent willing to pay more and 49 percent opposed to it, 82 percent of Democrats and 60 percent of independents say they’d accept higher bills. These great news point three facts: - Not all Republicans are against climate change, the most wonderful news I've ever heard. - Democrats may win midterm elections due to the opinion of Americans. - Something might really change in America from the environmental point, climate change isn't anymore that Democrat legend, it's now a real danger that must be defeated.
Mark Piazzalunga posted a topic in Climate ChangeThe war against climate change is intensifing and President Barack Obama clearly defined his strategy: acting. Here's what he said to the graduates of the University of California at Irvine: “rising temperatures and sea levels and intensifying storm patterns define one of the most significant long-term challenges that our country and our planet face.” President Barack Obama called on Americans coming of age to demand that politicians respond more aggressively to climate change, comparing those skeptical about man-caused alterations to the environment to a belief that the moon is “made of cheese.” Is Obama scared by the opinion of young generations about climate change? He shouldn't. In his speech to the college he also attacked its biggest enemy in these midterms elections: Congress. According to the President today’s Congress, “is full of folks who stubbornly and automatically reject the scientific evidence, they will tell you it is a hoax, or a fad.” And here's the direct offensive “One member of Congress actually says the world is cooling. There was one member of Congress who mentioned a theory involving ’dinosaur flatulence’ — which I won’t get into.” I bet he/she was a Republican and I won. Some Republicans substain that this plan is going to reduce jobs although International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) shows a different (and more reliable) reality. Unfortunately Democrats aren't perfect: some Democrats from coal-producing states have joined Republican leaders in opposing the plan, citing its impact on jobs. Money sometimes unites left and right... Someone would call them traitors, in Italy we called them franchi tiratori (in english is bush-fighters or snipers). Obama starts from young students i.e. the safe house, it will be tougher to convince those who deny the hard and terrible truth about climate change. The number of humans, animals, plants which are victims of the effects of climate change rises every day and someone should leave the personal and political interests aside to a higher purpose: protecting the Earth.