Weekend Papers: Politicians, Police Dogs, Peru & Argentine, Cannabis & Working Out, Microdosing


Title:  14 Politicians Who Smoked Weed

Author: High Times

Date: 6 May 2018

URL:  https://hightimes.com/culture/politicians-who-smoked-weed/


When faced with the daunting decision of electing a public official to represent you, it is critical to know who’s on the ballot. Where do they stand on immigration policy? How about universal, free health coverage? Are they cool with the current gun laws? No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, if you’re reading this, you probably also want to know another important, decision-making question. How do they feel about weed? Voting for an anti-marijuana politician will definitely kill your high. And plenty of politicians have gone further than admitting their feelings on the devil’s lettuce. Some have even owned up to smoking it, sometimes inhaling and sometimes not. Brave pro-marijuana lawmaker Jared Polis wasn’t afraid to ask Congress. In his rough estimation, it was around 5 percent. While it’s unlikely they’ll join your smoke sesh anytime soon, here are 15 politicians who smoked weed at least once.


Title: If Illinois legalizes marijuana, what happens to pot-sniffing dogs?. Training, court cases could affect about 275 certified narcotic detection K-9s

Author: Pantagraph

Date: 11 May 2018

URL: https://web.archive.org/web/20180506082317/http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/if-illinois-legalizes-marijuana-what-happens-to-pot-sniffing-dogs/article_6d67b6d3-cc27-5053-ba8c-eb641611c28b.html


For states that have legalized marijuana, police have taken different approaches to the K-9 issue. Officers in parts of Washington state have either attempted to retrain their animals to ignore pot or, for new police dogs, taught them to smell all narcotics other than cannabis. In other states, agencies have kept their pot-sniffing dogs and continued to search for large amounts of the drug not allowed under the law, although a recent legal challenge could soon change that.

Chad Larner, training director of the K-9 Training Academy in Macon County, dismissed the idea of retraining dogs, saying it would amount to “extreme abuse” to change their mindset. K-9s are rewarded for successfully alerting to the presence of narcotics, and they continue to train regularly with their handlers for a suggested minimum of 16 hours a month.

In addition, there is no guarantee the dogs could be broken of their original training, contradicting the main priority for K-9 handlers.

Peru & Argentina

Title: Marches in Peru & Argentina demand new cannabis laws

Author: Euro News

Date: 6 May 2018

URL:  http://www.euronews.com/2018/05/06/marches-in-peru-argentina-demand-new-laws-on-cannabis-are-applied


Argentina’s annual marijuana march took place this year as some international attitudes to the plant appear to be on the point of changing from repression to limited acceptance as a medicine, and tolerance as a recreational pasttiime. Demonstrators called for congress to conduct more research into the benefits of the marijuana plant and its cultivation.

In March 2017, the Argentine Congress approved a medical cannabis law.

The Medicinal Cannabis Law authorises the free import of cannabis oil for people with refractory epilepsy.

However, Valeria Salech, the president of ‘Mom Cultivates’, an NGO representing mothers whose children suffer from this illness, said the law is not being applied in reality.

Although the law is supposed to guarantee that the state oversee the import and supply of medicinal cannabis, as well as promoting the domestic production and research, protesters said none of this has occurred.

The Global Marijuana March is marking its 19th year and is celebrated worldwide on the first Saturday of May.



Title: Could Cannabis Be the New Post-workout Recovery Tool?

Author: Men’s Jnl

Date: May 2018

URL: https://www.mensjournal.com/health-fitness/cannabis-workout-recovery-weed/


We do know this much: While many Americans aren’t quite ready to empty out their medicine cabinets and start a pot farm in the backyard, we’re curious about one area where cannabis has shown a great deal of promise: treating inflammation and muscle soreness. Even though cannabis’ federal classification as a schedule-1 drug blocking it from undergoing meaningful clinical trials, several studies have found that cannabis—or, more specifically, several of its non-psychoactive chemicals—is an effective anti-inflammatory.


Title: Microdosing Is the Future of Cannabis

Author: Cannabis Now

Date: 9 May 2018

URL: https://cannabisnow.com/microdosing-cannabis/


And that’s how a new adopter is won over — but I would never have come over to cannabis were it not for edibles (aka non-smokables) and, more importantly, a consistent product.

And that’s where microdosing comes in.

For most states, a single serving of edible marijuana is 10 mgs of THC. I’ve made this unpopular argument before, but that’s way too high for most people — from the new adopters dipping their toes in the water to the veteran smokers whose tolerance is inhalation-specific.

But 2.5 mgs of THC? That’s a friendlier dose. It’s still too much for some, but it’s more realistic than 10 mgs, and it also allows patients and recreational consumers to experiment more thoughtfully and carefully as they figure out their specific tolerance.

If we time-traveled back to my early experiences with state-regulated edibles in 2013, you’d find me in the kitchen with a cutting board and steak knife trying to accurately split apart a 10 mg square of chocolate into four pieces. Of course, it was an exercise in futility; The weed candy bar split evenly apart at its molded seams, but nowhere else.

I didn’t know it then, but I was microdosing — learning from a previous experience that 10 mgs was too much for me, but roughly a quarter of that was juuuuust right.





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