This week, Weed Week in Review is following several stories including the special session to be called in New Mexico for one reason only…legalizing adult use cannabis. Amazing. And don’t forget to scroll down to the cancer stories (there are two) as well as the best marijuana songs ever recorded…and there have been a lot of them.
I’m currently in New Mexico and I LOVE this governor. She’s got the priorities straight on legalization of cannabis, even if the legislature can’t get their shit together. They have a “framework” for legalization. They just can’t seem to pass it. So now the governor is going to help them along. The New Mexico Senate kept saying is was close, but obstreperous members of the Senate just couldn’t get it together. Even after it’s passed and there’s a legal framework, it can be amended, changed or whatever to get all the pieces of the cannabis sales puzzle together to do this right. If it were me, I’d put them all in a room and lock the door. I’d open it only after they get some legislation passed. Too bad it’s not me!
OK. I get it. There’s a coterie of people who like to roll fancy joints that are more like sculpture than a joint. I love to roll a perfect joint, which to me is a perfectly round and even from end to end roll…like a cylinder. Now if they had a contest for that…but this isn’t it. This contest might be more about rolling sculpture and using the RAW papers as papier-mâché, better known as paper mache. did that when I was much younger. While it still seems like fun, it would be better not to smoke these beautiful sculptures.
Is cannabis dangerous? Was cannabis ever dangerous? Apparently, the UN thought it was. The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs in December passed a resolution, supported by India to remove cannabis from the list of the most dangerous drugs. This is an amazing thing. Cannabis was made dangerous by racism and bigotry, not by the nature of the drug itself. After WWII, the rest of the world slowly picked up on the uniquely American concept that weed was dangerous. African countries, Asian contries…they all picked up on the concept that marijuana was a dangerous drug. The whole thing was promulgated by the good ol’ USofA. This country was the place where the concept of suppressing black populations by any means possible made laws that were patently. For some strange reason, the animosity toward people of color just seems to be a disease that’s unique to our white Anglo Saxon citizenry.
Not a surprising development for another disease. Now Parkinson’s patients are finding that cannabis can relieve their symptoms and not have some of the nasty side effects that some of the powerful drugs Usually a bevy of drugs are prescribed for Parkinson’s, but they all have many side effects that can, in some ways, make the disease worse than it already is for them. About 10 million suffer from this disease globally and if cannabis can help, then why not. It doesn’t have the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs and it’s possibly just as efficacious.
This one is strange, but wonderful to me. A music publication in western Michigan is asking readers to name the best marijuana song ever. I thought of three or four, but I don’t know if they’re worth a contest. Most of them are old, except maybe Cab Calloway’s “The Reefer Man,“ Trixie Smith’s “Jack, I’m Mellow” (WARNING: There’s some nudity in this one.) or Toby Keith’s “Wacky Tobaccy” are at the tops of my list. I’m going to be interested in finding out which songs are voted by readers of the site; Local Spins. It’s going to be interesting and I’m going to follow this.
Two articles about cancer and cannabis. There’s been a lot written about the healing aspects of cancer and cannabis. Some kinds of cannabis (think RSO…Rick Simpson Oil) or many other ‘remedies’ that are supposed to treat cancer tumors. Sadly, the only evidence SO FAR, that cannabis can reduce or eliminate tumors is anecdotal, so we can’t go there…yet. But we do know from research that cannabis can bring relief to the ravages of chemotherapy. It’s sad that cancer can only ‘sometimes’ be beaten back with chemotherapy and/or surgery, frequently both. But cannabis comes to the rescue each and every time! Check out these two stories that demonstrate how cannabis can help those who have cancer.