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Goal is for July 1 retail marijuana sales, Nevada official says
1. Decriminalizing and regulating marijuana will reduce minors' exposure to the drug and other, harder narcotics. For years teenagers have found it easier to get their hands on marijuana, than it is for them to get a bottle of alcohol. And that is simply because alcohol is regulated, readily available and as a result, not profitable for your local drug dealer to sell. Marijuana however, is profitable and is a great Segway for the dealer into pushing the, likely impressionable, teen into something harder, addictive and very profitable for him.
Another point, while we're on the topic of regulation, is that the dealer in this scenario could be selling something dangerous like synthetic marijuana, or even marijuana laced with something and the buyer, potentially someone in need of relief from an ailment, could be none-the-wiser and be doing a great deal of damage to their health.
2. Billions of dollars in profit from marijuana help to fuel drug syndicates and vanish from the US economy. This money could be used to generate a huge amount of tax revenue. In fact, Colorado, in only 3 months of legalization, has raised over $12 million in taxes as of March. That money, pre-regulation would have gone straight into the hands of drug lords and would have likely been used to fund their trade in hard narcotics. And this is only one state, a microcosm of the imminent potential. There are a slew of new cannabis related businesses that have gone public and whose stocks are being traded as the infamous "marijuana stocks", just another stimulant for the local economy.
3. Hemp. Enough said. Well, not really but it should be - let me fill you in on the amazing by-product that we get from the cannabis plant. Not only does hemp give us the strongest natural fiber known to man, but it also gives us building material, plastic, paper, you can even eat the stuff!
George Washington grew marijuana, he was intrigued by it's medicinal potential as recorded in his diary, but the even bigger appeal for him was hemp. He even made it mandatory for farmers to grow the plant at one stage. And it turns out that he was onto something: hemp stalks are now being developed into bio-fuel. This in itself could go a long way in reducing carbon emissions.
4. The medicinal benefits of marijuana. The plant has actually been used ever since its potential was realized around 2900 BC by Chinese Emperor Fu Hsi. He said that the plant contained both Yin and Yang. 200 years later Shen Nung, said to be the Father of Chinese medicine, noted the healing benefits of marijuana. It has since been used the world over to treat a wide array of ailments.
It wasn't really until the 20th century that all of a sudden marijuana became the evil plant that lead to insanity and certain death, a la 'Reefer Madness' (cringe). Regardless once again, its potential is being recognized and, with the advances in science that we now have at our disposal, there is more potential for medical marijuana than ever.
With recreational weed sales coming, what will happen to medical marijuana in Nevada?
We have known marijuana plant as a drug and its use has been prohibited ever since. Despite some reported medicinal properties of marijuana plant, it was not given much attention. Until lately, it is being studied and is seen to cure many diseases that afflict many people around the globe. To be given treatment with marijuana, you must secure first medical marijuana card. In acquiring card, you must ensure that the doctor you contacted for this is a medical marijuana doctor. He should possess a medical marijuana license. Qualified and certified professional doctors will set an appointment with you and make a medical examination to see if you really need to be treated with marijuana. This is done in proper medical marijuana clinic.
Do not be deceived by some companies that provide counterfeit recommendations. You should be able to delineate if you are dealing with the rightful authorities to avoid having problems with the law. If the law finds your card to be not genuine, you are subject for imprisonment or payment of penalties. Therefore, you must not trust any issuing company that transact and gives recommendation only through phone. Be cautious of some companies that issues counterfeit cards. Getting a medical marijuana card involves various steps and quite a long process before you can get an approval. Several forms are to be correctly filled-up and processed before you will be approved to have a medical marijuana card.
Patients with cancer, glaucoma, HIV or AIDS, cachexia, multiple sclerosis and those who suffer from severe pain, nausea resulting from chemotherapy for cancer treatment, seizures, and persistent muscle spasm can be legally treated with medical marijuana. It could also be used to treat arthritis, brain injury due to stroke, migraines and eating disorders. When one of these conditions is present, the patient will be issued a medical marijuana card.
You can now legally buy medicines when you already have the card. In Colorado, a law called Amendment 20 was approved that allows a patient to have in his possession up to 2 ounces of medical cannabis and grow up to six plants. Medical cannabis is another term for medical marijuana.
There are already 13 states in the United States of America that have already enacted laws to make the use of marijuana legal. In addition to Colorado, the other states are Alaska, California, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. Also, there are now other countries that have also legalized the use of marijuana to treat patients with debilitating conditions. These countries include Canada, Portugal, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Spain, Finland and Israel.