Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Thanksgiving Greetings

I hope all of our readers enjoy the Holiday with family, friends and good food (without romaine lettuce of coarse). Stay warm.. it's gone a be a cold cold day.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Pot Shops open in Mass, 2 years after it was voted on

From the Globe:

A pair of veterans will stand at the center of history-making moments scheduled for this week: the first legal marijuana sales in Massachusetts in more than a century.
At 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Iraq veteran and medical marijuana advocate Stephen Mandile will walk into Cultivate, a hybrid medical-recreational cannabis shop in Leicester, and buy a quarter-ounce of pot — preferably a sativa — plus some edibles.
Around the same time, Air Force veteran and Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz will approach the counter of New England Treatment Access, or NETA, a similar facility in his city that invited him to be its first customer. He plans to purchase an edible of his own, perhaps a THC-infused chocolate bar.

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Together, the two men will kick off a new era of legal cannabis sales in the Eastern United States.
For Mandile, the moment will be deeply personal. He says he kicked a crippling painkiller addiction by instead treating the PTSD, traumatic brain injury, and chronic pain he developed during his Army service with marijuana. It will also be the culmination of years of advocacy aimed at improving veterans’ access to the drug.
“I get to make history,” Mandile, 41, said Sunday. “It means a lot, and I never expected this would be the outcome of my advocacy — I was just trying to go about helping people. I’m pumped to break the stigma and the weird, scary aura people want to put around cannabis.”

Narkewicz, who quickly noted he “flew a desk” in the Air Force and Air National Guard in the 1980s, sees the start of recreational pot sales somewhat differently. For the mayor, elected in 2011, it’s a chance to prove that the marijuana business can be, well, business as usual — little different from the brew pub ribbon-cutting he attended last week or the restaurant opening he’ll attend next week.
“I’m proud to go to new businesses that create new tax revenue for the city and be there for their opening,” Narkewicz said Sunday. “I’m not going to act any differently because the new business happens to be adult-use marijuana. It’s a legal business in our Commonwealth. If we’re going to destigmatize marijuana, it’s even more important that I be there and treat it like every other company. I’m honored to do it.”

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Gov Baker and his salary increase

In 2017 Beacon Hill rammed a bill trough to increase pay for themselves and  others, including Baker who at the time refused the increase and aid it was "drastic and fiscally irresponsible".  What a difference a year makes. Baker is now accepting the pay increase of nearly 100,000 dollars which includes a housing allowance. His salary will be 185,000 dollars which is around the same salary as our Mayor gets now. Lt Gov Polito will have her new salary at 165,000 dollars.

Friday, November 16, 2018

CBD and Autism in children

 Israel has lead the world in studying the effects of CBD on a variety of adult and children's illnesses. And this one might be of interest to some of our readers here. Might be a game changer for some who have tried everything.

Study: CBD-Rich Cannabis Mitigates Symptoms In Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder

Thursday, 15 November 2018
CBD Cannabis Jerusalem, Israel: The daily administration of CBD-dominant cannabis extracts is associated with improved outcomes in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and severe behavioral problems, according to clinical data published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
Israeli researchers assessed the efficacy of whole-plant cannabis extracts in a cohort of children with ASD. Participants were administered extracts containing a 20 to 1 ratio of CBD to THC for periods of 7 to 13 months.
Patients demonstrated "overall improvement in behavior, anxiety, and communication" following daily cannabis dosing. Just over half of the participants either reduced or ceased taking prescription medications during the trial period.
Authors concluded: "Following the cannabis treatment, behavioral outbreaks were much improved or very much improved in 61% of patients. … [T]he results of the current study render worthwhile further exploration of this treatment avenue in controlled studies."