Will D.A.R.E Remove Marijuana From “Gateway” Drugs List?

For as long as I can remember The Drug Abuse Resistance Education program (better known as D.A.R.E) has been attacking marijuana and the dangers that it can cause for users. An ongoing and strong argument about marijuana is was that it was categorized as a gateway drug many years ago. Meaning that marijuana use can and will eventually lead to the use of harder and more serious substances. This is officially no longer the case, at least with the D.A.R.E program.

They finally removed cannabis from the list of gateway drugs. By doing this, stereotypes that are associated with marijuana can start to fade. Currently alcohol and tobacco are the only remaining items on the D.A.R.E gateway drug list. Both are legal almost globally but both have been proven to be “extremely more dangerous” than marijuana. By removing marijuana from the list, they are implying that marijuana is less of a threat than both alcohol and tobacco, both legal substances. Very interesting.

There have been countless hours of research and hundreds of studies proving the benefits of marijuana treatments from epilepsy, cancer, headaches, body pain, anxiety, depression, PTSD and this list goes on. Not only are there countless health benefits when it comes to marijuana use, but it is also a “cash crop” for the states that have stepped it up and made marijuana legal for recreational users.

Last year in 2015 Oregon made 11 million in tax revenue on legal weed in the FIRST WEEK. Colorado made $53 million. These numbers are insane. Although D.A.R.E has removed marijuana from they gateway list, they want to make their stance clear that they are not pro-legalization. Either way, it will help support legalization which is a step in the right direction for the rest of us.

CDC Pressured To Study Cannabis As An Opioid Substitute

People are finally coming to the conclusion that medical marijuana should at the very least, be studied as a way to address the nation’s opioid issue. One of the Nation’s most influential Senators, Senator Elizabeth Warren has asked that the Centers for Disease Control (or CDC) work with other federal agencies “to fill the gap on our knowledge about medical marijuana’s ability to help combat the opioid epidemic.”

The main thing holding back research is the fact that marijuana still remains illegal under a federal level. Since marijuana remains a “Schedule 1” substance, any researcher that wants to study the drug needs the approval from the FDA and a license from the Drug Enforcement Administration (or DEA). Though this may make it more difficult, it is still possible.

There is currently some data that medical marijuana can help reduce opioid abuse. “The researchers compared treatment admissions for opioid pain reliever misuse and state-level opioid overdose deaths. They found decreases in misuse and deaths in states with medical marijuana dispensaries, but they didn’t find decreases in states that allow medical marijuana without dispensaries.” So that is a start. Hopefully the future will bring more studies and “large-scale clinical trials to prove this study.

Feds Stop Nuns Growing Marijuana For Cancer Treatment

Up until this year 2016, there were a group of nuns legally growing and selling medical marijuana and hemp products to those in need in the quiet town of Merced, CA. These sisters hadn’t faced any issues, until now. As of January 4th, 2016 the City Council of Merced put a temporary ban on medical marijuana cultivation. This temporary “ban” is allowing several municipalities in California the ability to ban certain aspects of marijuana cultivation. In turn, giving cities time to create their own regulations. However, if the cities fail to create their own regulations by March 1, 2016 — then all the power/control goes to the state.

As you can imagine this has become very frustrating for the nuns— better known as “The Valley Sisters.” Sister Kate of “The Valley Sisters,” had this to say to ABC News after learning these new restrictions: “We make CBD oil, which takes away seizures and a million other things. It’s very high in demand from cancer patients right now. And we make a salve that’s a multi-purpose salve, but we found out it cures migraines, hangovers, earaches, tooth aches and diaper rash.” Unfortunately at this point in time all there is left to do for these sisters and their medical marijuana cultivation is to pray. They are very much hoping that the government will “embrace, regulate and tax” medical marijuana rather than keeping the ban on cultivation.