Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Colorado closer to allow medical pot for PTSD

Colorado closer to allow medical pot for PTSD

We're already at the point where maybe half the Republican Party takes as its bedrock principles whatever Trump happens to believe on a given day.

Most respondents, 70 percent, said they believe marijuana is less risky than alcohol and tobacco cigarettes.

Currently, 29 states have legalized marijuana use for medicinal purposes, and eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational use.

Adults 18 and older will be able to legally buy and cultivate small amounts of marijuana for personal use, while selling the drug to a minor will become a serious new criminal offence under the federal Liberal government's proposed new legal-pot regime.

Andrew MacKendrick, press secretary for Canada Health Minister Jane Philpott, said in an e-mailed statement that the federal government will continue working with provinces, territories, municipalities and local communities, as well as Health Canada, on the legalization front. Everyone else said the feds should handle the issue the same as the Obama administration did or even more liberally.

Sixty percent of Americans say they support the legalization of marijuana, according to a poll released Thursday by Quinnipiac University. No group supports enforcement in states where marijuana is legal.

Republican support for federal non-enforcement in states where the drug is legal is lower here at 53/40, but that's the lowest figure among every subgroup tested.

The belief that pot should be legal has reached a new high in CBS News polls. "I think it's a more risky drug than a lot of people realize". And yet, that's where we are according to public opinion. Not here. That's some drop-off between the solidly pro-legalization 55-64 group and the anti-legalization 65+ group.

And most Americans also think marijuana is less risky than most other drugs, particularly those who say they have tried it. Quinnipiac sees the same gap, albeit not as pronounced as CBS does.

That percentage is close to what other studies have found. The poll conducted by VMR Products, pioneers in the global vapor technology industry, found 40 percent of current smokers expect negative impacts to the industry and legislative efforts under the Trump administration.

The company first started asking the question in 1979, at which point just 27 per cent said they were in favor of legalization. "I think that's my biggest problem", she said.

One concern I do have is that the Canadian Medical Association has stated that even occasional marijuana use can cause serious negative psychological effects on brain development up to the age 25. The error for subgroups may be higher and is available by request. One of the bedrocks that the GOP was founded on was the notion of state's rights, and the ideals that the federal government should get out of people's lives, as long as they aren't hurting anyone else. I'm not so sure.

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