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Pot Argument in Utah Offers an Important Lesson on Democracy

An ongoing debate over marijuana possession in Utah does not appear close to being resolved. As cannabis advocates and state lawmakers continue to make their points, there is a lesson on democracy to be learned here. It is a lesson most Americans would do well to take note of.

What is that lesson? That there is an enormous difference between a true democracy and a representative republic. The United States was formed as a representative republic, not a democracy. There are many good reasons for this, not the least of which is the reality that true democracy ultimately leads to chaos.

No Recreational Pot in Utah

At issue in Utah is the fact that recreational marijuana is still not allowed. The passage of Proposition 2 in 2018 paved the way for medical cannabis. It was seismic for Utah, according to the owners of Provo’s Deseret Wellness pharmacy. They acknowledge Read the rest

Guns and Marijuana: When Ideologies Clash on the Political Stage

It has been said on more than one occasion that ‘politics makes strange bedfellows’. Nowhere in modern politics is the idea more evident than in the push to secure gun rights for cannabis users. Ideologies normally clash between gun rights supporters and their marijuana rights counterparts. But both are strangely willing to set ideologies aside in the pursuit of common goals.

It is a lot like the idea of the enemy of your enemy being your friend. People who would not normally get along find a way to unite in the fight against a common enemy. Yet in this particular case, it’s not clear who the common enemy is. Perhaps there is no common enemy. Maybe it’s about each group using the other’s ideology to pursue their own agendas.

Guns, Marijuana, and Federal Law

Marijuana remains a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law. Thanks to the Gun Control Act Read the rest

Study Cannabis for Chronic Pain Leads to Fewer Prescription Meds

Is cannabis a reliable substitute for prescription pain medications when treating patients for chronic pain? Medical cannabis advocates have long said ‘yes’. There is a growing mountain of evidence suggesting they are correct, including¬† a recently released study from the New York Department of Health.

The New York data suggests that chronic pain patients are less likely to use prescription opioids when they are given access to medical cannabis to manage their pain. Knowing what we know about certain types of prescription painkillers, any data in support of replacing those medications with medical cannabis should not be ignored.

Cutting Opioids in Half

Researchers from the New York Department of Health analyzed patient data involving some 8,000 people enrolled in the state’s medical cannabis program. They looked at patient use of prescription medications in relation to medical cannabis consumption and noted that daily opioid use was cut in half among chronic Read the rest

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