Wednesday, September 14, 2022
The Human Trafficking -Cannabis Industry Hype
You may have seen recent news reports hyping up human trafficking in the cannabis industry. And while it's true that a small amount of illegal cannabis is finding its way into legal dispensaries, I'm here to tell you that the hype is just that—hype.
I should know. I paid a heavy price by losing my Dispensary Grateful Meds in Nederland Colorado because of legislation that was passed in 2010. Prior to that I operated my dispensary using the caregiver model that was voted into our State constitution in 2000 by the people of Colorado, I opened my dispensary June 1 2009, I think there was 4 dispensaries then. This was well before the state-licensed medical cannabis industry was born. And then of course legalization for personal use later. I had predicted back then that there would be a domino effect and once other States saw that the sky was not falling in Colorado they flipped. I also said that it would be legal Federally in 10 years, people laughed at me. Well it has been past 10 years but there is a bill in Congress for legalization of Cannabis.
The Real Problem with Illegal Cannabis
So if human trafficking isn't the problem, what is? The real problem is prohibition of any kind. As long as cannabis is illegal at the federal level, there will always be a black market for it. And as long as there's a black market for cannabis, there will always be a risk of human trafficking in it. But it should be asked, was this problem better when Cannabis was illegal? Back when the billions of dollars made from the sale of cannabis in each State annually went to places like Mexico and Columbia. My whole argument when testifying at Colorado's State Legislature regarding legalization was about keeping the money local. When I lived in Nederland where I started my dispensary I preached about keeping the money circulating locally. I believe that on a national scale also, there is no need for us to be importing Cannabis or letting foreign folks that are here illegally have grow operations in our National Forests or middle class neighborhoods.
It's time for Congress to end cannabis prohibition and finally bring this burgeoning industry out of the shadows. Only then will we be able to fully address the problems of human trafficking and the illegal cannabis market. Until then, the hype surrounding human trafficking in the legal cannabis industry is nothing more than a distraction from the real issue at hand.
by Mark Rose
Tuesday, September 13, 2022
How Psychedelics Work
Psychedelic drugs work by altering neurotransmitter activity in the brain. This can lead to changes in perception, mood, cognition and consciousness. The exact mechanism of action is not fully understood, but it is thought that they may help to reduce symptoms by increasing levels of serotonin and other neurotransmitters. Serotonin is a key neurotransmitter involved in the regulation of mood and emotions. Increased levels of serotonin have been shown to reduce anxiety and depression.
A number of psychedelics are currently being studied in clinical trials for their therapeutic potential. One such drug is psilocybin, which is the active ingredient in magic mushrooms. Psilocybin has shown promising results in the treatment of depression and anxiety. In one study, two thirds of participants reported significant decreases in symptom severity after just one dose of psilocybin. Another psychedelic drug that is being studied is ketamine. Ketamine has shown promise in the treatment of treatment-resistant depression. It is thought to work by increasing levels of glutamate, another important neurotransmitter involved in mood regulation.MDMA treating PTSD should be legal in 2023
The potential benefits of psychedelics are vast and far-reaching. If these drugs are approved for use by the FDA, it could potentially revolutionize the way we treat mental illness. These drugs offer hope for those who have not responded to traditional treatments. It is important to note that these drugs should only be used under the care of a qualified medical professional.
by Mark Rose
Psychedelic drugs have been getting a lot of attention lately as a potential treatment for mental health disorders. In particular, psychedelics like psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) and MDMA (also known as Ecstasy) are showing promise in the treatment of conditions like anxiety, depression, and addiction. And while these drugs are still illegal in most states, that may soon change.
In 2017, Colorado became the first state in the nation to legalize psilocybin for therapeutic use. Since then, other states like Oregon and California have followed suit. In November of 2020, voters in Oregon will decide whether to become the first state to legalize MDMA for therapeutic use. If the measure passes, it would be a major victory for psychedelic-assisted therapy.
Psychedelics work by causing changes in consciousness that allow patients to confront their fears and traumas in a safe and controlled setting. Under the supervision of a trained therapist, patients can explore the root cause of their disorder and start to heal. For many people, this is a much more effective treatment than traditional therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
There is still a lot of stigma around psychedelics, but as more and more research is conducted, that is starting to change. The FDA has already approved clinical trials of MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD, and psilocybin is not far behind.
Psychedelic drugs have the potential to revolutionize the way we treat mental health disorders. If these drugs are used correctly, they could help millions of people around the world heal from conditions like anxiety, depression, and addiction. It's time for our laws to catch up with the science and allow these promising treatments to be used legally and safely.
by Mark Rose
It's no secret that the Republican Party has been moving in a more extreme direction in recent years. They've become increasingly tolerant of racist and sexist language, they've been trying to roll back voting rights, and they've been using increasingly aggressive rhetoric. But now it seems that they're taking things one step further by adopting some of the tactics of fascism. Fascist regimes typically seek to gain complete control over the government and the population. They use violence or the threat of violence to intimidate their opponents and consolidate power. And they belittle or attack minorities, immigrants, and other groups that they perceive as threats. Trump has embraced authoritarian dictators around the world and shown contempt for our allies. And he's repeatedly threatened violence against his opponents.
The Republican party is in decline, and its unwillingness to accept a loss in the 2020 election is evidence of that. Trump supporters have clung to the lie that Biden did not win the election, despite all evidence to the contrary. Now, they are taking President Biden's call for an end to fascist tactics in the republican party as a call for civil war. This is incredibly dangerous and shows just how far down the rabbit hole the Republican party has gone catering to the MEGA crowd. The republican party's talking points are lies and conspiracy theories instead of facts and reality. This decline is sad to see, but it is also scary. The Republican party has become a party of lies and conspiracy theories, and that is not a party that true conservatives want to be associated with Republicans.
The word Republican used to describe an American political party that was once defined by fiscal responsibility, a strong national defense, and a commitment to personal liberty. A party that believed in the notion of American exceptionalism and stood as a bulwark against the advance of socialism. All of that changed when Donald Trump came onto the scene and Republican became synonymous with racism, bigotry, ignorance, and xenophobia. For many Americans who still identify themselves as Republican, the rise of Trump has been a source of shame and embarrassment. They can no longer in good conscience call themselves Republican and they cannot in good conscience vote for the Democratic Party.
Biden has done so much for our country in the short two years he has been in office. After Trump pulled us out of international deals and agreements, Biden was able to quickly get us back on track. He also passed the Inflation Reduction Act, which will help to stabilize the economy after Trump tanked it. But it wont be instantly! The PACT Act was also a huge accomplishment, as it addressed the needs of our service members who were exposed to burn pits and other toxins. Biden also signed the CHIPS and Science Act, which helped to reduce gun violence in our country. Overall, Biden has been an amazing president and has accomplished a lot in a short amount of time. We are lucky to have him as our leader in this point in our Nations History!
It seems like a never-ending cycle since Watergate, maybe before I do not know. But since I was in High School I have observed this over and over. The democrats come in to clean up the messes that the republicans have made. Then things go well and the electorate gets bored and votes the republicans back in. They rob the treasury and tank the economy. And then a democrat comes in, and takes the heat for the mess and fixes it. Watergate, Iran-Contra, recession by Bush sr, Recession by Bush jr, Iraq War,- these are just a few examples. And now we are facing another republican disaster with trump. It's time for a change. We need to break this cycle and vote for someone who will represent all of us- not just the rich and powerful. Please take the time to vote this November and please vote for reason, vote for republicans that are not buying into the lies of Donald Trump but please no more MEGA disasters. Trump has destroyed the Republican Party are we really going to let him destroy our Country too?
by Mark Rose