The Prosecution of Larry Nagle

There are lots of optimistic ideas about social progress regarding cannabis. Two that are commonly held include “Nobody is prosecuted for cannabis anymore” and “The investigators play fairly and by rules.” Larry Nagle’s story is clear proof that the first belief is not true, and talking with him, he has raised more than one incident that calls the second into question. This article (which I will develop over time) is an attempt to tell Larry’s story and document the key points. Larry is currently facing charges related to a good size grow.  But there are issues about why he is being prosecuted, and how the evidence against him was gathered. To understand the issues, it is first necessary to consider[…]

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CBD and Muscular Dystrophy

My family has dealt with muscular dystrophy for the past half century.  I lost one brother to the disease, and a sister also has it, so this is personal for me.  The idea that an herbal compound might slow the progress of the disease is attractive, but given the fact that that nothing has been developed in the past 50 years to treat the disease,  I find it hard to get my hopes up.  But I recently came across some research on the subject, and I want to explore the idea. The most recent study was done on mice. You can read a summary of it here.   This study found that CBD (the non-psychoactive component in some strains of cannabis)[…]

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The Day Surterra Came to Town

Surterra opened a dispensary in Jacksonville last week, bringing the total choice here to 3 MMTCs (along with Trulieve and Knox).  I used their $50 introductory discount to get a variety of products, and overall, am quite pleased.  So here is a brief write-up of what I like, along with a few minor points where I think there is room for improvement.

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Cannabis, Fatal Heart Attacks, and Flawed Research

There is a recent study on cannabis and heart attacks is making the rounds – some are claiming that the research proves that using cannabis reduces the risk of a fatal heart attack.  But a closer look at the study raises more questions than it answers.  The bottom line is that this was not a well designed study, and drawing firm conclusions from it is a mistake.

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Skin Cancer and Cannabis in Florida

Skin Cancer Gets Me a Cannabis Card? Cancer is one of the conditions that qualifies a person for a medical marijuana recommendation from a doctor in Florida. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, with about 4.5 million cases diagnosed in the United States each year.  But does a diagnosis of skin cancer make a person eligible for medical marijuana?  Yes -skin cancer IS a type of cancer.  Skin cancer is not as deadly as many other types of cancer, but it is no joke.

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Orlando’s Learn Sativa Cannabis School

Let me start with a disclosure: I am a graduate of Oaksterdam, and am loyal to my alma mater. But taking pride in my own school doesn’t mean I have to be biased against other schools.  Learn Sativa is showing evidence of being another quality educational institution that specializes in Cannabis. What I have seen of them so far points to a school that provides solid educational opportunity.

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Florida Gets Whole Flower – Reflections

On Friday, the 25th of May, Judge Karen Gievers ruled that Florida medical marijuana patients have a constitutional right to whole, smokable flower. She ruled that the clear intent of the recent constitutional amendment was to give patients a right to consume cannabis, including vaping and smoking whole herb. I personally don’t have the legal/political insight to know if this decision will survive the appeal that the Rick Scott administration immediately filed to try to overturn this judges ruling. If the ruling stands, it will be good for the medical marijuana system in Florida. There are many people who qualify for a patient card, but they choose to stay with the underground market because the approved system. Access to whole[…]

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