By Michael Komorn
Planet Green Trees Radio episode 109
Thursday Aug. 30th 8-10pm
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Joe White, who developed the presentation "The War On Drugs: 30 Years Of Failed Policy" and who will offer this presentation at the next Brighton Compassion Club meeting Sept. 9, will join us to discuss this and his other reform activities.
Also Charmie Gholson, founder of MI Moms United, and LEAP representative Diane Goldstein retired Redondo Beach Lt., and trained SWAT officer, will discuss the militarization of the police and other issues.
Hosted by attorney Michael Komorn and Chad from Birmingham Compassion.
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Medical Marijuana Patient Fired For Failing Drug Test May Have Found Loophole to Keep Job
Jul 11, 2012
Sonny Meyers is a former DISH Network employee from Colorado. He was fired earlier this year for failing a drug test after using medical marijuana to help deal with the symptoms of ocular migraines, which can be debilitating.
The 69 year old was hired by DISH Network 5 years ago to fill various roles with the company including sales and equipment verification., which is similar to a fraud investigation unit.
Meyers received a doctor’s recommendation to use medical marijuana to treat his migraines in 2010. The medicine greatly relieved his symptoms and he continued to use it.
According to Meyers, he checked the company’s employee handbook before starting to use the drug, and he saw nothing which prohibited employees from being registered medical marijuana patients or using medial marijuana. Meyers felt especially protected because medical marijuana is legal in Colorado and he is a registered user. Meyers added that he never used medical marijuana on the job.
In May 2011, Meyers was given a random drug test and tested positive for THC. The company fired Meyers, citing that they follow federal law, not state law. His claim for unemployment was denied, and his argument to the Industrial Claims Appeals Office was denied, as he was found to be the cause of is dismissal.
Meyers did not give up there. He filed an additional complaint with the Colorado Court of Appeals, and the jury noted that because medical marijuana use was not forbidden in DISH Network’s employee drug policy guide, he had no way to know that medical marijuana was not allowed.
So far, a final ruling has not been made regarding Meyers’ case. But the outcome has the potential to have large repercussions for businesses in Colorado and other medical marijuana states. This case could set the precedent for how companies handle drug testing and firing when it comes to legal medical marijuana patients.
Meyers hopes that by speaking out about the situation and having it told by the media that he will be able to shed light on the unfair treatment of medical marijuana patients throughout the country.
Marijuana Could Benefit Weight Loss and Diabetes Patients
Jul 09, 2012
Researchers have discovered that substances found in marijuana can help manage metabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes. Scientists with GW Pharmaceuticals have discovered that marijuana leaves contain two substances, cannabidiol and THCV, which can increase the number of calories the body burns.
Not only do these substances increase the number of calories burned, they also have been shown to contribute to the treatment of type 2 diabetes in test animals.
Marijuana Could Benefit Weight Loss and Diabetes Patients
Scientists are hoping that these two substances can be manipulated into pharmaceutical drugs which could be taken to combat obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes, which in turn could help to limit the chances of heart attack and stroke among patients.
Clinical trials are currently being run on 200 patients. According to Dr. Steph Wright, “We are interested in how these drugs effect the fat distribution and utilization in the body as a treatment for metabolic diseases.”
Cannabidiol and THCV have been observed to suppress the appetite for short periods of time. They also increase the body’s sensitivity to insulin and protect the cells that make insulin.
Additionally, these substances have been found to increase animals’ metabolisms, which led to a lower cholesterol level and a reduction of fat in the liver.
Significant research still needs to take place, but the researchers at GW Pharmaceuticals are hopeful that their findings will lead to a new drug to combat obesity and type 2 diabetes, two of the fastest growing health epidemics in the United States.
Officials in Oregon Are Giving A Small Medical Marijuana Edibles Company A Hard Time
Not all medical marijuana patients want to necessarily smoke their marijuana. Edible marijuana products are favorable to many patients, and a healthier alternative from smoking. However, getting their hands on these edibles can sometimes be difficult.
In Oregon, Richard Nuckols, the owner of a new non-profit company called MaryJane’s Treats wants to change all of this. He has just applied for a business license in Medford, OR, to start a company that wants to make medical marijuana edibles such as granola bars, fudge, all-natural candies, gummy bears, cookies and brownies.
So far however, MaryJane’s Treats is not being treated with a warm welcome by the city of Medford. Commenting on the company’s application for a business license, which he is denying, Medford Police Chief Tim George said, "I think the real issue is this is a violation of federal law… Strike two is that it's a violation of Oregon medical marijuana laws." City Finance Director Allison Chan is also denying the application.
Nuckols however, seems to have a very solid legal plan for his company. His idea is to have medical marijuana patients bring in their own marijuana to his new kitchen. He would then have their treat of choice cooked and delivered to various medical marijuana centers. Since he is not actually providing the medical marijuana to patients, Nuckols insists he is not in violation of Oregon’s medical marijuana laws. "If the patients bring you the medication and you turn it into concentrate, and give it back to them, that's OK…. We have not (nor do we have any intention to be) engaged in unlawful activity," he said.
Our fingers are crossed for MaryJane’s Treats!