Photo series “Brothers Grimm’s Wanderings”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/26/brothers-grimm-photos-kilian-schonberger_n_6549708.html

Alcoholics Anonymous Tax Deductible, Medical Marijuana Is Not

http://www.hightimes.com/read/alcoholics-anonymous-tax-deductible-medical-marijuana-not

Unfortunately, this puts the over one million patients in the United States currently using medical marijuana at a disadvantage, especially since the annual cost of cannabis medicine can be upwards of $6,500, with no health insurance coverage…

Why Aren’t American Veterans Allowed to Treat Their PTSD with Medical Marijuana?

http://www.vice.com/read/when-will-americas-war-veterans-with-ptsd-get-weed-126

His home country Israel currently has a progressive stance on medical cannabis for soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces. IDF reserve troops who hold a medical marijuana prescription are allowed to use it even while on active duty, a policy in line with Israel’s efforts to liberalize medical marijuana in light of new research…

In 2010, disabled Air Force veteran Michael Krawitz and his advocacy group, Veterans for Medical Marijuana, publicly campaigned to change the VA’s marijuana policy. Reforming federal law was a virtual impossibility in the short run, but Krawitz sought to work with the VA to establish a middle ground that would allow veterans to use cannabis in conjunction with prescriptions and keep doctors on the right side of federal law. The VA responded by issuing a new directive that explicitly prevented doctors from cutting state-level medical marijuana patients off from prescription drugs, and instead requires monitoring of all cannabis consumption. Doctors are still barred from recommending or prescribing cannabis, but within the bounds of the law, this is pretty much the best the VA can do…

And last year, the House of Representatives rejected a measure that would have allowed VA doctors to recommend medical marijuana to patients. That bill’s sponsor, California Democrat Dana Rohrabacher, presented a similar measure in November called the Veterans Equal Access Act. Its passage is a tall order considering the Republican takeover of Congress.

For now, veterans with PTSD who have a medical marijuana prescription can balance their pharmaceutical drugs with cannabis self-medication. But that still leaves those who live in medical marijuana states that don’t include PTSD as an “approved condition” for cannabis treatment, along with vets in the 27 states that still prohibit cannabis completely. That’s thousands of people who will continue to be prescribed a host of pills and all the side effects that come with them rather than a plant that offers the prospect of at least some relief…

More junk science from Patricia Cavazos-Rehg

http://www.drugwarrant.com/

This is the same researcher who did a smaller study last year to “assess the content of ‘tweets’ and the demographics of followers of a popular pro-marijuana Twitter handle,” and came up with the following conclusion…

http://esciencenews.com/articles/2015/01/25/pro.marijuana.tweets.are.sky.high.twitter

Examining a random sample of almost 7,000 tweets from these accounts, the researchers found that 77 percent were pro marijuana, 5 percent were against pot, and 18 percent were neutral.

People tweeting pro-marijuana messages had a total of more than 50 million Twitter followers, about 12 times more than those tweeting anti-marijuana messages, the researchers noted…

Aw, the anti-drug groups are losing the social media war… and they’re unpopular, too.

Too bad, so sad.

Woman finds 13-year-old marijuana stashed in van

http://krqe.com/2015/01/26/woman-finds-13-year-old-marijuana-stashed-in-van/

APD has disposed [of] the pot the family found in the van…

It’s such a waste to dispose of perfectly good medicine. Why can’t the police be more environmentally conscious?  (Maybe one day, destroying medicine will be a crime.)  Can’t the police have it tested, then give it to the dispensaries for distribution to poor patients at no cost? Would that be so hard?