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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Pot Hole?

If you live in CA and you have a medical condition that can be helped by marijuana, you can get a physician’s prescription to legally purchase and possess marijuana (aka pot) for medical purposes. Some consider this ability to obtain pot legally as a some loop hole that was created to ease the war on drugs. But those of us who work in health care and have helplessly stood by cancer patients with uncontrolled vomiting, you appreciate anything that can be used to help ease the suffering of those in need.

I found it interesting to learn that Oakland, CA, the city I work in, was the very first city to step forward and issue permits so businesses could sell marijuana. Oakland saw this as a boom for their economic development in the downtown know, the place where many of the stores have windows boarded up and there are "for lease signs" hanging in the doorways.

But I must say, since having a couple of marijuana stores open in this area, there is more activity going on than I have ever seen here; more people on the sidewalks, fewer open parking stalls, and always a security guard is walking up and down the street giving the impression it is a bit safer than it used to be.

In addition, there is even a University (Oaksterdam University) offering marijuana training classes over the weekends. For $250 you can learn all you need to know about marijuana, including growing, using, and even selling it. This is one career option I had not even considered before. But since I am always looking for new career options (should I get laid off or fired) this is now being placed on my "Career Options" notebook. It is now listed on page 5, right after the "Oakland Murder Tour."

For those who may want to know what diseases or conditions marijuana is reported to help, here are some of the medicinal uses for marijuana listed in Wikipedia: nausea, vomiting, premenstrual syndrome, unintentional weight loss, and lack of appetite, neurogenic pain, movement disorders, asthma, and glaucoma. alcohol abuse, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder arthritis, asthma, atherosclerosis, bipolar disorder, colorectal cancer, depression, diabetic retinopathy, epilepsy, hepatitis C, Huntington's disease,] hypertension, urinary incontinence, leukemia, skin tumors, morning sickness, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Parkinson's disease, pruritus posttraumatic stress disorder, sickle-cell disease, sleep apnea, tourette syndrome, and anorexia nervosa.