MARIJUANA WARRIOR: ROBERT RANDALL The Life and Times of the First American Who Fought for Medical Marijuana
“You will be blind in five years,” this was the poignant conclusion of an ophthalmologist to Robert Randall after his eye check-up in 1972. Randall must have received the diagnosis with shock and sadness. After all he was a young 24-year old American who have life ahead of him. Although the early symptoms of glaucoma troubled him during his early adolescence, the Randalls dismissed his eye trouble as mere by-product of Robert’s bookish nature. The ophthalmologist further advised Randall to start learning Braille.
In 1964, Raphael Mechoulam stunned the world with his groundbreaking research on cannabis when he successfully synthesized tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary active element in marijuana. Mechoulam’s pioneering work on THC paved the way for other developmental research on medical marijuana. The Israel-born professor stripped the global bias on the weed and gave people a glimpse on its chemical healing nature.
Due to all the legal cannabis available in America today, it seemed that maybe the whole “spice,” or synthetic cannabis, craze, was finally over. Spice, or K2, was originally touted as a healthy alternative to marijuana, before this was completely debunked and the drug was made illegal. But unfortunately, the other day over two dozen people got sent to a Mississippi hospital due to the drug.
In light of recent successful seizure treatment for children in South Jersey, parents are calling for medical marijuana research to help further these possibilities. The little girl who is sparking all of this is Tatyana "Tuffy" Rivera of Camden County, who has suffered from Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy, since she was ten months old. Because of her condition, she can suffer up to 300 seizures of a day, which sometimes last for as long as ten minutes. The prescriptions she was taking for the condition weren’t working, and as a result, she had to wear a helmet all the time, and was rarely able to venture away from a couch or a bed.
With more states deciding to full-scale legalize all the time, everyone has their eyes on Arizona to see if they will make the next big and decisive move. It would totally make sense for Arizona to decide to take the plunge and go all the way; they did $112 million in medical sales last year, making them one of the leaders in the country, and the numbers they have been reporting so far this year are even more impressive.
It’s 2015, and we as a country are making great steps towards being a progressive society. Gay marriage and minority rights are gaining favor, we are taking steps to explore space and advance medicine to extend lifespans, and we are legalizing marijuana, finally repealing the tired old laws that treat cannabis as though it is a deadly drug rather than a natural plant. But sadly, things aren’t all positive. The news is still dominated by stories of racial crime and hate, and this sadly extends to the cannabis industry. That’s right; most people getting involved with legal weed are white, and minority groups are still largely shying away from the world of kosher pot.
Oregon has had recreational cannabis for a while now, but they are still facing a lot of hurdles in order to get going with the new industry. In fact, they have been facing these since back when only medical marijuana was allowed in-state. One of the things that the local government has done to put a damper on things is to enact temporary bans on the industry in light of these new laws.
It’s no secret that the cannabis industry is doing wonderfully and hitting its stride now that more and more states are legalizing and decriminalizing, so it should come as no surprise that the industry is projected to hit a whopping $8 billion by the year 2018, according to some economists. While these predictions were made almost a year ago, it now certainly seems that they are coming true, based on the growth of the industry so far and the numbers from last year’s sales.
In many service professions, it is common just to hire whoever looks good, has good customer service skills, or has a little bit of experience in a similar job. These are the jobs that we often, sometimes unfairly, refer to as “unskilled labor.” However, in the world of legal cannabis, it is becoming common practice for dispensaries to want to hire budtenders who have plenty of knowledge of medicine or business practice, and who are ambitious and really want to rise in the industry. This is undoubtedly a product of this growing industry and the potential it has to launch all kinds of trade jobs into full scale careers.
Weed lovers across the world are in for interesting times. It’s as if governments across the world are beginning to relook their laws with respect to weed after considering Carl Sagan’s words, “The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.”
With the growth of the cannabis industry in legal states, and the inevitable move towards full legalization on a nationwide level, people are starting to think and talk seriously about investment opportunities in the world of legal marijuana. And it makes sense - like those who had the opportunity to invest in the first sodas, alcoholic beverages, and cars, we are poised on the brink of being able to put our money into something that has the potential to make us millions. But how risky is this new opportunity, and how does one go about investing in this brave new world? We have provided an outline of how people are getting involved in this, as well as the dos and don’ts of cannabis investing.
It was only a matter of time before the world of cannabis joined forces with the world of celebrity endorsements, like every other major money making venture in the Western World. And recent celebrity endorsements have taken the new era of legal cannabis marketing to a whole new level, with some of the biggest names in the previously underground industry getting on board.
Just like in the U.S., the cannabis industry in Canada is new and always changing, and some recent regulations have both posed some challenges and presented some new opportunities for Canadian marijuana entrepreneurs.
Marketing and advertising marijuana can be very challenging since marijuana spent the longest time classified as a Schedule I drug. Cannabis used to be a legal medication prescribed by doctors and can be purchased in pharmacies. However, it was banned after a black propaganda against the drug was spread. Now, the society is reverting back and is recognizing the benefits of recreational and medical marijuana use. Marijuana use is now in the midst of a legal battle in most US states. Currently, only Washington and Colorado allow the freedom to grow, sell, buy, and use marijuana in private clubs and certain public festivals.
After states settle whether to legalize medical and recreational use of marijuana, states can start worrying about how to start marketing and advertising the substance. Marijuana is a social stigma because cannabis spent decades classified as Schedule I drug. Before it was banned in the country, cannabis is a drug prescribed by doctors and can be bought in pharmacies. Cannabis is reported to cure some rare diseases, but formal researches and studies about the subject matter has not been undertaken because of the government’s lack of support to such endeavors.
We can say that the current level of marijuana advertising is still in its infancy stage. This can be attributed to the fact that society is resistant in accepting marijuana. Cannabis is currently in the middle of its battle for its legalization. Some states are following the footsteps of Washington and Colorado in legalizing the medical and recreational use of marijuana. Supporters of its legalization argued that marijuana offers a lot of health benefits and has very low risks. Some states recognize the medical benefits of the substance allow access to cannabis given the patient has obtained prescription from legitimate doctor who have seen their case.
Marijuana advertising is a concept that can make some conservatives winced. This is because people are not used to blatant advertising of a substance that has been underground for quite a long time. Recreational use of marijuana is still in the midst of battle as most states prohibit its use. Advocates push the legalization of marijuana in order for people to have freedom smoking a joint. After the legalization of the use of the said substance, there are roadblocks on the marketing and advertising of marijuana. The following are the top places where one can advertise marijuana.
Although some states have not approved the legal use of marijuana, for some states that does, one of the hurdles that must be surpassed is marketing the substance to consumers. In Colorado, one of the states that allow consumption of marijuana recreationally and medically, there is a slow but steady shift from traditional methods of consuming marijuana to other ways. This means that users are no longer just smoking it. Another way of consuming pot is through edibles, or food infused with the substance. We are all familiar of “pot brownies,” which is often served in parties. The effect of ingesting marijuana through edibles is different from smoking it. This is because the drug is slower to take effect, but lasts much longer. Thus, users feel “high” for quite some time.
Given a choice, would you vote “yes” for weed? Marijuana also known as “pot,” “grass,” “dope,” and medically-referred to Cannabis is in the midst of a heated debate pushing its legalization. Some states already allowed the use of the substance for medical purposes. Washington and Colorado are the only two US states that allow both medical and recreational of marijuana. In these states people can spot medical dispensaries almost everywhere and users can enjoy a joint in private clubs as well as in public festivals.
In 1971, a middle-aged woman decided to smoke marijuana for the first time in her life, only to find outthat she was allergic. Her doctors, baffled by her mild anaphylactic reaction, published her case in the first report to ever document this phenomenon. Despite leaving behind a medical legacy, it’s unlikely that this woman was the first person in history to have this unfortunate allergy. As recent studies show, cannabis allergies are on the rise as more people around the world try the drug. Some workers in the hemp industry have also reported allergy-like symptoms, which may include rhinitis (nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, red eyes, etc.), hives, or swelling.