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Could WV Benefit from Legalized Marijuana?
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on June 06, 2014 @ 9:34PM
Created on June 06, 2014 @ 5:33PM

It's now been five months since the state of Colorado officially began selling marijuana legally for recreational use. It's a hot button issue that continues to divide people but the results so far seem promising in Colorado. Crime is down and the state is expecting big gains in tax revenue from the sale, $30,000,000 actually.

Colorado's governor is expecting marijuana sales to exceed $1-billion dollars this year alone and the early success has turned some of the early skeptics into supporters. 

A March poll conducted by Public Policy Polling found that nearly 60% of Colorado voters now approve of the sale and that just 35% disapprove. Back in 2012, nearly 45% of voters went against the law but now things seem to be tilting in the favor of Colorado's experiment.

21 states now have laws that sell pot in some form, but only Colorado sells it for personal use. Washington State will join Colorado starting July 1 but there are still concerns. That's why Colorado also signed a bill to clearly designate edible snacks that have marijuana in them so that children will know not to eat them.

"It is absolutely reckless to use children's snacks, spray marijuana on them and then sell them. They will end up in the hands of kids and we've seen the effects that they've had in the hands of kids," said Frank McNulty, Colorado House of Representatives.

Residents in our area are up in the air when it comes to whether or not marijuana should be legalized in the Mountain State for recreational use; however, a lot support the legalization for medicinal purposes.

"I think it helps with their appetite when they're sick, when other medications don't help. It helps make them calm, it helps ease their pain," said Chrissy Oldaker, from Bridgeport.

"I have a friend who had it, cancer really bad, every drug she took for the pain, it made her throw up, it made her sick, made her lose weight. She went to another state, got on marijuana, it doesn't pass through your stomach so she was able to control her cancer better because she was able to put on some weight," said Grafton resident Brenda Bittinger.

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Jun 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Just look, watch and observe those 'potheads' and the non-drug induced folks can clearly 'see' the bad side effects to smoking pot. It's the already brain cell destructive potheads who don't see it. Need I say more?? Really?!?
Jun 12, 2014 at 10:36 PM
The best way to fight ignorance is with knowledge. It would be nice if everyone took the time to thoroughly do the research. The information is out there for anyone who really wants to know. I don't see how anyone could say there are no benefits in light of recent documented cases such as Charlotte, the little girl whose parents had been told by conventional medicine doctors that there was no hope for her. Charlotte (born 18 October 2006), the daughter of Matt and Paige Figi, was diagnosed with Dravet syndrome (also known as severe myoclonic epilepsy of infancy or SMEI) when she was two years old. It is a condition where 80% of individuals have a mutation of the SCN1A gene. According to her parents, Charlotte was having 300 grand mal seizures a week,[6] seizures so violent that her parents put a do not resuscitate order in her medical records. Before trying medical marijuana, they had already tried "every other option before resorting to this type of prescription ..." They got the cooperation of two physicians licensed in Colorado to prescribe medical marijuana, Margaret Gedde and Alan Shackelford. First they tried a type called R4, which was low in THC and high in CBD, and saw immediate and dramatic improvement. As their supply was running out, they sought the help of the Stanley brothers,one of the state's largest marijuana growers and dispensary owners". The Figis examined the options available and tried the variety which later would carry the name of their daughter. Her parents and physicians said her seizures were reduced to two to three per month, and that she improved after being put on a regular regimen. The Stanley brothers then changed the name of the strain from "Hippie's Disappointment" to "Charlotte's Web". Rather than smoking the product, Charlotte uses an olive oil solution containing the high CBD marijuana extract that she receives under her tongue or in her food. Her parents said in 2013 that she had about four seizures per month, and is able to engage in normal childhood activities. When Charlotte was five years old, her story was featured in the 11 August 2013 CNN documentary "Weed", hosted by Sanjay Gupta. On 25 Nov 2013, Paige Figi was a guest on The Doctors TV show, where Charlotte's story was told. She was also featured in Gupta's 11 March 2014 CNN documentary "Weed 2: Cannabis Madness". An article detailing the role of several children as "uniquely powerful advocates for medicinal pot across the country" described Charlotte as the "first poster child for the issue. The US gov't has known since the 50's that CBD treated epilepsy but they sat on that information. Being the mother of an epileptic who is now 27 years old, I wonder what difference it might have made for her life. If you've not seen these 2 programs, they are worth watching, no matter what side of the debate you fall on. Education cures ignorance.
Jun 09, 2014 at 12:33 PM
Yeah, keep telling yourself that; but ignorance isn't bliss!

Pot has ZERO benefits. It's a pre-cursor to usage of more potent drugs. ALL more powerful illegal drug users 'started' with pot. As for pot not harmful.... uh, it destroys brain cells, which explains why users can't deal with reality and insist there's nothing wrong with it like a friend of mine kept insisting as her two children were born with hearing and learning disabilities because she insisted it didn't harm her kids either. Stupid logic coming from stupid people. Alcoholics use the same excuse too. They can't walk, think straight and still insist they're not alcoholics and alcohol doesn't affect them either. You don't 'see' yourself while high; others do. As dumb as the person might be 'before' smoking it.... the people around them that do not use it can 'see' clearly how stupid it makes you. Video yourself sometime and make sure there's audio too and see just how dumb pot makes you. Try taking a test at school or a driving test while high and see how well you do. FYI: Stating pot is good for you PROVES the brain damage!
Jun 08, 2014 at 9:47 PM
Pot has more good benefits than it does bad,people who are against legalizing it have never even tried it,the reason the govt is against legalizing it because they don't have any control of people growing it,right now it is grown in about 48 states.
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