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A Perspective on Marijuana from Ayurveda, from their Blog

One of the founders of Ayurveda, Dhanavantari, developed a medical lexicon of the qualities and effects of herbs, including cannabis. According this description, Cannabis is sharp, healing and light in its quality.  Being sharp and ‘heating,’ it increases humoral bile and removes humoral phlegm.  It also stimulates delusions, slows speech, and raises the heat of the digestive fire.  Note, these ancient symptoms are all so common to the cannabis user of today: hallucinations, distortion of speech and cognition and the ‘munchies.’

In Ayurveda, cannabis used as a recreational drug is considered toxic to the mind and body.  It has been used for thousands of years as a component in various preparations but not as an isolated herb. In Ayurveda, it is not considered an important herb.  However, like any botanical, this herb can have some good effects depending on what you are using it to do.  When properly prepared in a synergistic formula and used in minute quantities under the care and direction of an expert, it can aid digestion. The use of cannabis is always in a synergy with other herbs and spices and never by itself.  (No such products are sold in the United States)

People ask, why would it be that an herb that has medical use in some cases can cause negative side effects in other cases? According to the Ayurvedic texts, medicine properly used becomes nectar and improperly used becomes poison. When marijuana is used in ways not prescribed or intended (for example, in does and for periods of time not prescribed), it can cause a host of imbalances and side effects including stimulating delusions and slowing speech.

“Recreational use of marijuana creates ama,” says Jadgish N. Vaidya, director of Maharishi Ayurvedic programs at Lancaster Health Center in Lancaster, Massachusetts. “It impairs digestion and intellect, it upsets hormonal balances, and it can be addictive, in the tradition view of Ayurveda.” The classically trained Vaidya or Ayurvedic expert adds, “It is not a path to enlightenment.  Enlightenment is the moment-to-moment awareness of totality; the full inner and full outer value of awareness. Not the loss of awareness.”   Excerpted from a much longer article on the Maharishi Ayurveda MAPI website.


New Jersey Governor Murphy Fights for Marijuana Industry

Yesterday, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy vowed to fight for the legalization of marijuana, despite opposition in his own party, the Democratic Party of New Jersey.  New Jersey’s Black Caucus and many Democratic representative support decriminalization as a better alternative. Governor Murphy seems to be acting recklessly.
New Jersey’s new governor should know that Colorado has a $500 -700 million budget deficit this year, and that Colorado Governor Hickenlooper advised other governors not to legalize.   All drugs become more available via legalization of marijuana.

Ties to Cannabis Industry and Lobby

However, the governor’s chief of staff, Peter Cammarano, founded the New Jersey Cannabis Industry Association.   Cammarano did not disclose who is on the trade group’s board, but one wonders how much its members donated to Murphy’s gubernatorial campaign.
If the industry donated to Murphy’s campaign, one can consider this money “blood money.”   Legalization usually leads to more people using all drugs, and more DUI driving deaths.  In the midst of an opioid crisis, this policy normalizes pot use rather than offering people an alternative of recovery, hope, and success.

SAM and RAMP oppose Legalization

Do you want a New Jersey with more or fewer people using drugs? Do you want a state with more impaired drivers on the road or fewer of them? In the midst of an opioid crisis, do you want to further drug normalization?
We all know who will pay for this policy – vulnerable communities (where do YOU think pot shops will end up?), our youth (what parent can honestly say that using pot is GOOD for their kids?), and Garden State taxpayers (today’s highly potent THC is linked to a host of problems, including mental illness). And we know drug dealers will thrive under legalization by evading taxes, undercutting the legal price, and selling to kids. If we have an age limit as the Governor proposes, who do we think will keep selling pot to a 12-year-old? Just ask Colorado, where a major newspaper just labeled the state “marijuana’s black market hub.”
“We won’t stand for it,” said Kevin Sabet, President of SAM, Smart Approaches to Marijuana. “I’m directing our New Jersey affiliate – NJ Responsible Approaches to Marijuana Policy (NJ-RAMP) – to take every step possible to stop this reckless policy from becoming a reality.  SAM Action is redirecting funds to make sure New Jersey kids won’t suffer.”
Sabet encourages his followers in New Jersey to volunteer against this cause. He suggested  that they write their state legislator (click here and find who represents you) or send this video out on social media. There’s even an online toolkit with all the info you need.
Today, March 14, SAM released its report card on the five states that legalized marijuana.  Readers should look it up. 

Marijuana is Poisoning Minds of American Youth

A guest editorial which appeared in the Times of San Diego, on December 30, 2016, by Nardin Georgeos

In today’s society, we are all faced with obstacles, especially those of us who are young and still learning right from wrong, and good from bad. If someone were to offer me marijuana, I would immediately decline. I am a teenager and I have already been educated on this topic. I have developed my own choices and opinions.

Marijuana is a toxin. That does not prevent the youth of today from using it. It is the responsibility of adults to teach and encourage youth to make the right choice and not smoke weed. Continue reading

Poll: Illinois residents reject legalized marijuana by huge margin

A poll in November found that only 23% of Illinois residents support the legalization of recreational marijuana, while 69% support other options such as maintaining the current decriminalization law.  Pollsters interviewed 625 registered voters in Illinois by telephone, making the margin of error plus or minus 4 percent.

We constantly hear that the majority of Americans support legalization of marijuana. What reports don’t always reveal is that results always depend on how the questions are asked.  When voters know there’s the option of decriminalization, the polls are very different, as was the case in New York. Continue reading