You may remember last week we talked about how some states are pushing to take gun rights away from people prescribed medical marijuana. Of course, this topic has sparked a lot of conversation on how medical marijuana should be addressed. But a lot of the discussion has been on how 2nd amendment rights should be protected. The debate ranges from push-back for individual states, to argue that federal law still considers marijuana a schedule 1 drug, meaning people who use the drug are not allowed to own or possess firearms.
Well, since we have already jumped into the discussion comparing gun rights and medical marijuana, we might as well talk about another interesting story brought about by a Democratic congressman from California.
Concealed Carry Reciprocity
The whole conversation starts with the introduction of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which is currently being pushed by Republican lawmakers this week. This new piece of legislation would mandate that if someone is able to receive a concealed carry permit for a firearm in one state, that all other states would be required to honor that concealed carry permit. This means even if your state has much more strict requirements for concealing a gun, someone from a state with much more relaxed requirements is still allowed to travel into your state with a concealed weapon.
Now to be clear, there are many states that already honor concealed carry reciprocity. For example, if I were to get my concealed carry permit in my home state of Ohio, the vast majority of states would allow me to carry a concealed weapon.
Also, in the Buckeye State, they actually recognized the concealed carry permits of every other state already.
But Democratic Congressman Ro Khanna argues that it goes against the very idea of state’s rights and federalism. He argues that the Republican Party, which is often the champion for state’s rights, is forgetting that each state should be able to determine what laws are best for their own citizens and that this legislation will essentially federalize concealed carry permits.
The reason we wanted to talk about this is due to the argument used by Congressman Ro Khanna using marijuana to try and make his point.
Congressman Ro Khanna, who represents Silicon Valley area, made a video that argues that if the GOP wants to move forward with making concealed carry permits a national movement, then the same protections should be required by all states to honor marijuana laws.
In the clip posted to Twitter on Wednesday, Khanna states:
“If one state allows the legalization of marijuana, does that mean every state needs to allow the legalization of marijuana?”
Going off of Khanna’s comparison, applying the logic of the H.R. 38 Concealed Carry Reciprocity policy to marijuana would mean someone in California who received a doctor’s recommendation for medical marijuana for anxiety should be able to legally use marijuana in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania has more strict restrictions on their medical marijuana laws, with anxiety not being included as a qualifying medical condition.
While Khanna’s comparison is more tongue-in-cheek as part of his opposition to the H.R. 38 bill, it does present an interesting question; should medical marijuana be recognized with reciprocity? One should remember that gun ownership is an actual constitutional right, versus cannabis decriminalization being a recent movement.
Then again, does it make sense to argue “what’s good for the goose is good for the gander” in a context like this? This brings us back to the argument of whether or not the federal government should be putting more effort into federal law against marijuana, or if the states have more a right to decide if they will allow cannabis for medical or recreational purposes.
It is still an interesting argument to make. Should states compare these two concepts in the debate on policy?
Marijuana reform remains a controversial topic. However, the legal status of any medication does not take away from the dangers of substance abuse. Plenty of prescription medications have a high risk of abuse and addiction, and marijuana abuse can be harmful to an individual’s life.
People often mistake marijuana for having no addictive properties. This misconception is because most people consider cannabis a ‘soft drug’ when compared to other ‘hard drugs’ such as crack-cocaine or heroin. While the chemical hooks may not be as drastic or apparent, the truth is that habitual use of any chemical can result in developing tolerance, which can also lead to withdrawal. Symptoms most commonly associated with marijuana withdrawal include:
- Insomnia, nightmares, vivid dreams, using dreams
- Drug craving
- Mood swings
- Loss of concentration
- Weight loss and weight gain
- Digestion problems
- Night sweats
- Decreased sex drive
- Shakiness and dizziness
If you are struggling with cannabis abuse, do not hesitate to get help today. Often time’s people who use one substance develop a habit of abuse with many others.
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Author: Justin Mckibben
So tonight the first NFL game is kicking off to begin the season, and already the scales are tipping and screwing everything up! A few players who have been busted recently for abusing drugs have just RUINED those oh so important Fantasy Football picks for a lot of us, and just demolished some score-boards. They haven’t even played one down, are you kidding me?!
Seriously guys, how is it that just as soon as the line-up is drafted and we have stacked our Fantasy Football teams with star athletes and fan favorites, some-body takes something they shouldn’t and throws our whole online strategies out the window?! Be prepared to grab your ‘handcuffs’ and switch around your reserve roster.
Thanks a lot Wes Welker!
The Denver Broncos announced this past Tuesday night that wide receiver Wes Welker would miss the first four games of the season after allegedly violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Reports pegged Welker’s positive test to ecstasy laced with amphetamine that Welker had supposedly taken during a now-infamous trip to the Kentucky Derby.
Welker said in an email to the Denver Post he would NEVER knowingly take a performance enhancing drug and called the NFL’s drug-testing process “clearly flawed.”
“I have never been concerned with the leagues performance enhancing or drug abuse policies because under no scenario would they ever apply to me, but I now know, that (drug-policy procedures) are clearly flawed, and I will do everything in my power to ensure they are corrected, so other individuals and teams aren’t negatively affected so rashly like this.”
Welker was reportedly enraged specifically pertaining to the report of him taking Molly, one of the many street names for MDMA. When Welker took the time to comment on these reports, he made a clearly furious statement,
“I wouldn’t have any idea where to get a Molly or what a Molly is. That’s a joke. I don’t do marijuana, I don’t do drugs. I don’t do any drugs.”
The only good news for anyone holding out hope of Welker being somewhat useful to the future of their roster is that he will be getting four full weeks to recover from his third concussion in three months. Let us hope for the Broncos sake Emmanuel Sanders and Cody Latimer will step up in Welker’s absence, but if they didn’t make your fantasy line-up it wouldn’t make a dent.
Maybe next year Josh Gordon… or not!
Another first-string player who has just devastated the whole game-plan is Josh Gordon, an extremely talented 23-year-old wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns who led the NFL last season with 1,646 yards receiving despite being banned from the first two games for a failed drug test. It was already his second known violation as a pro, and Gordon said he had inadvertently taken codeine contained in a prescription cough syrup. Obviously anyone picking him up was playing with fire.
Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam stated that the team has vowed to do all it can to help and support Gordon. During training camp, Haslam said the team never even considered cutting Gordon. The Browns knew the risk they were taking, and so did any of us in selecting Gordon for our Fantasy Football league during the 2012 supplemental draft. The Browns had forfeited a second-round pick to obtain the speedy 6-foot-3, 225-pounder who already failed at least three drug tests in college for marijuana abuse. So we probably should have seen this coming.
The Browns learned last Wednesday the 24th of August that Josh Gordon’s indefinite suspension by the NFL has held up against his appeal, and he will miss at least 16 games for another violation of the league’s substance abuse policy for testing positive for marijuana. As a repeat drug offender, Gordon stepped up to fight these charges, and is now considering suing the NFL. Surprisingly as a result of this and other controversy currently posed against the NFL for their drug testing, some considerations are being made in regards to reforming the threshold for certain substances, and taking others off of the Performance Enhancing Drug (PED) list like amphetamines.
The fact remains that if Gordon was part of your draft, you’re going to need to take a second look at your bench, because he won’t be scoring any points for your Fantasy Football stats anytime too soon, but he may score a couple with those fighting for reform.
These are just a couple of the recently popular sports dramas that have unraveled the past month, showing how drugs are killing our dreams and every chance of victory over the online Fantasy Football league for many faithful fans. At the end of the day, what we are left with is the crippling anxiety of trying to replace those players with equally as awesome athletes before the first kick-off renders our teams useless. I only hope that these changes and court cases involving these suspensions are dealt with as quick and effectively as possible, or heaven help us, and our ADP standings.
Regardless of what team you play for, or how you feel about the NFL drug testing policy, it’s easy to see how substance abuse affects more than the addict or alcoholic. Drug abuse in any form has the capacity to harm more than just individual, and often times that harm stretches farther than we realize. This article may be poking fun at that idea, but that truth of the pain in addiction is no joke. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135