If you’re a veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and reside in Arizona or Colorado, you’ll soon have the chance to take part in a medical marijuana study being conducted by California-based Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). The approval “marks the first time a clinical trial intended to develop smoked botanical marijuana into a legal prescription drug has received full approval from U.S. regulatory agencies,” according to MAPS.
39-year-old Frenchman, who appropriately was given the nickname “Nicholas Trainerbees”, has trained his bees to create what he calls ‘cannahoney’. It’s exactly what you think it is; honey made from resins and oils from the cannabis plant.
He began training his bees to be attracted by the cannabis resins in 2006 since he’s been a regular medical marijuana patient since childhood and new how beneficial the plant could be to treat various medical conditions. He figured this could only be improved by having bees make honey from it. It took him several years, but finally in 2013 he was successful. The bees used the cannabis resin to create honey with the same effects as cannabis. Of course, he says you don’t smoke it, you eat it to help maintain your health.
Nicholas says the cannahoney has a floral aroma, and a color the changes depending on strain. The bees are not picky about the strains of cannabis either. Apparently, they will use the resins from any cannabis strain.
Rep. Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa, and Rep. Jay Lawrence, R-Scottsdale have both started pushing to make it more difficult to obtain medical marijuana for certain groups. Here’s the kicker, it may be illegal since the medical marijuana law was put in place by voters not the legislature.
“The Arizona Constitution spells out that voter-approved measures can be altered only with a super-majority vote. It’s possible that Townsend and Lawrence could get that margin.
But any change needs to “further the purpose” of the original measure.“
Rep. Kelly Townsend is trying to make it illegal for a pregnant woman to use medical marijuana, regardless if her doctor says it would be beneficial. Essentially overruling the doctor’s orders for the patient. Ridiculous!
Rep. Jay Lawrence would like to make it so only allopathic and osteopathic physicians can write medical marijuana recommendations. As it stands now, naturopaths and homeopaths are allowed to recommend medical marijuana to their patients, but if Rep. Jay Lawrence gets his way, this will change.
It truly is a shame these lawmakers can’t just respect the voter’s and leave us be.