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Medical marijuana gets a boost in Georgia

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After Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed a bill expanding the state’s two-year-old medical cannabis program on May 6, hundreds of citizens have signed up for access to low-THC oil.

As of the end of June, the total number of participants is now 2,162. However, even though people with a qualifying medical condition can now legally own the oil, they cannot yet legally bring it in to the state.

Access to medical marijuana is now legal in 29 states. Representative Allen Peake is trying to change that by introducing a bill allowing cannabis to be grown and processed in-state, by giving a license to cannabis producers, preferably to public colleges and universities.

With almost 500 children already registered, he is strongly supported by parents’ groups, and often gives away bottles of (donated) THC oil to families who need it.

“Peake’s in-state license would instantly eliminate the black market and regulate cannabis, allowing for greater access to those patients who need it,” said Attorney Larry Kohn. “Right now, Georgians are being hurt by their lack of access and lack of options.”

However, there is opposition from the governor, as well as the police and some conservatives, claiming the state law would conflict with federal law. Virginia Galloway, regional director for the Faith and Freedom Coalition, believes the state’s program perpetuates abuse.

 

Some conditions, such as seizures, respond favorably to low levels of THC, an amount that can be imported; however, Georgia limits the level of THC to 5% — that is often not strong enough for other conditions, such as autism. In addition to authorizing hospice care, the expansion adds six more conditions to those already authorized: autism; Tourette’s syndrome; AIDS; Epidermolysis Bullosa; Alzheimer’s; and peripheral neuropathy.

Previously, only seizure disorders, which comprise 38% of patients, were authorized, as well as late-stage cancer (23%); multiple sclerosis (10%); and ALS; Parkinson’s; Crohn’s disease; mitochondrial disease, sickle cell disease, according to the Department of Public Health

The land of property rights, with one notable exception

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Even if I didn’t have friends who were NDNs, just as a human being, it’s hard to mix the hypocrisy of taking Indian lands. Charlie Pierce:

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA—The involvement of the indigenous populations in both the United States and Canada in the opposition to various pipelines, including the Keystone XL, should come as no surprise. As we have said, the abuse and misuse of the eminent domain process in the construction of the pipeline here has been an effective organizing tool to bring together environmentalists and ranchers to oppose the project. And if it is nothing else, the history of the native peoples on this continent is the greatest example of eminent domain abuse in human history. They know better than anyone the feeling that greater forces from the outside can overwhelm and threaten long-standing ways of life.

On Tuesday, in a basement ballroom of a downtown hotel, the Ponca, Santee, Omaha, and Winnebago peoples organized a treaty among themselves, and several other tribes, expressing their opposition to the pipeline. From the start, here and in Canada, the indigenous peoples of the continent have been at the heart of the opposition to projects like this one, most visibly during the extended confrontation over the Dakota Access pipeline. In Nebraska, the alliance between Native Americans and ranchers, particularly over issues of eminent domain, not only was shot through with remarkable historical je ne sais quoi, it was a pragmatic decision based on common interests. People shouldn’t buy the right to steal your land. The Native people are familiar with this phenomenon and with how angry its victims can become.

This man is my hero

Verizon ist die Roll-out der real-world-gigabit-LTE in den kommenden Monaten, Bericht sagt

Oh yes:

Imagine if you took every single gripe you’ve had with Verizon over the past five years — the time it blocked Nexus 7 tablets for five months; the time it forced you to pay $20 per month for tethering; the time it tried to make you use a mobile wallet app called “ISIS” — and finally put your foot down. For a year, you spend free moments holed up in library stacks, speaking with experts, and researching and writing a sprawling legal complaint about the company’s many, many misdeeds. And then you file it all with the FCC, hoping to get some payback.

That’s exactly what Alex Nguyen did. And one day very soon, Verizon may have to answer for it.

Nguyen is a recent college graduate living in Santa Clara, California. And for much of 2015, he spent his time digging through years of Verizon’s public statements and actions, assembling more than 300 citations into a 112-page document that could well have been his master’s thesis. (In fact, he studied computer science.) The document catalogs a dozen questionable actions Verizon has taken since 2012, assembling a body of evidence in an attempt to prove that the carrier has violated a number of open internet protections.

“CARRIERS HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOREVER. VERIZON, IN PARTICULAR, HAS BEEN ONE OF MOST BRAZEN.”

Finally, when he wrapped up in the middle of last year, Nguyen paid a $225 filing fee and handed his complaint over to the FCC. It would end up being the only formal complaint filed under the net neutrality rules.

Accreditors can keep their hospital inspection reports secret, feds decide

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Federal health officials have backed down from a controversial proposal that would have required private accreditors to publicly release reports about errors, mishaps and mix-ups in the nation’s hospitals and health care facilities. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services had proposed in April that accreditors publicly detail problems they find during inspections of hospitals and… Continue Reading →

Private prison to NM: Find 300 more prisoners in 60 days or we close

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The nation’s second-largest private prison corporation is holding New Mexico politicians hostage by threatening to close unless the state or federal authorities find 300 more prisoners to be warehoused there, according to local news reports. “The company that has operated a private prison in Estancia for nearly three decades has announced it will close the Torrance… Continue Reading →

Staying safe in the workplace

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Blogger Jordan Barab is actually an expert on OSHA compliance (he was an official in the Clinton and Obama administrations), and every time I’d send him a question about a workplace accident, he would reply that basically, there were no “accidents.” It was almost always a compliance failure:

Since 2014, A. Duie Pyle has improved its work-related rate of injury by over 50 percent and their rate of accidents by more than 20 percent, driven by their employees. The company merges safety into the entirety of their business.

Their goal is a self-sustaining culture of safety motivated by the workers where everyone feels that they are helping to make the business more successful.

An overview of A. Duie Pyle’s key safety practices:

  • Communication is open – the company listens to and responds to employees’ recommendations. An example is installing bright lights between dock trailers so that drivers can better see the perimeters. Another example is new, reflective painting yearly for terminal facilities. This aids drivers while backing in their trailers. Although this is an extra expense and takes more time, drivers feel that they are respected and valued, resulting in less accidents.
  • In depth investigations for an on the job injury or accident to determine what could have been done differently.
  • Weeklong classroom training for all new drivers, regardless of experience. Topics include the company and truckers’ roles, expectations, and how to successfully perform the job. New drivers are also paired with a veteran driver.
  • Training drivers on progressive shifting for the company’s manual transmissions trucks. This cuts down on fuel costs and reduces a vehicle’s aging.
  • An expanded defensive driving program.
  • Trucks are equipped with collision mitigation schemes which sense when a driver hard-brakes, and initiates a recording around the incident. The schemes notify if lanes are changed without signals or if there is a sudden veering of the truck. Most of Pyle’s fleet have technology to prevent rollovers as well equipment to forward messages and camera observations to management.
  • Pyle has placed a dashboard button on the tractors to air release the fifth wheel. This prevents reaching and possible rotator cuff injury.

Attorney Charles Boyk commented, “Workplace safety should be a priority every day. Working with employees in tandem to reduce unsafe practices and improve the workspace helps the bottom line. Of course, companies must always be held accountable when they do not treat the safety of their employees with the utmost importance.”

The Kochs call the plays on tax ‘reform’

Charles and David Koch are at it again. This time they intend to release their Kochtopus on the political system and American voters for “tax reform.1” Of course it’s not tax reform for you or me. It’s tax reform for billionaires, but they intend to tell us it’s in our best interest. There’s really no reason… Continue Reading →

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