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Study of fatal car accidents suggests medical marijuana may be helping curb opioid use

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A study conducted at Columbia Universitys Mailman School of Public Health found that there were fewer drivers killed in car crashes who tested positive for opioids in states with medical marijuana laws than before the laws went into effect. The study is one of the first to assess the link between state medical marijuana laws []

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4 months ago

Q&A: Working out in hot weather - Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Q: Whats most important when working out in hot weather?

A: Carry water. I dont care if youre kayaking for 15 minutes or running one mile; you need water to drink, to pour over your head, to offer a dog. To make sure mine stays nice and cold, I fill my water bottle about half full (higher as the summer progresses) and leave it in the freezer overnight. Come morning, I fill it up with tap water. Ah, refreshment all through the run.

Female drinking a fresh water from bottle.Add 20 degrees to the outdoor temperature. So you wake up and the radio weather guy says, Its 75 degrees. And you think, Oh, thats not so bad. Hold up just a minute there and recite the rule of temperature thumb for the outdoor exerciser: Dress like its 20 degrees warmer. Thats what itll feel like within minutes of moving your body.

Set aside your planned pace and distance. Id been thinking something was wrong with me because I havent been able to run as fast as I usually do. Then a friend asked on Facebook: Whats your summer pace? And she listed hers, 90 seconds slower than Ive seen her cooler-weather postings.

Theres a great chart on to help you figure the pace you should be going according to how fast you usually run or walk.

Go out earlier or later than usual. Granted, the morning temperature is cooler, but humidity tends to be higher in the morning.

Leslie Barker, The Dallas Morning News

6 months ago

New Jersey's Medical Marijuana Patients Suffer Under Chris Christie - HIGH TIMES

New Jerseys dismal medical marijuana program includes just six dispensaries and twelve qualifying conditions. Stifled by state restrictions, the market for medical marijuana in the garden state is short on product, and patients are paying the price in high costs for medication. Democrats looking to loosen-up industry rules introduced a bill adding diagnoses like PTSD and glaucoma to the list of qualifying conditions on Monday but the states anti-marijuana Republican Governor Chris Christie says he will not allow access to expand on his watch.

The reason why it hasnt gotten the response its gotten in other states is because ours is a truly medical-based program for only people who have true illnesses that require medicinal marijuana, Christiesaid Monday, Other states have programs that are faux medical-marijuana programs that allow for recreational use.

In a report on the states medical marijuana program, Bloomberg News points out that patients struggle to afford the $200 identification card necessary to enroll in the program. Once theyre in the program, they meet its steep prices. In March, the average cost of medical weed in the state$489 an ounceis higher than the US street price, which High Times found averages $253 per ounce.

A political consultant and medical marijuana patient in New Jersey, Jay Lassiter, told Bloomberg that he pays an insane $400 or $500 a month on the medication he uses to manage side effects of HIV medication. Thats a car payment, or enough to put a kid through private school, he told the business outlet.

Lassiter is not likely to find a compassionate ear from Christie, who delayed and tightened the states medical pot program upon taking office.

We dont anticipate any significant expansion during the Christie administration, Ken Wolski, executive director of the Trenton-based Coalition for Medical Marijuana-New Jersey, told Bloomberg, As a matter of fact, weve pretty much abandoned our efforts.

Christies antagonistic relationship with the marijuana industry is well-established: He said during his now-defunct campaign for the presidency that he would enforce federal prohibition of marijuana in states that legalized for recreational use, and has called tax revenue from legal weed blood money.

11 months ago

Here Is What Everyone Should Know About Fitness

They often let their fitness slip, as people age. The pressures of a job(s), spouse, and kids often take precedence over working out. Follow these fitness tips listed below if you are tired of the way you have let your body slip. They will help you get into the shape you were in when you were a teenager.

If you're just starting out with exercise, start out slow. Don't jump in head first and try to run five miles without having exercised before. You can wind up injuring yourself and doing more harm than good. Instead start with a short walk and slowly increase the length and the speed. Before you know it you'll be running five miles without any problems.

Set goals. Having some