Dr Stephen Child: Lets not rush to legalise ‘medical’ cannabis

first_imgNZ Herald 8 August 2017Family First Comment: A superb commentary by someone who knows and without an agenda! (unlike the Drug Foundation)“There are problems with the current discussion of law reform and the legalisation of cannabis in New Zealand. Medical information is being touted as fact and certainty rather than providing an understanding of the benefits and risks associated with taking cannabis. As part of the medical community I am concerned when I hear any treatment touted as a wonder cure without a strong evidence base and an understanding that all treatments also have risks. Kiwis could be forgiven for thinking cannabis is one such wonder cure as we see and hear very little about its risks and negative effects. This is a gross misrepresentation of the medicinal value of the substance.”Contrast this article with one from the Drug Foundation that says “Our new model drug law proposes removing criminal penalties for personal possession and use of ALL drugs”.Yep – ALL drugs. P. Cocaine. All of them.Scary.#saynopetodope.nzThere are problems with the current discussion of law reform and the legalisation of cannabis in New Zealand. Medical information is being touted as fact and certainty rather than providing an understanding of the benefits and risks associated with taking cannabis.As part of the medical community I am concerned when I hear any treatment touted as a wonder cure without a strong evidence base and an understanding that all treatments also have risks. Kiwis could be forgiven for thinking cannabis is one such wonder cure as we see and hear very little about its risks and negative effects.This is a gross misrepresentation of the medicinal value of the substance.Cannabis contains over 104 different chemical products within its leaves. Some of these chemicals have shown small benefits in some conditions just as they have also shown risks.Legalising the taking of some leaves which contain unknown products and their quantities means that it is impossible to assess the benefits and risks of the product itself; as such it is not a “medicinal product”. I do not believe there is adequate research into using cannabis as a medical drug to responsibly calculate whether those risks outweigh the benefits.There are over 10,000 studies conducted on the use of cannabis for medical purposes. For a few conditions such as MS, some types of muscle spasms, some types of pain and nausea, cannabis has proven to be effective albeit often with small effect and less than current available products also.The same studies also highlight side effects such as increased mental health issues including suicide rates, depression, anxiety and schizophrenia.We have not looked closely enough at the financial impact that legalising medicinal cannabis would have on the New Zealand medical system and in particular, the mental health system.Mental health illnesses are under-funded and under-resourced. Our system won’t cope with a spike in numbers caused by legalisation and the stresses from those withdrawing from addiction. Currently there are only 20 detox beds available in Auckland’s public health sector and most of those are still funded by donations.What about health sector strain due to increases in car crashes and fatalities on our roads? People will drive under the influence. One year after legalisation, Colorado reported increases in marijuana-related traffic deaths (32 per cent) and emergency room visits (29 per cent).How will loosening cannabis laws affect our youth? Will we see abuse of the system and easier accessibility through medicinal legalisation?Have we analysed reputable data, from well-constructed studies, in similar countries? We need credible information to know whether teen cannabis use will increase smoking, crime, rates of depression and youth suicide.The previous Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Little, called for more information on possible health issues if New Zealand was to go through drug reform, saying, “What underlies the drug use is usually problems with addiction. We have a massive shortage of supply of, for example, addiction counselling…“Even reasonably modest cannabis use can have long-term negative effects on the human brain… The big thing for me is, if you liberalise or decriminalise what does that mean for access for younger people? We’ve got to make sure we’re not creating other health problems by greater liberalisation.”Underpinning all of this, is the paradox that New Zealand finds itself in right now. How can we tout “Smokefree 2025” while we discuss legalising an inhaled product with more than 100 harmful substances?Smoking is a risk. Smoking cannabis may increase the risk of stroke, heart attack and respiratory illnesses.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11899707last_img read more

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Asa Banton —Pre Empts Mayfest Performance

first_img Share Share Asa BantonThe pulse of Mayfest 2012 was felt in the Village of Marigot when Dominican born, international performer Asa Banton released his latest singles, which many have deemed yet another sterling mix of Bouyon artistry.Banton released hit singles like ‘Wete Fete’, ‘I tell the truth’, and ‘Stop Fight’ earlier this year which placed him under heavy demand.Banton’s Growing fan base have been anything but patiently waiting for the artiste to release new songs and so Banton went straight to the studio following his recent return from a tour of France. Banton’s Producer Dj Maskman was put on his toes after he dropped the lines to “I know people that Know People” and “Either or Iether”.In the latest pieces, truth has again been put to power, as the Dominican sensation has questioned certain elements of the nations functioning, while likewise pointing out his newest trait to survival that many are seemingly signing on to.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Si7302xFEu8&feature=share[/youtube]According to Banton’s Producers his intent is to continue to transform the path to success for Bouyon music by showing that Bouyon is a global phenomenon.Meantime officials at the Marigot Development Corporation have given the nod of approval that the Dominican born sensation will be the main act at Edition #6 of Marigot’s Mayfest.The event is expected to run from Friday May 4th to Monday May 7th, 2012.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsjcBSWnJE8&feature=relmfu[/youtube]Press Release 27 Views   one comment LocalNews Asa Banton —Pre Empts Mayfest Performance by: – April 4, 2012center_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Oliseh: Why I can never consider Super Eagles job again

first_imgFormer Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh, has revealed why he will never coach the Nigeria national team again, given his unpleasant past experience. “Truth is, we have a foreign coach now and from what I heard and know, he is being paid four times the wages Stephen Keshi and I were paid and these are two players who won trophies for Nigeria. “I’ve never heard Gernot Rohr complain about wages. Keshi, while he was coaching, was always complaining, when I was coaching for four months, I was unpaid, for six months my assistants were unpaid, so I had to leave the job; we were also being frustrated.” The former Super Eagles captain also highlighted some of the lofty plans he had for the three-time African champions before he left the side after 14 games with only two losses. “I had good plans for the team. You will notice that at a time I brought in [Wilfred] Ndidi, Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho, young players who are dominating now,” he continued. “I brought in a world-class goalkeeper [Carl Ikeme] because I felt the old breed were ready to leave. “The same philosophy I used while with the Eagles was the same philosophy France used at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. read also:Oliseh joins anti-covid-19 campaign makes case for the elderly “Sometimes you ask yourself questions about Nigeria. You won laurels for the country as a player, you’re doing well as a coach, you were about qualifying for the World Cup and you’re unpaid for four months.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Oliseh had a great impact during his time with the West Africans as a player and was part of the side that won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations. In 2015, he was appointed as coach of the Super Eagles taking over from another former international Stephen Keshi, who guided the side to clinch the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa. Oliseh, however, endured a torrid time while in charge of the West Africans and complained of poor treatment from his employers, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). The former Super Eagles captain has recalled the events that led him to quit his role as manager of the side in 2016. “No, I don’t have the intention of ever coaching the [Super] Eagles again,’ Oliseh said. “I loved working with the boys, I love coaching my country, but the atmosphere around it was no longer healthy. “I didn’t want the job anymore. Health-wise I was not feeling too good; secondly, we were owed salaries. I was spending money on my health and on my team. I just couldn’t die on the job. Promoted Content10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Most Popular Movies With Sylvester StalloneBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Pennylast_img read more

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Bulldog Grapplers Take On Golden Bears

first_imgThe BMS Wrestling team fell just short to Shelbyville on Tuesday night losing 47-32.Leading for the Bulldogs were Hunter Laudick, Austin Pohlman, Josh Mobley, and Jacob Weigel who all won by pin. Tyler Schaeffer and Chase Hamilton both contributed with wins for the Bulldogs by decision.The BMS Wrestling team travels to Greensburg Thursday evening for their final regular season bout of the year beginning at 5:30.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Bob Weiler, Jr.last_img

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Mkhitaryan completes Roma loan switch

first_imgRelatedPosts Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Pirlo bags UEFA coaching badge Henrikh Mkhitaryan has joined Roma on a season long loan deal from Arsenal. The Armenian international will spend the rest of this campaign at Serie A club Roma, who will pay the entirety of his wages. Mkhitaryan touched down in Rome ahead of the deadline day move on Monday morning before completing his medical. However, the Italian side are under no obligation, nor is there an option in the agreement, to sign Mkhitaryan next summer. Arsenal announced the signing and said: “Everyone at Arsenal wishes Micki all the best for his season with Roma.” Attacking midfielder Mkhitaryan, 30, has been deemed surplus to requirements by Unai Emery at the Emirates despite appearing off the bench in three of the Gunners’ four Premier League fixtures so far this season. Emery has been keen to slash the Gunners’ wage bill – with Alex Iwobi, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, Mohamed Elneny and Carl Jenkinson among the first-team players who have been allowed to ply their trade away from the Emirates. Mkhitaryan joined Arsenal in January 2018 as the other side of a sway deal with Manchester United for Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez. He has played 58 times for the Gunners, netting nine times, and is still under contract in north London until June 2021. Mkhitaryan’s last appearance for the Gunners came on Sunday when he came on as a 67th minute substitute for Alexandre Lacazette in the 2-2 draw with Tottenham. His first-team opportunities have been lowered this season after the signings of Dani Caballos and Nicolas Pepe.Tags: Arsenal FCAS RoaHenrikh MkhitaryanSerie Alast_img read more

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Watford manager stays silent on absent trio

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Son fires four past Southampton EPL: Saints tackle Mourinho’s Spurs Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Watford manager Nigel Pearson said he would wait for the facts before commenting on the absence of Andre Gray, Domingos Quina and Nathaniel Chalobah for their game on Sunday.The three players were absent for the struggling team’s 3-1 home defeat by Southampton in the English Premier League. It looked like a good opportunity for Pearson’s side to give themselves some breathing space in the relegation fight, but instead they find themselves one point above the bottom three.They have also played a game more than West Ham United and Bournemouth who are just below them on 27 points from 31 games.Watford’s preparation was hardly helped when Gray, Chalobah and Quina were all omitted from the squad as a “precautionary measure”.This was after British media reported that striker Gray had breached coronavirus lockdown rules by holding a birthday party at his home, with Quina also pictured at the gathering.A statement from the club said Pearson had dropped the trio from the squad to ensure “the health and safety of all players, staff and officials at today’s game.” Pearson will no doubt be furious that he was deprived of three players for such a crucial fixture, but preferred to focus on the efforts of the players that were on the pitch.“I’m looking more at the performance and really what happened to put us in the situation that we’re in today and that is again fighting for our lives because we’ve not found the performance levels that I would expect from us,” Pearson said.His side have managed one point from their three games since the season resumed after a three-month stoppage.“Again, we made too many unforced errors and made mistakes for the goals and gave ourselves far too much to do and it’s disappointing for sure,” he added.Southampton defender Jan Bednarek’s own goal looked to have given Watford hope late on after a Danny Ings double for Saints but James Ward-Prowse sealed the points for the visitors. “We’ve not looked as cohesive as a unit as we have done in other games as well. So, it’s disappointing because today was an opportunity for us to add to our points tally,” said Pearson.“We have games left in which it is in our own hands to make sure we secure our future in the Premier League. No one is going to do it for us.”Reuters/NAN.Tags: Andre GrayDanny IngsDomingos QuinaNathaniel ChalobahNigel PearsonSouthamptonWatfordlast_img read more

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Mourinho wants decision from Rooney

first_imgChelsea manager Jose Mourinho has called on Wayne Rooney to state publicly whether he wants to leave Manchester United or not. “He played for his club, played for the club that pays him, tried to win, tried to score. He was fantastic. “After that, if he wants to leave, he has to say – or he decides now that he doesn’t want to leave any more. “But I praise him. He played a fantastic match in these difficult circumstances. “Many players in this situation can’t express themselves on the pitch. They don’t feel enough confidence or they cannot forget what is behind (them).” Specifically on the crowd, Mourinho said: “In other countries it wouldn’t be possible, in other clubs it wouldn’t be possible. “It doesn’t matter the player you are, they don’t want you. “But they gave him fantastic support, it was good, it was nice – very English.” Meanwhile, on other matters, Moyes was unwilling to further discuss United’s attempts to sign Everton pair Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini. Moyes’ former club rejected a £28million joint bid for the duo last week and Everton boss Roberto Martinez has since criticised his Goodison Park predecessor. Moyes said: “I never released we had made the first bid and I certainly wouldn’t release it if we made a second bid. “Maybe you should ask Everton, they might tell you that.” Moyes was also cryptic when asked whether United were interested in Tottenham star Gareth Bale. When asked if United had made a bid on Monday, Moyes said: “No. “I have just said Manchester United are always interested in the best players. “The board and myself would always be looking to sign who we think are the best players, whoever they are.” Mourinho also rubbished suggestions he might be prepared to let playmaker Juan Mata leave Stamford Bridge. He said: “He is very important for me and very important for Chelsea. “The stories that are coming out are nonsense stories. He goes nowhere.” Press Association So far there has been no public comment on the matter from Rooney, who impressed against Chelsea in Monday’s goalless Barclays Premier League draw at Old Trafford. Mourinho, speaking in the post-match press conference, said: “I think the person that started the story has to finish the story. “A club like us, a manager like me and the people that work in the club with me, we are not silly to try to get a player from a big club, a club that doesn’t sell what they don’t want to sell. “We are not silly to try to (do) something if somebody didn’t start it. “It is time for the good of everyone to finish the story, to one side or the other side.” When asked how he knew Rooney had been agitating for a move, Mourinho said: “Because I know.” Rooney, 27, received a good reception from the United fans before kick-off and Mourinho suggested he would not be surprised if such support changed the player’s mind. He said: “The most important thing is that he played very well. He was a real professional. The west Londoners have been linked with the unsettled England international throughout the summer transfer window but United have been steadfast in their determination not to sell. Mourinho is still keen on the player but admits it is almost time to bring the saga to a close and wants the player to speak out. last_img read more

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Referee mishap at Nitro Series leaves headliner Bolt fuming

first_imgBy Ian RansomMELBOURNE, Australia (Reuters) – The second instalment of the Nitro Athletics Series ended in a farce in Melbourne yesterday, with a referee error that initially awarded the Australia team top ranking for the night by mistake, leaving headline athlete Usain Bolt fuming.In the final 4×100 metres relay event at Lakeside Stadium, Australia were disqualified for a botched baton change and Bolt’s ‘All-Stars’ won the race comfortably. But the hosts were erroneously awarded points that left them at the top of the table at the expense of the Jamaican team.The mishap was eventually corrected, awarding the night to the ‘All-Stars’, but not before the live broadcast of the event had finished and most of the crowd of 6 500 spectators, including IAAF president Sebastien Coe, had filed out of the stadium.Bolt, who ran the third leg of the relay, was incredulous.“(It’s) because it’s Australia. It’s biased!” Bolt yelled at trackside officials before the result was corrected. “I’m going to protest that – it makes no sense.”“I don’t know what happened. I thought if you were DQ’d you’d be out (of the race) for sure or even lose some points; but you can’t not lose any points,” he said.Organisers said the error lay with an Australian referee.Bolt was paid a seven-figure appearance fee to commit to all three meetings of the series in Melbourne this month and given a stake in the company running the event.The series’ opening night last Saturday was hailed as a success, with solid television ratings and a decent crowd. But the organisers may hope to move on quickly from the second.The scoring problem followed confusion during the women’s mile elimination race, which saw one of the runners leave the track in error, wrongly believing she had been knocked out for crossing the line last behind the other runners.Adding to the confusion, New Zealander Camille Buscomb, running for the ‘All-Stars’, ran back on to the track to re-join the race which was won by Australia’s Heidi See.Eight-time Olympic gold medallist Bolt, in his farewell season, has run only in the relays in the opening two nights of the series, but he held out the possibility he might run in the 150 metres sprint in the series finale tomorrow.“I’ll probably have to double up depending on how this meeting goes,” he said.“I’m not in the best of shape, but the more I run the better I feel. For me I’m just taking it a month at a time, trying to enjoy that it’s my last season. I’m not trying to overthink anything or trying to stress myself.”last_img read more

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Metro injects close to $2M into `Million Mile’ Open race

first_imgMETRO Office and Computer Supplies yesterday handed over almost $2M to the Kennard’s Memorial Turf Club (KMTC) ahead of Boxing Day’s Annual Mega Horse Race set for Bush Lot, Corentyne, Berbice.KMTC president Justice Cecil Kennard, upon receiving the cheque following the brief presentation at Metro’s Quamina Street location, expressed thanks as he noted that the business has been supporting the club for the past 13 years.Kennard added that not only has Metro been a proud sponsor over the past decade, but the business has also been the major sponsor of the main event’s million-dollar prize money; with this year’s amount being $1 875 000.The KMTC president confirmed that things have been coming together nicely ahead of the race as it pertains to support and entrants. “Things have been coming together nicely, at least 50 jockeys have signalled their intention while all the major stables, like Jumbo Jet and others have indicated their willingness to be a part of the race,” said Kennard.Only one jockey from Trinidad and Tobago  was confirmed but Kennard said he expects more overseas participation as the event approaches. Some of the frontrunners to do well on Boxing Day are Don’t Overlook, Just Call Me Boss, Lucky Star, Vera Finnely, Good Will Boy, Stormbird, Golden Blue Echo, T&T, Mr Olympic.Meanwhile, Metro’s CEO Avia Lindie said the company was happy to continue its strong ties with the club and is happy to have been again the premier sponsor for the main attraction race which will see riders compete for millions in that category. (Clifton Ross)last_img read more

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Students and politicians discuss state of the union

first_imgAs the celebratory hype surrounding the president’s second inauguration gradually quieted down, a panel of experts — two former state legislators and two politically active students — gathered Wednesday in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center Forum to speculate how President Barack Obama will address major policy issues in his final term.Moderated by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, and Rachel Bracker, managing editor of the Daily Trojan, the panel considered some of the key issues that proved decisive in the November election.USC College Republicans member Greg Sefain and USC College Democrats member Ethan “E.J.” Levin provided insights from a student perspective. Former California State Senator Tony Strickland and former California State Assemblyman Anthony Portantino pulled from their own experiences in politics when addressing the president’s second term.Talk of job creation took a back seat as gun control and environmental issues  dominated the conversation, with all panelists noting that the president might be more willing to assume progressive positions on these hot-button issues now that he no longer faces reelection.“I think that Obama’s goal is to transform the powers of the presidency,” Strickland said. “Many of the issues that will be central to this administration are issues that Obama rarely even touched on in his first term.”Sefain noted how the immediacy and relevance of gun control legislation will likely take a prime spot on the presidential to-do list, a rather unexpected priority considering how little attention the issue received in previous elections.“Obama must be mindful of his game plan,” Sefain said. “He will likely capitalize early on the gun argument because he knows that right now it is in the minds of all Americans.”Levin remained optimistic that the beginning of a second term might encourage bipartisan negotiations.“I think a lot of Democrats wanted to see more from Obama in his first term,” Levin said. “If he can harness discontent for current gun laws, he may be able to get Congress on the side of progressive legislation.”Strickland did not seem as confident in the president’s ability to overcome the hyper-partisan divide that plagues Washington. Rather, he anticipates that the president will exercise strong executive powers in his second term, bypassing Congress entirely when it comes to some of the most contentious issues.“I think Obama knows that certain agenda items are not going to get through Congress,” Strickland said. “He will probably resort to executive orders in tackling the gun problem. With regards to climate change, I think he will expand the powers of the EPA.”Strickland’s thoughts were echoed by Portantino, who agreed that the president would likely run into opposition on certain contested issues.“I’m not sure that Obama will be able to find common ground for issues like gun control and gay rights,” Portantino said.Panelists, however, also remained wary of the political implications of executive action on some of the nation’s most divisive topics. Some panelists believed that, though the president no longer faces the pressures of re-election, policies that are perceived as too liberal might make for an uphill battle for Democratic presidential contenders in 2016 and might lead to a sweeping Republican victory in the midterm, as was largely the case in 2010.“In two years, we will face another election, and if the president burns too many bridges in an effort to implement his policies, he could see a major defeat for his party in Congress,” Sefain said.The panelists also addressed the future of the Republican Party in national politics. Though many commentators have written off 2012 as the beginning of the end for the GOP, panelists remained confident that the party could see a rebound depending on the president’s performance over the next four years.“Pendulums swing,” Strickland said. “And they always swing.”The topics discussed in the panel discussion might foreshadow what Obama discuss in his State of the Union Address. The president will deliver this address before Congress on Tuesday, Feb. 12. A viewing of the speech will be held in the lobby of the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, followed by a panel discussion.last_img read more

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