Cannabis Health Fair To Educate CU Students
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Cannabis Health Fair To Educate CU Students
Posted by CN Staff on September 08, 2009 at 04:35:37 PT
By Melanie Asmar
Source: Colorado Daily 
Colorado --  University of Colorado students will have a chance to take "Medical Marijuana 101" on Saturday, according to organizers of the Cannabis Health Fair, a pro-pot event being held on campus. The free event aims to educate students and Boulderites about the state's booming medical-marijuana registry. 
CU junior Andrew Orr, one of the event's organizers, broke his back a few years ago playing receiver for the Darien High School football team in his home state of Connecticut. But nobody -- not even Orr -- believed it. "I didn't know I hurt it," Orr said. "I kept playing and it made it worse." For more than two years, Orr was in pain. The 20-year-old had a medicine cabinet full of pills: Percocet, Vicodin, Oxycontin, muscle relaxers, sleeping pills. The regimen worried him. "I think that the amount of damage the prescription drugs were doing to me at such a young age, I couldn't imagine being on them for the rest of my life," said Orr, who has since had back surgery. "Marijuana is far safer and healthier, depending on your delivery method." Orr said he has been a medical marijuana patient for more than a year. Also a member of the CU chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, he said he now wants to help debunk the myths about the state's medical-marijuana registry -- such as the idea that it's expensive or time-consuming to get on, or that employers and parents will be able to see a student's status. Saturday's fair -- which will feature speakers including a medical-marijuana attorney, a cannabis therapist and a doctor who has recommended patients for the state registry -- should help, he said. "We're going to try to get kids educated and make sure they know the program before they have the cops knocking on their door," said Orr, who is double majoring in film and history. But the number of young people approved to use medical marijuana in the past year has raised some red flags at the state Department of Public Health and Environment, which maintains the registry. From July 2008 to June 2009, the state issued registry cards to 1,792 males under 30, officials said. Of those, 1,601 were diagnosed with "severe pain," one of eight qualifying conditions. Those 1,601 young males represented 22 percent of the applications the department received during that year. "We do have concerns about the appearance of the high number of young males who've been diagnosed with chronic pain," said department spokesman Mark Salley. "It makes us wonder about potential abuse of the (constitutional) amendment" authorizing medical marijuana in Colorado. But Orr and Laura Kriho, outreach director for the Nederland-based Cannabis Therapy Institute, which is co-hosting the fair, don't see it that way. "Chronic pain knows no age limits," Kriho said. They point to doctors such as Jade Dillon, of Westminster, as proof that any suspected abuses of the more than 9,000-patient medical-marijuana registry are not uniform -- or even widespread, they said. Dillon, who will speak at the fair, said she's been recommending patients to the registry for a couple of years. She's strict, she said; if a patient's ailment isn't medically documented, it's a no-go. "I have seen a lot of people try and come in and say, 'Oh, my aching back. I don't have any records. I just put up with it,'" Dillon said. "I say, 'I'm sorry, it's not going to happen.'"Source: Colorado Daily (UC Edu, CO)Author: Melanie AsmarPublished: September 7, 2009Copyright: 2009 Colorado DailyContact: editor coloradodaily.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #7 posted by RevRayGreen on September 09, 2009 at 15:11:43 PT
They should've had
POTLUCK come play..........
POTLUCK - "Marijuana 101"
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Comment #6 posted by museman on September 09, 2009 at 13:40:32 PT
'young males'
Are the major resource of new slaves for the workforce.Are the sole resource (until recently - and young women were added) for cannon fodder in the many generational wars.Young males are the reason Congress finally listened to Anslinger and started prohibition - they were afraid that all the 'young men would start smoking marijuana,' and become too passive to fight the wars.There is more to the concern for 'young males' and their part in the continuing maintenance of the status quo than meets the eye here.FREE CANNABIS FOR EVERYONE -ESPECIALLY YOUNG MALES!!!
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Comment #5 posted by augustwest on September 09, 2009 at 13:17:27 PT:
"We do have concerns about the appearance of the high number of young males who've been diagnosed with chronic pain," said department spokesman Mark Salley. "It makes us wonder about potential abuse of the (constitutional) amendment" authorizing medical marijuana in Colorado. 
In other words: "I didn't need medical cannabis at a young age so nobody else should." I think most people just don't realize that cannabis can help everyone young and old. Somone told me kids can get a card in Colorado as a substitute for ridalin. If true, I think that's awsome. 
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on September 08, 2009 at 08:40:41 PT
This article... "Young males"
I believe the male human is more fragile than the female human... in general.The male is usually remarkably stronger. But more apt to be more vulnerable to even more injury and incident even than the average female human. I think. I've seen this in babies, children, and adults. The males tend to live harder and die younger in general, comapared to the female, in general. Possibly because they are so strong. Testosterone, no doubt, plays a big part in many of the injuries to the young male of the species.Just my anecdotal opinon.
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Comment #3 posted by christ on September 08, 2009 at 08:28:53 PT
FoM - I have a question about CNN stuff
I wanted to share an Off Topic memory i had about something i saw on CNN last week. I know there are some restrictions here about posting stuff relating to CNN. Would this be allowed? In generic terms, there was a reporter talking about a recent report. Then the host basically said the report didn't make any sense. Using the host's logic, the reporter's reply (possibly paraphrased from the report) was equally maroonic. I thought some readers would like to know that this particular host seems to have a brain. 
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Comment #2 posted by Sam Adams on September 08, 2009 at 07:38:12 PT
what a maroon
"We do have concerns about the appearance of the high number of young males who've been diagnosed with chronic pain," said department spokesman Mark Salley. "It makes us wonder about potential abuse of the (constitutional) amendment" authorizing medical marijuana in Colorado. thank god the voters decided this issue for Colorado and not some useless bureaucrat - which state legislator is this guy's uncle or cousin? Remember, as it stands now, the State controls how much pain you suffer and when you're allowed to die
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on September 08, 2009 at 06:24:05 PT
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