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A long-planned, landmark study on the potential use of marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress in veterans has stalled again, this time after a debate arose over the unhip un-skunkiness of the government ganja grown for use in the experiment.
Johns Hopkins University, which had been tasked with registering local veterans to use the marijuana in clinical trials, is pulling out of the study, a move one partner attributed to negative publicity, the Washington Post reports.
MAPS, the organizer of the experiment, had long opposed the government’s monopoly on experimental pot — but Johns Hopkins’ stash was particularly long dregs and short on skunk, the Post reports. The weed set aside for use in the veterans’ experiment was low in THC, but high in mold and lead, MAPS argued.
Which it decidedly doesn’t, if you’re used to, say, the Sour Diesel or the OG Kush:
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Nevertheless, the fuss over the gubmint sensimilla being muy malo may have convinced Hopkins that all this weed business was too seedy for them.
The experiment continues, with a dozen vets signed up to test the weed in Scottsdale, Ariz., and more volunteer drives are planned by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Colorado.
And the Santa Cruz Veterans Alliance, a California grow operation, offered to donate some of its kush for the PTSD experiment. “Cannabis grown by veterans for veterans is how SCVA began,” the group’s spokesman, Seth Smith, told Task & Purpose. “Wouldn't it be amazing if the first federal study on the potential benefits of cannabis to treat PTSD symptoms in US veterans used safe, quality medicinal cannabis grown by veterans themselves?”
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
Airman 1st Class Isaiah Edwards has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after a military jury found him guilty of murder in connection with the death of a fellow airman in Guam, Air Force officials announced on Tuesday.
A Russian man got drunk as all hell and tried to hijack an airplane on Tuesday, according to Russian news agencies.
So, pretty much your typical day in Siberia. No seriously: As Reuters notes, "drunken incidents involving passengers on commercial flights in Russia are fairly common, though it is unusual for them to result in flights being diverted."