Health officials in the state of Minnesota say that there has been a significant amount of pain reduction for patients who use medical marijuana.
Within the past several years, medical cannabis was approved to treat pain. The government conducted a survey of more than 2,200 patients who used medical marijuana in the form of pills and inhalable methods. The results of the survey showed that 43% of doctors observed positive effects.
The people in the survey were first-time users when it came to using medical cannabis for pain. Of the people involved in the survey, over 350 people reported that they used prescription opiates. However, as they kept using medical marijuana, opiate usage decreased. About 63% of these opioid-using people eliminated or reduced usage of opiods after six months of taking medical marijuana treatments.
None of the people in the study were hospitalized for cannabis use, and there were no events where cannabis was life threatening.
Cannabis may be the light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to pain management. Opiods are commonly used for pain management, though they are extremely addictive. Many lives have been shattered with the use of prescription opioids. A lot of serious drug addictions have resulted from situations where people were first prescribed opioids.
In the study of medical marijuana users, very, very, very mild downsides were reported from medical marijuana consumption. For example, 40 percent of patients reported fatigue and fogginess. At least one person reported that the effects of medical marijuana were temporary.
Experts say that more research needs to be done, and that people should be given placebos as tests.
Experts and politicians are talking about marijuana as if it is some mystery thing that nobody knows about. This seems to be a lot of bull crap, because everybody knows about marijuana. So many people all around the world are being helped by the medicinal benefits of marijuana that marijuana is not a secret. It seems like people are talking marijuana like this more for political correctness reasons and stigmas than anything else.
In De Pere, Wisconsin, a new ordinance concerning transgender people will take effect on Thursday, March 8th, 2018. The ordinance was approved by the city council in November, but the date of implementation was delayed.
The ordinance prevents landlords, businesses and employers from discriminating against people for being transgender. A transgender person is someone whose gender and personal identity do not fit his or her physical gender at birth.
This ordinance is controversial and has received criticism. A lawsuit has been filed against it by a Christian-themed radio station and five local churches. They claim that it takes religious freedom away from people whose religious views invalidate the transgender lifestyle.
People who oppose the ordinance want either religious groups to be excluded from this policy, or a declaration of the law as unconstitutional. They say that the law will keep employers from properly running their organizations to the best of their abilities and beliefs.
The city council did not unanimously agree on the ordinance, which is why the implementation of the ordinance was delayed for so long.
There was a public presentation at De Pere City Hall by Stacie Christian, a staff member from UW-Greenbay. She spoke about the ordinance, a well as how to be more inclusive of LGBTQ people. The gathering at De Pere City Hall included about 20 people from both sides of the issue.
One of the people who originally proposed the ordinance, Alderman Casey Nelson, believes that the plaintiffs do not have a valid justification for their lawsuit because of the fact that there are already state and federal laws that allow them to be exempt from such policies.
Nelson’s conjecture subtly suggests that the there may be hateful reasons behind the lawsuit. However, to a certain extent, what Nelson said is wrong because sometimes the local ordinances are the ones that affect daily life more often and are sometimes thought to be more immediately important.
On Tuesday, March 6th, 2018, General Mills announced its plans to create the largest organic crop farm in South Dakota. Gunsmoke Farms, near Pierre, is planing to convert 53 square miles to organic crops by the year 2020. These crop will supply General Mills’ line of Annie’s Macaroni and Cheese.
In conjunction with the Oregon-based Xerces Society, Gunsmoke farms has agreed to take part in adding 100,000 acres of bee and butterfly habitat near crops. Gunsmoke farms will convert 3,000 acres of land into pollinator habitat.
Of course, this is a huge move that requires a lot of planning. Many things must be considered, like sustainability and the quality of the soil. This is why General Mills is teaming up with Midwestern Bio AG, a company based in Madison, Wisconsin. They are working to plan a soil building and crop rotation program that will lead to the maximum amount of sustainability.
Like many larger food companies, General Mills has bought smaller food companies while changing its own products to meet the demands for healthier, more organic foods. It bought Annie’s in 2014 for a sum of $840 million. General Mills hopes to double its organic crop acreage by the year 2020. It also wants to cut down on greenhouse gas omissions twenty-eight percent by the year 2025.
General Mills will measure the amount of progress that this program brings by looking at the quality of the soil, the crop yields and the extent to which communities are affected in positive ways.
As of now, there isn’t much organic agriculture in South Dakota. In the 2016 growing season, there were only 86 certified organic farms in the whole state, with a total of 115,780 acres. A little more than half of that organic land consisted of rangeland or pasture—not crops.
The Kansas City Chiefs have already made news this off season. The team make headlines throughout the NFL when Alex Smith was traded to the Washington Redskins. Alex Smith was coming off of an outstanding season that saw him going to the Pro Bowl. The Chiefs decided it was time to look to their quarterback of the future, and Smith became expendable.
Now, the Chiefs are making more news on the trading front. The Chiefs’ star cornerback Marcus Peters is going to be traded to the Los Angeles Rams. The complete details of the trade have not yet been finalized. NFL teams are not allowed to officially finalize trades until the official trading season begins on March 14.
Marcus Peters had several great seasons during his time with Kansas City. Over the last three seasons, Peters had 19 interceptions. This total led the entire NFL during that three year period. So far in his career, Peters has been selected to the Pro Bowl twice.
One of the reasons mentioned for the trade of Marcus Peters was Peters’ relationship with Andy Reid who is the Chiefs’ head coach. Last season, Marcus Peters picked up a penalty flag that was thrown against him, and he threw it up into the crowd. Coach Reid decided to suspend Peters for one game due to Peters’ unsportsmanlike conduct on the field. This didn’t go down well with Peters, and the Chiefs ended up losing the game in which Peters was suspended.
The Los Angeles Rams were looking for top players for the team’s secondary. Trumaine Johnson is expected to leave the Rams, so the team needed a player to fill Jackson’s shoes and provide the pass coverage needed to keep the Rams’ highly-ranked defense running on all cylinders.
The Assembly in Wisconsin has approved a bill that pertains to a $6.8 million advertising campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to attract young people to the state of Wisconsin. There is a shortage of workers in the state, with about 100,000 jobs up for grabs.
The Republicans are generally in support of the advertising campaign, while the Democrats generally aren’t. The Democrats believe that the state of Wisconsin needs more than just an ad campaign to attract Millenials. They hold the belief that discrimination and a lack of better jobs play a role in the shortage of young workers.
In the Assembly, the bill for this ad campaign passed 67-28. Seven Democrats voted for the bill, along with the Republicans. This bill is currently on its way to the Senate.
As the bill was being debated in the Assembly, a Democrat from Milwaukee, Daniel Riemer, read comments from people who he went to school with. The comments were about why those people left Wisconsin. The reasons included racial discrimination, fear that the University of Wisconsin would be hostile toward scientific research and the fact that there were better jobs in a variety of other states. Some politicians agreed that Wisconsin may be a place where not everybody feels welcomed.
The funding for advertising will expand an ad campaign that already exists from Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. It will be expanded from Chicago to other cities in the Midwest.
Republicans believe that attracting young people is matter of informing them. People who are uninformed about Wisconsin may not know about what the state has to offer. When people think of Wisconsin, they may think of cheese curds, Packers and not much else. However, there is much more to Wisconsin than those things.
Fargo, North Dakota, the frozen “glorified farm town” of the frigid Upper Midwest is gaining major respect from East Coast food snobs as one of the hippest foodie destination in the U.S.
A Washington Post article recently called Fargo’s revitalized downtown a “hip scene.” This is where lovers of gourmet foods will find a selection of eateries that are making waves across the culinary culture of America.
One such establishment is Mezzaluna. It was recently named the best restaurant in North Dakota by MSN. But it also received high praise from the likes of luxury travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler and the online restaurant-reservation service Open Table.
But another aspect of Fargo’s on-the-rise food scene is a new proliferation of food trucks that are serving up some simply amazing street vendor fare. They offer delicious designer hot dogs, tacos and barbecue creations. Many of them operate year-round, even in the winter months of this northern city where temperatures routinely plummet below zero, and that’s not including wind chill factor.
If you’re looking for superior ethnic grub, Fargo has it covered. The selection of Asian dining establishments is amazingly robust, including the popular Kobes, a Japanese steak house featuring teppanyaki chefs cooking on the tabletops for delighted guests.
Another popular ethnic choice in Fargo serves Indian food – the Everest Tikka House. Technically, this establishment is in Moorhead, Fargo’s sister city in Minnesota just on the other side of the Red River.
Fargo’s burgeouning food scene is the product of a booming North Dakota economy that has experienced unprecedented growth over the past decade because of its surging energy industry. Even though oil prices have slumped recently, the powerful economy here has put Fargo on the map as a major USA Midwest destination city.
The Irish rock band U2 first broke onto the music scene in a very big way in the early 1980s. They released a string of hits that made them one of the most successful bands of the decade. Their album ‘The Joshua Tree’ won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1987. It is now considered one of the greatest rock and roll albums ever recorded. However, U2 did not simply fade away into obscurity after a few years of success like many other bands. The hits just kept coming in the 1990s. U2 has had the remarkable ability to remain relevant in an ever-changing music world. They have continued to release multi-platinum albums on a regular basis.
U2 has seemingly done everything that a band can do in a career. However, they just accomplished something that had never been done before. They became the first recording artist to have a number one album in the United States in four straight decades. This is a true testament to the band’s extraordinary longevity and very loyal fan base. ‘Songs of Experience’ is their latest album to reach the top of the charts. It is the eighth album in their brilliant career to be number one in the United States.
Lead singer Bono said that he is surprised that people still care about their music after so many years. He never expected the band to be together 35 years after it was formed. He went on to say that he believes people relate to their music because they cover themes such as love, loss and achieving your dreams. They also have many songs that cover various political themes which strike a chord with people around the world. This has led to U2 becoming one of the biggest-selling bands in history.
Growing up in West Michigan and having travelled throughout the Midwest with my family multiple times, I have come to conclude that the Midwest is one of the best places to live in the United States. There are many wonderful communities that are very family friendly that are located in the Midwest. Though it might sound a bit biased, West Michigan is home to a lot of these wonderful communities. Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Grand Rapids, Norton Shores, and Ferrysburg are all great communities to live in. However, there is one community in particular that I have always enjoyed. This is the community of Muskegon.
As a community and a city in general, Muskegon has a lot to offer. The Muskegon Lumberjacks and the Muskegon Risers soccer club are two local sports teams that are very fun to watch, especially for those who love watching live sports. Pere Marquette Beach is definitely one of the cleanest and nicest beaches to visit in West Michigan. Its long shoreline and unique qualities make it a tourist attraction in the summer. If you are a pet owner, Pere Marquette also has a dog beach. If you enjoy hiking, make sure you visit Hoffmaster State Park. This park is just south of Muskegon and offers many trails and beaches. As far as communities go, there are many small communities within Muskegon that I’d recommend. Some of these communities include Glenside, Beachwood-Bluffton, and Lakeside. These communities are relatively close to Lake Michigan and are family friendly. These communities have fun parks like McGraft Park, Seyferth Park, and Beachwood Park.
In the end, Muskegon is a great city to live in. The city offers many things to do that are fun for the whole family. Like I said earlier, there are many safe and nice communities within Muskegon.
Even in the twilight of his career and life, David Bowie continued to break down boundaries in the sonic world. Bowie’s last albums and his musical, Lazarus, were his final artistic statements to shake the rock and pop worlds. He completed the last two while secretly fighting cancer. The inner and outer worlds of that era will be explored in the upcoming HBO documentary, David Bowie: The Last Five Years. The trailer was released today, and the film will air on Bowie’s birthday, January 8th.
This television special is preceded with the 2013 companion piece, David Bowie: Five Years, a documentary about the first five years of Bowie’s career. The way that any visionary artist closes their career is typically a lightyears difference, and that is exactly the case here with The Last Five Years. HBO is taking Bowie fans on a journey through the throwback rocker The Next Day, the fantastical musical Lazarus, and the esoteric jazz-rock swansong Blackstar.
The documentary tells the story through photographs, interviews with his collaborators, and never-before-seen footage from the Bowie vault. Throughout, the people that worked with him detail his creative process, philosophies, and struggles within his enigmatic final creative sprint. The story of these swansongs is arranged, made up of words from old friends all the way to new millennium colleagues.
Much like many of Bowie’s projects, the list of guest appearances is star-studded, Blackstar-studded if you will. This includes producer Tony Visconti and guitarist Carlos Alomar, who have been mainstay studio collaborators with David Bowie for 40 years. The director Ivo Van Hove and writer Enda Walsh both worked with Bowie for the making of the musical Lazarus. Viewers will also hear stories and anecdotes by other collaborators; Toni Basil, Earl Slick, Gail Ann Dorsey, Gerry Leonard, Catherine Russel, Sterling Campbell, Zachary Alford, David Torn, Donny McCaslin, Maria Schneider and Robert Fox.
All throughout the Midwest, there are very nice communities one can live in. A lot of these communities are very affordable and family friendly. Growing up in West Michigan, I have fell in love with a lot of the smaller communities around this side of the state. Some of these communities include Holland, Norton Shores, Ferrysburg, and Spring Lake. However, there’s one community that I especially like. This is the City of Grand Haven.
Grand Haven is a wonderful community along the beautiful shoreline of Lake Michigan. The community itself is relatively small with around 11,000 residents living there. In Grand Haven, there are many fun things to do especially in the summer. If you’re into hiking, I’d recommend checking out Hoffmaster State Park. Here, you’ll be able to hike along many trails and experience the beauty of Lake Michigan. Grand Haven State Park is a big tourist attraction in the summer, especially during Grand Haven’s annual Coast Guard Festival. I have to say that this beach is definitely one of the best beaches to visit in West Michigan. Both the location and quality of the beach make it a wonderful spot to visit. It is within walking distance to many great shops and attractions. If you want to get something to eat, I highly recommend trying Butch’s Beach Burritos. They have some of the best burritos around and their food is amazing. For dessert, you can walk across the street to Pier Peddler. Pier Peddler is an ice cream shop that serves tasty, hard ice cream at a very reasonable price.
In the end, Grand Haven is a great community not only because of its excellent location but also because of the things to do. If you aren’t planning to live here, I’d highly recommend renting a place here in the summer. It truly is a beautiful community.