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Coca-Cola is looking at marijuana for its drinks, but not to get you high

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Coca-Cola is looking at marijuana for its drinks but not to get you high

The cannabis industry is growing as more and more states legalize the use of marijuana for both medicinal and often recreational use. Cannabis has more chemicals than tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the component of marijuana that gets people high.. It also has a component that some companies, including Coca-Cola, are exploring for its health benefits.

Why Coca-Cola May Add a Cannabis Component to Drinks

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-17/why-coca-cola-may-add-a-cannabis-component-to-drinks-quicktakeCannabidiol, or CBD, is a component of the marijuana plant. Unlike another marijuana compound, tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC, CBD doesn’t make you high or intoxicated.

Results from preclinical studies suggest CBD has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-nausea and anti-seizure effects, according to Health Canada. While THC acts on specific cannabinoid receptors found in the brain and central nervous system, CBD appears to work throughout the body.

The component is still illegal nationally but legal in states where marijuana sales and production are legal. Nevertheless, it’s still a schedule 1 narcotic. The only reason it’s not addressed by national law enforcement is they have bigger fish to fry than an anti-seizure component of a relatively harmless drug.

My Take

While I don’t go as far as many of my Libertarian friends who want all drugs legalized, I have always felt marijuana has more positives than negatives. There’s a reason it’s often prescribed to people where it’s legal and not just for the high.

If it can truly be used by companies like Coca-Cola to help people, I’m all for it.

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Facebook uncensors Live Action after Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley intervene

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Facebook uncensors Live Action after Ted Cruz Josh Hawley intervene

Pro-life activist group Live Action has been in hot water with Facebook since last month. They’ve been accused of spreading false news after a fact-check group claimed a video of Lila Rose saying “abortions is never medically necessary” was false. This drew the attention of Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, both of whom have been going after Facebook for anti-conservative bias in their censorship patterns for some time.

As part of Facebook’s International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), a group called Health Feedback used the fact-checking of two physicians with ties to pro-abortion groups. This led to the group’s page and content being censored with reduced exposure and warnings placed on their content as fake news.

Cruz and Hawley sent a letter to Facebook calling for an investigation and noting they’ve already uncovered multiple cases of unabashed bias against conservative content on pages. Facebook replied in an unexpectedly compliant manner.

“We have been in touch with the IFCN which has opened an investigation to determine whether the fact checkers who rated this content did so by following procedures designed to ensure impartiality,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. “While the IFCN investigates, we are removing the relevant fact checks and have communicated this to the members of the US Senate who brought this specific concern to our attention.”

Facebook removes fact check from anti-abortion video after criticism

The fact check was published by the group Health Feedback, part of the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), which is partnered with Facebook to crack down on misinformation on the platform. Health Feedback’s reviews rated Rose’s claim as inaccurate, saying, “Certain medical conditions such as placenta previa and HELLP syndrome can make abortion a necessary medical procedure in order to prevent the mother’s death.”

Live Action said that after the fact check was posted late last month, the group was notified by Facebook that its page’s content would be subject to “reduced distribution and other restrictions because of repeated sharing of false news.”

Censorship by Big Tech is an ongoing issue that requires both lawmakers and conservative users to stand out ground. They are protected as unbiased platforms by Section 230. They need to play fair.

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Amy Klobuchar: ‘While Bernie wrote the bill, I read the bill’

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Amy Klobuchar While Bernie wrote the bill I read the bill

Amy Klobuchar’s candidacy may be fading, but she made an important point against Bernie Sanders’s and Elizabeth Warren’s push for Medicare-for-All during tonight’s Democratic debate. On page eight of the bill, health insurance as we know it today would be eliminated.

And Pete Buttigieg seized on the opportunity to highlight his own Medicare-for-All-Who-Want-It proposal by saying he trusts the American people, which Sanders and Warren do not. The joint attacks on the staple of both Sanders’s and Warren’s campaign was meaningful.

Then, Kamala Harris was given the opportunity to pile on. She did. She echoed Buttigieg’s push for a choice between private and public plans.

The debate continues and we’ll update this as more is made of the Medicare-for-All debate.

It’s important that Democrats on the debate stage are fighting against the notion of Medicare-for-All as a universal healthcare plan. It says they’re listening and that Sanders and Warren have a harder hill to climb than before the debate.

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California family desperately in need of financial support after ALS diagnosis

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California family desperately in need of financial support after ALS diagnosis

A California woman struggles to survive and cope with medical bills; appeals for help after her husband’s diagnosis.

Santa Clarita, CA – Jean Greenfield is making a passionate appeal to the public for help. Her husband Seth was suddenly diagnosed with ALS in September 2018, and as a result, the family is in severe financial straits. Jean has set up a GoFundMe campaign in the hopes of raising sufficient funds to support the household and get the services and accommodations her husband needs.

More commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS is a disease that gradually paralyzes people because the brain is no longer able to communicate with the muscles of the body that are typically able to move at will. Over time, as the muscles of the body break down, someone living with ALS will lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, swallow, and eventually breathe. The person’s mind remains unaffected so he or she is aware of everything that is happening to them.

Seth was diagnosed with the C9orf72 Genetic version that was passed to him by his father who passed away in 2015, and his younger brother was also diagnosed, just two months after Seth’s own diagnosis.

There is no cure for ALS, and it is always fatal.

Seth is only 51 years old. He and his wife Jean have two young children. Jean has had to stop working in order to become Seth’s full-time caregiver, and as a result the family is in dire straits.

“We have struggled greatly with insurance and extreme wait times in getting basic necessities for Seth, such as an electric wheelchair, which took several months to be approved, despite his desperate need for it in order for him to get around the house,” says Jean. “Any financial help and support you can give would be such a blessing.”

Jean is desperately hoping to be able to raise enough funds to pay for a wheelchair-accessible van. Seth has been housebound for a year.

“He couldn’t even make it to his son’s prekindergarten graduation.”

Along with certain pieces of equipment that would make Seth and Jean’s life a little easier to bear, they also need help with monthly expenses for medication and household needs. And looking ahead, Jean is worried that she won’t be able to pay for a proper burial:

“It breaks my heart to think about not being able to honor the love of my life when he’s gone. Any amount that you could help us with would be so much appreciated. Thank you.”

For more information, or to donate, visit their GoFundMe page.

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