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Sen. Daines pushes VA to allow doctors to recommend medical marijuana

Doctors with the Veterans Administration may soon be able to prescribe medical marijuana to veterans. Republican Senator Steve Daines asked the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs today to consider medical marijuana as a treatment option.

If a veteran want's to meet with a doctor to discuss medical marijuana, currently they would have to pay out of pocket to see a doctor outside of the VA system. The reason is because the VA's policy currently prohibits its doctors from discussing marijuana with patients. However, that policy expires at the end of this month.

If the VA then adopts a new medical marijuana policy, veterans would be able to get their hands on marijuana products for their chronic pain, glaucoma, nausea and other qualifying conditions.

"There's a lot of people that go through the VA that can benefit from this and out of their own pocket, this way the VA would help pay some of their doctor bills in having to see the doctor," said Rick Whatman, owner of Around the Clock Cannabis.


'What has she done that we're bragging about? How has she led?':Susan Sarandon backs Bernie for prez

Actress and progressive activist Susan Sarandon lent her star power to Bernie Sanders at an Iowa rally this evening, passing over Hillary Clinton a second time for the nation's top job.

A decider for Sarandon, who has known Sanders for more than two decades, was Clinton's 2002 vote for the Iraq War as a New York senator, a military conflict that Sanders did not support.

'That's where Hillary Clinton lost me,' she told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview, 'because there was plenty of information that even I had that said there was a real problem with the logic involved.'

Clinton went on to be secretary of state and has more experience in the foreign policy realm than Sanders, who has has focused his legislative career on fighting for economic justice.

'But what is experience without judgement,' Sarandon said tonight after a Sanders rally in northern Iowa. 'She's had a job but what has she done that we're bragging about. How has she led?'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3420286/Susan-Sarandon-backs-Bernie-president-instead-Hillary-vote-Iraq-War.html

Why the youth love Bernie Sanders

Almost no one saw the rise of Bernie Sanders coming.

At the beginning of the election cycle, Hillary Clinton was the clear front-runner for the Democratic candidacy. Nobody thought anyone else, much less a 74-year-old socialist senator from Vermont, could seriously challenge her.

However, less than a week away from the Iowa caucus, Bernie Sanders is pulling ahead of Hillary in both the Iowa and New Hampshire caucuses according to the most recent Iowa CNN/ORC and CNN/WMUR polls. Much of the senator’s meteoric rise can be attributed to the youth movement surrounding the candidate.

Bernie’s popularity with millennials is staggering. He has more than a 10 percent lead over Hillary Clinton among voters 18-34 according to a joint poll from USA/Rock The Vote. While it makes sense that younger people would favor policies such as free college and youth employment, Bernie has become a folk hero for many dedicated supporters. This is most likely because of his honesty and unwillingness to change his image to become more electable.

Hillary, on the other hand, tried so hard to attract the younger audience that it backfired. When she attempted to whip and nae nae on Ellen, it was excruciating and profoundly cringe-worthy to watch.

Hillary Clinton will never be cool.

Bernie doesn’t make an effort to be cool, and that’s exactly what makes him cool.



The end of the article is dumb, but the rest is worth reading

Pharmadouche Martin Shkreli threatens to destroy Wu-Tang album

The Pharmadouche strikes again. When it was revealed that Martin Shkreli, the jack-ass pharmaceutical CEO infamous for his price-gouging of an AIDs medication, was the mysterious buyer who dropped $2 million on the one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, we all let out a collective groan. When Shkreli was arrested by the FBI on ponzi scheme allegations, we rejoiced. Perhaps now the album would finally see a chance at release, even if it came because the smug scumbag had to sell it to pay off legal fees.

Well, leave it to the world’s most loathsome man to spit in our faces. During an interview for a Vice profile with Allie Conti, Shkreli had the record playing in the background. Apparently the first time he’d actually played the thing, he told Conti he “vacillates between wanting to destroy the record and dreaming of installing it in some remote place so that people have to make a spiritual quest to listen.” While the latter of those two options has at least a bit of mystique to it, either one is incredibly douchey.

And if you think Shkreli isn’t proud of that fact, you’re wrong. As he stated in the Vice piece, he actually wants the world to hate him, as if he gets a kick out of the whole thing. “I’m not just the heel of the music world,” he said, using pro-wrestling vernacular for “bad guy,” “I want to be the world’s heel.” It sucks that we’re giving in to his desires, but it’s just so easy to hate on this jerk.


Bernie Sanders talks 'a bit of politics' with Obama as Iowa caucuses approach

by David Smith
Hillary Clinton’s supporters must have been hoping it was not a glimpse of the future.

Bernie Sanders, the man once dismissed as a white-haired socialist senator from a tiny state, found himself centre stage on Wednesday as he marched into the White House.

His private 45-minute meeting with Barack Obama at the Oval Office came just days before the Iowa caucuses, where, once unthinkably, polls show Sanders running neck and neck with Clinton for the Democratic nomination. He has a clear lead in the next contest, in New Hampshire on 9 February.

Sanders emerged with from the West Wing in a winter coat with striped tie and a smile. He told reporters he talked foreign policy, the economy and “a little bit of politics” during a “constructive” conversation with Obama, their first extended meeting since the Vermont senator became a serious contender for the Democratic nomination.

Speaking in the White House driveway, the anti-establishment figure laughed as he said he did not directly ask for Obama’s endorsement. The president recently praised Clinton’s pedigree in an interview with Politico while noting that Sanders had the “luxury of being a complete long shot” and was a “bright, shiny object” in need of some more scrutiny.

But Sanders said: “There was some discussion the other day about a Politico interview where he was tipping the scales towards Secretary Clinton. I don’t believe that at all.

“I think he and the vice-president have tried to be fair and even-handed in the process and I expect they will continue to be that way.”



Study hints at biology of schizophrenia, may aid treatment

NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists pursuing the biological roots of schizophrenia have zeroed in on a potential factor — a normal brain process that gets kicked into overdrive. The finding could someday lead to ways to treat the disease or even prevent it.

The result — accomplished by analysis of genetics, autopsy brain tissue and laboratory mice — is "going to be a game-changer" in terms of understanding schizophrenia and offering routes for treatment and potential for prevention, said Bruce Cuthbert, acting deputy director of the National Institute of Mental Health, which helped fund the research.

An expert unconnected to the research said the study's conclusion was not yet proven, but plausible.

Almost 1 percent of the general population will have schizophrenia at some point in their lives. They may hear voices or hallucinate, talk about strange ideas, and believe others are reading their minds or plotting against them.

Nobody knows what causes the disorder, so the new result offers a possible peek into a black box. The work is reported in a paper released Wednesday by the journal Nature.


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