Not the Easiest Path to Reach: New York’s New Medical Marijuana Law

Multiple regulations need to be written and instated before NY's medical marijuana program can proceed. Images of lady justice courtesy of Vectorstock.com and the leaf is courtesy of Jon Richfield of Wikimedia Commons.

Multiple regulations need to be written and instated before NY’s medical marijuana program can proceed. Images of lady justice courtesy of Vectorstock.com and the leaf is courtesy of Jon Richfield of Wikimedia Commons.

Although the recently passed law of medical marijuana in NY may have brought a rise of applause or debate, the pathway toward actual usage appears to be farther off than one might expect.

A Quick Run-Down of What Needs to Occur First:

  • The program can not begin until the superintendent of the state police and the health commissioner can assure the system can be administered consistent with public health and safety.
  • A regulatory commission set up by the governor will regulate the price – not the manufacturers or distributors.
  • Doctors and practitioners will be required to first attend a  2-4 hour course as predetermined by the commission on the regulation before having the ability to recommend a certification of a participant.
  • Certification cards will need to be issued – including a photo of the applicant/caregiver.
  • The commissioner must approve the distributors and the testing labs to allow for accurate product.
  • The commissioner must develop and approve an informational insert(such as those given for other prescriptions).
  • Only a handful of registered organizations will be allowed the main registration certifications and those companies may have subsidiaries that can distribute and so forth.

Other Stipulations Within Law:

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Equal Rights for Pets on the Horizon

Image courtesy of Fort Carson, with Sgt. Jeff Harness in pool.https://www.flickr.com/photos/fortcarson/9733987837/

Image courtesy of Fort Carson, with Sgt. Jeff Harness in pool. https://www.flickr.com/photos/fortcarson/9733987837/

As a pet owner, it’s a daunting task to take your best friend on a trip. The rising costs/fees associated with flying as a human passenger have significantly hindered many people from flying, let alone bringing Fido or Fluffy along and train travel was not an option.Yet, hope is on the horizon.

The Pets on Trains Act of 2013 – if passed, will allow safe travel for dogs and cats on trains, which will create a few things:

  • An economic boost for train companies(such as Amtrak), who have been struggling for several years.
  • It will allow owners the health benefits associated with keeping their pets with them.
  • Pet owners will save significant money by not having to pay for kennel or pet care fees.
  • It will prevent separation anxiety for both pet and owner.

Pilot Program to Begin

Although the Pets on Train Act will still be working its way through congress, the Transportation Department of Illinois has agreed to allow a pilot program to begin next week allowing train travel with pets ( dogs and cats) between Chicago and Quincy, Illinois. With a reasonable fee of $25 per pet, it will hopefully entice owners to hop on a train more often.

Tax Deductions for Pets

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The Funniest Creations on the Market Today

Advertising for Poo-Pourri Spray. Image courtesy of Kevin Trotman Photography. FlickrCC https://www.flickr.com/photos/kt/6181409662/.

Advertising for Poo-Pourri Spray. Image courtesy of Kevin Trotman Photography. FlickrCC https://www.flickr.com/photos/kt/6181409662/.

Innovation – it’s what makes life so interesting. We’re not talking about a new Apple product here, but some of the funniest and surprising products that can make a person wonder: How did the inventor even think about coming up with this idea?

For many of these products, there has to be a good back story to be told. Yet for now, here is a list of products that look like something out of a Mad magazine or an article from The Onion, rather than real life inventions.

The Sweet Smell of Success

Shreddies look like any other pair of underwear and comes in a variety of colors. Yet, the company touts their “Shreddies flatulence filtering underwear features a ‘Zorflex’ activated carbon back panel that absorbs all flatulence odors.” They even have an incontinent line for the entire family.

Poo-pourri has the most hilarious commercial. A prime and proper woman (dressed impeccably) while sitting on a throne, talks about how one spritz of Poo-pourri can stop odors from occurring in any bathroom. The video ad can make even the grumpiest person giggle. The company touts their product has a better rating than the iPhone 5, with over 4 million bottles sold.

A Positive Spin on a Prank

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When Pharmaceutical and Insurance Companies Play God

Every day a child waits for treatment that may be denied because a pharmaceutical or insurance company may feel their life is not worth saving. Image: My baby girl hooked up to machine, courtesy of FlickrCC,48395185@ N03/12444307375.

Every day a child waits for treatment that may be denied because a pharmaceutical or insurance company may feel their life is not worth saving. Image: My baby girl hooked up to machine, courtesy of FlickrCC,48395185@ N03/12444307375.

Josh Harding is a 7-year-old boy who is in critical condition and his life teeters in the balance because of a pharmaceutical company’s refusal to give him the drug he needs. Another patient needed a very expensive antibiotic because she acquired necrotizing fasciitis in the hospital after a C-section and when doctors wanted to give her a life-saving medication, they had to ask for insurance approval and were denied.

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Creeped Out by The Elf on the Shelf

While reading one of my favorite blogs: Renae Rude – The Paranormalist, I ran across a heartwarming story about the simple, yet often overlooked wonder of Christmas and the Elf on the Shelf by Ray Yanek.

My story is not as sweet, but I wish it was. My 8-year-old daughter Megan has enjoyed the Elf on the Shelf since 2012 and waited impatiently for when it would return this Christmas.

The elf arrived the week after Thanksgiving and although Megan had read the story and rule book the previous year, she reread it again – taking in every word much more seriously.

She knew that touching the elf would make her lose her magic and was so focused on trying to see when and where the elf went to, she wouldn’t go to sleep. She told me it creeped her out that a toy could come alive while she was sleeping. Continue reading

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The Unexpected

There are very few things that stop me in my tracks. A serious illness that prevents me from thinking or typing coherently, or…death of a loved one.

It is the later mentioned circumstance that has me at a stand still. These are the first words I’ve been able to type. My 26-year-old daughter died unexpectedly and has turned my world upside down.

The world is a little darker with the beautiful light that was dimmed. My daughter - Tiffany Scheel.

The world is a little darker with the beautiful light that was dimmed. My daughter – Tiffany Scheel.

I want to apologize to my followers for the lack of offerings – especially during these holidays that I am usually all about. I also want to apologize to the people I follow and engage with. I miss our collaboration of creativity.

So for those who enjoyed or looked forward to my posts, please have patience. Somewhere within my broken heart is the writer who wants to continue to share and communicate.

I’m hoping that with each day, I will feel more capable of returning to our exchange and commentary. But for now, this is all I can offer.

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Senators and Reps Should be Held Accountable

Democrats and Republicans need to be accountable for their fighting and inability to do their jobs. Image courtesy of Sheltonmedia.blogspot.com

Democrats and Republicans need to be accountable for their fighting and inability to do their jobs. Image courtesy of Sheltonmedia.blogspot.com

This is not going to be another finger-pointing post about the Democrats or Republicans and which one is at fault. Nor will this be a criticism of the President.  Let’s talk about the reality of employees who don’t get the job done.

When most of us go to work, we’re expected to do a certain job. When we don’t do that job to the expectations of the employer, we get some kind of consequence. This could be in the form of being reprimanded to being fired.

Our House and Senate employees need to take notice and be accountable for their actions. Why should they be allowed to sit on their hands and get paid for it? Would an employer stand for squabbling between employees that prevented the work from being completed?

There needs to be a law written(although there never will be)that anyone in the House or Senate that will not cooperate (within reason) with each other will either be fined or fired.

People wonder how our economy has gotten to the point it is. By allowing employees to run amok without being accountable for their work and paying them for the rest of their lives for being a previously bad employee, we’ve essentially gotten ourselves in the red.

Congressional members should not get any special treatment. They need to do the job or face the consequences – like every other person working in the United States of America.

For now, regular citizens can only retaliate by not re-electing the inefficient members who were suppose to be representing The People. Remember their names and make a difference at the voting booths.

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