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What Wedding Rings Say About China’s Economy

Golden rings are more accessible than ever for the average Chinese couple.
lead Golden rings are more accessible than ever for the average Chinese couple.
Lily Kuo Apr 15 2014, 4:15 PM ET
Couples participate in a group wedding ceremony hosted by the French Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo in 2010. (Aly Song/Reuters)
—Last year was a big one for gold in China. As Chinese middle class families, particularly aunties, bought up gold bars and jewelry for their use as accessories as well as investments, China became both the number one producer and consumer of the precious metal—surpassing even India where yearly bullion demand had long been the world’s highest.”>
Couples participate in a group wedding ceremony hosted by the French Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo in 2010. (Aly Song/Reuters)

Last year was a big one for gold in China. As Chinese middle class families, particularly aunties, bought up gold bars and jewelry for their use as accessories as well as investments, China became both the number one producer and consumer of the precious metal—surpassing even India where yearly bullion demand had long been the world’s highest.


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Md.’s marijuana laws leave unanswered questions .

Marijuana News: Legalization, THC testing and Oregon moratoriums .

This Is What The World’s Most ‘Perfect’ Marijuana High Would Feel Like.

Eric Holder ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ About Marijuana Legalization In Washington And Colorado.

Jail Time Replaced With Fines: Gov. O’Malley Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill « CBS Baltimore.

Minnesota medical marijuana receives 68 percent poll support .

Law enforcement from neighboring states agree, Colorado has strongest marijuana in the world.

Questions for the CannaBiz panel of marijuana experts | Bloglander .

PFC Herman Stanley of White Plains, KS counts German Lugers, P-38′s, P-35′s, machine pistols and other make automatics in Oslo, Norway. July 10, 1945 [473 × 623] (



There’s a number of reasons the grammar of this headline could infuriate you – The Week

Blame our shifting definitions of the singular and the plural


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Why Do So Many Leftists Want Sex Work to Be the New Normal?

Yes, let’s erase stigma. But feminists, please: let’s not forget to talk about male prostitution_ap_img_1privilege.
—On the left, prostitution used to be seen as a bad thing: part of the general degradation of the working class, and the subjugation of women, under capitalism. Women who sold sex were victims, forced by circumstances into a painful and humiliating way of life, and socialism would liberate them. Now, selling sex is sex work—just another service job, with good points and bad—and if you suggest that the women who perform it are anything less than free agents, perhaps even “empowered” if they make enough money, you’re just a prude. Today’s villain is not the pimp or the john—it’s second-wave feminists, with their primitive men-are-the-enemy worldview, and “rescuers” like Nicholas Kristof, who presume to know what’s best for women.

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Macro Man: The Mystery of the Dots…a mystery

In the spring of 201- I had not seen Mr. Sherlock Holmes for more than four years. My medical practice, which had been booming a few short years previously, was somewhat lacklustre since the epidemic of pecunia refrenata had driven so many out of the City. Although my small roster of regular patients was sufficient to keep me in modest comfort, I often cast a wistful thought back to the days when I shared Baker Street rooms and the occasional adventure with my friend.
—Holmes, meanwhile, had won global renown for his ingenious solution to that infamous affair with the QE2 and QE3. The crowned heads of Europe regularly consulted him on matters of international importance, and he had even become something of a sensation in the gutter press. I thought that some day he might come to call on me between cases, but sadly he never seemed to have the time.

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Caleb Cole Becomes Other People In His Photo Series ‘Other People’s Clothes’


For family of Martin Richard, loss and love a year after the Marathon bombings. Part 1 – Metro

They had to be in that Boylston Street crowd on Marathon Day, up against the barricade, cheering passing runners. It is part of what bound the Richard family to Boston. The horror that followed, and their quiet courage in the face of it, will bind Boston’s hearts to theirs, forever.

He was weary and hoarse, the ringing in his ears hard to bear.

When he stood at the head of his dining room table to introduce himself, he looked at his carefully chosen guests and faltered for a long moment.


How to Think About the Risk of Autism

A STUDY published last week found that the brains of autistic children show abnormalities that are likely to have arisen before birth, which is consistent with a large body of previous evidence. Yet most media coverage focuses on vaccines, which do not cause autism and are given after birth. How can we help people separate real risks from false rumors?

Over the last few years, we’ve seen an explosion of studies linking autism to a wide variety of genetic and environmental factors. Putting these studies in perspective is an enormous challenge. In a database search of more than 34,000 scientific publications mentioning autism since its first description in 1943, over half have come since 2008.

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Searching for home

There was a time – I was still young, in my mid-20s – when I thought I was going to be Ruth-Behar-At-Homea perennial traveller, a woman without a country or permanent address, a vagabond. Not that I was ever the backpacker type. I liked lace blouses and high heels too much. In my fantasy image of myself, I floated from place to place in long flowing gowns. In real life, I travelled heavy, lugging way too many suitcases wherever I went.


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Katerina Plotnikova Photographs’ Show Intriguing And fantastical Connections Between Wild Animals And Humans – Beautiful/Decay Artist & Design


A love of desolation and ruins

From the neo-gothic follies of 18th-century aristocrats to the blasted cityscapes of contemporary arts_toynton1-1024x768Detroit, ruins have long obsessed artists
—Jane and Louise Wilson’s photograph of a ruined German gun emplacement in Normandy, 2006
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—Once upon a time, gazing at ruins was considered one of life’s most exquisite pleasures. The parks designed by Capability Brown and William Kent for 18th-century aristocrats often featured a neo-gothic folly or crumbling mock-classical temple specially created to set off the surrounding landscape. Cultured travellers, meanwhile, went in search of real ruins in Britain and abroad, a trend that continued well into the 19th century. Ruined castles were a favourite destination, as were ruined abbeys set in beautiful landscapes: to satisfy the exacting requirements of the romantic sightseer, a ruin had to possess what John Constable called “melancholy grandeur.” Henry James, a connoisseur of decay in all its guises, mocked his own zealous ruin tourism as a “heartless pastime” entailing “a note of perversity.” Such perversity is nicely hinted at in the title Tate Britain has given its current exhibition of ruins in art: Ruin Lust (from the German Ruinenlust, although in German “lust” merely denotes joy or pleasure).

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Classified Nuclear Weapon Drawings Missing at Labs

Classified design drawings used in the manufacture of nuclear weapons have not been properly and reliably maintained by nuclear weapons labs managed by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), the Department of Energy Inspector General said in a report last week.

“NNSA sites could not always locate as-built product definitions or associated drawings for nuclear weapons and components in official records repositories.” At the Pantex Plant, “officials were concerned and surprised at the difficulty in finding as-built product definitions for the nuclear weapons,” the DoE IG report said.

At Los Alamos, the information system “allowed changes to classified nuclear weapons drawings without using an approved change notice. This practice could permit unauthorized changes to weapons drawings.” Questioned about undocumented changes to a particular weapon drawing, “officials were unable to explain why changes were made, but told us that they ‘assumed’ the changes were needed.”


American soldiers hunker down in a trench less than a mile away from the detonation of a 43 kiloton nuclear bomb in 1953.

American soldiers hunker down in a trench less than a mile away from the detonation of a 43 kiloton nuclear bomb in 1953.


Amoeba Eats Cells Alive

The intestinal parasite Entamoeba histolytica kills host cells by tearing pieces from them, whichEntamoeba310 it then eats.
—Entamoeba histolytica (green) ingesting bites of human T cells (purple).KATHERINE RALSTONFor decades, scientists assumed that the intestinal parasite Entamoeba histolytica killed human tissues with toxic molecules before ingesting them. They were wrong; it’s actually the other way around, according to a study published in Nature today (April 9).
—Katherine Ralston, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Virginia, has shown that E. histolytica—a single-celled amoeba—tears chunks from host cells and eats them. These attacks eventually kill the cell, at which point the parasite moves on. E. histolytica is the only parasite known to attack tissues in this way—a process known as trogocytosis, after “trogo,” the Greek word for “nibble.”

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Michael Chabon | Be Cool Or Be Cast Out

One Saturday when I was twelve or thirteen I went to the T-shirt counter at McCrory’s dime store, in the Columbia Mall, and had them print me up a custom one, using heat-transfer letters and a steam press. I chose a light blue cotton-poly blend; the letters were dark blue, almost purple, made from some fuzzy iron-on stuff, in a functional sans-serif typeface like you might employ to put your last name on the back of your baseball jersey, which was probably the use for which the letters had been intended. I think I may have been inspired to communicate with the world in this way by the example of a then-well-known photograph of the comedian Chevy Chase, in which he was shown wearing a T-shirt that said YES IT’S MY REAL NAME. I went in kind of a different direction, though. My shirt said LIBERTINE.


There’s a reason why great music can give you a ‘skin orgasm’ — chills down your spine

The conductor lifts a hand, the orchestra begins to play and a shiver runs down your spine.Grant_Llewellyn
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–You know the feeling.

You just had a “skin orgasm,” according to Psyche Loui, an assistant professor of neuroscience and behavior at Wesleyan University. Another word she uses to descibe the reaction is “chills.” For you, this is an emotional experience. For Loui, it is also a scientific one.


The Trouble With Shaken Baby Syndrome

Before Robyn Felix feared every unfamiliar car that wheeled down her street, or hid with the shaken-baby-syndrome-spread_pg7yu5babies at the back of the house with the lights off, or fell into the habit of washing the same dishes over and over for hours, there came the sound at the door.

Knock isn’t the right word. Robyn would later think of the pounding on the door that jerked her and her husband Nathan awake that Friday in late November as an evil come to pull their lives apart.


Marijuanna and CPR

Below is a well written testimony from one couragous person who decided to experiment with change, ZjPAHphealth and personal growth.
What C.P.R. Means To Me

It has been almost a month since I quit smoking marijuana! I had been a daily user for about twelve years, with the occasional attempt to quit; the longest quitting period being about one year in 2005. I had attempted to quit a couple times in the last three years, but always relapsed after a couple of weeks. So, this time I decided to seek help.

Previous quitting attempts always consisted of going cold turkey and using willpower. I could stick to it for a few weeks, but then would have a smoke with a friend and return to using every day. In 2005, I told myself that I could not have any weed in the house and would still allow myself to smoke socially if someone had it. This worked for almost a year until I had a stressful situation occur, and went back to smoking every day. Therefore, this time I wanted to quit and stay a non-smoker, but how?

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The Next America

Demographic transformations are dramas in slow motion. America is in the midst of two right now. Our population is becoming majority non-white at the same time a record share is going gray. Each of these shifts would by itself be the defining demographic story of its era. The fact that both are unfolding simultaneously has generated big generation gaps that will put stress on our politics, families, pocketbooks, entitlement programs and social cohesion.


Burkhard Bilger: The Dark and Dangerous World of Extreme Cavers

Atanasio, a cliff-face opening in the Sierra de Juárez mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico. The mountains 140421_r24884_p465are home to the Chevé system, some eighty-five hundred feet deep—potentially the deepest cave in the world.
—On his thirteenth day underground, when he’d come to the edge of the known world and was preparing to pass beyond it, Marcin Gala placed a call to the surface. He’d travelled more than three miles through the earth by then, over stalagmites and boulder fields, cave-ins and vaulting galleries. He’d spidered down waterfalls, inched along crumbling ledges, and bellied through tunnels so tight that his back touched the roof with every breath. Now he stood at the shore of a small, dark pool under a dome of sulfurous flowstone. He felt the weight of the mountain above him—a mile of solid rock—and wondered if he’d ever find his way back again. It was his last chance to hear his wife and daughter’s voices before the cave swallowed him up.

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8 Illegal Questions At Job Interviews

While you may end up being asked the standard “what is your weakness” question at a job interview, a sneaky employer may try to slip in some questions that are illegal to ask, in order to gain some possibly sensitive information


Shakespeare’s scholar tramp

n a small series of sheds in Sussex an 19th-century joker and eccentric hoarded the evidence that James Orchard Halliwell-Phillippsreconciles Shakespeare the playwright with Shakespeare the man. Charles Nicholl uncovers a remarkable story

‘My reply to the idiots who ask me to resume literary studies’ … James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps. Click to enlarge

Hollingbury Copse is a pleasant suburban cul-de-sac on the northern outskirts of Brighton, but nothing remains of the curious property that once stood here, and was the first to have this address. It was built amid dense woodland in the late 1870s by the celebrated Shakespearean scholar and collector James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps. The views across the downs and out over the Channel were splendid, but the house itself was not the commodious sort of residence one might envisage for this eminent if eccentric Victorian. It was not really a house at all, but a rambling spread of single-storey timber buildings, roofed with galvanised iron and connected by wooden corridors. An early visitor likened it to a squatters’ camp in South Africa, but with time it mellowed. An American journalist, Rose Ewell Reynolds, who saw it in 1887, thought it very “picturesque” – it was “simply a collection of bungalows bought ready-made in London, but grouped as they were they made a most comfortable home”. They had “criss-cross timbering on the outside”, which reminded her of the “quaint little houses” she had seen in Stratford-upon-Avon.



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Scenes from the 2014 Masters Golf Tournament – Photos – The Big Picture –

The 78th Masters Tournament started on April 10 among the colorful flora of the Augusta National Golf Club. The well-kept grounds of the course make a great backdrop for photographing the sport, and the good weather helps with interesting shadows and warm sunlight. –Leanne Burden Seidel (31 photos total)



U.S. Legal Pot Sales To Hit $8 Billion A Year In 2018: Report


Combined sales of legal recreational and medical marijuana in the United States is projected to reach more than $8 billion in 2018. That’s according to a new report by Marijuana Business Daily citing data from the Marijuana Business Factbook, which forecasts that the 2018 retail marijuana industry could see an estimated $7.4 to $8.2 billion in sales.

The projection is based on sales estimates from the state-legal medical and recreational marijuana markets that already exist, as well as 4-5 additional states that are expected to legalize recreational marijuana and 2-3 states expected to legalize medical marijuana by 2018.

Currently, there are 20 states with legal medical marijuana. Colorado and Washington have both legalized recreational marijuana and about a dozen other states are expected to legalize marijuana in some form in the coming years.

“This total is conservative –- the reality of retail sales could be larger,” Chris Walsh, editor of CannaBusiness Media, the publisher of both the Factbook and Marijuana Business Daily, said in a statement. “Nor does it include wholesale cannabis sales, or the billions of dollars in ancillary cannabusiness revenues such as growing equipment, real estate, legal fees, testing labs, paraphernalia, etc.”


Myanmar and drugs: Getting higher

STANDING sentinel over one of Myanmar’s main border crossings to China, in the town of Mongla, is a 20140412_ASP005_0lurid pink building, the Drug Eradication Museum. The sleazy frontier post, Chinese in all but name, is at the heart of the Golden Triangle, where the three South-East Asian countries of Myanmar, Thailand and Laos adjoin their giant northern neighbour. It is an area that has long been synonymous with one thing: drugs.
—At the museum the authorities have chosen to portray how the cultivation of opium poppies and the production of heroin and other drugs shrivelled in the face of a determined eradication programme. Dog-eared black-and-white photos record all the diplomats and foreign journalists coming to witness the triumphant destruction of thousands of hectares of poppy fields. Here and there among the exhibits Myanmar’s then military dictator, Than Shwe, descends by helicopter to survey the good work. But the chronicle of relentless success ends in 2006. Beyond the museum walls since then, and particularly recently, it has been a different story.

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“Miss Edwards, do you have another shirt in your locker?” my second period Spanish teacher, Mrs. Buck, asked me on my first day of high school, making sure the whole class could clearly hear my dilemma.

I looked down at my breasts, their little white mounds pushing up and slightly out of a shirt that was low-cut and tight-fitting, but not too provocative, at least I thought.

Mrs. Buck’s orders to return to class the next day only if I had appropriate clothing came as a shock for two reasons: Firstly, I didn’t own a lot of clothes. Secondly, I grew up in a community where boys and girls spent a lot of time naked together. I did not understand the proper rules of dress code. Showing a little cleavage was no big deal to my teenage mind.


Why I Give My 9-year-old Pot by Marie Myung-Ok Lee

He has autism and a medical marijuana license.

Marie Myung-Ok Lee teaches at Brown University and is the author of the novel Somebody’s Daughter, and is a winner of the Richard Margolis award for social justice reporting.

Question: why are we giving our nine-year-old a marijuana cookie?
—Answer: because he can’t figure out how to use a bong.
—My son J has autism. He’s also had two serious surgeries for a spinal cord tumor and has an inflammatory bowel condition, all of which may be causing him pain, if he could tell us. He can say words, but many of them—”duck in the water, duck in the water”—don’t convey what he means. For a time, anti-inflammatory medication seemed to control his pain. But in the last year, it stopped working. He began to bite and to smack the glasses off my face. If you were in that much pain, you’d probably want to hit someone, too.\
—J’s school called my husband and me in for a meeting about J’s tantrums, which were affecting his ability to learn. The teachers were wearing tae kwon do arm pads to protect themselves against his biting. Their solution was to hand us a list of child psychiatrists. Since autistic children like J can’t exactly do talk therapy, this meant sedating, antipsychotic drugs like Risperdal—Thorazine for kids.
—Last year, Risperdal was prescribed for more than 389,000 children—240,000 of them under the age of 12—for bipolar disorder, ADHD, autism, and other disorders. Yet the drug has never been tested for long-term safety in children and carries a severe warning of side effects. From 2000 to 2004, 45 pediatric deaths were attributed to Risperdal and five other popular drugs also classified as “atypical antipsychotics,” according to a review of FDA data by USA Today. When I canvassed parents of autistic children who take Risperdal, I didn’t hear a single story of an improvement that seemed worth the risks. A 2002 study specifically looking at the use of Risperdal for autism, in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed moderate improvements in “autistic irritation”—but if you read more closely, the study followed only 49 children over eight weeks, which, researchers admitted, “limits inferences about adverse effects.”



Full moon – Paul Klee


Sweaty as Hell, and Staring Down Death by Erika Hayasaki

Just outside of the sweat lodge, a woman in a leopard-print sarong stares into a bonfire. Her tightly coiled black hair has fallen limp from the rain. She is barefoot and kneeling in the mud in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, her glasses tucked away somewhere dry. She has lost track of time.

Her name is Diane Bryan, a fifty-one-year-old single mom, Navy veteran and mid-career college student from Newark, New Jersey. She is part of our group of a dozen here at a sweat lodge on a voluntary field trip for a class we are taking at Kean University on death and dying. We stick out flamboyantly in the woods like the urbanites we are. One young woman daintily balances a pink and green Alpha Kappa Alpha umbrella over her head. Another sports French-manicured acrylic fingernails and a shoulder tattoo of a heart pierced by an arrow.


vintage everyday: Old Portraits of Flappers with Sad Eyes

Those old Hollywood dames posing with upturned faces and big, watery eyes. Given the amount of boozing, partying, and scandal-making that went down in the roaring twenties, they had plenty to worry about — some more than others.

Those old Hollywood dames posing with upturned faces and big, watery eyes. Given the amount of boozing, partying, and scandal-making that went down in the roaring twenties, they had plenty to worry about — some more than others.


Rhein II is a photograph made by German visual artist Andreas Gursky in 1999.[2] In 2011, a print was auctioned for $4.3 million (then £2.7m), making it the most expensive photograph ever sold.[3]

The photograph was produced as the second (and largest) of a set of six depicting the River Rhine.[2] In the image, the Rhine flows horizontally across the field of view, between green fields, under an overcast sky.[4]

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Kawah Ijen, The Volcano That Spews Blue Flames

Kawah Ijen is one of several volcanoes located within the 20 km wide Ijen Caldera in East Java, Indonesia. The caldera of Kawah Ijen harbors a kilometer-wide, turquoise colored, acidic crater lake that leaks sulphurous gases constantly. At night the hot gases burn to emit an eerie blue glow that is unique to Kawah Ijen. The gases emerge from the cracks in the volcano at high pressure and temperature, up to 600°C, and when they come in contact with the air, they ignite, sending flames up to 16 feet high. Some of the gases condense into liquid sulfur, and continues to burn as it flows down the slopes giving the feeling of blue lava flowing.



In 2014, fast food is the reason we’re all fat, bars are at fault for making us drunk and stupid, and wheat is the devil incarnate for making us feel like complete garbage. Being gluten-free is a sweeping health trend, one that has a huge fanbase filled with widespread ignorance. Unlike diets that are focused on being fat-free or sugar-free, if you ask ten people on any street corner what gluten is, chances are that only one or two people will have any idea, much less understand why it has been demonized. Despite that lack of knowledge, sales of gluten-free food increased to 11 percent of American consumers in 2013 and an incredible 60 percent more people claimed they want to reduce or eliminate gluten in their diets altogether.


China’s Concubine Culture Lives On in Mistress Villages

For Chinese men there’s no status symbol like a mistress, or two, or three, or four

A friend attended a work-related banquet in China recently. Seated at the same table were several men who were executives of Chinese state-owned enterprises. As bottles of Hennessy Cognac and jet-fuel-like baijiu were opened and quickly consumed, the topic of conversation awkwardly jostled from work to geopolitics to the price of Apple’s latest iPhone. One executive, his face glowing red from the night’s imbibitions, said he needed to buy one because his mistress demanded it. In fact, she was texting him about it as he spoke. He held out his phone’s lit screen as proof, new messages still incoming on his WeChat account.


“Why Marijuana Is Not A Drug”

Forty years ago this fall, marijuana was classified a Schedule I Controlled Substance, along with ecstasy, LSD, and heroin. The qualifications required for a drug to reach such an esteemed distinction are threefold: 1. High potential for abuse, 2. No currently accepted medical use, and 3. Lack of accepted safety for use. Additionally, Schedule I drugs are broken down into four categories; and yes, THC – the primary active chemical in marijuana – is listed under “psychedelic substances”.
—This November, days after the 40th anniversary of one of the most bizarre prohibitions in US history, California voters will have the opportunity to decriminalize once and for all the possession and recreational usage of what we now know to be a perfectly harmless, naturally-occurring crop. And right as many are to champion this measure finally making its way to a ballot, there is no cause yet to celebrate. A message war is about to heat up, much as it did in the same state in 2008 over same sex marriage. Hopefully, advocates will have learned two truths by now from last time around: the right will lie unabashedly, and elected Democrats will be largely silent and unhelpful.

This makes it more crucial than ever for advocates to be on the offensive.
—One of the enduring treasures of American liberty is that we do not demand a reason to make something legal – the burden is on showing why something ought to be illegal. As usual, Gore Vidal put it succinctly: “It might be good for our citizens to recall (or learn for the first time) that the United States was the creation of men who believed that each man has the right to do what he wants with his own life as long as he does not interfere with his neighbor’s pursuit of happiness.”
—So as a first offensive play, let’s point the finger at those who oppose this measure and demand they explain themselves. Why has smoking something in private been judged a criminal activity? And does pot truly meet the requirements of a Schedule I drug?


How to Get a Pot Card (Without Really Trying)

I have writer’s cramp. My wife has arthritis. Guess who got a prescription for medical marijuana.pot-card300
—By Josh Harkinson

—Recently, my wife and I had a contest. She’d ask her rheumatologist if he would write her a prescription for medical marijuana to treat her arthritis. I’d go online, find a doc, and see if I could get pot prescribed for a vague, undocumented medical problem. Then we’d see who’d be the first to join the ranks of California’s 500,000 medical marijuana users.
—My wife (who asked me not to use her name to protect her privacy) had been thinking about pot because she’s running out of conventional medical options. Since she was diagnosed with severe arthritis earlier this year, she’s been unable to do everyday activities like walking around and keeping up with our one-year-old. She’s avoided drugs with serious potential side effects such as liver damage and cancer, instead trying to control the pain and swelling by dosing up on ibuprofen. Yet one of her doctors has suggested that all the ibuprofen may have triggered a complex chain reaction that ultimately made her condition worse. Without a substitute, she’d have to live with more pain.

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