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Re: “Not everyone believes sending an elephant to Cheyenne Mountain is the best choice

EXACTLY. ALL ZOOS ARE PRISONS. Despite best intentions, and love of the animals by the employees (no question they do)... ZOOS SUCK. CIRCUSES SUCK.

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Posted by Sad to lose someone on 06/15/2014 at 9:34 PM

Re: “MMJ takes a hit across Colorado

Bring on Medical Marijuana WITH FDA approvals, evaluations and warning labels. We have it for alcohol and cigarettes - MMJ should be in the same camp. What does MMJ do to fetuses when pregnant women smoke? We don't know.

Posted by Sad to lose someone on 04/07/2011 at 8:24 AM

Re: “El Paso County to defer MMJ ballot consideration two weeks

Not everyone KNOWS they have heart disease. Especially middle aged men who can't afford health checkups. It needs to be known that MJ speeds up the heart, and this is not safe for some people - whether they know it or not. If it were regulated, it would have this heart rate warning on the label, along with anxiety and panic attack warnings.

The facts are these: We were exercising (stress test, absolutely, caused by a vigorous hike) and then stopped to rest. He was wearing a heart monitor. His heart rate varied safely from 120 to 140 while exercising. We rested, and it went down to 70-80. Then, he took 3 hits of MJ. Then he stood up. Immediately, signs of chest pain, breathlessness, and sweaty, pale face. His heart rate shot up to 100 and stayed there. For 15 minutes, we rested, but we continued to hike downhill with chest pain just to get home. Emergency services were not nearby. He was told that he actually progressed from angina to heart attack and told that he could have died. In hindsight we should have called in flight for life...

FACT: A death certificate will never say "cannabis" caused it. The death certificate says what the person dies from physiologically. In this case, the death certificate says, 1) heart disease (unknown), then 2) "sudden cardiac arrest" (which was caused by the damage done by the heart attack to the heart muscle) and then 3) brain death in a very medical term, meaning no oxygen to the brain.

I witnessed the onset of angina, after resting after exercise, after he smoked three hits of MJ. Those who have healthy hearts can take the rise in heart beat. Unfortunately, he could not. Those in middle age begin to develop heart disease more seriously. Those of us who don't have heart disease will probably not have angina from MJ. Not everyone is aware of their condition. It can be discovered late in its development because other tests show up OK.

It's not fiction. It's fact if you look up "marijuana heart rate" on Google you will see that the heart rate can increase significantly (20% to up to 100%) and cases of panic attacks and fast heart rate are common. This needs to be common knowledge.

His death was caused by heart disease - the symptoms made dangerously worse by cannabis' affect on his heart rate. NOT EVERYONE KNOWS THAT THEY HAVE HEART DISEASE! NOT EVERYONE CAN AFFORD HEALTH CHECK UPS! In his case, his neck artery check was not alarming. We all, including his doctor, assumed he was pretty healthy.

Before you lecture me on what a death certificate had to say before blaming cannabis, perhaps you may, as Executive Director of this organization, want to be genuinely concerned for the health of those that don't know they should NOT be smoking it. Those with heart disease are in danger of this drug. You should be the first to alert them.

Posted by Sad to lose someone on 08/16/2010 at 1:35 PM

Re: “El Paso County to defer MMJ ballot consideration two weeks

MJ is currently like moonshine alcohol was in the 30's. Anyone could make it and people died from poisoning. My husband died recently after smoking pot after exercising. He had hidden undetected heart disease. MJ increases your heart rate. I have heard other younger guys talk about anxiety attacks and "heart beating out of their chest". Medical MJ is STRONG and UNREGULATED. While I'm for medical use of MJ, I'm not for this stuff that's on the street that gets there from "surplus" MMJ, and is silently killing people, especially, I suspect, middle aged long time smokers, with heart problems. I read online that this stuff can be 1500% stronger than in the '70's (I researched "marijuana heart rate"... check it out.) I suspect many more people are affected but don't tell their doctors on account of the activity is "illegal" and sneaky. We need to be aware of all the risks and keep a closer eye on this drug. I'm glad that it looks like MMJ dispensaries will not have a free reign in Colorado Springs for long.

Posted by Sad to lose someone on 08/13/2010 at 9:29 AM

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