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Mexico Legalizes Medical Marijuana

A decree issued by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto today confirmed that Mexico has legalized cannabis for medicinal use after overwhelming support from Mexico’s Lower House of Congress.

Peña Nieto was once a vehement opponent of cannabis legalization, but has since called for a re-examination of global drug policy after a nationwide public debate on legalization in early 2016. “So far, the solutions [to control drugs and crime] implemented by the international community have been frankly insufficient,” Peña Nieto told the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Sessions in April 2016. “We must move beyond prohibition to effective prevention.”

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto 

Last year, Peña Nieto even went so far as to introduce a measure that would allow Mexican citizens to possess up to an ounce of cannabis without repercussions, but the bill stalled in Congress.

The medical marijuana bill sailed through the Senate with ease in December 2016, and Mexico’s lower house in parliament passed the bill in April with a vote of 347-7 in favor of approval. Mexico’s Secretary of Health, Dr. José Narro Robles, voiced his support for the measure, saying, “I welcome the approval of the therapeutic use of cannabis in Mexico.”

The decree was issued by the president today and specifies that the Ministry of Health will be tasked with drafting and implementing the regulations of “public policies regulating the medicinal use of pharmacological derivatives of cannabis sativa, indica and Americana or marijuana, including tetrahydrocannabinol, its isomers and stereochemical variants, as well as how to regulate the research and national production of them.”

Peña Nieto’s decree effectively eliminates the criminalization of the medicinal use of cannabis, THC, CBD, and all cannabis derivatives, as well as legalizing the production and distribution of cannabis for medicinal and therapeutic uses.

“The ruling eliminates the prohibition and criminalization of acts related to the medicinal use of marijuana and its scientific research, and those relating to the production and distribution of the plant for these purposes,” stated the Lower House of Parliament, known as La Cámara de Diputados.

Currently, the only cannabis that will be permitted must contain 1% or less of tetrahydrocannabinol, and the Ministry of Health will be required to study the medicinal and therapeutic effects of cannabis before creating the framework for a medical marijuana program infrastructure.

There will certainly still be hurdles to overcome on the bumpy road to medical marijuana, but Mexico just surpassed the biggest obstacle so far.

Sensual Storms

Thanks to friend, the “Coolest Bean”, here is a peak into my excitement, could be lust, for big storms.

I have never experienced a recorded hurricane, but, my now neighborhood, on the south end of Ensenada, Baja California, has seen at least three 80+MPH storms in my 10 years of residence.

One of my favorite storm memories was in Steamboat Springs, Colorado with my girlfriend in 1987.  We enjoyed a huge dwelling at Kutuk Lodge with big windows viewing south on a summer weekend.  While wining and chopping veggies for a salad, the wind became fierce.

We stopped our butcher block bingo dance in favor of the view through a huge window showing a dark grey wall of water in the sky approaching from the south with a decent-but-no-recuerdo bottle of grape juice.  It was at sunset. The storm event likely lasted a total of 30 minutes.

But that Colorado evening of thunder, wind, rain, food, wine and ensuing frolic have stayed with me for more than 30 years.  I have lost track of D.A.S. and hope she is well.

Having lived most of my life in the desert of Colorado(28 years) and now the desert of Baja, rain is a sensory rich event for my soul.  My home in Ensenada receives approx 8 or 4 or 6 inches(must be a guy thing) of precipitation annually.

The mini squalls of approx 1 mile diameter that dance across Bahia Ensenada during “winter” are amazing entertainment.  They excite me more than a tv sit-com…do they still make those, or am I too old and white?… or a reality click bait program…or the “my politician is better than your politician” gaggle of adolescent baby bummers.

My friends are as different as each storm cloud formation.  Eccentric buddies are a postive energy field for me.

If I am lucky enough to enjoy a front seat to a storm, a bottle of wine, a simple dinner and share it all with good friend, I am lucky enough.

My wish is reality, as I am in Florida sharing my dream today with my favorite girl: mom. Two inches of rain fell today.  Two bottles of wine are also down. A.C. Jobim is playing.  Buena suerte.

Ensenada White Christmas



Corn or Flour Tortillas?

Bajadock: My guess is that you are splitting cilantro stems on finding these distinctions between corn/flour tortillas without much of a difference in getting rid of the 10 pounds(cough…make that 20!) of sludge around your waist.

The major problem that I have seen with severe diets is the “URGE to SPLURGE” response.  Some diet plans that have proven results provide a CHEAT/SPLURGE day to feed those lusty food impulses.

The number of “I lost 5 pounds last week” fake dieters I have heard in my life would fill the Ohio State Buckeyes football stadium.  Different time of weighing, water weight and other factors can lead to a quick 5 pound difference. Get rid of that scale.  It is not your friend!

But, to actually lose 5 pounds of FAT, you would need to exercise the equivalent of running 175 miles that week:

       3,500cals per pound of fat/100cals per mile = 35 miles per pound of fat.  

                                        Multiply by 5 pounds = 175 miles 

Back down to reality, no regular exercise(unless you can dedicate a couple of hours to intense exercise per day) can outperform a bad diet.  

What to do?

Lettuce or cabbage make for the perfect low carb wrap.  Bacon and avocado are 2 perfect flavor enhancers.

THESE DIPS are a yummelicious way to add veggies like celery, broccoli(my fav) and cucumbers to your munch fix

Dessert?  Here is a good list.  Personal favorite is a whey protein shake, easy on the fruit portion, +ice to thicken

NUTS are a low carb sub for the other junk.  Almonds are my favorite.  Low/no salt moderates overserving.

REAL FOOD is your best choice, not the stuff in packages labled with 20+ ingredients.

Cheers to your healthy and sexy December and 2017.

Bajadock, certified nut


You Choose


foto por Bajadock

When I first spotted this billboard on the Toll Road in Rosarito Beach, I guessed that it was a produce advertisement for Commercial Mexicana grocery. The billboard is located at the famous “Jersey Cows” location.

BTW, that spot caught my attention for Taqueria 2000 and posted my taco experience there in 2013.

Back to the produce section, by the third time seeing the billboard, I noticed the “plastic surgery” note on the lower right hand corner.



Our staff of researchers was able to dig up the Genesis Plastic Surgery Center, that apparently also has a fresh fruit section for their patients’ enjoyment.  Do they have a happy hour?

Rosarito Ensenada Bike Ride Saturday

Warning to Ensenada visitos for tomorrow/Saturday is that you must get to or through Ensenada by 10AM or delay your trip until 4PM or later.

From the Ensenada toll booth, they will close the 2 west, ocean side lanes for the bicyclists’ use.  Traffic north and southbound will be squeezed into one lane each from the toll booth to downtown Ensenada, YUCK!

And Costero Blvd downtown will be a major flustercluck due to the finish line and party surrounding it.

Downtown Rosarito will also be stuffed with people, bicycles and cars Saturday morning.  Ride starts at 10AM, but, crowd begins at 8AM and Rosarito doesn’t ease traffic until after noon.




Punta Banda Off Road Racing

Ensenada Fumigation

State Government announced that will be fumigated and misting various colonies of Ensenada, in order to combat the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, transmitter of diseases like Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika. Through a statement, the Ministry of Health of Baja California, reported that spraying will be performed at night, because it is precisely when night falls the insect is activated to feed, and represents the opportunity for teams to perform fogging and spraying to combat it.

Program responsible Vectors and Rickettsial Jurisdiction Health Services in Ensenada, Sonia Flores Velazco, calls on citizens to be vigilant to step fogging units and are to be protected from this disease transmitting mosquito. Asked residents to keep doors and windows open, once the units are fumigating in their colonies, thus achieved the chemical enter homes and eliminate the vector in the interiors. He stressed that this insecticide is authorized by the World Health Organization (WHO), so people can rest assured that this substance is not harmful and does not represent any risk to the health of people. Among the preventive measures recommended to keep clean patios and avoid having containers filled with water without being properly covered and sealed.

Bajadock: This expert can clearly confirm that the chemical fog is no problem for you and your family’s health.  

Baja Medical Tourism Alert

Go to news
8:53 a.m.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

irregular and insecurity shaking the medical tourism clinics Baja California

By Juan Manuel Torres

diariomonitor @ hotmail

Health tourism in Baja California received a new blow via the Federal Commission for the Protection from Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS) dependence informed that until June 10 were closed down 26 establishments linked to cosmetic surgery.

After the death of the young Australian Eva Nicole Sarmonikas last year, after undergoing in Mexicali liposuction of the abdomen and buttocks, Cofepris strengthened inspections and this is the result, which shows that the state authority and the Medical Cluster that Carlo leads Bonfante Gallego, son Sedeco manager, have done nothing to curb the growth of charlatans who seek rich at the expense of the trust they have deposited especially foreign nationals to be addressed in Baja California.

In fact it is recalled that the State Attorney has documented 22 deaths due to medical negligence.

Meanwhile, according to the business Cofepris of the 26 suspended, 17 were in Tijuana, Mexicali 6 and 3 in Ensenada, only in the span of just five months.

In the case of Mexicali few days ago it was reported that the so-called Medical District of the state capital is become the most insecure area of the city and now this fact that gives a severe blow to which is one of the latest standards known economic state after it was moved from the aerospace and automotive sectors by El Bajio.

It added that in a program of Benjamin Garza in his Metropolis program, dealed and their guests concluded that some of the inhibitors for this sector are greater involvement of governments, insecurity, improve urban image, cleaner and search a better positioning in the growing national and international competition.

Meanwhile, since last year the main irregularities are found COFEPRIS: Indoor intensive therapy: drugs and medical devices obsolete, equipment maintenance, lack of central nurses and lack of filtered air system.

In operating rooms: no delimitation of strategic areas, insufficient medical equipment, the delivery room is adjacent to a surgical suite and recovery area patients without physical division.

Also, inspectors detected improper handling of Biological Infectious Hazardous Waste (RPBI), the medical staff has not established full documents, such as certificates and professional degrees.

The health authority who reiterated the recommendations are to be practiced plastic and cosmetic surgery: Verify that you have health license issued by Cofepris; Check that notice be operating; You have responsible health check; Verify that the doctor is certified and display the view title and professional certificate as a specialist in the field; and Verify that has a health care protocol.

We’ll see if finally take actions to rescue the sector where BC is still competitive, but faces brutal competition in the country and abroad both in quality and price. Aguas!

Preparing for Death

When it comes to the end of life, hospital stays are more intensive and more expensive than alternatives.

Bajadock: Having witnessed this, the lesson is to make certain your family/friends know your wishes in writing that comply with the local laws applicable.  Sure, the financial perspective is strong, but, leaving with dignity and peace is my focus.  Thanks RL and NG for sharing.

People who die in the hospital undergo more intense tests and procedures than those who die anywhere else.

An analysis by Arcadia Healthcare Solutions also shows that spending on people who die in a hospital is about seven times that on people who die at home.

The work confirms with hard data what most doctors and policymakers already know: Hospital deaths are more expensive and intrusive than deaths at home, in hospice care, or even in nursing homes.

“This intensity of services in the hospital shows a lot of suffering that is not probably in the end going to offer people more quality of life and may not offer them more quantity of life either,” says Dr. Richard Parker, chief medical officer at Arcadia.

Where people died and how much the final month of care cost:

  • 42% of patients died at home: $4,760
  • 40% of patients died in the hospital: $32,379
  • 7% of patients died in hospice: $17,845
  • 7% of patients died in a nursing facility: $21,221
  • 5% of patients died in the ER: $7,969

Source: Arcadia Healthcare Solutions

Arcadia analyzed all the Medicaid claims data for a private Medicaid insurance company in one Western state and detailed how many billable medical procedures each patient received and where. Patients in hospitals were billed for far more medical interventions in the last days of their lives than people who died in other settings. The company declined to name the state or company.

The study showed that 42 percent of patients died at home at a cost of about $4,760 for their last month of life, while 40 percent died in a hospital at a cost of $32,379. Dying in a nursing home was the second most expensive locale, inpatient hospice was third and an emergency room was fourth.

“In the end, everyone died. They all died,” Parker tells Shots. “If we look at this retroactively, retrospectively — and we could go back and ask people — I bet most of them would say I’d rather be home with my family.”

Parker says the cost of hospital deaths paid for by Medicare or private insurance are likely even higher because they pay doctors and hospitals more for their services.

Many studies have shown that people, when asked, say they’d prefer to die at home rather than in a hospital. However, those wishes aren’t always realized if a person hasn’t given clear instructions to a doctor or family member.

Parker says hospitals are designed to cure people who are ill rather than to allow people to die peacefully.

“The culture of American medicine today and for the last several decades is to keep treating patients regardless of the quality of life,” he says. “A lot of physicians have been reluctant to admit that the patient’s life is coming to an end.”

The picture is more complicated than the data show, says Dr. Lachlan Forrow, a professor of medicine and medical ethics at Harvard University.

Many patients move from home to hospice to hospitals and back during the last 30 days of life. And some may end up in the hospital because their pain or symptoms weren’t adequately controlled at home.

Still, he says, hospitals are just not good at caring for dying people.

“We do lots of very expensive things in hospitals to people in the last part of life who would rather be home, and we do those in part because in the hospital they get paid for,” he says.

It’s the only way to justify keeping in a hospital the people who need around the clock nursing care but can’t get it at home.

“If we really tried to make sure people at home could have what they needed at home, we could take better care of them, with less medical system-caused suffering, at lower cost, sometimes much lower cost,” he says.

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