Monday, December 5, 2016

Jeff Sessions’ Coming War on Legal Marijuana
 -There’s little to stop the attorney general nominee from ignoring the will of millions of pro-pot voters
  By James Higdon at Politico 

 ... "Like the Cole Memo, the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment is not yet the law of the land, and because of new rules implemented by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, amendments related to guns, abortion, LGBT issues and marijuana will no longer be permitted'' ...
... "With little more than the stroke of his own pen, the new attorney general will be able to arrest growers, retailers and users, defying the will of more than half the nation’s voters, including those in his own state where legislators approved the use of CBD. Aggressive enforcement could cause chaos in a $6.7 billion industry that is already attracting major investment from Wall Street hedge funds and expected to hit $21.8 billion by 2020." ...


 ... “If we don't take action and hold President-elect Trump accountable,” said Representative Jared Polis, Democrat from Colorado, “in one fell swoop, the federal government could damage state economies, and discourage entrepreneurship—placing some of our innovators behind bars, all while eroding states' rights.” ...

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Oregon marijuana industry skeptical of revised testing rules

by Pete Danko at Portland Business Journal


“OHA’s new testing rules ... virtually crippled the supply chain of adult-use and medical cannabis, from grower to retailer," ...


... "The hope is to reduce the number of tests, but based on what we see now from OHA, there's no indication that's going to happen,"

 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Oregon's Recreational Marijuana Market Approaches Collapse


New regulations are crippling the industry

 by Christian Britschgi at Reason

 

 ,,, "Another cannabusiness owner told the Oregonian that he expects 70 to 80 percent of the dispensaries operating today to be closed by next year."

"These problems are the natural consequence of the onerous and unworkable pesticide testing regulations that went into effect in October. As Reason has reported, these new regulations have massively increased the time and costs it takes to comply, while also severely restricting the number of labs that are permitted to carry out testing." ...

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Years of Research Proving CBD Has Tremendous Health Benefits

 by Zoe Wilder at MerryJane.com

 

... "CBD promotes the proper breakdown of fats and disposal of cells damaged by alcohol. Even in mice accustomed to binge drinking, CBD significantly protected their livers." ...

 

Monday, November 28, 2016

In global first, Teva signs deal to market medical marijuana inhaler

By Shoshanna Solomon at Times Of Israel

 

 "The company has completed clinical trials, which demonstrated the inhaler’s precision and compliance with pharmaceutical standards for the delivery of inhaled cannabis." ...

 ... "To date Syqe has raised $33 million, including $20 million from Philip Morris International, according to data provided by the company."

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Great Cannabis Divide -
Congress and public are split on marijuana legalization




 ... “In a healthy democracy, when a significant portion of the public takes certain policy decisions, their elected officials go to the halls of Congress, carry bills and lobby for bills that are reflective of the views of their constituency,” he said. “The reason we had nine states in this election with voter initiatives…was because in every one of those states, lawmakers were unwilling to address the issue. That’s problematic.”
 
The public is holding an open rebellion against federal law." ...

Can I Fail A Drug Test For Using CBD?

by Johnny Green at Weed News

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Study: Medical Cannabis Use Associated With Improved Cognitive Performance, Reduced Use Of Opioids

by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

Drug decriminalization would lead to fewer overdoses, addiction: federal study (Canadian)

 By Jim Bronskill - The Canadian Press

 

"OTTAWA—Alternatives to criminalizing a variety of illicit drugs in Canada could result in lower rates of use and fewer harms such as addiction, overdoses and infectious diseases, says an internal federal study."

"The Justice Department research paper stresses there are healthier and less costly ways of addressing the problem of illegal drug use, and that the biggest hurdles might be political — not practical — ones."

“It is becoming more challenging to justify the criminalization of drug users,” the study says."

Marijuana Is More Popular Than Politicians Are
 By Tom Angell at marijuana.com

Monday, November 14, 2016


This ex-Treasury Department employee has a solution to bank the marijuana industry: How it works

 By The Cannabist Staff

Sunday, November 13, 2016

It’s high time: If we can legalize marijuana, why can’t we end the misguided War on Drugs?

at Salon 

 

... "The War on Drugs has cost America well over $1 trillion since it began under Richard Nixon. This war has been the main cause of our country’s mass incarceration problem. As it is often noted, we have 5 percent of the world’s population and roughly 25 percent of its prisoners. You cannot have a War on Drugs, you can only have a war on people." ...

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Did Lack of Legalization Doom Hillary?

by Don Fitch at marijuanapolitics 

 

 "Hillary Clinton and the democrats are searching for reasons for their devastating loss. Was it FBI Director James Comey they ask? Was it the steady drip of WikiLeaks they wonder?"

"It just may be that Hillary’s non-committal and suspicious views and statements about marijuana doomed her." ...

 

 

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Marijuana votes put pressure on US government

 

A watershed moment for marijuana legalization

 By Ilya Somin at WP - The Volokh Conspiracy

Friday, November 4, 2016

Santa Claus Advocates Medical Marijuana After North Pole Bans Sale

 NBC News

 

 ... "What many do not know is that Santa is a cancer patient and marijuana helps him ease his pain. With the ban on sale, Santa will have to grow his own marijuana." ...

 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

DEA Action Continues Catch-22 of Marijuana Research

 By Lynn R. Webster, MD at PainMedicineNews

 

... "In theory, the DEA supports efforts to research the medical potential of marijuana—an agency representative pointed out that the DEA has never denied a request to conduct research that was filed using FDA protocols. However, the DEA may be operating with a law enforcement bias in keeping with its role to enforce the CSA and, perhaps, reinforcing a stigma that dates from the Nixon administration (the 1970s) when the agency was charged with preventing drug abuse." ...


How the marijuana industry is aiming to undo the harm caused by the war on drugs

By Trey Williams at MarketWatch

 “The cannabis industry is really different in that we were born out of this social justice movement. There are some things government can and should address, but it’s also incumbent upon this industry to get this right.” - Steve DeAngelo

Friday, October 28, 2016

The drug war’s most enthusiastic recruit: Hollywood

by Alyssa Rosenberg at The Washington Post 

 

 ... "Just as Jack Webb’s partnership with the Los Angeles Police Department on “Dragnet” and “Adam-12” benefited both Hollywood and the police, the drug war united pop culture and real law enforcement agencies in a new common purpose. The prospect of foreign drug traffickers invading American shores gave pop-culture cops a new and more dangerous enemy to fight, one that justified fast driving, explosive shootouts and all sorts of audience-thrilling rule-breaking. In return, Hollywood promoted the idea that drugs posed a grave threat that justified new, frightening police tactics and the erosion of basic rights." ...

 


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Medical marijuana has no appeal to kids, study finds

By Oscar Pascual at SFGate 

 
... "A recent study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence found that kids living in states with legal medical marijuana are not more likely to use pot, reports" WebMD.com.

 “The laws seem to be working as expected with little unintended consequences for youth and young adults to date,” ...

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Testing for marijuana raises medical, legal questions

 

 

... "Alcohol exits the body in a matter of hours. Cocaine can take a couple of days."

"Cannabis has no exact timetable.
The cannabis compound detectable in urine samples is evidence of past use, not actual impairment" ...

Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/marijuana/article109526682.html#storylink=cpy

Thursday, October 20, 2016

International team unveils first atomic-level image of the human 'marijuana receptor'

 Public Release: 

Scripps Research Institute EurekAlert 

 

 " In a discovery that advances the understanding of how marijuana works in the human body, an international group of scientists, including those from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), have for the first time created a three-dimensional atomic-level image of the molecular structure activated by tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active chemical in marijuana."

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Driving in circles

by Pete Guither at DrugWarRant 

 

My response:

Cannabis is so different from alcohol that these scare stories from law enforcement have little resemblance to reality. Most folks I know that use cannabis will be the first ones to tell you that they won’t drive if too stoned. If a person is drunk they will gladly grab the keys and go for a drive anyways. The differences are like night and day.

People have been smoking cannabis in large numbers since I can remember back into the 60’s. Now, since legality is proposed, law enforcement is in danger of losing their biggest moneymaker: arresting people for pot. Without a device to tell them if metabolites exist the truth is they usually can’t tell. There is nothing going on that distinguishes the difference between a person who has marijuana metabolites in their bloodstream and a person who is cold stone sober – in most cases these are one and the same.

Law enforcement is afraid of losing their pry bar tool to harass and make money on the roads like wolves waiting to pounce on unsuspecting prey. Observing impaired driving function is not enough to equal the ease of breathalizer proven impairment. The law enforcement community better face the facts:

There is no proven level of impairment for cannabis. Never will be.

- TC

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Friday, October 14, 2016

Inside the Legal Struggles of Michigan's Medicinal Marijuana Industry

 By Krishna Andavolu at Vice

 ... "while doing research for this season of Weediquette, we found out that there's still a strong incentive for police officers to go after legal marijuana growers in Michigan. The doctrine that the incentive is based off of is called civil asset forfeiture—which means that if a cop busts you, he or she can take your stuff in addition to throwing you in jail and charging you." ...

ACLU Calls For Decriminalization Of Personal Drug Use

 by Oren Peleg at OpposingViews


Study finds U.S. marijuana arrests outpace those for violent crime, urges drug decriminalization

By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff

 

New report by prominent human-rights groups notes marijuana arrests outnumber those for violent crimes, highlights the human toll of America's arrest-first drug policy, urges decriminalization of drug use

Legal Marijuana Hasn’t Caused Any Of The Problems Opponents Said It Would
by Nick Wing at HP politics

A new report finds that youth use rates and traffic fatalities have remained stable, marijuana arrests have dropped and revenue is flowing in.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Congress Defies Voters On Marijuana Policy

by Paul Armentano at Freedomleaf

 

 ...  "Voters’ views regarding marijuana policy have evolved significantly over the past decade, and this November voters in nine states will decide on ballot initiatives specific to legalizing marijuana. Yet, the positions of their federally elected officials have not progressed in a similar manner. Constituents ought to demand better. It is time for lawmakers to legislate on behalf of policies that more closely reflect marijuana’s rapidly changing legal and cultural status."

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Endocannabinoid Deficiency May be the cause of Numerous Treatment Resistant Diseases

 By Stephen McCamman at The Weed Blog

 

..."eCB Deficiency Syndrome is not yet part of the official diagnostic bible your doctor uses, but it explains why some diseases are not successfully treated with conventional medications (they’re treating the symptom, not the cause) and why those diseases are best managed by cannabis and hemp-based medicinal products." ...

Friday, September 30, 2016

New Study Determines if Maternal Cannabis Use During Pregnancy Affects Babies

 


... "Maternal marijuana use during pregnancy is not an independent risk factor for adverse neonatal outcomes after adjusting for the cofounding factors. Thus, the association between maternal marijuana use and adverse outcomes appears attributable to concomitant tobacco use and other cofounding factors."

 

" To clarify further, the study found that when cannabis is used by itself and sparingly, it poses no threat to the health of a baby."

Corrupted Science: the DEA and Marijuana
 by Jesse Ventura

  ...  "If you come across a study that lists any positive results—such as how THC can cause brain tumors to shrink and disappear entirely—then that’s a good indication the study was conducted in another country, such as Spain, Germany, or Israel. There’s also a good chance that the study has been published in several noteworthy medical journals, but we the American people probably won’t hear about it." ...


... "This year marks the 45th anniversary of Nixon’s War on Drugs. If we really want to make America great, then it’s time to end the war against the American people. It’s time to realize the Founding Fathers knew the value of democracy as well as cannabis. In poll after poll, more than half of the American people want to see marijuana legalized. If that’s true, then we have to rise up together and demand it" ...

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Charlotte Police Foment Unrest And Attempt To Use Marijuana To Justify Killing Keith Lamont Scott

 by Sharda Sekaran at HP blog

Monday, September 26, 2016

Friday, September 23, 2016

Study Finds that CBDA Can Help Prevent Spread of Breast Cancer Cells

 

...  "A new study finds that cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) inhibits the migration of breast cancer cells. CBDA is converted to CBD when it is smoked, vaporized or decarboxylated." ...

Medical Marijuana Seems To Reduce Deaths From Pharmaceuticals

 by Jacob Sullum at Forbes 

 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The war on drugs is a war on people

 


... "We must demand that policymakers in Washington begin unraveling the policies that have shackled generations of young Americans by supporting criminal justice reforms such as the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, and start peeling back layers of policy that have criminalized and demoralized our communities for too long." ...

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Monday, September 19, 2016

As Heroin Deaths Skyrocket, Prescription Monitoring Programs May Do More Harm
 by Leo Beletsky at HuffingtonPost blog

 ... "There is evidence to suggest that the raging heroin problem is being fueled by the crackdown on painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin. Shuttering pill-mills, tightening restrictions on certain analgesics, and making products harder to snort and inject all seem to be curbing prescription drug abuse. But addiction does not simply go away when the pills do, which is why people dependent on prescription opioids have been switching to heroin in record numbers."...

DEA bans herbal treatments for addiction

 Special report by Dana Beal at The Leaf

"Why ban kratom and plant therapies rather than work with them?"

... "The goal of the prohibitionists is clearly to foster the exclusive use of approved maintenance drugs like methadone and especially suboxone. This latest NIDA preparation, containing mainly buprenorphin with just enough naloxone to make it impossible to inject, is designed to keep addicts  hooked for life on something that gives them absolutely no opioid reward. Docile droids for the Prison-industrial complex." ...

Saturday, September 17, 2016

El Chapo and the Secret History of the Heroin Crisis

Cannabis & the Constitution: A Brief History of Cannabis in the U.S.

 by Lisa Rough at Leafly

"There is no mention of cannabis, nor any other drugs, in the Constitution. Does that mean that the prohibition of cannabis is unconstitutional? "

The DEA Has Smothered the Drug Debate With a Smoke Screen

 By Jason Kuznicki at Newsweek


... "In short: Schedule I is not a set of scientific criteria rationally applied to the world of drugs. Rather, it’s a science-y looking smoke screen, one that allows the DEA to do virtually whatever it feels like, which is often completely indefensible."

Monday, September 12, 2016

Pharma Company Funding Anti-Pot Fight Worried About Losing Business, Filings Show

 by Lee Fang at The Intercept

"... Insys filed a disclosure statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission stating plainly that legal marijuana is a direct threat to their product line:

Legalization of marijuana or non-synthetic cannabinoids in the United States could significantly limit the commercial success of any dronabinol product candidate. … If marijuana or non-synthetic cannabinoids were legalized in the United States, the market for dronabinol product sales would likely be significantly reduced and our ability to generate revenue and our business prospects would be materially adversely affected. ..."