Argument That Could Derail Legal Weed in CA Posted by on August 25, 2016 at 06:59:13 PT By Christopher Ingraham Source: Washington Post California's upcoming ballot initiative to legalize marijuana appears likely to pass, with recent polls showing support for the measure standing at 60 percent or higher. But opponents have lately seized on a new message that they hope will convince Californians on the fence to vote "no" in November: the idea that legalization would lead to a flood of marijuana advertising on television.
In a July news release for the campaign opposing legalization, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca.) claimed that the legalization measure, Prop. 64, "rolls back anti-smoking advertising protections we’ve had for decades and allows marijuana smoking ads in prime time, on programs with millions of children and teenage viewers." The No on 64 campaign similarly states on its website that "Proposition 64 would, in effect, end a 45-year ban on smoking ads on television." Read More... DEA Wins The Battle but Is Losing The War Posted by on August 25, 2016 at 05:35:38 PT By Gabrielle Gurley Source: AlterNet USA -- The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s refusal to decontrol marijuana has raised the hackles of doctors, patient advocacy groups, cannabis entrepreneurs, and potheads almost everywhere. Under the agency’s recent directive, marijuana remains an illegal, controlled substance like heroin and LSD that has no medical value. But unlike most federal regulations, the DEA move will have little to no effect on state-level marijuana politics.
Since Colorado and Washington state green-lighted recreational marijuana in 2012, the DEA has gotten swamped by a tidal wave of legalization campaigns across the country for recreational and medical marijuana. Read More... This Time Will Be Different for MJ Legalization Posted by on August 20, 2016 at 05:40:27 PT By Dennis Romero Source: Los Angeles Times Sacramento, CA -- Californians first threatened to legalize recreational marijuana by ballot initiative in 1972. It failed 66% to 33%. We tried again in 2010. It was voted down 53% to 46%. Now we’re back at it. This time, though Proposition 64 looks like a sure thing. Polls show support for legalization in general at 55%, and 60% among likely voters. What’s so different this time around?
Yes, demographics and attitudes have shifted here, like everywhere. But you also have to understand what went wrong back in 2010. At the time, California — the state that pioneered pot for the people — seemed poised to become the first state to legalize recreational marijuana, but the cause was unexpectedly hurt by the state’s convoluted history with medical marijuana. Read More... Legalizing Marijuana in California Posted by on August 19, 2016 at 05:33:46 PT By Robin Abcarian Source: Los Angeles Times Sacramento, CA -- I know you’ve been distracted/disgusted/gobsmacked by the presidential campaign all summer.
But history, polling and common sense tell us that California’s electoral votes already belong to Hillary Clinton (sorry, Donald Trump fans). So stop wasting time worrying about that, Golden State types, and turn your attention to the doorstop of a ballot that you’ll be facing when you vote Nov. 8. Read More... Missing from Maryland’s Legal Marijuana Growers? Posted by on August 18, 2016 at 05:47:50 PT By Fenit Nirappil Source: Washington Post Washington, D.C. -- Maryland set up its legal medical marijuana industry with hopes of racial diversity and equity in spreading profits, but none of the 15 companies cleared this week for potentially lucrative growing licenses are led by African Americans.
Some lawmakers and minority-owned prospective marijuana businesses say this is unacceptable in a state where nearly a third of the population is black, the most of any state with a comprehensive legal pot industry. They say the lack of diversity is emblematic of how across the country African Americans are disproportionately locked up when marijuana use is criminalized, and are shut out of the profits when drug sales are legalized. Read More... Feds Can't Spend Money To Prosecute Posted by on August 16, 2016 at 16:37:00 PT By Maura Dolan Source: Los Angeles Times Washington, D.C. -- A U.S. appeals court decided unanimously Tuesday that the federal government may not prosecute people who grow and distribute medical marijuana if they are complying with state laws. Congress in the last two years has banned the federal government from spending money in ways that would thwart state medical marijuana laws.
The U.S. Department of Justice contended the ban did not undermine its right to prosecute growers and distributors under federal law, even in states where medical cannabis was legal. Read More... Canada Moves To Legalize Marijuana Posted by on August 16, 2016 at 05:52:52 PT By Dan Levin Source: New York Times Vancouver, British Columbia -- The Cannabis Culture Lounge has everything a pothead might need to feel right at home: $3 marijuana buds, bongs for rent, bags of Skittles and Doritos for sale, and black leather couches where customers can recline in zoned-out contemplation in a pungent haze. Never mind that it is all technically prohibited by Canadian law.
Still, some enthusiasts have higher hopes for the business, which opened more than a decade ago as a kind of speakeasy for marijuana smoking — long tolerated by the city’s authorities. The lounge began selling marijuana after Justin Trudeau was elected prime minister in November. Read More... Stop Treating Marijuana Like Heroin Posted by on August 13, 2016 at 06:13:49 PT By The NYT Editorial Board Source: New York Times Washington, D.C. -- Supporters of a saner marijuana policy scored a small victory this week when the Obama administration said it would authorize more institutions to grow marijuana for medical research. But the government passed up an opportunity to make a more significant change.
The Drug Enforcement Administration on Thursday turned down two petitions — one from the governors of Rhode Island and Washington and the other from a resident of New Mexico — requesting that marijuana be removed from Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act. Drugs on that list, which include heroin and LSD, are deemed to have no medical use; possession is illegal under federal law, and researchers have to jump through many hoops to obtain permission to study them and obtain samples to study. Having marijuana on that list is deeply misguided since many scientists and President Obama have said that it is no more dangerous than alcohol. Read More... DEA Ends Its Monopoly on Marijuana Growing Posted by on August 11, 2016 at 12:25:18 PT By Evan Halper Source: Los Angeles Times Washington, D.C. -- The federal government is ending its decades-old monopoly on marijuana production for medical research as the Drug Enforcement Agency announced Thursday it was bowing to changing times. The agency said it would begin allowing researchers and drug companies to use pot grown in places other than its well-secured facility at the University of Mississippi.
But the agency did not make the bigger plunge toward marijuana legalization that many lawmakers have been advocating. It passed on a proposal to remove cannabis from the federal government’s most dangerous category of narcotics. The drug continues to be classified as more dangerous than cocaine. Read More... Why The DEA Just Said No Posted by on August 11, 2016 at 09:57:57 PT By Christopher Ingraham Source: Washington Post Washington, D.C. -- For the fourth consecutive time, the Drug Enforcement Administration has denied a petition to lessen federal restrictions on the use of marijuana.
While recreational marijuana use is legal in four states and D.C., and medical applications of the drug have been approved in many more, under federal law, it remains a Schedule 1 controlled substance, which means it's considered to have "no currently accepted medical use" and a "high potential for abuse." Read More... U.S. Affirms Its Prohibition on Medical Marijuana Posted by on August 11, 2016 at 09:50:55 PT By Lenny Bernstein Source: Washington Post Washington, D.C. -- The government refused again Thursday to allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes, reaffirming its conclusion that the drug’s therapeutic value has not been proved scientifically and defying a growing clamor to legalize it for the treatment of a variety of conditions.
In an announcement in the Federal Register and a letter to petitioners, the Drug Enforcement Administration turned down requests to remove marijuana from “Schedule I,” which classifies it as a drug with “no currently accepted medical use” in the United States and precludes doctors from prescribing it. Read More... U.S. Will Affirm Its Prohibition on Med Marijuana Posted by CN Staff on August 11, 2016 at 06:02:39 PT By Lenny Bernstein Source: Chicago Tribune Washington, D.C. -- The government on Thursday will refuse again to allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes, reaffirming its conclusion that the drug's therapeutic value has not been proved scientifically, according to government officials, and defying a growing clamor to legalize it for the treatment of a variety of conditions.
In an announcement scheduled to be in the Federal Register, the Drug Enforcement Administration will turn down requests to remove marijuana from "Schedule I," which classifies it as a drug with "no currently accepted medical use" in the United States and bars doctors from prescribing it. Read More... Obama Set to Remove Barrier To Marijuana Research Posted by on August 10, 2016 at 17:28:28 PT By Catherine Saint Louis and Matt Apuzzo Source: New York Times Washington, D.C. -- The Obama administration is planning to remove a major roadblock to marijuana research, officials said Wednesday, potentially spurring broad scientific study of a drug that is being used to treat dozens of diseases in states across the nation despite little rigorous evidence of its effectiveness.
The new policy is expected to sharply increase the supply of marijuana available to researchers. Read More... Marijuana Use Now Poised To Overtake Tobacco Posted by on August 09, 2016 at 09:29:22 PT By Lucy Schouten, Staff Source: Christian Science Monitor USA -- Declining tobacco use could soon intersect with a steady uptick in the smoking and consumption of another leafy drug – marijuana.
Marijuana use among American adults has seen such a large spike after partial legalization that it could overtake the number of tobacco users within several years. Reported marijuana use has nearly doubled in the last three years: from 7 percent of Americans in 2013 to 13 percent today, according to a Gallup poll released Monday. Read More... 33 Million American Adults Use Marijuana Posted by on August 08, 2016 at 10:45:17 PT By Christopher Ingraham Source: Washington Post USA -- A new Gallup poll out today finds that percent of American adults who say they currently smoke marijuana has nearly doubled over the past three years.
In 2013, only 7 percent of adults said they were marijuana smokers. When Gallup asked again in July of this year, 13 percent admitted to current marijuana use. That works out to more than 33 million adult marijuana users in the U.S. If America's marijuana users resided in one state, it would be bigger than Texas and second only to California in population. Read More... Obama Commutes Sentences of 200 Prisoners Posted by on August 03, 2016 at 12:41:28 PT By Byron Tau Source: Wall Street Journal Washington, D.C. -- President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of more than 200 federal inmates on Wednesday in his largest grant of clemency to date.
The White House announced that Mr. Obama had shortened the sentences of 214 prisoners, including 67 serving a life sentence, with many eligible for release this year. That brings Mr. Obama to a total of more than 500 commutations, more than the previous nine presidents combined, according to the White House. Read More... Trump Presidency Would Be A Disaster Posted by on August 02, 2016 at 05:27:32 PT By Daniel Marans and Christine Conetta Source: Huffington Post Philadelphia, PA -- Americans pleased with the country’s progress toward marijuana legalization should be wary of a Donald Trump presidency, cannabis advocates say. Their reason: The possibility that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), one of the country’s most outspoken anti-marijuana elected officials, would be Trump’s attorney general.
Trump told Denver NBC affiliate 9News on Friday that marijuana policy should be “up to the states.” But his close relationship with Christie, an early Trump endorser and former U.S. attorney likely to be on Trump’s short list for attorney general, is giving pause to activists familiar with Christie’s record. Read More... Lawmakers Shouldn’t Be Neutral On Marijuana Posted by on July 29, 2016 at 06:07:58 PT By Mollie Reilly, The Huffington Post Source: Huffington Post Philadelphia, PA -- Gavin Newsom is a little tired of being the only state official in California to fully endorse legalizing recreational marijuana. Speaking with The Huffington Post at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday, the lieutenant governor said it’s time for others to take a stand on the issue, which will appear on California’s ballot this fall.
“What we’re doing to criminalize the drug is not working,” he said. “And the drug is ubiquitous. Every young person would say it’s easier to get marijuana than it is alcohol.” Read More... Kids Are More Likely To Be Poisoned by Crayons Posted by on July 28, 2016 at 14:29:22 PT By Christopher Ingraham Source: Washington Post USA -- A new study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics is making waves this week with the news that there's been a sharp uptick in emergency-room visits and poison-control calls for marijuana poisoning among children in Colorado.
The study found that the number of marijuana-related hospital visits for children under the age of 10 more than doubled since the opening of Colorado's recreational marijuana market, from seven in 2013 to 16 visits in 2015. Marijuana-related poison control calls for young kids also rose sharply over that period, from 25 to 47. Read More... Can Medical Marijuana Help End the Opioid Epidemic Posted by on July 28, 2016 at 13:14:18 PT By Alexandra Sifferlin Source: Time USA -- Like many people, economist W. David Bradford says he was under the impression that medical marijuana was something only young people would be interested in. At least, that’s what he thought until his own research began showing otherwise.
In mid-July, he and Ashley C. Bradford, his co-researcher and daughter, published one of the more compelling studies about medical marijuana to date. Their report, which ran in the journal Health Affairs, looked at data on prescriptions filled by Medicare enrollees from 2010 to 2013—and found that older people who qualified for Medicare were, where appropriate, making use of medical pot. Not only that, they also found that when states legalized medical marijuana, prescriptions dropped significantly for painkillers and other drugs for which pot may be an alternative. Doctors in a state where marijuana was legal prescribed an average of 1,826 fewer doses of painkillers per year. Read More... Water in Colorado Town Is Deemed Marijuana-Free Posted by on July 26, 2016 at 07:42:06 PT By Jack Healy Source: New York Times Denver -- It turns out that the water in a tiny eastern Colorado town never had a marijuana problem.
Last week, officials in Hugo, a high-plains railroad and farming town, warned residents not to drink their water after field tests at municipal wells came up positive for THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana. But over the weekend, laboratory tests run by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation concluded that there was no THC in the water, officials with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Read More... Activists March 51-Foot Joints Toward DNC Posted by on July 25, 2016 at 18:51:40 PT By Steve Annear, Globe Staff Source: Boston Globe Philadelphia, PA -- Supporters of former US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders held a giant inflatable joint and called for the legalization of marijuana during a rally in Philadelphia. Two large “joints” passed through downtown Philadelphia Monday as marijuana advocates marched toward the Democratic National Convention’s headquarters to call for the full legalization of the leafy drug.
Members of DCMJ and the Philadelphia chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws helped to carry the 51-foot-long inflatable objects shaped like marijuana cigarettes during the “Jaywalk,” a nearly four-mile jaunt down Broad Street from City Hall to the Wells Fargo Center, where the convention is about to get underway. Read More... Indulge with Confidence, Says Willie Nelson Posted by on July 22, 2016 at 12:40:26 PT By Randall Roberts Source: Los Angeles Times USA -- Country music icon Willie Nelson, long an advocate of marijuana legalization, is putting his money where his mouth (and joint) is by launching Willie’s Reserve, a new marijuana brand to be introduced in Washington and Colorado over the next few months.
The writer of such classics as “Crazy,” “Always On My Mind” and “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” is following the lead of rappers including Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg and Freddie Gibbs, all of whom have entered the weed game with personalized strains. Read More... Marijuana Ingredient Found in U.S. Town Well Posted by CN Staff on July 22, 2016 at 04:51:34 PT By Keith Coffman Source: Reuters Denver -- Residents of a small farming community in eastern Colorado have been warned to avoid drinking the town’s water after THC, the psychoactive agent in marijuana, was found in one of its feeder wells, authorities said on Thursday.
A public works employee in Hugo, a town of about 800 people 90 miles southeast of Denver, detected the chemical and health officials believe it is “marijuana THC-related,” the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook posting. Read More... Researchers Got People Drunk or High Posted by on July 20, 2016 at 15:16:50 PT By Christopher Ingraham Source: Washington Post USA -- Public health researchers generally agree that on balance, marijuana is a less harmful drug than alcohol. Booze, for instance, is more addictive than pot, and from a chemical standpoint, it's far more toxic — and hence lethal — than marijuana.
Alcohol isn't just more harmful to individuals than marijuana is; it's more harmful to society, too. Drunken driving is a big factor in this — studies generally show that alcohol impairs driving ability much more than just about any other drug does. Alcohol also makes people aggressive, and is a factor in roughly 40 percent of violent crimes committed today. Read More... Why Pharma Companies Fight Legal Marijuana Posted by on July 13, 2016 at 08:06:13 PT By Christopher Ingraham Source: Washington Post USA -- There's a body of research showing that painkiller abuse and overdose are lower in states with medical marijuana laws. These studies have generally assumed that when medical marijuana is available, pain patients are increasingly choosing pot over powerful and deadly prescription narcotics. But that's always been just an assumption.
Now a new study, released in the journal Health Affairs, validates these findings by providing clear evidence of a missing link in the causal chain running from medical marijuana to falling overdoses. Ashley and W. David Bradford, a daughter-father pair of researchers at the University of Georgia, scoured the database of all prescription drugs paid for under Medicare Part D from 2010 to 2013. Read More... Democrats Call for Pathway To MJ Legalization Posted by on July 10, 2016 at 05:04:16 PT By David Weigel Source: Washington Post Orlando -- The Democratic Party endorsed a "reasoned pathway to future legalization" of marijuana and called for the drug to be downgraded in the Controlled Substances Act, in a tense and unexpected victory for supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Going into the platform committee meeting, Sanders's campaign had no new language about marijuana. The senator from Vermont had favored state-to-state legalization efforts, and the language approved by the drafting committee called for "policies that will allow more research on marijuana, as well as reforming our laws to allow legal marijuana businesses to exist without uncertainty." Read More... CEO Explains Why He’s Investing In MJ Industry Posted by on July 08, 2016 at 10:59:02 PT By Sam Levine, Associate Politics Editor Source: Huffington Post USA -- The lawn care company Scotts Miracle-Gro is making a huge investment in the pot business. Jim Hagedorn, the company’s CEO, told Fobes in a recent interview that his company plans to invest “like, half a billion” in the industry. “It is the biggest thing I’ve ever seen in lawn and garden,” he said.
Hagedorn has already invested more than $250 million and plans to spend an additional $150 million by the end of the year an amount bigger than any other single transaction in the history of Scotts Miracle-Gro, Forbes reported. The money has been invested in two California companies that sell fertilizers and soils to marijuana growers and a hydroponics company in Amsterdam, according to Forbes. Read More... Big Question in MJ Research Has Been Answered Posted by on July 07, 2016 at 10:42:19 PT By Christopher Ingraham Source: Washington Post USA -- 0.32 grams. That's how much marijuana is in the typical American joint, according to a rigorous statistical analysis recently published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence by drug policy researchers Greg Ridgeway of the University of Pennsylvania and Beau Kilmer of the Rand Corp.
The amount of weed in the typical joint is actually an important quantity for researchers and policymakers to know. Marijuana is often sold by the joint in both legal and illegal markets. If you want to know how much weed people are consuming — which is highly important for things such as tax projections and public health studies — you need to know how much weed is in those joints. Read More... The Pot Law That Could Be Deal-Breaker Posted by on July 05, 2016 at 20:31:30 PT By Madison Margolin Source: Rolling Stone California -- Last week California's pot legalization initiative, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, qualified for the ballot in November, setting the stage for a vote that will have ramifications far beyond California's borders.
There are several reasons why if the AUMA passes, it will make California the heaviest domino to fall in the nationwide effort to legalize marijuana, the most obvious being the state's size and the sheer number of people who would have access to legal weed. One in 10 Americans lives in California, while the Los Angeles basin alone is home to more people than Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Alaska — the four states that have so far legalized adult use marijuana — combined. California also has the sixth largest economy in the world, allowing the rest of the country to draw solid conclusions about the financial impact of legalization. Read More...
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