Marijuana and Cannabis News
An unexpected result of Colorado's legalization of limited marijuana sales for recreational purposes has been a rise in the number of academic studies about whether the change has been good or bad for the state. A few months ago, a paper released by the Brookings Institution found that the rollout was succeeding. But a new analysis by a Harvard economist, released under the auspices of the Cato Institute, offers a more mixed view: It suggests that the nightmares predicted by critics haven't come to pass, but neither have many of the benefits foreseen by advocates of reform.
The inaugural National Cannabis Industry Association's Infused Products and Extraction Symposium kicked off last night with a cocktail reception and networking event; today, the symposium started in earnest with two different tracks for attendees. "This is an area of the industry that's creating a lot of conversations right now," says NCIA deputy director Taylor West, "so the timing is great for this. And it'll be a great opportunity for people in that sector to compare notes about how they're planning for the complicated regulatory future."
West says that after the first-ever NCIA national conference in June, the organization started brainstorming sector-specific events for members. "A lot of our members are pretty experienced," notes West, "and the Cannabusiness 101 lectures are too simple for them. So we wanted to start creating some events that allow for a deep dive into parts of the industry that are important -- and infused products is obviously a large and rapidly growing sector of the industry."
FlickrCommons Virginia Ervin gave up college and motherhood to protect her criminal boyfriend after he set her and her baby on fire
"She then realized that both her and her child's hair were on fire"
Not the sort of words you'll ever hear leading up to a 'Mother of the Year' acceptance speech, but those just so happen to be the exact words written in the affidavit prepared by officers from the Missoula Police Department after investigating the aftermath of a hash oil related explosion earlier this month.
18-year old Virginia Ervin, a student at the University of Montana, initially avoided being arrested in connection to the apartment explosion that we reported on two weeks ago. As the smoke was still clearing on the scene, she readily admitted that she made a conscious decision to "just chill" with her infant child in the same apartment where the highly explosive hash oil extraction was being performed. Still, she walked away free...until last Friday.
Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon.
U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, says he will most certainly vote to legalize limited amounts of marijuana in Oregon next week. Merkley tells Talking Points Memo that he's tired of seeing resources wasted on a failed war on pot.
"I think folks on both sides of the argument make a good case," Merkley said. "And there is concern about a series of new products -- and we don't have a real track record from Colorado and Washington. But I feel on balance that we spend a lot of money on our criminal justice system in the wrong places and I lean in favor of this ballot measure."
Flickr/Anupam Kamal edited by Toke of the Town.
While the trigger-happy pukes of the American drug war beat down the doors of innocent citizens, armed to the teeth and prepared to rain down hell on any man, woman or child who stands in their way of busting petty drug offenders, one California tech firm hopes to prevent this brutality with a new watchdog device aimed at monitoring the psychopaths in blue.
The Flatirons of Boulder.
Upon being saved after a fall in Chautauqua Park yesterday, a man reportedly told his rescuers that he'd taken hallucinogenic drugs.
While you'd think this is a rare occurrence, it actually happens (sadly) very regularly.
Yesterday, we told you about the Twitter spat that erupted after Dr. Christian Thurstone, an addiction specialist who's also a major player in Project SAM, a national organization fighting to prevent greater access to cannabis, shared a blog post in which he implied that marijuana contributed to -- and perhaps even caused -- the death of Michael Brown, whose shooting by a police officer caused weeks of rioting in Ferguson, Missouri. Now, Thurstone has pulled the controversial post and put in its place an item insisting that his intentions had been "misstated and mischaracterized." We'd say so...
Recently, television stations have been airing an ad from anti-medical marijuana group No on 2 titled "It's Nuts." The ad claims, among other things, that voting yes on Amendment 2 will legalize pot and that kids will be able to get weed on their own "without their parents' permission."
In response, United for Care has sent a cease-and-desist letter to every television station that is broadcasting the ad, claiming the 30 second ad is misleading and false. Federal law says that the FCC has the responsibility to prevent commercials that spew illegitimate claims from airing.
Last month, we shared Denver Police Department concerns about trick-or-treaters possibly being slipped marijuana edibles on Halloween. Literally hundreds of readers ripped such fears as unreasonable and reactionary. But rather than backing down, the DPD upped the ante with a video on the alleged threat, plus a Facebook campaign rolled out over the past couple of weeks. Thus far, the majority of those who've responded to the department on Facebook have been more upset by what they see as fear-mongering than by the prospect of kids being dosed without their knowledge.
A cropped image from the Denver Police Department Facebook page. More photos plus two videos below.
Soft spoken leftist Uruguayan President Jose Mujica's dream of legalizing cannabis to curb violence and drug problems in his country may be on the outs along with his role as the country's leader.