Medical Marijuana and Cannabis News
An important state appellate court decision was just announced that may have just set a major precedent in how California cannabis law will view concentrated forms of THC.
Until now, hash makers and lovers alike felt as though they were operating in a very, very grey area of California's 18-year old medical marijuana laws. But on Wednesday of last week, one man's day in court gave Cali's cannabis enthusiasts a rare occasion to cheer.
The feds' beef was that the Pouras brothers were knowingly leasing the property in question to a medical marijuana business by the name of Shambhala Healing. The dispensary was located within 1000 feet of two parks, placing it in violation of the Controlled Substances Act. The United States federal government eventually shook the landlords down for six figures, but they weren't quite satisfied with that.
Where does 25 equal 30, and 22.7 percent equal "most?"
The Arizona Republic's "Fact Check: Keeping Arizona Honest" column, of course.
In Sunday's paper, as a reader informed us this week, a fact-check completely flubs the evaluation of Mark Brnovich's comment on TV last month about the state's medical-marijuana patients.
This is exactly what marijuana cooking needed: a 91-year-old Italian grandmother that knows how to throw down in the kitchen teaching her skills to the masses via the internet.
For what it's worth, Aurora Leveroni, star of Vice's "Munchies" series doesn't partake in the pot she cooks -- but she knows it can help and wants to share her love of healing through food with the world.
Emboldened by recent federal developments that seemingly gives states more authority to regulate medical cannabis, an Indiana state Senator says she's ready to (once again) push a medical marijuana bill through the state legislature.
Indiana State Sen. Karen Tallian.
State Sen. Karen Tallian has unsuccessfully ran marijuana-related bills for years (including decriminalization measures) that didn't even get the respect of a hearing in a committee. But Tallian says that the time is right to have a real discussion about legalizing marijuana for medical uses in her state and urged Republicans on the other side of the aisle to get their heads out of the sand.
Controversial cannabis researcher Sue Sisley is on her way back to Colorado today, after six months that have been a "pretty barbaric rollercoaster," she says. "One injustice after another, and I suspect it will not slow down for quite a while." But at the end of November, the Arizona-based researcher finally caught a break: Colorado's Medical Marijuana Scientific Advisory Council chose eight research-grant proposals for the Board of Health to consider at its December 17 meeting -- including Sisley's proposal to study the effectiveness of using marijuana to treat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Florida For Care, the group that put together a bipartisan Blue Ribbon Committee to dictate regulatory standards had the medical marijuana amendment passed back in November, is hosting a couple of conferences they've dubbed "The Future of Medical Marijuana in Florida."
With Amendment 2 defeated in the polls in November, the group is moving forward to start, as they put it, "strategizing and planning in advance of Florida's Legislative Session."
The next legislative session is scheduled for March.
The Journal of the American Medical Association has published a report penned by three emergency room physicians at the University of Colorado hospital in Aurora about the health-related fallout from marijuana legalization in the state. And while there are some positives to be found in the material, most of the focus is on negative impacts, including an increase in a condition referred to as cyclic vomiting syndrome.
Florida remains one of the last few states where growing and selling marijuana in any capacity is still illegal. But that might change, at least in one aspect, according to a report by the L.A. Times that says the U.S. government will not stop Native American tribes from growing or selling pot on sovereign land.
The report says the Justice Department will not try to enforce federal marijuana laws on Native American reservations, even if it's otherwise illegal in a respective tribe's state. Which essentially means tribes can grow and sell weed on their land without government interference. Broward-Palm Beach New Times has more.
Since voters passed Proposition D in 2013, which limited the number of dispensaries in L.A. to about 135, the count on registered stores actually ballooned to 1,140 before settling down to 972, far more than you'll find in the entire state of Colorado. Feuer has furthermore previously said that at least 100 have shut down, thanks to the efforts of his office.
On Tuesday, the top city prosecutor said that the number of shops in L.A. has now been cut in half, with 402 taken out by criminal cases, civil action and more. LA Weekly has the full story.