Medical Marijuana and Cannabis News
With the vote a mere two months away, the No On 2/Drug Free Florida people are decidedly taking it strong to the hoop with their TV airtime buys, trying to get their message across to as many people as possible. The Miami Herald's Marc Caputo reports that Drug Free Florida is putting in $1.6 million in TV ads for the first week of October, and are promising more to come after that.
United For Care campaign manager Ben Pollara released a statement on Drug Free Florida's planned TV ads:
"It's no surprise Drug Free Florida Committee is making such a large buy so far out from Election Day. When your basic position runs completely counter to public opinion, millions in misleading advertising is the only strategy available. But no amount of advertising can overwhelm the basic facts. Floridians know the benefits of medical marijuana are real, and the people of this state are deeply compassionate. We believe the overwhelming majority will vote to make sure patients no longer have to risk incarceration for listening to their doctors and seeking relief from debilitating diseases and medical conditions."
Positive tests for pot have increased by about 20 percent in Colorado from 2012 to 2013, according to Quest Diagnostics, a company responsible for a huge number of work-related drug testing across the country.
But the director of the drug testing branch of Quest says it's too early to draw any conclusions from the data, though it's easy to draw a parallel between the increase in positive pot tests and the legalization limited amounts of pot to adults 21 and up. Sales of cannabis to adults didn't start until January of 2014, so that would not factor into the data.
Flickr/Hammerin Man. The Seattle Medical Marijuana Ambulance, still easily the coolest of all medical marijuana ambulances.
L.A city voters last year decided to shut down a vast majority of the medical marijuana businesses in town, and the City Attorney's office says many of them have indeed closed their doors. But a new anti-marijuana, federally-funded study by UCLA social welfare professor Bridget Freisthler suggests, at least, that shutting down pot shops might just put the whole business on the road.
You read that right: the government paid someone to "discover" that, if you close down legal storefronts where people access their medicine, they are going to have someone deliver it or drive to get it from someone's house.
Health care professionals from all over the country are gathering in Denver through Thursday for the Marijuana for Medical Professionals Conference at the 1770 Sherman Street Event Complex. Yesterday's speakers covered a range of topics, including a care provider's duty to the patient, the difficulties in dosing and detailed discussions about how marijuana behaves in the brain and the body.
Phoenix New Times 2014.
Dr. Sue Sisley was about to conduct some of the most important cannabis research in the United States when she was abruptly fired from her job at the University of Arizona this past June for what she says (and what clearly appears to be) purely political reasons.
Our cohorts at the Phoenix New Times have done an amazing job looking into what happened and, more importantly, what is in store for Sisley's study that looks at how military veterans can use cannabis to help treat symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
A Washington State University study shows that female mice are more susceptible to the pain-relieving qualities of cannabis than male mice, but that increased sensitivity means the female mice also developed a higher tolerance faster than the males.
The study could provide valuable insight into future testing of cannabis use, which has predominantly been done on men.
Unless you are one of the very few who qualify for Iowa's recently passed, and highly restrictive, medical marijuana program, the law is clear in the Hawkeye State when it comes to possessing and growing cannabis.
A first offense of possessing any amount of weed in Iowa can earn you a fat $1000 fine and up to six months in the clink. If they catch you growing pot in Iowa, you'll be looking at a much steeper fine and anywhere from five, to twenty five, years in prison.
So it was kind of a big deal when 48-year old Benton Mackenzie left the courtroom with just probation yesterday, after being found guilty of cultivating 71 cannabis plants after a police raid on their property back in June of last year. Under the circumstances, however, it's easy to see why the Judge showed some leniency.
Nine medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon - six in Portland alone - have been forced to shutter their doors after state officials say they were operating illegally and in opposition to the state's newly-launched medical marijuana program.
For some, it is because they were too close to schools. Others simply didn't have a license, or even an application in the works, but kept their doors open anyway.
Via a spokesperson, family members from one prominent Twin Cities business, Bachman's Floral Gift & Garden Centers, told the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal they'll throw their hats in the proverbial ring, though the spokesperson said the Bachman's Floral business itself won't be involved.
Legalize this for medical reasons in Florida.
Super trial lawyer John Morgan is on the road this month talking up Amendment 2, the move to legalize medical marijuana in Florida that he's pumped millions of his own dollars into supporting. That's when Morgan made two deadly errors, at least in the minds of Amendment 2's opponents: He appealed to potheads and sounded a little drunk while doing so. This morning, the tape makes its debut in the newest attack ads against the proposal.
"If you motherfuckers don't get up and vote," Morgan tells the raucous crowd, "Fuck it all, we can't win."
He's right, motherfuckers. Vote.