When you speak to a cannabis festival audience — as I did Saturday at Hempstalk 2012 in Portland — you’d better have some attention-grabbers to share, since these good folks have typically been hearing speeches about marijuana all day.
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The league and the plant appear to be on a collision course.
Here’s your daily round-up of pot-news, excerpted from the newsletter WeedWeek.
Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson will serve a four-game suspension after testing positive for marijuana. Seantrel suffers from Crohn’s Disease and had bowel surgery early this year.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is not happy that rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott visited a pot shop in Seattle. Elliott didn’t buy anything according to TMZ. The Cowboys start the season tomorrow with three players suspended for substance abuse violations.
|Jefferson County, Colorado.|
Jefferson County, Colorado has resisted marijuana businesses for years — and that seems unlikely to change anytime soon. Several months before Jeffco’s current moratorium is set to expire, the county’s Marijuana Task Force has issued a 134-page report arguing that cannabis sales should be permanently banned.
On Friday, the University of Colorado-Denver School of Public Affairs hosted its first Buechner Breakfast of the 2014-2015 school year. The topic: “Driving Stoned: The Challenges of Regulating Marijuana and Driving.”
Most of the arguments about marijuana impairment and driving that panelists Robert Ticer (chief of the Avon Police Department and chair of the Impaired Driving Task Force) and Mike Elliott (executive director of Marijuana Industry Group) traded back-and forth were not new. But some of the audience commentary shed light on alternatives to testing blood for THC.
|Steve Elliott ~alapoet~|
|Harborside Health Center
Chief Federal Magistrate Maria-Elena James on Monday ruled in favor of Harborside Health Center, which describes itself as the biggest nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary in the United States, and denied motions by Harborside’s landlords asking the court to order an immediate halt to the sales of medicinal cannabis at their properties.
Public hospitals continue to drug-test mothers and newborn babies for marijuana, despite the fact that such tests have been shown to be inaccurate and that common soaps used to wash infants can cause false cannabis positives on such tests. And tragically, mothers are often arrested and separated from their babies.
|Steve Elliott ~alapoet~|
|Pictured: “Holland” strain from CannaRx in Seattle|