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An interesting finding

Here’s your daily round up of pot news, excerpted from the newsletter WeedWeek.

The Centers for Disease Control found that more Americans are using cannabis but the abuse rate has fallen. For additional details see here.

At the L.A. Times, Robin Abcarian looks at the links between cannabis use and psychosis.

A study found that being high decreases cannabis users’ motivation, but that it returned when they were sober.

The DEA said it would add the psychotropic tropical plant kratom, which some consider to have health benefits, to its list of schedule I substances, alongside LSD, heroin, cannabis and other drugs it considers to have no medical uses.

Israeli doctors will begin a first of its kind study to test the effects of cannabis on individuals with autism. The country also plans to start exporting MED.

New York state will expand its MED program, and allow home delivery. Crain’s New York Business asks if the state will allow the industry to thrive. Oregon licensed its first two testing labs.

This month, a Manhattan gallery owner known as Mr. Grey will host an exhibit of bongs valued between $500 and $250,000. You can see pieces from his collection on his Instagram page.

The Forward has a “ Pot Shabbat” with “Jeff the 420 Chef.” The challah, matzo balls, Brussels sprouts, potatoes and cookies were all laced.

Vice meets an Englishman who legally changed his name to “ Free Cannabis.” He planted cannabis in Glastonbury’s celebrated flower displays.

A new cannabis social network caters to seniors. Jimi Hendrix is enshrined in a new line of edibles.

The great comedian Gene Wilder died. Though it did not make the connection, The Cannabist reviewed Snozzberry, an indica dominant hybrid, named for a fruit invented by Willy Wonka. Wilder also appears to smoke weed in “Blazing Saddles.”

Peter Lewis, the 80-year-old billionaire founder of Progressive Insurance and major donor to marijuana-related causes, died over the weekend of natural causes.
It was with Lewis’s help that bills passed in Washington for recreational marijuana use and Massachusetts for medical use last year. According to Forbes, Lewis dropped nearly $3 million in 2012 for freeing the weed in one way or another.

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Dustin Moskovitz has given $70,000 so far to support Prop 19 for marijuana legalization in California.

​Facebook billionaire Dustin Moskovitz has confirmed that he recently gave $50,000 in support of Proposition 19, which seeks to legalize marijuana in California this November.

Moskovitz had already given $20,000 to the effort in an earlier donation, reports Luisa Kroll of Forbes. Prop 19 would allow people 21 or older to possess, cultivate or transport cannabis for personal use and would also permit local governments to regulate and tax commercial production and sale of pot.
With his public support of cannabis legalization, Moskovitz joins other billionaires such as Peter Lewis, who has donated $12,800 to Oregon’s medical marijuana initiative, Ballot Measure 74, also to be decided by voters next month.
Lewis, who was arrested for cannabis possession in New Zealand about 10 years ago, has been a longtime supporter of legalization. He reportedly smoked marijuana for pain relief after his left leg was amputated.