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Hot on the heels of a groundbreaking lawsuit over Salmonella-tainted kratom that targeted a Colorado Springs store, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has announced the recall of assorted products made from the popular but controversial pain-relieving herb. But while the ostensible reason for the recall involves the fear of Salmonella contamination, the CDPHE acknowledges that no illnesses have been reported in connection with the lot numbers in question, and the Food and Drug Administration statement highlighted in the CDPHE announcement focuses on the dangers of kratom in general, suggesting the possibility that broader seizures of the product might be in the offing.

Colorado wound up in the center of the kratom story last October, when the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment prohibited its sale for human consumption. A few months later, the federal Centers for Disease Control and the FDA warned about a “multi-state outbreak of Salmonella infections” that had sickened 28 people across twenty states nationwide.

The seizures can be bad. Emma blacks out — she has no memory of them, though they last for only a minute or two. Sometimes she falls and hits her head. She used to have several seizures a day, but then Crozier began giving Emma medical-grade cannabis that contains high levels of cannabidiol.

Also known as CBD, the cannabis molecule reputedly has benefits for all sorts of health problems, and the increasing number of products that contain it have experienced a recent and remarkable growth in sales.

In May of 2013, the federal government filed a motion against brothers Ebrahim and Valentine Pouras in an attempt to seize their property located at 2441 Mission Street in San Francisco, California.
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.

It isn’t every day that a relatively minor pot bust case makes it all the way to the United States Supreme Court, but on Tuesday the highest court in the land heard and decided on just such a case. Obviously, the implications behind it were much larger than the measly four bags of weed confiscated during a California highway traffic stop way back in 2008.

A plant of “Charlotte’s Web”.

Charlotte Figi has been through more hardships in her six short years than most people do in a lifetime. About a year and a half ago, seizures caused by a rare genetic disorder would rip through her tiny body up to sixty times in a day.
Things had become so bad, that her parents had signed “do not resuscitate” forms for their daughter – deciding that if it was her time to go, then it would at least be the end of her suffering. At the end of their rope, her parents tried one last thing to prolong their daughter’s life: medical cannabis. Not only did it work, it’s drastically improved the quality of life for little Charlotte and other children around Colorado. Unfortunately, the treatment isn’t legal for most U.S. children affected by this condition.

The Washington Post in a video segment yesterday detailed two sets of parents using cannabis to control seizures in their children – specifically the cannabinoid CBD.
In the cannabis community, this is common knowledge and the reason why many patients seek marijuana as their therapy. Nevertheless, it’s a powerful video to watch as these two kids — like dozens if not hundreds of others — find relief from their painful affliction with cannabis.

Photo: Pinal County Sheriff’s Office
Deputies discovered this 319 pounds of marijuana in two abandoned vehicles near Interstate 8 in Arizona. They believe a Crown Victoria equipped to look like a patrol car was attempting to steal the weed from the other vehicle.

​A fake patrol car apparently attempted a traffic stop Saturday night on a second vehicle in order to steal the marijuana it was carrying, according to law enforcement officials.

Pinal County sheriffs’ deputies said they found a car disguised as a police patrol car, along with another car off the side of Interstate 8 in Arizona, reports Stephanie Russo at The Arizona Republic. Both vehicles had bales of marijuana in the trunk, totaling about 319 pounds, reports James King of Phoenix New Times.
The real cops apparently happened upon the scene just after the fake cops stopped the car with the load of weed. Deputies said the engines of both vehicles were still running when they stopped to check out the scene near Vekol Valley, but both occupants had fled the scene.
The fake patrol car was a Ford Crown Victoria — a perennial favorite of law enforcement — outfitted with red and blue lights, a siren, a spotlight and a front push bar similar to a real cop car.

Photo: The Record

​A Denver narc claims that illegal marijuana seizures are “up 380 percent from 2009,” and believes “surplus medical marijuana” is to blame.
Commander Jerry Peters of the North Metro Task Force, who has long maintained that “drug dealers” are “taking advantage” of the medical marijuana industry, isn’t sure that tightening Colorado’s medical marijuana law would even help.
“I don’t necessarily like the law the way it is anyway,” he said. “I think this effect will be there no matter what happens.”
For some good reading from our sister blog in the Village Voice Media empire, check out the rest of the story by Michael Roberts at Westword:

Photo: Denver Post

​The total amount of marijuana seized by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) nearly doubled from 2008 to 2009, according to numbers disclosed by the agency as part of their budget request for 2011.

Meanwhile the cultivation of cannabis in Mexico rose 35 percent in 2009, to nearly 30,000 acres, according to a report released by the U.S. State Department.
Marijuana seizures by the DEA went from 1,539 metric tons in 2008 to 2,980 metric tons in 2009.

Michelle Walker moved her family to Colorado from Texas in 2017 looking for relief for her son, who suffers from severe autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and epileptic seizures — and she found it. Walker says that her ten-year-old boy, Vincent Zuniga, has made astonishing progress since they moved to Colorado in order to get access to medical marijuana. As a result, they’ve been able to visit Rocky Mountain National Park, Coors Field and other public places they wouldn’t have dreamed of going to before Vincent’s new medication.

“We could never do these things without medical cannabis,” Walker explains. “It allows us to live this quality of life the best we can.” Because of his seizures — one of the nine qualifying medical conditions for cannabis in Colorado — Vincent qualified for a medical marijuana card; as a result, Walker is able to give her son high-CBD cannabis medication. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, approximately one-third of those suffering from ASD also have epilepsy.

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