The Week in Weed 12-22-12 Cannabis News

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Cheri Sicard and the Canna BusThis Week: Study Finds Marijuana Associated with Lower Diabetes Risk; Obama Considers Loosening Federal Marijuana Restrictions; Mexico Decries Drug Cartel Strategy, Then Keeps It; Study Finds No Cannabis Related Brain Damage in Teens; AZ Judge Rules Fed Law Does No Preempt State Law in Cannabis Dispensing; Huge Victory for Medical Marijuana Parents; Oakland Sues Feds Over Harborside Asset Forfeiture; and more.

Hempy Holidays Everyone!  I have been traveling again (up to the Emerald Cup in Humboldt County this time), so will catch you up on 2 weeks worth of news here.  This week’s photo comes from that event where I encountered the “Cannabus” outfitted with a fabulous metal Solidarity Ribbon, created by Arizona artist and activist Phil Dirt.

MEDICAL/HEALTH

Study Finds Marijuana Associated with Lower Diabetes Risk — Adults with a history of marijuana use have a lower prevalence of type 2 diabetes and possess a lower risk of contracting the disease than those with no history of cannabis consumption, according to clinical trial data published in the British Medical Journal.

Study Finds No Cannabis Related Brain Damage in Teens — A teen who consumes alcohol is likely to have reduced brain tissue health, but a teen who uses marijuana is not, according to a new study.

POLITICS/LEGAL

Obama Considers Loosening Federal Marijuana Restrictions — The president says he is not ready to support widespread legalization of marijuana but says there needs to be a conversation about relaxing enforcement.

Huge Victory for Medical Marijuana Parents — An appeals court released a Southern California father who is a medical marijuana user from court-mandated parental supervision, making a milestone distinction between pot “use” and “abuse.”   The appeals court ruled that medical marijuana use alone does not constitute child abuse or put children at risk.

Oakland Sues Feds Over Harborside Asset Forfeiture — A showdown over the fate of the country’s largest medical marijuana dispensary heads to federal court here Thursday, and the outcome could hint at what lies ahead as a growing number of states opt for legalization.  This fall, Oakland became the first municipality to sue federal prosecutors in an attempt to block them from shuttering a medical cannabis facility. Harborside Health Center, with facilities in Oakland and San Jose, has more than 108,000 members in its patient collective.

AZ Judge Rules Fed Law Does No Preempt State Law in Cannabis Dispensing — A 2010 voter-approved Arizona state law authorizing “the local cultivation, sale, and use, of medical marijuana” is not preempted by the federal Controlled Substances Act, according to the Superior Court of Arizona, Maricopa County.

Marijuana Officially Legal in Colorado— Gov. John Hickenlooper made it official Monday: Pot is now legal in the state of Colorado, according to the state constitution.

Drivers on Cannabis: Fox News Caught Faking Results — Fox News caught distorting results of stoned driver impairment tests.

The Top 10 Politicians for Pot Reform — Rolling Stones compiles a list of our Top 10 Political Allies.

Obama’s Other Option: Legalize for Everyone — Progressive opinion from none other than the Christian Science Monitor.

INTERNATIONAL

Mexico Decries Drug Cartel Strategy, Then Keeps It — Going after the cartel kingpins made the problem worse, say aides to Mexico’s new president. But killing it would jeopardize significant U.S. funding.

ENTERTAINMENT

For Young Female Pop Stars Cannabis Use Equals Endorsements — Glorifying marijuana has arguably turned out to be shrewd public relations moves for several young female pop stars including Rihanna, Lana del Rey, and Lady Gaga.

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