The Week in Weed 6-1-13 Cannabis News

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Cheri Sicard

This Week: Low Doses of THC Can Halt Brain Damage; The Latest Cannabis Health Studies the Government Doesn’t Want You to Know About; Colorado Establishes First Legal, Regulated Commercial Marijuana Market; The IRS Is Also Abusing Marijuana Providers; Olympics Relax Regulation of Marijuana; The Insane Cost of Sending a Medical Marijuana Patient to Prison;  New Study Fails to Link Marijuana and Crime; and more.

Medical/Health

The Latest Cannabis Health Studies the Government Doesn’t Want You to Know About — Paul Armentano summarizes the latest astounding medical cannabis breakthroughs.

Low Doses of THC Can Halt Brain Damage — Prof. Yosef Sarne of Tel Aviv University’s Adelson Center for the Biology of Addictive Diseases at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine says that cannabis has neuroprotective qualities. He has found that extremely low doses of THC — the psychoactive component of marijuana — protects the brain from long-term cognitive damage in the wake of injury from hypoxia (lack of oxygen), seizures, or toxic drugs.

Politics/Legal

Colorado Establishes First Legal, Regulated Commercial Marijuana Market — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed several historic measures to implement marijuana legalization in the state, establishing Colorado as the world’s first legal, regulated and taxed marijuana market for adults.

The IRS Is Also Abusing Marijuana Providers — Long before the IRS began singling out groups with the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their names, “marijuana” was a political buzzword that elicited special attention from the IRS. Specifically, nonprofit organizations that contest the federal government’s anti-marijuana policies and propaganda are the organizations that appear to experience more scrutiny than most.”

The Insane Cost of Sending a Medical Marijuana Patient to Prison — American taxpayers could spend upwards of $1.2 million over the next decade imprisoning Jerry Duval, a Michigan medical marijuana patient who was convicted of distributing the drug. Duval has a kidney and pancreas transplant, as well as glaucoma and neuropathy. His family grew marijuana on his Michigan farm in part to treat his ailments. But when the Department of Justice prosecuted him in federal court, Duval was barred from presenting evidence of his compliance with Michigan’s medical marijuana law. He will report to prison on June 11.

Why the OAS Report on Alternatives to Drug Prohibition is Such a Big Deal — This report is a big deal. It’s the first time that any multilateral institution anywhere in the world has critically analyzed the war on drugs and considered new approaches for the future — giving equal weight to options like decriminalization and legalization in the process.

CA Dispensary Owner Sentenced to 6 Years in Federal Prison  — “The case resulted from an investigation by the Elk Grove Police Department, who, oddly, seem more interested in enforcing federal law rather than the California state law they are sworn to uphold. Perhaps tellingly, they got help from the federally funded Sacramento High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force.”

US Woman Held in Mexico on Drug Smuggling Charges Freed — An Arizona woman held in a Mexico jail for a week on a drug-smuggling charge was freed after a court reviewed her case, including key security footage, and dismissed the allegations.

To Honor Fallen Officers, End the War on Drugs — A retired police lieutenant talks about the best to honor fallen officers is to end the insane drug war.

New Study Fails to Link Marijuana and Crime — Slate.com calls out the Drug Czar’s hypocrisy concerning a new pot and crime study.

Sports

Olympics Relax Regulation of Marijuana — Good news for marijuana-loving Olympians: The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has loosened its regulations of cannabis use in Olympic sports, prohibiting athletes from using the drug only in the days or hours leading up to a competition.

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