This Week’s Marijuana News Round-up: Justin Trudeau’s Win Is a Win for Marijuana; Judge Agrees DOJ’s Harassment of Medical Marijuana Providers is Illegal; Medical Marijuana Research Being Stifled by US Government; Joe Biden’s Canna-bigotry and Drug War Damage; Pro-Marijuana Legalization Billboards Appear in Phoenix; Forget the Drug War: Alcohol Ruins More Lives Than All Other Drugs Combined;The Negative Impact of Drug Control Policy on Public Health; Is Marijuana Candy Really a Concern for Trick or Treaters? and more.
International Marijuana News
Canada: Justin Trudeau’s Win Is a Win for Marijuana — Shares in all of Canada’s major listed cannabis companies surged on Tuesday, as the market reacted to Trudeau’s pledge to legalize recreational use.
Medical/Health Marijuana News
Medical Marijuana Research Being Stifled by US Government — The federal government is strangling vital research into medical marijuana, claims a report by a major US think-tank. “Statutory, regulatory, bureaucratic, and cultural barriers have paralysed science and threatened the integrity of research freedom in this area,” says the report by the Brookings Institution.
Forget the Drug War: Alcohol Ruins More Lives Than All Other Drugs Combined — There are real reasons, in addition to the pressing issue of mass incarceration and the failure of the drug war, for us to start thinking seriously about the cost of our increasing reliance on alcohol when we consider the ravages of drug use. Particularly since the toll of alcohol, though often left out of that conversation, actually outpaces those of every other legal and illicit drug combined.
The Negative Impact of Drug Control Policy on Public Health — Guaranteeing the medical and scientific use of controlled medicines has been forgotten within current drug policies, but this can be corrected through the proper measures. “The international drug control system is broken, and human sufferance is not taken into consideration because of this imbalance,”said Ruth Dreifuss, former President of Switzerland.
Legal/Political Marijuana News
Judge Agrees DOJ’s Harassment of Medical Marijuana Providers is Illegal — Yesterday a federal judge ruled that the Justice Department is breaking the law by trying to shut down state-legal medical marijuana dispensaries in California. In a case involving a federal injunction against the Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said enforcing such court orders violates a spending rider that says the DOJ may not use appropriated money to “prevent” states from “implementing” laws allowing medical use of marijuana.
Joe Biden’s Canna-Bigotry and Drug War Damage — Possible Democratic presidential nominee for 2016, Joe Biden, was the principal architect of America’s horribly failed war on drugs, especially marijuana.
Is Marijuana Candy Really a Concern for Trick or Treaters? — Looking back to Halloween 2014 in Colorado and Washington: Should parents worry over marijuana in Halloween candy?
Marijuana News State by State
Arizona: Pro-Marijuana Legalization Billboards Appear in Phoenix — Drivers in Phoenix may have noticed a new billboard gracing the downtown skyline. It’s not the usual car sales and insurance billboards peppered throughout the Valley’s roadways, but a campaign advocating the legalization of marijuana in Arizona. The sign itself is a parody of the movie “Reefer Madness” from the 1930s, and is supposed to raise awareness for a ballot initiative in next year’s election.
Why Kentucky Farmers Are Turning from Tobacco to Hemp — Farmers in economically depressed Kentucky have an exciting new opportunity that is making them rethink farming tobacco.
Entertainment Marijuana News
A Recent Reefer Round-Up of Marijuana on Television — Mary Jane has been making A LOT of appearances on the small screen lately, and I am happy to report that in the vast majority of cases, cannabis is being portrayed as it should, as simply a normal every day part of life, just like it actually is for millions of people every day.
Marijuana Recipes of the Week
High Times Gallery of 13 Wicked Cool Weed Treats for Halloween — High Times has some great Halloween recipe picks, including two by Cannabis Cheri Sicard!