This Week’s Marijuana News Round-Up: SUCCESS Act Will Reinstate College Aid to Students With Drug Convictions; Roseanne Invests in Santa Ana Pot Shop; Elizabeth Warren Urges CDC to Look at Pot for Potential Fix for Prescription Painkiller Epidemic; Facebook Removing Medical Marijuana Pages; Former Federal Judge Asks Obama to Pot Prisoner He Sentenced to 55 Years; and more.
Medical/Health Marijuana News
Elizabeth Warren Urges CDC to Look at Pot for Potential Fix for Prescription Painkiller Epidemic — American political leaders around the country are casting about for a policy response to the widespread abuse of opioid painkillers that doesn’t replicate the mistakes of past punitive approaches to drug use. Now, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has thrown her clout into that push for solutions – and in a way that underscores the injustices of the War on Drugs over the past several decades. Warren is asking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to research how medical and recreational marijuana might help alleviate the opioid epidemic.
Legal/Political Marijuana News
Former Federal Judge Asks Obama to Pot Prisoner He Sentenced to 55 Years — A former federal judge in Utah asked President Obama Tuesday to “swiftly” give clemency to Weldon Angelos, a man he sentenced to 55 years in prison in connection with selling marijuana. Calling the sentence “one of the most troubling that I ever faced in my five years on the federal bench,” Paul G. Cassell, now a professor at the University of Utah’s law school, said the mandatory minimum sentence he was required to impose on Angelos was one of the chief reasons he chose to step down as a judge.
Why Obama Should Take marijuana Off the Forbidden List — From the Cato Institute: I’ve been quite hard on President Barack Obama for his abuse of executive power—and will soon file another brief in the 26-state challenge to his immigration action—but there are certainly things that he or any president can do to protect and secure our liberty without violating the Constitution. One such executive action would be to “declassify” marijuana: remove it from the list of controlled substances (or at least move it further down the list, which would have significant positive legal effects).
SUCCESS Act Will Reinstate College Aid to Students With Drug Convictions — A bipartisan group of U.S. senators is pushing to repeal a Higher Education Act provision that strips college financial aid from students with drug convictions. The Stopping Unfair Collateral Consequences from Ending Student Success (SUCCESS) Act, introduced by Sens. Bob Casey (D-PA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) on Thursday, would eliminate the drug conviction question on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Facebook Removing Medical Marijuana Pages — Facebook is taking down pages for state regulated medical marijuana businesses. Patients are not happy. This week news broke at NJ.com that the pages for three medical cannabis facilities in New Jersey suddenly went offline on the same day.
Marijuana News State by State
California: Roseanne invests in Santa Ana Pot Shop — First, comedian Roseanne Barr blazed trails with her sitcom; more recently she joined the growing reality TV world as she farmed macadamia nuts in Hawaii. Now the onetime presidential hopeful whose slogan was ‘Yes, we Cannabis!’ is entering the budding medical marijuana industry – in Santa Ana. Barr will be an investor and have a licensing agreement with a dispensary that’s one of 20 that won a city lottery last year allowing it to apply to operate in Santa Ana, the actress’ spokesman and the dispensary’s partners said this week.
Marijuana Lifestyle News
Marijuana on TV: 3 Shows Starring Mary Jane — To be sure the number of television shows that make marijuana the primary or even secondary focus number far fewer than the many theatrical movies that do so. Here are three notable comedic exceptions to the rule.
Medical Marijuana: A 21st Century Rite of Passage — A man in his early 20s walks into a medical marijuana doctor’s office with his mother. They have come because he has given her some of his marijuana to help relieve the rather discomforting menopause his mother is experiencing. Amazed at the almost immediate relief it brings, she now wants to get her own medical marijuana recommendation and her son comes with her. In California, it’s a 21st century rite of passage.