This Week’s Marijuana News Round-Up: Mexico — Legislators Approve Medical Cannabis; Vermont Lawmakers Approve Eliminating Penalties for the Adult Use of Marijuana; The Compelling Case for Treating Autism with Marijuana; Seattle Police Officer Charged in Large Scale Pot Smuggling Operation; UC Irvine Creating Multi-Disciplinary Cannabis Research Institute;Kansas Woman with Terminal Cancer Jailed Over Marijuana in Her System; and more.
International Marijuana News
Mexico: Legislators Approve Medical Cannabis — Mexican lawmakers have approved legislation to regulate the use of medical cannabis products. The legislation awaits action from President Enrique Peña Nieto, who has spoken in favor of the measure.
Marijuana Health News
UC Irvine Creating Multi-Disciplinary Cannabis Research Institute — UC Irvine is in the early stages of developing what may be the world’s first interdisciplinary cannabis research institute. Former Democratic State Senator Joe Dunn, who now lectures in UCI’s School of Law, announced the plans at a roundtable talk on cannabis at the university Friday evening. The institute is the brainchild of Dr. Daniele Piomelli, an anatomy and neurobiology professor, who studies how cannabis works in the body.
The Compelling Case for Treating Autism with Marijuana — Many are finding cannabis, in one form or another, effective in easing symptoms of a variety of conditions that have not yet been thoroughly researched; autism is one of these, with many getting legal access to medical cannabis—or sourcing it illegally—and using it to treat those with the most severe symptoms. Bringing the two, cannabis and autism, together, was never going to be an easy or straightforward endeavor. However, parents of severely autistic children who have exhausted all other options have described medical cannabis as a “life changing” therapy.
Upset Tummy? Marijuana Edibles May Help — Researchers from the University of Connecticut were recently trying to find out how to decrease inflammation in the intestines and found that when they fed lab mice capsaicin – the stuff that makes chili peppers taste hot – they would have less inflammation. It turns out that the anandamide found in capsaicin is in marijuana, affecting the same receptors in the brain, lowering immune response and limiting inflammation.
Legal/Political Marijuana News
Seattle Police Officer Charged in Large Scale Pot Smuggling Operation — Veteran Seattle police Officer Alex Chapackdee is accused of helping his brother-in-law and others smuggle at least 100 kilograms of marijuana to the East Coast. In return, Chapackdee was paid $10,000 a month, charges allege.
Marijuana News State by State
Kansas Woman with Terminal Cancer Jailed Over Marijuana in Her System — A grandmother with terminal cancer is in the Sedgwick County Jail because of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, in her system while she was driving. According to her pharmacist, the amount of THC in her blood is not enough to make anyone high. The time Kastner will spend in jail will force her to miss a chemo session, which will force her to restart her whole regimen. Her doctor is not happy.
Vermont Lawmakers Approve Eliminating Penalties for the Adult Use of Marijuana — House and Senate lawmakers have approved legislation, Senate Bill 22, to eliminate criminal and civil penalties specific to the adult use and possession of marijuana. The measure amends state law so that the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis and/or the cultivation of up to two mature plants (and up to four immature plants) is no longer subject to penalty. It also establishes a nine member commission to make recommendations to the legislature regarding how best to regulate the adult use marijuana market.