This Week’s Marijuana News Round-Up: Marijuana Taxes Are Fixing Big Problems for Cities; Canada Tests Lower Age for Marijuana Legalization; Debunking the Latest Viral Pot Paranoid Theory; Federal Appeals Court Sidesteps Major Marijuana Ruling; Washington State Paves Way for Organic Marijuana Market; The Evidence is Overwhelming, Marijuana Is an Exit Not Gateway Drug; and more.
Marijuana Health News
The Evidence is Overwhelming, Marijuana Is an Exit Not Gateway Drug — It is time for politicians to put to rest the myth that cannabis is a gateway to the use of other controlled substances — a theory that is neither supported by modern science or empirical data. Over 60 percent of American adults acknowledge having tried cannabis, but the overwhelming majority of these individuals never go on to try another illicit substance.
Legal/Political Marijuana News
Federal Appeals Court Sidesteps Major Marijuana Ruling — A federal appeals court has sidestepped making a ruling on whether U.S. prison officials can hold people who were convicted of marijuana offenses that were legal under state medical marijuana laws.
US Will Be the Big NAFTA Loser on Marijuana After Canada and Mexico Start Trading — In the US, on the other hand, a protectionist administration has threatened to withdraw from the “terrible” North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and actively relaunched the US drug war. It looks like America’s businessman president may allow his country to miss out on the cannabis boom.
Debunking the Latest Viral Pot Paranoid Theory — Legalized pot sends more teens to the ER in Colorado, study finds. So claimed CBS News and numerous other mainstream media outlets this month in response to a May 4 American Academy of Pediatrics press release. But in actuality, no published study exists. And the data highlighted in the AAP presser provides little evidence to substantiate these alarmist headlines.
Marijuana Taxes Are Fixing Big Problems for Cities — States are using tax revenue from marijuana to plug holes in their budgets and address serious problems. At the beginning of legalization, states had no idea how much money they might earn from marijuana taxation. Without that information, the money was initially earmarked toward less critical budget items like drug education programs and minor services. That is quickly changing. Municipalities and states are drooling at the large tax receipts from the cannabis industry and as they get more comfortable with the steady stream of dollars they are looking at bigger projects for capital deployment.”
International Marijuana News
Canada Tests Lower Age for Marijuana Legalization — The most controversial thing about Canada’s move to legalize marijuana nationwide may be setting the minimum age for use at 18 — three years lower than in U.S. states that have embraced legalization — a move that is being closely watched across the continent. Advocates for the measure, expected to pass Parliament next year, say putting the limit at 21 would encourage a black market and drive youths into the hands of criminals.
Marijuana News State by State
Washington State Paves Way for Organic Marijuana Market — Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Tuesday signed a bill that paves the way for the state to create what is believed to be the first system in the United States to certify marijuana as organic. The sponsor of the bill, Republican Senator Ann Rivers, said marijuana certified as organically grown is likely to be on sale in Washington in about a year and a half.
Marijuana Business News
The Cannabis Industry Has a Pesticide Problem — As cannabis is legalized for medical and recreational use on a state-by-state basis, safety regulations regarding cannabis products are becoming increasingly important. One aspect of safety regulations involves setting maximal allowable limits on pesticides. Such regulations are particularly significant given that medical populations, including young and immunocompromised patients, are among the intended consumers of cannabis products.
Marijuana Sports News
NFL Sends Dangerous Message to Players with Rejection of Josh Gordon Over Marijuana Use — The decision is one of the worst in a long line of bad moves the NFL has made regarding player conduct in recent seasons. In a league where players have been allowed an opportunity to return after physically and sexually assaulting women, killing someone while drunk driving and being accused of murder and child abuse, the league’s decision to deny Gordon is simply absurd. Gordon’s crime? He smokes too much marijuana.