This Week’s Marijuana News Round-Up: GOP Congressman Comes Out of the Cannabis Closet; Study Shows Prohibitionists Lying About Protecting Kids;As More States Legalize, Adolescent Use Falls; Marijuana Smuggling Declining in the Age of Legal Weed; Phoenix VA Blocks Doctor’s Lecture on PTSD Study; PA Attorneys Face Legal Risk for Advising Prospective MMJ Suppliers: World’s First 420 Friendly Gym Opening in San Francisco; and much more.
Medical/Health Marijuana News
Phoenix VA Blocks Doctor’s Lecture on PTSD Study — A Phoenix doctor is conducting a study this summer focusing on how marijuana affects veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. Dr. Sue Sisley wants to give a lecture on her cannabis study to medical staff at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She said the hospital is blocking her from making a presentation, even though her study has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
Toss the OxyContin and Turn to Pot for Pain Relief — Why one doctor has a problem with the CDC’s current position that ignores the benefits of cannabis for treating pain.
Legal/Political Marijuana News
GOP Congressman Comes Out of the Cannabis Closet — Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), a leading voice for the reform of marijuana laws in the United States, became the first sitting member of Congress in recent history to admit to medical marijuana use.
As More States Legalize, Adolescent Use Falls — A survey of more than 216,000 adolescents from all 50 states indicates the number of teens with marijuana-related problems is declining. Similarly, the rates of marijuana use by young people are falling despite the fact more US states are legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana use and the number of adults using the drug has increased.
Marijuana Smuggling Declining in the Age of Legal Weed — The United States Sentencing Commission (USSC), which compiles data on federal law enforcement efforts, recently released its latest drug trafficking statistics. And they show that federal marijuana trafficking offenses have fallen sharply since 2012, the year that Colorado and Washington residents voted to legalize marijuana. The decline continues through 2015, the most recent year for which data is available.
Study Shows Prohibitionists Lying About Protecting Kids — Critics of taxing and regulating cannabis for adults like to say that ending prohibition is too big a risk to the nation’s youth. But scientific research continues to show that argument to be fallacious. Teen abuse and use of pot is falling in America amid record support for medical and recreational use laws.
International Marijuana News
Toronto Police Launch Raid on Marijuana Dispensaries — Toronto police and the Drug Squad have been raiding a series of marijuana dispensaries in the city since noon on Thursday. The project targeted various locations that have been identified as trafficking in marijuana outside of the marijuana-for-medical-use regulations,” said Const. Caroline de Kloet.
Marijuana News State by State
Oakland, CA’s Ambitious Diversity Plan for Medical Marijuana — “The Oakland program stipulates that half the medical cannabis business license awarded in the city go to applicants who’ve been incarcerated for a marijuana-related offense – as well as applicants who’ve lived for the last two years in one of six Oakland police department beats hit hard by the drug war.
Pennsylvania Attorneys Face Legal Risk for Advising Prospective MMJ Suppliers — Although medical marijuana is now legal in Pennsylvania, anyone desiring to get involved in this new market has to proceed without the advice of a business attorney. That’s because, despite recent legislation legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, it remains a crime for Pennsylvania attorneys to discuss contracts with clients who would like to supply the product to the pharmaceutical market.
Business Marijuana News
Why Marijuana Stock MassRoots, Inc Was Denied by NASDAQ — Pot stock MassRoots has intimated it was denied listing by NASDAQ because it’s a marijuana-focused company, even though it doesn’t touch the plant itself. But there’s more to the story.
Marijuana Lifestyle News
Will Cannabis Topicals Get You High or Make You Fail a Drug Test? — The short answers are no, and no, with one important exception you need to be aware of.
World’s First 420 Friendly Gym Opening in San Francisco — A new gym called Power Plant Fitness will allow members to consume marijuana on-site while working out. It’s claiming to be the world’s first cannabis-friendly gym. “It won’t be a place to get high and just screw around,” Jim McAlpine, founder of the cannabis event series 420 Games and cofounder of Power Plant Fitness, wrote in a blog on the company’s website. “We are focused on the athletic side, not the cannabis side.”
Herb: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Cannabis — Check out our insider look at Herb: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Cannabis, plus get 3 free sample recipes from the book: Almond Poppyseed Scones, Spanish Style Stuffed Mushrooms, and Spaghetti with Arugula Pesto!