This Week’s Marijuana News Round-Up: Feds Admit Marijuana’s Potential to Reduce Opioid Problem;Congress Gives jeff Sessions $0 To Go After Marijuana; Florida Houses Passes Medical Marijuana Bill That Bans Smoking Weed; You’d Be Crazy To Believe This Reefer Madness Study; The Surprising Reason Canada Made Weed Illegal; Trump Won’t Appoint Tom Marino as Drug Czar; Marijuana Bill Gets Final Approval in Vermont House, Future of Legislation Uncertain; NFL Players Fighting Pain with Marijuana; Bring Your Own Cannabis to This LA Coffee House; and more.
International Marijuana News
The Surprising Reason Canada Made Weed Illegal — A University of Guelph professor who penned a book on the history of illegal drugs in Canada says after nearly a century of marijuana prohibition, no one is really sure why it was made illegal in the first place. She said there are two competing theories as to why lawmakers banned marijuana in Canada in 1923, but both remain little more than speculation because of a lack of historic evidence.
Marijuana Health News
Feds Admit Marijuana’s Potential to Reduce Opioid Problem — A growing body of recent scientific research indicates that legal marijuana access leads to reduced opioid issues, and now the federal government can’t help but admit it. In a new update to a webpage on cannabis’s medical uses, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reported that “medical marijuana products may have a role in reducing the use of opioids needed to control pain.”
You’d Be Crazy To Believe This Reefer Madness Study — At no point in their study did authors address any potential limitations of their methods. (Most scientific research papers try to cite limitations.) Nor did they provide information on whether the participants possessed a family history or diagnosis of mental illness. (Known as confounding factors.) Study volunteers were also never subjected to any type of brain imaging examination, like a functional MRI. Finally, at no time did the study’s authors provide any substantive evidence as to why they believed that their findings, based upon an unusually small and unique sample size, ought to be extrapolated to the cannabis community at large — most of whom never report the sort of experiences alleged by the study’s participants. (That’s known as generalizability.)
NFL Players Fighting Pain with Marijuana — One by one, they entered a nondescript building on the eastern edge of town, 18,000 square feet with no signage out front. They came looking for relief. These nine former professional football players are part of the Denver Broncos Alumni Association. They played in nearly 700 NFL games combined and have enough aches and pains to keep an entire hospital staff busy.
Legal/Political Marijuana News
Congress Gives jeff Sessions $0 To Go After Marijuana — Congress, once again, is blocking the Justice Department from spending any money that interferes with state medical marijuana laws. In their newly unveiled budget bill, lawmakers included a provision, known as the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, that allows states to carry on with crafting their own medical marijuana policies without fear of federal intervention. The bill, which funds the government through the end of September, is expected to pass this week.
Trump Won’t Appoint Tom Marino as Drug Czar — President Donald Trump will not appoint Rep. Tom Marino to be the nation’s “drug czar,” a White House official tells U.S. News. The Pennsylvania Republican was widely expected to be named to lead the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Issues from Marino’s past have surfaced in the press, including an allegation that as an elected county prosecutor he went judge-shopping in 1998 to win a cocaine-dealing expungement for a friend, hand-delivering a request to a jurist after the request was denied by a more senior judge.
Marijuana News State by State
Kern County, CA Sheriff’s Deputies Facing Jail Time for Stealing and Selling Marijuana — Two former Kern County Sheriff’s Deputies are facing five years in prison for their role in stealing and selling marijuana while being members of the Department, and working with disgraced Bakersfield Police Officer Patrick Mara to distribute it.
Florida Houses Passes Medical Marijuana Bill That Bans Smoking Weed — Florida’s House of Representatives proved today there is nothing its grubby little hands can’t screw up. After more than 72 percent of voters statewide voted to legalize medicinal marijuana for people with “debilitating diseases,” a term that includes cancer, AIDS, and Alzheimer’s, the Florida House today passed its own series of rules regulating the state’s new medical weed industry. And, this being Florida, the Republican-crafted bill bans smokable weed, creates a state-controlled cartel of legal cannabis farms, and pisses off medicinal marijuana advocates across the Sunshine State.
Marijuana Bill Gets Final Approval in Vermont House, Future of Legislation Uncertain — The Vermont House narrowly passed a marijuana legalization bill late Tuesday night after hours of debate, but the legislation is not expected to advance further this year. The bill, H.170, passed on a 74 to 68 vote, after two attempts to send it back to committee and several amendments aimed at weakening or delaying it. The bill allows for the legal possession of up to 1 ounce of dry marijuana and the cultivation of up to two mature marijuana plants and four immature plants.
Marijuana Business News
Bring Your Own Cannabis to This LA Coffee House — A new member’s only coffee house in Los Angeles blends java, ganja and art glass.