This Week’s Marijuana News Round-Up: Report Shows DEA Has Spent 4 Decades Obstructing Science on Marijuana; New York State Assembly Passes Legislation to Seal Marijuana Possession Convictions; Time to Remove Marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act; Microsoft: The First Big Business Serving the Marijuana Industry; Oakland Museum’s Marijuana Exhibit; Sheldon Adelson: Marijuana’s Billionaire Boogeyman; Police Raids Hit Major Northern California Medical Brands; President Obama’s Clemency Project Is a Bureaucratic Nightmare; and more.
Legal/Political Marijuana News
Report Shows DEA Has Spent 4 Decades Obstructing Science on Marijuana — The Drug Enforcement Administration has been impeding and ignoring the science on marijuana and other drugs for more than four decades, according to a report released this week by the Drug Policy Alliance, a drug policy reform group, and the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, a marijuana research organization.
President Obama’s Clemency Project Is a Bureaucratic Nightmare — President Obama recently commuted the sentences of 42 federal inmates, bringing the total number of sentences commuted by the president to 348. While this is certainly something to celebrate, these inmates make up only a fraction of the 10,000 or so prisoners former Attorney General Eric Holder projected would be eligible for clemency But instead of offering salvation, the painful slowness of the clemency process has subjected many prisoners and their families to a new kind of bureaucratic cruelty as they wait in dimming hope of being amongst the lucky few who make it through the system.
Time to Remove Marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act — A recent memorandum by representatives of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to several U.S. senators indicates that the agency is prepared to respond imminently to a pair of administration petitions challenging marijuana’s status as a Schedule I federally prohibited substance.
Sheldon Adelson: Marijuana’s Billionaire Boogeyman — Sheldon Adelson recently purchased Nevada’s largest newspaper, The Las Vegas Review-Journal. As Marijuana.com’s Tom Angell recently pointed out, within a few months of Adelson becoming the new owner, the Review-Journal — which had repeatedly endorsed cannabis legalization — suddenly flipped, publishing a June 7 editorial blasting legalization as a threat to Nevada. A head-scratching, reactionary throwback, the editorial paraphrased Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No,” claimed cannabis has been linked to cancer, and even repeated the well-exploded “gateway drug” theory.
Marijuana News State by State
Police Raids Hit Major Northern California Medical Brands — California lawmakers regulated medical marijuana in black and white last year, but with rules set to take effect by 2018, there’s plenty of gray area to generate busts between now and then. A popular medical cannabis brand in that gray area in Northern California was the subject of a local law enforcement sweep, according to scattered reports from sources today.
California: Mendocino County Creates Cannabis Appellations — In a move that signals a long term investment in the legal marijuana industry, California’s Mendocino County has begun dividing land into specific appellations for cannabis, allowing growers to take advantage of the same regional prestige and promotional power used by vintners to market their wine.
New York State Assembly Passes Legislation to Seal Marijuana Possession Convictions — Yesterday, the New York State Assembly voted in support of A10092, a bill that will seal the criminal records of people who have been unjustly and unconstitutionally arrested for simple possession of marijuana in public view. The bipartisan vote was 99 in favor and 42 opposed. Over the last 20 years, over 700,000 New Yorkers have been arrested for simple possession of marijuana. Those convicted face significant barriers to accessing education, employment, housing opportunities, and other state services.
Business Marijuana News
Microsoft: The First Big Business Serving the Marijuana Industry — As state after state has legalized marijuana in one way or another, big names in corporate America have stayed away entirely. Marijuana, after all, is still illegal, according to the federal government. But Microsoft is breaking the corporate taboo on pot this week by announcing a partnership to begin offering software that tracks marijuana plants from “seed to sale,” as the pot industry puts it.
Lifestyle Marijuana News
All About Vape Pens — What are the advantages of vape pens and how to use them.
Oakland Museum’s Marijuana Exhibit — This is an ambitious undertaking for the Oakland Museum of California, but it comes at the right time and in the right place. “Legalization will have a profound impact on our state,” said museum director Lori Fogarty. “And yet marijuana is often misunderstood, or people have a very limited perspective based on what they think they know. We are going to put the debate out there.”
Avoiding Insects in Indoor Marijuana Gardens — The perpetual thorn in the side of any grower, a pest infestation can ruin all your hard work and send your financial investment in the garden down the drain. One of the best overall defenses against a pest infestation is to never allow it to happen in the first place. These tips can help.