This Week’s Marijuana News Round-Up: Recreational Marijuana Sales Begin in Oregon; Study Shows Daily Cannabis Use Safe and Effective for Chronic Pain;According to FBI Marijuana Arrests Went Up in 2014; Whole Foods to Stop Selling Food Made with Prison Labor; New Marijuana Rules Could Close Every Dispensary in LA; Nation’s First Marijuana Resort to Open in Montana; Schools Forcing Bogus “Marijuana Goggles” on Students; Feds Still Waging War on Weed in Oregon; and more.
Medical/Health Marijuana News
Study Shows Daily Cannabis UseSafe and Effective for Chronic Pain — Chronic pain patients who use herbal cannabis daily for one-year report reduced discomfort and increased quality of life compared to controls, and do not experience an increased risk of serious side effects, according to clinical data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Pain.
Study Shows Marijuana Delays Organ Rejection in Mice Transplants — The psychoactive ingredient in marijuana has been found to delay organ rejection in mice. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) appears to have “decreased early stage rejection” of organs, and could be a useful anti-rejection therapy for transplant patients, according to scientists.
Political/Legal Marijuana News
Recreational Marijuana Sales Begin in Oregon — Regulations permitting state-licensed medical cannabis dispensaries to also engage in retail recreational sales to those ages 21 or older took effect on Thursday. An estimated 200 facilities are anticipated to initially begin providing cannabis to adults. Customers will be permitted to purchase up to a quarter ounce of herbal cannabis daily, as well as up to four non-flowering plants, but they will not be allowed to obtain cannabis-infused products until early next year.
According to FBI Marijuana Arrests Went Up in 2014 — “It’s unacceptable that police still put this many people in handcuffs for something that a growing majority of Americans think should be legal,” said Tom Angell, chairman of Marijuana Majority.
Whole Foods to Stop Selling Food Made with Prison Labor — Whole Foods Market has announced that by April of next year it will stop sourcing foods that are produced using prison labor. The move comes on the heels of a demonstration in Houston where the company was chastised for employing inmates through prison-work programs.
Marijuana News State by State
California: New Marijuana Rules Could Close Every Dispensary in LA — Gov. Jerry Brown was expected this week to sign a package of bills that would finally create statewide rules for medical marijuana dispensaries. The legislation requires pot-selling collectives to obtain state and city permits. The city of Los Angeles doesn’t offer such a permit. In fact, dispensaries are technically prohibited in town. Proposition D, approved by city voters in 2013, only provides “limited immunity from … enforcement” to 135 shops open and compliant before a 2007 “interim control ordinance” on weed sellers was enacted locally.
Indiana: Schools Forcing Bogus “Marijuana Goggles” on Students — School and anti-marijuana activist groups in Hancock County are debuting “marijuana goggles” at a community event this weekend, in an effort to “fight teen drug use.” According to WISH TV, “the goggles allow the teens to see through the eyes of someone who has been smoking, without ever lighting up themselves.”
Oregon: Feds Still Waging War on Weed — Cannabis may be legal in Oregon, but police are still waging a war on weed. A KGW investigation found the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency is sending more than $750,000 to police in Oregon this year to snuff out pot operations.
Marijuana Travel News
Nation’s First Marijuana Resort to Open in Montana — American Indians have held a leading role in the casino industry since 1987, when the Supreme Court ruled that gambling could not be barred in their sovereign nations. But on one reservation in South Dakota, the Flandreau Santee Sioux Indian tribe is soon to open a new type of “adult playground”: a marijuana resort. Set to begin selling its first joints on New Year’s Eve, the Associated Press reported Tuesday, the resort will grow its own marijuana and feature a smoking lounge with food and bar service, in addition to a nightclub.
Portland Bike Tour Co Adds Pot themed Tour — A Portland-based company plans to roll out a a bike tour of the city’s marijuana shops on the first day of recreational marijuana sales. Pedal Bike Tours will offer a daily 11-mile ride that will feature “flat terrain” and stops at two dispensaries and two head shops.
Mango Upsidedown Cakes — A box cake mix makes this one of the easiest marijuana recipes for anyone to achieve great results. Yes, it makes 16 medicated servings, but you can freeze the leftover cakes to save for later.