This Week’s Marijuana News Round-Up: US Court Upholds Ban on Gun Sales to Marijuana Card Holders; Marijuana Lifer Craig Frazier Granted Clemency; DEA Argues Public Comment Unnecessary Before Kratom Ban; Opponents of Marijuana Legalization in Nevada Invisible; The Stark Difference Between How Doctors and the Government See Marijuana; NM Cop Accidentally Films Himself Stealing Marijuana;Marijuana Legalization Not Tied to Increased Teen Use; Cannabis Cocktails; and more.
Legal/Political Marijuana News
US Court Upholds Ban on Gun Sales to Marijuana Card Holders — A federal ban on the sale of guns to medical marijuana card holders does not violate the Second Amendment, a federal appeals court said Wednesday. The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals applies to the nine Western states that fall under the court’s jurisdiction, including California, Washington and Oregon.
The Stark Difference Between How Doctors and the Government See Marijuana — Nathaniel P. Morris is a resident physician at Stanford Hospital specializing in mental health. He recently penned a strongly worded op-ed for ScientificAmerican.com on the differences between how some in the medical community view marijuana and how the federal government regulates it. “The federal government’s scheduling of marijuana bears little relationship to actual patient care,” he wrote in the essay published last week. “The notion that marijuana is more dangerous or prone to abuse than alcohol (not scheduled), cocaine (Schedule II), methamphetamine (Schedule II), or prescription opioids (Schedules II, III, and IV) doesn’t reflect what we see in clinical medicine.”
Marijuana Lifer Craig Frazier Granted Clemency — Serving a de-facto life sentence for marijuana, Craig Frazier was granted clemency this week. Here are his thoughts 2 days later.
DEA Argues Public Comment Unnecessary Before Kratom Ban — People with substance dependence issues or chronic pain were dealt a blow yesterday when the DEA announced their intent to effectively ban the medicinal chemicals present in the plant, Mitragyna speciosa, or kratom. Chuck Rosenberg, acting administrator of the DEA, claims the action “is necessary to avoid an imminent hazard to the public safety.” As an example of the risks of kratom, the DEA cites a CDC study published this summer that counted 660 poison control calls during a five-year period from 2010 to 2015 on behalf of people suffering untoward reactions to the herb or teas made from the plant material.
The DEA’s Crazy Kratom Ban Dresses Pharmacological Phobia In Scientific Garb — At the end of this month, kratom will be illegal throughout the United States thanks to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which this week announced that a ban is necessary “to avoid an imminent hazard to public safety.” The way the DEA reached the conclusion that Kratom belongs in Schedule I provides an illuminating window on the prohibitionist mindset, which dresses pharmacological phobias in the garb of science.
Marijuana Legalization Not Tied to Increased Teen Use — Those who advocate for the continued criminalization of cannabis have long alleged liberalization of America’s marijuana laws will lead to a parallel rise in teenage pot experimentation. Yet over the past two decades, during which time 26 states have legalized medical use and four states have regulated retail sale to adults, just the opposite has occurred.
Marijuana News State by State
CA Bill to Allow Landlords to Bar Medical Marijuana Use Dropped — A state lawmaker has dropped a proposal that would have allowed landlords renting apartments in California to bar their tenants from smoking medical marijuana in their residences. Assemblyman Jim Wood (D- Healdsburg) could not work out an agreement with the chairwoman of a key committee on how to meet the needs of people relying on medical cannabis, an aide said.
Opponents of Marijuana Legalization in Nevada Invisible — Supporters of recreational marijuana expected a massive and well-funded fight from those who want to keep the drug illegal in Nevada. But with less than three months until Election Day, Nevadans have heard little from anti-pot groups. As of Monday, no Las Vegas television advertising slots had been purchased or reserved by any anti-legalization group, according to the Federal Communications Commission website.
New Mexico Cop Accidentally Films Himself Stealing Marijuana — A New Mexico police sergeant accused of unwittingly recording himself on a lapel camera taking marijuana from his office and giving it to his girlfriend has been released from jail.
Marijuana Lifestyle News
Inspiring Weed Women: Kandice Hawes and Importance of Acting Locally — We have all heard how we should think globally but act locally. When it comes to the issue of cannabis prohibition, there’s no greater example of approaching the global problem at a local level than Kandice Hawes.
Cannabis Cocktails: Advice and Recipes from Master Mixologist Warren Bobrow — We hear a lot about cannabis edibles, but what about pot potables? Warren Bobrow’s new book, Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails, and Tonics: The Art of Spirited Drinks and Buzzworthy Libations (2016, Fairwinds) is now the definitive work on the topic. Check out my conversation with author Warren Bobrow , along with 3 of his favorite cannabis cocktail recipes!