The Week in Weed 2-7-15 Marijuana News

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Cannabis Cheri Sicard This Week’s Marijuana News:  History of Cannabis Use Associated with Lower Cancer Risk; More Than 100 Native American Tribes Considering Growing Marijuana; Why People in the Health Field Are Changing Their Minds About Marijuana Policy; Justice Department Continues to Crack Down on Medical Marijuana in California; Weldon Angelos: The New Face of the Koch Campaign; Former Marine Larry Duke Serving a Life Sentence for Marijuana; Reporter Eats 90 Servings of THC and Lives; Hemp is Flying High on Capital Hill with New Farm Bills; and more.

Medical/Health Marijuana News

History of Cannabis Use Associated with Lower Cancer Risk —  Cannabis use is inversely associated with incidences of bladder cancer in males, according epidemiological findings published in the February issue of the journal Urology. Researchers determined that a history of cannabis use was associated with a decreased risk of bladder cancer. By contrast, tobacco use was associated with an increased risk of cancer.

Why People in the Health Field Are Changing Their Minds About Marijuana Policy — Last week, two major health organizations released updated policies on marijuana. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Public Health Association (APHA) have both re-examined the status quo of marijuana regulation and determined that there is a better way.  More and more, organizations charged with the health of our children and the public health of our communities are rethinking their support for marijuana prohibition.

Marijuana Will NOT Turn Your Brain Into an Alien Life Form — Okay, scientists publishing in the Journal of Neuroscience last week did not bring up alien life forms, but they did say that recent research into whether marijuana changes your brain was flat-out wrong. Instead, as we pretty much already knew, it’s alcohol that turns your brain into an alien.

Reporter Eats 90 Servings of THC and Lives — So some people overdo it. Big deal. If it’s not gonna kill you, then can’t people just hold their shit together? What’s all the excitement about? Why are people freaking out so much about the “scariness” of canna-cupcakes?

Politics/Legal Marijuana News

More Than 100 Native American Tribes Considering Growing Marijuana — More than 100 Native American tribes have reached out to FoxBarry Farms, a management firm building the nation’s first marijuana facility on tribal land, over the past month to express interest in the cannabis industry.  FoxBarry CEO Barry Brautman, whose company also works with tribes to build and operate casinos, told The Huffington Post there has been a surge of interest since the Department of Justice’s announcement late last year that tribes are free to grow and sell marijuana on their lands as long as they adhere to specific guidelines.

Weldon Angelos: The New Face of the Koch Campaign — A father of two was sentenced to 55 years in jail for selling pot. The Koch brothers want to help set him free and make him the face of their new campaign for criminal justice reform.

POW of the Month: Larry Duke — Larry Duke, a former marine and decorated Vietnam war combat veteran is serving a sentence of LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE for a nonviolent marijuana offense.

Marijuana News State by State

Justice Department Continues to Crack Down on Medical Marijuana in California — Lawyers for U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag appeared in court Tuesday in an effort to shut down a medical marijuana collective in Oakland, California, despite federal guidance discouraging U.S. prosecutors from going after state-legal cannabis operations  “There was quite a bit of head-scratching,” Tamar Todd, director of marijuana law and policy for the Drug Policy Alliance, told The Huffington Post of Tuesday’s hearing, which she attended. “The Department of Justice has repeatedly said to back off these cases. Why pick this fight?”

Hemp News

Hemp is Flying High on Capital Hill with New Farm Bills — American farmers may soon be allowed to freely grow fields of food, oil and fiber-producing plants whose leaves superficially resemble marijuana.  Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., who introduced the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015 on Wednesday afternoon with 46 original co-sponsors, believes Congress may lift the decades-old ban on growing industrial hemp this year.

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