The Week in Weed 8-2-14 Marijuana News

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Cannabis Cheri SicardThis Week’s Marijuana News: The New York Times Calls for an End to Prohibition!; The Feds Poor, Misleading Argument in Favor of Prohibition; Bill O’Reilly’s Legalization Poll Backfires; Single Seattle Cop Issued 80% of City’s Marijuana Citations; Senators Urge Obama to Deliver Consistent Message on Marijuana; Arrests for Marijuana Increasing in Many States: Parents & Advocates React to Federal CBD-Only Bill; and much more!

Medical/Health

Limited Caring: Parents & Advocates React to Realm of Caring’s Federal CBD-Only Bill — One might think that the introduction of a federal medical marijuana bill with a good chance of passing would receive widespread support from cannabis reformers. However, in the pediatric cannabis community, parents are expressing disappointment, frustration, and even disgust over the proposed legislation. Perhaps, as RoC says in their press release, that’s because the bill would only allow for a product that’s not really medical marijuana at all.

PTSD Study May Move, Doctor Appealing Her Firing — The University of Arizona, the school that fired cannabis research Doctor Suzanne Sisley shortly before her groundbreaking study on  cannabis’ use for treatment of PTSD in military veterans was scheduled to begin, is now asking the organization funding the study if they can keep the money and assign someone else to the project.  The school contacted the organization helping back Dr. Sisley’s study, theMultidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies aka MAPS, and stated that it completely backed the idea of the study, but wanted another doctor to head it. Thankfully, the staff at MAPS has soundly rejected that idea, stating that their funds will follow Doctor Sisley, regardless of where the study eventually takes place. The organization cites their long-standing working relationship with Dr. Sisley and the fact that her hard work is the only reason that the University of Arizona has approval to conduct this study in the first place.

Politics/Legal

The New York Times Calls for an End to Prohibition! — The New York Times — the “national newspaper of record” — published a historic editorial this week calling for an end to marijuana prohibition!

The Feds Poor, Misleading Argument in Favor of Prohibition — The New York Times editorial board is making news with a week-long series advocating for the full legalization of marijuana in the United States. In response, the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) published a blog post Monday purporting to lay out the federal government’s case against marijuana reform.  That case, as it turns out, it surprisingly weak. It’s built on half-truths and radically decontextualized facts, curated from social science research that is otherwise quite solid.

Senators Urge Obama to Deliver Consistent Message on Marijuana — After nearly two years of sending conflicting signals on the legalization of marijuana, the Obama administration finds itself under increased pressure from all sides to deliver a consistent message on where it stands.  Democratic senators from Washington state and Colorado entered the fray Tuesday, releasing a letter that complained that federal agencies “have taken different approaches that seem to be at odds with one another.”

Arrests for Marijuana Increasing in Many States — From 2008 to 2012, seventeen state-level jurisdictions experienced an average annual increase in marijuana arrests, the report found. South Carolina (11.6 percent) and the District of Columbia (7.7 percent) experienced the highest overall percentage.

Bill O’Reilly’s Legalization Poll Backfires — O’Reilly wanted to prove the public does not support legalization but got a very different answer.

Federal Marijuana Bans is Rooted in Myth and Xenophobia — The federal law that makes possession of marijuana a crime has its origins in legislation that was passed in an atmosphere of hysteria during the 1930s and that was firmly rooted in prejudices against Mexican immigrants and African-Americans, who were associated with marijuana use at the time. This racially freighted history lives on in current federal policy, which is so driven by myth and propaganda that it is almost impervious to reason.

Drug Courts Meant to Aid Addicts Now a Battleground for Pot Politics — Both the White House and prominent Republicans have pushed to expand drug courts — programs that allow drug offenders to choose court-supervised treatment over punishment. For serious drug offenders it has been a far better alternative than prison. The problem is very few people who have those serious problems get into one of these drug courts. – John Roman, senior analyst at the Urban Institute. But many longtime supporters of the program have become dismayed by the extent to which the courts now reach into the lives of people whose only infraction was to light up a joint.

States News

One Seattle Cop Issued 80% of the City’s Marijuana Citations — Eighty percent of the marijuana citations issued by the Seattle Police Department during the first half of this year were written by just one pot-hating cop — and now that officer has been reassigned. Staff reviewing data to prepare the department’s first biannual report on marijuana enforcement found that 66 of 83 citations for public cannabis use were given out by just one officer, according to Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole, reports Eric M. Johnson at Reuters.

Maine Nurse Practitioners Can Start Recommending Medical marijuana Aug 1 —  Nurse practitioners in Maine can legally certify patients to use medical cannabis beginning Friday.  Nurse practitioners will join physicians as medical professionals who can legally recommend marijuana to patients suffering from qualifying conditions approved by state government.

Former Colorado Jail Might Become Huge Grow Facility — In March, Colorado native Nicholas Erker purchased the town of Brush’s defunct Correctional Facility. Now, with more than six months of successful legal weed in Colorado’s history books, Erker wants to turn his purchase into a cultivation facility and start selling retail cannabis in Brush.

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg Goes on Righteous Rant About Weed — Whoopi Goldberg sparred with fellow members of the roundtable on Monday’s “The View,” in a debate that ended with her offering to take a guest co-host to a marijuana farm.

11 Amazing Comedy Videos That Skewer America’s War on Drugs — They tell the truth, but in a hilarious way.  Watch some of the best work of their careers from John Oliver, Jon Stewart, Bill Maher, Bill Hicks, Dave Chapelle, Sarah Silverman, and more.

Lifestyle

Marijuana is a Welcome Wedding Guest in Colorado and Washington — Weddings take on high style in legal states.

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