The Week in Weed 9-6-14 Marijuana News

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Cannabis Cheri SicardThis Week’s Marijuana News: The Price of Pot: Life Sentence for Buying Marijuana; Painkiller Deaths Drops by 25% in Medical Marijuana States; Leading Anti-Marijuana Advocates Are Paid by Drug Companies; At 40, High Times Branches Out Into Partnerships and a Private Equity Fund; and more.

Medical/Health

Painkiller Deaths Drops by 25% in Medical Marijuana States — America has a major problem with prescription pain medications like Vicodin and OxyContin. Overdose deaths from these pharmaceutical opioids have approximately tripled since 1991, and every day 46 people die of such overdoses in the United States. However, in the 13 states that passed laws allowing for the use of medical marijuana between 1999 and 2010, 25 percent fewer people die from opioid overdoses annually.

Politics/Legal

The Price of Pot: Life Sentence for Buying Marijuana — A Missouri man is serving a life sentence for pot. Marijuana may be legal in some parts of the country, but in others, pot could land you in jail for the rest of your life.  A video report from CNN’s Erin Burnett.

Leading Anti-Marijuana Advocates Are Paid by Drug Companies — VICE has found that many of the researchers who have advocated against legalizing pot have also been on the payroll of leading pharmaceutical firms with products that could be easily replaced by using marijuana. When these individuals have been quoted in the media, their drug-industry ties have not been revealed.

Uncle Same Spends $715,000 on Anti-Marijuana App — In an effort to convince the youth of America that continued prohibition is in the interest of public health, the federal government is now paying researchers to develop an app that persuades kids to work out rather than smoke weed.

POW of the Month: Weldon Angelos — Learn how an up and coming music star got 55 years for 3 small marijuana sales.

States News

Mendocino County Sheriff Questioned in Pot Raids — Rumors of vigilante marijuana eradication operations continue to circulate and grow in Mendocino County since a spate of summer pot raids ignited tales of unidentified men being dropped into gardens from unmarked helicopters.  More than 100 people on Sunday attended a meeting with Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman, where they raised questions about the mystery men and other pot-related issues.

Business

At 40, High Times Branches Out Into Partnerships and a Private Equity Fund — What started as an experiment by a mercurial provocateur and underground publisher has blossomed into an established brand, offering everything from licensing partnerships and an ever-expanding domestic events business to a just-launched private- equity fund. Along the way, something else changed: The magazine’s radical reason for being has stopped feeling so radical, even if the magazine itself hasn’t.

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