Cannabis News Roundup: 05.08.15 | KALW

Cannabis News Roundup: 05.08.15

May 8, 2015

Another ballot measure to consider… Cannabis for chronic pain and autism?  Stevie Wonder & Snoop Dog, together at last… and more.

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

And then there were five: another decriminalization proposal surfaces //  EastBayExpress.com    “The proposed ballot measure seems pretty liberal for individuals, but would stick it to cities and counties, and force major medical players into a new pharmacy-like regime.”

Placer County stalls on decision about homegrown medical marijuana // rocklintoday.com   The County Board doesn’t want to ban cultivation, but it’s not quite ready to approve it either.

Puerto Rico approves medical cannabis // News.Yahoo.com   Governor says “the island's health secretary has three months to issue a report detailing how the executive order will be implemented, the impact it will have and what future steps could be taken. The order went into immediate effect.”

Oregon Governor calls for seed-to-sale // BendBulletin.com   “Brown’s proposal is likely to face pushback from medical marijuana producers and dispensary owners who already signaled this week they will use their power to advocate for less stringent restrictions on the program.”

COPS & COURTS

Supreme Court requests White House views in Colorado-Oklahoma-Nebraska dispute // NationalLawJournal.com  “The lawsuit does not challenge the legalization of marijuana use in Colorado as such, focusing instead on the manufacture and sale of the drug across state lines.”

How Los Angeles is coping with rogue dispensaries // CalLawyer.com   Recent issues in Oakland and Berkeley are mentioned in this overview of how L.A. and smaller towns are dealing with illegal shops, along with what lawyers should consider if recreational marijuana is approved in 2016.

Pot smoker locked up and forgotten, for days // nbcsandiego.com   A true case of “locking them up and throwing away the key.” [Note: the NBC dateline on this should be 2015, not 2012.]

HEALTH

World Congress on Pain debates treating severe pain with cannabis// painresearchforum.org   Those in favor of the treatment gained a slight edge over the opposition after hearing the pluses and minuses. More research is needed.

 Cannabis considered for help with autistic behavior// SFWeekly.com   Mother sees connection with epilepsy treatments.

BOOK REVIEW

“Big Weed” by Christian Hageseth // CalLawyer.com   A Santa Clara University School of Law professor slams this book as “trolling for investors” and ignoring “the potential harmful consequences of promoting marijuana use to the consuming public.”

EVENTS

“The most established show in Cannabusiness” // MJBusinessDaily.com   Thousands of attendees, scores of exhibitors, and dozens of speakers gather in Chicago May 19-21 for the Marijuana Business Conference & Expo.

“420 Games” expanding // SFgate.com   The marijuana fueled sports competition premiered last year. The next fun run (4.20 miles) is planned for May 15 in San Jose, with more events in the works.

OPINION

Newsom’s continued support of legalization seen as key // Sacbee.com   Lt. Gov. says, “I am not part of the day-to-day discussions about the ballot; but we have to implement (the law) if it passes.”

Drug Wars 2.0 // economist.com  “Even as one drug war begins to wind down [in the U.S.], another is cranking up across Asia, Russia and the Middle East.

IN OTHER NEWS…

Stevie Wonder backs Snoop Dog on “California Roll” // SFgate.com   Pharrell Williams produced the “ laid-back ode to California’s medical marijuana program.” Hear the tune here.

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