Cannabis News Roundup: 12.19.14 | KALW

Cannabis News Roundup: 12.19.14

Dec 19, 2014

No charges for officer with pounds of pot… Tommy Chong, Peter Thiel & Rick Steves… Vape oil potency questioned… and more.

COPS & COURTS

No charges likely for officer with marijuana  // ContraCostaTimes.com   He says four pounds of marijuana in his home was being use to train his police dog.

Colorado sued by neighboring states // LATimes.com   Oklahoma and Nebraska charge that legal cannabis in Colorado has created “a dangerous gap in the federal drug-control system.”

BUSINESS

“Tommy Chong” is a growing brand // Forbes.com    The past two weeks have included stories about Bob Marley as a brand name. Stoner comedy icon Tommy Chong is way ahead in that department.

Peter Thiel expected to invest in marijuana startup // businessinsider.com  One of the Paypal Mafia,” Thiel made headlines early in 2014 by saying Twitter executives were probably high on pot. Now he’s putting money into the product.

Cannabis for sale in Indian casinos? //  MJbusinessdaily.com    Last week’s news that American tribal lands will be allowed to grow and sell cannabis raises this question: can they sell it in their casinos?

HEALTH

Too early to say if medical marijuana helps brain disorders// nlm.nih.com   “There is not sufficient evidence to make any definitive conclusions regarding the effectiveness of marijuana-based products for many neurologic conditions,” according to the American Academy of Neurology. Easing research restrictions could help.

Potency of marijuana oils for vape pens questioned//  EastBayExpress.com    “Many vape cartridge brands are available in the unregulated cannabis market and it’s not always obvious what you’re getting.” 

EVENT

Rick Steves to address cannabis conference in San Francisco //  SFGate.com  Best known for his travel shows on public TV and radio, Steves is also a long-standing legalization advocate. He’ll be at the International Cannabis Business conference in mid-February.

Mendocino grower takes first place at Emerald Cup //  SFGate.com  The event drew about 10,000 people.

OPINION

Los Angeles: are shops legal or not? // LATimes.com   “The city has continued to issue tax registration certificates to new pot shops and keeps collecting business taxes from some 450 dispensaries” even though only about 130 have permission to operate.

Will legal marijuana on Indian lands end prohibition? // LATimes.com   “It becomes harder and harder for the federal government to list marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug … if millions of Americans can buy it at the local pot shop or drive to a nearby reservation for their weed.”        

IN OTHER NEWS…

First example of e-commerce was a marijuana sale// Marijuana.com  The transaction took place in the early Seventies between students at Stanford and MIT.

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