DEA looks at reclassifying cannabis … Grownups just say no … Harborside leaves Oregon … “Heavy users = losers” … Events, opinion and more.
LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION
DEA to consider reclassification of cannabis by mid-year // Huffington Post
“The Drug Enforcement Administration plans to decide whether marijuana should be reclassified under federal law in ‘the first half of 2016,’ the agency said in a letter to senators.”
Time for grown-ups to say marijuana should not be legalized // Huffington Post
Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions also said during the U.S. Senate hearing “that good people don’t smoke marijuana.” California Senator Dianne Feinstein, co-chair of the Caucus on International Narcotics Control, did not disagree.
“‘It's really disappointing,’ said Michael Rex 'Raging Bear' Mooney, who founded the church. ‘Cannabis is a prayer smoke, so it's a sacrament ... Through the effects of the medicine, it also helps us become closer to our creator. It puts us in a place, a state of mind, where we can actually feel the presence and an actual relationship with our creator.’”
Oregonians hope to change politics from within // KLCC Radio
Dispensary operator sees running for state office as a “symbolic gesture.”
COPS & COURTS
Non-whites wary of “coming out of the shadows” // East Bay Express
“Advocates note that Blacks and Latinos have been and continue to be disproportionately criminalized in all aspects of the US criminal justice system, from racial profiling in arrests to harsher sentencing in the court system. As a result, people of color who operate underground marijuana businesses are understandably wary about coming out of the shadows.”
Harborside pulls back from Oregon // Marijuana Business Daily
Oakland’s Harborside Health Center is a model of success for medical marijuana dispensaries. But that success has not transferred to its operation in Oregon.
Buy some juice, get a free side of cannabis // Streetwise
It’s illegal to sell cannabis in Washington, DC, but it is legal to give it to someone. That’s what High Speed Delivery thinks. The local constabulary, however, may not agree.
Dispensary seeks naming rights for Denver stadium // Native Roots Dispensary
Colorado’s largest dispensary wants to replace the current Sports Authority sign on Denver’s sports arena with one of its own. Native Roots also plans to “explore the potential of offering joints and vaporizers to patrons over 21.” [Editor's note: It’s already called Mile High Stadium.]
Study: Long-time tokers more likely to be losers // Los Angeles Times
“There is a common perception that cannabis is safer than alcohol,” says a news release from UC Davis. “But this study shows that … cannabis is just as bad as alcohol. And in terms of financial problems, cannabis is worse.” [Editor's note: See related story in Opinion.]
CBD useful for menstrual cramps // North Coast Journal
Cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive component of cannabis, is used as a treatment for childhood epilepsy. Now “the same company that brought us sensual cannabis-enhanced lubricant in 2014 – Stoned Yoni – rolled out its new line of organic suppositories aimed at relieving the pain of menstrual cramps.”
THC can also help with menstrual cramps // East Bay Express
Whoopi Goldberg is partnering with East Bay edibles maker Maya Elisabeth, “launching a line of products to battle menstrual cramps, including CBD-rich cannabis edibles, tinctures, topical rubs, and a THC-infused bath soak it describes as ‘profoundly relaxing.’”
“Consumers clamor for ‘clean’ cannabis” // Marijuana Business Daily
Over half of marijuana suppliers surveyed claim their products are organically grown. “The industry itself is split on what types of pesticides should be allowed in cannabis cultivation, and some growers say they shouldn’t be used at all.”
Two-day conference in Willits // Mendocino Cannabis Resource
The event this weekend will focus on “California Medical Cannabis Compliance [and] will provide you with the essential basic information you need to understand the compliance process and learn how to successfully develop your cannabusiness.”
Peace prevails at White House smoke-in // U.S. News & World Report
A 51-foot “joint” was the centerpiece of a protest outside the White House Saturday. Only two people were arrested.
NORML responds to “heavy users = losers” argument // Los Angeles Times
“Most Californians understand that the ongoing enforcement of cannabis prohibition financially burdens taxpayers, encroaches upon civil liberties, engenders disrespect for the law and disproportionately impacts young people and communities of color.”
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