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Cannabis News Roundup: Legalize pot, fight ISIS

Apr 29, 2016

Fight ISIS through legal pot … Cannabis cafes coming to Alaska? … Native tribes pull back from “green rush” … “Sisters of the Valley” chastised … and more.

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

Legalize cannabis and fight ISIS, Italian mafia // Reuters

“In investigations whose details have not yet been made public, police have found evidence that Italian organized crime, which has long controlled most of the country's illegal drug supplies, and "suspected terrorists" in North Africa are trafficking hash together.”  Legalized cannabis, the argument goes, and both outlaw groups will lose important sources of revenue.

Cannabis cafes” could open in Alaska // Juneau Empire

“The Alaska Marijuana Control Board has voted unanimously to ask the public to comment on draft regulations allowing recreational marijuana users to enjoy pot products inside retail stores.

“The regulations are the first of their kind in the United States and are a rough equivalent to the nation’s first legal pot cafes.”

COPS & COURTS

Sheriff falsely accuses Christian rock group of drug sales, takes cash // Washington Post

“Under civil forfeiture, the burden of proof is on the property owner to prove their innocence to get their stuff back. This turns the common criminal-law principle on its head: When it comes to civil forfeiture, you are guilty until proven innocent.”

BUSINESS

“Coachella” to be a brand of cannabis // OC Weekly

Known for its music festival, the city has signed a growing and branding deal.

“Green rush” put on hold for most native tribes // MJ Biz Daily

“The change in tack follows raids by local and federal law enforcement on existing tribal cultivation operations ... The handful of tribes moving forward in the business are taking a go-slow approach, which so far has succeeded.”

HEALTH

Secondhand smoke harmful to the heart // Sacramento Bee

“The findings, from studies on rats exposed to marijuana smoke containing both psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and no THC at all, showed that blood vessel function dropped 70 percent after 30 minutes of either type of exposure.

“’Regardless of whether it comes from cigarettes, pot or other burning substances, [the researcher] concluded, “’it is very clear that secondhand smoke is a health hazard’.”

Opiod abuse lower in medical cannabis states // NORML

“Rates of prescription opioid abuse are significantly lower in jurisdictions that permit medical marijuana access, according to data reported by Castlight Health, an employee health benefits platform provider.”

DEA okays PTSD military study // Military Times

“The Drug Enforcement Agency has given its blessing to a study on the effect of medical marijuana on post-traumatic stress disorder, the first randomized, controlled research in the U.S. for PTSD that will use the actual plant instead of oils or synthesized cannabis.”

EVENT

Cannabis job fair in San Francisco Saturday // Bay Area Reporter

Want to get in on the ground floor of the growing cannabis industry? Want to get in on the upper floors instead? You’ll have opportunities to consider both, and more, if Saturday’s Cannabis Career and Job Fair is anything like previous such events.

IT’S A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, SO KEEP IT UNDER CONTROL….

Market in concentrates is exploding, and not in a good way // North Coast Journal

“Whether it be oils, shatter, wax or honeycomb, the marijuana concentrates market is exploding. And in the eyes of some, that's a very literal problem.”

When weed is your work // Portland Mercury

“If Josh and I were hamsters, weed would be our wood shavings. There is weed everyfuckingwhere.”

IN OTHER NEWS….

Official Catholic nuns offended by “Sisters of the Valley” // Kansas City Star

“‘Frankly, it’s wrong for them to give people the impression that they are something they are not’,” says an official Catholic nun, referring to the California duo known as the Sisters of the Valley.  Those “sisters” are dedicated to the sacred power of cannabis, and are featured in the Oakland Museum of California’s “Altered State” exhibit, which was profiled here last week.

For your listening pleasure: The Brothers Comatose

The Brothers Comatose sing, “As the night’s rolling in, I roll a joint again,” from their song, “Tops of the Trees,” on their latest album.

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