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Cannabis News Roundup: February 22, 2013

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(420 Magazine) // “Bridging the Gap Between Public & Policy” is the theme of this weekend’s four-day conference in Washington, DC, organized by advocacy group Americans for Safe Access. Today’s events focused on scientific research, featuring a talk by physicist John Schwarz, often called “the father of Superstring Theory.”

(The Economist) // Some of the business deals Brendan Kennedy has appraised include the Tesla electric car and the Groupon “daily deal.” Now his Privateer Holdings investment group is going into the medical cannabis field, which he guesses is currently worth $50 billion, with a lot of growth potential. [A word to potential investors: federal laws prohibit trade in this product.]

(CDC) // The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention report that every day a hundred people die from drug overdoses, adding that pain can be managed more effectively “with less risky drugs.”  [Note: no one has ever died from a cannabis overdose.]

(SacBee) // “Driving under the influence” regulations would already seem to cover any intoxication, including marijuana. But that’s not enough for State Senator Lou Correa (Santa Ana) who is introducing SB 289.

(ABC News) // If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair. And if you’re going to Colorado as a cannabis tourist, be sure to leave your new purchases behind. That’s one recommendation from the state task force working on regulations governing recreational use.

(Westword) // Maybe they were just cooking cabbage in the cafeteria, but a distinctive smell was so strong in Colorado’s State Capitol last week that the Senate President had to speak up.

(SFGate) // Comic W. Kamau Bell practiced his trade in the Bay Area before recently landing a cable TV show. In this segment he goes to the streets to ask people about pot. 

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