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Cannabis News Roundup: 06.26.14

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FDA looks at reclassifying cannabis… News from San Jose… Teen use unchanged when pot is legal… Emergency labeling on edibles in Washington State… Cannabis Cup on Saturday… and more.


Could cannabis be downgraded from a Schedule 1 drug? // Bloomberg.com    The FDA is analyzing the plant for the first time since 2006, at the request of the DEA.  Schedule 1 is the classification for drugs that are highly addictive, with no known medical benefit.

Dispensaries mount two referendums to fight San Jose’s new rules // MJ Business Daily             They need 50,000 signatures in 30 days to get on the November ballot.

Santa Clara County follows San Jose’s lead // East Bay Express   Temporary ban imposed for unincorporated areas, partly because of reports that cannabis is available to teens. (See related item below.)

Study: percentage of teen cannabis users does not increase when it’s legal // Boulder Weekly      “There were no statistically significant differences in marijuana use before and after policy change,” authors say.


E-cig association backs restrictions on marketing to minors // Press Enterprise  [This is not directly related to cannabis, but “vaping” is an increasingly popular way to consume the product, so it’s of interest.]

“Delivering dope is like delivering pizza, but easier” // The Economist        It’s endorsed by Mark Kleiman of UCLA, and the tips are probably better.


Emergency labeling requirements for Washington State edible cannabis products // NYT      It’s all about the children.


Online Google Hangout to discuss medical cannabis legislation this evening // ASA     Plans for upcoming Citizen Lobby Day will be among the topics.  Here’s the link.  Discussion begins at 7pm PDT.

“San Francisco” Cannabis Cup Saturday at Sonoma County Fairgrounds // Cannabis Cup.com   “moe.” jam band to perform.


Pope: Say Yes to life, No to drugs // Reuters     Pope Francis calls attempts to legalize recreational drugs “highly questionable.”

Author calls for reparations for drug war// Huff Post  “You can’t just destroy a people and say, ‘It’s over, we’re stopping now,’” says Michelle Alexander.