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Cannabis News Roundup: 05.22.15

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Feinstein evolves on CBD… Harris: War on drugs has failed… Oakland airport workers charged as smugglers… How to roll a joint…  and more.

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

Senator Feinstein evolves on CBD // EastBayExpress.com   Diane Feinstein asks DOJ and HHS to “to determine whether cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive component of marijuana, should be rescheduled and asking the agencies to clarify their conflicting positions on existing barriers to cannabidiol research.”

San Jose might create a Division of Marijuana Control // SanJoseInside.com  This body would oversee medical marijuana collectives, in the way the Division of Gaming Control currently checks on the city’s casinos.

War on drugs was a failure: Kamala Harris // SFgate.com  “Now is the time to end the federal ban on medical marijuana,” State AG tells Democratic Convention.

“What about the children?” // SFgate.com  The answer to that ever-present question could be a major factor in the campaign for recreational cannabis in California.

COPS & COURTS

Oakland airport workers charged as marijuana smugglers // nbcnews.com   “The baggage handlers, carrying luggage containing marijuana, would enter the Air Operations area at Oakland International Airport without having to pass through a security checkpoint, federal prosecutors said.”

Edibles present new concern in non-legal states // NYtimes.com   They’re obviously easier to conceal, and residents are less likely to understand the dramatically varying effects compared to smoked cannabis.

BUSINESS

Nevada bank drops accounts ahead of state legalization // MJbizdaily.com  “The move has left startup medical marijuana businesses that had – or were planning to open – accounts at First Security scrambling to find a financial institution that will accept their cash.”

Funders to start-ups: time to get serious // pressreader.com/isa/san-francisco.chronicle.com   “This is not a fringe business anymore. This is going to be coming to the mainstream…It’s not just like ‘I’m your buddy. This is a really great idea. Let’s smoke some pot.’”

EVENTS

Out with the Cannabis Cup, in with the Emerald Cup // PressDemocrat.com   Sonoma County Fairgrounds will keep the locally produced event, but reject the bigger one, partly because it was the messiest event they’ve ever had.

Conference: All eyes on California // MjbizDaily.com   Attendees at the national Spring Marijuana Business Conference & Expo hear that there’s no hope for federal reforms if California fails to get its marijuana regulations in order. Find other highlights here.

HEALTH

National Geographic cover story: Science Seeks to Unlock Marijuana’s Secrets //  Nationalgeographic.com  “ For most of the country’s history, cannabis was legal, commonly found in tinctures and extracts. Then came Reefer Madness.”

THC test fails to help with dementia // LAtimes.com   “The agitation, aggression and nighttime wandering that often accompany dementia were not helped by three daily doses of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, a new study has found. But the drug regimen appeared safe, and may work at higher doses, researchers said.”

IN OTHER NEWS

Tips on rolling a joint, from the New York Times // NYtimes.com Yes, some people still use this method. And I predict this is the only week I’ll have stories sourced from both National Geographic and The New York Times.

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