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Cannabis News Roundup: 02.12.16

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How marijuana laws impact usage…  Amoeba Records in finals for Berkeley license… Colorado’s billion dollar bud sales… Menstrual relief through cannabis… Roseanne Barr joins celebrity branding… and more.

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

15 percent tax proposed on medical cannabis // Pressreader  Majority of funds would go to the  California Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation and the state’s general fund. Cities and counties could add their own taxes.

“Guarded optimism” for first state medical regulation chief // SFGate   Lori Ajax, if appointed, “will get the rare opportunity in Sacramento to create a state agency. The marijuana czar will hire 40 to 50 people.” [Intended for last week.]

How marijuana laws impact usage // EurekaAlert.com  “The best available data suggest that marijuana use is increasing in adults but not teens, with a decrease in marijuana-related arrests but an increase in treatment admissions,” according to the Journal of Addiction Medicine.

BUSINESS

Amoeba Records is a finalist for Berkeley license // East Bay Express   “Music and weed go together like — music and weed,” and the San Francisco store already has an on-sight prescription service. Now “Amoeba is one of three finalists for [Berkeley’s] fifth medical marijuana dispensary license.” A decision is expected by the end of March.

Martinez considers regulations on cultivation  // Martinez News-Gazette  City officials are urged “not to follow in the footsteps of other Contra Costa County cities by banning medical marijuana cultivation in the city.”

Roseanne Barr joins celebrity cannabis branding // Orange County Register  The comedian is investing in a Santa Ana dispensary to be called Roseanne’s Joint, which will “sell marijuana products bearing its name.”

A billion dollars in bud for Colorado // The Cannabist  “Licensed and regulated marijuana stores in Colorado sold $996,184,788 worth of recreational and medical cannabis in 2015, according to new data from the state Department of Revenue.

“’I think it’s ethical to round that up to a billion,” cannabis industry attorney Christian Sederberg said Tuesday upon first hearing the 2015 totals.’”

HEALTH

NFL needs to embrace medical cannabis, advocate says // NBC New York  "If cannabis is implemented and (the NFL) can lead the science on this, they can resolve this brain injury situation in a big way," says co-founder of the Gridiron Cannabis Coalition.

Cannabis for menstrual pain?  // www.rt.com   “A California-based business, Foria Relief, offers its clients menstrual pain relief with vaginal cannabis suppositories that don’t make you high. Doctors are worried the treatment hasn’t been approved by the US Food and Drug administration (FDA).”

Higher than you want to be? //  Ladybud   Consider these home remedies. They’ll take your mind off the situation, if nothing else.

IN OTHER NEWS….

Native American Church condemns pot claims // Indian Country Today   “The Native American Church of South Dakota does not condone the use of Marijuana as a sacrament of the Native American Church,” an official statement says. As reported here last week, police have been raiding facilities of the Oklevueha Native American Church (ONAC) since late last year. The two churches are not affiliated.

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