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Cannabis News Roundup: 02.19.16

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Who pays for seed to sale tracking?... Parker doubles AUMA financial support… Medical marijuana has “genuine uses”… Americans have always been hell raisers… and more. 

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

Who will be responsible for plant tracking? // CapRadio.org  “California’s new medical cannabis law will put the state in charge of tracking each marijuana plant from 'seed to sale.' But the Brown administration and the state's independent tax board are at odds about who will oversee it.” And whose budget will be tapped to do it?

AUMA gets another half million from Parker // SF Weekly   Sean Parker has contributed another half million dollars to the Adult Use of Marijuana Act campaign. Why? He’s not saying, but insiders say he should, soon.

Angels Camp decides to wait for state plan // Calaveras Enterprise   They still want regulation, but don’t feel rushed, now that the March 1 deadline has been removed from the California Medical Marijuana Regulation & Safety Act.

Trade “war on drugs” for “sustainable development goals // London School of Economics   “The report calls for ‘war on drugs’ policies to be replaced by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs were adopted by the United Nations (UN) in late 2015, representing a universally agreed upon set of 17 goals and targets that commits the international community to implement as part of a comprehensive global approach to development.”

BUSINESS

Oregon recreational sales booming // Marijuana Business Daily  ”The average medical day was probably between $300-$400 a day, and the average rec day is $3,000-$4,000,” reports a dispensary in Beaverton. Recreational marijuana became legal in Oregon in October. 

HEALTH

Medical MJ not a mask for stoners // East Bay Express  “… the prevailing perception of a medical marijuana patient is that of a masquerading recreational user (a stoner). … our research and analysis show a much larger portion to be genuinely seeking an alternative to traditional medication for improved health and wellness,” says a study involving 1,400 participants.

EVENT

Founding Fathers never intended a national police force, Congressman says // KALW Radio  “Americans have always been hell-raising people,” according to Dana Rohrabacher (R-Orange County, CA). And the founders never intended a national police force “breaking into homes to retrieve a little baggy (of marijuana).” He made his remarks last weekend at the International Cannabis Business Conference in San Francisco.

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

Today’s lesson: don’t smoke near a school // HuffPost  Parents have been advised to refrain from “using cannabis around the school premises” as they drop off and pick up their kids at this English school. 

IN OTHER NEWS….

“LEGALIZING CANNABIS SAFELY” (Parts 1 & 2)

“The right way to do drugs” // The Economist  A comprehensive look at the consequences of legalization. Well worth a look.  [Part 1 of the magazine’s cover story.]

What happens after prohibition? // The Economist   “A growing number of countries are deciding to ditch prohibition. What comes next?” [Part 2 of the magazine’s cover story.]

Hobby or addiction? Teens talk about smoking // NPR.org  “Look, a lot of kids have tried pot. …  It's helped us escape.”

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