Cannabis News Roundup

A Selection of Cannabis News from Around the Net.

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Cannabis News Highlights 2022

A selection of Cannabis News items from around the internet that have recently crossed our screens.  Note that the links to the full articles were current when they were added to this page... due to the nature of the internet, the links may have changed.

   

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JANUARY 2022  

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Study: CBD reduces glioblastoma's size, supportive environment in experimental model
Inhaled CBD shrinks the size of the highly aggressive, lethal brain tumor glioblastoma in an animal model by reducing the essential support of its microenvironment, researchers report.
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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/12/211223141935.htm

5 Benefits of Marijuana, Says Dr. Sanjay Gupta
Over the last 10 years, CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta has been investigating the effects of smoking marijuana and publically changed his stance on the drug. "I apologize because I didn't look hard enough, until now. I didn't look far enough. I didn't review papers from smaller labs in other countries doing some remarkable research, and I was too dismissive of the loud chorus of legitimate patients whose symptoms improved on cannabis. Instead, I lumped them with the high-visibility malingerers, just looking to get high.
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https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/5-benefits-of-marijuana-says-dr-sanjay-gupta/ss-AAS5RGD?ocid=msedgntp#image=1

B.C. pushes for black market cannabis to go legal, faces criticism from craft growers
The British Columbia government has convinced many illegal cannabis growers to begin selling legally in an effort to squeeze out illicit marijuana from the marketplace, but the efforts have faced criticism from the craft growing industry.
It has been three years since recreational marijuana was legalized in Canada, with the provinces managing retail sales while Health Canada is responsible for production licences.
More:
https://energeticcity.ca/2021/12/25/b-c-pushes-for-black-market-cannabis-to-go-legal-faces-criticism-from-craft-growers/

Is Cannabis Really Safer Than Alcohol?
One of the most successful cannabis policy reform strategies in the United States, and to some extent the rest of the world, is to argue that cannabis should be regulated like alcohol. It's a winning messaging strategy that has helped legalize cannabis in a growing number of states. The messaging resonates with voters because most believe that cannabis is safer than alcohol, and according to science, it's a claim that is well-founded.
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https://bestcannabisanswers.com/is-cannabis-really-safer-than-alcohol/

Cannabis Decriminalization Reduces The Racial Disparity, A New Study Suggests
The findings of a new study suggest that cannabis decriminalization policy reduces the racial disparity in arrests for possession.
Racial disparity between Blacks and Whites in cannabis-related crimes has been widely reported over the years. Blacks have been disproportionately more likely to be arrested for cannabis possession than Whites.
Researchers from the University of California San Diego have tried to assess whether decriminalization can reduce racial disparity in arrests for cannabis possessions.
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https://www.forbes.com/sites/dariosabaghi/2021/12/28/cannabis-decriminalization-reduces-the-racial-disparity-a-new-study-suggests/?sh=110c807b1357

Pfizer enters the medical cannabis market in $6.7B cash deal
The pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has acquired a biotechnology company that is pioneering research in gastrointestinal diseases using cannabis, according to a company announcement.
Pfizer is not the first pharmaceutical company to invest in the medicinal potential of the marijuana plant, but it is the largest. Based in New York City, the multinational holds the most assets, valued at $167 billion, according to the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute.
More:
https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/pfizer-enters-the-medical-cannabis-market-in-6-7b-cash-deal/ar-AAS5oIv?ocid=msedgntp

Indigenous communities in Mexico replace corn crops with cannabis
Indigenous communities in Oaxaca, Mexico, are replacing corn crops with cannabis in anticipation of marijuana being legalized in the country.
What's happening: Ten communities in the sierra formed the collective Oaxaca Highlands and are in the process of obtaining growing permits.
More:
https://www.axios.com/mexico-indigenous-cannabis-crops-d0303e5d-3b3b-4d0e-90c0-80c5c2a5ef17.html

Legalizing Marijuana Would Be Rare Bipartisan Win for Congress, So What's the Holdup?
Congress has a rare opportunity this year to pass a bipartisan piece of legislation that could increase federal tax revenues, promote the creation of small businesses, create jobs and enact criminal justice reform -- all with broad public support from Americans across the political spectrum.
But despite the potential to be a slam-dunk with voters in a critical election year, comprehensive proposals to legalize marijuana on the federal level have yet to gain significant traction in Congress' current term.
More:
https://www.newsweek.com/legalizing-marijuana-would-rare-bipartisan-win-congress-so-whats-holdup-1666927

Quebec may soon require COVID-19 vaccine passports to access liquor and cannabis stores
The Quebec government may soon require people to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination before buying alcohol at the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) or cannabis products at the Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC).
"If the government goes in this direction, we will apply this sanitary measure -- as we have done with all other efforts deployed since the beginning of the pandemic," said SAQ spokesperson Yann Langlais Plante.
More:
https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/quebec-may-soon-require-covid-19-vaccine-passports-to-access-liquor-and-cannabis-stores-1.5726905

Study: The Effect of Medicinal Cannabis on Pain and Quality-of-Life Outcomes in Chronic Pain
Cannabis can decrease opioid use by 44% in patients with chronic pain
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https://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/wk/cjpn/2016/00000032/00000012/art00003

South Africa's 'King Khoisan' arrested over cannabis plants at president's office
South African police have uprooted several cannabis plants growing near President Cyril Ramaphosa's office in Pretoria.
They belonged to activists from the indigenous Khoisan community, some of whom have camped in the area for three years. Their leader, who calls himself King Khoisan, clung on to a large cannabis plant as police dragged him away.
More:
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-59966776

Scientists: Cannabis Can Prevent COVID-19 Infection
That one friend who insists weed has health benefits for everything under the sun could actually be on to something when it comes to one very important disease: COVID-19.
A new study has identified cannabis compounds as a therapeutic agent to prevent coronavirus infections by blocking the virus from entering human cells. According to the study's authors, widespread use of these compounds from pot plants and a vaccination regime could help to fight the virus's spread and the disease it causes in people who get infected.
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https://www.vice.com/en/article/y3v3ax/scientists-cannabis-can-prevent-covid-19-infection?utm_source=reddit.com

Colorado shatters previous marijuana tax revenue record
Colorado collected more money through marijuana tax and revenue than ever before in 2021, shattering the previous record by nearly 10%, according to the Colorado Department of Revenue.
During the year, the state collected over $423 million through medical and retail marijuana sales. This is over $36 million more than the previous record set in 2020, according to the report.
More: https://denvergazette.com/news/business/colorado-shatters-previous-marijuana-tax-revenue-record/article_95ef8220-7402-11ec-8e52-0bf84d4c8eb0.html

Cannabis Use Produces Persistent Cognitive Impairments
A systematic review published today in the scientific journal Addiction has found that cannabis use leads to acute cognitive impairments that may continue beyond the period of intoxication.
This Canadian-led meta-review (review of reviews) merged the findings of 10 meta-analyses representing more than 43,000 participants.
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https://neurosciencenews.com/cannabis-cognition-19945/amp/

Researchers recommend clinical trials for CBD to prevent COVID-19 based on promising animal data
An interdisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Chicago has found evidence that cannabidiol (CBD), a product of the cannabis plant, can inhibit infection by SARS-CoV-2 in human cells and in mice.
The study, published on January 20, 2022, in Science Advances, found CBD showed a significant negative association with SARS-CoV-2 positive tests in a national sample of medical records of patients taking the FDA-approved drug for treating epilepsy. The researchers now say that clinical trials should be done to determine whether CBD could eventually be used as a preventative or early treatment for COVID-19.
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https://www.uchicagomedicine.org/forefront/research-and-discoveries-articles/researchers-recommend-clinical-trials-for-cbd

Marijuana use could improve sex and orgasms, a small study finds
Some marijuana users say using the substance in the bedroom improves arousal, intimacy, and orgasms.
And there is some evidence to back up their claims, according to a small study from researchers at the University of Almeria in Spain. After surveying 274 Spanish people who were between 18 and 30, the researchers found those who consumed cannabis before sex reported more satisfying experiences than those who abstained from weed or mixed weed and alcohol.
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https://www.insider.com/smoking-marijuana-cannabis-better-sex-orgasms-small-study-finds-2022-1

CEO: OSU hemp study could change the CBD market
Recent research conducted by Oregon State University, which found hemp compounds could help prevent coronavirus, could have big implications for the expanding CBD market.
The OSU study, published Jan. 10, 2022, identified CBDa and CBGa as two compounds found in hemp which illustrate the ability to prevent the virus that causes COVID-19 from entering human cells.
While CBDistillery CEO Chase Terwilliger wasn't surprised by OSU's findings, he told KOIN 6 News he was excited to see more research on the potential benefits of hemp products.
More:
https://www.koin.com/news/health/coronavirus/ceo-osu-hemp-study-could-change-the-cbd-market/

Cannabis was a staple food in ancient China | archaeological discovery
The tomb of a soldier from the Tang dynasty (618-907), accidentally discovered in central China, where traces of cannabis were found, confirmed that the plant was one of the bases of the population's diet at that time. The finding, which was reported by the newspaper South China Morning Post, proves that during this peak period of Chinese civilization, cannabis was not only used for stimulant, medicinal and textile purposes, but also for nutritional purposes.
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https://oicanadian.com/cannabis-was-a-staple-food-in-ancient-china-archaeological-discovery/

Thailand's Health Ministry Proposes Easing Regulations On Cannabis Use
Public Health Ministry's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of Thailand suggests that cannabis should be removed entirely from the list of illegal narcotics and psychotropic substances. Earlier in 2020, Thailand became the first Southeast Asian country to decriminalise the cultivation and use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
As per the reports of AP News, the FDA's suggestion will be presented to the Narcotics Control Board by the government's Narcotics Control Committee next week. If the public health minister approves, the legislation will be signed and published in the government gazette, and it will become effective. Previous measures to legalise the use of cannabis for therapeutic and commercial uses, such as its incorporation in foods, would be made easier under the current proposal.
More:
https://www.republicworld.com/world-news/rest-of-the-world-news/thailands-health-ministry-proposes-easing-regulations-on-cannabis-use-articleshow.html

Republican Congresswoman Nancy Mace Is On A Mission To Legalize Cannabis - And Amazon Just Got Behind Her
On the second floor of the Cannon House Office Building, across Independence Avenue from the U.S. Capitol, Representative Nancy Mace is drinking rose out of a can as her Havanese named Liberty - who is a very good boy, she assures - sits next to her in a leather chair. As the sun sets over The District, Mace talks about why cannabis should be legal.
More:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/willyakowicz/2022/01/25/republican-congresswoman-nancy-mace-is-on-a-mission-to-legalize-cannabis-and-amazon-just-got-behindher/?sh=1f56233f5450

Study: Active Ingredient in Cannabis Protects Aging Brain Cells
Summary: Cannabinol, an active ingredient in cannabis, can help protect brain cells from oxidative damage and preserve mitochondrial function.
Source: Salk Institute.
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https://neurosciencenews.com/cannabinol-brain-aging-19962/

Bill legalizing medical marijuana for autism passes in health committee
At only two years old in 2016, Jaxsyn Carwile was diagnosed with autism, and the months and years after his diagnosis his symptoms escalated.
"It was like a snowball effect after his diagnosis," said Jaxsyn's mother, Tiffany Carwile. "Insomnia, self-injurious behavior, he had silent seizures for a while." But Tiffany said the pills that his doctor prescribed him made it worse.
More:
https://www.news5cleveland.com/news/local-news/medical-marijuana/bill-legalizing-medical-marijuana-for-autism-passes-in-health-committee

   

 

 

 
FEBRUARY 2022  

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Walz proposes legalizing marijuana in massive supplemental budget
It's among the provisions in his "Budget to Move Minnesota Forward."
Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Peggy Flanagan unveiled the rest of their supplemental budget plan on Wednesday, which includes a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana.
With Minnesota's projected $7.7 billion budget surplus for the 2022-23 biennium, Walz and Flanagan have shared their spending wish list, "Budget to Move Minnesota Forward," ahead of next week's start of the 2022 Legislative Session. The proposal is focused on health and safety, helping families and kids, expanding economic opportunities for Minnesotans, and a bonding proposal for local jobs and projects, the governor's office says.
More:
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/walz-proposes-legalizing-marijuana-in-massive-supplemental-budget/ar-AATb5F3?ocid=BingNewsSearch


New year means new rules for cannabis industry
The new year is turning a new leaf for the cannabis industry, with a controversial law making a number of changes when it comes to high potency THC cannabis products, like concentrates.
Passed last year, HB21-1317 created a scientific review council to examine the effects of high potency THC on the developing brain and mental health. It also changed the daily concentrate limit for medical cannabis patients from 40 grams a day to eight, which aligns with the customer allowance on the recreational side.
More:
https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/new-year-means-new-rules-for-cannabis-industry

Lawmaker wants to legalize recreational cannabis in Tennessee
A Nashville state lawmaker wants to legalize recreational cannabis. Rep. Bob Freeman's bill will legalize the growth, sale and possession of marijuana in Tennessee.
The medical cannabis debate has gone on for years at the state capitol. Each time, it fails in committees. However, Freeman said he thinks with neighboring states legalizing recreational cannabis means the legislature should discuss it as well.
More:
https://www.newschannel5.com/news/lawmaker-wants-to-legalize-recreational-cannabis-in-tennessee

New York Researchers Say Hemp-Based Rebar Could Replace Steel in Construction
Rebar is used to construct the skeletal framework in buildings as it provides the tensile strength that concrete lacks. Researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a private research university in Troy, New York say they have developed hemp-based rebar reinforcing technology for cement construction, reported hemptoday.net. The research team said preliminary studies of the material have shown strength characteristics comparable to steel, and the potential for a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
More:
https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/news/new-york-researchers-say-hemp-based-rebar-could-replace-steel-in-construction/ar-AATf0pc?ocid

Sen. Schumer plans to pass legislation that decriminalizes marijuana on a federal level
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer renewed his calls on Friday for the federal decriminalization of marijuana, gathering some of his congressional buds in lower Manhattan to make his case after working to roll up Republican support over the past several months.
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https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/us-elections-government/ny-sen-schumer-plans-to-decriminalize-marijuana-on-a-federal-level-20220204-r4xlnnndlfhtdcd64257gjxita-story.html

Aurora Cannabis Leans on Canada and Overseas Medical Use, Eyes Deals
Aurora Cannabis (ACB) - is leaning into its profitable medical cannabis business, both at home in Canada and internationally, while it looks for acquisition opportunities.
The Canadian cannabis company isn't waiting for federal legalization of the drug in the U.S. Instead, officials on the company's earnings call this week focused on medical cannabis growth opportunities in the European Union.
More:
https://www.thestreet.com/investing/aurora-leans-on-medical-cannabis-eu-and-canada-eyes-deals

Cannabinoids Block Cellular Entry of SARS-CoV-2 and the Emerging Variants
As a complement to vaccines, small-molecule therapeutic agents are needed to treat or prevent infections by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) and its variants, which cause COVID-19. Affinity selection-mass spectrometry was used for the discovery of botanical ligands to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein. Cannabinoid acids from hemp (Cannabis sativa) were found to be allosteric as well as orthosteric ligands with micromolar affinity for the spike protein.
Study:
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35007072/

Schumer asks for input as Democrats finalize cannabis bill
Top Senate Democrats are asking their colleagues for input as they work to finalize cannabis reform legislation, with the aim of introducing a bill this spring.
Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) sent a letter to their colleagues to invite them "into the drafting process as we work to finalize this legislation."
More:
https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/593662-schumer-asks-for-input-as-democrats-finalize-cannabis-bill

Proposed Acts Could Finally Help Regulate CBD in Food Products
As CBD grows in popularity, there are increasing calls to regulate it. Many brands on the market make a wide variety of claims as to the benefits of CBD, oftentimes without any supporting data. As a result, lawmakers have taken notice, and some have introduced bills that, if passed, will apply regulation to how CBD is marketed and sold.
In February 2021, US representative Kathleen Rice (D-NY) introduced a new bill called the CBD Product Safety and Standardization Act of 2021 to the House of Representatives. The goal of the bill is to push the FDA to regulate CBD in food products.
More:
https://modernfarmer.com/2022/02/proposed-acts-cbd-regulation-food/

Israel - Justice minister proposes further decriminalizing recreational cannabis use
Justice Minister Gideon Sa'ar on Wednesday published a list of proposed new regulations that, if approved, will further decriminalize recreational cannabis use in Israel.
Under the new draft guidelines, recreational marijuana use will not be considered a criminal offence at all, and will become an administrative offence - similar to most traffic violations.
More:
https://www.timesofisrael.com/justice-minister-proposes-further-decriminalizing-recreational-cannabis-use/

Majority of the U.S. Adult Population, Including Most Republicans, Want Marijuana to Be Legalized in the States
Over the years, there has been an ongoing debate on the legalization of Marijuana within the United States of America. As of now, 18 states in the USA have legalized the use of recreational marijuana for adults, and 37 states have legalized the use of medical marijuana. The debate comes in for the remaining states that have not still legalized recreational marijuana for adults.
More:
https://lawandcrime.com/sponsored/majority-of-the-u-s-adult-population-including-most-republicans-want-marijuana-to-be-legalized-in-the-states/

WA state Senate passes bill to protect cannabis shops from robberies
The Washington state Senate passed a measure protecting cannabis retailers in the state from violent crimes. Senate Bill 5927 passed unanimously yesterday, February 10.
Through the bill, an extended prison sentence would be applied to those convicted of first-degree or second-degree robbery of a cannabis retailer. Several other instances have extended sentences in Washington, like pharmacy robberies.
More:
https://www.nbcrightnow.com/news/wa-state-senate-passes-bill-to-protect-cannabis-shops-from-robberies/article_158db83c-8b85-11ec-9081-3706491e2f68.html

Epilepsy and Cannabis: A Literature Review
Epilepsy is considered to be one of the most common non-communicable neurological diseases especially in low to middle-income countries. Approximately one-third of patients with epilepsy have seizures that are resistant to antiepileptic medications. Clinical trials for the treatment of medically refractory epilepsy have mostly focused on new drug treatments, and result in a significant portion of subjects whose seizures remain refractory to medication. The off-label use of cannabis sativa plant in treating seizures is known since ancient times. The active ingredients of this plant are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), the latter considered safer and more effective in treating seizures, and with less adverse psychotropic effects.
More:
https://www.cureus.com/articles/14699-epilepsy-and-cannabis-a-literature-review

The Super Bowl won't be lit: no cannabis ads allowed
If a brand wants to reach - or offend - a large swath of Americans all at once, there are few better venues than a Super Bowl ad. There are plenty of brands advertising this year that wouldn't have been allowed in the big game just a few years ago, such as hard liquor or sports betting apps. This year's ad lineup even includes ads for cryptocurrencies, a product still far from the American mainstream despite what your laser-eyed Twitter followers may tell you.
More:
https://www.theverge.com/2022/2/8/22911200/super-bowl-ads-cannabis-weed

Canada's Legalization Of Cannabis Has Contributed $43.5 Billion To National GDP
According to a Deloitte Canada report, since Canada has legalized recreational cannabis in 2018, the industry has contributed $43.5 Billion To Canada's National GDP.
The industry has generated $11 billion in sales nationwide and made $29 billion in capital expenditure. Furthermore, the adult-use recreational cannabis industry has created 98,000 jobs and put $15.1 billion into government coffers.
More:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/dariosabaghi/2022/02/23/canadas-legalization-of-cannabis-has-contributed-435-billion-to-national-gdp/?sh=2a03fe78349c

Thai hospitality players move in on cannabis tourism
Cannabis tourism is poised to become a growth market in Thailand as the Kingdom's relationship with marijuana goes back overground.
Thailand was the first Southeast Asian country to legalise the production, import, and export of cannabis for medical purposes in 2018. This year, Thai authorities approved the de facto decriminalisation of marijuana but left a grey area around its recreational use.
More:
https://www.ttgasia.com/2022/02/24/thai-hospitality-players-move-in-on-cannabis-tourism/

Apple Secretly Joined Amazon In Advancing Commercial Cannabis Reform
This past summer, a little recognized thing occurred - one of the largest and most respected companies in the world quietly changed its policies in favor of cannabis. That company was Apple. As a result, they joined the ranks of Amazon as a global corporation advocating for policy reform that would open a federally legal, commercial cannabis industry in the United States.
More:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/roberthoban/2022/02/15/apple-secretly-joined-amazon-in-advancing-commercial-cannabis-reform/?sh=2483935f4ec9

Cannabis smuggling nets Okinawa-based Marine two years in Japanese prison
An Okinawa-based Marine was sentenced to two years in a Japanese prison Friday for attempting to smuggle cannabis products into the country and two others pleaded guilty to similar charges in an unrelated case.
Cpl. Nicholas Garner received two years in prison with hard labor and a $4,344 fine in Naha District Court, a court spokeswoman told Stars and Stripes by phone Friday. It's customary in Japan for officials to speak to the media on condition of anonymity.
More:
https://www.stripes.com/theaters/asia_pacific/2022-02-18/cannabis-smuggling-okinawa-marine-japanese-prison-marijuana-5066347.html

 
MARCH 2022  


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No, The World' Biggest Cannabis Company Is Not Russian-Owned
With war raging in Ukraine, it's not exactly a great time to be an American named "Boris" right now.
Boris Jordan, the billionaire founder, chairman and largest individual shareholder of Curaleaf, one of the world's largest cannabis companies, is fending off Internet rumours falsely suggesting his company has links to the Kremlin.
More:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/willyakowicz/2022/03/04/no-the-worlds-biggest-cannabis-company-is-not-russian-owned/?sh=185a3dc85ba6

Beto O'Rourke promises marijuana legalization after winning governor nomination
After clinching the Democratic nomination for Texas governor, Beto O'Rourke took the stage and made a promise that could possibly define his fall campaign.
"And don't you think it's time we legalize marijuana in the state of Texas? I do too. We can get that done" O'Rouke said.
A heavy promise, but one that he may be able to deliver on.
More:
https://www.kcentv.com/article/news/politics/beto-orourke-promises-marijuana-legalization-after-winning-governor-nomination-takes-on-incumbent-greg-abbott-in-fall/500-b2e485a5-66e7-41c1-b18e-4e84b42993fd

Costa Rica legalizes medicinal marijuana use, hemp growing
Medicinal marijuana was legalized Wednesday in Costa Rica with the president's signing of a law passed a day earlier by congress.
The law also legalizes the cultivation and industrial production of hemp. Recreational marijuana use continues to be prohibited.
A previous attempt at the legislation was vetoed by President Carlos Alvarado earlier this year. Lawmakers made changes requested by the president.
More:
https://apnews.com/article/health-caribbean-marijuana-recreational-marijuana-costa-rica-7fc0e4e7b8881613210164f6acf6d9e8

Toke-lahoma becomes a target for lawmakers
Staunchly conservative Oklahoma has emerged as an unlikely weed utopia with more than 12,000 cannabis businesses and the nation's highest per capita rate of medical marijuana patients.
While other states have embraced tight restrictions on weed businesses, Oklahoma has become the nation's test case for unfettered cannabis capitalism, placing few limits on licenses. That could soon change.
More:
https://www.politico.com/news/2022/03/03/toke-lahoma-becomes-a-target-for-lawmakers-00009898

Congress overrides DC voters, keeps sales of marijuana illegal in District
A GOP-backed ban on weed sales in Washington, D.C., was preserved in a sprawling government funding bill passed by Congress on Thursday, despite opposition from advocates who say the provision overrides the will of the District's residents years after they voted to legalize marijuana.
The Harris Rider, a provision barring the legalization of recreational marijuana sales in the nation's capital named after its chief proponent, Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.), sailed through the Senate late Thursday, a day after passing the House, as part of a larger $1.5 trillion spending omnibus package to fund the government through fiscal year 2022.
More:
https://thehill.com/homenews/house/597816-congress-overrides-dc-voters-keeps-sales-of-marijuana-illegal-in-district

Hemp, the World's Most Controversial Plant, Is Good For Cars
Even though cannabis has always been in the background, recent research into the use of cannabis has brought to light many applications. Some of which the automotive industry is taking full advantage of.
From applications in lubricants, bioplastics, and even supercapacitors for powering EV's and Hybrids, cannabis is making a comeback.
More:
https://www.autoevolution.com/news/hemp-the-world-s-most-controversial-plant-is-good-for-cars-144966.html

Industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) in a phytoattenuation strategy: Remediation potential of a Cd, Pb and Zn contaminated soil and valorization potential of the fibers for textile production
n past studies, industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) has been shown to tolerate stress from heavy metals and to accumulate the metals in its tissues. Nonetheless, up to now, it remained unclear whether hemp grown on contaminated soil could be safely used in the textile industry and integrate a phytoattenuation strategy. A growth experiment was set up to screen 6 hemp cultivars for their ability to take up heavy metals in the different plant parts when grown on soil contaminated with Cd, Pb, and Zn. The potential safe use of the produced biomass in comparison to industrial quality guidelines, especially the fibers, was analyzed.
Study:
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0926669022000759?dgcid=author

New Yorkers With Marijuana Convictions Will Get First Retail Licenses
New York State will soon announce plans to usher in its first outlets for retail sales of marijuana by the end of the year, giving applicants access to stockpiles of the drug grown by local farmers and offering sweeteners like new storefronts leased by the state.
The only catch? To be one of the state's first licensed retailers, you or a member of your family must have been convicted of a marijuana-related offense.
More:
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/09/nyregion/marijuana-sellers-licenses-hochul.html

Israel Decriminalizes Cannabis and Removes Criminal Records of People Convicted of Possession
Positive news is coming from Israel regarding the decriminalization of cannabis. Israeli Justice Minister Gideon Sa'ar on March 9th signed a cannabis decriminalization bill into law. The country's government will no longer consider the use or possession of small amounts of cannabis a crime. Possession of up to 15g of cannabis will be punishable by a fine of $154 (500 shekels), but will not result in a conviction.
More:
https://born2invest.com/articles/israel-decriminalizes-cannabis-and-removes-criminal-records-of-people-convicted-of-possession/

Virginia lawmakers cracking down on cannabis compound Delta-8 due to safety concerns
As Virginia puts recreational marijuana sales on hold, lawmakers are cracking down on another widely-sold substance that's causing safety concerns. It may force some stores to close their doors this summer.
Delta-8 is a chemical compound much like Delta-9 THC, the main intoxicating substance in marijuana.
Despite the legalization of limited marijuana possession last year, it remains illegal to sell cannabis outside of medical dispensaries in Virginia.
More:
https://www.wavy.com/news/virginia-lawmakers-cracking-down-on-cannabis-compound-delta-8-due-to-safety-concerns/

Yes, Cannabis Banking Liberalization - SAFE Banking Act - Would Indeed Make U.S. More Competitive
As war continues in the aftermath of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, interest by policymakers and the media has spiked in the America COMPETES Act, legislation that would purportedly help the U.S. better compete with powers such as Russia and China. My Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) colleagues and I have mostly panned that bill, which passed the Democrat-controlled House on a largely party-line vote about two weeks before the Russian invasion. Iain Murray, Wayne Crews and others at CEI have pointed out that many of the bill's provisions will not achieve its stated goal of increasing American competitiveness but would instead undermine that goal.
More:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnberlau/2022/03/18/yes-cannabis-banking-liberalization---safe-banking-act---would-indeed-make-us-more-competitive/?sh=5dbe00f549c4

At SXSW, Beto O'Rourke says legalizing weed is possible: 'Republicans like to get high just as much as Democrats'
Democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke said Saturday that if elected governor of Texas, he would pursue legalizing marijuana - and said he anticipates that the Republican majority in the Legislature would get on board.
"I'll let you in on a secret: Republicans like to get high just as much as Democrats," O'Rourke said, speaking during a South by Southwest panel in Austin.
While some Republican-led states have legalized recreational marijuana, Texas has not joined the growing national legalization movement.
More:
https://www.statesman.com/story/news/politics/state/2022/03/12/sxsw-2022-festival-austin-tx-beto-orourke-speaks-featured-session-texas-governor-race/9441079002/

Mixing Medical Mushrooms and Cannabis for Cancer Care
Can cannabis cure breast cancer? Not yet, unfortunately. But according to Herzliya-based startup Cannabotech, when paired with medical mushrooms cannabis may one day be able to reduce the amount of chemotherapy patients need to take.
"We know that patients need a minimum amount of chemo, but a lot of people can't survive this because of side effects, so they stop the treatment," explains Elchanan Shaked, CEO of Cannabotech.
More:
https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/mixing-medical-mushrooms-and-cannabis-for-cancer-care/ar-AAVnwfD?ocid=BingNews

Construction begins on Sittingbourne medicinal cannabis facility
Construction has begun on a medical cannabis manufacturing facility which will create more than 100 jobs.
Jazz Pharmaceuticals is investing £75m in a plant based at Kent Science Park (KSP) in Sittingbourne, Kent.
The site, which is due to open in 2024, will support the company's production and development of cannabis based medicines.
More:
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-kent-60872049

Scientists Review State of Cannabis Research in MS
Treatment with cannabis-based medications may ease muscle spasms, decrease pain, and aid in sleep for people with multiple sclerosis (MS), but more research is needed to evaluate the potential benefits of cannabis use.
That is the finding of a team of U.S. researchers who published a review paper, "Neurological Benefits, Clinical Challenges, and Neuropathologic Promise of Medical Marijuana: A Systematic Review of Cannabinoid Effects in Multiple Sclerosis and Experimental Models of Demyelination," in the journal Biomedicines.
More:
https://multiplesclerosisnewstoday.com/news-posts/2022/03/23/cannabis-research-multiple-sclerosis-medications-pain-spasms-sleep-marijuana-cbd-thc/

CBD and genetic testing provide hope for 'intractable' epilepsy in children
It can start with a vacant stare, what appear to be muscle twitches or a full-blown seizure. But no matter how it begins, any time a child is diagnosed with epilepsy is often a frightening time for families.
About 470,000 children are living with epilepsy in the U.S. While there are over a dozen anti-seizure medications that can be prescribed, approximately 30% of children don't respond. These children have what medical professionals call intractable, or uncontrollable, epilepsy.
More:
https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/cbd-and-genetic-testing-provide-hope-for-intractable-epilepsy-in-children/ar-AAVrGtr?ocid=msedgntphdr



APRIL 2022  
 

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US: Federal Marijuana Offenses Dropped Sharply In 2021, Says New Report
The number of federal offenders charged with marijuana-related crimes in 2021 plummeted as compared to recent years, says a new report. This sharp decline shows that despite the federal illegality, mainstream acceptance of cannabis is catching up at a federal level.
More: https://www.forbes.com/sites/irisdorbian/2022/03/29/federal-marijuana-offenses-dropped--sharply-in-2021-says-new-report/?sh=299054a2482e


Cannabis Confidential: Tower Hill hosts online symposium on science of cannabis
Last week, Tower Hill Botanic Garden dove straight into the weeds in an online symposium that took an extensive look into the botanical science behind the cannabis plant. In doing so, it was among the first few major botanical gardens in the country to host a cannabis focused event, providing another example of how cannabis is being embraced more and more by mainstream institutions.
"There hasn't been a lot of mainstream horticultural focus on [cannabis]," said Jessica Pederson, Tower Hill's director of education. "There's a lot of people who know about the horticultural components of cannabis but it's long been not in the eye of the public garden world, so we felt like it was time to explore the horticultural components of cannabis and hemp."
More: https://www.telegram.com/story/lifestyle/2022/03/29/cannabis-confidential-tower-hill-hosts-online-symposium-science-cannabis/7192556001/

House Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Bill
The House of Representatives approved a bill Friday to decriminalize marijuana, though the measure stands little chance of becoming law this year.
The House bill passed by a vote of 220 to 204, with three Republicans in favor and two Democrats against.
Republicans said they voted no because the legislation lacked additional funding for local police forces. Some opposed it on the simpler grounds that drugs are bad.
More: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/marijuana-decriminalization-house-passed_n_6246f124e4b068157f765162?utm_campaign=share_twitter&ncid=engmodushpmg00000004

Secondhand marijuana smoke from bongs more dangerous than cigarette smoke
Secondhand cannabis smoke from a bong is more dangerous than cigarette smoking, according to researchers.
In a study published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Network Open, authors from the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health wrote that bong smoking "is not safe."
"Decades ago, many people thought [secondhand tobacco smoke (SHTS)] presented no health risk to nonsmokers. Scientific research since then changed this perception and led to smoke-free environments. Incorrect beliefs about [secondhand cannabis smoke (SHCS)] safety promote indoor cannabis smoking," they said.
More: https://nypost.com/2022/04/01/secondhand-marijuana-smoke-from-bongs-more-dangerous-than-cigarette-smoke/amp/?utm_source=reddit.com

Study: Fine Particulate Matter Exposure From Secondhand Cannabis Bong Smoking - https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2790510?utm_source=For_The_Media&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=ftm_links&utm_term=033022

Dr. Raphael Mechoulam's Latest Discovery Is More Potent Than THC And CBD: Meet EPM301
Dr. Raphael Mechoulam is one of the world's most famous doctors, especially in the world of cannabis medicine.
He has been given the nickname "Father of THC" and the "Father of cannabis research" because he is renowned for discovering tetrahydrocannabinol, and isolating it. Because of his breakthrough discoveries, he has helped jumpstart the medical cannabis revolution while helping thousands of people around the world. Over the last few years, he has had significant achievements though one of the latest occurred just last year.
Dr. Mechoulam's latest discovery is called EPM301, or cannabidiolic acid methyl ester, also known as CBDa. EPM stands for Endless Potential Molecules, and there are now around 14 patented molecules that are being tested on humans with the US FDAs guidance.
More: https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/dr-raphael-mechoulam-s-latest-discovery-is-more-potent-than-thc-and-cbd-meet-epm301/ar-AAW0ToL?ocid=msedgntp&cvid=1dcd1910bdd143e48b937b580f61535a

Rep. Nancy Mace To Speak At The Leading Cannabis Investment Event: Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference, April 20-21, Miami
U.S. Representative Nancy Mace (R-SC), will be participating in the Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference, which will take place on April 20 and April 21, 2022, at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel, in Miami, Florida.
Mace, who introduced to Congress the biggest cannabis legalization bill, the States Reform Act, will be speaking about the state of the industry and legalization in the U.S. As Mace explained, the bill "seeks to remove cannabis from Schedule I in a manner consistent with the rights of states to determine what level of cannabis reform each state already has, or not."
More: https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/rep-nancy-mace-speak-leading-123000239.html

90% of Pennsylvanians agree: Let's make marijuana legal | Opinion
When I first started talking about legalizing adult-use marijuana, I got the expected question from constituents, friends, and colleagues: How could I, as a former U.S. Marshal, support legalizing marijuana? I have reached this position after thoughtful study over the past several years, with the start being Pennsylvania's legalization of medical marijuana in 2016 when I was a leader on the issue in the House of Representatives.
More: https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2022/04/ninety-percent-of-pennsylvanians-agree-lets-make-marijuana-legal-opinion.html

Researchers Discover Cannabis-Mushroom Combination that 'Kills Over 90% of Colon Cancer Cells'
For years, when it comes to Cannabis- Mushroom research, Israeli scientists have been pioneers. Thanks to the tyrannical schedule one rating in the United States, Israel is years ahead of American research, and the latest information out of Herzliya, Israel, is proof.
Though breast cancer is more diagnosed in the United States, colorectal cancer kills far more people, coming in as the second most deadly cancer in the world, just under lung cancer. For the last several years, scientists with Cannabotech, a biomedical company developing oncological products using cannabis, have been developing an "Integrative-Colon" product they say kills over 90% of colon cancer cells.
More: https://anonymouswire.com/researchers-discover-cannabis-mushroom-combination-that-kills-over-90-of-colon-cancer-cells/

The Feds Will Return More Than $1 Million in Marijuana Money That California Cops Stole From Armored Cars
he federal government has agreed to return more than $1 million that California sheriff's deputies stole from an armored-car company that serves state-licensed marijuana businesses. The partial settlement of a lawsuit that the Institute for Justice filed on behalf of the Pennsylvania-based company, Empyreal Logistics, embodies a notable irony: The Justice Department is returning money earned by businesses that federal law still treats as criminal enterprises, thereby defeating San Bernardino County Sheriff Shannon Dicus' attempt to evade California law, which does not allow forfeiture of the money that his deputies seized because it came from businesses that the state views as perfectly legitimate.
More: https://reason.com/2022/04/14/the-feds-will-return-more-than-1-million-in-marijuana-money-that-california-cops-stole-from-armored-cars/

Irish cannabis activists launch 'first of its kind' 4/20 campaign
A campaign group whose organisers met on Reddit is bringing pro-cannabis advocacy to the streets of Dublin next week.
Volunteers from Crainn, a forum of 30,000 Irish weed enthusiasts, will head out around the capital armed with informational flyers in a "first of its kind" campaign. The action is scheduled for 20 April - better known as unofficial cannabis celebration day 4/20.
More: https://www.buzz.ie/news/irish-news/irish-cannabis-activists-launch-first-26716109

Canada: The Saturday Debate: Has the legalization of cannabis been a success?
Akwasi Owusu-Bempah and Robert Schwartz discuss in this week's Saturday Debate.
More: https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/the-saturday-debate/2022/04/16/the-saturday-debate-has-the-legalization-of-cannabis-been-a-success.html

Hemp Advocacy Group Meets With McConnell To Push Legislative Agenda
Representatives of a hemp advocacy group met with members of Congress including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell last week to rally support for legislation drafted to promote hemp agriculture. The day of meetings with senators and members of the House of Representatives was coordinated by the U.S. Hemp Roundtable to advocate for Food and Drug Administration regulation of cannabidiol (CBD) and to support pending legislation including provisions of the Hemp Advancement Act and the SAFE Banking Act.
More: https://www.forbes.com/sites/ajherrington/2022/04/11/hemp-advocacy-group-meets-with-mcconnell-to-push-legislative-agenda/?sh=7996a4da12f9

Cannabis 'tends to be more popular than any politician on the ballot': Cannabis Council CEO
U.S. Cannabis Council President & CEO Steve Hawkins joins Yahoo Finance Live to talk about cannabis legalization and sales in New Jersey, promises on marijuana regulation made by politicians, and the pathway towards federal legalization.
More: https://finance.yahoo.com/video/cannabis-tends-more-popular-politician-211554001.html

Cannabis 'Sin Tax' Revenue Greater Than Alcohol
While federal cannabis legalization efforts flounder in the Senate, individual states are deciding for themselves whether to allow recreational weed.
While more than two-thirds of Americans are in favor of legal recreational weed, according to a recent Gallup poll, state legislatures have to weigh a lot of factors when deciding whether to end prohibition.
More: https://www.thestreet.com/investing/cannabis-news-sin-tax

Big Pharma won't be happy about marijuana cutting into its profits
Before I start talking about pot and why the federal prohibition should end, here are some numbers for you to consider.
Seventy-two U.S. senators accepted donations from the pharmaceutical industry ahead of the 2020 election. That number was 302 for the House. Combined, that's more than two-thirds of Congress.
If that makes you sick to your stomach, you might want to sit down for this: More than 2,400 state legislators around the country cashed checks from drug lobbyists, including 82% of state lawmakers in California, which has a deep blue legislature. That's on par with 84% of lawmakers in Louisiana, a state redder than Mississippi, in case you are tempted to see this as a partisan problem.
More: https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2022-04-20/marijuana-recreational-use-drugmakers-lobbying

Customers line up overnight as recreational weed sales in N.J. begin
Legal weed sales kicked off just as the sun rose over New Jersey on Thursday, launching what is expected to be a multi-billion industry as political leaders vow to help those hurt most by the failed War on Drugs.>br> Crowds of customers lined up before 6 a.m. in Bloomfield and Paterson to be among the very first to buy legal weed in New Jersey - and in one case, a customer had been waiting since midnight.
More: https://www.nj.com/marijuana/2022/04/legal-weed-sales-in-nj-have-officially-begun-customers-line-up-over-night.html

How 4/20 Became the Biggest Day in the Stoner Calendar
There is normally at least some sort of police disruption of the annual 4/20 celebrations in London's Hyde Park as thousands from across the UK convene to commit an act of mass civil disobedience by smoking cannabis, in protest against laws which make criminals of recreational users.
But this year, the police have - allegedly - promised explicitly not to arrest any peaceful weed connoisseurs. That's a first.
More: https://www.vice.com/en/article/3abmq8/what-is-420-history

 



MAY 2022  

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Democrats cannot blow their marijuana midterm opportunity
You don't need an advanced degree in the political sciences to read the trendlines heading into the midterm elections. Things are not breaking in the Democrats' favor, no matter how you slice it. Analysts are already writing obituaries for the Democrat's control of the House of Representatives, and the already razor-thin Senate edge is being put on life support.
More: https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/3468835-democrats-cannot-blow-their-marijuana-midterm-opportunity/

Study: Cannabis legalization and driving under the influence of cannabis in a national U.S. Sample
The relationship between cannabis legalization and traffic safety remains unclear. Physiological measures of cannabis impairment remain imperfect. This analysis used self-report data to examine the relationship between cannabis legalization and driving under the influence of cannabis (DUIC)1.
Using a cross-sectional national sample (2016~2017) of 1,249 past-30-day cannabis users, we regressed self-reported DUIC (driving within three hours of "getting high") on cannabis legalization (recreational and medical (recreational), medical only (medical), or no legal cannabis), adjusting for demographics, days of use (past 30 days), days of use*legal status, calibration weights, and geographic clustering.
Study: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2211335522001061

Health office approves first Swiss project to sell cannabis for recreational use
The Federal Office of Public Health said it had approved a request for a pilot on the regulated sale of cannabis through local pharmacies. It will be restricted to just under 400 participants over the age 18 as part of a joint project by the University of Basel, its psychiatric clinics and the cantonal health department.
The trial, due to begin in September, is intended to help evaluate the effects of new regulations on the recreational use of cannabis and ultimately combat black market distribution, the office said on Tuesday.
More: https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/health-office-paves-way-for-test-with-recreational-cannabis/47527102

You can grow "as many cannabis plants as you like" in Thai homes from June 9, but...
People in Thailand will be allowed to grow "as many cannabis plants" as they like in their own homes from June 9, according to Thailand's health minister and medical marijuana pioneer Anutin Charnvirakul. However... f you don't read the fine print you can still get into trouble with the law. As usual, the fine print is confusing.
Bottomline, don't be planting high grade marijuana and smoking it in Thailand just yet.
More: https://thethaiger.com/hot-news/cannabis/you-can-grow-as-many-cannabis-plants-as-you-like-at-home-in-thailand-from-june-9

Study: Medical Cannabis Use Reduces Opioid Prescriptions in Patients With Osteoarthritis
The United States (US) currently faces an opioid crisis with opioid-related deaths nearly quadrupling between 1999 and 2015 and 37.8% of adults using opioids in 2015 [1]. Opioids have shown statistically significant but small improvements in treating chronic pain at the cost of dose-dependent risks of substance abuse disorders, addiction, overdose, and death [2]. Opioids are heavily prescribed for orthopaedic indications and often for the surgical and non-surgical management of osteoarthritis (OA) [3]. In fact, the prescription of opioids for OA increased from 13.4% to 17% between 2007 to 2014, despite increased awareness of their adverse effects [3]. Furthermore, most guidelines continue to recommend opioids for advanced OA pain [4].
Study: https://www.cureus.com/articles/83416-medical-cannabis-use-reduces-opioid-prescriptions-in-patients-with-osteoarthritis

States that legalized marijuana are bringing in more tax revenue on pot sales than alcohol
A majority of the states that legalized recreational marijuana for recreational use are collecting more tax revenue from pot sales than alcohol sales.
The first two states to legalize pot are profiting the most, Colorado and Washington. Across the country, the total revenue for taxes on weed amounted to nearly $3 billion, according to a report on "sin taxes" by The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP).
So far, 11 states have legalized the sale of recreational marijuana.
More: https://www.thecentersquare.com/national/states-that-legalized-marijuana-are-bringing-in-more-tax-revenue-on-pot-sales-than-alcohol/article_8e377dac-cbe2-11ec-a928-27ea2cd7715e.html

Germany set to legalise cannabis 'soon', says minister
In a tweet sent out on Friday, Lindner wrote: "A question that people keep asking me: 'When will Bubatz be legal? I would say: soon."
"Bubatz" is German street slang for cannabis and is normally heard in hip-hop and rap music rather than in statements from government ministers.
More: https://www.thelocal.de/20220506/germany-set-to-legalise-cannabis-soon-says-minister/

How Travelers Can Make The Most Of The Cannabis Tourism Boom
The recreational cannabis industry is booming and becoming a big driver of tourism - in the U.S., the cannabis industry is expected to be worth $90 billion by 2026 and in research conducted in 2020, nearly 20% of all adult Americans qualify as cannabis-motivated travellers, meaning they actively seek out and are interested in cannabis-related activities on vacation.
More: https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexledsom/2022/05/04/cannabis-tourism-booms-but-are-travelers-ready/?sh=159d8f317aa2

Breaking: scientists discover a way to block negative cardiovascular effects of THC while giving you the hig
Scientists at the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute announced they have discovered a method to block the negative effects of THC on the cardiovascular system (source paper on Cell.com), without impairing its psychoactive effects on the brain. According to research led by Joesph Wu, MD, PhD., the team was able to identify a molecule commonly found in soybeans that can prevent THC from attaching to cannabinoid receptors (CB1) in the cardiovascular system.
More: https://www.thepineapple.com/articles/breaking-scientists-discover-way-to-block-negative-cardiovascular-effects-of-thc-while-giving-you-the-high

Would You Smoke 'Nuclear Weed'? You Might Already: Why Irradiated Cannabis Is Common (And Safe)
Before he sells it, Suehiko Ono, the founder and CEO of EOS Farms, a legal cannabis cultivation brand in Massachusetts, bombards his cannabis with radiation.
That may sound weird, but it's not. If you purchased legal cannabis in the United States, there's a good chance you bought what some scandalized critics dismissed as "nuclear weed" they would never (knowingly) touch, too. If you're in Canada, there's a near-100 percent chance your weed is irradiated.
More: https://www.forbes.com/sites/chrisroberts/2022/04/30/would-you-smoke-nuclear-weed-you-might-already-why-irradiated-cannabis-is-common-and-safe/?sh=4d6e176c5130

London Drugs Commission to look at legalising cannabis
A new group looking at whether to decriminalise cannabis in the UK has been set up by London mayor Sadiq Khan. Former justice secretary Lord Charlie Falconer QC will chair the first London Drugs Commission.
Mr Khan described his visit to a cannabis dispensary in the US state of California as "fascinating". But Home Secretary Priti Patel said the mayor of London was wasting his time as he "has no powers to legalise drugs".
More: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-61416295

Tax cut for California pot industry: Too little, too late?
California's governor on Friday proposed a temporary tax cut for the state's struggling legal marijuana industry, but businesses said it falls far short of what's needed to revive a foundering pot economy.
Broad legal sales began in California in 2018, but the industry has been burdened by hefty taxes that can approach 50% in some areas, costly regulation and competition from a flourishing illegal marketplace, which industry analysts estimate is at least twice the size of the legal one.
More: https://apnews.com/article/california-marijuana-economy-cannabis-d264b226d920112646e01a8af0cea411

Thailand to give away one million free cannabis plants to households, minister says
The Thai government will distribute one million free cannabis plants to households across the nation in June to mark a new rule allowing people to grow cannabis at home, its health minister has said.
Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul announced the move in a Facebook post on May 8 in which he expressed his intention for cannabis plants to be grown like "household crops."
More: https://edition.cnn.com/2022/05/11/asia/million-free-cannabis-plants-to-be-distributed-to-thai-households-intl-hnk/index.html

Don't believe the high: FDA issues warning over misleading legal weed claims The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warnings to companies selling products including delta-8 THC, a cannabis compound, for making unsupported claims about the health benefits of the items.
The FDA said even though there is very little research on delta-8 THC, a substance found in the cannabis sativa plant, online retailers and cafes are claiming products containing the compound will reduce anxiety or help with sleeping.
More: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/may/05/fda-warns-misleading-health-claims-cannabis-products

Australia: Legalise Cannabis rides high in Senate vote as grassroots campaign pays off
In what looks like a surprise success grassroots campaign, Legalise Cannabis Australia has emerged as a vote winner in the Senate, performing strongly in several states and even rivalling One Nation's vote in Queensland.
The micro party, which as the name suggests, is pushing for marijuana to be legalised, followed up its success in last year's Western Australian election, where it picked up two upper house seats.
More: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/may/22/legalise-cannabis-rides-high-in-senate-vote-as-grassroots-campaign-pays-off

Efficacy and adverse effects of medical marijuana for chronic noncancer pain
To determine if medical marijuana provides pain relief for patients with chronic noncancer pain (CNCP) and to determine the therapeutic dose, adverse effects, and specific indications.
Study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4541447/

'He was a totally different kid': The impact of cannabis oil on the health of children
A Manitoba mother says the use of cannabis oil has had a profound impact on the health of her child.
Dr. Jenn Anderson's son, Nicholas, has epilepsy and is non-verbal. In 2016, he has having multiple seizures each hour. She said she tried a bottle of cannabinol, or CBD oil, which doesn't have psychoactive effects. Within two weeks, there has been a change.
More: https://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/he-was-a-totally-different-kid-the-impact-of-cannabis-oil-on-the-health-of-children-1.5907621

Scientists Review State of Cannabis Research in MS
Treatment with cannabis-based medications may ease muscle spasms, decrease pain, and aid in sleep for people with multiple sclerosis (MS), but more research is needed to evaluate the potential benefits of cannabis use.
That is the finding of a team of U.S. researchers who published a review paper, @Neurological Benefits, Clinical Challenges, and Neuropathologic Promise of Medical Marijuana@
More: https://multiplesclerosisnewstoday.com/news-posts/2022/03/23/cannabis-research-multiple-sclerosis-medications-pain-spasms-sleep-marijuana-cbd-thc/
Study: https://www.mdpi.com/2227-9059/10/3/539

Leafreport Industry Study Finds Only 7% of CBD Brands Test for the Big Three: Pesticides, Heavy Metals and Microbes
Leafreport.com ("Leafreport" or "the Company") announced today the release of a study reporting that only 7% of cannabidiol (CBD) brands test for pesticides, heavy metals and microbes. Leafreport is a leading online reviewer of CBD products founded to provide accurate, evidence-backed information about CBD directly to consumers through unbiased reviews, a searchable database, buying guides, and detailed market reports.
For this study, the Company reviewed 4,384 products from 188 cannabidiol (CBD) brands to evaluate the state of transparency in the industry. They found that only 7% of brands tested all their products for microbes, pesticides, AND heavy metals, compared to 6% in 2021. Only 12% of brands had all their products fall within acceptable potency variance levels, and 20% of brands carried out no purity testing on their products at all. In comparison with 2021, transparency within the CBD industry appears to be stagnating and deteriorating in several critical respects.
More: https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2022/05/25/2450477/0/en/Leafreport-Industry-Study-Finds-Only-7-of-CBD-Brands-Test-for-the-Big-Three-Pesticides-Heavy-Metals-and-Microbes.html

Your Guide To Cannabis Legalization By State
Cannabis (commonly referred to as marijuana) is the most commonly used illicit drug in the U.S. At least 18% of Americans used it at least once in 2019, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Despite its prevalence, there's still a lot of confusion surrounding its use and legality.
There are both federal and state regulations pertaining to cannabis - and they are often at odds with each other. These contradictions create a great deal of confusion for those curious to know whether it's legal to buy, sell or use cannabis for medical - or even recreational - purposes. If you do plan on buying or using cannabis, knowing the laws in your state is key. Use this guide to determine what is and isn't legal where you live.
More: https://www.forbes.com/health/body/cannabis-legalization-by-state/

Legalised cannabis in Canada and US hasn't killed illegal market
Some cannabis users continue to buy the drug from illegal sources for years after it is possible to purchase it from regulated, legal shops, because the illegal sources can be cheaper or easier to access, a survey in Canada and the US has found.
The findings suggest that policy-makers who want to wipe out the cannabis black market need to make sure that new legal sources are competitively priced and widely available.
More: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2321524-legalised-cannabis-in-canada-and-us-hasnt-killed-illegal-market/

Legalise Cannabis Australia party sees record Queensland Senate votes in federal election
Much has been made of the throng of Greens elected in lower house Queensland seats after the weekend's federal election, but could another voting trend play into the state's new "Greensland" nickname
With 34 per cent of the vote counted, Legalise Cannabis Australia has so far garnered 74,972 Senate votes, a swing of nearly 5 per cent from their 2019 results.
More: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-05-23/qld-federal-election-legalise-cannabis-gains-record-voters/101083878

 



JUNE 2022  

Stay Safe - Wash Hands Frequently With Soap - Follow stay-at-home, Social Distancing, and mask-wearing Guidelines - Get Vaccinated/Boosted ASAP

Israeli researchers use repurposed plant virus to grow 'enhanced' cannabis
Israeli researchers have used advanced technology to grow an enhanced strain of cannabis that contains higher levels of THC and CBG, the main active components in cannabis, opening up new possibilities for the popular medicinal plant and recreational drug.
In work conducted at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, researchers were able to successfully engineer and grow a cannabis plant with close to 17 percent higher levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the main psychoactive component in cannabis, and 25% higher levels of CBG (cannabigerol), a non-psychoactive cannabinoid - a substance usually associated with a sensation of physical relaxation and sometimes used as a treatment for sleep disorders, inflammation and chronic pain.
More: https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-researchers-use-repurposed-plant-virus-to-grow-enhanced-cannabis/


Even high doses of CBD don't impact driving, study finds
Even the highest daily medicinal dose of cannabidiol (CBD) - a cannabis component widely used for medical purposes - has no impact on people's driving or cognitive abilities, a new study has found.
The study, published on Monday in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, finds that 1500mg, the highest daily medicinal dose of cannabidiol (CBD), has no impact on peoples driving or cognitive abilities.
More: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/02698811221095356

Sanders Says Stop Busting People for Marijuana and Start 'Prosecuting Crooks on Wall Street'
Sen. Bernie Sanders suggested Friday that instead of bringing the weight of the criminal justice system down on marijuana users, the United States should use its resources to crack down on corporate crime as prosecutions of law-breaking businesses and white-collar offenders remain at record lows.
More: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2022/06/03/sanders-says-stop-busting-people-marijuana-and-start-prosecuting-crooks-wall-street

Spain looks at legalising medicinal cannabis, and a billion-dollar industry to grow it
Spain is set to become the latest European country to decriminalise the use of cannabis for medicinal use, with some eyeing a route for Europe's biggest illegal cannabis growing nation to become the hub of a legal industry.
As law enforcement gets to grip with "hemp fever", with legitimate farmers falling foul of strict rules on which part of the plant can be sold, a parliamentary commission is to consider legalising the use of the drug to treat conditions like multiple sclerosis or epilepsy.
More: https://inews.co.uk/news/world/spain-legalising-medicinal-cannabis-industry-1658962

Cannabis Tourism Is Now A $17 Billion Industry - And It's Just Taking Off
Adrienne, a fortysomething makeup artist, grew up in the mountains of northern Georgia, a state where cannabis is still illegal. When she and her husband were planning a vacation in 2018, Adrienne, who speaks with a nice Southern drawl and has been smoking marijuana since she was 14, suggested they go to California and see what it's like to buy pot legally.
"I had never been to a dispensary before and I wanted a professional to bring us around so we could sit back and take in all the knowledge," Adrienne says of the experience.
More: https://www.forbes.com/sites/willyakowicz/2022/05/29/cannabis-tourism-is-now-a-17-billion-industry-and-its-just-taking-off/?sh=282906205637

California medical marijuana patients can get free weed. Here's how
Just before noon on a sunny California Friday, a very pregnant-looking Charlene Modeste steps out of her L.A. home to meet a driver for the weed delivery service Eaze who hands off a bag containing more than $1,000 worth of cannabis products. But things aren't quite what they appear to be: Modeste hasn't paid a dime for the delivery, and she's very much not pregnant.
More: https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2022-06-01/free-weed-medical-marijuana-patients-california

Ukraine May Legalize Medical Cannabis
Ukraine's Health Minister Viktor Liashko announced on June 7 that the government had backed the bill that would legalize medical cannabis amid the war with Russia.
"We understand the negative effects of war on mental health. We understand the number of people who will need medical treatment due to this exposure. And we understand that there is no time to wait," he wrote on a Facebook post.
More: https://www.forbes.com/sites/dariosabaghi/2022/06/08/ukraine-may-legalize-medical-cannabis/?sh=4d425a0f7c96

Oklahoma marijuana industry has high expectations to become 'Wild West of Weed'
Oklahoma: it's flying high and rolling in green as the newly dubbed "Wild West of Weed."
The heavily Republican-concentrated state is gaining notoriety as the new epicenter for the marijuana industry, offering inexpensive licenses and booming medical demand to attract farmers and their families.
Light regulatory framework and the low-cost environment were the convincing factors for Josh Belvins, owner of Twisted Roo dispensary, to move his wife and three children to the Sooner state.
More: https://www.foxbusiness.com/economy/oklahoma-marijuana-industry-wild-west-weed

Luxembourg - Government council green-lights cannabis law on personal consumption
The government council has approved the draft bill which will update the amended law of 19 February 1973 concerning the sale of medicinal substances and the fight against drug addiction.
The bill will authorise the personal consumption of cannabis at home, limiting it to the private sphere, while also removing penal sanctions for the consumption of small amounts of the drug in the streets, which will no longer be a criminal offence.
More: https://today.rtl.lu/news/luxembourg/a/1926342.html

Thailand makes marijuana legal, but smoking discouraged
Thailand made it legal to cultivate and possess marijuana as of Thursday, like a dream come true for an aging generation of pot smokers who recall the kick delivered by the legendary Thai Stick variety.
The public health minister's plan to distribute 1 million marijuana seedlings, beginning Friday, has added to the impression that Thailand is turning into a weed wonderland.
More: https://apnews.com/article/politics-health-business-thailand-marijuana-a9b9eed0de06f0b006f886a4a9d69198

Study Suggests Cannabis Makes People More Kind And Empathetic
New research has suggested that cannabis makes people less greedy and more empathetic.
According to a study published in Scientific Reports, a team of researchers at the University of New Mexico observed 146 healthy university students between the ages of 18 to 25.
Each young adult underwent a series of psychological assessments and questionnaires as scientists analysed their 'moral foundations'.
More: https://www.ladbible.com/news/latest-new-research-suggests-cannabis-makes-you-kinder-and-less-greedy-20220614

Functional brain connectomes reflect acute and chronic cannabis use
Resting state fMRI has been employed to identify alterations in functional connectivity within or between brain regions following acute and chronic exposure to Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component in cannabis. Most studies focused a priori on a limited number of local brain areas or circuits, without considering the impact of cannabis on whole-brain network organization. The present study attempted to identify changes in the whole-brain human functional connectome as assessed with ultra-high field (7T) resting state scans of cannabis users (N = 26) during placebo and following vaporization of cannabis. Two distinct data-driven methodologies, i.e. network-based statistics (NBS) and connICA, were used to identify changes in functional connectomes associated with acute cannabis intoxication and history of cannabis use. Both methodologies revealed a broad state of hyperconnectivity within the entire range of major brain networks in chronic cannabis users compared to occasional cannabis users, which might be reflective of an adaptive network reorganization following prolonged cannabis exposure.
Study: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-06509-9

Germany moves ahead with plan to legalize cannabis sales
The German government is setting in motion plans to legalize the sale of cannabis for recreational purposes, aiming to have legislation ready later this year.
The Health Ministry said Monday that it will start holding expert hearings on various aspects of the issue Tuesday. It said that more than 200 representatives from the medical, legal and other fields will take part, along with officials from various levels of government and unidentified international experts.
More: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/germany-moves-ahead-with-plan-to-legalize-cannabis-sales-1.5944214

Cannabis banking measure gets fresh look on Capitol Hill
A measure to open up the banking system to cannabis companies now conducting business in cash is drawing tentative support from Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer, according to reports.
The potential compromise over the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Act could provide a lift to cannabis stocks, which have collectively lost about half their value this year amid dim prospects for legalization on the federal level.
More: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/cannabis-banking-measure-gets-fresh-look-on-capitol-hill-11654868487

Quebec cannabis corporation workers walk off the job in one day strike
Employees of the Quebec cannabis corporation staged a one-day walkout at 13 branches Saturday.
The strike marks the third of five walkout days voted on by union members June 5, and comes on the weekend of the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Montreal, when stores are particularly busy.
The only branch closed as of Saturday afternoon was in Quebec City's Sainte-Foy neighbourhood, as managers handled services at the other dozen, the Crown corporation said in an email.
More: https://globalnews.ca/news/8930967/quebec-cannabis-sqdc-workers-strike/

USA: Democrats are looking for a weed deal
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer doesn't have the votes to pass a sweeping marijuana decriminalization bill - despite repeatedly touting his support for ending federal prohibition.
That realization is leading Senate Democrats to look for a compromise on weed.
More: https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/24/omnibus-weednibus-cannabis-marijuana-bill-00041506

Thailand: A farm feeding chickens with marijuana is fetching higher prices from consumers seeking organic poultry
A farm growing medical marijuana in northern Thailand has been feeding its free-range chickens with cannabis instead of antibiotics, and researchers said the experiment has yielded promising results.
Researchers from Chiang Mai University's Department of Animal and Aquatic Sciences said fewer than 10% of the 1,000 chickens at the farm in Lampang have died since they introduced pot to the chickens' diet in January 2021.
More: https://www.businessinsider.co.za/farmers-feeding-chickens-marijuana-sell-meat-double-price-2022-6

Senate committee moves to let intel agencies hire people who have used marijuana
The Senate Intelligence Committee has advanced legislation that would allow US intelligence agencies to hire applicants who have used marijuana in the past, according to committee aides.
Language included in the committee's annual authorization bill for the intelligence community -- which passed unanimously on Wednesday -- would prohibit intelligence agencies from discriminating against job applicants based solely on past use of the drug, which is now legal for recreational purposes in 19 states and Washington, DC.
More: https://edition.cnn.com/2022/06/23/politics/intelligence-agencies-marijuana/index.html

Toronto, Canada: New outdoor space to smoke cannabis opens on Exhibition Place grounds
At Grand Bizarre, customers can swim, eat, drink, mingle and now, if they fancy, stroll around the corner and smoke cannabis in a restricted area.
Cannabis Carnival is being touted as one of the first of its kind in Ontario - a dedicated place to smoke cannabis that its president, Zlatko Starkovski, says is in line with the Smoke Free Ontario Act.
"I think cannabis smokers in general need a safe, responsible place to smoke when they go out," Starkovski told CBC News.
More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/new-outdoor-space-to-smoke-cannabis-1.6497723

Thailand Cannabis: From a war on drugs to weed curries
Thailand legalised cultivating and consuming cannabis this month, reversing a hard-line approach of long prison sentences or even the death penalty for drug offences. The BBC's South East Asia correspondent Jonathan Head reports on what's behind the dramatic change.
Twenty-one years ago, I had one of the more searing experiences of my journalistic career. We were invited to watch, and film, the execution of five prisoners, four of them convicted drug traffickers, by firing squad in Bangkok's Bangkwan prison.
More: https://www.bbc.com/news/61836019

 


JULY 2022  

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The Economics of Legal Weed Don't Work
Ten years ago Colorado became the first state in the U.S. to fully legalize the recreational use of cannabis. Many other states followed, and several others already had sufficiently lax medical marijuana legislation, that now an estimated 40% of American adults can legally buy cannabis. Musicians, actors and sports stars have quickly jumped into the market with their own brands of weed, hoping to lure people who want to get high with a high-end product. Some of these - Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, Seth Rogen - are unsurprising. Others are less likely weedpreneurs, including Bella Thorne, Jaleel White - the actor who played Steve Urkel in Family Matters - and former NBA star Al Harrington. The newly legal industry was predicted to be a multibillion dollar business and a big tax revenue win for the states.
More: https://time.com/6184704/legal-marijuana-economics/


Cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system in fibromyalgia: a review of preclinical and clinical research
Fibromyalgia affects millions of people worldwide and has a significant impact on quality of life. Fibromyalgia symptoms include persistent widespread pain, fatigue, stiffness, sleep disturbances and cognitive dysfunction. Endogenous cannabinoids (endocannabinoids), the body's own marijuana-like transmitters, are involved in the regulation of many processes in the body, including pain. Cannabis sativa, has been cultivated and used for recreational and medicinal purposes for at least 5000 years. Cannabis contains more than a hundred plant-produced cannabinoids (phytocannabinoids). Phytocannabinoids are a diverse class of naturally occurring chemical compounds, some of which interact with, and mediate their effects via our endocannabinoid system. The most common and well-characterised phytocannabinoids are Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
More: https://www.drugscience.org.uk/fibromyalgia-medical-cannabis/

Germany's move to legalise cannabis expected to create 'domino effect'
Germany is mulling over the consequences of soon becoming the world's largest potential market for legally sold cannabis, as the country's left-liberal government presses ahead with plans to allow the controlled distribution of the drug among adults.
Olaf Scholz's coalition government has in recent weeks reiterated its 2021 coalition-deal vow to legalise for recreational use what its Green and liberal party minister have taken to referring to as Bubatz, a slang word for weed popular among German rappers.
More: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jul/01/germanys-move-to-legalise-cannabis-expected-to-create-domino-effect?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Nevada approves cannabis lounge regulations, opening door to public marijuana use
A year after lawmakers passed a bill authorizing cannabis consumption lounges, Nevada officials have approved regulations that pave the way for bar-like establishments where people could use marijuana as early as this year.
More: https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/nevada-poised-to-ok-cannabis-lounge-regulations-opening-door-to-public-marijuana-useefbfbc

Minnesota Just Legalized Edibles After a Republican Didn't Read the Bill
Here's something you don't see every day: On Friday, THC-infused edibles and beverages became legal in the great state of Minnesota, after a law containing the legalization measure was included in a health and human services funding bill. How did this measure get through? Critically, a key Republican state senator who co-chaired the committee that passed it didn't read the text closely enough. According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Sen. Jim Abeler "said he didn't realize the new law would legalize edibles containing delta-9 THC before it passed," and thought he was just regulating existing CBD products
More: https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2022/07/minnesota-legalized-edibles-after-a-republican-didnt-read-the-bill/

Germany seeks 'safety first' approach to legalizing cannabis
Germany's government is moving forward with plans for legislation to legalize cannabis consumption. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said on Thursday that a draft law is scheduled to be ready by the end of the year.
The upcoming legislation is "a long-awaited step for many," Lauterbach said, adding that the government will apply a "safety first" principle to its efforts toward legalizing marijuana use.
More: https://www.dw.com/en/germany-to-legalize-cannabis/a-62318083

Democrats press Joe Biden to pardon Americans for nonviolent cannabis offences
A group of progressive Democrats in the Senate are turning up the heat on the White House to deliver on Joe Biden's campaign promise to end the federal war on marijuana users.
In a letter on Wednesday to the White House, Department of Health and Human Services, and Justice Department the group of six Democrats urge the Biden administration to follow through on a promise Joe Biden repeated several times on the campaign trail.
More: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/joe-biden-letter-cannabis-pardons-b2117550.html

Reefer Madness: Tucker Carlson and Friends Blame Weed for Gun Massacres
Fox News hosts have once again been struck with an outbreak of Reefer Madness, an illness characterized by an urge to blame cannabis use for various unrelated social ills. The latest flare-up was triggered by the Republican Party's need to deflect public attention away from gun control after a seemingly endless string of mass shootings in the United States.
On Tuesday night, Tucker Carlson laid blame for the murder of six people at a 4th of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, on social media, porn, video games, women who are too naggy, and young men being "high on government endorsed weed."
More: https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/fox-news-mass-shootings-blame-weed-tucker-carlson-laura-ingraham-1378425/

The War on Weed Continues in California, Which Supposedly Legalized Marijuana Six Years Ago
According to a recent press release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Californians can sleep a little easier thanks to the brave work of federal and local cops who dismantled a criminal organization in San Diego County. Ryan L. Korner, the special agent in charge of the IRS-Criminal Investigation office in Los Angeles, says the gangsters who pleaded guilty to federal felonies last week didn't care "how their actions negatively impact innocent people, the community, or our society." Chula Vista Police Chief Roxana Kennedy says such criminals "pose a significant health and safety hazard to the public, especially our youth."
More: https://reason.com/2022/07/04/the-war-on-weed-continues-in-california-which-supposedly-legalized-marijuana-six-years-ago/

Blunt truth: Media keep getting it wrong on Thai cannabis legalization
On Thursday, when Rittipong "Beer" Dachkul became Highland Cafe's first customer to buy potent weed, a reporter covering the moment saw things very differently.
After observing Rittpong's purchase, Nicolas Kumanoff intoned gravely in a Deutsche Welle report, "The cannabis on sale is low-potency." That would be news to not only Rittipong, who walked out with a potent indica strain called LSD-25, but to the man who sold it to him over the counter.
"Absolutely not, hahaha," Highland cofounder Arun Avery said. "Most were high-THC strains grown here by the locals. The potency checked out well, so it must be because people have been misinformed and just assumed. There's a lot of misinformation out there, and it needs to be cleared up."
More: https://coconuts.co/bangkok/news/blunt-truth-media-keep-getting-it-wrong-on-thai-cannabis-legalization/

CBD blunts the negative impact of THC on the brain, according to new neuroimaging research
Cannabidiol (CBD) and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the two most prominent psychoactive substances found in the cannabis plant. According to data from two placebo-controlled, double-blind studies, CBD appears to buffer against some of the acute effects of THC on the brain. The new findings, which appear in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, suggest that cannabis strains with greater CBD content may be less harmful.
"Cannabis is a very popular recreational drug, and is also starting to be used medically for some purposes, but we still don't know a great deal about how different cannabinoids affect the brain," said study author Matt Wall, a senior imaging scientist at Invicro.
More: https://www.psypost.org/2022/07/cbd-blunts-the-negative-impact-of-thc-on-the-brain-according-to-new-neuroimaging-research-63505

Medical marijuana should be legal, Texas Republican Sid Miller says
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller announced Friday he is in favor of legalizing medical marijuana.
Miller's announcement makes him the highest-ranking Texas Republican to endorse legalizing the drug for medicinal purposes.
"It is time for all of us, including the Governor, members of the Texas Legislature and others to come together and set aside our political differences to have an honest conversation about cannabis: where we have been, where we are going and what role government should properly play," Miller said in an opinion piece posted to the Texas Department of Agriculture's website.
More: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/2022/07/15/medical-marijuana-should-be-legal-texas-republican-sid-miller-says/

Regular cannabis use now more accepted by Australians than smoking tobacco, study finds
Regular cannabis use has become more accepted than smoking tobacco, the latest National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS) has found. The 2019 data, compiled by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and released on Friday, asked around 20,000 people aged 14 and over about their attitudes towards drugs.
It found, for the first time, 20% of respondents supported regular cannabis use compared to 15% in support of tobacco.
More: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/15/regular-cannabis-use-now-more-accepted-by-australians-than-smoking-tobacco-study-finds

Al Harrington's Wellness Line, National Basketball Players Association Team Up To Provide Athletes Wider Access To CBD, Recovery Tech
Former NBA star and entrepreneur Al Harrington is empowering the growth of Black ownership within the cannabis industry by partnering with the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) to bring topicals and recovery tech to the masses.
According to Boardroom, the former NBPA member and CEO of Harrington Wellness recently sealed an equity partnership for his brand's performance-based wellness and recovery line, re+PLAY, with the basketball players association.
More: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/al-harrington-wellness-line-national-161522167.html

Did Minnesota accidentally legalize weed?
Minnesota just sorta, kinda, almost legalized weed.
A law took effect earlier this month allowing anyone at least 21 years old to purchase edibles or beverages with up to 5 milligrams of hemp-derived THC per serving. Those relatively low potency products with up to 50 milligrams per package still pack enough of a psychoactive punch to get most users plenty high.
More: https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/10/did-minnesota-accidentally-legalize-weed-its-complicated-00044544

Juicyfields locks users out of cannabis investments
Thousands of investors worldwide may be victims of an exit scam involving medicinal cannabis. Who is behind it, how big is the damage? In a podcast series, DW is working through the whodunit surrounding "Juicyfields."
Just how much money small investors around the globe have put into a shady offer involving cannabis plants is not yet known. But the damage is likely huge, with some estimates as high as several billion euros. The scam became apparent after investors were unable to access their accounts on a platform called Juicyfields.io.
More: https://www.dw.com/en/juicyfields-locks-users-out-of-cannabis-investments-is-this-the-next-exit-scam/a-62556087

Chuck Schumer's Doomed Marijuana Monstrosity Is Not a Serious Attempt To Repeal Pot Prohibition
The first thing we should say about Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer's marijuana legalization bill, which the New York Democrat finally filed today, more than a year after sharing a discussion draft, is that it will not pass. With the Senate evenly divided, Schumer needs Republican support to overcome a filibuster, which he has done little to attract. He can't even count on unanimous support from his fellow Democrats, at least a few of whom are apt to be leery of his specific approach, if not altogether opposed to repealing the federal ban on marijuana.
More: https://reason.com/2022/07/21/chuck-schumers-doomed-marijuana-monstrosity-is-not-a-serious-attempt-to-repeal-pot-prohibition/

Fernway launches new vaping device, and a plan to reduce waste
Less than two years ago, Fernway didn't exist. Now, the Massachusetts recreational cannabis vape brand is one of the more successful in the state.
Founded in February 2021, the Northampton-based company's meteoric rise came in what was the already crowded space of cannabis vaping products. At that time, the recreational space in Massachusetts was largely dominated by pre-existing medical marijuana companies, who were given a head start in licensing from the state. Many of these license holders were large, multi-state cannabis corporations who were seeking to launch cannabis vape brands that could become household names across the country
More: https://www.worcestermag.com/story/lifestyle/columns/2022/07/21/cannabis-confidential-fernway-launches-new-vaping-device-and-plan-reduce-waste/10086150002/

Scots cops swoop on cannabis farm after smelling fumes from police station next door
Police swooped on a cannabis farm... after smelling the fumes from their police station next door.
Officers seized 118 plants, worth more than £70,000, from the warehouse next to the station in Wishaw, Lanarkshire. Paul McCann was caught red-handed with the keys and fainted when detained by the police.
More: https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/scots-cops-swoop-cannabis-farm-27505036

USA: Bipartisan bill would create mechanism to expunge federal marijuana misdemeanors
Rep. Troy Carter (D-La.) introduced a bill on Friday that would create a mechanism for federal misdemeanor marijuana offenses to be expunged, amid a new push for decriminalization at the federal level.
Carter said in a press release shared with The Hill that the legislation, which is being co-sponsored by Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), will provide an "expedited, orderly process" to clear non-felony offenses that are lingering in the federal system. He said it will restore justice to millions who have suffered "inordinate collateral consequences" from marijuana-related misdemeanors.
More: https://thehill.com/homenews/house/3579710-bipartisan-bill-would-create-mechanism-to-expunge-federal-marijuana-misdemeanors/

USA: Medicinal Marijuana Research at Agencies Gets A Boost from Bipartisan Bill
The House on Tuesday passed a bill to expand research into medicinal uses of marijuana and its byproducts, creating new responsibilities and flexibilities for federal agencies related to the controlled substance.
The Medical Marijuana and Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act (H.R. 8454) would streamline the registration process for entities looking to conduct research on marijuana, tasking the Drug Enforcement Administration with maintaining the registry of researchers and providers. Universities, manufacturers and other entities would receive permission from the Justice Department to conduct medical research related to marijuana. DEA would also maintain a registry of firms producing marijuana for any drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
More: https://www.govexec.com/management/2022/07/medicinal-marijuana-research-agencies-bipartisan-house-bill/375026/

Switzerland Fully Legalizes Medical Cannabis And Allows Export
Switzerland is to join other European countries that have legalized cannabis for medical purposes.
From August 1, patients can get medical cannabis through a medical prescription.
Before the new legislation, medical cannabis patients had to request a request to the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), the Swiss federal government's center for public health.
More: https://www.forbes.com/sites/dariosabaghi/2022/07/27/switzerland-fully-legalizes-medical-cannabis-and-allows-export/?sh=3ba0aa7e64b0

CBD takes root in Japan as gov't mulls easing laws for cannabis meds
From ingestible oils and gummies to skin lotions and makeup, products made from cannabidiol, an extract of the cannabis plant devoid of its psychoactive properties, are rapidly gaining popularity in Japan.
CBD, as cannabidiol is commonly known, is touted to have numerous health benefits, such as helping treat stress and anxiety and possessing anti-inflammatory properties. CBD items are now readily available in shops in cities around the country, while trials for a British-manufactured CBD drug have also started this year.
More: https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2022/07/f295e520aac8-feature-cbd-takes-root-in-japan-as-govt-mulls-easing-laws-for-cannabis-meds.html

The Effect of Medicinal Cannabis on Pain and Quality-of-Life Outcomes in Chronic Pain - A Prospective Open-label Study
The objective of this prospective, open-label study was to determine the long-term effect of medicinal cannabis treatment on pain and functional outcomes in participants with treatment-resistant chronic pain.
Patients and Methods:
The primary outcome was the change in the pain symptom score on the S-TOPS (Treatment Outcomes in Pain Survey - Short Form) questionnaire at the 6-month follow-up in an intent-to-treat population. Secondary outcomes included the change in S-TOPS physical, social, and emotional disability scales, the pain severity, and pain interference on the Brief Pain Inventory, sleep problems, and the change in opioid consumption.
More: https://journals.lww.com/clinicalpain/Abstract/2016/12000/The_Effect_of_Medicinal_Cannabis_on_Pain_and.3.aspx

 


AUGUST 2022  


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Here's where to buy cannabis right now in Bangkok (Weed Map)
So, where to buy weed in Bangkok? The moment cannabis was decriminalized on June 9, a number of dispensaries immediately began selling marijuana ranging from excellent Thai strains to imported insanity weed.
We've reported on a number of them, from Highland Cafe north of downtown in the Lat Phrao area, to The Dispensary near Sala Daeng. Here are the locations we have verified that cannabis can be purchased. While this is definitely not a complete list, we will add additional locations to it.
More: https://coconuts.co/bangkok/news/heres-where-to-buy-cannabis-right-now-in-bangkok-map/

Illegal cannabis farms raking in billions for cartels are being destroyed in California
California officials are destroying hundreds of illegal marijuana farms worth billions of dollars to drug cartels every year.
With a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency grant and a strict state licensing requirement, police have been raiding farms up and down the state and seizing or destroying the drugs, then dismantling the greenhouses protecting them.
State and local government agencies have joined forces to eradicate the farms, which have dramatically multiplied in the past several years while siphoning off precious water from a drought-stricken state.
More: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/illegal-cannabis-farms-raking-in-billions-for-cartels-are-being-destroyed-in-california/ar-AA10g7xJ?ocid=msedgntp&cvid=55e3842c30a644f8a67fc6511bebb32b

Study Shows Cannabis Users 55% Less Likely to Develop Common Liver Cancer
According to a study from the journal Cureus, cannabis users have a 55% fewer chance of developing HCC, considered the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in the world
Cannabis is already being used as a medicinal treatment for symptoms of cancer and cancer treatments, like radiation and chemotherapy. However, a recent study has found that cannabis use could actually curb the chances of developing hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), one of the most common malignancies worldwide.
Study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9138632/

How Canopy Growth, the star of Canada's cannabis dreams, fell from grace
On its quest to dominate the global cannabis market, Canada's Canopy Growth Corp. WEED-T (-5.15%decrease) deployed a very deliberate strategy: Entice investors with a grand vision - something co-founder Bruce Linton had in spades - then endure any turbulence en route. Short-term losses were irrelevant. The destination was all that mattered.
It was a winning formula for nearly a decade. Even when investors lost faith in many cannabis producers, and later, when the pandemic nearly decimated the industry, Canopy consistently found a way to float above the fray.
More: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/article-canopy-growth-cannabis-investors/?gaa_at=g&gaa_n=ATKjfPFujkFzMGIDzNdWOFiaZX5H5X_VsW9-U3b_4lCFDjK7we6akAhB4-TK0TCbnM0ByCxXN_rRPBjPIKrwfRR41S-JYCxN7A%3D%3D%3ACJDwAQ%3D%3D&gaa_ts=62e953cc&gaa_sig=t5_zQPAhdA-TANmB0zczZFWVtFiNuIGyJQAgktSThSKSgrXw9vZXWpKsQN43JpbQx78wbHdKMtNsa_7R52RnrA%3D%3D

In Kenya, promises of marijuana paradise electrify the electorate
At one of the final rallies of his campaign, George Wajackoyah entered the town of Mwea with his head and shoulders sticking out from the sunroof of an SUV. Other cars followed close behind, one of them with a huge speaker playing reggae and announcing his name.
He's the Kenyan presidential candidate whose outlandish proposals - including selling hyena testicles to bolster the economy - have electrified young people across this East African nation.
Wajackoyah is a respected human rights lawyer who became an overnight celebrity when he announced his run for president. His unorthodox policies - his main proposition is to legalize marijuana - have shaken up a presidential race dominated by old and familiar faces in a nation of more than 50 million people.
More: https://www.npr.org/2022/08/08/1116383381/kenya-election-marijuana-wajackoyah

Dangerous artificial marijuana, with names like K2 and Spice, is used less in states where weed is legalized
There's nothing nice or dreamy about synthetic weed, sold under such catchy names as AK-47, K2, Spice, Scoobie Snacks, Mr. Nice Guy and 24-Karat Dream.
Sometimes packaged as e-juice for vaping or as edibles, most synthetic cannabinoids are sold as dried plant materials sprayed with acetone, embalming fluid or other solvents laced with lab-made psychoactive substances.
More: https://edition.cnn.com/2022/08/09/health/synthetic-marijuana-study-wellness/index.html

High season: Bangkok's new cannabis shops could jumpstart tourism this summer
In June 2022 Thailand decriminalised cannabis. This new policy was intended for medical purposes and not for people to get high, the country's tourism authority told Reuters. However, many business owners hope the move may help boost Thailand's tourism industry as it struggles to recover following the pandemic.
In 2019 the country welcomed 39.9 million visitors, generating 1.91 trillion baht (€51.52 billion) or about 12 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP). In the first six months of 2022 however, Thailand saw just 2 million tourist arrivals.
More: https://www.euronews.com/travel/2022/08/09/high-season-bangkoks-new-cannabis-shops-could-jumpstart-tourism-this-summer

Canada on track to spend $200M per year on medical cannabis for veterans
Ottawa is reimbursing a record number of veterans for medical marijuana, with new figures showing the federal government shelled out more than $150 million in the last fiscal year - more than double the amount just three years ago.
And that is only the beginning as the figures from Veterans Affairs Canada reveal the government is on track to spend nearly $200 million this year as more and more former service members ask the government to pay for their cannabis.
More: https://globalnews.ca/news/9042870/canada-medical-cannabis-veterans/

On a reservation where alcohol is banned, Oglala Sioux Tribe embraces recreational marijuana sales
In a growing number of U.S. states, people can both drink alcohol and legally smoke recreational marijuana. In others, they can use alcohol but not pot. But on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, the opposite is true: Marijuana is legal, but booze is banned.
More: https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/reservation-alcohol-banned-oglala-sioux-tribe-embraces-recreational-ma-rcna41425

In Wisconsin, 69% support marijuana legalization: Marquette Law School Poll
A Wisconsin lawmaker says she plans to re-introduce a bill to legalize marijuana in the state. Democratic State Sen. Melissa Agard of Madison told WISN-12 News, "I'm looking forward to being able to re-introduce the bill during the next legislative session."
Agard's comments come one day after a Marquette Law Poll showed 69% of Wisconsinites support legalization, while 23% oppose it.
More: https://www.wisn.com/article/wisconsin-majority-support-marijuana-legalization-marquette-law-school-poll/40936713

German Health Minister lays out next steps for cannabis legalisation
"It was pleasant, I have to say. It brings back pleasant memories," the Health Minister said, describing his own experience with smoking marijuana.
His Heute Show interviewers Fabian Koster and Lutz van der Horst then got a little serious for a second. "But, in the beginning, you were against legalisation?"
"That's correct," Lauterbach responded matter-of-factly. "But the safety and security aspects of legalisation have changed in the last years, in my opinion. I'm now for legalisation."
More: https://www.thelocal.de/20220817/german-health-minister-lays-out-next-steps-for-cannabis-legalisation/

Adult-Use Cannabis Legalization Reduces Use Of Synthetic Cannabinoids, New Study Finds
Harmful exposure to synthetic cannabinoids occurs less in those U.S. states where adult-use cannabis is legal, according to a new study that shows some potential public health benefits to legalizing adult-use cannabis.
Researchers who published a study in the Journal of Clinical Toxicology last week found that adult-use cannabis legalization has benefits in reducing both motivations and harms associated with the use of synthetic cannabinoid products.
More: https://www.forbes.com/sites/dariosabaghi/2022/08/15/adult-use-cannabis-legalization-reduces-use-of-synthetic-cannabinoids-new-study-finds/?sh=389ff9614f8b

Malaysia aims to learn from Thailand in push for medical use of cannabis
Malaysia plans to learn from the cannabis policy of neighbouring Thailand in its effort to legalise use of the drug for medical purposes, a health ministry official said on Wednesday, in a country where possession can bring the death penalty now.
The comments came after the Thai health minister said he would meet his Malaysian counterpart during a meeting of APEC health ministers next week where Thailand will showcase its work in legalising medicinal marijuana.
More: https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/malaysia-aims-learn-thailand-push-medical-use-cannabis-2022-08-17/?utm_source=reddit.com

Does Cannabidiol (CBD) in Food Supplements Pose a Serious Health Risk? Consequences of the EFSA Clock Stop Regarding Novel Food Authorisation
At present, foods containing cannabidiol (CBD) and other cannabinoids are internationally being widely advertised and sold in increasing quantities. In the European Union (EU), these products require pre-marketing authorisation under the novel food regulation, so that all available CBD oils and CBD-containing food supplements in the EU are currently placed on the market with an infringement of the food laws. Currently, 19 CBD applications are under assessment at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
Study: https://www.preprints.org/manuscript/202208.0232/v1

Voters in these states may soon decide whether to legalize marijuana
Come November, six states hope to join 19 others plus Washington, D.C., and Guam in legalizing recreational use of marijuana.
South Dakota, Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, North Dakota and Oklahoma could all have ballot initiatives up for a vote in the midterm elections. Should they all pass, half the country will have legalized adult recreational marijuana use at the state level.
The substance remains illegal at the federal level and is currently classified as a Schedule I drug, meaning "it has a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision," according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
More: https://thehill.com/changing-america/well-being/prevention-cures/3615374-voters-in-these-states-may-soon-decide-whether-to-legalize-marijuana/

UK: Cannabis Factories Keep Being Found in Abandoned Police Stations and Courts
A cannabis farm found in a shuttered magistrate's court in West Bromwich is the latest in a string of lucrative weed grows discovered taking over abandoned, austerity-hit institutions and businesses in the UK.
Police seized 2,000 plants on Sunday from the cannabis factory operating inside the former court which closed as part of a £41 million cost-cutting drive by the Ministry of Justice in 2011. A 34-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis when the grow was found, but was later released without charge.
More: https://www.vice.com/en/article/epzpp4/cannabis-factory-abandoned-court?utm_source=reddit.com

Reefer madness: More young Americans smoking marijuana than ever before
More young Americans are smoking marijuana and spacing out on psychedelic drugs than ever before, a new federally-funded health survey released Monday reveals.
The study conducted by the University of Michigan for the National Institutes of Health In found that 43% of adults ages 19 to 30 smoked cannabis at some point last year - a significant jump from 34% five years ago and 29% in 2011 and the highest recorded since 1988.
More: https://nypost.com/2022/08/22/more-young-americans-smoking-marijuana/
Study: Marijuana and hallucinogen use among young adults reached all-time high in 2021 - https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/marijuana-hallucinogen-use-among-young-adults-reached-all-time-high-2021

 

 

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Toronto's pot shop reckoning is here - industry watchers predict up to a third of our stores will close
Data obtained by the Star shows cannabis store openings are slowing, revenue per store is declining and closings are picking up. Experts say the market is oversaturated and a wave of closures and consolidations is fast approaching.
More: https://www.thestar.com/business/2022/09/03/torontos-pot-shop-reckoning-is-here-industry-watchers-predict-up-to-a-third-of-our-stores-will-close.html

Cannabis legalization decreases the stock market value of major pharmaceutical firms
Researchers from California Polytechnic State University and The University of New Mexico find that stock market investors predict cannabis legalization will reduce conventional pharmaceutical sales by billions of dollars.
In their recent study, "U.S. Cannabis Laws Projected to Cost Generic and Brand Pharmaceutical Firms Billions," published in PLOS One, Ziemowit Bednarek from the Finance department at California Polytechnic State University, Sarah Stith from the University of New Mexico's Economics department, and a co-author studied how the stock market returns of publicly traded pharmaceutical firms responded to medical and recreational cannabis legalization events. They found that stock market returns were 1.5-2% lower at 10 days following a cannabis legalization event and that the implications of the annual sale from this reduction were in the billions.
More: https://news.unm.edu/news/cannabis-legalization-decreases-the-stock-market-value-of-major-pharmaceutical-firms
Study: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0272492

Cognitive effects in midlife of long-term cannabis use
As of June 2022, 37 US states have passed medical cannabis laws and 19 states have legalized recreational cannabis. Cannabis has proven beneficial for a range of conditions such as childhood seizure disorders, nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite in people with HIV/AIDs.
In the meantime, a new generation of cannabis products has exploded onto the scene, driven by marketing that fuels a multibillion-dollar industry. The average content of THC (tetra-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive and potentially addictive chemical in cannabis) in smoked whole-plant products has risen from 1% to 4% in the 1970s to 15% to 30% from today's cannabis dispensaries. Edibles and vapes may contain even higher concentrations of THC.
While public perception that cannabis is a harmless substance is growing, the long-term benefits and risks of cannabis use remain unclear. However, one consistent pattern of research has emerged: heavy long-term cannabis use can impact midlife cognition.
More: https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/cognitive-effects-of-long-term-cannabis-use-in-midlife-202206142760

Cannabis researchers say it's high time to drop 'lazy stoner' stereotype
Cannabis users are often depicted as lazy "stoners" whose life ambitions span little further than lying on the sofa eating crisps. But research from the University of Cambridge challenges this stereotype, showing that regular users appear no more likely to lack motivation compared with non-users.
The research also found no difference in motivation for rewards, pleasure taken from rewards, or the brain's response when seeking rewards, compared with non-users.
More: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/sep/01/cannabis-researchers-say-its-high-time-to-drop-lazy-stoner-stereotype

Judge dismisses lawsuit that sought to block Missouri marijuana legalization from ballot
A Cole County Circuit Court Judge Friday dismissed a lawsuit that sought to block an initiative petition to legalize recreational marijuana from appearing on the November ballot.
A day after a three-hour hearing, Cole County Judge Cotton Walker determined Joy Sweeney, an anti-drug legalization activist who filed the lawsuit, lacked standing to sue because she hadn't proven she was a Missouri citizen.
Despite dismissing the case over lack of standing, in his ruling Walker wrote that if he had decided the case on its merits he would have sided with Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft and Legal Missouri, the campaign backing the initiative petition to legalize marijuana.
More: https://missouriindependent.com/2022/09/09/judge-dismisses-lawsuit-that-sought-to-block-missouri-marijuana-legalization-from-ballot/

New Mexico cannabis sales bring in $40 million in August
The state's Cannabis Control Division said the highest sales numbers came from the state's highest population centers and areas near the state's border.
According to data released by the Cannabis Control Division, adult-use sales brought in over $24 million, and sales for medical-use cannabis brought in over $16 million.
More: https://www.koat.com/article/new-mexico-august-cannabis-sales-2022/41105933

Why weed companies can't make any money
It's not easy selling weed.
The legal marijuana business is booming - revenues are projected to hit $32 billion this year, more than double what sales were just three years ago. They're projected to double again in the next six years, propelled by the launch of big new recreational weed markets in New York, New Jersey and Virginia.
But that hasn't prevented most weed companies from continuing to hemorrhage red ink nearly a decade after Colorado and Washington became the first states to establish legal markets for anyone at least 21 years old. An analysis by POLITICO of financial filings from two dozen of the largest publicly traded U.S. operators shows that they collectively lost more than $550 million in the first six months of this year on revenues of nearly $4.5 billion.
More: https://www.politico.com/news/2022/09/04/weed-companies-cant-make-money-00054541

Biden faces growing pressure to legalize weed
Democratic Senate hopeful John Fetterman is calling on President Joe Biden to decriminalize marijuana before visiting Pennsylvania next week.
"It's long past time that we finally decriminalize marijuana", Fetterman said in a Monday statement. "The president needs to use his executive authority to begin descheduling marijuana, I would love to see him do this prior to his visit to Pittsburgh."
More: https://www.theverge.com/2022/8/29/23327614/biden-marijuana-cannabis-weed-decriminalization-john-fetterman-labor-day-pennsylvania

How Cannabis Affects Teens' Brains
To understand the effects cannabis has on the function and development of adolescents' brains, a clinical psychologist performs brain scans on teenagers that use the drug and those that don't. (NOVA Video + transcript)
More: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/video/how-cannabis-affects-teens-brains/

Marijuana Retail Licenses in New York Are Going First to Those Convicted of Drug Crimes
New York regulators want people who were affected by marijuana criminalization to get the first licenses to sell recreational pot in the state, an effort to redress what they see as the harms of the drug war and to prevent large companies from dominating the market.
New York isn't the first state to try to give priority to people previously arrested for drug crimes, many of whom are racial minorities, when approving licenses for recreational marijuana sales. But advocates said those efforts have often been co-opted by large companies, including in California.
More: https://www.wsj.com/articles/marijuana-retail-licenses-in-new-york-are-going-first-to-those-convicted-of-drug-crimes-11663424695

(Arkansas) Legal-pot foes in state raise $1.8M in August
Committees opposing a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize recreational marijuana received more than $1.8 million in donations in August, according to financial reports filed this week.
The ballot question committees are at the center of a campaign as to whether voters should approve a constitutional amendment to legalize recreational marijuana for adults. Whether the referendum stays on the November ballot is a question being considered by the Arkansas Supreme Court. Campaign finance reports from the committees for August were due Thursday.
Safe and Secure Communities, which opposes recreational marijuana, raised $1.75 million in August, with all of it from two donors. The group currently had $1.93 million in cash on hand as of its latest filing.
More: https://www.nwaonline.com/news/2022/sep/17/opponents-of-proposed-arkansas-amendment-that/

Oklahoma is prosecuting pregnant women for using medical marijuana
Early in her pregnancy, Amanda Aguilar struggled with severe nausea that sometimes made it hard to eat.
A doctor had previously approved a medical marijuana license for her, so she used pot to ease her morning sickness.
Aguilar, 33, said she stopped using marijuana after her third month of pregnancy and tested negative for the drug after her healthy son was born in October 2020. But the hospital found traces of marijuana in her baby's stool.
More: https://www.readfrontier.org/stories/oklahoma-is-prosecuting-pregnant-women-for-using-medical-marijuana/


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