The Week in Weed 11-3-12 Cannabis News

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Cheri Sicard with Leglize It film makers Dan Katzir and Ravit MarcusThis Week: Superstring Theory Co Founder John Schwartz Blast Obama Over Lack of Scientific Inquiry for Medical Marijuana; Scientists Find Marijuana Can Stop Spread of Cancer; Amsterdam Mayor Says Coffee Shops to Remain Open; FBI Study Shows Arrests Do Not Deter Marijuana Use; Physicians Who Use Medical Marijuana Deemed Unsafe to Practice in Colorado; The 10 Worst Sentences for Marijuana Crimes; The Top 10 Most Unlikely Marijuana Reform Supporters; and more.

This week’s photo: Cheri with filmmakers Dan Katzir and Ravit Marcus at a sneak peak screening of their new documentary Legalize It!, which follows Oaksterdam’s Richard Lee, Dale Sky Jones and Jeff Jones during the campaign to pass California’s Prop 19 which would have legalized marijuana for adult recreational use.  Photo by Mitch Mandell.

MEDICAL

Superstring Theory Co Founder John Schwartz Blasts Obama Over Lack of Scientific Inquiry for Medical Marijuana — A powerful open letter to the President from one the world’s leading scientists begs him to keep his promise regarding science’s place in his policy in regard to medical marijuana.

Scientists Find Marijuana Can Stop Spread of Cancer — A pair of scientists at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco has found that a compound derived from marijuana could stop metastasis in many kinds of aggressive cancer, potentially altering the fatality of the disease forever.

Physicians Who Use Medical Marijuana Deemed Unsafe to Practice in Colorado — In a ridiculous display of pot prejudice, physicians who legally use medical marijuana to treat their own debilitating conditions such as chronic pain or nausea are considered unsafe to practice medicine in the state of Colorado until such time that they no longer need the treatment, according to a policy from the Colorado Physician Health Program.

3 Teenagers Explain Why Medical Marijuana Helps Their Conditions — Children and teens have many conditions that are amenable to treatment by cannabis, but the political and emotional intensity around the issue prevents serious research.

LEGAL/POLITICS

Amsterdam Mayor Says Coffee Shops to Remain Open — Amsterdam’s 220 coffee shops, where marijuana and hashish are openly sold and consumed, will remain open next year in spite of a new Dutch law meant to reduce drug tourism, the city’s mayor, Eberhard van der Laan, said in an interview published Thursday.

FBI Numbers Show 1 Arrest for Marijuana Every 42 Seconds in America — Just over one week before voters in three states will decide on ballot measures to legalize and regulate marijuana, the FBI on Monday released a new report showing that police in the United States arrest someone for marijuana every 42 seconds, and that 87 percent of those arrests are for possession alone.

FBI Study Shows Arrests Do Not Deter Marijuana Use— According to the FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Report, 757,969 arrests were made nationwide for marijuana, more than 87 percent of which were for possession. This is a slight decrease from 2010.   Despite intensive law enforcement resources being used to arrest and punish marijuana users, rates of marijuana use continue to rise. The “National Survey on Drug Use and Health” — commissioned by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and released in late September — showed that marijuana use had slightly increased nationally between 2010 and 2011. According to the report, more than 29.7 million people aged 12 and older used marijuana at least once in the past year.

CA Medical Marijuana Dispensary Sues the Justice Department and DEA — No Grey Sky, a medical marijuana dispensary in California, has sued the United States Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration, claiming that the federal crackdown is an illegal crusade that threatens to prevent thousands of patients from having safe access.

Hit Mexico’s Cartels with Legalization — A powerful New York Times op ed by Ioan Grillo is a journalist and author of El Narco: Inside Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency.

Clergy Endorse Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act — Arkansans for Compassionate Care, the committee behind Issue 5, the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act, on Tuesday announced a dozen clergy leaders from across the state and from a broad range of denominations have endorsed the measure. The religious coalition was announced at a press conference in Fayetteville, featuring medical professionals and Emily Williams, who used medical marijuana to cope with the side effects of chemotherapy.

The 10 Worst Sentences for Marijuana Crimes— Punishments of this sort seldom fit the offense, but these cases are especially egregious.

The Top 10 Most Unlikely Marijuana Reform Supporters —  Check out the slideshow for a top 10 list of the most unexpected allies in the fight against marijuana prohibition.

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