This Week’s Marijuana News Round-Up: Tribe Says DEA Destroyed Hemp Crop; Study Finds ADHD Patients Responsive to Medical Marijuana; GOP Candidates Out of Touch on Marijuana Legalization; CA Activist Claims New Medical Marijuana Regulations Unconstitutional; Landmark Case in Mexico’s Supreme Court Could Pave the Way for Legalization; Ben Carson Wants to Intensify the War on Drug and Keep Marijuana Illegal; and more.
Ending the Government’s War on Medical Marijuana Research — Of all the controlled substances that the federal government regulates, cannabis is treated in unique ways that impede research. Specifically, the U.S. government has held back the medical community’s ability to conduct the type of research that the scientific community considers the experimental gold standard in guiding medical practice. Thus, the use of cannabis for medical treatment is happening in states based largely on anecdotal or limited science. In many cases, patients and doctors operate according to a learn-as-you-go approach—a situation that is inexcusably the fault of federal policies failing to keep pace with changing societal views and state-level legal landscapes.
Study Finds ADHD Patients Responsive to Medical Marijuana — The administration of herbal cannabis eases symptoms in adults suffering from ADHD (attention deficiency hyperactivity disorder), according to clinical trial data recently presented at the 7th European Workshop on Canabinoid Research.
Legal Political Marijuana News
Tribe Says DEA Destroyed Hemp Crop — The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin says federal agents entered tribal lands and improperly destroyed a crop of industrial hemp. Federal officials, however, say the crop was an illegal marijuana grow operation.
Why Bernie Sanders Marijuana Proposal Would Be a Big Deal — Seven important benefits of Bernie Sander’s plan to legalize marijuana.
Ben Carson Wants to Intensify the War on Drug and Keep Marijuana Illegal — The retired neurosurgeon is as prohibitionist as anyone running for presidency this cycle—and the reasoning he offers is surprisingly weak.
GOP Candidates Out of Touch on Marijuana Legalization — This week’s Republican presidential debate in Colorado showed that the GOP candidates are out of touch with the majority of American voters when it comes to marijuana legalization, according to a leading financial advisor. “Once again, the Republicans don’t take the opportunity to speak to an overwhelming percentage of Americans in regards to state rights and legalization of marijuana,” said David Dinenberg, CEO and founder of Kind Financial, a financial services firm for the legal cannabis industry. “The party should realize that several ‘Red’ states have some form of legalization on the 2016 ballots and the voters and consider the candidates’ position on marijuana.”
International Marijuana News
Landmark Case in Mexico’s Supreme Court Could Pave the Way for Legalization — On Wednesday, Mexico’s Supreme Court will debate whether the prohibition of the consumption and cultivation of marijuana for personal use is unconstitutional. The Court will determine whether the prohibition of the consumption of marijuana – and its cultivation for non-commercial ends – violates the human right to the free development of one’s personality. This landmark case could lead to the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes if followed up with legislation.
Marijuana News State by State
California: Activist Claims New Medical Marijuana Regulations Unconstitutional — David Armstrong claims the law violates the California Constitution because it amended a voter initiative- the 1996 Compassionate Use Act, which legalized doctor-recommended medical marijuana – without voter approval.
Take Action Opportunity!
Tell Your Senators to Reform Harsh Drug Laws — Last week the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee voted 15 to 5 in favor of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act to roll back harsh drug sentencing laws. The bill is moving fast, and it will be voted on by the full Senate very soon! Help us build support by urging your Senators to cosponsor the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act today.
Marijuana Recipe of the Week
Eyes in the Dark Mini-Cupcakes — Rich fudgy mini-cupcakes, studded with chocolate chips, are topped with an even richer chocolate/sour cream ganache frosting. The store bought candy eyeballs (available at all cake decorating shops and most grocery stores), makes decorating these little medicated treats super fast and easy. One recipe make 88 tiny cupcakes, each very lightly dosed. Someone with a high tolerance might eat 3 or 4, someone who is a lightweight can stop at one. Leftovers freeze well, just wrap in plastic wrap or place in a freezer. Bring to room temperature anytime and enjoy.