This Week’s Marijuana News Round-Up: Lawmakers Launch Congressional Cannabis Caucus; More Seniors Turning to Marijuana for Relief from Aches and Pains; Marijuana Lifer John Knock Speaks Out; Medical Marijuana Keeps Sacramento Woman from Heart Transplant; and more.
Marijuana Health News
More Seniors Turning to Marijuana for Relief from Aches and Pains — Ruth Brunn finally said yes to marijuana. She is 98. She pops a green pill filled with cannabis oil into her mouth with a sip of vitamin water. Then Brunn, who has neuropathy, settles back in her wheelchair and waits for the jabbing pain in her shoulders, arms and hands to ebb. “I don’t feel high or stoned,” she said. “All I know is I feel better when I take this.”
Legal/Political Marijuana News
Lawmakers Launch Congressional Cannabis Caucus — A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers launched the Congressional Cannabis Caucus in a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday afternoon. Republican congressmen Dana Rohrabacher (California) and Don Young (Alaska) joined Democrats Earl Blumenauer (Oregon) and Jared Polis (Colorado) to launch the new group. They are dedicated to developing policy reforms that can bridge the gap that currently exists between federal laws banning marijuana and the laws in an ever-growing number of states that have legalized it for medical or recreational purposes.
Marijuana Lifer John Knock Speaks Out: “America is Full of Hypocrites” — Days after John Knock learned that his application for clemency had been denied – meaning he would have to continue serving out two life sentences plus 20 years for a non-violent cannabis offense – he found himself transfixed by a story on NPR. “There was [someone on the radio]talking about how they’re going to handle the marijuana distribution stores in Pennsylvania, and here I am doing a life sentence for marijuana,” Knock told Civilized from the federal penitentiary in Pennsylvania where he currently resides.
Marijuana News State-by-State
Medical Marijuana Keeps Sacramento Woman from Heart Transplant — A 2015 state law prohibits discrimination against medical cannabis patients in the organ transplant process, but the doctor has the final say determining if a patient’s cannabis use mixed with other factors could impact a transplant. Summer Waltman uses medical marijuana for pain management and comfort. Her family says it’s her cannabis use and potentially other factors that led to her denial.
Texas Law Enforcement Are Sick of Pot Busts — “Each arrest takes about two hours of police time, not to mention the added burden on jails and courts. What’s more, a marijuana conviction affects a person’s ability to work and support a family for the rest of their life. No one wins; all of us lose.”