This Week’s Marijuana News Round-Up: More Americans Are Being Sentenced for Marijuana Than Heroin; Jeff Sessions Says Marijuana ‘Only Slightly Less Awful” Than Getting Hooked on Heroin; Rectal Marijuana More Effective Than Smoking; Life for Pot; Marijuana Lifer Edwin Rubis: The Months and Years Go By and We’re Still Here; Marc and Jodie Emery Ordered to Cease Cannabis Culture Operations; and more.
Medical/Health Marijuana News
Rectal Marijuana More Effective Than Smoking — It’s difficult to absorb enough of the drug through the lungs, and gastric acids interfere when someone eats it, he said, adding that it’s more effective to take the drug by other means, such as under the tongue. “Rectally is actually a lot more preferred because of the volume of absorption. You can put a lot more and it gets absorbed a lot better, but not everybody is open to this way of administration,” Kogan said.
Scientists Say Government Cannabis Samples Moldy — Sue Sisley, a primary care physician in Scottsdale, Arizona, recalls the moment she picked up the carefully wrapped package fresh from the delivery truck. Nearly two years after Sisley and her colleagues were awarded a grant to study marijuana as a treatment for 76 military veterans suffering from chronic post-traumatic stress disorder, her shipment of the drug was finally in hand. But minutes later, as she opened the packets to weigh the drug – as required by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration – her enthusiasm turned to dismay. It didn’t look like marijuana. Most of it looked like green talcum powder.
Legal/Political Marijuana News
More Americans Are Being Sentences for Marijuana Than Heroin — New report shows marijuana sentences are diminishing, but people are still facing harsh penalties for a substance that is legal in over half the nation.
Life for Pot — You’ll be shocked to know so many prisoners are serving life sentences in prison on marijuana charges. For many, the only hope is a presidential pardon.
Jeff Sessions Says Marijuana ‘Only Slightly Less Awful” Than Getting Hooked on Heroin — Marijuana users and heroin addicts are basically the same, Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III said Wednesday in Richmond, Virginia. “I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana — so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another that’s only slightly less awful,” said Sessions. He went on to call for a revival of hardline ’80s- and ‘90s-style “educating people and telling them the terrible truth about drugs.” For someone on a bar stool arguing with his friends, this would be a stupid but harmless “hot take.” But for the top law enforcement official in a nation of 320 million people, it’s a malicious string of lies intended to justify dangerous policies.
Marijuana Lifer Edwin Rubis: The Months and Years Go By and We’re Still Here — Edwin Rubis has a hard time nailing down his feelings about the U.S. cannabis legalization movement. On the one hand, seeing public opinion shift so dramatically regarding cannabis in the nearly two decades he’s been locked up “gives [him]hope.” On the other hand, he’s still facing another 21 years in prison for a nonviolent cannabis offense – and it doesn’t seem like that’s going to change anytime soon.
International Marijuana News
Marc and Jodie Emery Ordered to Cease Cannabis Culture Operations — The business empire built by Canada’s “Prince and Princess of Pot” is on the verge of collapse. Marc and Jodie Emery have been ordered to cease operating their Cannabis Culture dispensary business after they were arrested Wednesday at Pearson Airport while on their way catch a flight to Barcelona, Jodie said Saturday in a phone call from Toronto.
Marijuana Lifestyle News
Do Topical Marijuana Products Really Work? — It may seem difficult to believe that rubbing or slathering on a cannabis infused lotion, salve, or balm could actually get real tangible pain relieving or anti-inflammatory results, but there is actually solid science behind it.
Marijuana News State by State
Judge Reinstates Cop Fired in Infamous Santa Ana, CA Pot Raid — A superior court judge granted a temporary restraining order Tuesday forcing Santa Ana to briefly reinstate a police officer involved in a controversial marijuana dispensary raid, tipping the case in the officer’s favor.