Unless you are a member of the “choir” (my affectionate name for the hard core cannabis activists who live this movement day in and day out), chances are you’re going to miss a lot of cannabis news. It’s not that there isn’t any, things are happening in the word of marijuana all the time. But the mainstream media never seems to make it a priority to report on it.
So, since I follow these things, and am on every cannabis mailing list imaginable, I thought it might be a good idea to do a weekly round-up of the compelling stories that came across my desk the week before. Sometimes I might discover stories older than a week old but still timely, so I’ll pass them on too. If you have suggestions for stories to be considered for inclusion in next week’s round up, use the Contact Us form here and let me know.
New Study Shows Crohn’s Disease Mitigated with Cannabis — Of the 30 patients tested 21 improved significantly after treatment with cannabis. The need for other medication was significantly reduced. Fifteen of the patients had 19 surgeries during an average period of 9 years before cannabis use, but only 2 required surgery during an average period of 3 years of cannabis use. The results indicate that cannabis may have a positive effect on disease activity, as reflected by reduction in disease activity index and in the need for other drugs and surgery.
POLITICS AND LEGAL
Feds Want to Ban Medical References in Montana Trial — This is not a new problem, but most people are unaware that if you are facing federal charges for marijuana sales, the jury will never hear that you were a MEDICAL marijuana provider. That’s right, the feds don’t care if it’s legal under state law.
Tennessee Congressman Calls Fed Medical Marijuana Policy “Misguided” — Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN) wrote a letter to Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske on Monday, urging a change to the country’s drug policy with regard to marijuana. In addition to calling the federal policy on medical marijuana “misguided,” Cohen said, “Marijuana does not belong on Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act.”
Woman Told to Lose Pot Shirt at Willie Nelson Concert — Who would have a thought a cannabis t-shirt would cause a fuss at a Willie Nelson concert? It did at the Nebraska State Fair, even though vendors were selling shirts with pot leaves on them. Is this s a free speech issue?
TAKE ACTION OPPORTUNITIES
Don’t Forget Cannabis Prisoners — American prisons are filled with people locked away for medical marijuana, even in states that have legalized cannabis for medicinal use. The Landa Prison Outreach Program (LPOP) has a mission to support these people. Founded and operated by medical marijuana prisoner of war (POW) Stephanie Landa, who was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison for a co-operative medical grow in the city of San Francisco, LPOP is an all-volunteer organization which serves prisoners by delivering care in the form of letters, and books—the same items which were Stephanie’s lifeline while she was in prison. Get addresses to write to cannabis prisoners and learn how a small donation of postage stamps can make an enormous difference in someone’s life.