This Week: SCOTUS Affirms Ban on Marijuana Prescriptions; Riverside Cop Tricks Autistic Teen into Buying Pot; Is Marijuana the Next Diabetes Drug?; Planned Nevada MMJ Program Called Discriminatory; Which States Smoke the Most Marijuana?; TSA Might Allow You to Board a Plane with Marijuana; and more.
Is Marijuana the Next Diabetes Drug? — According to new research published in the American Journal of Medicine, while pot smoking has become synonymous with a great appreciation of food, commonly referred to as “the munchies,” there is now new evidence that suggests people on a regular cannabis regimen are far less likely to suffer obesity, and more likely to preserve a lower body-mass-index.
SCOTUS Affirms Ban on Marijuana Prescriptions — The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a San Francisco group’s challenge Monday to the federal government’s refusal to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana, leaving intact the government’s classification of the drug as a dangerous substance with no legitimate uses.
Cop Tricks Autistic Teen into Buying Pot — “Their son was the only arrestee to be reinstated in school, largely thanks to his parents’ perseverance and their financial ability to take their fight to court. The other special needs students arrested remained expelled and at least one served a year in jail. Doug and Catherine’s son is currently being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder brought on by the ordeal.”
TSA Might Allow You to Board a Plane with Marijuana — The mile high club may soon take on a new meaning as states continue to liberalize their marijuana laws. Although it’s a try-it-at-your-own-risk scenario, airplane passengers in certain situations are being permitted to carry marijuana on board, even if TSA agents sniff out the drugs.
New Zealand’s Bold Experiment with Legalizing Recreational Drugs — For the first time in history, New Zealand has created a regulatory body to oversee recreational drugs. Passed by parliament this summer on a vote of 119 to 1, the legislation has already granted interim approval to over 50 products with names like “Dr. Feelgood,” “4:20,” and “Everest Tibetan Toot.”
Planned Nevada MMJ Program Called Discriminatory — Proposed rules for Nevada’s new medical marijuana program would discriminate against the poor and minorities and would make marijuana cost-prohibitive for patients who need the drug, witnesses testified Tuesday.
Loss of Fed Funding Threat Blocks MMJ in MA — Community health centers across Massachusetts are running the risk of losing their federal funding if their doctors prescribe medical marijuana. Officials from the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers recently informed physicians working out of the organization’s 36 federally subsidized medical facilities that they should refrain from prescribing medical marijuana to any of their 638,000 patients. The reason is while state law has given the proverbial thumbs-up for the use of medical marijuana, it is still illegal in the eyes of the federal government.
Which States Smoke the Most Marijuana? — This graphic map gives the lowdown. Is your state one of the Top 10?
Aerosmith Praises Uruguay President for Marijuana Legalization and More — American rock band, Aerosmith, which is in Uruguay for a concert at Montevideo’s main Centenario stadium Wednesday night, praised Uruguayan President José Mujica during an official visit Tuesday afternoon. Aerosmith frontman Steve Tyler called Mujica one of the best presidents in the Americas, adding more presidents should be like José Mujica. Tyler expressed admiration for Mujica’s work with the country’s poor and for the country’s current marijuana legalization efforts.