This Week’s Marijuana News Round-up: Hasty Bans on Marijuana in CA Only Serve the Black Market; Marijuana and Obesity and Diabetes; Vermont’s Governor Wants to Legalize Marijuana; Fueled by Booze PACS Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Blasts Legal Marijuana; Marijuana in the Larger Context of Justice Reform; Colorado Celebrates Legalization Anniversary with Decreased Arrests and Increased Revenues;Police Using Social Media for Marijuana Stings; and more.
Medical/Health Marijuana News
10 Ways to Use Cannabis for a Healthy New Year — Chances are marijuana can help you achieve your health and fitness goals for the New Year due to its unique effects that balance human health. Even if you think your marijuana use is solely recreational, if you are ingesting cannabinoids, then you’re receiving health benefits and preventative protection against diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s. That’s what cannabis does, regardless of whether you have a doctor’s recommendation or not. Resolve to try these suggestions, take advantage of health-positive benefits and use cannabis strategically to thrive in a more productive and vital life.
Marijuana and Obesity and Diabetes — Obesity and diabetes are two of the major health epidemics plaguing Americans. Marijuana may turn out to be just what the doctor ordered to treat this seemingly intractable disorder that is shortening lives, decreasing the quality of life, filling up our nation’s hospitals and driving health care costs through the roof.
Legal/Political Marijuana News
Fueled by Booze PACs Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Blasts Legal Marijuana — Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz told the New York Times she continues to oppose legalizing marijuana — even as she has courted alcohol PACs as one of the largest sources of her campaign funding.
Marijuana in the Larger Context of Justice Reform — Marijuana legalization can also be understood in terms of a more general interest in criminal justice reform, which has become a hot topic for a number of reasons. Racial disparities in the use of deadly force by police has been receiving most of the attention lately. Racial disparities in marijuana arrests has also focused attention on criminal justice reform. But beneath these important concerns another one is driving interest in this issue, the realization that maintaining large correctional populations is just too expensive to sustain any longer.
How Racketeering Lawsuits Are Successfully Taking On Legal Marijuana — Just before the new year, one of the Colorado RICO lawsuits filed with such fanfare in February of 2015 was quietly and voluntarily dismissed by the plaintiffs. While this might seem like good news for the cannabis industry, it is actually anything but. The use of the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act in lawsuits against marijuana businesses poses a significant threat not just to those licensed marijuana businesses sued, but to anyone who does business with them, from bankers to accountants, from lawyers to builders.
Police Using Social Media for Marijuana Stings/Entrapment — CBS4 has learned Denver police are posing as pot growers on Facebook. They are conducting sting operations and have landed at least one deal worth tens of thousands of dollars.
“Ganja Man” James Tranmer is Serving 35 Years for Marijuana — “I’m an herb man, I’ve always been an herb man for more than 30 years,” Tranmer told the judge at sentencing. “The herb is a sacrament. Ganja is my sacrament. America is a sick nation spiritually … you cannot win this fight against marijuana. If you fight against the herb, you fight against creation. I will take anything you give me for ganja. You can’t take ganja away from the people. Ganja is what is given by God for the people and you can’t take that away from them.”
James Tranmer, serving a de-facto Life Sentence for marijuana.
Armed CA Deputy Drover 250 Pounds of Pot to Pennsylvania — A California sheriff’s deputy was armed with his duty weapon when he and two others drove 247 pounds of high-quality marijuana worth more than $2 million to a York County home in two oversized pickup trucks, according to York County District Attorney Tom Kearney.
Marijuana News State-by-State
California: Hasty Bans on Medical Marijuana Only Serve the Black Market — If the past four decades of marijuana prohibition have taught us anything, though, it’s that simply banning pot doesn’t actually prevent people from accessing, growing and selling the stuff. In the context of a state which has opened its arms to marijuana for medicinal use, and which may very well legalize it for recreational use, prohibition is simply an exercise in government power for the sake of exercising government power.
Colorado Celebrates Legalization Anniversary with Decreased Arrests and Increased Revenues — More than three years have passed since Colorado residents voted to legalize marijuana, which immediately allowed adults to possess and cultivate limited amounts of marijuana. This past New Year’s Day marked the two year anniversary of adults being able to legally buy marijuana in Colorado. The policy is still in its formative stage, but the first year after marijuana sales started in Colorado went very well and we continue to see the good shape of things to come.
Vermont: Governor Wants to Legalize Marijuana: Here’s How He Could Do It — Legal marijuana is coming to Vermont this year — at least, if Gov. Peter Shumlin has anything to say about it. Shumlin (D) offered the broad outlines of a legalization plan Thursday during his annual State of the State address. “The outdated War on Drugs has also failed,” he said, “and there is no greater example than our nation’s marijuana laws.” Shumlin noted that, although Vermont decriminalized marijuana in 2013, the 80,000 Vermonters who used marijuana last year — more than one in 10 residents — still had to purchase their weed through the black market.
Lifestyle Marijuana News
Marijuana Cultivation: To Grow or Not to Grow — Before you jump right in, take a deep breath. There are a few things to think about before adding cannabis cultivation to your life. Growing marijuana can be a lot like winning Goldie the goldfish at the State Fair. It’s fun and interesting at the start, you’re enthused for a few weeks, then the next thing you know you forget to feed her or clean the aquarium and Goldie is belly-up in her fishbowl.
3 Easy Creative, and Healthy Medicated Salads — When most people think of marijuana edibles, they think of cookies and brownies, but guess what? Cannabis infused foods can also be healthy foods, like these three colorful creative salad that are loaded with flavor and nutrition. They are easy to make, providing you have marijuana infused oil – a staple of any cannabis cook — on hand.