This Week’s Cannabis News Round-Up: Obama Says Marijuana Reform Not on his 2016 Agenda; On Marijuana Hillary Clinton Sides with Big Pharma; Justice Department Announces New Acting Pardon Attorney; Life in Prison for Pot Smuggling; Police Raid Native American Church Over Marijuana; The Truth About Marijuana’s Effects on the Lungs; and more.
Medical/Health Marijuana News
The Truth About the Effects of Marijuana on the Lungs — One of the major objections to the medicinal use of marijuana is the use of smoking as a delivery system. Based on the fact that smoking tobacco causes deterioration of lung function, these detractors intone that smoking marijuana is just as harmful. So let’s examine the truth about the effects of marijuana on the lungs.
Legal/Political Marijuana News
Obama Says Marijuana Reform Not on his 2016 Agenda — Marijuana advocates hoping for a substantial shift in federal marijuana policy in the last year of the Obama administration are likely to be disappointed. At a briefing Friday, White House press secretary John Earnest said any progress on marijuana reform would need to come through Congress. President Obama had signaled his position a day earlier at the House Democratic retreat in Baltimore, saying marijuana reform is not on his list of end-of-term priorities, according to Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.).
On Marijuana, Hillary Clinton Sides with Big Pharma Over Young Voters — While 77% of young Democrats believe marijuana should be legal, Hillary Clinton is unwilling to support meaningful marijuana reforms. She’s opposed decriminalizing marijuana during her previous presidential run and has given little indication that she changed her position on the issue since. Today, Clinton will only go so far as to support the rescheduling of marijuana to Schedule II, giving it the same legal status as cocaine and methamphetamine.
Life in prison for Pot Smuggling — In federal court in Syracuse, New York a judge recently imposed mandatory life sentences on two Canadian men convicted of operating a “continuing criminal enterprise,” under the kingpin statute. They were convicted of smuggling pot from Canada into the United States through the St. Regis Mohawk reservation in northern New York. There were no guns, no allegations of violence, and no hard drugs involved in the case. Prosecutors extradited 15 people from Canada to face charges in the U.S. in what was the largest use of the extradition treaty between the two countries in a single case. Canada, under the new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has promised to legalize marijuana.
Police Raid Native American Church Over Marijuana — With California on the knife edge of legalization, Orange County has become known as the land of brutal dispensary raids and corrupt cops. But last week’s raid on the Oklevueha Native American Church (ONAC) in Costa Mesa strayed from the typical cannabis facility invasion. ONAC isn’t a medical facility— it’s a place to engage in indigenous Native American spiritual ceremonies, which can include the use of sacred plants, such as cannabis, ayahuasca, peyote and psilocybin.
Justice Department Announces New Acting Pardon Attorney –The Justice Department announced today that Robert A. Zauzmer will become the new Acting Pardon Attorney effective immediately. Zauzmer, the Chief of Appeals in the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, has been a key player in the department’s implementation of both the 2013 Smart on Crime initiative and the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s retroactive sentence reductions.
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Marijuana Lifestyle News
The Top 11 Outdoor Marijuana Growing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them — Marijuana growing outdoors is not complicated or difficult. In fact it is the easiest way for a new cannabis gardener to give cultivation a try. All you need is a little space and good sunlight. You can even grow in a container on a sunny balcony. But as easy as outdoor gardening can be, things can go wrong. Pay attention to these eleven common outdoor marijuana gardening mistakes, to help insure you have a robust healthy harvest at the end of your labors.
Superbowl Sunday Marijuana Recipe — You can fry, grill, or bake the chicken wings for this recipe, then toss with the flavorful medicated glaze that turns simple chicken into something spectacular. Serve with rice to soak up every bit of the medicated glaze.