This Week’s Cannabis News Round-Up: DEA Approves Cannabis PTSD Study;Why International Drug Laws Won’t Stop Legalization; U.N. Drug Policy Meeting’s Banal Consensus Masks Encouraging Disagreements; Turns Out Smoking Pot Outside the White House Gets You Invited In; Supreme Court Rejects Appeal for 76 Year Old Serving Life Without Parole for Marijuana; Why We Can’t Let Capitalist Greed Throttle the Promise of America’s Marijuana Industry; Sanjay Gupta Says US Should Legalize Medical Marijuana Now; and more.
Legal/Political Cannabis News
DEA Approves Cannabis PTSD Study — The Drug Enforcement Agency has given its blessing to a study on the effect of medical marijuana on post-traumatic stress disorder, the first randomized, controlled research in the U.S. for PTSD that will use the actual plant instead of oils or synthesized cannabis.
Sanjay Gupta Says US Should Legalize Medical Marijuana Now — CNN’s top doc says it: “We should legalize medical marijuana. We should do it nationally. And, we should do it now.”
Doctors Across the Nation Are Teaming Up to Support Marijuana Legalization — Doctors for Cannabis Regulation, a new coalition, takes different view from American Medical Association, arguing prohibition of marijuana use does more harm to the public than good.
Turns Out Smoking Pot Outside the White House Gets You Invited In — Adam Eidinger had been sending letters to the White House asking for a meeting since he led a successful ballot measure fight to legalize pot in the nation’s capital. The letters asked for a “Bud Summit” with President Obama’s drug policy advisers to talk about removing pot from the nation’s list of most dangerous drugs. Eidinger, however, never received a reply until he tried something more aggressive. He organized an illegal smoke-in outside the White House, complete with a 51-foot replica of a marijuana joint painted with the phrase “Obama, Deschedule Cannabis Now!”
Supreme Court Rejects Appeal for 76 Year Old Serving Life Without Parole for Marijuana — The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal of a sentence for a cannabis conviction that lower courts admitted was excessive and unjust. On April 18, justices decided not to hear the case of Lee Carroll Brooker – a 75-year-old veteran from Alabama who got a life sentence with no chance of parole after he was found guilty growing marijuana that he claims was for his own personal, medical use in 2011.
Why We Can’t Let Capitalist Greed Throttle the Promise of America’s Marijuana Industry — Most importantly, we need to recognize at all times that long before it was a thriving industry, marijuana was a a social justice cause and a grass roots political movement seeking liberty and justice for all in the face of severe government oppression. The weed heads (and not the greed heads) have been right about cannabis all along, after all, so nobody convicted of a non-violent marijuana offense (for using, growing or selling pot) should ever be barred from working in the legal cannabis industry. Feel free to ban the banksters though.
International Cannabis News
Why International Drug Laws Won’t Stop Legalization — Under the outcome document for UNGASS that was drafted by diplomats last month in Vienna and formally adopted on Tuesday at UN headquarters in New York, weed still remains strictly banned by the treaties that govern international law. It won’t force the US and Uruguay to change their systems, nor will it compel countries like Russia and China to soften their draconian policies. “Cannabis is clearly the elephant in the room at UNGASS,” Walsh said. “It’s there, it’s huge, but no one wants to talk about it.”
U.N. Drug Policy Meeting’s Banal Consensus Masks Encouraging Disagreements — The theme of the last UNGASS on drug policy, which was held 18 years ago, was “A Drug-Free World: We Can Do It.” If your reaction to that slogan is “no, we can’t, and we shouldn’t try,” you may be slightly encouraged by the more modest aim of this week’s meeting: “promoting a society free of drug abuse.” Everyone can get on board with that, because abuse is bad by definition. Once you start to define abuse and talk in more detail about how it should be curtailed, of course, the consensus falls apart. But the shift from creating “a drug-free world,” a goal that is neither desirable nor achievable, to reducing drug abuse strikes me as an improvement.
Cannabis Lifestyle News
Putting the POT in Pot Luck Recipes — Click for classic pot luck supper recipes…with a twist!
Hemp Sweet Home: Building for a Greener Future — The lowdown on the miraculous properties of Hempcrete, plus a few things it can’t do.
I Got High at a Fine Dining Pop-Up Dinner — Somewhere between the THC-infused composed plate of curried carrot-confit gnocchi and pea emulsion (paired with the aromatic terpene extract of earthy Blue Dream) and the seared Japanese scallop atop micro-dosed citrus barley (paired with the aromas of Northern Lights and Candyland buds), I realized I was pretty high.