This Week’s Marijuana News Round-Up: Mexican Congress Approves the Use of Medical Marijuana; It’s Time for Congressional Action on Marijuana Policy; Chili Peppers and Marijuana Calm the Gut; Will Online Sales Kill the Cannabis Dispensary?; and more.
International Marijuana News
Mexican Congress Approves the Use of Medical Marijuana — Mexico’s Lower House of Congress passed a bill on Friday to legalize the use of marijuana and cannabis for medical and scientific needs, a step closer to outright legalization in a country long scarred by warring drug cartels. The bill sailed through the Senate in December and will now be sent to President Enrique Pena Nieto, who is expected to sign it.
Marijuana Health News
Chili Peppers and Marijuana Calm the Gut — You wouldn’t think chili peppers and marijuana have much in common. But when eaten, both interact with the same receptor in our stomachs, according to a new paper. The research could lead to new therapies for diabetes and colitis, and opens up intriguing questions about the relationship between the immune system, the gut and the brain.
Legal/Political Marijuana News
It’s Time for Congressional Action on Marijuana Policy — The failure of Congress to amend federal marijuana laws places the millions of patients who rely on these state-sanctioned programs at legal risk. That is because an existing federal provision protecting these programs could potentially expire later this week.
Marijuana Business News
Will Online Sales Kill the Cannabis Dispensary? — Will legal cannabis soon be as easy as point, click, and wait by the door for the delivery guy? That’s a scenario being pushed in an intriguing new report by VolteFace, a UK drug policy think tank. Though focused mainly on the United Kingdom, where popular pressure is building for legalization, the report makes a fairly compelling case for the “virtualizing” of the global cannabis business—where all products are ordered online and delivered directly to the consumer, without the inefficiency or social risks of a bricks-and-mortar shop. Report author Mike Power, the UK journalist who wrote Drugs 2.0: The Web Revolution That’s Changing How the World Gets High, writes that it’s the only sensible future for mega markets like Canada and the United States.
Marijuana Friendly Campground Opens in Oregon — What goes hand in hand with camping? Smoking cannabis, of course. And, what has always been the biggest problem when you were camping and enjoying your ganja? Neighboring campers that do not approve, and law enforcement that might get called by those same bothersome campers. Now Southern Oregon has a campground that embraces cannabis use, and it sits beside a beautiful lake in the heart of Oregon’s cannabis cultivation region.