This Week’s Marijuana News Round-Up: Obama Granted Clemency to a Pot Lifer but Dozens More Remain Behind Bars; Obama Commutes the Sentences of 2 Pot Prisoners and 44 Other Drug Offenders; Is It Time to Pardon Pot Offenders?; Why Hasn’t Obama Pardoned More People?; How Marijuana Can Literally Save Lives; The New Green Building Trend is Hemp Bricks; Seattle City Council Passes Measure to Shut Down Most Dispensaries; Big Court Defeat for Marijuana Despite Record Tax Harvests; Is Juicing Raw Marijuana the Next Health Drink?; and more.
Medical/Health Marijuana News
Is Juicing Raw Marijuana the Next Health Drink? — Unlike heated forms of cannabis— smoked, vaporized or in baked goods— raw dietary cannabis contains both the terpenes, the aromatic compounds of the plant, and the cannabinoids, the chemical compounds which are also in the correct portion and ratio.
How Marijuana Can Literally Save Lives — The JAMA study found solid evidence that marijuana is effective at treating one big condition: chronic pain. The JAMA review found “30% or greater improvement in pain with cannabinoid compared with placebo,” across the 79 studies it surveyed. A new NBER working paper is a helpful reminder of why that finding is so important. Pain management — especially chronic pain management — is a tricky business. Prescription painkillers are highly addictive and deadly — they killed more than 16,000 people in 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s’s latest numbers. In the U.S., drug overdoses kill more people than suicide, guns or car crashes. The CDC now calls prescription painkiller abuse an “epidemic.”
Politics/Legal Marijuana News
Obama Granted Clemency to a Pot Lifer but Dozens More Remain Behind Bars — We have many senior citizens who have already served decades for marijuana-only crimes that are being ignored.
Obama Commutes the Sentences of 2 Pot Prisoners and 44 Other Drug Offenders — President Obama commuted the sentences of 46 non-violent drug offenders on Monday, two of which were for marijuana. The president said the 46 prisoners had served sentences disproportionate to their crimes.
Is It Time to Pardon Pot Offenders? — The crisis of oversentencing requires presidential action at an entirely different scale than Obama’s 46 commutations.
Why Hasn’t Obama Pardoned Way More People? — President Obama commuted the sentences of 46 nonviolent drug offenders this week, including 14 who had been sentenced to life in prison. It was a long-awaited move for a president who before this year used the presidential pardon power in fewer cases than any of his predecessors.
Big Court Defeat for Marijuana Despite Record Tax Harvests — Should marijuana businesses pay tax on gross profits ornet profits? It sounds like a silly question. Virtually every business in every country pays tax only on net profits, after expenses. But the topsy-turvy rules for marijuana seem to defy logic. And taxes are clearly a big topic these days under both federal and burgeoning state law.
Marijuana News State by State
CA Board of Equalization Will Accept Cash Payments from Dispensaries — Medical cannabis business owners may pay their tax liability to the California State Board of Equalization (BOE) in cash, simply by securing a seller’s permit from the Board of Equalization (BOE) and submitting a written request. BOE district offices will work with cannabis operators, whether they are legitimate medical cannabis distributors or underground sellers who wish to come out of the shadows, to establish a recurring schedule for cash payment.
The New Green Building Trend is Hemp Bricks — The cannabis-based building material called hempcrete is gaining acceptance in home construction is that it’s entirely fireproof. A small group of hemp entrepreneurs envisions a time very soon when hempcrete will be totally mainstream.
Seattle City Council Passes Measure to Shut Down Most Dispensaries — A proposal to shutdown over half of the medical cannabis dispensaries located in Seattle has been unanimously approved by the city’s council. The measure, which was put forth by Mayor Ed Murray, will go into effect 30 days after he signs it.
There Are a Whole Lot of Books About Pot: Here’s Why — The LA Weekly looks at the best of the latest crop of marijuana books, including Cannabis Cheri Sicard’s Mary Jane: The Complete Marijuana Handbook for Women.