This Week’s Marijuana News Round-Up: A Police Union Fights to Suppress Video of Cops Eating Pot During Raid; Major Study Finds Teen Marijuana Users Turn Out Just Fine; Life for Pot Prisoner to Turn 65 Behind Bars, On Lockdown; Obama’s Categorical Reduction in Sentences Has Precedent; Merle Haggard Says Prison is the Biggest Business in America; Arizona Spent $1.7 Million Drug testing Welfare Recipients to Catch One Person; and more.
Medical/Health Marijuana News
Major Study Finds Teen Marijuana Users Turn Out Just Fine — Stay off weed, teens. But if you screw your life up, don’t blame the pot. Cannabis use by teenage boys was not linked to later physical or mental health issues, psychotic symptoms or asthma, concludes a major new study published by the American Psychological Association.
Political/Legal Marijuana News
A Police Union Fights to Suppress Video of Cops Eating Pot During Raid — Unions that represent American police officers are often complicit in keeping bad cops on the street. This is a story about one of those unions flagrantly allying itself with misbehaving cops who are trying to suppress hard evidence of indefensible behavior. Even the backstory is jaw-dropping. The Atlantic reports.
Obama’s Categorical Reduction in Sentences Has Precedent — His response to the consequences of the war on drugs uses an authority that would find favor with his predecessors, including the framers.
Merle Haggard Says Prison is the Biggest Business in America — Merle Haggard has changed his stance on pot smoking since his “Okie From Muskogee” days. The former anti-hippy and right wing hero is now putting the bake back in Bakersfield with Willie Nelson on their recent collaboration, “It’s All Gone to Pot.”
Life for Pot Prisoner to Turn 65 Behind Bars, On Lockdown — Paul Free, serving a sentence of Life Without Parole for a nonviolent marijuana conspiracy offense, and now in his 21st year of incarceration, is about to turn 65 years old, on lockdown at Atwater Penitentiary.
D.A.R.E. Accidentally Endorses Marijuana Legalization — The substance abuse prevention education program D.A.R.E. says it has not changed its stance against marijuana after it accidentally published a post supporting its legalization. The post, titled “Purchasing marijuana puts kids at risk,” was a letter to the editor published in The Columbus Dispatch on Monday. It argues that laws criminalizing marijuana make it more accessible to minors.
Marijuana News State by State
Arizona Spent $1.7 Million Drug testing Welfare Recipients to Catch One Person — According to USA Today, more than 87,000 welfare recipients went through Arizona’s program in the three years after it began. The total number of drug cheats caught was exactly one—a single positive result, which saved the state precisely $560.
California Pot Growers Not Wasting Water — Media outlets, including The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board, and public officials, including the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, have seized upon statements from state Fish and Wildlife officials about marijuana and water use in a few creeks in Northern California to greatly overstate the problem, causing unfair backlash for genuine medical marijuana patients.
Medical Marijuana Now Legal in Georgia, So How Do We Get It? — HB1—called Haleigh’s Hope Act, after one of the children affected—is perhaps most notable for what it doesn’t do, which is permit the cultivation of cannabis in Georgia. The law creates a dilemma for the very people it was designed to help: Yes, you can now possess cannabis oil for your medical condition, but because you’ll have to purchase it out-of-state, you’ll be breaking federal law by crossing state lines to bring it home.
Marijuana Lifestyle News
Entertainment: Showtime’s Pot Smoking, Gothic, Bass-Ass Feminist Superhero — If you haven’t checked out Showtime’s Penny Dreadful and Eva Green’s brilliant portrayal of the unforgettable Vanessa Ives, you should.
Marijuana Recipes: Watermelon, Cucumber and Feta Salad — Pairing sweet watermelon with typically savory ingredients might sound strange, but it works beautifully to create a tantalizing unforgettable flavor combination.