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Legalized Pot Is a Mess of Trouble for Tribes

Legalized Pot Is a Mess of Trouble for Tribes Walter Lamar 9/1/14 While a patchwork of state laws have given marijuana quasi-legal status in 24 states, status on many tribal lands remains prohibited, or at best uncertain. Many tribes are content to adhere to federal prohibitions, but in PL 83-280 states (notably Washington, with legal recreational use), some are considering or even embracing the economic development potential of growing and distributing marijuana. In general, medical marijuana laws have not been recognized on tribal lands, with some tribal members even facingRead More


For some parents, legalization complicates how to talk about pot

For some parents, legalization complicates how to talk about pot By MARIA L. LA GANGA, JENNY DEAM September 1, 2014 Laurie Ritchie prides herself on being an open-minded parent. She voted in favor of legalizing marijuana two years ago. She started talking to her daughters about drug use around the same time. She hasn’t stopped. Now that recreational pot is legal in Colorado and Washington state for people 21 and older, “it’s everywhere,” the 53-year-old said. Even on her patio in this Denver suburb, where her husband sneaks an occasionalRead More


Editorial: Give pot laws chance to prove their worth

Editorial: Give pot laws chance to prove their worth August 31, 2014 in Opinion n a closely watched court case, a local ban on marijuana commerce was upheld and a larger threat to the voter-approved state law was averted – for now. On Friday, Pierce County Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper ruled that the ban imposed by the small town of Fife did not violate the rights of a prospective pot proprietor. Our view is that communities ought to honor the will of the voters – 53 percent of FifeRead More


Is Medical Marijuana the Answer to Lowering Healthcare Costs?

Is Medical Marijuana the Answer to Lowering Healthcare Costs? By Sean Williams August 31, 2014 Comparatively speaking the United States has the highest healthcare costs of all 34 countries in the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development. But, relative to the past five decades, healthcare inflation is practically at its low. According to data from the Commerce Department, healthcare costs for July 2013 rose just 1% over July 2012. To add some context to these figures, the year-over-year increase between the mid-1970s and the mid-1990s ranged between 4% to asRead More


The Real Reason Pot Is Still Illegal

The Real Reason Pot Is Still Illegal Lee Fang July 1, 2014 Opponents of marijuana-law reform insist that legalization is dangerous—but the biggest threat is to their own bottom line. Patrick Kennedy, son of the late Senator Ted Kennedy, did several stints in rehab after crashing his car into a barricade on Capitol Hill in 2006, a headline-making event that revealed the then–US congressman for Rhode Island had been abusing prescription drugs, including the painkiller OxyContin. Kennedy went on to make mental health—including substance abuse—a cornerstone of his political agenda,Read More


Nick Clegg almost gets it right on drug policy

Nick Clegg almost gets it right on drug policy Aleksandar Kokovic is an advocate for Young Voices. August 31, 2014, 11:02am Earlier this month, speaking to The Sun newspaper, deputy prime minister Nick Clegg made a bold statement on Britain’s drug policy: “At the moment, we are doing an utterly senseless thing — chucking the people who need treatment behind bars so they simply become even more vulnerable to the criminal gangs who exploited them in the first place.” Meanwhile, his fellow Liberal Democrats have vowed to scrap prison sentencesRead More


IS YOUR PRACTICE READY FOR THE POT RUSH?

IS YOUR PRACTICE READY FOR THE POT RUSH? legalinkmagazine.com There are currently 23 states plus the District of Columbia that have enacted laws to legalize medical marijuana. Earlier this year both Colorado and Washington opened their doors to recreational pot consumption. In the first six months since Colorado’s recreational marijuana laws came into effect, Colorado collected over $10 million dollars in excise taxes. If you extrapolate the tax data, you realize that over $200 million dollars was spent on the retail end. That is only the tip of the iceberg.Read More


Judge REFUSES to jail cancer victim who has twice been caught growing cannabis for pain relief

Judge REFUSES to jail cancer victim who has twice been caught growing cannabis for pain relief Aug 28, 2014 18:29 By Anthony Bond Jonathan Yates, 65, whose throat has been badly damaged by radiation treatment for tongue cancer, says cannabis is the only effective pain killer he can find. A judge today refused to jail a cancer victim who has twice been caught growing cannabis – saying he would ‘not be able to live with himself’ if he locked him up. Jonathan Yates, 65, whose throat has been badly damagedRead More


THC counts in marijuana: It’s complicated

THC counts in marijuana: It’s complicated Growers discover lab results vary greatly even within same strain By Sue Vorenberg, Columbian features reporter Published: August 31, 2014, 6:00 AM n the back room of Main Street Marijuana, Adam Hamide scrunched his eyes, puzzled, as he laid out four bags of pot that were harvested by the same grower on the same day. Labeling on the packages showed a tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, content of 20.99 percent, 13.43 percent, 24.66 percent and 19.57 percent on the different bags, even though they all containedRead More


RECREATIONAL MEDICINE: AN INTERVIEW WITH DR. LESTER GRINSPOON

RECREATIONAL MEDICINE: AN INTERVIEW WITH DR. LESTER GRINSPOON POSTED BY BLAIR HOLT ON AUGUST 29, 2014 Recreational Medicine: Dr. Lester Grinspoon on Why – In the Case of Cannabis – We Can’t Always Separate Healing and Pleasure Dr. Lester Grinspoon published his landmark scholarly study, Marijuana Reconsidered, in 1971 while serving as Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Considered radical at the time, the book grew from his experiences with patients who used cannabis to heal or mitigate the symptoms of chronic illness. Additional inspiration came fromRead More