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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday made a remarkable argument for the legalization of marijuana, basing his points not on economic benefits, but on the same factors many legalization opponents start from — concern for the safety of children.
“Look, our approach on legalizing marijuana is not about creating a boutique industry or bringing in tax revenue, it’s based on two very simple principles,” Trudeau said at an economic conference, reports Christopher Ingraham at The Washington Post.
“The first one is, young people have easier access to cannabis now, in Canada, than they do in just about any other countries in the world,” Trudeau pointed out. “[Of] 29 different countries studied by the U.N., Canada was number one in terms of underage access to marijuana.
“And whatever you might think or studies seen about cannabis being less harmful than alcohol or even cigarettes, the fact is it is bad for the developing brain and we need to make sure that it’s harder for underage Canadians to access marijuana,” Trudeau said. “And that will happen under a controlled and regulated regime.
Facebook’s weird and inexplicable history of attacking CBD (hemp oil) pages is well documented. It doesn’t make any sense, but we all know it happens: Facebook routinely shuts down pages for any number of often-unspecified reasons, and evidently CBD falls afoul of one of its labyrinthine, incomprehensible and arrogant policies.
So it was perhaps no surprise that one of the most popular UK CBD pages, Canabidol who produce the CBD Gel-Tab, the UK’s best selling CBD supplement, was last week shut down by Facebook admins.
Facebook is a vital tool for pretty much any business today. If you want to sell anything — especially if you’re selling a niche product — a social media presence is vital.
Many businesses, like Canabidol, spend thousands on Facebook advertising. It’s an investment into building an audience of potential customers, so when businesses lost their Facebook pages their profitability takes a hit, especially if they have client information, order details and other vital data stored in the page’s inbox.
Kasisch’s communications team announced the signing without any comment, simply including in a list of other bills the governor also signed on Wednesday, reports Jackie Borchardt of Cleveland.com.
“This is a joyous day for the thousands of Ohioans who will finally be able to safely access much-needed medicine,” said Ohioans for Medical Marijuana spokesman Aaron Marshall. “As we continue this movement to bring medical marijuana to all Buckeyes who need it, we will remember today as a huge step forward.”
The new law goes into effect 90 days after the bill is officially filed with the Ohio Secretary of State, making medical marijuana legal sometime in early September. Patients will then have an “affirmative defense” against prosecution for marijuana possession charges if they have written authorization from their doctor to use marijuana in a form allowed under the law.
As recently as last summer, the Review-Journal published an editorial strongly proclaiming that paper’s stance “supporting the decriminalizing, regulating and taxing the sale of currently illegal drugs,” including marijuana. The paper went on record as supporting an effort to legalize cannabis in the state that will go before voters this November, and just last year called for all presidential candidates to support “removing marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act.”
Well, that was then and this is now. In December, arch-conservative billionaire Sheldon Adelson and his family bought the newspaper, reports Aaron Rupar at ThinkProgress. It didn’t take long until Adelson — who spent $5 million out of his own pocket to defeat medical marijuana in Florida in 2014 — to order the paper’s editorial page writers to go on a field trip to a “drug treatment center” to get them to “reconsider” their “pro-marijuana stance.”
When a billionaire leans on his employees, they tend to listen. Nevada’s largest paper now is singing a completely different song when it comes to weed, with a new editorial entitled “Pot Legalization Is A Bad Bet For Nevada.”
Despite repeated warnings that it is violating the First Amendment rights of its students, the University of Missouri (Mizzou) is continuing to refuse to allow a recognized student group to create t-shirts featuring a cannabis leaf and the university’s name.
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has twice warned Mizzou that its treatment of the campus chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (MU NORML) violates the First Amendment.
“Mizzou flatly told MU NORML that it was censoring the group’s T-shirt artwork because of the message it could appear to express,” said FIRE Vice President of Legal and Public Advocacy Will Creeley. “That’s viewpoint discrimination, and it’s prohibited by the First Amendment.” In the fall 2015 semester, MU NORML sought to sell promotional T-shirts with a design featuring a marijuana leaf in the form of an animal paw, a stylized depiction of the Mizzou campus skyline and a marijuana leaf, and the group’s name. Because the design also included the name “University of Missouri – Columbia,” MU NORML President Benton Berigan applied for official approval on September 5 in accordance with university policy.
Berigan’s submission was rejected because it allegedly used the university name “in connection with promotion of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs.” Berigan responded via email on September 21, arguing that MU NORML “exists to reform Cannabis laws through political engagement and community education” and “do[es] not advocate the use of Cannabis as a drug.”
A proposed initiative to install a new cannabis-related measure into the Colorado Constitution would effectively end Colorado’s successful first-in-the-nation effort to permit the sale of recreational cannabis to adults, according to industry experts BDS Analytics.
The initiative would impose limits on cannabis product format and would restrict all cannabis products to a maximum 16 percent THC content. Drawing from its database of more than 10,000 products in Colorado and its wealth of data analysis professionals, BDS Analytics concludes that products on the market today that generate more than 80 percent of cannabis revenue would be banned.
In addition, almost every edible product (which account for 11.5 percent of sales) would have to be repackaged, according to the company.
“When we first encountered the proposed language we quickly understood it would have a dramatic effect on the market, and so we immediately began a meticulous analysis of how it might change the landscape for commercial cannabis,” said BDS Analytics CEO Roy Bingham. “Unfortunately, our instincts were correct.”
Retired science teacher Terry Lynn Rugg, 64, of Ottawa, Kansas, is charged with marijuana cultivation, possession with intent to distribute, and possession of drug paraphernalia, all of which are felonies, reports Doug Carder at the Ottawa Herald. He was arrested on October 29, 2015.
Rugg’s attorney, John Boyd, had already said he would provide the Franklin County Attorney’s Office with Rugg’s medical history, in hopes of reaching a plea bargain.
The prosecutor’s office has indicated it wants to review Rugg’s full medical records, which would require more time, Boyd said at his client’s status conference on Monday morning.
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My name is Jessamyn Way and I would like to share some of my health battles with you and how through careful use of medical marijuana I am managing a prolonged and healthy life.
On March 9th of this year I gave birth to my fifth child, a little girl of miraculous nature. You see, I almost died shortly after the birth of my fourth child. I had had terrible migraines during my entire pregnancy with him, I also had fainting spells, and extreme challenges with managing my blood pressure.
When my new son was just 10 days old I was finally sent to the Edmonds Swedish Hospital ER where a physician gave me a quick CAT. While waiting for results we chatted about newborns, his new little one who was six-month-old. The nurse called the doctor to look at the results, while I waited and nursed my sweet baby.
After some time the doctor returned, I remember him pulling up a chair, sitting down and taking my hand; I thought to myself at that moment that it wasn’t going to be good; my physician had tearful eyes. He then told me they had found a brain tumor deep within my skull.