The 13th episode of Toke Signals TV with host Steve Elliott takes a look at some of the biggest marijuana news stories of the past week.
Find out what you need to know about the week in cannabis/marijuana news, in 28 minutes!
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The entire line of medibles from Robin’s Oven Mitt, based in Tacoma, Washington, is worthwhile. My favorite, flavor-wise, was the southern-style Pecan Pie, which, according to Analytical 360 lab tests, has 25 milligrams of THC, with 13 milligrams of that being active, carboxylated THC.
Toke TV Stories of the Week
(Toke Signals)While the anti-cancer properties of THC, marijuana’s main psychoactive ingredient, are becoming well known, research on the other cannabinoids hasn’t been as well developed. Now, new research has shown that the non-psychoactive components of cannabis could also act effectively as anti-cancer agents.
Laboratory investigations using a number of cannabinoids, alone and in combination with each other, were undertaken to measure their anti-cancer actions in relation to leukemia. CBD, CBG and CBGV are the most common cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant other than THC, according to the researchers.
Of six cannabinoids studied by the team, led by Dr. Wai Liu, each demonstrated anti-cancer properties as effective as those seen in THC. Importantly, they had an increased synergistic effect on cancer cells when combined with each other — which is probably at least part of the explanation for why Marinol, Dronabinol, and other pharmaceutical preparations of pure THC, for example, don’t work as well as herbal cannabis.
You have probably seen the clueless headlines this week, trumpeting a “cure for marijuana addiction.” Like me, you probably first wondered “Marijuana addiction? Have they somehow discovered a whole new, lower class of losers?”
Well, first of all, let’s dispense with the most glaringly obvious problem with this story: There definitely aren’t hordes of desperate “marijuana addicts” roaming the streets looking for a cure for their affliction. And in fact, almost all of those unfortunate souls who are in “drug rehab” for “marijuana abuse” aren’t there by choice, nor even because they remotely need to be — they are there because they were forced there by a judge’s court order, with Door Number 2 being the jailhouse entrance.
So, naturally, the infamous National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) — which, by its own rules, will only study the “negative effects” of cannabis use, not any medical benefits — decides that it’s ever-so-urgent to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on a “cure for marijuana abuse.” The absurdity would be amusing, if it weren’t so painfully stupid.Ohio Advocates Push Medical Marijuana
The latest campaign finance records show Morgan and his law firm have pitched in $400,000 to the People United for Medical Marijuana (PUFMM) campaign, reports Aaron Deslatte of the Orlando Sentinel. That’s nearly two-thirds of the $644,535 the group had raised through September, with $250,000 of that coming in the past three months.
The other major donor to the campaign has been Democratic fundraiser and philanthropist Barbara Stiefel of Coral Gables, who contributed $100,000.PUFMM has collected enough signatures, 105,910, to trigger Florida Supreme Court review and an economic analysis of the measure’s financial impact on the state, which is currently underway. To qualify for the November 2014 general election ballot, 683,149 valid signatures are required.
The poll, taken during the last two weeks with 1,200 likely 2016 voters, showed a “solid majority” back proposals to legalize adult recreational cannabis, according to the San Francisco-based pollster, reports Kathleen Miles at The Huffington Post.
The poll found 32 percent oppose pot legalization, and 3 percent are undecided.
The Washington State Liquor Control Board this week will file the CR103 for Initiative 502, the marijuana legalization measure approved by state voters last November. Filing the CR103 is the formal procedure for adoption of the proposed rules to implement I-502, and is the final step in the rule-making process.
After first announcing that the CR103 would be filed on Wednesday, the WSLCB a few hours later sent out another announcement saying that it will be filed “later this week.”
“Due to the need to incorporate the large number of public comments into the concise explanatory statement that must be sent to stakeholders prior to filing the CR103, the Board will file the CR103 later this week,” the second announcement reads. “The WSLCB will still begin accepting applications on November 18.”
(Hemp News)The Dalai Lama told supporters in Mexico on Tuesday that he supports the medicinal use of marijuana when it has been shown to have value. The Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader made the comments in the middle of a cannabis legalization debate.
Toke TV Must Reads of the Week
By Ron Marczyk (Toke Signals)Last year’s election will go down in history as the beginning of the end of marijuana prohibition. What a fantastic way to end the year on such a high note!“What’s happened is a ‘crossing of the Rubicon’ moment for marijuana reform” — a point of no return.