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A prominent marijuana researcher who only months ago had received rare federal approval to study the effects of cannabis on patients with post traumatic stress disorder has been abruptly fired by the University of Arizona.
Professor Suzanne A. Sisley’s dismissal puts her research at risk, and has caused dismay among medical marijuana advocates, reports Evan Halper at The Los Angeles Times.
Dr. Sisley, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry, said she was fired after her research created unwanted attention for the university from legislative Republicans who control its funding.
“This is a clear political retaliation for the advocacy and educaiton I have been providing the public and lawmakers,” Sisley said. “I pulled all my evaluations and this is not about my job performance.
Here’s how it’s done. The city of Berkeley, California will require medical marijuana dispensaries to give two percent of the amount of cannabis they sell each month to low income patients at no charge.
The Berkeley City Council voted unanimously at Tuesday’s meeting to change the city’s medical marijuana rules, which would also allow for a fourth dispensary in the city, reports Ryan Takeo of CBS San Francisco.
“Basically, the city council wants to make sure that low-income, homeless, indigent folks have access to their medical marijuana, their medicine,” said Berkeley City Councilmember Darryl Moore.
At least two percent of all medical marijuana dispensed at each shop would be required to be given away to very low-income members under the proposal. What’s more, the free cannabis would have to be the same quality that’s dispensed to regular paying customers.
“We think this is the responsible thing to do for those less fortunate in our community,” Moore said.
The D.C. Cannabis Campaign will submitted 58,000 signatures to the D.C. Board of Elections on Monday at 10 a.m., in order to place Initiative 71 on the November ballot. The Board of Elections will have 30 days to verify that the campaign has the required 23,780 signatures to qualify.
Monday at noon, members of the campaign joined D.C. elected officials on a national press teleconference to discuss the impact of the ballot initiative and the City Council’s bill on overall marijuana arrest rates, issues surrounding racial justice, and the District’s fight for self-determination.
D.C. hopes to follow in the steps of Colorado and Washington by legalizing marijuana and polls show the issue is popular among District residents, with support above 60 percent. The District of Columbia currently has the highest per capita marijuana arrest rates in the U.S.
It’s been almost two years since the voters of Washington state approved limited marijuana legalization measure Initiative 502. But apparently those two years weren’t long enough for Washington state bureaucrats to figure out exactly what constitutes a cannabis-infused edible product — or even if such products are legal.
Two issues, both of which were supposed to have been settled long ago, have come to the fore:
• Will sales of marijuana-infused edible products be allowed?
• Will infused food items be considered as marijuana, i.e., will 16 ounces of infused brownies be treated legally as a pound of marijuana?
You’d think such questions would have been answered already, in the protracted two-year run-up to implementation of I-502. Aren’t these state agencies — the Department of Health and the Liquor Control Board — even talking to each other about implementing the new law?
It was bound to happen, and now it has: The first of a planned national chain of medical marijuana dispensaries has opened. The very first Kaya Shack opened Thursday morning in Portland, Oregon, and began sales to licensed medical marijuana cardholders.
The Kaya Shack dispensary opened at 10 a.m. in a 1,000-square-foot storefront near Southeast 17th Avenue and Hawthorne Boulevard. As required by Oregon law, the company has a state resident responsible for the dispensary.
The planned Kaya Shack chain is owned by the Florida-based Alternative Fuels Americas, Inc. (AFAI) majority owned subsidiary Marijuana Holdings Americas, Inc. Marijuana Holdings Americas is one of only a handful of out-of-state companies that have ventured into Oregon’s medical marijuana market in the past 16 years, since voters approved medicinal cannabis at the polls in 1998.
Stephen Gaskin, the tie-dye wearing hippie philosopher who founded The Farm commune in Tennessee and authored books including “Cannabis Spirituality,” died Tuesday morning at his home in Summertown, Tennessee after a lengthy illness.
Gaskin, an ex-combat Marine and self-described “hippie priest and freelance rabble rouser,” had led a caravan of hippies across the United States in the early 1970s from San Francisco eventually to the hills of Tennessee, where they founded a commune based on utopian ideals. It became one of the world’s oldest surviving intentional communities.
“We have been freethinkers for generations,” Gaskin wrote of his family. “And, as is provided for in the Constitution, I have passed my philosophical and religious ways on to my children, who are very proud of their heritage and ancestors.”
Gaskin’s teachings inspired not only those who followed him across the country to found The Farm. His ideas also changed forever the way a generation thought about changing society and making the world a better place in which for us to live.
House Minority Leader Ronaldo Zamora is among the supporters of the bill, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act, House Bill 4477, filed by Rep. Rodolfo Albano III, reports Maricel Cruz at the Manila Standard.
“Right now, the bill has been backed by at least 20 lawmakers, and counting,” Albano said. “For the record, the measure would not decriminalize the sale and use of marijuana as this is intended for medical purposes. It is just a matter of explaining to them what the bill is all about.”
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My first reaction upon reading, with increasing sadness, today’s hype-filed medical marijuana scare story on local National Public Radio affiliate KPLU was, “Wow, I didn’t know KPLU had become part of the Fox News Network.” Yes, it was that bad.
Meanwhile, Seattle Public Schools officials say marijuana use by students is on the rise, and students say it is easier to get than alcohol. Where is the supply coming from? Parents and school officials suspect medical marijuana dispensaries.
Mixing the volatile elements of kids and pot, and the loaded term “teen addicts,” the story seems to take the pollyanna-ish view that teens wouldn’t be so attracted to marijuana if it weren’t for those darned medical marijuana dispensaries providing pot to sick people.
Yes, it seems that the reason teens smoke pot isn’t that teens have smoked pot for as long as anyone remembers; no, teens are smoking hella pot in Washington because of medical marijuana dispensaries, the article seems to want us to believe.
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