The eighth episode of Toke Signals TV takes a look at some of the biggest marijuana news stories of the past week.
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Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on Conflicts Between State and Federal Marijuana Laws (Hemp News)
In its first-ever hearing on cannabis legalization, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday discussed “Conflicts Between State and Federal Marijuana Laws.” The move comes shortly after the Department of Justice announced on August 29 that it will not seek to stop Colorado and Washington from moving forward with implementation of voter-approved laws establishing state-regulated systems of marijuana cultivation and retail sales, as long as a number of stipulations are adhered to, such as preventing distribution to minors.
Tax Reformers Detail Needed Changes To Marijuana Business Taxes (Hemp News)
Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) president Grover Norquist, and National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) executive director Aaron Smith held a press conference on September 12 to mark the release of a new white paper from ATR entitled “Legal Cannabis Dispensary Taxation: A Textbook Case of Punishing Law-Abiding Businesses Through the Tax Code.” The paper calls for reform of Internal Revenue Code Section 280E, which essentially forces medical marijuana providers to pay taxes based on gross receipts rather than income, unlike all other small businesses.
NFL Under Pressure To Ease Harsh Penalties For Marijuana Use (Hemp News)
The National Football League has fallen behind the times, when it comes to acceptance of marijuana. The NFL, so far, has stubbornly refused to follow the lead of the public’s shifting opinion about recreational cannabis use. The Marijuana Policy Project has launched a petition on Change.org directed at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, calling on the league to change its harsh penalties for marijuana. “For years, the NFL has been punishing players for using marijuana despite the fact that it is far less harmful than alcohol, a substance widely embraced by the league,” said Mason Tvert, director of communications at MPP.
Marijuana Legalization Bill To Be Introduced In D.C. Council Next Week (Hemp News)
Both Washingtons could have legal marijuana soon — both the state and the nation’s capital. A member of the D.C. Council plans to introduce legislation next week that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Washington, D.C. The bill would regulate and tax marijuana sales and create licensing requirements for the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration. It would also reportedly make it legal for cannabis users to grow a small amount on their property. “If we’re going to have alcohol legal in this country, I don’t see any reason why we couldn’t have marijuana legal,” Councilman David Grosso said.
Washington Legislator Wants To Shut Down Medical Marijuana (Hemp News)
Under Washington state’s new marijuana legalization Law, I-502, recreational marijuana will be heavily taxed and heavily controlled by the Liquor Control Board. The parallel world of medical marijuana is relatively unregulated in comparison, although state voters legalized it back in 1998. And in the opinion of Christopher Hurst of Enumclaw, a Democratic legislator and retired police commander who once served on a narcotics task force, that means medical marijuana shut be shut down. Tight regulations for recreational marijuana are being written as we speak, and as state regulators craft those rules — just as many in the medical marijuana community predicted last year — they are just itching to control the MMJ sector, too.
L.A. Weekly Claims Marijuana Can Kill Your Dog (It’s Not True) (Hemp News)
You can count on some clueless mainstream reporter, on a regular basis, claiming that marijuana can “hurt your pets” or is “bad for Fido” (it’s not true; cannabis is non-toxic to all mammals). But when a reporter covering the weed beat for an alternative weekly — i.e., a guy who should know way better — claims that pot can kill your pooch, it’s time for a public correction. That’s just what fact-challenged reporter Dennis Romero did on the LA Weekly‘s website Friday. Romero, who has (badly, often inaccurately, and with an obnoxiously condescending, anti-pot tone) for years covered the marijuana beat for the Weekly, actually touts the spectre of Rover OD’ing on marijuana in his latest ridiculously embarrassing bit of non-reportage.
Marijuana Use Rises Among Young Adults and Those In Their 50s (Hemp News)
Marijuana’s rising popularity is behind an increase in pot use among Americans, including young adults as well as those in their 50s and 60s, according to a recently released national survey. Cannabis is the most popular illegal substance in America, and it only increased its popularity from 2007 to 2012, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. More than a fifth of young adults said they had used “illicit drugs” in the previous month, with almost 19 percent of adults 18 to 25 saying they recently used marijuana.
Must Reads of the WeekWorth Repeating: The New Cannabis-Based Economy by Ron Marczyk (Toke Signals)
Marijuana prohibition criminalizes the use of the safest, most versatile plant known to man.
Marijuana prohibition has stopped 75 years of human progress; it is an idea that will be thrown on the scrap heap of history.
The coming marijuana spring will be in big part a global shift to the simplicity of a cannabis-based resource economy for medicine, fuel, food and housing, plus many more products.
Widespread use of cannabis-based products will increase the wealth of any producing nation. Sometimes a hero arrives in the form of a plant; cannabis can save this planet in a million ways.
Eating Disorders Tied To Absence Of Cannabinoids (Toke Signals)
Marijuana, when used both medicinally and recreationally, is well known to influence appetite, i.e., the “munchies.” Scientific research suggests that deficits in endocannabinoids — the body’s own substances like those found in marijuana — may contribute to anorexia nervosa and bulimia.
Endocannabinoids occur naturally in the body; they are made by the brain, and they affect brain function and chemistry in ways that resemble the effects of cannabis, serving as important regulators of mood, appetite, and other functions. Therefore, deficits in the endocannabinoid system would logically be associated with reduced appetite.
In the 2011 study, reported in Biological Psychiatry, scientists measured the status of the endocannabinoid system indirectly by finding whether there was an increase or decrease in the density of endocannabinoid receptors called the CB1 receptor.
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