Weed In Review: Friday, October 27, 2017
More Americans support cannabis than ever. Fifty-one percent of Republicans surveyed by Gallup this month said they support legalization, up sharply from 42 percent a year ago. Even larger majorities of independents (67 percent) and Democrats (72 percent) are in favor of legal marijuana. Overall, 64 percent of Americans now support legalization, the highest percentage ever in Gallup polling.
Jamaica grants first two licenses: Jamaica’s medical cannabis program is finally underway after the country’s Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) has granted its first two permits to medical canna-businesses. Epican Medicinals received a license to grow cannabis legally, and Everyting Oily Labs Limited received a license to process raw cannabis into oil. The two companies signed a tripartite agreement with the CLA in which Everyting Oily agreed to only purchase cannabis from Epican until other licensed cultivators are ready for operation.
Virginia based, Luce Farm and Long Trail Brewing Company have co-created a CBD beer. The CBD honey of Luce Farms is being used by Long Trail Brewing. They launched the product this past Labor Day Weekend at the Brewery. Pimentel describes the immediate response as “outrageous.” They sold over a hundred jars of honey. But the real victory? Their supply of CBD beer was tapped out in two hours.
John Mayer ditched alcohol for weed. The takeaway: America loves her celebrities and people seem to listen: John Mayer isn’t the only person who could benefit from replacing alcohol with cannabis. Experts in addiction seem to agree that weed can actually effectively treat addiction to a variety of substances. Including alcohol. So not only is cannabis better for both your mind and your body, it can also help get you on the right track if you are struggling with substance abuse issues. [like opioids…]
Trump Finally Declares Opioid Epidemic A Public Health Emergency. Meanwhile, looking past the poky puppies, Trump & Sessions, don’t forget that Oregon Representative Earl Blumenauer is telling Congress: Let medical marijuana research help solve opioid crisis. Blumenauer distributed to subcommittee members a pamphlet entitled, “Physician Guide to Cannabis-Assisted Opioid Reduction,” which the congressman’s office also shared with The Cannabist. The document prepared by Adrianne Wilson-Poe, Ph.D., of Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine, cites 16 published studies in outlining how cannabis can reduce opioid consumption, tolerance and overdose mortality.