Weed in Review: Friday, December 22, 2017
In the United States
Congress Extends Federal Medical Cannabis Protections Through January 19: Once again, federal protections for medical cannabis faced elimination as Congress was on the verge of a government shutdown over spending. And once again temporary federal funding provisions were extended, and with it, federal medical marijuana protections. Originally known as the Farr-Rohrabacher Amendment, and now known as the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment, the budget rider provision prohibits the Department of Justice from spending funds to interfere with state medical cannabis laws.
Everything we learned about the health effects of marijuana in 2017: The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a massive report in January that gives one of the most comprehensive looks — and certainly the most up-to-date — at exactly what we know about the science of cannabis.
Enter the marijuana breathalyzer: if an accurate way of measuring drivers’ pot impairment in near-real-time becomes available, it will deprive marijuana prohibitionists of one of their few remaining arguments against legalization.
The Year Ahead: Cannabis Legalization in 2018
Where Will Recreational Marijuana Become Legal Next?: Top potential states include New Jersey, Illinois, Arizona, Florida, Maine
Nevada recreational marijuana sales soar to nearly $38M in October: Recreational and medical marijuana sales brought in a combined $5.8 million in tax revenue to the state in October — about $1 million above August’s revenue, previously the state’s biggest month.
Top State medical Official: Mothers Using Marijuana Can Still Breastfeed: In a memo to health care providers and hospitals around the state, state Chief Medical Officer, Doctor Jay Butler, says that although mothers should be wary of marijuana while pregnant, medical authorities find less evidence suggesting that breastfeeding and marijuana use are detrimental to infants.
Grandmother, 70 [retired drug and alcohol counselor in Canada], who has thrown away ‘all her pills’, claims smoking cannabis for FIVE decades is the secret to her good health and allowed her to manage her ailments.
Israeli medical cannabis company partners with DC cultivator: The five-year deal allows Alternative Solutions to grow and sell Tikun Olam strains to the five dispensaries in DC, according to the release, as well as manufacture topicals and tinctures. The products are slated to be available in DC beginning next year.
Mexico is set to legalize the sale of marijuana-based products early next year, despite the country’s struggles with the illicit drug trade. On Wednesday, Mexico’s health regulator announced plans to permit the sale of cannabis-based foods, drinks, medicines, and cosmetics in the market.
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