Weed in Review: 1.19.18

Weed in Review: Friday, January 19, 2018

In the United States

GOP And Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Agree: Legalize Marijuana: On Monday, New York Republican gubernatorial hopeful Joel Giambra unveiled a proposal to legalize marijuana and use the resulting tax revenue to fund subway repairs and other transportation projects. “I think that legalizing marijuana and using the revenues to create an infrastructure fund to deal with these problems is a much more appropriate way to solve our problems than raising new taxes,” he said.

Report Supports Help for Minorities in Medical Cannabis Industry: Data on discrimination in Maryland’s overall economy provides “a strong basis in evidence” to support helping businesses owned by women and minorities in the types of industries relevant to the state’s fledgling medical marijuana industry, a state report released Wednesday said.

GOP Senator Offers Bill to Legalize Cannabis in Kentucky:  Eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Taxing the production, processing and use of marijuana could generate between $100 million and $200 million yearly — revenue that Kentucky badly needs, Seum said.

House Bill Seeks To End War On Marijuana, Spark Recovery Instead: According to the lawmakers, recovery from our generations-long war on cannabis must include a range of efforts at the federal level, from adjusting the role and responsibility of law enforcement to reinvesting in communities we have left, so to speak, on the battlefield.

Cannabis: Local Control is Responsive Control: The ability to form fit our regulation of cannabis to Portland’s specific needs rather than a one size fits all federal approach is crucial to ensuring the local success of our cannabis economy and more importantly the safety of our local community. Numbers from last year show that Portland is on the right track. Portland has a firm footing in safe and efficient processes, and we are going to build on that in ways that offer better support for our communities.

Phil Murphy made big promises to New Jersey cannabis supporters. Here’s what he has to do now | Philly420: Cannabis consumers and legalization supporters in New Jersey came out in full force to support Phil Murphy as gubernatorial candidate. Now that Murphy’s been elected, local enthusiasts for America’s most popular plant are looking for a swift and definitive end to cannabis prohibition.

Medical Research Updates

Can cannabis help NFL athletes at risk of developing deadly brain disease?:  Of particular interest, cannabis has been shown to increase blood flow to damaged areas of the brain. Cannabis can help keep tissue healthier by improving circulation. Not only that, but cannabis has also shown itself effective as a neuroprotectant. Both THC and CBD have been shown to mediate toxicity in the brain in rat studies conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health.

Cannabis use is associated with reduced prevalence of progressive stages of alcoholic liver disease: Results: Our study revealed that among alcohol users, individuals who additionally use cannabis (dependent and non-dependent cannabis use) showed significantly lower odds of developing AS, AH, AC and HCC…Further, dependent users had significantly lower odds than non-dependent users for developing liver disease. Conclusions: Our findings suggest that cannabis use is associated with reduced incidence of liver disease in alcoholics.


What a Cannabis Fact Sheet looks like in the UKCannabidiol (CBD) and its control status: CBD as an isolated substance, in its pure form, would not be controlled under the MDA 1971 / MDR 2001. If a CBD ‘product’ contained any controlled cannabinoids, unintentionally or otherwise (e.g., THC or CBD-V), then it is highly likely that the product would be controlled. It is our understanding that it is very difficult to isolate pure CBD, and in our experience many products in fact do not fully disclose their contents or provide a full spectrum analysis at an appropriate level of sensitivity to accurately and consistently determine their true content or control status. THC-A and its control status: THC-A as an isolated substance, in its pure form, would not be controlled under the MDA 1971 / MDR 2001. However, it is understood that THC-A readily degrades both naturally, and with a catalyst or environmental change (e.g. ingestion) to THC which is a Schedule 1 controlled cannabinoid.

Medical marijuana, Inc. subsidiary HEMPMEDS® Wins product registration hearing in Puerto Rico, beings selling RSHO™ as first-ever approved nutraceutical product: “We are pleased with the decision to reinstate the registration of HempMeds products in Puerto Rico, as we can now continue providing the more than 3.6 million residents of this territory with CBD hemp oil products that are helping people around the world,” said Medical Marijuana, Inc. CEO Dr. Stuart Titus. “We are extremely proud to have been the first Company to provide the people of Puerto Rico with CBD hemp oil products, especially after the World Health Organization’s recent recommendation not to schedule CBD.”

Study: Marijuana Regulation Reduces Organized Crime Activity: Bergen, Norway: The regulation of marijuana for medical purposes is associated in a decrease in violent crimes committed by Mexican drug trafficking organizations, according to data published in The Economic Journal.