Weed in Review: Friday, November 3, 2017
Poland Legalizes Medical Marijuana: Poland’s medical marijuana program went into effect last week, but restrictions on domestic cultivation mean medicine could be expensive and in short supply.
Capitol Hill’s most outspoken cannabis advocate would rather see ballers light up a joint than pound opioid painkillers. Congressional cannabis champion Rep. Earl Blumenauer is the latest public figure to weigh in on medical marijuana in professional sports, urging both the NBA and NFL to stop persecuting their players for using a natural painkiller.
Support for Weed Legalization Has Reached a New High: According to the poll, which surveyed 1,028 adults between October 5 and 11, 64 percent say they are in favor of marijuana legalization. That’s the most support Gallup has seen for legalization since it started asking adults about their views on the issue way back in 1969. Although the poll found that a greater share of Democrats (72 percent) and Independents (67 percent) support legalization, it also found that a majority of Republicans (51 percent) are now in favor of legal weed.
Maine Governor Vetoes Bill To Regulate Sale Of Marijuana: In a misguided 11th-hour action, the Maine governor has vetoed the bill to regulate the sale of marijuana in the state. What could possibly be the reasoning behind this?
10 Reasons Why Weed is Safer than Alcohol: There are, like, a thousand reasons why weed is safer than alcohol. But we’ve condensed it to a list of 10. Next time you go out with your friends, you might have to make a choice. Do you want to drink or do you want to get high? Hopefully, this list will help make the decision easier for you.
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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.
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