Dec 07

Medical Cannabis Users In Ohio Learn They’re Ineligible To Own Firearms

Medical marijuana proponents are thrilled to see the number of states embracing the plant as medicine. They view it as an expansion of liberty in each state that adopts its usage. However, it remains illegal under federal law, and while Uncle Sam may not be cracking down on the dispensaries, but there are things they can do to remind many of its status, like pointing out how medical marijuana use makes on ineligible to own firearms.In the state of Ohio, many who are embracing medical pot are learning they lose a little something in the process.People who register with the state of Ohio to legally use medical marijuana will be prohibited from possessing firearms under federal law, according to guidance released by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.In an open letter to federally licensed firearms dealers, the ATF advised in 2011 that marijuana is still a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law so any use of the drug is unlawful, and gun dealers are prohibited from providing guns or ammo to anyone they have cause to believe uses pot.“There are no exceptions in federal law for marijuana purportedly used for medicinal purposes, even if such is sanctioned by state law,” the memo says.The law applies to more than just buying guns. The ATF letter says marijuana users are prohibited from “shipping, transporting, receiving or possessing firearms or ammunition.”Anyone applying to purchase a gun from a licensed dealer must sign a form attesting he or she is not “an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance.”

Source: Medical Cannabis Users In Ohio Learn They’re Ineligible To Own Firearms

Oct 22

Colorado Continues to Put Cannabis Taxes to Good Use · High Times

Colorado continues to put cannabis taxes to good use, as funds are currently being used to build safe housing for homeless people with mental health issues, addictions, survivors of domestic violence and the disabled. Governor John Hickenlooper said the funds going into supportive housing for those in need ultimately save the state millions in future hospital and incarceration costs.Cannabis Taxes for Social Improvement Projects Touring a housing development in Denver being built on land donated by St. John’s Cathedral, Governor Hickenlooper reminded taxpayers that 40 percent of the homeless in Colorado actually have jobs but many were dealt a bad hand.“That’s not the American dream, if you’re out there working 40 hours a week and still can’t afford an apartment,” he said. “This effort is looking at the other end of the spectrum; the chronically homeless, people who’ve had real challenges in their life and need the supportive services that this facility is going to provide.”Hickenlooper and The Department of Human Services agreed that annual allocation of more than $6 million from the state’s marijuana tax cash fund for such programs would offer help to chronic drug users instead of criminalizing and jailing them.According to the Colorado Department of Revenue tax data, weed dispensaries sold $1.3 billion worth of recreational and medical pot in 2016. And as of July of this year, reports show that recreational weed sales have generated more than a half billion dollars for the state.Final Hit: Colorado Continues to Put Cannabis Taxes to Good UseAs these stats make clear, the money is there, and Colorado continues to put cannabis taxes to good use. About 51 percent of the accumulated tax revenue has gone to K-12 education, with $117.9 million of it used to fund school construction projects.Another quarter of the revenue is split between substance abuse prevention and treatment programs. When collected and spent wisely, pot tax revenue can do a lot of good. Colorado is setting an excellent example.

Source: Colorado Continues to Put Cannabis Taxes to Good Use · High Times

Oct 21

Marijuana may be a miracle treatment for children with autism

MODI’IN, ISRAEL — When Noa Shulman came home from school, her mother, Yael, sat her down to eat, then spoon-fed her mashed sweet potatoes — mixed with cannabis oil.Noa, who has a severe form of autism, started to bite her own arm. “No sweetie,” Yael gently told her 17-year-old daughter. “Here, have another bite of this.”Noa is part of the first clinical trial in the world to test the benefits of medicinal marijuana for young people with autism, a potential breakthrough that would offer relief for millions of afflicted children — and their anguished parents.There is anecdotal evidence that marijuana’s main non-psychoactive compound — cannabidiol or CBD — helps children in ways no other medication has. Now this first-of-its-kind scientific study is trying to determine if the link is real.Israel is a pioneer in this type of research. It permitted the use of medical marijuana in 1992, one of the first countries to do so. It’s also one of just three countries with a government-sponsored medical cannabis program, along with Canada and the Netherlands.

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Sep 24

The NFL’s Pot Problem · High Times

For decades, professional football players have habitually treated pain after games and practice sessions with everything from beers to over-the-counter anti-inflammatories or powerful prescription painkillers. The NFL’s dependence on drugs for pain management has drawn the attention of law enforcement, has been the subject of a federal lawsuit and is under investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration.How bad has it gotten? Consider that in a given season, the league overall averages a 100 percent injury rate: Even a team’s backups and third-stringers get hurt. Those casualties add up over time, with predictable results. A 2011 survey of more than 600 retired players by the Washington University School of Medicine (funded by ESPN) found that they used opioids at an overall rate four times that of the general US population. And no other major professional sport features so many outspoken proponents of cannabis’s medicinal qualities, which makes sense given that no other sport is so closely associated with pain and injury.As noted in New Frontier Data’s “The Cannabis Industry Annual Report: 2017 Legal Marijuana Outlook,” Kannalife, a company founded in 2010, holds an exclusive license with the National Institutes of Health for the commercialization of US patent #6630507 (a cannabis patent held by the US government). Kannalife is focused on developing cannabis-based neuroprotective medicines for the treatment of hepatic encephalopathy and chronic

Source: The NFL’s Pot Problem · High Times

Sep 07

Illinois Legislature Is Now Considering Recreational Marijuana – High Times

A proposal designed to legalize recreational marijuana in Illinois is now under consideration by the state legislature.On Wednesday, cannabis advocates and law enforcement officials duked it out before a joint House-Senate appropriations committee over whether to end pot prohibition in the Land of Lincoln.Those in favor of a legal cannabis market, similar to what is currently underway in Colorado, believe the move would free up police resources and contribute millions of dollars in tax revenue to the downtrodden economy, while opposing forces are concerned the move will increase addiction rates and create more incidents of stoned driving.“There would be more people driving under the influence of cannabis,” said Sangamon County State’s Attorney John Milhiser, according to the Associated Press. “The community would not be better off, the state would not be better off, with legalization.”Senator Heather Steans and Representative Kelly Cassidy brought the marijuana legalization proposals (SB316 and HB2353) to the table earlier this year. The lawmakers believe this legislation is “in the interest of allowing law enforcement to focus on violent and property crimes, generating revenue for education and other public purposes, and individual freedom.”Under the proposed legislation, adults 21 and older would have the freedom to purchase marijuana from retail outlets in a manner similar to alcohol. It also comes with a home cultivation provision that would allow adults to grow up to five plants at home for personal use.A similar bill was introduced in the 2017 session, but it failed to gain the necessary traction to win a hearing. It is for this reason that Steans and Cassidy wanted to make sure to give the current language, which includes changes in regulatory and tax structure, the appropriate time for discussion, so the issue has a fighting chance at going the distance next year.

Source: Illinois Legislature Is Now Considering Recreational Marijuana – High Times

Sep 06

First-Ever UK Medical Marijuana Patient Has ‘Miracle’ Recovery – High Times

About once a day, 11-year-old Billy Caldwell could expect to almost die.Thirty times a month, Billy would suffer a seizure serious enough to require a dose of medication and an oxygen mask in order to survive. Doctors were helpless. According to his parents, over-matched medical professionals sent him home from a hospital unhealed with a mortal warning—he could go at any time. Be prepared.A terrible story—but a familiar one in the cannabis world. And since this is a cannabis publication, it has the familiar happy ending, but with a twist.Earlier this year, after receiving a cannabis oil-based treatment in California, Billy Caldwell became the first person to receive a prescription for medical cannabis from the National Health Service, the United Kingdom’s single-payer public healthcare system.This means Billy Caldwell enjoys at least two things—public-funded healthcare, and a medical marijuana prescription—very few Americans enjoy by themselves, and possibly no Americans enjoy together. He also hasn’t had a single seizure in more than 300 days, his mother Charlotte told the Irish Independent.“Billy is doing absolutely incredible, he’s improving every week and making progress,” she told the newspaper. “I never anticipated a year ago that he would even still be here today, so I’m feeling really good and positive.”Billy’s first recovery from his epilepsy occurred in 2009, also after an extended visit to the U.S. After a few good years, the seizures returned in 2016. Bereft and out of options, they returned to the U.S. for more treatment. Doctors discovered the heart of the matter—he had an inoperable lesion on one side of his brain.He could be treated, however, which led to Billy and his mother experiencing all the joys of seeking specialized medical treatment in a country with no nationalized healthcare. According to his mother, the pair briefly flirted with homelessness.Living in Los Angeles for several months, receiving cannabis oil, Billy suffered a serious setback and had to be hospitalized. Bills from that hospital stay, coupled with the cost of his specialized treatment for his epilepsy, left Charlotte Caldwell with no money to pay for the pair’s accommodation, and led to her claim in a Facebook post that the pair had purchased tents, sleeping bags and a camp stove in preparation for sleeping out on the streets.Concerned benefactors kicked in and kept the pair indoors before their return to Ireland a few months later, where Billy began receiving hemp-based CBD oil under supervision from his doctor.

Source: First-Ever UK Medical Marijuana Patient Has ‘Miracle’ Recovery – High Times

Aug 27

Arizona Sheriff Releasing 400 “Criminal Illegal Immigrants” Every 10 Days – Judicial Watch

An average of 400 “criminal illegal immigrants” are being released every 10 days by the newly elected sheriff in Arizona’s most populous county, federal law enforcement sources tell Judicial Watch, many of them violent offenders. It’s part of Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone’s new policy to protect illegal aliens, even those who have committed serious state crimes, from deportation. Under a longtime partnership between the county and the feds, the Phoenix field office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was notified when “aliens unlawfully present with additional Arizona charges” were released from the Maricopa County Jail, which is one of the nation’s largest with a population of about 8,000. That ended when Penzone, who refers to illegal immigrants as “guests,” took office this year and, though he formally announced the change last week, it was put into practice much earlier.During a recent 10-day period, more than 400 criminal illegal immigrants were released from the Maricopa County Jail, according to federal law enforcement officials directly involved in the process in Phoenix. Weekdays are the busiest, with an average of about 40 criminal illegal aliens getting released from Maricopa County Jail facilities, the sources said. On weekends the number drops to about ten each day. The illegal aliens have state criminal charges ranging from misdemeanors to felonies, driving under the influence and drug offenses. “There’s no telling how many criminals he’s (Sheriff Penzone) putting on the streets,” said a high-ranking federal law enforcement official stationed in Arizona. Judicial Watch’s calls to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office were not returned.Before the new sheriff changed the system, ICE would send a wagon every 12 hours to pick up criminal illegal aliens scheduled to be released from the main jail in Maricopa County. Under the new policy, Maricopa County officials are not giving ICE “any notification at all of the release of criminal illegals,” according to an agency official in Phoenix who’s not authorized to talk and can’t be identified. Without cooperation from county authorities, federal agents would have to stand at the door to the jail 24 hours a day and guess which prisoner should be deported, sources said. “We can’t stand out there and question everyone that walks out of that jail,” said a federal agent directly involved in the matter. “Even if we did, we would have to make arrests on the street, in the middle of protestors, families and picketers and that will only heighten the danger to agents.”

Source: Arizona Sheriff Releasing 400 “Criminal Illegal Immigrants” Every 10 Days – Judicial Watch

Aug 25

Congressmen Want to Know Why Jeff Sessions Is Standing in the Way of Marijuana Research – High Times

Congressional forces, at least the dedicated few with enough cojones to swing violent haymakers in the name of marijuana reform on Capitol Hill, are working to get U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to justify his personal decision to squash an expansion effort designed to improve the state of cannabis research in the United States.Earlier this week, federal lawmakers fired off a letter to Alabama’s own pot-hating boner boy, asking him to provide them with some explanation as to why the Justice Department has stalled a program that would allow more growers, other than the University of Mississippi, to produce research marijuana.The letter was sent in response to a recent article in the Washington Post, which suggested that the DEA is unable to license any additional growers because the Justice Department has simply refused to give the necessary approval. A law enforcement official close to the situation told the news source “they’re sitting on it… they just will not act on these things.”Now, the congressmen are demanding answers.“The purpose of our letter is threefold: first, we wish to establish the veracity of this article’s claims,” the letter reads, according to the Washington Times. “Second, if the article’s claims are true, we would like to know the rationale behind the Department of Justice’s decision. Finally, we would like to encourage you to proceed with rapidity on the DEA’s permitting process, as we believe it is in keeping with President Trump’s campaign promises, and the best interests of the American people.”It was around this time last year that the DEA, perhaps feeling some pressure for failing again to downgrade the Schedule I classification of the cannabis plant, announced that it would expand its marijuana cultivation program to more universities across the United States. But despite the fact that as many as 25 applicants have expressed interest in the job, the DEA has yet to grant any additional licenses.An official with the DEA told the Post that “the Justice Department has effectively shut down this program,” which has prevented the agency from making good on its promise.

Source: Congressmen Want to Know Why Jeff Sessions Is Standing in the Way of Marijuana Research – High Times

Aug 20

Fake data on marijuana is spewed by a government agency

Government-rooted misinformation has long been central to the very existence of War on Drugs. From government-sponsored anti-marijuana campaigns to the familiar talking points used by politicians over the decades, the Drug War has always been fueled by alleged facts that have no basis in reality.The federal government’s misinformation campaign is still alive and well, even in these heady post-prohibition days of 2017. And it’s high time Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and state Attorney General Cynthia Coffman do as their counterparts in Washington state have already done and call out this misinformation for what it is: unreliable, misleading and inaccurate.As most state and federal research documenting the impact of legalized marijuana show encouraging results reflecting responsible regulation, one federally funded agency is still producing reports that paint a very different reality.Reports from High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas throughout the country have inspired a successful anti-legalization campaign in Arizona, a recent USA Today op-ed under the headline “Marijuana devastated Colorado, don’t legalize it nationally” and much of United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ ongoing attacks on the country’s legal cannabis industry.The only problem: The reports are “garbage,” according to John Hudak

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Aug 09

State Lawmakers’ Group Demands Feds Remove Cannabis from Controlled Substances Act – High Times

An influential organization representing lawmakers all over the United States is calling for the federal government to eliminate the cannabis plant from the confines of the Controlled Substances Act.In a resolution published on Monday, a group known as the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) went to the mat for cannabis reform, pushing for marijuana to be removed from its Schedule I classification. The goal is to give the cannabis industry easier access to banking solutions, while improving public safety by making it more difficult for criminal organizations to target dispensaries and other all-cash businesses.“The Controlled Substances Act should be amended to remove cannabis from scheduling, thus enabling financial institutions the ability to provide banking services to cannabis related businesses,” the resolution reads.While this stance is a solid step forward for nationwide reform, it does not guarantee that changes are on the horizon.In fact, the group’s latest position marks the third time the organization has attempted to persuade the federal government to revise the DEA’s Controlled Substance Act in such a way that allows “states to set their own marijuana and hemp policies without federal interference.”But this does not mean that the organization is in total support of one kind of marijuana legalization. The NCLS “acknowledges that each of its members will have differing and sometimes conflicting views of cannabis and how to regulate it,” the resolution continues.The primary objective, however, is to give each state the freedom to develop their own marijuana policies without worrying about trouble at the hands of federal drug enforcement.The resolution goes on to say that “in allowing each state to craft its own regulations, we may increase transparency, public safety and economic development where it is wanted.”Drug reform advocates are enthusiastic about the latest call to free the leaf from its longtime label as a dangerous drug.

Source: State Lawmakers’ Group Demands Feds Remove Cannabis from Controlled Substances Act – High Times

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