CCMA Political greenBrief
Monday, July 9, 2018
“It doesn’t matter if a state has said you can consume it. When you are crossing state lines to another state, even if it’s another state that has a law on their books, with a federally illegal product that’s interstate commerce and that’s a problem.”
Johnathon Havens, Co-Chairman Of The Cannabis Law Practice At Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, On Traveling
“We know that a component in cannabis — CBD — might be useful in treating cancer, but we don’t know if marijuana can stop or cure it. In some cases, cannabis might make things worse. It’s going to take time to find out. What’s happening right now with marijuana reminds me of tobacco at the end of World War II. There was an explosion in its use, but little science to let people know what we were dealing with.”
Dr. Joseph A. Califano III, Director Of UC San Diego’s Head & Neck Center, On Future Medicinal Cannabis Research
California Lawmakers Face Dozens Of Key Bills In Final Month (CA – Cannabis Legislation)
Capital Public Radio (July 7, 2018) California lawmakers left for summer recess with most of the year’s major bills still on their to-do list. So far in 2018, they have passed first-in-the-nation data privacy regulations and a ban on new local soda taxes. But when they return in August, they’ll have less than a month to tackle high-profile measures on criminal justice, energy policy and sexual harassment. Here’s a look at some of the issues waiting for them when they return. They face an Aug. 31 deadline to act.
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What You Must Know About Medical Marijuana Card California (CA – Medicinal Cannabis)
Newstrack (July 6, 2018) Therefore, in the event you live in California and has to locate a wellbeing Card, then you may discover your physician’s medical marijuana card online, in a couple of minutes. Most doctors and physicians have incorporated an online service which allows you to acquire an online MMJ card. How to locate a Superior Charge Card Medical professionals and healthcare doctors have an online provider which permits you to discover an MMJ cards.
With Marijuana Legal, California Flooded With Dubious Health Claims About The Drug (CA – Cannabis Claims)
Los Angeles Times (July 9, 2018) Spend a few minutes surfing Twitter and you’re likely to encounter a startling claim that comes without proof: Cannabis cures cancer. The online world is awash with such posts, startling scientists and physicians who are urging weed’s proselytizers to tap the brakes. Marijuana is increasingly described online as a magical elixir, not only for cancer but virtually every disease that afflicts humans. The claims are often unattributed and are rarely tied in a substantive way to mainstream science.
California Dispensaries Forced To Destroy Up To $350 Million Worth Of Cannabis Products (CA – Unregulated Product)
Marijuana Times (July 6, 2018) We’ve seen the positives that come as a result of cannabis legalization – responsible consumers no longer facing criminal charges, a boost in state and local economies, job creation, etc. Unfortunately, along with those positives often come some negatives as a result of heavy regulation. Recently, some California dispensary owners, distributors and other industry professionals were hit with some depressingly negative news.
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Los Angeles To Finally Start Licensing Cannabis Growers (CA – Cannabis Licensing)
Herb (July 6, 2018) On Monday (July 2), the city of Los Angeles announced that it will finally begin its long-awaited cannabis licensing process for cultivators and manufacturers on August 1st. Without the ability to obtain licenses, many cannabis businesses—both on the retail and cultivation side— in Los Angeles have been paying leases on expensive storefront properties without the ability to make revenue, accumulating debt and putting their businesses in peril. Some businesses have had to let go of employees to keep themselves afloat while they await licensing.
Global Cannabis Testing Market To Surpass US$ 1.5 Billion By 2026 – Coherent Market Insights (USA – Cannabis Research)
Globe Newswire (July 9, 2018) The global cannabis testing market is estimated to be valued at US$ 926.3 million in 2017, and is projected to exhibit a CAGR of 13.2% over the forecast period (2018 – 2026). Legalization of the cannabis across the world for medicinal application with some allowing even recreational is propelling demand for checking quality parameters of cannabis to be used in this application. For instance, in 2017, Germany allowed medicinal use of cannabis. Moreover, 18 states of the U.S. allowed the use of Cannabidiol (CBD) extract in oil form for the treatment of epilepsy or seizures adversely affected children in 2017
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3 Top Marijuana Stocks To Consider Buying For The Second Half Of 2018 (USA – Cannabis Stocks)
Motley Fool (July 8, 2018) So far, 2018 hasn’t exactly been a great year for most marijuana stocks. Sure, some marijuana stocks have chalked up huge gains. Most, though, haven’t performed very well. But there are still nearly six more months to go in 2018. I think three marijuana stocks warrant consideration as candidates to buy in the second half of the year: Scotts Miracle-Gro, Canopy Growth Corporation, and Aphria.
The Single Biggest Reason Why U.S. Marijuana Sales Likely Will Skyrocket (USA – Recreational Cannabis)
Motley Fool (July 8, 2018) There are more U.S. states that allow some form of legalized marijuana than there are states that don’t. And the numbers are moving more in that direction. Oklahoma voted just a few days ago to legalize medical marijuana. Voters in Michigan will decide on allowing legal recreational pot in November. An estimated $8.5 billion was spent on legal cannabis in the U.S. last year.
Federal Law? State Law? Which Takes Precedence When You Want To Travel With Cannabis? (USA – Cannabis Conflict)
Los Angeles Times (July 9, 2018) You can’t take it with you. Actually, you can. But it’s not a good idea when you’re traveling, especially for the risk-averse. We speak, of course, of cannabis; its use was approved by 57% of California voters in November 2016. Proposition 64, known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, allows the recreational use of marijuana in the Golden State; medical marijuana had been legal for about a decade before that.
Despite Recognition Of Injustice, Arrest Rates For Cannabis Remain Unequal (USA – Cannabis Convictions)
Benzinga (July 9, 2018) New research from New Frontier Data finds that cannabis arrests account for 41.6 percent of all drug-related arrests, with 15.7 million Americans having been arrested for cannabis (either possession, sales, or manufacturing) from 1997-2016. Yet application of unequal justice finds that black or Hispanic suspects are arrested and convicted at rates more than 9x that of whites. The implications are severe, as the so-called War on Drugs continues to exact enormous socio-economic tolls.
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Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Don’t Increase Criminal Activity, Study Finds (Germany – Cannabis Crime)
The Daily Chronic (July 6, 2018) The operation of medical cannabis dispensaries is not associated with increases in either violent crime or property crime, according to the findings of a discussion paper published by the IZA Research Institute. Researchers affiliated with the RAND Corporation investigated whether the establishment of medical cannabis dispensaries in California effects local crime rates – including rates of violent crimes, property crimes, and substance abuse crimes.
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‘We Want To Grow Marijuana For Scientific Reasons’ (Bahamas – Cannabis Research)]
Tribune 242 (July 6, 2018) A Bahamian company yesterday announced it has completed an application under the Dangerous Drugs Act to cultivate marijuana for medical or scientific purposes. Bahama Cann president Elliot Hepburn-Marshall told The Tribune the group intends to submit its application by the end of the week emboldened by the results of a Public Domain survey which gave massive support to the use of medical marijuana.
Medical Marijuana: A New View Of The Arizona Bio-Life Science (AZ – Cannabis Research)
Scottsdale Independent (July 6, 2018) As Americans begin to come to terms with the ill effects of the pharmaceutical smörgåsbord offered for minor ailments to advanced critical illness, a new commodity is beginning to emerge in towns and cities across the nation. From alternatives of the go-to-pain prescription — the opioid — and the shifting of perspectives, depending on who you ask, a new miracle drug is emerging: THC.