The decision to declassify marijuana as a schedule 1 drug has been supposedly held up due to a lack of good data regarding the health implications. (Of course for years the federal government did not allow marijuana to be grown so any testing has been difficult.) But a recent 20-year study in New Zealand may give our government the data it needs: “After controlling for a number of factors, including tobacco use, childhood health, and childhood socioeconomic status, researchers’ 20-year study came to an interesting conclusion — namely, that marijuana use only had a statistically significant adverse impact on periodontal health. In other words, marijuana had no negative impact on a dozen other health factors, including lung function, systemic inflammation, BMI, or metabolic health. ” Read the whole story here.
“The perception of marijuana has been distorted by misinformation from the government but bad branding, like tie dye, pot leaves, women in bikinis and bootleg images of Bob Marley plastered on bongs, has also done its share of damage to the image of product. Kennedy says the industry needs a handful of brands that inspire trust to fuel total legalization.” Read the full Inc. article here.
(We couldn’t agree more. That’s what Cedar & Finch is all about.)
“The stoner culture is kind of offensive to those of us who have held a pipe up to a shaking Parkinson’s patient, and seen how [with] one hit out of the pipe, his shakes can go away, and he can actually get up and make tea and act like a normal person.” Read about the “sisters” who aren’t nuns and their spiritual quest to legalize medical marijuana.
“Every year between 2005 and 2010, nearly 800,000 Americans were arrested on marijuana charges, most of them for possessing small amounts of marijuana. That was a threefold increase since the early 1990s. Those arrested and incarcerated were overwhelmingly black or Hispanic, and poor. By 2012, the United States imprisoned a greater percentage of its black population than South Africa did at the height of apartheid. Louisiana’s rate of incarceration is five times as large as Iran’s.” So begins the Seattle Times’ review of WEED THE PEOPLE: THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF LEGAL MARIJUANA by Bruce Barcott. Read the entire review here.
Oregon, Alaska and Washington D.C. (we know, technically not a state) voted to legalize recreational marijuana, while the territory of Guam voted to legalize medical marijuana. Florida said no (too bad for them). Proponents are looking forward to 2016 when measures go on the ballot in California, Massachusetts, Maine, Nevada and Arizona. Is federal legalization next? Here’s CNN’s report.
Besides the obvious, that the “War on Drugs” has been a miserable failure, CNN contributor Julian Zelizer gives compelling evidence that national legalization is just a matter of time. “The probability that the national prohibition on marijuana will end is becoming greater every day. It is almost inconceivable to imagine that it will last much more than a few years.” Why marijuana’s moment has arrived.
“It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana, inflicting great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol.” So writes the NY Times in their editorial in favor of repealing the federal prohibition on marijuana use.