Cannabis News Roundup: 03.13.15 | KALW

Cannabis News Roundup: 03.13.15

Mar 13, 2015

Group seeks change in UN drug policy… Will Congress legalize marijuana?...  So Cal tribe forms cannabis business… CBD news… and more.

LEGALIZATION

13 nation coalition seeks to change UN policy // imcpc.org   The declaration of the International Medical Cannabis Patient Coalition was "delivered to the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna this week by Pavel Bem, the Czech representative for the Global Commission on Drug Policy.”

LEGISLATION

Congress could change cannabis to a Schedule II drug // HuffingtonPost.com  The legislation “seeks to right decades of wrong," according to Senator Cory Booker, a co-sponsor of The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act. “Today we join together to say: enough is enough.”

No pot DUI bills in Legislature at present //  SFweekly.com   “Currently, you can be busted for a marijuana DUI in California if law enforcement makes the determination that you are high while driving and that your highness is impairing your driving ability.” But there’s more to the story.

COPS & COURTS

Vallejo in favor of adding staff to keep out dispensaries//  TimesHeraldOnline.com  “ ‘These two additional positions are required in order to begin the City Attorney Office’s enforcement project to shut down illegal MMDs operating in Vallejo’.”

BUSINESS

Bank president leaves for greener pastures //  mmjbusinessdaily.com  “John Sullivan becomes the first CEO of a mainstream bank to jump ship specifically for the marijuana industry, following the lead of other high-profile business executives, politicians and investors who are moving into the sector.”

So Cal native tribe enters cannabis business // prnewswire.com  “The partnership will develop a 51 percent tribally owned, 100 percent organic medical cannabis production and processing facility located on the Tribe's 24,000 acre reservation in southern California.”  Similar attempts in Nor Cal have been stopped.

HEALTH

Pesticide regs vary state to state // PRnewswire.com  The amount of THC in the product isn’t the only thing consumers should check. There’s no federal oversight on pesticide use, since marijuana production is illegal at the federal level.

CBD internet sales come under fire from FDA // naturalproductsinsider.com   “In spite of the ongoing research, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) considers CBD a marijuana derivative and Schedule I drug that is being illegally marketed in violation of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA).”

CBD from plants surpasses extracts // Alternet.org  “The greater efficiency of the whole plant extract might be explained by additive or synergistic interactions between CBD and dozens of minor phytocannabinoids and hundreds of non-cannabinoid plant compounds.”

Edibles potency tests are wildly off-base in most cases // Oregonlive.com    “Even when staffed by experienced scientists, Oregon labs produce wildly inconsistent potency results, leaving patients with no idea of what they actually are consuming regardless of the labeling.”

IN OTHER NEWS…

Sonoma “home grows” bring community concerns // PressDemocrat.com   “As marijuana cultivation has become an entrenched reality in North Coast neighborhoods, residents, lawyers and policymakers are grappling with the uneasy distinction between what’s legal and what’s not.”

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