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Fri May 9, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Cannabis News Roundup: 05.09.14

SF General to study cannabis as aide for sickle cell sufferers… Don’t look for pot parties in newly legal Uruguay… “Bank co-op” awaits Colorado Governor’s signature… “Pot heart attack” report challenged… Cannabis tourism guide… and more.

LEGALIZATION

Cannabis bill passes State Senate committee// East Bay Express       SB 1262 moves to Appropriations Committee, has to pass Senate by end of this month.

Restrictive grow rule tabled in central California // Tribune    Strong public turnout credited with influencing San Luis Obispo council.

Cannabis now legal in Uruguay / Huff Post      The highly regulated system is expected to be operational “by the middle of next year.”

Don’t expect “smokers paradise” in Uruguay // foxnews.com    President calls US laws “brutal hypocrisy.”

COPS & COURTS

150 arrested in national crackdown on synthetic drugs // SF Gate     Profits going to Middle East, according to DEA.

BUSINESS

Colorado passes bank work-around plan // npr.org          Move is needed to give dispensaries basic banking services, since financial institutions fear federal sanctions.

HEALTH

“Pot heart attack” study refuted // AlterNet   Last week’s story about a French study citing cannabis use as a trigger for heart problems is called overblown in this article. The story notes the extremely small percentage of cases, with no mention of other contributing factors.

Over half a ton of cannabis ordered by National Institute on Drug Abuse // Huff Post      NIDA told DEA it needs it for “anticipated research.”

Some of that research will take place at SF General // East Bay Express      Work, if approved, would focus on whether cannabis reduces pain and inflammation caused by sickle cell anemia.

Profile of Harborside senior outreach – and it’s once-skeptical director // AlterNet      Elders could benefit from cannabis for problems with sleep, stress, confusion, pain if they can get past the stigma.

OPINION

There has still never been a documented overdose death due to marijuana. // Huff Post   “Marijuana poses a minimal physiological risk, especially compared to alcohol and cigarettes.”

IN OTHER NEWS…

Making travel plans? Fodor's offers tips for marijuana tourism in Colorado // Fodor's     Site offers help "sifting through the smokescreen."

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