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