Cannabis News Roundup: 09.12.14

Sep 12, 2014

UN urges rethink on drugs… Illegal grows shrink in Mendo… Sungrown pot for sale… “Teen smoker” report causes friction… Ganja Yoga is relaxing… and more.

LEGALIZATION        

U.N. urges new look at several drugs// NYT      “The proposal by the group, the Global Commission on Drug Policy, goes beyond its previous call to abandon the nearly half-century-old American-led war on drugs.”

“Marijuana needs to be legalized,” says GOP candidate for A.G. // Marijuana.com      Republican Ron Gold calls for legalization and taxation, while the current California Attorney General, Democrat Kamala Harris, tries to avoid the issue.

COPS & COURTS

Sheriff says it’s safe to hike in Mendo Forest // SF Weekly   Federal raids have cleared out the Latino drug operations on public land in Mendocino County, says Sheriff Tom Allman. Where did they go? Fresno, according to the California Water Boards.

“Tens of thousands” lose cash and property to aggressive police // Washington Post      [Watch the video if you don’t have time to read the whole report. – Ed.]

BUSINESS

“Recreational” tax revenue doubles in a month in Washington State // Marijuana Business Daily   And recreational cannabis sales in Colorado surpass medicinal sales.

Drug test failures in Washington increase by nearly 25% // Puget Sound Business Journal     “Washington and Colorado are believed by many to foreshadow future trends in ‘recreational’ marijuana use,” says testing firm.  

Smoke this cannabis with a clear conscience// SF Gate     SPARC, of San Francisco, introduces its Marigold strain, grown in the warm California sun. “Sungrown not only helps mitigate climate change, sungrown flowers are cheaper to produce, yet richer thanks to their exposure to nature.”

HEALTH

Study: Adolescent use of cannabis shows adverse outcomes //The Lancet.com   “Prevention or delay of cannabis use in adolescence is likely to have broad health and social benefits,” including a better likelihood of graduating from school.  [This is news? – Ed.]

OPINION

David Downs blasts Lancet “teen smoking” report // East Bay Express  “The study [cited above] is loaded with problems, and comes with weak conclusions from the researchers.”

Why is pot “zero tolerance” when alcohol isn’t? // NYT       “There is no evidence that marijuana smokers are less focused on their job than casual drinkers.”

EVENTS

420 Games” celebrate “positive cannabis users”  //www.420games.org        “Participants are not stoners,” says founder, and he stresses this is not a smoke-in, like the April “420” events. He wants to “set a standard of ethics and protocol for responsible use.” Sunday’s “fun run” starts at the Golden Gate Park Bandshell in San Francisco.  Some restrictions (and an entry fee) apply.

It was 100 years ago… // canorml.org      The first known U.S. raid on “Indian hemp – called marahuana here” took place in Los Angeles a century ago this week. A party to mark that event will be held in the City of Angels tomorrow (09.13).  A press conference yesterday called for the end of what organizers label “the 100-Year War on Pot.”

Greenhouse grown” awards set for Saturday // Manteel Comm. Ctr.                 Some growers find that light deprivation causes plants to bud sooner, which cuts down expenses and getting the crop to market sooner. Redway, near Humboldt Redwoods State Park, will be the site of the first awards for this method, September 13.

IN OTHER NEWS…

“Ganja Yoga” offered // http://deedussault.com/   “These trippy classes are great for pain-relief, stress-relief, and trippy fun,” according to the website. Some restrictions apply.

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