Cannabis News Roundup: Can California’s electric grid handle increased indoor grows?

Mar 3, 2017

New attorney general dubious about legalization ... Tribal law doesn’t extend to cannabis cup ... Can California’s electric grid handle increased indoor grows? ... and more.

LEGISLATION

Assembly bill introduced to study impaired driving by pot users //L.A. Times

“The California Highway Patrol would form a task force to develop methods for identifying when drivers are impaired by marijuana or prescription drugs, under legislation that moved forward on Tuesday.”

COPS & COURTS

Attorney General Sessions dubious about marijuana legalization // The Hill

“’I’m dubious about marijuana,’” Jeff Sessions, the new Attorney General, told a national association.  “’I’m not sure we’re going to be a better, healthier nation if we have marijuana sold at every corner grocery store.’” 

Feds warn tribal council ahead of Cannabis Cup // Reno Gazette-Jrln.

The U.S. Attorney General in Las Vegas sent a letter to the “Moapa Paiute Tribe reminding the tribe that the transport, possession, use and distribution of marijuana is illegal under federal law.” The letter arrived before the 2017 High Times Cannabis Cup, scheduled this weekend on native land.

High Times, the sponsor, has advised everyone involved with the event to adhere to applicable laws, in light of this warning from the federal government. 

BUSINESS

Is California’s electric grid up to the stress of indoor grow sites?  // SFgate.com

“The strain that California’s legalized cannabis industry could place on the state’s power grid came into focus on Tuesday, as marijuana cultivators, energy regulators and utility companies huddled to begin hashing out how to square the state’s clean energy goals with the surge in electricity usage expected to accompany recreational pot.”

HEALTH

More good news for e-cigarettes // Reason.com

A recent study reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine “confirmed that e-cigarettes are much less dangerous than the traditional, combustible sort, a fact that may come as a surprise to Americans who get their health information from government officials.”

Pot potency and how to control it // Huffington Post

Growers have concentrated on THC strength to such an extent that some forms of marijuana can lead to “the risk of psychosis.” That needs to be addressed, say British academics.

HISTORY

San Francisco’s role in marijuana history //7X7.com

“San Francisco became the nexus of 1960s counterculture because it was a portal, the point of entry and exit for soldiers on their way to or from Southeast Asia.”  And that included importation of marijuana. But the City’s involvement with pot goes back further than that.

IN OTHER NEWS....

The Cannabis News Roundup is a solo operation, and I plan to take a break from March 9 to 18. There may be a truncated CNR next week, but more likely we’ll have to catch up with the March 24 edition.