Cannabis News Roundup: January 17, 2014

Jan 17, 2014

Court clarifies federal vs. state laws concerning raids… DEA worked with Mexican cartels… Legalization "scares" DEA… Proposal for pharmacies to be cannabis distributors… and more.

COPS & COURTS

Federal law trumps state law concerning raids on dispensaries // SF Gate  [I’ve been saying this for years. - Ed.]

Two-year “snitch” program between DEA & Mexican cartels confirmed // SF Gate

LEGALIZATION

New Hampshire House first in nation to vote for legalization // US News     State Senate expected to reject idea.

DEA chief says state legalizations “scare us” // Huff Post

BUSINESS

E-cigarettes “targeting kids,” so Hayward issues a moratorium // San Jose Mercury News

Tennessee opens first state chapter of new Hemp Industries Association // HIA

The Illinois State Board of Pharmacy heard a proposal this week to have drug stores sell medical cannabis. // Chicago Tribune       "After all, pharmacists are the drug experts."

HEALTH

CBD-rich cannabis extract considered for seizure treatment in Florida //NPR     "I think this is using the substance wisely as God intended,” says Baptist preacher.

Young leukemia patient benefits from “massive doses of THC” // Vice.com

Claims that heavy pot smoking lowers IQ in teens called “spurious” // Scientific American

EVENT

 Clint Werner, local award winning author of “Marijuana, Gateway to Health” speaks at the San Francisco Main Library next Wednesday // San Francisco Public Library

OPINION

The issue of taxation is crucial to successful legalization // The Economist      “If pot-smoking displaces liquor-drinking, it might actually be good for public health.”

A trillion dollars later, it’s time to admit that the War of Drugs needs to end // Alternative Radio      “The time is long past to develop new mechanisms to establish humane and sustainable alternatives to the drug war, especially cannabis.”

IN OTHER NEWS

Times – and signs – are changing in Colorado // NBC News    “420” mile marker becomes 419.99

Cannabis users strike back against stoner/loser stereotypes // CNN

That previous item doesn’t stop Anderson Cooper from ending CNN’s week-long investigation into Colorado’s pot shops with more stereotypes and labored puns // CNN

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