Cannabis News Roundup: Nevada blocks California medical cards

Aug 5, 2016

How Gavin Newsom convinced his wife to support pot legalization ... Nevada blocks California medical cards ... CBD useful to certain cancer patients ... Drinking cannabis ... and more.

COPS & COURTS

Santa Rosa Council closes gap between cannabis uses // Press Democrat

“The Santa Rosa City Council declared Tuesday that medical marijuana support services such as testing labs and oil extraction businesses can legally be located in certain nonresidential areas of the city.”

ELECTION

Lawsuit: False claims charged in ballot arguments // Sacramento Bee

“Ballot arguments, which appear in the voter information guide, are important because few voters have the time or interest to read an entire measure. While there are often disputes over language, it’s uncommon for campaigns to seek court intervention.”

Bonus: Video of Lt. Gov. Newsom on how he convinced his wife that legalization is positive.

State Senate leader still struggling with support of legalization // Sacramento Bee

“Among the trepidations cited [by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon] were the THC content of marijuana, ‘which is much higher than before’; gummy-bear edibles and other weed products seemingly aimed at minors; and a report spike in emergency room visits in Colorado, where recreational pot was legalized in 2012.”

SAM group plans to spend millions defeating legalization  L. A. Times

Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), an anti-legalization group, plans to pump over $2 million into campaigns in five states this year, including California.

HEALTH

Nevada moves to block out-of-state prescriptions // Las Vegas Sun

The Nevada Attorney General is recommending that dispensaries in his state not recognize doctors’ recommendations from California or other states. This move would negatively impact dispensaries, which enjoy steady business from tourists.

Certain cancer patients could benefit from CBD // Mesothelioma Lawyer Ctr.

“A number of mesothelioma patients reported great success in battling pain after using CBD oil,” according to an article from the Mesothelioma Lawyer Center.

Mesothelioma is a cancer generally related to exposure to asbestos.

Vaping is trendy, but joints still rule // AlterNet

“Who still smokes their weed? Most marijuana consumers, that's who. But clearly, there is growing demand for pot products that don't require rolling papers, a pipe or a lighter.” [See chart at end the article.]

EVENT

Free medical marijuana talk at San Francisco Library // SFPL

Laurie Vollen, a doctor in Berkeley, says she has worked with nearly 10,000 patients who find marijuana treatments to be an “overwhelmingly positive experience.” Dr. Vollen will present up-to-date information on the science behind medicinal marijuana in a talk at the Main Library in San Francisco on Tuesday (8/09) at 6pm.

BOOK

Ed Rosenthal’s greatest hits // East Bay Express

The Big Book of Buds Greatest Hits is the title of cannabis cultivation guru Ed Rosenthal’s new book, which the East Bay Express says “works best as a coffee-table book, or a dream board — a place for inspiration, as well as an essential reference for medical-cannabis patients looking to grow their own, or find better medicine at dispensaries.”

IT’S A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, SO KEEP IT UNDER CONTROL….

Medical cannabis has its place, and so does recreation // Dope magazine

“I undeniably and absolutely believe that human beings have the right to get high,” says Steve DeAngelo of Harborside Health Center. “I think that overwhelming ecstasy and joy are normal and desirable parts of the human experience. But just because we have a right doesn’t mean that the smartest thing to do is exercise that right to the point of absurdity.”

IN OTHER NEWS….

Here’s to Satchmo, early cannabis fan // Civilized Life/

Famed jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong, who was born 115 years ago yesterday, was a long time fan of “muggles.”  You know it as marijuana. Did he actually get Richard Nixon to help smuggle some of it through an airport?

Consider cannabis drinks // SF Weekly

“An adult lemonade or a cannabis beverage can be a refreshing twist on that medical or recreational routine.”

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