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Fri November 22, 2013
Politics

Cannabis News Roundup: November 22, 2013

Organizers seek comment on California ballot measure… Feds raid Colorado dispensaries… Cannabis still “dangerous” to AMA… Health news… Holiday travel tips... and more.

POLITICS

Digital Jrln. // "This is the best cannabis initiative ever put together for California," says a proponent of the ballot measure known as Marijuana Control, Legalization & Revenue Act of 2014. But supporters want it to be even better, so they’ve extended the comment period for anyone wanting to comment.

The Weed Blog // The International Narcotics Control Board is “very concerned” that Uruguay is moving ahead with plans to “legalize production, sale and consumption of cannabis for recreational purposes,” a direct violation of the 1961 Convention on Narcotic Drugs.

COPS & COURTS

Denver Post // Numerous cannabis dispensaries were raided in Colorado yesterday, less than two months before the state’s recreational cannabis law goes into effect. The concerted effort included DEA, IRS, DOJ, and local police. Why? The authorities declined to elaborate.

BUSINESS

WSJ // The number of employees testing positive for marijuana has dropped significantly this past decade. Is this accurate, or are people getting smarter at evading the tests?

AbqJournal // Thousands of patients are being turned away by New Mexico cannabis dispensaries and supplies are being rationed as demand far outstrips supply.

MMJ Business Daily // Just over 300 applications for permits to start cannabis cultivation sites, retail stores and infused-products companies were received by the Washington Department of Revenue Monday.

HEALTH

SF Gate // The anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis appear to be beneficial during organ transplants, according to the peer-reviewed Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology.

Daily Herald // Cannabis tinctures can help children with epilepsy according to doctors in Utah, who wrote to the Controlled Substances Advisory Committee this week in support of changing the state law to allow such a treatment.

Int’l. Business Times // Cannabis may be useful in treating Alzheimer’s disease, say researchers at Louisiana State University. They also find that over-the-counter painkillers can prevent short-term memory loss from cannabis use.

US News // The American Medical Association voted Tuesday to keep marijuana on its list of dangerous drugs while also noting that “federal efforts to address illicit drug use” have been ineffective.

IN OTHER NEWS

SF Gate // You better watch out, you better not toke – if you’re planning to travel during the coming holidays. Check these points before you pack your bags.

SF Gate // Smoking pot during high school lunch breaks is a no-no, Dear Abby says, and it should be reported.

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