Where's Weed Marijuana News Blog https://wheresweed.com/blog Blog about medical marijuana dispensaries, politics and legal weed Conn. high court sides with employee fired for smoking marijuana at work https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/aug/conn-high-court-sides-with-employee-fired-for-smoking-marijuana-at-work <p>Back in 2012&nbsp;a state employee in Connecticut, Gregory Linhoff,&nbsp;was fired when he was&nbsp;caught smoking in a state-owned vehicle. After being arrested, his charges were soon dismissed, as well as his firing being overturned. Not only had Linhoff never had discliplinary problems in his 14 years working for the state, but he was considered a favorable employee.<span style="line-height:1.6em">&nbsp;Marijuana helped him cope with&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height:1.6em">m</span><span style="line-height:1.6em">edical problems and a pending divorce, leading an arbitrator to instead penalize him with a 6-month suspension without pay, as well as participate in random drug testing for a year. After once again being overturned by a Superior Court judge on the grounds of public policy, Linhoff&#39;s union appealed within the Supreme Court, leading the decision to be overruled one last time in a unanimous decision by all 7 Supreme Court justices. The justices ruled that although state drug policy allows for firing, it is not required, allowing some to be awarded proper second chances under the right circumstance.&nbsp;</span></p> <blockquote> <p>All seven justices agreed that the lower court judge was wrong to overturn the arbitrator&#39;s ruling, saying that while state policy on drug use in the work place allows for firing workers it does not require it. Justices also said that judicial second-guessing of arbitration awards is uncommon and should be reserved only for extraordinary circumstances</p> <p>&quot;By the arbitrator&#39;s estimation, (Linhoff&#39;s) personal qualities and overall record indicate that he is a good candidate for a second chance,&quot; Rogers wrote. &quot;Moreover, the discipline the arbitrator imposed was appropriately severe, and sends a message to others who might consider committing similar misconduct that painful consequences will result.&quot;</p> <p>At the time Linhoff was fired, he was seeking treatment for depression, stress and anxiety because his wife had filed for divorce and he had a cancer scare; he believed smoking pot helped to alleviate his worries, Collins said.</p> </blockquote> Oregon collects millions in marijuana-related taxes https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/aug/oregon-collects-millions-in-marijuana-related-taxes <p>While the Oregon Liquor Control Commision continues&nbsp;to prepare for the state&#39;s recreational marijuana industry, medical marijuana dispensaries have been able to sell recreational marijuana with a 25% tax since January. Oregon voters legalized recreational marijuana back in 2014 and the program is expected to be fully operational by next year. In the 6 months from January to July that dispensaries have been able to collect marijuana taxes, there has been $25.5 million turned into the state. Estimates for next year&#39;s recreational marijuana taxes shot up from $8.4 to $35 million after this year&#39;s numbers were turned in.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>Oregon has processed $25.5 million in tax payments from recreational marijuana from January through the end of July.</p> <p>Anticipated state revenue from recreational marijuana through June 2017 was recently quadrupled by Oregon&#39;s Legislative Revenue Office.</p> <p>The expected amount rose from $8.4 million to $35 million</p> </blockquote> New campaign aimed at talking to youth about marijuana use https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/aug/new-campaign-aimed-at-talking-to-youth-about-marijuana-use <p>A new campaign in Colorado will be encouraging parents to speak to their children about underage marijuana smoking and why it could effect them negatively in the future.&nbsp;<span style="line-height:1.6em">A 2015 study in Colorado shows that those with parents openly against underage marijuana use are 4 times more likely to refrain from smoking, and kids with a positive support system at home and in school are 2 times more likely to stray away from the drug.&nbsp;For years our schools have been pushing anti-drug messages, but the study&nbsp;shows that strong messages as such are more effective when delivered from parents.&nbsp;</span></p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;Our research shows underage marijuana use can impair brain development and keep Colorado kids from reaching their potential,&quot; said Dr. Larry Wolk, health department executive director and chief medical officer. &quot;We also know parents and other trusted adults can make a big difference in whether young people choose to use marijuana.&quot;</p> <p>CDPHE says a 2015 Healthy Kids Colorado survey found is a parent believes underage marijuana use is wrong, their children are four time less likely to use marijuana. The survey also found youth who have teachers who care, families with clear rules or parents willing to their children are nearly twice as likely not to use the drug.</p> </blockquote> NY med marijuana program changes recommended https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/aug/ny-med-marijuana-program-changes-recommended <p>New York&#39;s Department of Health released a progress report for the state&#39;s medical marijuana program recently with a recommendation to double the amount of allowed growers and dispensaries around the state within the next two years, giving more access where it&#39;s needed. Over half of the state&#39;s medical marijuana patient&#39;s and registered doctors are located in Long Island and New York City, making access scarce around the rest of the state. The Department of Health also recommended that nurse practitioners be given the ability to certify medical marijuana patients, just as they can prescribe other controlled substances. With easier access to medical professionals and dispensaries, more people will be able to seek out and find the relief they need from medical marijuana. Recommendations must be approved by state legislators and the governor before becoming law.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>Currently, the state allows five companies to operate one growing facility and four dispensaries each. The Department of Health recommends doubling that over the next two years, which the report says will help &quot;meet additional patient demand and increase access to medical marijuana throughout New York State.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;Allowing NPs to issue certifications for medical marijuana would allow them to properly treat patients suffering from severe, debilitating or life threatening conditions, particularly in many rural counties where there are fewer physicians available to treat such ailments,&quot; according to the report</p> </blockquote> Pa. releases medical marijuana 'roadmap' for entrepreneurs https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/aug/pa-releases-medical-marijuana-roadmap-for-entrepreneurs <p>Gov. Wolf of Pennsylvania signed the state&#39;s medical marijuana bill into law in April, and this week a draft of the regulations to grow, cultivate,&nbsp;and track the drug have been released for aspiring business owners&#39; benefit. The market to grow and sell medical marijuana will be intensely&nbsp;competitive with only 25 licenses awarded, and businesses will have to move quickly to begin sales by the estimated open date of 2018. Growers will have a 30-day window to import seeds. but after the first crop, no out of state cannabis imports will be legal.&nbsp;<span style="line-height:1.6em">The proposal has received praise from advocates for using &nbsp;the successful aspects and</span><span style="line-height:1.6em">&nbsp;compensating for problems in other states&#39;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height:1.6em">current programs.&nbsp;</span></p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;These regulations take into account what other states have done successfully and what other states would have liked to have done better,&quot; Bronstein said, &quot;but the Pennsylvania program is its own animal.&quot;</p> <p>No out-of-state marijuana plants can be brought into Pennsylvania at any time. Growers will have a 30-day window to import seeds for their first crops, but subsequent crops must be grown with seeds, clones, or grafts produced at in-state facilities</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> Nashville marijuana decriminalization bill survives first vote https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/aug/nashville-marijuana-decriminalization-bill-survives-first-vote <p>Currently in Tennessee, those caught with less than an ounce of marijuana face a misdemeanor punshable up to a year in jail and fines up to $2,500, but some legislators are hoping to change that. In a first vote by the Metro Council, legislators passed a decriminalization bill that would lower penalties in Nashville&nbsp;for those possessing less than half an ounce of marijuana to a $50 fine or 10 hours of community service. Some legislators who voted for the proposal have stated that they&#39;ll likely vote against the bill in the future, but wanted to open up the floor to discussion. Nashville legislators have never considered a marijuana decriminalization proposal before this, but they hope to model the current proposal after Tampa&#39;s.</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;I think it&rsquo;s completely unfair to shut off debate and kill this bill before we&rsquo;ve ever had it before any committee &mdash; any conversation about it whatsoever,&rdquo; Pulley said. &ldquo;Let&rsquo;s at least move it through the process and see what we can come up with. Everybody&rsquo;s going to have an opportunity to weigh in on this.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> A Columbia professor just nailed the simple reason we need to keep studying marijuana https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/aug/a-columbia-professor-just-nailed-the-simple-reason-we-need-to-keep-studying-marijuana <p>Marijuana opponents have stated for years how the lack of scientific studies on marijuana is plenty reason to keep it illegal and let prohibition continue to ruin innocent lives. But the more we&#39;re learning about marijuana, the more it&#39;s clear that thorough&nbsp;research needs to be done. Take it from&nbsp;Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, a chairman at Columbia University&#39;s department of psychiatry, who points out&nbsp;with around 400 compounds making up marijuana, we only have limited knowledge on the two main cannabinoids, THC and CBD. Each compound has the potential to effect us&nbsp;in a different way, and it&#39;s time to find out what compound can be used for what purpose, medicinal or not. Until we take the time to fully study cannabis and each compound&#39;s full potential, we may never understand the drug that has caused so much controversy.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;In terms of does cannabis hold any therapeutic potential, cannabis contains many constituents. It&rsquo;s not just THC. And whether these have medicinal properties that can be used, the answer is very likely, and they should be studied,&quot;Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, who is the chair of Columbia University&#39;s department of psychiatry and serves as the director of the New York State Psychiatric Institute, told Business Insider.</p> <p>&quot;Like many plants, marijuana has many different chemicals. There are specific components of the plant that can be developed for medical interventions,&quot; Hurd said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> Judge rejects lawsuit: Marijuana measure will be on Arizona ballot https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/aug/judge-rejects-lawsuit-marijuana-measure-will-be-on-arizona-ballot <p>Last month, Proposition 205 officially qualified for the election ballot, giving Arizonans the ability to vote for recreational legalization this November. Marijuana opponents hoped to waste time and money from the legalization campaign, but after the judge threw out the lawsuit a&nbsp;The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol chairman says he will be asking to recover the cost of the lawsuit. The plantiffs claimed that the 100-word summary of the bill was not specific enough for voters to understand, but with complete access to Proposition 205&#39;s text online, anyone can see what they&#39;re voting for, like any other bill.&nbsp;<span style="line-height:1.6em">If voters pass Proposition 205, adults over 21 will be able to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana and grow up to 6 plants in their home.&nbsp;</span></p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;This frivolous lawsuit was meant to waste the campaign&#39;s resources,&quot; Holyoak said. &quot;After the case is concluded we will be asking the court to recover our costs from these litigious people. We&#39;ve said from the beginning this was a frivolous lawsuit and Judge Gentry dismissed each and every frivolous claim. It is time to let the voters decide.&quot;</p> </blockquote> Marijuana a better pain reliever for men than women https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/aug/marijuana-a-better-pain-reliever-for-men-than-women <p>A small study coming out of Columbia University Medical Center is showing that the pain relieving effects of marijuana could potentially be more effective in men compared to women. The double-blind study had both men and women soak a hand in&nbsp;nearly freezing temperature&nbsp;water until the pain became too much. While men experienced a significant increase in pain tolerance, the women only showed a small change. The findings are more than enough reason to perform more testing on cannabis for medical use to find out the best methods to treat symptoms in all patients.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;These results indicate that in cannabis smokers, men exhibit greater cannabis-induced analgesia relative to women. As such, sex-dependent differences in cannabis&#39;s analgesic effects are an important consideration that warrants further investigation when considering the potential therapeutic effects of cannabinoids for pain relief.&quot;</p> </blockquote> This is what a marijuana overdose is like https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/aug/this-is-what-a-marijuana-overdose-is-like <p>The phrase &#39;marijuana overdose&#39; has been used commonly by legalization opponents trying to scare people into believing marijuana is as dangerous or more than other &nbsp;drugs, legal or not. The reality is much different than the phrase leads on. While an overdose of heroin, alcohol, cocaine, and many substances can kill users, there has never been a documented case of marijuana killing anyone. In fact, a recent &#39;marijuana overdose&#39; that made the headlines involved a 53 year-old father eating 4 marijuana brownies, far beyond the recommended dose, and the worst of hid problems came in the form of cusing at his cat. When his wife called paramedics to be safe, they helped the man into bed after finding his vitals normal and declining to be taken to the hospital. It&#39;s unfair to put marijuana in the samecategory as dangerous drugs that cause over half a million unneccessary deaths every year.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>Paramedics called to the scene who checked the man found his vital signs to be normal. But they noted he was displaying odd behavior &mdash; crawling around on the floor, randomly using profanities and calling the family cat a &quot;bitch.&quot;</p> <p>Compare that to tobacco, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) links to 480,000 deaths each year. Or alcohol, which the CDC links to 88,000 deaths each year. Or opioid painkillers and heroin, which were linked to nearly 29,000 drug overdose deaths in 2014.</p> </blockquote> Sockeye, a Portland ad company, takes on marijuana client https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/aug/sockeye-a-portland-ad-company-takes-on-marijuana-client <p>Oregon residents might start seeing a new commercial for a cannabis soda, but you could easily mistake it for a casual beer commercial at first. Yes, an advertising firm in Portland began working with a marijuana business with a unique twist on marijuana edibles. The goal is to remove the &#39;stoner&#39; stigma from cannabis products and advertising. Most cannabis users are normal adults looking relax after a long week of work, and now there is advertising to suit that market. The ad firm holds high profile clients like Oregon Health &amp; Science University, the Portland Children&#39;s Museum, and the University of Oregon, so they were wary to work with cannabis businesses, but they believe in the products and companies&nbsp;they&#39;re working with. The commercial features friends and neighbors at a backyard barbeque listening to music and enjoying what appears to be a craft beer, but consumers shortly after find out that a cannabis soda is now locally available.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>The catchy jingle highlights a new type of soda, whose retro label and stubby brown bottle could easily be mistaken for the latest kombucha or craft beer. The ad doesn&#39;t feature pot leaves, green crosses or bikini-clad women, some of the more common images associated with marijuana.</p> <p>Aimee Huff, an assistant professor of marketing at Oregon State University who has studied marijuana advertising in Colorado, said Sockeye&#39;s ad targets consumers new to cannabis or people who don&#39;t want to smoke. She said the ad, which echoes alcohol advertising, is clearly an effort to give the product mainstream appeal</p> </blockquote> WIKILEAKS EXPOSES HOW ALCOHOL INDUSTRY IS UNDERMINING MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/aug/wikileaks-exposes-how-alcohol-industry-is-undermining-marijuana-legalization <p>In the midst of the Hilary Clinton email leak via WikiLeaks, more corruption was found than just dealing with the presidential election. It was discovered through&nbsp;an email that Wine &amp; Spirits Wholesalers of America was insistent that Congress be more harsh with the developing marijuana industry. While the alcohol company claims to have no stance on cannabis legalization, it&#39;s no doubt that the more marijuana people use, the less alcohol they will consume. As a direct threat to the alcohol industry&#39;s profits, it&#39;s within Wine &amp; Spirits&#39; interest to both delay the inevitable legalization, and also make marijuana look more dangerous to users and drivers than it actually is. Cannabis has shown to impair drivers far less than alcohol, but&nbsp;instead of bringing more attention to drunk driving and urging congress to crack down on alcohol, which causes thousands of overdoses and automobile fatalities every year, the alcohol advocates are hoping to shift the danger blame over to the marijuana industry.</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;Given that driving under the influence of marijuana is already illegal and that the existing research shows marijuana&rsquo;s effect on driving ability is significantly less than alcohol, it is difficult to see a legitimate reason for the alcohol industry to be taking up this issue,&rdquo; Fox said. &ldquo;They would do better to fund research on how to decrease drunk driving.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> Logan Marijuana Decriminalization Heads to the Ballot https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/aug/logan-marijuana-decriminalization-heads-to-the-ballot <p>Last year the city of Logan, Ohio failed to pass&nbsp;the ordinance&nbsp;to remove marijuana from the controlled substances list as well as keep possession of under 200 grams a minor misdemeanor with no fines or jail time. This year the city will have another chance to pass the ordinance&nbsp;as the Hocking County Board of Elections approves the signatures for the group, Sensible Logan. Last year&#39;s ordinance gained 43% of the vote, just shy of the amound needed to pass, but advocates are confident that this year will be different. With the presidential election bringing out more voters and the awareness of the ordinance having expanded since last year, Sensible Logan has a chance. If passed, the ordinance will also protect those in possession of hashish, which can refer to many concentrated cannabis products. Those caught with over 200 grams will receive a fifth-degree felony with no jail time or fines.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>The proposed ordinance would repeal sections of the municipal code that makes marijuana a part of the trafficking in controlled substances, drug possession, permitting drug abuse, illegal dispensing of drug samples and drug paraphernalia criminal charges. It would also remove sections on prohibiting the cultivation of marijuana, and current mandatory fines in the law.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have left the law as written, except that (the court) can&rsquo;t fine you,&rdquo; Keeney said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a mark on your record, but there&rsquo;s no sentence.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> Ohio’s New Medical Marijuana Payment System is a Gamechanger https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/aug/ohios-new-medical-marijuana-payment-system-is-a-gamechanger <p>Here we go again with legislators trying&nbsp;to fix a problem caused by prohibition. Ohio is now the 26th state to legalize medical marijuana, but due to marijuana being federally illegal, most banks will not work with the industry, forcing them to use cash for everything from payroll and taxes to bills. Ohio legislators aren&#39;t comfortable with the large amounts of cash being kept inside marijuana businesses, and instead of fixing the problem federally, their short term solution is a closed-loop system.&nbsp;&nbsp;It would resemble that of a pre-paid debit card system where users will have to fill an account with money via check, credit card or cash at a state agency or state licensed liquor store. The number of banks working with marijuana businesses has risen from 51 in 2014 to 301 in 2016, but with most banks shunning the industry it remains a cash business. Until lawmakers are willing to protect banks from persecution or reschedule cannabis, then banks will stay fearful of marijuana and the federal government.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>The state&#39;s proposal comes amid concerns with how money is handled at marijuana companies with almost all of them running with cash-only transactions. These companies turn around and &nbsp; &nbsp;use the cash to pay bills, taxes and their employees and are forced to keep the cash in unsafe places. This endangers employees and customers because most banks, credit unions and credit card companies are reluctant to do business with them because marijuana is still illegal under federal law.</p> </blockquote> Libertarians defend Olympia bar owner’s private marijuana smoking club https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/aug/libertarians-defend-olympia-bar-owners-private-marijuana-smoking-club <p>A bar on the first floor, a private cannabis lounge on the second floor, and the owner of both is being threatened by the Liquor and Cannabis Board with a 40 day suspension to his liquor license. The board has ruled that smoking cannabis inside a business that serves alcohol is prohibited, despite the club, Frankie&#39;s Friend&#39;s, being located on a separate floor. The private club owner has been praised by his community for serving free meals to the less fortunate and giving many a safe place to consume marijuana. You can find veterans and protesters every thusday morning waving signs in support of Frankie&#39;s Friends, and the owner has stated he will remain open regardless of the suspension. Frankie and his lawyer claim the Liquor and Cannabis Board do not have the power to suspend his liquor license.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>The board had initially issued a five-day suspension in 2015, but Schnarrs refused to comply with the suspension or pay a $500 fine. He told The Olympian that shutting down for five days &mdash; let alone 40 &mdash; would cost him thousands of dollars in business. He also said the $500 fine is a form of extortion.</p> <p>Schnarrs and his attorney-in-fact Micah Anderson both argue that neither the state nor the Liquor and Cannabis Board have the legal authority to suspend the bar&rsquo;s liquor license. Anderson said the business will challenge the board&rsquo;s ability to enforce such sanctions for legal actions that occurred inside a private club.</p> </blockquote> Marijuana to remain illegal under federal law, DEA says https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/aug/marijuana-to-remain-illegal-under-federal-law-dea-says <p>For the better part of 2016 the DEA has kept the public hanging on their decision of whether or not&nbsp;to reschedule cannabis, but is anyone surprised they announced that marijuana will remain illegal? The decision to legalize any substance&nbsp;should be left to medical and scientific fields, not to&nbsp;those who are able to profit off of a drug war. Where is the checks and balances? While the announcement comes with much frustration for advocates, there are some positive changes. Once published in the Federal Registrar tomorrow, the&nbsp;requirements to research and study the drug will be relaxed, making it easier for further medical studies in the future. This is good news as the main reason the DEA cited keeping marijuana illegal was the lack of studies, and lack of consensus by experts, which all along has been a direct result of the DEA&#39;s strict schedule 1 classification on the drug.</p> <p>One of the most notable announcements of the day is the recanting of one of the War on Drug&#39;s oldests&nbsp;ideas,&nbsp;that marijuana is a gateway drug, which there has never been and still remains no evidence for. But&nbsp;the DEA has chosen to remain stringent on cannabis and hold firm the belief that marijuana has no medical value, despite the federal government hosting a patent for cannabinoids as treating a wide variety of illnesses. The hypocracy of the matter is clear, but it&#39;s nothing new. Advocates will take this as another small step forward until the day when no one fears using marijuana.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;At this time,&quot; the DEA concluded, &quot;the known risks of marijuana use have not been shown to be outweighed by specific benefits in well-controlled clinical trials that scientifically evaluate safety and efficacy.&quot;</p> <p>It did not find, however, that marijuana is a &quot;gateway drug.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;Little evidence supports the hypothesis that initiation of marijuana use leads to an abuse disorder with other illicit substances,&quot; the report said.</p> </blockquote> Can medical marijuana treat ADD and autism? https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/aug/can-medical-marijuana-treat-add-and-autism <p>Marijuana, Cannabis Sativa is currently classified as a Schedule 1 drug by the DEA, meaning a high potential for abuse&nbsp;and no medical value. But rather than fighting to prove it&#39;s medical value, advocates know it works and are more interested in exactly how many illnesses it can treat. A now financial advisor for a medical dispensary in Arizona had his mind turned upside down when he first tried medical marijuana with his young daughter, who was non-responsive for several years before trying the drug. Plagued by daily seizures, she was unable to develop or even make eye contact. Needless to say it was an emotional day when his daughter began smiling and crawling around. Since using cannabis her seizures shrunk to one every few months. This child success story with cannabis is not the only one, and the sooner research is conducted the sooner we will know how many children and adults can benefit from 1 simple plant. Medical marijuana use in minors has become more accepted in certain places, but when considering the alternatives of Adderall and&nbsp;Ritalin, which are meth based drugs to treat ADD, cannabis could be the best and safest alternative, but we won&#39;t know until we try.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;Up until this point, I had been anti-marijuana. I was simply a desperate parent,&quot; describes Holyoak.</p> <p>&quot;The single and sole difference between a child that&#39;s non-responsive, unable to feed herself and is in a wheelchair, and the bright, vibrant, loving and beautiful girl we have today is marijuana. That&#39;s the only difference,&quot; said Holyoak.</p> <p><span style="line-height:1.6em">&quot;The standard treatment today for ADHD are drugs like Adderall and Ritalin, which are essentially methamphetamine. There needs to be more research on it,&quot; said Holyoak. &quot;If this could be an alternative treatment to many of those other extremely harmful drugs, what a blessing that would be for all of us.&quot;</span></p> </blockquote> Consultants on project for 1st US marijuana resort charged with drug crimes https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/aug/consultants-on-project-for-1st-us-marijuana-resort-charged-with-drug-crimes <p>In 2014 the US Justice Department changed it&#39;s policy to allow Native American tribes to grow and sell marijuana on their land&nbsp;similar to how Colorado and other state&#39;s have legalized recreational marijuana. With newfound freedom, the Santee&nbsp;Sioux&nbsp;tribe planned the country&#39;s first cannabis resort, featuring a smoking lounge, night club, bar and food service, and even a music venue. Despite the perception of freedom, the threat of a federal raid remained, forcing the Sioux tribe to abandon the plan and destroy the crops. The Sioux only intended to cooperate with federal authority, but somehow two of it&#39;s legal figures are being charged with marijuana crimes. The federal government doesn&#39;t want any third party or non-Native American participation for&nbsp;neither&nbsp;the business or the consumer side of Native American cannabis.</p> <blockquote> <p>Eric Hagen, Monarch&#39;s chief executive, was charged by indictment with conspiracy to possess, possession and attempt to possess more than 10 pounds of marijuana. Jonathan Hunt, the vice president and cultivation expert, was charged with conspiracy to possess between a half-pound and a pound of marijuana.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> </blockquote> An Oregon teen is facing federal drug charges over a single gram of marijuana https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/aug/an-oregon-teen-is-facing-federal-drug-charges-over-a-single-gram-of-marijuana <p>Drug policy experts have made the point for years that the biggest consequence stemming from marijuana is being caught with it, making many wonder why it can turn otherwise innocent non-violent people, into convicted felons. This is clear in the case of Devotre Thomas, a 19 year old in Oregon who is facing up to a year in prison and fines for only a single gram of marijuana. Oregon legalized recreational marijuana for adults in 2014, but the federal government has not prosecuted a marijuana possession case in the state since 2011. So why step in now for such a small crime? Prosecutors expected Thomas to plead guilty, accepting his&nbsp;6 month&nbsp;treatment program and a federal drug conviction which takes a toll when trying for student loans, a job, and even a home. But instead Thomas&#39; laywer announced he would take it to trial and fight the case. Now he is risking up to a year in prison and fines, all because of a single gram of cannabis&nbsp;which is recreationally legal within the state. Is this how the American legal system should be spending it&#39;s time and money?</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;Why continue to try to ruin people&rsquo;s lives?&quot; asked Russ Belville, founder of the Portland chapter of the pro-marijuana group NORML, to KGW. &quot;Make it tough for this kid to get a job, to be able to apply for college scholarships, to get security clearances, to own a home?&quot;</p> <p>U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon told KGW that &quot;I don&#39;t want kids using marijuana, but to have the heavy hand of the law in a case like this &mdash; when there are so many other much more serious issues &mdash; I think is a misallocation of resources.&quot;</p> <p>Thomas&#39;s case illustrates a concern many drug policy experts have raised for years &mdash; that most of the harms associated with marijuana use come not from using marijuana but from the punishment offenders receive at the hands of the criminal justice system.</p> </blockquote> The PTSD marijuana study is now recruiting veteran volunteers https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/aug/the-ptsd-marijuana-study-is-now-recruiting-veteran-volunteers <p>Recently there have been more anecdotal reports of PTSD victims using marijuana to treat symptoms, but now the first official DEA approved study is recruiting veterans with PTSD to smoke different strains of cannabis on and off for a 12 week program observing the effects. The study will be conducted at both Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and Sisley&#39;s Scottsdale Research Institute in Pheonix, Arizona. The study has already recieved over 100 volunteers and&nbsp;is still accepting applicants. 76 combat veterans will be chosen next month and randomly assigned 1 of 4 different strains of marijuana to smoke up to 1.8 grams a day as needed and record the results.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>Researchers in Maryland and Arizona are looking for veteran volunteers to smoke up to two joints&#39; worth of marijuana a day in a new study designed to find out if pot helps relieve symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re not arguing that cannabis is a cure, but our hypothesis is that it will at least reduce the symptoms,&rdquo; says physician and study organizer Dr. Sue Sisley.</p> </blockquote> <p>&nbsp;</p>