Yesterday’s News – January 23, 2015

because nobody’s ready for today yet

 

Image: YouTube Interview with President Obama

Image: YouTube Interview with President Obama

 

As a follow-up to this week’s State of the Union address, three popular YouTube creators interviewed President Obama at the White House on Thursday. The first conversation, with Hank Green, included a discussion of marijuana’s shifting legal status in the U.S. Green, who told the president that he doesn’t smoke but is in favor of legalization, pointed out that “we’re in a really weird place” regarding cannabis. Obama responded: “The position of my administration has been that we still have federal laws that classify marijuana as an illegal substance, but we’re not going to spend a lot of resources trying to turn back decisions that have been made at the state level on this issue. My suspicion is that you’re gonna see other states start looking at this.” While he didn’t actually answer the question of how to move beyond the grey area that cannabis now occupies, he did initiate a dialogue about criminal justice reform for nonviolent drug offenders. Watch the entire interview, or start at the 11-minute mark if you want to get right to the pot:

youtube.com/watch?v=GbR6iQ62v9k

 

 

Think Progress published two pieces on cannabis yesterday. The first addresses the law enforcement perspective on legal recreational cannabis in Washington, DC, after a NewsChannel 8 interview with Cathy Lanier, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department, in which she stated that, “It saves us from having to charge someone for small amounts of marijuana now, because it really never was productive to begin with. It’s a little bit easier for us, actually.” Read more, including Marijuana Majority’s response to her stance:

thinkprogress.org/justice/2015/01/22/3614244/dc-police-chief-on-pot-legalization/

 

 

Their other article explores the newest data around cannabis smoking and lung health. A study published in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society found that even 20 years of daily marijuana smoking did not have adverse effects on exhalation strength, indicating that it did not negatively impact users’ lungs. Click for more details:

thinkprogress.org/health/2015/01/22/3614459/new-pot-research/

 

 

On the medical side, a story out of Minnesota and one from Virginia:

 

From TwinCities.com, a judge has dismissed one of two charges filed against a mother who treated her 15-year-old son’s traumatic brain injury with medical cannabis:

twincities.com/localnews/ci_27376605/judge-dismisses-one-count-against-minnesota-mom-who

 

 

And, from WUSA9, coverage of medical marijuana advocates’ testimony before the Virginia Senate committee in support of bills that would enable children to have access to medical cannabis:

wusa9.com/story/news/2015/01/22/supporters-push-for-medical-marijuana-in-richmond-virginia/22153095/

 

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