For Both Washingtons, Cannabis Laws in Question

Yesterday’s News – February 17, 2015

because nobody’s ready for today yet



Unless Congress intervenes in the next week or so, cannabis possession and consumption — but not its sale — will be legal in the nation’s capital. Back in November, residents of the District voted overwhelmingly in favor of legalization, while members of Congress used a rider to the omnibus bill at the end of 2014 to block additional legislation out of DC’s City Council that would establish a regulatory framework for the sale and taxation of cannabis. Now, with Measure 71 set to “self-enact” on February 26, the city may find itself in uncharted territory with legal, unregulated cannabis. Washington Post has complete details:–and-a-whole-lot-of-cannabis-chaos/2015/02/15/f6d49ade-b137-11e4-886b-c22184f27c35_story.html



A bill to reconcile the other Washington’s medical marijuana market with I-502 recreational regulations passed in the state Senate last week and is now headed to the House. The legislation would require the closure of most medical dispensaries and collective gardens, create a registry with the names of medical cannabis patients, and increase the recreational possession limits threefold for medical use (though it would be a significant decrease from current medical limits). Washington continues to have an incredibly difficult time negotiating these two sectors, and advocates worry that this divide and conquer strategy could be disastrous for the cannabis community. Get the story in the Seattle Times:



WRK reported yesterday about the bad science coming out of England regarding “skunk” (which both researchers and journalists are now using to mean really strong cannabis) and psychosis (another ambiguous and poorly defined term found often in research studies). Now even TIME has taken to employing slang as if it is scientific evidence. We’re wondering if any of these people have a clue how silly they sound. While we don’t necessarily think you should read this article, we just needed to vent:



If you are an actual scientist who is unfamiliar about cannabis, looking for actual unbiased information, check out this piece in Science, the journal of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). It has information about the endocannabinoid system, medical applications, and the lack of research studies around the plant due to it Schedule I status (and makes the case that it should be reclassified as a Schedule III substance):




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