Court Ruling Leaves Cannabis on Schedule 1

Yesterday’s News – April 16, 2015

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A federal judge in Sacramento has decided it is not the job of the courts to reschedule cannabis. U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller held a fact-finding hearing last year on the constitutionality of marijuana’s Schedule I status as a part of a case involving a marijuana grow in Northern California. Though she was ready to rule that cannabis should not be a Schedule I substance, she eventually decided that “this is not the court and this is not the time” and that it’s up to Congress to make changes to public policy. Read the Associated Press story on The Cannabist:

thecannabist.co/2015/04/15/marijuana-schedule-1-federal-judge-california/33266

 

The Oregon bank that months ago announced it would serve the legal cannabis industry has changed course and will drop all accounts related to the marijuana business. MBank’s CEO, Jef Baker, said the move was due to the lack of “resources necessary to manage the compliance” issues that are a part of working with the cannabis industry, while others speculate that the change of policy was forced by federal regulators who downgraded the bank’s rating and warned them against providing accounts for the marijuana sector:

deverpost.com/business/ci_27905128/oregon-bank-that-wanted-pot-accounts-colorado-is

 

Last week marked the release of Weed the People by Bruce Barcott, a chronicle of changing attitudes and regulations around cannabis. Barcott, a journalist and nonfiction writer, was decidedly anti-marijuana when the possibility of legalization came to his home state of Washington but was convinced by a friend to take a more careful look at the intricacies of the issue, particularly in regards to race and civil rights. His curiosity led to more research (both first- and secondhand) and resulted in this definitive statement: “Legal, well-regulated marijuana has had an overwhelmingly positive change for my state, my community, and yes, my family.” You can read an excerpt of the book at TIME:

time.com/3815608/marijuana-legalization/

 

CNN published a piece on the effectiveness of medical marijuana for ten different conditions, including Alzheimer’s, asthma, and Crohn’s disease. A good portion of the article is devoted to explaining the work of Dr. Sue Sisley, whose research focuses on veterans suffering from PTSD:

cnn.com/2015/04/15/health/marijuana-medical-advances/

 

Christopher Ingraham analyzes the recently released survey data from the Pew Research Center on The Washington Post’s Wonkblog and finds that “marijuana legalizers are winning the battle for hearts and minds”:

washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/04/15/how-marijuana-legalizers-are-winning-the-battle-for-hearts-and-minds/

 

High There, the cannabis-themed dating and social networking app that launched two months ago, is now available around the world. Initially the app could only be used in states where medical or recreational cannabis was legal, but through negotiations with the App Store and Google Play, it’s now available everywhere. Forbes has details:

forbes.com/sites/alexkonrad/2015/04/14/apple-and-google-approve-high-there-to-go-global/

 

Adam Eidinger, chairperson of the DC Cannabis Campaign, has erected a liberty pole on the National Mall to draw attention to the District’s statehood movement. He’s hoping to capitalize on the success of his marijuana legalization efforts to secure more autonomy for his city. DCist has a complete account of his project, along with a lesson on how liberty poles were used during the Revolutionary War. And you can check WRK later today for more words of wisdom from this passionate activist:

dcist.com/2015/04/statehood_activists_raise_a_liberty.php#photo-1

 

 

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