Cannabis Plants on Hold for Pesticide Use

Yesterday’s News – May 19, 2015


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Image: Creative Commons

Denver Grows Investigated for Pesticides

Growing any crop on a large scale can be tricky business, and there are numerous unpredictable factors when dealing with industrial cannabis cultivation. Mites, mold, and fungus are all cause for alarm when they infiltrate your marijuana plants, but the chemicals used to keep them at bay are often too toxic for human consumption. Ten marijuana grows in Denver have been investigated recently for use of banned chemical pesticides such as Avid, Mallet, and Eagle 20. The hold means that cultivators can continue growing but may not sell the plants in question until they have been cleared by the city. In the interest of public health and safety, the Cannabis Consumers Coalition made public the documents that identified the cultivation sites in question. Read the article in Westword for specifics:



State of the Industry

International Business Times takes a look at the intricacies of the legal cannabis industry in Colorado, including banking limitations, Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) regulations, the role of the shrinking black market, and the grey area that still exists for those designated as caregivers. While some have decided that Colorado’s comprehensive regulations are too restrictive to leave the black market for legal status, those who do operate by the letter of the law are hopeful that the black market will be eliminated soon.



Debate to Highlight Prohibition’s Flaws

Conservative commentator Glenn Beck will host a debate between Robert White, co-author of Going to Pot: Why the Rush to Legalize Marijuana is Harming America, and Jacob Sullum, senior editor at and author of Saying Yes: In Defense of Drug Use, on cannabis legalization this Thursday. In anticipation of this event, Reason published an opinion piece by Sullum that calls marijuana prohibition “a moral scandal built on a mountain of lies.” Sullum’s argument hinges on the nature of prohibition as “unscientific, unconstitutional, and unjust,” and he spells out in articulate detail the evidence for these claims, ending the piece with an invocation of John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty: “Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.”



Caffeine Enhances Effects of Cannabis

Yesterday we brought you news of cannabis-infused coffee pods in Seattle, and now there’s evidence that caffeine and cannabis are a perfect combination. Scientists studying the effects of THC on the brains of squirrel monkeys noticed that, when given a caffeine analog, the test subjects requested THC (by pulling a lever) less often. From this and other data, researchers concluded that caffeine has a “reinforcing effect” on THC and THC’s effects are more potent when combined with caffeine. Check out High Times if you’d like to know more about the dosing habits of nonhuman primates: utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HIGHTIMESMagazine+(HIGH+TIMES+Magazine)



Law Firm Endows Cannabis Professorship

Vicente Sederberg, a law firm known for its involvement in passing Amendment 64 and implementing the legal recreational marijuana system in Colorado, has endowed a professorship at University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law. The first recipient of the professorship will be Sam Kamin, who helped craft the regulations that define the state’s cannabis industry. Vicente Sederberg, which now consults businesses in the industry, has committed $45,000 per year for three years to the university. NBC’s local affiliate has the story:




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