Yesterday’s News – June 22, 2015
Pushing the envelope further in Colorado
The same folks who brought you Amendment 64, which legalized the sale and use of recreational cannabis, are back at it again, fighting for the rights of the cannabis community. This time the dynamic duo, Mason Tvert of Marijuana Policy Project and Brian Vicente of Vicente Sederberg law firm, are taking on the issue of where you can consume the marijuana they made sure you could buy. They hope to collect enough signatures to get a measure on the Denver ballot that, if passed, would allow for cannabis consumption at establishments such as bars and nightclubs. Patrons could vaporize indoors and smoke marijuana in designated outdoor areas. “The Limited Social Marijuana Consumption Initiative” is not in conflict with Amendment 64, Tvert asserts, because it would not authorize open and public consumption, but rather, consumption within private businesses that have chosen to allow it. The Denver Post has the full story:
NPR takes up the pesticide issue
Pesticides can be a divisive issue in any sector of agriculture, and, when you’re growing cannabis, the complexities only increase. Because of marijuana’s federally illegal status, the federal government does not determine which pesticides are safe to use and which aren’t, as they do with other crops, including tobacco. This has left cannabis cultivators trying combinations of chemicals and states scrambling to figure out what works and what might cause harm. Problems with pesticides have come to light in both Colorado, where regulators recently put plants from ten grows on hold because of pesticide use, and in Oregon, where journalist Noelle Crombie has been investigating and reporting on the matter for months. NPR’s coverage highlights the need for federal regulations for the cannabis industry that will keep consumers safer.
Will California regulate?
With full legalization a probable ballot measure in California’s 2016 election, the state is looking to introduce regulations for the booming medical industry. Their assembly passed AB 266, a compromise that would create a variety of business licenses for cannabis cultivation and sale and would grant regulatory authority to several state agencies, by an overwhelming majority, and insiders believe it has a good chance of passing in the Senate as well. Check East Bay Express for the myriad details on this legislation:
DEA wants more cannabis for research
In what might seem like a scene from a Theater of the Absurd production or a high school English class on irony, the DEA has once again raised the limit for cannabis grown for medical research. In September of 2014 the DEA released its Aggregate Production Quotas (APQ) for schedule I and II substances and set the quota for cannabis at 125,000 grams. Back in April they increased the APQ for marijuana to 400,000 grams, and now they’d like to further expand the amount to 658,000 grams. This move comes as a result of both pharmaceutical companies and the National Institute on Drug Abuse needing more marijuana for medical testing. Because, you know, cannabis has no medical value. We guess they just want to make sure.
High Times NorCal Cannabis Cup
No words necessary. Click for pictures; wish for Smell-o-Vision:
The First State has become the 20th state to decriminalize possession of small amounts of cannabis. Now, if you are heading to the beach, driving to Philly, or somehow got lost in any of Delaware’s three counties while carrying marijuana, you’ll only be subjected to a $100 fine for this civil offense. And, on June 26, their first medical dispensary will open in Wilmington, so don’t be surprised if things start to get a little crazy in lower, slower Delaware.