Cannabis is emerging from the shadows of prohibition. Every week, there are advancements in many fields related to cannabis. Smoke Reports will be re-capping the weekly events of the cannabis community and industry, so that you can stay up-to-date on the latest developments.
California Wild Fires Threaten Outdoor Cannabis Cultivation
Wildfires raging across California are affecting the cannabis industry within the state. Multiple large fires are currently raging, including the Rocky Fire near Clear Lake. By Wednesday night, the Rocky Fire had burned nearly 70,000 acres and destroyed 43 homes.
There are many different fires burning throughout California. In Northern California’s Emerald Triangle, lightning fires have broken out around Redding, threatening hundreds of homes and cannabis farms in the area. If you would like to help support the families and farmers displaced by these fires, you can find more information from groups like Pay It Forward Humboldt.
Santa Ana Cops Attempt to Suppress Video of Tainted Raid
The Los Angeles Police Department is conducting an ongoing internal affairs investigation into a May 26th raid at the Sky High Holistics dispensary. Surveillance footage from the location shows Santa Ana police entering the facility, ordering employees and patrons out of the location, and then dismantling the surveillance video cameras.
However, the police did not successfully remove all of the surveillance cameras, and their actions following the raid are rather disturbing. On video and audio, it appears that some of the police agents involved in the raid said offensive things about disabled employees or patrons. It doesn’t stop there! At least one agent was allegedly caught on camera sampling a cannabis edible while he thought no cameras were rolling.
Three of the unidentified Santa Ana police officers, along with their union, are now suing to keep this footage from being admissible to the internal affairs investigation. The police say that their rights were violated and that the recording is illegal.
Study Finds Teen Cannabis Use May Not Lead to Increased Health Issues
A study, recently published in the Journal of the Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, followed the health effects of cannabis on 408 young men, from when they were fourteen up until their 36th birthday. The participants were examined based on their personal cannabis use. Even though 22% of the participants used cannabis regularly, these “chronic users” were no more likely than their non-cannabis peers to experience depression, psychosis, asthma, or anxiety by their mid-30s.
The study was limited in that no women took part, and the male participants were from a similar geographic area. However, this is exciting news as one of the main arguments against cannabis use is that the health of teens is severely jeopardized by exposure to cannabis.
Head of DEA: “Heroin More Dangerous than Cannabis”
Chuck Rosenberg, the head of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), told reporters on Wednesday that “heroin is clearly more dangerous than marijuana.” This clarified a previous statement in which he said cannabis is “probably not” as dangerous as heroin. Rosenberg maintains that cannabis is still “harmful and dangerous,” although this concession marks a social shift in opinions on cannabis.
The former administrator for the DEA, Michele Leonhart, refused to give cannabis any concessions when compared to drugs like heroin and LSD. Leonhart resigned earlier this year after allegations that DEA agents engaged in sex parties with prostitutes while on official business in Colombia.
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