Cannabis is emerging from the shadows of prohibition. Every week, there are advancements in many fields related to cannabis. Cannabis 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.
War on Drugs Has Failed, According to New Report
According to a report commissioned by the John Hopkins Ivy League University and published in The Lancet, the “War on Drugs” has been a major attack on public health without any measured decriminalization.
After reviewing examples of drug policies all over the world, the report showed evidence that US drug policy is “discriminatory against racial and ethnic minorities and women, and has undermined human rights.” The policies instituted by Richard Nixon were not scientifically based, and that has damaged our approach to sensible drug policy.
OR Extract Producers Can Continue Business
Oregon extract producers had a rough month last March. HB 4014 went into effect on March 3rd, making it a class B felony to produce extracts without a manufacturing license. The major problem was that the Oregon Health Authority had not yet processed any applications for extract production, and so the entire extracts arm of Oregon cannabis basically shut down.
The majority of extract companies took no chances and simply shut their doors for the month. But smaller extract companies were put into a very precarious situation: either continue to operate under heavy penalties, or cease operations and potentially go out of business completely.
As states legalize cannabis, it is important that policymakers from other legislatures observe the positive and negative aspects of implementing regulated cannabis. The main thing they must remember is that any state-imposed hiccup, accidental or intentional, will drive business back to the less-constrained black market.
CO Proposes Upper Limit on THC in Products
Republican Representative Kathleen Conti proposed an amendment to a House Bill in Colorado that would put an upper limit on the amount of THC allowed in a product. Many people feel the proposed amendment is not well thought out for many reasons.
The argument made by Conti is that products should be limited until there is more information about how high potency cannabis can have effects of adolescent development. The proposed limit is currently 15-16% THC, which would eliminate any possibility for extracts, most edibles, and today’s typical flowers (17-20% THC).
AP Poll: 61% of US Adults Favor Legalization
According to a recent survey, nearly 61% of Americans believe cannabis should be legalized in some form. The poll was conducted by the Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research at the University of Chicago.
The study saw a total of 1,042 respondents, 639 of whom favored some level of legal cannabis. Out of the 639 for cannabis though, only 33% of them (213 respondents) supported legalization without purchasing limits or a doctor’s prescription. Alcohol purchases are not limited by quantity or any type of prescription.
The negativity around cannabis is no longer engrained in adults, and an increasing number of folks are considering cannabis as a plant rather than a demonized narcotic. This poll found an additional 3% of the population supports legalizations since the last time a national poll was conducted. In October of 2015, a Gallup survey found 58% of US adults would be comfortable with legalized cannabis.
Upcoming Cannabis Events
Back by popular demand, the community welcomes the second San Diego Cannabis Farmer’s Market and is set for April 2nd 2016. The Freshest in Safe Access, Farmer to Patient, Education and Information! Aiming to provide positive, active community for our patients with a warm community atmosphere.
Last year saw 70+ vendors, 50+ speakers and panelists, 1250+ attendees and participants, and the biggest hemp-centric gathering of like minded individuals in the USA!
A short but sweet 46-year-old tradition at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor every April, Hash Bash is an hour-long collection of speeches, live music, street vending and occasional civil disobedience. In 2015 the Bash boasted a record 8000-15,000 attendees, largely owing to the appearance of singer Tommy Chong.
The theme of this inaugural summit is Medical Marijuana: Everything You Always Wanted To Know But Were Afraid To Ask. What does that mean for you? Find out and tune in for FREE. Learn from top experts in the cannabis and holistic health communities who explain how this ancient plant works in concert with a multitude of healing modalities.
IMPACT: Cannabinoid Deficiency Diseases is here to answer all your questions. Each panel will have a 10 min Q&A session, and vendors will be on-site to help answer your questions on products, getting a medical card, and more.
Attend the San Francisco Bay Area Cannabis Career & Job Fair taking place Sunday, April 10th at City Nights in San Francisco, CA! There will be dozens of well-established employers on site excited to meet prospective new team members!
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