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Average Traffic Fatalities Decrease After States Pass Medical Cannabis Laws

Researchers from Columbia University have uncovered a positive trend among states with legally accessible cannabis. According to the data, states with medical cannabis laws have seen lower traffic fatality rates than states without legal medical cannabis.

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After reviewing traffic data from 1985 to 2014, the researchers concluded that traffic fatalities dropped an average of 11 percent after medical cannabis laws were passed.

The study, titled US Traffic Fatalities, 1985-2014, and Their Relationship to Medical Marijuana Laws was recently published in the American Journal of Public Health, which is a respectable and influential medical journal circulating among American physicians and regulators.

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These findings are majorly important for future debates on cannabis legalization, as those opposed to cannabis laws often claim that the greatest risks cannabis poses to public health are increased youth exposure and increased traffic fatalities.

One of the key results is that while only 7 of 19 states experienced statistically-significant reductions in traffic fatalities after adopting medical cannabis laws, there was a marked decrease specifically among those aged 15 to 44.

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Anti-cannabis groups are sure to point to the fact that other localized factors are involved in traffic death statistics. Still, the states that saw the biggest death rate reductions are amongthe states that are most adamant about their medical cannabis laws. These magnificent seven are Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington.

In total, these states had a combined population of 66.844 million in 2014, when the entire American population was listed as 318.9 million according to census data. So in other words, the study concluded that states with a combined 20 percent of the US population were experiencing significant decreases in traffic fatalities, all corresponding to the enactment of medical cannabis laws.

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Additionally, the researchers did not differentiate between states with robust cannabis accessibility versus states that had passed limited medical programs. The seven states listed above have arguably the most progressive cannabis laws in the nation. And to top it off, the two states that saw an increase in traffic mortality rates were Connecticut and Rhode Island, with a combined population of only 4.652 million people.

As good scientists will say, these results are only the beginning, and further research is necessary for American states to make actionable decisions in the future. However, the researchers from Columbia University (as well as the co-authors from UC Davis and Boston University) are extremely confident that their report will help influence policy decisions associated with medical cannabis, even if other local factors assisted with the overall decreases in traffic death rates.

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Another Week in the World of Cannabis: June 17th, 2016

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.

Senate Appropriations Committee

This past Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed an amendment 16-14 that would keep federal agencies from using funds to punish financial institutions that accept cannabis business deposits. ChDvzDRW0AEl1cE The approval of this measure means that the Senate floor will now discuss cannabis banking for the next Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2017. Banking has been one of the most prohibitive aspects of the shift toward legitimate cannabis. Financial institutions risk losing their federal accreditation if they work with businesses that operate in the cannabis industry. o4ckhz-b88668945z.120160320095634000gcsff1cr.10 This is because cannabis is still classified by the DEA as being a Schedule I drug, with a high potential for abuse and absolutely no known medical benefit. Cannabis Reports lists 628 studies that pertain to 138 conditions, all of which point to the opposite.

Colorado Bans Appealing Gummies

House Bill 1436 was signed by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, outlawing cannabis-infused edibles that may be appealing to children. Specifically, the law prohibits edibles that “resemble the form of a human, animal, or fruit.”

These types of restrictions could effect many manufacturers who have built brands based on these types of treats. Policymakers have argued that cannabis edibles in playful forms are more likely to be mistaken by children for a regular treat.

Proposed Colorado Edible Cannabis Warning (source)

Proposed Colorado Edible Cannabis Warning (source)

The law goes into effect this July 1st, and Colorado has also instituted a regulation to mark all cannabis edibles with a distinct mark that intends to dissuade children from accidental ingestion.

Microsoft Enters Industry

Microsoft has entered the cannabis industry by partnering with Kind Financial, whose software Agrisoft is meant to rival other “seed-to-sale” traceability softwares. KIND-Launches-Government-Division-with-Microsoft-Corp-061616-center-top-1024x512 The New York Times quoted Kimberly Nelson, executive director of state and local government solutions at Microsoft, as saying: “As the industry is regulated, there will be more transactions, and we believe there will be more sophisticated requirements and tools down the road.” 160616145740-kind-david-dinenberg-540x304 Compliance has been a major issue for cannabis regulators as the industry finds its legitimacy. Many softwares, such as Metrc, MJ Freeway, and BioTrackTHC, have signed contracts with states in which commercial cannabis sales for medical or recreational use have been permitted.

Baltimore Ravens Drop Eugene Monroe

The Baltimore Ravens have dropped offensive tackle Eugene Monroe under dubious circumstances. Earlier this year, Monroe donated a substantial amount to cannabis research, and publicly supported cannabis as an alternative to the opioid epidemic that plagues veteran NFL players. AP_827866436534 John Harbaugh, coach of the Baltimore Ravens, has claimed that the team’s motive to distance themselves from Monroe is purely a “football move.”

Harbaugh, perhaps acting as a conduit for the Ravens’ notoriously dramatic front office, pointed to the recent draft of tackle Ronnie Stanley and also noted that Monroe has had problems with injuries as of late. On the other hand, Harbaugh said he believes Monroe is a fantastic player who will have no problem finding a home on a different NFL team. So why then did the Ravens so hastily drop Monroe? The decision to trade was announced earlier this week, with a firm cut deadline of Thursday. John-Harbaugh-Ray-Rice-February The New York Giants are reported as saying (very pointedly) that their organization does not judge players on personal opinions. Many experts are wondering if NFL commissioner Roger Goodell applied pressure on the Baltimore Ravens due to the league’s stifling stance on cannabis.

University of MO says no to MJ T-shirt

NORML’s campus chapter at the University of Missouri at Columbia is arguing that their first amendment rights have been violated after they were denied the ability to sell T-shirts featuring a cannabis leaf.

Mizzou's Censorship Supposedly Stems from the Use of the School's Trademark (source)

Mizzou’s Censorship Supposedly Stems from the Use of the School’s Trademark (source)

The MU chapter for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws was intending to sell the T-shirts in an attempt to raise money. They even put in effort to seek permission from their school’s administration, but only received a rejection letter in response, which they intend to review.

Hunters, conservationists sue CA

Mendocino County is being taken to court by the Mendocino County Blacktail Association for permitting increased cannabis cultivation without properly conducting research on the environmental impacts. The Blacktail Association paints themselves as wildlife conservationists intent on preserving the rich environmental culture of Mendocino County. See the photos from their website below: Screen Shot 2016-06-17 at 9.19.27 AM Screen Shot 2016-06-17 at 9.19.07 AM The lawsuit is a result of an urgency ordinance that allows permitted cultivators up to 99 plants per parcel, rather than the 25 plant limit that still exists for non-permitted cultivators. According to the The Press Democrat, a local news source for Mendocino county: “The county adopted interim rules because a permanent ordinance had been delayed by the admitted need for an environmental impact report.” IMG_2031 So basically the county is being sued for implementing an interim ordinance as they conduct a study on the environmental ramifications of increased cultivation.

Upcoming Cannabis Events

cannabis_world_congress_and_business_expo1_360_360 Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo – (New York, NY: June 15-17) The 2nd Annual Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo is the leading forum for doing business in one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. If you’re employed in the cannabis industry, a current business owner, interested in starting a cannabis business, provide private equity & investment resources, or provide professional or business services, this is an event you can’t afford to miss. 1464549677977 High Times Cannabis Cup – (San Francisco, CA: June 18-19) HIGH TIMES is returning to the Cow Palace on June 18 – 19 for the 2016 NorCal Medical Cannabis Cup. This is the 7th Annual HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup in the Bay Area, the longest running of all HIGH TIMES U.S. Cups. HIGH TIMES Editors will be conducting seminars with leading experts of local and national fame and visiting VIPs in the newly expanded VIP lounge. Over 400+ vendors will be on hand to educate and entertain an already record crowd. CBSExpo_2016-1 NCIA’s Cannabis Business Summit – Oakland, CA: June 20-22) Make Your Voice Heard: The ONLY event where you will have an opportunity to meet with national policy makers and influencers as they converge with the leading trade association shaping the cannabis economy. Network with 3,000 of your peers – including growers, dispensaries and infused makers product manufacturers. 15% off tickets by using code: “REPORTS15” Your exposure to the highest concentration of legitimate buyers and sellers in America’s fastest growing industry, all in one place. Gain knowledge in 30+ sessions with over 75 speakers to bring you up to speed on the rapid changes of your industry. new_g__header THC Fair – (Fairbanks, AK : June 25) You’ll find hemp and cannabis products, accessories and tools, grow and harvest equipment and more in our amazing expo hall. Then, take in some great sessions on growing, medicinal benefits, prop 91 and more! https-_2f_2fcdn.evbuc.com_2fimages_2f20226505_2f83343844451_2f1_2foriginal Cannabis Charity Open – (Denver, CO: June 26) Premium Pete’s Cannabis and High Rollers dispensary are partnering with The Hemp Connoisseur Magazine to host the Cannabis Charity Open benefiting the Denver Colorado AIDS Project (DCAP). As part of an industry born by the will of the voters, it is important to give back to the community. By sponsoring the charitable golf tournament in Denver, they hope to help those affected by HIV/AIDS to live healthier, more comfortable lives.

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Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Amendment Protecting Banks that Serve Cannabis Businesses

On Thursday, June 16th, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved an amendment that prohibits federal funds from being used to prosecute banks that host accounts for cannabis businesses. This is a major step forward for a legitimate cannabis industry.

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The measure was narrowly approved by a 16-14 vote, which was swayed by three Republican senators affirming the decision. The amendment is attached to the Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2017, which heads to the Senate floor for review. The purpose of the amendment is to resolve dangerous issues that have plagued the cash-only cannabis industry.

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Financial institutions have been apprehensive about accepting cannabis business deposits as current policy continues to threaten banks with the loss of federal accreditation. The language approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee states:

“None of the funds made available in this Act may be used, with respect to a State or jurisdiction where marijuana is legal, to prohibit or penalize a financial institution solely because the institution provides financial services to an entity that is a manufacturer, producer, or a person that participates in any business or organized activity that:

  1. involves handling marijuana or marijuana products; and
  2. engages in such activity pursuant to and compliant with a law established by a State or a unit of local government.”

Banking has long been a prohibitive factor for businesses trying to operate in a safe and compliant manner. Even in states where cannabis has been recreationally legal for a number of years, businesses still do not have safe banking options, leaving them susceptible to robberies and other run-ins with organized crime.

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In 2014, the Justice Department and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) released a joint statement that said law enforcement authorities would no longer prioritize penalizing financial institutions that work with cannabis companies.

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The majority of financial institutions were not impressed with these loose promises of protections, and are waiting until their are firm federal standards in place that allow them to operate in full compliance.

Cannabis Reports supports this measure as vital progress for the industry and community. For the most up to date info on Cannabis Reports, follow us on Twitter, and like us on our Facebook page.

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