Over the last year, I have been working on a new documentary called “Weed.” The title “Weed” may sound cavalier, but the content is not.
I traveled around the world to interview medical leaders, experts, growers and patients. I spoke candidly to them, asking tough questions. What I found was stunning.
Long before I began this project, I had steadily reviewed the scientific literature on medical marijuana from the United States and thought it was fairly unimpressive. Reading these papers five years ago, it was hard to make a case for medicinal marijuana. I even wrote about this in a TIME magazine article, back in 2009, titled “Why I would Vote No on Pot.”
Weed tax on the horizon: Colorado is set to become the first state in the nation to collect tax revenue from marijuana sales. Both chambers of the state legislature have passed legislation that would tax the substance—which is legal for recreational use in the state—and Governor John Hickenlooper is expected to sign it. Asked what how the federal government will respond should the legislation take effect, a spokesman for the US Attorney’s office in Colorado said that the DOJ “is taking into consideration all aspects of this issue.”(Photo: Reuters) source
The Maryland Senate has approved a medical marijuana bill on Monday by a vote of 42 to 4.
The bill passed on the last day of the legislative session.
The bill now heads to Gov. Martin O’Malley’s desk. According to the Baltimore Sun, he is expected to sign the bill, having called the bill a “yellow light” approach toward medical marijuana. The AP reports the bill would create a state commission to oversee medical marijuana programs at academic medical research centers that decide to participate.
Of course, as the Department of Justice will likely remind people when asked about the new laws later today/this week, marijuana remains a Schedule 1 substance under the Controlled Substances Act. Still, with the majority of Americans firmly against the continued criminalization of marijuana use, we imagine that even the federal government knows it will likely be forced back down on this issue relatively soon.
Nearly half (48%) of all adults have tried marijuana, including 57% of Millennials. In the past year, 12% of Americans have used marijuana either for a medical issue or recreationally, or both. Age makes a difference: 27% of those under 30 say they have used marijuana in the past year, three times the percentage in any other age category.
To whatever extent cannabis use among adults still holds a level of stigma or taboo thanks to its illegal nature, by the numbers it’s clearly something of an open secret. Support for legalizing it has now reached majority levels, and this isn’t something to be laughed off with some lame joke about Cheetos — countless thousands of Americans now languish in prison for non-violent use.
We knew it was too good to be true. Why didn’t Tancredo realize when he made the bet, or when he agreed to uphold it several days ago, that smoking weed would set a bad example for his grandchildren? source
In a unanimous vote on Tuesday, the L.A. City Council voted to end the era of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. Letters demanding an immediate end to all operations will be sent to all 762 registered dispensaries in Los Angeles; however, some older dispensaries may be allowed to re-open at a later date thanks to a “grandfather clause” proposal which also passed a vote. Many activists have pledged to fight the new measure — both in court and with ballot initiatives if necessary — including the California branch of Americans for Safe Access. So, do you think this was the right move? (Photo via Dank Depot)source
House Resolution 6134, also known as theThe Truth in Trials Act, was introduced Tuesday by Representative Sam Farr on behalf of himself and 18 other congressmen. The bill aims to overturn existing federal regulations which prevent medical marijuana patients from discussing state law, and their compliance with it, during federal prosecution of marijuana-related offenses. It also aims to crack down on federal raids of dispensaries and caregivers by declaring that “No plant may be seized under any federal law otherwise permitting such seizure if the plant is being grown or stored pursuant to a recommendation by a physician or an order of a state or municipal agency in accordance with state law.” (Photo via Dank Depot)source
With the state’s Democratic governor expected to sign the bill into law, Connecticut would become the 16th of 50 U.S. states to embrace marijuana as an option for people seeking medical relief, though in Connecticut they’ve approached it with tightened regulation to try to avoid abuse of the system, and trouble with the federal government. In particular, all patients must register with the Department of Consumer Protection in order to receive the drug, which is used for a variety of ailments, glaucoma, cancer and multiple sclerosis being prominent examples. (Photo by the appropriately named Dank Depot)source
Hey all! Welcome to ShortFormBlog, a news site that's known for short blurbs, quick wit, and crazy styles. In case you'd never heard of us, we're pretty well-known around Tumblr-ville. We've even been mentioned in both Time and Newsweek. Pretty cool, huh? Anyway, follow us for more: