Why Cannabis is Schedule 1 — It’s Not What They Say
Aug19

Why Cannabis is Schedule 1 — It’s Not What They Say

Short history lesson:  A drug listed in Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act has “no medical value.”  By definition.  Cannabis is in Schedule 1.  So it must be that cannabis has no medical value.  Except for the fact that how cannabis got to be in any schedule has nothing at all to do with medicine. In the 1960’s the Marijuana Tax Stamp Act was declared unconstitutional. Congress created the Controlled...

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Congress Addresses Drugged Driving
Aug18

Congress Addresses Drugged Driving

While the U.S. Congress is not ready — yet — to re-legalize cannabis, that same group is clearly taking steps around the issue.  A new highway bill includes a study of “drugged driving,” which keeps popping up as more states free the weed.  Here’s more: The nation’s new multi-year highway bill includes important provisions supported by the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) that will help...

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Is the DEA Threatening Industrial Hemp?
Aug17

Is the DEA Threatening Industrial Hemp?

Decide for yourself.  Is the DEA threatening industrial hemp production? The agency also included what it called a statement of principles on hemp, another cannabis plant that’s legal in Oregon but remains illegal federally. The eight-page document intends to lay out the agency’s position on the plant, but it has people associated with the burgeoning hemp industry searching for answers. The statement reiterated that the agency and the...

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About Tomorrow:  We Fight Over Scheduling
Aug15

About Tomorrow: We Fight Over Scheduling

Last week the DEA decided to keep cannabis as a schedule 1 drug.  Just in case you missed it, here is a quick catch-up: The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has rejected a pair of administrative rescheduling petitions challenging the federal classification of cannabis as a Schedule I controlled substance with no accepted medical utility. The decision continues to classify marijuana in the same category as heroin. ....

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2016 Election:  The Cannabis Vote
Aug12

2016 Election: The Cannabis Vote

Which candidate will be the first to pitch the “cannabis vote?”   Both Clinton and Trump have had trouble wooing Black Lives Matter voters, so showing that they care about the disproportionate arrest of millions of African Americans for marijuana possession could help. When it comes to older voters, polls show that many seniors do embrace medical marijuana, though marijuana legalization is not on their agenda. In...

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Legal MMJ Reduces Medicare Spending
Jul18

Legal MMJ Reduces Medicare Spending

Medical cannabis is prescription medicine.  You want proof?  Compare the sales volume of other prescription drugs used before cannabis became legal.  What do you see?  If cannabis didn’t “work” those other drugs would still be selling.  Here’s more: Investigators at the University of Georgia assessed the relationship between medical marijuana legalization laws and physicians’ prescribing patterns in 17...

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