Gauging Reaction to the DEA’s Decision
Aug29

Gauging Reaction to the DEA’s Decision

We are all aware that the DEA recently ruled that cannabis remain a Schedule 1 substance under the Controlled Substances Act.  In the same announcement the DEA said it would take steps to have more, diverse, and stronger cannabis grown and available for research purposes.  That seems like a sort-of win for cannabis re-legalization.  Except for the fact I think it’s a stall and the DEA will not move to make better weed available...

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More Thoughts on “Branded Cannabis”
Aug26

More Thoughts on “Branded Cannabis”

In a re-legalized future there is going to be “branded cannabis.”  What will that brand be based upon?  Ever heard of “appellation?”  Keep reading: . . . benefit from adopting the wine industry’s organizational model, known as the appellation system. An appellation is a legally protected designation that is applied to a product to indicate the geographic region where it was created. For example, when a wine...

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This November Will California Re-Legalize?
Aug25

This November Will California Re-Legalize?

California showed the nation the way in medical cannabis.  Then the same place rejected a bid to re-legalize rec.  The Golden State will try the rec vote again this November.  What’s the forecast? According to a University of California, Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll, 63.8 percent of respondents supported legalizing cannabis for recreational use, with 36.2 percent opposed. The results are good news for...

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About Tomorrow:  Schedule One or Schedule None?
Aug23

About Tomorrow: Schedule One or Schedule None?

There is one fundamental issue that all cannabis users — recreational and medical, spiritual and party-people — can all focus on as one.  That ever-so-basic issue is WHY SHOULD CANNABIS BE SCHEDULED UNDER THE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT? Thanks to the machinations of resigned-in-disgrace President Richard M. Nixon, cannabis is listed in Schedule 1. Schedule 1 substances have no recognized medical value and a high probability...

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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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