Tensions running high between courts, family attorneys and child protective services, who are unsure where lines are drawn in a world of legalized cannabis. When Raymond Schwab talks about his case, his voice teeters between anger and sadness. “People who don’t understand the medical value of cannabis are tearing my
Several House Democrats are calling for the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to step aside after he referred to medical marijuana as a “joke.” In a letter to the White House, six House Democrats joined by one Republican on Thursday urged President Obama to fire DEA chief Chuck
Harborside Health Center in Oakland, California, is the largest medical marijuana dispensary in the world, serving nearly 200,000 patients and distributing $25 million in cannabis per year. It does so out in the open, under the auspices of California law and Oakland’s regulatory regime. Federal prosecutors, however, maintain an unfriendly stance
Watch the epic takedown of Kevin Sabet, professional anti-cannabis propagandist by Sen. Cory Booker. It’s only 4 minutes but may just be the best 4 minutes of your day… On June 24, 2015 United States Senators Chuck Grasslly (R-IA), Dianne Feinstien (D-CA), Kirsten Gillabrand (D-NY) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) held a
The press reports on the JAMA meta-analysis of cannabinoid research were all over the place. Most of them missed the story. Judging from the disparate media headlines, last week’s meta-analysis of cannabinoid research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) contained something for everyone. Here’s a sampling
“Reefer Madness” ideology has yet to be quashed, where well-to-do, model students take one fateful puff and they are severely hooked, avoiding Trainspotting-esque withdrawal symptoms and instead spiral into a marijuana-laced world of paranoia, aggression, academic failure and mental illness. To the contrary, there are pro-marijuana myths, where marijuana could
Data from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that 60 percent of pot users go on to try other drugs, which might seem to prove the “gateway” theory, except that 88 percent of drug users started with alcohol, according to several studies reported in The Atlantic.
The rapid adoption across the United States for legalized medical marijuana has partly been made possible by the collapsing arguments of anti-marijuana groups who can’t seem to get the science right. One of their biggest arguments against legalization has been that it will increase crime, yet the crime rate has
In 1988 there was a petition filed to reschedule marijuana from Schedule 1. Administrative Law Judge Francis L. Young examined the evidence related to the dangers of marijuana. His findings were quite telling. Tragically, they were also ignored by the DEA and marijuana remains classified as a dangerous Schedule 1
As the Utah Senate is considering legalizing marijuana for medical usage this week, they heard testimony from DEA Special Agent Matt Fairbanks. Agent Matt is definitely “special”, I’ll say that.