Once again, we are giving you a roundup of the biggest weed news stories of the week! Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments!
Bernie Sanders has been drawing the attention of the legalization community with his anti drug war and private prison rhetoric. The presidential hopeful has polled the highest of any candidate in a recent High Times poll and has been the topic of substantial discussion on Reddit‘s /r/trees. Statistically, these factors may not imply political success; however, Sanders’ recent reception among cannabis advocates is certainly noteworthy.
2. Georgia State Committee considers Cannabis Businesses
Georgia, one a few southern states that allow for medical cannabis use, is contemplating whether to allow businesses to operate. Currently, the nearly 200 Georgia cannabis patients have no legal avenue to procure their medicine. The Georgia Commission on Medical Cannabis met this week to discuss potential solutions to the current conundrum. As in most states, the illegal status of the plant at the federal level causes state officials to tread very carefully.
3. Drug Think Tank Meeting in Ireland Supports Decriminalization of all Drugs
A national meeting on drug abuse and addiction at the Mansion House in Dublin, Ireland found a ‘wide consensus’ on decriminalization of drugs. The think tank-style meeting was hosted by the Minister of State for the National Drugs Strategy, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin. If Ireland proceeds with decriminalization of drugs, their harm-reduction approach would follow countries like Portugal and Holland, both of whom have successfully implemented similar policies.
4. MPP-Backed Legalization Effort Underway in Arizona
The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol is underway in Arizona. The bill and campaign are backed by the Marijuana Policy Project, the same group that was instrumental in the passage of recreational cannabis in Colorado (Amendment 64) and medical cannabis in Arizona (Arizona Medical Marijuana Act). The campaign is emphasizing the potential tax revenue for schools, implementing a tactic that was successful in Colorado.
5. Michigan State Official Rejects Petition to Allow Cannabis for Autism
A senior Michigan official rejected a petition to add autism as a qualifying medical condition under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act. In his Final Determination of Department, Director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), Mike Zimmer, cited an absence of scientific evidence surrounding cannabis use in treating autism, particularly in children. The decision is surprising given that the state’s Medical Marijuana Law Review Panel voted 4-2 in favor of adding the condition to the state’s list.