This Week in Cannabis is a compilation of the top 5 weed news stories of the week. Did we miss anything major? Let us know in the comments!
1. Missouri’s Last Marijuana Lifer Granted Parole
Jeff Mizanskey, Missouri’s last remaining non-violent marijuana offender serving life without parole, was released. The victory came after his son circulated an online petition urging MO Governor Jeremiah Nixon to commute his sentence. The petition was delivered with nearly 400,000 signatures in April, followed by Gov. Nixon granting clemency in May.
2. Warr-ending the War on Cannabis
In a change of tune from 2012, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) told a reporter from Boston.com that she is open to legalizing cannabis for recreational use. The Senator believes we have and should continue to learn from states that have successfully implemented legalization measures. Sen. Warren becomes the second major Democrat to openly support the legalization of cannabis.
3. Denver Ballot Initiative to allow Social Consumption Pulled from November Ballot
The campaign to allow social cannabis consumption in Denver bars and nightclubs has decided to pull the initiative from November’s ballot. The move comes after City officials have expressed interest in working with all stakeholders to arrive at a compromise. Should the negotiations fall through, the 2016 Presidential Election is likely to draw scores of young voters who tend to be more cannabis-friendly.
4. Indiana Officials Crack Down on Illegal Cultivation
Operations by the Indiana State Police, assisted by federal, state and local authorities seized thousands of cannabis plants around the state. “Operation Smoke Out” used air surveillance to identify large outdoor cultivation sites on public land. Authorities arrested 16 people and seized plants, processed cannabis, weapons and cash.
5. Mexico may Allow its First use of Cannabis for Medical Purposes
An eight year old girl in Mexico’s Monterrey may be treated with cannabidiol (CBD) oil for epilepsy. Grace Elizalde’s parents first requested permission to import CBD oil legally under the Mexican constitution. The initial request was denied, a decision that was appealed and overturned by a federal judge. The family is waiting to see if the government will appeal the ruling.