Here is your weekly weed news roundup. Happy Halloween!

1. NJ Woman Accidentally gets Mailed 50 Pounds of Marijuana

Facebook post from the Hazlet Township Police Department's page
Facebook post from the Hazlet Township Police Department’s page

A woman in Hazlet, NJ received 50 pounds of marijuana in the mail. She contacted local authorities who confiscated the product and posted photos to their Facebook page inviting the true recipient to come claim their pot. According to law enforcement, the marijuana has an estimated street value of $100,000.

[Full Story: MassRoots]

2. Bernie Sanders Calls for Descheduling of Cannabis

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Senator and Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders called for the descheduling of cannabis at a federal level this week. Removing the plant from the federal drug schedule would allow states to legalize or decriminalize without interference from the federal government. His announcement makes Sen. Sanders the first major party candidate to endorse full-fledged descheduling.

[Full Story: MassRoots]

3. Gridiron Cannabis Coalition Wants NFL to Allow Cannabis Use

(Photo Credit: Gridiron Cannabis Coalition Facebook Page)
(Photo Credit: Gridiron Cannabis Coalition Facebook Page)

The Gridiron Cannabis Coalition, a group formed to push the NFL to allow the use of medical marijuana, presented at the Southwest Cannabis Conference and Expo. The four players, including former Denver Bronco Nate Jackson, discussed the necessity of cannabis as form of treatment for NFL players. Repeated head trauma and the rampant use of opioid pain medication have made cannabis a serious issue within the NFL.

[Full Story: Whaxy]

4. Some Nonprofits are Opening up to Donations from the Cannabis Industry

(Photo Credit: The Cannabis Camera - from GREEN TEAM Facebook Page)
(Photo Credit: The Cannabis Camera – from GREEN TEAM Facebook Page)

A number of Colorado cannabis businesses regularly give back to the community and donate to non-profit organizations. The Clinic, Walking Raven and Denver Relief are known around the state for their contributions to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Colorado AIDS Project and EKAR Urban Farm. These organizations are changing the stigma of cannabis consumers as lazy, apathetic members of society, as well as demonstrating a shift in the mindsets of nonprofit administrators who are now willing to accept donations from the cannabis industry.

[Full Story: US News]

5. Canada Moves Towards Legalization with New Prime Minister

Canada recently elected a new Prime Minister in Justin Trudeau of the Liberal Party. Trudeau is a vocal opponent to the war on drugs. Shortly after being elected, he stated that the Canadian government would work to legalize marijuana and regulate its production, distribution, sale and possession. His stance is a vast improvement from Conservative predecessor Stephen Harper.

[Full Story: MassRoots]

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