AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND
From Cory Booker to Bernie Sanders to Elizabeth Warren, presidential candidates are rallying around legalizing pot.
February sales data show that Oklahoma’s medical marijuana program is flourishing. Despite coordinated efforts to restrict and block key provisions of the voter-approved measure, Oklahoma is crafting one of the most accessible medical cannabis programs in the region. And February’s $7.2 million in medical cannabis sales makes a compelling case that they’re succeeding.
California Lawmakers to consider nearly 60 marijuana-related bills [Marijuana Business Daily]
There are 58 bills pending before the California Legislature in 2019 that include the word “cannabis” or “marijuana,” which means the state’s industry could be in for another tumultuous year of big changes.
The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) filed an emergency rule on March 1, 2019, temporarily raising the medical cannabis plant count limit to 2,500 plants per producer. This marks the most significant collaboration between the State and the cannabis industry on behalf of New Mexico’s 70,000 patients. Continuous cooperation will determine a proper regulation that will provide an adequate supply for current and future medical cannabis patients statewide.
Guns or cannabis? Ohio patients must choose [420 Intel]
Guns or cannabis? That’s the choice facing some medical marijuana patients as the first legal cannabis dispensaries in the Cincinnati area prepare to open in the coming weeks. Federal law prohibits gun purchases or the possession of firearms by illegal drug users or addicts. Surely, that doesn’t include registered medical marijuana patients in Ohio, does it? Yup.
Due to a lack of access, some medical marijuana patients in Ohio are crossing state borders to get their medication.
West Virginia approves banking fix to medical marijuana law [Marijuana Business Daily]
The West Virginia Senate has passed a bill addressing banking services for the state’s medical cannabis program, removing an obstacle that had slowed the MMJ industry’s rollout in the state.
New Jersey Governor Includes Legal Marijuana Revenue In Budget Proposal [Marijuana Moment]
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) reiterated his commitment to legalizing marijuana during his budget address on Tuesday. But he said he’d only sign legislation to end cannabis prohibition if it included provisions to expunge records for prior convictions.
Untapped opportunities in the tourism sector could make Ontario a pot destination, conference hears.
BUSINESS & POLICY
Mechoulam, a professor of medicinal chemistry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, was the first person to identify the main psychoactive constituent in cannabis, THC. Mechoulam is also the subject of a 2015 documentary titled The Scientist.
The USA state-licensed cannabis industry gained over 64,000 new employees in 2018, and now employs over 200,000 full-time workers, according to data compiled by Whitney Economics and the online content provider Leafly.com.
On both sides of the [Canadian/US] border, the regulations around keeping cannabis away from kids means excessive packaging that can take a toll on both profits and the environment.
HEALTH & SCIENCE
This ER doctor is about to launch the first marijuana breathalyzer, and it could completely upend how we do drug testing [Business Insider]
There is currently no clearly-defined legal limit for driving after using marijuana and the science on cannabis use and driving remains in its early stages. In addition, the company has not published any of its clinical trials, although it said one is currently awaiting publication. Finally, it remains to be seen how Hound Labs’ device will impact marijuana policing, which research suggests has been influenced by racism.
A Chinese research team joined forces with Russian and U.S. biologists to obtain the crystal structure of the human type 2 cannabinoid receptor. Their findings will help develop drugs against inflammatory, neurodegenerative, and other diseases. The authors of the paper in Cell compare the newly discovered structure to that of the type 1 cannabinoid receptor, deeming the two receptors to be the “yin and yang” of the human endocannabinoid system.
As of 2019, 14 states allow medical marijuana as a prescription treatment for severe ASD, according to the Autism Support Network.
How effective is CBD oil in the treatment of mental disorder symptoms?
So You Have Some Questions About CBD [The New Yorker]
CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of many cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. It can be extracted and turned into oils, gummies, and a multibillion-dollar industry.
CBD water is a perfect example of capitalism at its phoniest. While plenty of companies are looking to cash in by claiming their products contain beneficial CBD, CBD water is the easiest example of how a fool and his money are soon parted.
Gateway to Good Health [Weed Billboards]
The war on drugs and in particular cannabis is well past its use by date in Australia and in an effort to keep the issue on the agenda we have started a weed billboards campaign. Excited that our first billboard is up just north of Grafton in NSW.
It costs $5K for a year, and we’d like to grow weed billboards all around the country. We’d love your help to spread the weed, so there is a gofundme site where you can donate.
Please send in billboard suggestions! We’d like this campaign to support messages from various cannabis and drug law reform groups around Australia, so it would be great to pool resources to create more and more new billboards. We are open to all creative ideas, and any size donations.
We just want an end to being criminals for using one of nature’s absolute gifts.
E-Petition: Legalise cannabis for recreational use [Parliament of Victoria]
Petition: For a Referendum on Recreational Cannabis Use during 2019 NSW Election [Liberal Democrats]
Cannabis as Medicine Survey: 2018 [The University of Sydney]
Support Tony Bower’s Legal Fees [gofundme]
Just Reform It! Let’s Get Real about Drugs [The Greens]
Survey: What’s the link between cannabis use and psychotic experiences? [The University of Queensland]
Medicinal Cannabis Symposium [United in Compassion]
22-24 March 2019, Tweed Heads NSW
Harvest Festival & Cannabis Cup [New Zealand]
20-21 April 2019, Dunedin NZ
27th Nimbin MardiGrass [Hemp Embassy]
3-5 May 2019, Nimbin NSW
Garden States – A forum for cultivating ethnobotanical plants & knowledge [Entheogenesis Australis]
12 May 2019, Melbourne VIC
18-19 May 2019, Rosehill Racecourse, Rosehill, Sydney NSW
Nimbin Medican Workshops on YouTube [Hemp Embassy]
MardiGrass Hemposium 2018 Talks now Available on YouTube [Hemp Embassy]
DRUG WAR OVER! [Radio Documentary]
View five new EGA video presentations on ethnobotanical plants and psychedelics [Entheogenesis Australis]
To mark the anniversary of our special gathering and end the year on a high note, we’ve released five new videos of talks from the Psychedelic Symposium that are now available to watch online and can also be found below in this email.