News stories relating to cannabis are found in the articles below.
In February’s Cannabis Science Update:
- New clinical trial data published online by The Journal of Pain, indicates that the administration of vaporized, low-THC cannabis mitigates pain in subjects with neuropathy. http://norml.org/news/2013/01/03/study-vaporized-low-potency-cannabis-mitigates-neuropathic-pain
- Another recent study challenges previous work linking cannabis use and lower IQ, but the authors of the original paper are standing by their findings. http://healthland.time.com/2013/01/15/new-research-questions-marijuanas-impact-in-lowering-iq/#ixzz2IjDjwkdg
- An additional study finds no evidence that per se drugged driving laws reduce traffic fatalities. Full text of the study, "Per Se Drugged Driving Laws and Traffic Fatalities" is available online at: http://ftp.iza.org/dp7048.pdf
- Survey data recently published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence shows that British Consumers strongly prefer organic cannabis to retail herbal products that contain synthetic cannabinoid agonists. http://norml.org/news/2013/01/10/study-consumers-prefer-natural-cannabis-over-synthetic-marijuana-herbal-products
- Full text of the study, "Synthetic cannabis: A comparison of patterns of use and effect profile with natural cannabis in a large global sample," appears in Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
- An Amsterdam study finds that the availability of cannabis retail outlets in The Netherlands is not associated with greater incidences of cannabis use or an increase in the intensity of the public's consumption of cannabis. http://norml.org/news/2013/01/03/study-cannabis-retail-outlets-not-associated-with-rise-in-cannabis-use
- Full text of the study, "Cannabis use and proximity to coffee shops in the Netherlands," appears in the European Journal of Criminology.
Use the player below to hear the February Edition of Cannabis Science Update.
Cannabis Science Update is a regular feature of the KMUD radio show, Cannabis Consciousness (1:30-3:00pm on the first Sun. of every month), and is written by Kerry Reynolds, read by Harold Day, and recorded by Dave Smith.
Cal NORML hosts 2-day conference marking 100th year of cannabis prohibition; audio from conference postedWritten by Bob Froehlich
A two day event hosted by the California chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) marked the 100th anniversary of marijuana prohibition in California.The conference, held January 26 and 27, 2013 at the Ft. Mason Conference Center in San Francisco, focused on the history, causes and costs of marijuana prohibition as well as the future of marijuana reform.
Speakers included California State Senator Mark Leno, California State Assemblyman, Tom Ammiano, Dr. Larry Bedard, and a host of others. During the conference "Pioneer Freedom Fighter"awards were presented to Dennis Peron, Michelle Aldrich, Michael Aldrich, Debby Goldsberry and Gordon Brownell.
KMUD programmer, Sue Maloney attended the conference and recorded the presentations. KMUD Technical Director, Simon Frech, processed the audio and posted it for your listening enjoyment.
Click here to access the conference audio recordings.
(Left) Senator Mark Leno speaks on a panel about state obstacles to human rights for marijuana users along with (left to right) attorneys Omar Figueroa and Michael Levinsohn, and Daisy Bram of freemybabies.org at the Cannabis in California: Ending the 100-Year War Conference in San Francisco on January 26, 2013. Photo by Amanda Holguin/CULTURE Magazine.
Court denies marijuana reclassification, but ASA vows to try congressional bill- update;new legislation proposed - audio includedWritten by Bob Froehlich
Update: Feb. 14, 2013
Marijuana related federal legislation was introduced in Congress this Feb. 14 by Representative Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat from Oregon. The proposed bill, HR 689, would provide for the rescheduling of marijuana and for the medical use of marijuana in accordance with the laws of the various States.
Use the player below to hear more on this story, including an interview with 2nd District Congressman from California, Jared Huffman. This piece was aired by KMUD News Coordinator, Christina Aanestad, on the KMUD Local News, Thurs., Feb. 14, 2013
The original post of this story appears below.
On Oct. 16, 2012, the Court of Appeals in Washington DC began hearing oral arguments in the landmark case, Americans for Safe Access v Drug Enforcement Administration. The plaintiffs in this case argued that the DEA acted irrationally in ruling that cannabis belongs in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act and that this scheduling of marijuana has harmed medical marijuana patients physically and financially. On behalf of Americans for Safe Access, Attorney Joseph Elford asked the court to force the DEA to reconsider its classification of cannabis as a dangerous drug without therapeutic benefits, arguing that the agency ignored 200 well-controlled studies which show cannabis has legitimate medical uses. On Tues., Jan. 22, 2013 the court issued its ruling on the case.
Use the player below to hear the outcome of that ruling and an interview with Chris Hermes from Americans for Safe Access.This story was aired by KMUD News Coordinator, Terri Klemetson, on Wed., Jan 23, 2013.
According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Jan. 18, 2013:
On 01-17-2013 at about 4:15 pm an Agent with the Humboldt County Drug Task Force received a telephone call from a Special Agent with the Iowa State Narcotics Task Force. The Special Agent relayed the following information to the Humboldt County Drug Task Force Agent. On 01-16-2013 at about 2:00 pm an Iowa State Trooper made traffic stop on a vehicle traveling east bound on Interstate Highway 80 near Atlantic, Iowa for a traffic violation.
The State Trooper discovered 100 individual one- pound bags of processed marijuana in the vehicle. Two suspects were arrested from the vehicle. Through their investigation in Iowa Officers learned that the marijuana came from a residence located in the 700 block of Park Avenue, Arcata, California. With the information provided by law enforcement in Iowa a Drug Task Force Agent obtained a search warrant for the residence located on Park Avenue, Arcata.At about 6:30 pm the Humboldt County Drug Task Force assisted by the Arcata Police Department and the Humboldt County Sheriffâ€™s Office served a search warrant at the residence on Park Avenue.
Officers detained two subjects at the residence who were identified as Christopher Joseph Luddie age 21 and Patrick Joseph Wall age 21. When Officers searched the residence they located 122 individual one-pound bags of processed marijuana buds in one of the bedrooms. Officers located evidence of a butane hash lab in the residence, along with approximately one pound of hash. Officers also located an indoor marijuana growing room in the garage that had been recently harvested. When Officers searched one of the vehicles that was parked in front of the residence they discovered approximately $160,000 dollars in cash inside of a duffle bag in the trunk of the vehicle. Officers seized the money for possible asset forfeiture.
Wall and Luddie were both arrested for cultivation and possession for sales of marijuana, for manufacturing of a hash lab and for conspiracy to commit a crime. Both subjects were transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and their bail was set at $500,000 dollars each.
This case is still under investigation by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force and the Iowa State Narcotics Task Force.
The photo below shows cannabis and cash confiscated in the case.