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Surgeon General launches new anti-cannabis campaign

Posted on September 3rd, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , .

Reefer MadnessThe US Surgeon General has launched a new campaign hyping the supposed dangers of cannabis—a further disappointment for activists who held out hope that Trump harbored libertarian instincts and would legalize. All too predictably, the anti-legalization assumptions behind the new campaign are amply refuted by actual research.

Bogus dab carts behind wave of pulmonary problems?

Posted on August 20th, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , .

Over the past weeks, dozens of people across several states have experienced serious lung problems, even requiring hospitalization, apparently after using vape cartridges. It is unclear if cannabis products were at issue in all such cases, and authorities are still investigating. But the illicit market in unregulated knock-off dab carts may be to blame.

Cyber-snafus 'cripple' Washington state cannabis industry

Posted on August 5th, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , , , , , .

Shadow Watch In Washington state, glitches in the "seed-to-sale" tracking system nearly paralyzed the cannabis industry statewide last month, costing retailers hundreds of thousands of dollars and forcing temporary lay-offs of employees. Similar headlines have been seen from across the country's legalized states—pointing to a persistent issue.

Tulsi Gabbard: friend of cannabis —and fascism?

Posted on August 3rd, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , .

Tulsi and BasharDemocratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard has won support from many activists for her embrace of cannabis legalization (as well as her anti-war rhetoric). Gabbard has been more fearless in her disregard of the cannabis stigma than any of the others in the Democratic field.

Morocco retains status as world's top (illicit) cannabis producer

Posted on July 4th, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , .

MoroccoThe United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) last month issued its World Drug Report 2019—its 22nd annual survey of production, trafficking and eradication and enforcement efforts around the world. In addition to providing figures on cocaine and opiates, the report seeks to quantify the amount of cannabis cultivated in each producer country.

South Dakota tribe sues USDA over right to grow hemp

Posted on July 3rd, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , .

South DakotaA Native American tribe in South Dakota is taking the US Department of Agriculture to court to demand its right to cultivate low-THC cannabis—and to force the agency to live up to its regulatory responsibilities under the 2018 Farm Bill.

Trinity County militarized raids recall bad old days

National GuardBig militarized raids by state police and National Guard forces on illicit grows in Northern California's Trinity County brought back bad memories for locals. Several homes were raided and helicopters brought in for the operation—exactly the kind of thing Californians thought they had seen the end of after legalization.

A cannabis 'overdose' death in Louisiana? Experts don't buy it.

Posted on June 17th, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , .

LouisianaA Louisiana coroner declared a local woman's death to be the first on record attributed to a cannabis overdose, winning lurid national headlines. But medical experts and even federal officials as well as advocates are skeptical of the claim.

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